(Closed) Cricut Gypsy

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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439 posts
Helper bee

I don’t know anything about the Gypsy, but if you’re considering the Design Studio, I recommend you consider Make the Cut or Sure Cuts A Lot instead.

With Design Studio, you still have to buy cartridges for your cricut.  With Make the Cut or Sure Cuts A Lot, you’re not limited by your cartridges.  I have Make the Cut, and I have seriously only cut one thing with a cartridge.  I love Make the Cut.  It costs about the same as one cartridge, but it has soooo much more flexibility.  I have made a ton of stuff with it, and it’s super easy to use.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I agree with miss buttontoes, sure cuts a lot or make the cut are better and there are many free files available on the internet you can use.  Here is a blog dedicated to the cricut and wedding. 

http://weddingswiththecricut.blogspot.com/

Post # 7
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Helper bee

As far as I can tell, there’s nothing that can be done with a cartridge that can’t be done with the programs.  There’s just more that you can do with those programs than you can with the cartridges.  It might be tough to locate a particular image on a cartridge, but you can always find something close.

I’ve made all sorts of stuff with Make the Cut.  I like it because you can cut every font you have.  I’m working on my table numbers tonight.  I’ve even cut really bizarre things (like a viking ship for a project Fiance had for school) that I definitely couldn’t do with a cartridge.

You do have to download the Design Studio trial from the Cricut website to update your Cricut to work with a usb, but you can uninstall it right away.  You also need Adobe Illustrator (if you have it) or a free program called Inkscape to turn standard clip art into an svg file to use with MTC.  It is so easy to use, though.  I seriously watched one 30 second video on how to use Inkscape, and I was happily cutting away.

I usually use Google image search and then limit my search by “line drawing” to find things to cut.

@vintage87:  Thanks for that link!  I have never seen that before.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@vintage87: Thank  you so much for the link!!!

 

From everyone who has used these programs ( I just got my cricut yesterday) which one would you recomend Sure cuts alot or make the cut or are they about the same?

Post # 9
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375 posts
Helper bee

@HisOctBride:  I have always read great things about SCAL, especially when it comes to fonts and versatility.  It can get expensive when trying to start a font cartridge collection!  However, SCAL and other “aftermarket” programs DO void your Provocraft warranty which some users may not be willing to accept.  I’m a new Cricut owner and I simply do not want to risk my warranty just yet.  I buy my cartridges on eBay and have also been eyeing OhMyCrafts.com and MemoryMiser.com for their sales.  I am a frequently auction stalker on eBay and most cartridges sell for under $30 shipped. 

As far as the Gypsy goes, I plan to purchase one in a few months when my cartridge collection is built up a bit.  I’ve read nothing but great things about it.  I like to lay in bed at night and unwind before falling asleep so designing a layout in bed is appealing to me.  🙂  Not only that, but you can view all of the Cricut cartridges from your Gypsy which may help in determining which one you want to buy next, need next, etc.  (You can use an image in your designs but you cannot cut it unless you own the corresponding cartridge.)  There are a lot of specials floating around right now with the Gypsy, particularly this one: http://www.cricut.com/gypsy/promo/default.aspx

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I downloaded the trials of both MTC and SCAL, and I found MTC to be more user friendly, personally (which is why I ended up buying MTC).  Both programs are essentially the same, though.

 

And as for the programs voiding your warranty, there is absolutely no way that Cricut can tell you used one of the programs.  The programs don’t transfer any permanent data to your Cricut that Cricut could trace.  Cricut just tells you that to freak you out so you’ll continue buying the cartridges.

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