Total Newbie Question - Cricut?

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Total Newbie Question - Cricut?

I hear you all talking about a Cricut. I've seen them in the stories. So, what exactly does it do? How does it make scrapping easier? My Bday is coming up, so looking for ideas to ask DH for. hehe

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It's a die cut machine. You can buy font or shape cartridges to use with it and it will cut whatever is on that cart. I love mine and it has made scrapping easier because I hate my handwriting for titles on my pages. Here's a page I used with my cricut...
for the title
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this one the title and the alligator
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the title and stacked flower
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I just got mine, but I think she explained it pretty well. I like it b/c I won't have to cut my own circles, and I won't have to hunt for alpha stickers to match my pages!

ETA: example-

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Looking at them again today, I noticed that there are two different kinds. Are there major differences?

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There is the Cricut Expressions, and the regular Cricut. I just bought the regular one. I could hardly afford the regular one, let alone the Expressions! Lol

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I could go on for days about how much I love my Cricut. LOL!

Here are a couple pages I've made using mine for titles, etc. I think it's worth the price, because I haven't had to buy any letter stickers since I've purchased my Cricut. Not one! My new fave thing is cutting cereal boxes with my Cricut and making chipboard letters. It cuts through the cereal boxes like a dream!





I even used the Cricut for the brackets and crown here:

And everything on this card including the heart was cut with my Cricut:

I could post all day, because just about every LO I make uses my Cricut. Lol

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I was serioulsy afraid to ask about the curcuit for fear that I'd sound like a dummy but....
Since someone else asked first.....

I noticed that all your lettering is colored? Do you paint your letters? What do you cut to make the lettering?

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Not a dumb question at all!! You just use regular scrapbooking paper. You can use card stock of any shape and size. a lot of times I will cut my letters from scraps left-over on a project. You can cut paper, chipboard, transparencies, etc. You don't need to paint them, just use colored paper. Does that make sense?

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I have inked some of my letters. I have the cricut expressions, the difference between the machines is one can cut to 12 inches the other 24 inches.

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"momma24/7" wrote:

I have inked some of my letters. I have the cricut expressions, the difference between the machines is one can cut to 12 inches the other 24 inches.

Yes, I meant to say that too.... :confused:oops, you can ink the letters if you choose to. For example, I inked the edges of the letters on the LOVE card with chalk.

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I have the regular Cricut but my friend has the expressions. Her machine cuts has more versatility with the size being larger or smaller. Also, it can center on a piece of paper, cut to fit (say you want a word to be 8 inches longer, this feature can cut the entire word eight inches long), it has a flip function to mirror a character and a couple more things. If you can get the expression, go for it. If not, the regular Cricut is still awesome and is adaptable to the design studio.

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I'm glad someone asked!!! Biggrin I've been eyeing one for awhile, but I never seem to be much for all the new tools & whatnots...but this sounds pretty darn nifty...

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I second all the ladies replies! Once you get one, you will never know what you did without it! Its awesome! I just got mine about a week ago and I can't stop using it, it makes things so much easier.

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I'll try to get my parents to get me one for christmas. Yes it's a ways off, but thats the only way I'll ever be able to afford it. I'm lucky if I get a card from DH for my birthday. Lord knows I love that man but most of the time he's useless when it comes to gifts. The only nice things I've ever gotten were diamond earrings (which if you ever see a pic of me, I will be wearing, mostly because I can't get them off) and a saphire ring that I'd been dropping hints of for years. So christmas time it becomes for my cricut.

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"Honey3.14" wrote:

I'll try to get my parents to get me one for christmas. Yes it's a ways off, but thats the only way I'll ever be able to afford it. I'm lucky if I get a card from DH for my birthday. Lord knows I love that man but most of the time he's useless when it comes to gifts. The only nice things I've ever gotten were diamond earrings (which if you ever see a pic of me, I will be wearing, mostly because I can't get them off) and a saphire ring that I'd been dropping hints of for years. So christmas time it becomes for my cricut.

LMBO! Ditto on my DH about being no good at presents.

I'm glad this was asked also because I had no clue about the cricut. Very helpful thread!