Pinewood Derby Design!

Feb 6th, 2014

At 5:30 last night I rushed home to help Connelly {my 9 year old son} put the finishing touches on his Cub Scout Pinewood Derby car {that started at ahem… 6:00}.  That’s how I roll unfortunately…last minute is my middle name. Dan and Connelly had such a good time working on the car together. Dan cut it out and then Connelly was in charge of sanding it until it was smooth. They decided to stain it instead of paint it this year, and I think it turned out awesome! Connelly wanted his car to be named “Derby Death” so we hooked him up with some cool vinyl to make it look the part. He chose spiders and skulls. Nothing screams “Derby Death” like spiders and skulls after all.


I love my Silhouette and I use it all the time. I’ve gotten pretty fast at designing vinyl and cutting it over the years too. If you have missed our Silhouette Projects, check them out HERE.


Doesn’t Connelly’s car look amazing!?!


I am grateful to get to give away a Silhouette CAMEO today! I love that you can cut out your own images with the Silhouette Designer Software. In fact, my friend Amy sent me her husband’s logo the other day, and I easily converted the image into a std file for her with my Silhouette Designer Software! It comes in handy.

Silhouette is having a promotion right now too! 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!

These are all GREAT deals!

In order to get the deal: Go to and enter the code “THRIFTY.”

If you are feeling lucky, enter to win one of these amazing machines below! silhoutte Cameo

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I’d love to make some transfers for pillows!

  2. I needs to win yo!

  3. Kimberly H says:

    I would make a sign for in our bedroom.

  4. It would be so fun to do some cool typography on a sign. I’ve been wanting to do that for a while now.

  5. Debbie Percelay says:

    Fingers and toes crossed! Would love to use this in my glass art work. I’d donate my circuit to a local elementary school if I win!????

  6. The crafting possibilities are endless!

  7. The silhouette would help me promote the husband’s business!!!

  8. Amelia Ostler says:

    I would use it make decorations for my classroom. I would also like to make some home decor projects that have been on my to-do list

  9. I want to try some signs. Stain, then vinyl letters, then paint & peel off letters!

  10. tabatha stimpson says:

    ummmm everything!!!!! I just love the vinyl possibilities!!!

  11. I’d love to make some things for my two little girls!

  12. I’ve been wanting a Cameo for a few years now, so I’ve accumulated all sorts of ideas I’d love to do with one! Fun crafts for my little guy, cute decorations for my home, and it would make other crafty things I already do easier too.

  13. Sheri Orear says:

    1st year teaching Preschool….the possibilities are endless!! I have been dreaming about one :-)

  14. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I’d make labels for my make up.

  15. I would love to create projects with our Grandchildren–for them and for us…

  16. tifanie lopez says:

    Would love to start making some crafts for the house and gifts :). Love all got posts.

  17. I would love to make some cute things for my granddaughters!

  18. tifanie lopez says:

    Would love to make some crafts for the home and some gifts :). Love all your posts so creative.

  19. Trina Elwell says:

    So many projects!! The hard part would be deciding which one to make first!!!

  20. I would love to make some stuff to put on my boys’ walls. Their room is pretty bare compared to the pink princess room of their sis. Thanks!

  21. I’d use it in my recycled window art. Here’s hoping I’m lucky!

  22. tifanie lopez says:

    Sorry my kindle shut off when I hit post. I thought the first one did not make it but I see it did. I did not intend to send over two thinking the first one did not arrive.

  23. This would be so great to help with the quotes I’m so into right now!! Hand lettering is definitely not my forte. (Yet!)

  24. Pick me! Pick me!! :) I would love to win one of these.

  25. I would love this. What a great giveaway. Something I really want and how better if I won it :)

  26. I would do some cute vinyl subway art signs for my grandson’s room. By the way, cool car. Boy, that brings back great memories of my 4 scouts.

  27. Mandy Bowen says:

    I have 8 projects I could use this on right now. Please pick me!

  28. Casey Maynard says:

    Would love to have my own so I can quit bugging my sister to make me things!

  29. I would use it to make all sorts of decorations for my new appartment

  30. Shayla Howe says:

    I would love to win this awesome giveaway… So many ideas for projects!

  31. Lots of projects!!! I’ve been wanting a Silhouette for years!!!!

  32. Birdiebee says:

    Etch glass, make wall decals, scrapbook, make spice jar labels and so much more. I would really go to town and have some real crafting going on.

