Silhouette Blog Hop!

Hey there!  Welcome to the Silhouette Blog Hop.


I have lots to share here today. :)

I decided to create a set of cards using one of my favorite Hero Arts Silhouette shapes – the butterfly.  All of the butterflies were cut in white and colored with ink.  Easy and fast – gotta love that.

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Supplies: Silhouette (Hero Arts butterfly download); Doodlebug glitter paper; Unknown patterned paper; Sewing machine; Ink Blending Tool; Barn Door, Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Inks; Nennah Paper (to cut white shapes from); Stampin' Up mini tag punch; Hero Arts "hello"; Twine

I figured I would also celebrate the Blog Hop with a top ten list, along with examples. :)

Here are the Top Ten Ways I Love To Use My Silhouette:

10. Silhouette has shapes from manyy great companies and designers. I love the Hero Arts shapes – they can be cut to match my stamps.  Talk about creating a unique and special project.  Fantastic.  To see a video showing this, click HERE

Whenever I go to cut a specific shape for a project, I never let any of the extra paper go to waste.  I just fill in the whole sheet with random butterflies, flowers, etc.  I keep all the extra pieces in a little basket and grab them whenever I need an embellishment.  In fact, all the butterflies above were leftover from this canvas I created for the Ranger booth at CHA.  The shapes are covered with UTEE for dimension…

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8. I cut almost all my shapes from white cardstock. (I use THIS white cardstock for stamping and Silhouette.)  When I want to have them in a particular color, I just ink them completely with my ink blending tool.  Here is another fern shape that I inked with Distress Ink…  (Click HERE for more information.)

7. I like to pick out shapes to download that have a lot of detail.  No other die cutting machine can do this – it always impresses people when they see projects with such detail.  (In fact, it got me in the NY Times… see it HERE.)

And because the Silhouette can do great detail, I am able to cut shapes in small sizes – making them great for cardmaking… (Click HERE for more.)

I know I can create pages with any title I want… in any size I want… in any color I want… with as many n's as I want.  I never run out of letters like I do with letter stickers.  'Nuf said.  Oh, and they even have great titles that make scrapbooking simple…  (Click HERE for more info.)

I can now easily create shapes for fun party invites for my kids.  Like bowling pins – who would of thought!? (Click HERE for info.)

3. I really enjoy using my die cut shapes for fun techniques, such as resist, etc… (Click HERE to see more.)

2. Silhouette shapes are so easy to layer.  They are great as a main image, or just in the background… (See HERE.)

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1. I think the best thing about my Silhouette is the subscription. I love having unlimited downloads so that I can cut absolutely anything I want.  Such a high.  (And a good high, huh? :)

Can you tell I like my Silhouette?  Hee. :)

Well, to add to the excitement of the Hop, Silhouette is having a rockin' sale this week.  This includes die cut shapes for 75 cents, 10% off subscriptions and a "buy two get one free" on products in the store.

And, now to the next person on the blog hop… the wonderful Janet Hopkins!  She is super talented… you can find her blog HERE.

Have fun hopping.

98 CommentsCards, Cool links, Scrapbooking

  1. MIriam Molloy

    Just gorgeous! You really have me wanting a Silhouette now! Oh well, just need to save my pennies!

  2. Shawn Wenrich

    I have the Silhoutte and I’m thrilled to see your projects using it. Thx Jennifer!

  3. I would love one but don’t have the room :(
    Congratulations on being in the NY Times, that’s amazing!

  4. You are so enabling!! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE that butterfly canvas!! It’s just GORGEOUS!!

  5. haejin

    So pretty~ I want a one.. maybe next year for my birthday (hint hint hubby!)

  6. Great job, it all turned out FAbulous! Loved your Top 10′s! *hugs from Conroe, TX!

  7. Wow, the NY Times, huh! That must have been a rush!

  8. Butterflies are great, love that you did in white and ink colored to match the card. Great idea.

  9. Shannon Lowe

    I always love looking at your creations. They are always inspiring!
    Do you hook up your Silhouette through Adobe Illustrator for your Mac?
    I have a Mac and that has been the only reason I haven’t gotten the Silhouette yet!

  10. cher

    great tips as usual….luvvvvv your work, but I have to take a nap now cuz u get me too excited lol…not good for my blood pressure! xo

  11. Wow! You’ve been busy! Love all the projects, but best of all the idea of using all the paper when cutting, and then keep the extras nearby for fast embellishment.

