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The Main Differences In Cricut Cartridges

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a Cricut machine and Cricut cartridges is the right move for you, the next decision is what Cricut cartridges to start with.

Each Cricut cartridge holds and stores die cut information. By inserting a cartridge into the Cricut machine, you can choose from any of the die cuts saved on that cartridge to print out.

When selecting a cartridge, you should consider what types of projects you will be completing. That will help you narrow down your choices as you browse the thousands of available Cricut cartridges. There are dozens of Cricut cartridges available for purchase, and they boast a wide range of themes, fonts and styles.

There are Cricut font cartridges. These vary from the Opposites Attract that features font styles that are long, delicate and bold letters and All Mixed Up to favorite characters including Hannah Montana, Hello Kitty, Sesame Street, Pooh and Mickey Mouse. The Mickey font cartridge includes uppercase and lowercase alphabets, punctuation and symbols and several images and font features including tags, charms, silhouettes, shadows and more.

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Four Great Cricut Projects That Can Put Money in Your Bank Account

There are several Cricut projects that you can use to make money. Don’t believe me? Just take a look around eBay and Etsy, and even local craft fairs in your area, and you will see what I mean. After all, seeing is believing!
Really, you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to money-making projects using die cuts. But to get your creative thinking cap working, here are four ways to put your die cutter machine to good use:
1. Diaper Cakes
If you don’t know what a diaper cake is, basically it is a popular baby shower centerpiece or gift, where the diapers are rolled up and secured, then arranged in such a way that they form a tiered cake. They are a very popular gift, but many people simply do not have the crafty skills nor time to create them, so others have made it their “business” creating diaper cakes. One of the most inexpensive ways to embellish the cakes is using Cricut cutouts. It is far cheaper to use die cuts to embellish diaper cakes, than to purchase stuffed animals, rattles, pacifiers, and other goodies that others typically use to decorate their creations.
2. Personalized Kids’ Art
Personalized kids’ art is a big business for crafters. Whether you use a mat and frame to showcase the die cuts, or decoupage the cutouts to a plaque, this is one of the easiest Cricut projects to not only create, but also to sell. Boost your earnings by making the art functional. For example, turn a personalized plaque into a coat hanger by adding pegs. Easy and fun!
3. Custom Cards and Invitations
If card making is your paper crafting specialty, why not make it your business! Considering how expensive store bought cards are, selling handmade cards can be quite lucrative. You would be surprised at the number of people willing to buy custom handmade invitations, birthday cards, and more.
4. Scrapbook Layouts
Just like custom made cards, there is a strong market for scrapbook page layouts. If scrapbooking is your thing, turn it into a working gig. Using a machine to make die cuts for your layouts will significantly reduce both your expenses and time to produce these layouts, resulting in a better profit margin.
That’s just four of the many Cricut projects you can start doing today to earn money. I’m sure you can think of more on your own. Don’t be surprised to find that you are soon profiting from your favorite hobby!

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Discount Cricut Cartridges – Buying Them on EBay

For anyone who owns a Cricut machine buying the cartridges to make the cuts in paper and other materials can prove to be extremely expensive. In fact there are cases where you will end up spending as much as $100 on just one cartridge for your machine and so it is something you need to consider before you decide to take this craft up as hobby. However, when it comes to buying discount Cricut cartridges the internet is a great place to start your search.
There are plenty of websites where you can get everything you need for this wonderful hobby, but to get the best deals it is worth spending time searching through online auction sites such as eBay. Just a quick search for cheap Cricut cartridges on eBay and you will be astounded at just how many are available in auctions that are currently underway.
Yet even before you start placing bids on those particular Cricut cartridges that you want it is crucial that you do some research first. Below we offer just a few tips to help you when it comes you buying any discount Cricut cartridges from an auction site such as eBay.
Tip 1 – One of the first things you should be doing is actually finding out what the cartridges are really worth by having a look at some auctions that have already closed to see what was paid for the item previously.
Tip 2 – Along with looking at items where the auctions have already completed take a look to see what is happening in relation to bids being placed on items that are currently up for sale. Spend time looking at each items description and comparing them. At this stage you should be aware of what it is you particularly want and ask yourself whether you are willing to purchase a brand new or used item. If the information is limited in the description then move on to the next item that appears on the list.
Tip 3 – You should learn as much as you possibly can about the person who is trying to sell the discount Cricut cartridges. Spend time reading through any “seller feedback” that they have. Remember for each positive comment a seller receives they get a point and for every negative comment a point is deducted. But just because they have a high rating it doesn’t mean that they are someone you should trust completely and you may well find that recent customers are not so happy with them.
To further check a seller’s information you need to click on their name and then take a close look at any of the up to date information which will be provided to you. This way you will quickly be able to avoid those sellers whose comments during the last month have been somewhat negative and which warns you that it is better to avoid them and look at another one instead.
Tip 4 – It is important that another thing you need to do before you place any bid for possible discount Cricut cartridges is to work out exactly how much the item really is going to cost. So along with the amount you are bidding you need to factor in the cost of having the item shipped to you and you may well find that you are getting a great deal after all.
A great way of working out if the prices quoted for shipping is reasonable is to visit sites like DHL and UPS and see just what they are going to charge for the sending (including insurance) for such items and compare this to what the seller has quoted. If you discover that the shipping costs for your discount Cricut cartridges is higher than those charged by the courier company then move on to the next auction item on your list.

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Cricut 29-0003 6-by-12-Inch Adhesive Cutting Mat, Set of 2

Cricut 29-0003 6-by-12-Inch Adhesive Cutting Mat, Set of 2

Designed for use with a Cricut 29-0001 cutting machine, this set of two adhesive pads comes in handy when creating intricate paper crafts. The cutting mats feature printed rulers and markings, as well as a tacky surface that gently adheres to paper to ensure smooth and accurate cuts. Using both mats allows for cutting one item while working on another. The self-sticking pads can also be used for storing the paper or vinyl that has already been cut. The reusable mats measure 6 by 12 inches each and last for 25 to 40 full mat cuts depending on the paper used.

The 6″ X 12″ Adhesive Pad-29-0003 (recommended for 29-0001 machine) is a self sticking pad that keeps the material being cut flat so that there is no tearing on the paper or vinyl. Since the pad retains its stickiness for a limited amount of cuts we recommend buying extra pads. The pads are also great for storing the paper or vinyl that has already been cut.

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Cricut Design Studio: 7 Things Every Beginner Needs to Know

You finally purchased the  Cricut Design Studio software. Most likely your next question is, “Now what do I do?” Here are seven things you need to know  to jump start your learning of the program.

You can design with all of the cartridges, but you can only cut with the ones you have. Cricut Design Studio has every available cartridge loaded into the program. You can create all kinds of cutting files with any cartridge they offer. While that is fun for experimenting, just remember that when you go to cut the Cricut will ask you to load the specific cartridge used.

You can use more than one cartridge in a cutting. The options are endless. Bring letters and images from any cartridge into the cutting you are designing. When you are ready to cut, the Cricut will ask you to load each cartridge you used.

Connecting letters together to form one cutting is reffered to as welding. In order to weld letters together it is important to remember to check the welding box for each individual letter or image. Another interesting tidbit about welding is that it removes any scorelines on the image.

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