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Beadbakery
« on: May 24, 2008 09:12:36 AM »

My boyfriend is in the market for a new motorcycle and in order to sweeten the deal for me he has agreed that I should/need a Cricut machine (I'm pushing for the Expressions model)

Just wanted to know if anyone has had a nightmare with theirs or if everyone is totally in love??
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2008 08:05:44 PM »

i don't have a first-hand review, but my fella's mother has one (he would say: "oh, that printer-looking thing?  it has those funky little cartridge things, right?  she's ALWAYS using that!"  Tongue) and she loves it.  i don't know which model she has exactly, but i know she's never had a complaint, and i can at least testify that the scrapbooks she makes always look gorgeous.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008 02:00:05 PM »

I'd love to find out more about these machines too.  I found the best deal so far at Walmart.  I'm also wondering if people have any recommendations for cartridges.  Which ones are nice?

Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2008 02:11:35 PM »

i would say if he is getting a motor cycle, you should push for a pazzles machine (technically i have the wishblade, but from what i hear, the pazzles is more user friendly)

the cricut is awesome, and i am actually going to get one (just for the DIsney stuff) but after a while 30-60 for a cartridge everytime i wanna change fonts is ALOT more than the 450 my wishblade cost...
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2008 07:01:24 PM »

I have a cricut and I LOVE it....
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Beadbakery
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2008 08:51:19 PM »

Well i did get the Cricut expressions and I believe my crafting addiction has reached a whole new level!! I went to work 3 days in a row with bags under my eyes, my co-workers asked if I was ok, I said "I'm just tired up all night playing with my new cricut" They just don't understand the joy of a "paper cutting machine" (as one non-craft person referred to it as)

I did get it at Wal-mart b/c it was $100 cheaper then Michaels and i didn't want to buy it online in case something was to go wrong and I had to return it.  I live in Canada so Wal-mart and Michaels were my only opinions for getting my hands on a bug.

Now I'm trying to convince my BF that I need a cuttlebug to emboss with....did I mention I have a crafty-tool problem??
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2008 06:49:28 PM »

I got one when a new software program came out that allowed me to use all the fonts and dingbats on my computer. I have a mac and that's always been a problem with the digital diecut machines. Anyway, there's a program called Sure Cuts a Lot that lets you use what you've already got. No buying cartidges. I make lots of files to cut on it too. It's a great machine.
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2008 09:08:58 AM »

I love my cricut!  The BEST place for cheap carts is EBay!  I have gotten a few for $30 each.  MY favorite is the Bags, Tag & More.  I also got Doodle Charms but haven't really gotten to play around with that one.  I really wanted the zoo one with all the animals, but that one is HARD to get!
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autumnbreezes
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2009 10:28:10 AM »

Put me on the list of those who love their Cricut.  At first I bought a lot of cartridges but then I went to my local scrapbooking store and found out that they rent out the cartridges.  No more having to buy carts for me.   Grin

Now I can't imagine cardmaking or scrapbooking without my cricut. 
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Buckleigh
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2009 09:27:13 AM »

LOVE LOVE LOVE our Cricut, but dude, how awesome that you can RENT catridges!!! 
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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2009 09:31:03 PM »

personally, cricut is my best friend when it comes to scrapbooking! there are sooooo many things you can do with it. it's great for more than just scrapbooking too.
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mitochondria
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2009 01:58:01 PM »

Where can you rent cartridges?!?
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lucybug33
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2009 03:51:55 PM »

I so want one! I was drooling  Shocked when HSN was offering theirs with 3 or 4 cartridges and MARKERS!!!! for $350! and free shipping! Too bad I'm flat broke. Maybe for my birthday in a few months...... Although in the states they've been running info-mercials to try it for 30 days for $33....hmmmm
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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2009 06:27:46 PM »

OOOO
I was just messing about on my Facebook and saw an ad for this-
http://cheapcricutcartridges.com/
they are selling 4 cartridges for $99. Together as a package! I gather that's a good price?
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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2009 09:11:51 PM »

Love, love, LOVE the Cricut machine!!! Didn't know you can rent cartridges. Fabulous!!!
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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2009 11:20:24 AM »

I just got a Cricut today for my birthday and so far, I love it!!
I'm wondering if anyone knows a good place to get the cartridges for cheap. I live in Canada, and I don't think we have any stores that would rent the cartridges. I was looking at the site ohmycrafts.com, but I haven't had any experience with it yet.
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lylacfey
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2009 06:01:42 AM »

I hope that it is ok (not breaking Craftster rules) to say this.  If it isn't just delete the post.

Oh My Crafts is sketchy for buying items.  If you go over to the Cricut forum you will see a lot of heartache (especially with the Canadian girls) with that store. 

I have never ordered from them because of the bad reviews. 

I think CreativeXpress.com will ship to Canada.  They always have carts on sale cheap.  I did check and they do have International shipping.  I can recommend them.  Never had a bad experience.  I order from them a lot with large orders over $100.

I love Hallmark Scrapbook www.hallmarkscrapbook.com.  I can recommend them also.  I know they ship to Europe & Australia.  They might ship to Canada. 

If you go to the Cricut forums some of the Canadian girls do have lists for stores.  It is an active board so if you ask the answers will be quick.  SplitCoastStamper Cricut users have a lot of stores they love too.



