silhouette | getting cleaner cuts

December 29th, 2011|silhouette, tips and tricks|

One question I get asked a-plenty is “How do you get such clean cuts?” Some of those smaller, more detailed cuts with This+That can be tricky.

Here are my answers to the questions in the order of which I deem important–for me anyway. :)

  1. Double-cut the image.
  2. Use a newer mat.
  3. Use a newer blade.

The blade solution doesn’t seem to make as much of a difference as often for me. I find that the mat and the double-cut will always make the difference.

And of course, I love using American Crafts cardstock with Bazzill as my second choice. AC cardstock is the best with Silhouette

But what if you’re doing all those things and it’s still not giving you a clean cut?

This is a question that has plagued me because I haven’t had that problem. I just assumed it was always the product or cardstock being used on the user end.

Well, one of my readers–Miss Stephanie–saw something within a Silhouette user group and found another solution! (I believe that person got the answer from Silhouette.) She shared it with me because she was so gosh darned excited that it worked for her, so of course I HAD to share it with you all!

Go into File (or Silhouette Studio on Mac) and then into Preferences/Advanced.
It’s the Packet Size you want to change.

It’s currently set to 3000 bytes, but try changing it to 500 bytes.
This determines how much information is sent at a time from your computer to your Silhouette.
Stephanie did this and it worked for her!

Oh happy day!

Of course, this may not be as big of an issue on the Cameo, because I hear that you don’t even need to double-cut anymore. But if you are using either of the other Silhouette models, this may be the ticket for you! And if it does work? I would love to hear about it!


making a lace paper

February 11th, 2011|silhouette, tips and tricks|

I loooove lacey papers. 
And I looooove tone-on-tone backgrounds.
You might remember this page I made quite some time ago.
Did you know that you can make your own lace paper with your single-image shapes? 
If you didn’t know, wanna see how?  
You know that’s a rhetorical question, right? ;)
Open any shape into your cutting software.
 For my example, I’m using the flower that came in the Every Little Thing kit.

Resize it in whatever sizes you need, copy the shapes, and rotate and place them so that the edges of the petals overlap a little. (I chose three sizes to have some kind of consistency.)

Once you have all your flowers laid out (let them go over the edge), select them all (Ctrl-A), choose Object/Modify/Weld. For SCAL, choose Object/Merge. For MTC, choose Edit/Shape Magic/Weld.

For whatever reason in my example, there was one petal that lost its little insides. If that occurs, simply choose another petal, copy and paste it where you need it. Rotate it a tiny bit, if necessary, by clicking on the little green dot of the selected image (in Silhouette Studio).

Voila! You’re done! You’ve made your very own lace paper! 
If you want, you can draw a square or rectangle around the area that you need or, just let it cut it out as you see it and trim it however you need it.

importing GSD/STUDIO files into silhouette

January 4th, 2011|silhouette, tips and tricks|

I thought perhaps today would be a good day for a quick tutorial on how to add your purchased GSD/STUDIO files into the Silhouette Studio.

Open your Silhouette Studio and click on the Show Library icon on the left.

Expand your My Library and highlight My Own Designs.
Or, right click on My Library and create a new folder with a new name.

Click on File/Import to My Library

Pull up the directory where your GSD/STUDIO files have been saved and select the needed file.

From here you can choose Keywords to search by, add a Description, and even name the Artist!
You can also specify what kind of shape it is–a regular cut, a sketch design, etc.

The shape will now be in your directory. 

Now you when you click on My Library, you can enter in any search terms needed to find the shape you’re looking for. For example, say you’re looking for Christmas shapes, if you enter the word “christmas”, it will come up with ALL shapes–Silhouette or other shapes–into the Library window.

And be sure to check out this You Tube video tutorial on how to import multiple files at one time:

accessing your GSD files

September 7th, 2010|silhouette, tips and tricks|

In light of a little thread going on over at Two Peas, I thought perhaps I might share a little step-by-step on how to access the Silhouette GSD files from me or any other GSD source–not purchased through Silhouette.

