Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A couple of Silhouette free shapes {including Day 3 Silhouette freebie: warm winter wishes}

There are several free shapes currently available in the Silhouette Design Store.


Click HERE to get them.

GIVEAWAY! $10 Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room Giftcard with sleeve


The Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room opened in Seattle, WA on Dec 5. I visited the roastery over the weekend (click HERE to read about my visit) and could not leave without getting some of their giftcards. I love the look of the black with gold lettering! These giftcards are only available at the Starbucks Roastery but they can be used at the Starbucks stores in the U.S..

I am giving away 3 giftcards and each is pre-loaded with a $10 value.

To enter in my giveaway, just leave a comment below (on this blog, NOT on my Facebook page) and tell me what is your favorite Starbucks drink. If you don't have a favorite Starbucks drink, just tell me about your favorite beverage instead. It doesn't have to be coffee or tea or even from Starbucks. :-)

The giveaway starts now and will end on Thursday, Dec 18 at 11:59pm PST. The THREE winners will be randomly picked and announced on Friday, Dec 19.

Good luck!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 2 Silhouette freebie: snowflake

Silhouette's 12 days of Christmas promotion started yesterday and they are giving away a free shape every day through Christmas. Here is today's freebie:


Click HERE to get the snowflake from the Silhouette Design Store. If you had missed yesterday's free wreath, click HERE for it.

A visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room, Seattle WA

What a nice treat to have a day of sunshine after that horrible storm we had last week! When the sun is out, it feels wrong to stay inside and so Hubby and I took the kids downtown. Starbucks had just opened their new mega cafe plus roastery in Seattle and we thought we would check it out.

What a beautiful day in Seattle!

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room is located in 1124 Pike Street. We had trouble finding a parking spot and ended up parking in the Washington State Convention Center. We walked 3 blocks to the cafe.

We were pretty excited when we finally got there.

We have heard that the place is huge but we didn't realize how big the place is until we got inside. OMG, the place IS HUGE!

The first thing that greeted us was the roasting area. There is a big coffee roaster, a cafe, a restaurant, and a retail and merchandizing area on the ground level. The lower level holds another cafe (offering "fancier" coffee), another roaster, and a reading/quiet/"library-ish" space.

We decided that we wanted a drink first so we joined the line for the cafe.

The food they sell here is unlike the La Boulange pastries offered in the regular Starbucks stores. The food here actually looks good! If we hadn't already eaten at our favorite dumpling restaurant, I would have loved to try the Dark Kale salad and the Coffee-Rubbed Turkey Sandwich.

The drinks menu here is also different. Instead of a menu board, we see what is offered from several sheets of paper secured on a clipboard. I was curious about the Pantheon blend that is exclusive to the roastery and so I asked to have it Clover-brewed.

cool copper silos behind the baristas.

While waiting for my drink, I noticed that the coffee is served in a mug here rather than a to-go cup. I had missed those days when Starbucks used to serve their drinks in an actual cup and so I was pretty impressed. I was also surprised to see that they even do latte art!

Charlie didn't collect his (her?) drink and so folks like me couldn't help but sneakily take photos of it. hehe.

My coffee took a while but it was worth the wait. The drink was great!

We found a nice couch to relax on and a map to peruse while we enjoy our drinks.

Once we swallowed the last sip, we headed to the lower level.

We found that they serve the fancy stuff like pour-over coffee, the french press, and the siphon coffee here.

We headed back upstairs just in time to catch a demo of the roasting process.

the capacity of this roaster is 25kg but they usually use it to roast only 25lbs of beans

Even though I know the coffee roasting process well (I used to roast my own beans), it was fun to see how they do it here. I thought that the kids would be bored but they too were fascinated to see how the roasting is done.

"Mom! I can hear the beans poppin'! "

Before we headed out, we took a look at the retail and merchandizing area. There are mugs, bags, and various coffee gear offered here.

Of course, they sell coffee beans too.

Hey! Isn't that what I just drank up?

I bought a couple of mugs and several giftcards. (If you want one, keep reading. *wink*)

pretty, pretty giftcard

Serious Pie (restaurant) is located just next to the retail area.

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room was an interesting experience. If you are in the Seattle area, definitely stop by to take a look. There is no other cafe quite like it.

I thought of you guys while I was at the Starbucks Roastery and so I bought extra giftcards! Check back here tomorrow to see my giveaway!  Click HERE to see how you can win one.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Free shape from Silhouette: wreath


Silhouette is giving away a free shape every day from now through Christmas. Click HERE to grab today's free wreath from the Silhouette Design Store.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Freebies {plus new Warmest Wishes bundle}

The LD 75% off bundle sale is still going on and they have added 2 more bundles to the sale today:


Click HERE to get the Warmest Wishes Graphics bundle (great for print-and-cut) or HERE to get the Cut Its bundle (SVG included).


Don't forget to use your coupon if you are shopping the sale. Use the code merry25 to save an extra 25% on purchases of $15 or more.

Here is your Friday Freebie:


Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Warmest Wishes Surfing Santa Cut It (SVG) and graphic set to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00! The links to the download will show up after the "transaction" is completed.

scrapNfonts is a sister site of LD and they also have a freebie to give away. Click HERE to go to their store and get their Snowman Treat Labels (printable).


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


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jin's Snow Globe Shaker Card

I might have squealed a little too loudly when I first saw the LD Snow Globes. A penguin snow globe? YES, PLEASE!! My oldest kid is crazy about penguins and I just know that she would love the penguin card from the set. In fact, I would make her a penguin shaker card so she could shake it as though it's a real snow globe.

Instead of using the Cut It set, I thought I would use the graphic because I like the snowflake background in the latter. However, I realized that the "bubble" on the graphic distracts from the penguin so I decided to recreate the design using Cut Its instead.

To make the snowflake background, I used the snowflake images from the Chill in the Air Cut Its set. I added the snow flurries by drawing little circles with the Circle Tool. To make the penguin look more interesting, I added a pattern to the scarf.

With reference to the screenshot above, after cutting out all the layers, I adhered the Transparency (or you can use acetate) to the back of the Card Front. Next, I cut out small pieces of foam tape and adhered them around the clear window. This is to make room between the window and the printed background for the fake snow that I will be using as the "shakable elements" of the shaker card.

It dawned upon me that the card front looked rather bare so I went ahead and added a greeting using a vinyl cutout. It is probably a good idea to do this before the previous step but I was glad that it worked out anyway.

Now I am ready to fill the card with fake snow, glitter, and tiny sequins!

Here's the finished card:

I love how the foil cardstock made the snow globe looks as though it has a silver stand and I just looove the interactive element of this card. Because of its "shaker" feature, this paper snow globe feels like a card version of a real snow globe! Too fun! I can't wait to show this to my kid. 'Wonder if she would squeal just as loud as I did. ;)

Files used:

Snow Globes Cut It set (SVG)
Chill in the Air Cut It (SVG) (snowflake background)
Peepsicles Paper Pack (pattern-fill for scarf)

Stampendous Shaved Ice

**I bought the foil cardstock from a local paper shop that has since closed but I think that the AC foil papers should work too.