Cricut Explore Giveaway

A couple of days ago I shared one of my very first Cricut Explore Projects with you…this I Love You a Bushel & a Peck Pillow.  And today, I get to give ONE OF YOU your very own Cricut Explore Machine.


The overall look and design.

You can literally plug and play with your machine right out of the box.  Set up is effortless.  Storage compartments for the Cricut cutting and vinyl tools.  Cutting mat slides under the feet for a nice storage spot.  Quiet…like super quiet!

Cuts Perfectly.

The Cricut Explore cuts with the perfect “kiss cut”.  You just set the dial and cut.  A deep cut blade is available that allows you to cut thin leather and thin sheets of wood.  It will also cut fabric with heat and bond.

Design Space.

Instantly create a project from hundreds (and growing) pre-designed “Make It Now” projects or create your own.  *Design space is an online program so for those of you with limited internet may want to consider that.

Access to images.

The new Design Space library offers access to 50k+ images you can choose to create your projects. Just signing up you’ll have access to over 2300 images for FREE.  Add your existing Cricut cartridges to your Design Space account.

Upload your own files to cut.

I saved the best for last. Finally, Cricut is enabling users to cut their own files. SVGs, PNGs and other cut files, the new Design Space will let you cut whatever your creative heart designs (for the most part). Some of us have been waiting forever to see this come to reality… I know, some of you have no idea what I’m talking about. Trust me, do a little jump for joy and call it a supportive leap of happiness.


Alright…who wants to win one?  If you would like to be entered for a chance to win a NEW Cricut Explore please enter in the Rafflecopter Widget below.

*You may need to enter from a computer instead of a mobile device.  Sometimes it takes a minute for the Rafflecopter widget to load, so please be patient.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Click on image above to see the latest Cricut products.


*Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on April 21, 2014. One winner will receive a gift certificate as specified above.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using and will be notified via email within 24 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winners must respond within 24 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

The New Cricut Explore™

You guys…

I have a secret I have been keeping…

for a long time.

And I am finally able to share part of that secret with you today!

As you know, I love a great crafting tool.  I LOVE anything that allows me to actually create something beautiful that starts as a thought and idea in my crowded little brain.  If you LOVE the creativity process as much as I do, then you know exactly what I am talking about.

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Before I get ahead of myself, let me back up…so I can tell you a bit about my journey over the last several months.

Over a year ago I was contacted by my friends from Cricut.  They wanted to talk to me about a new “top secret” machine that was in the works.  I was intrigued…but I had only used a Cricut machine a couple of times before in my life.  I had other means of doing things but was interested in what they had to say.  So I went, and learned, and signed all sorts of Non-Disclosure contracts ;).


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Cricut’s new machine sounded promising, but without actually having the machine at my fingertips, I was reluctant…and told them so and that was that.  Some time passed and in April, some more discussions took place,  yet I was still reluctant.  I am a visual learner so I needed something concrete, but the new machine was still in production and beta testing.

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Finally, this fall, I connected with Cricut again and made arrangements to go out to their headquarters and actually see and use the new Cricut Explore for myself.


You guys!  I was not prepared for how much I would love the Cricut Explore Cutting Machine.  Like so much so, that I actually gasped…outloud…twice!  Once when I saw the Cricut Explore open and once when I saw how beautifully it could script out calligraphy.  And if you know me…calm and collected Amy…that is saying a lot.  I got a little bit out of control with excitement.  But no worries…I regained my composure again quickly.  haha!


I was given a machine in early December to start playing with and have been working with the Cricut team behind the scenes on some really fun things.  In fact, I have about 10 projects right now that will be featured in the Cricut Marketplace (in just a few weeks) that others (like YOU) will be able to click a button and reproduce EXACTLY on their end…

I KNOW!! Right?!

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I have told you before how very careful and deliberate I am about the things I share with you here.  I actually am very picky and turn down several opportunities that come my way,  if I don’t think it is a product or a company I can stand behind completely.  I think it is a reflection on me and I don’t want to abuse your trust in any way.  So, with that being said,  I want you to know that I will ALWAYS be completely honest in what I share here with you.

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And just so you know…I am loving this new machine and it’s capability.  I have a feeling it is going to take my creating to a new level…and that is exciting for me.  I have so many ideas floating around in my head that involved new mediums…and that my friends…

makes me giddy…giddy like a little school girl…


Ashish Arora | Cricut CEO

In the meantime, I will continue to be working closely with Cricut behind the scenes and will keep you updated.  I will also be sharing an in-depth look into the new Cricut | Explore™ Machine so you can see what I am so excited about.

The Cricut Explore™ system blends an electronic cutting machine with Cricut Design Space™, the free online design software, to help you make polished DIY projects. Create by using the hundreds of ready-to-make projects, the 50,000+ images from the Cricut® library or by uploading your own images. You can even use the Cricut® cartridges you already own by simply uploading them into the machine (which can only be done once and to one machine).

