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Old 09-10-2011, 04:55 PM   #2401
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there are squares on the george cart
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I was hoping that there was a way to cut the 12 x 12 sheet into 4 pieces.

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you can only cut up to a certain thickness of chipboard with a Cricut. Check the forum on their website for the thickness limit.
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Agree. It would be 10 times faster to just make 2 or 3 cuts on the chipboard rather than loading them in the cricut, doing multi cuts (since it's chipboard), etc.
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I'm having a difficult time with my pressure and speed working with my paper. I'm using SU cardstock and using the Create a Critter cartridge. First, my paper is not sticking. I cleaned my mat, and even used the Slice repositional spray on it, and my paper is sliding after using the mat a few times. The blade is also tearing my paper when trying to do small cuts. I'm using med speed and med pressure. I tried using a low pressure and mulit cut, but the same thing happened. Do I need to really slow it down and do a high pressure? Maybe different paper that isn't so fiberous works better? The hippo tail and giraffe legs are my biggest challenges right now. I haven't tried the other animals yet because I'm frustrated. Any ideas? TIA
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It might partly be that your mat isn't sticky enough. Here's the method I came up with and works great: Making Cricut Mat Sticky Again!

I pretty much ONLY use Stampin Up cardstock! I keep my blade depth on 6, pressure Max, and speed high. For smaller for intricate cuts I slow it down to medium. How old is your blade? Do you cut a lot of glittery paper, which will dull your blade quicker? Also, I have to admit that I really thing that some cuts just can't be cut out really small.

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It might partly be that your mat isn't sticky enough. Here's the method I came up with and works great: Making Cricut Mat Sticky Again!

I pretty much ONLY use Stampin Up cardstock! I keep my blade depth on 6, pressure Max, and speed high. For smaller for intricate cuts I slow it down to medium. How old is your blade? Do you cut a lot of glittery paper, which will dull your blade quicker? Also, I have to admit that I really thing that some cuts just can't be cut out really small.

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Really? Wow, I was amazed to read that you only use SU! cardstock on your Cricut. All colors? Even the Whisper White? I find it so hard to believe because every time I try, the paper sticks to the mat (old or new) and just shreds when I try to pick it up from the mat.
I guess I need to figure out what the difference is!
Thanks so much. I am going to stay optimistic that I will be able to SU! CS too since I have so much!
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Thank you Laurie! I will try your method to make my mats sticky again. I have to admit I've never changed my blade since I've had my cricut, which has been a few years. I don't use the bug a lot, but the blade has never been changed. Yep, even have cut glittered paper in the past as well. I'm working on baby shower decorations so I want everything to look perfect. Ok, off to try again!
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Agree. It would be 10 times faster to just make 2 or 3 cuts on the chipboard rather than loading them in the cricut, doing multi cuts (since it's chipboard), etc.
I dont think my paper cutter will cut through chipboard. I need the cuts very straight because I am using them for cookbook covers. I think I will see if Office Depot will cut them in their copy center.

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I'm having a difficult time with my pressure and speed working with my paper. I'm using SU cardstock and using the Create a Critter cartridge. First, my paper is not sticking. I cleaned my mat, and even used the Slice repositional spray on it, and my paper is sliding after using the mat a few times. The blade is also tearing my paper when trying to do small cuts. I'm using med speed and med pressure. I tried using a low pressure and mulit cut, but the same thing happened. Do I need to really slow it down and do a high pressure? Maybe different paper that isn't so fiberous works better? The hippo tail and giraffe legs are my biggest challenges right now. I haven't tried the other animals yet because I'm frustrated. Any ideas? TIA

Don't give up on this cart -- it's about my favorite one. Try cutting some of the easier animals: the skunk, the frog, the turtle is a great one....and see what papers you have trouble with. The giraffe legs are skinny and mine do tear if the giraffe is too small. Other animals I have had trouble with are the monkey and it's tail, the lion and it's tail and legs, and yes, the hippos tail. But I have found if I make the animals a little larger, they cut better. I think if you try cutting the turtle (2 inches is a good start) with your 'regular' paper, you will see if it tears. If the needle is bad or the paper not the best thickness, the turtle will give you a heads up. I have used scrapbook paper from Dollar Tree and with the bigger cuts, they come out great. Don't get too frustrated with this cart and some of the cuts...with practice you will have a great time with Create-A-Critter !

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IME cricut cuts aren't perfect (even the squares) so that may not have worked for you anyway. I have an old carl cutter that I don't like but it works perfectly for chipboard so I kept it. A rotary cutter (like for quilting) and metal ruler would work too.
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Don't give up on this cart -- it's about my favorite one. Try cutting some of the easier animals: the skunk, the frog, the turtle is a great one....and see what papers you have trouble with. The giraffe legs are skinny and mine do tear if the giraffe is too small. Other animals I have had trouble with are the monkey and it's tail, the lion and it's tail and legs, and yes, the hippos tail. But I have found if I make the animals a little larger, they cut better. I think if you try cutting the turtle (2 inches is a good start) with your 'regular' paper, you will see if it tears. If the needle is bad or the paper not the best thickness, the turtle will give you a heads up. I have used scrapbook paper from Dollar Tree and with the bigger cuts, they come out great. Don't get too frustrated with this cart and some of the cuts...with practice you will have a great time with Create-A-Critter !

