Cricut Explore can Do Teeny tiny stars!

I was cutting out some states from the 50 States cartridge, which I love, and happened upon a delightful discovery. As many of you may know this cartridge comes with an option to cut out a star where the state capital is located. I usually leave this feature off but this time I forgot and went ahead cut them out anyway. What I discovered was that this amazing machine can cut out the smallest stars and they we’re clean cuts. When I lifted my states from the mat the stars were left behind. No more tearing off the bitty pieces that don’t get cut all the way through!

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20140502-151652.jpgI’ve gotta say I am still amazed by my Explore. OMG, do u see how tiny those stars are? I’m gonna have time to play with my Explore this weekend, I hope, and I’ll post more of my discoveries. I’m so glad I hung onto my Cricut and didn’t get the Silhouette!

Cricut Explore Can do Circles

I just made some cuts for a cute card and I can’t wait to show you the circles my Explore cut. Wow! Here is a picture of a little owl I cut from the Hoot N Holler cartridge. Cutest owls ever but always a problem getting those eyes of theirs to come out, both literally and figuratively. They weren’t circular and I had to use the tools and tweezers to get the dots out.
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What a cutie. Keep in mind that this is an extreme close up so you will see my paper flaws. His pupils are a little bigger than I would draw them with a sharpie pen dot and he was cut about 2 1/2 in. The best thing is that all I had to do was peel my layer off the mat and wahla the little center dots were left behind. No picking pieces out with tweezers. And see how round they are.

I was also able to cut a very thin piece for the balloon that went with my owl. I couldn’t believe how thin it was. Can you believe those perfectly round circles of confetti around that balloon. Those pieces are so small that you can’t even see my terrible gluing job until I took this extreme close up.

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I had to put in one last picture so you can get the idea of the true size. I just picked up a super sticky mat and deep blade so I’m going to be trying chipboard and magnet material and I’ll be sharing some things I’ve learned about the new design space. This is so much fun to use I cut want to cut stuff out all the time now!

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My Cricut Explore Came on Friday!

If you are teetering on the edge of getting a Cameo, like I was, WAIT! As you know from previous posts I have had a cricut mini. I also have the cricut original and bought the Cricut Cake (mostly used it for paper, though). I have seen cricut go through a number of machines and each seeming to be a little more cheaply made each time a new one was released. Through trial and error and a lot time time figuring it out I’ve been able to get fairly good cuts from my machines, though I had to use multi cut a little too many times, and have enjoyed using them, for the most part.

My Cricut Mini was by far the best machine I had, until I kept getting the flashing red light of death! Ugh! The last straw was when I called customer service (and this is after they had already replaced my mini) and she asked if I had a PC instead of my MAC somewhere to use with my mini, what? Then She told me that I should find a PC if I ever want to update my mini. What, again!?

This is the point where I started really contemplating the switch to Cameo. But I had all these cartridges and I really like them and I just didn’t like the interface of the Cameo website to find images. I really tried to like it but just couldn’t give up on my other images. At this point, there were rummers from the Cricut Website that another machine was coming. ūüėíI have to say I was very skeptical but I had already decided to take my Mini back to the store (gotta love that Costco) and get some more use from my older machines

I figured I would wait and see! The more I waited the more I saw how amazing this new machine was! Still skeptical I saw a you tube video that compared the two machines on a very difficult cut, and wow! I finally ordered one from Walmart since it appeared that I could return the machine if it didn’t work out, since I still didn’t believe that it could be true.

I’m so glad that I waited. Cricut’s new CEO is ushering them into a new era! My new Explore is amazing. I already threw away the box because there is no way it is going back. Everything, right down to the packaging is very well thought out. Yes, there are some things to get used to with the new software, because it is different, but all your layers are right there, no more hunting for them. I could go on, and I will, but that is for next time. Wait till you see its perfect circles!

Cricut Mini Project

I just love my Cricut Mini. This is my first project with it and it sure made it go a lot faster. I just love how it cuts! Very smooth cutting on my American Crafts card stock and no multi cut even with the really intricate design of the flowers. This is a Birthday card and the flowers pull out of the pot to reveal a place to write a sentiment. Enjoy!

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Little House Here at last!

