Cricut Explore. Here's what I noticed.

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Posted: 2/11/2014 7:05:44 PM
You are incorrigible.

Please answer my question - how do you know first hand about its precision cutting if the machine hasn't been released yet? Are you a beta tester? If that's the case why post on this board asking questions about what everyone knows about the machine as if you are trying to make up your mind about whether to buy one?

If you are a Silhoutte Cameo owner why ask if anyone has a chart comparing Silhouette to Explore features? If you actually own a Silhouette you should already know what it can do. You would also know that while the MSRP of the Silhouette Designer edition of their software is $50, no one actually pays that because it is regularly found for $29.99 or less. Same with the machine. Did you actually spend $299 for your machine? It's amazing you wouldn't come across both of these facts as you seem to be really into researching your die cutting machine purchases.

I could keep going, but I'm sure you see what I and other people see - the gig is up. Your posts are inconsistent and you're having trouble keeping your story straight.







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Posted: 2/11/2014 7:47:29 PM
However, back to the original topic of this message thread, I noticed quite a few things about the Explore. I checked out their official Facebook page, Joy's video of the launch, and everything else I could find on it, mainly due to morbid curiosity, to see if Provo Craft is still in (what I view as) self-destruct mode.




That was the only reason I watched the Explore video as well. I feel the same way you do except that I've actually sold everything Cricut. My main reason was the history of their poor customer service and discontinuing products that I bought into and liked. These machines cost way too much money to have to buy a new on every couple of years.


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Posted: 2/12/2014 12:43:29 AM
Seriously, TRUST ladies. My questions initially about the comparison were before I fully got into the research. And as I learnt more, I did not need as much info from this forum and was trying to contribute. I saw the precision cutting because a friend of mine was at ALT and their launch event. That too, I discovered after I initially posted on this forum. So again, i shared that. I misunderstood this forum and honestly do not feel this is palace for my creativity. Good luck everyone! And crafting is about creating BEAUTIFUL things, projects and relationships. Best of luck you LOVELY and kind ladies.

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Posted: 2/12/2014 2:26:16 AM
Nana- You know I was being light hearted about how reading Cricut threads is like reality TV. You know I have been here long enough that I am light hearted and was trying to make people laugh.

I do understand what you are saying that new members looking to get info on machines might construe my message differently. Sorry to any of the new members or to anyone researching this machine.

Alexi- The only messages you have contributed on have been Cricut related. Please understand how everyone is going to be wary. We have seen PC send their employees in the forums so many times posting thread as over enthusiastic users. That is a really underhanded way to do business.

Please join in on the Two Peas threads. We would love to hear your expertise in the scrapbooking and stamping world. Lots of great threads over here to contribute too.


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Posted: 2/12/2014 8:51:11 AM
Lyla, I don't think you need to explain. I agree with you about being if not a war it becomes like high schools rivalry. It happens on Selphy versus Charm threads too.

I'm glad I took time to read, I use Scal on an old PC, it can upgrade to windows 8? I still think cricut was wrong in action they took against Scal but am willing after all time to give second look.

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Posted: 2/12/2014 9:23:10 AM
lylacfey, I wasn't bothered or upset by anything you said. If you thought so, then perhaps I was the one who was not clear.

Let me clarify:

I like my Cricuts, and love my Gypsy. I am upset that Provo Craft discontinued the Gypsy, because I rely so heavily on it when using my Cricuts, and I scrap a lot at the LSS with a friend.

I love my Cameo, just as I loved my Wishblade and my Gazelle (till it started being cranky). I am a newbie to the Cameo, but find it easy to use because of its similarity to the Wishblade. My Cameo, Wishblade, and Gazelle, ALL cut better than both of my Expressions, although my E2 does cut better details than my original E. Still, my other machines cut finer details than my E2.

I love electronic cutters, and now own four of them. I explained in a previous post WHY I own four. I try to stay on top of the cutter market, because it fascinates me, and I use my cutters extensively. I had an electronic cutter and created my own designs before the first Cricut ever came on the market.

I can be a very vocal consumer. I am not employed or paid by anyone. I am the type of consumer who will be a company's best free advertising, or its biggest PR nightmare if I think they are jerks.

I am normally a nice person, and try to help people here. My frustration with Provo Craft, unfortunately, brings out the worst in me, even though I still like my Cricut and love my Gypsy. I think you are correct in describing the Cricut "discussions" as being similar to reality TV, except that reality TV isn't that real, but considerably scripted. The Cricut discussions here are the feelings of real people, many of whom have felt disappointed or angry with Provo Craft. I'm just more vocal than most of them.

