Exploring Print Then Cut~

If you’re like me and many other Cricut Explore owners you’ve probably been doing a bit of exploring with your machine’s new print then cut feature.

Seriously, I have been printing then cutting everything in sight.

I started simple with the three bears~

Print-Bears

Cute, right?

And yes, I need dimension.

I have to layer and use pop dots!!

With my bears looking so good I decided I was ready to make flair buttons with all those adorable Cricut images from my favorite cartridges like Create A Critter and Teddy Bear Parade.

My first two attempts~

Print-Flair-Cricut

These weren’t so good.

I originally calibrated my Explore with the kids’ new Canon Pixma printer.

Needless to say I think I loaded my paper incorrectly leading to the buttons looking “off” color.

So I switched back to my Epson R2000 printer, and still I wasn’t very happy with the print quality.

The images look blurry.

The Epson buttons are on the left and the Cannon on the right.

To show you exactly what I mean I have buttons printed with my Epson using Lettering Delight images and the Silhouette Studio software.

Print-Flair

Do you see a difference? I do.

A close-up~

Print-Flair-w-Sil

However, I understand that the Cricut images weren’t originally made for this purpose where many of the Lettering Delight images were.

Especially the Lettering Delights graphic sets.

Hmmm…maybe I’ll add those to my To Try In Design Space List.

I also think the larger your image, the better the quality.

Panda-palooza~

Print-Panda

So what’s a girl do when she wants to decide which machine to leave sitting in the place of honor on her desk?

She tries them with the same image~

Print-Fairies

The fairies above were created with the Silhouette, with the Cricut with bleed on and with the Cricut without the bleed.

After much studying and debate with my son and Facebook friends I like the printing from the Silhouette a teeny, tiny bit better as it appeared to use more or thicker ink.

And her eyes look sharper. More crisp.

However, the cut quality was far better with the Cricut Explore.

My Silhouette left a tiny white border where the Explore did not.

Now what to do with all those fairies floating around?

Make a card~

Fairy

A close-up~

Fairy-Close-up

And what’s better than a fairy on a stick?

One that wobbles!!

And one last tidbit of information.

I love, love, love the fact that if I print then cut a PNG file, the Cricut Explore automatically sets the cut lines.

Print-Noah

There’s no having to trace or set cut lines. Yippee!!

So…what do you think of the Cricut Explore Print Then Cut?

Do you have as many images as I do just laying around waiting for a project?

Any tips you’d like to share?

I used~
American Crafts White Textured Cardstock, Epson Presentation Paper, Recollections Craft It Glassine Bags, Paper Straws, Gems
American Button Machine, Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, Epson R2000, Canon Pixma MG7120
Images from Lettering Delights and Cricut Library

Hey Girl~

All my niece wanted for her birthday was a kitten.

Just a small, adorable, furry kitten that would take up hardly any room at all.

So, after asking her parent’s permission I got her one.

My card~

Hey-Girl

As you can see they said NO to a real kitten.

Sigh.

A close up~

Hey-Girl-Close-Up

I gave the kitten lots and lots of layers and even added a DCWV Itsy Bitsy tag with the birthday girl’s initial on it.

The kitten all boxed up and ready to go~

Hey-Girl-Box

With Christmas just around the corner there’s hope they’ll change their minds.

After all she has a few months to wear them down.

He he.

I used~
My Mind’s Eye Ooh La La and Fun Day Kraft 6×6 Paper Pads, Basic Grey Hey Girl Flair, DCWV Itsy Bitsy Bright Mini Tags, CTMH Vintage Type Stamps, Papertrey Ink Twine, American Crafts Ribbon
Create A Critter for the Cat cut at 5.25″

CTMH Dotty Paper, Boardwalk Thickers, Creative Memories Circle Punch and Twine
Lori Whitlock 5.5 Mailing Box

Summer Journey~

Today I finally got the kids to let me download the pictures from their trip to San Francisco with their Grandparents. Yes, we let them go clear across the country without us!

And thank goodness California didn’t decide to slide into the ocean while they were there.
Yes, I have many irrational fears. Don’t get me started on sharks and how San Francisco is located smack dab in the Red Triangle.

Anyway, I have to tell you that my son took a total of THREE pictures. Sigh!

But, Ashlyn had some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen.

So, I decided to start with the pictures she took while on the flight to California.

My layout~

Can you believe how clear they turned out?

And can you believe how wide awake she looks for getting up at 3:30 a.m.?!

I began with a picture of the beautiful blue sky filled with little white clouds and printed it as a 12 x 12 on textured white cardstock.

Have I mentioned how much I love my Epson R2000 printer?

I then added her self portrait, entertainment and snacks and what she thinks is the Grand Canyon. Hmmm…not so sure about that last one.

I thought this would be perfect for the Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #60: Summer Lovin’, so I used A Child’s Year to cut the word Summer for my title.

And I definitely wanted to use the Studio Calico stamp of the United States and the You are Here stamp, so I cut a sun base from Create a Critter at 4.2″.

Now, if a certain young lady would only finish unpacking her suitcase…

I used~
Studio Calico So Cal kit contents: Tim and Beck paper and letter stickers, twine
Studio Calico More Paper Add on contents: Crate Paper Pretty Party Party Guest, Echo Park A Boy’s Life Magnetic
SC Wood Veneer airplanes, Mister Huey’s Pretty in Pink and Heirloom Blue, White cardstock
SC PL Adventure and Airmail stamps
A Child’s Life
Create A Critter

I am a Scrapbook Retreat Wimp!! ~Plus I heart U!

Really, I am. I admit it!

This weekend I left the hubby and kids behind to go to the Scrapdoodles February Retreat in Glenn Allen, VA. Well, the hubby met and stayed with me Saturday, so I really didn’t leave him behind. And the kids decided to spend the night with their grandparents rather than hang out in a hotel room, so actually they ditched me!

Anyway, it seems I am a retreat wimp! There was NO staying up until the wee hours of the night for me.  There was NO Red Bull, mixed drinks or 5 Hour Energy Drinks for me either. Sigh, I am SO boring!

But, I did manage to complete all FIVE Challenges for Bella Blvd.  And I heart all things Bella Blvd!!

The first~ Use Cute Cuts on your layout~ I heart U

I used~

Bella Blvd’s Sunny Skies Cute Cuts for the panada bear, Family Dynamics for the heart, Swing Into Spring Rainbow Ribbons, Flirty Heart Throb, Ciao Chips Essential Sophisticates Peep & McIntosh, Simply Simone Prune

Elegant Edges for the border. I actually used the negative of a previous border cut. I think it made a nice mat and shows that I’m actually learning from my SC Stretch Your Kit class!

Create a Critter for the I heart u which I layered with chipboard letters.

CTMH Vingtage Type Stamps, Zing embossing powder, Stickles

I even broke out my Heat Gun and embossing powder to make the orange chipboard heart mimic the Cute Cut heart. I think it turned out okay, especially if you squint while looking at it.  Even more important ~I didn’t burn anyone or anything in my attempt!