A Week or so ago, I was able to attend a party at Cricut Headquarters to celebrate the Launch of the new Cricut Explore! A few days prior, I had been able to play on the machine a little bit. I can’t wait to get one, they are so cool!
Cricut always has fun parties for us bloggers. There was great snacks, and I was happy there was more than Diet Coke at this blogger event! Ha! Lots of people around here, only drink Diet Coke apparently. I just love Coke! No Diet for me, thanks!
Here is a picture of the new Cricut Explore! Sorry about the light reflection in it! It is such a fast, quiet machine. I love the storage capabilities in it. It has a little cup on the side for your tools or markers. On the pop out cover there is even a tray for storage of your tools when you carry it! One of my favorite things is that there’s “feet” on this machine, so that you can store your mats underneath it. I’ve been dreaming about that day! For real!
This machine can cut so many things! It’s great! (Did I already say that? I should’ve.) My friend was cutting Copper on it, another was cutting leather on it. It can also do the usual felt, fabric, paper and vinyl! Anyways, at the party they had about 10 machines set up to Design Space so that we could create our own Creations! They also had supplies so that we could make something. I took a friend with me, so I sat with her and watched her create. She looked thru Design Space for a little while, and we came across this Skull with a spatula and spoon. Too funny! So we loaded up some Iron On Vinyl with intentions of my friend putting it on an apron.
Even though the sizes were carefully thought about, it still went over the edges just a little bit! No worries for us, I’ll use just the skull and forget about the Spatula/Spoon combo. My daughter would love to have a pink glittered skull on a shirt!
When cutting an Iron-On Vinyl, make sure that you flip the image (unless it doesn’t matter, like say a circle, cause it’d be the same image either way). When cutting on the Explore, all the settings in Design Space and on the Machine itself will help you, know what to set the blade at when cutting. Much easier than any other machine. A lot less guessing goes into crafting when working with this machine!
Then when you go to iron it, preheat the material that you are putting it on, with the Iron for about 20 seconds just to get it warm. Then lay your vinyl down where you want it, and Iron it! Make sure you Iron is set on Cotton/Linen setting with NO STEAM. Rub it on the Image for about 25-30 seconds. Then remove the plastic lining, carefully. Just to make sure it stuck. Also do it to the opposite side of the material that you are working with. As you are doing all this moving, make sure you keep the image still, as you do not want to shift it around and make it move. You may be disappointed in how it’d end up.
Above is my daughter in her new Skull Shirt! She did the Ironing herself and chose the placement. I was around for monitoring. I got this shirt on the clearance rack at Wal-Mart for $2!! We hope to go to Disneyland in the near future, and she says that she is going to wear this to show the pirates! She is SOO excited. Thanks Cricut for the fun party, and for the new fun easy way to do crafts with Bailey. Can’t wait to get my hands on an Explore! They’re such a popular item already and haven’t been officially released retail yet!! Thanks
Tamara for going with me, and designing this skull in Pink Glitter!!