Sunday, 19 February 2012

Playing with my new toy

My (very lovely) mother-in-law gave me her Cricut machine, which is an electronic die cutting system.
So, this morning I've been having a play and made these cards.
A birthday card for a boy. Just using printed papers.

And a card for a girl. The image is stamped and hand coloured.
I love making personalised cards, and this machine cuts out fabulous letters in super quick time.

I also made this...
It's a personalised post-it note book; really easy - I'm going to make some more, in fact I feel a tutorial coming on!!


  1. Ooh, I've been eyeing up the Sizzix machine in Hobbycraft for a while but this looks even better. I was thinking of buying one for cutting fabric, but I haven't done any sewing for so long that I don't think I'd use it now. Your cards look really lovely. What a lovely present.

    It's very refreshing to hear somebody referring to their MIL as 'lovely' too. My MIL is dead now and I found her quite challenging when I knew her, not because she was awful, just because she was very tactless (or maybe just very honest!) and I was too young to cope with her comments and criticisms. I only got to see her at stressful events (like baby Christenings) too, which didn't help as she lived in Ireland. But as I got older, I understood that she was a very kind woman who loved her sons more than anything and her tactless comments were only because I'd married one of her 'babies'! We had a few laughs together in the end and I used to write to her and send her photos of the children and news of what we were up to etc. I wish I'd known her for longer, or at least when I was old enough to understand that she meant no harm and just loved her boys. I think one of my fears for when my children grow up is that I have a good relationship with their partners. Hearing about folks who get on very well with their in-laws is very, very reassuring, so a big virtual thumbs-up for you and your MIL!!!

    Yes please to tutorials!! If I can't do crafting because of baby, the very next best thing is watching someone else do it!!! xxxxxx

  2. Oooh my friend has one of those things, it was her crimbo pressie from her hubby. She is as giddy about it as I get over yarn, lol.

    She has the one that will cut out really big letters and stuff too.

  3. I have to be honest Pippa; the MIL and I don't always get on (she was scandalised when I said I had given up ironing!!), but she is lovely. You can cut fabric on the Cricut, but you need to use the heat'n'bond backing stuff. Mine takes paper 6" x 12" (so obviously I can't cut bigger than that), but the MIL has just upgraded to the one which can take 12" x 12" paper.

  4. What a fab gift. Those cards look gorgeous xxx


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