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17 January 2011

Cricut mat oopsie.

A while ago I mentioned that my cricut mat and I had a slight falling out. And by slight I mean that I was cramming to get things done and it wasn't cooperating with me very well. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but since I've moved to the boonies and the nearest store that carries anything even slightly crafty (read - Wally world) is 30 miles away this was very disconcerting. Then I remembered a video that I had seen online about making your mats sticky again with brake cleaner and adhesive. So I set out to try. What did I have to lose?

I sprayed the brake cleaner on my mat generously. I then began to scrape away the old goo. A couple minutes into my project I was amazed at the stuff that was coming off....Then I began to realize, not only was the goo coming off, but the white mat behind it!!


Needless to say, I think I need to perfect my technique! I read somewhere else that a plain degreaser works better than the brake cleaner. I suppose I'll try that next time...Now to find someway to recycle my old mat :)

11 comments:

Dorcas said...

oh dear.....

My Lil' Bits said...

Looks like something I would do! Just wanted to thank you for becoming a follower of mine and for the nice comment!

Lisa

Minta's Creations said...

Just became a follower..Would love it if you decided to follow my blog.
Minta
http://mintascreations.blogspot.com/

Debbie Smith said...

Thank you for becomming one of my followers, I am now following you. I have the same problem as you I live 45 minutes out of town and not to many places to buy craft items....thank goodness there is e bay lol.

K Andrew said...

Hi Tara

Use goo gone! Works like a charm

Your cricky friend
Kandrew

Tara said...

Dorcas--You said it!

Lisa--You're very welcome, live and learn, right? :)

Minta--I stopped by and left you a comment! Thanks for stopping by!!

Debbie--I'd be lost without ebay...It's like my crafty room service...Where abouts are you from?

Kandrew--I never even thought!! Thanks for the tip, I know my hubby has a stash around here somewhere...and I think it's orange scented, much better than that nasty brake cleaner!!

Michelle said...

I just had to chuckle. I am so sorry! This is something that would SO happen to me! Haha! Thanks for following my blog. Im now following yours!
~Michelle

Manhattan Mandie said...

This is supposed to be the BEST at reconditioning mats: http://cutterscreek.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=132&products_id=2897&zenid=hggo2v4nqhv1ll20sgimu9g6u5

ScrapYourWorld said...

Im sorry to say this but I got a good laugh at your mat incident!! But i understand, those mats are expensive and dont stay sticky to long. But I wasnt laughing AT you, just laughing, cause I have done some things that were catasrophys (dont think I spelled that right) but anyway, Im a new follower from Scrap Your World, thanks for coming by and joining my blog. I can see that Im going to like you!!

Tracy said...

Oh my. I have never heard of that.
I have used my large Zig pen to restick the matt.
Hope whatever you do works.

Tara said...

Michelle - Thanks for stopping by! These things happen to me all the time. I'm getting better at switching gears and letting nature take it's course :)

Mandie - Thanks for the link, I'll be sure to check it out!

ScrapYourWorld - Thanks so much for browsin through! We'll be fast friends when we compare catastrophes!

Tracy - I've used my zig before, too. So much for tryin something new :) Thanks for stopping by!!