Question about the Cricut..

Lisa - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 41 moms have responded )

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Do any of you who own a Cricut machine have any advice to someone who wants to purchase one? There are different models. Any advice on which one would be best and why?

Thanks for any input!
Lisa

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Robin - posted on 01/24/2010

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You can also use "Make the Cut" software with your Cricut to use any font stored on your computer. It's cheaper than "Sure Cuts A Lot" software when you use their online coupon (just google it) and they have great tutorials online too.

Krista - posted on 01/23/2010

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If you are going to spend the money i would splurge for the big one the Expression, it does really neat frames and title pages for your scrapbooks. I bought mine one Ebay and saved about $150 and it was brand new still plastic around the box. Also there is this programs called Sure Cuts A Lot and you can hook your Cricut up to your computer through the USB cable and cut any font that you have one your computer. I love it and saves tons of money because you dont need the cartridges, everything is layed out on the screen and you can see exactly how its going to cut!!

Nathalie - posted on 01/21/2010

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Ok, I'd say if you don't need to carry it around all the time, then I would go for the Expressions. You can do it all. The cartridges are expensive so I buy one once in a while. It is amazing for scrapbooking and for school projects. And even carrying the Expressions around isn't that bad either.

Kim - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have the personal one, as that was the only one available. I do want the large one now, there is so much more you can do with it. I wan't to do more card making and I have been making a lot of lettering for the school and can only make 5" and would like to ability to make 12" and 24". But I also, have an AccuCut Mark 4 and zipemate machines

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have used the original, Create and Expression. If you are investing I say go for the Expression; it has so many more features and is well worth it. There are 7 scrappers in my family and we find we all like the Expression for everything but portability although it isn't really that big

Marla - posted on 01/21/2010

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If you can afford it, go for the Expression! it cuts up to 12 X 24 paper, and has many extra Creative Features. An online store, jkcrafts.com, is going out of business and as of yesterday they still had some left at reduced prices. I have both the original machine and the Expression....I hardly ever use my 'baby bug' any more.

Darmeshia - posted on 01/20/2010

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I own a Cricut Expressions, and I wanted to share with you a new software that you can use with your program it's called MTC(Make the Cut)

Make The Cut! Features:
WYSIWYG Interface Works with the Cricut™ Expression™, Create™ and Personal™
Automated Cricut™ Driver Installation
Preview/Use Any SVG
Integrated SVG Gallery (Currently over 1000 free projects!)
Work on Multiple Projects at a Time
Choose From 3 Standard Mat Sizes
Use Any Installed Font or Import TTF Files
Convert Raster Images to SVG Format [example]Break/Split/Layer Shapes and Edit Them Weld/Join Shapes Together
Create background shadows from any shape
Export Shapes to SVG Format or Personal Library
Cut, Copy and Paste Shapes Between Projects
And Much, Much More!

I bought the software and was excited so I wanted to share it with you, I so love this program that I became an affiliate. The reason why I love the program is that I am in control with what font I choose to use & what image, I am not just limited to what's on the cartridges. The possibilities of what you can do with the program is unlimited. I can be creative and still save money...lol :)

To check out this program visit my blog http://deescraftycornerblogspot.com/

Look for an image of MTC on right hand side for buy link & a free download version.

Enjoy and be sure to let me know what you think.

I was looking at SCAL played around with the trial version, didn't have any idea how to use Inkscape so I have found that this much easier, you do everything in MTC.

If you have any questions,please feel free to send me a message

Aminnie - posted on 12/10/2009

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I own a Cricut Expressions ( it cuts larger stuff) and I LOVE IT! I love that it can cut borders for the 12x12 paper (you don't have to spend time calculating and piecing). There are a lot of dealers on ebay (that's where I got mine), and if you're patient you can get a super deal. All together it was definitely worth the money and makes buying gifts for you easy...I just tell them which cartridge I want. :)

Terry - posted on 12/09/2009

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I have the 1st Cricut, I love it. Many like the Expressions because it does 12X12. This wasn't what I wanted. The new Cricut Create gives you a little more options. If I was to buy it now I would choose the Create. You will be very pleased with it.

Lori - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting PATRICIA:

I own 2 personal cutters. I love it! I haven't put any thought into getting the Expression. I just don't see why I would need to cut such large items. However, I'm thinking of getting the Cricut Gypsy. Bottom line...it all depends what you're planning to do w/it! Good luck!



If you get the gypsy you will wish you had the expression machine!  I love my gypsy and use it all the time - even if I don't want to weld anything.  I only have 12x12 mats, but I am going to get a 12x24 mat.  You can get everything you want to cut on the gypsy mat - manipulate the shapes and letters so there is less paper waste.  You can also group shapes and letters by the color of paper you want to use - and cut everything out at once.