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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2009 10:37:13 AM »

Ahhh, if only I had seen this post earlier...I put in an order this morning for two cartridges at ohmycrafts. I am so worried now, I will be checking the mail every single day until they come. Thanks for the advice! I'll let you know how it goes.
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lylacfey
« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2009 05:01:51 AM »

I will cross my fingers for you.  I hope your one of the girls who gets the carts sent the next day. They really do have great prices but I know they are raising them next month. 
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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2009 05:33:03 PM »

www.customcrops.com has been recommended to me.  I haven't order anything from them but their prices are always good.

I would recommend the cricut site as well, they have a very active forum with lots of tips!
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landofoz
« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2009 07:43:56 PM »

I purchased the paper doll cart from ohmycrafts (they have a HUGE ebay business under the same name, FYI) and I got my cart in under a week.  Works well and I have no complaints. 

I love my cricut!!  I have the small one (personal) and it's wonderful.  The paper doll cart is so much fun and has tons of extras on it.  For instance, I bought it because it has dinosaurs on it that I used for my daughter's birthday invites.  It also has tons of castles, pirate ships, halloween costumes, etc.  It is awesome.  I just picked up a couple carts at Hobby Lobby (2 for 89.99--not too bad) my favorite is Stretch the Imagination.  You can make some very cool cards with this cart!!  I also have Storybook which has those awesome swirly doo-dads that are popular now.  I love swirly thingies and letters, so this is a perfect cart for me.

I hope that you get one and that you love it!!
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lylacfey
« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2009 06:26:27 PM »

When people always ask me what cartridge is a must have for the Cricut I always recommend Paper Dolls because it so versatile.  Even if you are not into paper dolls that cartridge is it for all the extras.  It has a freaking volcano, lol.  How cool is that? 

I love Stretch Your Imagination & Storybook.

I bought Tinkerbell & Friends this weekend.  I love it one of the cutest cartridges ever.  The flowers & butterflies are adorable. 
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« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2009 07:17:50 PM »

I just got my cricut last week, but I will say that I am already in love with it. I also got SCAL and inkscape the day I got my cricut, which I think has improved my overall satisfaction with it. I will say that being able to design my own things to cut is way more fun than just cutting from my carts. I have George which came with it and Accent Essentials.
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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2009 05:57:13 AM »

I absolutely adore SCAL.  I use it all the time when I want to design something.  I am a cart addict too.  It's very sad, lol.  I am one of the girls on the Cricut board when the question gets asked how many carts do you own?  Your reading through it and they are naming these crazy high numbers.  You think there is no way they own that many.  Yes, they do, I know my count is on those posts, lol.

I love mixing SCAL with my cartridges.  It is so much fun. I am a die cut junkie. Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2009 01:55:03 PM »

I love my Cricut Expression. It's so easy to use. I've done two rooms  with vinyl wall art using it. I've got SCAL, which I'm okay with. I suck at Inkscape. I wish it was Photoshop compatible. SCAL crashes every now and then. It's like it gets hung up and I have to close everything and restart it.

Other than the huge learning curve for Inkscape, I'm really in love with all the possibilities!
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« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2009 02:49:32 AM »

WitchCrafty- You can use Adobe just save it as an SVG.  I think that is what we are supposed to do if I can remember right from the SCAL Yahoo Group.  It should import fine (crossing fingers).  Yes, SCAL does crash a lot on some computers.  I am one of them. I save every ten seconds now, lol. 

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« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2010 08:57:42 AM »

I have a cricut expression and I absolutely love it!! I use it all the time to make scrapbook pages and cards and anything out of paper. If he is gonna sweeten the deal, definitely get the expression! As for cartridges, I don't have that many but the ones I do have I LOVE! i use them all the time. My recommendations for font cartridges (which will cut letters and some basic shapes) are Alphalicious, Storybook, and Hello Kitty.

Alphalicious is very versatile and can be used for almost any type of page. It was the first cartridge I bought after I got the expression and I used it for quite some time before I bought another.Storybook has kind of fancy letters but i use it all the time regardless. Hello Kitty font really has nothing to do with Hello Kitty, just different types of really nice letter designs. It has a few hello kitty designs as well if you like her and want to cut some out for your scrapbook.


I also got Accent essentials and Plantin School Book with the cricut machine when I got it last year. All cricut expression packages come with those two cartridges I believe, and they are also good cartridges. I love accent essentials, it has a lot of fun graphics you can cut out and use. Plantin School Book is like a times new roman font. I use it on the "tall" setting and it's cute as well.

Hope this helps with cartridge stuff.
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« Reply #27 on: April 27, 2010 11:56:31 AM »

I want one but, I am worried that I am not going to use it Sad   I tend to do that a lot! LOL   
Now, Before I get one I am definitely going to look more into the Sure Cuts a Lot software.  It sounds amazing!!!
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lylacfey
« Reply #28 on: April 27, 2010 10:58:51 PM »

I know I posted a lot on this thread. I still stand behind every thing I said. The more advance I have gotten with die cutter's the more I find the Cricut to be limiting. Now, this is just me. Cricut is releasing five new cutter's in the next two years. So, I have a feeling some of these cutter's are going to be extremely advanced. Then I will think of upgrading if it "Wows!" me. Right now I am really happy using my BossKut Gazelle and my Cricut Create. I scaled way back. Right now the die cutting industry is really vying for customers. You can get excellent deals on the Cricut. Pazzles is running a great deal right now $100 for a Pazzle and then spend $20-$40 for two years of their gallery and special forum.

I can't rave enough about the Gazelle. Also if you look on Ebay you can find great knock-off cutter's with higher grams of pressure for around $400 that cut at 56 inches in width. These actually use the Cricut "Roland" blades.

Die cutting is now like buying a sewing machine. Get what is perfect for you. Any questions don't be afraid to ask. You can even PM me.
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