Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cricut Mats time and a giveaway!

I can't believe it's been, this month, 4 years since I shared on YouTube how I discovered how to make my Cricut mats sticky using Aleene's Tack it Over and Over! I still get questions and I appreciate all the positive response I've had. I just had to treat mine and thought it would be a good time to answer some questions and have a little giveaway!


The solution I use it 1 to 1. So equal parts of Aleene's Tack it Over and Over and water. Yes, it has to be that glue! I find it at JoAnn's or Michaels but not every one I go to has it in stock or carries it. If you ask someone that works there about it they will look at you like your crazy! Lol! I've also seen it sold online.
When my mats start loosing their sticky about half the time all I need to do is give my mats a could scrubbing with foamy kitchen soap, rinse, let them air dry, and they are back to usable! This gets the debris and bits of paper off and reveals the wonderful sticky again! Other times I just add the sticky solution following the video below. I do get asked about 'cleaning' the mats. You know, getting all the gunk completely off and making it completely unsticky. A little of the residue or discoloration doesn't bother me. They might look old but they work better than NEW! Buuuut, if it bothers you then you can use any glue remover to throughly clean it then apply sticky solution. Let me warn you, it is messy and don't get it on the carpet. Learned that the hard way. I just used goo gone and the scraper in the Cricut Essentials tool kit but I wish I hadn't, it's still a little sticky. I wish I had used instead a pampered chef scraper. I have so many of those, I wouldn't mind just throwing it away afterward.

I like to keep a mat that has lost its sticky somewhat for thinner papers. Cricut now sells them in different sticky strength. They are catching up with us and our great ideas!

Please keep the questions coming! My video I did soooo long ago and it feels out dated now. Maybe I should redo it.





To celebrate my 4 years youtube video anniversary I'm giving away a bottle of Aleene's Tack it Over and Over Glue! All you have to do to get entered into the giveaway is leave one comment on this post! You will have one week to enter and I will announce the winner next Wednesday.


Thanks to all my supporters! I appreciate each and every one of you! And I know that without you this wouldn't be any fun!
 

32 comments:

  1. Yes! I have watched your video and you are the one who finally convinced me to go with this route of re-stickying my mats! I was using the large chisel tip Zig 2 way pen, but having done both, I prefer the Aleene's method. Plus the Aleene's glue will last a lot longer, therefore it is cheaper. I bought mine online at Joann Fabrics. Thanks so much for enlightening so many crafters :)

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely be doing this from now on!!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm going to try this thanks so much, buying new mats all the time can be expensive and I would rather use my pennies for fun stuff like cartridges : ) Thank you!!

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  4. Thanks for the chance to try out this glue and I have never used it and would like to give it a try.

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  5. I have never seen this one at Joann's locally, but I will be keeping my eye out. I've used the large Zig pen before but it doesn't last as long! Carri~Abusybee
    Skittles!

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  6. THanks for sharing your Cricut mat sticky tips. I clean my mats also.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  7. Thanks for sharing! I actually found you through that YouTube account! Love your tips

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  8. I had to laugh...at JoAnn's here they looked at me like I was crazy when I asked them about it! Thanks for the chance to win! Love your blog and have done forever! Thanks for all tips and challenges! :-)

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  9. Great idea! I'll definitely try it. I found the glue at amazon.

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  10. I've tried other glues with no success. I have to go to JoAnn's today so will look for this glue and give it a try. I have about three mats that are on their last legs. Thanks so much

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  11. I'll have to give this glue a try. I've always used the Zig Pens, but they don't last very long. A good, super cheap way to get the mat completely clean is rubbing alcohol with a good scraper, and yes...the Pampered Chef ones work so much better than the Cricut ones. I take my mats down to bare every 6 months or so that way.

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  12. Thanks for sharing your Cricut mat sticky tips and of course thanks for the chance to win.

    Hugs from Finland,
    Eemeli

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  13. thank you so much for the chance to win!! I have about 20 mats that I just can not part with, knowing that there had to be a way to make them work again!! can't wait to try this!!

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  14. Thanks Laurie, I'll try this today. Virgie

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  15. I'll definitely need to try this, I've been doing the Zig re-stick method and am ready to try something new! Thanks for the info!!!

    Emily

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  16. Thanks for sharing! def going to try this.

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  17. Even though I won't be eligible since I'm on the HIMCR Design Team, I want to thank you for posting this. I've been using an adhesive spray every 3-4 times I use my mat for either my Cricut or Cameo. I just tried this and it is so much better because I don't get overspray on my floor, table or craft mat... as for how long it lasts, well, I will know more after I use my mat a few more times (since I just tried this). Thanks so much for the tip!!!!

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  18. I wish I knew about this a long time ago. I have purchased the canned versions of cleaning the mat and this is so much easier and cheaper. TFS.

    Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@aol.com

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  19. Quite some time ago, I watched your You-Tube video, and got the stuff, and tried it. Works great!

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  20. hii...congrats for completing 4 successfull years ...thanks for sharing n giveaway.

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  21. This is the best stuff!!!! I started using this method several years ago (THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE TIP) and love it!!!!

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  22. That's great. I learned to use Zig glue after wiping the mat to make it sticky again. Love your challenges and fun blog. Thanks for a the helpful info.

    marg0006 at Verizon dot net

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  23. Thanks for the info, I have not heard of this adhesive. Too bad I just came from Joann's!! Thanks for the giveaway.
    salido99@msn.com

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  24. Oh my gosh I have so many old mats that need to be brought back to life.
    Thanks for the video!
    Happy 4 year YouTube anniversary.
    Would we call it a Tuberversary? lol.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  25. I would love to try this stuff! I got some of the zig 2-way and haven't tried it yet, but this sounds like it might be even better!

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  26. Never tried that Glue before. I only have a couple of old mats and they could use some help. Thanks for the chance to win. :0)

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  27. This method seems a lot less expensive than Zig 2-way. (and faster) Now I just need the glue. lol

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  28. I love Tack it over - thank you for the opportunity to win - I have used a baby wash to clean my mats and they restick - like all ideas however as I know one day I will need to add glue!

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  29. I have been following u for about 1 1/2. I used to throw mats away till I saw this video...thanx so much

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  30. I have been using the zig 2 way and it is expensive and doesn't go far. Just ordered this on eBay. Didn't find it at my Joanns. Thanks for the tip

    Maureen

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  31. Thanks for the chance to win! I love tack it over.

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  32. oooh another good use for it. I bought it to make my own glue dots originally, never thought about doing this. Thanks for the tip.

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