Friday, July 23, 2010

If you own a Gypsy....Please read!!!

As some of you may know, this past weekend was mine & my hubby's first wedding anniversary. He kept saying that he had absolutely NO idea what to get me. I had told him no more jewelry PLEASE!! (Now trust me ladies, I LOVE bling! lol but I don't need a lot of it and I get jewelry for all other major holidays). Anyways, I gave him a list of crafting stuff (obviously :)) that I would like to have but just never got around to buying. One of the things I asked for was the "Gypsy A to Z" by Above Rubies Studio featuring Megan Gravener (from Above Rubies Studio) & Tammy Skinner (from Creative Critters Cricut Club). Of course, my husband pulled through and bought that and a few of my other requests for me! I was THRILLED!!

Now, I have to tell you all something. When the BIG announcement about the Gypsy came out, I was in the mode of "I NEED TO HAVE ONE". But I soon realized that I wouldn't use it very frequently and decided against putting one on my Christmas List. I had mentioned to my hubby that I didn't need one because it would get no use. But he got one for me anyways because he knew that from the beginning I had wanted one. My Gypsy sat in the box, untouched for 3 Months!!! Yes I know what you were all thinking, 3 months?!?! Are you crazy??!? But to be honest, it was a little intimidating! I had NO idea how to use it or what to do with it! So, in March, when I began blogging and creating more, I contemplated on whether to return it and get other stuff but the return period was over and I was stuck with it (well that's what I thought then). I messed around with it for a bit but was still uninterested and LOST!

Well, I can proudly say I now know how to use my Gypsy!! Thanks to Megan and Tammy, I know how to Zoom to actually see what I'm doing, Weld, Group, Ungroup, Kerning, Rotating, and many more things!! These ladies have done an exceptional job in showing all of the buttons and tools that you can use on your Gypsy. They not only explain them thoroughly but then they show you projects using these buttons! They also have fabulous techniques!! Now I don't know about you all but I LOVE all the Cricut cartridges but after a while, they start to get expensive! And the NEW Lite Cartridges have a lot of cute things on them but I know many of you have said that they are a bit overpriced! Well, let me tell you about one of the things these ladies show you on the DVD. At the time that this was recorded, the Lite Cartridges had not yet been released. Now, say you wanted to create cupcake wrappers for your upcoming party....but the only cartridges that have them is the Easter 2010 and the Lite Cupcake Wrapper Cartridges. You don't own the Easter and you think that $39.99 is a bit over priced for a Cartridge with just cupcake wrappers. Well, Megan and Tammy show you how to use a basic shape (like a square with rounded corners) from Gypsy Wanderings - which you own if you have a gypsy - to create a cupcake wrapper using a layering technique and the image from the Easter Cartridge!!! It absolutely FASCINATED me all the things you can do, change, and customize with the Gypsy--as long as you know all of the features and hidden techniques! These ladies go above and beyond and show you 30 Lessons and 40 Gypsy Projects! This video is over 3 1/2 hours long and an ABSOLUTE must have if you own a Gypsy (regardless if you are experienced or a beginner with it). This would make a great gift for someone who owns a Gypsy or to go along with the gift of a Gypsy because the DVD walks you step by step through opening your box and understanding what all the connection cords are to the ease of the creating. I HIGHLY recommend this DVD! I literally sat in front of my TV for the full 3 1/2 hours with my Gypsy in my hand and I did the projects along with them so that I could become familiar with using the different tools and techniques.

Please know that I am not sponsored by Tammy or Megan and this is my own personal opinion of the DVD. I LOVED it so much, I just HAD to share it with you all!

Tammy and Megan, Thank you so much for creating such a fabulous DVD packed with information and creativity! You both have truly helped me in learning how to use my Gypsy!

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