Monday, January 27, 2014

The new Cricut Explore

Just when things couldn't get any more exciting last week than my blog getting a makeover.... Provocraft come along and announce their new Cricut - the Cricut Explore!!!



Here's some info about the Explore from the cricut.com website.

MACHINE FEATURES & DETAILS

  • Smart Set™ dial for material selection
  • Dual carriage heads
  • Integrated storage compartments
  • Cricut Design Space™ software
  • 50+ free project ideas
  • 100+ free images
  • Compatible with PC/Mac
  • Included in the box:
    • Cricut Explore™ machine
    • German carbide blade
    • Metallic silver pen
    • USB cord and power cord
    • 12" x 12" StandardGrip Cricut® cutting mat
    • Getting started guide
    • Black and jade Cricut® cardstock
    • Silver Cricut® vinyl
    • White Cricut® iron-on
    • 2 Duck Tape® sheets

The Explore will retail at US$299. It will have its launch on HSN on February 12. Check out the HSN website for more details and don't forget to sign up for reminder emails of when to watch.

The Explore will then be available in retail stores on March 15.

If you've been around the Cricut world for a while you've most likely heard of Joy from Obsessesd with Scrapbooking and Melanie from Courtney Lane Designs. Joy and Melanie were lucky enough to attend the launch of the Cricut Explore last week.  Here's a link to Melanie's post that covers pretty much everything you need to know about this amazing new machine.


There's a lot of information about the Explore out there. Some of it correct, and some of it just guess work and incorrect assumptions. So don't believe everything you read!

Check out the Cricut Website for info and videos.


If you need more details on the Explore you can ask PC at the Official Cricut Facebook page.

I'm pretty excited about this new machine and can't wait to get one! The only thing I'm slightly disappointed at is that the Design Space program has to be used online. I've spent many a day sitting at my computer using CCR yelling at it to "hurry up!!!!!!!" Hopefully Design Space will work better in that regard than CCR. 

I'm also hoping that some of the functions that I've been wanting to see in CCR will finally be in Design Space..... those being automatic multiple offset (shadows) of any font and image and the ability to cut images that are partly outside the cutting boundary of the mat.  Just those two things will make me a very happy girl! 

Only time will tell but this will really show whether they have listened to their customer base!

Oh, and if they could make it so their customers outside the US, Canada and UK are able to purchase digital artwork from their store, they'd make a lot of Australians and New Zealanders very happy!

So, how about it Provocraft??? 








6 comments:

Vanessa said...

Thanks for the info! I'm also disappointed that the software isn't downloadable, but it looks like a great machine.

kelli bakes said...

you can purchase digital from the store just have to make up a fake address.

JvB said...

Does anyone know when the Explore will be available in Australia?

Narelle said...

I emailed the Australian wholesaler a while back and they aren't expecting any to be available before June/July.

Fran Hanks said...

Hi, i know this post was quite some time ago! Im after someone to purchase the cricut explore from in australia.

Narelle said...

Fran, the only place I know of that is stocking the Explore is www.craftonline.com.au

They are selling the Explore One model for $429.

Here's the link to their store: http://www.craftonline.com.au/shopping/c-cricut-explore.asp

And here's a link to my Explore comparison: http://www.thenoncraftycrafter.com/2015/11/cricut-explore-comparison-chart.html

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