Why I'm a Cricut Fangirl



Last year for my birthday, my husband Andrew got me a Cricut Explore. For those who don't know what that is, it's an electronic cutting machine that makes crafting 100x easier, more efficient and loads of fun!

The reason I got a Cricut Explore instead of a Silhouette or another brand of cutting machine was because I'd heard of Cricut and that's where I started my research. I watched videos and stuff, but ultimately I went with Cricut because the newest machine was coming out and I was starting to really get into crafting and things just HAPPENED, you know?

Since using the Cricut Explore and becoming more familiar with the Cricut universe, I can say that I am 100% a Cricut Fangirl. Let me tell you why.


EASY TO USE

As I've said before, I love to craft but I'm not naturally gifted with it, so I need things to be easy peasy and pretty basic for me to successfully get my craft on. I could share screenshots with you, but I think this video from Cricut really does a great job.



THE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

For $9.99 a month, you get access to CRAZY amounts of images (like over 25,000) and fonts that you can write or cut. What I like about a subscription service verses buying cartiridges or individual images is that if I want to make a card using a cupcake, I can just search "cupcake" and see what pops up as covered by my subscription. Maybe I want a cupcake making a silly face for my daughter's birthday card, but next time I'll want a cupcake that's more classic for my college age niece's birthday card. With a subscription, I can pick and choose. When you buy a cartridge, you're locked in with whatever comes on the cartridge. I like variety! This was once described to me as listening to music verses buying music. I'd much rather pay for Google Music and listen to what I want when I want verses buying an individual CD and locking myself in to an album (Taylor Swift's 1989 excluded, obviously)

LOAD YOUR OWN IMAGES

This is what REALLY sold me! You can upload your own image - any image - and cut it with the machine. I FREAKING KNOW. This is how I have the Triforce on my laptop. This is how I cut out the Tardis for a special graduation card last year. It's crazy easy (see #1) and makes customization pretty much endless. Oh and a bonus? It saves those images for you so you don't have to upload over and over again.

FAST & QUIET

I'm all about multitasking and the Cricut Explore gets that. For example, I made about 70 Christmas Cards this year. By hand. Yes I'm crazy. Anyway, once I decided what I wanted and how to mass produce it, I was able to cut dozens of Christmas trees at a time (verses using an individual punch) and the process was a snap! The machine can cut while I'm doing other things too as it's not too loud to have a conversation right next to it or anything (the same can not be said for the Expression 2 which I have at work)

VERSATILE

There are SO MANY things I can make with the Cricut! I've made cards, envelopes, gift tags, wall decor, treat bag toppers, tote bag decals, and just so many other things I can't even recall off the top of my head! And if I ever need inspiration (beyond Pinterest), I adore checking out their Cricut Design Space for ideas. You click on a project, it tells you what you need, how to do it, and how long it takes. Seriously. It is AMAZING.


PREFERRED OVER CAMEO

I was incredibly lucky to receive a Silhouette Cameo through my participation in the Amazon Vine review program. I could see the latest and greatest from Cameo next to the Cricut Explore (the latest electronic cutting machine from Cricut). You can see my full review here, but the tl;dr version is I much prefer the Cricut Explore even after having used both machines. 

SO WHAT?


My fangirling over Cricut and my reviewing of products on Amazon Vine has led to my being a part of the Cricut Product Experts. This does NOT mean I am a super user (lolololol), but it does mean I get to hear more from Cricut about what they're up to, how they're improving the user experience and in exchange I provide sincere and honest feedback.

Again, I was a lover of Cricut before becoming a Product Expert. However, now that I've talked to actual people who work at Cricut (like, sincerely important and influential people), I fully understand how much they care about their users, that they are constantly improving, sincerely interested and concerned about user feedback and are just a super down to earth company that I am thrilled to support in any way possible!

As a Cricut Product Expert I may have information to share with you that's cutting edge. I may have updates for you about upcoming releases. I may even be able to answer a question here or there. Mainly, I adore Cricut and love helping them out in any way possible - and helping other Cricut users and crafters out too!

Do you use an electronic cutting machine?
Would you consider using one for your crafting ever? 
Do you have a Cricut you'd like to fangirl over?
Do you have another variety of electronic cutting machine?
TELL ME EVERYTHING! 

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

12 comments:

  1. I wonder if this is something Elizabeth would be into when she has more time on her hands.

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    1. I do believe you may be right about this!

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  2. I would never have discovered that I actually like crafting if it weren't for the cricut explore. I just don't have the patience to cut out things by hand. :-)

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    1. SERIOUSLY! It makes all the jobs sooooo easy.

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  3. You are making me want a Cricut for all my crafting needs, Lisa! I'll probably think about investing in one later on, but it sounds SO cool.

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    1. It is SO cool! I'm going to start doing introductory YouTube videos, so I'll make sure you're in the loop with those! :)

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  4. Oh I love the cricut. I hav'nt ever tried anything else but I do love my cricut.

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    1. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try the Cameo, but I am firmly in the Cricut camp!

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  5. I would love for you to post your card of the Tardid, my son is a HUGE fan of the 11th Doctor Matt Smith!

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  6. Also, I have a Cricut Expression bought it when it first came out and it has worked perfectly but all of a sudden it won't cut through the paper it make an indentation on the paper but won't cut through and I have changed my blade, checked the housing and made sure everything was plugged in..I have emailed Provo Craft and tried to call but can't get through..I love my Cricut but sadly can't get it to work. Any suggestions!

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    1. Oh no! I'm not as familiar with the Expression as I am with the Explore (I have an Expression 2 at work). Have you tried checking out a couple of the different Facebook groups? If you want to email me (lisaschensted at gmail dot come) I could point you in the direction of a few different groups that might be able to help!

      And sadly I gave the Tardis card away, but if I make another one soon I'll TOTALLY be sharing it here! :)

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