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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Weekend Surprise: Finally Broke Out My Christmas Present (Teri)

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For Christmas I was given money to buy my own present, I bought myself a Cricut Expressions machine. I know, I know, how could I wait this long to use it…..I’ll sum it up for you in two words overwhelming intimidation. I was scared to use it, not because I didn’t know if I could figure it out, but because there are so many things to do with it, and frankly I didn’t know where to start.

Let me start my story by telling you what a fabulous deal I got on my Cricut. I went shopping with my wonderful Mom, the day after Thanksgiving. Walmart had it in their ad for $188 including two cartridges. What an awesome deal, since the machine normally retails for about $350, and the cartridges that came with mine retail for about $25 each. I figured Walmart would be a zoo, and I probably wouldn’t get a machine, but a local craft store had them for $199 with two cartridges, so I decided to go there. Better yet, when I got there the lines weren’t horrible, and they met Wally’s price, $188! Aren’t you turning green with envy at what an awesome steal I got?

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I decided that I would start with something really simple, and cheap so as to limit the intimidation factor. I don’t have any Valentine’s decorations at all, so I thought I’d make me one. I had this frame on hand and so I cut this cute heart out of scrapbook paper I already had, and mounted it on more paper I already had using Mod Podge, I let that dry and coated the whole thing again with Mod Podge, let it dry and put it in the frame and voile there you have my first Valentine’s Day Decor (and the world's longest run on sentence). For free!!! Can’t beat that. If any of you have any fabulous suggestions about overcoming my intimidation and overwhelmedness (I know it’s a made up word, but it perfectly describes how I feel) with my Cricut, please give them to me!

Looking at these pictures I realize that my wall hanging needs some work. I am going to put a colored ribbon on the tall ivory candle, any other suggestions?

This post linked to the Frugalicious Friday party at Finding Fabulous and Market Yourself Monday at Sumo's Sweet Stuff and Motivated Monday at Shimmer and Tulle and Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog

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7 comments:

Jenglamgirl said...

that is on FAV. christmas gift... love it! I like that you didn't just do candles... you played with different pieces.. so darling!

jenjen said...

Hi! Your project turned out so cute! I love that heart. What a great idea! Good job using your Cricut. I am still trying to figure out mine :)

XOOX
Jen

Cha Cha said...

Glad you got the nerve to use it. I have the nerve to buy one. Can't wait to see what else you do with it. Love your frame.

Cha Cha

Mod Podge Amy said...

Turned out SO SO cute!

Heather@ theherberfamily.blogspot.com said...

I love it!

Please feel free to add these to Talented Tuesdays at My Frugal Family!

http://theherberfamily.blogspot.com/2010/01/talented-tuesday.html

~Issy said...

Wow...i love it! The heart turned out so cute!!

RedHead said...

Your heart definitely turned out awesome! I like it!

Have a great day!
Courtney @ Redheadscraftmorefun