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For all you Gypsy owners, there is a new software update, it will include the newly announced cartridges as well as the Princess one from the last update if you did not update then.

This is not a software update it is just a cartridge update, those of us with the photo app will continue to have the photo app and those who don’t have it they are working on getting it fixe so all can have it.

Enjoy 🙂

Just hook your Gypsy up to your computer and start the Gypsy Sync program to download the update.

Also they updated Design Studio with the same cartridges as well so if you own that program here is the link to that download:

It’s just a font pack so scroll down to the font packs.


Hey everyone I have been working on this file and thought I would go ahead and share it with you all. It’s  a Christmas ornament that can actually be hung on  a tree if you wanted to 🙂 This was designed on my Gypsy and was the first thing I have actually designed using it (although I have a few others I have done but aren’t ready for sharing yet).

I love my Gypsy have I told you all that yet or enough 🙂 I really do though, I have had DS since it’s release a few years ago but I never really got into using it for more than laying out things I wanted to cut. The Gypsy has opened up so many possibilities for design, I know some of the same tools are in DS but for me the stylus just gives me the feeling of having more control over it, I can tweak things very quickly and very easily 🙂

Ok here is a screenshot of the file, it comes like this all laid out on the mat ready to cut out:

Screenshot of the file


Now how to put this together after you cut it out……..

Of course the circles with either the stars or the snowflakes are the top or front of the ornament, the plain circle is the back but will be the color you see through the cutouts, the 2 small rectangles are the top of the ornament and the rings are the hanger part.

I have another version of this file I am trying to get finished up that has the plain circle welded with the rectangle and the ring as one piece. I will share that at a later time as well when I finish it and test it out. Oh and I have one more version of this without the plain circle for the back instead it has the circle with the cutouts done 2 times so you can put clear or colored plastic acetate in the middle and have a neat stained glass look, again I will share this one too but later I have a meeting to go to tonight and I need to get things ready for that.

Here is a photo of the snowflake one finished:

Actual Cut Out Finished Example


So here are the links to the files please leave me a comment to let me know you liked it or not even 🙂 Thanks

Gypsy File –

Design Studio File –

Also I know I hate it when peole don’t tell me what catridges were used before I download so, I used george, plantin and Gypsy wanderings but only the snowflake is from the gypsy so if you don’t have that one you could just delete that from the file before cutting.

Please hopefully all of you and more get to see this, I have already heard from a few people now not just one that they could not cut with the expression machine after installing this update. It apparently does make you update your firmware (I had used it with SCAL on my and test cut but I do not run DS while using SCAL) and it crashes your machine.

Please let everyone know PC does know about this and will most likely be pulling it from the download page soon. I don’t have definite information on this problem but to be on the safe side I would be cautious and just wait. It doesn’t really have anything dire important in it anyway, plus the Gypsy updates for DS in it aren’t working either.

Also I have a request can you please leave comments on my page once in a while as it keeps my Blog up in the top when people search for things related to the content on here. I appreciate all your help in keeping this blog active 🙂

Hey everyone there is another CDS update and this time it is an actual software update. It says we will now have the ability to change .cut files to .gypsy files, also to save as .gypsy files from the start, and it says it improved the overall reliability of CDS. So for those of you recently having issues with errors and crashing I suggest this download it should fix that.

Now remember this is a software update so you will need to uninstall your current CDS from the control panel on your PC (it will not erase your activation info nor your files) and then install the newer version.

Here is the link to the download:

It should also contain all the new cartridges that had been in the recent Font updates so if you missed those just get this.

Ok one more thing, Design Studio just released another updae with all the new cartridges on it. Dwonload it here:

Enjoy 🙂

I was in Michael’s last night and guess what they already have the Gypsy available as well, apparently it has been for sale in their store since Monday. There are plenty of them there as well even after they took and put aside the ones for the pre-orders so if you were looking for one locally go check out your Michael’s store.

However a little birdy told me there may be an unadvertised sale on them come Sunday which is only tomorrow on their official release date for Michael’s anyway. I also was told to consider waiting because this may be a black friday item going very low for a few hours on Thanksgiving night.

But don’t quote me on all that I only get it from my inside source and am not 100% sure on the reliability of that info. I would hate for you to walk in tomorrow and say hey April from Bella Blu said these would be on sale, because I don’t know that for sure ;).

Enjoy your Gypsy’s to all of you who got one already, I really want one but I need a large format printer more so I am in the process of trying to save for one.

Hey that brings me to a question lurking in my head……..I wonder if my work and some free files that I post is worth a donation here and there? If I put up a PayPal donation button would you be inclined to donate so I can get more toys to play with more things to help me create more to share with you? Or is that just being a little pushy? I am really curious and would love some comments on this so please let me know if this is a bad idea or a good idea.

Well my cuttlebug experiment did not work so I won’t go into what I was trying to do it just tanked horribly 🙂 back to the drawing board.

I am still trying to get started on my cartridge highlights and projects though and will have DS files hopefully created with each one as well.

I have a nice .cut file to share with everyone, I designed this using Plantin Schoolbook so most people could cut it. I made it while I was waiting for the Life is a Beach cart to it the market and I just needed something beachy. hope you all like it, if you like it post a comment so I know if it was good or not 🙂 this was my first design in DS so go easy on me :).

