Sunday, January 26, 2014

We Want to Hear From YOU!!!!

With the news released this week from Cricut, we are wondering how our viewers feel about the new machine.  With the changes, it will mean changes in how we craft and of course, changes in our blog.  Please take this survey by either copying and pasting in the comment line or sending to me email at happyscrapperdiane@yahoo.com.  I will leave a link to this on the sidebar till Saturday, so please let me know what you think!!!!!  Be sure to join us tomorrow for another fun challenge and see what our DT has created for your inspiration.

1.  Are you excited about Cricut's announcement of a new machine______yes______no
Why___________________________________________________________________
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2.  Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
Yes_________   No_____________

3.  Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc.    yes____________   No_______

4.  Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
Yes__________  No________

5.  Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects?  Yes________   No___________

13 comments:

  1. 1. Are you excitedf about Cricut's announcement of a new machine______yes___x___no
    Why____________ First off, let me say that I am 100% Cricut loyal & I don't see that changing. In regards to the Explore.... I love computers but don't like using them in my crafting. Plus, I'm still a little bitter about what happened (or didn't happen) with the Imagine machine. I spent a lot of money on it & bought every cartridge they made for it - only to have PC drop it completely. It never worked right & now that it's really broken, there's no support for getting it fixed. This new machine has a whole new software program (again!). I never got into Craft Room but I'd be really upset if I had linked all of my cartridges to it. It feels to me like the thousands of dollars worth of Cricut cartridges I have are becoming obsolete (I have 200+). I know they are trying to keep up with the current trends & that the Silhouette machines really took away a lot of their customers, but I think they need to pick a system & stick with it. All this switching around makes them look like they don't know what they're doing & that makes it very hard to maintain customer confidence in their products & pushes them right into the laps of their competitors. Like I said before, I am exclusively a Cricut gal & am happy with the 4 machines I have (except the aforementioned Imagine), so I'm not going to jump ship. I just really hope that this new machine will help PC gain some customer confidence back. GO CRICUT!!

    2. Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
    Yes_________ No_______x______

    3. Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc. yes____________ No____ Any Cricut machine - yes - but no to the others.

    4. Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
    Yes____x______ No________ ....but I don't think you should. You are one of a dwindling number of Cricut-based challenge blogs & I think you should remain exclusively Cricut. There are hundreds of other blogs for non-Cricut users.

    5. Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects? Yes___x_____ No___________


    I hope my answers aren't too candid - but I feel I need to be honest about how I really feel. Sugar-coated answers aren't helping anyone & I'm sure PC would rather have honest opinions, whether good or bad. Thanks for posting this & I hope my feedback helps....

    Diana ♥
    Leelee Card Designs

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    1. I agree with everything Diana said. PC is frustrating me with first the push for the gypsy, then CCR and now something new again. Maybe they should perfect the items they are selling, like the imagine, instead of starting over. I also agree this is one of the few sites left for cricut challenges and would like to keep it that way.

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  2. You know me...I love my Cricut Expression, but I am not interested at this time in the Explore. I just got the Cameo for Christmas and I am quite happy with both.

    Stay Creative,
    Georgiana
    • Carson's Creations •

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  3. 1. Are you excited about Cricut's announcement of a new machine___X___yes______no
    *It looks like a fun machine. I do plan on getting it eventually when the budget allows. I LOVE that it allows the option of using our cartridges {I have 250+} and yet using SVGs also. I have been collecting SVGs and am excited to see what the creative people at PC come up with. The machine sounds like it will cut fine details better, too.

    2. Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
    Yes____X_____ No_____________
    *There is a big SVG world out there with lots of fun files {lots of freebies, too}. You may also have an easier time getting sponsors if you open it up to SVGs and other machines.

    3. Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc. yes_____X_______ No_______
    *I have 3 Cricuts and a Silhouette Portrait (can't use SVGs until I update to the Designer Program) and use them all. I've always felt it shouldn't have to be an either or kind of thing when it comes to my machines. They both are wonderful and fulfill different crafting needs for me. If PC was willing to sponsor you then I'd say by all means keep it all Cricut. Just like I use multiple stamp companies, paper companies, and other assorted crafting companies my Cricut and Portrait play well side by side in my crafting space.

    4. Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
    Yes____X______ No________
    *It might also be helpful it wasn't limited to cartridges and SVGs only Not everyone has the S designer Program or will be able to get the new C machine right away. Honestly I haven't used either machines lately. I've been into stamps and digital images. Coloring them has been therapeutic. lol.

