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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Imagine Update!

I did receive my Imagine on Thursday evening!
But I am more than a bit upset!!!  It won't update content!
After opening box and getting the huge heavy piece of equipment out (with a few cardboard scratched here and there because I just could not wait for somebody to come home and help me! lol), I saw a green sheet of paper that stated I needed to insert cart to get and important update!
So without boring you with details and after more than 3 hours of Imagine not wanting to update with cart, It finally did and finally was able to start the calibration!
After calibration (painless for me-- this part) I was able to play with it a bit and printed and cut a few designs... I decided to continue and play with it the next day or Friday.
On Friday I wanted to try and compare a doll from Silhouette SD and Imagine, so I created one on Silhouette and got my Paper Doll Dress Up to go play with Imagine.
Again, I will not bore you with details, but after many, many... OK at least 5 attempts and trying with two different computers and making sure Firewall and Antivirus Software was off only the firmware was able to update but NOT the CONTENT.  What does this mean to me, that I cannot use my existing carts!!!
So I am more than a bit upset that no matter what, it will not update!!   I have been trying most of today and nothing!!!
After researching on Internet, many people are having this problem and when they call Provo Craft they are told to send Imagine in!!   So I will have to wait until Monday to call and see what they say to me!!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010


I have had the Silhouette SD for around 10 months and never took the time to use the Print&Cut feature until today when I realized that HSN is shipping the Imagine to me (actually is out for delivery today).  When Provo Craft released the Imagine, I thought mhhh, I already have that feature with Silhouette SD, I should try, but being that I have to have every toy out there I could not resist the HSN release (That is how I ended up purchasing the Expression, Gypsy, Design Studio!!! yes, I am a "aholic"!).  I was considering cancelling like many did (I know of one person that canceled and than canceled the cancellation!! if that makes sense!!), but decided that I should compare with my Silhouette.

OK, so far the Imagine is $579 at HSN and I only paid less than $200 (have to find receipt) for Silhouette SD on Ebay (the retail price is $299).  The Silhouette comes with its own software (just updated to Silhouette Studio) which is compatible with both PC and Mac computers.  And for $14.99 per month in the last 10 months I have accumulated more than 11,000 thousand designs! (they have changed the membership options since than) that is $149.99 for 11,000 plus designs!! Imagine Cartridges retail for $49.99 Colors and Patterns!  (please note: not all my Silhouette SD files are color and pattern, most are cut and I do not know exactly how many files you get per cart!  I will find out later today or tomorrow when I receive the Imagine).

This is my first Print and Cut with Silhouette SD without reading any instructions, just click and see what comes out.....
This is the computer screen of Silhouette Studio.

This is after printing and cutting. Note registration marks.

This is the result of a Cupcake wrapper with a topper.

The topper was perfect with no white outline, but here you can see a bit of white on the bottom edge of the cupcake holder.  This could definitely be user error since I have not read any instructions on "how to".

I am holding both so you can see. The topper is intended to be attached to a stick and placed on actual cupcake.

Thanks for visiting!
I will try the Imagine and retry, and If I love I will keep, but I will be comparing and if I am not convinced I will have to return.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome Home Card - Silhouette

I created this card with my Silhouette

Silhouette File - 38 - Card kit house
Core'dinations - Orange card stock
Recollections - Yellow, black, beige and brown, card stock
Recollections Autum Collection - Ribbon and metal plaque
Dress it up - pumpkin and corn buttons
Heidi Grace - Stamps
Memento - Rich cocoa ink
Ranger - Distress ink walnut
Dew drop - Door knob
MS - Maple leaf punch

Playing with Serenade - Flowerdisco and Friends #3

This time I have design #17 on the Solutions Serenade Cartridge.
Since I do not know what kind of branch or? it is, I will spare you the Spiritual Meaning of... lol
I created a Sympathy Card.

 I used Kraft paper for the base.

This is the first time I try this ribbon technique on a card.
You can see a bit of the inside here.
The butterfly was cut using MS punch classic butterfly.
Pattern paper is from a DCWV stack.
Make sure you visit the other Ladies' beautiful work.
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Now for a bit of an announcement!!
My BFF and I
are starting the Gaby Abby Challenges with SEI
This coming Monday, Oct. 4th
We will be pleased if you could join us!!
SEI paper stacks and embellishment as candy!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Basic Grey Challenges #29 Sketch

Basic Grey Challenges #29 Sketch

All patterned paper is Basic Grey Eva Collection
Stamp by Emerson
Copic Sketch
EK Punch
Fiskars Punches
Energel Pen