Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Freebies!

TGIF!

Here are your Friday Freebies:

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/graphics/printables/boom-de-yada-pr-p13484c4c19&AID=39954

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/graphics/printables/boom-de-yada-pr-p13484c4c19&AID=39954

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Boom-de-yada printables to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00!


Silhouette Studio users, don't forget to claim your weekly freebie. Even if you have not updated your software and are unable to access the Design Store at the moment, click HERE to claim it from your browser. You may not be able to download to your software now but you will still be able to do it in the future after you managed to update.

http://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/?page=view-shape&id=80869

75% off Independence Day files plus new Pool Party "Earn-It-Free"!

All LD Independence Day products are on sale for 75% off! Here are some examples of what's on sale. Click HERE to see the rest on the LD site.

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/product/search?search=independence day&AID=39954
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/product/search?search=independence day&AID=39954

There is a new "Earn-It-Free" collection for July. Please read and follow the rules of the "Earn-It-Free" promotion carefully because they have changed. Click HERE to see how you can get the entire Pool Party collection added to your LD account at no extra charge.

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/news/article?ncat=79&news_id=79&AID=39954

LD has also reintroduced a lot of their formerly retired SVG files as Cut Its. They include some of my favorites like Bento Box, Ninja Kicks, and the Glam Girls Paper Dolls. Click HERE to see all their Cut Its.


http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2011/06/have-beach-parrrrrty.htmlhttp://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2011/11/beautiful-you.html
http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2011/05/its-ninja-birthday.htmlhttp://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2011/08/joys-life-design-team-thursday-whats.html
http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2011/04/everybody-lets-bento-plus-giveaway.htmlhttp://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/cut-sets/cut-projects/spring-is-bliss-cp-p13477c5c13&AID=39954
http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2012/05/youre-on-roll.htmlhttp://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-heart-soars-when-im-with-you.html


One more thing before I go....there is a new coupon code for the LD store. Use the coupon code: Freedom to save an extra 30% on purchases of $7 or more.

That's all for now. TTYL!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bread Box


During Spring Break, my 12 year old kid (Twin A) asked to play with my bread making machine. I told her to go for it and long story short, we haven't bought any bread from the grocery store since. :-) Twin A and her sister, Twin B love making bread for their sandwiches. However, a 2-lb loaf of sandwich bread is pretty big and hard to store. It wasn't long before I found myself shopping for a bread box.

from my Instagram page

I didn't realize that it would be so hard to find one that I liked! Most bread boxes out there are too small while those that did fit were either too expensive or not my style. I was happy when I finally found one that I did like but the price was waaaay above my budget. Then I came across the Jamie Oliver Vintage-Inspired Tin Bread Box.

Love the style of this box! Don't love the look of the word "Bread". :-(

It's so cute! I love that the cutting board serves as the lid and I adore the rounded-corner rectangular shape. From the reviews, folks are saying that a 2-lb loaf would fit inside. The price is high but not as bad as the one that I had my eye on. Everything about it seemed like it was exactly the box I was looking for except that I didn't like how the printed "Bread" label looked. That typeface is not my style and I couldn't bring myself to pay that much for a box that I don't love 100%.

After that, I gave up. My search for the perfect bread box has ended with me telling myself that it was simply not meant to be. I'll just have to find another way to keep our breads.
photo from crateandbarrel.com (This box is sold out online but you may be able to find it in-store)

Almost as soon as I had given up, the heavens shone their light down on me. Well, actually it was a shiny yellow tin box that I spotted but the color was so bright, it could have come from the heavens. I was shopping at Crate and Barrel when I chanced upon the box. Suddenly, a light bulb moment! I could make this my bread box! Plus, I could label it any way I like with anything I want! YAY!

As soon as I got it home, I whipped out my roll of metallic silver vinyl, switched on my Cameo and cut out "Bread" in the exact font that I wanted. The LDJ Owl Scratch font is whimsical and playful and when I put the vinyl cutout onto the tin box, it looks as if one of the kiddos had scratched out the word. Haha, PERFECTO!!


I couldn't be happier with my box. The yellow color adds a bright spot in my otherwise dull kitchen while the kiddie-looking "scratched out" label reflects the fact that the bread inside was baked by the kids.

Now if only I could convince the twins they need to start making dinner...


File used:
LDJ Owl Scratch font


Monday, June 29, 2015

I Lava You {shaker card}


I haven't been able to get the Lava song out of my head since watching Disney Pixar's Inside Out last weekend. I still can't believe that I cried over a lonely volcano! The song has been on auto-replay in my mind all morning and there is only one way to make it stop. I had to turn it into a card.


The kids are on Summer Break and finding time to play with my Cameo has been challenging. Still, I managed to get this shaker card done fairly quickly. Thank goodness for print-and-cut!



LD's new site is still wonky but I managed to find a volcano image from the Search feature. I had to modify the SVG by replacing its "meanie face" into a happy one.


If you have not watched the Lava clip from the Inside Out movie, stop here and don't watch the following video. I don't want to spoil the show for you. If you have watched Lava, and you loved it, go ahead and enjoy the song again. Not my fault if you get it stuck in your head. ;-)

https://youtu.be/-7mRPjfeJ38




Files used:
Volcano: Science Cut Its (SVG)
Test Tube (smiley face): Science Cut Its (SVG)
Blue Paper: Giraffing Out Loud Paper Pack (freebie)
Green Paper: Candy Long Legs Paper Pack
Font: LDJ Owl Scratch

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Freebies

LD released several new sets this morning. Their weekly freebie that is usually released on Fridays was also not available until today.

Click HERE to check out their new Imperial India collection.

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/product/search?search=imperial+india&AID=39954
 http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/product/search?search=imperial+india&AID=39954


LD also has a new "Earn-It-Free" collection. Be careful, the rules of this promotion has changed. Click HERE to see how you can get the entire Humming Along collection added to your LD account at no extra charge.


http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/news/article?ncat=4&news_id=78&AID=39954

H
ere are your weekly freebies:

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/product/search?search=imperial+india+crocodile&AID=39954
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/product/search?search=imperial+india+crocodile&AID=39954


Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Imperial India Crocodile graphic and cut it sets to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00!

The freebies are available until tomorrow (Sunday) night at midnight MST so make sure that you get them before they're gone.

Thanks, Jess for sharing the great tip on my Facebook page!

Silhouette Studio users, don't forget to claim your weekly freebie. Even if you have not updated your software and are unable to access the Design Store at the moment, click HERE to claim it from your browser. You may not be able to download to your software now but you will still be able to do it in the future after you managed to update.

http://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/?page=view-shape&id=80867

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The agony of installing Silhouette Studio v2.9.67 {aka v2 patch}


CAUTION: 
This is NOT a tutorial. I am just sharing my experience with installing Silhouette Studio v2.9.67. DO NOT attempt the steps outlined at the end of this post without the assistance of an advanced computer user.
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the Initializing Screen.

Something is wrong. It has been a full 5 minutes and the initializing screen still isn't going away.   

"It shouldn't take this long for a program to start up.", I thought. If the never-ending Initializing isn't an indicator that there is a problem with the Silhouette Studio v2 patch, then the intermittent flashes on the computer monitor definitely were. The laptop's fan was going crazy and getting quite loud. My poor machine was trying really hard to work with this program but nothing is making the Initializing Screen go away.

I had to make the software stop whatever it was trying to do.

I tried to end the process but the flashing screen was making it really difficult to bring up the Task Manager. After too many attempts, I finally got lucky and hit "End Process" at the right time. Silhouette Studio stopped but this popped up:



I shut down the computer and enjoyed the silent computer (fan) for a few moments. I took a deep breath and started the computer up again. I sent an email to Silhouette Support asking for help.

Next, I sent a text message to Hubby, my resident tech support, who was at work at the time.

"Can I tinker with the graphics card driver on my laptop? My Sil Studio won't open after installing the v2 patch and their webpage is saying that I have to update my graphics driver."

"The problem is that there is no newer driver for your laptop."

:(

Silhouette had released v2.9.67 a day and a half ago. They say that Legacy users must install this in order to continue access to the Silhouette Design Store and to enter any licenses for any software upgrades. Silhouette has a track record of releasing updates before the bugs were fixed and I was more than a little reluctant to run the installation file. I had read that some folks did not have any trouble with this update and so after backing up my Library and License, I decided to take the plunge.

For the record, I am using the Acer Aspire S7-392, a laptop that I acquired late last year, and running Windows 8.1. I never had any problems using the Legacy version with this computer, so I didn't really think that a graphics driver would be the issue anyway. Besides, I thought that this update was only supposed to fix a credit card security flaw so what's that got to do with the graphics driver? Even Adobe Photoshop, a photo-editing software that is many times more powerful than Silhouette Studio, works perfectly fine on my computer.

Uninstalling Silhouette Studio


Anyway, I decided to turn to Facebook. I recounted my experience to my wonderful readers there and within minutes, I received many suggestions. Throughout the course of the morning, I tried every advice that I got-

I ran the v2.9.67 installation file again and selected Repair but that didn't work. The Initialization Screen still did not go away.

