Cricut

(Marty) Anne - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 317 moms have responded )

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How many of you own either size and do you find it useful? Or would you rather just go to the store and buy cutouts and what not premaid? My hubby got me the cartridge that you put in and downloads fonts and what not off your computer or online and I am hoping to try it out soon. I am still learning how to use the cricut. I have the small one that uses half a page instead of the full page.

Anne

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Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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I bought a Xyron at Michaels....I wouldn't use my Cricut without it. It is about $25 and use a 40% off coupon. You merely feed your letters into it and it makes them sticky! I would NEVER use my Cricut if I didn't have my Xyron....it will make scrapbooking MUCH more enjoyable for you!

Alisha - posted on 04/07/2010

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I have a Cricut Expression. I just got it less than a month ago and I love it. Really with it, I don't see much need to go out and by stickers and I used to cut out a lot of stuff by hand and now I don't have to. It's a really great machine.

Erin - posted on 03/19/2010

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I just got my cricut. It's the smaller one and I'm still learning. I did not know about the cartridge that I can use to download fonts. I'm going to have to look into that. thanks!

Darlene - posted on 03/12/2010

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I have the same Cricut you do and I love it. I'm an avid scrapbooker and I hated having sheets of letter stickers with all the e's, n's, t's and s's gone. Now I'm able to not buy letter stickers and cut out whatever letters I need. Pair it with the Xyron X shaped sticker maker to make the back adhesive and it's wonderful. The shapes, to me are just a bonus! I've just stared using them more, but really it's the letters that sold me. My mom uses her Cricut exclusively to make cards, so she uses the shapes and she's having loads of fun!

Teri - posted on 02/03/2010

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I love my Cricut! I have the Smaller one...but I use it all the time. I do have the software for the computer but have not had the time to play with it yet. I would much rather just cut out my own. We even have a scrabooking store that rents the cartridges now. Have a great day!

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Kelli - posted on 04/18/2010

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Patti, you can also capture pics off the internet to cut out. You are going to love this program. I just updated mine and would not be able to scrap without it. Let me know if you have any questions and I will try and help. I have had this program since it first came out. It was awful at first but now is WONDERFUL! Enjoy.

Kelli - posted on 04/18/2010

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I would not scrapbook without my cricut I have the small one that I take to crops, the Expression, Design Studio and Sure Cuts Alot. So, youy could say I am addicted to the cricut. I use SCAL now instead of buying ANY carts. It is a $80.00 investment and I can cut anything! No more buying one cart at a time for a specific project. You will love it!

Carlene - posted on 04/13/2010

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It is a machine that will cut just about any design you want. Of course you have to have a cartridge to make the design. There are alot of cartridges out there. In the US the range from $49.99-$89.99. I try to wait until they are on sale and some get them off of E-bay of which I haven't done yet. You don't have to worry about not having enough letters as some cartridges do have lettering and some just designs. Hobby Lobby and Michael's Craft Stores have them. Check into them and also they are on E-bay. Good luck.

Mona - posted on 04/13/2010

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I am new to scrapbooking and wondered...what on earth is a Cricut?? I live in Norway, and visit the US twice a year, always making at least one trip to a craft store. But I can't remember seeing that.

Aimee - posted on 04/09/2010

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I got the Cricut Expression taht cuts the full 12x12 or 12x24 sheets. SOOO much better than always having to cut your paper in half. I have made cards on it, 3 banners for a baby shower and my son's 1st birthday and I am bringing it to scrapbook with tomorrow. I love it and it is so easy to use, once you get the hang of what buttons to press:) Sometimes I still buy a few premaid things that I know I definately couldn't make on the Cricut, but I am loving it for decorations and cards:) I also made all my son's invitations and thank you cards for his birthday and got emails and calls from everyone telling me how awesome they came out. It is sometimes time consuming, but that gives Daddy some baby and Daddy time :)

Julia - posted on 04/09/2010

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I have the expression and I love it. I dont scrapbook without it either!! There is just soo much you can do with it.

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If you've never used the Cricut, take some time and pop into Michaels on April 23 for their monthly crop. You can get your hands on the Cricut as well as other machines to learn how to use them, try them out for yourself before you buy. It's $5 for the crop unless you can produce a receipt for $10 of scrapbook supplies purchased during the month of April (and who can't, right?) then it's free. But you have to grab a spot before they fill up.

Jodi - posted on 04/05/2010

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If anyone is from Salt Lake City, Utah, we should get together and have a crop night. We could share ideas, show off projects, and just have some plain scrappin' fun with our cricuts! If you would like to, send me a message!

