Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tutorial: How to save a Silhouette Studio file to JPEG, PNG, or PDF for printing.


One of the limitations of the Silhouette Studio program is that files designed in the program can only be saved in the proprietary .studio format. Since no other programs can open a .studio file, whatever designs that were created in Silhouette Studio can only be opened by the same software. So what happens if you had used the program to design for, say, an 11" x 17" sheet of paper but your printer can only print on letter-size papers? How can you export the design into a jpeg or a pdf so that you can have it printed at the office supply store?

Today's tutorial was written by Shirley Swoope. By using multiple screenshots, Shirley will show you how you can use the Bullzip PDF printer to "save" your Silhouette Studio file into a jpeg, png, or even pdf for printing.

You can download Bullzip HERE and Shirley's tutorial HERE. You can also find Shirley at her blog HERE.

Thank you, Shirley for sharing your tutorial with us and thank you, Sandra Gerber for helping me reach out to Shirley.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Freebies: Bee Knees- Cupcakes (Wrappers and Toppers) printables

TGIF! Here are your Friday Freebies:

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:bees_knees_-_cupcakes-12938.html&AID=39954

Click HERE or the image below to go to the LD site. Add the Bees Knees Cupcake printables to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00! The link to the download will show up after the "transaction" is completed.

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:bees_knees_-_cupcakes-12938.html&AID=39954

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 Spice Labels (printable).

http://snfontaholic.blogspot.com/2014/05/freebie-friday-spice-labels.html
Silhouette users, don't forget to grab the weekly freebie from the Silhouette Online (Shape) Store.

http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/?page=view-shape&id=59914


Have a great weekend!

Jin's Favorite Cut Its (SVG)

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"I am new to lettering delights...
do you have some favorite sets to recommend a newbie?" 
-Andrea, on the UACT FB page, May 22. 
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I try to answer questions on my Facebook page as quickly as I can but I had the hardest time getting a satisfactory reply to Andrea. Surely it can't be that hard to highlight a few of my favorite Cut Its? That's what I thought until I went to the LD site and realized that almost every LD set is a personal favorite. Yikes!

I have tried my hardest to trim my list of must-haves. In the end, I decided that it is only fair to highlight a set from which I have used to make something before. Bear in mind that this is NOT a list of all the sets that I have ever used. At the time of this post, I have already completed about 600 projects with LD's art.  I have tested and played with A LOT of LD files. If I should list all the files that I have ever used, it would certainly take up more room than one blog post!

The files that made the list below are those which I have enjoyed cutting. I have also used some of these files very often. I deliberately left a few of my favorite sets out because I prefer using the graphics version. The list below includes the LD Cut Its (SVG) cutting files only. If I really like the designs in the Cut Its, I usually end up getting the graphics too because the latter may work and look better in a print-and-cut project. For example, the EEIEEIO graphic set looks better in a print-and-cut project than the Cut Its (see my project HERE). If there is a Cut It set that you like a lot, I would encourage you to consider getting the graphics version too while it is on sale. Graphics are only $1/set during the LD sale.

Eeieeio
http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/07/jins-ee-i-ee-i-o-stationery-set.html
Eeieeio graphic set


The Cut It cutting files below are listed in no particular order of preference:

Jin's Favorite Cut Its:
1. Jin's bundle (because I handpicked every set! ;) )
Tip: It is cheaper to buy the sets separately during the LD $1-2 sale

http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2012/02/party-lion-action-wobble-card.html
Nancy's Buddies Cut Its

2. everything designed by Nancy Kubo
3. everything designed by Patricia Zapata
4. all the Simple Shapes  (Seriously! Simple Shapes are so useful and so easy to cut!)
 Tip: Get the bundles when they go on sale.

http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2012/05/happily-ever-after-and-once-upon-time.html

5. all the Disney-inspired sets (Ice Princess, Happily Ever After, Once Upon a Time, More Happily Ever After, Villians and Sidekicks)

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?search=disney&AID=39954

6. all the sets from the Kawaii-a-bunga Bundle of Cut Sets
7. all the Fairy Tale designs (Goldilocks, Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood) 
8. all the "Fishy" sets - Something Fishy, School of Fish, Birthday Fishes

http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2011/09/barry-and-friends.html

9. any of the "photobooth" sets- e.g. Lip Smackers, Mustache, Hat Hoopla, Masquerade Masks, Holiday Hats, Spectator Specs, Hop Hop Hooray Photo Props
10. Pet Shop Stop
11. Hooked on You

http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2014/03/1-2-3-jump-panda-umbrella-card.html
Puddle Jumping

