danagryphon: (Gryphon Art)
I'm doing an order. If you would like to get in on it, drop me an email with part numbers and quantities.
danagryphon: (Gryphon Art)
I'm doing an order. If you would like to get in on it, drop me an email with part numbers and quantities.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I gave Sis a call last night, since I hadn't talked to her in a while. The boys and I are going to go down to PA to visit them over the 4th of July weekend.

Well, it turns out Sis has a new hobby.... Cardmaking! Only she makes hers with rubber stamps.

I told her that I've also gotten into cardmaking with my Cricut! So I'm going to pack up my Cricut and a bunch of my supplies, and we are going to have a little family cardmaking extravaganza while I'm down there.

There are times I wished Sis lived closer, because we could have a lot of fun doing things together.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I gave Sis a call last night, since I hadn't talked to her in a while. The boys and I are going to go down to PA to visit them over the 4th of July weekend.

Well, it turns out Sis has a new hobby.... Cardmaking! Only she makes hers with rubber stamps.

I told her that I've also gotten into cardmaking with my Cricut! So I'm going to pack up my Cricut and a bunch of my supplies, and we are going to have a little family cardmaking extravaganza while I'm down there.

There are times I wished Sis lived closer, because we could have a lot of fun doing things together.
danagryphon: (Gryphon Art)
It is here. I'm still working on a better banner; this one was the leaderhead for my desktop publishing business of the same name. So far I've only got a couple of cards in the shop, but I have a whole bunch more stuff to add.
danagryphon: (Gryphon Art)
It is here. I'm still working on a better banner; this one was the leaderhead for my desktop publishing business of the same name. So far I've only got a couple of cards in the shop, but I have a whole bunch more stuff to add.

Crafting

Apr. 18th, 2009 11:37 pm
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
I've been having fun with the Cricut, making cards, bookmarks, and paper dolls mostly so far. I've got some cards made that I'm thinking about putting on Etsy.

This is a wedding card (although could also be used for New Year's Eve):



And here is a spring theme card (which I think would also make a nice Mother's Day Card):



The cards all are lined with colored paper (or vellum), and come with a (also handmade) coordinating envelope.

Crafting

Apr. 18th, 2009 11:37 pm
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
I've been having fun with the Cricut, making cards, bookmarks, and paper dolls mostly so far. I've got some cards made that I'm thinking about putting on Etsy.

This is a wedding card (although could also be used for New Year's Eve):



And here is a spring theme card (which I think would also make a nice Mother's Day Card):



The cards all are lined with colored paper (or vellum), and come with a (also handmade) coordinating envelope.

danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
So I spent way too much time having way too much fun with my Cricut this weekend. After the actual machine arrived Wednesday, 4 of my 7 cartridges were waiting for me when I got home on Thursday. Friday I worked from home, and showed E how to start making paper people with it. First thing he made was a vampire with a pig snout and bunny slippers. All righty then.

Friday evening, M and I took the bikes out for a nice long ride. The Marauder is awesome. We managed to get back home right before the rain, leaving plenty of time for me to play Cricut.

I've been making cards and bookmarks, as well as playing with some paper people. It's definitely a learning process to figure out what works best for cutting different types of papers; it has 2 types of settings--blade depth, pressure, and speed--which need to be changed for different types of paper to cut cleanly and prevent tearing.

I'm definitely going to open an Etsy shop once I build up enough inventory.

M's parents came down on Sunday for Easter dinner. This is the first time that I've cooked for them. More and more I'm discovering that they are actually pretty nice to hang out with as long as M's brother and sister aren't around. I showed his mom the Circut and all the stuff I had made with it, and she agreed that it would be great to sell my crafts. I made a little princess paper person for M's niece who is into that girly stuff.

Dinner turned out well; I seem to have finally figured out how to cook with the electric oven/stove without burning stuff. We had ham, scalloped potatoes, baked corn, green beans, peas, and crescent rolls. M's parents brought some wine for dinner and cheesecake for desert. I've always liked entertaining and cooking big meals for company.

