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post #151 of 226
sorry to be stupid here...

So I need to buy the machine to cut (cricut) and the SCAL is a software that can be used on the machine so I don't have to buy all the cartridges and download (upload) my own images plus a lot more??? Right??

I am really sorry if this is a stupid question.... I am so computer challenged.
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post #152 of 226
All that buying of extra 'stuff' to be able to use all the stuff you already own? That is why I chose the the Silhouette SD over any of the Cricuts..... no extra software to have to buy to use what I already have! Anybody else using/considering the Silhouette?
post #153 of 226
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Originally Posted by bisbqueenb

All that buying of extra 'stuff' to be able to use all the stuff you already own? That is why I chose the the Silhouette SD over any of the Cricuts..... no extra software to have to buy to use what I already have! Anybody else using/considering the Silhouette?

Please tell us a little more about the Silhouette...where can we buy it? price range?? ok, thank you !!!
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post #154 of 226
@ Rosie2 I have the personal and so far it's been great for what I have envisioned. But saying that I can already see that eventually the expression is the one I'd want, but for now this is good for my needs.


@mcdonald, yes you need the cricut machine, but instead of buying cartridges at $80+ a pop for $70 (approx) you can buy the software Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) and hook up your cricut via a USB cable to the PC to make your own files to cut.
post #155 of 226
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Originally Posted by bisbqueenb

All that buying of extra 'stuff' to be able to use all the stuff you already own? That is why I chose the the Silhouette SD over any of the Cricuts..... no extra software to have to buy to use what I already have! Anybody else using/considering the Silhouette?

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Please clarify what you mean by "all that buying of extra 'stuff" to be able to use all the stuff you already own"; I'm also interested in the Sihouette SD; please enlighten us. Thanks.

Bev
post #156 of 226
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Thank you for putting updates girls, I am practically 'flying' icon_biggrin.gif to Joannes today, after work, to purchase my Cricut icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
Dutchy, can you please tell me which Cricut do you have?? I am buying the small one that says Cricut Personal Cutter. I really hope I can cut small letters since I like to make cookies and I want to be able to put messages on them...I hope! icon_smile.gif



If you figure out how to cut really tiny letters (like 1/2") without the inside tearing all to pieces, please let me know. Another CCer that does cookies was trying to do the same thing for her cookies and we both tried and tried and nothing worked. So please let us know if you get it to work!
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post #157 of 226
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Thank you for putting updates girls, I am practically 'flying' icon_biggrin.gif to Joannes today, after work, to purchase my Cricut icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
Dutchy, can you please tell me which Cricut do you have?? I am buying the small one that says Cricut Personal Cutter. I really hope I can cut small letters since I like to make cookies and I want to be able to put messages on them...I hope! icon_smile.gif



If you figure out how to cut really tiny letters (like 1/2") without the inside tearing all to pieces, please let me know. Another CCer that does cookies was trying to do the same thing for her cookies and we both tried and tried and nothing worked. So please let us know if you get it to work!

Certainly! if I figure out how to cut small letters I will certainly let you know...although, I'm having my doubts about buying the Cricut now since I read the message about The Silhoutte....icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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post #158 of 226
I am considering the Silhouette also. Just trying to read everything I can about both machines and then will make a choice. Please tell me what you feel the advantages of the Silhouette are (other than no cartridges to buy). Have you used it for gumpaste?
post #159 of 226
I've had my Silhouette SD for a while now, and have had fun learning how to use these digital cutters! I had never even seen one used [ like for scrapbooking that I do not do ] before learning about the possibility of using one for cake decorating right here on CC. I started looking at the various options, and for me not having to buy cartridges or special programs to use what I already had was the only way to go. I have use programs like Paint Shop Pro and several other graphic design programs for YEARS and can 'cut&paste' and 'photoshop' all kinds of graphics to make them something I can use both on paper and for my cake designs using my airbrush. [ I often print out graphics and use the overhead projector or cut a stencil for the airbrush design ] I've been 'collecting' graphics and fonts for years as well so I do have a lot to choose. So the thought of having to get cartridges with graphics or fonts just didn't interest me, and having to purchase another program to do what I can already do.....well you get the idea. That is when I decided on the Silhouette where I can import jpg's, use my own fonts...what ever!

