Hi guys, It has been a Cricut card showcase week!
Some of you may remember I recently replaced my older Cricut Expression machine for the new Cricut Explore Air machine. I thought it would be fun to spend all last weekend (as well as going out for dinner and drinks with the hubby), to make several cards to showcase the upcoming week. I knew if I could just get some consistent time in my craft room, I would be able to really get my teeth into Cricut playing 🙂
I used to struggle not getting clean cuts on my Expression machine and I wasn’t very adventurous back then either, so I felt my Cricut cards could turn out a bit bland. Im a little bit more experienced now and I have noticed that the more I use my creative brain, the better I get at taking risks and trying out new things for my cards. I think it helped utilizing Cricut cuts with embellishments from my stash and layering up the card with fun foam!
In my opinion, there are two really big improvements that Provocraft have made with the Cricut Explore Air…1: the use of pens and being able to write out sentiments, which you can see I have done on the Mother’s Day card and 2: The Cricut Design Space! For the cuts I took out the blade that came with the Cricut and replaced it with the Cricut German Carbide Premium Blade I think the carbide blade really helped with the cuts.
Seriously, it was really cool to use the gold pen and purchase a reusable Mother’s Day greeting with a fabulous font. It wrote it perfectly! Clean and pristine, just how I would like it 🙂 I can see more of this in my future, lol.
Lets talk Cricut Design Space…vastly improved and more user friendly in my humble opinion. I found the space was easily navigated, and I felt I picked up on it quickly. I like that if I found a cut and size of cut that really worked for an A2 card, then I was able to save it in a folder for easy reference. One continued frustration I have is envelopes. You can easily pick up an envelope design, but I would like to an option to automatically set the envelope size to A2, A6, A7 etc in Design Space. Even when I tried to make a couple of envelopes, it continued to be a tedious affair, which I soon gave up on. I may be missing something and not realizing an easy way for envelopes. I think Cricut are really missing out on a valuable feature here, and if I am missing a step please let me know in the comments below.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the Cricut showcase week…back to my first love now, stamping!
Bye for now