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Pampered Chef: I've found a new love!

  1. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    I'm sure nobody has probably noticed I haven't been on CS much lateley, but it's because I've found a new love!

    I have another thread I just have to check every day since I got my Cricut;)!! I have been making so many cards. I also made little Easter baskets for my niece's and nephew's. It has been so much fun!

    I just wanted to let you know I'll never leave CS though and it's always first in my heart:)!!
     
  2. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

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    For me and anyone else who isn't familiar, what is Cricut???
     
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  3. Teresa Lynn

    Teresa Lynn Legacy Member Gold Member

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    an electronic diecut machine for scrapbook addicts

    where is your other thread you mentioned? did you post photos?
     
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  4. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    It's one of those black bugs that keeps you awake during the Summer - at least, when you hear him chirping in your bedroom.
     
  5. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Aren't they fun, Rhonda?

    Someone posted here several months ago with a tip for getting more life from the cutting mats, and it really works! Get a Zig 2-way adhesive jumbo pen, and put adhesive all over the white area of the mat. Let it dry (turn clear) before you use it. It'll re-stickify the mat so you can use it longer. Waiting is essential, though. I tried to use one before the adhesive had completely turned clear, and got paper permanently stuck to the mat.

    I have a some more cartridges on order right now from Oh My Crafts. They have deals all the time (bundles of cartridges, etc.). And they carry 12x24 paper, if you have the Expression machine and are looking for that large format paper. (Mine's a Create, so I can only cut on 6x12.)
     
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  6. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    re-stickify?

    Look that up in your Funk & Wagnall's.
     
  7. Teresa Lynn

    Teresa Lynn Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Hey, I consider myself to be among the addicts I finally had to have my husband hide mine (ok, my daughters) so we could eat lunch on the dining room table Easter.
     
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  8. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

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    I have to clean my DR table for dinners but not from scrapbooking, from quilting.
     
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  9. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    My DH doesn't know I have mine, which helps with the addiction. I pull it out when he's at work, then make sure I have the scraps cleaned up and the machine away when he gets home.

    I've got 2 of the newest cartridges on order, and can't wait to get them; Life's a Beach and Lyrical Letters. Lyrical Letters uses the style options to store several different fonts, so it's like getting 6 in one. There's no funky stuff, but I use mine (mostly, so far) to cut plain letters for banners. I sell them in my Etsy shop.
     
    Apr 17, 2009
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  10. AmyR

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    I just recently got a Cricut too and am in love with it! I got the Sure Cuts a Lot software so I can cut almost anything on it without buying any more cartridges.
    Amy
     
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  11. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    Yes, it is so much fun!! I haven't tried to resticky my mats yet, but I will - thanks!

    I've been going on the cricut.com thread. They have so many wonderful ideas on there. I haven't posted my stuff yet. I did take pictures, but haven't downloaded them to my PC yet. Forgot to mention, they have a lot of great links to blogs as well!

    I have the Cricut Create and then decided to upgrade to the Expression. I was going to sell the Create on Ebay, but decided to keep it since it is easier to get in and out of the closet when I just need to do little things. Plus it's easier to take w/me for crops. Plus I can use two at once if I really want to:)!

    I just ordered 4 carts from Oh My Crafts two days ago. They had an extra 15% off for tax day. I got all for for $108 including shipping:)!

    My next order is the Life's a Beach and Lyrical letters. I saw a website that had both for under $100 w/free shipping. I can't wait! I'm a junky!!

    Amy - where do you get your pictures to cut from Sure Cuts A Lot? I would have a lot of fonts, but not pictures or shapes.

    Gail - you can actually use the Expression for quilting. You will have to look into it. Oh, I'm so bad bringing people into my addiction!!

    I'll try to download my Pic's this weekend and post some pictures here of my cards. I'm going to a scrapbooking club tonight to make some more cards. One of my past hosts sells Stampin Up. I'm looking foward to it!

    I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one addicted! They are so much fun!
     
  12. Jules711

    Jules711 Veteran Member Silver Member

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    So I received the Expression for Christmas and it came with a font cartridge and then a misc one that has some from several cartridges. I woulod love to get more to make cards specifically. I was also looking at the Paper Doll one because that looked fun. Any suggestions? The lyrical one looks GREAT! My bday is coming & mom's day at the same time so.... :).
     
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  13. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    I love them all! I have found a use for all of them! I do have the Paper Doll one, but haven't used it yet.

    My favorite seems to be Beyond Birthdays, Celebrations, Calligraphy, and the Wedding Solutions cart. This is so far for what I have made.

    I just ordered Mini Monograms, Paper Pups, Going Places and Jasmine - all for $108 w/shipping:)!

    I suggest you go on cricut.com and click on the "Learn something new" in the right hand bottom corner. This will get you to the message board. Then click on Cartridge Exploration. This has crafts people have made with each cartridge. You can also go back to "products" then click on cartridges and it will show you the details of each cartridge.

    Forgot to mention. Watch for sales at JoAnn's and Michaels on the carts. JoAnn's has had them for $39.99 a lot lately. If they don't have the cart you want Michaels will honor their add price if you take it in with you.
     