I DL the program from the Silouette site that comes with the machine even before I got one, so I could actually try it out with my 'stuff' and be sure that what I thought would work really would....and it did. So when the machine finally got to my door, I was ready to plug it in and go! I was able to cut my first gumpaste design the day my machine arrived, and after a few practice/learning tries, I had excellent results. The biggest 'challange' was getting the settings just right, as no one had posted them for the Silhouette just the Cricut.

Pricing: I have no place where I can go and buy ANYTHING here in the boonies, so Ebay was my to go place to shop. I watched the listings for several days for both the Cricuts and the Silhouettes as well as the recommended add on program everyone was considering just to get a sense of how the bidding was going. Then I set my personal price point that I was willing to spend and started to bid. Amazingly I saw people get caught up in the bidding and actually bid MORE on some machines than other vendors were offering as a Buy it now option! Unbelievable! So it took me a week or more to buy at my price which I set considering the retail price of the Silhouette vs the Cricut, the taxes if purchased locally, the shipping if any, additional programs that would/could be purchased etc. My final price came in at $145 which was less than 1/2 the retail, and included a $25 design download card form the Silhouette site. So that is still less than the $99 special for Cricut at Michael's and the recommended program! Not to mention cartridges if needed.

So that is my Silhouette story...and I'm sticking to it! heheheh Yes, I am happy with my purchase, delighted that I can use so many of the graphics on my computer and the ease of use of the program ROBO Master that comes with the machine. This is the program that I DL BEFORE my final decision on which machine to buy and can be found @http://www.silhouettemachine.com/software.aspx if any of you would like to test it out before making any decisions.

Any regrets? YES...I need more cakes to make to use all the design ideas in my head!
Obviously I can't use it on everything so will be collecting ideas and waiting for the best opportunity to use them to present itself!
post #160 of 226
Thanks so much bisbqueenb for your input on the Silhouette; can you share how you got the settings just right, or is that a variable? Also, I contacted Linda McClure at www.deseretdesigns.com inquiring as to whether the Silhouette could be used along with her DVD and she didn't know for sure as she only uses the Cricut. Do you have Linda McClure's DVD, are the instructions compatable with the Silhouette and is the DVD worth it? Sorry about all the questions, but "inquiring minds what to know" before making the investment. Thanks again.

Bev
post #161 of 226
Bisbqueenb, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! you're tha' best thumbs_up.gif
I'm bidding for a Silhoutte in Ebay as we speak icon_biggrin.gif
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post #162 of 226
I do not have or currently plan to get Linda's DVD. I did some 'test' cuts with the Silhouette to get the best settings, slow and light cut... and fairly thin gumpaste/fondant. I started with a small piece of paste on the carrier [ I actually used acetate sheets cut from a file folder from Walmart rather than the 'expensive' carrier that cake with the machine] used a light smear of Crisco to hold it and used a small design to run thru to see how it cut and adjusted each time as I saw results. I did let the rolled out paste sit and dry for 5-20 min. before cutting and found the softer the paste the longer the wait! Then when I got a good setting I created a Gumpaste setting in the program so it remembers for me!
post #163 of 226
PTanyer I tried today to get some small lettering, I tried my design on paper 1st it was great, but the gumpaste didn't hold up so good. Some letters were ok others were all bunched up. I'm not sure if they would have worked if my gumpaste had been a little thicker. I ended up using my small cutters for the lettering on my cake.

I did however get the shamrock cut out on my cricut

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post #164 of 226
The shamrock is a really nice clean cut! Word to the wise: thicker is worse when it comes to fine details like small letters, etc. You have to get it really thin to cut smaller letters to work. But really small - like 1/2" just aren't working for me. Like you, I tested on paper first and it works great. But not with gumpaste. Maybe eventually we will figure out how to do it. Right now all trial and error (with a little frustration thrown in for good measure...lol).
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post #165 of 226
ah ok mine was wafer thin today and about 1/2" in height. Defiantly all trial and error, but getting there icon_smile.gif

Thanks I'm really happy the way the Shamrock turned out. I had some good success with fonts the other day, got some great cuts, but they were all bigger.

We'll get there one day and all become masters at this icon_smile.gif
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