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Old 01-07-2014, 07:55 AM
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I (much to my surprise) got a Cricut for Christmas. I already have a Cuttlebug that I love. The learning curve on the Cricut seems to be pretty steep for me. I was wondering about what y'all use most.

I love all the new HOTP dies and enjoy manual die cutting. I really don't like to have a computer as part of my crafting except the occasional journaling. So really I guess I want to know if you have both of them what do you use most and how do you incorporate the Cricut into your crafting. Do you cut out a bunch of stuff and just use it when you need something?

Also any good places for find tutorials on the web. I have found a few but not as many as I hoped. Thanks!
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Robin, as I've posted before I had a Cricut and eventually sold it. I didn't like the expense of having to buy cartridges when I may have wanted 1 or 2 things. I also felt that many of the cut pieces lacked the depth and dimension of a stamp and die combo. I have never missed my Cricut and continue to use and love my Big Shot and an Ebosser.
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I have a Cricut and a Big Shot. The Big Shot gets the most use.. I love using dies and I think they are my most favorite crafting tool. I occasionally use the Cricut but it's so time consuming to get out the sticky mat, find a cartridge that has the item on it that I need and then try to figure out what size to cut the item to make it work for me... I have some of the most used items listed on a chart along with the name of the cartridge and what size to cut, that saves a little time... but not much... I guess it's just how much trouble you want to go to to get the desired effect...
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I've had my cricut for about 6 or 7 years and I still use my big shot the most. If I have a project in mind that I want to do, for instance, lettering or a lot of words that I want to stand out, I cut them on the cricut. The fancy filigree cuttings don't always cut well with the cricut and I sometimes waste a lot of paper. I don't want to sell it cuz I have about 40 cartridges.
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Robin, I have a Cricut also and a Big Shot. I use the Big Shot nearly on a daily basis. I can't remember the last time I used my Cricut. The only time I use it is when I need to cut our letters or numbers. I don't have cutting dies for those. Like Nyoka, I don't like hunting thru cartridges to find what I want and then try to figure out the size to get right for the card or page I'm working on.
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I have both the Big Shot and the Cuttlebug. I them both. I mainly use my Big Shot for cutting out dies. I love my Cuttlebug because its smaller and easier for me to carry around with me. I was going to get a Cricut at one time but I decided that I'd save up and get a Cuttlebug. Its cuter than the Cricut. Judi
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I have a cuttlebug and a silhouette cameo. I use them both pretty regularly--probably the cuttlebug more as I grab it while I'm actually working on the cards. My friend has a cricut (she isn't computer literate), and cuts out lots of "happy birthday" and "happy anniversary" pieces to put onto her cards. She files them in a pencil box by color after running them through the xyron to add adhesive to them.
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I don't have a Cricut, but I do have an electronic cutter (eCraft) and a Cuttlebug. When choosing which one to use, it really depends on what I'm doing. If it's just one-off stuff, I tend to use my Cuttlebug more. If I need to do a lot of cutting for a craft class or if I'm mass-producing something like Christmas ornaments, the eCraft is a life saver (well, okay, ARM saver).

Like gramajackie's Cricut, the eCraft does have problems when it comes to intricate designs and I agree with Penny that things cut with the electronic cutter lack the depth of die cuts.
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I find that I use my Crichton mostly for cutting fonts for my scrapbook pages. I use my cuttlebug more for small dies that I use on cards and for embossing folders. I have invested right much in cartridges and that's what I like about the Silhouette Cameo -you can buy one design instead of having to buy a whole cartridge. However if you didn't know there are places where you can get discounted cartridges. Most are around $24 when you'll see them upwards of $60-80 on the Crichton site. Just google and you can find them easily.
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Two of the best things I ever did regarding my Cricut - I copied all the 'images' onto 8 1/2 x 11 paper and put them inside clear protective sheets, tabbed by cartridge name, and all in a 3-ring notebook - much easier to page thru. AND then later on, I got a Gypsy - which has a search feature so I can just look for what I want; it tells me what cartridge it is on so much much easier! But I still mostly use my Vagabond, although I like the Cricut as Nancy does for l/o titles, and also for bigger images.
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