I don't have a cricut, but really want one. Every time I try to find letters to match my LOs I have such a hard time with such a limited supply of letter stickers/cardstock.
DH keeps telling me to get it, but I am having a hard time making the decision to spend the money on it. I have been keeping an eye on craigslist for used ones, but haven't had any luck.
Where is the best place to buy them, and what do I NEED to go with it? They have kits on ebay that come with more stuff like the tool kit, or they have the Cricut at Walmart which I think is 289 and just comes with 1 cartridge.
I watched for one to go on sale at michaels and it had an accessory kit. Ive seen some pretty good kits on Ebay too.
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i got mine on ebay, and i love it. i dont think you need the tool kit. i just pull the letters off the mat with my nails. you will need cartridges though. mine came with don juan and its an AWESOME cart!
I'd say the machine is really the only crucial piece. You can continue to add carts as money is available.
I haven't used much from the kit, but I do like the spatula tool-sold seperately.
I agree, the only extras you are gonna want are the cartridges and they are pretty pricey. If you don't have the extra money to spend on cartridges, I don't think you use it as much...at least I don't. We got ours on a sale at Joanns...you just gotta keep a watch out. GL
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The one at Walmart comes with Plantin Schoolbook cart and a 12x12 mat. How often will I need a new mat and how often will I need to change the blade? Also do you use those colors that draw on the paper?
Also what are some of your favorite cartridges? And what do they have on them? I have tried to look online to see what cartridges I would like, but all the pictures of what is on them is really small, so I can't tell too much.
It isn't that I can't afford it. It is just that I have to think really hard before making a decision to spend that much money on something. I just want to make sure it is going to be something that I really use a lot. But I think I will since I have been the designated "crafty" family member to do birthday invites and all that kind of stuff.
I have the smaller cricut, but sort of wish I would have waited for the expression. I have 3 mats and I rotate them so they don't get cruddy to quick.
For cartridges: I love home accents, wedding solutions, stretch your imagination. I have quite a few others that I like but they are more specific. I would definately like some different alphabet options.
I agree with pp, you do not need the tool kit. I NEVER use mine. One time I used a little hook shaped thing that is in there to poke out some tiny holes (seriously tiny, from the mini monograms cart), but I think you could just as easily do that with a toothpick or something.
I do agree that carts are expensive, but my DH and SIL tend to get them for Christmas so I get new ones every now and then that way. I also save any fun money I get (money my parents give me for my birthday or whatever) and will get new carts with that. Never buy carts a full price in the store! You can get them on ebay and different websites for $30ish.
If I was getting one right now, I would get the Cricut Create that comes with Don Juan. You can do a lot with that cartridge, so you would probably be happy with that one until you could afford a few more!
Personally I find my Cricut very worth it, but I've also got about a dozen carts. (that's all I ask for Christmas and birthday...everyone just gets me one...lol) You're talking to one of Cricut's largest unpaid spokespersons. hahaha
I really love Wild Card, Graphically Speaking and Lyrical Letters. All three of those are a bit more $$, but you get soooo much more from them. Lyrical Letters has SIX different fonts, so it's like buying 6 carts for the price of 1.5, if you know what I mean. Same with GS and WC. Some other faves are DonJuan, Alphalicious, and Christmas Cheer. HTH!
Kayson 10-9-06 & Cohen 02-08-10
oh and you don't really need the toolkit. Mine was free with my package deal, but I could definitely live without it.
And I don't have the markers but love what I've seen Gwen do with them, so want to get them one day.
As for the mats, you can use the Zig 2-way glue on them and almost never have to buy one. (I guess they could last a year!) I replace my blade about every 3 months or so. But I do a lot of cutting too, so I'm guessing that's more than "normal". Let me know if you have any more questions.
Kayson 10-9-06 & Cohen 02-08-10