DOUBLE Portrait Giveaway!

Your chance to win has doubled - it's a double Portrait giveaway on unOriginal Mom! Enter 10/17-10/29

I am THRILLED to be bringing you a giveaway for not one, but TWO Silhouette Portraits!!

**Does a little happy dance**

That’s right, folks, I’ll be selecting TWO winners from the Rafflecopter entries below to each win their very own Silhouette Portrait!  Eek!

 

You can read more about my take on the Silhouette Portrait HERE.

 

And check out some of my most recent Silhouette projects…

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

“Made with Love” Mason Jar Gift Tags with FREE cut file

 

Make glowing Halloween paper bag luminaries with your Silhouette in less than 10 minutes - great front porch decor for Trick or Treat night!

Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries

 

Make your own magnetic traveling farm toddler game using DVD tins - use your Silhouette or just buy premade magnets to fill them!

Magnetic Traveling Farm Toddler Game 

 

 

Enter below for your chance to win your very own Silhouette Portrait…good luck!
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Note: Open to those 18 and older with a US or Canada mailing address only.  Two different people will be selected to win one Portrait each. (In the event that the same person is chosen twice, another person will be selected for the second prize.)  Read the Terms and Conditions in the Rafflecopter widget above for complete giveaway rules.

 

I SO wish I had a Portrait to give away to each one of you!  But if you don’t win, you should know there is a great promo deal running right now on Silhouette Portraits!  For $149.99, you can get a Silhouette Portrait along with a dust cover, printable gold and silver foil (they are my FAVORITE specialty media items!) and a pack of vellum.  This is one Christmas gift you’re definitely going to want to get for yourself early so you can use it in all your Christmas crafting!  Head over here to see the deal.

 

October deal on Silhouette Portraits - only $149.99 when you use the code UNORIGINAL

 

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you have a great day!

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Mason Jar Gift Tags with your Silhouette

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

 

Confession:  the cookies in the photo above may or may not have been made with love.  I bought them from the bakery at the grocery store, so I cannot confirm the state of mind of the baker who made the cookies.  Sorry, this tired pregnant mama wasn’t going to make a whole batch of cookies just for a blog photo.  Just had to get that off my chest right off the bat…’cause I’m definitely not a homemade-cookies-in-the-cookie-jar-all-the-time kind of mom!  Just wanted to keep it real :-)

 

But I DID make the “made with love” mason jar gift tag!  I actually made it a few months ago as part of a gift tag exchange with my beloved Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group.  I whipped up 30 of these puppies, sent them off to the lovely lady coordinating the exchange, and then received 30 unique handmade tags back a few weeks later!  I figured especially with the holidays coming up, it was high time to share them with you so you can whip up some of your own, if you’d like!

 

I created these gift tags using a super cute mason jar printable from Angie Makes.  They are seriously adorable!  Head over there and pin them for later…you know you want to!  I traced the basic mason jar shape and modified it a bit to work a little bit better with a sketch pen, then added some text.  I used the offset tool to create an outside cut line, and also added a heart to tie onto the gift tag separately.

 

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

Using the Silhouette sketch pen holder, I used a fine point gray sharpie to sketch onto chipboard.  Do you know the popsicle stick trick?  You need to make sure your pen tip is high enough off the mat that it won’t draw when it’s lifted up, but low enough that it will draw when it’s lowered.  The width of a popsicle stick is perfect for this – just place it underneath your marker and lower it until it touches the stick, then tighten into the pen holder.

 

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

 

I was able to use scraps of chipboard leftover from other projects to create the tags.  First I sketched the interior lines, then removed the marker and replaced it with a blade (without unloading my mat) and cut the outlines.

 

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

 

I added some twine through the top holes of the tags, long enough to wrap around a mason jar, of course!

 

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

 

After that, I cut 30 little hearts out of red card stock.

 

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

 

Here are all the pieces, ready to go!

 

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

 

I finished assembling the tags by using red baker’s twine to tie on the little hearts.  Aren’t they just adorable?