Tina - posted on 04/05/2010

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I like to make cards and scrapbooks with my Cricut but haven't really had the time. They are pretty expensive but in the longterm probably worth it. I purchased the design studio and it makes it much simpler to use.

Jodi - posted on 04/01/2010

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I have both machines, a small and one expressions, and also have all three computer programs, Design Studio, Sure Cuts a Lot and Make the Cut! Depending on the project depends on which machine I pull out. With any of the software you can cut as small as you want, but some things aren't very good at less than an inch any way. I love the versatility of the three computer programs but it did take me a while to really like the Make the Cut program, now that I have figured out all the nooks and crannies, Im not sure which program I like the best.

User - posted on 04/01/2010

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I got the Cricut Create Thanksgiving 2008, used it a few times till recently! I'm really seeing the benefit of having it. I love buying all the different cartridges! I just spent some money on the blue expression and the Gypsy. My cousin has a Gypsy and we are getting together next week so she can show me how to use it. When my little girls grow up a bit they can have the Create! I still do the old fashion scrapbooking too. This just gives you so many more options!

Cathy - posted on 04/01/2010

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I own the small cricut and I love it, I can cut what I want in any paper that I need to match my layout, I have made templets and done painting on t-shirts for my granson using freezer paper and fabric paint, I have also used whit contact paper for glass etching. if you get the cartridges on line you can get some pretty good deals. I also have the design studio software and really like that also for custom making things since you can combine any cartridge you have into a disign and cut it all at once.

Anita - posted on 03/31/2010

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I sent the cricuit back.. I had the large one .. but the cartridge was to high... for me.. but I am wanting to start a scrapbook for my son and daughter and there family... from the beginning of our life...do you have any suggestions .. we have no store to buy anthing here...

Betsy - posted on 03/29/2010

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For me, Ebay is the best place for Cricut cartridges, as long as you are willing to wait. If a new design for Cricut cartridge comes out, it's expensive anywhere online and especially in stores. If you wait a couple of months you can get a new unopened cartridge for as little as $25.00. That's how much I paid for my Spongebob Cricut cartridge. I'm going to check out Disney's Tinkerbell cartridge and maybe Disney's Cars too.

Sandra - posted on 03/27/2010

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I don't quite understand how these posts and replys work - is this in answer to my (Sandy Sigler-Marcoe) post?
Sandy

Carlene - posted on 03/27/2010

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I have a cricut and just love it. If you get the cartridges with the letters you will never run out of letters to use or try to match up what you have as there are always the same letters that get used more than others. I don't like shopping for stickers or other things as I never know what I'm going to be using until I get started scrapping and then I don't want to take the time to shop for accessories. I recommend it highly. Try to watch any informercials on it, that's how I knew I wanted one. You can do so much with it, not just scrapbooking. My son got mine for me for no special occasion except the scrapbooks I do for the grandchildren.

Victoria - posted on 03/27/2010

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I've got the Expression, Gypsy and the Design Software. Just got the Gypsy this Christmas and I love it. It's great to design a page and then not have to put the cartridges into the slot one at a time. Just cut and go using several different designs in one layout. Awesome ! The cartridges are cheaper online on many scrapbooking sites. Ebay too ! Check out customcrops.com they always have sales ! School projects are go much fun and so easy now ! We've used the Cricut for so many things. Good Luck all my scrapbooking Cricut users !

Judy - posted on 03/27/2010

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I love the cricut expression. I've had it since last year and have maybe 15+cartridges. I don't thin i will ever go back to buying die cuts as I've collected so much that some of it doesn't compare. Good luck

Betsy - posted on 03/26/2010

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I love my cricut. I have the regular cricut (12x6) and now I just received my cricut expression (12x12). It's my number one die cutting machine simply because of the beautiful cartridges I can purchase, which I get on ebay. I recently bought the Spongebob cartridge for my daughter and I think that this machine really encourages young ones into scrapbooking since you can create characters they see on tv and disney movies.

Chantay - posted on 03/26/2010

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So did I! They did not have a good selection at mine, so I just got the simply sweet cartridge. :-)

Sandra - posted on 03/26/2010

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Yesterday I got the Cricut Create. I am just starting to use it. Lots to learn. I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning. I am so happy to have gotten it. It should be easy to transport when we go to WI for the summer. Really was glad to read all the posts about Cricut. It did help.

