Monday, January 20, 2014

[Video]Cricut Explore Provo Craft New Machine Details and Keynote Intro by Ashish Arora, CEO

Welcome to the new Cricut Explore machine!  Check out these photos! I have the entire keynote speech that Provo Craft's CEO, Ashish Arora on video below so you can have the firsthand experience like I had and hear and see all the details.
 Below is a place for your tools (top) and your cartridge (below), if you want to use it.
It has an automatic dial setting for all the speed, pressure and blade depth settings for different materials.
Below they've got special storage for your blades and extra housings (with magnetic holder for the blades) and a place for all your tools.  And the bottom of the machine is raised so you can slide your mats easily underneath.
Here are the most significant details we know right now:
- It will use a new online software called Cricut Design Space but don't worry, Cricut Craft Room will still be available and supported.
- With this software, you can use true type fonts and other SVG files. Also, there are a variety of turnkey Cricut projects and images available.
- MSRP is $299 and it will debut on HSN on February 12.  It will be in other retail outlets starting in March.
- A library of 50,000 Cricut images will be available to purchase individually for 99 cents.
- Also, they will have a monthly subscription of $9.99 for access to half the library or 25,000 images (no idea which ones).
- That subscription is month to month - no problem canceling whenever you want.
- You can use your existing cartridges in the machine but it will be with the Cricut Design Space, which requires the internet.
- Yes, it really did cut these tiny confetti pieces from the invitation above.

Tomorrow, we get some hands on time with the machine so there will be more to report on it.

Experience the Reveal of this Cricut Explore machine below on video - live from the event (click HERE if you can't see the video):


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352 comments:

  1. I seriously stayed up waiting for your post! It is 2 AM here in Ohio!! I LOVE this machine !! Can't wait to see one in person.. Going to have to convince my boys that mama wants one and they should buy it for me! LOL It can just be Christmas and Birthday for the next 3 years!

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  2. I think they are trying to catch up to the Silhouette machines. Good idea. But who wants to spend another $300 for a cutting machine? I just can't afford it.

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    1. I agree, I abandoned Cricut because they were so greedy and got the Cameo. Love it lots and won't replace it.

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  3. I cant wait to be able to get my hands on this machine!!!! Im so excited. and WOW! it sure can cut some small pieces. The design space looks so easy to use. I love how it tells you the colors. Im so excited!!! Thanks for sharing all the info with all of us!
    -Maritza Henson

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  4. I love the new machine! I want it so bad!

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  5. So very excited about the new machine! Can hardly wait to get my own! Thanks for bringing us all of the new info!

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  6. I want the machine so bad, I am so excited!

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  7. The build looks flimsy. I:d rather have the new Sizzix eclips2 which ships in March for $299.99.

    Similar features and dedicated design store, infinitely better company. The machine has a fast, quiet industrial-strength motor and includes free starter software.

    A Bluetooth version for use with tablets will be available later this
    year. It will automatically laser-register matted designs, and more.

    As opposed to ProvoCraft, Sizzix has fantastic customer service. I own several of their fine products, including two die cutting machines.

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  8. hmmm...interesting, but the jury is still out. what is up with the new design software? I have carts that are only available in the CCR --digital. will the older cricuts be compatible with the new software or is it only svg files? how about the gypsy and the jukebox? I saw ports, are there places to plug them in? more questions than answers.
    have my eye on the brother scan n cut.
    do love the cart you are giving away.. had a chance to play with it in the CCR and it is awesome. thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. Omg I can't wait, been waiting and saving up for a new machine. This is the one! Yayayyyy!

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  10. I was so close to buying a Expressions 2 but I am happy that I have waited. thanks.

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  11. Yes! A new Cricut machine that cuts precisely, this is what I have been waiting for!

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  12. I think it looks pretty nice but.. I'm a tad worried about how they (cricut) are coming up with a new program and seems like they're getting ready to move away from craft room. I'm hoping at the very least the new program is able to sync with my gypsy so that my carts can be used there.. Especially since my gypsy recently broke and is being sent in id hate to be paying to fix a gypsy that can't be used with the new machine

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  13. I like the small cuts and the option to cut svg. I don't like to use an online program. I like to work offline and without computers as well (I do now use the ccr, but not so often). I find it a big pro that I can cut on my cricut without using a computer as well.

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  14. I have been waiting for them to come out with a new machine that cuts SVG files! I would like to know if it works with the gypsy. I do most of my work on the gypsy. Thanks for the information and a chance to win a great cartridge!!
    Linda

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    1. I heard that it does not, Linda. :(

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  15. this is exciting news for people with lots of Cricut cartridges and keeping up with the competition. I might wait till, version 2mtomget another one though. Not crazy about not having ccr which I love. I did see the new fiskars machine and wow the cuts were amazing. So I'm up in the air about which machine to get.

