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My Cricut Joy is Here!

My Cricut Joy is finally here! It was a little hectic awaiting its arrival. I had a notice that it arrived about a week ago, but I didn't have the packages. There were supposed to be three of them. I work with Cricut and have blog posts due using the Cricut Joy. I contacted FedEx and Cricut. The only news I got was that they were left at the front door. I know it is possible to have packages stolen. This was during the start of the Corona Virus lockdown and so not that many people were out. Our neighborhood isn't that busy on a normal day. And finally, we have a half walled porch across the front of our house so no packages that are left, are visible from the street. So, where are my packages? Come to find out, my neighbor had them. She left a phone message for us that got overlooked and she hadn't tried calling us again or bring the packages over. I am not sure why they got delivered to her house instead of ours. We were home and didn't miss a knock or doorbell ring. So after a stress-filled week wondering where my Cricut Joy went, I FINALLY got the boxes.


unboxing finally!

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Cricut April Fool's Sale

Starting today through 3/31, Cricut is launching its April fools sale featuring 40% off select machine tools, infusible ink, and vinyl! In addition, snag a Maker Machine starting at $369 or an Easypress Machine Starting at $49! And, shipping on every cricut.com order at no cost!

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Snag a Maker Machine starting at $369! Valid through 3/31.

Save 40% off Select Machine Tools! Valid through 3/31.

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Eat Sleep Craft Free SVG

spiral notebook

This fun and crafty SVG is free for you to download. This post is a part of a monthly SVG share hop. We are celebrating National Craft Month so the theme for March is Crafting Quotes and Sayings. At the bottom of this post, you will find a link to all the free SVG files.

To download the free SVG file, click here: [Free SVG]

How to Save the SVG file:
Once the image is in your browser window, right-click on the image and save as an SVG file.

 

How to Make Polymer Clay and Mica Earrings

This post is a part of the DCC (Designers Craft Connection) Group. We are sharing our favorite materials and products. For me, that was a bit difficult to choose as I like working with a variety of different materials. I ultimately chose to work with polymer clay and making jewelry. It is a material I have worked with for a long time, although I don't post a lot about it. 

This post and photos may contain Amazon or other affiliate links. If you purchase something through any link, I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Any supplies used may be given to me free of charge, however, all projects and opinions are my own.

Materials:

Directions:


video tutorial


mica on the clay before baking

 


finished earrings

See the designers' favorite products and materials by following the links below.

 

The Everything Mediterranean Instant Pot Cookbook

Last year on a trip to Greece, I felt so healthy from eating Mediterranean food. The food was so clean and while it filled us up it did bloat us or make us feel stuffed. I was really excited to see The Everything Mediterranean Instant Pot Cookbook in hopes of gaining some of that experience back with food. I am really excited to try out some of the soup recipes as well as the Poultry. I am not sure which I will try first, Chicken and Orzo Soup, Easy Pesto Chicken and Potatoes, or Whole Roasted Chicken and Herbs. Don't they all sound good?

About the book:

300 easy, healthy Mediterranean recipes for the most popular kitchen appliance—the Instant Pot—perfect for anyone following the Mediterranean diet!

The Mediterranean diet is celebrated all over the world for its fresh and healthy ingredients, vibrant flavors, and complex recipes. Following this diet can help you reduce inflammation, avoid disease, and lose weight, making it popular for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle.

The Everything Mediterranean Instant Pot Cookbook shows you how to recreate classic Mediterranean meals in under an hour using the much-loved multi-cooker, the Instant Pot. With more than 300 recipes for delicious meals, snacks, and even desserts, you’ll have everything you need to create healthy, fresh, and fast meals every day of the week.

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Everything (February 11, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 150721250X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1507212509
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9 inches

 

It is currently available on Amazon at the link below for Kindle or in print. The link is an affiliate.

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Sale at Cricut

Now through 3/10, Cricut is launching its St. Patrick's Day sale featuring 30% off Infusible Ink, Iron-On Material, craft tools, and paper! In addition, save $50 on a Cricut Explore Air 2, $30 off a Cricut BrightPad, and 50% off Machine and Rolling Totes.

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Cricut Leap Year Sale

Starting today through 3/3, get a Cricut Brightpad for just $49 and Save $30 on a Maker Machine! Cricut is also featuring 30% off Infusible Ink, vinyl, and machine tools!

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Snag an Easypress Machine starting at $49. Valid through 3/3.

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Save $30 on a Cricut BrightPad! Valid through 3/3.

Cricut Access Exclusive: Save 40% off Mats. Valid through 3/3.

Cricut Presidents' Day Sale

Today through 2/25, Cricut is featuring excellent sales, 30% off iron-on materials, craft tools, and paper, Cricut Explore Air 2 Machines starting at $199, and 50% off EasyPress Totes.

