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Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter - The Future Of Home Crafts
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The Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter truly is the evolution of home crafting. If you are into doing your own craft work at home - be it making your own greeting cards, creating novel decorative designs, building scrapbooks or even decorating cakes, Cricut has come out with a range of products that will catapult your work up to the next level. In this article, I’ll be looking at the full range of electronic cutters to show you how there is a personal electronic cutter to suit you, whatever your needs and budget might be.

Now the general principle behind each model of Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter is the same. The cutter is a stand alone device - meaning that there is no need to attach it to a computer. The designs themselves - which are generally speaking characters, fonts, shapes and phrases - are stored on cartridges. Each cutter model comes with one or two basic cartridges as standard, and you can increase the versatility of your cutter by buying extra cartridges (there are hundreds to choose from, adding to the fonts and designs - with themes for babies, special occasions like Christmas Day and Mothers Day as well as zoo animals, to give a tiny example). Once you’ve plugged in your cartridge, you’re good to go. Put in your cutting material (paper, card, vinyl and vellum are all supported in the craft work models, whilst frosting sheets, gum paste, cookie dough, fondant and molding chocolate can be cut in the cake model), select the size shape you require, hit a button, and watch your Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter spring to life. Your sizing options vary from model to model.

I’ve owned the original Cricut cutter for two months now. I used to be an avid scrapbooker, but family and kids put a stop to that. I bought the cutter on a whim, as I thought it would be a fun thing to use with my daughter. I’ve been very impressed with the ease of use, and the professional looking results. I’ve already created an amazing looking scrapbook of my childen's early years, with photos I’ve taken and decorated with designs cut out using my Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter - which I’ve given to the grandparents.

With much of the competition, you need to attach the machine to a computer, but there’s no need with the Cricut. My only criticism is that the basic cartridges packaged with the original model don’t allow for much flexibility - they are really just character fonts. I’ve extended already with baby and animal themed cartridges, but I won’t be buying them too often as they are quite expensive. They will make great presents for the kids, though.

There are two other models in the craft cutting machine range. The Cricut Expression Personal Electronic Cutter is at the top of the range. The premise is the same, but this model offers a wider range of cutting functions, a more sophisticated control panel, and the ability to cut to a greater range of sizes. I have to say it looks great, and depending on whether I stay addicted to my current model - I may consider upgrading at some point in the future.

The other model is the Cricut Create Personal Electronic Cutter. From what I gather, this is somewhere in between the original and the Expression. It offers the portability of the original, with the versatility of the Expression. It also looks like a great piece of kit - it would be hard to decide between this one and the Expression, I think.

If you’d like to see more information on all of the models from the range including reviews and videos, have a look at this Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter Review site now.


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