So, I got a Cricut cake in the Amazon Black Friday sales week. I got the MS version for $229 cos it was cheaper than the regular version, plus a whopping shipping charge for sending it to Spain
Anyhow, I was up til 3am last night doing a VERY intricate design for a cake for this morning (plus a less intricate design for another cake). I haven't uploaded a photo. But boy, am I impressed. I could never have cut out the design I used with a scalpel. Well, maybe I could have, but I would have got no sleep.
The reason I was up til 3am was because of connecting the Cricut to my Mac. I bought SCAL, Mac version. But there was NO WAY the Mac detected the Cricut connection via USB (tried 2 different cables and all the USB ports!). So, luckily my husband is a computer geekfreak - he installed a thing called Parallels on my Mac, then installed Windows, then installed the SCAL for Windows version, and then I could cut what I wanted. Nightmare. So, my warning is for those who use a Mac. It is NOT easy to get your Mac to recognise your Cricut, at all. At least in my (limited) experience.
Granted, I am still waiting to hear from the SCAL people to see if they can help, but last night I was in a rush and the only solution was the Windows thing. Hopefully they will come up with a suitable solution, otherwise they really shouldn't be selling a Mac version of there software for $60.
The tip I read on here about using 2oz gumpaste for the 12x12 mat was really helpful, I can't remember who posted it now. Also, freezing the gumpaste for 20 mins. If you just let it sit on the counter for 20 mins, it forms a kind of "skin" which just drags on the cuts.
I am so far impressed with the Cricut
Sorry this post got so long!