Friday, June 25, 2010

Coasters and a Deal!

Well, the cat’s out of the bag.  Silhouette is being incredibly generous and giving away some of their machines throughout blogland.  Don’t we love them?  I’m going to be cruel and make you wait a couple more days before I do my giveaway.  This way, if you don’t win the other giveaways, you’ve still got mine!

Just to show you that I’m not allll mean.  I made a little housewarming gift for my girlfriend who just bought a brand new home!  Lucky girl, right?


I, of course, turned to my new Silhouette for some help. I started out with these craft mirrors from Hobby Lobby.  They were 30% off, so that’s…well…less than $2.47 for two of them. 


I wanted to find just the right image to etch onto the glass, so I paid a whopping .99 cents for this flower.  LOVE.


I used the adhesive vinyl, cut out the image, and applied it to the coaster. A little (expensive!) bottle of etching cream was applied. ETA: The etching cream is called Armour Etch, and it was $8.50 for 3oz.  It’s pricey, but I used very little. I imagine it will last quite a long time.


10 minutes later…voila!


Here’s another picture ‘cause I think they’re that pretty, and it’s rather difficult taking a picture of a mirrored object!


After simply slapping some cork on the bottom and wrapping some pretty ribbon around it, I now have a charming and personal gift for my friend!

IMG_1923 She’ll love them!  And even if she doesn’t, she’s nice enough that she’ll lie and say she does.  In the hopes of tiding you over until the giveaway, Silhouette is offering some FANTASTIC promotions for you, as well.  Just enter the code “sweet” once you place your order.

 1) AWESOME PROMO (running through July 1st)
If you buy the Silhouette between now and July 1st you will get the following:
$50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
2 rolls of vinyl (Valued at $15.98)
1 roll of transfer tape (Valued at $7.99)
Scraper (Valued at $6.99)
Home Décor CD (Valued at $50)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store
Cutting Blade
2 Cutting Mats
All for $249.99
A Savings of $130.96
Just think of how much you’ll save on gift giving and home decor this year!

2) GOOD PROMO (running from July 2nd through July 7th)
Buy a machine and receive the following:
$50 off (receive for $249.99)
2 rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store
Cutting Blade
2 Cutting Mats
All for $249.99
A savings of $89.98

Alright.  Here’s where the Mac Daddy of announcements comes in. 

Come back on Monday for your chance to win a $325 Silhouette package! 


Skye McLain said...

OK - what kind of etching cream did you use? I got some from Hobby Lobby a while back and I wasn't thrilled with the result! It turned out "ok" but I really wanted a deeper etch I guess. The contrast wasn't as good as what you got! Those are cute! Thanks for sharing! :D

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

I love this idea! Might just need to run by Hobby Lobby ASAP to get the supplies for my project. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Christine said...

such a cute project! Very creative and if I were your friend I would love the house warming gift!!

Elizabeth said...

Sooo freakin' cute! I'm saving that one for future use!! Love love love anything with vinyl, thanks for posting! Your friend IS one lucky girl!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited!!

-becky m.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I am a long time lurker but wanted to comment when I read the last anon comment.
First...I did not think it was a *crappy sample*. I think that this was adorable!

Second, if you are like me, my friends totally know how I talk and would know *threw on some cork* would NOT mean you were being cheap or doing something half assed.

If you are going to say something...NICE OR NOT....put your name on it. ~mutters blog troll~

These are adorable and I would love to be the friend getting them!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Oh Anonymous's of the world, you make my blood boil. Might I kindly direct you to #5 of this post

Chris, I LOVE these coasters and was hoping that you were giving some away to us!!! I'll gladly take the silhouette but if that doesn't work out, I'll take some coasters please :).

Anonymous said...

very cute!! i'm thinking of all the things i could do with one of those nifty machines!

sfretwell said...

Yes, I would like to know what kind of etching cream you used, too!

Those are adorable!!

