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Old 04-15-2012, 08:13 PM   #2601
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I was going to put some on a Terra Cotta plant pot but I was afraid the vinyl would come off when it got wet. Does anyone know if it stays on when it gets rained on?
I used it to make sunflowers to stick on flower pots for my goddaughter's bridal shower 2 years ago, and it's still stuck. I've planted in them and watered the plants, and nothing has lifted or loosened.
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The vinyl also sticks to textured walls. The walls in my house have texture (it's a 40+ year old house). I've had vinyl up on my bathroom walls for at least a year and it's still going strong. I did color some detail with sharpies and bic permanent markers. the bic markers have a better color selection but the color faded. The sharpies are still going strong.

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I have finally decided to invest in the Cricut, I want the Expression 2, what I want to know is there somewhere you can go to get a break in the price? Places like Michaels and AC Moore, will not let you use coupons for them. Does anyone know where there might be a sale on one right now? I do know that ACMoore has it for sale at $249.99. Is that a good price? I am overwhelmed by the amount of information on the Critcut here, what a fabulous resource!! Now I really cannot wait to get one!
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Andy - try cricutmachine.com
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Amazon has it for $199 plus shipping.
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Amazon has it for $199 plus shipping.
No, I think the Amazon price is for the Expression with 2 cartridges, not the Expression 2.

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Oh, your right, that's a little tricky. Sorry.
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I have a general cricut question- I have stored my carts in the plastic cart storage boxes you can get from Michaels or Joanns, Is there any reason to keep the original boxes you get when you purchase the cart? I have them in a box currently but if I don't have to keep them then I would like to save the storage space.
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I have my carts in photo boxes - without the original box they came in - threw those away.
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Only reason I can think of is if you are considering resale. Personally if I like a retired cartridge I don't care if it is in a box or not when I purchase.
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That is what I felt, I have no intention of reselling them, and personally I wouldn't care if its in the box, so to the recycling center the boxes will go, YEAH two less boxes in the basement
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Have you considered covering the boxes with dp and making them into stamping projects? They are a nice size for tons of things and the magnetic lid is handy.
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I decorated the box. It has many uses. It makes a great little scrappers tool box, a pencil box or a candy box. It's amazing how much you can get in one of these boxes. My tool kit is still in very good shape considering how much I carry it in my purse and throw it in the backseat of my car.
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I was wondering ...

I can't afford the big cricut machine, will the personal do just as well. I know it won't cut bigger than 8.5 x 11. But that's not a problem for me.

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I have the baby cricut also, and love it too. It won't cut larger sizes, and won't cut the larger shapes like the cards and envies of size on the Just Because cart, but it is still awesome. It doesn't have a few of the options like center point or flip. But one advantage it has is that it cuts perfect circles. Some of the Expressions will not cut circles exactly right. It also takes up less space than the Expression, so that is a plus also. I guess it just depends on what you want...
Around certain holidays, some of the sites put them on sale; Cricutmachine.com etc..
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I can't afford the big cricut machine, will the personal do just as well. I know it won't cut bigger than 8.5 x 11. But that's not a problem for me.

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i have just got cricut expression 2 annaversary .i have had one try at using
the internet on it were you can use their site .i was only able to get up one they put on i wasnt able to use my own cartridge .will have to try again .
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:33 PM   #2618
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i have joinned the internet programme .it only lets me use the one they pick it wont even reconize mine when i put it in . hope you can advece me .thank you .
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not sure were my question goes to i was in cricut chirp first then it went to stamps .
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Try going to cricut.com and then go to community. I just have the cricut expression, but there maybe others there that could help with the expression 2.

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Does anyone know where I can buy a cord to connect my Expression to my computer? I can't find mine anywhere. Never have used it, so I don't even know what it looks like!!!
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Does anyone know where I can buy a cord to connect my Expression to my computer? I can't find mine anywhere. Never have used it, so I don't even know what it looks like!!!
The cord is a long 'white' USB cord with a cricut on one end.
It's my understanding you can use any printer USB cord or just buy a USB cord. Just make sure it is long enough to connect computer & machine. You probably know this already, none of the Cricut machines need to be connected to a computer to work you just insert your cartridges, set your dials accordingly & cut. If you plan on using CCR to design & cut your images, then you need the USB cord to hook up your machine to your computer. If you go to cricut.com, community you can ask a question, or do a search for 'cord' and all messages for 'cord' will come up.

