Let’s Explore v4 – Etching photos with the Curio

Etching photos with the Silhouette Curio I love my Curio! So much that I now have 2 of them, just in case. This little machine amazes me all the time! Check out this post - Silhouette Inspiration - to see a few more Curio etched projects. Today I am going to share my "secret" to … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Etching photos with the Curio

Let’s Explore v4.3+ – Glyphs

If you have downloaded a v4.3 software version or higher, then you may see a few changes that have been made to a couple screens. A few icons, a few new options, etc. We discussed the new Page Setup Panel look in this post a few weeks back - Let's Explore v4.3 - Page Setup … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4.3+ – Glyphs

Interview with Lia Griffith – Paper flower guru

Who is Lia Griffith? And why am I hearing about her on the Silhouette Secrets+ blog? Lia is a paper flower artist. She & her team develop paper flowers and files that can be reproduced by others. As well as many other crafty projects using different mediums. She is a crepe paper guru! And now … Continue reading Interview with Lia Griffith – Paper flower guru

Let’s Explore v4 – Print & Cut Basics

With the v4.3 software released, the Registration Marks panel had a small change as well. For software version of v4.3+, there is now an On or Off on the Registration Marks Panel - find the full details on the panel HERE. If you are using a software version prior to v4.3, then you will see … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Print & Cut Basics

Let’s Explore – Registration Marks v4.3

If you are using a v4.3 software version, you may have noticed that there are a few changes in the software panels from prior versions. One of those panels is the Page Setup Panel - Tab 3 - Registration Marks, so let's take a look at the difference. If you are using version 4.0 to … Continue reading Let’s Explore – Registration Marks v4.3

Happy 2020 1st Silhouette Sale!

First Silhouette Sale of 2020! Affiliate links may be present in the following blog post. A month long sale from Silhouette America! And the best part (well I think so) - FREE shipping with a $50 order! Time to stock up! And to pair that with a 30% off everything sale* and 2 exclusive bundles! … Continue reading Happy 2020 1st Silhouette Sale!

Cutting Crepe Paper on the Cameo 4

Cameo 4 - Cutting Crepe Paper Affiliate links may be present in the following blog post and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. By now, I'm sure that you have all seen and heard about the new Cameo 4 machine. Well, I went ahead and purchased it when it was released. As … Continue reading Cutting Crepe Paper on the Cameo 4

Silhouette “Secrets” for HTV – Beginner Tips & Tricks

HTV or Heat Transfer vinyl is vinyl that has a heat activated adhesive that can be applied to fabrics and other materials. I always recommend starting with high quality products and in my experience, you will have less headache when creating your projects. Throughout the post I will share what brands I used on the … Continue reading Silhouette “Secrets” for HTV – Beginner Tips & Tricks

5 Silhouette “Secrets” to start the New Year

The Let's Explore v4 series continues to be a popular series and will continue into 2020 as there is so much information that can be explored in the Silhouette Studio v4 software. Find the full series HERE. Today we will explore 5 "secrets" or tips to start the New Year off right with the Silhouette … Continue reading 5 Silhouette “Secrets” to start the New Year

Let’s Explore v4 – Overcut

The Overcut feature can be a great help in some difficult to cut designs. This tutorial is written using version v4.3.353 of the Silhouette Studio software. If you are using a version prior to v4.3, then the Send tab will look just a little bit different and you will find the Overcut option on the … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Overcut

Scanning & Tracing in Silhouette Studio

Silhouette & School Projects *this post was created using v4.3.353 of the Silhouette Studio software My daughter came home from school and said, "Mom, I have homework and it says to do it as a family." Permission granted. Silhouette to the rescue! Note: affiliate links may be present in this post The hardest part of … Continue reading Scanning & Tracing in Silhouette Studio

Let’s Explore the Mint & Silhouette v4

I have had this little machine for a while now, a couple years in fact. Before last weekend, I had only created 2 stamps. Why? Time - there just isn't enough time to do it all. It all started with Christmas cards and one thing lead to another. Check out my post last week for … Continue reading Let’s Explore the Mint & Silhouette v4

Creating cards with your Silhouette

 I started my Silhouette journey as a paper crafter and that still has a big part of my heart. I love to play with paper and creating all kinds of projects with it. There is so much that can be done with the Silhouette but I feel that's it's just hard to do it all. … Continue reading Creating cards with your Silhouette

Cameo 4 Cover & Coupon for You!