    5. Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects? Yes________ No_____X______
    *I do not do Facebook. If you do go the Facebook route please keep in mind that not all of us do it. I follow you by email and love seeing everyone's creations when they post. {Yes I'm one of your lurking followers. lol} One of the things that turned me off about the Cricut MB and other companies too is that they focus too much on other social medias. I understand they want to get people who follow those ways excited but making announcements and doing contests that do not include everyone is a huge turn off. It makes me feel as though because I do not follow in all those other ways that somehow I'm not all that important as a customer. Personally I barely have time to follow everyone I want to by email {right now I have 500+ to view} Whew sorry about that. Basically if you do include other social medias which is wonderful please do not forget about us here in bloggyland.

    Thanks for the chance to share.
    Opening the challenges up to include more machines may bring in some creative newbies.
    I like to mix things up and combine my crafting goodies.
    How about a challenge theme once in a while where you use cuts from all the machines you own. Now that would be scandaliiiiiiiist. lol.

    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsbyDragonfly.blogspot

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  4. 1. Are you excited about Cricut's announcement of a new machine___x___yes______no
    Why__My E is 5 years old and I shall be looking to replace her soon. : ( The E2 does not appeal to me, and my Imagine, like so many others, only cuts correctly in the first 3 inches. It sounds like I will be able to link my I carts to the new Design Space and continue to use them when the Print, Then Cut feature arrives later this year. I LOVE my Gypsy, but could not figure out CCR! Since I have become familiar with the Silhouette Studio though, I think I will have better luck with the new Design Space. Not so happy about being tied to the Internet to design and cut... You know that I recently retired from teaching, and my colleagues would occasionally ask me to cut something for them. It would have been impractical and costly for my school to have all the carts they needed but with the Explore, the PTA could surely pay $9.99 a month for a subscription to the Cricut library plus $299 for the machine, don't you think? I am excited about helping them with this idea!

    2. Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
    Yes_________ No___x _I don't know how you could tell that it was a Cricut cut!

    3. Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc. yes____________ No__x It's the limitation of ONLY using the Cricut machine that makes this challenge fun and different!

    4. Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
    Yes_____x_____ No________

    5. Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects? Yes________ No___________ No opinion on this one! But I'd probably participate! : )

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment on these issues, Diane. : ) Christine

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  5. 1. Are you excited about Cricut's announcement of a new machine___?___yes____?__no
    Why? I am sort of, I am more hooked on the Imagine and am disappointed that Provo did not take the time to perfect it. I loved printing my own papers and matching elements, I do own the E and baby bug. I will always buy the cartridges, because I already have over 100+. I do not know about another machine at this time. I just got the portrait for Christmas. I like that I can use svg files. I will have to wait and see how the Explore does before I decide if I will purchase.

    2. Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
    Yes______X___ No_____________

    3. Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc. yes_______X_____ No_______

    4. Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
    Yes____X______ No________

    5. Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects? Yes____X____ No___________

    I will always be a Cricut fan, just will be more cautious about buying a new machine from the disappointments in the past and if PC can make this one work, I will be more on board. I just want them to also continue with the Imagine which is what put me on board with PC in the first place.

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  6. 1. Are you excited about Cricut's announcement of a new machine______yes___x___no
    Why__I don't like the idea of having to be "online" to craft, the internet has too many glitches and I even pay extra for the super duper plan from Time Warner. And I am skeptical of the new "advances" they say that are being worked on to be backwards capable. Provo Craft takes forever to do anything. I waited over a year for that gypsy update to use the craftroom that still had issues. I don't use the craftroom anymore...too many issues. Instead of starting from scratch and literally excluding the older machines from the new technology, they should have created something to benefit everyone who purchased their previous machines as well (I have 4). Why couldn't that just sell software for all of us to use our machines on the new design space? I have so many Imagine cartridges and the print and cut feature they are working on is like the Cameo using your home printer. So again once my Imagine dies the cartridges remain useless.
    2. Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
    Yes____x_____ No_____________ Since Provo craft is going in that direction I guess it is time to jump ship.

    3. Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc. yes______x______ No_______ Because I don't want to craft online I will be purchasing a Cameo as my next machine.

    4. Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
    Yes____x______ No________

    5. Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects? Yes___x_____ No___________ But be careful to not post exclusive messages there because many people do not use it and they would feel left out.

