EDITED TO ADD :
So many of you have asked about the cartridge I used to make my new signs. It is called "Home Decor" and I got it off e-bay for about $20 (brand new). I have found that you can get the best deals on cartridges as well as the machine on e-bay...that's where I got mine. I only have the 2 standard cartridges that come with the Cricut (Plantin Schoolbook & Accent Essentials) and the Home Decor one. For now that is all that I plan to purchase. I really don't have much of a need for a lot of cartridges, plus that can get expensive real fast. And I know plenty of people I can borrow or share cartridges with. Y'all know I'm too thrifty for all that! Oh, and there is also a program you can buy called "Sure Cuts Alot". It allows you to hook the cricut to your computer and use any true type font you already have. Now that is awesome. Maybe one day. I also included a picture of the graphics that come on the Home Decor cartridge. Just click on the picture to enlarge it.
I got a new toy last week and I've had so much fun playing with it this weekend! Look at all the fun new stuff I've made so far....
I'm sure most of you die hard crafters know about the Cricut (pronounced..."cricket") and probably have owned one for ages. I, on the other hand, have only drooled over theses fancy machines..thinking I'd never have one of my own. My sweet sweet sister let me borrow hers for a couple months and I got completely hooked. But I'm proud to say that I sold enough of my etsy wares to buy my very own . Whoo-hoo! Seriously, that may not sound too exciting to you, but to me it means so much. It means I am finally doing what I love, what I am passionate about. It means I've put myself out there for the world to see and come to find out...it's not as scary as I thought! It means I am feeding and cultivating and nourishing my creative spirit. And let me tell you...that feels soooooooo good! I don't plan or expect to make a living selling crafts, but it is so nice to feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment doing something that I LOVE.
Ok...sappy mushy moment over. Now I will gush about the wonderfullness of my new toy! I am amazed at how detailed and intricate this machine cuts. And to top it all off, it is super easy and user friendly. I am no techie...I NEED easy.
For reals! All I did was snap in the cartridge, type the chandelier button, set the size for 3 inches, and the quantity I want, load the paper...and VOILA! A whole stinkin page full of teeny tiny beautifully detailed chandeliers. I love this thing.
Not only does it cut paper, it also cuts chipboard, vinyl, and much more. The possibilities are endless. I have probably used about 1/100th of it's full potential, which is crazy, and I would be happy with that...but it can do so much more. I can't wait to see what we come up with together. Me and my new bff.
My other sister ordered a Halloween sign for her back door. She wanted spooky, but chic. Ummm...hello? She asked...Cricut and I delivered!
But let's be honest here. Her back door is like the Taj Mahal of doors (I take pictures of all my signs at her house for this very reason). I could hang a little pile of dried up poo and it would look fabulous. Regardless, I'm glad we went with the cute sign and not the poo.
I don't know... I'm just sayin.