Saturday, 15 December 2007

Have you seen this?

This blog is fab for getting ideas and downloading files for the new Cricut Design Software, go and have a peek!



.... to Jose, Brittany, Kristen and Karen!



Top 5 CDS Tech Support Solutions:

1. Before installing the CDS, please make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements. Many of the issues we’ve seen came from some of the minimum requirements being overlooked. Here they are: - OS = Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista 32 bit - Processor Speed = 800 Mhz - RAM = 512 MB - Free Hard Disk Space = 100 MB - External Media Drive = CD/DVD-ROM - USB Port = 1.1 - Display Resolution settings = 1024x768 or higher

2. For the CDS to be able to work properly, your computer needs to be running with a resolution of 1024x768 or higher, and your DPI setting needs to be set to Normal (96 DPI). Screen Resolution settings can be found by going to Start/Control Panels/Display, then clicking on the Settings tab. Just use the Screen resolution slider to make a change. To find DPI settings while still on the Settings tab, just click on the Advanced button, then use the DPI setting drop-down menu to choose Normal size (96 DPI). Changing the DPI requires a computer reboot to take effect.

3. For best installing results, please follow the steps outlined in the CDS Quick Install Guide (link at the bottom of this post) to the letter. Before installing anything, please make sure your Windows Operating System is as up to date as possible (internet connection required). To update Windows, go to Start/Control Panels/Windows Update. Give your computer a minute to determine what updates are needed, if any. If some are needed, choose the Express install option and go make a sandwich. When the update is done, reboot your computer, then proceed with the CDS install. Note: Be sure that your Cricut is NOT connected to the computer when you install the CDS. Only connect it after you’ve successfully installed the program.

4. Before you install the CDS, make sure there are no other programs running. This includes anything running in the background (locate these in the taskbar on the bottom-right of your desktop) and any Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware/Firewall programs (as they might misinterpret the CDS files being installed and block them).

5. Before updating your Cricut Firmware, you need to make sure your computer can see your Cricut (know it’s connected). After installing the CDS, plug your Cricut into your computer using a USB A/B cable. Any open USB port should work. Now when you turn your Cricut on, your computer should automatically detect a new device and let you know about it with a word bubble that pops up in the bottom-right of your desktop. If your computer does not let you know that it can see the Cricut, try turning off the Cricut, then plugging the USB cable into a different USB port (most computers have a few ports in front, and some more in back) and turning the Cricut back on, to see if the message pops up. If you try them all (remembering to turn the Cricut off before each new plug attempt) with no pop-up, disconnect the USB cable, reboot the computer, then try connecting it again to as many ports as it takes to be seen. This will ensure that your Cricut is communicating successfully with your computer, and will reduce the possibility for problems when you continue with the firmware update. Note: After your computer sees the Cricut successfully, and when you get to step 2 of the firmware update process (the steps page comes up when you click on Update Cricut Firmware), be sure that your Cricut is put into Firmware Update mode correctly. When you press and hold down Stop, and then press Power, you need to keep the Stop button down till the Cricut beeps at you. This usually takes about 5 or 6 seconds. This is how you know your Cricut is ready to receive new firmware. If the Cricut didn’t beep, it’s not in Firmware Update mode. Note: Updating Cricut firmware can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, maybe even a bit longer (time for another sandwich). If your firmware update takes a significantly shorter time than 5 minutes, your Cricut isn’t getting the proper update. The process needs to be started again from the beginning. More Support Information is coming. As with any software launch, there are always unforseen issues that can only be discovered and resolved after release into the general public. Most of you are experiencing the program as we intended, but our goal is to have all of you experiencing it that way.

Please call or email Customer Support if you require assistance, or check the Cricut Message Boards as many solutions to issues have already been discovered and posted by you wonderfully clever people. Please have patience with us as we resolve the issues that you are experiencing.

The Quick Install Guide can be found here: The CDS User Manual can be found here:

Sunday, 11 November 2007

and welcome to.....



To Elizabeth, Lynn and Sharon!


Wednesday, 7 November 2007

and welcome to Trish!!!

I'm finally going through my emails, Welcome to Trish!!!

and welcome to Dawn!!!

Welcome Dawn!!!!

Welcome to Amy!!!

Welcome to the Cricut Blog Amy!!!

Up for a challenge???

The current challenges are still running on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog and I'm updating the links to all the fab creations that have been entered so far. There will be another couple of challenge posted this weekend, so don't forget to pop by!!!

Also, don't forget about Bitten By The Bug and the regular challenges featured there!!!

Thursday, 30 August 2007

Welcome to......

Myrna, Kristina, Sarah Ann, Helen, Daphne and Wendy!!!!


Saturday, 11 August 2007

Another two join us!!!

Welcome to Bety and DeeDee!!!

