This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
So excited was I about working with Cricut and receiving a Cricut Maker and a box of incredible craft goodies that I left them sat unopened in our home office for a whole week, would you believe? I’d walk past, have a sneak peek, and then carry on working. I googled craft projects, checked out YouTube tutorials, pinned potential makes but still the box remained shut.
Well, I think it was because I’d built the Cricut Maker up to be so amazing and had so many plans for it, I was half scared that it couldn’t possibly be as good as I wanted it to be. But, a couple of weeks since I teared off the tape and ripped off the wrapping, I’m here to tell you that every single one of my fears was unfounded. It’s a truly fantastic machine. The only problem I have now is that absolutely nothing is getting done around my house because I’m too busy making things.
The crafter’s dilemma!
Who is Cricut and what is a Cricut Maker?
In short, Cricut is the brand behind the range of home die-cutting machines that you’ve probably seen in your local Hobbycraft. Initially popular with owners of small craft businesses, they’re now creeping in to the homes of everyday people who simply love making things.
The Cricut Maker is Cricut’s flagship model and it’s basically the ultimate craft gadget. It cuts - through paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, leather, balsa wood even, it draws, it scores, it offers endless possibilities. And an endless amount of pre-programmed projects in its Design Space - along with the opportunity to create your own from scratch using the 50,000 images in the Cricut library (N.B. there’s a monthly subscription fee payable to access them). Have a look at the official Cricut Maker features list and video for all the details.
Personally, with a whole storage basket of different fabrics sitting waiting for me to do something with them, I can’t wait to make use of the digital sewing pattern library and have the machine cut out all the pieces for me. That’s going to be a joy. No more cutting by hand. My nemesis.
What does a Cricut Maker come with?
Some tools, like the knife blade and the scoring wheel, for example, you need to buy separately, but the Cricut Maker comes with enough kit to get you started on many different projects. Open the box and you’ll find: the Cricut Maker machine, a rotary blade, a premium fine point blade, a fine point pen, a fabric grip mat, a light grip mat, a welcome book, a USB cable, a power adapter, a Cricut Access free trial membership, and 50 free ready-to-make projects. All you need to have ready is a compatible computer, iPad or mobile phone and internet connection.
The Cricut Maker also comes with a little envelope containing the materials for your very first project; something simple to get you started and to help you familiarise yourself with all of the settings and the Design Space. Which leads me on to …
How do I get started with a Cricut Maker?
No matter how excited you are to get on with your own projects, I’d recommend that you take a few minutes to set up your machine, link it to your computer or phone, and complete the sweet greetings card project that comes with the Cricut Maker. It walks you through the basics of getting to grips with your machine, changing the settings depending on which material you’re using, and switching tools. It’s useful. Don’t jump ahead.
What should I make first with my Cricut Maker?
But then comes the fun. With a little bit more confidence, it’s time to move on to your very first project. To know me is to know that I love simple sewing projects. However, flowers have my heart. So, as soon as I spotted a project for paper flowers, I was all over it. They’re rated ‘easy’, and they look super pretty. Perfect for instant floral gratification.
Watching the Cricut Maker slice through the cardstock is almost hypnotic - I planned to make one flower to start with but ended up with many … oh so many. Honestly, you’ll be mesmerised. You won’t be able to help yourself, trust me.
I used 216 gsm cardstock and the light grip mat. With a little nudge from the spatula to lift the cut from the mat, the swirling shape was ready to be rolled in to the perfect flower. I used a dab of glue to secure it. Want to know what I did with all the flowers I couldn't stop making? Have a look!