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Ironically, the critters you mentioned having the biggest trouble with are the ones I need! lol We are doing a Noah's Ark theme baby shower and we are trying to make all the animals match. I increased the speed and pressure and it was much better. I make my mats sticky again and that was big help too! The giraffe, well, that one may not be worth the trouble. He's adorable but those legs are killing me!! I'll post a picture when I'm done. Thank you everyone for all your help!!
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I love my Cricut E, my original machine so much that I now have a Cake, Imagine, and Create (for travel). Yikes!

BTW, does anyone know what the difference is between the Expression 2 they are having on HSN soon versus the one they released earlier this year? The adverts I see for it make it sound like it is "new".
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I can't wait to see the new machine. HSN is going to lauch it at midnight tonight.
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BTW, does anyone know what the difference is between the Expression 2 they are having on HSN soon versus the one they released earlier this year? The adverts I see for it make it sound like it is "new".
It sounds like they removed two of the original cartridges and are enclosing two recent releases. And, sounds like they have also made it easier to move the blade around for cutting. I'm hoping that's an upgrade for the current E2.
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Does anyone know if the Create is still available in stores? All the "baby bugs" that I see in the stores are the "Personal Electronic Cutter" but don't have the extra buttons the Create does. I've found it on amazon, but was hoping to find it on sale somewhere.

As a side note - has anyone heard anything new about when the Cricut Mini is supposed to be out?
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I was watching HSN last week - nearly purchased the Imagine bundle they were offering. But each time I went to hit the submit key, I kept thinking about the limitations. Just another machine where I would have to rely on their art - pay top dollar for the art and not being able to really express myself - i.e., create my own paper designs. Was I wrong? It was a seemingly amazing deal - but again, only if you have the money to spend on the carts to get the art. Did anyone buy this? Can you make your own paper designs on it?
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To PinkGeek - I don't know when the Mini will be released, maybe around Thanksgiving, hard to tell. I always add 6 to 9 months for new machines, although I haven't bought a new machine since the Gypsy

To KatieMacScrap - From what you wrote, I would suggest you not purchase a Cricut product. It is a cartridge driven system, you are dependent on the released images. As for the Imagine, again, it's cartridge driven, the paper designs are cartridge driven, but I believe you can adjust the colors. There was a lot of RGB codes being discussed and shared after the Imagine was launched. I don't have this machine either.

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ok, so yesterday, I finally had time to get out my G. I connected it to my Cricut and NOTHING. Yes, there is power, and yes the G is updated etc.

What was missing or what was I doing wrong? My C acted like the G wasn't even there.

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good for you Katie, resistance is hard, I've never bought anything on there as I dont normally watch. alot of stuff I wanted too. here is my expereince just with plain cricut and a big shot. ......after years and years of not buying ALL the toys my friends and internet friends did this happened.....I went to a crop got to use a cricut and was hooked. months went buy, bought one of the original machines at half price. one cartridge.....months before I bought another cart and then started to use it....only to find it actually was time consumming for me. I could stamp and do a title faster than cut out, pick off the sticky mat, add adhesive and line those letters up. of course online everyone going on and on about the alterations dies and nesties and such.... well go out and buy the big shot. once again have to buy more and more extra things. how many of one thing does a person use anyway? a Flower or a birdcage??? and with some of these things you end up using things to justify buying them, I am starting to appreciate more and more doing it the time honored way--make it yourself. I was at a crop recently where at least two of the women constantly used their cricuts for everything on the pages. they got no more pages done than I did and frankly all the cutouts were maybe layered but no personal touches on them..... that is where the artistry come ins for me. I want to ink the edges make my own 3-d flowers etc. if I wanted some one elses artwork I would buy pre-made pages like anther one did in that group. oh I take that back.......shhe would then put stickles all over EVERY page. AAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!

I dont want to knock any product or machine. and certainly not my fellow stamper?scrappers , everything has its use but please use your creativity along with it. when the extrasfor the "TOYS" cost as much as they do is it really worth it?

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It sounds like the cord or ports use an air can and clean them then make sure it is totally in both devices. Good luck

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What was missing or what was I doing wrong? My C acted like the G wasn't even there.

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I recently purchased a pumpkin box SVG pattern for use in my Cricut Expression. The finished project has many layers ... the box base, eye, nose, mouth, teeth, stem, etc. When I import the svg file into my SCAL software, all the pieces are on one pattern. Is there a way to separate the different pieces so that I can cut them individually in the different card stock colors I want to use?

I hope this makes sense.