  14. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I should have known you would give it to me straight! :p
     
  15. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Rhonda, I had a 12% off code for OMC. And they had Beach and Lyrical as a package for less than $100 - which is what I got.
     
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  16. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    Hey Ann,

    Yeah I see they have it for $99 right now. I found the 12% off code online; however, not sure if it will still work.

    How fast was their shipping? So far they haven't shipped my order out yet from 2 days ago.

    Thanks,
     
  17. Jules711

    Jules711 Veteran Member Silver Member

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    I saw that they have 15% off. Do they typically ship quickly? I think I'm caving and getting a few cartridges. Technically, it's 5 of them (4 for a deal and the new lyrical one). I only have 1 shape & 1 font one right now. I maybe be a bit overwhelmed!
     
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  18. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    It's the least I could do with one of those subjects that bugs me.
     
  19. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    KG I was just thinking how I hadn't seen many post from you in a while - should have known you would bring your humor to mine:p!

    I love that you bring me a laugh for the day;)!
     
  20. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    I don't know. This was my first order from them. So far 2 days and they haven't shipped yet, but that's not long. I'll let you know.

    I don't think you will be overwhelmed - I think you will have a blast:)!

    P.S. If you lived close to me we could scap together and you could borrow some of my carts!
     
  21. Jules711

    Jules711 Veteran Member Silver Member

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    A little too far. About 7 or 8 hours maybe? I'm just having a little guilt over buying so much. MOstly b/c it's almost my bday and I'm snagging an idea. That's okay...I want to go on a clothes shopping spree too so that I can have clothes that actually fit. While it's fun to get rid of clothes that are too big, it's sad to not be able to dress very nicely when I had clothes I loved. Thanks for the advice. I'm looking forward to the Paper Doll cart!!
     
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  22. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    I just saw a subject that made me what to chirp in.
     
  23. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    Yeah, that's too far! Yeah, I feel quilty about taking away ideas for Mother's Day, but I really don't want my huppy to know how much they cost!

    Buying smaller clothes is really nice! I wish I could stick to my diet and buy smaller clothes!!

    Post a picture when you make your first paper doll okay? Can't wait to see it!
     
  24. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    I ordered Monday, and still haven't gotten the "we shipped" note. I got one that it was charged to my card and was picking. Mine's a fairly large order - I splurged on the bundle of 4 cartridges, the 2 new ones, and a bundle that was the software with a jukebox. Oh, and a set of blades. (I kept almost ordering a deep cut blade and a sheet of the magnet material.)
     
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  25. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    I should have ordered the new carts when I ordered my 4 - I would have saved on shipping.

    I may have to wait a little while on the 2 new carts since I just spent some money at the Stampin Up party tonight! I had a good time:)!
     
  26. byrd1956

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    Wow! Rhonda you are so lucky! My sis and I went to a 15 hr. crop several weeks ago that benefited the Dana & Christopher Reeves Foundation and one of the gals had one there. My sister fell in love, too; she just recently spent the Christmas $ she'd been saving for several years to get one. Now if she can find the time to 'play'!
     
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  27. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    This one...

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    ...taught me how to spell E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A.
     
  28. chefshawna

    chefshawna Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I love the Cricut too!!! My sister has one that I can play with whenever I want, I just have to make time to go play! I want the Expression, but haven't talked myself into it yet! LOL There is so much more you can do with the Cricut besides just scrapbooking, although that's what I would use it for, but you can do those wall sayings that are so popular and so expensive now. The possibilities are endless, I sound like a commercial!
     
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  29. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Ha!
    Me, too. :)
     
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  30. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    Too bad he didn't also teach us to spell O-B-S-O-L-E-T-E. Then again, he didn't teach the guys who started the replacement the proper spelling of G-O-O-G-O-L, either.
     
  31. pampchefrhondab

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    Robyn - Yes I feel very lucky - especially since I actually have 2 Cricuts! I feel very blessed. I just wish I had more time to play too!

    Shawna - That's great you can borrow your sisters. My sister will probably borrow my litte Cricut Create too.

    KG - He taught me too - I'm no fool, no sirree. I'm gonna live to be 93!
     
  32. stacywhitlow

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    I so want one! It is on my list of things to get once my room is finished. We are refinishing part of our floored attic. I will now have my own 12x24x8 office & craft room! I am soooo excited!
     
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  33. Jess_K

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    Michaels has cartridges for $39.99 - if you have one around you.
     
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  34. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    They also have the unit on sale this week, $190 for the Create.
     
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  35. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    Oh, I'm so jealous! I would love to have my own office/craft room!
     
  36. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    Yeah, I saw the $39.99 price. I can't go until tomorrow. I'm hoping I find the Life's a Beach! If they don't have it I'll try JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby - they both honor the sale price.

    $190 is a good price for the Create. I got mine for $199. The Create does everything the Expression - lots more features then the org. Cricut. The Create is just smaller.

