Monday, May 10, 2010

The winner is... picked number 8.  The winner of the awesome book Animals Do Yoga...and So Do I is Zoe!  I`ll contact you for shipping details. Congrats and thanks to everyone for participating!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cricut Expression

After countless hours of research and reading online I finally decided to get a Cricut cutting machine.  This awesome gadget  is going to make my life so much easier at home and in the classroom.  And it's fun.  The Cricut will cut through many types of materials including fabric and magnets!  You can even cut out designs and stick them on the wall because it cuts sticky vinyl.

There are four types of Cricut machines available and they all have different "abilities".

1. Cricut Cuttlebug -is mostly for embossing an simple die cuts.  This is a manual machine. Very inexpensive.
2. Cricut Personal- cuts letters and shapes from 1 inch up to 5.5 inches  (excellent for scrapbookers)
3. Cricut Create - cuts letters and shapes up to 5.5 inches by 11.5 inches wide but also has mirror image, and some other functions that the Expression has and the Personal doesn't
4. Cricut Expression -cuts designs from .25  up to 23.5 inches and has numerous functions that the others don't  (good for bulletin boards)

All models of the Cricut cutting machine, with the exception of the Cuttlebug, function in the same way.  They all work using cartridges and the blades are the same too.

I was unsure if I needed to spend the extra money to buy the expression for my needs. But, of  course I knew that if I didn't get the best one now I'd be back in line waiting for it within weeks.  I justified the price in two ways; one being that I'm going to use it with kindergarten and the other being that it was $200 off at Walmart this week!  I felt bad buying it at Walmart but I couldn't beat the price and it was the BLACK one with the  Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge

So far I've created cutouts for my Kindergartens to make Mother's Day Cards and made a few cards with my daughter.  I can't wait to make the Paper dolls next!
I think I might use it to cut fabric to make appliques for onesies too!  
What do you do with yours?  Does anyone know where to buy cheap cartridges?  What's your favorite cartridge?