Tuesday, January 6, 2009


I received two super-fabulous gifts this Christmas.


It's the Cricut Expression.

and This:

A fancy schmancy sewing machine from my Mother-In-Law.

I've wanted both of these lovelies for awhile now - so Imagine my sheer JOY when I got BOTH of them for Christmas!

In my mind, I've carefully planned out all the fabulousness that I'll create with these items. My imaginary list is insanely long... filled with lovely etsy inspired goodness.

The funny thing is, now that I have them, I've find myself doing a lot of this:


Maybe it's because I spend most of my day walking around in a caffeine-induced stupor. These days, I'm just plain STOOPID.

I've read the manuals and looked at countess websites explaining how to use both machines, but the details keep getting lost in my fuzzy baby brain. Reading them is a little like trying to read Chinese.

Honestly, just remembering my name seems like a huge feat...worthy of rewarding myself with - oh I don't know - maybe something like a large container of ice cream.

Anyway - making a little board definitely seemed less daunting than attempting to conquer the 2 machines, so that's what I did.
Here's a picture of my winter-themed board:

I tried some different techniques with this one. I used sandpaper to distress the paper but also used Ranger Distress Ink in Walnut Stain to "dirty" it up too.
I love it. I want to put it on everything. It gives paper such a cool look.
I also added a little charm - Cause it's pretty and I had it leftover from another project.

I'm planning on putting on my big girl swimming pants and braving the unchartered Cricut/Sewing Machine waters soon.

Wish me luck!


Glitter and Bliss said...

I love it!!! The crystal accent looks wonderful!!!

Kris J. said...

lol start small with the sewing machine ;) grab random fabric, and just stitch some lines, get a feel for it! then we can whip up a hooter hider for ya :D

no help with the cricut. i'd be afeared of it if i had one. :)

love the winter board! i need something wintery, but i guess i first need to take down christmas. yeah.

Cassandra @ Tripping Around The Sun said...

the cricut is major fun. my neighbor/scrapbooking pal has one and we have such fun with it. Congratulations on the awesome gifts!!!!

Abbie Johnson said...

ohhh i think i'm jealous. I wanna cricut. I have a sewing machine and i'm with you I'm scared of it. I am afraid I'm going to screw it up everytime i use it.

Good luck, can't wait to see what you come up with.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

So jealous of that Cricut, girl! But so glad you got these little goodies for Christmas. That winter board is darling! Love the little charm you put on there. I still haven't attempted my boards....I'm afraid they won't turn out as cute as I picture them in my head, but I just need to get over it.

Molly said...

Looks like you will be busy!
Have fun with the Cricut! I saw an infomercial this a.m. on it. Looks like a ton of fun!
I just bought myself a sewing machine....BASIC one not a fancy one!

Rach@In His Hands said...

Ooooooo, I spent an hour the other day watching the Cricut bit on TV. Seriously, awesome. I'm jealous.

Super super cute board! Love it!

I have a feeling you'll come out of the headlights soon. Don't worry!

Anonymous said...

hey jennifer - i got the cricut expression too - so fun! did you sign up on the website for the 2 cartridge rebate? if it was purchased at a certain time you get 2 cartfidge for just shipping of $7.95!

enjoy it

peri wright

misty said...

i love watching the info commerical on tv about the circut -they make such pretty stuff. just like i know you will!

have fun!

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

Awwww that sign is pretty!! I want it!! Now.

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