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Old 11-13-2012, 04:43 AM   #2761
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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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Old 11-15-2012, 09:26 PM   #2763
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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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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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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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Just my thought. I love my E so much I never considered the E2.
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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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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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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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Thanks for the info, Valerie! I am just down the road from you in Hurst! I am really thinking of going with the regular E. Can the E2 do anything special?
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sewnmachine, I would love for you to post after you get your E and let us know what you think!
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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!
Yay!! So excited for you!! A friend of mine ordered her Big Shot from their website and then they told her when she could pick it up at her local store. So easy.
I haven't had my new Pink Expression for a month yet, but have really been having a blast!!
Warning though= don't be so anxious to cut something that you do not prepare your mat enough! I put a piece of card stock on mine and I think I only removed it twice and was so excited "I have to cut something and try it out!!" O boy!! I reeeaaallllyyy did a dumb thing...I didn't want to "waste" a good piece of paper so I put a piece paper that was my least favorite...select , cut ...and o my!! I didn't think I was ever going to get that ugly piece of paper off my mat!!!! The fact that it was thin junky scrapbook paper just made it a night mare!...I still had to prep my mat a little after that still. I was thinking it was like a giant glue board you could catch a mouse on! lol
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Yay!! So excited for you!! A friend of mine ordered her Big Shot from their website and then they told her when she could pick it up at her local store. So easy.
I haven't had my new Pink Expression for a month yet, but have really been having a blast!!
Warning though= don't be so anxious to cut something that you do not prepare your mat enough! I put a piece of card stock on mine and I think I only removed it twice and was so excited "I have to cut something and try it out!!" O boy!! I reeeaaallllyyy did a dumb thing...I didn't want to "waste" a good piece of paper so I put a piece paper that was my least favorite...select , cut ...and o my!! I didn't think I was ever going to get that ugly piece of paper off my mat!!!! The fact that it was thin junky scrapbook paper just made it a night mare!...I still had to prep my mat a little after that still. I was thinking it was like a giant glue board you could catch a mouse on! lol
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Oh this is too funny!!! So cute to describe as a giant glue board. I can so relate to this story!
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Sew Machine! Congrats on your purchase. Personally I think I would feel comfortable and prefer a refurbished model when it comes to Cricut. They have been put through all the test individually and pass. I do not think the ones off the assembly line are as closely inspected.

DCtalkTexas...OMG! You are right down the road! I do not have any crafty friends so I would love to get together and meet.

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do I see BEDFORD??????

I work in Irving and live in Azle!

There is a GREAT scrapbook store out in Mineral Wells!
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Oh this is too funny!!! So cute to describe as a giant glue board. I can so relate to this story!
My dear wonderful husband was sitting there busting a gut watching me!! lol I told him "See! even adults gets anxious about their toys!" lol I was sitting their thinking "I can't believe I just did that!!" I knew better
I saw on your blog you have the Folk Art cartridge from Michaels and was trying to find it online but for some reason I couldn't find a listing for it. Do you know if it is only available in store? I live and hour away from their store and who knows when I will get there. I will look again online .
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Lazorkay...WOW! You have a LONG daily commute! Traffic and construction is so HORRIBLE right now! If there was a way to craft while you are stuck in traffic....hhmmm....that would be great!

I'll bet they would make it illegal though...RATS!

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My dear wonderful husband was sitting there busting a gut watching me!! lol I told him "See! even adults gets anxious about their toys!" lol I was sitting their thinking "I can't believe I just did that!!" I knew better
I saw on your blog you have the Folk Art cartridge from Michaels and was trying to find it online but for some reason I couldn't find a listing for it. Do you know if it is only available in store? I live and hour away from their store and who knows when I will get there. I will look again online .
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At least you both got a good laugh out of it!

Yes, Folk Art is only available in M's stores only.
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Happy Thanksgiving all! Valerie that would be great! Lazorkay is right about that store. I have spent some money there!
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I have a brand new Cake Mini... I got it on sale for $30 a few months ago, and never used it. Can I use it to cut paper? I was going to sell it, but then saw a post where its about the same as a Personal Cricut... Can I take it out the box and use it like one?

