Monday, November 1, 2010

Silhouette Bundle Review and Giveaway


Silhouette and How Does She contacted me about reviewing some Silhouette products.  They sent heat transfers, tattoo paper, and magnet paper for me to try out.  I do not own a silhouette machine, so I thought it would be interesting to see what you could do with these products with just a printer and a pair of scissors.

Silhouette has a fun print and cut feature that will let you print out images on your inkjet printer and then the silhouette is able to cut out the same shapes.  This can make for some pretty fun tattoos:


This product is probably the item that I enjoyed the most.  You can get almost identical results without the Silhouette and it is easy to use.  Silhouette recommends that you use an inkjet printer for the best results, but I wanted to see how it would perform with my laser printer.  I didn't have any problems with smearing or the image transferring with my laser printer. 

You can personalize them to match a party theme, add them as an accessory to a costume, or just let the kids play with different designs.  I will be keeping some on hand to make tattoos with my contact information any time that we go to a theme park.  If we get separated, my youngest who is too little to remember our phone numbers will have our information.  It works for trick or treating too:



The next item I received was heat transfer material.  With the machine, you could make some pretty great designs for shirts, hats, shoes, or even curtains and pillows:


But without a personal cutter you can still cut out any shape that you are talented enough to create with scissors.  I personally would stick to basic shapes and letters without the machine:


They do offer Printable Heat Transfer Material that would allow you a lot more options with just your printer and scissors:


The final item that I was sent to review was their magnetic paper.  Before I received the product I was concerned about the thickness.  I was worried about my printer and how easy it would be to cut with just scissors.  I was pleasantly surprised by how thin and light weight it was, but it was still strong enough to hold a picture on my fridge.  There is nothing worse than a magnet that doesn't work.

I used it again for contact information.  This time to keep the important info on the fridge for babysitters:


I made two versions, one with my real info and this one with generic info to photograph, but when I went to switch them out I made a discovery.  They stick to each other really well, but they are also really easy to separate.  So for my next project I am going to take my daughters printable paper dolls:


and print them out on the magnet paper to make her a magnetic dress up set.



I would love to hear what you would do with these products.   Silhouette is giving away a $50 Bundle that includes 2 Heat Transfer Rolls (Yellow and White Smooth), 1 Tattoo Pack and 1 Magnet Sheet Pack to one of my readers.

To enter to win, head over to Silhouette and check out some other great projects you can make with these products.  Then leave a comment letting me know what you would create with them.

Want a second entry, head over to the Silhouette Blog and become a Follower.  

You have until midnight (EST) November 9th to enter.  One winner will be selected at random and announced on November 10th.

Silhouette products can only be sent to a winner living in the states and a winner may only win once, even if it’s from a different host.



In addition to the giveaway, Silhouette is offering a discount for my readers. From now until November 13th at midnight, you can use the code NORMAL to receive 25% off on all their accessories.








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I was given a $50 Silhouette Bundle to review by Silhouette and How Does She.  Although the product was provided free of charge, I was not compensated monetarily for this post and the opinions are my own.  If they didn't work or I didn't like them I could and would have sent them back and not offered the product as a giveaway.

169 comments:

  1. YIPPEE!! I would love to create some of those custom t shirts for gifts!!

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  2. I would love to do some of the amazing vinyl craft ideas I see floating around the web! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  3. I'm following the Silhouette blog!

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  4. My boys are loving tattoos right now, so I'd make them some tattoos, plus I love the contact info for the little ones

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  5. I'm a follower on the Silhouette blog

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  6. i would love to creat little onesies!

    ranaebroadhead@gmail.com

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  7. i am a follower!

    ranaebroadhead@gmail.com

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  8. I just got one and want to try the rhinestone templates and all things vinyl. Can't wait!

    zandjmom@tx.rr.com

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  9. I would love to try the heat transfer material and some vinyl to decorate my Kitchenaid mixer.

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  10. Oooh! I have been wanting to use the heat transfer to make some cool family t-shirts! I LOVE the silhouette!! You were very creative, even without one! :)

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  11. Very cool!!! I love the pretty shirt transfers and the idea of the phone number tattoo. That would be great for Disneyland trips too. Great review! :)

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  12. Aaaaand now I'm following Silhoette. And your kids are so cute!

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  13. I would really like to make an etched glass creation!

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  14. I want some heat transfer paper for cute T's and I'd love some tattoo paper for contact tat's too!

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  15. I'm a follower on silhouette's blog :)

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  16. OMG.. I love the idea of the tat's... very cool the use you gave them.

