Oh, the Possibilities with a Cricut! Win a Craft Cruise, too!

by Kim on June 24, 2009

When I was a 4th grade teacher, one of my favorite “tools” in the teacher workroom was the always-being-used-and-never-available “di-cut” machine.  We teachers love that machine! No more tracing and cutting letters, numbers, or worse…the tangrams!  We could put together cute stuff in a jiffy and make learning materials, too.  Needless to say, when I stopped teaching, I REALLY missed that di-cut machine!

Well, ProvoCraft has created a tool that is right up my alley — the Cricut-Expression!  My guess is that you have heard of it or if you’re like me, have drooled over their infomercials seeing all the scrapbook pages, cards, gift-boxes, home decor, you name it…that you can make with this cool tool.

I was very fortunate to receive one of these machines to review from ProvoCraft and Todays Mama.  It immediately cured the “Mom! I’m booooorrrrreeeeedddd!” syndrome already starting to take place in my home. (…and school had only been out for 3 weeks! Sigh….) :)

But I quickly found out that this machine is much more.  I watched the video tutorial that came with it and couldn’t wait to try the possibilities.  Probably the one feature  (ok, two features) that made me the most giddy was the fact I could cut vinyl for home decor, and I’ve even read that it can cut fabric (oh.my.happiness.)  I have yet to try the fabric, but I got right to work on some vinyl. It is a very user-friendly machine, so it was easy to get started.

I pulled out one of Cricut’s new cartridges – home decor - and was so excited to see the silhouettes of birds, branches, flowers, and more.  Do you remember when I was making Christmas gifts for my tween niece’s bedroom last year? Well, she just got it painted and amongst the posters of The Jonas Brothers, she also wanted to keep a simple and sophisticated look of birds, branches, and flowers. Ummm…perfect! Super Aunt to the rescue. :)

A tween has got to have her photo wall, right? So her mom and I hung an old frame without the glass and adhered some photos directly on the wall.  We added an extra touch by including the word “love” (found on the cartridge).


 Here’s another by her purse hooks.


And before I left that night, I made sure to leave a special message on her mirror.  Of course, “speaking her language…”

That message was cut with the Jubilee Cartridge.

I have more projects to share, so check back. There’s a new “Stand and Salute” and “Simply Sweet” that is debuting, too.  In fact, there are 2 great contests going on for Cricut users.  The first is sponsored by ProvoCraft. Anyone NEED a cruise?  OK, what if I said it was a CRAFT Cruise for 7 days in the Caribbean?  Ahhh…. sounds pretty sweet to me.  There are 20 golden tickets (chocolate, anyone?) hidden amongst the new 4 cartridges I mentioned.  If you find one of those tickets, well….you’ll be cruisin’, craftin’, and Caribbean’in’ (yep, that’s a word in my vocabulary!) with a friend.  Click here for those details.

And if you have a Cricut and would like to win those 4 cartridges, Todays Mama is giving a set away. Sweet.  Details are found here.

Keep checking the blog as I’ll be posting some fun craft projects you can do with your kids this Summer!


1 Sharon 06.24.09 at 5:53 am

Don’t freak – but I’ve never used one of these machines! Even while teaching! Blasphemous, I know. But after seeing all the cool things you have done with it I would LOVE to have one! :)

Can’t wait to see what crafts you’ll be showing! We’ve missed you!

2 Amy 06.24.09 at 10:10 am

I love the new Home Decor cartridge. I wonder if it works on the older machines? How Fun!

3 Heather 06.24.09 at 11:12 am

Confession time…I have an Expression and have naver used it! eek! I have never scrapped in my life, but I *want* to. Seriously need to try this thing!

4 Kim 06.24.09 at 11:20 am

Oh Sharon…a teacher NOT using a di-cut? Hmmm…. LOL! Just kidn’.

And Heather! Break out that Expression and try it! You’re going to have so much fun. It’s like an embroidery machine…you can “set it and forget it” (well, for the most part!) and it does the work for you!

5 Sherrie Tucker 06.24.09 at 3:02 pm

Where are the homemade purses on the hooks???? LOL

I’m saving for one of those. They are too fun to play with.


6 Sandy 06.25.09 at 10:59 am

Well … I am a crafter and have been a sewer for over 40 years! I have a new Cricut Expression and want to begin to use it cutting FABRIC! I have all sorts of ideas for appliques for my granddaughter’s dresses :) I’ll post picture when I “get around to it”

7 Melissa 06.25.09 at 11:06 am

I have a Cricut Expression and used it to cut the little bird in your pictures. Catch was,I used it on fabric and appliqued it to a tank top for my daughter. I also cut her initial and a flower and appliqued those onto another top. I am currently using it for glass work. I love this machine.

8 Erin 06.25.09 at 11:22 am

I love my Expression. I use it to cut vinyl to make stencils for glass etching. Great idea for wedding gifts…etching the last name on the bottom (outside) of baking dishes. So if they ever attend a pot luck or other event, their baking dish will come back to them!
I use my machine every chance I get. I also did all of the decorations for my nephew’s Elmo birthday party. It is such a great machine. I don’t know how I ever scrapbooked, decorated, or made gifts without it!

9 Heather Flores 06.25.09 at 11:50 am

Ok, so anyone know HOW to use the Cricut for fabric appliques? ;-p I have an EXPRESSIONS, and like the other Heather, it has been sitting in my closet while I sew! ;-o PHEW! I said it and FEEL SO MUCH BETTER! ;-] In fact, I think I will dust it off NOW and make some over-due thank you cards to fully clear my conscience! Man! You guys are GOOD FOR ME!!! MEGA karma day today! Hee hee hee! Hugs! H

10 Melissa 06.25.09 at 12:49 pm

I don’t know if this is correct blog etiquette but if you email me at luciluludesigns@gmail.com, I’ll tell you how I did it. It’s so fun.

