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Friday, 29 October 2010

An EXTRA Hello Thursday surprise

PC have just announced three new Seasonal Cartridges.

The DS & Gypsy updates will be available next week.


Trim the Tree
Winter Lace

Friday, 22 October 2010

New Cartridges for October Hello Thursday

There's SEVEN new cartridges for this months Hello Thursday. All will be available in November.

Car Decals - Includes a font. Exclusive to This Cart hasn't been added to Design Studio yet. (As at 10/22/10)

Not only does it have all those cute stick figures you see on the back of cars these days it also has these guys:

And something else that many people have been asking for:

Ornamental Iron - Includes a font. Exclusive to

Paper Lace - Includes a font

Quarter Note - Includes a font. Exclusive to Michaels.

Sesame Street Seasons

Wrap It Up

Smiley Cards - No images available yet. This cart is available only via Gypsy download. Your gypsy must be registered by 31 October 2010 to qualify.

Get the DS font pack update from here: DS Update

Carts retiring this month are Beyond Birthdays and Teardrop.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Searching in Design Studio

     Here's how the search function in Design Studio works:
  • Select View "Keywords" from the drop down box in the Cartridge Library
  • Type your search word in the box. In this example I've used "flower".
     As you're typing you'll notice the Key 1 box will drop down and start filling with results.
  • Click on the result you want to search or highlight it and press Enter
     You'll see a list of carts that contain that object.
  • Click on the double right arrow next to the View Keywords box.
     The DS keypad will change to that cartridge and the key that contains that object will be highlighted
     in green. 
  • Press the arrow key again and the next cart and/or image will be highlighted.
     Any feature keys will also be highlighted.
  • Continue pressing the arrow key to go through all the search results.
     If you can't find what you're looking for you can also try

Monday, 18 October 2010

Problem with drivers in Windows 7

If you have Windows 7 you may get an error when you're trying to use your Cricut with Design Studio.

This should fix your problem:

  • Close Design Studio
  • Connect your Cricut to your computer but leave the Cricut switched off.
  • On your computer select Start --> Control Panel --> Devices & Printers
You should see something like this:

  • Now power on your Cricut
  • A new device should appear under the Unspecified heading. It should be called USB <--> Serial

  • Right click the new device and select Troubleshoot

  • The troubleshooter will start and it will look for problems with your device.

  • Follow the instructions the troubleshooter gives you.

  • After you have finished try using your Cricut in DS again.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Gypsy promotion

You won't want to miss this one if you own a Gypsy or are thinking of buying one:

Buy and register a Gypsy by Cricut by October 31 and receive 6 free cartridges downloaded to your Gypsy – including the exclusive, all-new "Smiley Cards" cartridge (and don't forget about Gypsy Wanderings and Gypsy font cartridges that come pre-loaded on the machine). It's a $419 value!
Free cartridges include:
  • Smiley Cards (new and exclusive to this promotion)
  • Tags, Bags, Boxes and More (not available in retail)
  • Christmas (not available in retail)
  • Blackletter (not available in retail)
  • Printing Press (not available in retail)
  • Indie Art (not available in retail)
All current Gypsy owners included! Simply register your Gypsy by October 31, 2010 and get access to all downloads. Register at

Downloads will be available through a special update to your Gypsy starting November 1st.

New Gypsy cartridge downloads are easy! Just connect your Gypsy to your computer and you'll automatically be prompted how to start. In just a few steps, you'll be able to download all six cartridges containing thousands of images! And with Gypsy, you'll have all the cartridge artwork and keypad overlays on your Gypsy screen, so there's no actual cartridge, handbook, or packaging.

You only have a few weeks. Don't miss out!!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Cricut Circle blog is open

Here's the link to the new Cricut Circle Blog:

It's open for ALL to see until October 11. After that it will only be available to Cricut Circle members.

The Circle has been opened for one week. Click on the GET CIRCLED link at the blog to go to the membership page.

While everyone can view the blog at the moment, you must be a Circle member to enter the challenges.