  33. What an amazing machine. Would love to have one.

  34. Laurie Bowers says:

    I would be able to help my husband with his new business startup – coffee roasting.

  35. would gift it to my sister, then she could do all her crafty things…and mine

  36. I’d start with Valentine shirts for the kids then move onto my daughter’s 10th b-day.

  37. Rosie Gibb says:

    I would cut vinyl decals for my walls

  38. I would use it for crafting- everything from t-shirt designs for my kids to wooden signs for our walls!

  39. I would start with vinyl labels for my spice tins.

  40. Michelle Keller says:

    First thing I’d make are invitations to my son’s birthday party

  41. That brings back many happy memories of my Cub Scouts, who are now Boy Scouts! I would love to win a Cameo – thanks for the great giveaway

  42. carolee c. says:

    I would love to make stencils for painting furniture!

  43. Dena Lilly says:

    I need this!!!!!!! ????

  44. I would start with vinyl applications on anything that didn’t move and some that did (car)! Then I’d move on to paper!

  45. I would make paper flowers for my sisters wedding. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. I would make fun projects for my baby girl’s nursery!

  47. I would use it to make gifts for all my friends

  48. I would LOVE to win!! I need to get my craft on!

  49. What a cost-effective way to make gifts and your own decor!

  50. I would love one and the possibilities would be endless! I think I would use it most to make stencils for art projects, furniture, etc. Thanks!

  51. I would use a silhouette to make holiday decorations, Christmas ornaments, customized school supplies, kid crafts. I could use it to make stencils and wall decals and house numbers… I really have a million ideas. Love this giveaway!

  52. Use it on some furniture makeovers.

    • Our ladies group at church has been wanting one to use for different crafts to sell at our annual bazaar….I would sure love to surprise them with this!!!

  53. I have a few accent walls I would love to add some sort of pattern too. I think the cameo would be a great alternative solution to wallpaper!

  54. I can’t even imagine what I would do with it, as the possibilities are endless!! :)

    thanks for the chance to win!

  55. Labels for organizing, and big pieces for furniture accents!

  56. I would definitely design some fun tshirts for my boys! :)

  57. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  58. Jessica W. says:

    Pick me! Pick me!! I could DEFINITELY put this to good use at our house :)

  59. Rebecca Peterson says:

    cute sign for my new house-family sign, welcome sign for the door, labels for kitchen and pantry.

  60. I want one of these so badly – right now I want to make an etched glass thing for my husband for Valentine’s day, and the Silhouette would make this so easy!

  61. Make the entire world more beautiful…one piece of vinyl at a time :)

  62. Too many choices! Things for my kitchen first, I think!

  63. I would LOVE to win one! How awesome that you are hosting this contest!!!! I would one this to make all sorts of nifty crafts to give away as gifts as well as to display in my home and office. I’m quite sure that I would also use one for the various projects I do with my two sons (8 and 11), including the Pinewood Derby. My sons are in Troop 27 from Louisiana. We just had our Derby and loved it. I love your son’s car.

    Thanks for the opportunity,
    Joanna McCallum

  64. I have all kinds of projects in mind, but I’d love to make some signs for around the house.

  65. I would love this so I could throw the “other” machine I have away. So tired of cartridges. Thanks for doing this!

  66. Jessica Dobbs says:

    I would mess around with heat transfer stuff

  67. Suzy Gray says:

    Anything lol. That machine can do so much

  68. I would love to win!!! I’d start with some art for my gallery wall that I’m creating. After that, there would be no stopping me!

  69. Oh the projects I would create with it!!!

  70. Sarah Christensen says:

    I just became the Ward Bulletin specialist in my ward and this would help make our bulletin board look awesome!!

  71. A big tree for my living room wall.

  72. I would use the Cameo to scrapbook! Thanks!

  73. I love to give little gifts to friends/family & my co workers! Would love to win this!!

  74. Amanda Wigley says:

    The possibilities are endless!

  75. I would love to have the Cameo and give my X-acto knife a break!

  76. This would help my crafty handicap.

  77. I’d make stencils!

  78. What a great give away! I have seen so many great crafts using the Cameo, I need one! Victoria

  79. I would make some cute things for the walls in my house- they are so bare right now!

  80. I wohld use it to make decorations for the home and labels for just about everything!

  81. I would decorate my daughters room with Vinyl!! And make home-made Valentine’s day cards!!! And create labels for my jams and pickles!!!

