Of course, the moment the show opened, I ran straight for the Provo Craft booth to see what else might be new & exciting in the Cricut product line, but there was still only the sampling of images (just a few pictures) for each of the new cartridges. Believe it or not, they STILL don't have anything for us to see that would show us all the images on each of the new cartridges. Personally, that was surprising to me, as it seems to me that it would be difficult to get retailers to place pre-orders for cartridges when they don't even know what those cartridges consist of in full!! The sampling of the seven new Cricut cartridges have been all over the internet on many blogs over the past week or so & I assume that means that most of the "serious" Cricut customers have seen those examples, so it would be redundant for me to post them again.
For those of you who asked if there were any new Cuttlebug folders, the answer is sadly, no, there are not!! I don't know about all of you, but that really disappoints me! Waaaaa!! I just LOVE the Cuttlebug embossing folders, especially the large A2 size and I want more, more, more of them--I'm just saying...
So, besides showing the "Your Story" book binding & laminating machine, the "hot" new item Provo Craft is pushing at this show is the YuDu, which is basically a silk screening machine targeted to the consumer market. My feeling (so far) on this machine is that it's:
1) A bit large for the average home user, so you would need to find a spot to store it. (The footprint on this machine is really, really big!)
2) It's a bit messy and "steppy" process. I think there will be a learning curve, but once you figure it out, I think you will be able to do a lot of interesting things with it. I hope Provo Craft will put up a forum on the messageboard JUST for the YuDu so we can all learn together.
3) The retail price is $299.00, which is a lot of money, but compared to getting a couple of silk screening jobs done for you (such as for a soccer team, etc), that $299.00 figure isn't that bad.
Here's a demo that I asked to be done for the Cricut users out there, so please, form your own opinions after you watch it & please let me know what you think about the machine by posting a comment! When I was filming this, I was really trying to figure out how the YuDu tied into our Cricut machines & how we'd use our Cricuts in conjunction with the YuDu. I now know that we can cut out images and letters from black cardstock and use those to "burn" a screen for printing, so it will absolutely be something that we will use our Cricuts with!