Cricut,  DIY

My New Toy-The Cricut Explore Air2

Today I get to introduce to you my new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine.  I had taken such a long hiatus from using any vinyl cutting machines and had basically sworn them off when I was presented an opportunity to try out this pretty lady.  I felt like it was only fair that I give her a shot.I’m sure you have seen the Cricut around and I had too! However, this isn’t the machine I had locked in my brain.  If you are like me, instead you may just remember the Cricut as this little guy.

Antique Cricut Machine :-PSome people had these massive yet limiting collections of Cricut cartridges!   I wasn’t sure how I felt about the phenomenon but I never dabbled.. Over time though opportunities came up here and there where the option of having one may have been very helpful!  And so at some point in time I finally bit the bullet and bought what at the time was the latest and greatest-and not a Cricut. 😢 It would be that machine that would cause me to swear off ever using them again!  First, I ruined SO MUCH MATERIAL! For the life of me I could never make it stay in the machine straight and so it would twist and begin cutting wrong! EVEN MY STENCIL MATERIAL.  And you guys that stuff is expensive!  I came to a point where I just set it aside and walked away to collect and retain my sanity.  Then Baseball season came and I really wanted to make some mom tees!  There was no time to send off an order so, I got the tees, material, and pulled back out my machine.  Long story short, this is what I found, on the inside, under a cover that was secured by many screws. 

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Of course there was absolutely nothing they could do to help me.  I ended up just giving the machine to a friend with a tech savvy hubby.  

Fast forward to becoming a blogger and getting to know and work with amazing brands-I was offered an opportunity to work with Cricut! I couldn’t resist.  I mean I WANTED to love this craft!  I just didn’t want it to be a Love-hate-hate relationship….

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Soon after receiving it I began getting closer and closer to it,.. and so since then I have created Patriotic Plank Art 

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And I customized a Removable Tray Top I created for an old Eastlake Piece!

old-dry-sink-upcycleAnd then I created a custom t-shirt that I still absolutely love!! I wear it all the time!cricut-custom-tee-shirt

And then the pretty DIY Christmas Sign I created with my Cricut and Blended Paint!

DIY Christmas Decor using blended paint technique and my Cricut | That Sweet Tea Life | Farmhouse Christmas Decor | DIY Christmas Decor | Stencil Art | Cricut Projects | Painted Christmas Decorations | Christmas Decorating Ideasand I still absolutely love my Nativity Sign! 

wooden nativity signThe DIY Door Tags were also so easy and fun to do! 

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3 Comments

  • Dee Kost

    ohhh Thea…I have the same problem. A dear friend got the new cricut and gave me her old cricut…a nd well…not liking it at all! But, I hand paint signs and I keep thinking of this new Cricut and it’s scaring me. Now, that I have read this and see other people..YOU…have also “bucked” the thought of getting one…I am now leaning toward giving it a shot! Scared of Cricuts in Upstate NY LOL

    • Thea Osborne

      YAY!! Well, stay tuned. I will talk about the maker vary soon too!! I do have to say I love the Cricut and their dedication to ease of use!

  • Jody VanBogelen

    I have been looking at them for about a year now. I started painting furniture, signs, and doing more crafts and would love to make my own stencils as well. It is just a lot of money to buy one and the materials to go with it. So I have been putting it off. I am also trying to decide between the Cricut 2 and the Maker. I also just started looking at the Silhouette but I don’t see much or hear much about it other than a couple that I have heard have them. Most have the cricut. I just hear so much about what a learning curve it is to use. I use only Mac computers at my house so maybe it wouldn’t be a problem but just not sure what to do as it is a lot of money!

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