Do You Need The Designer Edition Upgrade Of The Silhouette Software? {PLUS A Portrait Giveaway!}

We’ve been talking nonstop about Silhouette this week. Whether your a Craft Academy member or a follower on Facebook, it pretty much has been our topic of choice as of late. So when Silhouette asked if I’d like to giveaway a Portrait today I said ABSOLUTELY!!

If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post you’ll see a Raflecopter box to enter. If you’re reading this in your email inbox and can’t see the box, just click here to be taken right to the Nikki, In Stitches site. And good luck!

If you’re already a Silhouette owner, I’ve got a little goodie for you today, too!

I think the most popular question I get from all of you is whether or not I think you should upgrade to the Designer Edition of the Silhouette software. My answer is always the same. If you’re like me, and you want to be able to use all of the free SVG files you can find online, it is absolutely worth it! I also always tell you to look for it on sale, and it then makes even more sense to upgrade. Well, look no more! The Designer Edition upgrade is on sale TODAY!

Here are the sale details. You can get:

1.    The Silhouette CAMEO®, The Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, the glitter collection sketch pens, and the metallic collection sketch pens for $269.99 ($94 in savings)

2.    The Silhouette Portrait™, The Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, the glitter collection sketch pens, and the metallic collection sketch pens for $129.99 ($114 in savings)

3.    40% off the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software! That means you can get it for $29.99!

Did you see they threw in some sketch pens, too? Sweet!

Click here to get started shopping and be sure to use promo code STITCHES to get your discount!

The sale ends February 14th!

Here’s a quick video I made to show you exactly how easy it is to open and edit those SVG files with the upgrade!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

Good luck!

Nikki, In Stitches

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120 Responses to Do You Need The Designer Edition Upgrade Of The Silhouette Software? {PLUS A Portrait Giveaway!}

  1. Ashley r says:

    I don’t have a machine. 🙁 I would probably start with some vinyl wall quotes. Thank you!!!

  2. Nicole says:

    I’d make a banner for my honeys birthday coming up.

  3. DianeB says:

    I have a machine, but {gasp!} I still have not made anything! I have signed up for your classes, though, so first project on the way ASAP!

  4. Anne Haun says:

    I would love to win and make some vinyl cutouts for decorating my walls.

  5. Stacey says:

    love to win one for my daughter

  6. Betsy Brown says:

    I own a Cameo, but I’d love to win the Portrait! I work for the after school program in my town, and I’d LOVE to be able to donate a machine to the program so that the kids could do some scrapbooking/cardmaking and use a cutting machine!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win! I always learn new tips and tricks by visiting your blog and watching your videos! Thanks!!!

  7. Sharon says:

    Would love to win the portrait for my daughter!! First thing I made was the control cover for my sil. Luckily it went well cause the next thing I tried with cardstock was a total failure with bits of cardstock stuck everywhere!!….even after decsticking the mat a bit!

  8. Emily Kucera says:

    I would love have this machine! First thing I would do is make a shirt for my daughters upcoming birthday!

  9. Renee says:

    I own the Cameo but in the past I used the Cricuit and have tons of saved SVG files that I cannot use now. I would love to be able to use some of my saved files to make birthday cards or just because cards:)

  10. VICKI OSTLER says:


  11. Amy Cooley says:

    I love anything with chalkboard paper, so something involving that!

  12. Sherri says:

    If I win I will make some of the beautiful vinyl wall sayings as gifts for my friends. Thank you

  13. Anja Hunt says:

    winning this machine would be soooo awesome. I love crafting with my kids and myself for my studio… my next project is a easter banner and some decoration 🙂

  14. Torrie Shaw says:

    I would make birthday party decorations!

  15. Karen says:

    Would love to win for my best friend so we can skype craft together. My favorite projects to make are holiday treat holders and anything vinyl.

  16. Elaine English says:

    This would be so cool!! I try to scrapbook, but it is not as fun as when I have access to a cutting machine. I would also love to try doing some of the other things this machine is capable of. Crossing my fingers.

  17. Michelle Smith says:

    I’d make the invitations for my son’s birthday party!

  18. Kristin says:

    I’m still begging Santa to bring me a Cameo!!! Been drooling over one for years. My friend is an avid card maker and I’m an interior designer. Oh the things we could make…!

  19. Joni Roberts says:

    I would make some cute pillow cases!

