Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cricut Explore Air2 Review - Haunted Mansion Project

I was sent the Explore Air2 to review and I did a pretty complicated project for my first project with the machine and instead of writing a bunch of stuff and taking a ton of pictures I did a video instead. Actually my friend Carmen suggested a video as it would be easier for people to see the detail. I hate video's because I hate my voice and I am not very good at making the dang things but here it is!!





Here is a picture of the house in case you don't want to watch the video. The house is the Haunted Mansion from the Happy Hauntings cartridge and I did have to do some editing *okie thinks saying "some" is the understatement of the year* to the images to get the patterned paper to cut like I wanted so I could apply it to the house it's self.

I am really pleased with how well the Explore Air2 cut all the images and I had some pretty tough ones in there after I got done with my edits of the house. I really liked the ability to speed up the cuts on the regular cardstock. The machine settings won't let you speed up cuts for things that would likely tear up if it did, such as the chipboard setting. One thing I did find annoying was that the Air2 is quite a bit louder than the other Explore machines I reviewed but it is still more quiet than the other Cricuts, Pazzles or the Cameo's I have heard cutting. I think the quietness of the original Explore just has me spoiled 




The house is open at the bottom so you can add lighting if you wish. In the video I used battery operated tea lights and they work okay but for maximized lighting I think I would find something with a few more lumens so the windows really light up. 














I am super glad I chose this as my first project as Graphic45 was having contests all last week on their Facebook page and my little Haunted Mansion won the really nice prize package in the picture to the left!

This was just a win win situation for me!

17 comments:

  1. Nice project and congrats on your win!

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  2. You did a fantastic job on the house!! Love it! Also, you need to do more videos!!

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  3. Wow Okie, I think that I might like this one better than I did the first one you made for your daughter. I have been making some little glitter house so I can only imagine how much more labor intense this one was. I haven't done anything with Halloween other than some cute cards for my Grandbabies since my husband has been gone ( nine years this coming Halloween day). Maybe next year I will open Happy Haunting and make this for my Grandbabies.

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  4. Bee-u-ti-ful!!!! Enjoyed your vid. and hearing your accent. ;-)

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  5. was going to ask about vellum on the windows then at the end you said you used it. great job. and love the g-45 patterns you used.

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  6. Wow! Great work. I'm glad you're now doing videos. Loved it!! Elizabeth Alvarez

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  7. Wow! Great work. I'm glad you're now doing videos. Loved it!! Elizabeth Alvarez

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  8. I think you did great on this video and I love the house, I really do! Thanks for taking the time to make it.

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  9. You've done an awesome job and love the video! Thank you for taking the time to share with us!

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  10. Cool house! A well deserved win!

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  11. Wow! Wow! Wow!!!!! Glad you did the video!!! Carmen was right...the pics did not do the detail justice!!!!! Love!!!!

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  12. Great Video! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. spooky! Awesome project. Love the G45 papers for this project.

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  14. I don't think any of us like hearing our own voice Shirley, I know I can't stand my voice. I love how your haunted house turned out!!! It is so cool looking. I love the papers you used too, you can never go wrong with G45 papers can't you?! You are to hard on yourself Shirley, you video skills are just fine and I am loving that you are doing some videos!! Hugs, Brenda

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