Poofy Cheeks: Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies

January 6, 2016

Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies

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Who got a Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine for Christmas? I have had my Silhouette Cameo for three years and actually have two of them now (before that I owned a Cricut). I use mine for my ETSY business and for crafting. My sister has the new Cricut Explore and uses hers quite often as well. Since I have had mine for so long and we both buy replacement supplies more often than the normal casual crafter I have homed in on where you can get everything for cheap. I despise paying high prices for supplies and cringe when I see the prices craft stores are trying to charge for replacement blades, mats and especially vinyl! Heat transfer and adhesive vinyl are so ridiculously overpriced in stores in makes me angry.

Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies




Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies

Replacement Mats - I buy a new mat about once every 6-8 weeks and I purchase the 12x24 inch mat because the vinyl I purchase comes in 12x15 inch sheets. The good part about the long mat is that I use one side first and when it begins to loose its stick I flip it and use the other side. I feel like that helps me get twice the time out of it.

Cricut Mat 12x24
Silhouette Mat 12x24

Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies

Replacement Blades - I mostly cut adhesive vinyl and heat transfer vinyl with my blades. Sometimes they last about a month and other times they last a bit longer. I have found that the thing that dulls my blade the quickest is cutting glitter and flocked heat transfer vinyl.

Cricut Blades
Silhouette Blades (Regular blade)

Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies

Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies


Adhesive Vinyl - I will be doing an entire post devoted to adhesive vinyl because I use adhesive vinyl a lot! I use it mostly for crafting. Sometimes I use it as a stencil for paint and other times I use it as the actual design. I buy most of my adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters. They have text coupons you can sign up for and run a lot of sales and promotions. They carry tons of colors and they even carry pattern vinyl - can you say buffalo plaid? Although it was brought to my attention that Expressions Vinyl is even cheaper!! Say WHA!? (Let's all say thanks to the anonymous comment!)

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl
Expressions Vinyl Adhesive Vinyl

Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies


Adhesive Vinyl Transfer Tape - Transfer tape (aka application tape) is used to lift adhesive vinyl and place it onto your object all at once instead of one cut piece at a time. For intricate designs or perfect spacing you NEED to have transfer tape!! I used to try to get away without using it but then once I bought a roll I told myself I would NEVER go without using it again! I purchase the 6 inch wide x 100 yard long clear transfer tape from Happy Crafters. If my design is wider than 6 inches I use two pieces and slightly overlap. It lasts a LONG time.

Happy Crafters Transfer Tape

Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies


Heat Transfer Vinyl - Heat transfer vinyl is the thing I cut the most. I use it to make shirts which I sell in my ETSY shop. I also use it for pillows and last month used it for an advent calendar. I also buy a lot of my heat transfer vinyl from Happy Crafters. Again they have tons of options from glitter, to regular to flocked. I wrote all about tips, tricks and advice for working with heat transfer vinyl if you aren't too familiar with it.

Happy Crafters Heat Transfer Vinyl

Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies

Since these are the supplies I typically use and buy I hope this helps you all save some money on your crafting supplies! If you know of a place to get any of these supplies cheaper please share!

I'll leave you with that and let you know that I have a Cricut Explore Air on my wish list for this year - it is WIRELESS! Hint hint to my husband! Don't forget if there are any other types of tips or tricks you want to know about working with these two machines let me know in the comments!


Enjoy,



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25 comments:

  1. Oracal 631 Matte is $3.99 for a 12x24 sheet at Happy Crafters.... the same vinyl is only $1.99 for a 12x24 sheet at Expressions Vinyl...

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  2. How does the heat transfer work for you? I purchased and used the cricut brand to make personal pillowcases but they started to peel after the first wash! Do you have any tips or tricks for making vinyl transfer last longer?

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    1. I wrote all about it here - I hope this helps!! :) http://www.poofycheeks.com/2016/01/tips-advice-and-troubleshooting-heat.html?utm_source=bp_recent&utm-medium=gadget&utm_campaign=bp_recent

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  3. Great post!! I've also had good luck with MidwestScrapbook.com - 10 packs of Oracal 12"x24" vinyl are $26.17.

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  4. Instead of transfer tape I use dollar store clear contact paper. You get a ton, works just as well, and it is only a dollar.

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  5. Interesting topic. Have you ever used sprayed tacky spray on your cutting board? It works great. I haven't had to purchase a new mat since I started using that adhesive spray.

