OK, I'll admit it- I've been intimidated by the electronic die-cutting machines out there. But I have to fess up. I am completely in awe of the Cricut Expression. It's pretty darn cool. I got to try the demo Cricut Expression machine at the Macedonia store and being able to cut out 12" shapes is amazing. Just think of all the possibilities!
I know there's been some questions out there about the Original Cricut machine versus the new Cricut Expression machine. To help answer questions (and for my own clarification), here are the basics:
Original Cricut Machine: Cuts varied sizes 1" to 5 1/2" high and up to 11 1/2" long; no computer necessary; portable and lightweight; easy to use cartridge and soft-touch overlay; several style options for each character; pressure dials allow variance in paper.
Cricut Expression: The new way to cut letters, shapes and phrases in impressive sizes using the 12" x 24" mat or 12" x 12" mat. The possibilities are endless with this larger machine, allowing you to create bigger die-cuts for classroom decor, scrapbook layouts, signage and so much more. Features include: mix and match creative features in the same cut; use the entire library of existing Cricut cartridges; cut portrait or landscape; no computer neccessary; change settings such as language or units of measure; new LCD screen that shows exactly what you're typing for your next cut.
The Cricut Expression comes with Plantin SchoolBook font cartridge- a complete font designed to match the look and feel of children's schoolbooks. A must-have for educators. The Expression machine also comes with Accent Essentials shape sampler cartridge- from Rob and Bob Studio, an exciting collection of over 50 designer shapes.
Felicia from the Macedonia store used the Cricut Expression to create a display board for her summer-product endcap- I'm loving all of the different suns!
All Cord Scrapbook Studio locations have the Cricut Expression machine for sale- $499.99. With the Cord Cropping Club card, you'd get 2 1/2 full cards (then you could turn around and use your two full cards for $40 off a cartridge!).
Have a good weekend everyone!