  82. I would love to label al the kiddos things and also make decorations for every holiday.

  83. I would make cute labels for my clear jars.

  84. I would make decorations for my daughter;s wedding, oh yeah!

  85. There are so many things that I see people doing with a Cameo! I would start by making some cute labels for my kids toy bins!

    Sure love your blog!


  86. Labels & Stencils!!!

  87. Oh what wouldn’t I do with my cameo! There are so many possibilities. I am just moving to a new house, so I think first it would be used for decor. All over my house! No room would be left untouched :)

  88. I have a lot of ideas stocked up on Pinterest that I would love to try and most of them require something like this to cut vinyl and other shapes. If I had awesome handwriting I’d just freehand it but I have terrible handwriting. This would help me knock some of that DIY decorating out!

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

  89. I think the question should be “what wouldn’t I do with a Cameo?”! :) I have a few babies showers coming up and I know it would be helpful when making the decorations and personalized gifts!

  90. The possibilities are overwhelming but I would definitely do a lot of scrapping with one!

  91. I would cut applique shapes

  92. Oh the possibilities abound, what I would do for a Cameo!

  93. Danielle Rogers says:

    Awesome pinewood derby car! Good job!
    About the Cameo, I would use it for both home and church. I work with kids and have kids of my own, so there are tons of fun projects I could do if I could just get my hands on one of these!
    Thanks for the chance to win one!

  94. I have about 300 projects I want to do that require a Cameo!!! I could be a DIY machine!

  95. party decorations!

  96. Organize, organize, organize! I have so many projects that I need to do!

  97. Carrie Eastman says:

    EVERYTHING!!!!!!! Im dying for one of these!!!

  98. Oh good heavens- stenciled signs to start & then everything else under the sun :)

  99. I would use them to make stencils for painting letters in my little girl’s room, and then move on to bigger and better things from there! So excited!

  100. Yay! I would be all over making some stencil monograms for my tiny!

  101. This is crazy. I have been checking into them but cannot afford one at this time. There are so many things that I want to do. This would be wonderful.

  102. I want to label everything! And designs for the kiddos walls are so much easier to change out in vinyl than in paint!

  103. Amanda Boerst says:

    Oh so many things! Cards, shirts for my 2 year old, vinyl wall art…everything!

  104. I’d make party decorations and cards to start, and when I got more ambitious…rhinestone appliques!

  105. There are so many fabulous things I would love to do with my own Silhouette, among which would be things for the youth at church. I would love to decorate my kids’ room with it as well.

  106. I’ve been drooling over this for a while now. Would LOVE one!!!

  107. Shannon Brey says:

    Would love a chance to win one of these!

  108. first thing…i’d get to making vinyl lettering for my spice bottles…

  109. I want to do designs on fabric for curtains or t-shirts. Also wall treatments, labels to organize. I would love to just play and let my imagination take over! Thanks for the chance to win.

  110. donnamarchlewski says:

    I would LOVE to win this machine! What fun I would have with my grandchildren!

  111. I would make some heat transfer shirts for my kids

  112. Maddie Davis says:

    As a former Cubmaster looks great. Hope he had fun making it and racing today! Oh and I’d love to win the machine. Keep him active in scouts it will take him far my son is a Life scout and 3 merit badges and a project away from eagle.

  113. ellen casper says:

    Vinyl wall art and scrapbooking,

  114. I would make some vinyl art for my girls bedrooms.

  115. I’d help my mom create the wall stencil of her dreams. :)

  116. Ashleigh Hall says:

    I would make some subway art for our kitchen!

  117. Susan Krauss says:

    For the longest time, I’ve wanted to make an art piece for my snooze-fest of a laundry room! The Cameo would make easy work of it !!!

  118. I would make my own signs to hang up!

  119. What an awesome giveaway! I would make some signs for my kitchen walls.

  120. I would make all sorts of crafty things with my granddaughter!

  121. Subway art!

  122. OMG!!! I cant even tell you how long I have been wanting one of these bad boys!! I dont know where to begin. I think I would make some wonderful sayings for some mirrors and frames and give them to my daughters for their homes. I would make some amazing decor for my 3 grandsons rooms:) Stuff for my kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, living room, hallway and last but not least my laundry room:)

  123. Summer Kirkland says:

    I would happily take this off your hands:))

  124. I’d make wall stencils!

  125. Having a son, I love this “boy” idea for using the cameo! Fun!

  126. I would use it for vinyl letters for my wall.

  127. Kellie S. says:

    My daughter is getting married in October. I would make lots and lots of wedding stuff!

