Sunday, March 30, 2014

You Can Use Your Silhouette to Cut Cricut Images!!


If you're anything like me, you've invested a fair amount into your Cricut cartridges and love so many of the wonderful images. I'll never tire of those sweet Doodlecharms characters! However, now that I have my Cameo, I find that I'm using SVGs more and more.  I love the variety of cuts available and I also love the ease of the Silhouette software.  Although I do continue to pull out my Cricut now and then, I wondered if it was worth it to me to invest in the new Cricut Explore.  I have read some reviews about how much better the Silhouette cuts.  I have to admit that my Silhouette cuts much more cleanly than my Expression.  (Note: I have not tried the Explore so can not make a comparison with that.)  

Earlier today, I was trying to cut the reindeer from Very Merry Tags and was using my Cricut.  I needed the cut to be on the smallish side - 2.75in.  I tried several times using several methods and had no success.  The antlers ripped each and every time. I then wondered if there was a way to use my Silhouette to cut the image so mucked about with things for a bit... and there is a way!! Using Cricut Design Space, Paint and my Silhouette Cameo software, I was able to import the reindeer image and cut it out using my Silhouette.  Here's a photo comparison:


I find that the Silhouette cut is more defined than the Cricut cut.  Plus, the antlers cut out beautifully! I'm so excited to continue to use the Cricut images that I love so much and combine them with the SVGs that I also love to use.

I created a video tutorial which provides instructions on how to use your Silhouette to cut Cricut images.  I humbly request that you demonstrate integrity in using this method to cut only images which you have already purchased.

NOTE: Cricut has had my video tutorial removed from YouTube. I have spoken with a lawyer and there is absolutely nothing wrong with what I am doing. However, it's simply not worth it to "fight" the issue.  If interested in this method, please feel free to email me at smallbitsofpaper@hotmail.com and I'll be happy to send you written instructions.

70 comments:

Yoshira cricutalltime said...

Thank you for the tutorial Kate!!!I will finally cut those intricate cuts from my cricut carts.

Yoshira cricutalltime said...

Thank you for the tutorial Kate!!!I will finally cut those intricate cuts from my cricut carts.

cricaholic said...

SUPER FANTASTIC!!! can't wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing.

Susie Craft Happy! said...

This is awesome Kate! Thank you so much sharing!!

Susie

Sin City Chix said...

Ahhhhhh-mazing! I tried to follow along with Cricut Craft Room and it did not work for me because it picked up the lines from the mat. I'll have to see if I can get this new Cricut Design Space with all my 200 + carts can't afford to waste all those images. Thank you so much for sharing!

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing, my dear Kate! Your video is amazing, too! :o) I use a Mac and have never seen Cricut Design Space, but I'll have to fiddle around to see if I can work something out, too! This is so exciting. Thank you for sharing with us, my friend! :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Sin City Chix said...

Just wanted to let you know it works fabulously! I just posted the card I made on my blog and thanked you by posting the video so others could see.
http://cr8tivechix.blogspot.com/2014/03/deepest-thanks.html

Sherrie K. said...

Fabulous tutorial Kate!! I don't know much about the cricut design space...I am going to read up on it and check it out. TFS!
Sherrie K

Scrapper69 said...

That is AWESOME Kate! I don't have the Explore either... nor do I want it... but I'm thrilled about using my 250+ cartridges with my Silhouette... Just knowing I can save the files is perfect! Print & Cut here I come!!! LOL :o)

Theresa

Creative M said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial!!I must try this!!!
I still use my Cricut!!
Have a wonderful day my friend,
Migdalia
*Crafting With Creative M*

Nana Donna said...

I will have to watch your video. Just something I wanted to note. I have a few Cricuts and I also have a Cameo, by far the cameo cuts cleaner than the Cricuts do. I cut out that exact reindeer for my Christmas cards this past year. I used my Cricut and cut one from some white cardstock from Walmart, it torn up the antlers like your did. Using the same settings on my cricut went and cut out the reindeer again using Cutmates cardstock and they cut perfect. So card does make a huge difference.

Nana Donna said...

Kate here is a link to that paper I was talking about.http://www.worldwinpapers.com/cutmates.html I learned about it from the Make the Cut forum. It is fabulous cutting paper, whenever I have to cut something small and detailed I use it.
Thanks for taking a peak at my blog

aadams1991 said...

Looks like the Provo Police arrived before I saw this. I just got a Silhouette after many years/two Cricuts/over 100 cartridges and multiple hours of aggravation. I debated getting the Explore and opted to go with Silhouette after seeing the issues I had with Cricut/Provo Craft not corrected or even addressed; just them pumping out more machines/stuff to buy that had some cool bells and whistles but the same problems. Is there any chance I could get written instructions on how to do this?

Kellie Broady said...

They have taken your video down and I have searched everyway to do this and tried some things but I cannot get it to work! Would you care to email me how you did this? kelliebdesigns@gmail.com
Thanks in Advance!

Sonia said...

Thanks for finding out how to do this! I'm thinking about replacing my cricut (I have an OLD one, the original expression) with the Silhouette. Since the video is down, do you have text instructions anywhere? Thanks!!

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Hi Sonia!

I just sent you a message via email.

Good luck!

Kate

Dana Michalena said...

I would also love written instructions pretty please! Thanks for your time!!

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Hi Dana! I just sent you an email. Happy crafting!

Life As We Wish... said...

Hi! Thank you for your input. I've been surching for this info. May I please have a written step by step instructions please?! Jenniemeza@hotmail.com

Thank you so much!

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

I just sent an email, Jennie. Good luck and happy crafting!

Valerie said...

Oh my goodness! I would so love to learn how you did this. I just recently (yesterday!) bought a Cameo. I still own 4 Cricut machines and way more cartridges that I could possible use in a year but I don't have reliable internet to use the Explore. I love how the Cameo can be used without an internet connection. I would greatly appreciate the instructions to use my "paid for" images from Cricut on my new Cameo.

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Hi Valerie! I can't find your email. Please send a message to smallbitsofpaper @ hotmail . com (remove spaces) and I'd be happy to send a link to my new video.

Jan629 said...

I would SO love to have instructions to cut Cricut images using Silhouette. Thanks for helping us!!! jan629@insightbb.com Jan T

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

I just sent you an email, Jan. :)

Keegan Burd said...

I just sent you an email. You...are...awasome!!

Wilma said...

Hello Kate,

I've just sent you an email. Hope tot read from you
Happy New Year from the Netherlands

Wilma Westerbeek

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Keegan and Wilma - I just sent you each an email with instructions.

Happy New Year from Canada!!

Ty New said...

Hi Kate, I just sent you an email from my aol account. Hope you can help. You can also send to this email account. Many thanks.

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

I just sent an email, Ty. Good luck!

Cyndi Cash said...

Hi Kate, could you send instructions to cyndi@frontiernet.net? Thanks

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Just sent, Cyndi. Happy crafting!

J&S Davison said...

Can you please send me your instructions? Thank you in advance.

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Hi J&S! I don't have your email so tried to send a message through Google+. I hope it went through!

Kristy A said...

Hi Kate!
I sent you an email! Thank you so much. Christelle

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

I got it - and replied!

JP said...

I would love to be able to see this video too. my email is junhita@yahoo.com
Thank you so much!!!

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

I just sent you an email, Junhita!

Karen Day said...

Hey Kate,
I sent you an email. I can't wait to learn how to do this!! I was so frustrated with Cricut. Thank you for sharing!!

Karen

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Email sent, Karen!

paula b said...

Hi after searching high and low I found this post telling me how to use my cricut svg files with my new silhouette cameo only to find the video link was missing. Could you please send me the link ward_paula26@yahoo.co.uk thank you xxx

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Message sent, Paula! Good luck!

Rebecca Collicott said...

Hello! I'm thinking about making the switch from cricut to silhouette. The thing that keeps me back is the thought of all the cartridges going to waste. I'd love to see your video on how to use cricut images on my silhouette! Thank you!
Please send it to Bec224@aol.com

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Hi Rebecca - message sent!

Lisa said...

Hi Kate. Wow I was glad to find your blog. My daughter and I have a silouhette portrait and I just saw some cute digital images on the cricut website. Are those SVG files and are they the images you are referring to? I would love to see your tutorial. I never owned a cricut machine or any cartridges but I love their critters. My email address is lisagolzbein@att.net.
Thank you in advance!
Lisa

DreamgirlLisa said...

Hi, can you please send me the tutorial as well? thank you so much!
lisadida@sbcglobal.net

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Message sent, Lisa!

Julie said...

Hi Kate, you are amazing for figuring a way out, something which I have wrecked my brains over for quite a while now. I would be so grateful if you could kindly forward the tutorial to me as well: milktoof@hotmail.com

Have a nice week ahead! Cheers, Julie<3

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Hi Julie! Instructions have just been sent. Happy crafting!

Christina Stevens said...

Kate, you are so kind in sharing this. Would you please send me the instructions? cstevens91811@gmail.com thank you!
Christina

genna.elizabeth;♥ said...

Hi Kate
I would love written instructions too please.
genzeh.baby@live.com.au
Thanks a million!!
Genna x

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Christina and Genna - Emails have been sent!

Bubba and Nana said...

I would love to learn how to do this if you are able to send the directions to my email...Thank you so much in advance. What a great help

Terry
mmccloskey2@juno.com

Kate D said...

I just sent them, Terry!

sherry rodrigues said...

I sent you an email. Hope to hear from you soon. thanks

Kate D said...

I just replied, Sherry!

Kelly (Whimsy by Kelly) said...

If you could possibly email me directions too, I'd really appreciate it.
Whimsybykelly@gmail.com

Kate - Small Bits of Paper said...

I just sent the directions to you, Kelly. :)

Anonymous said...

I would love the instructions! samantha@samandlizzy.com

Thank you,

Samantha

Kate - Small Bits of Paper said...

Email sent!

Vangie Bactat said...

i would love to get the instructions too! vangie0415@yahoo.com thanks!

Kate - Small Bits of Paper said...

Message sent, Vangie!

Brenda said...

Please send me the written instructions. Gumbyhardy@gmail.com

Kate - Small Bits of Paper said...

Instructions sent, Brenda!

melba said...

I would love to have the instructions, could you please send them to me? thanks.

Kate - Small Bits of Paper said...

Hi Melba! I just sent you an email! :)

Jessie Sullings said...

Hi Kate, Please can you send the written details for this gem of information!
Thanks in advance, Jess

Kate - Small Bits of Paper said...

Hi Jessie! There is no published email address attached to your account. Please send me an email at smallbitsofpaper@hotmail.com so I can reply with the instructions.

johanna blackman said...

Hi i would love to get instruction as well sent you an email (my email is jmmojar6@gmail.com) thank you for your help

johanna blackman said...

I would love to get instructions as well jmmojar6@gmail.com here is email i use to request for instruction thank you for your help

Kate - Small Bits of Paper said...

Hi Johanna! I've sent you an email. 😃