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April catch up with Emma Jewell

Hello! April whipped by in a flash! I started the month with my birthday, perfectly timed with the opening of restaurant gardens so I celebrated with a visit to my most favourite pizza place. I got some new stamps and a stamping block I was after from my partner Mike; I do love a crafty birthday present!

We also had a little party in my mum and dad’s garden. Mum even whipped up a personalised banner and cake toppers for me and my niece on her machine! 

There’s no rest for the wicked though; I spent the day of my birthday hosting the first of 12 zoom workshops for Hobbycraft. I was teaching basic vinyl techniques, which was great fun!

I kicked off the month by presenting a show on The Craft Store. I skyped in from my craft room again showing off some techniques for scrapbooking with your machine. I’m hoping to be back in the studio in May. I’ll miss wearing my slippers and taking a little nap in-between shows though!

I created a blog post showing you how to create this fabulous, quilted style scrapbook page for The Craft Store blog. It’s one of those makes that looks super complicated but is really easy to pull together.

I’m really enjoying watching TV at the moment, there are so many fab creative TV shows on. I’m absolutely loving the Sewing Bee of course and swooning over Esme’s sequin outfits. Every year I watch it and pledge to designate some time to finishing off some my sewing projects and making a whole new wardrobe (it’s yet to happen!).

I’m also absolutely loving All that Glitters. It’s similar to the Bake Off but for jewellers. It’s really interesting to see all of the different techniques used in jewellery making.

My third fave right now has to be the third season of Glow Up, where make-up artists battle it out to create make up looks to different briefs. It’s so creative!

I’m reliving the 90’s this month and crafting with plastic beads. I dug out my stash and have been making fun bracelets and necklaces! As you can imagine there are beads all over the house! But, I’m finding it a nice calming and nostalgic activity to do of an evening.

I was very excited that the shops reopened this month so I could finally get back into a Hobbycraft store. I’ve been dreaming about standing in a craft shop for so long! I can totally pass on clothes shopping, but I could not wait to be able to browse for craft stuff again. I spent far too much money on craft supplies I didn’t need (I couldn’t help it) and spent some time hovering around the Cricut aisle on the off chance that someone needed Cricut help! 

This month I created this fabulous sticker sheet for Hobbycraft that features my own illustrations in Design Space. It can be downloaded for free and cut on your machine using the print then cut feature.

Talking of illustrations, my British Food image set dropped into the Design Space image library this month. I’ve had lots of fun creating some fab makes with some of the images. 

I’ve been busy drawing up my next set of designs for the Cricut Design Space image library. These will be inspired by the British seaside and British sayings. I’m looking forward to them being available for you to create with very soon!

The main reason I haven’t been up too much craft-wise this month is that I’ve been very busy beavering away building an app! The Cricut Club app will launch in May. It will be full of videos teaching you everything I know about Cricut! At the beginning of the year, I promised myself I would find a way to bring my Cricut knowledge to you, so an app seems like the perfect way to do that. You can have access to a Cricut BFF in your pocket 24/7!! Lots of crafting has been swapped for video editing and app-building lately – but I am so excited to share it with you!

I hope you had a fabulous April!

Love and Glitter, 

Emma

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Katie Piper’s Top Tips for looking after yourself and #TOYO

We’ve partnered with model, author, and positive mental health advocate, Katie Piper, to encourage the nation to make sure they take some time for themselves and enjoy the benefits of #TOYO (or Time On Your Own).

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, which starts on Monday, Katie is helping us to spread the message that #TOYO can be hugely beneficial and have a positive impact on our mindset.

Recently we conducted some research that found that one-third of adults preferred lockdown to life before the restrictions and a quarter picked up a new skill or hobby.

We found that on average people were spending 4 hours a week (averaging 34 minutes per day) on their new pastime and so we’re encouraging people to keep that up as the lockdown restrictions ease.

You can read more about the findings of our survey here.

How to enjoy #TOYO

Katie has kindly shared her top tips for taking #TOYO which helps towards looking after your health and wellbeing.