    Today Only - HSN has the Cricut Expression w/5 Cartridges, spatula, scraper, inks, pads, etc. and also My Story for $399.95. This is a Really good deal!! You can also put it on 5 easy pays (pay for it for five months)! Oh, and free shipping!

    They sold out of the first special, but have now added more!
     
  37. chefann

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    Project idea!

    Attention Cricuteers!

    I wanted to share this with you, and the instructions, since much of the materials are on sale this week at Michael's. It's a Help Whip Cancer banner that I'm making for a craft/vendor show tomorrow.

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    For the triangles, black paper, cut into 8" banners using the Calligraphy Collection cartridge. You can use 1/2 of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet for each triangle, just put it on the mat 1/8" in from the left, and use Portrait orientation. Better yet, if you have the software, fill a sheet of them alternating so that you waste less paper. (My software is en route from Oh My Crafts and should be delivered Monday - figures.) You'll need 16 triangles - 14 for the letters, and 2 for the spaces.

    The letters are cut from patterned paper from a collection called "Sabrina." It's by Making Memories. My Michaels had it marked on clearance this week. There are 18 patterns in the pack, 2 pages of each, and they look GREAT with this year's HWC apron! Heck, one of them looks like a white and pink version of the Damask print. I cut the letters from 3 patterns, alternating, using the Opposite option on the Opposites Attract cartridge, 3" high letters (all caps). The patterns I used are the Damask, houndstooth, and one with large white circles of polkadots on a pink background.

    Adhere the letters to the triangles. If you want to make it a little fancier, the Opposites Attract cartridge does have an Opposite Shadow option. You could cut those from a solid pink and end up with a little bit of pink showing behind the letters. (I thought of that after I had glued them all down.) String the triangles on light pink ribbon. You won't need to even punch holes for the ribbon because the holes are cut as part of the triangles. Michael's has their Spool O' Ribbon on sale this week for 20¢, and there's a light pink that's a perfect match.

    I'm going to take an adhesive pen with me to the event, and stick the ribbon to the backs of the triangles once I get it spaced to fit the spot where I'm hanging it, so that they don't shift during the day.
     
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  38. chefann

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    This is the completed banner. Sorry the photo isn't super-crisp.

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    I've got a punch that makes awareness ribbons. I might punch some of those and put them on the bottom of each triangle.

    (And since someone asked about my living room paint in another thread, I'm pre-emptively stating that this is my dining room and it's American Traditions Del Fonda Tile Red. It's the same color as a tile roof, or terra cotta flower pot.)
     
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  39. VeronicaW

    VeronicaW Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I bought a Cricut off e-bay last year for my birthday. Love It!
    Came w/George cart., I got the Going Places cart. - use it all the time!
    This years b-day I ordered (OMC) Paper Pups & Beyond Birthdays, they're so fun!
    I really want the new one - Graphically Speaking. Life's a Beach is top of my list too. My girlfiend has several of the ones I want, so I get use hers which is nice! Also on my want list is Calligraphy Collection; Wedding Solutions; Storybook; Stretch Your Imagination and Walk in My Garden.

    Thanks for the idea of the adheisive on the mat, I'll try it out b 4 next weekend.
     
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  40. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    And something I just discovered.... some cartridges have Cricut rewards points in them. Cartridges purchased in 2008 and 2009 are eligible, but not all cartridge titles are. There'll be a serial number in the box that you can enter on the Cricut Rewards website, and redeem for cartridges or apparel (t shirts, apron, etc.). The Calligraphy Collection is one that's points eligible.

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    Cricut Rewards can be found in any cartridge that was released for individual sale during 2008 and thereafter. During 2008 we released 12 Solutions cartridges and 13 full-sized cartridges.

    29-0537 Stone Script 50 Points
    29-0538 Sans Serif 50 Points
    29-0539 Indie Art 50 Points
    29-0540 Baseball 50 Points
    29-0541 Soccer 50 Points
    29-0542 Home Accents 50 Points
    29-0543 Campout 50 Points
    29-0544 Wedding 50 Points
    29-0547 Street Sign 50 Points
    29-0535 Winnie the Pooh and Friends 100 Points
    29-0536 Winnie the Pooh Font 100 Points
    29-0590 Graphically Speaking 90 Points
    29-0589 Storybook 90 Points
    29-0521 Sports Mania 90 Points
    29-0711 Blackletter 50 Points
    29-0592 Calligraphy Collection 90 Points
    29-0591 Wild Card 90 Points
    29-0693 Christmas 50 Points
    29-0694 Basketball 50 Points
    29-0696 Tinker Bell and Friends (Disney) 100 Points
    29-0697 Cars (Disney and Pixar) 100 Points
    29-0698 Hello Kitty Greetings (Sanrio) 100 Points
    29-0699 Hello Kitty Font (Sanrio) 100 Points
    29-0700 Friends (Sesame Street) 100 Points
    29-0701 Font (Sesame Street) 100 Points

    New for 2009!
    29-0707 Life is a Beach 90 Points
    29-0708 Lyrical Letters 90 Points
     
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