Do you remember me sharing the Cameo 4 cover cut file I created a few weeks back? If not, check out this post - Cameo 4 Cover and More! The following may contain affiliate links. For more information see the bottom of this post. Now, today I have some more news! You can now order … Continue reading Cameo 4 Cover & Coupon for You!

Silhouette America Black Friday Sale!

Black Friday sales at Silhouette America AFFILIATE LINKS MAY BE PRESENT IN THE FOLLOWING BLOG POSTS. It's here! AND as Silhouette Secrets+ readers you have early access to grab these deals before anyone else. Use my Elite Silhouette Affiliate code SILSECRETS to get these sales starting at 2 pm EST (12 pm MST) today, November … Continue reading Silhouette America Black Friday Sale!

Let’s Explore v4.3 – Page Setup Panel

It's new! The new v4.3 software has been released and there are a few changes to how things look in the software. With the release of the new Cameo 4, a new software update had to be released in order for the Cameo 4 to be recognized in the software. Today we are going to … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4.3 – Page Setup Panel

All Things Silhouette – 2019 November Highlights

It is always a bittersweet feeling after a weekend teaching at an event. We just wrapped up the All Things Silhouette November 2019 Conference and it was fantastic! What is the All Things Silhouette Conference about?  It's about the people! The people who are all gathered together with the common interest of "Silhouette" in common. … Continue reading All Things Silhouette – 2019 November Highlights

Acrylic Etching at ATS – November 2019

I've just arrived home from the November All Things Silhouette Conference for 2019 and so many ideas are hitting me. I am making notes for when I get a chance to start creating again. I wanted to share a project I created and put in the Silhouette Showcase room at the conference. This is an … Continue reading Acrylic Etching at ATS – November 2019

Cameo 4 Rotary Blade – First cuts

On October 18, 2019 a package showed up in my mail box. My kids were excited, I was excited - we were all excited. While their excitement quickly wore off, mine has not. The new tools for the Cameo 4 had arrived. After attending the Silhouette Summit in May and learning about the new Cameo … Continue reading Cameo 4 Rotary Blade – First cuts

Designing in Silhouette – Split Name Shirts

Today I'm going to share some shirts I made a few weeks back. Some times it just feels good to sit down and make a few projects just because. My daughter started on a new softball team this Fall season and I needed a few shirts. Red is not usually in my wardrobe, so new … Continue reading Designing in Silhouette – Split Name Shirts

New! Silhouette Online Classes

I get a lot of requests to put my classes online. And it's been a work-in-progress and a learning experience too! I currently have 7 Silhouette classes available online on my Teachable site. These have been developed in response to requests by my students and followers. These classes are created in the Silhouette Studio v4 … Continue reading New! Silhouette Online Classes

Cameo 4 Cover and more!

Look what I did! (Read to the end and you'll find a surprise!) *This post may contain affiliate links. Please see the bottom of the post for more information. Now, usually I am not one who can decide what design to put on my machine. But, when I saw Sparkleberry Ink release this Laura's Abalone … Continue reading Cameo 4 Cover and more!

Let’s Explore v4 – Silhouette Designs – Part 2

Last week in the Silhouette Designs - Part 1, I showed how to make designs go farther by using some of the tools in the software such as releasing the compound path, grouping different pieces of the design together, and making new compound paths to create a different look. Today let's take it a step … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Silhouette Designs – Part 2

Let’s Explore v4 – Silhouette Designs – Part 1

Today I'm going to show you how to make the most out of your designs that you purchase. Now, each design will be different because all designs are created differently, but let's take a look at how we can make a few changes to the designs and get a different look. Last year, I cut … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Silhouette Designs – Part 1

Cameo 4 Unboxing

Just wanted to pop in here really quick and post the video I did unboxing my new Cameo 4. Whether you have decided to add one to your Silhouette family or are waiting a bit, check out the video to see what's in the box and the first cut with it. https://youtu.be/V5ArmbTh7go If you have … Continue reading Cameo 4 Unboxing

October special – Curio LOVE!

