Saturday, January 1, 2011

More adventures in Cricut

So my biggest problem with the Cricut is that I have a job and a kid and no time to play with it! HA HA! Seriously, though, you need time to see what works best for you. I have only tried cutting marshmallow fondant so far as this is the only fondant I use and make myself. I know Cricut sells their own frosting sheets (of course) but I'm way too cheap for that and, realistically, I'm not going to run out and buy a specific colored sheet of frosting every time I want to make something!

Back to my attempts at cutting. If you remember from my last post, I had trouble with warm, soft fondant. I also learned to ease up on the pressure. We're cutting fondant, not wood! So, after my not so great attempt, I rolled the fondant to varying thicknesses and stuck it in the freezer. I actually am not great at rolling fondant to equal thickness, so this part was pretty much an accident, but ended up being pretty helpful as I learned something else - there is such a thing as too thin! I found that the suggestions for 1/8-1/4 are correct. I actually like it a little thicker personally. This is because not only does it lessen the chances of my fondant squishing up while I cut, but since I use mm, it stays harder if it's a little thicker.

After a couple more disasters, I managed to cut out a couple of successful designs! I'm pretty proud of myself at that point. I had a bit of trouble with the snowflake coming off the mat, but that's another part of the process I think.

I also messed around with sizing a bit and found that a little change in size makes a big difference. It was so easy to layer this design to make a really cute flower!
The edges looked a little rough, but I can even them out easily. After working with the machine for a bit, I was able to cut out some more detailed  designs, even half of the "Happy Anniversary" I tried before! I guess that means I'm halfway there!

At this point, I have 2 days to finished an amazing Anniversary cake. The pressure is on, but I think I know how to use this thing now. Well, I guess we'll find out for sure soon enough! Stay tuned...


  1. Hope your cake turned out well. Keep working with your Cricut, it took me some time, but I love mine now!

  2. Thanks Jennifer, it did turn out pretty good (see next blog!) and I'm getting the hang of it more and more. It's a pretty awesome little gadget!