If you have ever been a grade school teacher (or coveted their bulletin board trimmings), you've probably wished you had a die cut machine at your house. Remember these hefty puppies? Ker-chunk!
Well, Ellison branched out into the craft world with its Sizzix home die cut machine. Several systems have spawned off of that, eventually leading to the development of an electronic die cut machine: the Cricut. If you have never seen the Cricut infomercial, you have missed out on some serious craft porn.
Without having used one personally, the only unfortunate thing I can see about a Cricut is that it requires cartridges. As in, a different one for each font or graphics set. BUDGET FAIL
Enter the Silhouette!
Aside from its cartridge-less-ness (yes, it's a word now), there are some other differences as well, which Silhouette has outlined here. One that isn't mentioned is Silhouette's recommendation by Beckie, of Infarrantly Creative fame, and that's enough for me! Well, more like "Beckie's ringing endorsement supported my personal research," and that's enough for me. :D
Want to know what else is great? Well, two things really. First, you can enter to win a FREE Silhouette system on any/all of these fine blogs:
- House of Hepworths ~ Monday, 10pm CST
- Infarrantly Creative ~ Sunday, midnight EST
- Thrifty Decor Chick ~ Sunday, 8pm EST
- We Are THAT Family ~ Sunday night
- Tatertots & Jello ~ Sunday, midnight MST
- How Does She? ~ Sunday sometime...?
- Love Stitched ~ Monday, 9pm
Second, you can purchase a Silhouette system for a very deep discount on Cyber Monday! Decide whichever of the above blogs is your favorite (they probably get credit for the number of people they refer) and use her discount code to save almost $200 on a sweet Silhouette package.
I was planning to choose a Cricut Create as my Star Consultant prize this quarter, but I think I'd rather just take advantage of the Silhouette deal as my one-and-only Christmas present from my husband. Then I can have a die cut machine AND choose a prize! I'm thinking...the Dooney & Bourke Chiara bag? Maybe the gift card? Don't have to decide until December, so I'll put some thought into it.
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