You guys know that I’m a big fan of all things Silhouette. In fact, part of the reason I even considered starting a blog was because of my love for my faithful Cameo. I was already making gifts and crafts at home – why not combine that with my love of writing and give that whole “blog thing” a go?
Well… I’m so thrilled to be able to give one away today! Even if you already have a Silhouette cutting machine, read the post and see why you definitely want to enter this giveaway!
I’ve written about my oldest friend, Leona, on the blog before. You may remember how I broke out my Silhouette to make her a print for her wall – it was just a way to say, “Girl, you amaze me.”
After moving this one time with children – and you KNOW I’ve whined about it far more than necessary – I have a newfound respect for the boxes that Leona, as a military wife, has unpacked after having moved her family. And then setting up a home in a new neighbourhood, with new people and new schools?!? It takes a strong woman to do that every few years.
Leona and I first became friends back in grade school. When we were kids, she was always the craftier one. I remember seeing her cross-stitching, marvelling at how anybody could spend that much time at ANYTHING so detailed.
Even now, I’m much more slap-dash. I suppose my personality hasn’t changed all that much since the days of backpacks and doodling pictures of horses on my binder.
In phone conversations, she would ask me about my Silhouette. She had scrapbooked and crafted with her kidlets for the past few years, and wouldn’t a cutting machine just be the best thing ever?
And then… something wonderful happened…
This family of four became FIVE!
Leona and her hubby, Garrett, have just had a little girl. (How much will you bet that she ends up blonde like her cutey-pie siblings?)
I immediately thought, “What can I make them? I’ve got to haul out the Silhouette and start whipping something up…”
And then I realized: maybe it would be more meaningful if I didn’t make a baby gift. What if I gave Leona a Portrait instead?
It wasn’t so much a baby gift; it was more a “family gift”.
I was SO excited to tell her what to expect in the mail. I knew that she had been quietly wanting a Portrait, and when I could tell her that she’d be joining the ranks of the card-makers and vinyl-cutters, I could barely hold in my “not-so-secret”. You KNOW we’re going to be Skyping while we use our machines together.
Unlike burp cloths or a diaper cake, I knew that this is a gift that Leona and her family will be able to enjoy long after her babe is done with teethers and rattles. And she can make all sorts of little things for her wee one, just the way she likes them.
She can make onesies for her little princess…
.. a Baby’s First Christmas ornament….
… or start decking the halls at her house… for dirt cheap!
I can’t wait to see what Leona does with her Portrait. And maybe this gift is a tiny bit selfish as well. Now we can talk about vinyl and stamp making while we’re chatting about reading levels and recess and, “What do you REALLY think about Monster High?!?!”
If you’ve been hankering for a cutting machine and just want to get yourself – or your loved one – a Cameo or a Portrait – you’ll want to check out the Silhouette Black Friday sale. It’s INSANELY good!
Silhouette is offering 40% off all accessories and supplies, and some amazing cutting machine bundles.
Use the code SUBURBLE to get the savings!
And for you, my wonderful and crafty readers, the giving doesn’t stop there!
I’ve teamed up with Silhouette America to give YOU – or your crafty friend, if you’re already an owner of a Silhouette machine – your very own Portrait cutting machine. Obviously I could sing the praises of this machine for days, but if you’re crafty at all… or if you have kids… or if you want to etch your own snowflake candle holders…
But before you go, don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Enter using the Rafflecopter below. And tell your friends!
(This is a short turn-around – only five days! Come back every day to tweet for an extra entry in the Rafflecopter – think about what an amazing Christmas gift this would be!)
Giveaway open to residents of United States and Canada. Giveaway runs from November 25th to 11:59 pm PST November 30th. Void where prohibited. Silhouette America is responsible for fulfilling prize.
Each Portrait machine comes with a blade, cutting mat, Silhouette Software, and a free month of the Silhouette Club.
this would be an awesome gift to give.
This would be an awesome gift for my daughter who is new to crafting!
What an incredibly thoughtful and generous gift1
I would love to when this for a sweet friend of mine!
I purchased a cameo last year for myself and would love to win this portrait for my sister-in-law. She’s wanted one ever since she found out what I could do with it. Thanks for your generosity and good luck to everyone!
Oh how my daughter would love this!
Crafting has become a bonding thing for me and my daughter. We have shared so much fun and laughter while creating projects. Awesome giveaway. Would love to win.
