Getting Creative with A Cricut!!

I recently purchased a Cricut Explore Air 2 (in raspberry!) and I have a confession. I am in LOVE. Like the starry eyed, obsessive, cannot wait until we are together again kind of love.

My mom is a crafter. Growing up I learned wood-work, sewing, anything to make our house a home kind of craft. I learned the basics of crafting early, and with the internet and huge crafting stores at my disposal, I thought I had all the tools I needed to create that holiday banner or family monogram sign. I may have been just fine going through the rest of my life, eventually creating banners for my daughters wedding and baby showers from precut white card-stock.....buying pre-made iron ons for my holiday pillows......



But then it happened.


My Cricut arrived.


My sister in law had told me about it for years. She creates the most amazing themed parties, with no detail left untouched. Signs, garlands, labels for favors, name tags, party games, wallflowers.....I am always in awe at how these little touches just bring the whole decor together and make it unique and special. And she does it all with a Cricut!


I bought the Cricut Explore Air 2 + Everything, which means I have a huge starter kit of materials to dive right into. The machine was fun to unpack, but I think the material was more fun! Take a look at this list of items it is bundled with:

Bundled with:

  • Deep-Point Blade + Housing 

  • Machine Mat Variety Pack, 12" x 12" (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) - 3 ct

  • Premium Fine-Point Replacement Blades

  • Scoring Stylus Basic Tool Set

  •  Portable Trimmer 

  • Wildflower Colors Pen Set 

  • Color Variety Pen Set

  • Printable Fabric

  • Printable Iron-On, Dark

  • Dry Erase Vinyl 

  • Washi Designer Sheets

  • Vinyl Sampler, Home 

  • Vinyl Transfer Tape 

  • Window Cling, Black 

  • Window Cling, Red

  • Printable Sticker Paper 

  • Poster Board, Metallic

  • Plush Foam Sheets

  • Printable Magnet Sheets

With that list, you can really dive in as a beginner like me and create all sorts of stuff! There are tons of tutorials across the internet, Pinterest being high on the list of completed projects and idea boards.


I was pleasantly surprised at what Cricut themselves had to offer on their own site. Thousands of ideas, from cards to iron on projects, home decor, sewing & holiday. They also have a huge community area that showcases finished projects and highlights the tools/fonts/materials used to make them.





Cricut's website is also very easy to use, with helpful tutorials and videos. It is clear and concise to help you set up your machine and learn the basics pretty quickly. There are a ton of free patterns and projects to explore and they offer a paid membership that will give you access to so much more and a discount on your purchases.



Here is what Cricut themselves has to say about whether or not you need a Cricut Access plan:


How do I know if Cricut Access is a good deal for me?

A Cricut Access plan is ideal if you expect to craft somewhat routinely, like every 1 or 2 months. As a member, you save in 3 important ways:


Save on Cricut premium designs. For the price of just a few individual images or fonts, a month of Cricut Access Standard or Premium lets you cut thousands of premium images, fonts, and ready‑to‑make projects in the Cricut Library without limits. Save on licensed designs. If you’re a fan of brands like Disney, Simplicity, Marvel, Anna Griffin, or Hello Kitty, Cricut Access makes their distinctive designs even more affordable. Cricut Access Standard and Premium subscribers save between 10‑50% on purchases of all licensed images, fonts, ready‑to‑make projects, and digital patterns (exact discount varies depending on the licensor).Save on Cricut products. Need a new machine? Looking for supplies for your next project? Need a tote to take your show on the road? Whatever Cricut product you desire, with a Cricut Access Standard or Premium plan, you get an extra 10% off at shop.cricut.com.


With Cricut Access, the more you make, the more you save ... and those savings add up quickly. Customers tell us that they easily make up the cost of a subscription with the money they save. And they love the freedom of having so many options every time they sit down to design and create a project.


What kinds of exclusive content comes with a Cricut Access subscription?

Cricut Access offers hundreds of exclusive fonts and images that are only available with a subscription, and cannot be purchased individually or in sets. These include some of our most beautiful and distinctive designs. So Cricut Access subscribers have exclusive access to content that makes their projects truly stand out.


Can I purchase Cricut Access if I’m located outside of the US/CA?

At this time Cricut Access is only available for US, CA, and UK customers. If you’re located in the UK, Cricut Access can be purchased in Design Space.




There are 3 different plans available:


$9.99/month


  • The perfect starter membership

  • Unlimited access to over 400 beautiful fonts

  • Unlimited use of over 60,000 covet‑worthy, cut‑ready premium Cricut images

  • 10% savings on all product purchases on Cricut, including machines, accessories, materials, and more – including sale items!

  • 10% savings on premium licensed fonts, images, and ready‑to‑make projects from brands like Disney, Sanrio, Simplicity, and Anna Griffin2

  • Priority Member Care Line (50% less wait time)


$7.99/month

$95.88 billed yearly.


  • Big-time benefits

  • Unlimited access to over 400 beautiful fonts

  • Unlimited use of over 60,000 covet‑worthy, cut‑ready premium Cricut images

  • 10% savings on all product purchases on cricut, including machines, accessories, materials, and more – including sale items!

  • 10% savings on premium licensed fonts, images, and ready‑to‑make projects from brands like Disney, Sanrio, Simplicity, and Anna Griffin2

  • Priority Member Care Line (50% less wait time)


$9.99/month

$119.88 billed yearly.

  • The best value

  • Unlimited access to over 400 beautiful fonts

  • Unlimited use of over 60,000 covet‑worthy, cut‑ready premium Cricut images

  • 10% savings on all product purchases on cricut, including machines, accessories, materials, and more – including sale items!

  • 10% savings on premium licensed fonts, images, and ready‑to‑make projects from brands like Disney, Sanrio, Simplicity, and Anna Griffin2

  • Up to 50% savings on licensed fonts, images, and ready‑to‑make projects2

  • Free economy shipping on orders over $50

  • Priority Member Care Line (50% less wait time)


There are some amazing sales going on right now, be sure to check their sale section to get the best value. Happy Crafting!!!






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