Silhouette review and GIVEAWAY!


The below post is a review, as well as a giveaway event that is now over.
I hope you find the review helpful!

 Congrats Rachelle!

You’ve been watching me make my vintage styled signs. If you wish you had a gadget to help you achieve the same pro like output, you don’t have to wait any longer. You have a chance at winning and purchasing one for a great deal this week!

Step right up and let me show you around the wonderful world of the…

  Silhouette!


What is it?

 

 The Silhouette is a digital cutting tool.  It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you have access to all your fonts plus all kinds of designs from the Silhouette Online Store. This allows you to create your own custom designs.

What can it make?

What intrigued me most was the fact that this little machine is a major multi-tasker.  While my own pro sign making equipment can only make decals, this can create:

  • Scrapbook pages
  • Cards
  • Custom apparel
  • Vinyl décor
  • Etched glass
  • Sketch designs
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Paper crafts

How does it work?

 

Whatever you draw on your computer screen transfers to the cutting machine. The results are quick and VERY professional.

Is it easy to use?

 Yes, it’s easy, but it’s a little involved.

As someone that uses drawing programs all the time, I know how innovative cutting software can be. Even me knowing what I’m doing had me wowing and having to read about all the possibilities this little machine is packed with.

There is a learning curve on how the software works. But it’s just like anything else. Read, play and learn it. It isn’t hard. It just requires a bit of your time and experimentation. The manual is very well written and instructional DVD is exceptional and easy to understand so that is a massive bonus.

The unit is both PC and Mac compatible. And it was a breeze to install and hook up on my mac. Massive bonus! I’m so not a geek. I actually got all giddy when I got it to run first try…

 Contents

It came with:

cutting blade and special caps
all the cords necessary (USB hookup)
dvd software
dvd instructions
two special cutting mats
and a ‘monthly special’ bonus material of some type if you purchase during a promo event

This unit is compact! It’s smaller than a printer so it can easily sit beside a computer without issue.

And I just love that it was ready to to plug and play. No extra wires were needed for purchase. LOVE that.

How it works

Let’s do a paper sample. I’d have done a tattoo sample (this month’s promo) but the stock is stuck in our current mail strike. Ah well. Anyway…


The DVD got watched, the unit got plugged in and the software got loaded. The paper was put into the machine and the drawing began.

And yes, it was straight forward enough for my 12 yr old son to figure out. 🙂


This is called a paper carrier. You peel back this liner and place your chosen material (in this case card stock) on the clear part which is sticky. This is what keeps your own chosen paper in place while you feed it through the machine.

 This is what the software looks like on a 27″ monitor. You type in what you desire and play around. 

ie: I broke up the letters in Funky Junk so I could bounce each one.

But let’s start a little simpler.

 I typed out cody. When you click on the red outline of the text, the size is revealed.

Resizing is easy. You click on a corner, then pull out.

 

The screen now reveals your new size. You will cut the exact size of your drawing.

This is the cutting result. Your paper is stuck to that sticky liner keeping everything in place. Perfectly clean cuts!

And cutting paper is only a start. There’s all kinds of other things the machine cuts as well, including vinyl! No worries… I’ll be showing you what I make as I try things out.

My summary

Wow. I still have lots to learn. So much so that I didn’t get anything cool made with the unit yet. I’m only half way through the dvd!

The software program itself is pretty amazing and can do many MANY of the same steps my own sign software costing hundreds of dollars does. This machine is a really good price for what it does! The software alone is worth the dollar amount IMO.

Pros

– the manual is well written and easy to use

– the instructional dvd is a must to view and is quite thorough, although lengthly

– the unit is compact enough to have next to your computer without issue

– seamless operation to the online store within the software… that’s cool.

– the Silhouette is also available in Canada. You can check availability HERE.

Cons

 – you will need to spend some time playing. Not all the possibilities are documented which I think would be impossible anyway

– I’m thinking size restriction may be a tricky factor if you like working on BIG projects but I’m not that far yet. I’ll update this as I learn how to do more.

– online videos would be cool, but I suppose that’s what the dvd is for. 🙂

– no monthly sales promotion for Canada

Monthly specials

Each month, Silhouette puts on specials allowing you to get the machine at a huge discount. (US only) They also generally include some kind of materials to play with as well. This month was temporary tattoos. 🙂 

This month’s special

1 Silhouette SD

2 Packages Temporary Tattoo Paper

for $199 

(US only)

  

That’s a $120 savings! Plus…

25% off all other products 

in the Silhouette shop (excluding gift cards and download codes) 

The promo will run June 21-29.  

Use code FUNKY JUNK to get the deal.


Giveaway!

Silhouette is generously offering you a  

Silhouette SD cutting machine kit 
and 2 sheets of tattoo paper!