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  7. . Are you excited about Cricut's announcement of a new machine______yes____x__no
    Why___________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________

    2. Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
    Yes____x_____ No_____________

    3. Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc. yes____x________ No_______

    4. Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
    Yes____x______ No________

    5. Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects? Yes___x_____ No___________

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  8. . Are you excited about Cricut's announcement of a new machine______yes______no XX
    Why? I agree with Tina. I don't like the idea of being "online" to craft. I am legal assistant at a law firm, who is front of the computer for about 8 hours a day. I don't want to come home and spend another 2 hours "online" crafting. Crafting should be (at least for me) away from the computer, cutting away with my Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter - I've had this little puppy for about 6 years, and I LOVE it! I do not own any other machines. I have about 30 cartridges, and I have a variety of fonts, vacation and kiddie cartridges to last me forever. I've created cards, banners, invitations, scrapbooking layouts etc. - it does everything my little heart desires. My friends and I get together at different homes to scrapbook, and if the party is not at my house, I bring my cricut so we can have an extra machine on hand. We've even rented a cabin in Big Bear, and 10 of my girlfriends spend the weekend scrapbooking - no kiddos, no housework and NO COMPUTERS! We are doing it again this year!


    2. Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
    Yes_________ No______X_______

    3. Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc. yes____________ No____X___ I think what makes this blog challenge fun is that it is strictly "cricut machine" - I hope it stays that way.

    4. Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
    Yes______X____ No________

    5. Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects? Yes___X_____ No___________ I have facebook, but no everyone does.

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  9. 1. Are you excited about Cricut's announcement of a new machine____X__yes______no
    Why____I think it is time for PC to join the svg world and this machine allows that. I also like the dials and settings it appears to feature.
    _______________________________________________________________________

    2. Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
    Yes_________ No_____________ ??? Touch questions - I love and use my Cricut often and this new machine will allow the old images as well plus new ones. Either way is fine with me.

    3. Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc. yes____________ No_______ Same answer as above. I love to create that is the main feature of these fun challenges.

    4. Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
    Yes__________ No________ Sure would. I do not always get to be part of the challeges so no matter what when I can I will follow the rules

    5. Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects? Yes________ No___________ sure

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  10. 1.Yes and no. I know they needed to get involved in cutting SVG. They were losing their edge. No because I love my E2. I love that I don't need a computer for it to work. I don't use the CCR or will ever cut SVG file. So, I like to see what this machine can do but I have no need to own one
    2.Yes. But not all your post about SVG. As long as you stay true to Cricut.
    3.Most blog post I see that are not about Cricut I move on. Sorry but I do.
    4.I am still learning about my blog, I have not done any of your challenges.But I view your blog every week.
    5.Yes

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  11. With the news released this week from Cricut, we are wondering how our viewers feel about the new machine. With the changes, it will mean changes in how we craft and of course, changes in our blog. Please take this survey by either copying and pasting in the comment line or sending to me email at happyscrapperdiane@yahoo.com. I will leave a link to this on the sidebar till Saturday, so please let me know what you think!!!!! Be sure to join us tomorrow for another fun challenge and see what our DT has created for your inspiration.

    1. Are you excited about Cricut's announcement of a new machine_X_yes______no
    Why__I LOVE my Expression and Mini and I love using the craft room - I've never had a gypsy and I don't like using the little screen on the machine so, using the computer works for me. I acquired a Silhouette Cameo last year and I have to say, I love being having another color option other than different colored card stock and I love having the option to import digi's and other cool images!_________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________

    2. Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
    Yes_X___ No_____________

    3. Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc. yes__X_____ No_______

    4. Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
    Yes__________ No________

    5. Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects? Yes__X___ No___________

    Thanks for all you do'!

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  12. 1. Are you excited about Cricut's announcement of a new machine___X__yes______no
    Why____new technology is always exciting to me._______________________
    _______________________________________________________________________

    2. Would you like to see Exploring Cricut expand so that you can use SVG files?
    Yes__X______ No_____________

    3. Would you like to have the option to use any Cricut machine, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Pazzles, etc. yes___X______ No_______

    4. Would you enter challenges if we expanded our format to include these other machines and files?
    Yes___X____ No________

    5. Would you be interested in a Exploring Cricut and More facebook group where you could post questions and projects? Yes__X______ No___________

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We appreciate your comments, thank you so much! Please include your email so if you win our challenge it will be easy to get in touch with you and we might ask you to be a guest designer for us too!!!