Robin - posted on 03/26/2010

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I totally agree about the sheets of letters. Then you are left with a bunch of letters that do not match and it is a mess. With the cricut there is nothing left over. You cut what you need when you need it. It saves money once you make the initial investment.

Robin - posted on 03/26/2010

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I have the cricut expression and I love it. I am in a card making group each month and I also teach a preschool class and have 4 small kids of my own and I use it for all of those things. It is cheaper to make the cutouts yourself once you own the cartridges. It is so helpful and I use it all of the time. I know that there is a lot more that it can do and right now I only use it for the basics.

Chrissy - posted on 03/25/2010

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You always have the correct amount of letters, but the right colors, and sizes too.

Heather - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have the Cricut and absolutely love it! I would rather use the Cricut then buy premade. With the premade die cuts I always seem to not have enough of one letter when I need it. With the Cricut you have no worries with that, and its nice! Good luck with your new investment, I hope you enjoy it!

Chrissy - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have the expressions, I just picked up 2 new cartridges at Big Lots discount store for $30. I made easter eggs this morning. Probably kites tomorrow. I love the 12x12 size.

Kathleen - posted on 03/25/2010

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I think you have to decide a bit for yourself how much you'd use it, but I love mine. The thing that I use it for most is actually creating title's for pages I use the "Print 101" ca5rtridge & then weld the letters together so they come out in one piece rather than all individual letters to be glued down. When I did my Disney album last year, I realized I used something from cricut on almost every page. If you scrapbook a lot or make cards, good investment, if you're an occasional scrapbooker, probably not. Also if you are going to invest in a cricut, you definitely want to get the Design Studio computer program to go with it. I wouldn't have used mine nearly as much if I didn't have that to help me lay things out. It's a big time saver for me. But know if you're wanting lots of fancy characters it is pretty time consuming to create those, but they come out looking great. I know others may have differing opinions, but I've loved mine. I hope this helps. Side note: I almost never buy cartridges at full price, I wait until they go on sale & often get them about half price at Michaels or online.

Heidi - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have the Expression (the 12" one) and I love love love it. I have created vinyl decals for my little girls room as well as for many rooms of my house. I have also created holiday clothes for her by buying a plain t-shirt and decorating it. If you have a cricut you do not need to buy all the expensive cartridges, simply purchase Sure Cuts A Lot 2.0 and you can cut ANYTHING. It allows you to upload your own pictures and designs and use all the fonts you want. It's AMAZING! I've also found a great set of videos on youtube with a lot of helpful hints, tips, tricks and ideas. It's a girl named Meghan and her site is called Above Rubbie's Studio.

Colette - posted on 03/25/2010

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I LOVE my cricut!!! They will have to pry it out of my dead cold hands or bury me with it. I have about 20 cartridges and go through blades and sticky sheets like crazy! My grandkids love to help with it and both have found neat things to do that I would not have tried, Myproblem is now I have 100's of setds of stamps that I don't use because I cut it instead.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have the smaller one and I absolutely love it. I bought it off of Craigslist and had it for a year before I ever used it. I went to a crop with a bunch of ladies, used one of theirs and finally began using mine. I honestly use it only for lettering but it has made a significant difference in the look of my pages. Enjoy it!

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have the smaller one and I absolutely love it. I bought it off of Craigslist and had it for a year before I ever used it. I went to a crop with a bunch of ladies, used one of theirs and finally began using mine. I honestly use it only for lettering but it has made a significant difference in the look of my pages. Enjoy it!

Pamela - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have the larger sized one and LOVE IT! I appreciate cutting out my own shapes and letters because I can determine the size and type of paper I use. I do still use some store-bought shapes, but love making my own. It really isn't hard to use and there are so many great cartridges out there to choose from. Enjoy!!

Pam - posted on 03/25/2010

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PS it ia also GREAT for school projects that the kids have to do or signs for yard sales or anything else you can think of to use it for ! It is only limited by what you can think to use it for :-)

Pam - posted on 03/25/2010

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LOVE mine it gives me the freedom to scarp after kids go to bed when the scarp book store is not open ! Busy mom with 4 kids have to take the time when I have it for me :=)

Sandra - posted on 03/24/2010

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What is the name of the one you got? How much was it? I was so glad to see your response to the cricut subject. I have been VERY confused about which one to buy, what they all do, etc. AND, I don't really want to have to spend $200-300 for one if I don't have to.
Thanks
Sandy

LeeAnne - posted on 03/24/2010

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I have the smaller version too...and love it. I just bought a Calendars cartridge for Christmas. I haven't had the time to use it yet...but would make wonderful Christmas gifts next year...calendars with the kids pics on it. I just used it to help out my 6 year old's Girl Scout leader cut out bunny eyes, noses, tongues and ears. A MAJOR time saver! All of those I cut out using the George cartridge that came with the machine. My most recent love has been the Cuddlebug. It embosses! Again..not muh time...but will save money on card costs!