Cricut.com is offering Free Economy Shipping on orders $99+. Use code SHIPFEB.

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Take a Look at the Evolution of Cricut Machines

Have you ever wondered about the lineage of the Circuit machines? I have collected information and images for a variety of machines that have been made. Cricut machines are manufactured by Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. Provo Craft is located in Utah. The company is 15 years old and was created on December 21, 2003. I don’t have the manufacture dates for each machine. If you have this information, I would love to be able to add it to this article.

 

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Current Models:

 

Cricut Joy

(Introduced Feb. 12, 2020 - available March 2020) the Cricut Joy is a smaller, more light-weight version at 5" x 8" and less than 4 lb. The Joy introduces two new features not elsewhere available in the Cricut product portfolio. With specialty accessories and materials (labeled Smart Materials™), the Joy is able to cut single designs up to four feet long and repeated cuts up to 20 feet.

 

 

Cricut Maker
(released on August 20, 2017) The Cricut Maker machine is used with Design Space, which is a cloud-based, online software. It does not function stand-alone. When using Design Space on a desktop or laptop computer, an internet connection is required. When using the machine with the Design Space app on an iOS device (iPad/iPhone), you can use the offline feature in that app to use your machine and Design Space without an internet connection. The Cricut Maker is an adaptable machine with interchangeable cutting and scoring heads.

 

Cricut Explore Air 2
A slight update from the Air, it cuts two times faster. Comes in a variety of colors and works with the current Circuit Design Space application.

 

Cricut Explore Air
This is a wireless machine that can cut paper to fabric and more. It works with the current Circuit Design Space application.

 

Cricut Explore One
Similar in look to the other Explore machines but only has a single tool holder. You can cut and write but you have to do so in two steps.

 

 

Cricut Explore
The Cricut Explore, Explore
Air, and Explore Air 2 each have a double tool holder so that you can cut & write (or cut & score) in 1 step. The Explore One has a single tool holder, so it can cut & write (or cut & score) in 2 steps.

The Explore Air and Explore Air 2 have built-in Bluetooth, but for Explore One and Explore, you will need a Cricut Wireless Bluetooth Adapter in order to use it with your iOS or Android mobile device or to cut wirelessly from your computer.

 

Legacy Machines:

 

Cricut Expression 2
The Cricut Expression 2 was designed as a standalone machine. The LCD touch screen and Cricut® cartridges allowed you to create projects without being connected to a computer. A computer was required to update the machine's firmware, however.

 

Cricut Expression
The Cricut Expression machine had several fantastic features available. A few favorites are the Auto Fill and Quantity features. They allowed you to cut multiples of the same image so you could quickly create a batch of invitations, place settings, party favors, or other projects. There was a scoring tip that could be used.

 

Cricut Mini
The Cricut Mini relied exclusively on using Cricut Craft Room, a computer program which no longer functions. The Circuit Mini is obsolete.

 

Cricut Imagine
The Cricut Imagine machines use a special cutting mat with a white border and black registration marks that the machine will read prior to cutting your printed images with precision and accuracy.  The Imagine machine was unable to read any other mats. 

 

 

Cricut Cake
Cricut Cake was specifically designed to cut edible material, including gum paste, frosting sheets, and more. As such, it was designed with parts made of food-safe material. In fact, any part of the machine that touches food was made of food-safe material.

 

Cricut Create
The Cricut Create machine was designed to function with the Cricut® cartridges as a standalone machine.

 

Cricut Personal
The Cricut Personal/V1 machine was designed to function with the original Cricut cartridges as a standalone machine.

 

Additional Machines:

 

Cricut Cuttlebug
The Cricut Cuttlebug machine is compatible with most leading brands of dies and embossing folders. The B Plates - Cutting, A Plate - Spacer, and C Plate - Adapter (sold separately) are different thicknesses so that you can mix and match. 

 

EasyPress

The Cricut EasyPress comes in three different sizes and is used to heat iron-on vinyl. You may find it has alternative uses similar to an iron.
Here is a printable chart for heat settings. [EasyPress chart]

 

BrightPad

The Cricut BrightPad comes in Mint Green and Rose Gold. It is a modern light box and works great for weeding, tracing, paper piecing, and jewelry making. 

 

 

Cricut Gypsy
The Gypsy was a portable personal design device for use with your Cricut® Personal, Create, Expression, Cake, Cake Mini, Expression 2 and Imagine machines. It allowed you to store Cricut® cartridge content, design with that content, and then connect to your Cricut® to cut. 

 

Valentine's Day Cricut Flash Sale

Starting today through 2/18, Cricut is featuring a Valentine's Day Flash Sale! The sale features 40% off Materials and Accessories, The Cricut Maker for $329 + More!

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Save 40% on the materials you love. Valid through 2/18.

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Get a Cricut Maker for a steal – only $329! Valid through 2/18.

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