Take time out to journal

I love writing things down! I find putting pen to paper and reflecting on my day can have such a positive impact on my state of mind. If you’ve not journaled before, why not start by finding at least one positive thing that has happened in a day, or if you’ve had a bad day, think about what you can learn from it and turn that into a positive.

Schedule in time on your own (TOYO)

It’s really important to make time for yourself and keep up your hobbies as we begin to come out of lockdown. Personally, I really enjoy carving out some ‘me’ time and practising arts and crafts using my Cricut Joy machine. Doing so has meant that I’ve had to focus my mind solely on what I’m creating, providing a welcome release from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and helping to keep me mindful.

Create structure and organisation

Having and maintaining structure and routine in your life can help you feel more organised and in control. The pandemic has dramatically altered many of our routines, however doing simple tasks such as setting goals can help manage stress levels and encourage you to stay on track. Personally, I’ve loved label making to organise my home!

Keep up your hobbies, or take up a new one!

What’s so nice about the past year is we have all picked up new skills, or rediscovered hobbies we used to love. Baking with my daughters is such a nice activity and I think they’ve really enjoyed spending quality time with mummy too. So, whether you also started baking, or you got into crafting, or even learned a language, make sure you keep at it. It’s what got you through lockdown and will help in the future too.

Talk and listen to friends and family

Friends and family can help keep us grounded and help us put things in perspective. Staying connected is so important and I always come away feeling so much better after speaking with loved ones. Something my daughters and I have loved doing is writing handwritten notes on cards made with our Cricut Joy machine and sending them out in the post. There’s nothing like receiving personalised mail and it gives me such joy to send them too.

Plug into a podcast

Taking time to slow down and plug into a podcast which inspires and educates is really important to me. When I listen to my favourite podcasts I feel incredibly motivated to go out there and do something positive. So find something that works for you! We don’t all have to be inspired by the same thing but a short 20 minute podcast every once in a while can work wonders.

Just keep running, running, running

Running is a great way to make space for yourself and your emotions. I find it really helps free the mind and lets you just notice what’s around you – a great tip for banishing negative thoughts and boosting your mood. If you don’t feel you can run a marathon from a standing start that’s OK, walking, shuffling, jogging, it’s all movement and time to yourself.

Sportflex is perfect for those stretchy fabrics, helping you customise any sportswear!

Settle in with an uplifting book

The past year has been really up and down, but I’ve found that curling up with a good book is a great distraction from the stresses of everyday life. Whether it be outside or in a quiet corner, reading is calming for the mind. Find a window of time when you can focus on your reading, rather than trying to squeeze it into a busy day or get a few pages in before bedtime.

Celebrate nature with your family

Getting out to the countryside is one of life’s simplest pleasures. If you have children, setting little nature tasks such as going on a scavenger hunt is ideal for getting kids out in the fresh air too. And it creates that all-important family time, which if the last year has done anything, is to remind us all just how important it is to spend time together.

Make your social media feeds full of inspiration

So much of what we encounter day to day on social media can be stressful. But you can break that trend and add a dose of positive thinking into the social media mix by following people that inspire you. Whether you find a mummy blogger who reminds you that you are doing a great job, or you’re inspired by a local entrepreneur, make sure your social media feeds are full of positive and encouraging content.

Show us how you’re creating #TOYO by using the hashtag and sharing your pictures with us on social media. Tag @OfficialCricut_UK on Instagram or officialcricuteurope on Facebook.

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DIY Ramadan Calendar with Cricut

Ramadan is just around the corner! So we teamed up with the multi-talented Rumana from The Little Pomegranate! Together we’re bringing you a series of beautiful Ramadan and Eid-inspired makes to celebrate!

We’re kicking off with a stunning DIY Ramadan Calendar to help you or your little ones get excited about the countdown to Eid. It’s up to you what you fill the envelopes with whether it’s little gifts, encouragement to do a good deed or a mix of both. The only limit is your imagination!

Head over to The Little Pomegranate’s blog to download the cutting files and follow along with the video tutorial! (If you’ve never uploaded an image to Design Space before you may find this post helpful.)

We’d love to see your creations! If you share them on social, tag us on Instagram @officialcricut_uk or Facebook on @OfficialCricutEurope.

