Thanksgiving and Black Friday Sale on Cricut’s Website

Happy Thanksgiving!! Wow time flies doesn’t it? I can’t believe is already Thanksgiving, next time you know it’s Christmas. Hope you’ll have a lovely dinner with the love ones later on today :)

Now is the best time to get a Cricut Explore if you been holding off on getting one. Cricut Explore $219 + $30 off all Explore Bundles. Get free shipping to the U.S. all month with code FREESHIPNOV 

I got mine a few days ago and love it more than my Silhouette Cameo. Is that bad? hehe Silhouette is known to be the best die cutting machine (read so much reviews that where I’m basing it on) because it cuts perfectly each time. Which is true, I mean I haven’t run into problems cutting anything I need. Cuts perfectly each time.. That’s the main reason I got it.

Now I’m kicking myself in the but because I had a chance to get one on HSN when they had the Wild Orchid (which is my FAVORITE color) on sale for $259. Came with a lot of stuff too. But at that time I kept saying to myself no I don’t need it I already have the Silhouette, why should I get one. Two weeks later (probably more) I finally decided to just get one after reading so many reviews on it. Grrrggg the Wild Orchid on HSN it’s now $319.. if it goes back down to $259 I’m going to sale my current one to get the purple one hahaha. I just wish Cricut can sale just that one part (the green part of the machine whatever it’s called) so I can change the color to purple haha just like the Expression 2.. they sale the end caps for it in a different color.

Well I know..I know.. I have both the Explore and the Silhouette Cameo but I’m keeping it, the Cameo. It’s still a pretty good machine but I bought a ton of images already for it and I’m stuck with those hehe. I gave away my Expression 2 to a friend on yerdle for 10,000 credits which is I guess a good deal because I gave them 2 brand new mats, deep cut blade and score tip with their housings (both new), 9 cartridges (I link 8 to my account, the other is still sealed; all still brand new.. never used them just linked them to my account. I have no use for them anyways because the Cricut Explore doesn’t even let you use the cartridges), universal overlay, power cord and usb cord (these I had to spend money on as I mention before, I bought just the machine as it was supposedly broken with nothing else) plus I’ll be giving my cartridges every month to them whenever I get the monthly mystery box haha… I’m too nice haha but it’s going to go to a great place.. She actually got it for a Preschool for them to use. Told me that the parents one time had to cut tiny shape images. Which is a load of work hehe. I would have use a machine haha.

Well that’s it for today, If not looking to buy an Explore here’s a code: CRICUTBF5 to get $5 Off Orders $50+ If you do decided to get one I hope you enjoy as well.

Frozen NOW on Cricut Design Space

This is so exciting. Cricut just announced on their Facebook page that they release Frozen on the Cricut Design Space, It’s exclusively for the Cricut Explore machine at the moment. It won’t be available to purchase on a cartridge until 2015. For more information head over to their blog site.

I love Frozen but I think I might have to until price goes down to $20.. digital or the cartridge version. Just spent way too much this month. I bought the Cricut Explore about a week ago.. Also bought almost every color of the window cling, vinyl, cardstock, accessories and pens for the Explore. Also bought the Amazon Echo this morning (received my invitation yesterday.. FINALLY haha thought I will never get one).. Oh my goodness.. I have to slow down.. I can’t help it.. When I see something I like (or need) I usually will get it. It’s a bad habit, which needs to be kicked to the curve.

Back to Frozen, on the Cricut Design Space.. It shows that there is 111 images .. Seems like it’s worth the $30 anyways.. It’s about $0.28 each image that’s IF you buy the set. Buying it individual will cost $1.99 each image.

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Snapshot photo of the Frozen images of the Cricut Design Space.

Cricut Explore Bluetooth Adapter

Today I received a package in the mail. Opened it up and saw that it was the Bluetooth adapter for the Cricut Explore. I can’t believe is arrived so fast, just ordered it like 2-3 days ago. image

Got so excited, opened it up, grabbed the iPad and downloaded the Cricut app.

