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Cricut Love

Posted by  ·  June 23, 2009  ·  Last Updated: June 23, 2009

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From the moment I saw this infomercial I was in love.

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I dreamt about a Cricut of my own.

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So imagine my disbelief and excitement when Today’s Mama and Cricut asked to me try this unbelievable machine. I was so eager to create fabulous things, but this isn’t quite how it went down. When I saw my boys watching the instructional DVD I should have been suspicious. Just when I was ready to get started I realized my Cricut had been totally commandeered by my 12 and 16 year old boys.

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Really this is the biggest testimony to the ease of the Cricut. I was impressed one thousand percent with how creative they could be with this machine —–COMPLETELY on their own without any supervision. They did not want any ideas (interference) from me.

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First they made this adorable gift sack and birthday card for their aunt.

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The perfect birthday gift!

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They made a cool Father’s Day card for their dad.

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The perfect Father’s Day card! The cartridge, “Jubilee,” has some cool sayings like “you rock” !

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They even made a Father’s Day card for me to give to my dad!

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I drew out some ideas for our Fourth of July table and my boys got busy. They made some bling for straws, a fun crayon box (from the Tags, Boxes Cartridge cut at 5 1/4 inch) and put the name on a rocket party favor I made. Cricut’s new cartridge, ” Stand and salute,” is perfect for celebrating the fourth of July.  My ideas are overflowing!

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I know I am sounding like a commercial, but I am thrilled that it cuts fabric too. When the boys went to bed I was able to make this embellished onesie in a matter of minutes. The Simply Sweet cartridge is full of darling motifs and a delicate font.  I cut a sweet little flower for the front and a heart for the bottom and sewed the fabric shapes to the onesie.

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Next time my boys are gone I am anxious to cut birds and butterflies out of vinyl for my daughter’s bedroom wall. The Home Decor cartridge if filled with adorable designs perfect to decorate your home!

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I might have to wait until school starts to really get my chance, but I am thrilled that my boys love it as much as I do. Truly there are no limits— the possibilities are endless!

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Cricut is having a fun promotion, “Find the Cricut Ticket” going on from July 1 – August 15th. Twenty winners (yes 20) will receive a seven day Eastern Caribean “Craft Cruise” for two, plus a $600.00 airfare credit! All you need to do is purchase one of four Cricut cartriges for a chance to find a winning ticket. Look for tickets in Jubilee, Simply Sweet, Home Decor or Stand and salute!

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Would you like a chance to also win these four cool cartridges?  Today’s Mama is offering free giveaways for Cricut cartridges.  Maybe if you win a free cartridge, it will have a winning cruise ticket too!!



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  1. Sadie
    Monday, March 26th, 2012
    I think the Stand And Salute Is very creative, and fun. I love the colors. :)
  2. Sammy
    Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
    My Husband got me this for Christmas 2011 and I have had it early, I wanted it to cut fabric letters but the results were awful... The fabric just drags and moves, its a new mat. Ive been so disappointed I've not touched it for 3 weeks :-( I use bonda web ( British heat and bond) even starch as recommended by someone.
    Any ideas?
    The gift bag idea looks good though it this the discontinued bags cartridge? X
    Ps love the blog, first time I've had a really good look around.. X x been reading for an hour now x christmas traditions ate fab, first year my little boy will almost know what will be going on (2 in feb and 3 in jan)
  3. Monday, July 5th, 2010
    The "Happy Birthday Jenny" card is an awesome idea! I cant believe I didnt think of that myself. I use mine for all sorts of wall decorating ideas but Im still making the trip to walmart. Thanks for sharing! - Jane
  4. Natalie
    Sunday, August 16th, 2009
    I have the original Cricut and I love it. Honestly, I was worried about the prices of cartridges but 1) you never have to settle for full retail prices for carts if you're willing to troll the Internet for deals (or wait for sales at craft stores -- last X-mas, Michael's had a $29.99 sale on carts!); 2) most carts are jammed packed with plenty of options so I'm just fine with just a handful of carts.

    I cut fabric on my machine. It's one of my favorite things to do with it. The key is to stabilize the fabric. I use heat-n-bond, leave the paper on the fabric, then run it thru the machine. They show this trick on one of the informercials. I've heard of people stabilizing it with freezer paper, too.