I'm probably going to get some more supplies on eBay soon for the Cricut. I can see that I will run through one of the cutting mats pretty quickly, but they are only about $3 a piece at full retail to replace. They make markers that you can put in place of the cutting blade, so that you draw the shapes instead of cutting them. That seems like a cool thing to me. Also, I have some magnetic sheets I want to cut, but I think I need a special deep cutting blade for that. I may even think about getting a couple of font cartridges, although, as M's mother agreed, when I can do my own calligraphy, the font cartridges don't seem like such a big thing. If I start getting into wanting to do big vinyl lettering, or lettering on boxes or such, then I'll probably try one out.

The 3 cartridges that were backordered are scheduled to arrive today or tomorrow, I think, so that's not a bad turn around. I'm still slightly annoyed, but they have redeemed themselves somewhat with the short delay.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
So I spent way too much time having way too much fun with my Cricut this weekend. After the actual machine arrived Wednesday, 4 of my 7 cartridges were waiting for me when I got home on Thursday. Friday I worked from home, and showed E how to start making paper people with it. First thing he made was a vampire with a pig snout and bunny slippers. All righty then.

Friday evening, M and I took the bikes out for a nice long ride. The Marauder is awesome. We managed to get back home right before the rain, leaving plenty of time for me to play Cricut.

I've been making cards and bookmarks, as well as playing with some paper people. It's definitely a learning process to figure out what works best for cutting different types of papers; it has 2 types of settings--blade depth, pressure, and speed--which need to be changed for different types of paper to cut cleanly and prevent tearing.

I'm definitely going to open an Etsy shop once I build up enough inventory.

M's parents came down on Sunday for Easter dinner. This is the first time that I've cooked for them. More and more I'm discovering that they are actually pretty nice to hang out with as long as M's brother and sister aren't around. I showed his mom the Circut and all the stuff I had made with it, and she agreed that it would be great to sell my crafts. I made a little princess paper person for M's niece who is into that girly stuff.

Dinner turned out well; I seem to have finally figured out how to cook with the electric oven/stove without burning stuff. We had ham, scalloped potatoes, baked corn, green beans, peas, and crescent rolls. M's parents brought some wine for dinner and cheesecake for desert. I've always liked entertaining and cooking big meals for company.

I'm probably going to get some more supplies on eBay soon for the Cricut. I can see that I will run through one of the cutting mats pretty quickly, but they are only about $3 a piece at full retail to replace. They make markers that you can put in place of the cutting blade, so that you draw the shapes instead of cutting them. That seems like a cool thing to me. Also, I have some magnetic sheets I want to cut, but I think I need a special deep cutting blade for that. I may even think about getting a couple of font cartridges, although, as M's mother agreed, when I can do my own calligraphy, the font cartridges don't seem like such a big thing. If I start getting into wanting to do big vinyl lettering, or lettering on boxes or such, then I'll probably try one out.

The 3 cartridges that were backordered are scheduled to arrive today or tomorrow, I think, so that's not a bad turn around. I'm still slightly annoyed, but they have redeemed themselves somewhat with the short delay.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
My Cricut machine arrived yesterday. However, my cartridges have not. And because I bought the cheaper machine without the default cartridge that I didn't want anyway, I don't have any way to start playing with it.

Speaking of the cartidges, I'm a little miffed at the seller. The auctions on ebay specifically said these items were in stock. I got emails on Monday saying that both sets had shipped. Then I got an email on Tuesday saying that 4 of the 7 cartridges I had bought were backordered!

So which is it? The item is in stock or it isn't. They shipped, or they didn't. Guess I'll find out when the packages arrive.

If they are backordered, I intend to leave negative feedback on those items (after I do get them) because the vendor pretty much lied in their listings. Unfortunately, this is one of those "power sellers" who gets 1000s of feedbacks a month, so my couple of little negatives will get lost in the shear volume. But I will leave it nonetheless. And I may look into further action to notify ebay that this seller is lying in their listings.

danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
My Cricut machine arrived yesterday. However, my cartridges have not. And because I bought the cheaper machine without the default cartridge that I didn't want anyway, I don't have any way to start playing with it.

