My early-birthday-present came in the mail yesterday, and I was so excited about it that I spent the entire day purging, reorganizing and redecorating our office space!
My new Cricut Explore now has a beautiful home in which to live :-) This machine will not only help me prep cut paper goodies for the birthday parties that we all know I love planning for, but it can also cut vinyl (for making personalized ANYTHING- including t-shirts and glassware) and even fabric (hello, quilt appliques!) and balsa wood! It's basically a plotter with a razor blade (but you can also use it with a pen attachment to draw OR a scoring stylus to score if you plan on making 3-D objects).
Isn't that artwork stunning! It's actually a piece of fabric that I bought in Gotenborg, Sweden this past summer. Mom and I were in a department store that had an unbelievable fabric section. I didn't know WHAT I'd use it for, but I bought a full panel, just in case. Today I stretched it over two pieces of cardboard that were in our recycling pile and secured it with heavy duty duct tape. A few 3M Command strips later, I have a custom wall hanging!