My husband Mark is pretty much one of the best gift-givers on the planet, but this year, he really outdid himself. I think my jaw dropped to the floor when I ripped open the wrapping paper to reveal this beauty:
My very own Silhouette Cameo!
In case you’re wondering, a Silhouette is an electronic cutting tool that connects to your computer, allowing you to cut fonts and images on a variety of materials from paper to fabric to vinyl and more. With it, you can create scrapbook pages, cards, custom apparel, vinyl decor, etched glass, temporary tattoos, paper crafts…the list goes on and on.
Ever since Christmas, my head has been spinning with possibilities for how to put my new Silhouette Cameo to use. And one day, I came up with an idea: if I really want to be committed to getting to know this machine in 2013 and learning all that it can do, I need a goal…an objective…a CHALLENGE! So, here it is, folks:
With The Silhouette Challenge, I plan to tackle at least one new project for each month of the year. By the end of 2013, I’ll have 12 unique projects completed – - “unique” meaning no repeats! Only one wood sign, one t-shirt, one glass etching, etc. Of course, I’ll share these projects with you lovelies here at The Thinking Closet each month, so you can track my progress and hopefully glean some inspiration yourselves.
And please don’t think that just because you may not own a digital craft cutter like a Silhouette or Cricut that none of these projects will apply to you! I’ll be certain to share suggestions for how to complete each project without a digital craft cutter. And remember: never underestimate the power of a freshly sharpened x-acto knife!
Now, those of you who follow me on Pinterest may have had a premonition of this post because I started a new board recently called Silhouette: Projects and Tips, and I’ve been pinning to it like a madwoman. Here’s an inspiration board with a round-up of a few projects that caught my eye:
Clockwise, starting top left: Numbered Chair by Craftaholics Anonymous / Stenciled Galvanized Bucket by Reloved Rubbish / Stenciled Wooden Map by Twigg Studios / D.I.Y. Heat Transfer Tote by How About Orange / Temporary Tattoos by Sugar Bee Crafts / Monogrammed Hand Soap by The Idea Room / Leaf Stenciled Shirt by Make It & Love It / Motivational Quote Mirror by Twigg Studios / Rhinestones Tutorial by The Idea Room / Front Door Welcome by Craftaholics Anonymous / Advent Calendar by Crap I’ve Made / Glass Etching by Make It & Love It
After swooning over so many fantastic creations like the ones above, I can’t wait to dive in and make my first cuts on my new machine! I’ll be back before long to share the first Silhouette project in The Silhouette Challenge, so stay tuned.
Do you have a Silhouette? Wanna collaborate?
I would be elated if anyone else wanted to join me in The Silhouette Challenge or even wanted to contribute a guest post sharing one of your projects. If you’re interested, shoot me an email. I love-love-love collaborating with other creatives.
Have a great rest of your weekend, everyone!
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