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  16. I like the idea of being able to cut SVG files, but don't like the fact that you need to use software and internet access to use your cartridges. I think I'll pass on this one.

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  17. Would love to see the new machine in action live! Will have to start saving my pennies!

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  18. wow, looks like it does it all!! A fun new toy to learn!

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  19. I love my Cricut Expression and have had it for several years and it still works great and I love Cricut Craft Room. The new machine and it's capabilities sound incredible. Thank you for the opportunity to win this new machine.

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  20. OMGOODNESS!!!!! how exciting and LUCKY you getting to demo it :) please pick me lol, i would think i had dies and gone to cricut heaven!!

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  21. It's nice that they are trying to catch up with the times, but I already bought 4 machines since it was first introduced. Not including the gypsy. In this economy I can't see spending 300 dollars for a new machine. I wish they had come up with something where you could use your existing machine to cut svgs. I love the cartridges and I obviously love my cricut since I have 4. But I can't let them into my pocket anymore. Disappointed....

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  22. Thanks Joy for all your reporting. This new machine sounds very interesting to me right off the bat and I am anxious to hear more details no matter how small.

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  23. Hoping to win this new model. Can't afford to buy another machine because I already have two and a ton of cartridges. It would be really nice to add to my collection and be able to cut SVGs.

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  24. Have been thinking about getting a Silhouette. May have to explore my options. Will need more info.Like what I see so far.

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  25. Wow cool!! Unfortunately I already have 3 Cricuts, so probably can't have this one...thanks for the chance to win the cartridge.

    slbela59 at hotmail dot com

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  26. Would love to win this machine. Love all my Cricuts and would never get anything different. I hope I get picked but if not I will be buying this one for sure.

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  27. Probably a great machine, but I am still burning up over the Imagine machine that doesn't work as promised. Wish they put some more effort into that one - nothing else on the market cuts and prints. I have 3 Cricuts and I won't be spending another 300 on this one. Hope it works as promised for those who are excited about this newbie. I do like the true type font and SVG feature.

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  28. I would love to have this cricut can't wait too see projects you make and what you think about it. I have two but could always use another one.

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  29. I would love to have this cricut can't wait too see projects you make and what you think about it. I have two but could always use another one.

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  30. Super excited to see this new machine.... One question though. Will the Gypsy be useless now? Can it be plugged into the Explore? I soooo, love my Gypsy.

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  31. Very interesting! Excited to hear the first reviews after people begin using it.

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  32. I think the new machine will be very cool. It looks like the company is taking the consumer and space saving into consideration. I would love to win this cartridge and even more awesome the drawing is on my birthday so I think this would be an awesome gift!

    Denise Wells

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  33. This new machine looks interesting. I just got a cameo for Christmas to go along with my Cricut machines. this looks like a combination of the two.

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  34. It looks interesting. It's too bad you have to use yet another software program instead of the Craft Room.

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  35. Looking forward to seeing everything this new machine can do!:)

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  36. The new Cricut looks so interesting I know I love my Cricut and definitely can't imagine my life without it.
    So I can't wait to find out more about it and see it in action in your hot little hands. Thanks for the
    video and the info. YOU ROCK!!

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  37. love it nice to see that cricut is finally getting on board so we can also use our svg's with the cricut, looks awesome good luck everyone

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  38. Glad they finally have a way to cut svg files. Looking forward to your review.

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  39. OMG!! This new Cricut looks awesome. Love the new features and being able to use true fonts and SVG cuts. My Dad will be impressed as he thinks the cricut I gave my mom is primitive." Needs to be able to cut what you tell it too from computer files he says LOL .? Can't wait to see all the rest of the details :) Have fun Joy!

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  40. I am excited about the new machine ... maybe I should drop some hints to hubby for a great Valentine's gift ... he can shop from home on the HSN!

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  41. This is so exciting. I can't wait to get me hands on this!

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  42. I'm so on the fence...I thought this one would replace my other machines...but I would still need them to not have to use the internet and to use my Gypsy. That doesn't help with limited space. Still cool, though!

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  43. Wow, can my home have ANOTHER cricut machine? You bet!

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  44. I think the new machine is pretty nice. I am very excited to see what all the machine can do... I am not sure if I am convinced enough to switch over from my original Expression. I do love the "Thank You" card that was made in the video. That was such a neat looking card!

