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Featured Sponsor/Giveaway: Provocraft

We are headed to New York City to cover Martha Stewart’s newest season on the Hallmark Channel.  This week is Craft Week, and the Craft Critique staff was invited to blog the show live during taping!  Don’t forget to join us for our Tweetchat tomorrow, Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00 am EST during the show… prizes will be given, and who knows, maybe Martha herself will chime in!

Please join us in thanking the always innovative Provocraft for co-sponsoring our Martha trip. Of course among Martha Stewart-approved products is Provocraft’s Cricuit Cake, and Provocraft has a new Cricut to celebrate.  The Expression 2!  One of our lucky readers could win one, keep reading to find out how!

The Expression 2 is a must have for paper crafters.  Creating “I can’t believe I made that!” moments daily, it’s perfect for home decor projects, party decorating, weddings, holidays… the uses are endless!  The Expressions 2 not only cuts paper and chipboard, you can even cut fabric, vinyl, stencils, and magnet sheets!

The new Expression 2 cuts with all your existing cartridges, but now instead of a keypad you have a full color LCD Touch Screen!  There is even a cutting area light so you can get a closer look at your cutting mat.

Be sure to check out all our reviews related to the Cricut Expressions brand and all things Provocraft.

Would you like to win a Cricut Expressions 2?  Just leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite cartridge is!  We will select one random winner on Monday, October 10th.

For more chances to win terrific prizes, including a Cricut crafting cruise, craft room makeover, or 100 new cartridges, check out the Cricut 5th Anniversary celebration! And don’t forget to follow Provocraft on Facebook and Twitter @OfficialCricut (#CricutE2)

Thanks again to Provocraft for helping make our Martha trip a bunch of crafty fun for our readers!

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CHA Summer 2011 | ProvoCraft Cricut Mini and More

The newest member of the Cricut family is the Cricut Mini. Provocraft’s Cricut Mini is a small, lightweight, ultra-portable way to make almost anything you want – out of many different types of materials, including thick and thin paper, fabric, vinyl, magnetic material, craft foil, and lots more. With Cricut Mini, it’s easier than ever to make projects and be more creative!

This small, portable, and lightweight machine is a great space saver. It works with any computer PC or Mac with a standard wireless or wired Internet connection. Simply plug it in, turn it on, connect to Cricut Craft Room – the online design tool where you can see and design with every Cricut cartridge – and start making projects. It cuts up to 8.5” x 12” paper and other materials. Cut small shapes and fonts from ¼” to larger cuts up to 11½”.
Here’s a little video walk through of this hot new little machine…

Also in the Provocraft booth at the show was Jinger leading attendees through Cricut classes right on the showroom floor.

There are also plenty of new cartridges for your Cricut machines, like these boxes. Extremely cute!

Plus, there are cupcake inserts. Anything that is cupcake compatible is good in my book.

Plus cool new flower cartridges.

And a really cute new cartridge for the Cricut Imagine that will please your little pirates:

And if you are a fan of space (and who isn’t?!), you’re in luck with robots, space ships, and planets in this new cartridge.

And a gorgeous frame cartridge that is sophisticated and delicate.

So, what do you think of what ProvoCraft has in store for you? What do you think of the new Cricut Mini? What cartridges do you hope they come out with next?

CHA – Tools: Yudu Machine with Glitter, Flock and Foil

In the Provocraft booth, not only were they unveiling the new Cricut Imagine but they were also showcasing the new adhesive for use with the Yudu Machine.  You can use the same method with your Yudu machine that you use with ink, but instead add their specially formulated adhesive to create designs that can be brought to life with glitter, flock or even foil.

This new product will increase the possibilities you already have with this fully customizable tool.  This is great news for people who would like to upcycle an old T-shirt or bag into something fabulously glamorous.  And remember, you can create any design you want with your computer, die cutting machine or even just a freehand drawing.

Here’s a look at how simple it is to use the Yudu machine with their new adhesives and glitter, foil or flock.

So, what do you think?  Do you own a Yudu?  If not, might this persuade you to make the leap?

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