Thursday, August 25, 2011

Just a little something...

We are starting the ten day countdown until our oldest son's wedding!  Things are getting finished but there are so many last minute details - as there are with any big event.  It is very exciting and I hope you all understand that my availability will be limited for the next couple of weeks.

I spent most of Wednesday finalizing the details of the projects I am doing for the wedding.  There is a lot of printing and cutting involved and I have found that the Silhouette SD  and the Silhouette Studio software are incredibly helpful for the bits and pieces (place cards, tags, menus, programs, etc.) I am producing for the rehearsal dinner and wedding.

The Silhouette software allows me to design something like a placecard, set up a template and then fill in the various names I need.  Then I can print these on my regular printer and have them cut, perfectly centered, on the Silhouette.  The machine uses registration marks that are read with an optical sensor to get perfect alignment.

The photo above shows the first thing I ever cut using the print and cut feature.  It cut exactly on the edge - just amazing!  The other feature that I really appreciate is that the Silhouette will cut a circle as a circle and can cut a nearly perfect scalloped circle - something none of my Cricut machines have every been able to do.

I can't do a full review of this machine and the software until after the wedding but I wanted to share this "quilt" that I designed using the digital image that I posted last week (here is a LINK to that post).  I just dragged the image into the program and set it to fill the page.  Then I added a gradient rainbow pattern to fill the background.  I think I will have a lot of fun experimenting and discovering new ways to design with this program.  It's great to be able to combine my digital projects with the ability to cut out images that I create.  I have a lot of files that I have designed but haven't been able to test cut yet - watch this space!

I hope that those of you on the East coast are taking care with the hurricane coming - it looks like we all are in for some rough weather!

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  1. Gorgeous digi quilt, Diane! It would be great if you could create it for real. I have owned a Silhouette SD for a couple of years now and I LOVE it! The only thing I don't like about it is that it won't cut chipboard. I have not heard yet if the new Cameo will but I'm excited that it uses the 12x12 format. I'm hoping they do some giveaways like Provo Craft always does and that I win one because I sure can't afford another machine until I find a new job. Good luck with the wedding. With you doing so many of the decorations and such, I know it will be beautiful! Can't wait to see the pictures.

  2. Very interesting! Thank you!
    Best wishes on the up and coming wedding of your son.

  3. I can't wait for more info on the Silhouette.

  4. Great quilt. Finish up all your wedding goodies and enjoy the wedding. Be safe in the storms.

  5. beautiful!!!!! I know planning and making,setting up a wedding is very over whelming.....but in the end its the most beautiful thing that is part of you life...we are Very understanding so don't worry about your readers....we'll be here waitng for pics and fun stories you'll have for us......and it give more time to think about the Silhouette SD or wai for the 12" one......have fun with the wedding

  6. I'm so worried for all of you in the hurricane's path. Take care everyone. Best wishes Diane. Don't stress too much.

  7. Diane - don't forget to have fun over these next few weeks and really enjoy this time. Can't wait to see your wedding projects I know they will be beautiful.


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