The new Cricut Magazine (published by Northridge Media) is out and in newsstands. I have been anxiously awaiting my copy in the mail, because I had two cards included.
Here is the first card, a birthday card. The card uses the 'Celebration' Cricut cartridge, Stampendous stamp, and K & Company paper. It is a quick and easy 10 minute card!
Below is a Wedding Invitaion that was also included in the publication. This card was made with Sure Cuts A Lot, CRI-Kits gel pens, Dover Publications images, black and white paper from Bazzill Basics Company, and a metallic patterned paper from The Paper Company.
I was a little saddened when I saw this card in print. Don't get me wrong - it is always fun to see your card in a magazine. But sadly some of the supply details were left off and I know that I submitted a complete supply list!
I realize that the magazine is published in conjunction with Provo Craft, and Provo Craft probably doesn't want people to know about its competitors. My problem with this is - WHY? I own several Provo Craft items (Cricut, and Cuttlebug) and enjoy using them. But when I found the software program Sure Cuts A Lot, I went from LIKING my Cricut machine to LOVING my Cricut! The ability to design and cut out my own designs is great - and has opened so many more possibilities with my Cricut machine!
My question is WHY does Provo Craft not want people to use a software that will expand the abilities of their Cricut machine? They may be worried that people will no longer buy cartridges - that is not true. I may not buy any FONT cartridges - but I still buy the shape cartridges. As long as Provo Craft comes out with good cartridges, I will buy them. There are plenty of times that I need a quick card (like the first birthday card above), and it is easy to pop in a cartridge and make a card in 15 minutes. Also if they are afraid of competition from Sure Cuts A Lot, then why not come out with their own software that does the same thing?
I have come to the conclusion, (while I love my Cricut and use it almost daily), that when my 3 year old Cricut finally breaks down I will not buy a new one! Instead I will look for a different cutting machine that supports people that design their own items! There are plenty of other cutting machines and I will be looking into them!