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Cricut announces new Cricut Joy mini cutter

Cricut Joy

Cricut JoyToday Cricut announced the Cricut Joy.

The Cricut Joy is a mini, portable, wireless cutter.

The Cricut Joy can cut as well as draw and has a ton of new media that is required to get the most out of the machine.

  • It’s a smart little cutting and writing machine makes it easy to personalize anything
  • Cuts 50+ materials, including iron-on, cardstock, vinyl, paper, and Smart Materials™ – for super-easy cuts without a cutting mat
  • Draws any shape and writes in a variety of styles
  • Cuts individual shapes up to 4 ft long or makes continuous cuts up to 20 ft long*

The machine and all its accessories will be available here from March 1st so bookmark this page!!


The Cricut Joy features mat-less cutting but, you can use new mats so that you can utilize your scrap collection of vinyl!

Cricut Joy 12" standard grip cutting matCricut Joy Lightgrip 12" mat

Cricut Joy 6" standard grip cutting mat

The Joy is compatible with the existing Design Space applications so you can use your PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android devices to create designs and wirelessly create.

Cricut has made some clever innovations specifically for making cards.  There is a special cutting mat that allows you to insert folded cards and cut your design on the front of the card.

Cricut Joy Card MatOf course, Cricut offers a ton of new materials for Joy so you can make pretty much anything:Cricut Joy Smart media

Smart Labels
Insert cards
Adhesive-backed paper
Infusible Ink
Transfer sheets
Infusible ink pens and markers
Pens and markers


We will, of course, be offering all of the Cricut media and accessories in our online store as soon as they are available.

Cricut Joy with matching toteCricut Joy in matching tote Cricut Joy Tote bag Cricut Joy Replacement Blade and Housing Cricut Joy Replacement Blade Cricut Joy Ink Pens Cricut Joy Infusible Ink Pens








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Silhouette Cameo Bundle – $269.99

Silhouette Cameo bundle

Silhouette Cameo bundleIf you are looking to start with a Silhouette Cameo bundle then this is the one for you!

Swing Design is offering a huge discount on what has to be the best value Silhouette Cameo bundle around.

This bundle offers the best in supplies with both?Oracal adhesive vinyl and Siser Easyweed heat transfer vinyl. ?It also comes with online lessons, tools, access to designs and $25 to use in the Silhouette Design Store.



Hands down this is the best value bundle right now at just $269.99 – get yours here.

Bundle Includes:

  • Silhouette Cameo 3 with Bluetooth and Touchscreen – 1 Year Warranty
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Autoblade – Auto Adjusts Blade to Match Cut Job Material
  • 12 Inch x 12 Inch Cutting Mat
  • 12 Assorted Sheets of Oracal 651 Permanent Vinyl – 12 Inch x 12 Inch Each
  • 12 Assorted Sheets of Siser Easyweed Heat Transfer Top Colors 12 Inch x 15 Inch Each
  • Transfer Paper Sheet
  • Heat Transfer Guide by Silhouette School
  • Vinyl Guide – By Silhouette School
  • Hook Tool or Spatula Tool
  • Scraper
  • Online Beginner Class
  • 100 Exclusive Designs?
  • 1 Month to Silhouette U
  • 1 Month to Club Silhouette
  • Exclusive Access to Art Files by Silhouette School
  • 1 Month to Silhouette’s Design Store
  • $25 Dollars in Downloads from Silhouette’s Design Store – Code Sent During Registration?
  • Studio Software for Windows 7 or higher and Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher
  • Vinyl Trimmer
  • Ratchet Adjustment Tool
  • USB Cord
  • Power Cord 110v-240v

Order this Silhouette Cameo bundle now via Swing Design as the best introduction to Silhouette crafting, all tools, materials and lessons are included to get you up and running out of the box! ?The bundle is discounted from $379.99 down to $269 – as described it is the ULTIMATE Silhouette Cameo bundle!

The Silhouette Cameo 3 works with both Windows and Apple computers and the Design Studio software comes included in the box. ?If you want to get designing and using the plethora of free designs that are available online as Scalable Vector Images (SVG) files then look into upgrading your Design Studio software to Designer Edition.


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Cricut Design Space 3 – The end of Flash plugin errors

So Cricut announced this week the soft launch of their new Design Space 3.

Cricut Design Space 3 works on Windows 7Cricut users have long suffered a multitude of issues with their online based design software.  The main issues stem from the platform the design software was written on – Adobe Flash.  The software has been notorious within the crafting groups for untold headaches and reliability issues with many people complaining and also defecting to the Silhouette Cameo platform which has offline computer-based software rather than an online solution.

Cricut has recognized these performance and stability issues and has addressed them with a complete rewrite of Design Space using the latest web development platforms giving their users a fresh new look and the performance and stability everyone wants and needs to run their crafting businesses.  The new platform does not boast a whole load of new features, I believe these will come in time.

Cricut when announcing their new version put out the system requirements.  They state that Windows 8 and higher will be able to run the new Design Space 3.  This has put many people into panic mode as there are many that have not transitioned from Windows 7, some are still on older versions of Windows.  Many fear to upgrade due to bad press or bad experiences with some Windows 10 upgrades, others simply don’t want to change.  Microsoft now also charges for Windows 10 upgrades after the initial free upgrade period BUT you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free via a special link on Microsoft’s accessibility site – see here.  This will help you if you are running Windows 7 or higher.  XP or Vista users, sorry you are out of luck and most likely your hardware is probably below today’s standards anyways!

As far as Design Space 3 goes you can still use Windows 7 to run your Cricut.

Issues that may occur are probably due to old versions of Internet Explorer that you may have installed.

It is recommended that you:

a) Run and install all of your Windows updates and ensure you have the latest Internet Explorer.

b) Download Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple’s Safari and use a more up to date and secure browser for all of your surfing needs.

You can access Cricut Design Space 3 (currently beta) here –

There is also a Feedback link in the new Design Space 3 – use this to send your thoughts and experiences to Cricut and help push for new features you would like to see as well as any problems you experience on the new platform.