    -- dalis

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  17. When my husband returns from Bahrain, we're looking to buy a house, so I'm would go crazy with the vinyl for wall decor! Until then, my oldest son went CRAZY while I was reading this post because he saw Ni Hao Kai Lan... I guess I can make him a tattoo and have him wear it, until daddy gets home (lol)! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. I a follower of the Silhouette blog!!!!

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  19. I love all the projects everyone has shared with vinyl and the iron on vinyl and I really want a silhouette for that and other awesomeness I can't do on the little Cricut.

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  20. I am a follower of the Silhouette blog.

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  21. I would love to try those heat transfers on t-shirts, onesies, a blanket even.

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  22. I'm a follower on the Silhouette blog!

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  23. Looks so handy for a heat transfer t-shirt design. What fun!

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  24. Am a follower of the Silhouette Blog as well!

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  25. I want to cut vinyl and lots of it!

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  26. Would love some vinyl to use to decorate the clothing pantry we are opening.

    rosesandt at yahoo dot com

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  27. I would make a t-shirt. I have a design that I have always wanted to make into a shirt. Looks super fun.

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  28. I absolutely know the first thing I'd do with it....make vinyl wall art. I'm dying to put a quote on my bedroom wall.

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  29. I'm a follower of Silhouette too!

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  30. I'd love to use the etching cream and vinyl.

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  31. I love personalizing with vinyl!!!

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  32. I want to win! I'm most excited to cut out vinyl for my crafts!

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  33. I would love to try the vinyl to make some projects I keep seeing online for christmas.

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  34. First I would do some vinyl wall art and then t-shirts!!

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  35. I am a new follower and a huge monogram freak so that's what I'd make with this prize! Thanks!!

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  36. I follow the Silhouette blog and love my machine!

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  37. I love heat n' bond (but use the regular 'ol vinyl all the time). My latest project with Silhouette vinyl is here: http://choosetothrive.blogspot.com/2010/11/in-every-thing-give.html

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  38. I would love this! I want to make tattoos and would love to make the magnetic dolls for my little girl.

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  39. I would love to use the heat transfer products. I just got a Silhouette recently and am still playing with it. I love it!

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  40. I love the heat transfers, and the tattoo paper would work so much better than the Sharpie I usually use to write my cell phone number on my kids' arms.

    rebekahricker at yahoo dot com

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  41. I'm a Silhouette subscriber!

    rebekahricker at yahoo dot com

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  42. Big FAT hugs!:

    http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/11/04/silhouette-giveaway-reviews-by-be-different-act-normal/

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  43. I love monograms and would make some vinyl monograms with it. Also use the transfer on a shirt for my dog. Yep, I'm that kind of dog parent.

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  44. i really want to try the heat transfer
    colette@tervort.com

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  45. i'm a follower
    colette@tervort.com

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  46. I really want to try the temp. tattoos! They look really fun!

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  47. If I won this I would finally finish all of the "when we have the money" projects that require custom vinyl. I would totally use it to make all my Christmas gifts too!!



    PS...I already follow the silhouette blog & Love it

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  48. i would want to make some tote bags!

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  49. i am now following via the blog!

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  50. I have 2 brothers that are covered with tattoos. I have none. If I were to win I would put on a tattoo and go expose it to my Mom and watch her freak. Nothin like good times with the family.

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  51. I love this! I hope to get a Silhouette soon, so this would be awesome! The first thing I want to do is use the heat transfer option to make matching holiday shirts for my daughter and her cousins.

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  52. I follow the Silhouette blog.

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  53. What wouldn't I make?

    Tattoos! Heck ya.
    Tshirts- of course!

    And if I win, I'm totally staking the idea for magnet dress up dolls!

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  54. I have an idea in my head for a magnetic meal calendar, but the dress up dolls would be awesome!

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  55. I'm also following the blog now. Thanks!

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  56. I soooo wish for one! I can think of 1000 things we could do with it :D

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  57. well, I wasn't a follower, because I don't own one, but I am now, because those are some incredible inspirations!

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  58. I found your website from HoH. What would I do with these goodies? I don't have any idea! There are so many great ideas on the Silhouette website. I may have to put one of these machines on my wishlist soon! This little bundle would be a fun way to start playing though!!

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  59. I'd love to use the Silhouette to put up some decorative accents on my walls. Apartment life is boring, and I need some spice in my life! Silhouette makes it so easy, too!

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  60. I followed, too! I shouldn't have... because now I am seeing all the these things I want to do, but can't right now! :)

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  61. i'd love to create some custom items for my little girl (her name is not common so we can never find anything for her) - magnets or a t-shirt or tattoos or... :)

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  62. I love to use it to do some custom sayings for my girls room
    laura
    Lfitz96@yahoo.com

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  63. I would love to make etched glass.

