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Pick Your Plum is a fun daily deals site. Every so often they offer a “grab box” packed full (and they really really mean packed) fun surprise items.

The Pick Your Plum Grab Box is now available, but you have to hurry because they usually sell out within the hour!!!

The first 300 customers will get JUMBO grab boxes and the rest will get large boxes.

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Has your blade ever dragged across your design? Is your Cricut suddenly not working correctly? 

If your machine freezes, experiences power problems, cutting issues, or anything out of the ordinary, this reset procedure is a good place to start the troubleshooting process. Nine times out of ten, this reset procedure will resolve the issue:

  1. First, turn your machine on with no cartridge loaded. Then roll all the dials (the two on the left for speed and pressure, and the one on the right for size) down to their lowest setting.
  2. Grasp the blade assembly box and use it to pull the entire carriage car unit (the one with the Cricut bug on it) along its track to the other side of the machine. Back in the cave where the carriage car usually sits, there is a red button. Press that button and hold it down for about three seconds. Let go and then move the carriage car back into place.
  3. This next step will sound a bit odd, but many times it can fix your little "bug". You're going to roll all your dials all the way up and all the way down three times for each dial.
  4. After this, press the "Cut" button and turn the machine off. Let the machine sit for a few minutes (15-20), load a cartridge, turn it on, and try a practice cut.

If this does not solve your problem, and your machine is still under warranty, call Cricut customer support. Support contact information is provided below:

Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MST)
® support: 801-932-1144
toll-free service phone: 877-7CRICUT
fax: 801-794-9001

In this Silhouette Studio tutorial, I teach you how to trace a logo for a company that has hired you to work for them. I also give you some tricks for when the image gives you problems.

This update includes the follow new features:

Updated Design Space to support Cricut Explore One. When an Explore One is connected, Design Space will prompt the user to change between pens, the scoring tool, and the blade housing as needed. (The pen and its adapter for the Explore One will be sold separately.)

Insert Shapes button: Basic shapes and the score line image can easily be added to the canvas by clicking this convenient button.

Align & Distribute function: When multiple images are selected you can now easily align and distribute them on your canvas. This eliminates the need to use the canvas borders to line up your images. (Centering will be much easier)

Improved Image Handles: The image handles have been re-sized and will remain the same size regardless of the zoom level. They also temporarily disappear when dragging the image. This is to improve visibility when positioning images.

Below is a video that shows you how these new functions work.

Sure hope this is a good thing for Etsy sellers!!!

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Bell ringing ceremony is here 

 If you have updated to Chrome version 42 or higher

In Chrome, type the following address in the address field:

Don't worry about this warning:

You will see a long list of "experiments".

Find and click the link to Enable NPAPI.

This image shows you how far down on the screen you will find it

Click the blue Enable text link.

Quit and relaunch Chrome and you will be able to use Design Space again.

If you do not see the Enable NPAPI option, you are not using Chrome version 42 and Design Space is not affected.

Some people have a super easy time with the Silhouette Studio print and cut features, others want to tear their hair out and toss the machines out the window.

Below is a list of links to troubleshooting tips on Silhouette's web site that should get you up and running. 

Calibrating the Silhouette (for proper print & cut registration alignment) - note that the green squares shown on the calibration sheet do not print.

Registration mark reading OR print & cut misalignment issue

If you need additional information or help, join us in my Silhouette group where someone is always available to help you. The group is for beginners and experienced users alike. Our members are friendly and incredibly helpful.




I have received so many requests to show how this is done in Windows!

In this tutorial, I teach you how to convert Silhouette Studio files to SVG format in Windows.

Whenever you see triangles beside icons or menu items, it means that additional options are available.

In this post, I am showing SCAL4, but the same principle applies to all software programs. 

To choose additional options when an icon displays a triangle with additional options, just hold down the mouse on the icon until the additional options are displayed. Then choose the option you want.

The image above shows how the triangles are displayed in menus. To access the additional options, just hover your mouse cursor over the item for which you want to display additional options. Then choose the option you want.

Have you had a hard time adding nodes to existing shapes in Sure Cuts a Lot. I'm not surprised because it is a bit tricky, but in this video, I show you how to add and delete nodes and why it doesn't seem to be working, which is what I thought at first.

Plus symbol lets you add a node

Minus symbol lets you delete a node 

I am working on a pocket letter swap and the theme for this swap is The Walking Dead. My swap partner and I both like Daryl Dixon the best so we are both working on pages with images of him. The name of the show is perfect for a knockout design so that is what I am including in my pocket letter.

Since I have the file made, I thought someone would probably appreciate having it so I am sharing it here on my blog.

If you would like to have the cutting file, you can click here to download it. It is in Studio format (version 2).

In this Silhouette Studio tutorial, I teach you how to convert Silhouette Studio files into SVG format files using Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL), Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator.

The Unicode Character Viewer is actually an iPhone app, not an iPad app, but it will work on your iPad and will allow you to select the extra characters in the Samantha font in the Cricut Design Space app.

The video below shows the two apps you need for this and how they are used.

Some people have written me to say that they have had trouble finding the Unicode Character Viewer -- you can download it from HERE.

The AnyFont app mentioned in my video is available HERE.

Note that you can still get the Samantha font on sale from Mighty Deals. Just type Samantha in the search field on their site.

In this quick written tutorial, I am going to teach you how to turn on the cut lines in Silhouette Studio version 3.

When you first open an SVG file in Silhouette Studio, the image looks like this:

Cut lines are always displayed as bold red lines so you can see that there are no cut lines in the text cutting file above.

If cut lines were enabled, the text would look like this:

To turn on the cut lines, you need to follow the steps below.

Click the Cut Settings (1) icon. I am using the Business Edition so this icon is displayed in the upper right corner. If you are using the Basic or Designer Edition, the icon will be in the lower right corner of the screen.

You will see that No Cut is selected under Cut Style (2).

The text on the mat will not be cut because there are no bold red lines around the text (3).

Select the design and then click Cut (4) to make sure all of the lines in your design are cut. If you only want to cut the outline of your design, choose Cut Edge.

You will know your design is selected when a bounding box (5) is displayed around your design. The bold red lines (5) show where the machine will cut.

Below is a quick video that shows how this is done.