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Old 07-17-2011, 03:52 PM   #2201
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Ok... I'm very new at all of this digital cutting stuff and think I made a big mistake. I purchased the Cricut and also the Design Studio. After almost throwing it out the window I realized that I can only cut designs on the cartridges... not from free downloads. (If I'm wrong, please correct me) So I'm considering purchasing another cutting machine but have no idea which one. Can I please get a little guideance here from you more experienced crafters?!?! (I'm almost ready to throw in the towel)
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Ok... I'm very new at all of this digital cutting stuff and think I made a big mistake. I purchased the Cricut and also the Design Studio. After almost throwing it out the window I realized that I can only cut designs on the cartridges... not from free downloads. (If I'm wrong, please correct me) So I'm considering purchasing another cutting machine but have no idea which one. Can I please get a little guideance here from you more experienced crafters?!?! (I'm almost ready to throw in the towel)
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What free downloads do you mean? If you mean the free .svg's, you can use your Cricut to cut them but you need a third party program to use them. SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) is the one I use, but I know there are issues with Provocraft suing them so you will only be able to use Provocraft's cartridges with a Cricut. Otherwise, yes - you can only cut the cartridges with a Cricut.

I know other people have talked online about getting Silhouette cutter but I have no idea where to get one. You can use SVG's with those. Maybe poke around at SVGCuts.com and see if they have any information on their site or on their forums?

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Do any of you ladies know where I could get any dinasaur files to cut, apparently our grandson is mad on them so I thought it would be a good theme for his 3rd Birthday card.
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Do any of you ladies know where I could get any dinasaur files to cut, apparently our grandson is mad on them so I thought it would be a good theme for his 3rd Birthday card.
Check svgcuts.com ... I seem to remember a cute SVG set that you can cut with SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot).
Otherwise, there are some cute dino's on Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge, and I think there may even me a realistic dino cartridge out there somewhere.
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HL has the Slice repositional spray adhesive @ 50% off this week and I was wondering if this spray can be used on the Cricut mats to hold the paper in place will the machine is cutting? Can anyone tell me? Thank you!
I would think it would work. I haven't used that particular re-positional adhesive, but I have used the Tombo Multi Liquid Glue. It can be used as removable or permanent. I find it at my local JoAnn's or Michael's and it is only usually $3 and a little goes a long ways and it works great for getting the mats sticky again as well as gluing all types of paper crafts.
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Thanks Karen for your reply, I will have a look tomorrow on the computer.
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I would think it would work. I haven't used that particular re-positional adhesive, but I have used the Tombo Multi Liquid Glue. It can be used as removable or permanent. I find it at my local JoAnn's or Michael's and it is only usually $3 and a little goes a long ways and it works great for getting the mats sticky again as well as gluing all types of paper crafts.
How would you use this glue? Do you spread it on the mat?
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How would you use this glue? Do you spread it on the mat?
This glue has two different sized applicators, so I use the bigger side and put just a little glue on and brush it around with a cheap foam paint brush. Just remember a little goes a long ways, so don't put too much glue on or it will make it very hard to get the paper off once you cut it. Once the glue is dry, I season the mat, like as if I had purchased it new, by running my hands over it multiple times. The oils from your hands will help make it not too sticky. Hope this helps.
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Can you transfer files you design in Design Studio to the Gypsy? I like the Gypsy Font but hate designing anything on the Gypsy's tiny screen. I'd like to be able to design in Design Studio with the Gypsy Font then transfer to the Gypsy so I can cut it out. Clear as mud? LOL Any help would be appreciated.
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anyone have the E2? mine was a gift and I'm having such a hard time with it. I prefer the side scrolls for changing the size and speed, and I really prefer being able to move the needle directly to the are to be cut.....When I try to upgrade to the new version, my computer gives me the message Windows XP is not accepting the version and it tells me I can mess up either or both my computer and E2. I have posted many many messages on the message board and sent numberous requests to PC asking what to do. No reply from anyone other than one person said ignore the note as she did and nothing happened and another person said contact PC.....

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I have the E2 but no Gypsy or DS so I haven't needed to upgrade yet. Sorry I am not more help. The machine is very user friendly when you get it all set to go


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anyone have the E2? mine was a gift and I'm having such a hard time with it. I prefer the side scrolls for changing the size and speed, and I really prefer being able to move the needle directly to the are to be cut.....When I try to upgrade to the new version, my computer gives me the message Windows XP is not accepting the version and it tells me I can mess up either or both my computer and E2. I have posted many many messages on the message board and sent numberous requests to PC asking what to do. No reply from anyone other than one person said ignore the note as she did and nothing happened and another person said contact PC.....

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I purchased some chipboard for my Cricut and every time I use it with the deep cut blade and housing the Cricut sounds like it is going to die, so I immediately stop cutting. I have used cereal boxes in the past and those work well, but any store bought chipboard worries me. I have a multi-pack that I got at Joann's and a pack that I intentionally purchased from Amazon being told that it was a good chipboard thickness for the Cricut. Any help!?
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I purchased some chipboard for my Cricut and every time I use it with the deep cut blade and housing the Cricut sounds like it is going to die, so I immediately stop cutting. I have used cereal boxes in the past and those work well, but any store bought chipboard worries me. I have a multi-pack that I got at Joann's and a pack that I intentionally purchased from Amazon being told that it was a good chipboard thickness for the Cricut. Any help!?
Morissa, I don't use the Deep Cut blade. I use the regular blade, set speed and pressure to 5, and use the Multicut function. I find that 3 or 4 cuts usually do the trick. The chipboard can't be too thick, though. I've used chipboard that is a little bit heavier than cereal boxes, similar to poster board (which also cuts very well the way I described). I do keep a separate blade for chipboard/acetate. This is what has worked for me since I've had my Cricut. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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I am SO glad that I've been listening to this thread!! My DH got me a Cricut (Personal) in June, and I've only used it once. I have learned SO much from you folks who post! THANKS!!
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Just got my first Cricut tonite at Joann's. It's the original - and I am now overwhelmed with what extra cartridges to buy. Do the Cricut Solutions cartridges work in the Cricut Personal Cutter? I've seen a few that I like, but I'm not sure if they will work in my machine.
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Just got my first Cricut tonite at Joann's. It's the original - and I am now overwhelmed with what extra cartridges to buy. Do the Cricut Solutions cartridges work in the Cricut Personal Cutter? I've seen a few that I like, but I'm not sure if they will work in my machine.
The Imagine cartridges are the only ones you can't use in the personal Cricut.
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Michele's got you covered but just wanted to say congrats and have fun

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i havent logged onto this thread in a very long time, so please forgive me ahead of time because i was not going to read the entire thread to find the possible answer...lol....

i was finally able to get "make the cut" but when i go to their website, they say it's not longer compatiable w/cricut???? is this true????

if this is true, then how is the program even used(meaning, what do they use to cut with?)...

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To make a long story short, I have not been able to use my craft room for some 9 months. I'm back in there now and just about to start using my Cricut again. Are you telling me that I paid for SCAL and that I now can NOT use it with my Cricut???
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I've had my Gypsy for 9 months and have updated it several times, but not used it.

I thought I had to update everything my "computer" wanted to put on it and really I don't? I haven't updated in about 3 months - I guess I should again.....
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i was finally able to get "make the cut" but when i go to their website, they say it's not longer compatiable w/cricut???? is this true????

if this is true, then how is the program even used(meaning, what do they use to cut with?)...

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when did you get MTC or were you getting ready to purchase it?
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there is a way to still use updated MTC with your cricut depending on what version you currently have. Check the MTC forums.
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Ok Fairy that is hilarious, you have actually updated it more than once but not made anything. Love your preparedness for when you do get inspired.

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I thought I had to update everything my "computer" wanted to put on it and really I don't? I haven't updated in about 3 months - I guess I should again.....
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What is a "filmware update" and ????????????
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It is firmware It is the brain of the cricut like Windows is to pc


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BWHAHAHAHAHA! Leave it to my SAmi to tell me - so then, how do I update or check it?
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Ive just had a new computer and was worried that I had lost my sure cuts a lot, I contacted craft edge who I bought the programme from and they sent me a download, I had to put in my serial numbers but it downloaded the latest version, I am so happy as my cricut would have been useless to me without it as I can't afford to keep buying the carts. I'm one happy crafted again.
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Sorry I have no idea Jeremy handles that part and he is at a job interview.


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I need HELP in a big way. I have done a search on this thread but didn't find the answer.
I have the Cricut Expression. I am trying to cut a sample stencil out of a 9 x 18 sheet. I chose the Accent Essentials cardtridge, chose the Shift and the scallop key. The size is set at 4". I should be able to at least get one cut out of a 9 x 13 inch paper but it says "Characters won't fit. Change size or press cut againto cut as many as will fit." I am not in the Portrait mode. I am very inexperienced with my Cricut and I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong? I was hoping to get 2 stencils off each 9 x 18 sheet but I can't even get it to cut 1 out? Any suggestions????
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The inches are usually the height of a character not the width. you may need to try turning it 90 degrees if that function is available on your machine.

