What's Provo Craft Imagining Next?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Cricut IMAGINE!

And just what is the Imagine?  It is the world’s first tool that precisely prints and cuts with the touch of a button without requiring a computer or software. The Imagine saves you time since you no longer have to use three different tools to get designs, print, and then cut projects.


“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.”

“HP is always expanding its personal publishing portfolio with new products and services that inspire and enable creativity among individuals and families,” said Kathy Tobin, Vice President and General Manager, Specialty Printing Systems Division, HP. “Cricut customers can benefit from high-quality Original HP ink to achieve unique and professional results.”

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 makes 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.



What do you think?  Are you imagining the possibilities yet? :)


20 comments:

Sassy said...

I'm gonna close my eyes tight and wish real hard for this one!

Glora said...

The possibilities are endless and awesome! However, the price is definitely out of my range. Maybe someday...

Marlene said...

I will have to get this one, but can not afford it right now. I hope it comes down in price!

jlhalovingood said...

Interesting but I want to see it in action first and see what the price is really going to be. I'm thinking it will sell for much less than $599.

stephanie said...

Love the new features, but the price is a bit ridiculous. I can't imagine paying for the machine, then the ink, mats, & cartridges too. Sorry, I'm much of a Cricut fan anymore.

Denise said...

I would LOVE to own a Cricut Imagine. Could you imagine what you could do with a IMAGINE? What I should say is what couldn't you do with a Cricut Imagine!
I'm on disability and there is no way I could afford it at that price point but I can dream and just imagine!

Anonymous said...

But me on the list of WANT IT! But with the investment made in my Cricut Expression, this would have to come down in price before I could add it to my craft room-----

Ruth said...

Oh em gee... SO EXCITED!

thanks for keeping us updated!

Anonymous said...

It looks great. But I too would have to see it in action first. I make fairly good money but I think the price would have to come down too. By the time you pay for mats, ink, paper and cartridges...you are already spending quite a bit. For now I'll stick with my gypsy and machine. I can layer with the best of them!

Sheri said...

It's very cool but separate cartridges for inks? It'll have to drop in price and even then, I'd have a hard time justifying it to DH, given that I'm very happy with my expression. Thanks for sharing this though.

Diva Jewel said...

LOL - just barely squeaked the Gypsy by my hubby @ $249 - NO WAY am I going to be able to justify this - $600? That's almost 2 car payments, or 1/2 my rent, or 10+ cricut cartridges - Thanks but I'll have to pass...

Wendy@project-create.blogspot.com said...

All I can say is WOW 600.00 Really!

Karen said...

LOve it but I too will have to wait for the price to come down and then still will have to see if the cost of all the ink cartridges are worth it, HP ink is not cheap I heard that the black is going to be 35.00 and colors 39.99 That is alot!
But if I had money growing in the yard the idea is awesome!

Linda said...

i really like the Criciut Imagine, but i think Cricut folks may have underestimated the cost of porinting a 12 x 12 page as the 12x12 white paper can be costly even if you are using just regular paper. Is Provo craft planning to make the 12x12 white paper easier to find and less costlt?

Anonymous said...

WOWOWOW!!!!!! This product would be great if it wasn't sooooo pricey and besides what would I do with my expression?

Anonymous said...

this is quite interesting but after all I've invested in my expression and gypsy I think i would have to see it in action and then I still will probably pass because $600. Really? Way tooo much, plus have to purchase ink and all. Think I will stick to my big bug.

Linda said...

Love all the new products that HP and provo craft are coming out with, I too am disabled, i do own the baby, expression, and gypsy, and I just keep having to spend moore and more money. With the imagaine, same thing, then we have to buy everything all over just like we did to upgrade from baby to expression. I wish they just work on new things for what we all worked so very hard to own now! Just my opinion!

Anonymous said...

I think this is an awesome machine, but like so many of these other ladies.. $600 dollars is too much. I already own the expression and a Klic-n-Kut which I like because it doesn't use cartridges.. The print and cut feature is great.. but too bad it cant hook into our existing clip art in our computers.. then it would be really worth the money!!

Shanna said...

Sounds pretty cool, just like the Cricut Cake and Expression did and all the other ProvoCraft items that have come along. But seriously, $599 just for the machine...and how much are the ink cartridges going to be? Looking at the picture shown, the amount of ink used just for that owl, can you IMAGINE how many cartridges of ink you'll be going thru? I know if I'm printing pics on my printer it uses a ton of ink. Not completely convinced yet!

rena said...

I have said i was going to get one, but after reading other post it has made m slo down, and rethink this possible purchae. Didn't think about having to have ink, so the price is very pricey for what all your going to have to have extra. LOVE THE IDEA!!!

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