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Posted 10/28/2013 by *scrappydoo* in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 27,016
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Posted: 10/28/2013 3:41:46 PM
I would like to get a die cutting machine for my birthday. I know there are a few different ones. I want something that is good quality and easy to use. I also want something that will accommodate 12" paper.

Please help! I don't know much about the different machines out there so I thought I would start with the experts!!

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Posted: 10/28/2013 3:48:09 PM
Cricut is a cartridge based cutting machine so you need to buy physical or digital cartridges to cut the images. I love my Expression (that is the machine that cuts 12x12 and up to 12x24 paper). But I think a lot of Peas are going to tell you to get a Silhouette or Cameo because you can use online images and don't need cartridges (I'll have to let somebody with one explain it). The Cricut you can hook up to your computer to use images from Cricut Craft Room. I have young kids so I like a lot of the Cricut cute style cartridges and we only have one computer for our family so I like not being tied to a computer. BUT in the long run going with a Silhouette or Cameo may be less money and give you more flexibility if you like using your computer to scrapbook.


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Posted: 10/28/2013 3:52:22 PM
I like not having to use cartridges. I'm ok with cartridges I just like instant gratification and would rather find what I want and be able to purchase online and download it rather than making a run to my nearest Michael's. So, downloading or purchasing online is a plus.

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Posted: 10/28/2013 4:20:45 PM
I have both. And I like being able to buy a few images for $.99 (or less with a subscription) then having to buy a $30 cartridge. Although I havnt used circuit craft room...

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Posted: 10/28/2013 4:23:55 PM
scrappydoo - you can purchase digital cartridges and images instantly in Cricut Craft Room. BUT like I said you may like a Silhouette or Cameo better but I don't own one so somebody else would explain those better. I am very happy with my Cricut Expression, have never had any problems with it but I can see how people don't want to have a cartridge based system.


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Posted: 10/28/2013 4:36:38 PM
I have two Cricut Machines: the "Baby bug" and Expression (one). I use them a lot and have a big investment in the cartridges. However, if I were buying today, I would get the Cameo. I think it is more flexible to my own scrapping needs.

On top of that, Provocraft has discontinued support for many of the Cricut products and recently I heard it is even hard to get mats. It's almost like you don't own your Cricut and cartridges, you lease them from Provocraft. I'm so disgusted with that company (I'm not alone) that I only buy one cartridge a year the Close To My Heart exclusives because I do really love them. I don't even think of any of the regular releases.


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Posted: 10/28/2013 6:02:08 PM
The Cameo is absolutely the most economical way to go. I think the Cricut is a good product but if you have a laptop I would get a Cameo. I haven't touched my Cricut since I got my Portrait and I have too much invested in cartridges. Do your research, because they are an investment.

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Posted: 10/28/2013 6:17:49 PM
Scrappydoo I have a large Cricut that I would be willing to give you, if you would pay the shipping. I just never seem to use it. I have changed my style of scrapping.
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Posted: 10/28/2013 6:21:19 PM
I really like my cricut expression 2. It's on sale at both m's and j's

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Posted: 10/28/2013 7:10:03 PM
Silhouette cameo is the BEST! My kids would probably tell you that I'd marry it if I could. It is seriously that awesome.


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Posted: 10/28/2013 9:43:52 PM
I'm in 100% agreement with rig!



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Posted: 10/29/2013 7:00:04 AM
I have a cricut mini & I LOVE it!!!!

Yes its cartridge based but with the mini {not sure about the other machine's} you can buy digital cartriges & download them straight to your machine, some are cheaper than buying the actual cartridge even & you get free beeies for a limited time also.

I have other die cutting machine called the slice by making memories but I haven't used that for a LONG time, too much messing around with glue etc.

I do want to get the cameoas ive heard good stories about it & also you can up load images from your computer to cut out too, the sizzix has a digital cutting machine too that also does this.

I had sizzix bigshot once which isn't digital but I do miss that one


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Posted: 10/29/2013 7:47:49 AM
I just recently switched from the Cricut Expression (12" machine) to the Cameo and it's changed my world! No more cartridges, everything is on my laptop. And I can take that laptop with me on vacation or wherever and create projects to cut out when I get home. Love that.

I did my first retreat with my new Cameo and was freaked a bit because I knew my Cricut. I was familiar with it and was familiar with my cartridges. All 65 of them. I was amazed at how much more I got done because I didn't have to find the cut, place paper, cut layer 1, unload, replace paper, cut layer 2, etc. I could do it all in one pass. And def didn't have as many scraps left over this time because I was able to use them.

The thing I love the most is the fact that I don't have to buy cartridges anymore. I'd spend $20-$40 on a cart (never paid full price) that I may use 3-4 times. The carts that I used the most were Graphically Speaking, Plaintin, Birthday Bash, Create a Critter, and Opposites Attract. Cameo has an amazing subscription option. You select your level and for one price a month they give you a credit for so much more. For example, my level is $20 a month and I get $150 credit to spend in their store. I'm 2 weeks in and still haven't spent half of it because of how cheap the cuts are. So worth it.

I sold my cricut and all the carts for $950. This gave me plenty to buy my new Cameo and a new laptop to use for crafting only. Which is what I suggest. Not needed though.


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Posted: 10/29/2013 9:22:40 AM
i have the circut exp and only got the cartridge when they are $10 other wise i used others at crops

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