Cricut Expression! I am very excited to be able to cut the larger images, as well as squeeze more colors of paper onto one 12x12 cutting mat than I could on the 6x12. As excited as I was about it, I had no idea how to use any of the features. At first this meant I just didn't use them. As a mom of three I have to say honestly, anytime I make my way to my craft area, I usually have my three trusty helpers close behind. I swear my kids could be outside playing and as soon as I sit down to work on a project, presto - there they are! Oh well, it has been nice having their "input" on colors and sizes for my projects.
I decided this week to make a point to try something new on the Expression. For my son's upcoming birthday, we are having a Mater's Tall Tales party (if you don't know Mater, he is the tow truck from Disney-Pixar's Cars). Now I have planned out the cake, decorations, etc and suddenly, out of the blue, Joey says he wants a Toy Story cake. Now if you have been following me for a while, you may have noticed I am a classic Type A personality. I plan things out for weeks and having a change in schedule can really throw me off. So in a round about way I was able to convince Joey that we would make Toy Story cupcakes for school and keep the Mater theme for home. Since he was pretty excited about that, I let out a sigh of relief and started planning the Toy Story themed cupcakes.
Luckily I had just purchased the Cricut Toy Story cartridge. As I looked over my options of things I could make for little toppers for the cupcakes, I noticed that there was the choice to create glasses. There were three versions ~ Woody, Buzz and the Green Alien. As I prepared my craft area to create 18 sets of glasses for his class, I realized I had no idea what size to make them. Then it hit me, now was the chance to test out the Fit to Length feature. I brought my son over and measured his face from left to right, which was 5.5". I then set the size dial to 5.5" and hit the fit to length key. The machine let me know that to create glasses with a 5.5" width, they would be cut at 3.5" height. Wow! That was easy. I didn't have to print several sizes to find just the right one. So I reset my height dial to 3.5, turned off the fit to length feature and cut the rest of the pieces out.
Cricut Cars cartridge. About a minute later, I asked him what he was looking for and his response was, "The kids in my class would love Mater glasses too. Are there any Mater glasses on this cartridge?"