Create Something Awesome with Cricut

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If you have been following along with my Cricut Explore series you have now learned all about the things Cricut offers like the Cricut Explore One™, Cricut Explore Air™ and Cricut Design Space™. Are you ready to put it all together to make some really neat custom creations?

Getting started is easy.

New Cricut machine owners are just getting familiar with their machines, so it’s a great idea to take advantage of the free Make it Now™ projects and images that you get with Cricut Design Space™.

If you need a fun but easy starter project, the 3D Hot Air Balloons Mobile makes a great project to create for baby shower decor or even as a gift! Speaking of baby stuff, Cricut is great for creating your own cards for any occasion. There is even a whole section full of everything baby including this cute baby shower card.

Make or personalize that gift!

Do you need a great gift for a birthday party or other event? With Cricut Explore machines you can easily create a gift or even personalize something you’ve already purchased. 

This sparkly pineapple t-shirt is easy to make, and all you need is a blank shirt, a roll of Cricut Iron-on, and images from the Cricut® Summer Love image set.

Want to personalize a gift like a purse or sweatshirt? Add monogram initials or even a fun image (think of all the ones you can get for free!) with your Cricut machine and Cricut Iron-on.

Create your own event decor.

Whether you’re decorating for a birthday party or making your own decorations, favors, etc, for a wedding, you’ll find some neat ideas in Cricut’s Design Space. You will find an incredible number of project examples are available in the Design Space, and they are categorized by type and level making it super easy to find exactly the type of project you need. You can also find a ton of great ideas for projects on Cricut’s Blog and Pinterest page.

Are you a crafter in need of a Cricut? Cricut is offering $20 off any Explore One bundle and free shipping with code JULYSHIP.

The summer season is a perfect time to get your very own Cricut machine and familiarize yourself with Design Space and all the incredible projects you can create. Try out a few projects each month and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. By the time the holiday season rolls around, you’ll be a Cricut pro and will wow your friends and family with your stunning crafting skills!

Do you already own a Cricut machine? Take advantage of the Cricut July Mystery Box to get $102.95 worth of mystery cartridges and other “mysterious” items for only $29.99!


Design Anywhere With Cricut Design Space

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If you have been following along with my Cricut series, you now know Cricut’s Explore One™ and Explore Air™ machines are great tools for a crafter’s arsenal. You can make so many awesome things with them…the possibilities are endless!

You may have a ton of ideas floating around in your head of projects you would like to complete. Now how do you make those projects come to life? Meet Cricut Design Space™, the software designed by Cricut that comes free with the Cricut machines. Cricut’s Design Space™ software works with PC, Mac®, iPhone® and iPad® making it compatible for just about anyone to use.

With Design Space, you have the option to completely design your project from scratch, or you can use one of the pre-designed Make It Now™ projects. These projects are created by professional artists, include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and many of them are FREE projects.

Uploading Images

When you design your project you have the option to use your own image by uploading it or choose from one of Cricut’s 50K+ images. Although you must purchase the Cricut images, Design Space allows you to try before you buy ensuring you never waste money on images that won’t work well with your project.

Cut What You Want® tool

The Design Space’s Cut What You Want® tool makes it easy to convert your design into a cuttable image in just a few clicks!

The Cricut Design Space™ app for iPad® and iPhone®

Cricut’s easy-to-use app for the iPad® and iPhone® makes it easy for you can design anytime inspiration strikes you whether at home or on the go. You have access to all projects you have designed no matter which device you have used. Plus you have full access to all the Make-it-Now projects.  Plus, it’s cloud-based, so your projects are always synced across all your devices.

P.S. Cricut is working on an Android™ app right now.

Cricut Design Space™ gives you the creative freedom to design just about anything anywhere! Make party invitations, decorations, and favors. Create seasonal home décor or personalize wedding gifts. Add embellishments to your favorite photo memories.

As if you need yet another reason to purchase a Cricut for your crafting projects, Cricut is currently offering $20 off of Explore Air Ultimate bundle and $20 off any Explore One bundle! The only decision you have to make is which one to buy!

Next week’s post (the last on in this series) will focus on some really fun and interesting projects that people have created using their Cricut machine and the Cricut Design Space!


Get To Know The Cricut Explore

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If you’re a crafter like me, you’re always looking for crafting tools that will make creating easier and less time consuming. I want crafting tools that are multi-function because I don’t have the money to waste or the space for lots of different machines that work with different mediums. 

In my last Cricut post I introduced you to the two machines that Cricut currently has to offer: the Cricut Explore® machines, and the Cricut Explore® machines. Today, I want to give you a more in depth look at each machine and what it does.

Cricut Explore One™

The Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. The low price, ease of use, and precision cuts make this system great for those new to crafting.

This small machine is packed full of features.

You can cut a variety of materials including:

  • Paper
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on
  • Craft materials
  • Upcycled materials
  • Fabric
  • Plastic
  • Thick materials

The Cricut Explore one also features Cut Smart™ technology allowing you to cute various shapes and sizes from ¼” tall up to 11½” wide x 23½” tall.

Smart Set® Dial – Each machine features a Smart Set® dial, which sets your settings (e.g. speed, pressure, etc.) for you so you don’t have to keep track of them. You just select the material that you’re using on the Smart Set® dial and the machine’s Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.

Images and Fonts – You can upload your own images and fonts for free on all three Cricut cutting machines.

Cartridges – Both machines work with any Cricut cartridge and have the capability to hold all of your cartridges “virtually” in the cloud within your Cricut Design Space online software. So once you’ve loaded a cartridge, you’ll have it everywhere you go.

Cricut’s Design Space™ and iPad® app – All Cricut Explore machines work hand-in-hand with Cricut’s Design Space™ (for PC, Mac®, iPad®, and iPhone®) that you get access to for free.

Cricut Explore Air™

The Explore Air is great for the more advanced crafter.

It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:

  1. It has a dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step. If you do a lot of paper crafting, this is the machine for you
  2. It has built-in Bluetooth® capability. You just use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.

Now that you know a lot more about how Cricut Explore® machines work, I’ll focus next week’s post on how you can design here, there, and everywhere with Cricut Design Space. You’ll be blown away by how easy it is!

Until then … Happy crafting!