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post #106 of 226
Just to let you all know, even though the sale going on at JoAnn's right now is really good, you can buy a cricut expressions on ebay for the same $250 and it comes with 2 cartridges plus a mini spatula or tool kit. Plus you don't pay for shipping or taxes! I looked on Amazon, HSN, Overstock, different scrapbooking sites and ebay was by far the best deal!!! Also on cartridges, they sell on average for $25 and again, NO tax or shipping!!! icon_smile.gif That's were I got mine!!!
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post #107 of 226
Thanks rezzygirl!! Helps alot. One more question.....is there really any benefit to purchasing the Design Studio? I do already have several cartridges but will be nice not to have to spend $ on more cartridges with SCAL.

Thanks tmr too! I'll have to check into that!
post #108 of 226
I have a question the mat with the Cricut is sticky what do you do to it so your gum pasted dosen't stick to it or do you do anything to it

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post #109 of 226
Just to let everyone know...SCAL just released a new version for Windows. You should be looking for Version 2.0 now. If you haven't purchased SCAL yet, candacraft.com has the best price I've seen at $59.99. If you have already purchased it, you can go to craftedge.com and get the upgrade for $30 for a limited time. If you purchased yours after June 22, supposedly you can e-mail the folks at craftedge and get the update for free. (I just missed this by a week!)
This new version has a trace feature so that you won't necessarily need to use inkscape, and the new grouping feature will come in handy, too.
post #110 of 226
What model are you guys using? Personal size or Expression? If the smaller one is okay, I want to get that one, but I don't want to be sorry because it is to small.

I just ordered the DVD by Linda McClure, can't wait to figure this out.


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post #111 of 226
Sister340..I think it depends how big you want to make things.I bought the personal size as I just didn't want to spend the money on the Expressions at nearly $400.00 here in Canada..I bought mine on sale at Michael's for $129.00..The only difference I think is the expressions can cut up to 24 inch wide pieces and the personal cuts 12 inches.They both will do the same things with maybe a few extra features from the larger machine.

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post #112 of 226
For those of you saving your pennies, last year day after Thanksgiving, Wally World had the expression for $199. If not purchasing right away, keep an eye out for those black Friday sales!
post #113 of 226
Has anyone tried this with the Big Shot? I might try it!!!!!
post #114 of 226
I GOT A CRICUT TODAY!!!!! icon_lol.gif Sooo excited!

EXCEPT, I had to FIGHT to get it at Joanns!

I was an hour away from home today at a doctor's appointment and remembered that they had the sale at Joanns so I thought I'd go pick up the personal cricut because I think it's plenty big enough for me right now. We don't have a Joanns in my town, so this was my only shot. Anyhoo, I went shortly after they opened and didn't see any signs or anything that said they were on sale. icon_confused.gif So I asked an employee and she said no we only have the bigger one for $249 (which they didn't even have in the store as far as I could tell). Ummmm, what? So I went down the street to the store where my husband was and b****ed for a minute and went back to Joanns and asked for a manager. Manager said, I'm sorry we have to go by what they ring up, can't override, etc. We can't get on the internet to look, blah, blah, blah. So I left. Peeved. I called back a little later and asked for the district manager's number. The "manager" that I spoke with a little earlier said she couldn't give it to me!!! icon_mad.gif She said I had to speak with the manager first and she didn't get there until 1:00. So I said, "you mean earlier, when I asked to speak with the manager and you came to help, you're telling me you're not the manager?" She said nope...just a keyholder. Anyway, I call the store at about 10 after 1 and the manager wasn't there yet...apparently she runs late quite often. So, we were done with our errands and my doc appt. so we decided just to go to Joanns and wait it out. As soon as I walked in, the keyholder said that the manager told her to honor the 149.99 price. Showed her how to override it as a "competitors" price. So, what they should've just done at 9:30 am took until 1:30 pm to complete. It seems that the keyholder was probably new and truly didn't know what to do.

