Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Freebies {plus new Kiss the Cook}

Are you ready for next week? We are only 7 days away from Black Friday but LD has already started their sale. If you had missed my previous post, click HERE to see why I think this sale is not to be missed. (Hint: 75% off plus additional coupon! *wink*)

If you are shopping the LD Black Friday Sale, don't forget to grab their Kiss the Cook collection. It is LD's latest release.

Don't forget to use the coupon code BETTERBLACK to save an additional 35% off (min. $12 purchase).

Here are your Friday Freebies:

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Kiss the Cook - Seasons Greetings cut it (SVG) and graphics set to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00! The link to the downloads will show up after the "transaction" is completed.

scrapNfonts is a sister site of LD and they too have a freebie to give away. Click HERE to go to their Fontaholic blog and download the Leftover Labels (printable).

 Silhouette users, don't forget to grab the weekly freebie from the Silhouette Design Store.

The LD Black Friday sale starts NOW!

The LD Black Friday Sale has started!!

From now until Cyber-Monday (Dec 1), take 75% off everything on the LD site!

Cut Its/SVG (reg. $5) are only $1.25 per set during the sale.
Graphics (reg. $4) are only $1 for a set.
Paper packs, Fonts, and Doodlebats (dingbats) are only 75 cents!

Here are some samples of what's on sale. Click HERE to see even more!

You can even use a coupon to sweeten the deals! The coupon code BETTERBLACK will take an additional 35% off on purchases of $12 or more!

Don't forget that any purchases made during the sale will also count towards the amount needed to earn the free monthly bonus. The entire Harvesting Memories Collection($29 value) will be added to your LD library automatically when you spend $12 between November 1st and November 30th (midnight MST). Click HERE for the details of that promotion.

If you need some ideas of what you can make with LD, check out their gallery or take a look at mine over HERE.  No matter where you get your inspirations, just be sure not to miss out on this sale. The deals are too good to pass up!
Jin's gallery

Click HERE to shop the LD Black Friday Sale NOW!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to make things on the screen appear bigger {using Magnifier}

Are you using Microsoft Windows? Do you know that there is a nifty tool in the program that can enlarge specific areas on the screen so you can see it better? Hubby shared a tip with me that I thought you may find useful.

He says,

"Magnifier is a quick way to zoom into small text, examine detail on pictures without having to zoom the entire webpage, or in most cases an un-zoomable application.

Magnifier was designed to make it easier for users to view things on screen that may be a little too small, or for users who are visually impaired. The quickest way to use Magnifier in Windows (from Windows 7 onwards) is using the keyboard shortcut Winkey (Windows Logo key) + plus sign (+). This shortcut also doubles as a quick zoom level adjustment, subsequent presses of winkey+ will zoom in more. Pressing winkey + minus(-) will zoom out.

There are several modes for the Magnifier. It will default to full screen zoom, but you may also switch on Lens Mode or Docked Mode. Both operate the same way with the shortcut keys, but are visually different."

using the Magnifier on the Character Map**

Personally, I use the Magnifier whenever I need to take a closer look at a font. Some fonts come with special characters (e.g. swashes) that tend to appear very small in the Character Map. The Magnifier helps to zoom in on those letters without having to enlarge the whole computer screen.

For more info regarding the Magnifier and how to use it, please click HERE.


** If you had previously purchased the Samantha Script font from Mighty Deals, the special characters (swashes) may not show up in the Character Map. There is an updated version of the font that will appear in its entirety in the Character Map. Please contact Laura Worthington for the updated version.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Freebies {plus new Little Pumpkins}

Happy Friday!

There are Little Pumpkins on the LD site! Check out their newest addition to the store.

If you are buying the collection, consider getting the bundles instead. They are usually a better deal and you can even use a coupon on top of it. The coupon NiftyNovember takes 25% off any purchase of $12 or more. Sweeeet!