Prior to the Provo Craft decision to sue the makers of third party softwares, there was no "war." Had Provo Craft not chosen to do that, the majority of people here would still be Cricut cheerleaders, and we would not have been having these "fun" discussions.


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Posted: 2/12/2014 9:30:33 PM
alexialexi I read this thread with interest since I have many PC products. I read your posts. When I got to the forget the past line, You totally are what everyone has called you out on. A PC employee or in the least someone who profits from the machine.
You can expect that I will NEVER forget the past with PC. I will NEVER buy another cricut machine in my life. Just go away from the Rah Rah drink the PC kool-aid. We are intelligent people. We can make our own decisions.

Lyla & Sabriolet I remember you from the cricut mb. Scrappin Nana- I read a lot of the threads you post on. You know more about the Cameo than I do almost a year into ownership. You are all good people. I enjoy your posts as I always learn something.

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Posted: 2/12/2014 10:05:49 PM
ALexi give up. Sorry was that too brusque? Scrapn Nana has a history here. You on the other hand seem to have signed up to sell the Cricut.

Psst you are not doing a very good job...


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Posted: 2/13/2014 7:22:39 AM
Nana- I know you meant no harm. No worries at all.

AnonPeaName- I buy my carbide blades from evil bay. I don't have a certain seller. I usually go for who has the best deal on what I want.

Hi dominono! I was happy to see you too Sabriolet.





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Posted: 2/13/2014 12:02:43 PM
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, sounds like a duck it must be a duck. Just saw this posted. Looks like they are already having trouble with Design Space, as they are afraid to release it to the masses.

Hello all, just to clarify the Cricut Design Space will be available for those who purchase machines on HSN and thereafter will be available for free access to our larger community.

-Cricut Gena


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Posted: 2/13/2014 2:15:05 PM

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, sounds like a duck it must be a duck. Just saw this posted. Looks like they are already having trouble with Design Space, as they are afraid to release it to the masses.

Hello all, just to clarify the Cricut Design Space will be available for those who purchase machines on HSN and thereafter will be available for free access to our larger community.

-Cricut Gena


Absolutely. If they are restricting the software to purchasers only they have some serious problems. Same sh*%, different day for ProvoCraft.


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Posted: 2/14/2014 1:07:43 AM
Apparently that is not all. I was over at my other forum. The girls over there were talking about orders lost, delayed shipping dates, and Anna Griffin deleting posts that are negative from her blog. Of course Anna can delete any post she wants too since it's her blog. With PC it just seems so suspect.

The past might be the past and its a new future or whatever PC is trying to tout. I see history repeating itself. I was skeptical when they announced the Explore with "Coming Soon." A lot of us long time Cricut owners are still waiting on our Coming soon things.

I am one of those girls who are optimistic and try to see the best in everything. I am also through the years have been slapped about that and extremely cautious too. I was really hoping when PC hired a new management team and released a new machine they would get all of this straightened out. It's the same old Cricut show, new cast, all over again. I am done. It's like eight years now with this company and it's the same thing with every big release.

I really hope for those who bought the machine it's not a nightmare. They have a wonderful machine that provides them with lots of creativity and happiness in their art.



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Posted: 2/26/2014 12:37:19 AM
I have been a Two Peas member for about 3 years. I don't get on the boards to comment normally, but I do come on here to find information or feedback about things because everyone seems so well connected and informed. I have always felt myself a part of this community, even if I don't actively engage vocally.

So please forgive that this is the first time most of you will have heard from me.

I understand that many have had issues with PC and some of their obviously poor business decisions and terrible customer response. And I guess I can understand some people are skeptical of a relative stranger who might love the possibility of a new, great Cricut product. Is it possible that she works for PC or is getting some benefit from them? Sure. PC isn't hiding that they launched this product by way of sending free machines to prominent bloggers for feedback and promotion and hosting an event that only the most influential communicators and crafters were invited to attend. But honestly, as far as I can tell, none of the bloggers who have received the machine are hiding that, so I don't know why Alexi would.

Is it also possible that she is new to Two Peas or even joined to get information from an incredibly well-informed group of crafters about this machine she was excited about? Of course. That's why most people are on here.

