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Tinkerbell58
04-09-2010, 05:36 PM
My friend is having a birthday next week and thought I would get her something for her Cricut. I know nothing about Cricut and wanted to get something that wasn't too expensive; maybe around $15-$20. She's just getting started. Any suggestions?

I have Michael's coupons, but Cricut is exempt from the discount. Is there anything other than the Cricut brand that you would use that I could use the coupon? TIA

Fire14
04-09-2010, 05:41 PM
Cricut tool kit I actually bought mine at walmart but thats idea. How about some cardstock or paper for her to use with cricut to cut stuff from.

Last resort idea is gift card to store to get what she wants.

thebeesknees
04-09-2010, 05:44 PM
An extra sticky plate for it? (I'm not sure what it's called.) My sister said she has to replace hers every once in awhile because it starts to lose its stick.

Fire14
04-09-2010, 05:58 PM
An extra sticky plate for it? (I'm not sure what it's called.) My sister said she has to replace hers every once in awhile because it starts to lose its stick.

cutting mats

skysmom99
04-09-2010, 05:59 PM
They also sell color inks (like a special marker set) that are used with the Cricut. I always like different cardstock and patterned papers for scrapping, too.

tommya60
04-09-2010, 07:06 PM
Cutting mats, replacement blades, the spatula tool (it is/was separate from the tool kit and I use it all the time). A paper cutter (the Cricut takes 6x12 paper, unless she has the Expression it will take larger sheets. I cut a lot of paper in half.) The Cricut markers are a lot of fun, a friend gave me those as a gift and I really like them.

If you have a Hobby Lobby you can check and see if they have any cartridges on clearance....on the Cricut message board someone posted they found carts on clearance for $17. If she's just starting out she may not have many carts....

alyssa810
04-09-2010, 07:29 PM
How about a Disney cartridge!!!:rotfl: I don't know how much they are, i just keep hoping one of my cricut-having-friends gets one so I can go to town on my Disney scrapbooks!:lmao:

firemanswife197
04-09-2010, 07:49 PM
My favorite purchase was my Sure Cuts Alot software. Now I can use my cricut to cut out any true type font on my computer :)

Also, you can use coupons on Cricut accessories at Joann Fabrics, if you have one of those close to you. :) (I think it's the Michael's coupons that specify the machine and cartridges, and you can use those at JoAnns. I got my deep cut blade for only $15 with a 50% off coupon!)

dzorn
04-09-2010, 08:51 PM
Mats, replacement blades. Scrap adheasive. A pack of good card stock. A pack of non alcoholic baby wipes (good for cleaning off mat) Zig glue pen. If you check Ebay you could probably get a good price on a cart. photo mounts. The list is endless.

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=prd57090

is also a nice little kit.

Denise in MI

hopemax
04-09-2010, 08:54 PM
Extra mats and blades are always useful.

Michaels is also having a sale on cartridges this weekend some for $29.99 some for $39.99.

dzorn
04-09-2010, 09:00 PM
Michael's also has a nice Martha Stewart scoring board which is nice if she plans on making cards. You can us a coupon for it.

Denise in MI

Tinkerbell58
04-09-2010, 09:04 PM
My favorite purchase was my Sure Cuts Alot software. Now I can use my cricut to cut out any true type font on my computer :)

Also, you can use coupons on Cricut accessories at Joann Fabrics, if you have one of those close to you. :) (I think it's the Michael's coupons that specify the machine and cartridges, and you can use those at JoAnns. I got my deep cut blade for only $15 with a 50% off coupon!)