But, I got my Cricut. That's all that counts!!!!
post #115 of 226
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Originally Posted by Jenn2179

pressure = 2
speed = 4
deep cutting blade and housing = 4

I have been using fondant with tylose added. I place on mat and let sit for 5 minutes before cutting.

I couldn't get the pictures to upload in this post so here are the links to them.

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1419039

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1418422


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I have 2 questions:

How much tylose do you add to the fondant & how thin do you roll it out? I was wondering about using fondant
post #116 of 226
FYI- I just bought the deep housing & blade from ebay for $15.49, free shipping.
post #117 of 226
Okay, I think this has been asked, but I didn't see an answer. Forgive me if there is already an answer for this. I just got my cricut yesterday and played with it last night. Ended up frustrated. But I know I'll get it! Trial and error....that's all!

Anywhich, those of you using the cricut with gumpaste.....are you instructing people to take those decorations off before cutting. I know gumpaste dries rock solid so I was a little concerned about that.

Also, the blade has been cutting into my mat. Right now I'm just using the regular blade. I'll be getting the deep cutting blade hopefully this weekend to actually use it on gumpaste. I tried and it just moved it and tore. I figure it's because of the blade. Is that something that's just going to happen sometimes? I mean, the mats show up as "consumables" on the cricut website, so I'm assuming that they're just gonna get cut up and worn out and you'll have to get new ones.

Thanks!
post #118 of 226
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Originally Posted by jonahsmom

Okay, I think this has been asked, but I didn't see an answer. Forgive me if there is already an answer for this. I just got my cricut yesterday and played with it last night. Ended up frustrated. But I know I'll get it! Trial and error....that's all!

Anywhich, those of you using the cricut with gumpaste.....are you instructing people to take those decorations off before cutting. I know gumpaste dries rock solid so I was a little concerned about that.

Also, the blade has been cutting into my mat. Right now I'm just using the regular blade. I'll be getting the deep cutting blade hopefully this weekend to actually use it on gumpaste. I tried and it just moved it and tore. I figure it's because of the blade. Is that something that's just going to happen sometimes? I mean, the mats show up as "consumables" on the cricut website, so I'm assuming that they're just gonna get cut up and worn out and you'll have to get new ones.

Thanks!



Yes, the blade will scratch up your mat and at some future point you will need to replace it. The blades are sharp and the more pressure and depth you use will leave cuts and scratches. Depending on how much use the mat gets will determine how long the mat will last. That's why it is considered a consumable. It's too bad that Provocraft didn't design the mat to be a self-healing mat.

I highly suggest that anyone that wants to use the Cricut for cutting gumpaste visit the Cricut forums and read, read, read. There is a lot of info available there, and can answer alot of questions.

Now I know that this is going to sound strange, but I suggest that when you start cutting with your Cricut - try it with paper first so you can see the actual cutting and what the cuts will look like. Then use a prepared mat for fondant/gumpaste and compare them. Another thing would be to hold a flash light and shine it inside the Cricut when it is cutting fondant/gumpaste and look at how it is cutting. If you see it messing up, then push the stop button, unload the mat and remove the torn up portion, re-load the mat and reposition the cutting blade and try again with different settings to see if it changes the way the blade is cutting your design.

HTH's.
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post #119 of 226
Okay, that answers the question about the mat. Which common sense told me, but thought I'd check. And I've read all of the forums and searched for the answer to my other question, but I still would like to know how those of you who have successfully used the cricut for gumpaste go about cutting the cake.

Do you just let people know to take off the gumpaste decorations (like all those scrolls, etc on the sides of the cake). I know it's usual practice to tell them that whent there's other gumpaste decorations so common sense should lead me in the right direction with this question, too, but I just want to make sure my thinking is correct! icon_razz.gif It isn't always!! (Despite the fact that I would to think I'm 100% correct 100% of the time!) icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks again!!!
post #120 of 226
That's what I tell my customers. But I too wonder about cakes that are completely covered with a pattern like damask - they are basically gonna have to strip the cake of the decorations in order to cut and serve the cake? Wish someone had a video of cutting a cake covered with gumpaste decorations.
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