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!

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!

Wagon
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.

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.¬†

Now that Christmas is over….

Now that Christmas is over what shall we come up with. ¬†Any ideas? ¬†Sometimes I have so many Ideas that I don’t know where to start. ¬†I made some wonderfully cute things for Christmas presents and totally forgot to take pictures. ¬†Just one of those things. ¬†Luckily it’s family so I’ll have to grab pictures the next time I see them. ¬†I didn’t get any Cricut stuff for Christmas though I have my eye on the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge. ¬†Perhaps that is where my money will go. ¬†I did get an awesome present that keeps me up to all hours though, Daylight! ¬†How did I get daylight for a gift, you ask? ¬†Well my wonderful parents and husband got together and gave me an Ott Lite. ¬†All I’ve got to say is awesome!!! ¬†I was actually surprised and didn’t even have a clue this year. ¬†As the years have been passing along it has been getting increasingly difficult to see at night. ¬†I even had to get glasses, ugh. ¬†So this Ott lite comes with a magnifying glass so when you’ve left your glasses clear across the room and don’t want to get up from crafting ya just grab it. ¬†I tell you everyone had a laugh when they saw me using it, but I could see! ¬†If you’ve been using a desk lamp trying to get colors right and to see at night you’ve gotta get one of these.

Something New!

I decided to make something new instead of digging through tons of photos in hopes of trying to find pictures of previous projects. ¬†This was definitely way more fun. ¬†So today I made a couple of really cute purses that are actually gift card holders. ¬†Though this shape card project can be found in other places ¬†I first saw the idea on UTube at LiveLoveandScrap so go check hers out too. I’ll give more details at the end for those of you who would like to make them.

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Theses two purses both come from the Paisley Cartridge and I used K&Company Carolyn Gavin specialty paper stack.
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The blue flower was cut 2 times on the button feature pg. 41

The blue flower was cut 2 times on the button feature pg. 41

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The yellow flower was cut with the button feature pg. 47

The yellow flower was cut with the button feature pg. 47

The cute gift card feature.

The cute gift card feature.

Now for a few of the little details:

Cricut Paisley Cartridge Purse2 pg. 54 cut at 4.94″ I added two to my gypsy mat and then flipped one and welded them at the top to create my card base.

I then cut the purse again with the the floral print and glued its edges only to the base leaving the top unglued to create the little pocket for the giftcard.

I cut the rest of the layer pieces to fit the purse.

The button in the middle is also from Paisley pg.30 cut at .58″. ¬†The blue flower is cut at 1.52″ and the yellow flower is 1.45″.

If you want to avoid seeing the cut lines hide them with your gypsy. ¬†I didn’t use the flower that went with the purse and I offset my flowers so you would have seen seen the cuts in the body of the purse.

I had fun creating this cute card and hope that you will too.

Hello world!

P1040045You ever create a project and look back at photos of it a year, week or sometimes even a few days later and wonder “Did I make that?” ¬†That happens to me alot. ¬†I think that when I get into the creating mode my alter ego emerges and there is a part of my conscious self that disappears. ¬† I don’t remember that I spent hours on my gypsy designing a project or that I had to go to Micheals to buy another piece of that fancy paper again because I didn’t quite get the measurements right. ¬†Or that I stayed up until 2am ¬†to complete a project and I could hardly stay awake for the celebration the next day. ¬†When I look at that project whether a photo or the real thing I look at it again with new eyes and go Wow! ¬†I can be creative and it becomes my inspiration again. ¬† That’s exactly how I feel about the Easter basket project I made for my daughter who turned 21 on Easter. ¬†I wanted to make sure that Easter didn’t over shadow this momentous event so I made sure that she got a awesome Easter basket. ¬†This is where I look in wonder and except for the cut files and photos to remind me of the adventure this was just one thing that led to another. ¬†So Hello World thank you for all of your inspiration and I hope to get crafty with you.