One note to remember, the GSD files that outside sources make to use with Silhouette cannot be used in the My Library software that comes with Silhouette. The GST files that Silhouette sells are proprietary in that they can only be used with their software–through My Library.

To easily peruse and access GSD files that you have purchased via outside sources (like me ;) ), open a new document in Robomaster and click File/Thumbnail Browser.

Then you’ll see this screen (below). Choose the directory where your GSD files are located and the thumbnails of all the GSD images in the directory will display. I would keep all my GSD files in one directory. However, you could also sort the files by creating additional directories. For example, create directories called Nature, Birthday, Travel, Phrases, etc. (In my example I have them separated the way I need them for what I do with selling them–so don’t go by that.)

Next, click on the needed image and voila! You are good to go!

I hope this helps all you Silhouette fans. :)

“love always”

September 1st, 2010|pages, silhouette|

So the new SideNote kit I put up this week not only comes with four color choices, but, you can also customize them even more if you want!

Take a look at this page (which I photographed in the early morning sunlight . . . can ya tell?).

If you notice, the heart is white. But in the file I made, the heart is red. I decided I didn’t want a splash of red  with such a monochromatic color scheme. Of course, if you talk to my college daughter, a splash of red is just what any outfit (page) needs. Remember those red pumps she won’t let her sister borrow? ;)

Changing the color is so simple too! All you need to do is open the image, choose the needed color, click on the Paint Bucket tool and “pour” the new color onto the shape. I’m assuming this would apply to Photoshop Elements as well as PS. As for other programs, check your manual or Help screen for info on how to do it.

And apparently I can’t get enough of that ruler from the Educationish kit. ;) Printed it on a transparency and trimmed it. The lace is a shape I made when I first started working for QuicKutz like a year and a half ago (doily_1499). The cardstock, this time, is from Chatterbox. That’s one of those things I can never give up . . . I don’t care how old the paper is, I just love it! And since you can’t really get it anymore, when you make a mistake trimming it down like I did, you just have to go with it. I only wanted to cut a half inch off the width and height. But I first trimmed from 8.5″ to 8″, then went from 11″ to 10″–you know, moving to the even number like I’d just done before. Duh. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t cut hair. ;)

Now on another note, my college daughter just got a job with Borders last night. Yahoo! She loves to read, and while this job is in the cafe, she’s still in a bookstore. She’s wanted this job for a loooong time. She’d applied there this spring, but couldn’t take on the time schedule they needed while she was a high school student. The lady was impressed that she came back.

She’s way excited! She’s been looking at used XTerras too. What? The 1998 green minivan just doesn’t cut it for a college student? We bought that baby brand new and it was the best investment ever. It works great when you want to haul all your friends too. ;)

And I think I’m going to officially discontinue the “What To Use” Wednesday theme because while yes, this is Wednesday and I did get a page up today, it just isn’t jiving with how my blog life is going these days. Okay, so maybe not just “these days” but more like for the past year. lol Of course I will continue to share pages–hopefully at least one a week. That’s my goal anyway. It just may not be a Wednesday.

SHUT . . . . UP!!!

August 5th, 2010|digital shapes, silhouette|

This is a term of endearment and great excitement, not me being rude. :)
RUN go see what Nichol Magouirk did with the brand new kit from yesterday!

It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
Here’s a little sneak peek. 

Okay, I can’t stop using uppercase letters and exclamation points!!! :) And you need to go check out her latest digital cutting class on Two Peas too! Go check it out HERE.

i. love. this. girl.

excitement is in the air!

August 4th, 2010|digital shapes, silhouette, what to use wednesday|

Okay, so my day started of at 5 a.m. this morning. It had been storming through the night, heard it raining from time to time, but then the thunder started rolling in.

It got louder….

and louder…

and louder…

Dan gets up and shuts the window and two minutes later . . .

the BIGGEST FLASH-BANG EVER! Scared the blankety-blank out of all of us!

So we watched that for a while. Of course I coudln’t go back to sleep, so I went down to do a little work.

Then I get a text at 8:15 from a dear friend who’s son just got his mission call. He’d run down to the post office to get it this morning!

