This post is from 2011, and is now more of a “History of Cricut” post.
Friends, we find ourselves welcoming the 5th day of my 5 days of posts for the new Cricut user. I’m so happy to hear that these posts and videos have helped many of you. I even heard from a few people who finally took their Cricuts out of the box. Woo hoo! 😀 Today I want to give you some information about some of my favorite things to use with the Cricut.
You read a little about the Gypsy if you followed the link in my 1st of these 5 posts Cricut Must Haves and Tips. The Gypsy allows you to create unique images by welding and manipulating the images and fonts from the Cricut cartridges. I LOVE my Gypsy!!
Vinyl & the Cricut
If you don’t already know…I love to use vinyl in my Cricut to create all kinds of things! I like it so much that I made an entire DVD about it! It’s 2 Discs full of over 3 hours of tutorials and information. If you’re interested in using vinyl with your Cricut this DVD will be just what you need. Here’s a little commercial about it:
You can buy yours on the right hand side of this page or by going to my Products page.
Here are some of the vinyl projects I have posted on Joy’s Life.
Cricut Craft Room (now Cricut Design Space)
Check out the Free Cricut Craft Room! You can use that free online software along with the cartridges you own and/or downloadable Cricut content to design online and cut with your Cricut machine.
Make the Cut Software
**Updated Oct. 26, 2011 – MAKE THE CUT NO LONGER WORKS WITH ANY CRICUT. YOU CAN USE MTC WITH THE SILHOUETTE AND OTHER NON-CRICUT MACHINES.**
I’ve been using Make the Cut since it first came out and I LOVE IT! It is software that allows you to cut images that you find on the internet, making Cricut cartridges unnecessary. I love Cricut carts, so I still buy and use them but it is really nice to have the option of making other creations that Cricut doesn’t offer. You can download a full version of Make the Cut by clicking HERE (or the link I have on the side of the page) and then clicking Download Now. You can use it your heart’s content, but a line will cut through the center of your image until you purchase the full version.
Cri-Kits Gel Pens
My friends at Cri-kits Gel Pens have designed a holder and gel pens that work with your Cricut. I really enjoy using them. They make a thinner line than the Cricut markers and come in metallic, neon, regular and glitter (my favorite).