Friday, 11 February 2011

Cricut Magazine - 2 Up for Grabs

I picked up a couple of copies of this brand new magazine, devoted to all things Cricut, at CHA. This is the first issue, and the two copies are up for grabs here. If you want one, just leave your name under this post.
I guess you will want to know what I thought of it? Well there were some cute projects in there, but also some projects that had me scratching my head a little (no, a lot if I am totally honest) I was
surprised, for instance that scallop borders were credited to Martha Stewart punches when there is an identical cut on the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. Can you believe they credit Stampin Up for a plain circle punch, when we have good old George to do the job? So I didn't feel that our super machines were used to capacity or showed their versatility in this edition. I would have thought that it was an ideal opportunity to show that the machine makes lots of extra purchases like circle punches redundant.
With some of the scrapbook layouts the instructions were so sparse - literally a list of products used - that you really had to guess which bit had been cut with the Cricut. There was a good mix of cards, scrapbook layouts, a few cake projects and some home decor stuff, so something for everyone. They have also used a wide variety of cartridges, including some of the older ones, which I thought was good. The instructions for the cards were quite detailed although they failed to give you the crucial size of the cut. They also utilised design studio, the gypsy and the imagine machine on a few projects, although this just meant they mentioned DS or gypsy (weld the two shapes together using DS) The projects are beautifully photographed.

Will I subscribe? I am a bit on the fence at the moment, probably not, but would buy it if I saw it in a store. At $15 a copy, I think they need to sharpen the Cricut content and show me cuts and ways of using the cuts that I hadn't dreamed of.

In the meantime, here's your chance to judge for yourself. I will give the names of two winners on Monday when I announce the winner of the fluffy green Cricut, who looks to me as if he is giving me very baleful looks and can't wait to get out of here - scroll down for that post if you haven't already offered to adopt him

148 comments:

Brigitte said...

Thanks for your honest opinion!!! I would love to win it so I can see for myself.

brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

Sue said...

I'm interested in trying the new magazine. Thanks for the opportunity.
suekimmet@gmail dot com

Nitasha said...

I would love to win a copy of this pub because I have had my cricut for a year and have just recently used it for the first time. I love it, but am intimidated by it. So, I would love to have a mag to give me some extra inspiration and motivation to get goin' with my Cricut! Thanks for the chance!

RAP said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I'd like to see it but I doubt I'll subscribe due to the cost.

~Jennifer Rose~ said...

I think it would be GREAT to win a magazine! WOW @ $15, I agree it should have more Cricut details!

Hugs, JennRo
jennro7781[at]yahoo[dot]com
http://jennro7781.blogspot.com

Lori said...

Thank you for your insights on this. I have been getting tons of information about subscribing but have been hesitant due to the hefty price tag and the fact that I really enjoy seeing the blog posts because I honestly think their better than most magazines out there! I would love to check it out though if you're willing to share.

juli (sweetpz) said...

I'm so new to the Cricut that i'd love to get/read anything and learn everything about it. Thanks for the chance.
juli

pennykitz said...

I would love to win one of these magazines!!! I want to learn as much as I can, at all crafts!! Thank you for this awesome chance!
Being that I am without an income right now and no way to buy one.
pennykitz@charter.net
http://pennykitz.blogspot.com/

Tammy said...

Hmmmmm you have me wondering about the magazine. I was debating on the digital copy to see it. Then I second guess myself as I wonder if it will be all that it is cracked up to be. Would so love to win a copy so I would know if I would like to subscribe or not. Hate to waste money...but hey I am really curious as I love, love love my cricut.
Thank you for the chance of winning.
smiles...Tammy

GabrielaD said...

I would love this magazine, I have only seen a tiny glimpse online and it looked great. I don't think I will subscribe can't afford it at the moment, but one day. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

Robin's Crafty Thing's said...

Would love to see it!
rcz28@aol.com

Grandma Bugs Place said...

Would love to have one to check it out. Thank you for giving us an idea of what we can expect to see.
I agree - hope they get more into the Cricut cartridges and some ideas using them.
Thanks for a chance to win!! Crossing my fingers & Good luck to everyone else.
Marcie
http://marciespaper.blogspot.com/
mrgrandmabug@gmail.com

Brens Designs said...

