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Great product and HUGE giveaway!! ($300 value)

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I have a really incredible, useful-for-so-many-projects, little machine to show you today.


And it’s sleek and compact.
And sings to me as it works.
It’s called a Silhouette.
(Found here.)
(image source)

I was shipped a Silhouette machine to test out………and then see if I actually liked it.  (And the company let me know that I was not obligated to share this here with you all, if I didn’t like it.  I could send it back with no questions asked.  So, I figured I’d give it a try…)
I’ve got to tell you, once I opened up the box and saw all that it could do……I could hardly contain myself. My husband was studying for a final at the time and I kept making him turn around and look at the newest feature that I just discovered.  He laughed at me……a lot.  Ha!  But there was so much to this little machine that I never knew something so small could do.
The Silhouette hooks up to your computer and cuts out the shapes/letters that you tell it to.  So all you need is your machine, your computer, and the cords to hook the two together.  That’s it.  
(But you can also use an SD card with your image info and use your Silhouette wherever you go…)

It comes with many adorable shape and cutout files for no charge at all.  And then you can use all of the letter fonts from your own computer, to design your own cut outs.  You can even create your own shapes and logos, just how you like them.
But if you want more, they have a little online image store, where you can buy all sorts of different shapes, letters, phrases, cutouts, etc……and then upload them instantly to your computer.
It seemed like there were thousands.
Here’s a sampling…


Each download is priced at $0.99 but the more you buy, the cheaper they become.  They have a subscription going on right now where your downloads are as cheap as $0.14 a download. Love the savings!  And I love all of the little promos they have (and the free weekly download).  And they have designers that come out with new images each week.
(Oh, and you can also upload images from your other favorite companies out there.)
So the surprise came when I saw what you could do with all of these darling shapes and such.
You can cut vinyl to match your home perfectly…..


Or make cut outs for your scrapbooking needs……
And even make paper cut-outs for all sorts of reasons….
And wow, make the cutest little cards without the hassle of cutting so many different little things with scissors.
And then like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, make glass etchings with the negative space of your vinyl. 
(For those who were asking, the name of this silhouette download is: bird_on_branch_C00044_23067 01/18/2010)
And then one more thing that I fell in love with.
The heat transfer.
You can cut this stuff out, peel the negative space away, lay it on your fabric, then iron it right onto your clothing.
So I did just that.
Several times.
For my little boy and girl…..


I used the white heat transfer and wrapped the chandelier cutout around the side of the shirt just a bit.  Then I placed an ‘e’ on the bum pocket of these pants and a name down the side of the pant leg.  Love how they both turned out.

Then I used several car cut-outs and ironed it onto some brown knit.  Then I put heat ‘n bond behind that, ironed it to the shirt, then stitched several times around the border of the brown.  For the pink one below, I used some ballerina cutouts on some black heat transfer and ironed them right to the shirt.  Then I cut little strips of fabric, gathered them, and sewed them right to the ballerina……like mini tutu’s.
For this little tree shirt, I applied it the same as the car shirt above.


Then finally, I found these cute little animal cracker shapes………..and I cut out a bite mark on one with some scissors.  Then I put the words that my little guy uses, while munching on his favorite crackers.

Sheets and rolls of vinyl and heat transfer found here.
(There is also printable heat transfer, where you can print the image you want in color, then iron it on.)
Can you believe all that the Silhouette does?
(My little machine and I have become great friends!!)
There are many more projects I’m working on.  So I’ll be sharing more this week.
But now it’s time to talk about one of you winning one of these machines free.
Yes, a machine all for one of you.
(a $299.99 value)

And it includes…
  • Silhouette machine
  • Software for Windows XP/Vista
  • Power cable, USB cable
  • 2 Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media)
  • Cutting blade
  • $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store
Do you have some projects in mind?
Some gift ideas that you must make?


!!!!!!!!!!GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s how to enter to win:
Visit the silhouette site here…….then browse around for a while.
Then come back here and let me know in one comment how you would use your machine.
(example: I would use it for scrapbooking, or for card-making, or for vinyl wall art, etc.  ……..Or maybe you would use it for EVERYTHING!)
So visit the site, comment back on this post, and you’re done.
Only one comment per person.
This giveaway ends Monday, June 21st, at 9:00 a.m. (EST)
And Silhouette has offered another great offer for every Make It and Love It reader.
Use the code ‘Makeit‘ at checkout to receive the following deals:
Code will work by 4pm today (CST).

#1) AWESOME PROMO (running now through July 1st)
If you buy the Silhouette between now and July 1st you will get the following:
– $50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
– 2 rolls of vinyl (Valued at $15.98)
– 1 roll of transfer tape (Valued at $7.99)
– Scraper (Valued at $6.99)
– Home Décor CD (Valued at $50)
– $10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store
– Cutting Blade
– 2 Cutting Mats
All for $249.99
A Savings of $130.96
Just think of how much you’ll save on gift giving this year!
#2) GOOD PROMO (running from July 2nd through July 7th)
Buy a machine and receive the following:
$50 off (receive for $249.99)
2 rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store
Cutting Blade
2 Cutting Mats
All for $249.99
A savings of $89.98
Remember to type in ‘Makeit’ at checkout to receive these prices!
Code will work by 4pm today (CST).


Okay, whew, that’s it.
What fun.

Good luck!

And I hope you have fun with these new ideas, especially if you get your own machine.  Eeee!

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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