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Old 10-13-2012, 04:34 AM   #2601
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Paige, thank you! You made my day. I try to be fair. I had my barking moments and melt down too over the years. I have always said owning a die cutter is like owning a sewing machine. You have to buy the one that best fits your personality. Cricut fills a lot of niches for a lot of people.

The one big mistake PC did was they made the Cricut community into a family. Then they hurt their family. Now, they are trying to make it into a company. I do like the new CEO's approach. I don't expect him to understand the level of family that PC created. Poor man was at Logitech at the time, lol. A lot of Cricut users do love their machines and are so happy with them. A lot of us do take what PC has done personally and are really hurt by it. This is a company that went to CHA and has a big dinner ball. They have the Circle where many of the members are close to each other. This is a company that has cruises. Then they turn around and do all these screwy things. It's psychology 101 that the customers are going to feel part of a community with PC. It is understandable when PC turns like the mean drunk uncle at your wedding party your going to be extremely hurt and upset.

The Cricut itself is a great machine and a little workhorse. The cartridges are gorgeous even the little kiddie ones, lol. It's a fun machine to work with. I want the Cricut to stay in the market. If I had the money I would buy PC, seriously. My first thing I would do is bring the Coluzzle back, lol.
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I asked a question last night and it seems it disappeared. Anyway, I used glitter paper with my Expression and it wouldn't cup through it. Any suggestions on what to do? It wasn't from Stampin' Up! but some that I bought at Crafts Direct.
Sometimes those thick glitter papers just don't work well in the Cricut - especially the gritty ones. Be careful with those. The glitter can flake off and get caught in your machine, or it could damage your blade. I use the smooth glitter cardstock made by Die Cuts With a View, and it works great.
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Sometimes those thick glitter papers just don't work well in the Cricut - especially the gritty ones. Be careful with those. The glitter can flake off and get caught in your machine, or it could damage your blade. I use the smooth glitter cardstock made by Die Cuts With a View, and it works great.
I'm afraid to use that in my machine or even punches myself.
If I want glitter I cut out image I want and then run it through my Xyron sticker maker and then apply glitter.
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So maybe I really don't want to use glitter paper in my Cricut. I would hate to ruin it. It is really thick stuff. I also tried it in a snowflake paper punch and that wouldn't cut it either!
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I would be scared spitless to put glitter paper in any one of my cutting machines. It's bad enough when there software does not work well with each other let along putting paper in them where the likelyhood of glitter coming off, Yikes!!!
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I asked a question last night and it seems it disappeared. Anyway, I used glitter paper with my Expression and it wouldn't cup through it. Any suggestions on what to do? It wasn't from Stampin' Up! but some that I bought at Crafts Direct.
Did you adjust the pressure and your blade or perhaps if it is really thick paper you need to get a deep cutting blade?

I have used a variety of glitter cardstocks on my Expression machines and never had a problem. There are some glitter cardstocks that have a thicker backing however, and that is when I adjust the pressure to max and the blade to 6.

I agree with the one poster that DCWV is a great glitter cardstock to use when cutting dies with your machines.

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Did you adjust the pressure and your blade or perhaps if it is really thick paper you need to get a deep cutting blade?

I have used a variety of glitter cardstocks on my Expression machines and never had a problem. There are some glitter cardstocks that have a thicker backing however, and that is when I adjust the pressure to max and the blade to 6.

I agree with the one poster that DCWV is a great glitter cardstock to use when cutting dies with your machines.

Good luck!
I was actually looking at that paper stack the other day. I should have bought it because I was thinking that it looked a lot safer to use too when I had looked at it. I LOVE the looks of glitter paper for projects for sure.
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Wasn't planning on a Cricut, but found an Expression with a cartridge at the flea market for $30 this summer. The firmware was version 2.34, thankfully. After some googling, found an old demo copy of Make The Cut prior to when they stopped working with Cricut and use that to cut my own images. I just hit the cancel button immediately after the last cut/before the X watermark cutting starts. I also read someone else just cuts power to the machine after that last cut (pulling the cord or turning off a power strip). Just posting this in case anyone else is looking for a way around the whole PC suing MTC and SCAL thing.
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Wasn't planning on a Cricut, but found an Expression with a cartridge at the flea market for $30 this summer. The firmware was version 2.34, thankfully. After some googling, found an old demo copy of Make The Cut prior to when they stopped working with Cricut and use that to cut my own images. I just hit the cancel button immediately after the last cut/before the X watermark cutting starts. I also read someone else just cuts power to the machine after that last cut (pulling the cord or turning off a power strip). Just posting this in case anyone else is looking for a way around the whole PC suing MTC and SCAL thing.
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It's OFFICIAL.
The Imagine and the Cake have been discontinued.