Speaking of the cartidges, I'm a little miffed at the seller. The auctions on ebay specifically said these items were in stock. I got emails on Monday saying that both sets had shipped. Then I got an email on Tuesday saying that 4 of the 7 cartridges I had bought were backordered!

So which is it? The item is in stock or it isn't. They shipped, or they didn't. Guess I'll find out when the packages arrive.

If they are backordered, I intend to leave negative feedback on those items (after I do get them) because the vendor pretty much lied in their listings. Unfortunately, this is one of those "power sellers" who gets 1000s of feedbacks a month, so my couple of little negatives will get lost in the shear volume. But I will leave it nonetheless. And I may look into further action to notify ebay that this seller is lying in their listings.

danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
So now I get to sit around and wait for my Cricut machine and cartridges to arrive. I got a notification that the machine has been shipped, but the cartridges are coming from a different merchant, and they are still "processing". So it looks like I'll probably get the machine before the cartridges.

I'm getting these shape cartridges (they also do fonts, but I'm not ready to dive into that yet):

Animal Kingdom (what is sounds like)
Camp Out (also what it sounds like)
My Community (lots of people, buildings, and vehicles, but also some holiday shapes)
Stretch Your Imagination (seasonal shapes, in a regular and stretched version)
Paper Dolls (what is sounds like)
Doodlecharms (lots of cutesy useful shapes)
Joys of the Season (winter holidays stuff)

I've been surfing around looking for project ideas, and also looking at online shops on eBay and Etsy. There are some people out there selling pre-made embellishments for scrapbooking that they have obviously done on a Cricut. One thing in particular that caught my eye on eBay was some Cub Scout and Boy Scout paper dolls. And I though, "I can make those!" If I find I like doing stuff like that enough, I might consider getting a shop, probably on Etsy, since [livejournal.com profile] nazrynn  has had so many good things to say about them. I've always loved doing paper crafts (I had a desktop publishing business for a while, and did craft shows with stationary, handmade cards, signs, etc.), so this might be a good way to get back into some sort of business with that.

Speaking of crafting, I've been making some headway on projects lately. I finally fixed [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 's archery bracer, and have almost finished her arrows. I also got mostly caught up on sewing repair jobs around the house, and last night, also got some plants re-potted as I have been meaning to do since the move.

I'm really looking forward to working from home half-time this summer, and being able to hang out on the deck to work, or in the nice cool basement (which should also be finished and pretty by then).

danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
So now I get to sit around and wait for my Cricut machine and cartridges to arrive. I got a notification that the machine has been shipped, but the cartridges are coming from a different merchant, and they are still "processing". So it looks like I'll probably get the machine before the cartridges.

I'm getting these shape cartridges (they also do fonts, but I'm not ready to dive into that yet):

Animal Kingdom (what is sounds like)
Camp Out (also what it sounds like)
My Community (lots of people, buildings, and vehicles, but also some holiday shapes)
Stretch Your Imagination (seasonal shapes, in a regular and stretched version)
Paper Dolls (what is sounds like)
Doodlecharms (lots of cutesy useful shapes)
Joys of the Season (winter holidays stuff)

I've been surfing around looking for project ideas, and also looking at online shops on eBay and Etsy. There are some people out there selling pre-made embellishments for scrapbooking that they have obviously done on a Cricut. One thing in particular that caught my eye on eBay was some Cub Scout and Boy Scout paper dolls. And I though, "I can make those!" If I find I like doing stuff like that enough, I might consider getting a shop, probably on Etsy, since [livejournal.com profile] nazrynn  has had so many good things to say about them. I've always loved doing paper crafts (I had a desktop publishing business for a while, and did craft shows with stationary, handmade cards, signs, etc.), so this might be a good way to get back into some sort of business with that.

Speaking of crafting, I've been making some headway on projects lately. I finally fixed [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 's archery bracer, and have almost finished her arrows. I also got mostly caught up on sewing repair jobs around the house, and last night, also got some plants re-potted as I have been meaning to do since the move.