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  45. Thank you for taking the video. So cool to see it "first hand". Can't wait to see what you get to do today!!

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  46. Wow that was impressive, thank you for sharing. Did it cut as smooth as it looked, mine is getting pretty choppy especially with small and intricate. I have been thinking of a new machine but had pretty much decided it would not be a cricut now I am not so sure. I guess I will just have to be patient and sit back and wait to see how it works.

    Ruth at lake in Texas

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  47. Not to sure about this machine. I own two cricuts now and a gypsy. Have about 80 carts. Few years ago I bought MTC program then Provo craft pulled the plug on that. Too new for me to think about investing in a new machine

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  48. I like the new storage, but it looks clunkier. Really disappointed that PC is only now letting people cut with svg. I have too much invested in my carts now and CDS has finally stopped working. I hate CCR since we can't hang images off the mat and just cut what we want now. I'm skeptical about having to have 2 software packages to cut with. Too complicated.

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  50. Janis LU janislu@msn.com

    I am glad to see the new machine; however it seems that Cricut is beginning to be like Microsoft Office - a new and better machine every two years. I love Cricut Craft Room and hope they do not do away with it as I have designed quite a few of my files using the Basic Shapes - would hate to lose them in the conversion. It would be awesome if Cricut would give users the option to purchase updated software that would allow us to use SVG on the machines we own already. I own the original Cricut, Mini Cricut and two Expressions (ended up getting a deal at WalMart during Xmas - paid $4.50 (tax) - Machine sold for $99.00 with a $100 gift card to the CCR exclusive designs. Cannot wait to continue your reviews on the machine. Thanks for Sharing -

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  51. It looks amazing and I can't wait to get one.

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  52. While it looks like a great machine, I am pleased with my cricut and will continue to enjoy it. Can't afford to buy another machine.

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  53. Joy, look amazing. The video was a little hard to understand so maybe you can answer this question. The new program allows you to upload and cut your own svg's. But do you have to pay the $9.99 to use the program and cut them? Or does the program come with the new machine?

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  54. looks impressive but I'm tired of Cricut changing the way we can use their products. I invested in the gyspsy, then craft room now this? Why can't we just use this new machine with the craft room and improve upon that avenue?
    The new machine looks amazing...

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  55. wow. you could send me my way for a test drive,,, looks interesting, but can I use my design studio with it?
    like the thank you card made with it! looking forward to seeing more.

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  56. So excited to see the intro of the new Explore. Was just thinking of buying another machine...now I'll have to consider the Explore. Have a feeling I'll be tuned in to HSN on Feb 12.

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  57. Would like to know if my gypsy would be compatible or is that now redundant? Love the look of the new machine as I'm not getting alone with my cameo sil

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  58. In three words, I want one!

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  59. Haven't watched the video yet, but read your comments. I had a feeling cricut would come out with something that would cut SVG files, just so it could compete with the machines that already do so. I for one have wanted something like that for a while, so many places/blog give away free SVG's. I just hope that they keep supporting the cricut craft room, because that's really all I need, and my daughter just got a new cricut expression 2 and is looking forward to using it.

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  60. Sorry , not getting alone with cameo sil and it's up for sale. Like the idea of using an ipad as for health reason I find using a laptop very difficult. Looking forward to seeing what you think of this machine when you gave had a play.

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  61. Looks interesting not sure if I will buy one

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  62. I want one. just got my Cameo in November. Imagine the fun I could have with both..

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  63. I am pretty well content with my imagine and E2. I have decided the from here forward I'll be using my Cameo. This looks very nice though. I'd assume a lot of bugs.

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  64. This all looks very interesting. I am excited to see what all it can do. I am going to take the wait and see stance, though, before I rush to buy one. I already have a lot invested in my cartridges and machines.TFS, Joy! I know you and Melanie are in Cricut Heaven!

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  65. Very excited to see this new machine in action. Would love to win one!!

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  66. Hmm, think I will just wait and see for now. I still love my Expression - Debbie

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  67. Looks very cool! Could use an upgrade from my baby bug!

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  68. Can't wait to hear your reviews on this. Better cutting on small details is so exciting.

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  69. Interesting....but what to do with all of the other Cricut machines I've purchased over the years. Quite torn on this...

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  70. Oh my goodness - this is the the bomb-diggity!!!! Love the ability to use true-type fonts as I am a bit of a font nut!!!! Thanks for the preview. I look forward to your opinions of it as you get to play!!!!!

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  71. wow they have listen to their customers. I just hope it's not too late. I am thinking about it. I hope we don't have issues like with the imagine. thanks for sharing

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  72. Wow, this looks amazing. It would be so much fun to play with. I can't wait to learn more.

