Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cricut Vs. Silhouette - A Crafting Dilemma

Cricut has drawn me in with their late night project option commercials. Who wouldn't want to create a party to remember? Have you seen it?

The party table is topped with a multitude of paper crafts, paper lanterns, cake toppers, banners, napkin holders, the works! Everytime I see it I start searching around Pinterest and crafting blogs for other uses. Could I cut fabric? Well, it sounds tricky but I found a great tutorial for cutting freezer paper patterns to make applique a breeze.

The past two years I have purchases some adorable items for birthday parties off of Etsy. Though this was nice, they carried a heft price tag. The Fire Truck birthday banner for my son was over $30, the cupcake toppers were $12 and appliqued shirt I have my heart set on is another $40. Since I am still not made of money, making these items for myself is very appealing. And the product tutorials make it all look so easy.
When I mentioned my current desire for a Cricut, my husband looked at me and said, "Can it cut vinyl?"  I think I had his attention. He was interested in cutting his own vinyl stickers for signs and decals. So, I did a bit more Pinterest "research".

Of course I was drawn in by the advertising for the Cricut... and it is sold everywhere. From Walmart to Amazon, the Cricut products kept calling to me. At $200 - $300 for a machine, I don't want to make a hasty purchase.

Some crafters are using the Silhouette Cameo, which doesn't run without a computer. Not portable, but it does allow for more freedom and personal design creativity.

There are stock images for purchase off the Silhouette site, and at .99 cents or less, that is appealing. The Cricut cartridges can get a little expensive, especially if I only want a few images off it.

So, my dilemma is, both machines have their benefits and both seem to do similar things at first glance.

I would love to hear from any readers if they own either of these machines. Do you enjoy it? And do you have any problems or gripes about either machine?

Also, what have you made with your die cutter?
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