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I believe you can - yes. I think the main difference with the "Cake" is the food safe hardware. I think alot of women use it for paper crafting. Probably the recommendation would be to not use it for food materials after it has been used with paper. Honestly though, I think if you cleaned off your cutting blade and rollers etc.... you could use it either way.

Just remember, the mat that comes with your cake is NOT the same mat to use with paper. You need the sticky mat for that. The cake mat is smooth.
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I have a brand new Cake Mini... I got it on sale for $30 a few months ago, and never used it. Can I use it to cut paper? I was going to sell it, but then saw a post where its about the same as a Personal Cricut... Can I take it out the box and use it like one?

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Yes, I've done it. You have to use regular sticky mats and replace the cake blade housing with the regular housing/blade. I just removed all of the food-safe protectors, because I still use it as a cake machine too. When I want to cut paper, I switch everything out. I also make sure that my regular mat is clean on the bottom, and I don't cut anything with glitter.
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Hi Ladies! It's been awhile since I've used my Gypsy. When I went to turn it on last night, all I got was a blue light and a black screen. Upon further research, I am I finding they are calling this the "blue light, black screen of death" which means my Gypsy is DEAD! So of course I think that stinks. Have any of you experienced this? If so, is it true that my Gypsy is dead?
My next question is about Cricut CraftRoom. If I have that and figure out how to use it; do I even need the Gypsy anymore?
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If your Gypsy is truly dead, life will go on without it. With Cricut Craft Room you can do everything (and some things much easier) that you did on the Gypsy. I like CCR much better than my Gypsy because I can see my images better on a big computer screen, and you can also add color to your layers.

Download the application to your desktop - and when you use it you will need to be connected to the internet. And also have space on your crafting desk to accomodate your computer.

However! The cartridges that are linked to your Gypsy can NOT at this time be linked to CCR. That means, that when you are ready to cut out your image, you will be prompted to insert the necessary cartridges into your machine. This can be a PITA if you are using several carts on a particular cut. But.. it is, what it is. Provo Craft has been working on a fix for this for 2 years now, and still haven't come forth with a solution. And women are mad!!!

But anyway, in my opinion, CCR is much more user friendly than my Gypsy. Others will disagree. But right now you have nothing to lose by trying it out. I think you will like it though.

Regarding your Gypsy.... yes - you have the black screen of death. Check out the Gypsy forum on the cricut message boards..... it might be fixable. Or call PC customer service and they might have you try a few things before pronouncing it dead.

If it really IS dead, then what other ladies have done is buy a new Gypsy, send in your dead one WITH your new one and PC will re-serialize your new one so all of your carts can be re linked. That's alot of hassle, not to mention expense.

I know when my Gypsy dies I will use CCR or just make do with my carts as for a stand alone machine.
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If your Gypsy is truly dead, life will go on without it. With Cricut Craft Room you can do everything (and some things much easier) that you did on the Gypsy. I like CCR much better than my Gypsy because I can see my images better on a big computer screen, and you can also add color to your layers.

Download the application to your desktop - and when you use it you will need to be connected to the internet. And also have space on your crafting desk to accomodate your computer.

However! The cartridges that are linked to your Gypsy can NOT at this time be linked to CCR. That means, that when you are ready to cut out your image, you will be prompted to insert the necessary cartridges into your machine. This can be a PITA if you are using several carts on a particular cut. But.. it is, what it is. Provo Craft has been working on a fix for this for 2 years now, and still haven't come forth with a solution. And women are mad!!!

But anyway, in my opinion, CCR is much more user friendly than my Gypsy. Others will disagree. But right now you have nothing to lose by trying it out. I think you will like it though.

Regarding your Gypsy.... yes - you have the black screen of death. Check out the Gypsy forum on the cricut message boards..... it might be fixable. Or call PC customer service and they might have you try a few things before pronouncing it dead.

If it really IS dead, then what other ladies have done is buy a new Gypsy, send in your dead one WITH your new one and PC will re-serialize your new one so all of your carts can be re linked. That's alot of hassle, not to mention expense.