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  73. Hummm interesting. Kind of expensive. But, I can't wait to see how it works. I just got a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas. I think I will stay with it for a while. I just hope I can figure it out.
    Kathy

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  74. Looks like it will be able to do what the cameo does. Been looking at buying the cameo. I like my expression, so happy that cricut came out with this.

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  75. Not sure this really does that much new. Hoping CCR will really be supported long term.

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  76. I love the fact that this machine will be able to cut more precisely!

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  77. looking forward to learning more about this new machine; especially curious to see how it works with an ipad... Thanks for the report and the giveaway opportunity!

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  78. I'd love to win this. Thanks for the chance and good luck everyone

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  79. sounds a lot like silhouette which is fabulous as I love Cricut and didn't really want to change over to Silhouette, it's a bit out of my price range right now so I will still stick with my trusty expression and my cartridges until it's been out a while and hopefully come down in price!

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  80. The following has me wondering what it means exactly;
    You can use your existing cartridges in the machine but it will be with the Cricut Design Space, which requires the internet. - See more at: http://www.obsessedwithscrapbooking.com/#sthash.qZQoGxgp.dpuf
    Is the Gypsy going to work with the new?
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  81. I would love to win this!

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  82. Thank you for the preview of this new machine. I will be watching for all the info but will not be getting on the bandwagon for awhile. Still have a Gypsy that doesn't work after update so will use what I have with the Expression and Cuttlebug.

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  83. Looks interesting. Can't wait to see what real "users" have to say about it. You said that we can use our existing cartridges but need to use the Design Space. Do we need to sync them & can we do that if we already have them synced to a Gypsy or the Craft Room?
    Donna K U

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  84. Thank you for the preview. It looks like a great machine.

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  85. So nice to have a chance to win something! I wish I could be one of the lucky people provided one at no charge to test it out and promote it!

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  86. I'm not paying $300 for ANY machine.

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  87. Cutting more precisely and working with the I pad sounds great. I would really love to win.

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  88. Thank you so much for your through coverage! I really appreciate the video. I can't wait to see it in person and play with it. I think I'll be getting one!!!

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  89. I like what I saw in the video, a huge thanks Joy for this! I too have the Expression and Gypsy. Love them both and tons of carts. But don't understand why we can't use our carts in it by itself but have to have a software and internet? Not good! So, I am on the fence about whether or not I would purchase or not! Thanks for a chance to win the cart!

    bdcampers@msn.com

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  90. Thanks for the preview. I will wait to see how it works and if it ever comes down in cost. ONe think I love about the cricut is not having to use the computer if I don't want to.

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  91. I am eager to hear how everyone likes it once they are using it at home! I am a big Cricut fan - but jumped the bandwagon too soon before and found there were design flaws. I'll be eager to hear your true opinions as you use it!

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  92. It looks like a really neat machine and the design software is exceptional. I don't think that I would purchase the machine because I have already invested a good deal of money in my Cricut Expression. I hope that at some point they will make the new design software compatible with the older machines.

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  93. Thank you for getting this wonderful preview to us. I can't wait to see the actual machine!

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  94. Whoo Hoo! Look at all the comments! Think I'm #93! I think it's great that you and Melanie got to go and will learn all about it so you can teach your followers - and I know there are sooo many dedicated Cricut users thrilled to know they can now access SVG files - yay!!
    Melinda Strange
    Huntsville, TX

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  95. The Explore looks like the perfect machine. I have the original expression and was planning on upgrading soon. I will wait on the Explore.

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  96. Wow! Would really enjoy learning more about Cricut with this machine! I love my Expression more each time I use it! Time for an update, so please pick me! Thanks!
    Barbara T
    Nashville, TN

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  97. I can't wait to order this new machine. Saw the video and love all the changes made. Compact and fingertip ready!

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  98. I would love to have this considering my Cricut just went out in November. Those intricate cuts are to die for.

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  99. I know it's been asked several times, but I also would like to know if the Gypsy is going to be compatible with this new machine.

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  100. Tgis would be awesome. I have been saving up to get a cricut.

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  101. Tgis would be awesome. I have been saving up to get a cricut.

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  102. I will wait and see more information before I would make a decision to buy the Explore.

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  103. I would be super interested if I didn't JUST get a Cameo! I do still love my E2, carts, and Gypsy, so it's great that the new machine will still use our carts. It would have been nice if they made the upgrades to the E2 so we didn't have to buy a whole new machine. Even without the Cameo, I would not buy the new machine until it had been out for awhile and tested/recommended by lots of people. sounds like a good price point and great features.

