Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cricut machine

Well, after having Brooke's sister come over with her Cricut machine, it got me thinking..... -it can do so many amazing things, I was completely sold after using her machine, but I will get to that later- so they are originally 200 something- well, before Christmas Eve, they were on sale for 99 dollars, plus I have a business (Etsy) card- which gives you 10% off your total purchase at Joann's, (so if you have any kind of business, get one!) So that would bring down the Cricut to $90. So how could I get the mula? Well, I made some doll clothes, with matching outfits, made 50 off of that, then I got a surprise gift card to joanns from a sweet angel that took care of the rest- so off to Joann's I went- and I GOT---------- DRUM ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL- A CRICUT!!!!!!!! I don't even know where to begin- It is so amazing, I get anxiety trying to figure out how to explain to others how amazing it it, I just want to bear my testimony that it's perfect, and wish that everyone would just trust me and get one, because the list of how amazing it is, is SO LONG. Let me tell you a LITTLE bit about it. It looks like a printer, but it cuts. It can cut light and heavy cardstock, paper, vinyl with sticky backing (for signs) and bigger drum roll..... FABRIC. I've already been obsessed with signs, and go to the effort of actually painting on the letters myself, I already applique quilts, and I have recently picked up card making, so you can see why this machine was meant to be in my LIFE!

Each machine comes with 1 cartrigde. A cartridge comes with oh.... maybe 100 characters. There are "letter" cartridges, and "graphic" cartdiges, and some with a little of both. The cartridges are spendy- 90 dollars, but go on sale at Joanns for 40, plus, with my 10% coupon- that brings it down to 36. The machine comes with a letter cartridge, and a few symbols- flowers, hearts, stars.
WELL, I got some Christmas money, so I got the paper doll cartridge. You might wonder why I got the paper doll cartridge, since I dont' play with paper dolls.- well- Each paper doll (which is about 50)- comes with what is called "accesories" - so- the "cave girl" comes with dinosoars adn mountains- the "princess" comes with a castle- etc. So- really- in this cartridge you get alot more than what you ask for. Basically- you name it- this cartridge has it, graphic-wise. See, usually- if you want a snow man, you have to get the "winter cartridge" but the santa clause paper doll, has a snow man, etc. So really, if you get this cartridge, the only reason you'd need to get another is if you wanted a different style of lettering, but as far as graphics, this one covers anything you would want. Plus- the paper dolls! You can print them with or without tabs. It is REALLY COOL. So- my sister Lizzie is thinking about getting one, and since you can't look inside the pamphlet until you buy it- I took a picture of - I think every page- or almost every page- so you could see the accesories. so- here they are- OH YEAH- the cricut can cut as small as 1 inch- to as large as 5 1/2 inches. I did the letters and green flowers with my cricut: This is me testing it on fabric I don't care about- It cut out that heart perfectly, and then I adhered it to another fabric. Worked great. (that is the only way you can cut out fabric- is with a wonder under some adhesive backing to make it stiff, which is what you want anyway for applique

skeleton, paper doll, and wig-

this is what it looked like after I peeled it off the mat-

This is an example of how the paper dolls work- it will cut out all these individual things to make up a paper doll. Only there are 50 different kinds!
Different positions of face, and face expressions:


As you can see the paper doll is on the left, and the accessories are on the right:


Well, on my chemo days I got sick of sewing, and Brooke's sister showed up just in time with the idea of making Christmas cards- So i got on a real card making kick- I'm not a card maker- well- my family knows I am a card maker in the fact that I make silly cards, but I'm not a cute card maker- so this was kind of strange for me- because I probably made over 30 cards. Before I knew it I was purchasing ink and rubber stamps- ( just 1 dollar at Joann's and Craft warehouse). THEN- I drew Marie's name (mom in law) for Christmas- not knowing what to get her for Christmas with so little money, Brooke gave me the great idea of making her cards! So these are some the cards I made her- they are birthday, "just a note" and "best friends" themed. Now I don't have a "nice" camera like all you richies out there :)- so imagine a nice fuzzy blur in the back round, with a magazine look to it :) By the way- alot of people are into chalk, for scrap booking and card stamping- WELL- I know I'm new at this- but I just used colored pencils and lightly colored it in- and I think it looks exactly the same- and it's alot less messy. Not to mention- cheaper.
I love the owl birthday ones- once again people- 1 dollar for these stamps!

These are the Christmas cards I made. I was able to do the "Let it Snow" with Brooke's sister's Cricut machine. So cool.
These are my old fashion looking ones- these were Mike's favorite:

And the elf ones- love them!- and all the sayings on the elf ones, I just made up and printed off the computer- this was before I got stamps-

I don't know why, but the elf ones remind me of my mom, I feel like she would really like them

Then for Christmas Brooke gave me this box to keep all my cards, in, and I got some different colored envelopes to make it more fun- and I decorated it. Having things decorated, even though it's just storage, makes it so much more fun: