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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Cricut

My Circut Mini

 You may remember me saying I got  Cricut Mini for Christmas!  This is my first experience...and it's a lot of fun! It's EASY. A Cricut is simply a "cutting machine." You have a certain amount of basic shapes and fonts that come with the machine and you can add more images and fonts by purchasing new cartridges.

 Have you ever seen on or used one? They are easy and fun!
 
The mini Cricut is connected to my computer and I "design" all my cuts on the computer screen. I simple pick from the images that appear on the bottom of my screen. Click on the image I want and move it to the area I want, enlarge it, etc. Easy. You can copy and paste, change the sizes, and save projects. Everything is cut on a sticky mat and then removed.

Vinyl:

Vinyl is great for doors, and walls. It peel right off and leaves no residue. I thought this was much better than the hand-written paper that reads, "GET OUT!"



My first thought was that vinyl would be hard.......NOPE. Cuts just like paper and Voila!! You have add transfer paper to the back. I have seen on blogs that people even use duck tape over the letter. This transfer paper keeps the words lined up and together.  You place on door..scratch off and your letters stay!

 I did this Vinyl wall quote took a few minutes!  I think it's a good message for the kids!

And one last vinyl project:

 So you can see I LOVE the vinyl! I am going to be changing this to No. 1234
with our address in white, I think.

Here's how to make T-shirt:

 So, of course I wanted to try T-shirt vinyl or heat transfer vinyl!! How cool. Here's a great site to buy some. You can buy it by the sheet. Great for trying out the first time! Oh, and they have glitter!!!!  http://www.expressionsvinyl.com/. Amazon has great prizes but you have to buy a lot. T-shirt vinyl has two layers. The actually vinyl for the T-shirt and a plastic heat transfer layer.


You start with the same steps:

 Design what you want on the computer, and cut. T-shirt vinyl comes with a special plastic already in place. Letters must be cut in REVERSE for T-shirts. Images, etc. can be cut right side up. You spell out the name and hit a button that reverses the letters. I could do it. So EASY.


 I designed a T-shirt for Lucie, a Crown and her name in glittery silver. The size of the crown I see on my computer screen is the exact size I'll have on her T-shirt. So I just picked the size I liked. This crown is found on the "Sophisticated" cartridge.
 I was amazed! Once your image is cut and the extra vinyl around it is peeled off...place on the T-shirt and iron right onto the shirt! The plastic doesn't melt!!

 Peel the plastic off and...voila!I was really impressed.

Letters must be cut in REVERSE for T-shirts. Because you want to cut the vinyl, not the plastic. The plastic must be placed face down.  Images, like my crown can be cut like normal. To reverse letters and words, simply spell out the name and hit the reverse arrow. I told you it was EASY.
Now her name, because she can never find it in The States spelled the French way!! Notice that I have peeled off all surrounding vinyl. If, Ironed it would all melt unto the shirt. Also, here you can see that the name was in reverse.
 I think this is our favorite project yet! It's so easy! I have seen many...many Cricuts on shopgoodwill.com. I recommend a Mini!
 I am in love with my Mini Cricut. I am going to make the most of and use it a lot!! Oh...I wish I didn't work!!

Bisous!
Karen

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Semi Homemade Mom

32 comments:

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. What a pretty idea, not to mention model too. ;)
    Okay, YOU HAVE A CRICUT?!? I am SO jealous. teehee Love what you've done here, Karen, and your header is as gorgeous as ever. It always surprises me when I click on your page.
    Thank you for stopping by the shop, and thank you for your kind words of encouragement.
    Love your page too.
    XOXO's

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    1. Awww..Thank you, Marcia!! I was so surprised when my I got this for Christmas from my husband and the kids. So far, I really like it. I am learning though. These projects are easy. It's the layering I need to learn next to have multicolored cut outs. I am not kidding though, I see them a lot on Shopgoodwill.com. If no one bids they can be cheap! You just have to watch out for shipping. They even ave local pick up. The mini is not too too expensive and does everything! I only have great things to say about you and all my blogging friends. We are just trying to enjoy ourselves and share what we do and love! Enjoy the rest of your week!
      Karen

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  2. Awww ... Lucie is such a cutie!!!
    I've never wished for a cricket but my daughter had been telling me how neat they were...and after seeing how you've used it with your computer, I think I'm going to have to look into it. You're an inspiration!
    Blessings!
    Geneva

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    1. Thanks, Geneva! You are so kind! You know, the mini is not too expensive and it does it all. I think the way you craft and with all your wonderful ideas you'd have a lot of fun with one!
      Karen

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  3. I love everything you did! I have the Cricut Expression and I consider it one of the best Christmas presents i ever got!!! i look forward to seeing what else you do with your Cricut.

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    1. Thanks you!! Aren't they fun? I need to get a bit better and start layering! ONce I cover every wall with some crazy quite I might start learning how to do that! LOL
      Karen

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  4. Sooo cute!! I love the sparkly crown. Glad you're having fun! Lynda

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    1. Thanks, Lynda! I am having fun with my toy!! I just wish I had more time!! Thanks for stopping by!!!
      Karen

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  5. Everything is so darn pretty!!
    Love all of it!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and your extremely kind words!! I really appreciate them!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  6. Wahhhhhh....I want one. :( Maybe soon!!!! LOVE YOUR IDEAS and work! YUM!

    xoRebecca

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  7. I have one I've never taken out of the box. Must get that out and have some fun with it. You made some darling items.

    Judy

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  8. Love the shirt and wall words! AWESOME gift!
    Warmly,
    deb

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  9. Oh that is great! I have always wanted a Cricut. Lucie looks adorable in her sweet custom made shirt!

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  10. Oh that is beautiful. I tried to cut the glitter stuff but I was having a lot of issues. My daughter also has her named spelled the french way rather than English I have the same problem (her name is Madeleine)

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  11. Oh, No. Maybe it was the product? I didn't have any problems with it. It was nice and thick so it didn’t cut through the plastic, etc. Maybe you'll try again! Madeleine would love a T-shirt! Thanks for visiting!!
    Karen

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  12. Lucie looks so cute! I know she'll love her new shirt. I've never heard much about these but you sure sold me. They look like fun! Now we all want one! heehee!

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  13. Oh neat! I didn't know that they made a mini version! I've always thought that would be so much fun! And I can see from all the cute things you've been making, that it is!
    Erica :)

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    1. Tanks, Erica! Yes, the mini just makes the cuts. It has to be connected to a home computer. I like it because I can "program" everything right on my computer screen and see exactly how it will come out on the mat. It's fun!! I am making a fundraiser poster for Lucie's school now! :)
      Karen

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  14. Found you on the I Gotta Create link up. I am so jealous. I want a cricut or silhouette machine. It would open up the world of crafting so much more. I love that you did glitter. I have a small obsession with glitter. The shirt looks awesome!

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  15. Oh I am envious of your cricut!! Look at all the fun you are having! Love the name on the door with those little swirls! The T-shirt is adorable, but the model is gorgeous! Tell Lucie I know just how she feels! Growing up I could never find anything with "Danni" on it!

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    1. Thanks, Danni. The letters on Lucie's door are from the "sophisticated" cartridge. The crown too. You would love a mini cricut! I read your comment to Lucie and she had a big smile!! Thanks, Danni!
      Karen

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  16. Wow, isn't that the most darling blouse for the most precious little princess! She sure seems to be enjoying this glam look!

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    1. Thanks! Lucie is a totaly girly-girl. She was very excited when I surprised her with the T-shirt at school! I am definitely having fun with my Mini Cricut!
      Karen

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  17. How fun! I have thought about getting one of those babies. Thanks so much for showing me your cute projects.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I have been enjoying my Mini Cricut! Once there is vinyl on every wall of every room, I might try my hand at paper boxes! :)
      Karen

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  18. Fab post Karen! I have yet to buy any of these type of machines. I never know what I would do with them. Your projects are fabulous! Now you have me thinking!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  19. I want a Cricut! Lucie looks so precious, what a cute project!
    xoxo,
    Dorothy

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  20. Your Lucie is so super cute. I really like the Cricut font you used for her name on the door.

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  21. I've had a small one as well for a hile but haven't tried it. Your success with it encourages me to try it! Love Lucie's shirt and room! Great projects.
    Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  22. Everything looks wonderful. I can't decide if I want a cricut or silhouette I keep watching but just can't decide...but I am missing out on all the fun. Dianntha

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  23. Love the shirt and wall words! I have thought of getting the Cricut. Thank you for stopping by to comment on my black and white table topper ;o) I love it.

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  24. Wow, what a great gadget! I love the wall words. Fantastic idea. Thanks for popping over to my blog. Take care. Chel x

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