Sunday, April 20, 2014

Silhouette free shape: bird nest

Happy Easter!

This is today's free bonus shape from Silhouette:

Click HERE to get the bird nest. If you had missed the bonus shapes that were given out the last few days, you can still get them HERE.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Silhouette free shape: flowers and bow

Yikes! Almost forgot to post today's free bonus shape from Silhouette. Click HERE to get the flowers and bow.

If you had missed the bonus shapes that were given out the last few days, you can still get them HERE.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Freebies!

There are a lot of freebies for us today but first, let me introduce the latest LD collection to you. The new Down by the Bay was inspired by this song and the whole line includes 4 Cut Its, 2 alphabets, 1 paper pack, and 3 graphic sets.
You can buy the sets separately or save by getting the Cut bundle (cutting files, includes SVG) and the Graphics bundle. Don't forget to use the following coupons if you are shopping at the LD site:
Now onto the Friday Freebies...

Here are the three from LD:

Click HERE or the image(s) above to go to the LD site. Add the Down by the Bay Baboon graphic and cut its (SVG) and the DB Easter Fun Doodles dingbat to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00! The links to the downloads will show up after the "transaction" is completed.

scrapNfonts is a sister site of LD and they too have some freebies to give away. Click HERE to get the Easter Treats Word Art from the scrapnfonts store and HERE to go to their Fontaholic blog to download the Hip Hop Printable.

Silhouette users, HERE is your free bonus shape for today:

If you have not already gotten your weekly free shape, click HERE to get it.

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Take 2: Silhouette Studio version 3.0.343 mini review

So an update to Silhouette Studio was released on Wednesday. After the fiasco of the original v3, Silhouette America scrambled to put together this latest version 3.0.343. It took them 2 weeks to get this out and I managed to take some time yesterday afternoon to test the program. {Thank you, Hubby for bringing the kids out so I can do this.}

While I'm glad that they have fixed many of the issues, I am still not convinced that I should stop using v2. They had removed some of my favorite features and replaced them with other new ones that I frankly do not care for. For example, I can no longer set my cutting lines if the image is off the mat. This severely limits my workspace and I am not happy with this change at all.

Their new Layers feature is still a mess. Unless you are cutting an image with very few layers, this feature is very confusing and hard to use. Don't even try to use it when you have duplicates of the same image opened. It'll blow your mind, and not in a good way.

Here is a quick recap of the tests that I made yesterday. All these screenshots were posted to my Facebook page as I was testing the software. The text that precedes each screenshot is the comment that I posted along with my photo on Facebook. I'm posting them here for those of you who may have missed them or who do not use Facebook. For the record, I am using Windows 8.1.


Just started playing with v3.0.343 (released yesterday).
LIKE: the LD svg is Ungrouped automatically.
DISLIKE: I can only set the standard cut style when the image is on the mat. This limits my workspace tremendously. Annoying!

v3.0.343 (PHOTO 2)
- Just like the Standard Cut Style, using the Advanced Cut Style only allow the cut settings to be made to the image that is on the mat. The cutting lines of any images that are OUTSIDE of the mat area cannot be set.
- the Layers feature still does not make any sense to me. The layers are not well-defined at all so that you can't tell which label points to which shape.

v3.0.343 (PHOTO 3)
Tracing a graphic and making an offset.
LIKE: that the Line Thickness of the traced image and the offset is 0.00 by default.
DISLIKE: Unable to set cutting lines of offset and traced lines. {note: I *think* that I did actually managed to set the lines to CUT but without the bold line indicator, I really don't know and can't tell if the shapes are set to cut).

v3.0.343 (PHOTO 4)
The bold lines showed up after all! They were not there when I tried to set the cutting lines after making the offset (see PHOTO 3) but I turned on the reg marks and that probably "woke" the program up. Suddenly, the bold lines appear.

 v3.0.343 (PHOTO 5)
LIKE/DISLIKE=Indifferent: At this point I'm not particularly excited or otherwise about this but some of you may be happy to know that you can save v3 files in the Legacy (v2) format (so you can open them in v2 or v1).


 v3.0.343 (PHOTO 6)
Fill Pattern
DISLIKE: Unable to drag-and-drop a digital paper into a shape to fill it with a pattern. Dragging-and-Dropping the paper will only fill up the whole Sil Studio workspace. 

v3.0.343 (VIDEO 1)
Video tutorial: How to Fill Pattern in Silhouette Studio version 3.0.343
LIKE: I can import multiple papers into my Library at a time
DISLIKE: Cannot drag-and-drop a paper to fill a shape with a pattern.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to Fill Pattern in Silhouette Studio version 3.0.343

Silhouette America released the latest update to their Silhouette Studio program yesterday afternoon and I was just exploring it. I have posted several screenshots of my tests to my Facebook page but while playing with the Fill Patterns feature, it became apparent that it was more helpful to record and post a video instead.

I am using Windows 8.1 with Silhouette Studio Designer Edition version 3.0.343. To see the screenshots on my Facebook page, please click HERE. If you are following this blog via the newsletter, please click HERE to view the video.

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Silhouette free shape: spring has sprung

Starting yesterday, Silhouette is giving a free shape everyday until Easter. Click HERE to get today's freebie. Yesterday's free shape is still available at the time of this post. If you had missed out on it, just click HERE.

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Tutorial: How to assemble the LD Bee Basket {Cut It/SVG}

I have a thing for little DIY treat bags and I was really drawn towards the bee basket from LD's Lil Peanuts Cut It Project. I couldn't wait to make it! However in my haste to complete the project, I made a couple of mistakes and ended up taking longer than I should. In case anyone is interested in making this treat holder, I wrote today's tutorial so you will not make the same mistakes that I did. The following step-by-step tutorial will show you how to assemble this bee basket.

Here are the cutouts that are needed for this project. I added in an extra black layer for the head to add some dimension to the basket. I'll explain more later in the post.

To assemble the basket, I started by creasing and folding along the score lines of all the layers and adhering the wings to the body of the bee with tape. You can totally use glue if that's what you prefer. Next, I attached the sides to the basket by gluing one side to the body at a time.

I wanted a little extra dimension to the basket so I cut out an additional black layer for the bee's head. This is so that I can adhere the head to the body with foam tape. If you prefer not to cut this additional layer, just glue the bee's head directly onto the basket.

To finish the basket, just glue the handle to the bee. Personally I find the handle rather short so I ended up using wire and beads for some of the baskets.

This project is not that difficult but you do need a fair amount of patience to put the basket together. I found that the hardest part is Step 4, and 5 where I had to glue the sides to the curvy part of the basket. Once I got a hang of that, the rest was pretty much a breeze.

The basket, when cut out at its default size, is rather small when assembled. It measures about 3" tall and 1.5" wide at its narrowest part, and 3" at its widest. I think the size is perfect for the kids. A handful of chocolate eggs with a lollipop or two, will fill up it up nicely.

File used:
Lil Peanuts Cut It Project (SVG)

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