Thanks...yeah, I have tried that.
It must be user error although I can't figure out where I am going wrong. It was funny, when I went to cut my mat, I used a Xacto knife and asked DH "How the heck do you CUT a SELF HEALING mat???" and he took it out to the garage and brought it back to me and said "Crafting is a mans world baby, I will help you any way I can..." hahahah!!