  20. Autum says:

    I don’t own one but I would love to make some tshirts for my children as one of my first projects. 🙂

  21. Jodi Breaux says:

    I love love vinyl projects especially HTV so I can wear my creations wherever I go. If I won the portrait, the first thing I would create is monograms…I would personalize everything I own with beautifully cutesy initials! I also have a friend who has been begging for me to monogram all her little girls tops. The portrait would be perfect!

  22. Debra Martin says:

    I would love to win one

  23. Patty L. says:

    Thank you, Nikki, for this great contest!!

  24. Patty L. says:

    What would I make? Probably a gift for someone – it would depend on who has a birthday coming the soonest!

  25. Kristina Childers says:

    The first thing I would make is a birthday present for my mom – a vinyl wall decal.

  26. Sandy says:

    I own the Cameo and love to make baby items for friends/family. I would love to win the Portrait to give to a friend or family member 🙂

  27. Cheryl Rathkamp says:

    Great Give a Way! Thanks for the chance to win….

  28. Elena T says:

    I sure hope to win this! I don’t have a Silhouette, but if I do win one, I have been wanting to make some signs, so I would use it to cut out the letters in pretty fonts.

  29. Katie Taylor says:

    I LOVE making all of the 3D objects out there!

  30. Susan Zennario says:

    I love making personlized items with vinyl!

  31. JUDY SANDERS says:

    I would love to learn how to use one of these instead of always trying to do things the old fashioned way

  32. barbara corbitt says:

    i dont own one. i would use it to make templates for quilt patterns to trace around on the fabric. i have a rotary cutter and mat but i have severe arthritis in my back and hips and cannot stand long enough to cut fabric. i go to an acute pain doctor monthly and get a total of 16 shots, 8 on each side of my spine. if i dont get relief when i see him the next month, he tries a different medecine. so far he has not found anything that eases the pain. i have quilted for over forty years. all of my quilts are hand pieced, hand quilted, and donated to charity. my only income is less than four hundred dollars monthly for disability. so buying one of these great machines is not an option. i enter contest to win fabric and a few bloggers send me scraps sometimes to help me out with having fabric to work on. thank you for such a great giveaway.

  33. Theresa Kelly says:

    My sister has been wanting vinyl “inspirational” words to place on each step of her staircase. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. Erin says:

    I would really love a portrait at work!

  35. Rose Schneider says:

    Anything I can vinyl!!!

  36. Debby Moreau says:

    Oh my I would love to win this so much.

  37. Mye says:

    I don’t own a machine. There are so many things I would like to make, ideas are endless.

  38. Kimberly says:

    I just started using my Cameo, and I love it! I’ve cut vinyl and cardstock, and have made decorations for my daughter’s first birthday party! I attended your free live class on Feb. 4th, and was so astounded at some of your tricks. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge with us!

  39. Marla says:

    I’m a relatively new Silhouette owner and I LOVE making cards for people. And boxes. And putting vinyl on things. 🙂

  40. suezzette hermes says:

    I just got my cameo and watched your class on opening the box! Can I say I loved it! I would give the portrait to my daughter in law. Will be signing up for your classes. I learned so much. The x’s are brilliant!

  41. Debbie Sanford says:

    Would love to win a Portrait – so many ways to use it – would be hard to decide where to start – but would be oh so much fun to play with 😉

  42. granny Gma (Granny Wanda) says:

    I am working on getting my cameo going, but would love to have a portrait to share with a family member who is very crafty and could use an item like this to help bring in income. I love them. Thank you for the give away.

  43. Tracy says:

    I would love to win the portrait to make some vinyl signs for my daughters room!

  44. Christine Rogers says:

    I got my cameo for Christmas. I am learning a ton in your on line classes. I like to do cards, vinyl, want to do some of the cute 3-D things.

  45. Kim S says:

    I would really like to make some vinyl art for my sewing area.

  46. Vicki says:

    I’d make wall art for my grandchildren, thanks!

  47. Jo Tony says:

    I dont have the machine, yet..but my first project will be the Create one you showed us how to do on your tutorial! (then I have a slew of wall art for myself..I just photograph what I want to do, so I dont forget!) Thanks for the chance!!!

  48. Jan says:

    Love, love Nikki in Stitches!!! Participated in the free tutorial recently and immediately signed up for the academy. Great site, great info, & great ideas!!!!! <3

  49. Sara says:

    If you already are a Silhouette owner, what are your favorite projects to make? I love making anything vinyl!
    And if you don’t already have one, if you won the Portrait today, what would be the first thing you made? I would probably give it to my daughter to use.

