How to Update your Silhouette Firmware (and why you should!)

Update. Upgrade. Firmware. Software. So many terms are tossed around when it comes to discussing Silhouette Studio and the Silhouette machines – it can be downright confusing! But when you understand what each of these terms mean and their function, your Silhouette journey will be much smoother. Today I’ll help clear up some of the confusion and explain why one component in particular – firmware – is so important.

Let’s begin by defining exactly what each term means:

Software – the general term used to describe a computer program. For the Portrait, Cameo, and Curio machines, Silhouette Studio is the software.

Firmware – software that is embedded into a piece of hardware. Your Silhouette machine is the hardware. The Cameo 3, Cameo 2, and Curio are the only machines that require firmware; the original Cameo, Portrait, Portrait 2, and Mint do not.

Upgrade – a paid enhancement to software that adds to or improves its features. In the case of Silhouette Studio, Continue reading →

DIY Faux Leather Earrings using your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
(and a giveway!)

One of the most fun projects I’ve worked on lately is faux leather earrings. They are quick to make, relatively inexpensive, and a great way to express your creativity. As soon as I completed my first pair, I was hooked (no pun intended 😉 !).

(Be sure to read all the way down to the bottom to find out more about the giveaway.)

Working with faux leather can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right settings and a few helpful tips, it’s as easy as working with paper or vinyl. When I first decided to experiment with faux leather, I thought I would need to use my Curio and/or my deep-cut blade. I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to cut using my Cameo and a regular blade, making this project suitable for all Cameo models as well as the Portrait or Portrait 2.

Brand Comparisons

For purposes of this tutorial, I tried three different types of faux leather:

As much as I wanted the faux leather ribbon to work (because it comes in some really beautiful colors), Continue reading →

It’s here!!! Silhouette Saturday: A Hands-On Workshop

Caught by Design is starting off 2018 with a bang! Over the past few months, I’ve received several requests to host a Silhouette workshop and today I’m pleased to announce the first Silhouette Saturday!

Early bird price of $149 available until January 31, 2018

Space is limited, so if you’re interested in attending, don’t delay in registering. If you have questions, feel free to call (903) 261-9006, email, or visit me over on my Facebook page.

Click here to be taken to the registration page.

Make plans now to join me for this exciting event. I guarantee you’ll have fun, learn a lot, and make new friends!

Until next time,

P.S.  My most loyal reader is celebrating a birthday today 🙂 . Happy Birthday, Mama. Thanks for all you do for me and for our family. I love you!