Thanks for giving your opinion. I was interested in what people thought of the magazine and have not seen many reviews as yet. Thanks for your kindness.

Brenda said...

Thanks for the chance to win. You are so generous.

brz352@yahoo.com

Sandy Reeves said...

Thanks for your honest opinion!

Sally said...

I was wondering about the magazine. I thank you so much for your honest insights. Would love to have a chance to look at it, so thank you for the chance to win. I would have to say at $15 an issue it is way beyond my budget.

flowerdisco said...

enfys, i would love to win it so i can decide if i want to subscribe or not. thanks for the chance :P

Teach4U said...

I would love to check out the magazine. Thanks for the chance to win.

Brenda
dbmeier@ndsupernet.com

Sammie said...

Mmmmmmmm -yes please! I'm in need of encouragement and inspiration at the moment. It deserted me when my dad died because I sat up all night waiting for THE call from my sister knowing it would come at around 4am. To keep my mind off things, I made card after card after card until the phone rang..... and since then, although I miss all things paper, I am blocked :(

Teri Berrios said...

I've been wanting to get my hands on this magazine to see what it's ALL about. Thanks for your honest opinion. Hugs, T

Nicole said...

Thanks for the opinion on the magazine. I am not sure if I want to spend the money at this point to get it until I see a little of it for myself, so winning one would be perfect. Thanks for the chance!

croppinmommadesigns at wowway dot com

Flamenco92627 said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I would love to see this mag!

TwoCraftyKitties said...

Thank you very much for the honest review and for the opportunity to win a copy.

Sandy Bayles said...

Enfys,
I have been on the fence about this also. I have the Cards publication which was not cheap. I use to get the Scrapbook one. That price is just a bit steep. Thanks for giving them away. Maybe I will win one and check it out first. Take the circut for coffee and doughnuts at Starbucks and you will never get rid of him. Good Luck to everyone.

KTbirdiegirl said...

Thank you Enfys for your honest opinion. I would love to win a copy of this magazine so I could see for myself the beautiful projects. Thanks for the offering.
Kathryn
kathrynt at totalnet dot us

jessica said...

Thanks for your honest review!
I would love to have a copy so thanks for the giveaway
Jessica
Chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com

Penny said...

Thank you for a chance to get a look at this magazine. It would give m an insight in to whether I want to subscribe to it or not.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh I can't believe you were at CHA and I missed seeing you. :-( I picked up a copy, so I don't need to be in the drawing... hugs

Connie said...

I wondered how the new magazine would be. Thanks for the review. I would love to check it out myself!!

conniedotkirchneratyahoo.com

Stephanie said...

Would love to win a copy! Love your review on it I thought they would fill it with cricut cuts weird that they put so many other companies for things that we're able to cut out on the cricut.

steph10892 at hotmail dot com

Amy said...

Glad to read some feedback. This magazine is too pricey for me, but I wish it wasn't.
sgro at hemc dot net

Michele said...

I'd love to preview this mag. I'm on the fence on subscribing. It's pretty expensive and I wonder if there is anything so unique I won't see on the Circle blog or mag, or anyone's blog

Marty said...

I've been checking this magazine out but have yet to decide if it's worth the money. Thanks for your opinion and i would like the chance to check it out.

JANLYNN said...

I saw an online peek at part of the articles of the first issue and I really thought the same things you did. It would be nice to win a copy though. Thanks for the chance.

Kathy said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I"d love to take a look at the new magazine. I'd love to see one in person before deciding to spend the money on subscribing. I've also got a spot in my house for your little Cricut guy!

cardchick's world said...

Thanks for the review...I would like to take a look at...
cardchick50 at gmail dot com

Geri said...

Great review! I was wondering how this pub was and if it would be worth the $$$. Thanks for the chance to try it out for myself. I love my expression and my imagine and think the mag would be an asset to my creations.
thanks again

Dream of Scrappin' said...

Great review! thanks so much for offering a couple of copies!
I hope you are doing well!

Hugs!
Siobhan
siobhanrenee@hotmial.com

alwayscharlie said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the magazine! I would love to win one so my friends and I can check it out!

Dee said...

Nice!- Ive been wanting to see it!

Alyssa Leanne said...

I'd love to check out the magazine for myself but at $15 I just haven't been willing to buy! Thanks for the giveaway!

Alyssa
alyssa dot leanne dot b at gmail dot com

Carrie K said...

I have been on the fence about subscribing. Thanks for your honest opinion. Maybe if I see one, it will help me make a decision!!
Carrie
carriedan1 at live dot com

Debbi said...

Great comments on the magazine, Enfys! Thanks for the chance to check it out for ourselves.
*smiles*
debbi

aud1inok said...

Would love to browse this magazine!

TeacherMom said...

Thanks for the review. It's always nice to hear from people on trusted blogs about what they think of certain products. I would love the chance to have my own copy so I could give my opinion as well.
gaudet5 at rogers dot com

NanetteMT said...

I would like to win. Thanks for the opportunity.

iluvmybugs said...

Thanks so much for your honest opinion!!!
cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marcia said...

Your honest opinion was greatly appreciated! I'd love to see for myself what the magazine is like.

Marcia said...

I appreciate reading your opinion and would like to review the magazine for myself.

Dhilly said...

The cost of the magazine is way too steep for my budget. I would love to sneak a peak at it for inspiration. But I agree with you, wish it was geared toward offering ideas to use the cartridges for cuts we haven't even imagined. Thanks for the opportunity to win such an awesome prize!

thedhillonz@hotmail.com

~BridgetL~ said...

Im glad you gave us your reviews. I'd love to check out a copy. Thanks :)

Leanne said...

This must be full of some new tips. I'd love to own one.

Carol said...

Enfys, glad you are back safe and sound. It would be lovely to meet up with everybody this year, I would love to see the magazine in a hard copy, I have only seen the copy on the internet.

Denise said...

Hi i would love to be the owner of this magazine

Denise said...

Hi i would love to be the owner of thsi magazine

Got2BCrafting said...

I have been on the fence about this magazine as well. I would love to win a copy so I can make a decision based on what I have seen, instead of from what I have heard. :) Thank you so much for the opportunity to win. (You could save postage and just send me the little green critter and the magazine at the same time!! LOL!) Thanks again Enfys!
Lori
Lori
http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/

okie_ladybug said...

If it is like the CARDS magazine there instructions are a little sparse for sure. I always like EXACT measurements. Of course I usually change them, but I want to know what the person used! LOL

Diane said...

Yes I would love to have a look at the new mag !! As for buying it I think not, but they are really good for inspiration !!

hugs Diane xx

Maureen Reiss said...

Thanks for letting us know about it! Thanks for the chance to win
reissfam10 at aol dot com

Kim said...

Enfys, I have left an award for you over on my blog if you have the time. Hope you are well. Kim x

Sara said...

$15 a magazine??? It better be a frickin' Sears catalog. Cricut needs to work on their pricing.

Debbie said...

Would be interesting to see the new magazine. Thanks for the offer.
Debe
debmevans@btinternet.com

Nannieflash said...

Hi Enfys yes I feel the same its an expensive magazine so wont be bothering to buy it. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

Carole said...

I really enjoy your blog! Thanks for the chance to win the mag!

Linda Peterson said...

Thank you for your thoughts on the magazine. Would love to win a copy of it.
craftylin1968@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I've been curious about that particular magazine. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

LJH Fulton

ljhfulton2@hotmail.com

Linda said...

Thank you for the chance to win so I can check out the magazine for myself.
Quite frankly there is no way I will pay the money they are asking without previewing it, and I appreciate the honest review you give. I would, however, like to check it out for myself!

Shelly P said...

Thank you for a chance to win. I wanted to look at one before deciding to subscribe.

Dana said...

Would love to see the magazine for myself. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Love your stuff.

http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

Jolanda said...

Thanks for your opinion on the magazine - I would be very hesitant on buying a subsription without seeing the magazine for a few issues. I'd love to have the chance to have a good look at one!

Stephanie said...

I would love to check out this new magazine, too. I love my E and I tend to want everything Cricut. I just can't afford everything. A new little "green" friend would help me not be so sad when I can't get everything. Thanks for your opinion.
stuff@gt.rr.com
http://cricutmimi.blogspot.com

Chrisd said...

What kindness for you to be sharing the new Cricut Magazine!It's a bit pricy but I would love to check it out.

Swimmom said...

I, too, would love to see a copy, but do not see myself subscribing. Thanks for your review!

Mrs. Himmel said...

I would love a chance to win a copy of this magazine before purchasing it! Thanks! Cheryl
jakesmom1@bellsouth.net

Stampswithcheese said...

would love to see it before i buy it! hope you let me!

rhonda said...

I would love to be able to look at the magazine! I can use all the help I can get to get the most out of my cricut!

Susan said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win the mag, En! It does look interesting and as always, you tell us what you think! It would fun to see for myself.
Thanks again!
Sue Brailey
wahini97 at yahoo dot com

eiyiyi said...

Thanks for the critique on the magazine. The price was so off-putting that I just said no way. I'd love to get a chance to look at an issue though. thanks for the chance. hugs,eileen

Liz said...

Fab chance to check out the mag without commiting. Thanks for the opportunity.

skc@centurytel.net said...

As a beginner cricut user, I would love to see more on how to use it and the cartridges. Thanks so much for the review. $15 is quite pricey for me, as for many others.
skc@centurytel.net

Judi said...

How interesting to get your view on the magazine. I've read about it, but at that price it would have to be pretty special to make me buy it. Hope I'm lucky enough to win a copy and find out if it's worth investing.

Judi x

Donna said...

Like a lot of other Cricuter's I would like to check out the magazine before getting a subscription. It sold out quickly at our stores. Donna
rntof10@mchsi.com

scrappyone said...

Thanks for your review of the magazine. I am interested in looking thru the magazine.
Sharon
sldotvaughnatcomcastdotnet

Anonymous said...

Would LOVE the opportunity of having one of the magazines. So kind of you to share your goodies. I'd be happy to pay for the shipping if you just let me know. Thanks again....Jo
Fourtiesandfun@yahoo.com

dj1952 said...

I would love to check it out. I can always use a little inspiration. Hugs, Debra

Arlene said...

I had been wondering about this mag. I would like a good look at it before subscribing. The cost is high with the chance it may not be what one hopes. Thanks for your honest opinion.

Nia said...

Thanks Enfys - I really want to see an issue before I sign up so thanks for the opportunity!

Nia said...

Thanks Enfys - I wanted to look at the magazine before I signed up. Thanks for the opportunity

deemer9984@yahoo.com

rockinrobin721 said...

Thanks for the giveaway and your honest opinion. I had read somewhere there were even cuts made that were not on any cartridge. Hmmm!

rsg721@hotmail.com

freetimegone said...

I have always valued your opinion and your take on the magazine brings me to the conclusion that it isn't worth the $15. However, if I won one, I would love it so I can see for myself if it is worth the money. I was hoping it was all about the Cricut and not punches and stamps. (though the use of these items in conjunction with the Cricut is nice). Thanks for sharing your comments and a chance to win.

Nana's Paper Things said...

Thank you for your comments! I have been on the fence about the magazine. My first response was, Oh Boy a Cricut magazine..I just have to have it, but we were short in the finances at the time so I'm glad now that I wasn't able to get it. I'll wait to see if they improve on it.
LizW in TX
awest424 at att dot net

bird said...

thanks for the opportunity to see the new magazine.

Lisa said...

Your opinion seems to be the same as everyone else. I am thinking they will get better as they make more magazines. Too bad it is so pricey to buy them especially in this economy.

Thanks for the opportunity to win one!!
lisarup1@aol.com

VICKIE AUST said...

Thanks, I would love the chance to have one of the cricut magazines to read. It looks very interesting.

Maureen R said...

