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Cricut Mystery Box - September 2017

September 12, 2017

Is there anything more fun than a mystery box? We think not! Celebrate September and the coming of Fall with an assortment of colorful materials!

(Quantities are limited, contents are subject to change, and all sales are final)

$63.92     $29.99






What could be included:

  • 2 rolls of vinyl   - caramel, gold
  • Home Sampler Vinyl
  • Brights Sampler Vinyl
  • Faux Leather - silver, copper, sapphire
  • Neutral Sampler Vinyl

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Groupon has Amazon Coupons

August 28, 2017

I admit I am an Amazon shopper. When I need something, I always check the price on Amazon. It is often easier than going to the store and locating the item I need. We have a Prime account so we benefit from free shipping. We use a lot of the different functions that come with a prime account like free movies, tv shows, and digital books. I just recently found out that Groupon offers Amazon coupons. 

You can get things like free shipping if you don't have a Prime account. You can also find a code for a free $5 at Amazon using coupons. Follow the link to find all kinds of Amazon coupons. [Amazon coupons] Currently Groupon has 163 different Amazon coupons, 51 promo codes, and 112 listings of sales items. 

Never miss a great Amazon coupon and get the best coupons every week! I just signed up. The link is on the Amazon coupon page. 

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Bic Gelocity Quick Drying Gel Pens

August 9, 2017

There's so much you can do with BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens!

They dry up to 3x faster. There is a fully retractable gel pen with a comfortable grip.

I received a Smiley Pack which contained:

  • 3-pack BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens (Pink, Purple, Turquoise)
  • 10 coupons
  • Fun activity sheet
  • Smiley Sharing Guide

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Cricut Mystery Box - August 2017

August 8, 2017

Will I be required to use cartridges with the Cricut?

August 5, 2017


There is some confusion about Cricut and cartridges, especially to those new to Cricut. There was a time that the Cricut only worked using cartridges. Reviewers found it limiting and often commented it was controlling. This is no longer true. Circut now works with svg files. An svg can be made using computer design software like Adobe Illustrator. Design Space, Cricut’s online proprietary software, can accept a variety of different image formats. The Design Space software has opened up the once controlling creative limits.


I had one of the cartridge-only machines. I just gifted it and all the cartridges I had to a friend. Circut does sell cartridges. If you have an older machine that works with cartridges, you can still buy them and keep crafting.


If you have a newer machine (Explore and up) you can still use your cartridges. You link them to your account and they are available for use through Design Space. But you no longer need cartridges.


If you own a newer machine, I wouldn’t buy cartridges anymore. I would move to digital images. You can now buy one image at a time or buy a monthly subscription to Cricut Access. You can also use images from other providers and upload them to your software.


List of machines:


In the end, whichever machine you own, you can still be very creative with a Cricut. Circuit machines are used by paper crafters, card makers, and scrapbookers. The newest machine, Cricut Maker, has been completely retooled and works with thicker materials up to 3/16 of an inch as well as fabric. Circut announced there will be more introduced down the road with the newly built Cricut Maker.


The Cricut Maker


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Nitro Circus Live - Indianapolis

July 25, 2017

Nitro Circus Live - Indianapolis

Friday, July 28th at the Key Stadium. Gates open at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm.

Nitro Circus Live is the greatest action sports tour on the planet!

Featuring 30 of the World's best athletes in Freestyle Motocross, BMX and skate! Plus insane contraptions launched from the 40-foot high Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp!

Nitro Circus Live is a 2 hour, fully choreographed, theatrical spectacular that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

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Cricut Digital Mystery Box - July 2017

July 19, 2017

This month Cricut is offering a digital mystery box. The files will be available instantly. It includes four Christmas themed digital cartridges.

Dreaming Tree
Rob and Bob
Natalie Malan
Alexis Mattox

ONLY AVAILABLE TO USE IN DESIGN SPACE WITH EXPLORE FAMILY MACHINES. Sales are final. Only available for purchase in the U.S.
$79.96 $29.99

July Digital Mystery Box for only $29.99 launches July 18th at 12AM EST! Available while supplies last. 

Cardstock, Paper, and Vellum starting at $4.99! 

Up to $70 off bags! Save on the Rolling Craft Tote and Machine Tote Bundle for stylish organization at home or on the go. 