I waste less paper, spend less money on paper and embellishments and waste less time re-cutting things that end up too big or small for what I need.  I have gone through several blades since I got my gypsy!

Suzie - posted on 12/09/2009

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I just bought an expression and love it! It's the largest one right now, and I don't think I would go any smaller because I like to make cards and envelopes and the envelopes would never work on a smaller one. I'm also excited about cutting vinyl for wall art, etc that would be more difficult with the smaller one.

If you can't afford the larger one right now- and watch for sales, they do happen (HSN has some great buys occasionally), you might start with a smaller one to get you going and give you some creative options to get started. It would be great for kids projects when you need lettering, etc as well as small scrapbook details. You can find it very inexpensively on ebay these days .. so if cost is an issue, it might be the way to go until the prices on the larger ones come down a bit.

HTH! Happy Crafting!

Giselle Georget - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting Mia:

I'm addicted to Cricut! I have both the Expression and Create. I originally bought it for scrapbooking but I'm using it more now for making cakes!



I have an Expression, haven't had a chance to use it much yet, but love what I have used it for, for the little bit more that it cost above the others I thought it was worth it!!  I've gotten lots of carts from ohmycrafts.com, they're awesome I think they have a store on e-bay as well, just took a while to get it, but it always seems to take a while to make it to Canada no matter what company it is! 



 



Just wondering though Mia, how you use it in cake decorating???

Lorrie - posted on 12/08/2009

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I have the expressions and love it. You use 12x12 paper and get more out of it. I would check out www.customcrops.com I have very good luck with them and great prices.

Ashley - posted on 12/08/2009

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I have the smaller machine, and it works great i don't have a need for 12 inch letters so if your only scrap booking the small one even tho they are a little expensive works great i love mine! but i wouldn't pay for the bigger one.

Dee - posted on 12/07/2009

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Get the big one! I have a small one and I love it but now that the big one is out I want it. If you have children in school, it is great. I have a grand-daughter in 4th grade and we use it all the time for projects and the teacher has commented on the way her work looks and she always get a good grade.

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I have had the cricut expressions for about a year now. I use it constantly for scrapbooking. I like having the bigger one, as I do alot of 12 x 12 pages. I love it!

Mary Beth - posted on 12/06/2009

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I have the Expression and I absolutly love it. I t makes scrapbooking so much easier. I really like it to make holiday cards. You can pick your shape and size and cut them all out at once. No more doing everything one by one, it helps to cut your time in half.

PATRICIA - posted on 12/06/2009

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I own 2 personal cutters. I love it! I haven't put any thought into getting the Expression. I just don't see why I would need to cut such large items. However, I'm thinking of getting the Cricut Gypsy. Bottom line...it all depends what you're planning to do w/it! Good luck!

Karen - posted on 12/06/2009

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I don't have a Cricut machine but I do have a Cuttlebug. I find this does plenty for what I want to use it for plus nothing can go wrong with it and it is not complicated like an electronic gadget. It depends on the amount of usage and what you want to use it for. I'm not sure what price the Cricut is now but the Cuttlebug cost me about $500AUD (about $600USD) which includes all the dies and embossing folders I will ever need to use. Good Luck with your decision!

Diane - posted on 12/06/2009

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Heritage Makers has thousands of letters, numbers, and expressions you can use on your pages. You can make them any size, color, or font you want without having to buy all of that extra machinery. You should check it out. It will save you tons of money buying letters and numbers. www.fotocreations4you.com

Karen - posted on 12/06/2009

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I just bought the larger of the 2 for Christmas...check with overstock.com I got mine for a bargain, and it came with a laminator and book binder too!

Christine - posted on 12/06/2009

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I just got the expression this black Friday at wal mart for 188$ and it came with two cartridges! They offer them in red, green, blue and black now. I started scrapping that day with it. I love it and and am so excited to get some vinyl to give that a try too. There is a new cutter coming out in 2010 that comes with a memory card to store the fonts, requires no cutting mat & has no length maximum. Always gonna be something bigger and better right?

Renae - posted on 12/06/2009

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I have the first one which only hold a 6 x 12 piece of paper. The newer one holds the full 12 x 12 piece. I would recommend the bigger one, but I still love mine. It is so great for so many projects even beyond scrapbooking!

Mia - posted on 12/06/2009

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I'm addicted to Cricut! I have both the Expression and Create. I originally bought it for scrapbooking but I'm using it more now for making cakes!