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I have the Cricut Expression. I am trying to cut a sample stencil out of a 9 x 18 sheet. I chose the Accent Essentials cardtridge, chose the Shift and the scallop key. The size is set at 4". I should be able to at least get one cut out of a 9 x 13 inch paper but it says "Characters won't fit. Change size or press cut againto cut as many as will fit." I am not in the Portrait mode. I am very inexperienced with my Cricut and I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong? I was hoping to get 2 stencils off each 9 x 18 sheet but I can't even get it to cut 1 out? Any suggestions????
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make sure that your cricut is set on paper size 24, you are probably set
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i was just making some cuts yesterday using the 12 x 24 mat and it kept telling it wouldn't fit and it finally dawned on me what the problem was. Mat size.
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By chance do any of you teach Cricut Classes and have handouts or tips and tricks sheets that you would be willing to share with me? I have my first class on Saturday and have been putting some things together, but thought I would ask and see if anyone else had some information as well.
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I teach a class. I don't use a hand out, because I go right through the owner's manual of the machines. I figure they can take notes if they want to, but they have their owner's manual to use as a how-to after the class.

I do have a sample board of each of the cuts. I just glued the piece to foam board and labeled them.

I show the cut, talk about the cut, have them do the cut.

I have fit to page, fit to length, multi cut (used a piece of chip cut), etc.

My samples aren't fancy papers, or anything like that, I want them to learn the cut, not get caught up in "Ohhh, isn't that deer cute, what cartridge is that?" sort of thing. I want them to know how to cut 27 deer if they need to.

I start with how to label their mats to keep the clear cover on the right way, how to refurbish a mat, how to load the mat, types of paper, and everything I can possibly remember to tell them.

I talk about glue, tools, painters tape, fabric, types of paper, etc.

I also talk about the types of Cricut machines, different types of cartridges and why they are the price they are because of their content.

I use all those tips and tricks we've learned along the way.

My class is designed for them to do all the steps with their machines. So far, it's been a very successful class, if you count 2 classes as successful, and one more at the end of the month.

It's a really fun class, because they're not making anything. Just cutting and learning, sort of like a product demo, enjoy
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:45 AM   #2238
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Thanks for the information!

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Hi!
I teach a class. I don't use a hand out, because I go right through the owner's manual of the machines. I figure they can take notes if they want to, but they have their owner's manual to use as a how-to after the class.

I do have a sample board of each of the cuts. I just glued the piece to foam board and labeled them.

I show the cut, talk about the cut, have them do the cut.

I have fit to page, fit to length, multi cut (used a piece of chip cut), etc.

My samples aren't fancy papers, or anything like that, I want them to learn the cut, not get caught up in "Ohhh, isn't that deer cute, what cartridge is that?" sort of thing. I want them to know how to cut 27 deer if they need to.

I start with how to label their mats to keep the clear cover on the right way, how to refurbish a mat, how to load the mat, types of paper, and everything I can possibly remember to tell them.

I talk about glue, tools, painters tape, fabric, types of paper, etc.

I also talk about the types of Cricut machines, different types of cartridges and why they are the price they are because of their content.

I use all those tips and tricks we've learned along the way.

My class is designed for them to do all the steps with their machines. So far, it's been a very successful class, if you count 2 classes as successful, and one more at the end of the month.

It's a really fun class, because they're not making anything. Just cutting and learning, sort of like a product demo, enjoy
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:23 AM   #2239
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I just got an e mail this morning for a sale that is going on at cricutmachine.com They have some great bundles starting at $29.95. I've been wanting campin critters for sometime now and it's in a bundle. I got the bundle and paid less for it that the one cartridge alone. YEAH ME.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:11 PM   #2240
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Okay my Cricut friends - I have a question that I hope you all can help me with. I love my scrapbooking and bought a cricut and love it! I am just starting to spend a lot of time making cards - I especially love making them with stamped images that I use pencils to color in.
I do still need labels and frames for my projects and am not sure if I should get a Big Shot or try to use the Cricut for them. Do any of the Cricut cartriges have a lot of different labels that I could use?
I'm very confused at this point and just want to be "smart" with my spending.
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