Skip to main content

A Beginner's Cricut Explore Take One!

Hi everyone, Sandy here with my new crafty item....Cricut Explore One!  

This will be my 5th Cricut Machine and I was reluctant to "learn" something new. I figured if it is not broke, dont fix it and my Expressions 2/ Cricut Craft Room was just fine. BOY WAS I WRONG!!!!!  The main, ok, only reason I was interested in the newer machine is I heard you can cut digital images with it. Now that peaked my interested since I do a TON of digis and am so tired of fussy cutting them out.

 Now, I did purchase this by accident, I thought I was getting the Cricut Explore with dual cartridges, but when I clicked purchase, I realized it was too good of a buy and the order went thru.  I did have a $50 credit and with this being on sale for $149.99 at, it was just at $100.  Here is my machine (these are stock images from the Cricut site).

As you can see, there is only one carriage. However, it takes just seconds to swap out the blade with the score tool or marker pens. The Design Studio tells you exactly what to do and when, it is so user friendly, I almost cried the first time, lol!!!!

All you have to do is open the little swing lever, take out your blade and pop in your pen, close the lever and hit cut. The adapter piece did come with the machine along with the power cable, usb, one piece of gray vinyl and quick set up guide. When you first start, the DS (Design Studio) uses the vinyl to make your first project which you can skip if you want.
This is the image that it does and I recommend doing it to get your feet wet. I put this on the top of my machine too. I am never worked with vinyl before... ummm, I have 5 rolls on its way from Michael's, lol!!!! Beware of the Vinyl Bug!!!! LOL
Mini haul from Tuesday Morning... American Crafter vinyl only $2.00!!!

Ok, so now I have to learn Design Studio. But if you are used to working with the CCR, this is a piece of cake. Plus, I got my machine the day after DS 3 came out so it is not like I have to learn all the new bells and whistles all over again. 
I swear I must have watched 50 DS videos on You Tube while I was waiting for my machine!

So I figured, if I was going to learn my new machine, GO BIG AND DIVE IN!!!! So did I do a simple cut, heck now, I made a pop box card, a 3d cake card, and cut out digital stamps. But I am not showing those right now because they are for the upcoming video hop and challenge... okay you twisted my arm. Here is a sneak peak of what I did...

I also figured out how to not only cut out digi stamps, but my clear stamp also, without needing to scan. I could not find a video on how to do it, but I knew there had to be a way. After trial and error, I figured it out!!!! GO ME!!! LOL!! 

Now for tonight's card! I did the Cricut fussy cut on the floral stamp from Altenew "Best Mom",
cut out a lattice background and figured out how to write and cut out a cute label.  I colored in the label with gel pens.
 Here is the final card:

I guess the moral if the story is don't let the unknown stop you from creating. There is plenty of resources and help in your journey. Just do it!

I hope this inspires you Newbies like me to jump right in!  I was thinking of doing a Newbie Cricut You Tube Series. What do you all think? Let me know in the comments if this would interest you. Also scroll down and you will find the link to this card in DS. I made it public so if you want the label or to know where I got the frame, you can find it there. Thanks for stopping by!



Popular posts from this blog

My Favorite Craft Tools and Giveaway!!!

Hi everyone, Today's video is a fun one for me. Since getting back into crafting I have noticed that I am pulling certain items over and over again and thought it would be fun to share with you. Two years ago, I took a step back from crafty and downsized 75% of my craft room.  However with just these awesome tools, I have been able to get back into the swing of things and I don't miss having a larger craft room. Personally, I feel every crafter should have these starting out.  They make creating easy and fun! Tools mentioned: Misti, Neehna Bright Cardstock, Distress Oxides, Ranger Dylusions die cut, In Love Art Shop word die cuts, ATG, Prismacolor Pencils, premade cards,Fiskars cutting blade and trimmer, Zig color pens, Wink Of Stella, Alcohol markers, t-ruler, Westcott 0 ruler, 6x6 paper pads, Versamark, EK Success powder tool, 3d Crystal Lacquer, Tombow adhesive, Momento/Hero Arts black ink, Cricut, Chameleon Black Pen, Pencil, Grid stamping block, etc. For the mont

MFP Stamp Shop June Blog Hop

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop June Blog Hop Let's get started!!!! This month's new Stamp Set Releases are: Featured  June 23 Paper Doll Chuck Featured  June 24   Paper Doll Chuck Formal and Hunting Featured  June 25  Background Diamonds and Flowers Featured  June 26 Pots and Vases 2 Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winners will be announced on June 26, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for commenting is Friday June 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST. Okay for this card, I went a different route. I thought with the holiday coming up, why not try to make Chuck's hunting ou

Building Block Graduation Card

Hello, everyone! Melissa here on to share a "building block" style card with you. I made this one graduation themed, since there are a ton of graduations going on right now. Hope you enjoy this card, and are inspired to try it out yourself. Here is the tutorial I followed from Split Coast Stampers. To make it easier, I will give you all the measurements, here. It looks harder than it is, I promise. Start with a piece of cardstock in your desired color that is 5.5 x 10.5. Put the 10.5 inch side along the top of your score board or paper trimmer, and score at 3.5 inches and 7 inches. Fold the first score line in a mountain fold, and the second in a valley fold. You should end up with a "z" fold card. The next part can get a bit tricky, so make sure you watch the video to fully understand what I am about to explain. On the back side of the "valley" fold, take a ruler and pencil and mark these measurements: 3/8 1 3/8 1 5/8 2 5/8 2 7/8 3 7/8