Post # 1
Ok so I finally broke down and got a Cricut Expression… Even though my FSIL who is also a BM offered enthusiasticly to let me borrow hers, and to come help with all of my paper projects even though I want to do some more involved projects (think the martha “ribbon” stds…. I have been lusting after a cricut for a while, and found a great price for a package including
- One Cricut Expression 24-inch personal electronic cutter
- Bonus One YourStory book binding and laminating machine ($90 Value)
- Bonus Five album covers for the book binding ($20 Value)
- Bonus One Professional Metal Trimmer with 4 blades ($40 value)
- Straight blade, perforation blade, wavy blade, and replacement straight blade
- Plantin SchoolBook font cartridge
- Accent Essentials shape cartridge
- Two keypad overlays
- Two cartridge handbooks
- 12×12-inch cutting mat
- Power adapter
- Quick Start Guide and user manual
- Instructional DVD
for under $300? I couldn’t pass up the deal so I bought it, and now I am second guessing myself… Ahhh did I make a good choice, or am I just plain crazy? I am almost scared to tell my FSIL, because she is the sweetest thing that there ever was, and I don’t wanna hurt her feelings… Ahhh
Edit: Does anyone have any good “starter” project ideas that will help familiarize me with it?
Post # 3
well i would have probably tried hers first to see if you really like it before buying one, but you sound really excited so more power to you. as for your FSIL, i would just tell her that while you bought one you would still love her help on the projects and just have her come over with her cricket and have a cricket party 🙂
Post # 4
I have one and I love love love it. My only suggestion would be to never buy the cartridges at full price (or at least try not to). I use angel scraps and i like them but if you google the cartridge you want you can normally find them for less than on the website or the craft store. Have fun!!
Post # 5
Mine sat in it’s box for about a month before I got the courage up to use it. I now love love love it. I also debated about getting one for a very very very long time, but like you, I found a awesome deal that was way too good to pass up.
I agree with mannellal, never pay full price for your cartridges. I use http://www.cricut-craftsdirect.com/servlet/the-Cartridges/Categories and they not only have wonderful customer service, but they also have consistently the best prices that I have found. They also have the newer cartridges for way less than retail and they have them before Joanns or Michaels.
Don’t be afraid to tell you FSIL that you got one. I am sure she will be very excited for you and now that you both have one, you can do double the work in half the time and you can start having crafting parties together.
Also, now when you need to make a card for anyone’s special occasion, you can just set up your Cricut and make it at any time of day or night that you want.
You may not get a lot of use out of it right away, but once you master it, you will continue to find more and more uses for it. I am still in the learning stages and use scrap paper for everything to make a prototype first, so I know it will be right for the real thing.
You may also want to pick up a couple of extra blades, so you will have an extra one on hand when you need it. Around here they are hard to come by, so I usually pick up two when they are available.
Post # 6
That’s an awesome deal! If you’re somewhat technologically savvy, I highly suggest purchasing Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL). You can cut any font you download (gotta love free fonts and dingbats!) with the program, as well as anything you can create in Illustrator. It’s saved me a fortune since I don’t have to buy cartridges now! I only have the two cartridges that came with my Cricut, haven’t bought another one since 🙂
Post # 7
Yay, now I just need to find a “starter” project! Any suggestions?
Post # 8
I’m so happy for you! I came thisclose to buying a Cricut this week myself but I’ve decided to hold off until another killer sale happens at Joanns. They ran one a few weeks ago that I’m kicking myself for missing. 🙁 I plan on using mine to make cards and various decorations (and banners!) for parties and family events. I can’t wait!
I suggest you start with something super simple like a card…get to know how to program and cut your layered pieces. This is where I plan to start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzZxwuUxMmA&feature=PlayList&p=0E8E9DC159B7D045&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=13
This YouTube member has a lot of very helpful videos…as do a lot of other YouTubers. Good luck and post back with some creations!
PS – Did you buy from a private seller or was it a retail sale?
Post # 9
Thanks for the advice! I got this one
from Overstock.com, but they have a machine only for like 103… I comparison shopped a lot before finding this deal…
Post # 10
I don’t have one, but I have heard nothing but good things about them…and that seems like a good deal. As far as being afraid to tell your FSIL, I wouldn’t be. Invite her over for lunch and have her give you a rundown on how to set it up and use it! It’d make for a great girly afternoon. (: