Here is a little Q&A regarding questions I've received about the Silhouette:
(please note that some of these answers are only my opinion. :) thanks.)
Q: Since you use the Silhouette a lot, I was wondering if you would recommend purchasing a Silhouette even though I already have a Cricut Expressions. I love my Cricut but I am really liking all the cute images and designs that the Silhouette has. I was just wanting to know your opinion on if I would use it to get my money's worth out of it since I already have a Cricut. Also, do you feel limited by the paper size as it isn't 12 x 12?
A: I purchased my Silhouette first and that is the machine I am most passionate about (but I do have a Cricut as well). Confession time: I only bought the Cricut because I wanted to use the Graphically Speaking cartridge. I really have only used the Cricut with that one cartridge and I admit the 12x12 cutting size IS a nice plus. However, I don't really mind not having the 12x12 option on the Silhouette. The gal who designed Graphically Speaking for Cricut (the talented Miss Kerri Bradford) is actually working for QK Silhouette now designing their digi download designs which makes me SUPER happy.
Here is my personal list of things I love most about my Silhouette:
- I can use ALL the fonts on my computer, no extra software needed.
- QK releases new digi designs twice a month (and there are a lot of them to choose from for purchase) and the designs are absolutely amazing.
- I can design my own shapes for cutting.
- Welding script fonts for cutting is SO easy (and with the new welding feature you can weld other fonts/shapes as well).
- No cartridge storage necessary.
Q: Could you tell me where you got the tape dispenser with the glue dots on it?
Q: I just wondered how do you apply intricate cuts like that to your page, adhesive, Xyron?
A: I do use my xyron sometimes but I really like Krylon Spray Adhesive.
Q: I don't have a Silhouette... yet, but I am curious about the downloads. Where can I read more about it? How much they cost, what they look like, etc.
A: Check out this website HERE. It's still relatively new so I think it's still under a bit of construction. HERE is a bit of info about the downloads.
Q: I have a question for you...when you use the Silhouette, what kind of cs do you use?
A: Anything and everything. Stampin' Up Cardstock, Bazzil, American Crafts, etc. The key to getting a good cut with cardstock is to change your media type setting to Index 90 (you will need to use the pink cutting tip). Sometimes I will cut the design twice (do not remove it from the machine in between cuts). It also helps to have a clean cutting mat (although I don't replace mine nearly often enough and don't have too many problems).
And here's a few other random questions & answers regarding recent projects.
A: HERE it is. LOVE this thing!
Q: i feel like i've searched everywhere for the foam app from tim holtz but all i can find are the felt applicators. would you mind telling me where you got yours?
Q: Could you share where the corduroy button is from, I've been on the hunt for those forever!
A: They are from Stampin' Up! And I see that they have a couple new colors available for a limited time. Yay!
The new Garden went up on the first of May at 2Peas and this month's theme is die cutting (yes, I was SO excited about that!).
Here is the die cutting layout I contributed for the first (there will be a couple more on the 15th! whoohoo!):
(c) Two Peas In A Bucket
I love the new circle die cut border...so fun! The circle border, scallop border and title was all cut using the Silhouette.
The flowers are Cookie Cutter dies for the Revolution. Click HERE for supply list and more info.
And here's my new product focus layout:
(c) Two Peas In A Bucket
New Lily Bee papers...yummy!
And here's a couple of fun projects from NSD.
The first one I lifted a great design from Peg Manrique:
The butterflies were all die cut. The big one using the Silhouette and the smaller ones using the Sizzix Stampin' Up Butterfly Die. :)
And this one was inspired by Severine:
The alpha borders were cut using the Silhouette and the matted part of the layout is all adhered with pop dots for dimension.
I'll be back tomorrow with another Stampin' Fun Friday. :)