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Welcome to Carol and TeriBeri!!!

Go and have a look at our latest members fabby blogs!!!


Monday, 23 July 2007

Welcome to Robyn and Tania!

Pop on over to our newest members blogs and show them a warm welcome!


Wednesday, 11 July 2007

US Bargain Hunters

I found this blog today while viewing the net and thought I'd share it

Great offers at huge discount prices.


Saturday, 7 July 2007

Welcome to Michele!

Another one joins the clan! welcome to Michele.


Reasons to buy an Expression

I'd love it if everyone could add a reason why you should or shouldn't buy an Expression to this post. (I'm trying to make my mind up whether my little bug is enough???)


Welcome to Kym!

Give a warm welcome to Kym aka StampGalaxy on the UK Stampers forum . Go and have a look at what she's created along with Dave her Cricut!!!

Monday, 18 June 2007

Welcome Pammie K!

Give a warm welcome to Pammie K!


Saturday, 26 May 2007

Fancy a challenge????

Well come on over to Just Bex forum and have a go at the wonderful challenges that have been set. Lots of altered items, LOs and cards to do. Visit, I know you'll like it!!!


Friday, 25 May 2007

Welcome Rebecca!

Hi there and welcome to Rebecca!!

Free fonts

Wow, just visited a forum and found a link to these free fonts called Moms corner 4 kids. It's a great site and had those dingbats on it, which are great to watercolour in.

Hopefully this should make them work:

Close down all applications that would access the fonts.

Download or move them to c:\windows\font (this should be your default font directory)

If this is not your font directory, you can find out by doing a search on *.ttf and this will bring up where all your fonts are.

Hopefully when you next open the application that you would use them in, it should pick them up, if not then it's worth a reboot. Hope this helps!

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Another new member - Gina!

Welcome to the Paper addict Gina!

Monday, 21 May 2007

Welcome Maggie!

another new blogger, have a look at her blog, Pookie225!

Welcome Jen!

Another warm welcome goes out to Jen -Garfpookie! go have a look!

Welcome to Jane!

I'd like to send a warm welcome to Jane, DCM, Jane loves her Cricut and has added her blog today, go take a peek.....

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Another two to the list

Welcome to SarahAnn and her website and PenniAnnies' new blog.

Friday, 11 May 2007

Blog Candy alert!!!!!!

Hi Peeps! Here's an alert for Blog Candy, pop on over to Amys' blog to have a look at that stash, go create and enjoy.


Thursday, 10 May 2007

They keep coming....

Welcome to Blestmom and her new blog!

Another new member!

Welcome to Sharon!!!

Capture the magic

I received this and thought I'd share, probably only for UK scrappers, but worth a check out, I've got some great paper deals in the clearance part from them before.

Doodlebug housing is now back in stock – phase two has finally arrived and the houses are now available to order online.

Our PROMOTION OF THE MONTH for May is Karen Foster which we have discounted by 25% - click here to have a look. This offer applies to existing stocks only and is valid for one week only from today, Wednesday 9 May.

We are continuing our massive clearout of Ellison and Sizzix products and most are now discounted by 60% - excluding new stock, of course J This offer also applies to existing stocks and all orders will be processed in the same order in which they are received. With regards to the Thick Cuts Daisy Flowers die, we have now been advised by Ellison that this die is being re-released as a Bigz die, but it will not be available until September in the UK. If we hear any more about it, we will let you know. We are expecting a delivery of more new Sizzix/Ellison dies towards the end of this month.

Our next weekend is 19/20 May – come and see us on Saturday between 10 and 5 and on Sunday between 10 and 4 – we look forward to seeing you if you can make it.


Kind regards
next open weekend 19/20 May 2007.

Capture The Magic Limited
Unit 23 Northfield Road Business Park
Tel/Fax 01353 720105

Registered in England, registration number 4986430

AC Moore 50% off coupon - Saturday 12th May

Here you go


Another one added!

Well, the blog is not forgotten!!! another Blog added today.

Welcome Heather, Scrap-a-holic, to the Cricut Bloggers!!!

Thursday, 3 May 2007


Well here's a link to a great freebie I found, it's on Kirsty's blog , she's a great artist and has many free papers and digi kits to download, go take a peek! she's top of the Craft Blogs list, no wonder!


Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Mumble mumble...

Well today's another day and we've gained a whole heap of links on the blog. Wow it's great to see all these talented blogs. Remember keep those inspirations coming and let me know if you'd like anything added here. If there's any bargain suppliers that you'd like to tell everyone else about, just drop me a line and I'll post their link.


Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Welcome one and all!

Welcome to the newly opened Cricut blog. This will be a place where we can find each others blogs easily and view each others work. Please let me know if there's anything you'd like added and I'll incorporate it as best I can! Enjoy!!!