9.02.2011

My first Silhouette Project and a little Giveaway!

 About a month ago I took the plunge and purchased a new Silhouette. I already had a Wishblade, which is basically the same machine, only the Silhouette has more features and is much more user friendly. I HAD to have the Wishblade way back when, and my family was sweet enough to buy it for me for my birthday! I think the problem was that the machine was just too new and all the little quirks had not been worked out of it yet.  I had been having issues cutting things lately and I figured if I was going to buy new software to upgrade it, I might as well just buy a new machine altogether. So when Gail at My Repurposed Life, posted a "deal" for the Silhouette, I bought one.

Okay...now go back a couple of weeks when I told you that I found a super cute Halloween decoration at a local boutique called, Designer Blvd.  I wish I would have snapped a picture with my phone, but I did not even think about it at the time.  Anyhoo, it was basically blocks of wood that spelled out "Halloween"...the price tag, $70.  WHAT?!  Well, you know me (or maybe you don't), my first thought after experiencing sticker shock was, "that would be super simple to make!".  Since I didn't even have to take a picture of the item I was going to be copying using as inspiration, that should tell you something!  If I remember correctly however, their version was just painted pieces of wood...I added scrapbook paper as a background for my letters!  The letters are cut from vinyl using my Silhouette...easy peasy!  These are pretty good size...the word "Halloween", for example, is about 3 ft. long (I forgot to measure before it found it's new home at Melissa's).









Whatcha' think...pretty cute, huh?  (Sorry about the quality of that second picture, don't know what was going on there).  Trust me when I say, these pieces of wood have a very "primitive" look...they are not perfectly straight, but I thought that added to the character (yep, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!)

When I tell you what this cost to make, you will probably fall off your chair (keep in mind that $70 price tag!).  The wood was less than $3, for a piece that I was able to cut 17 blocks of wood.  I already had all of the paper from my scrapbooking/card making days, but we all know how cheap that is!  Paint was about $3 and I already had the Perfect Paper Adhesive (you could use Mod Podge or any white glue for that matter!)  So, whatcha' think now...even better, huh?

Since I want to share my love for Halloween, I am going to give away one Halloween themed, block word (the word of your choice!) to one lucky winner!  You can enter by doing either one or both of the following:

1. Become a Follower

2.  Leave me a comment telling me what Halloween "word" you would choose (don't worry, I won't hold you to it, you can always change your mind later!)

You have till Wednesday, September 7th to enter (Blocks will be mailed out approximately one week later).  Winner will be announce on Thursday, September 8th. Be sure to check back...I will NOT be notifying the winner, if no response within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen!

Good luck!

This post linked to:

CSI Project


There's a skinny girl who lives inside of me that's screaming to get out...I can usually shut her up with cookies!


38 comments:

Cheri said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Halloween :D that is just too cute BTW

Debbie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I would love the "Halloween" blocks. So cute!

Country Mouse said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

#1: these are so cute!! And I love your price tag as opposed to $70! yikes! I like the word "Halloween". Thanks for sharing!

Country Mouse said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

#2: I am already a follower. :)

Mdegraeve said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

#1- i am already a follower! i love your blog and all its projects:)

Mdegraeve said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

#2- i love the "halloween" bloacks or some other words that might be fun : "hocus pocus", "frightnight", or the original "trick or treat".
lol- i really like halloween:)

Kim The Cookie Puzzle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Trick or Treat would be nice....But since that is 3 words I think Halloween would be wonderful!

Kim The Cookie Puzzle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OH....And I already Follow you!

Corie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my gosh!!! I LOVE them!!! I would want either!!!! And I follow you!!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OMG! Those are so cute! You did an awesome job. And what a deal! I cant even imagine paying $70. I just love all your projects. I would like the word Halloween or maybe Spooky. lol Thanks for the giveaway.

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I already follow your blog. I really look forward to seeing you projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

June@I will craft said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very nice - I'm a follower!

June@I will craft said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think I'd pick Spooky but I also like Boo, Hiss, Eeek!

shan19 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Too cute!!! I am already a follower and I would probably pick spooky.

Red Couch Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your blocks turned out super! I would really like to have a Silhouette but then I think I would overdo it -- vinyl all over the home. Thanks for the opportunity to win some of your word blocks -- I think homecrafted items are the best. If I won, I would pick "Halloween." Joni

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Both of these block sets are freakin' adorable (get it? freakin?! Hahaha - I'm so clever! LOL) And hellooooo . . . I'm so proud of you for saving all that money on them - what shall we spend the $63 dollars on that you saved?! LOL Nice work, chica!!

Gia_Pet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

#1 - I'm a GFC follower (Gia_Pet)

Gia_Pet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These are brilliant! I'm partial to 'SPOOKY', myself :)

MJ said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Already a follower :) Amd I love everything Halloweeny so my word would be HALLOWEEN. Well done on these, they look amazing!

gail said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Too Cute! :)
I'm happy you like your Silhouette! I would love the word Halloween, or any other word.
gail

gail said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

yep, I'm a follower!

gail

Liberty Brooks Hudson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Spooky or Boo! and I am already a follower.

MG said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm a follower from way back! ; )

I LOVE decorating for Halloween, and these blocks are delightfully spooooky.

If I'm the lucky winner, I would love to have "black cat". Or, if I need to go with one word, I love your "Halloween" ones.

SugarFairy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think I would choose frightful!! or scary...I love everything about halloween!!!!

Cindy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Trick or treat would be my choice. Wouldn't it be cute with the word "or" in a pumpkin shape instead of being a separate word?

sshallenbu said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm a follower!!

sshallenbu said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I would choose "halloween" too cute!!

The Painted Cookie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These are Fabulous Terri! I would love "Halloween" or "Trick-or-Treat"? I love these so much I am going to pin you for my "Halloween" Board on Pinterest.

CatnyN said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm a follower!

CathyN said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the "wicked!"

Karen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Became a follower!

Karen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sooo many Halloween-y words! I would probably go with simply 'Halloween' or perhaps 'Pumpkin' for a word that can last a bit longer through the season!

Ann said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am now a follower!

Ann said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I would go with "pumpkin" or "Halloween". VERY cute!

safetymom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love your blog and am a follower. Would love to have the word "halloween"....crossing my fingers :)

safetymom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

which silhouette font did you use for your halloween letters?

Janet Butcher said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ter, this is Barb's sister-in-law, We really enjoyed your cookies at the anniversary party. She has been tutoring me on cookie decorating. On another topic, I LOVE your studio. We just remodeled and finished ours, but not nearly as large or gorgeous as yours. Well done! Janet Butcher

imsteelefullofscrap said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

They are both awesome though my favorite is the Wicked

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