I think October might be my favorite month to bring you the specials as an Elite Affiliate for Silhouette America. Why? Because it's a Curio bundle!!! Maybe you've seen a few of my Curio projects or maybe you've even been in one of my Curio classes. Either way, I love the Curio and it rarely … Continue reading October special – Curio LOVE!

Happy Birthday Silhouette!

Did you hear? If not, I want to pop in real quick and give you a heads up! The Silhouette Design Store is turning 10 years old and to celebrate they are having a 50% off sale!!! This sale is good through October 1st, so grab it quick! It's a great time to clear out … Continue reading Happy Birthday Silhouette!

Let’s Explore v4 – Software update – POST UPDATED

UPDATE 9-30-19: A new version v4.3.264 was released on September 27, 2019 and has fixed several of the bugs listed in the information below. I have been getting great feedback that the bugs that were affecting all users have been fixed and I feel much more comfortable recommending this version than previous v4.3 version. As … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Software update – POST UPDATED

Let’s Explore v4 – Drawing Tools

Do you use the Silhouette software to draw your own designs? Or maybe you are like me and don't feel you are creative enough to draw your own designs? Today we are going to talk about the Drawing Tools and hopefully, you will feel a little differently by the end. As I've mentioned in previous … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Drawing Tools

Silhouette America Home Office Tour

Another one of my dreams has come true! A Silhouette Home Office Tour! I had the privilege of getting invited to the Silhouette Cameo 4 launch and they offered a home office tour. We flew directly from the Silhouette Getaway weekend to Utah & with a quick drop off of our luggage to the hotel, … Continue reading Silhouette America Home Office Tour

Cameo 4 – New release – Pre-Order Now

At the Silhouette Summit in May they announced the release of the new Cameo 4 (check out my Summit Show & Tell post HERE) and I am excited to say that I am in Utah and attending the Silhouette Cameo 4 Launch. Yesterday we had a tour of the Silhouette Headquarters and I will be … Continue reading Cameo 4 – New release – Pre-Order Now

Let’s Explore v4 – New computer

Silhouette users ask  "I got a new computer - Now what?" Are you a Silhouette owner and just got a new computer? Not sure where to go from there? It is pretty easy to get setup and running with a new computer and I'm going to share a few tips. First when you get a … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – New computer

Silhouette September Elite Sale

I cannot believe it is already September. I love Fall but the summer sure seemed to fly by. But Fall brings some exciting things. The Silhouette Getaway weekend is next week starting on September 6th. There are still a couple more seats available if you decide on a last minute crafting adventure. I know some … Continue reading Silhouette September Elite Sale

Silhouette Curio Beginner Etching

Today I am guest over on the Terri Johnson Creates blog giving my "secrets" to getting started etching with your Silhouette Curio. Head on over to her blog and find out more HERE. If you have not taken that baby out of the box yet, check out this unboxing video https://youtu.be/bYllH6Inl3M And more tips to … Continue reading Silhouette Curio Beginner Etching

Flash sale at the Silhouette Design Store

The Silhouette Design Store is having a 50% off flash sale right now. Which makes it the perfect time to clear out those wish lists in the Design Store or stock up on designs for the holidays. The 50% off sale is good through the end of August, so grab those designs you've had your … Continue reading Flash sale at the Silhouette Design Store

Let’s Explore v4 – Pattern Fill

In the past several weeks I have been using the Fill Pattern option in the Silhouette software to create my own papers for projects that I needed. While I have a large paper collection, there are just times I do run into a project, that I want a specific paper for and I don't have … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Pattern Fill

Let’s Explore v4 – Preferences – Tools

When you use the drawing tools in the Silhouette Studio software, does every click of your mouse continue to draw another shape? https://youtu.be/h3akE52tE9E Did you know that you can change this behavior within the software? Click on the Preferences icon in the bottom right corner of the Design Tab or click on the Edit option … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Preferences – Tools