The Cricut | Explore™  will be available February 12th on HSN and in stores March 15!

Want a sneak peek of one of my projects?  Coming soon…

Feel free to ask any questions you have…I will try to answer all of them to the best of my ability or ask one of my contacts at Cricut for you.


The pictures in this post are from a Cricut Event that was on January 20 and 21st, just a couple of weeks ago.  Cricut invited several bloggers to an amazing event to release their new machine, Cricut Explore, so you may have already heard some rumblings about it.  All of the items shown in the pictures were created with the Cricut Explore.

click on the image above to see the latest Cricut products…

And…by the way this is not a sponsored post.

Silhouette CAMEO and vinyl deal

I have another Silhouette CAMEO deal for you guys this week.  Anyone need some more vinyl? If you do this is a great time to get it at a great price! Check this out!


Silhouette CAMEO™


1 roll 12-inch Black Premium Vinyl

1 roll 12-inch White Premium Vinyl

1 roll 12-inch Transfer Paper

= $269.99 (MSRP: $344.96)

Use Code:


*To take advantage of this great deal you can click here!

Deal is good from May 9 to May 16, 2009.

If you already own a Silhouette CAMEO, you will be able to order Silhouette vinyl at 40% off using the same code.

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I was able to make a super simple and easy sign to go in my new laundry room with my Silhouette CAMEO.  I quickly whipped up this fun ‘herbs” sign.  I feel like it needs a little something more and thought a nice phrase in cursive under the HERB word would be nice.  Anyone have any brilliant thoughts about what that could be? Haha!

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I am leaving it like it is until some inspiration hits!

Remember…if you are interested in this great deal, you can get it by following this link…

Silhouette CAMEO and Vinyl Bundle Deal

{use code IDEAROOM}

Deal is good through May 16, 2012.

Silhouette Cameo

Guess what I have been playing with this week? The sleek new Silhouette Cameo! I feel so lucky to have been given a Cameo to test drive and I have to tell you…I LOVE it. Plus it is super pretty! I had a couple of projects already in mind and was not sure which one to would be the chosen one for the maiden Cameo voyage.  But since I have been knee deep in grey paint and all that comes with remodeling our Master Bedroom and Bath…which I will reveal later…the project for the Master Bedroom won out.

And I am really happy with the final outcome.  But, let me tell you a little bit about the new Silhouette Cameo and some of my favorite features of it.

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1. The Cameo can cut up to 12 inches of media so I no longer have to cut down a 12”x12” piece of scrapbook paper again.  It also gives you the ability to work easily on those bigger project that you might need to do.


2.  The Cameo has a new adjustable blade.  Instead of three blades, there is just one blade that can be adjusted to the correct cutting ability depending on the media you are cutting.  And since it just stays in one place, no more lost blades.  All you have to do is turn the dial to the size you need.

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3.  The Cameo has adjustable rollers that guide your media into your Silhouette machine.  I can not tell you how many times I have had to load and unload my media to get it to load properly.  Now it is easily adjusted by unlocking this little lever and moving the rollers into a different position depending on the size of your media.  And…if your media gets stuck, no more pulling to get the media out.  Simply release the lever and the media slides out.

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4.  The Cameo has a pause button.  LOVE this! Perfect for the times when you notice that you made a mistake at the last minute or notice that the media has not been fed properly or cutting how you want it.  This button saves time, frustration and your media from being ruined and possibly having to start over.

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5.  The Cameo is a lot quieter when it is cutting.

6. If you already have the Silhouette SD, the transfer process was super easy.  I simply installed the program with the CD they sent me and everything just transferred over.  I did not have to do a thing.  All my previous files are now available for me to play with or use again on my new Cameo.

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Now for the other fun part…You can get your very own Cameo today using the promo code…IDEAROOM!

By using the Promo Code IDEAROOM to purchase your own new Cameo and your choice of starter kit all for $299! 

Here is a list of the goodies you will receive with the IDEAROOM promo:

  • Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting tool
  • Silhouette Studio® software for Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac® OS X 10.5.8 and higher
  • 51 exclusive cuttable designs
  • Power cable, USB cable
  • 12″ cutting mat
  • Cutting blade
  • $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • Your choice of starter kit (Fabric Ink, Vinyl, Heat Transfer, Rhinestone)

Silhouette CAMEO™ and
vinyl starter kit

Silhouette CAMEO™ and
heat transfer starter kit

Silhouette CAMEO™ and
fabric ink starter kit

Silhouette CAMEO™ and
rhinestone starter kit

Pretty cool right?  But there are only a limited number of this first shipment of Cameo’s available.  So be sure to hurry on over and get one for yourself.  An early Christmas present!!


All opinions are mine. 

I was given a Silhouette Cameo machine to test and review. 

I was in no way obligated to give a positive review.

But I really love this machine.



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