  50. Donna says:

    I just received a silhouette cameo for Christmas and I’m learning all the in’s and outs. Your blog and recent video is so perfect for us newbies. Very excited to have this fantastic machine. I’m really looking forward to making my own cards, cutting wall vinyl sayings and using them to make my own wooden signs as well. I would love to win the portrait and return the pleasure to my kom who is a very crafty person herself!

  51. Kim says:

    I don’t have one, but if I did I’d be making wedding invitations for a friend of mine.

  52. Vanessa B says:

    first thing Id cut is vinyl letters and numbers for our mailboxes! Thanks for the chance!

  53. Terrie says:

    If I won this machine, the first thing I would make are cards! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  54. Terri Starns says:

    I have a silhouette and today bought the designer package through the discount code provided by Nikki. I started classes from day one and it has been awesome! I can’t attend the live spree classes but save them for later viewing. Thanks Nikki for this class! I’m learning more than I ever could by myself!

  55. Reita says:

    I would use it to make birthday decorations for my grandchildren !!

  56. Susie Farthing says:

    I received a Cameo for Christmas and haven’t really played with it yet, but hoping that will change soon.

  57. Juliana Adams says:

    I want to learn how to use one of these neat machines. I would love to try all the files online I see people talking about. First thing I would do is some nice vinyl words for my daughter’s room. Thanks!

  58. Brittany says:

    I want to make Valentines.

  59. Angela Y says:

    I have a Portrait, but would love to win this for my sister. I love making cards and vinyl art.

  60. Jeannie Garcia-Buechele says:

    I found a craft on Pinterest of roses made with the Silhouette and I would make those and put them in a vase for my mother who will be 89 years old on the 13th of Feburary 🙂

  61. Judi says:

    I would take it to my trailer during the summer months. Love the size for easy transporting.

  62. Melinda says:

    Maybe I’d make labels for my kitchen canisters. Maybe car decals. So many choices.

  63. Stacy Francis says:

    I think the first thing I would make would be fun labels as we’re doing some major cleaning and organizing right now, then something fun for the house.

  64. Michelle says:

    I would love an opportunity to use the portrait! My friend has one and she absolutely loves it. I could do so many things lol!!

  65. Analisa M says:

    I have a Silhouette Portrait that I adore! Vinyl projects are my current favorite.

  66. Dawn says:

    The first thing I’d make is probably a mistake! But I’d learn from it quickly. I love the signs on the walls but would likely start with fabric cutting.

  67. Rachelle Anderson says:

    I would make some decorations for my cousins wedding.

  68. Emilie H. says:

    I got one for Christmas and so far I have made a few paper crafts!

  69. Kathie Craig says:

    I am not a Silhouette owner but would love to be. I would start on blocks and signs and move on to scrapbooking and decals.

  70. connie strother says:

    My daughter got this for Christmas and I am so jealous! Would Love one so we can Craft together~~

  71. amanda says:

    If I had it I’d be making valentines cards! Thanks

  72. Amy Macchiarelli says:

    If I won this I would use it to cut pieces for quilting and appliqué.

  73. Jennifer R. says:

    I love the personalized clothing, and the vinyl wall art. Those would be the first things I would make if I were to win.

  74. Jane Dunham says:

    I have a silhouette. I have been cutting out embellishments, flowers and butterflies to decorate explosion boxes, our “healing boxes”. I would like the portrait to take with me when I have my art therapy classes.

  75. tammigirl says:

    I think the first things I would do will be: glass etching, vinyl decals for about 200 people in our group for our cars, and making a few signs for my house.

  76. Gail Pantalena says:

    Feeling lucky!

  77. Becki Bowman says:

    cards, cards, and more cards!

  78. neely says:

    Winning this would make my year!! 🙂

  79. Laura says:

    I don’t have one yet. I would make all sorts of die cuts for learning games for my Kindergarten class!

  80. Maneesha Pradhan says:

    I would start preparing for my daughter’s 16th birthday party.

  81. Anny Chappell says:

    I don’t own a Silhouette yet. My first project would be to make some stencils of some artwork to paint on different objects. I know my sister would love it to make her party decorations she is always called on to make for her Sunday School group!

  82. Rosa says:

    I would love a portrait to do some vinyl on cups.

  83. Carrie says:

    I don’t own one, but I would make some wall art first

  84. Jessica Wyatt says:

    I love doing shirts with my cameo! I’ve been trying to win one for my SIL though!

  85. Donna says:

    Use it for my daughters wedding.

  86. Chris says:

    I don’t own one so I would just start experimenting. I would love to see what all it can do.