Let’s Explore v4 – Line Tools

Sometimes, I think that the tools on the left side of the Silhouette Software get lonely. There is so much that you can do within the software in creating your own designs and I love seeing what everyone comes up with. First, let's take a look at the Design Tab. On the left side are … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Line Tools

Let’s Explore v4 – Pixscan project

Pixscan Project I get an email from my husband asking if I can make him a phone cover out of some skull vinyl he has found online. Well, of course, challenge accepted! I order the vinyl and sat down to cross this off my to list. I wanted to get it done because sometimes the … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Pixscan project

Let’s Explore v4.2 – Library Snapshot

Library Snapshot One of the new features in the Silhouette Studio v4.2 software is a Library Snapshot. This takes a "Snapshot" of the library as it is right now and also allows you to revert back to this "snapshot" of the library if needed. To access and setup the Library Snapshot, click on the Library … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4.2 – Library Snapshot

Let’s Explore v4 – 3-D tank project

I love creating 3-D paper projects and my kids love to shop over my shoulder when I'm looking in the Silhouette Design Store. My son who loves army, tanks, and soldiers saw this Combat Tank 3D Box design in the store a few weeks back and has been asking me to build it ever since. … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – 3-D tank project

Let’s Explore v4 – Silhouette Studio

Silhouette Studio Design Tab Diagram In January 2018, I started the "Let's Explore v4" series with the intention of breaking down each of the panels on the right side of the Silhouette v4 software and explaining the parts of them. When I started, I had no idea how far it would go and it has … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Silhouette Studio

Silhouette America Sale!

I love being a part of the Silhouette community and with that I am a Silhouette Elite Affiliate and can bring you specials and sales when they are announced. From July 1st through July 15th you can grab this Mint Cameo Bundle for $239.99 when you use my code SILSECRETS and this link HERE. This … Continue reading Silhouette America Sale!

Let’s Explore v4.2 – Flexi Shapes

Flexishapes *This post may contain affiliate links. New with the Silhouette Studio v4.2 software is a feature called FlexiShapes. What are they? FlexiShapes are another Tool in the Silhouette Software to help you create or add to a design. Let's take a look at the Silhouette Studio v4 layout. There are 2 side menus in … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4.2 – Flexi Shapes

Print and Cut with Heat Transfer Paper

Print and Cut with Heat Transfer Paper *This post may contain Affiliate links. For the June 2019 All Things Silhouette Conference, I taught a class called "Let's Explore Print & Cut with Printable Heat Transfer". I had so much fun creating this class and want to share that with all of you. While I cannot pass … Continue reading Print and Cut with Heat Transfer Paper

Let’s Explore v4 – Bugs

Let's Explore v4.2 - Bugs *This post may contain affiliate links. Let's talk software. The Silhouette Studio program is a software program that is installed directly on your computer. What is software? Well, the most basic answer I can use to describe it is, it is code put together in a pattern that tells it … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Bugs

Silhouette Inspiration

Today I am headed out to the June 2019 All Things Silhouette conference and I have to tell you while it may be a lot of work to prep and set up for the conference, I always come back knowing more than I did before & feeling inspired by all that I see at this … Continue reading Silhouette Inspiration

Sale & FREE shipping – yes please!

Silhouette is having a sale! The Silhouette Alta 3D printer is on sale now from June 1st - 15th for $249.99 Click on this link HERE to go to the Silhouette Alta and use my code SILSECRETS to take advantage of this sale. I have seen so many cool things created with the Alta and … Continue reading Sale & FREE shipping – yes please!

Let’s Explore v4 – Recovered Documents

Recovered Documents Did you know that the Silhouette software has an Auto-save feature? When you open the Silhouette Studio program, is there a Recovered Documents Panel that pops up? This Panel can also be found under the File menu in the top left corner, then Open Recovered. The Auto save feature will save a copy … Continue reading Let’s Explore v4 – Recovered Documents

Using multiple Silhouette machines

Using multiple Silhouette machines simultaneously One of the great features of the Silhouette Business Edition upgrade is being able to run multiple Silhouette machines at the same time. The Business Edition upgrade has many great features and you do not have to have a business to use it or have a need for it. However, … Continue reading Using multiple Silhouette machines