US AND Canada this round! Thanks Silhouette!

How to enter

 Tell me in comments why you’d like to win a Silhouette and you’re in!

  “Like” Silhouette on Facebook and comment to enter again!

Blog, tweet or facebook about the giveaway and comment to enter again!

The giveaway will run June 21 – 27 midnight Pacific.

The winner will be drawn by random.org and will be announced on the 28th.

Didn’t win? You still have an extra day to purchase one at that hot deal!

The winner must have an email activated in their blog profile. 

If you don’t have a blog, please include your email with your comment.


Learn how to activate your email HERE

Good luck friends!

Silhouette gave me this machine so I could try it out. All my opinions are truthful and my own. I took it on in hopes of finding an affordable pro solution for the DIY crowd.


This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all that have entered!

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  1. I have a Cricut, which I love, but I think it would be wonderful to be able to print the fonts that are already on my computer! Thanks so much for sharing information about this great machine! I “liked” them on Facebook and am getting ready to share about this now on my page, and my Studio Valerie page.

    You have helped me so much to make my blog more user-friendly and I really appreciate it! Did you know that you can get your own personalized Facebook name for Funky Junk? Just go to Facebook.com/username to check availability and get it set up!

    Val

  2. oh my goodness! i am dying for one of these amazing machines! i would do so many wonderful things for my kiddos with it! thank you so much for the opportunity! my birthday is coming up and i am trying my darndest to win one! xo

  3. I’ve been wanting one of these for the past year!!!! The reason, I love to be able to use my own fonts that I’ve gotten over the years!!!
    thanks for the giveaway!

  4. What a great price! Free is even better though so I’d love to win. I just graduated my son from high school & am ready to really get to work on some fun things I’ve put off over the years. This would make things so much easier & much more fun!

    My email cjy5787@gmail.com

  5. I would love to have a Silhouette so I don’t have to use the old “Exacto Knife” method anymore 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

    trixi.larue at yahoo dot com

  6. I’d love, Love, LOVE to own a Silhouette!

    Being an elementary school teacher, this would be such a gift!

    Thank you for offering this giveaway, Donna!!

  7. I would love, love to win one because I could never afford to buy one. I would use it in so many ways, make t-shirts, repurpose all things I find thrown away, help my friends with their decorating projects, ah sooo many things to do than trying to draw by hand. <3 so that is my wish 😀

  8. I would love a Silhouette – I love all sorts of crafts and this would let me get even more creative. You are so inspirational and energetic – I love to see all that you do! Thanks for this opportunity!

  9. Who wouldn’t love the chance to win a Sihouette?!? So many creative possibilities! Also, I’ve been looking for a retailer so I can purchase one (here in 100 Mile House, BC) and the surrounding area, but no luck so maybe…just maybe I’ll be lucky. Thank you for the opportunity to enter my name. Lesa

  10. Count me in! I am a graphic design student and I am always needing to make these pretty little cuts–I would love to win this, it would be so useful and fun!

  11. Awesome giveaway!! I really like this machine! I have wanted one for a while but being a stay at home mommy we are on tight budget. I would use this for so many crafts….vinyl, appliques, fabric cutting, a gazillion paper crafts, and I have 2 small boys that would love the tattoos. Checked out your blog….very helpful blog..new follower! Thanks!!

    thereisnoplacelikehomemade(dot)blogspot(dot)com
    anbennett (at) tampabay (dot) rr (dot) com

  12. I would love to win this! My kids are big into temporary tattoos and I’m a craft junkie. Vinyl is something I haven’t tried yet.

  13. If I don’t win one I’m buyin’ one!! This is fabulous!! My wheels are already spinning as to how I can create bigger projects with it.

    Fabulous!

  14. I would love a Silhouette for all the DIY projects around the home- glass etching, sign-making, stenciling, etc. Plus I scrapbook so that would make my pages extra cute! =D Thanks for having this giveaway!

  15. Oh, I’d love one of these. I’ve been wanting an electronic cutter for years. I think I’d go crazy cutting out vinyl for my windows and walls then tons of shapes for my cards.

  16. I would LOVE to win one of these. We’ll be moving to a new home soon. I’t would be terrific to be able to create some personalized wall art. Maybe one of those “J@*&%t Family est. 19** signs” -No I wasn’t swearing at you – just didn’t want to publish my last name. ( Or let everyone know I’m really old judging by the date we were wed.) Personalized greeting cards would be fun too- My kids have been invited to 5 birthday parties in the last 2 weeks so this is sort of on my mind . Oh & those sports jersey shirts -with a name & number – The boys would love those….

  17. I’d Love to win one of these – Would make personalized art for the walls of our new home – maybe some birthday cards, too. My boys would love the sports jersey style shirts – with the name & number….

