Monday, June 15, 2015

Cricut Explore Air Give Away!

Hi Everyone!

To Celebrate reaching 25,000 Youtube subscribers I am hosting a giveaway for a Cricut Explore Air, this is sponsored by Cricut and they will be shipping 1 Cricut Explore Air out to one lucky winner.  Giveaway is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States who are at least 18 years of age or older.  Void where prohibited. No Purchase necessary and does not improve chances of winning.




Ok all the legal stuff out of the way, Lets talk about the Explore Air and why I love it. 

When I first looked in Design Space I was like a little girl in the candy store, all the images in color, and all layered for me. Before explore I used Cricut Expression 2 with Cricut Craft Room, I found the software easier than just using the machine, but I still have to find all the layers and they were not in color and you had to buy the cartridges, you could NOT purchase one image at a time. So I fell in love with the Explore because I could save so much time by just clicking an image and it goes to my mat, I can drag a corner of it to size and then click go, thats it, Design Space software separates everything on the mat for you and lets you know what color of paper to use and when. It's that easy! Cricut Explore Air is the top of the line of Cricut Explore family

Here are more reasons I LOVE My Explore Air, I can ...
  • Upload any picture
  • Use fonts on my computer for FREE
  • Easily share files I design 
  • Upload SVG files
  • Scoring with out removing the blade.
  • Score... cards, rosettes, 3D images, boxes, bows and so much more
  • Writing with a pen, marker, embossing pen
  • Smart Dial, no more blade settings, with pressure for different materials.
  • Embossing metal with score tool.
  • I can design my own images with free shapes.
  • Intricate cutting, even on leather.
  • Print then Cut!
  • The Subscription!
  • iPad App
  • iPhone App
Okay, to go over a few of the points I highlighted above.

Upload Any Pictures and Use Any Fonts

You can upload jpg, gif, png, svg, and dfx files, along with any font installed on your computer can also be used in Design Space, you can install more fonts to your computer and refresh Design Space and start designing.


Sharing

You can share files by just by copying the address bar in your browser and pasting it to where ever you want to share, then others can copy and paste into their address bar and save the project.

Scoring

I love scoring, I have not needed my Martha Stewart score board since I got my Explore, you can easily add score lines to any project by clicking on basic shapes and adding the score line, you can also change that  if you want to cut or write a straight line.

Writing 

Yes you could write with the Expression but not like you can with the Explore. I think it's very different and you never have to take the blade out with the Cricut Explore Air. I have also used embossing pens with my Explore here is a video on that. 

Smart Dial

 No more guessing what the blade setting and speed and pressure should be. You just turn the dial! Okay, I know sometimes I forget to turn the dial at all, but then I hit pause and turn it and it switches to the correct one. 

There is also custom settings with many more options, this thing cuts everything.




Embossing Metal? 


Yes, I did it with 40 gauge metal I cut and embossed these butterflies with the score tool. You can see that video here.



Designing Images

Designing my own images, it is so easy with all the features of Design Space, I love the slicing feature you can create anything out of free images and fonts. One of my favorite projects is my love book I created with free basic shapes and a font. I shared this and all my files with people who support me on Patreon.com/melodylane I cut this on my Explore Air from my iPad here is the video.




Cutting Intricate Leather

Yes, I cut leather doilies, lol, I was so excited I could cut thick leather I had to see how intricate it would cut. this leather is over 2 mm thick, I was shocked it did so well, on something so thick, I knew this machine was great but this was unbelievable.

Print then Cut

Upload anything you want and then print it on your home printer and the Cricut Explore Air will cut it out, in any shape you want. Here is a video to show you how to do it.


The Subscription


30,000 Plus Images and 340 fonts, including writing, single line fonts. Need I say More? There is more!
subscription users get cartridges EARLY, some cartridges are released for subscriptions users only BEFORE released to everyone for purchase. So for no extra charge with the subscription you get new cartridges as they are released and sometimes before they are released. 
Subscribing to the yearly subscription is only $8.33 a month if you purchase the yearly subscription.



iPad and iPhone App


Yes! My favorite part, the iPhone app is still in Beta but it is coming soon. Cricut Explore Air has built in bluetooth so you can cut wirelessly from your computer,  iPad, or soon iPhone. Both apps will be the same and an update is coming to the iPad app. You can see a video on the iPhone app still in Beta here. I will have more videos coming soon on the iPhone app. Android users, don't worry it's coming for you too! 

Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel and my Update Emails.

Ok Who wants to WIN a Cricut Explore Air? 
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Unboxing the Cricut Explore Air

Setting up the Cricut Explore Air with your iPad

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If you still use the Cricut Expression and need to see a reason to upgrade to the Cricut Explore Family watch this video. 


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Monday, June 1, 2015

Cricut News & Expression 2 vs Explore One

Hey everyone!
I know it's been a long time since I updated my blog. But today I have awesome News from Cricut!


Do you see it? The iPhone app! If you don't have an iPhone don't worry Android is coming! There is much more info in the next 2 videos I post here.


This next video does show and tell you more new features of the iPhone and iPad app at the beginning and at the end of this next video.

This video also compares the Expression 2 to the Explore One, I was a little surprised with some of the results. 


There are a few things I didn't mention in the video, because I was comparing mostly the precision of the cuts and the ease of use.
But the Explore One does cut all the fonts on your computer for free and svg files along with uploaded pictures. I do have a lot of videos showing how fun this can be. Cricut Explore One also can write and score and can use bluetooth like the Explore Air with the bluetooth adapter.

Make sure you Subscribe as I will soon be giving away a New Cricut Explore Air! 

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I just LOVE playing with my new iPhone app!