I know when my Gypsy dies I will use CCR or just make do with my carts as for a stand alone machine.
Thanks for your response. I think I will survive without buying a new Gypsy. I rarely used it and you are right about that small screen. I downloaded CCR awhile ago and just haven't had time to fool with it. Lately it's more about what other's want me to design than what I want to design. It's just that time of year.
As far as using different carts on one project and having to load them, I have the Cricut Jukebox so, I'm wondering if I inserted the carts in the jukebox and then connected the jukebox if that would work?
Anyways, it will probably be awhile before I get to anything that complicated anyways.
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Well-it seems that I too may have " the BLACK DEATH" on my Gypsy! UGH!!! I LOVE my Gypsy-even tho she hasn't been used in the past six months-but neverless -I do love her. It is VERY disappointing that the best Provo will do is have me buy another!! REALLY??..sad thing -like many others- I have all my carts linked to my G and and the other sad thing-is the investment of all those carts..... I have been seeing alot about the Cameo-seems like that may be in my future-just hate eating the $$ for the carts I have purchased! UGH!!!!!

-Also-I just jumped onto the Cricut Message board (I think!) sure was lonely-maybe I am on the wrong one?? oh well-thanks for listening!
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Sherry,

Don't abandon your investment because your Gypsy died! Try Cricut Craft Room. I just posted this on the Cricut message board;

I just wanted to pop in here and give a shout out for CCR!! It works with all my machines and I love it.

I'm making several Solstice cards, and I started out with my Gypsy. I gave up on that....too small, too frustrating. For quick small projects I do fine with the Gypsy or even just using my machines with cartridges.

But this project was more involved. So, I fired up CCR and went to town. Geez - it's like night and day. I think what I find so appealing is that the mat is large, and I can color my layers.

I got all of my carts out to pop into the machine when prompted and everything cut out perfectly. AND I was using a refurb Expression that I got on Black Friday.

Now, PC - please please please get cranking on fixing CCR so my Gypsy linked carts can be linked to CCR. When that happens this program/application will be perfect! (imho).

I will gladly, willingly move from my Gypsy to CCR and not look back.

ps - btw, I finally worked up the nerve to update my Gypsy - and everything went smooth. So I was able to go ahead and link Suburbia and TBBM2.

I may be tempting fate here, I better just leave well enough alone now for a while.



If you have alot of cartridges you might as well use them either as stand alones with your machines or with CCR. If you try to sell the carts as linked to a Gypsy, you probably won't get much return on the money you've spent (unless of course you have Hello Kitty)..... but before you go with another cutting system maybe re-evaluate how you can still use what you have. If not having the Gypsy is a deal breaker for you, then maybe a silhouette is in your future. But you will still need to use a computer for that. So, try out CCR before you ditch the whole Cricut thing.

Of course this is all your own personal preference - I'm just on a Cricut high right now because the Cricut Craft Room is working like it's supposed to. Tomorrow might be a different story.......
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I don't have a gypsy or a cricut (gave mine to dd and sold my E) but I read this on another board. Not sure how true it is but knowing PC I believe it could be.

Gypsy users are now being told that if you update, and your Gypsy is no longer under warranty, do it at your own risk. They (Provo Craft) will not be held responsible even though it is their released update. They are aware that failures in the download are occuring that kill the Gypsy.
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Oh, I believe it.

The Gods were smiling on me last week when I updated mine - but even as I was updating I knew if something went horribly wrong I wouldn't be that upset.

The Gypsy is a wonderful little device, but not worth the aggrevation and anxiety of updating. Just one more thing to stress out about.