 

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

 

These are really versatile little tags for any kind of gift, anytime of year.  You could use green twine or ribbon to tie on the hearts for Christmas gifts, or dress them up a bit by using different colors of sketch pens or cutting them out of different colors of cardstock. The heart cutout could be replaced by any little shape you want…a leaf for fall, a little turkey for Thanksgiving, evergreen tree for Christmas, Shamrock for St. Patty’s Day, Easter egg or bunny for Easter, a graduation cap for a grad gift…the possibilities are endless!

 

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

 

Would you like the cut file to make these yourself?  Click HERE to download it!

(or, if you don’t have a Silhouette, you can download a printable PDF version of the gift tags HERE)

Fine print:  This design is for personal use only.  I’d love for you to follow me via FacebookPinterest, Instagram, or Twitter in exchange for the download…of course, it’s not mandatory, but very much appreciated!

 

"Made with Love" Mason jar gift tags - perfect for handmade gifts or homemade treats, especially around the holidays!

 

A Silhouette Promotion

 

If you’ve been on the fence about getting a Silhouette of your own, there is a great promo deal running right now on Silhouette Portraits!  For $149.99, you can get a Silhouette Portrait along with a dust cover, printable gold and silver foil (they are my FAVORITE specialty media items!) and a pack of vellum.  If you’re not sure of what the difference is between a Portrait and a Cameo (or which one to choose), here’s a helpful post I wrote about the Portrait.

October deal on Silhouette Portraits - only $149.99 when you use the code UNORIGINAL

 

This is one Christmas gift you’re definitely going to want to get for yourself early so you can use it in all your Christmas crafting!  Head over here to see the deal.

 

Handmade gift tags add such a nice touch to a gift, don’t you think?  Will you be making any for your holiday gift-giving this year?

 

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Fall CASH Giveaway

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We are in the midst of peak color here in central PA – with the wet summer we had, the leaves are especially stunning this year!  I hope you are enjoying a lovely October with your family.

 

To celebrate this beautiful season, I’m excited to be participating in TWO terrific cash giveaways!  There are two Rafflecopters below, and one winner will be selected from each of them to receive their own $300 prize.  The first giveaway has the typical Social Media entries, but the second is a bit different in that you can earn entries for re-pinning some great content (and hopefully you’ll discover some projects and recipes to try along the way).  So, be sure to enter both giveaways to maximize your chances to WIN!

 

Best of luck, and Happy October!

 

Rafflecopter #1 – Social Media Followings
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Rafflecopter #2 – Pinterest Pins

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A big thanks to all the great blogs who made this giveaway, including the following major sponsors:

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Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries

Make glowing Halloween paper bag luminaries with your Silhouette in less than 10 minutes - great front porch decor for Trick or Treat night!

It’s been almost 11 months since we moved into our house…so this is our first Halloween with a “real house” and, from what we hear, LOTS of trick-or-treaters!  I’ve decorated our front porch for fall with “pretty” decorations (mums in pretty planters, a straw bale, a wooden crate, our glitter monogrammed pumpkin, plus and a few other pumpkins) but I’m not usually one to go all-out with spooky Halloween decor.  (Though that reminds me, I do have our Ping Pong Ball Ghost Lights to put out!)

 

So, in searching for some simple and inexpensive decor for Trick-or-Treat night, I decided to try make some quick and easy Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries with my Silhouette.  Don’t you remember making these when you were little – cutting pumpkin faces out of a paper bag, filling the bottom with sand, and putting some tea lights inside?  It’s just like that…only a little bit fancier, because, well, we can :-)

 

Make glowing Halloween paper bag luminaries with your Silhouette in less than 10 minutes - great front porch decor for Trick or Treat night!

 

I picked up these white paper bags from Michael’s and then experimented a bit to find a technique that would give the best ratio of quick & easy to best final product, and came up with a few different methods for making luminaries with your Silhouette.

 

Make glowing Halloween paper bag luminaries with your Silhouette in less than 10 minutes - great front porch decor for Trick or Treat night!

