I have heard that well-known crafter and author Mark Montano has been using and writing about the Cricut Expression machine and the value it brings to his projects. I found his blog where he talks about how he used the Cricut Expression to take a recent home décor project to new heights of creativity.
This project is a Faux Wood Intarsia Headboard, made with various techniques, including the Cricut Expression. Below is an excerpt from his Blog post:
I’ve discovered a lot about myself while making this project. Yes, crafting is all about self-exploration, and that’s one of the reasons I love it so much. For those of you who know how I craft, I have to say that, with the exception of my Dremel, I’m not really a “machine” kind of crafter. I am an old school, make-it-work-with-whatever-is-under-the-kitchen-sink kind of guy. However, I recently discovered something that made this project sing, and I must write about. It’s called the Cricut Expression. I swear I’m not paid by this company; in fact, I have recently started stalking them and I’m sure they will be filing a restraining order any day now. My goal (if they don’t throw my crafty butt in jail) is to be their one and only spokes-crafter.
Anyway, back to the Cricut. It’s a cutting machine that comes with all kinds of little design cartridges and cuts anything from paper to contact paper to flocking to fabric. It was originally designed for scrapbookers, but let’s face it, there are two things I will never do: learn how to cook and make a scrapbook! I decided to take this machine for a drive and amp up a project for CRAFT that I thought was already finished, and here are the results. The first is my “kickin’ it old school faux intarsia headboard” and the second is my “kickin’ it up a notch with the Cricut faux intarsia headboard.” Both are really easy to make, inexpensive, and easy to personalize. One more thing: if you ever have any questions about my projects, just email me at [email protected]
You can read more about this wonderful project at his Blog, here: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/04/faux_wood_intarsia_headboard.html.