  128. Natasha J says:

    make labels for all my craft supplies i organized

  129. I’ve been wanting a silhouette forever! It would be so great for home projects

  130. Make personalized thank you cards for our business

  131. I would make a family sign for my sister.

  132. I would love to stencil some painted signs of inspiration. Thanks!

  133. makechristmas presents

  134. I would love to make some home decor projects.

  135. Id make cards

  136. I would make cute valentine decor and have a craft party with my fam to make home decor!

  137. Rachael Hayes says:

    What wouldn’t I make with it? That’s the real question!
    I’d start with some signs for the house.
    I’ve debated on buying/asking for one for a while now, but I can’t justify spending
    that much money on a crafting tool, yet.

  138. I’d like to make a monogram for my daughter’s apron I made for her.

  139. I am always looking for new ways to use my Cameo!

  140. I am looking forward to making things that are in my head vs stuck in a cartridge. The things you can do with a Silhouette is limitless. I am looking forward to cutting vinyl, making my own stencils and very much so making my own stamps! Crazy fun!

  141. BECKY EVANS says:

    I would love to make some Valentine Cards for my Kids.

  142. personalized thank you cards for our business

  143. This is terrific! Love that the font you used looks like dripping blood. I would love to win the Cameo and would use it to make some art with the old windows which have been in my garage for about 15 years (not a lie, my husband will confirm). Love the old one that you did and something like that would be super for my nieces rooms in their new house).

  144. Have been wanting one forever! Pick me!

  145. Karen Weight says:

    I would make all kinds of cute decor for my home with the Cameo!! Especially vinyl lettering decor. I REALLY have wanted one of these forever!!

  146. That is a fabulous derby car!!!

    I’d love to add some vinyl words to my empty wall upstairs.


  147. Birdiebee says:

    I would make shirt designs, jar labels, wall decals, do some scrapbooking, make invitations and so much more. I would also do projects with my granddaughter when I have her on the weekends.

  148. I’d make some Valentines Day cards!

  149. I’d be decorating my Girl Scout Troops pinewood derby cars for the race off we have with the Cub and Boy Scout Troops.
    Chris =]

  150. Organize my pantry with labels

  151. I’d make some home décor items

  152. Becky Thomas says:

    I would love to use this to design my own stencils for painting furniture. And decorating all around the house!

  153. kristin young says:

    i would go crazy in the extra bedroom that will be getting a big transformation in the next 6 months :) aka baby’s room

  154. Peggy Crawford says:

    I would make lots of things for my new granddaughter coming this summer. :) And things for my little grandson new room cause little sister moving into his room. Love making stuff for them and the kids at church! Love to win and make lots of stuff!

  155. I would use the Silhouette to make all kinds of labels in my home to get organized

  156. Décor, signs, gifts…the possibilities are endless.

  157. Amy Strickland says:

    I’d love a Silhouette so that I could decorate my two kiddos rooms!

  158. I want to make signs as gifts for friends!

  159. I would make signs with all of my reclaimed wood and windows.

  160. I would start with redecorating my family room and kitchen. Then a lot of crafty fun stuff!

  161. I would use it to make wall decorations for my kids rooms first. From there, the sky’s the limit!

  162. I’d love to have this to create custom canvas art

  163. Would love to make home decorating projects ;)

  164. All thing vinyl!

  165. There are so many things I would like to make! I definitely want some book quote decals. Also some decals for kitchen items as well!

  166. Jessica Hornibrook says:

    t-shirt vinyl

  167. Vinyl, vinyl, and more vinyl!

  168. Erin Ellis says:

    I would use too make my girls’ bedroom look fabulous! From stencils, to vinyl, to patterns for artwork and more! The possibilities are endless with a Silhouette! I would also make some cute Easter decorations too! Thank you for the amazing giveaway!
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  169. Samantha C. says:

    I would LOVE one of these machines. I could make my own decorations for holidays and birthday decorations and stencils for crafts. SOOO much more. Oh my gosh Brooke help a sister out!! ;)

  170. Holly Martinez says:

    Oh my gosh, what wouldn’t I do??? Pillow covers, organizational labels, cute kitchen labels! Art and crafts…. The list goes on!!

