And then there was my Silhouette. I had one of the original Silhouette machines. I chose the Silhouette over other machines because I am a font junky. At the time I had almost three thousand fonts on my computer, many of which i could make into letters that the Silhouette could cut. I had started dabbling in digital scrapping, so I had digital alphabets as well. I wanted a die cut machine that could talk to my computer: Silhouette. I loved my Silhouette. I used it a lot. And then, when paper crafting supplies went to the shed, my Silhouette went to a shelf in the bookcase in the workroom. I dusted it regularly, but there it sat for years. Until last month. I pulled it out, plugged it in, pulled up the software and - it worked! I was amazed, I must admit. It worked beautifully.
After using my original Silhouette for a couple of weeks, I began to chafe at its limitations. Not one to simply focus on how much I have, I looked at what I could have - a 12-inch cutting area, a touch screen, automatic load - and so my holiday gift this year is a Silhouette Cameo v2. It's a little quieter, a little easier to use, a little spiffier, and I love it. An old friend became a new friend. The Silhouette Cameo is wonderful.
The Silhouette Design Store, where you can purchase and download designs, has certainly exploded in the years since I used it last (the design store still had a record that I had about $7 in credit, even after these years of nonuse!).
I have become a huge fan of Lori Whitlock's Silhouette box card designs (pictured here). Once you understand the basic construction design, it is easy to mix and match parts of different cards. Here is a picture of one I made yesterday for my granddaughter. The basic model is the A2 Box Card Flower Pot, with the addition of one of the inserts from Box Card Awesome.
The only criticism I have of the Silhouette Design Store and Library is the difficulty of getting a good image to guide construction of multi-part die cut designs, and the need to go back to the Design Store to find the link to the designer's youtube or blog for more information. I would like to see a file downloaded with my purchased designs that includes this information and a picture of the finished construction.
Silhouette Cameo v2 with Lori Whitlock A2 Box Card Flower Pot and Awesome designs
Paper: Heidi Swapp, Bazzill, Studio Calico
Label Frames: PinkFresh Studio
Acetate and Cardstock Flowers: Heidi Swapp
Red Liner Tape
Markers: Distress Markers