And if you want more projects from Rumana, make sure to check out how she transforms a small suitcase into a dollhouse!

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WIN all you need to start your Small Business with Cricut

Starting a business can be equally daunting and exciting! But don’t worry, we’re here to help you kickstart the me-made business of your dreams!

We’ve put together a list of machines and tools that will set you and your Maker-business up for success. All that you need is to add your ideas, creativity, and dedication.

And the best part? When you sign up for our newsletter before midnight (BST) April 4th, you can win the entire bundle! (material colours are subject to availability.) See below for terms and conditions.

So what can you win?

Cricut Explore Air 2

The small business owner’s best friend! Not only can you cut vinyl, Iron-On, cardstock and a plethora of other materials, the Cricut Explore Air 2 also draws and writes for you! And with its print and cut function, you can even make stickers. Goodbye having to bulk order designs. And did anyone say personalised address labels?!

Cricut EasyPress 9×9 & EasyPress Mat

The Cricut EasyPress will make sure that any Iron-On designs will be of superb quality. Just what you need for raving customer reviews! Because it distributes the heat evenly (something your household iron struggles with), designs adhere much better which in turn means they’ll last through wash after wash after wash. While you can use your EasyPress without an EasyPress Mat, we always recommend using the Mat for even better and faster results.

Cricut Tools

What’s a maker without their tools? We’ll equip you with weeding, cutting and application tools to make bringing your creations to life even easier!

Cricut Permanent & Removable Vinyl

Whether you want to make wall decals, personalised hand-sanitiser or water bottles, Cricut Vinyl is easy to weed and comes in a rainbow of beautiful and on-trend colours. Did we mention that there’s also holographic, shimmer and patterns?!

Cricut Iron-On

From solid colours over holographic to glitter and patterns, transfer your designs onto fabric and make them pop!

CLICK HERE and enter your email now for your chance to win everything you need to start your small business!

Terms & Conditions Cricut Small Business Giveaway

Please read these promotion rules carefully. By entering a promotion you are deemed to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.

  1. To enter a promotion you must be: (a) resident of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland; and (b) aged 18 years or over at the time of entry.
  2. Promotions are not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of the Promoter, its agencies or anybody connected with the promotions.
  3. No purchase necessary to enter.
  4. will run from 28th March 2021 – 23.59pm 4th April 2021 (the “Promotion Period’’)
  5. To participate in the promotion, an entrant should sign up for the Cricut (“The Promoter”) newsletter. Entries must be submitted each day no later than 23:59 pm
  6. The promotion will have one winner and the Prize is one Cricut Explore Air 2, one Easy Press 2 9×9”, one Easy Press Mat 12×12”, one Basic Tool Set, and 3 samplers of consumables (colours subject to availability).
  7. The winner will be randomly selected.
  8. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the winner’s announcement on social media and the prize will need to be dispatched to them via recorded mail within 14 working days.
  9. The winner should be contacted by the Promoter via their email address within two weeks of the Promoter notifying them that they have won a prize. Cricut will attempt to contact the winner three times. In the event that a winner fails to provide such details within this two-week period, the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner from all remaining entries in that promotion, with the originally selected winner forfeiting their right to the prize.
  10. Winner details can be obtained by sending an email to cricutuk@cricut.com to be received no later than 18th April 2021.
  11. the promotion is as stated and no cash alternative is available. The Promoter reserves the right to award alternative prizes of equal or greater value, should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason.
  12. The Promoter is not responsible or liable for any entries that fail to be submitted or are delayed for any reason. Proof of submitting an entry is not proof of receipt with the Promoter. The Promoter cannot be responsible in the event that it is unable to contact a winner, or a winner fails to receive their prize, as a result of having provided inaccurate or incorrect contact/address details.
  13. winner may be required to participate in future publicity.
  14. The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or suspend any promotion or extend the entry period or disqualify any participant at any time without giving advance notice, in the event that it cannot be guaranteed that a promotion can be carried out fairly or correctly for technical, legal or other reasons or if the Promoter suspects that any person has been manipulating entries or the prize draws or has acted unethically or in breach of these terms and conditions in any way.
  15. Entrants are deemed to have accepted the entry rules set out in all promotional materials and these terms and conditions when participating in a promotion running during the Promotion Period.
  16. If any of the provisions of these terms and conditions are held to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part that part shall be severed from the remainder of the provisions and the validity of the other provisions and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected.
  17. These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law and any dispute shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