12. Puddle Jumping
13. Cupcake Crates
14. Apple On A Stick
15. Milk Cartons

http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-grill-box.html
King of the Grill Projects

16. King of the Grill Projects
17. Chicken Fat Alley Cat

http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/02/let-me-be-your-happy.html
Love You a Latte

18. Love You a Latte
19. Zander Plays
20. Playtime
http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/09/friends-japanese-yorokobi.html
Japanese Yorokobi 

21. Japanese Yorokobi 
22. Great Scott It's Love 
http://underacherrytree.blogspot.comhttp//www.underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2012/09/late-rabbit-action-wobble-card.html/2012/08/hints-tips-making-little-teacups.html
Curiouser and Curiouser 
23. Curiouser and Curiouser
24. Animal Boxes and Bags
25. Dear Tooth Fairy

http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/02/kawaii-panda.html
Kawaii Kalendar Cut Its

26. Kawaii Kalendar
27. Pretty Pops

Baby Got Backpack

28. Baby Got Backpack
29. Sweet Nothings
30. Chinese Xingfu 

http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2012/04/tutorial-how-to-make-framed-wall-art.html
Bleu Basil

31. Bleu Basil
32. Peep Squeakers
33. Slumber Party

http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2012/01/meet-bugaboos.html
Bugaboo
34. Bugaboo
35. Frankly Friends
36. Owl Goes Hoo and Ghost Goes Boo Cut Its
37. Christmas Express 
38. Season's Tweetings

The LD $1-2 sale ends soon and this is the best time to build or add to your collection of cutting files Use a coupon and take advantage of the discounts that LD offers in addition to the sale. You can use MAYDAY to take 25% off ($10 min purchase) or MAYDAY40 take 40% off ($50 min purchase).

Thursday, May 29, 2014

LD Daily Freebie: Strawberry Lemonade Stand Kit (printables)

Here's another freebie from LD:

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:strawberry_lemonade_stand_kit-12937.html&AID=39954

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Strawberry Lemonade Stand Kit printables to your cart and check out. You pay $0.00! The link to the download will show up once the "transaction" is completed.

LD is giving away a freebie everyday until the end of May. Check back tomorrow to see what's new. Don't forget to get the Memorial Day Party Printables and the Daily Grind graphic set before they expire.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LD Daily Freebie: Daily Grind graphic set {plus new Strawberry Lemonade Cut It Project}

LD is busy celebrating May Days and they just released these new sets:

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:strawberry_lemonade_-12936.html&AID=39954
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/alphabet:strawberry_vine-12932.html&AID=39954

LD is also giving away a free file everyday until the end of May. Here is today's freebie:

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:daily_grind-12934.html&AID=39954

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Daily Grind graphic set to your cart and check out. You pay $0.00! The link to the download will show up once the "transaction" is completed.

Check back tomorrow for another freebie. Don't forget to get the Memorial Day Party Printables and the Tape It graphic set before they expire.

TIP: How to follow my Facebook page and not miss out on any of my posts.

Do you follow my Facebook page but have not been receiving my posts? If you don't want to miss out on any of my status updates, just do the following:

Go to my page and mouse over the Liked button. Click on "Get Notifications" so that a check mark appears next to it. Now Facebook will inform you every time I make a post. :-)

https://www.facebook.com/underacherrytree
 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

LD Daily Freebie: Tape It Graphics Set

Oh, lookie! LD has a fun freebie for us today!

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:tape_it-12935.html&AID=39954

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Tape It graphic set to your cart and check out. You pay $0.00! The link to the download will show up once the "transaction" is completed.

LD is giving away a freebie everyday until the end of May. Check back tomorrow to see what's new. Don't forget to get the Strawberry Lemonade Alphabet and the Memorial Day Party Printables before they expire.

NEW! Silhouette Studio version 3.0.531 (released 5/27/2014)

Silhouette Studio version 3.0.531 is out! This update is supposed to fix even more of the bugs that came along with the previous two (version 3.x.x) releases. At the time of this article, I have not yet personally downloaded and installed the update so I cannot offer any reviews.  I have to say though that I am happy to see in the release notes that they have fix the drag-and-drop pattern issue. Yippee! Still, I have to try out the program in order to see if the fix really works.

