Cricut-Sssoooo Much Fun !!!

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CakeMommyTX Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 10:10pm
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And I have'nt even cut anything (aside from my few test runs)
I've spent all day making svg files for the Cricut, however I don't have the usb cable to hook up my Cricut yet to try them out.
So I don't know if the gumpaste will be to thin for the booties and high heels (3-D)
I figured it would be so much easier to load the templates into the Cricut and cut them out when ever I needed them.
I also made a lace and grass border.
Everywhere I look I see svg file potential!!
I can't wait to get my cord tonight so I can start cutting!
So far I've had luck with some mmf with the tiniest bit of tylose added.
I even ran some through the pasta machine and textured it before I cut it, super cool !
My next project is zebra stripes, how cool would it be to not have to hand cut those things, the last cake I did took me about 2 hrs to hand cut and apply, time is money baby!
If anyone wants the files just let me know, I'm assuming I can just send them as an attachment in an email right?

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msulli10 Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 10:17pm
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Which machine do you have? I have the Personal Cricut. Can I hook that up to my computer as well???

Postal_Cakemaker Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 10:18pm
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I said that I would never get one but your post is pushing me in that direction!! What model do you have??

I saw one for under $200 and was wondering if it's the one everyone else is talking about?

Time is money and it's all about being more efficient!!

CakeMommyTX Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 10:18pm
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I have the Personal also, if you get Make the Cut or SCAL then you can hook it up to your computer and cut svg files and you won't need to buy cartridges.

Galler Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 10:31pm
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CakeMommyTX Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 10:40pm
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The personal only cuts on a 6X12 mat so if you want to do long borders (like the lace) then you will have to join pieces, but hopefully I made them so they join up correctly and you can't really see the seam.
I'm working on a paisley set right now with different sizes and what not.
Basically I'm just making stuff that I had difficulty with or was very time consuming doing by hand.

ptanyer Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 10:40pm
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It is addictive, isn't it icon_biggrin.gif I remember when I first found out about it and I was cutting things from all the cricut carts I already had.

I am attaching a photo of an image I cut for another CCer to use on a groom's cake. This cut out was 11" x 11" and took some work I can tell you icon_smile.gif The white squares are from my scrapbooking and I used them to hold the pieces in place for shipping. I actually made several of them, shipped them and not one of them broke - the 2nd time, that isicon_smile.gif

Don't forget to share your photos with us! I would love to have your files! Thanks so much in advance! Happy cutting!!!

CakeMommyTX Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 10:44pm
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How do I share the files?
Do I just email them?
I have a bunch I've found online as well, and some dingbats and fonts, I'd hate to keep them all to myself they are all really cool.

ptanyer Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 10:49pm
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I think email is probably the best method and attach the files to it. You can do a mass email and send it out to lots of people at one time.

CakeMommyTX Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 11:01pm
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To make the svg file I used Inkscape, here is the youtube tutorial I followed-

Basically I've been searching for patterns and stencils that I like/need, if they need edited I use Paint just because I am more familiar with it and I'm faster with it.
Then I paste it into Inkscape, trace the bitmap, delete the orginal and save as a svg.
So far nothing too involved.
I have't figured out layered images yet but I have'nt really tried.
I still need to test them on the Crucut, if they work and cut fine then I'll put them all in a zip file and send them out.

msulli10 Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 11:13pm
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So you download the programs Make the Cut or SCAL and then you can save SVG files and send them to your Cricut?

cs_confections Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 11:18pm
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May needs to hurry up icon_cry.gif I want mine now!!! Hope the time flies!

Thank you CakeMommyTX for sharing this with us!

CakeMommyTX Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 11:24pm
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Yes msulli10, so far it really is that easy, I'm waiting for the hard part but it has'nt come yet?
I just did a wheel for a car ot truck, I always have trouble getting those round, straight and even now I have a perfect one as long as it cuts okay.

-Tubbs Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 11:29pm
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Sorry, I know this has probably been covered somewhere else, but if I search Cricut a bazillion posts come up... Hoping for some help, please.

I would like to buy one, but REALLY don't want to have to buy a whole load of cartridges, so the SCAL thing sounds right up my alley. Can you please enlighten me on the process...? I buy the machine (any model, right?), hook it up to my PC (USB cable?), purchase the SCAL software (or no?) and start to download these files that you mentioned...?

I am mostly interested in shapes such as paisley, damask etc, also I have a zebra cake coming up and would love to justify a new toy(!!), but these things are SO expensive in Canada -- $400 for the basic (non-cake) Expression, around $100 for each cartridge -- it's impossible to rationalize. If I can buy the Create, plus the deep cut blade, then use this downloadable software, I'd feel a lot better about it.

Thanks for enlightening me in any way! icon_smile.gif

ayerim979 Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 11:34pm
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OMG !!!