Thanks for previewing this magazine. I also wondered how they would incorporate the Cricut into the magazines. It would have saved people a lot of time and paper if they would have shown what sizes to cut. I still have trouble guessing on that sometimes.

I would love to have a copy to check it out but, as others have said,the cost will put me off subscribing to it

Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

littlen said...

I'm curious to have a look at this magazine, but it does seem a bit pricey. If I keep seeing more good things about it I may give it a try anyway.

Shirley Fread said...

Thanks for being so honest about the magazine. I would love to see what is in it and then I can judge whether or not to subscribe to it!
Thanks for the chance.

sfread171@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Reading your comments made me think they should have used someone like Diane from Capadia for input. She has always done things with the Cricut that were outside the box. Joan Murphinw

Margie said...

Thanks for a chance to win!!

mary said...

Thanks for the info, thought the magazine was a bit pricie!! Would like to see one before deciding if it's worth the trouble......thanks for sharing

Hrvatica said...

I'd love to be able to judge the magazine for myself, but appreciate you sharing your views on it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Charlotte Cornett said...

Thank you for the chance to win one of these! I have been on the fence about if I wanted to subscribe or now.
Charlotte

charlottecornett@att.net

Lisa said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I have yet to see the magazine. Friends have told me it's not worth the price. I'm going to have to check it our for myself!

shari said...

Enfys, I'd love to check out this magazine. Thanks so much for the chance to win one. Shari (cricutrookie)

KayTee said...

Thanks for the honest opinion. We appreciate it! Thanks for the chance to check one out.

Sandy said...

I agree with your comments. One would think that a Cricut magazine would make full use of the cartridges! I would still love to look at it. I cannot afford a subscription, but I'd love to get some more inspiration for my crafting!

Rhonda said...

Thank you for giving us the chance to check out this magazine. You're the best!

rkartler@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

It great hearing your comment on the Cricut magazine. I'd love to see one to check it out. Thanks for sharing your extra copies.

By the way, I love your stories :-)

Barbara A in Arizona

Donna said...

I also thank you for your honesty. So many of the ladies who are promoting the magazine, have their creations printed.
I would love to look through them and buy the ones on a rack that really interest me. So, I seems most of us are kind of on the same page, no pun intended.
Thanks for the opportunity to win one!
Blessings, Donna
grandma4five

Anonymous said...

I so appreciate a REAL review! would love to see these mags, but 15 is pricey to me. Toss my name in the hat please, maybe if I were to FEEL them lol I might change my mind? good luck all!

xo cher

hilly 77 at comcast dot net

Kristie Maynard said...

So glad you gave an honest assessment of this new mag. I took a look at it in my local Joann's and wasn't all that impressed, especially with the price of it. So if you happen to pick my name, don't spend the money on the postage for me, pick another number. I just don't think I would get a ton of use out of it and it would be better to go to someone who would.
thank!

sarah turner said...

Hi Enfys,
you really are a thoughtful enabler aren't you.
I think I should win a copy, (actually, PC should send me a free subscription! LOL) as I believe I was the first to suggest that PC produce a real hardcopy Cricut magagazine. xxxx

Jessica said...

Thanks for your honesty! I would love to see one for myself. But I don't think I'll subscribe because it's too expensive. I don't subscribe to the other mags they put out, for the same reason. If I win one, I'll be happy to share it with some one else. I have a friend in KY who could then send it on to her friend. Wouldn't that be a fun way to share the mag!Thanks Enfys, I can always count on you for doing things honestly.
Hugs, Jess

Sheri C said...

I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate getting an honest opinion about something such as this magazine. It seems as if everyone is always pro PC without really checking it out first. So much of their stuff is getting to be so expensive and I need to use my $$$ wisely. Thanks again.

pcrusberg said...

Thanks for the honest review. I just feel that it's overpriced, but would love to have a copy to look through. Thanks for the chance to win. Pam

pcrusberg at aol dot com

Caroline said...

Hi Enfys, I love your site and loved reading about your CHA visit. I would love a copy of the magazine, which I would also share with my Mum who has recently taken up crafting, and a local community craft group I go to every Thursday. We need some new inspration and as there is no budget for equipment/supplies, I often cut bits and bobs to take along.

shanna said...