Download it HERE!

Here is a preview picture for you so you can see what it looks like before downloading it. The file is free for now but will probably end up in my shop eventually so take advantage of me now 🙂

Big Kahuna

Big Kahuna


Enjoy and don’t forget to leave me a comment.

I know this is a little late and most of you may have already heard or found this already but Cricut Design Studio has another update here. This one includes the new Pink Journey font and the 2 Gypsy fonts as well. Anyway I thought I would post the link just in case someone had missed it somewhere else.

Ok so this is the last of my Gypsy info for sure, I did ask a lot of questions while I was there and I think some of the things I asked might be important to someone else as well :).

Some things about the new Gypsy, there is no video out port on it nor is there plans for one to be on a future model either so no slide shows for that photo software they are bringing out on release date, and no being able to plug in and use this over a video monitor to help teach classes about designing with Design Studio or showcase things in a class or teach about the use of the Gypsy either, I did ask about an emulator which is a program you could have on your computer that functions basically like the interface of the Gypsy so you can show how to use it, he said they have one for themselves but had not thought of releasing it to the public but was open to the idea of telling corporate about at least letting teaching staff or registered teachers who teach PC specific classes have access to it. (Hopefully not for a fee).

The GDS software can only shadow an image if it is already a feature on the cartridge your working with. The flip command in the Gypsy software is logical so you will not have to write your word backwards first, very nice. There is no hide contouring in this software as of yet either, also like I said in a previous post all Gypsy and CDS files are interchangeable both ways, I asked how the differences between the 2 programs would be handled how would one react if it didn’t have that feature like for instance the grouping feature on Gypsy which is not on CDS obviously, the man I spoke with said it wouldn’t be conflicting and didn’t seem to think there would be any issues, however in his tone he seemed to hint around at an update for CDS that will fix it anyway. Which would be good since this is what most of us have been asking for forever.

Of course I already talked about the photo app program they will have for download when you register I didn’t say before but it is a free add on it’s their way to get you to register your Gypsy because that is the only way for you to get the software 🙂 Sneaky PC.

You will not be able to wirelessly connect to your friends Gypsy and share your designs or connect via a wire directly either you will need a computer of some sort and CDS so you can save it on your computer and then just email it or put it on a usb stick for your friends. You will of course be able to download CDS designs from other people sites too but you will still need a computer and CDS to transfer the files to your Gypsy.

Even though it says that the Gypsy is compatible with Mac’s the man kept saying PC over and over in relation to the exchange and downloading of images so I asked did he mean that it wasn’t compatible and he said yes it was not in relation to CDS.

The Mac compatibility comes in when you update with new cartridge info, for instance say they come out with 3 new cartridges in order to download the info onto your Gypsy when you don’t own the cartridges you would connect to either a PC or a Mac and then connect to a web based application which will download the info to your Gypsy. So it’s a bit sneaky I think telling people it’s Mac Compatible when we all know CDS isn’t.

So it does come loaded with the entire current cartridge library info just like CDS. It has about 4GB of storage on it, no info on whether it will be expandable though. It comes with a tiny USB port for connecting it to the Cricut and comes with a long 5 foot cable, it also has a 26 pin proprietary port on it for the cable to load your cartridges on it, again this cable comes with it and is much shorter.

The Battery is a rechargeable lithium ION battery, non replaceable, and I was told it would last for years, however I was also told if it failed and you needed another unit that you could get one with the same serial number ported to it so your cartridges will still work.

I can tell you the rumor that this was based on a Nintendo DS is totally false, I said that before anyway I have a Nintendo DS and knew the minute I saw the Gypsy it wasn’t anything like the DS except for the being able to write on it and use a stylus, the DS has better recognition software in it I think for the stylus anyway.

Ok one last thing I asked if they tested all sorts of designs on this thing like really complex designs created using CDS could they replicate the same designs using GDS, I was told that he was not sure what types of designs were tested but he was sure that we would be able to do anything and more with this than with the CDS versions on our PC’s, I questioned this because my PC/Laptop has more speed and more memory so ti logically should be faster and therefore would be able to better handle extremely complex designs using many different cartridges, I told him I doubted the GDS system would even compare so maybe this was really for the CDS novice and for children or teenagers that like to scrapbook. He just laughed and said he wasn’t really sure and I would just have to wait until they were released to see for myself. 😉 Interesting when you put a man on the spot how they squirm.

So that is the end of my info I have for you at least on the Gypsy product, I have more coming up later tonight about more Provocraft products now that my Florida Power and Light breaker box has been repaired and I have consistent reliable power and am not using the generator anymore, it was a bad day yesterday to say the least.

One more the retail price of the Gypsy will be 299.99 however I have already seen it online for 259.99 wih free shipping, and if you search on google there was one store offering a layaway sort of program for it. You pay 49.99 now and then make payments of at least 42.99 until the units come in. I look at it as a sort of forced savings, yes I could save the same money on my own however I would find something I needed it for 🙂

Also I did get an exact release date for the Gypsy and was told it would be out in Michael’s craft stores first on October 4th.