Friday, 30 May 2014

1st Birthday card for my great niece.

I cut the No 1 on the Explore and printed a Fizzy Moon bear for the front and back.

Friday, 23 May 2014

More Explore experiments - this time pens.

So I love the fact you can write with the Explore, adds just another dimension to the whole experience!

You get one pen, the Cricut silver pen in the box and it is fine, but I wanted to try different pens for different effect, particularly writing sentiments, so I did some research last night online and found Crayola fine line markers fit in the holder and Pilot V5 rollerball fine line pens do so I went out today and got these. The Crayola were a bargain at £2.32 in Hobbycraft for 10 colours and the Pilot were £9.19 in Staples for a pack of 3 colours, black, red and blue. These are the results.
Crayola Fine Line Marker

Pilot V5 rollerball
My favourite has to be the Pilot, the writing is so fine and perfect. The Crayola are good also but you have to be careful not to push the pen in too far or it marks the project on start up, hence the line at the top of mine! I measured the Cricut pen and put a mark on it and then marked the other pens at the same place so I know how far to go. The Pilot is remarkably like the Cricut pen and won't go any further anyway :)

I have also been told that Faber Castell PITT artist pens are good but couldn't find the right ones in Hobbycraft, you need the fine tip marked F on the cap but they have some lovely colours in these and the metallic ones are supposed to be gorgeous on black cardstock.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Another SVG cut on the Cricut Explore

Cut from an SVG file shared by Birds Cards it cut beautifully. #cricutexplore

It's here! My Cricut Explore!!!!

I had the date for the launch on C&C last Friday in my phone and after a couple of minutes pressed the purchase button! It arrived yesterday and I set to work immediately. I cut lots of vinyl to begin with, perfect and it is so quiet in use. Then imported some SVG's and cut those, love the way the software is so intuitive with the mats you will need and separating the layers, such a time saver. I then tried to cut a 1" butterfly and it cut ok but some of the finer parts just weren't perfect. I searched online and found Joy who is an amazing lady and she got back to me straight away with a solution which was uber simple and it worked, so I am a very happy bunny this morning :) It cut this filigree heart absolutely perfectly, just look at the negative bits on the mat too, easy to peel off and this has NEVER happened with any Cricut I have owned before and I had almost every one from the original through to the Expression, Imagine and the Cake!! I also had the Sizzix Eclips and sold that!

I also cut some tiny banners in which the letters were 1cm tall and they were perfect as you can see from the photos, it even cut the tiny teeny little holes in the tops of each banner flag which you can just about see from the photo:)

I love the mats for the Explore, the sticky is much better but it still peels off easily.

I tried the lettering using the pen supplied and it was amazing, this is a really cool feature :)

They have improved an awful lot of features on this machine and it certainly gets the thumbs up from me :) Time to sell all my dies and punches :) #cricutexplore

Thursday, 1 May 2014

I am now a Bzz Agent!

I joined Bzz Agent yesterday and look forward to trying out some freebies and reporting back so check back here for updates!