It has been a long time since I have posted anything let alone looked at my blog. ¬†Ugh! ¬†But I did remember that I said I would post my adorable Little House on the Prairie or Big Woods Cricut cut out. ¬†I really was torn about posting this as you will see in the pictures. ¬†My daughter decided to help me finish decorating their faces. ¬†I really didn’t have the heart to make new ones since I was making these paper dolls for her and she really thought that they looked much better now. ¬†Anyway, I managed to save Ma and Pa’s faces from further decoration so you’ll get the idea. ¬†I do really think that they came out soooo cute. ¬†Hope you enjoy!

Ingalls Family and Wagon with Pet & Patty

Ingalls Family and Wagon with Pet & Patty

As you can see their little faces are quite beautiful now!

Mary and Laura

Mary and Laura

Here a couple of close up views of the wagon and supplies.

All the supplies!

All the supplies!

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The Ingalls Family altogether.

Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura & Baby Carrie

Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura & Baby Carrie

When your all done playing with the dolls you just load everything up into the wagon and it stores neatly in a 12X12 page protector. I have fond memories of the Little House on the Prairie tv series. This has been a great way to share that and the books with my daughter.

Pirate Party!!

I finally got some pictures together of my little girls Pirate Party!  It was soooo much fun.  Each child got a hat, sword and a bandana to tie around their waist to hold the sword.  These are the party decorations that I made for it. I used Cricut cartridges: Birthday Bash (for the banner), Life is a beach (font, skulls & waves), Paper Doll Dress Up (pirate ship), Tags Bags Boxes and More (popcorn boxes), Create a Critter (palm trees & grass).  You could do this without a Gypsy but it made it much easier for getting the most out of my paper and posterboard.Image

I just love this map. ¬†I found a picture online of a pirate map and liked alot of its features so I asked my husband if he could draw it. ¬†We wanted to play a game of pin the X on the map. ¬†I think that the map may have come from an imagine cartridge. Here’s my banner!

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This is the best picture that I have. It was a little hard to take since it is almost 6 feet long. Here are some close ups of the elements.  My little girl wanted blue bandanas on the skulls for the banner.

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Now for the cake.Image

The birthday cake! Yes, I used my cricut for this and I cut rolled fondant for the ships and cut gumpaste for the skull. ¬†This was the fastest birthday cake that I’ve every put together. ¬†I even had to re-cut the the skull since I somehow dropped it the morning of the party, ugh! ¬†I had made it ahead and gumpaste dries hard so it shattered into a million pieces and my poor little one found them laying all over the floor and slowly began to pick them up. ¬†She was sadūüė¶. ¬† Thank goodness for my cricut. ¬†Out came the gumpaste and slapped it on my mat and cut another one in 10 minutes. ¬†Luckly I had saved the file on my Gypsy!! ¬†Supermom to the rescue.

The party favors were my next favorite thing to make.Image

I made popcorn boxes personalized for each child. ¬†Luckly there were only four. ¬†And then I made a few others with skulls wearing bandanas. I also made each child a booklet out of 3×5 note cards and used my awesome, wonderful totally cool Cinch V.2 to bind them. ¬†(more on the Cinch story later, totally great customer service)Image

And because we had such a great time with our friends we can’t forget the thank you card.Image

Again, I used the skull and cross bones (are you getting the idea that, that was my daughters favorite part, well your right. ¬†Hence the tragedy with the cake) to make the thank you cards. ¬†I used my gypsy to hide the eye and nose cuts and then used my cricut to cut circles and then also cut the photos with the cricut. ¬†Each child guest got a picture with my daughter in front of the treasure map and I circle cut those pictures for each of their thank you cards. ¬†Everyone else is getting the one show here. ¬†Like the cute skull. ¬†Just to hide our little ones face a bit it won’t be on the actual card.Image

And this is just a little close up of the decorations I put on the treasure map to help tie in all the decorations.  Since I needed several little skulls I told the cricut to fill the page with them and I used the extras for confetti (a little idea I found on the web somewhere).

So we played pirate games, painted our own pirate treasure boxes, ate popcorn from personalized pirate boxes and had pirate cake! Over all an awesome party. I hope these ideas will give another little one joy.

More coming…

With Christmas over I immediately had to hop into birthday mode. ¬†I’ve been creating again and hope to get the pictures up this week. ¬†Our theme was “Pirate Party,” using the Life is a Beach, Paper Doll Dress Up and Birthday Bash cartridges.

We’ve also been reading Little House in the Big Woods for homeschool and I’ve got a wonderful Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura and Baby Carrie with a few other goodies that I’ll be posting. ¬†Made entirely from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.

Just wanted to let everyone know what’s on the way since I haven’t posted in so long. ¬†Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.¬†