I have been over-the-moon excited to tell you about this giveaway! Whether you are a crafter or not, this machine will change the way you think about craft projects, from making paper crafts, custom apparel, and even home decor. It’s all at your fingertips with the Silhouette, and one lucky TSM reader will win their very own Silhouette (valued at over $300!)

About the Silhouette

The Silhouette is a digital cutting tool for personal use. It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you’ll get access to all of the fonts on your PC plus the thousands of cuttable designs found on the Silhouette Online Store.

So what can you make with the Silhouette?

Custom Apparel

Etched Glass


Vinyl Decor

…and the list goes on!

My Experience

Right out of the box I was impressed with the slim and sleek look of the Silhouette. It’s lightweight and compact, so it doesn’t take up precious real estate on your tabletop. I connected the machine to my computer (as you would a printer), and installed the included software within minutes. There is an Instructional CD-ROM included with the package, and I found it helpful to take a look at it before I started playing around with the machine. I was able to check out the full range of amazing projects I could complete with my cool new machine, and it helped me to select which projects I wanted to do first!

With each and every project, the simple process is roughly the same:

1. Select your design from “My Library” or create your own with all of the tools included in the software. (Included library shown below)

2. Attach the appropriate media to the cutting mat (if needed) and into the Silhouette (examples of media are paper, vinyl, heat transfer material, etc)

3. Attach appropriate cutting blade, if needed

4.  Cut your image by pressing only a couple of keys on your computer

Silhouette makes crafting easy and fun by including detailed instructions on how to operate the software and the machine, as well as lots of step-by-step images, online support, and even toll free customer service! I found the images to be most helpful and really all that I needed to get the hang of it. For inspiration, visit the Silhouette Blog at http://silhouettemachine.blogspot.com, as well as the ladies over at How Does She?

Over the next couple of days I will be sharing two of things I have made with the super sleek Silhouette, so stay tuned!

To Buy or Not to Buy

To Buy… The Silhouette is compact and sleek, and takes the guess work out of creating one-of-a-kind pieces. Over time the machine will pay for itself because you can customize your child’s birthday party (think banners, cupcake toppers, invitations, thank yous, etc), make personalized and customized apparel, as well as custom home decor. It’s so simple that you don’t have to be a crafter to craft like one! The folks at Silhouette have created lots of tutorials, FAQs, and have a help line you can call if you’re stumped!

Or Not to Buy… The hefty price tag can be a turn-off, but if you are a crafter or would love to start creating your own pieces, this machine is worth every penny.

Shop! The Silhouette, as well as supplies and accessories can be purchased online for $299.99.

Ready for another surprise? We have a discount code that you can use for LOADS of savings on a Silhouette and Silhouette goodies! Simply enter the promo code MAMA in and all of the freebies and discounts will show up in your basket!

If you decide to buy a Silhouette in stores, go to MyPoints for Office Depot coupons to save instantly.

1) AWESOME PROMO (running from September 23rd through September 30th at midnight)
Buy a machine and receive the following:

  • $50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
  • fuzzy white vinyl (Valued at $7.99)
  • light blue smooth heat transfer (Valued at 14.99)
  • yellow flocked heat transfer (Valued at $14.99)
  • Home Décor CD (Valued at $50)
  • $10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store (Comes in the box)
  • Cutting Blade (Comes in the box)
  • 2 Cutting Mats (Comes in the box)

All for $249.99! A Savings of $137.97.

2) GOOD PROMO (running from October 1st through October 4th at midnight)
Buy a machine and receive the following:

  • $50 off (receive for $249.99)
  • 2 rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
  • $10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store(Comes in the Box)
  • Cutting Blade (Comes in the Box)
  • 2 Cutting Mats(Comes in the Box)

All for $249.99! A savings of $79.98.

Win! A Silhouette to call your very own!

How to enter: Visit Silhouette and tell me the very first thing you would like to create with your new Silhouette.

Bonus Entries – valid only after completing the first required entry. Please leave a separate comment for each you do.

Giveaway ends September 30. Open to US mailing addresses only.

Disclosure: Thanks to Silhouette America for providing a sample product for the purpose of this review and the giveaway prize. Opinions here are my own and uninfluenced by receipt of product.

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