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I don't know if this is the best way but I had something similar and I opened the file, deleted the pieces I didn't want and then saved the layout with the name and color (Like: orange pumpkin). I reopened the file and did the same thing for the next color and saved that layout as well (black pumpkin).
I would love to hear if there is a quicker way.
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I've tried various keywords to search an answer for this question but had no luck so I apologize if it's been asked/answered.
I have a cricut create and wanted to use the "stretch your imagination" cartridge to make basically a rectangular mat (using the shadow feature to make the mat and the frame is a bit fancy, not just a plain rectangle but you get the picture)-I need it to be about 6 inches long. I've tried cutting in landscape and in portrait but it just doesn't want to cut the rectangle with the long edge down the 12 inch side of the mat. I just keep getting a message that the "character won't fit". Seems like there should be a way to have the character rotated 90 degrees so it will fit lengthwise on the mat. Am I just trying to do something that the cartridge won't do? I mean, I imagine if you wanted to make a giant 8 inch word you'd have to have each letter printed longways on the mat.....
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I recently purchased a pumpkin box SVG pattern for use in my Cricut Expression. The finished project has many layers ... the box base, eye, nose, mouth, teeth, stem, etc. When I import the svg file into my SCAL software, all the pieces are on one pattern. Is there a way to separate the different pieces so that I can cut them individually in the different card stock colors I want to use?

I hope this makes sense.

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Try this. Select all. Right click and choose ungroup. Then you should be able to drag the different elements off. Or if that doesn't work click on break apart and drag elements off. There's a difference between the two but I can't remember exactly what it is. I don't normally use SCAL (I use MTC).
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I don't know if this is the best way but I had something similar and I opened the file, deleted the pieces I didn't want and then saved the layout with the name and color (Like: orange pumpkin) ....
Thanks, ladies ... I got it to work!
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Thank you for letting me know about the deal of the day. I ordered the bundle and it arrived yesterday. The shipping was excellent and veryfast. My Gypsy did not work, but I called Provo Craft and they are sending a new Gypsy. The customer service was very good. I had to hold for awhile but it wasn't that bad. I am looking forward to getting the Gypsy replaced. It was not Cowboom's problem, just once in a while things things get sent out and don't work. I was happy Provo Craft is making it right.
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I am looking for thr I Love You a Latte cartridge. Anyone know where I might find one to purchase?
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Walmart usually carries the Lite cartridges, have you tried there? Provo Craft may get more in stock, it's not that old. Good luck, it's a fun one, I use it a lot for my daughter and friends.......
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I finally took the plunge and ordered a Cricut Expressions thru Walmart. I paid 248 for the machine, tools, spatula, 2 cartridges and the Design Studio. Is that a good price? I hope I didn't make a mistake in getting it with the Design Studio since after reading the thread it doesn't look like it will be of much use, since you can't cut with it. It says to use a third party like SCAL which is being sued. Are there other 3rd parties out there? What do I look for? Also, I see that there are instructional videos, should I invest in one? I also added some other cartridges and the 12 x 12 cutting mats. Is there anything else I need to get started? Should get it around Nov 1, can't wait!
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:18 PM   #2435
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You can cut with design studio as far as I know, but only from cartridges you own. No 3rd party software works with cricut anymore. Possibly fairy cut but I'm pretty sure they've either put a stop to that or will very soon. So pretty much all you can do is buy cartridges you like and use those for whatever shapes you want.
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So, did I waste my money on the Design Studio? Can you cut the cartridges you own without the Design Studio?
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So, did I waste my money on the Design Studio? Can you cut the cartridges you own without the Design Studio?
I myself bouth the design studio software before I discovered Make the Cut. You can use the design studio software to manipulate the file shapes, but nothing like Make the Cut. My advice is to play with your software and discover what it can do for you. You can only use the shapes of the cartridges that you have, but you can certainly cut using the software. Also, you don't necessarily NEED to use the design studio to cut your images. You can simply plug in a cartridge into the Cricut, select an image, select the size of the image you want to cut, select the pressure and speed based on what type of paper you'll be cutting, then press cut. If you love the cartridges you purchased, then you won't be disappointed. Have fun with it. Hope this helps.
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The option I love about Design Studio is the weld feature. You can use it to join letters together so you do not have to paste them separately on your project. I did not pay much for my design studio so it was worth it just to have that option. I don't think you wasted your money. You will enjoy the machine and all the extras you have. You will love having the 12 x 12 rather than the 6 x 12 mat. Don't worry, have fun!!!!
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I use my Design Studio with my Cricut all the time and love it. I think you got a good deal. Watch the prices on the cartridges like anything else. I buy a lot of mine on cricutmachine.com. I watch for specials. I just got 3 cartrides for $40 with shipping. They have a special going on right now.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:47 PM   #2440
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Thank you all for your input. I get to pick up my cricut expression today, it only took like 3 days to get it at Walmart and I'm so excited! I can't wait to play this weekend!






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