Mr. Ducky likes infomercials. Not really sure why, he just is extremely entertained by them and usually wants whatever they are offering. Well one day the roles reversed when I watched an infomercial for the Cricut. It was this amazing papercutting machine that could make anything! See the video link below for a quick demo of the Cricut in action:
As I watched the infomercial I could only imagine the amazing things that could be created with the Cricut. I eventually forgot about the Cricut because it was simply out of budget and I already spend way too much money at Michaels. Then…for my birthday Mr. Ducky surprised me with my very own Cricut!! And it is just as awesome as the infomercial! (I sound like such a craft nerd right now) But it is really easy to use and the detail of things that it can cut out is amazing. For example I had it cut out a cityscape and it cut out tiny little windows for all the office buildings.
There are 3 types of Cricut machines. The basic difference is the size paper that it can cut out. I have the original and most basic Cricut. Maybe one day I’ll work up to the bigger one, but for now I am perfectly happy with the one I have. I also am not creating huge projects that would need really big shapes or letters. To use the machine you simply load your paper onto the “sticky pad” and feed it into the machine. Then using the keypad you select what you want it to cut and out and press “start” and your Cricut buzzes into action cutting out your selections.
Now with the Cricut you get cartridges, which contain all the shapes and fonts that it can cut out. For each cartridge you get a keypad and book detailing what you can cut out. You get 2 cartridges with the machine and then buy the rest separately. The types of cartridges are unlimited! There are cartridges for disney, baby, wedding, holidays, gardening, animals and just about everything you can think of. There are also tons of different fonts and shapes. My first cartridge I bought was the newly released Storybook cartridge. Here are the different options (shown from the Cricut website) that I can cut out using the Storybook cartridge:
For each letter/key there are 6 different “versions” I can use that change the look. So there are many more options for what to create than whats above.
Another picture of a few possibilities:
Do you want one yet??
Since getting my cricut I have discovered there is a whole community of “Cricuters” that share projects, ideas and just discuss their latest crafts. If you want to get some more examples of what you can make, go to the community and explore: Cricut Message Board
My first project with the Cricut is my “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” cards. They will be making their debut to the hive soon. In the meantime so that you too can be in awe of the Cricut, here are some examples of the crafts…
There are even Cricut cartridges to make tags and boxes as you can see above. I don’t have this kind yet so I’d be interested to hear feedback from anyone who has used it. They look super cute though!
We are hoping to use the Cricut in some of the DIY for our wedding. Of course I will be keeping you updated on the specifics of what those projects are. I am thinking it could be good for invitations, programs, favors, guestbook, any sort of signage that we need and for adding a special touch when necessary.
So I just wanted to share with you my newest craft discovery. I am not nearly as advanced as the projects above so go easy on me! If you have more specific questions about the Cricut let me know and I can go more in depth. I didn’t want to bore anyone with too much information.
Have you used a Cricut before? What is your favorite craft tool or discovery?