Monday, June 29, 2015

Why I Need a Cricut Like Right Now

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They call it the best DIY craft machine since the sewing machine and I don't have one. I want a Cricut but I promised myself that I wouldn't buy anything else until I can get the office/Craft Cave cleaned and organized. We are working on that, now, so maybe there is hope for me. Until then, we are giving the folks from Cricut an opportunity to tell you about all the cool things they do...

Want the ability to easily make a personalized wedding gift or perhaps some unique home d├ęcor? Then you might find Cricut electronic cutting machines to be the best DIY crafting tool since the sewing machine.

There are two machines that Cricut currently offers on their site:
Cricut Explore One™
Cricut Explore Air™

Cricut Explore One™

Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. It’s versatile, easy to use, cuts very precisely, and is also incredibly affordable. With its irresistibly low price and limitless cutting potential, the Explore One is perfect for a new or beginning crafter. Here are a few notable features of the Explore One:

Materials – All Cricut machines can cut an unbelievable variety of materials, for example:
Craft materials
Upcycled materials
Thick materials

Precision - Features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, 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 the whole kit ‘n caboodle. It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:
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!
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!


  1. This is quite the little machine! I could virtually make any craft I want with it!! A great gift for any craft-lover on your list!!

  2. I've seen these before and tried to win them but no luck. I need one too !!!!

  3. My friend has one and I'm jealous!!! This machine does it all!

  4. Thanks for your review and all the information and photos. I would love to have one. It seems to be able to do almost anything.

  5. I would like one too. Nice tool for crafters.

  6. i wish they weren't so expensive. i really want one but am afraid to pay that much on it and only end up using once or twice.

  7. I am with you on this 100%. I have been eying them for quite a while, just haven't given in yet. They are amazing!


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