Sunday, October 4, 2015

Download and Install Silhouette Mint Studio v1.0.062

The new Silhouette Mint stamp maker from Silhouette America will be available later this month (you can pre-order HERE), but did you know that you can play with the accompanying software now?

Even though I don't have a Mint on hand, I went ahead and downloaded and installed the Silhouette Mint Studio (v1.0.062) software. Just for fun (and also so that you have something more to look at in today's post) I took screenshots of the installation process:

For the record, I am using Windows 8.1. The Silhouette Mint Studio program installed and launched without any issues. Not unexpectedly, the software looks and works a lot like Silhouette Studio but still, I wished it came with an online user's manual. There are a few things in there that I could use some explanation for.

If you want to play too, just click HERE to go to Silhouette America's website to get the download for the Mint Studio software. Obviously you can't make a stamp without the actual Mint stamp maker but you can try out the software now and get a hang of it. By the time your Silhouette Mint arrives, you'll be all ready to make your first stamp!

Have fun!

Confetti Halloween- Haunted House printable treat box

LD is giving away their Confetti Halloween - Haunted House printable treat box this weekend. The download includes the treat box in .png and .pdf format. You can use the .png files with your Silhouette Studio software to do a print-and-cut but I used the .pdf files as I thought it was easier- just print and hand-cut.

If you have not grabbed your freebie, just click HERE to get it.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Freebies!

There are some new deals and new designs up on the LD site!

First, let's talk about the deals. There are so many offers going on at the same time, it's making my head spin. Here are a few that are worth highlighting:

1. 75% off all Halloween product (bundles excluded). This sale includes their new Confetti Halloween designs!

2. 75% off the new Confetti Holidays sets.

3.You can get the entire Punkin Head collection ($38 value) for free! Just be sure to follow the instructions listed HERE carefully.

4. New coupon code! Use the code Screams to save 25% on purchases of $8 or more.

You can get some really good deals by combining the 75% off offers with the coupon code. For example, I added the following 8 sets to my cart:
  1. Confetti Holidays Cut Set
  2. Confetti Halloween Cut Set
  3. Tricky Treaters Cut Set
  4. Tricky Treats Cut Set
  5. Confetti Holidays Graphic Set
  6. Confetti Holidays Paper Pack
  7. Tricky Treats Paper Pack
  8. Confetti Halloween Paper Pack

The original price of the 8 sets combined is $32 but after applying the Screams coupon, the total came down to only $6!  Woot!

Click HERE to shop the LD Halloween Dollar Sale.

And now, here's your Friday Freebie:

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Confetti Halloween Haunted House (printables) to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00!

Silhouette Studio users, don't forget to claim your weekly freebie.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GIVEAWAY! Craftsy Class: Quilled and Sculpted Cards

I have a treat for y'all today! Not only is Cecelia Louis of Paper Zen guest-writing on my blog, she brought along freebies and a giveaway! 

Cecelia is the author of the book, Pretty Quilled Cards and she's here to introduce her new Craftsy class: Quilled and Sculpted Cards.

Everyone, let's say "Hi!" to Cecelia.

How lucky am I??? Jin is such a fantastic teacher with all her great tutorials, and she's letting me share her classroom today with this guest post.

I've taught a couple quilling classes in the past, and that helped prepare me when Craftsy contacted me to teach a class, Quilled and Sculpted Cards.

There were many things about Craftsy that impressed me. It takes a talented team to put a class together, beside ensuring I looked and sounded good (and feeding me well too!). Throughout the entire process, Craftsy focused on teaching skills that students could then use in other projects.

For my first lesson, I teach how to make a Fanned Die Cut Christmas Card. It even holds a little prezzie in the tree - a Hershey's Kiss! Rather than throw away the paper in the middle, I thought it would be nice to make a bonus item, so I came up with a mini tree that also works as a place card or a menu item note. The 3D star sits flat on the card and puffs up while you start forming it. It's hard to see in this photo, but in the class, I show a method to make them textured and look like fluffy flakes!

In Lesson 3, I teach how to sculpt your die cuts, so that they take on more life and movement. I love combining quilling with my paper projects, and show how to accent the card with simple scroll embellishments.

I'm pretty sure the topmost item that inspires most people to take up quilling is snowflakes. In Lesson 7, I supply pre-measured quilling strips (I like to cut my own) and a grid to follow along to make it super easy.

There are 7 lessons in total and run for about 20 minutes or so each. If you've never heard of Craftsy before, it's an online learning classroom for a wide range of hobbies. Your class never expires and I check in to answer questions.

To conclude today's post, I wanted to show that you can easily create 3D items like the Christmas tree. Since Halloween is coming around the corner, I designed a few pumpkins for us all to "carve".

If you'd like to give this technique a try, here's the link to download the digital die cut files as well as the step-by-step instructions on how to assemble them. It's not as wonderfully video taped like my Craftsy class, but you'll get an idea of how fun and easy it is.

I'd like to thank Jin for letting be a guest on today's post - you're the sweetest!

It was my privilege to be a part of your paper-craft day. I hope you liked seeing some of the things I'm teaching in my class. I'd like to give away a free Craftsy class to one commenter. Please leave a way for Jin to send the winner a link!

Happy crafting!

Cecelia Louie
Paper Zen

To check out Cecelia's class, just click HERE. Cecelia is also giving away her Quilled and Sculpted Cards class to one lucky reader. To enter in the giveaway, just leave a comment below.

The giveaway starts now and ends on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Oct 7.

Cecelia has also designed 3 pumpkin shapes to share with everyone. You can download the Round Pumpkin HERE and the Wide Pumpkin from Michelle's MichelleMyBelle Creations blog HERE. For the 3rd pumpkin shape plus an extra chance to win Cecelia's class, please click HERE to visit Ann Martin's All Things Paper blog. You can find the download for the Tall Pumpkin there.

Good luck!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Freebies {plus new Tricky Treats}

LD has added a new Halloween collection to their site. Oct 31st is about 36 days away from today so we still have plenty of time to play with these!

Click HERE to see the new Tricky Tricks and if you are buying any LD files, don't forget to use your coupons:

The code Smartie (exp. Sep 30) will take 60% off any product, min. $30 purchase.

The code Treats (exp. unknown) will take 75% off any Halloween product, min. $5 purchase.

Here is your Friday Freebie:

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Tricky Treats Candy Bar Wrappers (printables) to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00!

Silhouette Studio users, don't forget to claim your weekly freebie.

Have a great weekend!

Glowforge, the 3D Laser Printer

Remember when I told y'all that there are new cutting machines coming? Here's one more to add to the list. Check out the new Glowforge 3D laser printer. Besides paper and wood, it can also cut and engrave cardboard, fabric, leather, plexiglas (acrylic), cork, mylar, and many other materials. It can also engrave rubber stamps, glass, marble, and more.

The machine is not priced for the casual home crafter- the standard model starts at $1995 and goes up to $4495 for the Glowforge Pro with Air Filter. Still, a girl can dream right? *sigh*

Click HERE to see the machine in action and to find more info.