Monday, July 26, 2010

Welcome to Wisconsin (and an update on the "next big thing")

I arrived in Wisconsin yesterday and will be heading to Chicago tomorrow.  I had a very early departure on Sunday so I was tired but the trip went smoothly.

 I flew in on a picture perfect day with great views of the farm land from the plane.

I arrived in Albany (population just under 1,200) around midday.

 This is the front of my sister's Bed and Breakfast - I'll tell you more about it after CHA.

It is an amazing house and I really like the deep front porch!

Today I went to "Hobby Lobby" for the very first time.  We do not have this store in Massachusetts and I hear so much about it on the message boards - it was fun to finally go to a store.  I didn't buy much since I have to carry it home via airplane.

Tuesday I will be arriving in Chicago and will be one of the lucky people who will attend the Provo Craft Gala to introduce the "next big thing."  I am really excited to see this amazing new machine.  I am also excited to have a chance to meet many of my online friends and acquaintances,

I am a member of the Cricut Circle and I just received an email with details about the new machine (I am writing Monday's post very late at night since I spent the day having adventures with my sister).  I am repeating the entire email here to share the details with you.  Do you have lots of ideas spinning in your head yet? I am sure you will after reading this!


The Next Big Thing From Provo Craft!

As a Cricut Circle member, we wanted to introduce you to the exciting new product being revealed and celebrated at CHA. Let’s hear a warm round of applause for Cricut Imagine, the world’s first tool that precisely prints and cuts with the touch of a button, requiring no computer or software.

With print and cut together, now and you can add color and dimension to your creative projects, bringing them to life like never before. Cricut Imagine saves you time since you no longer have to use three different tools to get designs, print, and then cut projects. The new machine helps you add more personalization and creativity to projects with a new library of content including shapes, patterns, and color. In addition, Cricut Imagine is easy to use and is built upon award-winning cutting and printing technology from Provo Craft and HP. Cricut Imagine is currently on display at the Craft & Hobby Association Summer Convention and Tradeshow in Chicago.
Cricut Imagine gives new life to all your original Cricut cartridges! Now you can add colors and patterns when pairing the original cartridges with NEW Cricut Imagine Colors and Patterns cartridges.

“Cricut Imagine is not only unique to the crafting industry, but to the world of technology. There is not another device that incorporates printing and cutting the way this machine does,” said Jim Thornton, CEO of Provo Craft. “The pairing of print and cut technology could only be done by the leaders in each category—HP and Provo Craft. We’re eager to see what our customers can now do with a simple sheet of white paper and Cricut Imagine print and cut technology.”
Cricut Imagine features include:
  • Cricut Imagine cartridges are enhanced by Cricut Pattern and Cricut Color cartridges to add dimension and layering
  • Cricut Imagine is fully compatible with all original Cricut cartridges.
  • Compatible with Gypsy by Cricut handheld design studio
  • Easy-to-use LCD touch-screen navigation so that all information is right at your fingertips
  • New detachable accents to be able to personalize your machine with colors and textures
  • Access to a vast new library of content and artwork: Over 150 original Cricut cartridges (with several new cartridges introduced each month), 12 new Cricut Imagine Art cartridges specifically for this new machine, plus 12 new Cricut Imagine Colors & Patterns cartridges
  • On-board color and pattern selector - choose your own colors, sizes, and much more
  • Works with paper sizes up to 12” x 12” and make cuts from .25” to 11.5”, making large-format print and cutting possible
  • Retractable paper tray
  • No computer necessary
  • Uses same blades and blade housing as current Cricut products
  • Uses a separate mat than original Cricut machines
Suggested retail for Cricut Imagine is $599.99. To learn more about this unique machine visit here. For more information on Provo Craft visit the Provo Craft Home Page or follow us on Twitter.
—The Cricut Circle

Tomorrow I will tell you all about the Gala and my first reactions to the new machine when I see it.  I had been hoping for something like this machine and I can't wait to see it in action! 

One more note - for those of you who subscribe and receive my posts by email - there were two posts yesterday for the Christmas Around the Clock Challenge.  I know sometimes people miss the second one on the occasional times that this happens.

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  1. Albany, huh? That's not too awful far from us...what a beautiful B&B. Can't wait to see your post on that.
    The new machine is very exciting that you are attending the gala...looking forward to seeing what you think of it!
    Have a fantastic 1st day of CHA!

  2. It sounds like I won't be able to use this machine with Design Studio. I'm assuming that will be one of your questions. It really seems incredible. I have a lot of ideas for this machine, my only thoughts, it would be nice to be able to go as large as 12 x 24 and I'd like to be able to use my Design Studio. However, I can guess that by allowing DS to interface it opens up everything on the computer.

    I'm also interested in knowing how this is different from some of the professional machines that seem to do the same thing.

    Have a great time at the Gala. It would be great to meet so many folks and to see the new machine in person/action.

  3. Welcome to Wisconsin Diane! It's not very often that someone comes to my state. Welcome and hope you enjoy your stay. Your sister's B&B looks beautiful. Can't wait to see and hear more about it. Have a great time at CHA and WI.

  4. Diane, it has long been my dream to own and run a B&B in Maine or NH. I've got my kids in on it now, too. Just have to wait for hubby to retire! We'll see if that'll ever happen! :-)

    Have a great trip!

    Meg (from Beverly)

  5. The "next big thing" is very cool, but it's also the "next big expense" especially after just joining the Circle. I'll have to wait 'til it's much cheaper!

  6. Wow, the B&B is stunning. Look forward to hearing more.

  7. This sounds very interesting. Can't wait to find out more about the new machine.


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