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hi molly can you please tell me what you put your settings on to use cricut i am still having trouble getting the cutter to cut through the paper thank you annimay .
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hi molly can you please tell me what you put your settings on to use cricut i am still having trouble getting the cutter to cut through the paper thank you annimay .
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It all depends on the paper and the image. My Cricut is always set to use '3' across the board; that is, Pressure 3, Speed 3, Blade set at 3. Attached is list from Cricut on the different settings for paper types. Also, make sure the 'dot' on your blade is facing you. It is very important that this dot on the blade is pointing to you.

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i have joinned the internet programme .it only lets me use the one they pick it wont even reconize mine when i put it in . hope you can advece me .thank you .
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I strongly suggest you watch the video's on YouTube to get a feel of how the E2 works. There are many ways to use the functions on this machine and IMHO there is a learning curve. That is why I prefer the original Expression. Go to YT, type in: cricut expression 2 anniversay. The video's will explain all the machine functions and are helpful.

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hi i have just used my cricut to the internet but it blows my net out can someone help me has to why it does this , thank you .
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hi just thought i would let you know i have had success in cutting some things today at last . i have worked out how to do 1' things instead of lg things so all i need now is to be able to get my cricut to work on my computer .also to get crafy room to accept my password .every time i try they say wrong !!!
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I have been trying to update a brand new Gypsy and have had no success. Like the above poster, I cannot log in Cricut because of this password issue. Don't understand why the company doesn't fix this! And their phone service stinks too! I love my Expression 2 and it works fine but thank goodness I have 90 days to return the Gypsy. Provo Craft is really dropping the ball here.
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I am so frustrated! I try and try to use my Cricut but their is always something!!! I will see a new cart and think wow, this one is awesome! I buy it, only to be disappointed again! Always something...either the mat isn't sticky enough...or too sticky. The cs shreds or tears...or doesn't cut all the way down into the fine areas. Sometimes the machine will stop cutting and then just stop...for what reason I don't know. At that point I have to turn the machine off and then back on again, leaving me with less paper than I started with. I love the idea of the Cricut but at least when I use my Spellbinders or my Cuttlebug dies I know what I will be getting. Why is it that it's always a surprise when my Cricut actually does what it is supposed to do? What am I doing wrong?
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I am so frustrated! I try and try to use my Cricut but their is always something!!! I will see a new cart and think wow, this one is awesome! I buy it, only to be disappointed again! Always something...either the mat isn't sticky enough...or too sticky. The cs shreds or tears...or doesn't cut all the way down into the fine areas. Sometimes the machine will stop cutting and then just stop...for what reason I don't know. At that point I have to turn the machine off and then back on again, leaving me with less paper than I started with. I love the idea of the Cricut but at least when I use my Spellbinders or my Cuttlebug dies I know what I will be getting. Why is it that it's always a surprise when my Cricut actually does what it is supposed to do? What am I doing wrong?
That's why I love my BS and my Cricut sits in the closet unloved.
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That's why I love my BS and my Cricut sits in the closet unloved.
I don't have the same problems but I agree I am never confident that I will get what I want with my cricut.
I look at other's work and it's always crisp and professional looking. Mine more often than not isn't cut all the way through on one part or it rips the paper a little....
I think if I had the problems you have I would pitch the thing out the window!
Sorry I can't help but sometimes knowing it's not just you helps a little.
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Neither do I have the same problems and I do love my cricut but feel sorry when I read that someone doesn't like theirs, I do have scal thank goodness as I just couldn't afford to buy all those carts.
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Thanks to all of you that replied...it's just so frustrating! My scrappy bff is all the time calling me about a great cart she's found on ebay and how much she loves it... so, I buy one and sure enough, it won't work well for me!! I had seen the new Flower Shop cartridge and thought it would be so awesome but I know just as sure as I get it that it won't work for me! lolol!
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Do you have design studio? I only have the trial version but it does mean you can change the sizes of the shapes and perhaps do more with the carts
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Have you used your friends Cricut to make sure it's not operator error? If hers works fine for you maybe you got a bad machine???? Is it still under warranty?
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Thanks to all of you that replied...it's just so frustrating! My scrappy bff is all the time calling me about a great cart she's found on ebay and how much she loves it... so, I buy one and sure enough, it won't work well for me!! I had seen the new Flower Shop cartridge and thought it would be so awesome but I know just as sure as I get it that it won't work for me! lolol!


Have your friend come over and y'all play with yours. It could be the settings youare using, or the sizes for a certain pattern that isn't working.

