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Hello My Fellow Crafters,

You want to know what today is?  Cyber Monday 🙂

I want to share with you some great Cricut  Cyber Monday Deals
Cricut Explore Bundles

If you spend $10 or more (before tax and shipping) you will get a $10 digital credit (one credit per Cricut.com account).

There is also a new free shipping code for December with no minimum purchase – just use the code FREESHIPDEC for free standard shipping within the continental US.

If you haven’t shopped on the Cricut Site yet to take advantage of the special savings,  you may want to start shopping real soon because these prices are scheduled to end tonight at 11:59 p.m.

You can use the code below to save another $5 on orders of $50 or more, and also sale price on explore and $20 off all explore bundles.  These are affiliate links and I really appreciate your support for my blog when you shop using my links.

Valid: through 12/1

$5 Off Orders $50+ with code: CRICUTBF5

Valid: 12/1 Only

Cyber Monday Sale: Cricut Explore just $229 & $20 off all Explore Bundles

You can still save 40% on mats, blades, tools, accessories and supplies and clearance items are 80% off.  There are so many cartridges and image sets to choose from. 100 cartridges are $14.99 or less and most of the rest are $19.99.  It is a good time to add images that aren’t in the Image Library Subscription to your collection.

Have fun Cricut shopping today and remember you only have till 11:59pm to get these great deals.

Make It A Great Day and Don’t Forget To Leave Time To Craft!

Our friends just moved into their new home and invited us over for dinner.  I wanted to make a handmade housewarming gift using my Cricut Expression Machine.

Since my Gypsy has been sick and is going into the Provo Craft hospital next week, I have been using my Cricut Design Studio.  It works great but you have to sit at your computer to design which when you have a Gypsy you get spoiled designing any place that you like.   Anyway, I started to design a cricut card and it turned into a framed plaque.

plantinschoolbookandjasminecricutcartridge

I used a neutral paper, since I was not sure what colors they were using in the house.  Then I cut the word Welcome using the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge.  I altered the welcome with my Design Studio to get the perfect size that I needed to fit inside of the frame.  Then  I cut it out with my Cricut Expression Machine I really liked the way it looked using the “negative” piece of paper. (instead of using each individual letter separately.  Using the same cartridge Plantin Schoolbook I cut out the word Established and 2010 and again altered it with the Design Studio for a perfect fit.

For there names I wanted to use a Cricut Cartridge that had a script font.  So looking thought my library of Cricut Cartridges I decided to use the Jasmin Cricut Cartridge.

I glued it all together with the Zig 2 Way glue pen for the words cut in the black cardstock and for the large Welcome piece, I used my new pink ATG gun to put onto the light aqua green cardstock.  Put it all in a frame. I completed this project by using some raffia that I tied around the frame and then used a paper punch from Family Treasurers of a house that I added to some of the ends of the raffia.

I love the way this turned out and I hope they enjoy there handmade house warming gift, and many years of happiness together.

Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

So people have been asking, what is the Cricut Gypsy? In a nutshell, it is a handheld cricut design studio, but better. Better because the cricut gypsy is portable and does not need a computer to design your layouts.

I was one of the lucky ones to get a Cricut Gypsy, and it arrived on my doorstep last Thursday and I Love it!  It is lighter than I thought it would be which is great since it will be in my hands a lot.  I posted on the message board yesterday that I am starting to like football.  I watched a game with my hubby; well I sat with him while I designed with my Cricut Gypsy.  How cool is this I can spend quality time with Hubby and we are both doing something that we enjoy!

I know that the first thing you want to do when you take it out of the box is turn it on.  I also bet that a lot of you thought that it didn’t work when you hit the big silver button on the front of the machine.  That is because that is not the on/off switch.  The on/off switch is on the side of the machine.  But you would have known that if you read the manual.  I have also been reading the message board good & bad.  All I can say is read the manual on line, (yes it is online, it didn’t come with the machine) but lots of companies are doing that now.  It does keep the cost down and easier for updates too! If you don’t want to read the entire manual before you start then don’t complain when something supposedly goes wrong.

Still wondering what is the Cricut Gypsy and how it can help you? It gives you more time to be creative because you can use it pretty much everywhere.  Also, you don’t need to go to the eye doctor.  You can make the images larger on your screen.  Read the manual and it will explain how to change the default size of the images.

The one thing I do have to say is you better really love or like your Cricut Gypsy a lot, before you link your cartridges to it.  First because once you link a cartridge, it’s for that Cricut Gypsy only. Your cartridges will never work in another Cricut Gypsy machine again.  It WILL work on your Cricut cutting machines. And I also heard that if you link, you can not return your Cricut Gypsy.  So think before you link. (I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it).

I have also learned that since you can sit and relax anywhere using the Cricut Gypsy, you can really get into looking at all the cartridges out there that you do not own, and even design pages with them, so that when you do have some money saved up, or your birthday rolls around you will know what to ask for.

I hope that answers the question, What is the Cricut Gypsy? Everyone, even me, have a lot of questions on how to do this and that.  It’s called learning a new piece of equipment.  Remember when you first got your Cricut cutting machine?  You had ton of questions then too.  It was the same as with your Design Studio.  All I can say is practice makes perfect.

So pick up that beautiful Cricut Gypsy and start learning all there is to learn about it/her/him.  And I betcha you will love it.

Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

I have been receiving a lot of emails from various companies saying “Start Saving Your Money” or “Time to Break Open your Bank”, I don’t need to go on you get the idea.   The reason is that there are some new Cricut Cartridges on the horizon.  To be exact, there are six new Cricut Cartridges:  Everyday Paper Dolls, From My Kitchen, Picturesque, Sweethearts and Winter Wonderland these are all fully functional cricut cartridges.    There is also a solutions cricut cartridge called Serenade.

No one is saying when they will be released; I am just hoping that they will be available for Christmas.  But, there is one really cool thing; they are all on the Cricut Design Studio software ready for download now.  The Cricut Message Board posted the announcement last week.  You can read all about the announcements and also get to the download page by clicking on this link for the Cricut Message Board.

You may be saying so why is this so cool, it is because you will be able to see what is available on each of these new Cricut Cartridges using your Cricut Design Studio software, you will be able to start designing cards and scrapbook pages and when they are released all you need to do is purchase, install and press print.  Now that is cool!

You can use these new Cricut Cartridges on all of the Cricut Die Cut machines.  Cricut Expression, Original Cricut, and the Cricut Create.

I know already that I will be purchasing one of the new cricut cartridges and it is the ‘From My Kitchen’ Cricut Cartridge.  My husband and I love to cook, and also love to invite friends over for dinner.  I always have my camera handy to take pictures of our gatherings.  This new cricut cartridge will be great for my scrapbook making.

Here is my quick review of the new cricut cartridges that I put together while looking through what will soon be released and tells you a bit about what is in each cricut cartridge.

Everyday Paper Dolls – people figures, clothes, accessories such as cell phone, crutches, dumb bells, karaoke machine, golf cart, scooter, ski chair lift…..

From My Kitchen – utensils, pots, pans, tea pots, bowls, blenders, food shapes such as chicken drum sticks, spaghetti, vegetables…..

Picturesque – all kind of scrolls, swirls, flowers, lacey picture corners, birds, swans, butterflies…..

Sweethearts – couples, wedding, engagement, valentines, hearts, and bicycle built for two, love sentiments, wedding cakes, churches…..

Winter Wonderland –ice skates, sleigh, reindeer, skis, fun winter sentiments, evergreen trees, snow man, mittens, scarves…..

Serenade – birds, bird cages, butterflies, vases, flower pots, trees, branches, flowers, fruit…..

So, I am not going to tell you to save your money or break open your piggie bank.  What I want to suggest to you is to download some of these new cricut cartridges onto your Cricut Design Studio Software and start seeing what you are missing.

What?  You don’t have the Cricut Design Studio Software yet?  What are you waiting for?  Just use this link to get the Cricut Design Studio Software right now!

Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

First you purchased your Cricut cutting machine (the Original Cricut, Cricut Expression, or Cricut Create).  After playing with it for awhile, and wasting a lot of paper with all of your errors, you see that there is another product on the market called Cricut Design Studio.  This is a software package that you load on your computer that allows you to see what you are going to cut on your computer screen before you cut on your cricut cutter.  It lets you connect letters together, alter shapes and the list goes on and on.

The Cricut Design Studio is actually is a paper saver too since you see exactly what is going to be cut before you cut the images on your Cricut cutter.

So you break down and purchase the Cricut Design Studio software.  You open it up and see that there is a program disc, user manual on how to install the software and some basic terms and applications, a USB cable and a cute cricut mouse pad.  You load the software in your computer and then if you are like me you said “Now what the heck do I do next?”

Here are just a few things that have helped me with the Cricut Design Studio software and hopefully it will help you too.

1. Cricut Design Studio has all of the cartridges that are available loaded into this program.  And what is really cool is that if you see that a new cartridge was just released, no need to purchase any new software, you can go online and update your software so you have the latest version available.

By having the Cricut Design Studio software, you can actually see all the images from each cartridge and this may help you decide if you would like to purchase that cartridge.

Note:  Just because you see all the cartridges available on the Cricut Design Studio software, you must physically have that specific cartridge loaded in your machine in order to cut the images.

2. The manual refers to Welding.  Welding is connecting images or letters together.  Just remember if you want to connect, you have to check the box for welding on your screen.

Welding is very helpful if you are typing phrases for your scrapbook or greeting card.  It is sometimes a pain to adhere individual letters on your paper to make your phrase.  You need to make sure that your lines are straight and letters are evenly spaced but with the welding feature it is just one piece of paper that you need to worry about, all the spacing and straightening is all done for you.

3.  Another great feature on the Cricut Design Studio software is that you can use more than one cartridge when creating a design.

For example:  You are creating a banner that says Happy Birthday Paul.  You decide to use the Jasmine cartridge for the words Happy Birthday but want the Tear Drop cartridge for the word Paul.  With the Cricut Design Studio software that is no problem.  When the Cricut is cutting it will tell you what cartridge to load in your Cricut cutter.  Now how cool is that.

Your creativity can go wild with the Cricut Design Studio software.  The possibilities are endless.

Cricut Design Studio Bonus Pak Software – $ 84.09
This software lets you take your Cricut creativity to a new level. Use the software with the original Cricut or the Expression machine and cartridges. Using the on-screen cutting mat you can modify designs by moving, reorganizing, rotating, resizing, skewing and welding letters from available cartridges. Requirements: Window XP or Vista, min of 512MB Ram, min of 100MB HD, CD/DVD-ROM, USB 1.1

Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

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