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  64. How great! I want one:)

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  65. I would love to make some cards to use as Christmas gift tags, Christmas cards, or even Christmas gifts!

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  66. the first thing i would make is a camp half blood tshirt with the heat transfer!

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  67. I really like the heat transfer on the shoes.. I never would have thought to do this. Very clever.

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  68. I would love to play around with the vinyl or make some cool looking shirts!

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  69. I'd love to make some t-shirt transfers, and use the decor vinyl. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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  70. And I an a follower over at the Silhouette Blog as well.

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  71. I already follow the silouette blog!

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  72. I would love to make gifts for my new grandaughter. I would make T-shirt and onsies transfers, vinyl wall decor and more. Thank you for the chance to win these Silhouette products!

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  73. I would REALLY like to make a bunch of funny law school t-shirts and bags to give to my law school friends, because the ones available online are all so lame! I could make custom stuff for our school OR just funny things! It'd be great!

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  74. I've seen these giveaways all over blog land but didn't enter any bc I didin't have a Silhouette. Oh how silly of me -- I don't need one! So here I am...entering...
    amandaandandy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. I love the idea of paper dolls! I would make dolls for my little girl. I think that my boys would get a kick out of the tattoo material. What fun products!

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  76. I would love to make some tshirts

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  77. I am a follower of the blog which is such an inspiration with all of the ideas

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  78. I would love to win the Silhouette for making some custom vinyls as well as some fun paper food for my little one.

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  79. Also I follow the Silhouette blog and love the inspiration I get from it!

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  80. I just got a "sewing room" but it's still full of "junk" so first thing I would do is get organizing!

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  81. I would love a silhouette to make shirts! I love making shirts and they look so much better with the silhouette

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  82. i also followed the silhouette blog!

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  83. I think the transfer material look great, I would make a burlap pillow with some french inspired graphics.

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  84. I want to create vinyl accents for crafts and home decorating!

    Raimi K.

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  85. I am now following the Silhouette blog...FUN!

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  86. Great idea with the tatoo's!
    The Silhouette SD is the only thing on my xmas list this year!

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  87. Wow. I had no idea about the tattoos. I would love to make some personalized tattoos for our cheer squad. And I love the magnet paper....I could make picture magnets galore. So awesome.

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  88. And...I am following the blog.

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  89. Great package. I'm just rediscovering my machine and would love to play with new product:)!!

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  90. The magnet paper would be my favorite thing to try.

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  91. I would love to make handmade cards with this! Also love all the things you can do with the vinyl.

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  92. Top 10 things I would do if I won a Silhouette...
    1. Make shirts for my business when I am a vendor at craft shows and home parties
    2. Make images for my purses.
    3. Make dolls/animal magnets for church. We are always late and sit on the hard metal chairs so this would be awesome
    4. Make images for my pewter tray necklaces.
    5. make fancy tags for my products
    6. fancy nail images for fingers and toes
    7. make images to transfer onto all of my fabric products. It would be so cool to make my logo on everything I make!!!
    8. Make a tattoo for my butt that says "there is beauty in imperfection"
    9. Put my kids first initial on all of their socks. I hate sorting socks!
    10. use it to tag my kids coats!

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  93. I would love to do some vinyl lettering projects!

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  94. I am following the Silhouette blog!

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  95. I have just got to have one of these machines. I'm putting together my case right to dazzle my husband with!! what wouldn't you do with one of these. More wall quotes and hangings, more everything and i have 5 daughters that i can share it with.

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  96. I'm a follower. Addict has to count for something as well!

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  97. I would love the machine itself...it can do so many things!!!
    SabrinaS

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  98. i've been in lust... er, i mean love with this for a while, i'd love to make some shirts, i love that idea! everything i've seen made with this so far is incredibly cool

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  99. Oh!! I'd LOVE to win a Silhouette gift package! I love love love my Silhouette & use it all the time. Would love to try some of the new things with it. I've only been using it the old way - cutting letters & shapes out of paper.

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  100. I would love to make some Christmas cards and gift tags.

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  101. I would like to try to make those heat transfers on t-shirts. Wish I had a Silhouette!

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  102. I am very interested in trying the tattoos. My son will be having a Race Car Themed Birthday Party and it would be awesome to be able to provide the kids with racing tattoos to wear. I've also recently seen a very cool throw pillow using the heat transfers that would work perfectly on a couch in our family room. I have been looking for just the right thing for so long....if can make it, it would make it so much better. Fingers crossed! I also follow the Blog.

