And Now, For Something Completely(ish) Different
I was going to do today's post on more pizza stuff, but the mailman had different plans! Yesterday, I got home from work and noticed a big box that Husband brought inside… I wondered what it was for a few minutes as I put away my coat/shoes/got Monkey some snackies, and then I realized it was my Silhouette machine that I ordered last week! Hooray!
I waited until after Monkey was in bed to get it out because, really, electronics and sharp parts? Not terribly compatible with toddlers. (Turned out to be not terribly compatible with Roy, either, so he got to cry in the bedroom while I played on the floor. With the sticky sheet. In the cat hair. Facepalm!) I played around with the Silhouette Studio (software that came with it) and after a learning curve, I figured out what-ish I was doing.
The machine came with a roll of black vinyl, and Husband requested/demanded a black cat. It actually seemed like he was more excited to set up the Silhouette and see how it worked than I was! (Though, he has been wanted a CNC machine for… ever.) So, I found a silhouette image of a cat, imported it into the program (one thing I LOVE about the Silhouette over the Cricut—you can just download images from the internet, or use your own fonts to make what you want!), played around with trace settings and things like that, and created this:
Husband didn't know what to do with it once I made it, so I just stuck it on the wall above the cat scratching/napping/observing post, and took a picture in the middle of the night with my cell phone camera.
I decided I wanted to do something with letters and merging shapes, so I pulled my small collection of scrapping papers from the basement and made this:
And then photographed it on Patrick, haha. Seriously, he was sitting right there in front of the machine! He didn't seem to mind…
I think I might have done something wrong, though, because after every paper-thing I cut, I got this:
It looks like the blade went into the sticky mat a little bit, but it didn't go all the way through or anything. I even used a shorter blade guard than recommended, in case my paper was thinner than I estimated, and it still did it. I'll have to do some more research to see if this is normal…
In the mean time, my scrapper friend is out of town this week (of course!) and so I will probably put the machine away till she gets back. I made a couple things for her baby scrapbook, but I really don't have neat paper or anything. So, unless I can think of something to do with either the frosted or the black vinyl, I will just have to sit and think about my machine at home.