As we get closer to Black Friday and readers may be shopping for a Cricut, I wanted to share my thoughts on my two Cricut cutting machines: The Cricut Maker & Explore Air 2.

When I first got the Maker, I did a comparison between the 2 machines.  A year and several projects later, I routinely use both of my machines, but for very different projects. I still use my Explore Air 2 when I make paper or vinyl projects, but the Maker’s versatility has allowed me to create a wide variety of projects!

Both are reliable and will be your best friend in crafting, but the Maker is more powerful and uses advanced technology with the adaptive tool system.  The biggest difference will be the range of materials you can work with.

With the Maker, I’ve created paper, vinyl and iron on projects, as well as cut fabric & felt using the rotary blade, cut balsa wood & chipboard using the knife blade, and just bought crepe paper to craft with over the holidays using my fine point blade!  When I first got into the crafting world, I didn’t expect to be able to create projects with that many materials.

I recently created some personalized decor for a friend’s nursery using my Maker that I couldn’t do on my Explore Air 2.  I cut 2 pieces of chipboard with my knife blade and glued those together to create a thicker letter.  Then I used the same letter template to cut some patterned iron on and ironed it on the chipboard with my EasyPress.  I also cut a design in some pebbled leather and attached it on top of the patterned iron on, and finished by cutting a felt flower & leaves with my rotary blade.

All done in a night and with my Maker going to town!  You can find the project here and then pair it with the large felt rose to finish the decor.

If you enjoy creating and don’t want to be limited to a few materials, then I would recommend getting a Cricut Maker!  Paired with the rotary blade, scoring wheel and knife blade, the projects you can create are endless.

What have you created with your Cricut machine?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


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