HERE is the link to the announcement.
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The announcement seems a little vague to me. "the current model", "we cannot comment on future products at this time"

Makes me wonder.
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Maybe they will come out with a new incarnation of the Imagine and Cake. From what it looks like, the original Cake was pretty much a Create. They need to come up with something....cause right now, they got nothin! I don't think they are still manufacturing the Original, Create or Expression. And the Imagine got them into a whole heap of trouble. So what does that leave? Just the Expression 2 and the Mini.
I hope they get it all worked out, because there are alot of crafters that prefer a cartridge based system. And I don't think the Mini is selling very well either.
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Actually, the Original Cricut Cake machine is most similar to an Expression. I have one and you can actually use the E mats if you ever wanted to cut paper with it. Also, Nathan's letter indicates that they are only discontinuing the Imagine and the Cake machines. ALL other machines are still being manufactured. That includes the Original, Create, Expression, E2 and the Mini machine.

PC is under new management and IMO trying very hard to satisfy customer needs. I think unfortunately for them they bought into a lot of unsolvable issues. I have a mini machine and had issues getting it to cut with my Gypsy. I have to say though that PC forum moderator on the Cricut site reached out to me and called me at home to help me work through getting my issue corrected. They were very friendly and helpful and did resolve the problem.
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Well, that's good news if all those other machines are still currently being manufactured. I don't see any of them on brick and mortar store shelves anymore, and I guess I assumed all of the online offerings were just trying to clear out inventory. So YAY! The whole Cricut line is still alive and well ( well, except for Cake and Imagine).
I'd like to get a couple back-up machines - - - I have so many carts now that I'd like to know that I have many many good years left to use them, and it seems like the machines break before the carts do.
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The Cake Mini is the one that is the same machine as the Create. It's just missing the center roller, and all of the parts are "protected/food safe." I have been tempted to remove all of the food safe parts (temporarily) and replace them with regular Cricut parts so that I can bring it to crops. It would be a lot easier than lugging my E. I would only be cutting paper, after all, not toxic waste. I could use it as a Cake machine afterwards.
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Hi ladies!
I have been having trouble with my Cricut Expression I. It won't cut all the way through the paper sometimes. It has done this ever since I got it. Sometimes it works very well but when I cut intricate designs it doesn't. I was using the Winter Lace cartridge last night. I cut snowflakes at 2 1/4". I trying slowing the speed down from high to low. I also put the pressure on high. And yes, I do use the multi cut button.
What am I doing wrong?
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What kind of paper are you using, and what are your settings? Have you changed your blade recently, and is your mat sticky?
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I am using Stampin' Up! card stock. I am wondering is I need to cahnge the depth.
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Yes, you need to have the blade set at 5 or 6 for SU cardstock. It's very heavy.
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Even with a new blade I have to set my blade depth to 6 for SU cardstock
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Scrapjenny and Shayshe - I am going to go give it a try! Thanks ladies!
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My Cricut is yellowed and discolored. My Big Kick is also yellowing. Does anyone have a solution or suggestion on how to clean them? Thank you.
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My Cricut is yellowed and discolored. My Big Kick is also yellowing. Does anyone have a solution or suggestion on how to clean them? Thank you.
Is there a smoker in the house? I would think a diluted Bleach mixture, some White Vinegar or a Magic eraser(made by Mr. Clean I think) may help??
Just had a thought , I wonder if a strong rubbing alcohol would work since it will remove certain things??
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I have had this happen to my Serger, the plastic parts have yellowed the metal parts are fine. My serger is close to 20 years old, so I'm not surprised that it has aged. I am curious is it's cleanable though, although my serger sews fine it looks weird, LOL
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Hi ladies! Ok don't laugh, promise I don't have a cricut everytime I go to buy one, I rationalize something I need more. BUT, I'm finally going to be nice to myself and get one, wooohooo!
So I want to find an expression or E2 (?) And I'm hoping to find one at a decent price on black Friday. I've been searching but can't find any great deals like years passed. Has anyone heard of anywhere good?
I love all the info I have learned from you guys on this MB. I can't wait to get my hands on one (finally ) Thanks Deanne
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Hi ladies! Ok don't laugh, promise I don't have a cricut everytime I go to buy one, I rationalize something I need more. BUT, I'm finally going to be nice to myself and get one, wooohooo!
So I want to find an expression or E2 (?) And I'm hoping to find one at a decent price on black Friday. I've been searching but can't find any great deals like years passed. Has anyone heard of anywhere good?
I love all the info I have learned from you guys on this MB. I can't wait to get my hands on one (finally ) Thanks Deanne
cricutdirect.com has great sales. I bought my Pink Expression from them and have been very pleased. Right now it is average prices, but maybe they will have another good sale.
taymeag2010 on ebay seams to be a good reliable seller too.
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The prices at Hallmark Scrapbook (Hallmark Scrapbook - The ultimate in Cricut, Sizzix and other diecut systems) are very good too. That's where I got my E a few years ago at a very good price and free shipping.
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So I want to find an expression or E2 (?) And I'm hoping to find one at a decent price on black Friday. I've been searching but can't find any great deals like years passed. Has anyone heard of anywhere good?
I love all the info I have learned from you guys on this MB. I can't wait to get my hands on one (finally ) Thanks Deanne
I got my second one at Cricutmachine.com last year just before black friday. I got a great deal on it. I am hoping they have a good sale again because I am looking for one for my best friend. Lately their prices have not been as good as they have been in the past, but when I did order from them I had good luck.
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Thank you ladies! So far I have found the best deal at michaels. The expression 2 and it comes with 2 cartridges @$179
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Thank you ladies! So far I have found the best deal at michaels. The expression 2 and it comes with 2 cartridges @$179
That is a great deal!! Is it a Black Friday sale?
The one I got a few weeks ago is the Pink Expression not the 2. But was only $139.99 without cartridges, but I didn't need them.
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You both got really good deals! Have fun chirping!
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Thanks! Believe me, I have been lol
Hope your having fun too!
Right now, I have way to many things to get done that I'm afraid I will start to see smoke coming from my machine! haha
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Yes! A black Friday aad!! I'm so excited, but a little scared. I've been reading some reviews on the CE2 and there are an aweful lot of unfavorable ones out there! I'm anticipating all these problems already...
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Yes! A black Friday aad!! I'm so excited, but a little scared. I've been reading some reviews on the CE2 and there are an aweful lot of unfavorable ones out there! I'm anticipating all these problems already...
I completely understand because I felt the same way. I ended up finding a to good to pass up deal for a Pink Expression and have been very pleased with it! I'm glad now I went that route and figured I would let the E2 get the quirks worked out a little before I go that route.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:00 PM   #2635
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Hi! I have not read the whole board so I hope I am not repeating a question. I cant decide on whether I should get a Cricut Expression or a Cricut Expression 2. I heard there are some problems with the 2. Are there problems with the original? Does the 2 do so much more that it is worth the risk? Thanks for your help!
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:53 AM   #2636
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I originally deleted this from my email, however I received an add in my inbox that I thought I would mention.