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  6. uscutter.com is where I get my transfer tape. check it out :)

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  7. Craftvinyl. com is the cheapest place I have found adhesive vinyl. Oracal 651 and 631 are only 99 cents for a 12x12 sheet and they run all kinds of crazy promotions. I just received 50 sheets of 12x12 vinyl for 30 dollars and that is including shipping.

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  8. For heat transfer vinyl I found BrilliantVinyl.com to have good prices. 12x15 is $2.75 for regular Siser Easy Weed and Siser Glitter 12x20 is $4. Shipping was also less than other places...

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    1. I recently used them and love their SUPER FAST shipping!

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  9. Hi, Just read your page and I didn't see the site where you put the name of the Cheapest Places to Buy Silhouette and Cricut Supplies. I am very interested in this because I do own a silhouette cameo ( and yes I love it) thank you for sharing your find with us!

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    1. Hi! I put links to them under each section in the post :) For some things I use Amazon and for others I use specialty vinyl sites.

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    2. For mats I use tacky spray (removable) and use a tshirt to get the real tack off so that it won't ruin your paper. Dab it a few times, haven't had to buy a new mat since.
      For transferring vinyl I use contact paper and works great.
      I just found a site that sells products one can put vinyl on but right now I don't have it book marked it.

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  10. Hello, I just purchased a cameo and plan on using it to make pallet signs. What vinyl do I use when using it as stencil?

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  11. I get my rolls of Vinyl from Sign Warehouse and I purchase all my mats and sheets of vinyl (colors I dont use often) From CraftVinyl. They run specials on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sat&Sun, you can get the vinyl sheets for as low as .25 per sheet (12x12).

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  12. Hello everyone...
    I just bought a Cricut Air!! Woo Hoo!!
    I would love to get help on where to find good product and also help on how to use it. You Tube? Web Sites? And free fonts and good cartrides to buy. Thank You

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  13. Thanks for this post! I run an etsy site where I sell home décor - mostly reclaimed wood signs. I recently purchased a Cameo to help with stencils for personalization and am slowly learning all it is capable of!
    ajminteriors.etsy.com

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  14. question have you ever thought about the brother cut n scan. I am still trying to make up my mind which machine to buy. love the idea of the scanning capabilities but not thrilled about the cost of materials however with some of the hints from this page that might not be such a huge problem.

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    1. I haven't used one before and never heard of it so I did a little research. It looks similar to a Cricut or Silhouette. I notice the price is comparable to the Cricut and Silhouette but I wonder if Brother has the other perks. Cricut and Silhouette each have a cut library where you can get ideas, get cut files and there are tons of tutorials, free cut files, blog posts and youtube videos that people have done to help use them. I wonder if the Brother one has much of this?! If you get one let us know how it works!!

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  15. well I know that the cut n scan has a lot of free patterns and that you can scan directly to the machine to cut a pattern out which gives you a lot of possibilities also you do not need a computer to operate it which is very nice. this being said it is more money then the cricket and the cricket company has been making these for a lot longer which makes me lean towards them. the brother has a built in scanner so you have to wonder how long it will hold up too. I have heard that there is not a lot of support from brother on this machine but that could be just talk too. I am however excited to find out that michels has an add out today that the cricket explore air is on sale for 199,00 and that is with a bundle of things included which makes it a very good deal. I also like the fact that you can design with the cricket on your tablet or your phone any place .decisions decisions.

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    1. Yes!! Let me know what you go with and how you like it!!! That price is great!

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  16. i am looking at the cricut air explore and silhouette cameo 3...any thoughts you wouldn't mind sharing?

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    1. Hey! I think they are both great machines and the capabilities are endless. There are so many different things you can cut and create with both of them. Both of them offer tons of tutorials and their software is top notch. I have a Silhouette so maybe I am partial to them but here is why I don't like the Cricut - the design space is online and so without having internet you can't access a lot of the tools, the designs you have paid to download, or designs you have made previously. There is no option to save designs you create to your computer and you can only save them in their 'cloud'. I often work on designs while traveling or on my lunch break where there isn't WiFi so it wouldn't work for me. With the Silhouette the software is downloaded onto your computer so you can access it even without internet. Another thing to consider is wireless is AWESOME and both of the newest Silhouette and Cricut machines have wireless options but I personally like to have mine plugged in. Sometimes wireless stuff doesn't always work for me and I am going to have to get up to put my material into the machine anyways. Food for thought :) :) I am actually thinking of writing a whole blog post about this question soon but I'd love to hear what you decide to go with!

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