After setting up the Bluetooth and everything.. It’s was time to test it. I decided to try vinyl.. Wanted to decorate my Explore a little bit.. Should of picked those rhinos but I went with the word “Create”.. Wanted to decorate my Explore with some vinyl.

The app looks amazing doesn’t it 😁 it was flawless didn’t run into any problems testing the app and Bluetooth adapter. It’s very limited.. but cool.. What sucks is that you can’t search for images or make your own projects. That’s probably going to all change this January 2015. The photo’s below tell you which icon is which.. But the right icon (no photo) that looks like a Notebook.. that just goes back to the main page where all the projects are located. And the one next to that is just to go back to the project your working on. Can’t wait for that update. After my year is over at Silhouette, my subscription that is.. I’m going to try out Cricut’s

Man did I ever tell you how much I love the Cricut Explore? 😊😊😊

Cricut Explore Testing

Excited to say I’m a new owner of a Cricut Explore. I was thinking of giving away my Cricut Expression 2. But still unsure what to so.

Everything was unpacked I did my very first project on Design Space. It was a Thank You Card.. It was actually the first one that ask you (optional) to make when setting up your Cricut for the first time.

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Still excited to use the Cricut I decided to ask my daughter what should I make. I actually took out all the cartridges that I had and showed her which one. She picked the Red Queen in the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge. Cut all the pieces I needed.. Next I literally run up and down the stairs looking for glue. I couldn’t find it so I grabbed tack glue which I found in my closet. Looks like it can be used on paper soooo.. still excited I started to put the pieces together.. Haha I think I may have one of the pieces backwards but oh well.

After playing around with Explore.. I got to say I really love it.. I think my Cameo will feel lonely but will use that from time to time.. I bought way to many images for that LOL. The thing that’s a bit a disappointment is the Design Space. I really hate that.. you have to have internet connection to be able to use the Explore. Sometime it can be so slow, which was driving me crazy when I was making the Queen of Hearts. It will take awhile to load before you can push one of the buttons (load, cut, etc).

I love how it user friendly, it shows the instructions step by step. Plus when you cut images.. when it’s in layers.. it cuts lines on each image.. letting you know one of the layered image are suppose to be glued on that spot. Instead of guessing on where the the eyes, nose, ears, etc suppose to be. I don’t know how to explain it haha.

Bought a Cricut Explore

So I couldn’t wait LOL.. I decided to just bought it. I actually wanted the Wild Orchid color but I see to myself forget green is nice too haha… Bbbuuutttt I LOVE purple.. Oh well..

I searched for days on Google for the Cricut Explore… stalking Wal-Mart’s website to see if it will ever be back in stock. Did it really get sold out so quickly? I don’t have a Wal-Mart near me.. the closet one is like about 50 miles. Well always.. The lowest I’ve seen in go down was $249.99.. than it hit me.. I get 20% off at Bed Bath and Beyond will it be excluded? I read and reread the fine print and there’s nothing that says the Cricut is excluded. So I checked online to see if there’s any in stock at one of the Bed Bath and Beyond near me. Most will not available except one which is about 8 miles from me. Place an order to reserved one.. Now the waiting game..

Can tell I was a bit impatient haha.. I was stalking me email every few minutes. Waiting for that pick-up email haha. Well anyways after getting tired of waiting haha, I decided to pack up stuff that I gave away on yerdle. Keep me busy for an hour then finally I heard my phone made that sound that tells you that have email hehe (push notification) so I went to check it and one was from Bed Bath and Beyond. Got myself and left the house quick.

When I got to the store I got a bit nervous haha. I was worried they wouldn’t take the coupon. Long story short they took the coupon which took 20% off of the regular price of the Cricut Explore. Which was $249.99 I’m one extremely happy camper.

Now it’s time to play around with my new baby.. Yay!!! Time to store the Silhouette Cameo :) Photo coming soon once I unpack everything.