Chris said...

Oh girls. I love that you run to my defense. It's why I love you. Anonymous "meanies" get no attention from me. I simply delete. There's a reason they don't give their names, and I find that creepy.

Moving on...the etching cream I used is Armoure Etch. It was $8.50 for a 3 ounces. Expensive, I think. However, it worked well, and I only used a tiny bit. Looks like it'll last a long time.

Chris said...

Good lord. Sorry for the errors above. Can you tell I was talking to my kids and typing at the same time? I'm lucky I didn't type, "No, you can't have a snack right now!" in there. :)

Anonymous said...

I have to get one of these thngs! I keep seeing all the wonderful things you ladies are making with them and I am INCREDIBLy jealous.

Marie@Procrastinating in Pink said...

What a great idea! Those turned out super cute!

The Dutch Girl said...

Good news! You can reuse your Armour Etch. Just scrape it off with a brush or little silicon spatula and put it back in the jar. A little goes a LONG way this time. Much friendlier on your wallet and the environment.

And I will be happy to take that silhouette off your hands when the time comes...


Mary T said...

Those are so elegant!

Dana said...

Don't you LOVE the etching cream? I now find myself in the dollar store or goodwill seeking out items I could use to etch! Great job!!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Oh, I want one of those! Why didn't Silhouette pick me to do a giveaway...why, oh, why?...

Melissa said...

Whoa! Cute coasters!!

I tried etching some glass candle votives about a million years ago (okay, so it was only like 11 years ago, but still) and it didn't work at all! The etching cream just stunk up my whole house and burned my fingers. Me no likey! I've been afraid of using it ever since.

Glad yours turned out so nicely. :)

merideth said...

so cute! i have got to make some of these! for Christmas gifts for my son/dil/granddaughter, i etched some really pretty (and cheap!) glass mugs with stems (not sure what they're called) with their names and snowflakes. also etched a santa-cookie plate. they loved them.

hanneke already said what i wanted to say: scrape off the armour etch or etch-all after use and put it right back into the jar.

also, if you leave it on longer, it etches more. it'll never be "deep," but it will be more cloudy.

Kim said...

I visited the Silhoutte site and can't find the specials that you mentioned. Please help. My hubby has offered to buy one for my birthday next week if we can get that awesome package!!

Chris said...

Kim, I hope this finds you. You left no contact information for me to e-mail you. I have since added the purchase code. Sorry!

Kim said...

Thanks Chris! I got it! I will be placing my order today!!!!

Kim said...

Hey Chris,
When I typed in "sweet" for the promo code, it only listed 1/2 of the great free items that you listed. You can email me at kwhorton at bellsouth dot com if there is anything else I need to do. Thanks so much!!!!

Decor To Adore said...

What an amazing product and your coasters are lovely.

I wrote a post today in which I layed open my heart. I hope you will stop by and read it. If it moves you, please feel free to share the dream.

paige renee said...

I love these coasters - what a great idea! I might try something similar using my frosted glass spraypaint. I've only tried etching cream once before and for some reason we didn't get along too well.

Michella Marie said...

Tooo cute!!! Love it :))
~ xoxo ~

Alexis said...


Anonymous said...

ME me me!

Thanks ;)

danasunada at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

What would I NOT do?! Vinyl, cards, tee shirts, custom gifting galore!

danasunada at hotmail dot com

Lacy Key said...

I love that machine!!! That would put my cricut to shame. LOL

Anonymous said...

Feel free to pick ME!!! I'd use it religiously each and every time I scrapbook!


Anonymous said...

Well, my first comment didn't show up...trying again. I'd use to when I scrapbook!

saltwater dot cathy @ verizon dot net

Elizabeth's Finds said...

I posted on twitter.

TLF said...

These are adorable!
I just got my Silhouette last Saturday and I already hate it! Haha, not really! But it's a lot more difficult than I thought it would be!

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