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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.