The winner’s names will be held by Cricut UK for 30 days after the end of the promotion.   The data is held for this period of time to ensure compliance with the other terms and conditions of the promotion. Any winner can request for their data to be deleted before the end of this period by emailing cricutuk@cricut.com

Promoter: Cricut UK

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A letter from Cricut ceo, Ashish Arora

Dear Cricut Community,

On Friday, March 12, we announced an intention to limit the number of personal images and patterns that members can upload to Design Space without a Cricut Access subscription. We updated this plan on March 16 and shared that we intended to study the matter further. My team has spent the week listening, learning, and taking in a lot of feedback. Not every decision we make is perfect, but we take every opportunity to learn and get better.

So, we’ve made the decision to reverse our previously shared plans. Right now, every member can upload an unlimited number of images and patterns to Design Space for free, and we have no intention to change this policy. This is true whether you’re a current Cricut member or are thinking about joining the Cricut family before or after December 31, 2021.

We care deeply about every single member of our community, and it’s your creativity that keeps us motivated, excited, and passionate every day about what we’re building here at Cricut.

Thank you for your candour and your commitment to our company and community. We appreciate you.

ashish arora (Cricut ceo)

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10 things you can make to sell with Cricut

Making to sell makes perfect sense when you have a Cricut machine at your fingertips!

Whether you’re a new business just getting started or an established business wanting to add to your product line, speed up workflow or add a personal touch for your customers, we’ve compiled a shortlist of things you could make to sell with Cricut machines.

Access all images and Angel Policy

If you are thinking about using a Cricut machine in your business, it’s worth considering Cricut Access. This subscription gives you unlimited use of over 100,000 images, projects, and fonts (otherwise purchased individually).

Another vital resource to review when selling your makes is the Cricut Angel Policy. This information includes details of how you are permitted to use Cricut products to generate funds (make money). The handy FAQ which follows the policy is a useful guide to the legal document.

Make to Sell with Cricut

The Make to Sell section of this blog contains lots of advice and examples for using Cricut in your business. Here we’ve rounded up 10 things you could make to sell with Cricut.

T-shirts

Use iron-on vinyl or Infusible Ink to personalise T-shirts! For the best, professional results, we advise using an EasyPress and EasyPress mat and referring to the Cricut Heat Guide for the ideal temperature setting and timings for your materials.

Make-up and cosmetic bags

Make-up bags are the perfect giftable item. Add your own designs with Iron-on or work with Insfusible Ink to craft a beautiful finish.

These also are a great way to hold DIY kits or workshop materials. Simply add your logo to the front for an extra special feel.  

Glassware

Personalised glassware is great for business in the party sector. They’re ideal for occasions such as hen parties, birthdays, weddings and ‘just because’!  

Stickers

Create stickers to sell using your Cricut machine’s Print and Cut feature (Explore and Maker only).

You can make your own sticker sheets or sticker flakes to sell and also create stickers for your packaging too. Your logo adorning the tissue paper wrap that contains your item is the perfect professional finishing touch.

Wedding invitations

Create bespoke wedding invites with touches like foil, perforation or debossing

Party décor

From cake toppers to bespoke décor, you can have every part of the party covered with your Cricut machine! 

Wooden signs

Personalised signs are really gaining in popularity. Whether it be for the first day of school or wedding décor, you can create stunning signage, using vinyl or stencils, that is totally personal to your customer. 

Jewellery

Cricut Maker cuts leather with ease so you can create a line of jewellery pieces.  Both Maker and Explore also cut faux leather. For an extra special finishing touch you can apply vinyl on top.

Water bottles

Whether selling the finished item or the decals, permanent vinyl is your friend here.

Cut a design and add it to a water bottle or hot drinks cup! It’s a brilliant way to add a touch of personalisation or to add your artwork to a new product. 

