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!


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.

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.

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!


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. 😒I 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!