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Monday, December 29, 2014

Blog Updates!

My Gallery and my Tips and Tutorials page have been updated! There are now over 650 projects listed on the gallery and over 140 Silhouette Studio/Make-the-Cut tips and tutorials listed on my blog.

Click HERE or HERE to view my updated gallery.

Click HERE to see my updated Tips and Tutorials page.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

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Here's a great deal on the New Cameo.  JC Penney has it listed on their site for $289.99 but if you use the coupon AFTERALL (for 25% off), the price comes down to just over $217! That's a great price for the cutter. Shipping is free for this item.

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Click HERE to get your New Cameo.

2015 Flip-Top Calendars

Sheri McCulley has designed calendars for the LD store the past two years and this year is no exception. Her three 2015 calendars are now available on the site.

Using Silhouette Studio (Legacy version) and my free calendar template, I made these flip-top calendars very quickly.

If you'd like to make some of these calendars too, just click HERE for my tutorial (and free template).

Files used:
Calendar template (free download HERE)
2015 Calendars
see tutorial HERE

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Our trip to Sun Peaks Ski Resort, Canada

I was in a frenzy in the weeks leading up to our Christmas vacation. Boots, gloves, helmets, goggles, sweaters, coats, Christmas presents, clean house.... SO MANY THINGS TO PREPARE! Hubby and I have signed the girls up for Ski School and we were looking forward to our second trip to the Sun Peaks Ski Resort in Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada.

Our friend, Judy (the Baker Extraordinaire) goes to Sun Peaks with her family every Christmas and even though she has asked us (many times!) to go along, we always decline for fear of intruding on her party. We finally decided to tag along last Christmas when she reassured us that we wouldn't be in her way at all. We had so much fun then we were excited to go again this year.

The drive from Seattle to Vancouver, BC took us about 1.5 hours and the bus ride to Sun Peaks took about 5, including a 1-hour lunch break at Aberdeen Mall in Kamloops, BC. By the time we got to the hotel, there wasn't much time (or daylight) left for skiing. Ski School will have to wait until the next day.

The next morning couldn't come fast enough! We all got up bright and early to head to Ski School.

We had enrolled the girls in 3 full-day classes. The students were grouped according to their Skill Level and each group includes 1 (sometimes 2) instructors and about 8 kids.

Lunch time at Ski School

Hubby and I loved that lunch for the kids was included. It was nice not to have to worry about that while we were on vacation.

You know that it's lunch time when the ski racks are full.

The weather was great at the ski resort but the snow came down hard on Christmas Eve.

The snow was a blanket of white that transformed the ski resort into a shimmering winter wonderland. We were in awe of the beauty that surrounded us. It took our breaths away!

We had done so much prep work and had looked forward to this trip and before we know it, our vacation was over and it was time to head home. The kids had a blast at Ski School and Hubby and I were grateful for the break. Thank you, Judy for inviting us to go along with you again. You are right, Christmas is more fun with friends. :-)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday Freebie! {plus new Toasty, Kiss the Year Goodbye}

New designs are up on the LD site:

If you are buying the collection, consider getting the bundles instead. They are currently on sale for 75% off and you can even use a coupon on top of it! 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 Kiss the Year Goodbye Disco Ball Cut It (SVG) to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00! The link to the download will show up after the "transaction" is completed.

If you had missed the Silhouette 12 days of Christmas promo, there are still several freebies available in the Silhouette Design Store. Click HERE to get them.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

We're spending Christmas with friends at the Sun Peaks Ski Resort in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. I'll share more pictures of our vacation when we get back to Seattle. In the meantime, here's wishing all of you a Very Merry Christmas!

Silhouette Free Shapes

UPDATE (12/25):
Here is yet another freebie that I found after this post was published:


Here are all the free shapes that Silhouette has given out during their 12 Days of Christmas promo. Click HERE to get them before they're gone.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Free Baby Sven {Reindeer Snow Globe Shaker Card}

LD recently added a free set to their Ice Princess Bundle. The Baby Reindeer is so cute I made a card with it as soon as the set was downloaded.

These shaker cards are very similar to the ones that I had previously posted here {if you missed my post, just click HERE to see it}. The only difference is that I used the baby reindeer for these cards instead of a penguin.

The Baby Reindeer was added to the Ice Princess bundles as a freebie but if you already own the bundle from a previous purchase, you can still get it at no charge.

Just click HERE to go to the LD store and click on the Try Me Now button for the Baby Reindeer set. Next, add the file to your cart and check out. You pay $0!

Now all that is left to do is to download the file and start cutting. Enjoy! :-)

Files used:
Baby Reindeer Cut It (SVG)
Snow Globes Cut It set (SVG)
Chill in the Air Cut It (SVG) (snowflake background)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Freebies! {plus new LD Expanding Bundles}

Finally, Christmas break is here! The last few weeks have been craaaaazy! So many things to do and clean but.....our tree is up, and our gingerbread houses are made. We're ready to take a break and spend some serious family time together. :-)

But first, here are a few things to share with y'all.

LD introduced their "Expanding Bundles" today. I read about it on their site and it sounds like a prepaid deal that also comes with a giant discount. Awesome!

This is LD's first Cut Its "Expanding Bundle":

The way that I am reading the offer is this: when you buy the Cut Its Expanding Bundle, you are effectively pre-paying for 48 sets of (new-release) cutting files (including 24 cut sets, 12 cut projects, and 12 cut alphabets). LD will add 2 Cut It sets, 1 Cut It project, and 1 Cut It Alphabet to your library automatically every month from December 2014 until November 2015. If you use the "Merry25" coupon code, an additional discount of 25% will apply, thus bringing the price down to only $45. This means that each set averages out to less than 95 cents each! That's one heck of a deal!

If you find yourself buying LD's new releases all the time, you may want to consider getting the "Expanding Bundle" while the coupon code is still valid.

LD is also offering a Graphics Expanding bundle:

Click HERE to read all about LD's Expanding Bundles.

Here is your Friday Freebie:

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the DB Nativity Doodlebat font (dingbat) 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 also have a freebie to give away. Click HERE to go to their blog to get their Santa's Milk and Cookies Labels (printable).

Silhouette has been giving away two free shapes daily as part of their 12 Days of Christmas promotion. Click HERE to get all the free shapes that are currently available from the Silhouette Design Store.

WINNERS: Starbucks Roastery Gift Card Giveaway

Thanks everyone, for entering in my Starbucks Roastery Gift Card giveaway. Three winners have been picked randomly and they are...

Congratulations to Jeri, Deborah Roew, and Shannon! Each of you have won a $10 Starbucks Roastery gift card! Please send your mailing address to to claim your prize.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.