It was a gorgeous sunny day in London a couple of weeks ago. I met up with Liz from the Me and My Shadow Blog, and we headed up to the 28th floor of the Millbank Tower to chat to the Cricut experts along with other lots of other bloggers, writers and crafty people.
I loved the view and the day!
We were there to marvel at the new Cricut Explore – launched May 2014 in the UK.
And marvel we really did. Having used the Cricut Mini, I knew both its strength and its weaknesses. So was intrigued to hear what the Cricut Explore could do. The technology of this machine and the software used to create your designs is incredibly cool, and much, much better than I had ever expected!
Let me tell you a little more about it:
The new Cricut Explore design-and-cut machine opens up a world of creativity:
You can see above just some of the fabrics that can used when doing craft on the Cricut in various ways. You can achieve this professional cutting out, by simply using the Cut Smart technology – which varies the pressure and blade depth and speed. There is even a custom option, when you are using different fabrics to the ones listed, for example plywood and foils.
The simple to use dial
With each Cricut Explore, you receive access to the Cricut Design Space – A free online software that lets users design and create their own projects as well as browse and make Cricut designed projects, which can be both free and pay for projects. It gives you the option whilst using the software, to create something entirely new and freshly designed by you. A ‘make it now‘ a completely pre-designed project, or where you have tweaked or personalised an existing project from the bank of 1,000’s. It is completely flexible.
We were very lucky to hear all of the amazing background of the design and creation of Explore by the CEO Ashish Arora. His enthusiasm for the Cricut Explore seemed limitless, and was infectious. We then got to meet and find out more by two American bloggers, Kim from The TomKat Studio and Mandi from Vintage Revivals. Both of these ladies work with Cricut to create fresh designs.
All of the items I photographed were made with the Explore by the amazingly talented Suzie Candlin. Who also demonstrated for us the ‘out of the box’ experience of the Cricut. You really can get to work on project as soon as you get it out of the box, as it contains everything you would need for your first projects.
One thing I can’t wait to try out is the ability to write and cut out in one step. I saw some beautiful calligraphy created by the Cricut, and this is definitely something I’m going to be trying to fool people into thinking I’ve done myself. Though if you’ve seen my handwriting, you’ll realise this might be a push.
As a lifestyle blogger I am itching to start creating some interiors and fashion projects, in fact I already have, but that’s coming up in my next post along with some more detail about the Cricut Explore.
Where to buy:
It is available now, from Amazon and Hobbycraft as well as other large retailers priced £249.99 including VAT.
No-commitment monthly subscriptions to Cricut Design Space (25,000+ images) are available for £7.49 and annual subscriptions can be purchased for £79.99. Individual images from Cricut Design Space also start at 79p per image.
Digital cartridges can be purchased or existing cartridges can also be used to unlock the same artwork through Cricut Design Space.
Coming soon – In the coming months, Cricut will unveil an iPad app that allows users to sync and cut a project to their Explore via Bluetooth technology.
Cricut UK website
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As part of my ongoing relationship with Cricut I have been given a Explore to get crafty on. I was not paid to write this post, and I will, as always, honestly review the item.