Keyrings

A popular gift that can be cherished, keyrings will always be in demand. There are so many Maker Tools that will work with keyring designs, from engraving and debossing to cutting balsa wood, you can really get creative with your designs! 

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Last-minute Mother’s Day Card

Here’s a speedy tutorial in case you need a last-minute card to show your mum, or female role model in your life, how much you appreciate her!

Just search for ‘Mum Watering Can Card’ to make it on your Cricut Joy!

Don’t have a Cricut Joy? Don’t worry, we’ve got links to other Mother’s Day cards that work with all machines!

Step 1

Go to Design Space or the Cricut Joy app and select your card. We went with ‘Mum Watering Can Card’ but there’s a whole selection of cards to choose from!

Step 2

Load the pen of your choice in the Cricut Joy’s tool holder. Put your Insert Card on the Card Mat, and load the mat with card into the machine. After the machine has checked everything is aligned, you can click ‘Go’ and watch the Cricut Joy work its magic!

Step 3

Swap the pen for the blade when prompted by Design Space or the Cricut Joy app.

Step 4

Once the machine has finished cutting, remove the card mat from the machine by clicking ‘unload’ in the app.

Carefully peel away the mat from the card and make sure all the cut-out bits are removed.

Step 5

Slot the insert part of the card in the cut-outs in the corners. Top Tip: Curving the insert slightly in your hand, makes it easier!

Pop your newly-made card in an envelope and seal it with a loving kiss before sending it off!

As promised, here are more Mother’s Day cards that are designed for all machines:

Click here to make this beautiful folding “Mum’ card.

This sweet card is perfect for animal lovers. Click here to make it.

This hip cactus card is perfect for anyone who wants to make mum laugh! Click here to make it.

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Regencycore – DIY the Bridgerton-inspired trend

Netflix’s smash-hit show Bridgerton has taken the world by storm. And who doesn’t want to escape reality for a bit and embrace Regency aesthetics? One of the most amazing things about a Cricut is that it lets you spruce up every-day items to match the latest trends. All you need to make these monogrammed notebooks and bring some Bridgerton-vibes to your home office is:

  • A Cricut machine (Find out which one is right for you here). We’re using Cricut Joy for this project.
  • Deluxe Paper (we are using the ‘By Design’ pack for its lush, brightly coloured patterns)
  • A notebook

Step One

There are so many beautiful styles of monograms, you might have a hard time choosing. So we’ve made it easy for you and selected 4 beautiful designs that will let the patterns of the paper really shine.

Their codes are: #MBE68374 #MBE68986 #MBE6850C #MBE68BA1

We’ve decided to go with #MBE6850C.

Step Two

Hit ‘Make It’ and select ‘On Mat’ for your material. Place your Deluxe Paper with its backing side onto your cutting mat.

Step Three

Set your Material to ‘Deluxe Paper, Adhesive Backed’ and load the material into the machine.

Step Four

Hit ‘Go’ and watch your Cricut get to work!

Step Five

Once the machine has finished cutting, remove the Deluxe Paper from the cutting mat by flipping it over (so the mat is on top) and gently peel the mat away from your design.

Step Six

Weed your monogram! That just means removing all the bits you don’t want. Optional: Use some gold scrap vinyl (we went for Textured Gold Vinyl) to put it under your monogram so it REALLY pops and sparkles.

Step Seven

Place your monogram on your notebook cover, we went for centred with the gold Vinyl underneath for extra Regency glamour!

Enjoy! And go put monograms on everything! These would make a really thoughtful present for the friend who loves Bridgerton as much as you do!

Don’t forget to tag us on social with your makes! Tag @officialcricut_uk on Instagram and @officialcricuteurope on Facebook.

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Make to sell with Cricut

At Cricut, we’re passionate about enabling our maker community to turn their dreams into a reality. Our machines, tools, accessories, and software allow people to lead creative lives every day, enabling them to discover new passions and possibilities.

But what if that passion could be turned into a business venture, and you could make money being creative? Here are some of the different ways our members have been using Cricut in their businesses.

Nurture & Cheer

We interviewed Emma of Nurture & Cheer to find out how she designs and makes her own products with the help of her Cricut machines. In this video she explains how she has been able to do more with her machine including expanding her product offering to include her own hand-lettering designs and the ability to offer personalisation on her items. Click here to watch the interview.