So basically I'd be happy with just using my cartridges - and now - hooking up to Cricut Craft Room.
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Thought I better give you an update...ummmm...... maybe user error?? (or LACK of use!!) But did take the time to update my G.. ...(maybe sounds stupid! but not sure -THINK I may have just updated firmware!) afraid to go further with an update-but ! She is working again!! Not sure what the most recent update is.....I have PaperDolls Teens-and didn't see that on my G after I updated....may just go with it as it is for now.....don't want to tempt fate! Guess I am going to need to check out the CR...just love not having to mess with the carts! THANKS ALL!!!
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hoping someone can tell me what version of firmware my cricut E will be uprgaded to if i update through the DS?

i am trying to finish some x-mas projects and it is acting wonky....

also has anyone followed these 'reset' directions? was it successful?
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:11 PM   #2792
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Well, I updated the refurb Expression I got on Black Friday. I used my Gypsy to update and it's now on 2.43
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:19 AM   #2793
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Just got a cricut from my amazing boyfriend for Christmas...can't wait to try it out!!!!!!!
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:30 AM   #2794
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Great Boyfriend... You will love the cricut too!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:10 AM   #2795
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Congratulations Kristan! You are going to love it!
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:13 AM   #2796
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Yes, you will love it. And after you've become familiar with the machine download the free Cricut Craft Room application. There you can use either your cartridges or buy their digital images.

At least you can make an informed choice on which way you want to go - digital or cartridge or a combination of both.

In any event, you'll have alot of fun. The Cricut message board has alot of helpful information if you have a question.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:55 AM   #2797
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So, I've been wanting to cut with vinyl for a while now. Watched youtube videos and everything. But the cost and color selection was nothing I really liked.

I just bought a roll of Contact Creative Covering in the shelf liner section of Walmart. $5.28 for a roll 18" wide, 24'long.

OMG!!!! This is sooooo cool! I cut off a small piece to play with. My cricut cuts it like butter. No multi cut needed.

Then I peeled it away from the backing and just stuck it onto my craft mat. The surface is sort of slick and I wanted to stamp on it. So I laid a thin coat of Gesso on it and let it dry.
Would you believe I can then color it with my stamp pads, use my Spectrum Noir markers or stamp a design, glue glitter..... anything you can put on paper you can use on this.

The sticky back is so awesome. It will securely stick to virtually anything, but best of all will also just peel right back off with no residue.

The first thing I'm gonna do is decorate my Cricuts and sewing machines. Then I'm gonna do some wall decor for my sewing room and craft room. I love this because it's just to easy to use!

I also did a few practice cuts with 3/4" designs and the Cricut cuts this as cleanly as paper.
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So, I've been wanting to cut with vinyl for a while now. Watched youtube videos and everything. But the cost and color selection was nothing I really liked.

I just bought a roll of Contact Creative Covering in the shelf liner section of Walmart. $5.28 for a roll 18" wide, 24'long.

OMG!!!! This is sooooo cool! I cut off a small piece to play with. My cricut cuts it like butter. No multi cut needed.

Then I peeled it away from the backing and just stuck it onto my craft mat. The surface is sort of slick and I wanted to stamp on it. So I laid a thin coat of Gesso on it and let it dry.
Would you believe I can then color it with my stamp pads, use my Spectrum Noir markers or stamp a design, glue glitter..... anything you can put on paper you can use on this.

The sticky back is so awesome. It will securely stick to virtually anything, but best of all will also just peel right back off with no residue.

The first thing I'm gonna do is decorate my Cricuts and sewing machines. Then I'm gonna do some wall decor for my sewing room and craft room. I love this because it's just to easy to use!

I also did a few practice cuts with 3/4" designs and the Cricut cuts this as cleanly as paper.

Terrific idea - thanks for posting.
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I also ran it through my Cuttlebug using cuttlebug dies, nesties and an embossing folder. Perfect every time.

Because the contact paper is thin, colored and decorated (and even embossed) this could be used in place of washi tape I think.
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Can I just say that I have found a new love for my Cricut!! The group of crafters I craft with have purchased every embossing machine known to man and I have held off. I came "SO" close to breaking down and purchasing the Spellbinder, BUT instead, I have recently purchased two different cartridges, one from CM and the other from CTMH, I absolutely "LOVE" both of them and the fact that it's like having 6-7 cartridges in one. Love~LOVE~Love and I am now using them for cardmaking which I had never done in the past.
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