    I highly recommend the Cricut messageboards, which have tons of ideas and tips (like how to extend the life of your cutting mats, for example).
  5. Saturday, June 27th, 2009
    I am so jealous but happy for you. I can watch the Cricut infomercial all day.....wow, the boys did a great job!!!
  6. Thursday, June 25th, 2009
    I love my Cricut!!! I do so much with it and have made letters, banners....the possibilities like you have shown are endless!! I am about to cut a monogram letters out for my daughters new room makeover....I cant wait. Love this and all of your posts.
  7. Thursday, June 25th, 2009
    That is pretty cool. I wish I had the time to take up some of those cool projects! How fun for kids!
  8. Thursday, June 25th, 2009
    Holy cow...I gotta get me a cricut!
  9. Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    I have a Cricut and now I want the Cricut Expression and I did not know it cut fabric; I'm so excited to give that a try. I also own the Tags, Bags, Boxes and more cartridge and I LOVE IT! Great to see someone else's creations.
  10. Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    Those are precious. I want a cricut :D

    http://eclecticschooling.blogspot.com
  11. Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    Love my Cricut! I have the small one, but it is a dream to have!
  12. Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    what a dream!
  13. Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    I got one for Christmas!!!! And I haven't stopped using it since!
    They truly are the greatest. My husband has been getting props for months for getting it for me and all of my friends think he is the greatest husband ever because of it. Tell your husbands they can become heros too if they get you one. :)

    I have been really getting into applique. I cut out letters in the fabric and Heat and Bond it to whatever. So cute!!!

    Me + Cricut = BFF
  14. Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    I bought one in the spring. I adore it. I have vinyl allll over the house, cards galore, so many ideas I can barely stand it. How much fun. Thanks for the ideas, though. Love it.
  15. Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    I'm with Biddy....I have wanted one of those forEVER!!! That's it...I'm getting one for my birthday this year!!!
  16. Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    I didn't know you could cut fabric with it....I've got one of the older Cricuts...I'd love to have the newer model but that isn't going to happen any time soon! LOL!
  17. Maria
    Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    Pretty cool post. I just came across your blog and wanted to say
    that I have really enjoyed browsing your posts. Any way
    I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!
  18. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    Sooo jealous, Cindy!

    Glad to see you back. :0)
  19. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    Hey so I got one of these for mothers day and I was really excited about doing some vinyl and some fabric appliqués for onesies. I can’t get them to come out…you had that problem or am I doing something wrong. I have the deep blade on my expressions and I have it cutting as deep as possible and on the slowest setting, still it isn’t cutting well…help!
  20. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    i have the 'old school' cricut and it's wonderful. it can't cut fabric or do some of the fancy things, but it's still totally awesome!!

    off to try to win some carts!
  21. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    how exciting to get one to use. I would love one too! such creative boys you have! Love the stuff you all made so far!
  22. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    Glad to see that the teenagers are enjoying the Cricut as well. It can be addictive once you get started. And cutting fabric... you've jumped right into things with Cricut!
  23. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    Oh, the Cricut is so awesome. It's one of those things I've been drooling over for a loooong time and just have never gotten. I had no idea that it even cut fabric! Oh man... now I'll HAVE to get one. Your boys did such a great job with everything!
  24. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    I love that your boys commandeered the machine! So cute! They did a great job, too.
  25. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    I've been lusting after those ever since they came out! My husband was going to get me one for Christmas, but chose something more "practical" instead!!!! I'm still lusting.
  26. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    Awesome! I wish I were this creative! And I wish I had that machine!!!
  27. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    Another Cricut lover found! I love my Cricut and have had it for over 2 years but had no idea you could cut fabric. I use it for vinyl all the time though. Is there a secret or did you put it on the mat just like paper? If you haven't already you can go to the Cricut message board for all kinds of creations. As well as to my blog. I use my Cricut on almost all my projects.
  28. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    Okay...comment #2...thanks for letting us know abotu the contest over at Today's Mama - I've never heard of that site before...it's a great one! I'll be visiting there often now! Thank you!!

    Also...for the crayon box you made...what cartridge did you use to create that? What a cute idea! Great for party favors or classroom party gifts!
  29. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    I don't know what I'd do without my Cricut Expression Machine! :) I LOVE it to pieces!!! SO SO SO WORTH the $! you created some great projects too...I've been eying the new cartridges...hmmm...I might just have to splurge now that I've seen your cool project ideas! Thanks for the great post!
  30. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    i am soooooo f-ing jealous!!!! you have NO idea how much i want a cricut! i start drooling every time i even think about them!

    *sigh*
  31. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    Thanks for sharing and for info. about the contest! I have one but haven't had much time to "play" with it yet. In fact, my goal this week is to get my craft area cleaned out and organized so I can get started getting things done. This has inspired me anew!
  32. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    Now I love it! Once you said it also cuts fabric, I truly got excited!! How adorable is that onesie?! And I have seen many ladies with vinyl letters on their walls. I wonder if they used the cricut? Hmm... I think I will definitely try this out. Thanks for sharing the video and the wonderful pics of the projects your kids made. Very inspiring ;)
  33. Jenny
    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    I felt so lucky to have my sweet nephews make that very cool birthday card! Wow, very impressive! Gift box and shred too -- they truly have their mother's genes! Can't wait to try out the Cricut! What fun! Thanks for the great post. xo
  34. mandylifeboats
    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
    can the cricut cut fabric too?