I rebooted the computer and restarted the program. Still, the Initializing Screen persists.

I ran the file again and selected Remove to uninstall the whole software. I rebooted the computer and re-install from scratch. I reboot and restart the program.

Initialization Screen.

I uninstall, and reinstall again, but this time I unchecked the option to auto-launch the software. I manually launched the program after installation but still...

Initialization Screen.

I uninstall, and turn off the Firewall. I reinstall the software, rebooted, launch manually...

Initialization Screen.

I have exhausted my options and I was feeling really discouraged. I decided to shut down the computer and wait for Silhouette Support to reply or Hubby to come home....

Are you kidding me?! Silhouette Support totally ignored my question!

Hubby arrived home shortly after I received the email reply from Silhouette Support. He flipped opened my laptop and started trying many things. Nothing seemed to work until he did this:

- uninstall and remove all traces of the graphics driver provided by the manufacturer of my laptop
- reboot
- update the driver by asking Windows to search for the latest graphics driver and downloading it from Windows Update.

http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-022355.htm
screenshot from the Intel Support site

After a lot of research, it turns out that when a manufacturer ships a laptop, they may customize their drivers such that generic drivers no longer install. In my case, when I try to update the drivers, the Intel drivers from Intel.com would not install. Instead, they would always point me back to find new drivers from Acer, my laptop's manufacturer. Unfortunately, Acer does not have an updated graphics driver for my laptop. Their Support site lists a 2013 version of the graphics driver as the latest usable version for my computer even though Intel has a newer version. When I try to update the driver, a message would indicate that my laptop is already using the latest driver, when in fact, it is not. The only way to update my driver was to remove all traces of the driver provided by Acer, and replace with the latest graphics driver through Windows Update as outlined above.

Uninstalling the graphics driver

What Hubby did for me may or may not work for you as everyone's computer is slightly different. Please DO NOT attempt to do the same thing unless you are or you have the assistance of an advanced computer user. My Hubby fixed my program by uninstalling the manufacturer's customized driver and replacing it with a generic driver but he advices that this is pretty extreme and not for the faint of heart. You really need to know what you are doing, if not your machine may not work properly after this.

Also, please note that not all drivers are available on Windows Update. If you are unable to locate a replacement driver for your computer, you will need to find the original driver that came with your machine from the manufacturer's website.

I am relieved and grateful that Hubby managed to fix the program but I'm still miffed by the fact that a graphics driver update would be needed for a patch that is supposed to only address a store security issue. Updating the graphics driver may sound straightforward, but for some users, it may not be as easy as Silhouette would like you to believe.

The hung Initializing Screen seems to be a common problem amongst v2 users. I came across many reports of that happening when I was looking for a solution to my hung screen. Interestingly, I did not see any v3 users complain of the same thing when they install v3.3.638, the v3 version of the security flaw update. I can't help but wonder if this is a way that Silhouette is using to get their v2 users to start using v3. I sure hope not as that would really suck.

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UPDATE:

After I had written and scheduled this article to publish, I received another email from Silhouette:


It seems that somebody at Silhouette Support finally bothered to READ my email and realized that their initial reply did not address my question at all. I appreciate that they attempted to help but Hubby had already tried the steps they outlined before they sent out this second email. Unfortunately, their suggestion did not work but updating the graphics driver through Windows Update did.

Success! Thank you, Hubby!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

NEW! Silhouette Studio v2.9.67 {patch for Legacy version}

Heads up, Silhouette users! The security patch for the Legacy version is up!

http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/faq/solution/silhouette-studio-version-release-notes#V2_9_67

http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software/silhouette-studio/legacy-software

Silhouette says that the recent updates are necessary in order to prevent credit card fraud but the problems of the two initial updates for v3 have made me lose the confidence that this v2 patch will be bug-free. I have downloaded the file but I'm a little nervous to install.

For Legacy users, before installing the latest patch, I highly recommend that you backup your files. PC users, your Shapes Library and your SSDE License are located in the following locations. Copy the entire folders to an external drive to backup. Replace the folders to the same location to reinstate your library and licence key:

Shapes Library:
C:\ProgramData\com.aspexsoftware.Silhouette_Studio.8

Licence:
C:\ProgramData\com.aspexsoftware.Silhouette_Studio.license

Click HERE to download v2.9.67. Install at your own risk.

Good luck!

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p.s. If you don't install the updates before June 23 (tomorrow!) you will still be able to use the program but you will not be able to access and download from the Silhouette Design Store. You will also not be able to enter new license keys to upgrade the software.