At Cricut.com today only (ends at midnight) regular Cricut Expression is $99
The E2 is $199 and the Pink Regular Expression is also $199.

Hope this helps for those of you who have one of the machines on your wish list.

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BTW...I have both the regular and the E2. Although the E2 is what is currently set out for the last 2 years. I really miss the simplicity of the Regular one. My husband REALLY sacrificed to get me the E2 the day it was release on HSN and I do not want to hurt his feelings. I do not use it enough to ALWAYS REMEMBER what all the ICONS are on the screen so I spend a great deal of time always looking up the icons glossary. I do find that because of this frustration, I do use my gypsy much more.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:34 AM   #2637
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Just my thought. I love my E so much I never considered the E2.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:25 AM   #2638
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I love my Pink Expression and happy I chose that route over the 2 version, but at the same time, If I would have gotten the 2 I would have been able to purchase some of the cute Imagine Carts .They have some adorable patterns I love!
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:23 AM   #2639
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I did buy the $99 E yesterday that was a black friday week deal. They are reconditioned machines. But from everything I've read, people have had generally good experience with the reconditioned machines. They already have the bugs worked out.
So a reconditioned E2 might turn out to be a really good purchase.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:50 PM   #2640
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I was able to find the regular E at walmart.com of all places! I just learned on the E last momth and I really didn't want to learn another version. Plus of course all the negative reviews I found on the E2. Just wasn't comfortable with it. So yayyy us, will be so much fun playing!
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