Free Shipping all US orders with code CHRISTMASINJULY at checkout. (Valid 7/5 - 8/1) 

Introducing Cricut BrightPad: Create intricate artwork and craft projects with this extremely versatile lightbox.

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What tools and accessories do I need for a Cricut?

July 11, 2017

What tools and accessories do I need to use a Cricut and how much do they cost?


To get started, everything you need is included in the box. The machine you purchase determines what comes in the box. You may find over time, there are more tools and accessories you would be interested in.


For the Cricut Explore Air 2:

  •     Cricut Explore Air 2 machine
  •     Cricut Design Space software and app
  •     German carbide premium blade
  •     USB cord and power cord
  •     Accessory adapter
  •     100+ free images
  •     50+ free projects
  •     Getting Started guide
  •     Pen and card-stock sample
  •     Cricut 12″ x 12″ StandardGrip cutting mat

What is not included that you might be interested in right away:

  •     Scoring tool $8.99
  •     Additional mats (not needed right away)  $12.99 - $17.99

For the Cricut Explore Air:

  •     Cricut Explore Air machine
  •     Storage bag
  •     USB and power cords
  •     German carbide premium blade
  •     1 Standard Grip cutting mats (12" x 12")
  •     Accessory adapter
  •     Metallic silver pen
  •     Getting started guide
  •     Iron-on, cardstock and vinyl samples

What is not included that you might be interested in right away:

  •     Scoring tool $8.99
  •     Additional mats (not needed right away)  $12.99 - $17.99


•There are other machines available. The above two are the most up to date.



There are many other tools available to purchase. Doing so individually isn’t the best bargain. If you think you will use more than one additional tool, I recommend purchasing a tool set.


For example, the tools I use the most are:

  • Scoring tool $8.99
  • Cricut Tools Scissors  $8.99
  • Cricut Tools Weeder  $7.99
  • Cricut Tools Scraper and Spatula $9.99


That is a total of $35.96. Of course, you can use your own scissor but I do like the size and cover of the Cricut scissor, besides it all matches!


If you are interested in purchasing a set of tools, you have two options. The Cricut Tools Basic Set, and the Cricut Essential Tool Set. The difference between the two in the Essential set contains a paper trimmer and the scraper seems to be a bit smaller.


The pricing of the two different sets:

Cricut Tools Basic Set   $24.99

  •     Tweezers
  •     Weeder
  •     Micro-tip scissors with protective blade cover
  •     Spatula
  •     Scraper

    * Basic set does not include the scoring tool


Cricut Essential Tool Set   $49.99

  •     Tweezers
  •     Weeder
  •     Scissors with protective blade cover
  •     Spatula
  •     Scraper
  •     Scoring stylus
  •     High-quality trimmer for materials up to 12" wide
  •     Replacement blade for the trimmer


If you were to add the Stylus Tool to the Basic Set, your total would be $33.98. So you can see the Basic Tool Set plus Stylus is less expensive than buying the tools individually. The Basic Set plus Stylus Tool includes all the tools I would purchase and a few more for less money.


Other accessories you might consider are:

  • Deep Cutting Blade $29.99
  • A variety of different color marking pens
        These come in different sized packs as well as individually.
  • Additional mats (individually priced)  $12.99 - $17.99
        Mats also come bundled in different variety pack

Finally, Cricut recently released a set of cases. There are three traveling cases for your machine and tools, and a pouch specifically for your tools. The cases range in price from $99.99 - $199.99. The accessories pouch comes in three different colors and is priced at  $12.99.

The prices provided in this article are the retail value set by Cricut and found on their website. You may find these items for less or on sale.

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QSquared Melamine Dishware FREE

July 10, 2017

Q Squared sells shatter proof dishware. The patterns are gorgeous. If you would like to see a few patterns before you buy, this is a great deal for you. Mix and find your match! For a limited time, you can order four bread & butter plates for free—just use code FREEQBB at checkout. Add each pattern to your shopping cart. These butter dishes regularly sell for $5 each. Enter the code and your total is ZERO. You will pay shipping and handling, for me it was less than $10. [Q Squared


Cricut Deals on Amazon Prime Day

July 10, 2017

Cricut is participating in Amazon Prime Day!
The Cricut Air 2 machine will be at the lowest price ever of $199.99.
The Cricut Air will be only $159.99.

Starts for Prime members at 9:45am

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