A Visit to Pinners Texas!

Last week was a busy one for sure, but lots of fun because I got to spend time with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren and help them move into their new home. After unpacking boxes for a few days, we took a break and us “girls” headed to Pinners Texas.

Pinners Texas 2017

Never having attended before, we weren’t sure what to expect, and our first impression could be summed up in one word: overwhelming! The event was held at the Arlington Convention Center and doors opened at 10:00 am on Friday, with classes set to begin at 10:30 am. I don’t know how many of the 10,000-11,000 attendees were there when they opened, but it was several hundred (it seemed like a THOUSAND) or more –  all crowded into the main area and ready to check in and head to class.

Fortunately, my daughter spotted one of the staff standing off to the side with iPad in hand, working furiously to process as many people as possible. Once we were able to check in and get our wristbands, it was pretty smooth sailing – crowded, but no longer overwhelming.

The Pinners website describes the conference as “two great events in one” and I would have to say that is an accurate description. Continue reading →

Silhouette Studio: Which Edition is right for you?

The terminology used in connection with Silhouette Studio® can be quite confusing – especially when it comes to UPDATES vs. UPGRADES. In a nutshell, updates are fixes and enhancements to the program and there’s never a charge for them. Upgrades, on the other hand, are different levels of software and each level adds to the basic features of Silhouette Studio®. While updates are free, an upgrade must be purchased.

I purchased Designer Edition at the same time I bought my original Cameo and it has been money well spent. When I decided to become a licensed instructor, I upgraded to Business Edition – yet I only had to pay for the incremental price difference between Designer Edition and Business Edition, not the full price of Business Edition, which is another thing I love about the Silhouette America software!

With the release of Version 4.1, there are now more reasons than ever to consider upgrading. But how do you know which level is right for YOU? To help you decide, here’s a summary of each edition and it’s included features: Continue reading →

Creative Cutters: Sparkle & Shine
September 2017

It’s a fun week for sure when it includes an evening spent with the Creative Cutters group! This was only our second meeting and over half the group was there for the first time – once again a good mix of new Silhouette owners, those who’ve owned their machine for a while, and a few who don’t own a machine but wanted to see what it’s all about. And, as promised, there was “bling” involved!

A couple of the ladies brought Show & Tell items – a real encouragement for everyone in the group.  I love seeing what others are doing with their machines and I hope we’ll have even more people sharing as the months go by.

Our focus for the month was on rhinestones, which we used to add some sparkle and shine to this cute little bag:


As part of the program I did an overview of the different levels of Silhouette Studio software, with an emphasis on how the rhinestone capabilities vary among each of them. Continue reading →