Archives for July 2008
I love thins thing! I prefer the Quickutz Silhouette to anything on the market. I think they just don’t have the marketing dollars Provocraft has.
I have used a Cricut and toyed with idea of buying one over the past few months. I just wasn’t WOWED buy it. Every time I thought of having to buy one and seeing them come up for sale I have *almost* bought one. I can see the advantage MAYBE of being able to take anywhere- but I can take my Quickutz Silhouette with me anywhere with my laptop.
What has always stopped me cold has been buying those cartridges for different font or new shapes I just could not wrap my head around it. I might feel differently if I had a group of friends where we could swap and trade but most of my friends- gas- do not even Scrapbook and think of my hobby as a weird obsession they just don’t get .
I will posting more on trick and techniques for using the Silhouette- I admit the software can be intimidating and look a bit scary at first- it isn’t that bad .
Currently I have at LEAST 5,000 different true type fonts installed. There is no way Cricut can compete with that.
You can cut and resize 50 of the images that come with the machine- which are actually pretty good. It comes with a nice “flourish” that I use all the time.
You can always get more of there images on the website ( you have to pay) Yo can also cut ANY image, clip art, or graphic you create using outline feature ( don’t break copyright laws!).
There a 3 different blades that come with machine and I have also heard you can cut rubber stamping material and make runner stamps from your images with Silhouette. The balde you use depends on what material you are cutting.
You can cut The blades can cut paper, cardstock, vellum, vinyl film, specialty paper, sticker or adhesive-backed paper, iron-on transfer paper, and magnetic paper and vinyl. As far as i know the Silhouette doesnt cut chipboard. I don’t see how any machine for home use will be able to cut chipboard- I can’t see it having a powerful enough motor or being safe.
Cricut user are probably well aware that Michael’s Craft stores had a huge promotion on Cricket Cartridges this week for us with the Cricut. These rarely go on sale and are not eligible for use with any kind of a coupon.
This week Michael’s has all their Cricut cartridges on sale for 55.00 CAD or 40.00 US, this is at least half of their usual retail price.
To further entice Cricut electronic die cutting machine users, Cricut is sweetening the pot by offering free Cricut Design Studio to people who buy 3 or more cartridges. The software usually runs s around 80.00. The software let you combine images from different cartridges as well as manipulate them on your computer.
The offer is available in both the US and Canada. After buying your cartridges simply fill out form on the Cricut website. for your rebate. Purchase must be made between 7/26/08 and 8/8/2008.
As some one who own and loves Quickutz Silhouette, I am not sure why someone would pay even 40.00 for another font or shape. I can print out a zillion different fonts for FREE with Silhouette, including Script or “welded” words. Cricut makes me a bit nuts.
Don’t forget that Michael’s is selling their Cricut cartridges for 40.00 nest week. The cartridges or for the Cricut die cutting machine. Typically they go for about 80.00 and even on sale about 50,oo so this is a great deal I have also heard Michael’s might be doing a cross promotion with Cricut where you can get the Cricut Design Studio for free when you buy a certain amount of the cartridges.
Update: Rumor is true- if you buy 3 Cricut cartridges you get Cricut Design Studio free. Visit Details of free Cricut Design Studio offer.
This is just adorable!
A darling little quilled fairy design. I love the hair! I think you could easily change the hair color to suit or even mix colours. You can buy the kit to make this design, here.
This is sure to become a favorite.
How To Make a Spiderman with Cricut Machine
Sammy of Butterflies blog has come with with a VERY cute ittle spiderman that she made with her Cricut die cut machine She used George , Basic Shapes, Paper doll Dress Ups, and Doodlecharms cartridges along with Design Studio ( you can use trial version).
Visit her site for full instructions.
This was based on a card I a made a few weeks ago for a much loved family friend.
I have found it very hard to make Sympathy cards when I need them so I have made up several to have on hand. I think the hand made quality and effort that goes into the card is much appreciated. I do feel like I need to be careful and don’t make the card about my need to “create” if that makes sense. so consequently I try and make them very simple.
This card was made using card stock cut into 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 square and using matching envelope.
I cut window using Creative memories oval cutter. I would like to try technique using Spellbinders Ovals
to emboss oval and the Creative Memories ovals to cut window. The way Spellbinders works is to emboss just in inside the oval.
I then used 3 colors of Flower Soft to make the floral bouquet in the urn, the urn is from Flower Soft as well and very versitile.
I made the flowers with thin wire covered in floral tape ( which you can also buy pre-done for about $2.50 from Flower Soft suppliers) . I think it wold be nice to use Copic markers as well to color Flower soft for shading.
I then added sticker that says “With Sympathy” which I am not thrilled with but couldn’t find a nice stamp or suitable letters..
I am over all quite please with the card.
Have you been using Flower Soft for your card making? I would love to hear of your ideas!
Another great idea from a a mom, Magnetic Art Display from Wisdom of the Moon blog.
Complete supply list on her site along with full instrucion on how to make this magnetic strip, but she basically used supplies from Home Depot type store and decorated with metal paint.
The result is both functional and great looking. This would be a good idea for any craft room to hang works in progress, kids art or notes.