Saturday, November 15, 2014

I did it :)

Happy Saturday, everyone!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!! It's a chilly one here with a light dusting of snow. Ugh. So not ready for winter :(

I want to thank you all for the advice on my decision to purchase an SVG cutting machine. I was all set on purchasing a Silhouette. But after hours and hours of research I had actually switched my decision from a Silhouette to an Explore. ALL of the side by side comparisons I read gave the edge to the Explore. I really thought I was done with Cricut and sold all of my cartridges (over 120!!), but I kept my Gypsy. One of the things I liked about the Explore was that I could still use the images from the cartridges I had purchased. So to make a long story short, last week my sweet friend Diane of Nellie's Nest emailed me about a fantastic deal from Joann Online. It was an offer I couldn't refuse so...


I bought one!! I haven't had time to figure out how to use the Design Studio, but I'm excited to actually cut an SVG file :) It may be a while before I get the chance to use it, so any advice, guidance would be appreciated!!

Thanks again for all of your comments and advice!! I appreciate it so much!! Have a great weekend :)

53 comments:

  1. WOW Lisa...congrats...now we can see lots of awesome unique projects from you
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  2. Congratulations. I love mine. Looking forward to seeing what you create!

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  3. YAY so happy 4 U!!! Girl you are in for a real craftin' treat!!!! It's one awesome machine!!!
    You are going to love it!! Have fun and can't wait 2 C what U create with it!!

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  4. You will enjoy the freedom it gives you to create more with your cutter! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Woowho..it arrived safely!!! Just don't do what I did and let it sit in the box for a month...LOL...it is a learning lesson, but there is so much help out there you will be a pro in no time!!....And they don't call me the "enabler" for "nuthin"...LOL!!

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  6. Congrats my friend with your new toy - have fun - I am sure you will love it!!!

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  7. Have fun with your little toy Lisa, I still love my cameo which cuts svg, jpeg, png files as well...but you will have fun with what ever you have and get used to.xxx

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  8. Have a fun crafty weekend! Stay warm and enjoy your new toy!

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  9. Wow !! congrats on your new buy ..I have never used an electronic cutting machine and look forward to seeing your projects created with it :)

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  10. Congrats, Lisa! I won't be getting one of these any time soon (I'm grateful for my well-used Cuttlebug!) so I will enjoy seeing your creations - they will be even more fabulous now, for sure! Have a great weekend and have fun with your new toy!

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  11. Congratulations! Have fun learning and playing with your new machine!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  12. yeah, ok I too am looking to get a cutter. what things did you like this better for doing? I am looking for something that can scan and resize and cut out the shapes. do both do that? if you have a little info on the ones you compared, I would love to see/hear about it. I am very inexperienced in this area and don't want to get something that will be obsolete before I learn to use it. thanks for any info. have fun playing with yours!

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  13. Congrats Lisa, so Happy for you... I am wanting this machine but with all of the machines I currently have I am going to wait on it a bit. Looking forward to hearing how you like it and all of the great new projects you will be making with this beauty.

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  14. Congrats Lisa!!! So looking forward to seeing all your gorgeous projects!!!

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  15. Congrats my friend!!! have fun!!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    M'
    *Crafting With Creative M*

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  16. Yay! I'm so excited for you! I returned the one from Amazon that my hubby got me and then my mom surprised me with the purple one from HSN! I did my test cut yesterday and it worked like a charm! I will be playing all weekend and learning the ropes. I hope you have a good out of the box experience. :)

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  17. I know what you mean Lisa, I was tempted to sell my carts to and be done with Cricut. But I have so much invested in my Cricut stuff, that I just couldn't bear to part with it. And I do love my Cricut just was unhappy with the way the company was doing things, so I just didn't guy like I used to. Plus God knows with over 200 carts, I don't really need to buy!!! But since the Explore has come out, I'm really wanting one!!! So Congrats to you for getting one!!! I'm sitting here green with envy. lol Can't wait to see what you make with yours, I know it will be some cut files from My Craft Spot! Hugs, Brenda

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  18. How exciting!!!!! I can't wait to see what you make with your new explore. I am hoping to get one for Christmas. Wahoo my dear friend hope you enjoy the explore and please let us know how you like it.
    Hugs,
    Cindy Lou

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  19. So happy to see you pulled the plug! I hear it is an amazing machine, you will have to keep me posted since it's on my wish list! I can't wait to see what you create, I know it will be fabulous! Happy Saturday!

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  20. Yay!! I'm so happy for you. You'll love it.