The collective bias against PC has brought out the worst in several of you. As a bystander who just came on here to get information about the new machine, the person who shared the most relevant information about it was Alexi, doing the research nobody else on here had done, albeit in order to defend her initial, seemingly innocent share of excitement and information.

But you all have made ME feel really unwelcome, and I don't have a dog in this fight. I am amazed and honestly really disappointed to see this community attack someone new, repeatedly pulling rank because of the length of tenure in these forums, all because of a bias that you have, not because of some terrible personal attack she waged. Even though I have been part of the two peas community for years, I feel like a new person also in these forums, and I feel completely unwelcome.

So please forgive me if you feel I am attacking you personally. I don't intend this post in that way. I just thought it might be worth it for you all to remember, while defending your (or Sillhouette's) honor, other people are reading this and being made to feel more or less a part of this community based on how you treat one another.

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Posted: 2/26/2014 1:49:55 AM
kkharing- Your new post was right under my last post. I did feel like you were pointing fingers at me as one of the attackers. You didn't specify who you were addressing.

I reread all my threads to see if I was mean to alexi. No, I was not. I welcomed her to 2Peas. The other thread I addressed her was trying to explain how PC has a history of sending reps over as potential customers to buy a machine. How many of us don't trust that as a business tactic. I told her I loved to see her post at other threads. I meant that from the goodness of my heart. I felt like maybe she could have been an excited newbie Cricut user trying to get her feet wet in TwoPeas but she walked in a snake pit instead of customers who have been terribly hurt by this company.

Your post has taught me a viable lesson tonight. No more helping with die cutters. I use to love helping. I have many years of die cutting experience since the 1980's. I have had so many people teach me wonderful things in the crafting world and I wanted to repay that. When die cutting became hot in the crafting world I helped out and taught. I have only seen hurt and cruelty over it. Lesson learned.


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Posted: 2/26/2014 10:10:35 AM
I've been following this thread because diecutting in general appeals to me and electronic cutters in particular are interesting to me. I sincerely hope that no one here stops sharing what they know. These machines, ANY of them, are a pretty big investment for most people so it's important to know the good, the bad and the ugly beforehand to make an informed buying decision. I don't have any of the Cricuts because I've had my Pazzles since the evolution of electronic cutting and it has always done what I needed it to do so I've never had a reason to buy one, but that doesn't make me any less interested in reading about them. Or the Cameo. Or the Silhouette. Or whatever. People sharing their observations and *opinions* are what makes communities like this one the great and valuable resource that they are because they provide a wide and varied real life knowledge base.

Personally, I've been a member here for a very long time but have only come back to the boards just recently. I'm finally at a place in my life where I have a little more time now and then to check in and see what other scrappers are thinking about and chatting about. I don't have a lot of real life friends that scrap anymore and wanted to try and find a new community of people to "talk scrap" with, and it's been fun. I've gleaned a lot of good information about many things I previously wasn't aware of and I'm glad that people here have been willing to share, and have thrown in my own two cents if I felt I had anything of value to add and that's how it should be. An honest give and take. I'm sorry that this thread ended up where it did, and I hope that everyone can get past it without feeling like they need to stop posting about the things they know about and are passionate about, because if they do stop contributing we ALL lose.

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Posted: 2/26/2014 10:45:07 AM

I'm sorry that this thread ended up where it did, and I hope that everyone can get past it without feeling like they need to stop posting about the things they know about and are passionate about, because if they do stop contributing we ALL lose.


That is exactly how I feel, especially when those who have a history of helping others are made to feel that it isn't worth bothering to do so anymore. I regret that I was a contributor to the negativity, and I have been trying to be more positive since. However, the issue was more complicated than it seems from this thread, since it was encompassed in two or three threads.

I have promised (in a different thread posted a couple of weeks or so ago) to be more positive, and hope that others will, too. We are usually willing to help on this board, and I really hope we can get back to that in spite of everything.

The first ones to order the new Explore should start getting their machines delivered tomorrow, based on the expected delivery dates they posted. I hope they love their machines and share with us what they love about them, as well as what they make.

(Edited.)


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Posted: 2/26/2014 12:55:35 PM
You know I have been mulling this over trying to decide whether or not to respond to what is tantamount to a scolding.

I am a pretty up front person. I don't go out of my way to be mean to anyone. I have also been on message boards long enough to know that things are not always what they appear to be, and yes, this particular poster annoyed me.

