Sunday, September 26, 2010
The Imagine actually arrived on my doorstep on Thursday evening (one day earlier than tracking predicted), BUT I was hosting a Stampin' Up party that night AND had to finish correcting 200 math and reading assessments for the next day (remember, I'm a teacher). So, the Imagine patiently sat in the box all night Thursday. Friday night came, and we had company....so again, the Imagine sat patiently in its UPS box. FINALLY, tonight I had time to crack that puppy open and put it to use!
I eagerly unpacked the box and inspected every piece, making sure things were in tact (I had read too many horror stories this week about people's Imagine's arriving and cartridge boxes being smashed, machines scratched, etc., to feel at ease while opening each piece). Luckily, all of the pieces were there, and everything seemed fine. Onto the location of my new gem! I had a wonderful spot all picked out and already cleared on a big shelf in my Craft Cave. It proved, however, to be inadequate....the Imagine has quite a big rear, and needs AT LEAST a 12 inch clearance BEHIND it to work correctly! My Expression worked well in that location, but the Imagine does NOT! *Sigh!* It is currently hogging scrap space on my desk....hmm...Anyways....
While updating and calibration of the machine seemed to take FOREVER (about 45 min., because she froze during the printing calibration), I am VERY pleased with the quality and ease of the use of this machine so far, and look forward to bringing you many projects created with the new Imagine! ~Hoppy Crafting!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
http://www.creativexpress.com/ , I was able to snag Lyrical Letters (and a couple of others) for only $15!!! This is my first project using that cart, and I love all the frames it has on it. I used some Basic Gray paper, along with SU cardstock and some paper flowers to create this card. I also used a Martha Stewart border punch for the leaves on the gray paper. Enjoy! ~Hoppy Crafting!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Unfortunately, I, like most people I know, worked today away (which probably helped protect the wallet!), so I surely missed many fantastic items for sale. The one thing I made sure to watch whenever I could catch the segments, was the new Cricut Imagine.
I really am excited about this new machine. Do I NEED this machine? No, but would love to own one! I've admittedly gone "Cricut crazy" the last few years, and am an avid collector of all the cartridges. With over 100 carts, to date, I know you must wonder if there are any unused ones in my collection. There actually are a couple: Basketball and Robotz have as of yet to be cut from. But, I digress.
The HSN bundle looked cool, and I'll admit that I learned a couple of things that really spiked the temptation meter. I didn't realize that there would now be printable vinyl and that you could also print the images on transparencies and photo paper. The idea of creating professional looking vinyl with printing on it, gives me a million ideas. Also, the ability to take Cricut images, customize them, and then also print on fabric transfer is super cool!
Tonight (towards the end of the showings), I finally got my husband to watch a few minutes of the Imagine. I said: "Imagine...your wife with the ultimate Cricut..." That was a no go. "Imagine...your wife creating professional-looking products". Another no go, he says I already do that and don't need a new machine. Of course he steered the conversation to items he desires, then left the room mumbling "crack for crafters" under his breath.
Now, I'm a deal predator....but, do you think I cracked and was one of the 10,000 people ordering the Cricut Imagine today on HSN? I guess only time will tell...