 

The first way I tried ended up being the winner – cut a silhouette of a Halloween shape from white card stock.  The trick is to make sure the shape is all connected, so you don’t have extra little pieces to be attaching separately.  I found three shapes in the Silhouette Store that worked really well for this – a witch, cat, and haunted house.  A simple “release compound path” in Silhouette Studio allowed me to delete the outside border so I was left with a silhouette that would cut all in one piece.  Then I added a rectangle the same size as the front of my paper bag, horizontally centered the shape inside of it, and cut out of plain white card stock.

 

Make glowing Halloween paper bag luminaries with your Silhouette in less than 10 minutes - great front porch decor for Trick or Treat night!

 

Then I just used a gluestick to glue the FRONT of the design to the inside of my paper bag.  (Do you know the magazine glue stick trick?  Use an old magazine as background scrap paper when you’re gluing…then simply turn the page when you’re done with that shape so you’re not setting your next shape down in half-dried glue!  Life changing, I know!)

 

Make glowing Halloween paper bag luminaries with your Silhouette in less than 10 minutes - great front porch decor for Trick or Treat night!

 

I did try a few other techniques to cut the bag directly with mixed results.  Laying your paper bag on the mat and cutting it directly DOES in fact work on the regular card stock cut settings (cutting through both sides), especially with basic shapes.  But you’ve got to fold the edges of the bag outward so that the cut goes through the front and back of the bag. The issue becomes getting your design perfectly centered on the bag…the PixScan mat worked well for that, though it was a bit time consuming with the extra bag folding, picture taking, importing the photo into the software, and placing the design – all that just for ONE bag.  In that time, I could have made 2 or 3 of the other bags.  (I used this technique on the bat bag, below.)  The other method I tried was “dissecting” the paper bag to be completely flat by cutting down one long side and around 3 sides of the bottom, then placing it on the mat to cut, and reassembling with scotch tape.  That way the design only cut through one side of the bag.  (That’s how I did the spider web bag, below.)  But again, lots of extra steps for essentially the same result.

Make glowing Halloween paper bag luminaries with your Silhouette in less than 10 minutes - great front porch decor for Trick or Treat night!

 

 

I also tried a few more complicated designs in reverse silhouette that involved gluing extra little pieces inside the bag (see all those little window pieces in the big haunted house?), and it definitely wasn’t worth the extra effort compared to the other haunted house shape I found.

 

Make glowing Halloween paper bag luminaries with your Silhouette in less than 10 minutes - great front porch decor for Trick or Treat night!

 

Even though all the bags ended up looking great (and of course, I’ll be using them all!), the simplest method was definitely the winner!  I stuck some battery operated tea lights in them, and they look terrific on the front porch and sidewalk.  You could whip up a few of these for your own porch in just a few minutes!

 

Make glowing Halloween paper bag luminaries with your Silhouette in less than 10 minutes - great front porch decor for Trick or Treat night!

 

Want some more great Silhouette Inspiration?

It’s Silhouette Challenge Day!  That means a bunch of other fabulous fall Silhouette projects on display by 24 other bloggers today…click on the images below or scroll down to the blog names to browse through them all!

Paper Rosette Fall Wreath Hello Fall Sign Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries Spooky Mantle Ghost Town Dollar Store Placemat Jack O' Lantern Copper and Paper Embellished Pumpkins Ugly Sweater Wineglass Charms DIY Fall Leave Paper Wreath Starry Pumpkin Burlap & BOO Halloween Wreath Fall Paper Petals Fall Leaves Favor Tags 15 Minute Customized Halloween Buckets Gravestone Treat Bags with Free Cut File Beware of Zombies Halloween Shadow Box Welcome Sign Vampire Bat Specimen Boo-tiful Halloween Treats Little Turkey No Sew Thanksgiving Onesie Frozen Halloween Treats & Free Printable Fall Leaf Keychain Fall Lovin October Silhouette Challenge Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Still Falling For You Card DIY Etched Leaf Coasters

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Do you have any favorite quick & easy ideas to decorate for Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween?

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