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Old 09-01-2011, 04:18 PM   #2241
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Okay my Cricut friends - I have a question that I hope you all can help me with. I love my scrapbooking and bought a cricut and love it! I am just starting to spend a lot of time making cards - I especially love making them with stamped images that I use pencils to color in.
I do still need labels and frames for my projects and am not sure if I should get a Big Shot or try to use the Cricut for them. Do any of the Cricut cartriges have a lot of different labels that I could use?
I'm very confused at this point and just want to be "smart" with my spending.
The Cricut Lite Cartridge Lacy Labels at WalMart is all labels and frames and so if the new Fancy Frames cartridge.
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You can also look at the elegant edges cart. I got it on sale for 29.99 at Joanne's a couple weeks ago. I love using it for both cards and my scrap books. Go to cricut.com and go to the info tab and then to the cricut library. You can see what is on all the cartridges there.
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I agree, Lacy Labels, and Elegant Edges are both great ones for card backgrounds, and ones like Paper Lace have designs that are good for a doily lace effect and the background to it can be used separately as well. A cartridge like Accent Essentials has some basic shapes you might find in the first go round of Spellbinders, but it also has some cuts of nice flourishes as well. So, it all depends on what you like to use on your cards.

Good luck in your decisions. You can find some good buys in the stores on also on ebay. I got great deals out there. Just Google your cartridge, and you'd be surprised!
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I agree, I buy most of my carts on Ebay! If you watch long enough and don't get impatient, I find most of my carts for $17.-$33. Of course, those aren't the newest carts that have just come out.
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I bought a Lacy Labels cart on Ebay last night. Cost me $30 which is on the high end of what I pay for one on Ebay but I know I'll be getting a lot of use out of it. Want to check out a few more that you gals talked about to. I also watched a few tutorials on this cart and love how they did the cuts for the cards - so I was sold. You guys are awesome - led me in the right direction and now I can work with my cricut while doing card making. Thanks a bunch... . . .
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Glad you like your purchase.

One of my more recent purchases that I really love, but costs a but more due to it's configuration, is the Close to my Heart cartridge, Art Philosophy. You get the cartridge which has at least 700 images consisting of an image, tags, cards, fonts, backgrounds, some flourishes, borders, boxes, and flowers. The versatility of this cartridge is absolutely amazing!!! The shapes for backgrounds is fantastic, there is every shape of card, and ones with with images as well... it's terrific. The cartridge also comes with 3 stamp sets that have images that coordinate with the cartridge, so it tells you what size to cut the shape out, then you can use the stamp to stamp your image! Since they are acrylic stamps, it's a breeze to get a perfect match. There are also 3 sheets of dimensional elements - different shapes - to match up and use with the cartridge and stamps as well. The retail value of all of this is around $125., but it sells for $99. through a Close to my Heart Consultant, which is a great deal..... so another one to consider.
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I just ordered the CTMH cart ~ it's almost too good to resist! I NEVER have parties but my friend and I had one together and each got ours at half price. They are only $50.00 if your party is over $450. We must have had a $900.00 party (I don't know the total) because we each got one for the lower price. What a deal! Did you know that their catalog has the images that are on the cart outlined in red so you can use them with the cricut? I'm new at this cricut thing but am thrilled with that package. Now I have to wait for the backorder to show up. Lots of people have the same idea that I have, I guess!
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I was really tempted by the deal on this that they had at the end of August, but just didn't want to spend that much money at one time. If they sold the cartridge on it's own, I probably would purchase it, but I just wasn't ready to spend the extra money on all the stamps and chipboard. I don't tend to use the chipboard that I already own and liked less than half of the stamps. My friend got it though, and she will let me use her cartridge, so that is almost as good as owning it myself.
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I want just the cart too I sure hope CTMH offers that!!