I love crafting and making gifts. It is a nice side business and I keep my cutter busy all the time.
I’d like to win the Silhouette maker as it looks like a fun way to get crafty and make awesome gifts!
I would love to win this for my dil, she is a military wife, they have moved every two or three years and now my son is about to retire out after 22 years. They will be purchasing their first home. So excited for them. She is very crafty.
As much as I would love a Silhouette for myself, it’s the season of giving and I would love to make someones Holiday by gifting a Silhouette as well! See what you’ve started Tara?! 🙂 Paying it forward!
To make loads of awesomeness!! 😉
What a sweet story! And although I have a Silhouette, it’s on the fritz so I totally want to win this one!
new to such cutters…wow! would love to have this in my craft room!
i would like to have an additional machine for myself!!!
I would love to have the Silhouette Portrait to make gifts. 🙂
Would LOVE to give this as a present to my sister!
I have been itching to get one of these for a while now- but it’s just never quite in the budget 🙁 Would love to win one and create until my heart’s content!!
Too cool! It would be awesome to win!
I have a very crafty relative and this would be perfect for her.
This is on my post-Christmas list. You know the list of things I am going to end up buying myself after all the Christmas shipping is done, lol. I have heard so many great things about this brand and I am amazed at the things it can do.
Great giveaway! I’ve wanted a Silhouette for ages now but something always pops up that is more important as a purchase. I came over from HomeTalk after seeing your “SmartWall” install. After 100 mm rain in June- the gut job of the walls downstairs- drying it out- we are finally ready to rebuild!(so no Silhouette from Santa this year!)Maybe I’ll lucky instead . I have many ideas and projects for a machine like this! Good Luck Everyone!
What a generous giveaway!! I have a friend who has been eyeing a crafting machine for some time now!
Janice @ NearlyHandmade
Wow! What a great opportunity! I also have a new mamma friend who would benefit so greatly from having her very own machine! How lucky would she be?! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
You’re the bestest, most beautiful, most generous!!!!!!!! Can’t think of enough words to describe your level of awesome. Thank you so very much. Your friendship means so much to me.
I actually have one, but would love to give this as a gift (if I could win one)!
I would love to have a silhouette to make some awesome prints for frames and greeting cards.
Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
Tara – your blog is beautiful! I’m so glad Leona shared on her FB and I was able to find it. I love discovering blogs of people I know 🙂
(Pst, Angela Towell (no longer Towell) from CR)
I would love to win one for my daughter who just got married last summer and is about to start working on having babies! She could do so much with this sweet machine!
great idea to give one as a gift
Maria Rosales- Dean
I’ve been dreaming of owning a Silhouette Portrait Machine since I purchased my Cricut Mini and found out I couldn’t do all the things I wanted to make….Everything required the purchase of cartridges and money that I did not have to invest. I felt like was such a bad investment….I really would like to win Silhouette Portrait Machine and maybe start my own home business making pillows and home items.
So many crafts to do that this would help with! I would like to do some iron one!
amy @ one artsy mama
Oh, Tara, she is so blessed to have a friend like YOU! What a thoughtful gift! I have used my Silhouette for countless projects, and I’m sure she will too…is there a better gift than something that lets a person use their creativity to the fullest?
Kelly @ the Moon and Me
Because I want to be the crafting queen! I love to make things and do custom cards.
So very kind Tara! I would love to win this for my daughter (age 13). For over a year she has been using mine to make her own crafty things and I would love to win this portrait for her. Thank you. ~ Carol W.
I want to send this to a good friend who has had a rough year!
Thank you for the chance to win!
I have always wanted to try a silhouette but having a big shot, couldn’t explain the added expense to my husband, so would absolutely love to have the chance to win one.
I would love to win this amazing machine because We’re moving overseas so Portrait will be perfect to go along with us because of its size 🙂
ouuu would luv one of those to expand my creativity
This would be awesome to win!
this is exactly what I want for Christmas!!!
I would LOVE to win this for my twin sister! Best surprise Christmas present ever! I know she would really like it! Thanks!
Because I want to get my DIY on. 🙂
I have a Cameo which I LOVE – in Storage – and am temporarily living in a Very small space in a relative’s home… I’d LOVE to win this so I can continue to work on my paper-crafting as I also Narrate Audiobooks – and other things – so I can have a home and my things again – sometime soon – Please!! 8-]
Awesome giveaway Tara! Thanks! You are an awesome gift giver 🙂
oh and i would love to give this to my little sister!