Lemon & Bear

Megan Birnie set up her business when she couldn’t find things she wanted for her own wedding and decided to make them instead. She soon realised that other people might be looking for them too, so started selling them. Read the story of her side-hustle here.

The Crafty Gentleman

Mike, otherwise known to his social media followers and customers as The Crafty Gentleman, uses his Cricut to make handmade gifts for crafters and makers. He sells both finished items, such as project bags, and pre-cut iron-on decals that his customers can apply to T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, totes, banners, and many more fabrics. Click here to visit his store.

The Bargello Edit

Nerrisa at The Bargello Edit runs workshops and sells patterns and kits for the super-addictive art of Bargello tapestry. She uses a Cricut to personalise the bags she supplies her kits in. She’s a self-confessed Cricut addict too, so you can see some of her other creations on her Instagram feed.

Laurel Mae Art

Full-time artist Laurel transforms her cute and cosy illustrations into prints, stickers, greetings cards, and bookmarks and sells them in her Etsy shop. She uses her Cricut machine to make stickers that she has drawn digitally and uploaded into Design Space to cut. She shares some of her processes and behind the scenes in her studio on her Instagram feed and stories.

Eimear Hutchinson

Eimear creates stunning map art with the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool from her home in Sligo, Ireland. She makes beautiful personalised gifts and even includes some heart stickers cut from red vinyl so that you can place them on your foiled map in your favourite places. https://eimearhutchinson.com/

The Global Cricut Community

People all over the world are using their Cricut machines to sell their makes. Our colleagues in the USA have also been discovering the amazing ways members of our community use our products in their businesses. You can read more about that here.

If you’re marketing your business via social media, we’d love to be tagged on Instagram @officialcricut_uk or Facebook @officialcricuteurope so we can see your creations!

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Round up of members’ first projects

We love seeing the projects you create with your machines, but nothing excites us more than your very first projects!

We know that your first project is a project you’ll never forget so here, we’ve rounded up a few first makes that we’ve spotted in some of the Cricut Facebook groups recently.

Thank you to all our members featured here for giving us their permission to share their pictures.  

Hi everyone, just wanted to show you my very first make for my daughter. 🥰 I’ve had the Maker for a few weeks now but only just bought the vinyl. Not perfect but I think they turned out amazing for a first attempt!” – Jasmin, Cricut UK 

My first make, for my dinosaur mad 3 year old 🦖 ... only got my Joy today and love it so far.” – Jess.M, Unofficial Cricut UK 

“Got my Cricut Maker for Christmas (but couldn’t resist and opened it at the start of December🙈 ). This was my first project – a travel mug for my sister who’s a nurse. She loves it! Looking forward to sharing tips and ideas😊 ” – Michelle G, Cricut Ireland

“I got my Cricut Explore Air 2 yesterday and this is my first ever make…” – Sarah.B, Unofficial Cricut UK 

“I did my first cut 😂 This is exactly what beginners need to think about ‘You Got This’. Don’t be scared, I was until I did this, but I found it’s really fun. Just thinking now what else I can do.” – Amy F, UK Cricut Creators

“First little piece 🙂 made for myself.” – Shanice J, Cricut Ireland

Mine and my daughters first project on the Cricut. She’s 5 and loves a love heart 🥰 so she’s making these into invites for her teddies to come to a party! “– Alex. W, The Cricut Club UK 

“Had my Maker for 3 weeks or so and I was desperate to make some Christmas presents! Not perfect, but for my first attempts I’m happy ad the people who received the presents were happy too! Can’t wait to get to know my Maker better and see what else I can do.” – Emma P, Cricut Scotland

My first make!! I’m so impressed with this machine. I can’t wait to make lots of things! -Robin. M, The Cricut Club UK

Is it normal to get excited over something so simple?? 😂  This is the second time I’ve used my machine and first play with vinyl, I can tell this is going to be addictive -Hayley.S, The Cricut Club UK

We love seeing projects being shared in these groups and seeing members helping each other, sharing their hints, tips and tricks. We love our members!