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I was really tempted by the deal on this that they had at the end of August, but just didn't want to spend that much money at one time. If they sold the cartridge on it's own, I probably would purchase it, but I just wasn't ready to spend the extra money on all the stamps and chipboard. I don't tend to use the chipboard that I already own and liked less than half of the stamps. My friend got it though, and she will let me use her cartridge, so that is almost as good as owning it myself.
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You might try Ebay for the cart itself - I think I saw it there without the stamps.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:32 PM   #2251
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is there anywhere a full image of whats in a catridge is available. sort of an encyclopedia of catridges. I couldn't find anything on the company website. and hopefully larger pics as I have trouble seeing whats on those little 2 inch pics of all the images.
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is there anywhere a full image of whats in a cartridge is available. sort of an encyclopedia of cartridges. I couldn't find anything on the company website. and hopefully larger pics as I have trouble seeing whats on those little 2 inch pics of all the images.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:50 PM   #2253
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If you go into the Cricut Craft Room, you can see all of the keypads and make them large to look at too.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:13 AM   #2254
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Is the cricut craft room open for everyone to use now?
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I've heard that it is and that it isn't. So I'm not sure. I think everyone can download the trial version and design or at least look at the cartridges though.
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I didn't realize there was a "cost" involved. Cricut sent me a survey about it, and I hadn't even looked for it yet LOL I then went and played with it, but since I don't have a home computer, I can't do anything with it anyway
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i went there after reading this this morning and have nothing but computer messes since so be careful.
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If I need to cut chip board into 6 X 6 squares, can I do that on the Cricut? If so how?

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there are squares on the george cart
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there are squares on the george cart
I was hoping that there was a way to cut the 12 x 12 sheet into 4 pieces.

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you can only cut up to a certain thickness of chipboard with a Cricut. Check the forum on their website for the thickness limit.
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I'm having a difficult time with my pressure and speed working with my paper. I'm using SU cardstock and using the Create a Critter cartridge. First, my paper is not sticking. I cleaned my mat, and even used the Slice repositional spray on it, and my paper is sliding after using the mat a few times. The blade is also tearing my paper when trying to do small cuts. I'm using med speed and med pressure. I tried using a low pressure and mulit cut, but the same thing happened. Do I need to really slow it down and do a high pressure? Maybe different paper that isn't so fiberous works better? The hippo tail and giraffe legs are my biggest challenges right now. I haven't tried the other animals yet because I'm frustrated. Any ideas? TIA
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It might partly be that your mat isn't sticky enough. Here's the method I came up with and works great: Making Cricut Mat Sticky Again!

I pretty much ONLY use Stampin Up cardstock! I keep my blade depth on 6, pressure Max, and speed high. For smaller for intricate cuts I slow it down to medium. How old is your blade? Do you cut a lot of glittery paper, which will dull your blade quicker? Also, I have to admit that I really thing that some cuts just can't be cut out really small.

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It might partly be that your mat isn't sticky enough. Here's the method I came up with and works great: Making Cricut Mat Sticky Again!

I pretty much ONLY use Stampin Up cardstock! I keep my blade depth on 6, pressure Max, and speed high. For smaller for intricate cuts I slow it down to medium. How old is your blade? Do you cut a lot of glittery paper, which will dull your blade quicker? Also, I have to admit that I really thing that some cuts just can't be cut out really small.

I hope that helps! Good Luck!
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Really? Wow, I was amazed to read that you only use SU! cardstock on your Cricut. All colors? Even the Whisper White? I find it so hard to believe because every time I try, the paper sticks to the mat (old or new) and just shreds when I try to pick it up from the mat.
I guess I need to figure out what the difference is!
Thanks so much. I am going to stay optimistic that I will be able to SU! CS too since I have so much!
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Thank you Laurie! I will try your method to make my mats sticky again. I have to admit I've never changed my blade since I've had my cricut, which has been a few years. I don't use the bug a lot, but the blade has never been changed. Yep, even have cut glittered paper in the past as well. I'm working on baby shower decorations so I want everything to look perfect. Ok, off to try again!
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Agree. It would be 10 times faster to just make 2 or 3 cuts on the chipboard rather than loading them in the cricut, doing multi cuts (since it's chipboard), etc.
I dont think my paper cutter will cut through chipboard. I need the cuts very straight because I am using them for cookbook covers. I think I will see if Office Depot will cut them in their copy center.