Laurie@ Vin’yet Etc.
I think this would be amazing!!!! We just recently got a plasma cutter, I’m seeing some really cool templates in my future! LOVE, WANT!
I would love to win this because crafting with my grandkids is so much fun (and without them too lol) We could do some cool things with this and they’d be very impressed! Thanks
Bailey Dexter Parr
This would be a great item to have home for when my grandchildren come over, great crafting and gift making projects for us! Good times! Thanks for the chance!
What a great gift to give to your friend.. I know she will LOVE it. I’m an owner of a Cameo and I’m still learning all the magical ways to use it. My Mother’s birthday is coming up on Dec 16th and she would squeal with delight to receive this amazing gift this year as it will be her 65th.
As a child my Mother was always crafting, cake decorating or sewing, ( I guess that’s where I get it from ) and I remember all the love that went into each of those hobbies. How great it would be to give her this and let her continue to create and share the love for my future children one day.
I see in your side bar a button for the Okanagan… I live on the Island and visit the Okanagan every year at summer…LOVE it there.
Good luck to everyone and Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
What an awesome gift you gave your friend! Thank you for the chance to win!
I would love to win because I love to give and receive anything that is personalized or homemade
Let me count the ways. .Want to experiment with vinyl
I want to make my own onsies for my little guy
I want to win this because I could actually create some amazing stuff instead of just dreaming about it
Would love to give this as a gift to one of my best friends!
I actually want to make some custom tshirts and this would be perfect for it.
If I win this, Christmas shopping for my daughter-in-law is done! : )
Pat Walker Pinkston
I would love to have the Silhouette Portrait to make gifts. And, some vinyl wall art.
Christina @The DIY Mommy
I’ve never tried a Silhouette and I’d love to!
this would be a great gift for my mom
I would love to win this as a gift for a good crafty friend of mine. 🙂
Jo @ To a Pretty Life
One year, I painstakingly cut out by hand a bunch of freezer paper stencils to make custom shirts for all my nieces and nephews. I would love to do something like that again, but the cutting makes me rethink it. I used to help my mom (a sign painter) cut out by hand the vinyl letters she used on signs. A Silhouette would have been nice to have back then too 😉 Plus, this is the first giveaway from them that I’ve seen open to Canadians!
I’d just love to win! Maybe I’d give it away, or maybe I would keep it as an upgrade from my Silhouette SD. 😉
I have a lot of crafting projects I would love to do beginning with making new labels for my spice jars and making my daughter some etched wine glasses.
Oh I have wanted one of these forever. So many fun things to make!
I want to win this Silhouette Portrait so I can make some holiday banners and greeting cards.
What a lovely giveaway. Would be so excited to own one. Thanks for giving.
Amy M. C.
This would take my paper crafting to the next level. The possibilities are endless!
Angela @Little Blue’s Room
I would LOVE to win a Portrait! I own an SD currently but would love a larger machine to do some of the bigger projects I’ve had my eye on. What an awesome Christmas present that would be!!!! Thanks so much for hosting this awesome giveaway.
I would love a Silhouette to create many great projects and beautiful pieces. I have so many ideas already running through my mind. Thank you for the chance to win.
would love to win to create some handmade decor for my son’s birthday!
Would love to pay it forward and give it to my sister and niece who would be overjoyed in receiving such a lovely gift!
There are so many home decor & card projects I want to do that I can’t wait to own one someday soon!!! 🙂
I’d love to win one, because paper crafting is something I love to share with my daughter. We can sit and “play paper” for HOURS!!
I would love to win so I could give this to my daughter. She is a new mom, and wants to be more creative.
What an amazing giveaway. I would love this to enhance my crafting.
because there are so many things I would like to make and I dont have one…getting hard to cut things by hand!
Why wouldn’t I want to win one! 😉
I’ve always wanted a Silhouette!
This would be the perfect gift for my Mom.
I would love to make handmade cards and customized onesies for my baby girl. 🙂
There are so many crafts I’d do if i had this!
oh my tooo excited
This would be great to use on my handmade cards
I want to win because I’ve wanted one of these forever! I would love to make shirts for my kids!
I want to win so I can make some of those awesome wooden signs that I see everywhere! Mine would say “I’m so rad” lol