Thanks for the opportunity for a chance to check the magazine out.
stanner58 at yahoo dot com

Ginette said...

Let see if i could win this now.Thanks for your comment it appreciated.

PatS said...

What a great review of this book and so honest. Appreciate your frankness. I would love to win one, thanks for the chance.

Mary M said...

I'd love to look one over and judge it also. Seems odd that a cricut magazine does not offer enough detail on the cuts and sizes. Thanks for the chance to look it over. BTW I have a not so complimentary review on the Shall We Dance cart on my blog and my girls were dancers!TFS

coolnana72 said...

Thanks for the giveaway--I have been interested in the new magazine, but was hesitant because of the price--Thanks for you comments

Cherylann's "Outta-My-Mind " said...

Thank you for your review, I still have not decided if I want to get a subscription. I too, hope they do mainly cricut items.
Cherylann(prinkles)
prinkles@woh.rr.com

Gail said...

I would love to get my hands on one. thanks. tacyn@comcast.net

BethanyR said...

I've heard from a few people that they are not too impressed with...I'd love to win one... :)

Cheryl Winget said...

Being a very new Cricut-er, I need all the help I can get! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine, Enfys!

Kerry--Momma K said...

I too have been on the fence about subscribing to this magazine. The cost is a big factor for me. Thanks for you input.
Kerry

mommakcrafts.blogspot.com

mel said...

My thoughts are the same as everyone else! I haven't been able to justify the cost of the magazine without first previewing one. Thank you for your honest opinion!!!

Linda said...

I would love a copy of this as just getting back into using my expression after stamping on a lot of my cards...... thanks for the honest review on the magazine.....

Rita said...

Thanks Enfys for the review. I would love to have the mag but probably wouldn't purchase it unless it was greatly discounted. I am very curious about future additional, particularly after the call for entries from the CC.

Thanks,
Rita

Linda said...

I'd love to see this magazine too! Thanks Enfys.

Kerry said...

Thanks Envys for a chance to win one of these new magazines and for your review. Kerry x

suescopes said...

Would love a chance to look at the magazine-thanks

Jillykins said...

Hi I would luv a wee look xx

ArtsyChik said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this magazine. I would like to get some inspiration and more use out of my cricut.
Artsychik@charter dot net

BondGirl said...

ooh thanks for the review hun. I keep getting emails on it, and am sat on the fence.. help me decide ;)

Trisha said...

Thanks. I would love this.

Deanne said...

thanks for the review of the magazine..I have not had a chance to even see it yet so I would love to win one :)Thanks!

Jackie said...

I had the opportunity to briefly look at the magazine. I agree with your comments but do love some of the ideas. I'd love to be able to review it more closely and have a copy for future use.

Jackie

Dreama said...

I've heard pros and cons so would be nice to see it. Thanks for a chance to win. dreama 1947 at yahoo dot com

debbie said...

I would love to see a copy of this thanks for the chance debbie018@hotmail.com

Grammy GG said...

I love getting ideas of ways to use my Cricut. Thank you so much for the chance to win one and for writing your thoughts on it too.

Grammy GG said...

I love getting ideas of ways to use my Cricut. Thank you so much for the chance to win one and for writing your thoughts on it too.

lee said...

thanks for the critique of the magazine... hopefully someone was listening!! I am sure it will only get better and I would love to have a copy!! take care and happy scrapping!

LesleyfromWI said...

Love that you are so honest. Would love to win so I can see if it is for me. Thanks for the chance.
lfuchs1 at wi. rr.com

Nana Jo said...

I think this would be fun to check out but at 15.00 a copy - I will probably save my money for a cartridge.

mmlmn @polarcomm.com

Shel said...

Thanks for your opinion, $15 is a little steep for a magazine, I'd be interested in seeing if it is worth the cost.

shel704 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to have a look at this first magazine Enfys before we commit to a six or 12 month subscription.

JennyKay

Hazel said...

I'd love to win a copy of this mag, hopefully it would help a newbie cricut owner like myself,
h xx