  18. Just got done blogging about your site and giveaway! I found your “making your blog more user friendly”….Awesome! I am a beginner blogger so I found it so very helpful. I linked your blog back through my title post so anyone who reads my blog can come check out your awesomeness. Thanks Again!

  19. I would love to win a silhouette because right now I have to hand paint all my signs and crafts! This would make it much easier! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Oh what wouldn’t I do with the Silhouette?
    I would use it for card making, vinyl decals for decorating around my house as well as for making gifts for my friends and family, I’d make t-shirts for the students and parents at my martial arts school, I’d make stencils for my jewelry art…the possibilities are endless…come to me Silhouette!!!!

  21. I would love to have one of these to do projects with my kids! I am hopeless when it comes to free-handing things, so this would be great.

    downeaster_alexa at hotmail dot com

  22. I would love to win this Silhoette!! I received a Cricut Expression for Christmas. While it is a good machine, I don’t like the fact that I have to have all those cartridges. And the software program would be nice but still again I have to have the cartridges to cut things out, especially since you can’t purchase SCAL for it anymore. I have researched the Silhoette and it is more of what I’m looking for. Simple, all in one little package and still does it all. It seems it is definitely the better choice of the machines on the market. Thanks gctterrell@att.net Carrie Terrell

  23. Since I am currently unemployed, I’ve been so hoping to win one of these! I LOVE the customization you can do. I would love to do some freezer paper stenciling with this and some vinyl cutouts as well!

  24. i would love this for my alphabet photography ive been trying to start. i do last names for wedding gifts and i want to add a touch of vinyl – but nobody here does it! this would be perfect.

  25. Oh man – what a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

    I would love to win, because I think this is something that could really improve my scrapbooking! I would just love it!

  26. I really want one of these. No I really NEED one of these. I really want a tattoo that isn’t permanent or doesn’t hurt. LOL! Just kidding. I would really love to use this for scrapbooking, cardmaking, and wall decals. I can think of at least a million projects I could do with this.

    Danielle

  27. I’ve wanted one forever. There are so many great things to make with it. I love the versatility of finding the pictures/fonts you want, and then being able to access them so quickly!

  28. This item would be a great tool to create with! I have a background in graphic arts, painting and woodworking. I can’t think of a better addition to my tool box.
    I have an art group of friends that meets once a month and I’ve already mentioned this product to them. I’m sure it would become a part of my projects. I look forward to learning more about how you use it as well.

    Funky Junk you are such an inspiration!
    I found your blog in the middle of my first semester of a Sign Graphics class and I’m hooked!

  29. I’ve always loved everything you do, and I know most of your stuff is probably done on the “big one” , but it would be fun to start out with this and see what I could do!!! Please enter me in your give-away!!
    Thanks for always sharing your great ideas! Happy Summer!

  30. i have been wanting one forever! ever since last halloween and i saw all the fun stuff people were doing with them like the cut out mice!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

  31. I’ve been drooling over silhouettes for months now! however being Canadian I am not able to get the deals and my budget is limited with being a stay at home mom. I am wanting to start doing craft shows/sales for a bit of extra income and a silhouette is my dream machine for giving me that extra edge with things I create! Great giveaway!

  32. Would love a chance to win one of these – I’ve wanted one forever but it’s just out of our budget these days. Thanks for the chance – love love love your blog, too!

    I think I’d personalize everything…even the dog if he’d stand still. LOL rubyslippers2007@yahoo(dot)com

  33. I would love to own a silhouette!! I have been drooling over one for months now. ohhh the possibility’s! Canada needs one more awesome blogger- maybe that could be me with the help of this sweet prize! Thanks for the give away!

  34. I’m so excited that this is open to Canadians! I would love one of these – I would use it all the time to make signs (like yours!), t-shirt designs, stencils…

  35. ..ok so I am about to bust a GUT wanting one of these!!!! my heart is beating faster just typing this THINKING and WISHING I WIN this baby!!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!! ok sorry – REALLY am excited!!
    nickie from Bama!!
    ngmoseley@yahoo.com

  36. I would love a Silhouette to make a little extra money to help my family out. I would first start off making signs on some weathered wood I think. I love those,,,(sigh)

  37. I would love to win a Silhouette! My kids (ages 6 and 7) love the look of trendy and modern clothes. However, I can most afford simple plain shirts and basics. I would really be able to embellish their wardrobes with the Silhouette and iron on products! Thanks for the chance.

  38. I can’t even count how many craft projects I’d bookmarked that use a Silhouette. I would be so busy using this fun machine…mostly crafting things for my girls.

  39. I’ve been lusting over a Silhouette for months now! I’ve see so many projects in blog-land that I’d love to be able to try. Thanks for the opportunity.

