New Cricut Logos

New Logos debuted at Winter 2011 CHA Show in Los Angeles, California (Craft and Hobby Assoc.)

The Cricut plush toy soon to be on the Cricut website.

Cricut toys; one in every color of the latest Expression machines, including one for the Gypsy.

Hello Thursday - January 27, 2011

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New Cricut Spring Collection

I caved and bought two of the new Spring collection carts (shown above) currently available as a bundled deal from (you get to pick 2 from a selection of 3 for $37.00), because I just couldn't wait to get them in my crafty little hands. Although they are being offered on one of my other craft shopping site now for slightly less, I'm still happy with the deal of $18.50 each.
Hallmark has them for $17.99 each, which is the cheapest I've seen so far.

This is the Spring Holiday Card cartridge front panel.

This is the Spring Holiday Card cartridge back panel.

Here is a view of the keypad.

This is a screen capture of the Design Studio mat with some of the cuts from the Spring cartridge. Create cards, envelopes, and boxes with the Spring Holiday Cards cartridge! This festive cartridge contains images for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter. Mix and match card fronts with backgrounds to create fun variations on your projects.

This is the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge front panel.

This is the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge back panel.

Here is a view of the keypad.

This is a screen capture of the Design Studio mat with some of the cuts from the Mother's Bouquet cartridge. Layer your favorite shapes together to create hundreds of unique flower designs with the Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge! You can use a pencil to curl the flower petals and leaves to get a 3D effect. Don’t forget to add buttons, glitter, gems, and other accessories to give your flowers a personal touch!

My next post will be some cards made with these two wonderful carts!
Check back for a look at what these carts can create. ♥

Working with Fractals

I stumbled upon a blog where some backgrounds were being created with a free software (shareware) program called Tiera-zon. Unfortunately, the one it was linked to was no longer free, but you could download for a $35 price tag.

I decided to search for a free program and found one that works just as well. Here are some graphics I created that I plan on printing out to use on my card crafting.

The possibilities are endless as you can define your own color combinations as well as many different structural designs to create and print out your own paper for your crafting needs! Once you get the hang of how to manipulate your creations, you will be amazed at how easy it is to use. To save what you have created, just hit your "Print Screen" key and paste into your paint program and save it for printing later.

Aros Fractals (Free) A multithreaded, true-color, fractal generating program. For more information and files, visit the Aros Fractals Homepage.
Here is the location of the application should you choose to try it out:
Download Aros Fractals for Windows (165 KB)
Download Aros Fractals for Macintosh (419 KB)

Here is a link to the Fractal Art Gallery. This art reminds me of "Kaleidoscope" images for crafting.

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Michaels Super Fantastic weekend sale

Michaels advertised an exclusive Cricut Cart sale for $9.99 starting Saturday, January 8th. HOWEVER...word on the street came down that Corporate had instructed some stores to let the sale start on Friday, the day BEFORE! So, you know that when I got to my local Michaels' (2 stores in my area) early on Saturday morning, they had little or no carts left.

The good thing out of this very disappointing sale was that I purchased a Gypsy for $49.99 and a Jukebox for ONLY $9.99! Yes, you read that typos. I did pick up a few carts that I didn't have, because the carts that they were advertising on sale, were ones I luckily already had in my collection. They also had Gypsy accessories on sale as well. My disappointment quickly turned to squeals of delight.

You might say I'm now a VERY happy "Cricuteer!" :D