I have just discovered something that most everyone else has been aware of for years. That’s the Cricut Die Cut machines by Provo Craft. They can be used to cut anything from paper and material to cake decorations.
The first machine I like is the Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter. At the push of a button, the cake cutter’s stainless-steel blade cuts images out of gum paste, fondant, frosting sheets, cookie dough, or molding chocolate to give home-made cakes and cookies a professional appearance. The cake cutter works on materials from a minimum 3-by-3-inch size up to 12-by-12-inch and 12-by-24-inch maximum size, and cuts images ranging from 1-1/2 inches to 23-1/2 inches. The cake cutter is also compatible with shape/font cartridges from the original Cricut paper-cutting machine and it offers a variety of shadow and blackout features in six modes: mix ‘n match, portrait, fit to quantity, fit to page, fit to length and auto fill. The cake cutter also utilizes four functions for decorating convenience: multi cut, center point, flip and line return. It’s a really cool device especially for the cost.
A more orthodox version is the Cricut Expression. As the largest of the Cricut machines, the this machine allows cuts from a tiny 1/4 inch up to an impressive 23 1/2 inch tall. It has 6 modes and 4 functions that offer greater customization of cuts, and the new settings and menus add functionality to the machine. Unlike traditional die-cutting machines, the Cricut Expression is portable and cuts quickly and easily. Just select the image you want and press cut. You won’t have to worry about storing expensive and bulky dies. A single cartridge for the Cricut Expression is the equivalent of hundreds of dies from a traditional die-cutting system, but Cricut cartridges can fit in the palm of your hand.
The last Cricut machine I’ll talk about is the Cricut Create Personal machine. The Cricut Create Personal Electronic Cutter combines the portability of the original Cricut machine with the functionality of the Cricut Expression machine. The Cricut Create machine is the same size as the original Cricut machine, yet it allows cuts from 0-1/4-inch up to 11-1/2-inch on a 6-inch by 12-inch cutting mat. Includes an 8-way directional blade, Portrait mode, Fit to Page mode, Auto Fill Mode, Center Point function, and Flip function. As with most of the Cricut cutters the Create is compatible with all original Cricut cartridges.
All of the cutters from Provo Craft have really opened up a world of unlimited possibilities. If you are a fan of crafts, home decorating, food decorations or anything else you can imagine these machines seem to offer it all.
Here also is a sampling of some of the more popular cartridges that are available:
If you have any experience with the Cricut line or an opinion to express please feel free to leave them here. i would love to hear what your experience has been.