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I’ve been thinking long and hard about buying a Cricut

I recently discovered the Cricut cutting machine.

For so long, I’ve looked at these lovely gift tags, labels and mountains of paper flowers that others seem to be able to make with no apparent effort.

I asked myself, ‘how do they do that?’

A quick search on YouTube gave me the answer.

They have a Cricut.

I have to have a Cricut!

Queue mental image of me stamping my feet like a 5-year-old

But the Cricut is not cheap. There are three models;

The Cricut Joy

The Cricut Joy is the smallest and newest Cricut model. It is available on Amazon and costs £180 ($143), and looks like a great model for amateurs like me.

Cricut Explore Air 2

Cricut Explore Air 2 appears to be a great option. It’s mid-range and mid-priced, coming in at £259 on Amazon ($227). All the videos I’ve seen say this is an excellent option, and it’s available in a range of great colours to add interest to your crafting space.

Cricut Maker

The Cricut Maker is described as the ultimate smart cutting machine. Costing £380 on Amazon ($369), the Maker is the most expensive model in the Cricut range, and it also has colour options.

Does this sound like you?

You see the biggest and best model and that’s the one you simply MUST have.

Me too.

So there’s little point in labouring the point that the other models are perfectly adequate for most of us.

We want what we want.

The Cricut Maker It Is then

I ordered my Cricut Maker yesterday and it’s on its way

I ordered my Cricut from John Lewis here in the UK. It’s not that I don’t love Amazon. I do. But John Lewis matched on price, and they had the product I wanted in stock for home delivery for free.

AND. The real clincher. They had an offer on a free video workshop from The Makery at no extra cost.

I need a tutorial.

I’m still full of questions about what my Cricut can do.

More importantly, I need to know what I can make that will confirm I bought something I’m going to use.

This cutting machine is too expensive to consign to the appliance graveyard.

Here’s what the Cricut Maker can do

The Cricut Maker is the ultimate smart cutting machine – with the ability to use more advanced tools. This machine will enable you to make virtually any DIY project you can imagine.

Create 3D art, home decor, jewellery, vinyl and paper projects plus more.

With the tools to cut hundreds of materials quickly and accurately, from the most delicate paper and fabric to the tough stuff like matboard, leather, and basswood, there’s a project to suit everyone.

Use the Rotary Blade to cut fabric for a sewing project – without backing material.

Switch to Knife Blade (sold separately) and cut thicker and denser materials for added dimension and depth, or quickly switch between scoring, engraving, debossing, and other decorative effects with various speciality tips (sold separately).

Features include: Compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Sewing pattern library with hundreds of patterns available to choose from so you can get started straight away.

The rotary blade has a gliding, rolling action that cuts through virtually any fabric.

Extra built-in storage to help keep your tools organised and on-hand.

A helpful docking slot to hold your tablet or smartphone plus a USB port to charge your device quickly and easily.

Sounds impressive

My questions now are;

  • What do I get bundled with my Cricut Maker? The list above suggests that I will have to spend more money to do the things I want to with my new cutting machine.
  • What will I have to buy that I want for the crafts that interest me and how much do they cost?
  • Will I feel confident enough with my Cricut and my new skills, to make gifts and possibly sell the things I make?

Only time will tell

If you’re thinking about investing in a Cricut yourself, then be sure to check back here as I’ll be posting updates.

I’ll cover unpacking my Cricut Maker to show what’s included.

What you can make with the bundled ‘parts’ that come with the Maker.

And I’ll be posting videos of me bonding with mine. Cricut Maker on my YouTube channel.

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