You can use Michael's coupons at Joann's? The Michael's coupons I have specifically say not good on Cricut and accessories, and I can use it on Cricut at Joann's? I didn't know that. I have a Joann's Fabrics close by.

afeld111781
04-09-2010, 10:17 PM
go to customcrops.com if you place an order soon you will get it pretty quickly and should be in time...they have the BEST prices on all things cricut and may be having sales right now. Last I saw they were getting rid of their christmas cartritges for 12 bucks (I got some) There isnt any other place cheaper than them that I have found. HTH.

amanda

daughtersrus
04-09-2010, 10:32 PM
An extra sticky plate for it? (I'm not sure what it's called.) My sister said she has to replace hers every once in awhile because it starts to lose its stick.


DD has had her Expression for over 2 years now and has not bought a new pad yet. She bought a can of "removable spray adhesive" that she uses instead. I think that the can was a couple of dollars and you can use a coupon at JoAnn or Michaels to get it even cheaper.

HunnyPots
04-10-2010, 12:06 AM
DD has had her Expression for over 2 years now and has not bought a new pad yet. She bought a can of "removable spray adhesive" that she uses instead. I think that the can was a couple of dollars and you can use a coupon at JoAnn or Michaels to get it even cheaper.

Another way to get more mileage from a cutting mat is to clean it with baby wipes. It will remove all the stuck on paper fibers and the mat will be sticky again.

katied
04-10-2010, 07:15 AM
go to customcrops.com if you place an order soon you will get it pretty quickly and should be in time...they have the BEST prices on all things cricut and may be having sales right now. Last I saw they were getting rid of their christmas cartritges for 12 bucks (I got some) There isnt any other place cheaper than them that I have found. HTH.

amanda



Thank you!! What great deals! As someone who owns more than 20 catridges, I wish I had known about this site earlier, but at least I know now.

Thanks again!!

Tinkerbell58
04-10-2010, 08:06 AM
These are great suggestions. Thanks for the ideas.

afeld111781
04-10-2010, 01:26 PM
Thank you!! What great deals! As someone who owns more than 20 catridges, I wish I had known about this site earlier, but at least I know now.

Thanks again!!

yeah I own about 30 cartridges and MOST of them I have bought from them....get on their mailing list so they will send you when their sales are...they all go 29.99 at some points through out the year...

tink576
04-10-2010, 02:15 PM
Thank you!! What great deals! As someone who owns more than 20 catridges, I wish I had known about this site earlier, but at least I know now.

Thanks again!!

I just got a expression and was thinking I would recommend custom crops when I saw this thread. I got my first bunch of cartridges from them because they have such great prices. If you don't want to order something online, I would recommend getting a nice paper pack from Michael's or JoAnn's of solid basic colors, you can never have to much of the solid basic range of colors.

tink576
04-10-2010, 02:17 PM
Oh! Also, if you go to the creative community here on the boards then go to the scrapbooking sub thread, there are a ton of people over there with cricuts...

Mom2Ben02
04-10-2010, 02:47 PM
My most favorite thing to do with my Cricut is to cut vinyl. I buy mine from http://www.hhsignsupply.com/productcart/pc/home.asp?idaffiliate=3 - it is the same as what cricut sells but wayyyy cheaper. I use http://www.hhsignsupply.com/productcart/pc/Build-Your-Own-Oracal-631-Multi-Pack-c583.htm on walls (removable) and for permanent needs I use http://www.hhsignsupply.com/productcart/pc/651-Intermediate-Vinyl-c539.htm. you can buy her a gift certificate so she can pick her own colors, etc.

Tinkerbell58
04-10-2010, 03:18 PM
I returned from AC Moore and bought a Paper Pups cartridge for $22.50 (regularly $89.99, marked down to $45, then 1/2 off that. They had a few others to select from. There were also some Cricut accessories marked half off the clearance price.

Also, in tomorrow's Michaels sale flyer, there are selected Cricut cartridges on sale from $29.99 to $39.99. Some scrapbooking supplies are on sale also.

Jenny in MN
04-10-2010, 04:10 PM
I'd just get a GC to Michael's for her. Best bang for your buck is to save it and use it when the cartridges go on super sale for $30 each. That is typically in conjunction with holidays.