Tuesday, February 11, 2014

[Video]Cricut Explore Box and FREE Stamps

HSN will begin selling the new Cricut Explore Die Cutting Machine at 12:01 am Wednesday, February 12, 2014.  

Here are the times to watch:
12:01 am-2 am, 5-6 am, 8-9 am, 10-12 pm, 2-4 pm, 7-8 pm, 10-11 pm (all times Eastern)

Want to see what's in the box?  Check out my Cricut Explore Out of the Box Video below (or click HERE if you can't see it):



Here's a link to all the detailed info you need to know about the Cricut Explore HERE (scroll to see the white sheets) and HERE.

Want the cliff notes on the Cricut Explore and what it does right now? 
Here's the basics:

1) Cricut Explore is a new die cutting machine that can cut materials up to 1/8" thick, including leather, chipboard, felt, vellum, copy paper and more (55+ materials). It also has scoring (with an additional score tool you must purchase) and writing capabilities (comes with pen).

2) To use the Cricut Explore, you will need to use the free, online based Design Space software.  It only works with this software. It only works if you are connected to the internet.

3) Any cartridges you have linked or digital cartridges you have in the Cricut Craft Room will automatically be available in Design Space. There is a slot in the machine for you to link your cartridge to Design Space but you will not be cutting from that.  This machine requires a computer and an internet connection.

4) Design Space offers a image rental program of $9.99 a month for up to 25,000 images (not licensed images). You can cancel at any time - it is a month by month program. You do not need to use the rental program - you can still just use your cartridge images for free. You can also purchase images for 99 cents apiece or in image sets (cartridge sets, if you will) for a variety of prices.

5) You will be able to use all the fonts on your computer, as well as any SVG files you may own (and other file types) for free. No rental needed. WOO HOO!

Not sponsored by Close to My Heart

It's a special Pre-Valentine promotion time here on Obsessed with Scrapbooking!

From now through February 14, 2014 (or until supplies last), get this exclusive "Friend" stamp for FREE with any Close to My Heart purchase at my CTMH website shop!

How?
1) Order any Close to My Heart products at joytracey.ctmh.com.
2) I will ship out the stamp to you separately - do not add to cart.
3) That's it!

The exclusive "friend" stamp coordinates with the Close to My Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge and is NOT available for purchase anywhere!

Here are some other promotions Close to My Heart is running (which you can take advantage of IN ADDITION to the "friend" stamp promo above).
Close to My Heart has come out with five different 5"x7" embossing folders and has a great promotion for you to get one for FREE!  

Next up is the new funky February Stamp of the Month, yours for $5 with every $50 purchase:
Here's a quick link to the NEW online catalog - CLICK HERE if you want a peek. 
New Cricut Giveaway - Create A Friend

How can you win?

1) Leave a comment below -  Are you planning to watch or did you watch the HSN Explore launch?
Click HERE if you don't know how to leave a comment. Click HERE to leave a comment if you are seeing this in an email. Then scroll down and look for the comment box at the bottom.

2) Not required to enter but please subscribe to my email club and/or youtube  and/or pinterest - that way you won't miss any projects or tutorials!


Winner will be announced on February 16, 2014 and has two weeks to claim prize.  U.S. Residents only, please, over 18.  Void where prohibited.

Want to see more of my projects?
Click HERE to see my gallery!
Subscribe to Obsessed with Scrapbooking to learn more about ways to use the Cricut in your scrapbooking!

83 comments:

  1. No, but I would love to have one...on disability have the time, but no funds to be able to purchase.

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  2. This post is very informative Joy. Thanks for sharing in such an easy 101 or cliff notes like you called it way!

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  3. No, I think Cricut fell short with making it only work with new software & Internet connection.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  4. It's exciting to see a new cutting machine! Yes, I'll be watching. Only five more minutes 'til the debut! Thanks for sharing your "unboxing"!

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  5. Thanks for all the information on the new Cricut - I will watch, but I'm not in the market for another electronic cutter. Especially if I can only use it online.Thanks for the chance to win a cartridge!

    Carmen L

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  6. I am watching HSN right now! WoW what a machine!!! Oh what fun it would be to play with this Cricut!! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!!

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  7. I did watch it, but I didn't purchase it. I'm rather unsure if I want to purchase it, since I just purchased the E2 last Christmas. I'm unsure about the required sync and need to be connected to the internet. It sounds like we will be unable to use it in rural areas. It is a rather empressive machine. I look forward to your videos in the future. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway btw! I have that one on my wishlist. :-)

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  8. Thank you for the out-of-the-box tour! I watched HSN. Machine looks very impressive. I sure am tempted to buy it. I was very happy with my E which died in November; but, I know of the problems Cricut had with the Imagine. I hope Cricut got it right this time. I only wish it could be used offline.

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  9. P.S. Thank you for the opportunity to win the cartridge. I signed up for your email club.

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  10. Thanks for the video and now you have a machine that you can't use until you get the software. Do you know when it will be ready for use? I also bought the Explore but am having second thoughts that things won't work like it was promised.

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  11. I think I "need" a Cricut Explore, unfortunately it will be a while before they are available in Australia. thanks for sharing all the wonderful ideas on your website, I enjoy reading all of your posts.

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  12. I watched your video and also watch the Explore launch last night. hope to be able to buy it some day
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  13. I did watch the launch. I hope they provide the software right away...I know a few beta testers are using it already. Loved your unboxing! I do have a question: "If you own cartridges and use them in the Design Space, you don't have to sign up for the subscription?" I am thinking the subscription is to use the images in the library....but sometimes I'm kinda "thick" and need things spelled out. Thanks for your videos and blog posts...you are one of my "go-to" gals for info and ideas.

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  14. I must have missed the launch, but thank you for creating this video!

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  15. Have not watched yet, hope to catch it later. Thanks for the Clif notes - clear and helpful!

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  16. Very interesting features. No I was not able to watch HSN,

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  17. we don't have cable so I couldn't but I've been learning more about it, looks amazing! I"m not rushing in to buy it just yet though as I'm not one of these people that has to have the latest and greatest and my Expression still has a bit of life in it yet!!

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  18. So excited. Can't wait to learn more.
    marilyn2222 @ hotmail dot com
    follower

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  19. Thanks for sharing your out-of-the-box video. You are always so helpful! I have been watching HSN, and it surely is a temptation, but still planning to wait and see how it works for the masses! LOL That said, it seems absolutely amazing! Looking forward to seeing how you like it as you use it more and more.

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  20. No I don't plan to watch. I just received a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and I don't want to fall in love with the Cricut. lol.
    Kathy U:)

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  21. Watching the HSN presentation. It seems like a wonderful deal but I already have 2 Cricuits
    love this cartridge..

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  22. Thanks for the info! I recorded the HSN shows and plan to watch later today to see the Explore in action.

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  23. I did watch it and while it looks like a good machine, I'm still not sold. I love my Cricut Expression and I do go out to crops and bring my machine and my Gypsy. If I got this one I'd have to bring my computer too and hope they have internet service. The last 3 day I went to you had to pay an additional $20 at the hotel just to have internet use. Maybe one day when my expression wears out but for now I think I'll pass.

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  24. I did watch the HSN launching and debating on whether to purchase the Explore. Once you get your software up and running can you please show to to link a cartridge to software for use with the machine? Also, make a project with your cartridge (s) so can see what it looks like in the Design Space? Thank you for the video of your new baby (the Explore) & a chance to win this wonderful cartridge!! Thanks in advance....Shennita

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  25. I watched and was impressed, but the internet must was the deterrent. I'm enjoying my Expression and it does all I need.

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  26. Thanks for the video. I am with CA Scrapper. I have been disappointed in the past with Provo Craft and found it was a waste of money. I am just not sure if it is worth the purchase.

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  27. I will be watching and learning what I can. So far the only drawback I see is the need for an internet connection. If it was more like the old design studio I would be more interested. Thanks for the opportunity to win a cartridge.

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  28. I might watch it, but I recently purchased my cricut expression 6 months ago, so I won't be buying another machine anytime soon. Hope to win the cartridge - with 6 little grandchildren, it will be used often!

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  29. Thanks for the 411 on the Explore. I bought one last night and am very excited to see if it is as "magic" as is being advertised. Would love to win this cart, thanks for the chance.

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  30. I did watch the HSN launch but was not impressed with this machine as I already own three Cricuts and a Silhouette Cameo. I so love the Cameo as I can combine cut n print with paper pieceing and there was never a mention of print n cut with this machine also do not like the fact that you have to be tied to the internet with this machine. Will be interesting to see if Provo Craft follows through with any of their promises. Thanks Joy for a chance to win this cartridge.

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  31. 35 minutes to go before I can see the HSN presentation of the new Explore. I can hardly wait to see it, and what it can do. Watched your video, also. I'm impressed so far.

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  32. I won't be able to see the launch of the Explore on HSN, but I am interested in hearing feedback from those who've had a chance to really use it. Thanks for the chance to win a great cartridge.

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  33. I don't have a TV or cable so I was unable to watch it. I'll probably watch the video they put up after the fact.

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  34. I did watch the launch. I would have loved to have this machine for all my svg's BUT, it needs WiFi. While I do have it at home, I would not have access when we go on our winter trip every year. So I feel that since Provocraft is being domineering that this machine cannot be used as a stand alone, it will not benefit my needs.Pout.

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  35. I bought the cricut explore today, I own 2 other cricut machines, I haven't linked them, don't want to, would I have to if I want to use my old catridges on the new cricut explore? Can I opt out and say no?

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    1. The Explore will not work from the cartridge. The cartridge slot is for linking purposes only. You have to be online to use the Explore, it can not be used as a stand alone.

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  36. Yes....I did watch it and I made my husband watch it and I texted my mother-in-law to watch it and they both thought it was awesome, but not as awesome as I thought it was.

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  37. looks like it is an awesome machine....so sad .... wont be getting that for a while... loving the cartridge giveaway..... fingers are sooooo crossed :) Have a great day!!!!!

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  38. Much to my doctor's chagrin, I am an insomniac. I did watch the entire Anna Griffin show last night on hsn. I love what the Explore can do! I hope you have a wonderful day, Joy!

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  39. Didn't watch the show last night but ordered the Explore this morning. The cartridge that you are giving away my grand children would love. When they come to visit they always want to do something on the circuit. Wait till they see the explore and all the neat things it can do.

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  40. I didnt watch it but I am so glad they came out with something that can compete with the silhouette !

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  41. I didnt watch it but I am so glad they came out with something that can compete with the silhouette !

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  42. I watched did not buy. I just got my first Cricut in January (the Expression) so I am set for awhile!

    Barb from IL

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  43. I didn't stay up to watch the launch, but I did tape it. Getting ready to watch it now. Yahoo!!! Patty

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  44. I recorded the launch and watched it today. The Anna Griffith papers and exclusives were very pretty. I did not get a chance to order the new machine they are all sold out. Thanks for showing the video, Looks like fun.

    Luria

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  45. I plan on watching it tonight at 7pm. I wish I would win the lottery so I could purchase one (I bought 6 tickets today)!!! Thanks for all the information on it!!

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  46. Watched on HSN earlier and not liking internet only use. I will wait until people get their machines and see if is good or not. I love my silhouette. I have the Cricut Create and like that.Had the Expressions and E2 and replaced with the Cameo. Thanks for the info on the new machine. They hyped up the machine and the finished projects so it is hard to tell what it was about. Thanks again, you are awesome!!!

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  47. I AM WAITING FOR THE NEXT SET OF SHOWS RIGHT NOW. EXCITED TO SEE HOW THEY ARE GOING TO PRESENT THE EXPLORE. ENJOYED YOUR UNBOX AS WELL.

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  48. Had to work so I DVR'd it! Wish the demo had been a little better. Oh well. Disappeared at break time to order it online though! Squeal!!! Can't wait to get it and start playing!

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  49. I did watch last night looks like a great machine, but it's not going on my wish list yet.

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  50. My cable company dropped HSN :-( Might have to try to catch it on-line later. Thanks for the chance to win. Love the bowler friend on this cartridge. An under appreciated sport!

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  51. Yes I did watch it. Looks like an awesome machine, but-- I just bought the Expression so will have to wait a while before I might get this one. The show was very informative.

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  52. I did watch since I was iced in with no work on Wednesday. I had it in my cart trying to find/enter a coupon code. Couldn't get it to work. Guess it's not for me.

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  53. I'm planning on watching it later. Looks interesting!

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  54. No I did not there know cable out here in the country! Thanks for sharing your box with us & a chance to win this week cart.
    Rosebud222222222

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  55. I had not planned on watching the launch. I was hoping to wait a few months and see if any kinks could get worked out before I determined if I *needed* another cricut machine.

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  56. Looks like another great machine. Would love to get one. thanks for the chance to win.

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  57. Haven't watched but I am very interested. Would love to win!

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  58. I watched last night with my husband. He knows that I really want this machine so hopefully I will get it for Mothers day. Thank you for a chance to win the cricut cartridge.

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  59. Ordered mine at 12:01AM.....now I can't wait till it gets here. I am so excited to see what you help us do with it! You always are so inspiring! Can we link the gypsy? All my carts are already linked to it, so can I still link them to the Explore? Thanks so much Joy!

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  60. I did watch and it is taking all of my self control not to order. I know I would love this machine but I have only had my E2 for 18 months. I might pull the trigger with Black Friday 2014 deals. Thanks for the giveaway - I would LOVE to have this cartridge, it would be awesome for my preschooler's layouts and later on school projects.

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  62. I did order one but won't get it until March and I can't wait!!

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  64. Awesomeness!!!! Love the new Explore already. I can't wait to get mine in March!!!! {squeal}

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  65. excited about all the new with Cricut!! Love that cartridge.....!

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  66. I watched the HSN launce of the new Cricut Explore and I bought one! I can't wait to get it and play with my new toy! I also bought a Selphy so I can print my pictures at home when I'm ready to scrap them and not have to wait to have them printed out somewhere else. I think these two things together will really give me the inspiration to take my paper crafting to the next level. I can't wait!!

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  67. We will be going out for Chinese for Valentines day -----Nancy

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  68. Didn't get to watch but I definitely bought one! Now to wait for them to ship ;)

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  69. This cricut machine
    looks exciting!
    Carla from Utah

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  70. Hi Joy,

    I misses the launch...which is probably a GOOD thing!!! ;) I know I would be soooo tempted!!!!!!!

    Glad you shared so much info! Thank you for taking the time...

    Crafty hugs,

    Jennifer
    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

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  71. Hi Joy,
    Love that I can always get solid info from you. Like how you are stressing (unlike HSN that barely mentions it) that this is an internet only machine and that you are properly referring to the "subscription" as a rental program. PC would be wise to follow your lead on this and avoid returns and disappointment when people figure it out. Look forward to seeing what you are able to do with the machine in the coming weeks!

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  72. Thanks for the video, I did watch the HSN launch and ordered it right on the spot (thank god for flex pay :) ) I am so excited for the ability to upload my own images and svg's

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  73. Thank you for the chance to win this cartridge. I did not watch the launch, but I am enjoying all of the super crafters takes on the new machine it will be interesting to see what happens over the next few months in the crafting world as people start to get theirs how it takes off (or doesn't).

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  74. I did not watch the launch however I have watching all the videos I can find about it. I really want one however I haven't mastered the cricut I currently have.

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  75. Yes I watched the Cricut Explore launch on HSN and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of it!! I can't wait to see all the hints and creations that I'm sure you will be sharing with us!! Winning this cartridge would just be more icing on the cake, thank you for the opportunity!!!

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  76. Thanks for the wonderful chance to win! Watched the launch on HSN. Interesting and fun machine!!!!

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  77. I have already purchased my Cricut Explore. It will be here mid-March. I am patiently waiting!! :)

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  78. Joy, I would love to win the Small Talk and Frames Cricut cartridge. It's a really fun looking cartridge!
    Hugs,
    Lorraine

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  79. I adopted a stray Mane Coon cat. We call her Mama and she's so sweet!! I love your kitty too. Thanks for sharing her in your video. Also, thanks for always hooking us up with the latest coupons from all of our favorite craft stores. You rock and keep those videos coming!
    xoxox
    Phyllis

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  80. Hi Joy,
    I am not sure which question to answer to enter to win the cartridge, so I am going to answer both. I DID order the Cricut EXPLORE! At first I wasn't going to but I saw the HSN presentation and all the lovely projects Anna and her team created with it, plus I was impressed with the pre-loaded projects that I just have to push a button for! I can't wait to get it.

    I do have pets, I have 3 dogs and even though its not right to play favorites, I do have a favorite. She is a Chihuahua and her name is Latte, yup, just like the coffee drink, because I love coffee! She is a rescue dog, we adopted her from the shelter and she is the best dog ever. And out of all of my family, she loves me the best because we picked each other at the shelter. Never knew I could love a doggy so much!

    Thanks Joy and have a great week!

    Maricruz Diffey

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  81. Love the new machine, out of my budget right now, but maybe soon. You give so much good info. Thanks for the chance, love this cartridge!!!!!!!!!!

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