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  104. Wow! Love that there will be the capability it cut other things but not too excited about having them controlling the site where you create your designs. I will wait to hear what you will tell us as you get to play with the new machine!

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  105. I love my Cricuts, but I think I will wait and see what everyone's reviews are on this, unless HSN puts out a great deal on 2/12. Would like to know if it will work with the Gypsy though.

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  106. This is all so exciting! Thank you so much for sharing, I watched your video last night right after you uploaded it I think I was the 5th view. Made me not feel so bad that I was not there. Great pictures, I love the storage for the tools. Do you know if it comes with those tools? Did they give you one to take home? Hope so.

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  107. This machine truly looks amazing. I can't wait to start playing with design space... What luck do you think we all have that they might give us access early?!

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  108. Wow...you can use svg with this? Almost wish I'd waited to buy mine...no that's not so, as I've thoroughly enjoyed my circuits!

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  109. Love that they are covering all the complaints of the older ones. The quietness, IPad freindly, dual chambers, SVG files are all GREAT! Just wish the price wasn't so much!!! Can't wait for your input on it, before I think about buying...

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  110. I love what I've seen and am so excited to see this...thanks for the video! I've got 3 cricuts...baby, E and cake, design studio, gypsy, juke box, cuttle bug, and all that go with them. I've considered getting another cutter to be able to cut svgs, ttfonts, etc, but will have to wait to see how things go when others use this one. I've been with cricut/pc since '07 and seen it all sitting on the sidelines...I've learned to wait for the bugs to be worked out. I guess my biggest fear is whether or not I've got to be online to use the new machine...my internet is very slow/not dependable. If it works as I'm hoping, it will be my Christmas present this year...fingers crossed. ;-)
    Carol aka cyimbugbitten
    bugbitten at hotmail dot com

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  111. I like the design of the new machine. I want to get in the world of downloading SVG files but never have because I didn't have a machine with the capability. So many people offer free downloads or ones for a minimal cost. I would like to know if you will be able to download anyone's SVG files or just those from Cricut. Is there going to be a charge to be able to download SVG files? I love CCR and have enjoyed using it. If the Cricut Design Space works as easily for me as CCR does (connecting to internet and the cricut machine without a problem) then I will have no problem using it. Joy, I value your opinion and can't wait to see what you have to say about the machine.

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  112. Suzie from MI says, I love, love, love the new machine. SVG cuts will be great to be able to do. The storage areas are so nice too, no more digging for tools elsewhere. Can't wait to see the kickoff Feb 12 on HSN, I'll be watching closely.

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  113. I am hoping for something GREAT... not an Imagine or Gypsy problem, which I purchased and now Provocraft discarded. I will be watching HSN to see it.

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  114. So I really like the fact that the designers came up with storage space and are able to slide mats under the machine, seems very organized, what I don't like, is having to pay $10 each month to cut svgs. I don't get that, in addition to needing to be online in order to use the machine, doesn't make it very friendly when travelling or taking to crops, etc. I will be watching HSN to see this in action.

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  115. Its kind of hard to tell from this video what the machine is really capable of but I can't wait to see it on HSN.

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  116. Wow, what a wonderful machine! Will be waiting to see it on HSN! Thank you Joy for taping the presentation.

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  117. WOW!!!!! It has everything "the other" machine is lacking, especially the built in storage compartment. And I will still be able to use my cartridges.

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  118. Looks like a cool machine. I am now glad I did not buy a Silhouette because with the Cricut Explore I can still use the cartridges I have purchased over the years.

    Leslie
    cascrapper at gmail dot com

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  119. I like the fact that it will be I-Pad friendly, I just got one for Christmas! Hopefully new software will be easy to adapt to. My first cutter was a Wishblade, then a Cricut. I like the 12x12 format, but customer service at Cricut is pretty bad, ask Gypsy owners?
    Mary B

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  120. looks very interesting, they had to do something spectacular to compete with all the other cutting systems out there. It looks very competitive. Dual head intrigues me. Looks like they made it quite simple, will have to watch hsn to see if it is really that simple.

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  121. The Explore machine looks promising. I really like how it can cut such tiny images. I don't think my Cricut Expression 2 cuts as detailed. Also, I am so glad the Explorer can cut SVG files...Yes!! I have been thinking of buying a Silhouette. But I don't like having to use my computer to be able to cut with my cartridges. It seems inconvenient.

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  122. Gonna wait and see awhile, but it is awfully expensive___ again for another machine.

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  123. My USB port on my expression broke last week so I am Looking forward to buying the new machine and using my ipad... Thank you

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  124. If I can use my iPad, then I'll buy a new machine! How cool!!

