Advantage of Cutting Shapes with the Cricut Explore

Saturday, August 23, 20914

Good Morning everyone. Wishing you and yours a happy weekend.

In my last post I mentioned that I no longer used dies to cut my shapes for cards. Now I use my "Cricut Explore" and the "Cricut Design Space" to cut all of my shapes, such as hexagon, circles, ovals, and squares plus the mats for the shapes.

The "Cricut Explore" is different then the older  "Expression" or the "Expression2". With the "Explore" you do all of your work online. The software is free and from what I have experienced over the past 6 months, works beautifully.

"My Cricut Explore"
 
 
As you will notice, there is no keyboard or screen, that's because as I stated before the software for the "Explore" works and designs on the internet.
 
Here is what the opening screen for the software " Cricut Design Space" looks like.
 
 
"Opening Screen of Cricut Design Space"
 
 
 
 
The software that you use has quite a few advantages, such as;
 
    1.You are able to import SVG and DFX, JPG, GIF files into the program and cut them. There are  lots of these files on the internet for free.
 
    2. You are able to size your shapes to any size that will fit your card or scrapbook page, then cut you matching mat to leave what ever border you wish. i.e. 1/8", 1/4" or even 1/2"
 
    3. You can link all of your cartridges to your "Design Space" account.
   
    4. You can subscribe for $9.99 a month to use Circuits' image file. There are 25,000 images that you get to use. I do because it keep the cartridge cost in my wallet.
 
I have owned every machine that Provocraft has sold. Honestly this is the only one that I use on a daily basis. By being selective about the cartridges that you purchase, you eliminate the expense of the Spellbinder die.
 
Just as a side point, Provocraft has come out with a new blade for their machines, it is a "German Carbide Blade" that is really sharp and has a way longer cut life.
 
So all in all, I am very satisfied with the Cricut Explore and would highly recommend it.
 
One other point, the Explore has "Bluetooth" capability and works with my Apple Ipad.
 
Have a GREAT DAY!!!!
 
Bob L.
 

 



My Awakening

Tuesday, August 19 2014

It has been almost two years since I have posted to my blog. I have no excuse except pure laziness or motivation. Anyway, I have decided to get back with the program of being creative. It's not that I have not been creating  cards or other projects, it is just that I have not been posting them to this blog.

In fact I have been creating 10 to 12 new cards per week.

The company I was demonstrating for, "Close to My Heart" is a good company to demonstrate for, but I got burnt out. So, I would guess you could call me Company Free.

The card I have posted today is from a stamp set from the now defunct company "The Angel Company". A lot of the stamp sets are still available through a company call "Red Rubber Designs". The set used "Good Timber" is not one of the sets that is available.

But, anyway here is the card that I have to offer today.

 

"Happy Birthday"

 

 

The set used , as I said is called "Good Timber", that's where the tree came from sentiment is from a "Close to My Heart" set.
 
I cut the hexagon out on my Cricut Explore to use as a stencil. Now a days I use the Cricut Explore in "Cricut Design Space" instead of with punches or Spellbinder Dies. You ask why? Because I can get my mats exactly the size I need. I sponged the background using the stencil I made. The birds, were drawn in with a pen. The dots used to break up the white space was done using s dot stamp from "Judikins" It's an old stamp but very useful.
 
Well, that's all for today. I'll post again soon.
 
Have a GREAT DAY!!!!!
Bob L.
 
 


"Christmas Cardinal"

Wednesday, September 25, 2012

I have become intrigued with a new maker that I have seen advertised in some of the magazines. The markers are called "Spectrum Noir".  They are alcohol based markers that can be blended, and refilled.

These markers are comparatible to the now famos "Copic" markers.

I bought a couple of sets at my local "Joann's" for $14.99 a set of six. With a 50% off coupon that came to about $1.25 for each marker. Not a bad price!!!

I am quit impressed with the results that I was able to obtain with the markers, but I'll let you judge for your self.


"Christmas Cardinal"


The stamp set is from "Close to My Heart". The background paper is from "Joann's". And, the light green leaves where cut on my Cricut.

All in all I think that the Spectrum Noir markers are well worth the money especialy when using acoupon at Joann's. It gives you a good alternative to the pricey "Copic" markers.

If anyone else has had experience with these markers, let me hear from you.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.