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I got a new toy a few weeks ago and basically want to do nothing but play with it. I bought myself a Cricut Explore Air. I have had 2 Cricuts in the past, starting with the original machine. It worked just fine, but only cut small things, so when the bigger one came out I got it and gave the smaller one to my kids to use because they were always asking me if they could cut shapes with it.
And I was completely satisfied with my second machine. I used it a lot when we had our etsy shop, but once we closed it I only used the Cricut every couple of months if I wanted to perk up a gift or redo a room. I’d make a Bible verse for the wall or add seasonal images to Mason jars or something else fun like that.
Then my BFF got a new, updated machine and when I saw how it worked my heart skipped a beat. I knew we had to be together. So I took the plunge and got one for myself! The new Cricut works with Bluetooth and I can design on an app that’s easy to use and tons of images available! Like…..way more than I’d ever need.
I had to watch a few videos before I got the hang of it. This one, “How to Cricut with Cricut Explore Air Video” was really helpful. And while you’re at it, check out the project center to see how many things you could make with this machine! It’s kind of amazing.
I started with making phone stickers. I have a plain battery case which isn’t cute at all, so I used the Cricut to decorate it. I made Minnie Mouse both regular and for fall (I used a Disney® Cartridge to make Minnie then added the flowers from another design).
I made a Harry Potter style one for our trip to Universal.
Then I made one for my Young Living event this coming weekend.
The phone case decorations take about half an hour to make and it gets my creative juices flowing. I buy all of my adhesive vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. They have the best quality for the best price and a TON of selection. It’s kind of dreamy.
And then I discovered that I could make t-shirts with my Cricut. And now I can’t stop. I keep asking the boys, “Do you have any blank shirts I can play with?!?!” I made us all shirts to wear to Universal as a nod to the Marvel area there. We were all either Team Cap or Team Stark. (they thought they were being funny to look serious for the photo, you know, like a super hero would)
What I really love is that I can add Bible verses to make the t-shirt message more meaningful to us. In this case Team Stark was Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another.” Team Cap is, “The Lord is my strength and my shield…,” Psalm 28:7. It was such fun to answer the question, “What is the Bible verse?” and we could tell people and share Jesus.
I made myself an oil shirt that I have been wearing a lot. I’ve washed all of these several times and they are holding up beautifully.
And this one I made for a friend who is going to Disney World.
I did some cute pumpkin things too!
Seriously, this is just a sampling of what I’ve made. I’ve created cards, home décor, Christmas stuff, I’ve gone crazy!
I put my new machine on a little table in the dining room and it’s ready to use any time I feel an itch. If I have a spare 20 minutes I will go in there and make something.
It’s been so satisfying. I have missed using my creativity lately with all of the traveling and book writing and homeschooling I’ve been doing. My little Cricut projects use up that energy and they all make me smile when I see them.
I can show you more details about using the Cricut Air and show you how I use it if you want. But it’s really pretty easy once you get the hang of it. I will sometimes just open the app and put together a design for later, save it and use it when I’m ready. That’s really fun because once it’s all designed I can make something in about 10 minutes from start to finish. That’s what I’m talkin’ bout!
If you like to be creative, but don’t have a ton of time, think about getting a Cricut. You’ll love it!
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And in case you’re wondering, this is not a sponsored post and I bought my own Cricut with my own money. I just really like it so I wanted to tell you about it. 🙂