Santa was Very Nice to me This Year Part 1

Santa really thought I was good this year.  He brought me all kinds of neat stuff.  Some of them I think every crafter should have.

The big thing wasn’t really a Christmas present.  It was a birthday present from Ken that arrived a couple days after he passed.  It took me a while to open it and even longer to use it.

I hate to admit I am getting old but I just can’t crank my Cuttlebug anymore.  I wanted a Gemini by Crafter’s Companion soooo bad.

You can get one at amazon for about $190 here

I almost bought myself the Gemini Junior every HSN Craft Day.  But Ken convinced me that I should wait until I could afford the big one.  I am glad I did!

The plate size is 12 X 9 and it is a workhorse.  In about 20 seconds it cuts what would take the cricut 20 minutes to cut out!  And the larger plate size means that I can cut several pieces at once or take advantage of the bigger dies out there.  (Santa did bring a couple of those)  I have many dies of varios brands from when I had a Cricut expression and they all work in the Gemini.

Here is a list with the advantages and disadvantages of a Gemini vs. a Cricut.

Gemini Advantages:
  • So much faster than Cricut
  • Embosses like Cricut never really will.
  • Cuts much thinner lines
  • Will cut multiple layers at once
  • Cuts fabric much easier that the Cricut.
  • Much easier to use scraps of cardstock
Gemini Disadvantages
  •  You must buy the dies and they are not cheap
  • You cannot change the size of the dies.
  • You cannot make things bigger than the plates and the material must fit through the machine.
  • You really can’t edit the image.  It is what it is.  And you can’t create your own images.
  • The machine costs as much as an Air 2 machine.  And the foiling equipment is just as expensive and takes special dies.
  • The maker cuts through many more materials
In Conclusion

All things considered , the Gemini is a nice addition to the Cricut.  And if I could have only one it would be the Cricut.  But I can afford both and the embossing capability makes it worth it.  Have you seen some of the 3D embossing folders out there?  They are gorgeous.

Here are some examples of what you can do with the Gemini(Click on the square in the corner to see full size):

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Things I am Tired of Seeing Everyday

There are just some Cricut posts I am tired of seeing everyday.  This rant may make some of you mad because you do it and may make some of you mad because you are tired too.  It is just my opinion.  Comment below either way.  I’d like to see how many have either opinion.

My Facebook timeline is mostly Cricut posts because I have joined many Cricut groups.  It’s my line of work.  However I see the same posts EVERY DAY.

Which Computer /Printer should I buy?

I am really tired of seeing this one!  Printers and computers almost always work with DesignSpace.  If you don’t know which to buy look at the previous posts in the group.  I bet 6 people have posted that question in the group and they all got answers.  And everyone, of course, likes their computer or printer so they tell you that.  

We. for the most part, are not computer experts.

Complainnts about Design Space Updating

OK so lately it has been updating alot, but it takes a minute and you spend at least an hour on the software.  Percentage wise the update doesn’t mean much.  And updating means at least they are trying to make it better.  They could just forget about it and it would never change.

Do you remember the days when you had to cut everything by hand?  I don’t want to go back to those days!  DesignSpace is FREE. Those other programs cost $50 or more and don’t work with your Cricut.  And when they update their software they charge you for the update.

You spent a good deal of money for your Cricut and lots on cartridges and images.  You lose access to all those images if you start using another software product.

Asking if Design Space is Having Problems
I get real tired of seeinng this one too.   I use DesignSpace everyday for several hours a day.  99% of the problems I have (and I don’t have many)are because my wifi signal is weak in my basement.  Did you check your internet connection?  I bet that is the problem.
 
Why do you think those of use on Facebook can help?  Contact cricut.  They at least have a chance of helping.
 
Asking Where to buy Vinyl or Blanks or some other thing

Again, about 6 people in every group has already asked that question.  Look through the other posts in the group.  Every post has the same answers.

Maybe I’m just cranky lately but I counted one day.  There were at least 4 people asking where to buy vinyl in the same group.  Come on folks.

I understand people need help and  to gripe but before you post look and see if someone else posted the same question.

Shaker Cards in Process

Update: Shaker Cards are done!

See my tutorials list to see how to make them

Boy, did I have a productive weekend!  I got several projects done including a graduation card, a Fathers Day Card, a Mothers Day Card and several scrapbook pages.  Some are already posted some aren’t but I’m getting there.

What I wanted to tell you about are the shaker cards.  I have always wanted to learn how to do those.  THey are just so dynamic.  If you remember I did a few at the CKC scrapbook convention but they were already cut and ready to assemble.  I priced those kits and WOW they are expensive.

You have heard the expression ” Give a man a fish, he eats for a day.  Teach him to fish and he will never go hungry.”  Well I decided I would teach myself how to make my own shaker cards.  And I’m almost there.

Parts of Shaker Cards in progress
Shaker card Parts

These are some of the parts I have made.  I am trying different shapes and different shakers (or guts).  When I get it all worked out and know what I’m doing I will definitely share it with you.

Is there a type of shaker you would like to see?  Or maybe some other project you would like to try?  Drop me an email to let me know and maybe your idea will be my next project.  I promise to share credit for the idea.

Until then let’s hope this week is just as productive as last weekend!