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I'm having a difficult time with my pressure and speed working with my paper. I'm using SU cardstock and using the Create a Critter cartridge. First, my paper is not sticking. I cleaned my mat, and even used the Slice repositional spray on it, and my paper is sliding after using the mat a few times. The blade is also tearing my paper when trying to do small cuts. I'm using med speed and med pressure. I tried using a low pressure and mulit cut, but the same thing happened. Do I need to really slow it down and do a high pressure? Maybe different paper that isn't so fiberous works better? The hippo tail and giraffe legs are my biggest challenges right now. I haven't tried the other animals yet because I'm frustrated. Any ideas? TIA

Don't give up on this cart -- it's about my favorite one. Try cutting some of the easier animals: the skunk, the frog, the turtle is a great one....and see what papers you have trouble with. The giraffe legs are skinny and mine do tear if the giraffe is too small. Other animals I have had trouble with are the monkey and it's tail, the lion and it's tail and legs, and yes, the hippos tail. But I have found if I make the animals a little larger, they cut better. I think if you try cutting the turtle (2 inches is a good start) with your 'regular' paper, you will see if it tears. If the needle is bad or the paper not the best thickness, the turtle will give you a heads up. I have used scrapbook paper from Dollar Tree and with the bigger cuts, they come out great. Don't get too frustrated with this cart and some of the cuts...with practice you will have a great time with Create-A-Critter !

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Don't give up on this cart -- it's about my favorite one. Try cutting some of the easier animals: the skunk, the frog, the turtle is a great one....and see what papers you have trouble with. The giraffe legs are skinny and mine do tear if the giraffe is too small. Other animals I have had trouble with are the monkey and it's tail, the lion and it's tail and legs, and yes, the hippos tail. But I have found if I make the animals a little larger, they cut better. I think if you try cutting the turtle (2 inches is a good start) with your 'regular' paper, you will see if it tears. If the needle is bad or the paper not the best thickness, the turtle will give you a heads up. I have used scrapbook paper from Dollar Tree and with the bigger cuts, they come out great. Don't get too frustrated with this cart and some of the cuts...with practice you will have a great time with Create-A-Critter !

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Ironically, the critters you mentioned having the biggest trouble with are the ones I need! lol We are doing a Noah's Ark theme baby shower and we are trying to make all the animals match. I increased the speed and pressure and it was much better. I make my mats sticky again and that was big help too! The giraffe, well, that one may not be worth the trouble. He's adorable but those legs are killing me!! I'll post a picture when I'm done. Thank you everyone for all your help!!
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I love my Cricut E, my original machine so much that I now have a Cake, Imagine, and Create (for travel). Yikes!

BTW, does anyone know what the difference is between the Expression 2 they are having on HSN soon versus the one they released earlier this year? The adverts I see for it make it sound like it is "new".
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BTW, does anyone know what the difference is between the Expression 2 they are having on HSN soon versus the one they released earlier this year? The adverts I see for it make it sound like it is "new".
It sounds like they removed two of the original cartridges and are enclosing two recent releases. And, sounds like they have also made it easier to move the blade around for cutting. I'm hoping that's an upgrade for the current E2.
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Does anyone know if the Create is still available in stores? All the "baby bugs" that I see in the stores are the "Personal Electronic Cutter" but don't have the extra buttons the Create does. I've found it on amazon, but was hoping to find it on sale somewhere.

As a side note - has anyone heard anything new about when the Cricut Mini is supposed to be out?
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I was watching HSN last week - nearly purchased the Imagine bundle they were offering. But each time I went to hit the submit key, I kept thinking about the limitations. Just another machine where I would have to rely on their art - pay top dollar for the art and not being able to really express myself - i.e., create my own paper designs. Was I wrong? It was a seemingly amazing deal - but again, only if you have the money to spend on the carts to get the art. Did anyone buy this? Can you make your own paper designs on it?
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To PinkGeek - I don't know when the Mini will be released, maybe around Thanksgiving, hard to tell. I always add 6 to 9 months for new machines, although I haven't bought a new machine since the Gypsy

To KatieMacScrap - From what you wrote, I would suggest you not purchase a Cricut product. It is a cartridge driven system, you are dependent on the released images. As for the Imagine, again, it's cartridge driven, the paper designs are cartridge driven, but I believe you can adjust the colors. There was a lot of RGB codes being discussed and shared after the Imagine was launched. I don't have this machine either.

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ok, so yesterday, I finally had time to get out my G. I connected it to my Cricut and NOTHING. Yes, there is power, and yes the G is updated etc.

What was missing or what was I doing wrong? My C acted like the G wasn't even there.

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