Lindsey - posted on 12/05/2009

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I own the Cricut Expression- uses the 12x12 mat and 12 x24 mat. I love it. I am a scrapper and card maker and use it for everything. For me it was well worth the money and now I am always on the hunt for a good price on cartridges. To me, it is very easy to use. I haven't had any problems with it and I got mine on ebay.

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I have the small cricut and the cricut expression. I highly suggest if your looking into getting one to get the cricut expression. You have a larger variety of sizes and there is a screen that show you what you have selected to cut which is really nice. I use my cricut expression at homw and take my smaller one to crops with me. The cricut expression will cut letters or objects from 1/4 inch to I believe its 23 1/2 inches where the small one only does 1 inch to i believe its 6 inches.

Sharon

Kimberly - posted on 12/04/2009

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I am new to the site and I am also interested in the circuit , so thank you ladies for all of your helpful feedback. Happy holidays to each and every one of you. Thanks again, Kim !

Ally - posted on 12/04/2009

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My husband bought me the larger Cricut for Christmas last year and I love it! The larger one can do poster size letters. You can also buy a special blade for it and even get the stuff to etch glass. There is so much you can do with it beyond scrapbooking!! I love mine, and you can also get really good deals on ebay for the cartridges. Good Luck :)

Michelle - posted on 12/04/2009

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Hey Lisa!

I got a Cricut Expression for my birthday a couple of months ago and I absolutely love it. It allows you to cut die cuts small and also large enough to put on a wall. Especially if you have children you can buy the cartridges that are related to Disney and make die cuts to hang on their walls. If your only going to making smaller die cuts for a scrapbook album then the Original Cricut machine is the smaller one to use and alot cheaper. So, it depends on what your going to be using it for.

Good Luck and Happy Scrapping!

Michelle

Nichole - posted on 12/04/2009

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I have the smaller cricut and love it! I bought it from Amazon.com and got a better deal than in the stores. I use it for scrapbooking, signs and my daughters school projects. I would recommend it to anyone.

Lisa - posted on 12/04/2009

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I just bought the smallest one off of EBay and wish I had the bigger one! I have to cut my paper every time to use the little one and would rather just put a whole piece of 12x12 on and get it done....

Veronica - posted on 12/04/2009

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OMG the Cricut Expressions is amazing.. the first didn't work as well and tore up the edges... the new one which is about $300-$400 is amazing! It is so easy and you can even get it in the Breast Care awareness cause!

Linda - posted on 12/04/2009

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Hi Lisa,
I have a cricut create. My girls all have the orginal cricut. You can do a little more with the create. I had to return the first one I purchased. You just call the 1-800 number and the company was great to work with. They sent a new one. All I had to do was stick the old one in the box and return it. They paid for everything. My friend and I run a scrapbooking club and we all love the cricut. We have tons of cartridges. I can't say enough good about it. It does take a little getting used to, but once you get going it will be your favorite scrapbooking tool.
Good luck
Linda

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I purchased a cricut machine (the smaller one) with a friend and at the time seemed like a great idea as it was shared cost and we both bought our own cartridges along the way. Personally, I would only purchase on my own in the future because then you are not worring about who is using it more and replacements of parts etc. They are a great machine and has certainly come in handy for the times I needed it.

Lisa - posted on 12/03/2009

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Oh my goodness! Thanks for all of the fast responses! I appreciate it. I am glad to hear you all enjoy the machines. I have never heard anyone yet not say that they like it! That is so exciting. Also, thanks for the tips about Ebay and Sure Cuts a Lot. I appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Lisa

Krystal - posted on 12/03/2009

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I bought the Expression earlier this year because I scrap 12x12 and I love it. I can't afford all the cartridges though so I downloaded and purchased the Sure Cuts a Lot software so I can use any font on my computer to cut out letters and shapes, etc.

Charley - posted on 12/03/2009

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I had the original cricut and just purchased the expression... I believe it is the way to go! The original can cut up to 5.5 inches, the create (which is the one in the middle) can cut up to 11.5 inches and the expression cuts up to 23.5. So, I basically use the cricut for scrapbooking and either of the small ones will work... however, the widest they go is 6 inches (maybe 5.5), so I feel if you are going to make a purchase, I would invest in the expression! You can get one for around $200 on ebay, just make sure that who you are buying from, has a good rating! Hope this helps.

Mandy - posted on 12/03/2009

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I have the small Cricut which can cut from 1" to 5.5". I was at Walmart today and was checking out the newest Cricut...not the expressions, can't remember what exactly it is called. Do believe it will cut up to 12" letter/whatever but still has the portabiltiy of the smaller Cricut. I use my Cricut for scrapbooking so really have no need for the Expressions but hear other people love theirs. Good luck with your decision making! Also may want to check ebay..good deals for cartridges!

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