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I’m a saved-by-faith-alone Christian, Texan-born-and-bred, stay-at-home mom that loves to craft and help people. I like to learn more so I can share with others.

Your Choice Between.. Pen Tools!

Interested in not just cutting out with your machine, but writing too?  Here are the pen tools that I know of that you can choose from!  They come in different materials and different sizes, so the price varies a little.  You will probably be able to use more pens than the ones mentioned.  They are useful in gauging sizes that the pen tool can take.  Shipping will vary greatly if you are not in the contiguous states of U.S.

Silhouette on Amazon:

$9.99 + shipping based on your location (free shipping for order over $35) + taxes based on your state – Returnable

All plastic with two screws to be able to center pen.

For ballpoint pens.

Amy Chomas:

$22.00 + $5.00 shipping (flat rate and free shipping over $100) – No Returns

For gel pens like Sakura Gelly Rolls.

Available in a larger size for markers too!  “The adjustable pen holder holds pens up to 3/8 inch while the adjustable marker holder goes up to 1/2 inch.”

HotPaws:

$16.00 + $4.95 shipping – Returnable

Comes with accessories – extra screw and foam pieces to help center the pen.

For use with Stampin’ Up© Pens, Other Pens include Uniball Signo™, Close To My Heart™, Zig™ Pens and Sharpie® Ultra Fine Tip Pens (Only Ultra Fine Tip). Many other pens will work that are smaller including Pentel Slicci, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens, Glue Pens, Papermate Erasermate Etc.

Has an additional version for Bic Mark It pens.

The Sensory Emporium:

$20.00 + $2.50 shipping (+ $2 for additional items bought) – Returnable in 14 days of purchase date

Comes with a popsicle stick for spacing the gap that needs to be there between the pen and the material you’re writing on.

For Gelly Roll Pens, Sharpie Ultra Fine Tip Markers and BIC Markers

Week 45 of 2013 Savings & Freebies Roundup

This is updated throughout the week of November 3rd through November 10th as I find sales and freebies become available.

Last Update: Friday, November 8th

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Save Money #3: Sharpen Your Blade

You may be able to extend your blade’s life with something you probably already have-heavy duty aluminum foil!  I first found this tip from here and tried it out myself.  I used non-heavy and doubled it up twice, but I can’t recommend it.  I don’t know for sure that it works as well as heavy duty.

Tear out your heavy-duty aluminum foil big enough to cover your cutting mat’s sticky area twice over, fold it in half, and apply to the cutting mat.  In Silhouette Studio or Make-The-Cut, use large letters or simple shapes like flowers to be cut.  Ratchet your blade to 1 and in the program, set the speed to 1 and the thickness/force to 1.  Do this at least 2-3 times before trying to cut out a test design with paper.  The more you use your blade, the more often you would want to do this to keep your blade sharp.

Alternately, you can do this by hand yourself so there is no danger of ruining your cutting mat.  Use a hard surface like a clipboard under your foil and doodle some shapes.

letter "K" cut out of foil
Big shapes of letters or flowers should work

Let me know how this works for you!

Week 43 of 2013 Savings & Freebies Roundup

This is updated throughout the week of October 20th through October 26th as I find sales and freebies become available.

Last Update: Sunday, October 27th

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Look What Came In The Mail: 3rd Party Blades

My blades, but not blade holder (also known as “blade tool”) arrived!  I bought them from different sellers on eBay.

picture of opened box of 60 degree blades
60 degree blades

If you’ve priced the cost of blades for the Silhouette machines, you know that they are pricey and sometimes you get one from a bad batch. So I looked to 3rd party alternatives and the Graphtec CB09 blade holder came up.  I bought one for $25 with 3 blades included and a 5pc blade set for $10 from another seller.  Free shipping on both.

I haven’t gotten the chance to use the blades yet, but I do know that blade adjustment is fully manual.  It does not have a convenient ratchet system, but that’s industry standard.  By being manually adjusted, it gives you more control over how much blade is exposed.

If you check out eBay, you will notice that they offer 30°, 45°, and 60° blades.  Both black and blue Silhouette blade holders have 45° blades.  It has middle-of-the-road capabilities like it will last longer than a 60 because you’re using more surface area of the blade to cut with, but it will not cut intricate designs, vinyl, and thicker material as well as the 60.

The 30° blade is meant for large designs and also fabric, which I regret not knowing before I purchased my blades because I would have gotten the sample  pack that has all three types. I’m very interested in cutting fabric with my Portrait but I haven’t done it yet. I don’t want to hurt my machine!