  40. I have seventeen grandkids and I number everything I make for them… this would make my projects for them soooo much easier and FUN!!!
    Like. Heart. Love. Want. Thanks.

  41. I would love to make some vinyl lettering for my walls. I would also like to do some reverse transfers and make some signs. Thanks for the chance!

  42. I want to win!!!! I have this at the top of my “wish list,” and I have a whole list of things that I am wanting to decorate. An old mirror, and some buckets, not to mention t=shirts! Oh, how badly i want one of these!

  43. I would love to have a Silhouette! First I would make a country style sign that says ‘Jeffers Farm’, next some matching T shirts for the family reunion! What a cool tool!

  44. I would love to win a silhouette because…well I am saving my money to buy one and it would be cool to win one. I am planning a Winnie the Pooh baby shower and a Prince party for this fall…it would be very helpful!

  45. Thank you Silhouette and you Donna for promoting this generous giveaway! Should I be blessed to be the lucky winner I would used the Silhouette machine for home and charity projects, the crafting possibilities are endless. I will Like Silhouette on facebook and post the giveaway on my facebook wall. My email address: JJgirl68@aol.com

  46. Right now I’m big into making cards; this would enhance them tremendously.
    flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

  47. WOW!! I have just started checking out these nifty keen machines and was hoping to find a “real” review to make my decision on. I would love to have one of these babies snuggled up to my computer. Thanks, Donna, for sharing your honest but expert opinion… I love all of your COOL junknificent ideas, projects and decor and want to be just like you when I grow up!!! Debbie @ debbie.oneal@gmail.com

  48. If I had a Silhouette one of my first projects would be to make a beautiful scrapbook. Thanks for sharing such a generous giveaway!

  49. Wow, comment 201! Me, me because I need just one more million things to learn and do and add to my list. Would love using this thing.

  50. I’ve never owned a die-cutting machine of any type and would love to try this out! It would be fun to use it for making vinyl wall art, and scrapbook pages, and cards, and…

  51. After seeing your stairs, would love to re-create something similar on our recessed kitchen ceiling. So far its a patchwork of different lengths and widths of boards and want to a beach sign or lake sign theme, making some of the boards look like remnants of old signs. My email is zx11chick@yahoo.com

    Nikki

  52. Goodness, what to say that hasn’t already been said! I would so love to win the silhouette-to join the fun and make some wonderfulness!

  53. I would love to have one of these. We would use it for school projects. I want to make some vinyl wall quotes, etc. I think the possibilities would be endless if I had one! Thanks, Sillhouette, for sharing!

    Randi
    rgsnews@gmail.com

  54. Why would I want to win one of these? Why not? Who wouldn’t? It would be awesome and so much easier than transferring with pencil lead or cutting out lettering by hand both of which I have to do now. With this many entries, I don’t think I have a chance but it’s fun to try! I’ll keep fingers and toes crossed! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  55. I need this my Cricut Expressions has died and I’ve been wondering…………cricut or silhouette? I am a big scrapbooker and used my cricut – a lot! Miss it so much I had to borrow my bff’s Cricut Create since she also has an Expression.

    Janie La Pierre

  56. I would slap Vinyl initials and quotes on every wall in my house and also in my pre-k classroom. I have seen these cutters before but never had anyone walk me through how to use it. Also understand that it will take some time to lean about it! I went from a PC to a Mac and just had to play with it. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  57. Ok, here I go again trying my best to win a silhouette. I would love to win this so I can get rid of all my other machines that will be unneccesary once I get this one. hstatum(at)intrstar(dot)net

  58. I’d love to make some signs to decorate our home. Three years after buying it, our walls are still mostly bare. This would be a well used item!

  59. I have been researching the silhouette now for a while and very much appreciate your review. I would LOVE to own one, but winning it would be “DA BOMB” (do they still say that:) I don’t facebook so this is my only hope! Rosemary/ScraftNH

  60. Wow. I am number 201. I guess that gives me a chance to win, but wow….so many people want this machine. It says “kit” Is it a kit that goes with a machine?? or a machine?

  61. I would LOVE to win a Silhouette! I’ve been admiring all the projects I’ve seen online for ages now, and would love to be able to make some cool things of my own to spruce up our place.

  62. Donna – I have admired your perfect stenciling on your wood crafts for so long, read about others having a Silhouette, and have been yearning for one to use on my own crafts! (I’m a “Donna-Wanna-Be” you know…lol!). Thank you for this great giveaway and the opportunity to win! ♥ You rock, girl!

    xoxo laurie

  63. I have seen these before and thought about all the fun things I could do with it. I am thinking of being able to print out favourite quotations and words to use in my art. And using it at school with my class. It would be awesome!!! My fingers are crossed…