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  21. Congratulations on your new toy! (I've been getting into trouble at JoAnn's lately too! Ditto at Blitsy). Can't wait to see how you like this new plaything - and know you'll be exercising it a lot more than I do with my Cameo & Cricut. Glad that you still have the Gypsy to incorporate with the new fun. Happy wkend, and hope it's not too cold up your way. Much colder here today though, but sunny. TFS & Hugs

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  22. Hi Lisa
    How exciting getting your new machine - hope you have lots of fun with it. I still have the old cricut expression. I look forward to seeing some of your creations. :)

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  23. congrats. i look forward to oooohing and aaaahhhing over your creations you make with it. :)

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  24. Congrats, Lisa! "The Enabler" (Ms.Diane) strikes again. She always knows the best buys worldwide! I hope you are keeping warm, just pour a cup of comfort and play, play, PLAY! The best way to learn how to use it. Can't wait to see what you create.
    Mindy

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  25. Congratulations, Lisa! Don't you just love when your creative friends enable/encourage! I cannot wait to see what you come up with next using your new piece of gear!

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  26. Congrats on your purchase! Looking forward to seeing your creations!

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  27. Sounds like fun Lisa! Can't wait to see what you create! Surely it will be amazing!

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  28. so happy for you now you can make those awesome 3-d projects. hugs

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  29. Yay! I cannot wait to see what you create with your new machine! I have to recommend you to stop by SVG Attic and see what they have. I am on their DT and LOVE their files!

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  30. Congrats!! You will have to keep us posted on how you like it! I have a Cameo and am very happy with it :-)

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  31. I bet you are going to create some outstanding projects with your explore. Have a fun weekend...Can't wait to see your new projects

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  32. Congrats, Lisa!!! You will love it!!! Have a great day.
    Gerda

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  33. Congratulations Lisa!!! I want one myself so let me know how you like it!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox

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  34. I'm so happy you were able to get one, good for you! I love it when JoAnn's has a sale online. Their prices are really great. Hope you get to use your new Explore soon. I'll be waiting to see all your new designs.

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  35. Yay! I'm so excited for you, my sweetest friend! You will be a pro with it quicker than you realize and we're all so anxious to see your Explore creations! You can cut Cricut images with the Silhouette, I've just not been compelled to since I switched. I hope you're able to squeeze in some time with your new crafty friend soon! SVGs are such fun!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  36. Congratulations! Have fun with your new toy! Can't help you any as I am part of the Silhouette family.

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  37. Big congrats Lisa! I'm so excited for you an can't wait to see what you come up with. It does look like an amazing machine.
    Happy crafting! .....now you can "Explore" the crafting world in a whole new way.

    Dee B

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  38. Congratulations Lisa, looks like some fun stuff ahead :)

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  39. Enjoy and Congrats, it looks like a Fabulous machine, I opted for the Cameo in addition to my other play toys. :) Lori m
    http://throughtheeyesofgg.wordpress.com/

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  40. Awesome my friend!! I can't wait to hear your reviews!!! :) enjoy and stay warm!

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  41. oh yay! congrats! i want to get one too!!!!

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  42. That's awesome! Congrats! I can't wait to see your amazing creations! Have fun with your new toy!
    Sherrie K

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  43. How exciting :)
    Enjoy creating with your new toy :)

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  44. Looks like Santa came early! Congrats! (So can you be naughty the rest of this year?)
    LOL
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  45. Wow wow!! Congratulations! I can't wait to see what you make with your new toy!!! ❤️

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  46. Keep checking for a new post, and not seeing one. Oh ho, bet you are busy playing with & learning how to use your new toy! Good for you. Can't wait to see all the goodies you'll be making with it. Hugs. Stay warm.

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  47. Woo hoo........they are not in Australia yet, I wish I could buy one! Have fun, I look forward to seeing what you create.......I'm sure it will be fabulous!! Have a great week Lisa :)

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  48. Oh how exciting, Lisa! Congrats!! Please let us know what you think, as time goes by. I still have/use my CExpression & pretty recently, purchased a SCameo :):):) Love them both. Have tons of fun.
    Hugs,
    Lisa
    CRe8n4u

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  49. Congrats you are going to love it I got mine in April -- I was one of the few that could not link my cartridges from my gypsy I kept getting an error message, but I love it. I also have the cameo I like that one for my svg cuts it just works better because my files from svg just will not download into the explore, but as far as all my cartridge- PC has fixed the glitch and now that my subscription has run out I can use all my synced carts over 200-- Any way I know you are going to love it and I am so excited to see what you are going to create-- A whole new you.. hugs Diana

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  50. Oh WOW! super exciting and I can't wait to hear more about it. I've debated about getting the cameo and I always seem to wait:) Have fun playing with your new toy my friend:)
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  51. Hi Lisa......congrats on your new play toy.....I'm also having the same problem of which machine to buy. My friend Dr.Sonia suggested that I check your blog........plez help it's very hard to decide.I also have loads of cartridges.how is it cricut explore plez post your reviews.

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