The New Cricut Maker Machine… Easy Press and more!

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Well Cricut sure have been busy… and so have we.  Summer vacations (I wish), getting ready for back to school and all those fun summer weddings and get togethers.  As most of you know  my son is  going to be homeschooled, so crafting is a huge part of our life.

No one said education had to be boring… right LOL

Even though he isn’t technically starting homeschooling till next year, we still do a lot of fun projects designed to help him learn and have fun and be creative all at the same time. Part of that is our abandoned art projects, which is so much fun to do with kids and teaches them to give freely and enjoy it.

Now I wish we had this new Cricut Maker, have you seen this beauty yet? It’s due for release TODAY !!!!. I checked out the video and almost  died when I saw that not only will it cut fabrics, but it’s also  cutting wood  as well as all the stuff we usually do on our Cricuts like paper and vinyl.

Interchangeable cutting heads and the separate pen holders too. I used to own a scroll saw many years ago and this looks like it’s going to do the same kind of fret work that I did back then…..  VERY cool.  Can’t wait to see this one roll out… !!! woohoo.  I think my stepdaughter in Australia  might like this one, she’s a big sewer.

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and then of course there is the recent arrival of the light box... I know  that would be really useful for  us, specially me with my aging eyes.

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…and then they up the ante with the new Cricut Easypress..  think of all the fun shirts you can create for back to school.  Kids just love getting a new school wardrobe every year… and the money you can save and being unique… what kid doesn’t want to have something cool and unique.  I hate ironing, but this… I have to confess I think I’d use for every day ironing too lol.  I know this is something one of my DT girls would love, she’s big on HTV projects… I am so sorry Donna lol.  Hopefully you already saw that and won’t blame me haha.  It looks so cool though doesn’t it.

Shop new arrivals from Cricut!Cricut sure are trying to  get us set up for winter with some fab new toys to keep us busy once the summer is over and we get done with back to school, wedding and summer projects. Then the weather starts to cool and we have more time indoors.  It’s right on target for when most of us start thinking about the fall holidays and Christmas gift projects we have to  get stuck into over the coming months.

 

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Cricut Mystery Box – MARVEL SUPERHEROS!!! and a Trade up deal

Oh YEAH !!  Now this is a mystery box I need to own…. Have you seen what’s coming up in the new Cricut Mystery Box for April 2017.  That’s right, on top of the regular April Box which is supplies… see previous mystery box post… there is now this fab new box this month.

Marvel Digital Cartridges.  Yup from what I can tell there will be 3 digital sets valued at approx $69.99 for … $39.99.  So if you, like me have a little Superhero fanatic, this would be a great one to grab.  *Please note that the content is all cutting images – no printable images

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Cricut Marvel-themed Digital Mystery Box for $39.99

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Trade up your old machine and get $50 off Explore Air 2 Mint Everything Bundle

Time to trade up to a newer model Cricut, looking to retire your old Expression?? grab your trade up deal with this $50 off deal and see what all the fuss is about with the Explore Print & Cut feature.  You will LOVE it!

and Vinyl & Iron-on is on sale  30% off too…. why are you still here???? lol

Coloring Books make great gifts

.. or you could just keep them for yourself  *grin
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Amazon has a lot of fabulous adult coloring books  by some of our favorite Digital Stamps Artists… be sure to check them out and add a few to your Christmas Shopping list while you are doing your Black Friday Shopping. For those of you with a  darker sense of humor… you will love all the sarcastic, “adult orientated”   crude rude and downright hilarious books available.. and of course for those of you with a gentler disposition… there are the cutesie and more sedate books too.  Something for everyone… go check them out in my Amazon Affiliate Store for Coloring books in the shopping tab above.

Rick St Dennis, Molly Harrison, Sherri Baldy, Bennett Klein to name just a few…. all have coloring books for sale on Amazon.

While you are there be sure to check out all the great deals on pens and pencils to go with them 🙂

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It’s been a crazy month…. update news!

updatesSome of you already know from the Crafting Circle Facebook Page that October was a CraZEEEEE month here  and may have noticed the slow down in posting recently… but thankfully most of that is  taken care of now and aside from the unpacking reorganizing and some maintenance work that needs to be done this month….. I’m back on track and raring to go again.  November will be a crazy month for great deals just in time for Christmas..so I’ll be updating banners and affiliate shopping pages etc. this month and hopefully we’ll find some great deals.

The new Blitsy store page just went up..  I am so excited about this years Blitsy Pyjama Party.  If you haven’t  ever attended one.. you really should try and join in..it’s a lot of fun, lots of great crafters, craft challenges and product info allll night long ..as well as some great Black Friday deals..and of course..THOSE SCISSORS… just one of the great things you can win at the PJ Party and possibly in your order.

I’ll be updating a lot of the affiliate banners, adding in some fab  new vendors too… some are affiliates..some will just be  vendors I really love to shop  at myself.  Be sure to check back throughout the month, or subscribe to the blog for email updates on  new posts etc.

I am cutting back on my DT  projects a bit and will be concentrating more on other avenues … so don’t worry ..there will still be lots of projects.. but more variety and  hopefully some fun new things to try.

I’ll be working on some fun Christmas gift and Decor projects with the lil guy in the next month so  I hope you enjoy those too.  He is 4 and a half now so we are starting to experiment more with new ideas….and of course Art Abandonment projects… we’ll be doing more of those in 2017 too.

For anyone who is interested.. maybe even some fun video spots in the  future..  We don’t do serious..so expect them to be lighthearted and fun….and probably MESSY !! lol

Oh.. and for anyone who is interested .. the shaker card windows / pouches probably won’t be available again till after Christmas.  There is one left on Ebay and I probably won’t be restocking these again on Ebay till the new year. …sooo if you wanted a pack between now and January you can PM me on Facebook and see if I have any available.  I’ve been planning to add some new shapes and sizes in  but  just haven’t had time.. so hopefully those will also be available in the New Year.

Loralie Designs Coloring Books & Fabrics

Some of you may recall  the Loralie designs fabrics I got for some projects last year, church Ladies was one of than and it’s also available as a coloring book.  I know a lot of you ladies and gents like the adult coloring books, so you should check out these fab designs in the Loralie Affiliate Store in the shopping section located at the top.

I’ll be updating that this week with some new products and  clickies for anyone interested… in the meantime here are  some links to her books and a fabric panel card topper  and framed artwork I made.
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Here is one of my old posts showing projects I made with the fabric panels I bought..one is  a card topper and the other was a framed piece in a shadow box frame.

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Giveaway Updates and News!

All prizes have now been claimed in the End of Spotlight Series giveaway..and emails have been sent to all of the sponsors 🙂

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to everyone that took part as a Spotlight Guest, if you missed their fun Q&A’s you can find them here… and the series will continue on a smaller scale  with the addition of more new artists and designers AND … a new series of Crafter’s Spotlights.  So be sure to check out the upcoming spotlights too.

Congrats to the winners, commiserations to those who didn’t win… BUT

like I said before..  don’t forget we still have a Chameleon Pen 5 pack of skintone colors up for grabs till the end of the month and also a new set of Gina Marie Dies that I just posted a few days ago.

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so if you didn’t get lucky this time…. you still have a chance to win.

Please be sure to read  the rules regarding eligibility and prize claims…. I hate having to tell a winner they aren’t eligible for some giveaways because they don’t  live in the US, or  they didn’t claim in time…. it’s not fun.

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We have a July Crafty Awesomeness Challenge underway as well as the Artist Challenge ..

July Crafty Awesomeness is sponsored by Cute As A Button this month….

 

 

 

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The Artists Challenge is open to Digi Artists of any style who want to take part in a  fun Quarterly Challenge of their own… I set the theme and  their imagination will take care of the rest.  Can’t wait to see the results… I have seen a sneaky peek of some  of the  entries coming…  woot woot!




I added in some new Amazon Affiliate stores to the shopping tab at the top of the page…. one is  for adult coloring books including a lot of our favorite digi stamp artists.  Big thank you to those of you who  support this blog by shopping through links on the blog  🙂

..and the other two new ones are for my goto guy for coloring supplies and unique craft products…Imageability.
CraftingAbility products &  the new Ziggy’s Choice kits which are now available at Amazon. I am super excited about these new  kits  🙂   Lots of new things going on over at Imagability and I love  it! ImageAbility …aka  CraftingAbility/Ziggyboard were one of the Spotlight Series giveaway sponsors and our lucky winner has a mystery box  in her future!  I am sooo jealous …in a good way lol.

… and now I am going to  put my feet up and do some…. more work lol.

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It’s almost time for a new mid month inspirational post over at Scrapper’s Delights Challenge blog… so I shall be slaving away over that post later tonight……  and the Thrifty Thursday team have some fun offers for you  in their Christmas in July event.

Be sure to stop by and enter the current challenges on the blog and facebook group too…





How to clean and restick old Cricut cutting mats

These are  questions that comes up a gazillion times with Cricut Explore users…  how do I clean my mats and what can I do to make them sticky again?

Condensed version for impatient peoples in a hurry:

 

  • Scrape off stuck card/paper with old credit card, or Cricut scraper
  • Clean mat with warm soapy water, leave to dry

    Congratulations… clean mats again.

 

  • Take gross old mat, scrub with Isopropyl alcohol and an old face clothe.
  • Rinse and leave to dry
  • Apply thin coat of Kuretake Zig 2 way glue
  • Wait till  glue turns from blue to clear

    Congratulations… sticky mats again.

However if you mats are creased, or sliced .. it’s just time to buy some new ones. I always have a stash of spare mats, I grab them when Cricut have sales 🙂

Now here’s the longwinded version for anyone who cares lol.

