Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fun with my Cricut (Happy Pink Saturday)

When I invested in this Provocraft Cricut, I had such grand ideas of what I was going to do with it, but it never came about. It sat on a shelf in my craft closet for almost a year, I didnt even want my kids using it, because I spent too much money on it, to let it get used and possibly broken. Well, I went to clean my ever challenging craft closet, that is known as the FRED FLINTSTONE closet in my home, If you know anything about the Flintstones then you know what Im talking about :)  I am always scared something is going to jump out on someone if they open it, (Its not really that bad, its an organized chaos. My youngest one always opens the door just to smell it, He loves the smell that comes from it, Funny kid.  Anyway, while cleaning I pulled out the Cricut from the top shelf and found the multitude of cartridges that I just had to have, Some still in the packing, Isnt that just gross. Im not really like that, but I really did and still have GRAND ideas of what I can do.  My middle son asked if he could just see what it did, and I gave in, what the heck , why not, someone should get some use out of it..Plugged it in,,and it DIDNT WORK!! What could be wrong with it?? I used it for MAYBE a total of an Hour!! I went into a panic, I spent how much?? and it doesnt work? where is the warranty?! It had a 1 year warranty, and it ended the prior week, FIGURES, thats the story of my life. I called Provocraft, and spoke to the sweetest lady, she first said there was nothing that could be done since it was out of warranty, I wanted to cry,,OK, can it be sent back for repair? After telling her the story of the amount of use, and it was tucked away in a safe place, PLEASE help,,and if you want to get technical, It was a mail order, and it took 3 weeks for it to get to me, so TECHNICALLY I did not have it in my hands for a year YET. After a few minutes of silence while she spoke to someone else, she came back on the phone, and said , where can we send you a new one. OH THE RELIEF, on top of that , they didint want me to mail back the broken one, no stress, they just mailed me a new one.  So now, instead of tucking it away for safe keeping, IM using it, My kids are using it, play , play all you want, maybe thats why it stopped working in the first place, it needed to be used. My youngest has learned how to use it, its awesome for reports. And of course scrapbooking. Vinyl letters for Yard sale signs, Oh my goodness, Im going to use the glass etching on one of my new lines coming soon , but Im not going to tell you what it is,,Surprises are better :)
But the list is endless what you can do with this machine, I just glad my kids are using it. I guess she likes being out with the family.
Use it before you loose it!
Just like your pretty plates that sit in your cabinet,,USE THEM!! Your special enough to use them for your self, thats why you have them. When your gone, then what? Did you Enjoy them, or are they now in a dusty Antique store for someone else to stick in their cabinet.
Well thats another story for another time.

Enjoy your kids today


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm so glad that sent you a new one. That's fantastic. And it sounds like the perfect thing to keep young minds occupied. I keep thinking about getting one of these, and I might just buy one. Sounds like it could be fun. Thanks for the info on it.


Sheila :-)

Connie said...

LOL, I bought one at Thanksgiving while we were over in Seattle, sugar. I haven't used it YET! I've been so busy with other thing I just haven't had time. I guess I'd better use it before it's out of warranty, right? I'm still not sure what it does though. I just had to have it! Sigh....

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Oh how wonderful they sent you a new one. I have seen infomercials on the Cricut and it is amazing what they do. So glad you will enjoy it so much.
Love your blog and just became a new follower.
Thank you for being one of mine.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Anonymous said...

I could never figure out that machine.. Happy Pink Saturday

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy Pink Saturday... just hopping off the tour train to say, HI!"


Sheila :-)

Say It With Roses said...

Hi Cynthia....Happy Pink Saturday...
You had me on the edge of my seat and then I relaxed once I read they sent you a new one! You really used your head and I will remember your tactics should the need arise....
I have wanted one of those and I almost sent for one on one of those middle of the night informercials....three months to pay sounded good as they are so expensive and the cartridges too!
I keep wanting to jump into the paper arts and somehow I haven't.
Hugs to you...

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Glad they sent you a new one! Happy Pink Saturday weekend.


June said...

It was so great to have you stop by for a visit. I have been reading a couple of your posts and I think I've already learned a BUY a external hard drive NOW. And use it before I lose it!

debbie said...

I have studied and studied buying one of these but I just could not pay the price. I am so glad you found out it did not work in time that you could get a new one. I know they are a lot of fun.
Thank you for stopping by to see me...I love visitors but most of all making new friends.
I read your Pink Saturday Post with the towel holder you made. It is very, very pretty. There is a wonderful blogger named Debbie-Dabble that you would really enjoy. She makes gorgeous things like that.
Simply Debbie