  171. Shannon Korpela says:

    Letters, writing, labels….they’re the hardest Things To Free-Hand!

  172. I’d like to create some inspirational wordart to display in my home.


  173. Signs, labels, to put in with my paintings, projects and I would share my good fortune with a nearby preschool! (I used to teach preschool myself!)

  174. I would live to have a Silhoutte to craft all kinds of DIY projects for my upcoming wedding! Thanks for the chance to win.

  175. I would help my daughter in her Kindergarten classroom. There are so many things she would love to put up to help the kids!

  176. mamashortcake says:

    Labels! I love to organize!

  177. Cindy Trobaugh says:

    Oh My Gosh the Projects would be endless..Yippee! I wanted one for so long,Thanks for the Chance.

  178. I would make labels for everything in my house! I have a label maker, but those labels look nowhere near as cute as what you can do with a Silhouette!

  179. I would make stencils.

  180. Pinewood and other Scout activities would benefit from this cool gadget!

  181. Shirts for Disney!

  182. Oh my goodness – the possibilities are endless – labels, stencils, tons of stuff! I have wanted one of these! Thanks so much for the chance!

  183. Jennifer Wagar says:

    I found your blog only recently and am loving going through your posts!

  184. Jennifer Wagar says:

    I would use the cameo to make my own vinyl decals, and I’d really love to try cutting gumpaste/fondant to use to decorate cakes with intricate details.

  185. Oh So many things! I’m really into making the heat transfer t-shirts and the Cameo would really make that easy!

  186. So many things I could make, but vinyl is calling my name :)

  187. Vinyled canvases!

  188. What a great way to show that being crafty doesn’t always have to be girly!

  189. Love the font on the car!

  190. I would make some decorations for my kids rooms.

  191. great little racer, love the spider. ( Here’s a spider I made from glass. I would love to win the silhouette! I have tons of ideas for home decor, mostly lettering.

  192. use it to cut out a vinyl phrase for my kids’s rooms!

  193. I would LOVE a CAMO! I could make my own decorations for holidays and birthday cards! and vinyl stencils! Thank you for the chance to win one! :D

  194. i would start with valentines cards!

  195. What wouldn’t I do?! I would use it to help customize party decorations for my sisters baby shower. We don’t fit into the typical party decor mold, apparently according to my shopping findings.

  196. I would start Christmas projects NOW!

  197. Jessica V says:

    I’ve been wanting one of these forever!

  198. Terri Hughes says:

    Lots of things. Thanks!

  199. There is so much the kids and I could do with this.

  200. Labels!!!

  201. I’d make cards for everybody.

  202. I would love to win! I have so many vinyl projects I want to make with this!

  203. Maryam Y. says:

    I’d make some school supplies.

  204. I’d finish our scrapbooks of when we lived in Australia.

  205. Benny Sequeira says:

    You name it and I will try to make it.

  206. It would be so much easier to make my wedding invitations! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  207. Thank you for the opportunity!
    Can’t wait to start using the silhouette to label and organize my kitchen!

  208. Meagan Wiggins says:

    I’d make tons of signs, art, pillow transfer, anything I could really!

  209. I would love one of these to use for home AND my classroom!

  210. I still want to do mice on my stairs for Halloween. Rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

  211. cards, lots of cards.

  212. I want to make invitations for my son’s birthday party and them some wall art

  213. I would use it to make a bridal shower banner.

  214. I want to do vinyl embellishments for shoes, and more, of course ;-)

  215. Betty Baez says:

    I would make invitations, cards, garlands and etched glass candle holders!

  216. I have so many projects that I could list!!!

  217. I want to make personalized t-shirts for my kiddos birthdays!

  218. The car turned out awesome Brooke! What a great idea to make a vinyl! I’m thinking custom vinyls for the bottom of my boys skateboards! ;)

  219. Everything I can think of!

  220. I would need to learn how to use it first ;)

  221. If’d mke some new house numbers for my mailbox.

  222. I would love to make some personalize subway art.

  223. I would do a happy dance with it! Then craft, craft, craft!

  224. Oh man! I have to get to work on a shared room for a 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter. I’m struggling with how to make it cute for both genders, but I’m pretty darn sure this cameo would help me out with that project!!!!! :)