8 Vinyl Projects & Silhouette Giveaway!

I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas yesterday had a joyous day!

We spent the day up in Ocala with Mark’s family.  It was chock full of hugs…


…unexpected gifts…

Micah catches a fish on his first cast!

…childlike wonder…

Cora explores Newton's Cradle.

…and thanks to my MIL, lots of good eatin’.

Ham!  Yummmmm....

Trimmings courtesy of my BIL Toddy!

We even had a Secret Santa gift exchange among the adults in our family.  In fact, I’ll share a sneak peek at my Secret Santa gift for my SIL Ashlee shortly.

But first…I am giddy with glee to announce that I have a giveaway especially for you those of you who want to spread out the Christmas celebrating just a little longer.  Yup, I have the incredible opportunity to gift one of you lovelies with my all-time favorite crafting tool: a Silhouette Portrait machine, valued at $180.  That certainly would make this a Christmas to remember, wouldn’t it?

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway (valued at $180) at The Thinking Closet 12/26 - 12/29

Simply enter the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post between now and this Sunday, December 29th, 11:59 p.m. eastern, and check back here on Monday when I announce the winner!  It’s gotta be your turn sooner or later, right?

Silhouette Promotion

And for those of you looking for an incredible deal on Silhouette machines and vinyl, well, I’ve got great news for you, too!  Starting today and running through January 2nd, Silhouette America is running a special promotion.  Readers of The Thinking Closet can use my affiliate code, CLOSET, to buy any of these discounted bundles:

  • Silhouette CAMEO® and Vinyl Starter Kit: $339.98 $269.99
  • Silhouette Portrait™ and Vinyl Starter Kit: $219.98 $129.99
  • Vinyl Starter Kit: $39.99 $29.99 (25% off)


  • 25% off all vinyl and transfer paper

Silhouette Promotion on Machine Bundles & Vinyl - December 26th - January 2nd using the code CLOSET.

To get the discounted pricing, visit the Silhouette Promo page (click here for my affiliate link) and enter the code CLOSET at checkout.  And remember, these deals are running today through next Thursday, January 2nd.  Just one week!

The Mother Lode of Silhouette Tutorials

I’ve officially now had my Silhouette for a year and a day…and in the past 366 days, I’ve created over 40 creations with my Cameo.  Recently, I rounded up all those projects in one hyper-organized location as a reference point for anyone looking for tutorials geared toward beginners.  I was a beginner myself this past year, so I always did my best to make sure my instructions were clear and thorough with plenty of pictures.  So, if you’re curious, be sure to check out and pin The Mother Lode of Silhouette Tutorials!

The Mother Lode of Silhouette Tips & Tutorials...especially for beginners! Organized by medium & category...this is amazing!

8 Inspirational Vinyl Projects

Now, let’s zero in on vinyl for a sec….

8 Inspirational Vinyl Projects for Beginner Silhouette users.  Great step by step tutorials!

Vinyl is one of my favorite mediums to work with; you can use it in such diverse ways with a wide variety of materials.  Whenever anyone who has newly purchased a machine asks me what I recommend they try first, after plain ole cardstock, it’s vinyl.  It just instantaneously transforms a craft from amateur hour into something professional-looking.

Here’s a round-up of 8 of the vinyl projects I have conquered with my Silhouette Cameo this past year.  Each one links to the full tutorial for more details!

And my latest creation: an insulated mug I personalized especially for my SIL Ashlee!

DIY Insulated Mug


I’ll be sharing the full tutorial for this one on Monday, so stay tuned.  Plus, I’ll be announcing the giveaway winner then.  Which reminds me…let’s get to that awesome Silhouette Portrait Giveaway, shall we?

Enter to Win Here

This giveaway will run through Sunday, December 29th, 11:59 p.m. eastern and is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address, 18 years of age and older.  Be sure to check out the rest of the giveaway terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter widget below.  And may the odds be ever in your favor!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Full Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase using my code, I receive a small commission.  Please rest assured that as always, I only recommend products that I use and love like my Silhouette Cameo!  (In fact, I’m officially obsessed.)


Lovely comments so far...

  1. Maaike says

    Happy New Year Lauren! Thank you for another terrific giveaway, and for all your wonderful, funny and inspirational blog posts!!

  2. Maria Rosales- Dean says

    Since I did not get one for Christmas, I’m trying again hopefully I will win one of these soon. So I can start creating to earning some extra money.

  3. Maria Rosales- Dean says

    Since I did not get one for Christmas, I’m trying again hopefully I will win one of these soon. So I can start creating to earning some extra money. Happy Holidays Maria.

  4. Karen Lewis says

    My Gosh does that ham ever look so delicious! My mouth is watering.

    Oh and the sunshine and greenery I see in your pictures (seeing green with envy). We are sitting here in Ohio with a temp of 23 and wind chill of 4. We had about 6″ of snow then it melted and then sprinkled a little for Santa. Since it did snow a little, I can officially say I am ready for Spring.

    Thanks for the warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family Lauren!
    Hugs, Karen

  5. Tanya says

    Wish I had some of that ham. Oh and the plate is beautiful.
    Are those your nieces and nephews? They are sooooo cute! I got to meet my great identical twin nephews Tuesday. They are beautiful!

  6. Justine says

    I got my Portraite a few days ago and am having so much fun. I’ve told my daughter so much about it and showed her your projects, now she wants one too., LOL. So this will be for her, if I win!

  7. katerina says

    Thanks for the giveaway. There are so many great projects I would love to do with the Silhouette. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  8. says

    Whoop-de-doooo!!! One more chance to win a Silhouette in 2013!!! Good thing, since there was not one under my Christmas tree this year. Thank you Lauren!
    Hope your Christmas was full of joy and wonder!

  9. says

    One day my Silhouette will come…one day my Silhouette will come…and I’ll make projects just like Lauren. (hummed to the tune of “Someday my Prince will Come”)
    Even crossing the fingers on my broken wrist side!!
    Thanks for another chance to win Lauren!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      You poor dear, crossing fingers with a broken wrist! Now I’m feeling extra guilty that the Rafflecopter widget didn’t present your name…you even sang for it! (What’s a girl gotta do to win a Silhouette these days?) Guess we’ll just have to plan a crafty get-together so you can play with mine till that someday when your Prince…er…I mean, your Silhouette DOES come. {Smile.}

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Silly, Santa! Maybe he’s just a little late? Though I’m sad to say your name didn’t pop up this time, I’m hopeful I will have other Silhouettes giveaways here in the future and that your name will take the cake soon! Best of luck.

  10. says

    Pinned the dad toothpick DIY! BTW I love your site design. Getting ready to transfer my site to .org, so I’m going to your .com to .org story now. I found you via Link It or Lump It.

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Yay! Glad you’re a fan of that lil toothpick project. And thanks so much for the pin-love!

      Also, I hope that my blog migration series is a help to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. The process wasn’t super easy, but I am so glad that I did it. And I know you will be, too! Best of luck, Jessica.

    • thethinkingcloset says

      And I’m very glad you commented because now I get to explore YOUR site…and I’m especially excited about all your resources for writers! Writing is a passion of mine and a goal for 2014 is to write my first eBook. So I’ll be diving into your blog a bunch in the new year, that’s for sure!


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