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  103. I would go crazy creating iron on designs for shirts and onesies...not to mention a ton of vinyl lettering for all sorts of things! - Kristin - ahintofwhimsy.blogspot.com

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  104. This would be a fabulous gift for my sweet daughter who is about to have her first baby in December! She would make cards and use the transfers on all kinds of things around her house and as gifts for others. She is so creative!

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  105. Yes, and now I follow the blog too!

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  106. What a great giveaway! Love Silhouette!!! I have not tried the vinyl yet, but would love to do some etching on baking dishes to give away as Christmas gifts! And I know my kids would love some cool designs on t-shirts....oh the possibilities!!! Thanks so much!

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  107. OH WOW!!! I am sooo lovin' the heat transfer material!!! This would make the PERFECT gifts for the grandma's...t-shirts with pics of the kiddos!!!

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  108. BTW...I am already a follower of the Silhouette blog :)

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  109. I NEED, yes, NEED to make a bunch of shirts with the heat transfer paper. I've already got the shirts, now I just need the heat transfer paper. I know!! I know!! Seems like the wrong way to go about this.

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  110. Would love to try some vinyl products and I would love to try the heat transfer material

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  111. I'm a follower of the Silhouette blog. What a great giveaway!

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  112. Became a follower of the Silhouette Blog

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  113. I love the tattoo pack! I really could have used that for this Halloween!

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  114. Morning, Lorie! I would use the tattoo paper to make my son's basketball number for all my family to wear when we cheer him on at his games! Then I would make shirts for my girls that say, #13's littlest sister but no. 1 fan!

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  115. I also love the tattoo paper for sporting events.

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  116. I would love to win. I love your idea of tattooing the phone number on your child's arm. I use to use a marker!! Tattoo would be SO much easier, cuter and would not wash off as easy.

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  117. I would love to do heat transfer tshirts for my baby girl!

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  118. I'm already a follower of the silhouette blog.

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  119. I'd make some glass blocks with vinyl for teacher gifts.

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  120. I would definitely go crazy with the vinyl.

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  121. i definately need to get some of this. i want to get the magnetic paper to make a garden scene on the bottom of my fridge with some brown paper taped on the fridge to create pockets so he can grow the viggies "in the dirt" and then create and apple tree and individual apples that he can "pick" this is going to be such a fun project! thatnks for the opportunity

    Ash_albright44@yahoo.com

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  122. I would go crazy making t shirts!

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  123. Definitely would make some cute design clothing for my cousin's baby that will be coming soon!

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  124. I am now a follower of the Silhouette blog.

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  125. Ohhh, so many options! I would love to let the kids create their own design to put on a t-shirt.

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  126. just got a silhouette and would love to learn how to make magnets, shirts, vinyl wall art, the possiblities are endless:)

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  127. I think this machine would take over my world for awhile if I won it! I have four kids that I would make personalized shirts and bags for with their own drawings and or favorite things. I would make loads of stencils to create art work and signs for our empty walls and I totally love the temporary tattoo ideas (never knew you could make them yourself!)I think the silhouette would lead to lots of homemade Christmas gifts too. Thanks for the chance!

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  128. just became a follower on their blog, thanks for the 2nd chance.

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  129. I love that I would be able to add a splash of fun design to t-shirts, bags etc. So cute and so simple.

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  130. I would love to etch all my glass containers in my pantry then maybe it would be more organized. I love your paper doll idea!

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  131. I would love to do some appliques with the heat transfer fabric.

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  132. I love all of the creations with vinyl! I would just be in heaven if I won!

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  133. T-Shirts for my grandson!!! Thanks for the chance at winning :-)

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  134. I would love to create some decals for my home!!!

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  135. I'm a follower on the Silhouette blog =)

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  136. I want a silhoette so badly, I could start with the accessories and then convince hubby that I need the real thing. I want to try glass etching

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  137. I am already a follower of the silhouette blog

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  138. I'm in need of some decals for mi casa:0) I would love to win this one...who knows how many times I have tried this year...lol!

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  139. I think I would go absolutely crazy with the Silhouette! So many endless possibilites! I think I'd start with some vinyl crafts though.

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  140. Oh, I'm also following their blog too!

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  141. I heart the silhouette and want one sooooo bad. I think it is great that you don't have to have the whole kit and caboodle to play! I would love to try the magnet funny faces. Posting on my husbands computer haha!

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  142. I REALLY REALLY hope I get one for Christmas this year! The fist thing I want to do is some heat transfer projects for my baby girl!

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  143. would make christmas shirts for the fam!

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  144. I am begging my husband for one for Christmas!! I would love to make cute clothes and tattoos for my boys, and to add craft projects around the house!

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  145. I would like to try customizing apparel and I've always been crazy for words on the wall!!

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  146. I would love to try this out!!!

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