  12. Great cards – I love the top 10 reasons – makes me want to go out and buy one :)

  13. Mendi Yoshikawa

    Gorgeous butterfly card and canvas! I’m definitely a diehard Silhouette fan too–kept the machine working hard for the past week as I prepare for a 3-day crop weekend! So cool seeing the article with you in the NY Times! :)

  14. Ivania

    I wish I had a Silhouette, I LOVE all your butterflies!

  15. That butterfly is one of my favorite Silhouette designs. Loved seeing your projects & your Top 10 list.

    I’m so happy Silhouette is having a blog hop. I feel extremely blessed to have won my machine from HA & QuicKutz last year. I still can’t believe it.

    I was using the Silhouette tonight to do a print and cut to create a new name plate for my husband’s cubicle at work. Tomorrow he starts working in a new group and he wants the newest logo on his name plate. I cut the design out 4 times and made it look like chipboard. He said he didn’t want the company to make him a name plate because their newest ones looked “cheap”. The Silhouette’s an awesome machine. I can blab on and on about it!!!

  16. those butterflies are stunning! so jealous that you can cut so many pretty shapes from Hero Arts!!! =) LOVE your cards!!

  17. Lin from NC

    Wow .. you are SO talented, I loved all the examples you showed. I think the fern has to be my favorite, along with NEVER running out of a letter… HOW NICE IS THAT !?!? Thanks for the inspiration !!!

  18. laura j

    That butterfly really caught my eye! I had no idea that the silhouette was capable of doing so much!!!

  19. Karen from Ontario

    Just wonderful projects. I don’t own one but it sure looks versatile.

  20. jan metcalf

    WOW, what a successful sales pitch! Who could live without a Silhouette? Great ideas Jennifer!

  21. You always amaze me with what you create, you are one talented and lovely lady. I love what you created with the silhouette, you inspired me today to get mine out again and have a play, but ran into trouble with new computer and windows 7, it would not communicate and cut. Hopefully, will get this issue fixed and create something special like you have. Thank you for sharing what you create.



  22. gorgeous…love those butterflies!

  23. Beautiful cards! I love the butterflies. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Mel H

    Jennifer…beautiful projects, and I hear you. I have had my sil about 6 months, and it was without doubt, the best scrap purchase I’ve ever made. I can use it for anything and everything, and it will be a tool that I will use until the little baby dies and I have to buy a new one! (which hopefully will not be moments after I write this post!)

  25. Brittany B.

    So fabulous! And how exciting that were in the NY Times!

  26. Missy K.

    Wow. I have the cricut and have never heard of the sillouette before. Very interesting. I wish you could see all of the downloads and have an idea of prices/how there are organized before buying the machine. I will have to check it out.

  27. I gotta learn how to use Utee…thank you so much for the inspiration!

  28. Love those butterflies!

  29. Kristen Manson

    wow such amazing ideas Jennifer and so impressive to see the NY Times article, way to go! the silhouette is more appealing every day!

  30. I love the idea of cutting in white then inking. Marvelous!

  31. Karen

    I have the Cricut Expression. I am curious what is different about the Silhouette vs the Cricut? I spent a bundle on that Cricut and feel it limits me a lot until I can afford additional software (Make the Cut or SCAL).

  32. wow!!! AWESOME projects. Thank you for giving me some great ideas for mother’s Day. YEAH!!!

  33. I love the idea of cutting out all your shapes in white and then just inking them, brilliant! :D

  34. Victoria in Ohio

    Beautiful! Makes me want one… not in the budget tho’

  35. Lanie

    What is your opinion of the Cricut in comparison to the Silhouette?

  36. Sandra

    oh wow, I love that butterfly, how neat is that!

  37. Love your top 10 and revisiting some pics of your cards!

  38. Silhouette does MUCH more detailed pieces. And the flexability and options are endless.

  39. your cards are amazing!! fresh clean lines, love them.

  40. Pat

    Sold on the Silhouette! Glad I have waited and didn’t jump the gun on the Cricut. Thanks for sharing!

  41. SuZeQ

    As always: perfection! Happy NSD.

  42. Great projects and love the top 10.

  43. Awesome Silhouette projects! :)

  44. Lovely cards. My fave is the bowling one. Super cute:)

  45. the butterflies are so nice!!!!!

  46. Lydia

    I’m always amazed by your work . Love coming here so much inspiration!

  47. Thanks for telling us about Silhouette. I am thinking about getting an electronic die-cutting machine and its really useful to get personal recommendations from people who have and use them. Have a great day.

  48. Shirley Nelson

    I love adding color to my cards and scrapbooking pages using copic pens, except I need more of them!!!

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