  87. Jeanine says:

    I’ve really enjoyed making printed gifts for my family and friends, like chargers.

  88. Nancy Blake says:

    My objective is learning how to use the cameo for fabric to share the concepts with my local quilt shop. This site is so informative. I look forward to mastering the software. I have signed up for classes. I started on and just finished Lesson 4. I enjoyed learning about making stencils for fabric backgrounds and cutting out fabric shapes to sew on the background. I want to cut vinyl, etch and try everything that the silhouette will do. I don’t actually own a silhouette, only using the quilt shop owners cameo. Would love to win the portrait!

  89. Rebecca B says:

    I just made totally cute birthday invitations for my daughter. I would love to give this to my sis for her birthday! I’m definitely going to need to get the upgraded software! Thanks!

  90. Katherine says:

    I do not own one and I would make Easter favor boxes for my easter egg hunt

  91. Ann Littler says:

    Who wouldnt like to win? Im disabled and think the portraite would be about the right size for me to manage, Ive looked up the weight and its quite light, so would be ideal, and it does almost everything I want, apart from sing and dance……but neither can I so we are even hehe It would help me so much cutting shapes for putting on my cards, making flowers all sorts. I might even be able to do christmas cards with it, I couldnt manage last year too many. Thanks for the chance and good luck everyone xxx

  92. jazzinthed says:

    Can’t wait to learn what I can do with a Silhouette from Nikki’s Crafting Academy!

  93. Michelle Ruggiero says:

    I love making birthday decorations and things with vinyl .

  94. Michelle Ruggiero says:

    I love making birthday decorations and things with vinyl .

  95. Kim G. says:

    Anything made with vinyl. Want to start on wood too.

  96. Jewel says:

    I do lots of decorating for church and friends and this would be great!

  97. Tracy says:

    I would love to win this to use in my 3rd grade classroom. I am so excited to make each and every new project and it seems that the ideas are simply endless with this awesome equipment!

  98. Amy Jo says:

    I’m dying for a silhouette! Can’t wait to share all my projects in my head to my blog and Facebook page! My head ism swimming in all the possibilities !

  99. Jeanine says:

    I’d love to make some t shirts!

  100. Sarah Thompson says:

    I have a cricut but am really interested in the silhouette! I love to make home decor signs.

  101. I really want to make decals! Book quote decals and decals for my kitchen appliances. So many ideas!

  102. ivette serrano wirth says:

    valentines cards for my boys and decorations for my sons 5th birthday power ranger party 🙂

  103. Deb Palmer says:

    I am currently spending time organizing for a crop in March. A weekend of spending time with GF’s. It would be so helpful if I had a new Silouette to bring with me! Thanks for the opportunity.

  104. Jessica P. says:

    Valentine cards would be the first thing I would make!

  105. Meredith Hendricks says:

    Don’t have one! Would use it for my Project Life Album.

  106. Jessica Cash says:

    I would love to give this to my Mother-in-law, she and I love to make things for the grandkids. 🙂

  107. Debbie says:

    I have the portrait and I use it all the time to make stencils to print on fabric. I also use it to cut out fabric too. Couldn’t live without it. I also have a Roland professional cutter but find that I use the Silhouette more. Love it love it love it so much I would love the better model. Thanks for the chance to win.

  108. Karen M says:

    Would start working on graduation decorations…again!

  109. Kellie Epperly says:

    I would make wall words and use it for scrapbook pages!

  110. Jennifer says:

    Just got mine for Christmas and loving it! So far, my vinyl projects are my favorite.

  111. Candice Smith says:

    I would love a Portrait! I have a ton of projects I do by hand or basic die cuts etc. for home and my classroom. This would be awesome….thanks for the giveaway!

  112. Alison says:

    would love to win the portrait!

  113. Juli says:

    Would love to win this for my best friend so we can craft together !

  114. Melissa says:

    Valentines, of course!

  115. Dina Werner says:

    I enjoy crafting, these giveaways would be awesome!

  116. Kathy H. says:

    Don’t have a Portrait yet, but the first thing I’ll do is make my daughter’s monogram in vinyl and mount it in clear glass framed!

  117. Andrea Fuentes Boyer says:

    I don’t own a Silhouette, but I would go HAM on my son’s nursery with vinyl wall decals and stuff i can frame.

  118. Birdiebee says:

    I have never owned one. If I won one, the first thing I would make is my daughter’s wedding invitations.

  119. Dawn Jones says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, I really want one of these!

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