I'm really excited to participate in today's Silhouette Blog Hop (which officially begins at 9 a.m., but I'm heading out in a bit)! Are you ready to be awed and inspired? (Ok, that sounded conceited. What I mean to say is that by the time you're done with your hop, you're SURE to be awed and inspired--even if it wasn't by me. LOL!)

Why do I love the Silhouette?

I'll be honest. I wasn't sure I needed another die cut machine. (I will admit at this point that I already owned three other die cut machines.) So when I had the opportunity to get the Silhouette I was worried I couldn't justify the acquisition to the hubby. Boy was I WRONG!! Once I figured out the software (I really recommend reading the helpful tutorials on the Silhouette website), I started with just the basic shapes.


I can change the shape size just by dragging my mouse!

No way!!

I can flip and rotate the image just like that.


I can add shapes within shapes within shapes or take away part of the shape.


Ok, at that point I was hooked.

And if that wasn't enough reason to love my Silhouette, the fabulous designs alone would have sucked me right in--designs by amazing product designers within the scrapbook industry. (And shhhh, but they're super cheap to purchase!!).

I use my Silhouette nearly every day, whether it's for the fabulous TrueType font cutting feature or for a shape that works perfectly with my project. I really do LOVE my Silhouette Machine.

To show you a little more why I LOVE this machine, I created a layout for today's project. For this layout, I used several die cut shapes (some altered and portions of the shapes removed), and I used a print & cut owl because I've been wanting to use him for quite some time. LOL!

* Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View, Provo Craft, Bazzill, Prism
* Pattern Paper: KI Memories, Pebbles, Inc., Heidi Grace
* Stamps: Hero Arts, Hampton Art
* Stamping Ink: Versamark
* Embossing Powder: American Crafts
* Mini Brads: Karen Foster Design
* Button: JoAnn's
* Craft Twine: craft supply
* Photo Corners: Canson
* Letter stickers: American Crafts
* Fonts: Vintage Typewriter (; 2Peas Tasklist (
* 2 Piece Frame die cut:

* Conversation Bubbles:

* Negative Frame:

* Fancy Frame:

* Alpha Border:

* Animal Owls Print and Cut:

* Circle Border:

* Nesting Hearts:

If you've arrived from Nichol Magourik's blog, then you're on the right track and have already been wowed. From here you can visit Robyn Werlich's blog where I KNOW she'll awe and inspire you. (These girls have that affect on me EVERY day!)

If you get lost, just check out the Silhouette Blog for more instructions. And while you're there follow the link to the fabulous designs available for just $.75 this week, as well as a few other fabulous promotions.



  1. Love this always you mix it up beautifully!!!

  2. FABULOUS! so many great details on one page. you rock, my friend!

  3. Girl, you have such a way with combining shapes! I love it! Gorgeous!

  4. Adorable layout! Love it!

  5. Sandra A10:49 AM

    Stop it! I just got another die-cut machine for Christmas, and now you have me wanting a Silhouette.

  6. Truly a beautiful LO. Love all of the various elements and the way that you pulled them all together. Stunning.

  7. I love this page - it just eminates happiness! And now I need to go buy those owls - so cute! :o)

  8. Anonymous12:02 PM

    gorgeous !

  9. very very awesome!

  10. Uber cool layout!

  11. Fabulous layout! I didn't realize how many Silhouette shapes you had used until you listed them all out--wow! Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. DUDE!!!! lovin' you!!!!
    you are just amazing as always!
    miss you!

  13. This is SO sweet! Love how you used all these cuts!

  14. that's such a super cute page - i love that owl!

  15. Absolutely gorgeous!!

  16. What a great page DUDE! So glad you were in the bloghop so that I can now follow your greatness ;)

    And thanks for reminding us in the prior post that we should say a prayer for so many of those who are losing a loved one.

    *hugs from conroe, tx!

  17. Aaaw that owl is way to cute. Thanks for sharing - love that layout.

  18. Such a great page and use of the Silhouette! I love my Silhouette too.

  19. What a wonderful page! It was my husband who told HAVE to buy this machine. :o)

  20. I use the frames and borders the most. Love that Owl.

  21. great deals on the layout

  22. I LOVE my Silhouette and LOVE your page and all the die cuts you used! :)

  23. Anonymous11:46 AM

    such a cute LO. TFS!

  24. Jen, I love what you did with your page! The colors are fabulous...and such a cute photo too. I especially like the way you incorporated my owl design. I would love to share this page on my blog and link it back to you...would you be willing to share? Thanks so much for playing with my designs! As are so creative and do awesome work!


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