Joy - posted on 03/23/2010

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I didn't think a Cricut would really be all that useful, but my mom offered to buy me one for Christmas last year. She got me the smallest model, which only cuts to a height of 5 1/2". Since then I have used it on almost every card and scrapbook page I've made. I use it WAY more than I would have ever used purchased cut outs. I don't know that I would have gone bigger at all, except for the occasional home decorating project, but I can do without. For me it wouldn't have been worth the extra $200. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Cricut, and don't know how I got by without it.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/23/2010

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I also have the 6 by 12 size. I do not have the software but I saw it used once and what is nice you can combine fonts. I use it for kids to do school projects and everything Its nice to have

Nicole - posted on 03/22/2010

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I have the smaller cricut also and bought for scrapbooking, so I don't really have a use for the larger one. I really like the variety of uses for it. It is nice to not run out of letters...

The downfalls that I have with it are that the letters abviously don't have adhesive on them, so it adds and extra step and the cartridges are a little expensive...

I am truly torn on my cricut.

Diana - posted on 03/22/2010

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just another note.. if you buy cricut design studio, you have to have each cart that you pick to cut a picture out of... with MTC and SCAL, you don't have to have each cart.. You just have to have A cart in the machine, Doesn't matter which one. Then you can get images offline or from Yahoo groups and use them through the software to cut out whatever you would want. I will NEVER buy another cart. I love my software and have made things from frogs and boarders to lettering and tinkerbell and fishies.. so many things.. you can join the yahoo group, everyone is very nice. just search for make the cut on yahoo groups. :)

Diana - posted on 03/22/2010

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also with the MTC software you can take a color book page and break it up and cut it out, download TTF fonts online and cut them out. .gif images, jpegs and sooo many more. It's awesome!

Diana - posted on 03/22/2010

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Hi! I haven't been on Circleofmoms in forever but when i seen this topic in my e-mail i had to share! lol..

I have the expression and i love it! I have only bought 3 carts so i have 4 because one comes with it! They are awesome to use for just about anything. Invitations, cards, scrapbooking, wall art... so many more..

I recently bought the software called Make the Cut! It's so cool to design something on your computer and cut it out with your cricut! If anyone is trying to decide betwen MTC and SureCutsalot, I would suggest you download both trial versions and see what you like. many people say that MTC is more user friendly. And Andy(the designer of MTC) is always updating it. Not only that with MTC, you never have to pay for an update or upgrade. You just go to the site and download it whenever it's ready. I know with the SCAL program, there is arleady a version 2 and people had to repay for it.

In the long run, the cricut is the way to go. If you have the expression then you can cut up to 12x24 and it cuts really small to.

Jill - posted on 03/21/2010

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I LOVE the Cricut and couldn't imagine scrappin without it!!! My friends and I also use it to cut vinyl lettering for home decor purposes....much cheaper than those catalogs ones. It does take a little while to learn how to use all the different functions, but once you do Watch Out...because there is no going back. Have fun!!!

Shauna - posted on 03/21/2010

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Have Cricut Expression & a bazzillion carts, okay...Not a bazillion, but that's what my hubby would say if asked...I've been buying them 4 or 6 at a time whenever I catch them on sale for $49 or less. I'm up to 21 carts and I've had my machine since Apr 09. I have used the 12x24 cutting mat which is awesome for taller cuts and wall words in vinyl. Have now tried felt which took some practice to cut. Very versatile, no end to the new things you can do. If you aren't sure of all the features try checking out how to videos from mypinkstamper.com as she offers lots of 'how to' advice to get the most of your machine. Have fun! I haven't really bought many embellishments other than ribbon since getting my cricut.

Jen - posted on 03/21/2010

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I am almost caught up on my two year old's pages because of the Cricut. I have the 6x12, but it works great for me.



I got a Gypsy for Christmas. It's a handheld device that lets you plan out your cuts. I love the fact that I can size letters EXACTLY to match the scrap of paper that I am cutting. I also sat in a waiting room for three hours one day and planned out a bunch of cards. Now all I have to do is go home and cut them out!



For cartridges, I go to customcrops.com. They have the best deals that I've found. Sometimes 1/3 of the prices of other places. They have great sales, too.

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