(UPDATE: I tried v.3.0.531 and sadly, drag-and-drop patterns from an external folder and into a shape still does not work. :( )

Click HERE to download** Silhouette Studio version 3.0.531 and HERE to see the release notes.
 
p.s. Download and install at your own risk.  :-P

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

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

Monday, May 26, 2014

LD Daily Freebie: Memorial Day Party Printables

Happy Memorial Day!

interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:memorial_day_party_printables-12933.html&AID=39954

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Memorial Day Party Printables to your cart and check out. You pay $0.00! The link to the download will show up once the "transaction" is completed.

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:memorial_day_party_printables-12933.html&AID=39954

TIP: 
Make cupcake toppers quickly by using my free template or use my free button template if you have a 1" button machine.

video

LD is giving away a freebie everyday until the end of May. Check back tomorrow to see what's new. Don't forget to get the Strawberry Lemonade Treat Printables that expires tonight and the Strawberry Lemonade Alphabet that expires on Wednesday.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

LD Daily Freebie: Strawberry Lemonade Alphabet

Here's another file to add to your Strawberry Lemonade collection and the best part is that....it's FREE!

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/alphabet:strawberry_lemonade_-12931.html&AID=39954

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Strawberry Lemonade Alphabet to your cart and check out. You pay $0.00! The link to the download will show up once the "transaction" is completed.

TIP: 
Unlike the LD fonts, an LD "Alphabet" is a set of graphics. Use them like you would any of the LD graphics files. For example, Alphabets are great for print-and-cut.

LD is giving away a freebie everyday until the end of May. Check back tomorrow to see what's new. Don't forget to get the LD Friday Freebie too that expires tonight and the Strawberry Lemonade Treat Printablesthat expires tomorrow.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

LD Daily Freebie: Strawberry Lemonade Treat Printables

Surprise! LD has a freebie for us today!

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:strawberry_lemonade_treat_printables-12930.html&AID=39954

LD is giving away a freebie everyday until the end of May. To get today's free file, first click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Strawberry Lemonade Treat Printables to your cart and check out. You pay $0.00! The link to the download will show up once the "transaction" is completed.

Don't forget to get your LD Friday Freebie too before it expires on Sunday night.




Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Freebies! {plus new Strawberry Lemonade and Strawberry Soiree}

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:strawberry_lemonade_treatbags-12927.html&AID=39954

Sometimes I wonder if the folks at LD have telepatic powers because how else would they know what I have been thinking? Seriously, just the other day I was looking for a lemonade stand cutting file and look, they released one today!

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954

Click HERE to check out the new Strawberry Lemonade and Strawberry Soiree Cut Its (SVG) and graphic sets.

While you're at the LD site, don't forget to shop the Dollar Sale. For a limited time, all Cut Its (SVG) are $2/set while graphics, papers, and almost everything else is only $1!

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954

You can even use a coupon to sweeten the deal. Use MAYDAY to take 25% off (minimum $10 purchase) or MAYDAY40 to take 40% off (minimum $50 purchase).

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954

Here's your LD Friday Freebie:
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:strawberry_lemonade_treatbags-12927.html&AID=39954

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Strawberry Lemonade Treatbags (printables) to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00! The link to the download 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 Memorial Day print.

http://snfontaholic.blogspot.com/2014/05/freebie-friday-memorial-day-print.html

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

http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/?page=view-shape&id=59913

Silhouette Studio: "No-Cut" zone versus "No-Print" zone

I love it when I learn something new, and especially when the info came from you guys. While working on my mini-notecard tutorial, I found out that I could print-and-cut in the shaded area of the virtual mat. I had always thought that it was a no-cut zone! I was so excited that I posted about it on my Facebook page. It turned out that some of you already knew that and even shared your tips on my page.


From y'all, I learned that printing within the shaded area is discouraged because it can confuse the machine when it tries to scan for the registration marks. This may result in an inaccurate print-and-cut.

The area defined by the red outline is where the machine will cut. Anything that is positioned outside of that rectangle will not be cut out by the Silhouette cutter.

If you'd like to to see my Facebook post and the tips that were posted by my Facebook readers, please click HERE to read that thread.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

$1 LD SALE!! All Cut Its (SVG) $2, Graphics, papers, and everything else only $1!

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954

HURRY! LD just sprung a surprise dollar sale on us! All Cut Its (SVG) are $2 while graphics, papers, clipart, fonts, and almost everything else on their site are $1!

Here are some examples, there are PLENTY more on the site! Don't forget to use your coupon to make the deals even better. Use the code MAYDAY to take 25% off any purchase of $10 or more.

I don't know when this sale will end so hurry and click HERE to shop the sale now.

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954
http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?days=45&AID=39954