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  125. Well, I waited forever for Cricut to decide to let us start using SVG files again, so I gave up and bought a Cameo for Christmas. Now this comes out. LOL, oh well. Maybe on down the road I will try it again. Still have my E2 and will continue to use the cartridges I have for now and my Cameo for everything else. :)

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  126. WOW LOVE LOVE IT.Its about time we can now cut svg files.On top of that you can use it with the ipad good call.Happy for thous who have a ipad. I dont even own one I know ,I know I must be the only person I the word without a ipad that being said.I was never a big fan on taking a die cutting machine and a laptop to crops along with my scrapbooking materials.that's way I was holding back on the silhouette.What about the Gyspy I always use it with my cricut never with out it. There was no mention about the Gyspy to bad it is smaller then the ipad and I have one:) LOL $300.00 is alot of money I will wait for the price to go down or for a sale My Gyspy was $50.00 at Michaels on clarence,cricut expression $150.00 at Menards,and the oridinal cricut $50.00 on ebay As for now all working great Good things comes to those who wait.

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  127. It looks good. Let me know what you think about whether the precision is really much better. The idea of not having to deal with as many dials is nice.

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  128. I love the new machine. It is exciting to have so many images available to be able to cut. I cannot wait to see more about it. I'm sure it lives up to the Cricut name!

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  129. It looks awesome,. That dial with all the settings on it is great. Can't wait to see it when it becomes available

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  130. It looks pretty, love the idea of precise cuts, seems easy enough to use, the new software sounds Amazing!! But I only wish they will make it compatible with the E2, Mine is still in great shape and i have a large investment on it, so unless i get it as a gift, i won't be buying this any time soon :( thanks for the post Joy and for the chance to win another cartridge :) that sure makes me happy
    Have a wonderful day!

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  131. Hi Joy! The new machine looks amazing, but I have a question. My household uses android not Ipad...will there be an android version for my tablet, rather than having to go buy an Ipad just to use it for this new machine? (I'm sorry, did that make sense?) My kids have "hooked me up" with this new technology and I really don't want to learn a different system than what I'm use to...LOL! (Oh, and that cartridge looks pretty cool too!)

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  132. I have the Expression 2 with the digital screen which I really love but the thought of not having to have two machines and be able to cut the SVG. files sounds great.

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  133. Looking forward to learning more about this new machine. I had a feeling if I held out long enough that something new would come again. I enjoy my current Cricut machines and would like the opportunity to use other files.

    Hopi Indian Girl

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  134. This is awesome!! All the greatest machines on the market all rolled into one Fantastic CRICUT!!! Woo Hoo!!!
    Thanks
    reissfam10 at aol dot com

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  135. I have been an avid Cricut customer from the beginning. I have purchased 4 Cricut machines and a Gypsy. I like what the new machine can do and am anxiously awaiting the debut on HSN so I can really see it in action. I just purchased a Silhouette to be able to cut SVG files but if this machine is better I am sure I will end up with a 5th Cricut. Thank you for giving us the info about the new machine and a chance to win such a great cartridge.

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  136. This new machine looks interesting, but I think the best is to wait a while, due to pricing. I am interested in hearing from others who dive in and purchase it. You never know maybe someone will influence me to purchase sooner than later. Thanks Joy for all the information you put out there for us and all the opportunities to win cartridges.

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  137. Excited to get this one!! Cant wait!!


    Scrapalcoholic.....................

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  138. I love it! I am anxious to see what this new machine can do! Love the fact that the blade housing has been updated....more precise cutting as I have had trouble on all my machines with that. I think the price is reasonable. Wondering how it will work with SVG from other vendors.

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  139. Can't wait to see what all this machine can do, sounds pretty amazing. I would like to have the cartridge "When I was a kid" good scrapbooking pages!

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  140. Would love to win this machine!

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  141. Would love to win it... not sure that I would buy it though..... Thanks for the chance!

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  142. I used this cart when it was available on the CCR free cuts. A very fun cartridge. Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for all the updates from Utah!

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  143. OMG I'd die if I won this ... well I wouldn't, but I'd be chuffed to little mint balls if I did ! xxx

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  144. Looks very interesting!!!! Will wait for comments on it before I decide what to do. I have a brand new cricut imagine with lots of cartridges that I have never used. Just cannot get into learning how to use it!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  145. Please pick me....
    Ellen p in Dallas

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  146. This machine looks really cool. However, I will wait to see what others who buy it think before I buy it. I have two cricut machines already so I can wait!