11 BETSY KRISTL. 06.25.09 at 1:29 pm

Okay, call me Scrooge… The best price I could find online for that machine was $230, and that was just the machine. No ink, no cartridges, no accessories,… just the machine. ACMoore has the “bundle” on sale for $329 + $14 shipping, which sounds like a great deal for somebody who has an extra $343 hanging around with nothing better to do. Even if I did have the money, we really need to do some home repairs before the place either floods or burns down.

Does anybody else remember the good old days when crafting was an inexpensive pastime?

12 Sandy Oberts 06.25.09 at 3:24 pm

My wonderful kids gave me the Expression, and I love it!! But, I, too, need to learn how to cut fabrics. Also, I need to learn how to etch. That would be so much fun!

13 Lorie Fuller 06.25.09 at 4:29 pm

Um….fabrics? It cuts fabric? FABRIC? Oops–drooled on the keyboard…

Neat article Kim–love what you did in that bedroom! Looks so fresh and way better than stencils. Nice work, as always!


14 Joni 06.25.09 at 10:55 pm

I just got an expression and I’m learning to use it and so far I love it!

But I can really relate to Betsy who remembers the “good ole days” and crafts were an idle pasttime that used what ever you could find around the house…been there-done that!
I watched the infomercials, drooling, and hinting at my husband until he gave in for my birthday, but he wanted me to see if I could find it cheaper than the $399. Since I’m also an eBayer, I found one, with no extras, for $230. BUT…If I could do it over, I would order from the tv, get all the extras, and pay the $66. a month so it would be a little less painful. The “extras” and the time payments would be worth it!

15 Vanessa 06.26.09 at 11:57 am

I also have the Cricut Expression Machine. I got it for my Birthday a few months ago and I have used it for a lot of things. I also Scrapbook and was wanting to brighten up my craft room. I needed it to be more welcoming so I would feel like scraping more often. I painted my room orange, not bright orange though. It just needed something brighter to give off more light for me. Then I took my Cricut Cartridges and cut our quotes and shapes and placed them on my wall. I know go in my craft room everyday and I have gotten so many compliments on it. Also like a lot of you, I try to get by as cheap as I can. Instead of buying the adhesive for the cricut machine that are $9.00 a roll, I used contact paper that you can find for litte of nothing. I had my room done for 6 months now and the contact paper is still up. It hasn’t even tried to come off, but for those of you (like me) who think everything should look perfect, it easily comes off and you can hang it right back up. I have also used the cricut to cut out phares and use in picture frames. Instead of paying so much for the ones already made, just by picture frames that have the cardboard mats in them. Apply your phrases to the matting. I’ve even gave some of these for gifts. I’m wanting to try cutting the fabric with my machine, but I’m not sure how. If anybody has any tips on that please email me at vanessaeddieharlye@yahoo.com. Thanks and I hope I’ve helped you all.

16 Vanessa 06.26.09 at 12:02 pm

I forgot to tell you all, go to ebay and buy your cricut cartridges. I’ve bought 4 or 5 from there NEW and the most I paid for one was $27.00. That was for the $60.00 cartridges. I even got one for $19.00. They also have people who make the stuff and sell it. I use to buy it already made before I got my Cricut Machine. That’s also good if you just need a few things from a Cartridge, then your not out all that money.

17 Priscilla Resendez 06.28.09 at 5:50 pm

OMG I so understand your drool factor! I had never seen the infomercial, until dh and I decided Direct TV. Yeah I saw the title “Easy Scrapbooking” on the guide list and I went to that channel. When I finished watching that spot on the TV couldnt wait to get the machine. I imagined so many things I could do with it. Well I had to wait just over 2 weeks in order for me to get it but get it I DID! I have already made 3 scrapbook pages, I etched 3 recycled jars (pickle and salsa jars). My girls have been cutting and cutting away too. My 12×12 sticky mat is no longer sticky but I bought the 12×24 mat from Hobby Lobby.

My girls get a load of projects from school and this thing is going to help so much. My machine didnt come with Home Decor cartridge it did come with a font and Potpourri cartridge. I also cant wait to use it with my fabrics as well.

18 Priscilla Resendez 06.28.09 at 5:54 pm

Oh I was reading some of the posts up there and I got my Cricut expressions on a payment plan. I hope its ok to post this and Im sorry if its not but go to http://getmycricut.com your first payment is around 100.00 then after that just over 50.00 a month. It comes with the machine (of course) 1 12×12 sticky mat, 2 cartridges a font and decor items, the spatula and scrapper tool, 2 sheets of vinyl and 2 sheets of transfer sheets. Pretty good for about 350.00 total.

19 easy craft ideas 07.08.09 at 3:39 pm

i LOVE my cricut! there is so much you can do with it. I’m excited about the giveaway too- thanks for posting about it. I’ll have to see what kind of craft I can come up with for it.

20 Becky 07.14.09 at 7:51 am

Love the Cricut I got for Christmas. I work for a craft store and found you can cut stencil sheets with it, so you can paint on walls any color, insted of the few colors of vinyl that is out. Try it out, really cool!
And for those of you who have a hard time with the cost of the machine, If you can wait until Black Friday, try a site called Custom Crops. I got my Expression for $216 with two cartidges of my choice, and free shipping.

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