Well I just got mines delivered today (personal one) I cant wait to test it out. But I soooo............. know my husband is gonna give me crap about purchasing SCAL. Because I just alos bought the deep cut blade, and my Gumpaste tools. So hes gonna be like so, what have you boughten me or the kids lol !!!!

xmstazx Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 11:37pm
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I just got mine tonight!!!!! I have a cable but not the SCAL or any other software. I need the software now icon_sad.gif

jleigh982 Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 11:47pm
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Originally Posted by Galler

Just bought the personal one today at Joann's it was on sale for $85.00
I can't wait till the kids go to bed so I can try it out!

wait am I correct in assuming that you can use a regular cricut machine and dont have to buy one of the "cake cricuts" that are due to be released in april/may!?!?! If anyone has tried doing fondant/gumpaste cutouts with a regular or personal machine PLEASE let me know. if it works, i'd rather do THAT and get one from joanns for $85 then wait and pay $400 or whatever to get a machine that basically does the same thing...

xmstazx Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 11:49pm
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Everyone has been using the regular cricut for fondant. There are TONS of threads on here about it.

CakeMommyTX Posted 2 Mar 2010 , 11:50pm
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I bought the Personal Cricut for 112$ on ebay, it cuts on a 6X12" mat, so it is smaller but I'm thinking it will do just fine for me.
I have decided on the Make The Cut software instead of SCAL but that's a personal choice, whichever you feel more comfortable using.
I have not bought a single cartridge and most likely won't that's what the MTC or SCAL software is for, it basically lets you cut anything that you can convert to a svg file.
I already have a paisley svg file and I'm pretty sure I have some damask dingbats ,I'm trying to find the perfect zebra stripes to convert.
You can get the Create, it cuts on a 6X12 as well, it's the one I tried to get but missed the sale at BigLots so I stalked ebay until I got the Personal.
So far I think I will really use it.

luv2c_cultures Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 12:12am
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Oh I would love to have the SVG files if you decide on sharing them! icon_smile.gif I still have to learn to use my Cricut and get SCAL or another similar program and the deep cut blade and then I can get cooking.

blueman Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 12:33am
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can someone enlighten me on using the Cricut? I have the Cricut create but I thought I could only cut paper. Are you actually cutting fondant with the cricut?

JustToEatCake Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 12:46am
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Originally Posted by blueman

can someone enlighten me on using the Cricut? I have the Cricut create but I thought I could only cut paper. Are you actually cutting fondant with the cricut?

Do a search, you CAN cut fondant with the cricut create. I have one but haven't tried it yet. There is a CC'er who will share their fondant/tylose recipe if you sign up for their newsletter/blog. Perhaps someone will post the link to them.

Per the PP I am going with Make the Cut after all the research I did also. Seems a bit easier.

tiggy2 Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 12:59am
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I have make the cut software and it seems easier to use then SCAL from what I've read. My DH told me today to go ahead and order the Cricut cake so I 'm going to try and sell my expression that I've only used once.

CakeMommyTX Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 1:01am
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Heres what I know so far. I hope I answer some if not most of the questions anyone has.

1. Any Cricut Cutter should work including the Create,Personal and Expression

2. You can cut with the regular blade but it will be easier with the deep cut blade and housing, it is made to cut thicker materials such as chipboard and magnetic sheets, so it is perfect for gumpaste/fondant

3.With the purchase of the MTC (Make the Cut) or SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) software you shouldnt have to buy cartridges unless you want to.

4.Inkscape is a free downloadable program for converting jpegs,bitmaps and image files into svg. Once they are converted you may use them on either the MTC or SCAL software. Search Youtube for tutorials, you can pause the video at each step and work in Inkscape at the same time.

5.Since everyone uses slightly different recipes for fondant/gumpaste and humidity and all that fun stuff can affect it you will need to play with the drying time, cutting speed, pressure and blade depth.

6. MMF with sprinkle of tylose (didnt want it to dry to hard)
Dry Time-10

7.Some images will need to be edited in paint before pasted into Inkscape, I have found that if you want the entire image cut and not the outline then black the entire image out in paint first and then paste in Inkscape. For example when I did the svg for baby booties and loaded it into MTC it saw the outline as the shape instead of the whole pattern. So I pasted it into paint, filled it in with black and then redid it in Inkscape, this way it will cut it out just as if you were cutting it yourself.

8. The more detailed the design the slower you may want to cut it.

9.When choosing and image to cut make sure it has closed lines. I like to use stencils as they have nice clean lines to start with and if there are any open lines I just draw/connect them in paint.

10. you will need 1 cartridge,however mine came with one.

sgraff Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 1:07am
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Keep in mind that you will need 1 cartridge for the Cricut to cut. It won't cut without a cartridge inserted.

xmstazx Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 1:08am
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which software has more SVG files that come standard. Also which one has more fonts? Just wondering since they are both the same price. Thanks.

sugarbuddy Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 1:08am
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FYI - I just returned from the CT Cake Competition where the Cricuit people were demonstrating a new Cricuit machine just for cakes. It will become available around the first of April at AC Moore's. It is food safe & made of stainless vs. rubber. The cost will be $399.

CakeMommyTX Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 1:18am
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For all those requesting the svg files, I will send them out as soon as I test them out, I have'nt cut them yet and they may need some tweaking before they are ready.
I'm aslo going to find away to post them so anyone can download them whenever they want.

cs_confections Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 1:19am
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sugarbuddy, they have it discount at cutncrop and with the code "cake", it brings the cost down to $306, shipping included, with the ship date at the beginning of May. Someone else posted this code is good through the end of March.

tiggy2 Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 1:19am
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The software allows you to use any fonts you have on your computer or can download. Make the cut has SVG files you can download but I don't know about SCAL.

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