Cricut Expression 2

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Could you believe I bought a Cricut Expression 2 for $10 on Craigslist around September? Short version.. Lady said it’s disabled.. broken.. Use for parts.. so I said to myself  what the hey I’ll get it and try to fix it. How hard could it be? The lady said it was new so went over to her house to pick it up, thinking it would have everything it original came with. Cause of the listing it said (what I said above) “New. Broken can be used for parts. Bars are attached backwards” something like that. Never said belt has snapped. So when I got home, I opened the box. And there was just the machine.. Nothing else.. Seriously nothing else, no blade, blade housing, mat, manuals, etc.. But hey I shouldn’t complain I got a pretty damn good deal on it haha. Just by looking at the machine it look like it needed just a new belt and one of the bars needed to be leveled. It was uneven.. One side was so much higher than the other side. It didn’t look like it was attached backwards.

Long story short.. Weeks passed by and I finally fixed everything. I ordered the belt, blades and housing from sellers on eBay. I searched online for days on how to fix the belt. People kept complaining that Cricut will not do anything about fixing their own product.. I mean they do want to fix it but do it themselves… They won’t even send you replacements of what you need.

Well after everything was set and fix. The last thing to do was to turn it on and see if everything works properly. I didn’t have any cords so I borrowed my Cricut Cake plugs and used it on the Expression. Plugged everything where it’s suppose to be plugged. Turned it on and bingo.. it turns on haha.. I was extremely excited I  grabbed one of my Cricut mats, a random cartridge and paper. I had mats in hand because I used them for my Silhouette. Yes I used Cricut’s mat for my Silhouette. Silhouette sells one mat when Cricut has 2 in a package. It works pretty well.. I have no complaints whatsoever 😁

After hours of testing.. I’m glad I bought the Cricut. I could not believe I even fixed it myself. A new belt cost maybe $5-6 (on eBay), and a deep cut blade plus housing $8 (eBay); also bought a score tip plus housing $6 (eBay) just for the heck of it. Might need that later on..

Cricut Mystery Box – November 2014

Just got this months mystery box in the mail. So excited about what I got. I arrived pretty quick.. I just ordered a box yesterday morning? Or was it Wednesday? I can’t remember well anyway I just watched Crafts by Two this morning before my package arrived.. It was the unboxing of this months mystery box. Was curious to see what’s inside hehe. I couldn’t even wait haha. I had to wait what few more hours but couldn’t lol.

So excited that it has everything I’ll be using. Especially two of the items I was about to buy at the store. Good thing I didn’t.. The Teddy Bear Parade (cartridge) is too cute I wanted it so badly but I’m glad I waited and the universal overlay.. I’m glad I didn’t buy this as well.. I needed it for one of my cartridges.. Thinking about it.. I don’t think I do need it.. The expression 2 doesn’t even use any of those overlay pad things XD..

So what’s in this months box:

  • Cricut Organizer – Display Neatly ($12.99)
  • Cricut Cuttables Adhesive-backed Stencil Material ($11.99)
  • Universal Overlay $$2.99)
  • German carbide premium blade ($12.99)
  • Shapes Cartridge – Wrap it Up ($39.99)
  • Cricut Lite Cartridge – Teddy Bear Parade ($39.99)

I got the price base on Cricut’s website.  Total value of all items is about $120.00 which is what they advertise. Mystery box for $29.99; $120 value.

I have to guess that the organizer and the premium blade is for the Explore which I don’t have at the moment. Planning on getting one this Thanksgiving/Black Friday. It’s going to be on sale at Michaels and Wal-Mart.

I’ll probably giveaway the Wrap it Up cartridge at yerdle.. I’ll see :)

Want your own mystery box.. Head over to Cricut.com to order one. It’s 29.99 ($120 value) plus free shipping if you use the promo code FREESHIPNOV. For this month if you buy TWO Mystery Box it’s 49.99.. You save $10

One Mystery Box
Two Mystery Box  (gone)