LD has also marked down their Simple as Pie Cut Set bundle. The regular price of this 25-set bundle is $100 but it is now on sale for $18.50. Use the NiftyNovember coupon to bring the price down to $13.88!! That's less than 60cents per set!

Click HERE to get your bundle.

Here is your Friday Freebie:

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Little Pumpkins - Baby Cut It (SVG) and graphics set to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00! The link to the downloads will show up after the "transaction" is completed. {The screenshot above shows two sets of graphics but the first is actually a Cut Its (SVG) set}

Laura Worthington is the designer of the beautiful and very popular Samantha Script font. She has also designed Milkshake exclusively for Fairgoods. The best part? They are giving it away for FREE!

Click HERE to get the Milkshake font.

Silhouette users, don't forget to grab the weekly freebie from the Silhouette Online (Shape) Store.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Silhouette Studio User Manual and Keyboard Shortcuts for version 3.0 and higher

I have been trying to get an updated list of keyboard shortcuts from Silhouette Support (since Aug!) but they kept pointing me to an outdated list (read about my disappointing experience with Silhouette Support HERE). Thanks to Facebook reader, Jess Slater, I found out that an updated list can be found inside the latest Silhouette Studio User's Manual.

You can access the Silhouette Studio User's Manual through the Help menu from the software. If you prefer not to see it from the program, you can also access it directly by clicking HERE.

To see a list of the keyboard shortcuts for Silhouette Studio version 3, just go to the last page on the user manual.

Silhouette Studio User's Manual screenshot showing the keyboard shortcuts

If you are using Silhouette Studio Legacy version (i.e. v2.9.45) and below, you can find the link to the list of keyboard shortcuts from my post HERE.

LD Bonus Freebies for Nov 2014

Here are the latest LD bonus freebies:

Click on the image(s) below to go to the LD site. Add the DB Giving Thanks (dingbat), the Eat Lots printable,  and the Autumn Flourish Cut Its Simple Shapes (SVG) to your cart and check out. You pay $0! The links to the downloads will show up once the "transaction" is completed.

Click HERE to see how I used the Autumn Flourish Cut Its Simple Shapes to dress up a tealight.

There is also a free sample alphabet posted on the LD site. Unlike their usual freebie(s), you cannot checkout with the whole alphabet set to get it for free. Instead, you can only download a word or a phrase. Hence a free alphabet sample. (Hint: Use it to make a free title for your scrapbook page!)

To get your Vintage Autumn alphabet sample, click HERE to go to the LD site and click on the Try Me Now tool on the top right corner. Enter a word or a phrase in the text box and the preview box will show you how it looks like in the form of the alphabet. If you like the way it looks, you can get the word/phrase as a free sample by clicking on the Save button. Don't forget to change the image to a higher resolution before starting the download. Note that you can only download the word or phrase that you type in the text box for free. Unlike the usual LD freebies, you will be charged for the alphabet if you try to check out with the entire set in your cart.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Enjoy Today

So this is the first card that I made with my New Cameo (see the unboxing pictures HERE and click HERE to see what the touchscreen shows as I set up the machine). The cuts look great for both the layered cuts (from colored cardstock) and the print-and-cut. The machine cuts vinyl beautifully too.

For the record, I used Silhouette Studio DE version 2.8.16d (the version just before the Legacy version) with the New Cameo to make this card even though I was informed by Silhouette Support that the New Cameo only works properly with version 3.2 or higher. Click HERE to read that post if you had missed it.

I have also not update the firmware (as advised by Silhouette Support) and I wonder if doing so will disable the ability to cut to the New Cameo from the Legacy version and lower. Has anyone tried? If you bought the New Cameo and updated the firmware, I would love to know if you can still cut with it using the Legacy version.

These are the two cards that I made. If you have not grabbed LD's Beautiful Moments-Too Cut Its (SVG). Click HERE to get it before the freebie expires tonight.

Files used:
Beautiful Moments-Too Cut Its (SVG)
Beautiful Moments Paper Pack  (available at checkout)
Animal Pow Wow paper pack