… well  here’s the answer to at least one of your problems.   First off let me just say that the mat I tested this on was “NASTY”  lol.  I had thrown it in a corner as no longer viable as a cutting mat and  it was in my pile of old mats I use for  various other things…. like protecting surfaces while I cut, glue, paint etc.  They may not be much use on my Cricut, but they are useful enough to keep for other purposes.

Usually when I “clean” my mats..I use an old credit card to scrape off any card or paper that is stuck to the mat and carry on my merry way.  When they get too grungy I run them under warm water with a bit of soap and a terry face clothe, when those two options no longer produce workable results… they are  relegated to the “other uses” pile.

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So.. onto the no longer sticky problem… CraftingAbility sent me  this rather handy little glue stick in my latest package. It comes in various tip sizes depending on what your needs are.  This particular one is the  Zig Memory system 2 way glue  with the Jumbo 15mm tip.  My mat was gross….  cat hair, old paper residue, dust ..you name it, that had got suck on it over the months lol.  I have 4 cats  who just love to sleep on my craft space… so my good mats hang on a hook on the wall.  The old ones however get thrown in a stack..and since I am usually using the back side of them. I’m not overly concerned with what sticks to the front. Even when they lose their usefulness for cutting, they are still sticky enough to pick up all that crap.

 

So.. I grabbed an old mat to try this out with… I have heard a lot of great things about this glue, but I won’t lie… I really wasn’t expecting much as far as results go.  I’ve never had a 2 way glue that worked that well, so I was expecting it to be ….ok, but nothing great.


Warm water, soap and a rag weren’t going to cut it with this mat, so I grabbed my trusty bottle of alcohol and threw it on the mat.  Like magic all the crud was coming off….I was quite impressed by that, even if I wasn’t expecting great results with my mat experiment.  I figured the best way to tell was definitely to work with the cleanest old mat I could;  so I scrubbed it clean with alcohol, rinsed it off and left it to dry. Funnily enough it actually had a touch of tacky still on it after the alcohol cleaned it all up.  But definitely not enough for a run through my Cricut.

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So now we are left with a clean-ish old mat.  You can still see the designs that scored into the mat from previous projects, but it was actually green again lol.  At a quick glance it almost looked like a new mat… score!

 

Ok so these  2 way glues, how they work is first off… you need to prime your glue.  The tip is dry when it arrives and priming it is very simple. Press the tip up and down on a scrap of paper.. you will see the tip nearest the body start to turn blue.  Don’t get too over excited and pump it like crazy…. that blue is the glue soaking down to the tip.  Once it has soaked all the way to the tip, you are ready to Rock n Roll.

Now one important thing to remember, DON’T get glue where your Cricut rollers go along the sides. I just masked mine off with a bit of scrap car to test this out on a section of the mat… but if you are doing a mat entirely, you might want to use some masking tape.  The glue goes on blue when wet, simply apply and wait till it turns clear… and VOILA.. sticky mats again.

cricut_mat2I have to say ….I am suitably impressed with this glue.  It’s sticky enough for anything I use on a regular basis…. 110lb card stock  etc.  It doesn’t leave any residue on the back of my project after removal.  I think I have to give this one a thumbs up.

Good Job Kuretake, yet another fab product to add to my growing collection of Zig craft supplies.  Only problem is I have a pile of about 15 old mats I now need to clean off and reapply sticky to lol.

If you are still unsure about this glue… stay tuned for two more uses I found for it while I was playing around… I know I for one will be keeping a bottle of this in my stash from now on 🙂 along with the new tape runner I also got to play with in this box.

 

 

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The March Cricut Mystery Box & Trade in Deals

Here it is …. the March Mystery Box, grab yours while supplies last.

If you think this is all that Cricut have to offer for March.. think again… there are more great deals coming up later in the month..  TWO.. yes I said 2 more mystery boxes are planned for release this month   Releases are planned for March 2nd, 9th and the 16th…so be sure to check back for new posts, or subscribe to the blog to make sure you get the post updates 🙂

According to the guys at Crafts by 2 Crafts By Two,  their March mystery box 1 contained the following:

  • Cricut 12×12 LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Boxwood
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Charcoal
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Espresso
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Walnut
  • Cricut Replacement Blades
  • Cricut Transfer Tape
  • Cricut Vinyl, Blush
  • Cricut Vinyl, Pebble
  • Cricut Window Cling, Purple
  • Cricut Tools, Weeder
  • Cricut Balloons!

Don’t forget there are coupons for Free Shipping and a 10% off  purchases too.

  • Get free shipping with no minimum purchase at Cricut.com  code MARCHMADNESS
  • 10% off Cricut.com purchases + free standard shipping (some exclusions) code HAPPYCRAFTING Ends 03/02/2013
  • Get 10% off your Cricut.com purchase, plus free Fed-Ex home delivery code CRAZY10 begins 03/03/0216

Can your old Cricut do THIS ….?

Cricut Gives Your Ultimate Cutting Precision

 

TRADE IN –  Cricut also have a trade in deal which starts today… trade in your old Cricut machines and get a new one.  Trade in offer begins 03/02/2016  ends 03/23/2016

 

 

 

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