Not because I'm team Cameo (psst - I still own several Cricut machines) but because where people come onto boards under the guise of getting information with an agenda to spread misleading information (at best) then it doesn't allow those people who are truly seeking information to make an informed decision. So yes, I was annoyed. If I offended any of you, I am sorry, but we will have to agree to disagree about how we got there.




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Posted: 2/26/2014 6:09:54 PM
And because I have a bit more to say . . .

I have high hopes for this new Cricut machine believe it or not. While I know that I won't be purchasing it, there are plenty of cricut owners who I am thrilled will finally get the opportunity to experience those tiny precision cuts that I have come to love from my Cameo. There were several Cricut cartridges that I owned and loved that would have been perfect for a better performing machine, and so yea! that's finally happening.

But mostly importantly, true competition drives innovation. ProvoCraft would not have gone through the trouble of designing the Explore if the Cameo had not come along and blew its machines out of the water. They upped the ante for everyone.

I am hopeful that the Explore will ultimately do things that the Cameo can't do - the scoring feature is of particular interest to me, as is the dual head cut/draw, or cut/score feature.

I may not be a Provocraft fan, but I am a fan of getting the best performing machine with the most features for my money. The more these companies have to compete with each other, the more they have to reinvent themselves to stay relevant, the better for ALL of us who love electronic die-cutting machines because we'll end up with better performing, better quality machines.


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Posted: 2/26/2014 6:26:16 PM
I've been on the boards a long time, and I have seen Sabriolet and Lylacfey help many people and contribute in positive ways time and time again.

I also want to second Sabiolet's last post about wanting Provo Craft succeed. Their more recent actions give me hope that they are starting to listen to their customers. I love seeing new ideas become a reality, especially when they are innovative as some aspects of the Explore seem to be. As Sabriolet said, the competition between Silhouette and Provo Craft benefits consumers in the long run as it challenges each company to try to come out with a better product.


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Posted: 2/27/2014 4:39:12 AM
Doesn't anyone here know about sizzix eclips 2? It will SCORE in one pass. Can cut upto 14" wide. It'll be available by march. Please do open my blog for more information about sizzix eclips 2.

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What I noticed about the cricut explore is it won't do print n cut and won't do the job without internet connection.

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Posted: 2/27/2014 5:35:35 AM
Usually when somebody comes in and starts saying people are being mean I usually just ignore it. We all interpret everything differently. Since I have been online since the days of bulletin boards and newsgroups I have seen a lot of flame wars. I take Internet bullying very seriously. I was surprised to see a post right under mine making it seem like I was accusing alexi.

I felt really bad about it all day that I could have hurt this person that could be an innocent bystander. I even read the posts to a couple of people who are very neutral and have no die cutting experience. No, I was not mean to alexi was the general consensus. I barely even spoke to her because her posts were in reply to other members. Why I had somebody else look at my posts because I am dyslexic and I haven't been feeling well so I know I write goofier than usual when I have days like that. I have said that before when I made a mistake. Usually, it's a mistake and not hurting somebody's feelings.

I will admit I don't know what was said to Alexi. This thread kind of got wordy and I did the speed reading thing enough to pick up that the way she was posting seemed like she was a Cricut employee. I know both Sabriolet and I have seen the kind of hatefulness and ugliness this has spewed. So many reading this know what I have been through with ProvoCraft. I still don't have hard feelings towards a company. I have hard feelings towards the people who did it to me. They are gone now or this situation has been taken care of where I can find peace.

I have said so many times over here I really do want ProvoCraft to succeed. I have been using and loving their products since I was a teenager. I have a fondness for ProvoCraft products.

This is why I want to get out of helping with die cutters. t takes time to find the right info for the cutters, to contact the companies so you don't give out the wrong info to find non-biased reviews. It takes time to test the cutters. This time last year I was spending up to three hours a day doing this. If I have tenure I earned it! Sorry, if that offends anyone but I am proud of the work I have done in the die cutting industry.

For every three that I have helped only one will say Thank You. I have people who seem not to realize I am a person. I am not a computer, tech support or somebody to be used. I have been yelled at for being a Cricut girl. I have been threatened. My family has had hateful things said about them. I have seen the gamut from this. This treatment over die cutters? It's a machine not a life.

I will always be a die cutting junkie. I will always play with machines. I will always be buying something from ProvoCraft or Graphtec. I like the products from both these companies and have been using die cutters from them going on eight years now. I don't want to help with cutters any more. This has been a decision I have been making for awhile now. Yesterday's incident just sealed it for me.

I do want to say I am not a Silhouette cheerleader. I have never been a cheerleader in my life. I was the geek girl in school with all the books. I don't think the Cameo is the best machine Graphtec has released. I actually think it's the worst. When I got my machine in I almost boxed it up and returned it. I stuck with it and used my knowledge to modify it instead. Wish I didn't though and went with a different Graphtec cutter. It's not like I don't have three or four to chose from with that company.

Cricut- I do like it. I don't want to be online to design. That is where PC wants to go now. I respect that. My needs might change in the future. I don't keep saying this to be polite and kind. I really do want to see what everyone makes with the Explore. I want to be enabled.

You girls over at 2Peas enabled me to buy the Silhouette. Shame on you, lol. I like being enabled and inspired. It's really hard to enable me. Quitting die cutting advice and going to enjoy being enabled and inspired.

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Can anyone tell me if with the cricut craft room you can ungroup images so you can cut one shape? vs the multiples it sometimes automatically groups on your mat. I see there is an ungroup button on the top bar of the cricut craft room but I do not see any way to use it. Can't believe they wouldn't have included this.

I have a cricut expression 2 and a cameo. So far, love the cameo. Less headaches with paper and cuts great and intricate. Love using svg and silhouette. I hope the Explore is an improvement but heard the software is not as advanced with other machines which sounds disappointing. Maybe that will take some time and then I will consider it. I do like the idea of the score feature in the explore.

The cameo has not been more expensive. I do like buying one specific design or getting one free when I need it and like having it download instantly vs waiting to get a cartridge. Then I like not needing internet to use my files as in rural areas there is not always great access to that. I have been very disappointed with customer service with the cricut. Never had issues with the silhouette cameo so far.
If you use scal they are amazing - top of the line customer service !

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Posted: 2/27/2014 6:42:43 AM
Lylacfey, after reading the post that brought this thread back to the top, I don't actually think her post was directed at you.

I suspect that her post was directed mainly at me. I am the one that alexialexi accused of being paid by Silhouette to say the things that I did about Provo Craft, soon after I had apologized to her in another thread about the Explore and tried to welcome her, too, after you had set the example. I don't think anyone could honestly accuse you of being mean spirited in any way. In fact, it was your more positive example that made me stop and recognize that I needed to be more positive, too.

You are right in that it can take a great deal of time to research the various machines, and sharing that information also takes time. Since few seem to appreciate your efforts, I understand your decision. It makes me sad that you feel that way, and we will all lose as a result, but I do understand.


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Posted: 2/27/2014 6:53:18 AM

Can anyone tell me if with the cricut craft room you can ungroup images so you can cut one shape?


Tweaker, I don't use Cricut Craft Room (CCR), but on the Gypsy I can "hide" the parts of an image that I don't want to cut. The CCR seemed to have some of the same features that the Gypsy has, although I don't know if it has every feature. I gave up on CCR before I found out. See if CCR has the hide feature. That would at least allow you to cut only what you want to cut if you can't ungroup an image.

If that doesn't work, you might want to start a completely new message thread/post (in the column on the left of messages) to ask your question, since few people will wade through all the messages in this one, and your question could be overlooked.

Welcome to Two Peas!


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Posted: 2/27/2014 7:46:31 AM
That is good information to know about the Eclips dcbaby29. Can you tell me if it scores by kiss cutting, or by drawing an actual score line with a scoring tool?

Thanks!


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Posted: 2/27/2014 5:22:04 PM
@SABRIOLET - it will cut half-way of your material. You don't need any tool to buy.

mdoc
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Posted: 2/27/2014 6:27:49 PM
dcbaby, I'm heading over to your page to read up on the eClips2. I have been searching for information about it and unfortunately there's just not a lot out there, although people seem to be happy with the original eClips machine and with Sizzix customer service. I'm in the market for a new machine to join my Cricut Expression and at this point I'm looking at the Cameo and the eClips2. Unfortunately, my purchase is going to have to wait until the eClips2 is out and the initial reviews are in. But I really really want to learn more about it!

dcbaby29
PeaWee

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Posted: 2/27/2014 6:57:04 PM
@MDOC - I was about to buy the silhouette cameo before when they had this Thanksgiving sale. But I cancelled my order because I saw the 1st eclips machine. And was amazed of scoring without the perforated lines. And it can cut thicker materials than the cameo. Maybe cameo is good if you're just going to cut vinyls and cardstocks.

joyfulitl
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Posted: 3/2/2014 2:06:28 PM
I thought what PC did to Sure Cuts aLot was crappy.

However, after reading many posts on 2Ps over the years about how horrible the CS is at PC, I have always been pleasantly surprised at the level of consideration to my situations that I've had with different PC products. It's always felt like good ole Utah sweet service to me. (Maybe I don't ask the hard questions?)

After my early years Wishblade issues, (which were more ME than the machine, I suspect), I've been pretty happy with my limited applications with Cricut Expression.

I'm seriously thinking of getting one so I thought I would see what people were experiencing who HAD one in hands here.

I forgot how these threads could turn Pirhana so quickly. (Funny that the Selphy/Charm threads can go the same way.)

HUGS to all!


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Posted: 3/2/2014 2:28:10 PM
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Posted: 3/3/2014 4:12:42 PM
Well folks. I'm starting to understand why I've seen other's post negatively about Cricut. The new Explore I received was broke. I called Cricut.com on Friday and was told I would be overnighted a new one. Nothing came over the weekend. I called again Monday morning since they are not open on the weekend. I was told it was in "shipping" and I should have a tracking number shortly. 6 hours later I had to call them back as I had heard nothing. Now I am told it is a 3-5 business day time frame to stick a shipping label on a new machine before it will actually go out the door. Awful customer service.

GrammaAudrey
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Posted: 3/4/2014 1:59:26 PM
Hello all. I'm new on the Two Peas message board, mainly because I'm looking for information on the Cricut Explore. Sad to see this thread become verbal duel. Certainly gives me a negative feeling about reliability of information and reviews provided. But main reason I wanted to post is in response to the comment about the machine shredding the bright pink paper. I believe it is not cutting but using the embossing capability it has. Correct me if I'm wrong about this. Hope to find more useful threads on this board.

dcbaby29
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Posted: 3/19/2014 3:54:52 AM
Enter here to win the sizzix eclips 2 ------>> http://woobox.com/vrqk4j/6zexwc
SVG is now giving away that awesome tool! YAYYYY!

Bootspalmer
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Posted: 3/19/2014 5:06:53 AM
Just to clear something up, someone posted that the Cricut Imagine was the worst machine made? Ever try using the immensely popular Cricut Cake? Remember that big red thing? Yeah that. Another winner by Provo Craft.

SandraMaz
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Posted: 4/3/2014 3:07:46 PM
So, first let me say ... No skin in the drama. I have lurked for years but not been a consistent poster. I came here for thoughts from you all when I finally decided I was going to get the explore or the cameo.

I had a wish blade early on, a cricut cake which I have figured out how to use, and what it's good for, and haven't been able to pill the trigger on an electronic cutter for years. I have come close several years and haven't done it.

I got my cricut explore 10 minutes ago.

The packaging is easy and good, the bag that comes with it sturdy. I had it set up and plugged in in three minutes, software downloaded in about a minute and clicked on the first project.

This card was then made.

Literally 10 minutes after I opened the box

The cuts were amazing and clean. They came right off - one shadow came off with the card but when I held it, it came right off, no jagged edge. Haven't tried with fabric or other medium yet, will keep u posted if anyone cares

stampingpea
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Posted: 4/12/2014 11:02:52 AM
WOW!

I came to this message post board to get some feedback as I am thinking of getting the Explore-I currently have the baby bug, which I have had for years. I am totally appalled at all the name calling and general disregard to people's feelings. I cannot believe all the time some of you have spent on such lengthy posts that are downright nasty. I guess I will go back to the Facebook group I belong to. I feel bad for all of you.

Dewana
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Posted: 4/16/2014 2:08:06 PM
LOL I was going to suggest the Facebook group - Cricut Design Space - if you want some solid feedback on the Explore.


Scrap Happy in North Texas!!


celuck
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Posted: 5/2/2014 8:54:54 PM
I have owned the original Cricut machine and the Expression and I have never had any trouble with either. I love Cricut! My Explore is due to arrive tomorrow! I can't wait to be able to design my own images and use any installed font and to take advantage of all the SVG files I find online. I think Cricut did a good job comparing the two machines in the document posted below. Of course theirs is a bias opinion, but they do seem to beat the competition on many points!

http://content.cricut.com/b/pdfs/CricutExplore%20CompetitiveAnalysis.pdf

Iowa_girl
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Posted: 5/2/2014 9:54:01 PM
That little ditty put out by Provo Craft was full of misinformation. I was surprised they did that.

I think the new machine has worked great for a lot of people. Those who have a lot of cartridges and like them - it is the perfect machine.

But some of the stuff they said in that comparison was way off base.

They make it sound like the Cameo is some lightweight piece of crap. It isn't.

They bashed the Silhouette Studio software. The one complaint I hear about the Cricut Explore is that their Design Space software is severely lacking. It's slow and buggy and you have to have a good internet connection. You can not use it at all without being online. If your internet goes down, or you have a satellite connection like I do - you can't use it.

With the Cricut subscription you gain access to all non-licenses cartridges, which is great! But no Disney, Hello Kitty, Creative Memories, etc. You also must keep paying your subscription to use them. If you stop paying - you lose the ability to access that design.

With the Silhouette subscription, when you buy the image - it is yours to keep forever.

The "perfect cut" is somewhat subjective. It has been proven more than once that it gets pretty much the exact same cut as the Cameo.

I am not bashing the new Cricut. I think it is great that they came out with it. It is fantastic for those who love their product and want to use their cartridges.

I would not recommend it to someone who didn't have a lot of $$ invested in cartridges already though.

There are getting to be more cutters out there - which is good for everyone!

Scrapn Nana
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Posted: 5/2/2014 10:42:54 PM
Competition is frequently very good for customers. For one thing, it pushes companies to work hard to keep (or win) customers' business.

The new Explore appears to be an example of how a company has worked to produce a better machine in an effort to stay competitive. Ever since the lawsuit, which alienated many customers, Silhouette has been giving Provo Craft a lot of competition, which would have put pressure on Provo Craft if they didn't want to become obsolete. The "comparison" acknowledges that Silhouette is one of the top selling electronic cutters.

By most accounts, Provo Craft has done a good job with the Explore. I believe that the competition they have had from Silhouette has been part of the motivation for them to do so. They succeeded beyond the expectations of many (myself included).

The Silhouette Cameo, however, is a much better machine than the comparison makes it appear. Even so, the competition of the new Explore inevitably will help keep Silhouette working hard to stay competitive.

The competition between the two companies will hopefully continue to benefit customers of both companies.


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Posted: 5/3/2014 1:13:51 AM
I think both machines are lovely. Both machines have their throttling points too so does all the other machines on the market. What it really comes down too is what's best for you and the machine that inspires you the most.

When I first decided to help with die cutting I always said if the machine doesn't inspire you then it's worthless. For example I had a Gazelle. I loved the Gazelle but it wasn't for me. Does that make any sense? It wasn't the learning curve or anything in particular. When I used it I didn't feel inspired I went back to my good old Cricut time after time after time. I used my Silhouette machine (Whatever version I owned at the time time) with my Cricut. I felt so good about my art.


No, I don't have an Explore. I have got to play with it though. I loved it. I would have an Explore but the online thing does not work for me right now. I need both offline/online access. Explore would not inspire me. I would be like "Why, why, why can't I not design when my Internet is out?" I have a friend who loves online software. Hardly uses offline software. The Explore is perfect for her. She is so happy and creates several times a week with her Explore.

Happy NSD day everyone. I hope it's productive and fun and filled with lots of wonderful scrapping memories.



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Posted: 5/3/2014 6:27:30 AM

Happy NSD day everyone. I hope it's productive and fun and filled with lots of wonderful scrapping memories.


Ditto!

I also hope that those who use their Explore to create something today, layouts or otherwise, will share your creations with us and show what your machine can do. Or post things you have already created. It sounds like Provo Craft turned out a great machine, and I would love to see more of what it can do.



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Posted: 5/3/2014 10:03:37 AM

Ditto! I also hope that those who use their Explore to create something today, layouts or otherwise, will share your creations with us and show what your machine can do. Or post things you have already created. It sounds like Provo Craft turned out a great machine, and I would love to see more of what it can do.



Please visit my blog at Piece of Cake........ Handmade Cards On the right there is an index........ Cricut Explore specific projects are indexed.........

I will be happy to answer any questions. Cricut Explore Projects @ Piece of Cake



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Posted: 5/3/2014 1:37:07 PM
Mini Album Cookbook, your Explore projects are great! I especially love your Card in a Box projects and your step cards. Beautiful!!!

Thanks for sharing!


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