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  147. The new explore looks interesting. I'm curious to see how you can cut your own svg files and jpgs and fonts.
    Karin in MN

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  148. Wow... this machine looks awesome! Love the wifi capability and the ability to use svg files. I hope it is android compatible, but if not, using my PCs will work just fine. The dual head looks very interesting. Can't wait for its premiere!

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  149. Questions, questions, questions. Such as will the carts we have linked to our gypsy and CCR be able to be linked to or in the new software or will there be a long waiting period like we had with CCR with carts already linked to our gypsy's? Or will they ever be able to be linked? I think I will have to patience and see what kind of bugs are there and what real crafters have to say when it comes out. Looks promising though. (fingers crossed)

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  150. I can't wait to see more about the explore machine. Is this equal to the silhouette? Thanks for a chance to win.
    Mary O'Neal

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  151. It looks very interesting. I already own a Silhouette for my svg files and really like their software. Would have to see how the new cricut software compares...

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  152. Oh I so want one of these - I'd settle for the older one since neither are within my budget for a long time!!

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  153. I'm excited about the new machine! From what I can tell, it does everything I would want it to do. Thanks for sharing the info!

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  154. This looks like something I would finally want as an upgraded machine since I own the Cricut Create yet. I would love to see a comparison chart with the Silhouette. Having the use of the previously owned cartridges is great. Hopefully the ones I've linked to the CCR will be easily moved to the new program.

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  155. I like the idea behind the new machine but it is vague whether Gypsy users can still use their gypsy. What about all our existing cartridges? Will they transfer to the new software from CCR or our Gypsy? A little disappointed that they are charging a fee to cut an svg file.

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  156. OMGosh... how cool is that machine!! I have the Cricut, Cricut Expression, Cricut Expression 2, Cricut Imagination, and I realllllly want the Cricut Explore...

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  157. What about all our Imagine cartridges, it doesn't appear that they will fit into the Cricut Explore? If we purchase this machine will they discontinue it in a year like they did the Imagine? I'm not interested. I've spent enough money on cartriges and my Imagine machine. Joy, I apprieciate you sharing the information!

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  158. I'm anxious to see if the learning curve is less difficult than the E2. Thanks for the information.

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  159. Sounds very interesting!!! Would love to be able to cut things from the Cricut Craft Room!

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  160. Wow! Thanks for sharing this, Joy! I watched the whole video. It looks so amazing, I had to share it on my Crafty Neighbor facebook page! I just have two concerns about this machine: 1) with the dial settings, there's no way to change the speed or pressure and I know I've had MANY projects that had to have a slower speed or pressure than was "recommended" for the type of material I was cutting. 2) I hate that the software HAS to be connected to the internet to work. I can't count the number of times I've been on a retreat (or our annual scrapbooking cruise) and had no internet service. I guess this little machine is for home use only. :(

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  161. You're so lucky you go to try it out! Your pictures are way better than whats on Cricut, I had no idea there was a tool storage area! I would sooooo love to win!

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  162. I'm looking forward to learning more about the new machine. It looks pretty interesting. I'm concerned about not being able to adjust the speed and pressure, but maybe there is a way to do it under the custom selection on the dial.

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  163. Can't wait to hear your full review! I love that it can cut so small..I'm all about the delicate.

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  164. Looks interesting - I have so many questions, tho. Hopefully they won't give up on it like they did with the Imagine and the Gypsy - both were fantastic machines and are now gathering dust!

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  165. wow, looks amazing but I am partial to using only cartridges as opposed to the internet! Call me chicken!!

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  166. Wow, looks fun and I love that it can make such intricate cuts. I'm also glad they gave it the capability to use SVG files, that's the most frustrating thing about my current machine. I can't wait to see/hear more.

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  167. Man, now I wish I would have waited two years....nope glad I have used my E2 but would love to upgrade to this! I am Explore(ing) the possibilities in my head! LOL

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  168. I am intrigued by the new machine but will wait and see how it performs before jumping in and buying it.

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  169. I can't wait to see more of the new machine, & it looks amazing with its ability to select what you are cutting with just one knob. I love that Cricut continues satisfy customer's wants/needs & update the Cricut.

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  170. Okay, I watched all the videos, and read all the information...question...Where are the ladies in all this? All I saw were men discussing the machine...not that there aren't male crafters, but frankly, they didn't look like crafters. I would have liked to have seen the ladies, that do the crafting, demonstrating and speaking, about this machine. It looks nice, sounds nice, and reads nice, but look at what happened with Windows 8. Then there's the issue of the subscription to be able to use SVG files and access images from the library. Lastly, what's with the Cricut Design Space? They should have programmed it to CCR, which they say will be kept and supported...remember Design Studio? I love new toys...when they have something worthwhile to offer. I love my Cricut machines and cartridges, and loved Design Studio, but I think Cricut fell behind when they didn't want to play with everyone else...like Apple did at first, now they are attempting catch up. Unfortunately, with Brother's Scan and Cut, the Silhoutte, the new E-Clips, and others, it may be a hard sell.