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Y'know...that is an awesome idea!!! I will get her over here and have her show me her tricks! She uses hers all the time! I have had this machine quite awhile so it's not under warranty and if I could figure out everything I would love to get a new one. As it is, their is no way I would~ Thanks for the feedback~
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I am sorry you are frustrated. I have a dear friend who gets frustrated with her Cricut. I don't know about your situation, but my friend does not have a lot of patience nor does she set aside time to actually learn how to use the machine.

When I teach my "How to use your Cricut" Class. I basically walk through every button on the machine, and the handbook is my guide. I'd suggest you'd start with that, then you understand how and what each button does.

For example, portrait versus landscape (all that means is how the images are cut on the mat)

Fit to page, fit to length, not the same but great results.

One of the biggest problems I found that beginners have is that they misunderstand the height of images. Take a border cut. Say the cut has 4 scallops. (You can see the cut in the handbook). If you were to stretch it to 12" to make a border it's like 3" from the straight edge to the scallop and still only 4 scallops. Welding images together is what gives you a 12" border, and many scallops.

Stuff like that

When I first got my Cricut I loaded it with George and Basic Shapes (came with the machine) and some not so great scrap paper (color and design wise, not so great) and I just spent a few hours doing practice cuts. Figuring out size, width, etc.

There are also a bunch of videos on You-Tube that show the basics of all the machines, they are a lot of help. Just do a search and you'll get lots of tips and tricks.

I've taught this class to my friends and they love it, but then their machines sit for months and they forget the steps. I understand, I have to re-teach myself sometimes too.

As for perfect cuts, I don't always get them. I used to make lots of sample cuts, just to be sure before cutting with good paper. Also, there is a free program called Cricut Craft Room that works on the computer and it allows you to do welding, cutting, shaping, moving around the mat and so much more. There are videos. I use both CCR and the portable device called "Gypsy" and this has saved on wasted time and cuts. I can see what I'm going to cut before I push the button and hope 3" is what I really want.

The mats getting unsticky, happens all the time. I keep a roll of painters tape, the blue stuff, and I tape my paper down all the time, mostly smaller pieces, so they don't shift as the mat flexes in and out of the machine. That and a good blade and you should have great cuts.

There's an app available, but also a computer download from "Above Rubies Studio" and she has this huge, magnificent list of paper by brand and type and blade, speed, pressure setting suggestions for the best cuts possible. Very helpful


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Hello,

Sorry to hear you're not having the success your friend is. I have discovered paper quality matters. Some papers (like the Michael's inexpensive Soloid Recollections packs) just don't cut as well as others. If a paper is too soft, thin, or has too much cotton in it, I do nothing but struggle. With good quality papers, I rarely have an issue with.

Having her walk you through is a terrific idea. If you discover some of your issues are machine related, don't worry that it's out of warranty. Call the Cricut support line, talk to them about your issues, they may have a fix for you. Or better yet, help you with your defective machine. Both my mom and I have machines. She was having issues cutting that I wasn't I kept telling her she didn't need to cut everyting 2Xs to cut through, but her machine needed it. Finally after 2 years of this, she called Cricut. They tried several fixes with her over the phone. Finally they determined it was a bad blade housing and sent her a new one, for free.

On the matt front. If you have some of the newer matts and they're not sticking. Call Cricut. They were having issues with the first generation of these. Mom called to ask (we could only get the lightest weight of papers to hold). what was the issue, and they sent her replacements.

In short, don't give up yet. I'm sure your friend has all sorts of easy tips and tricks that will help you out. Hit the web (youTube, Above Ruby's etc). Before you send your machine packing.

Good Cutting!
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:05 AM   #2640
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I don't know if this well help you any but there is a new Cricut book out: Amazon.com: Cricut Expression: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating with Your Machine (9781423623106): Cathie Rigby: Books

I have no reviews of it yet. I have a copy on hold at the library. AboveRubieStudios also has a DVD that is excellent for beginner and expert Cricut users. I got mine at the library too.

Crossing fingers you don't have a defective machine.

You will also get off cuts if your blade is turned the wrong way. Here's a good tutorial: The Card Castle: Installing the Cricut Blade Assembly

Do you see how the blade arrow is pointing right between the arms of the blade holder. Put your blade housing exactly like that. If you just stick the blade in all willy nilly it really messes up your Cricut cuts. All Cricut users have done it one time or another. I have been using the Cricut since it first came out and I did that just recently. I thought my Cricut was broken and almost throttled the machine, lol.

One last thing if your machine is just turning off and on it might be a problem with the Cricut. There could be a loose connection. If you have a friend or family member who knows electronics they can pop your Cricut open and probably find it easily.
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