I've been dreaming of owning a paper cutting machine since the first time I learned they existed - but until I actually had one for myself, I could only dream of how wonderful it would be to have this tool in my crafting arsenal. I'm a proud new owner of a Silhouette Portrait - and let me tell you...it has changed my crafting life!
Addie's second birthday party - Tea for "2" with Winnie the Pooh - was last weekend, and I (of course) waited until almost the very last minute to start putting things together for it. One of my big focal points for each birthday party is the Happy Birthday Banner that I hang on my fireplace. In past years, I have borrowed a machine from a friend or just made them by hand, but that is usually time-consuming. Time was not something I had for party prep this time, and I was amazed at how much my creative process was sped up just by having my very own Portrait!
Silhouette's two cutting machines, the Portrait and the Cameo, are especially awesome because they connect to your computer to cut any design you can dream up - no dies required. This means you can select any font on your computer, or any Silhouette file from the vast Silhouette store, customize it to the size you need, and start cutting with just the click of a button!
Silhouette is designed to make your crafting easier with their all-in-one tool. So far, I've only experimented with cutting on regular cardstock, but the Portrait or Cameo can be used to cut vinyl, fabric, and other materials, too! I can't wait to try cutting felt with my Portrait!
|Pooh Chipboard purchased separately.|
For Addie's birthday banner, I had purchased some Winnie the Pooh chipboard pieces and just needed to put together the main part of the banner. I only had to use two shapes and one font to cut all of the pieces for the banner - it was super easy! The colorful pieces were cut using a basic circle (3.5"), and the circle frame (4"). The circle frame file comes with the purchase of the Portrait and it automatically loaded into the shape library. I just counted how many of each color I needed and set the machine to cutting!
My machine, the Portrait, can cut up to 8" wide and 10 feet long! It is remarkably lightweight and could easily be transferred to a girls night or craft show for crafting on the go.
Are you sold yet? I'm seriously beyond excited that I get to play with the Portrait over the next few weeks during Christmas crafting season! You can snag a great deal on a Silhouette machine now through December 8, thanks to the Black Friday sale!
Use code JEWELS at Silhouette to snag a Portrait for $179.99 - that price includes a 1 year FREE membership to Club Silhouette, which ensures that you can keep your library stashed with new designs for every project you can dream up. I have my eye on some sea creature designs for Lincoln's 4th birthday party!
There are a bunch of great deals this week, so you can pick the one that is the best fit for your crafting needs! Just make sure you use the code JEWELS to get the prices listed.
Portrait Bundle- Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99
CAMEO Bundle #1- CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99
CAMEO Bundle #2- CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99
CAMEO & Portrait Bundle (One for you, one for a friend!)- CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99
If you are already a Silhouette user, use the code JEWELS to receive 40% off at SilhouetteAmerica.com (*excluding machines, design downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $25 for the lower 48 states. And, all designs at SilhouetteDesignStore.com are 50% off – no code needed!
What would you create with a Silhouette this holiday season?
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