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  171. I've loved my Cricut since it first came out. I can't afford to buy another one so hope I win.

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  172. I just bought the Cricut Expression 2, but I will have to have this new one. I bought a Brother Scan'n'Cut and when I read the user guilde I turned white. I sent it back to complicated for me. Hope this new Cricut is user friendly, as most of their machines are. I love Cricut for card, scrapbooking and general decorating.

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  173. The new machine looks awesome! Mine is about 7 years old so it may be time! Love that cartridge...could really use it with 3 kids!

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  174. I was considering buying a machine called the Brother scan and cut...but I love cricut so I might just get this one.

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  175. If this can cut SVG files from other sources that would be amazing! Then I could have the best of both worlds, svg's and my carts!

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  176. I was considering buying a machine called the Brother scan and cut...but I love cricut so I might just get this one.

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  177. I love my cricut but I have been thinking I might want something to cut SVG files, I would like this machine.

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  178. It looks cool and I LOVE the storage of the tools!! I'm confused on the whole SVG files, etc. but I have never used Cricut craft room. I look forward to hearing more about this new machine!! I love following your blog!! I became a CTMH consultant back in April and primarily use the Cricut for everything. I LOVE the Cricut and the CTMH cartirdges!!

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  179. Wow very interesting... Can't wait to see/hear more about it.

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  180. I like the idea of having a pen and a blade together and Bluetooth.

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  181. Thanks for sharing your video and information on the new Cricut Explore machine with us. It looks like an exciting machine! I was wondering if you can use Imagine cartridges with this new machine?

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  182. Frustrating to find out: "You can use your existing cartridges in the machine but it will be with the Cricut Design Space, which requires the internet." Just makes using it harder when going to a crop!

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  183. Well I'm fairly new to the Cricut world. I have the Mini and I love working with the computer. I'm hoping for a little more editing possibilities in the Cricut Craft Room. I've only been at this for 6 months but absolutely love it! It would be great to be able to use fonts from the computer to compliment the software.
    Grammyd from northwestern PA

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  184. I love my little bug and my cricut cake. I have used both for teaching and they are great. I was thinking in getting the new scan&cut from brothers and was very expectant to see the new bug, however, I was expecting a more user friendly machine that would allow me to do more like the scan and cut...
    I used my gypsy to design my own cuts and files and still love it even though it is little. What I particularly like is that I can take it with me. It would be nice if the new designer designer program would be available for tables or even for smart phones... A suggestion: make an app and more people will be tempted to buy it...

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  185. this can cut SVG files from other sources that would be amazing! Then I could have the best of both worlds, svg's and my carts! BUT too bad nnot on the same online cricut craft place.

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  186. They can make all the machines they want. They are very power hungry and controlling. Provo Craft makes it so the consumer must do things there way only. I will continue to steer as many people away from Provo Craft/Cricut because of their horrible customer service & I speak from multiple experiences. Plus their greedy & seedy/sorry business practices. No thanks. I learned the hard way and, as I said, will steer as many people away as I humanly can.

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  187. Janice A.
    Can't wait to see this on HSN. Sounds a lot like the cameo machine. Love your blog. Thanks for keeping us
    all up to date in the crafting world. Love my cricut machines.

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  188. Will watch the HSN show to see details. Glad to see that it will cut SVG. Looking forward to seeing it in action. Jill P., Manteca, CA

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  189. Wow - this looks really cool! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to hearing your thoughts when you've had a chance to "play".

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  190. Darn it, Provo Craft! You have come out with a beautiful machine to tease me with and I have three Cricut machines in my basement collecting dust (Expression, Expression 2, and Cake Mini) since I started using my Silhouette. I think that Provo Craft is moving in the right direction but I would really like to see them allow us to use our own SVG files without having to pay to do so. Sometimes I love the simplicity of just popping in a cartridge to make something but most of the time I want to create my own svg files and that is why I prefer the Silhouette. This new machine sure looks pretty snazzy though and I like how you can crease or print and cut without having to change blades.

    Shebatooth from Wheaton, IL

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  191. It sounds nice but I will stick with my expression. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  192. Trying to get into Bling if it can't do it, I'll have to get another machine. Will this machine make rhinesone templates?

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