I'm really looking forward to working from home half-time this summer, and being able to hang out on the deck to work, or in the nice cool basement (which should also be finished and pretty by then).

Woot Woot!

Mar. 31st, 2009 01:46 pm
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I haz a Cricut Create.

Ok, I don't actually haz it yet, but I wonz it on eBay. Finally.

I ended up going to $132.50, with free shipping, which was still cheaper than the cheapest Buy It Now at $150. And tons cheaper than retail at $249 (price without the standard "freebie" cartridge that I don't want anyway).

I've also managed to pick up all 7 of the cartridges I want for now, and paid just under $25 for most of them, and less than $30 each for two of the more popular ones.

This is my belated birthday present to myself. I can justify that part of it comes from the money my Dad gave me. But really, it is just too cool to not have. I can't wait until it all arrives!

I iz crafty. :D

Woot Woot!

Mar. 31st, 2009 01:46 pm
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I haz a Cricut Create.

Ok, I don't actually haz it yet, but I wonz it on eBay. Finally.

I ended up going to $132.50, with free shipping, which was still cheaper than the cheapest Buy It Now at $150. And tons cheaper than retail at $249 (price without the standard "freebie" cartridge that I don't want anyway).

I've also managed to pick up all 7 of the cartridges I want for now, and paid just under $25 for most of them, and less than $30 each for two of the more popular ones.

This is my belated birthday present to myself. I can justify that part of it comes from the money my Dad gave me. But really, it is just too cool to not have. I can't wait until it all arrives!

I iz crafty. :D
danagryphon: (Fuzzy Mama)
E had a den meeting earlier this week, and the den leader's wife pulled out her Cricut die cutting machine.

Whoa. Way cool.

Now I has to get me one.

I'm interested in the Cricut Create model, which can cut images up to 6" x 12". The newest model is the Expression, which can do 12" x 24", but I don't think I need that much (and it's running about $100 more than the Create). The cheapest price I've found online for the Create is about $150 (retail is about $230), but I'm trying to win one of the plethora of them on eBay. I came close last night with one that went for $98, but got outbid in the last seconds. But there are literally dozens of them up for auction, so hopefully I'll score one for around $100 sooner or later.

Of course, that's only the beginning of the addiction. Then you have to get the cartridges, which have all the shapes to cut with the machine. They retail for $90 each, but again, can be gotten on eBay for between $20-$35. I've identified at least 6 cartridges that I'd like right away.

So this is what I'm spending my birthday money from my family on. (Ok, so that will really only cover the *machine* itself, but what the heck.)

These things are mostly of interest to scrapbookers, but I see so many other crafting possibilities for them, since I don't scrapbook (although it always looked like a cool thing, just a *huge* time sink, which I do not need another of, thank you very much).

danagryphon: (Fuzzy Mama)
E had a den meeting earlier this week, and the den leader's wife pulled out her Cricut die cutting machine.

Whoa. Way cool.

Now I has to get me one.

I'm interested in the Cricut Create model, which can cut images up to 6" x 12". The newest model is the Expression, which can do 12" x 24", but I don't think I need that much (and it's running about $100 more than the Create). The cheapest price I've found online for the Create is about $150 (retail is about $230), but I'm trying to win one of the plethora of them on eBay. I came close last night with one that went for $98, but got outbid in the last seconds. But there are literally dozens of them up for auction, so hopefully I'll score one for around $100 sooner or later.

Of course, that's only the beginning of the addiction. Then you have to get the cartridges, which have all the shapes to cut with the machine. They retail for $90 each, but again, can be gotten on eBay for between $20-$35. I've identified at least 6 cartridges that I'd like right away.

So this is what I'm spending my birthday money from my family on. (Ok, so that will really only cover the *machine* itself, but what the heck.)

These things are mostly of interest to scrapbookers, but I see so many other crafting possibilities for them, since I don't scrapbook (although it always looked like a cool thing, just a *huge* time sink, which I do not need another of, thank you very much).

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