Then, my missionary son e-mails earlier than I thought because they had transfers today, and he’s finally in a brand-new area–in the Gaithersburg (MD) area. There are only three areas for these Frenchie missionaries, and now, as he put it, “its alot more open and green and nice and open and green and nice.”

Oh, and tonight I’m taking a Web Design class from the local university’s continuing education program. Thrilled about that!

Exciting things are a-happenin’.

Can you handle one more?

I’m trying something new.

I’m selling shapes right here on my blog now! 

That’s right. You heard me! You can use them for your digital cutters as well as there are PNG and JPG files.

Wanna see the kit for this week? 

(You know that’s a rhetorical question, right?)


I had to make the stand-alone version of the notebook paper black and blue lines . . .
just because I know we ALL need a little variety. :)


Let’s see some of the shapes in action, shall we?

I’m very excited about this!

My goal is to have one kit or grouping each week . . . that’s my goal. Can’t make any promises, so don’t hold me to it. lol

And don’t worry. I am still going to continue offering free shapes, because gosh darn it, I think the word “free” is one of the sweetest sounding words in life. And what better way is there to make your week fabulous than to have something for FREE.

I’m using PayPal, so you should be able to choose from a plethora of payment types.


“father’s day”

July 7th, 2010|pages, silhouette|

Okay, let’s all let out a collective gasp.
I know, I’m doing the same thing . . . right there with ya.
It’s been weeks since I’ve scrapbooked anything.
Yesterday I thought to myself, “I’m going to scrap a page!”

However, this morning when I woke up (at 5:30 to get my daughter off to Idaho!), I was feeling less than inspired. I was just going to share the photos themselves because I just couldn’t muster up the creative scrapping energy to do it.

Granted, I am feeling motivated to create, but just not with scrapping.


Today. On my way to get my Diet Dr. Pepper/ 1″ Real Dr. Pepper combo with pebbled ice so I can drink/eat it like Dr. Pepper slushy delight. My new favorite thing. Must have been what inspired me.

Yes, it took me most of the day to twiddle through it. My intent was to use stamps with paint because I constantly look at those things that I cannot give away, yet never use. But it had been so long since I’d used my black paint that it was all dried up.

Sad. I know.

Ink didn’t cut it either, so I ended up redoing the page with my Silhouette and a font. It was suppose to be a more “what to use”, but didn’t end up that way. It’s the thought that counts, eh?

Instead, I used my usual, American Crafts cardstock along with a lovely Loni Stevens border design. The file folder is one I created for Silhouette as well. A little 7gypsies photo anchor and my trusty punch label and voila.

And here’s a closeup of those photos. Ya just gotta get the real affect of the middle photo. In case you haven’t read the journaling, Jordan had gotten her wisdom teeth out just three days before. That middle photo is so that she won’t feel so out of place with her chubby swollen cheeks. :)

a little t-shirt goodness

June 15th, 2010|silhouette, zach: mission|

So a couple weeks ago I was chatting with my dear friend Lisa Bearnson, who’s son is also serving an LDS mission right now in North Carolina. It’s nice to comisserate with someone. ;) She was talking about something she was going to make with her son’s mission name on it and as I was looking at her while she was talking, this image came to mind for me to make a t-shirt for my son with his mission name on the back. When I told her, she said, “You just thought of that while I was talking?!” And I responded, “Yeah, I like to multi-task.” lol

So this was the result (being held up by little sis):
Here’s a view of just the image:

Gotta love the heat transfer baby!

So I suppose y’all are wonderin’ who the lucky winners are.

Doth I dare keep you in suspense any longer?

Me thinketh not. :)
Mel H | June 11, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    Sandy S | June 13, 2010 at 03:10 PM
    Marti | June 12, 2010 at 04:44 PM

Congratulations girls! Here’s hoping you do something fun with them in your “free” time. ;) E-mail me at and I’ll get those out to you!

And I just have to say how much I loved all of your comments! They were so fun to read!
Hmm…maybe I’ll start cleaning my office today . . . maybe?