My new Cricut Imagine showed up on Friday. I knew that it would be bigger and heavier than an Expression–but, I don’t think I was quite prepared for what a large piece of machinery it is. This is definitely not a portable machine (not that this is a negative point at all). I set up the machine and ran the update process which is done with the included Imagine cartridge. I calibrated the screen, the ink cartridges, and the cutting blade on the first try. I had absolutely no problems with any of the procedures and the on-screen instructions were very easy to follow. After that, I used my computer to update with the Cricut Sync software on my laptop. Again, it went off without a hitch. I have to say I was a bit apprehensive hearing some of the anecdotal stories (which is one of the reasons I was putting off this purchase). But, after undergoing the process and playing with the machine for a bit, I am absolutely thrilled with my purchase. It’s really hard to relay in words what a different experience the Imagine is compared to the Cricut Expression. I can only say it is completely different. It really is an amazing piece of technology (that by all sources is only going to get better). It was actually thrilling to use it the first time. Watching the Imagine work is a true “Wow!” moment. I’ve barely skimmed the surface of its capabilities, but I would highly recommend the Cricut Imagine if you can fit it into your budget. It’s definitely an investment, but it truly takes the results to another level.
So, here is my first card project done with the Imagine. It was made with the Cricut Imagine and the “Imagine More Cards” cartridge.
This probably goes without saying… The Cricut Imagine does nothing to help combat that insidious disease that compels you to purchase Cricut cartridges. I received my Imagine on Friday and have three Imagine art cartridges already and uhm…..six more on order. Oops.
Today’s card project once again finds its genesis in the new Cricut “Paper Lace” cartridge. Can I just say that this cartridge is a true must have. There are some terrific stock designs in the artwork. However, if you are a fan of Cricut manipulation using your Gypsy or Cricut Design Studio, this cartridge is a bounty of creativity and possibilities.
I also have a confession to make about this card. I absolutely LOVE the way it came out. Putting it together was a complete joy–and there’s just something about its simplicity that belies all the work that went into it. It could also have something to do with the fact that it’s a special card for my Mom, whose birthday is today. Whatever may be the reason, this is probably one of my personal favorite cards that I’ve made.
The cardstock used in the card include: Stampin’ Up! in Wild Wasabi and Papertrey Ink in Pinefeather. The decorative cardstock is from Imaginisce’s “Splash Dance” collection. The ribbon is Papertrey Ink (in Pinefeather). The moss half-back pearls are from Queen & Co. The floral heart button is from Webster’s Pages. The peridot crystals are Swarovski. In addition to my Gypsy and Cricut Expression, I used two paper punches: Martha Stewart’s Deco Shells corner punch and the Stampin’ Up! beaded scallop edge punch.
Well, I went and done did it. *quelle surprise* I fell prey to some very awesome early Black Friday sales. Even though I still had some trepidation, I went ahead and ordered a Cricut Imagine. (I may as well just give my bank account to Provocraft.) Of course, since I purchased the machine, I had to make a few additional purchases: two (2) packages of Imagine cutting mats, Cricut Imagine “JT” art cartridge, and Cricut Imagine “Imagine More Cards” cartridge.
Now, I’ve got to find more space and learn a whole new system. I just hope they figure out the whole Gypsy/Imagine compatability issue soon.
(P.S. If your in the market, Cricutmachine.com has the Imagine on sale for $399.95 (and free shipping). Not that I’m trying to enable or anything…)
I bet you thought I forgot; But, I promise I didn’t. I’m pleased to announce that the winner of “Giveaway #13: Sentimentally” is:
Sharon says: October 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm
What an awesome giveaway!! I make such a variety of cards I really don’t know which I make the most of. Right now it is Halloween. Next it will Thanksgiving and then Christmas. I make Birthday, Just Because, Love You. I make cards for challenges. I just love to make cards!!
Congratulations SHARON! If you would please forward your mailing information, I’ll get your stamps and goodies on their way to you. Thanks to everyone for participating–and be on the lookout for Giveaway #14 shortly.
Tools: Cricut Gypsy, Cricut Expression, Cricut “Paper Lace” cartridge;
Paper: Papertrey Ink cardstock in Fine Linen, Basic Grey “Curio” collection decorative paper;
Adhesive: Zig 2-Way glue pen, 3M ATG 714;
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan;
Embellishments: Ranger Glossy Accents, Queen & Co. Rox Jewels, Webster’s Pages Whimsey Flowers Perfect Buttons;