This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.My first Cricut machine I remember the first time I ever saw a Cricut machine. My mom and I were dropping my younger brother off at a friends house and we caught sight of a scrapbooking store. We had never scrapbooked in our life but being the crafters at heart that we just had to stop. After a few weeks of making trips to the scrapbooking store we realized we lacked the time and wanted the comfort of crafting in our home which is when our….drum roll please… Cricut Expression made it’s way into our home!
Cartridges before and nowThe Cricut Expression was a dream to us and we began to build our cartridge collection. I used my Cricut Expression until about two weeks ago when my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine arrived! I thought I was in heaven before- I HAD NO IDEA of all the new features of the newer Cricut machines. The app and web-based Cricut Design Space™ program has left me speechless and breaking out of my comfort zone. You see, I only ever worked with card stock with my old Cricut. Maybe it was a bit of fear in doing things wrong or the lack of knowledge I had on how to make the most out of my machine. Now with Design Space I have instructions, pre-made designs, and the ability to access just about any images and texts I want. There are 3 different subscription options to Cricut Access; Cricut Access Standard paying monthly or yearly, and Cricut Access Premium which gives you a discount off all other texts and images not included plus any of your Cricut shopping. WHAT A DEAL! Not to mention you are able to share your designs with others on Design Space as well!
My favorite features of the Cricut Explore Air 2The machine has so many cool features that I had been missing out on! One of my favorite things other than Cricut Design Space™ is the ability to use multiple tools. I can now use pens to write and draw in different colors and fonts as well as scoring projects on top of cutting! You will see how the drawing came in handy on my first project! In addition to the cool tools, the design of the machine is so slick and even has a dial to make it easy to select the material you will be using to automatically adjust the pressure of your blade as well as a little holder in the design for your tools. BUT…ready for something that made my heart smile…IT HAS A SPOT FOR YOUR CARTRIDGES! I was so excited to get started on my machine but was sad at the thought of loosing all the images and fonts I had with my collection of cartridges. Cartridges like dinosaur ones, Disney® Toy Story Cartridges , and many more! YAY! Now if that wasn’t cool enough I can connect to my machine via Bluetooth. Which means, I can create from my bed, my couch, the play room, and while I’m sitting on the floor during tummy time with the twins! Insert giggles here!
Using my Cricut Explore Air 2After learning about all the new features I set my machine up, followed some tutorials to learn to use it, and began to think of my first projects. I started off with something familiar…card stock…but don’t worry I will share some vinyl and iron on work later too! I’m telling you the possibilities are endless. So what did I make? VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS for Lia!!!
- Cricut Explore Air™ machine
- White card stock
- Standard Grip Mat (the green one)
- Cricut Spatula – I highly recommend the Basic Tool Set