I wish I could say that I am a crafty gal. I can bake a little, I can DIY a little, but I don’t have a ton of skills when it comes to paper crafting. I would love to be able to handcraft cards, invitations, banners, and the like, but I just didn’t have the skills necessary to do it!
…until I met the Cricut Mini™! Don’t let the ‘mini’ fool you — this machine can crank out some amazing designs! The best part is that it’s totally user-friendly, even for the DIY-impaired like me!
How the Cricut Mini works
I’m not going to lie — I was leery of the Cricut. It looked simple enough, but like I’ve said, I am no Martha Stewart. I opened up my Cricut box and was so happy to find a welcome packet that had the easiest step-by-step cards that walk you through the entire process!
It literally breaks it down so even I could navigate the Cricut Mini! Basically, the Cricut Mini attaches to your computer via a USB cable, and you create your designs in the Cricut Craft Room™, a program that you download on to your computer. It’s beyond simple, and I think that even my mom could figure out how to get up and running!
My Test Project
The Welcome booklet also comes with a few sheets of cardstock paper so that you can do a quick little project to get familiar with the Cricut Mini. Here’s what my screen looked like while I was in the Cricut Craft Room creating my simple thank you card craft:
The red space indicates what will be cut, and you can place it wherever you’d like on the grid, which represents your paper. The Cricut Mini system comes with a plastic sheet that has a grabby texture that grips your cardstock. Once you affix your paper to the plastic sheet, you feed your paper in to the Cricut Mini and press cut! It’s truly the easiest thing ever.
Here’s my finished product:
Even with this being my first time ever using the Cricut Mini, this took me all of 5 minutes to create. So cute! You can purchase a huge collection of designs and patterns from the Cricut Shop, and now, they even offer rentals for a discounted rate! So if you don’t want to purchase a Christmas themed set of designs, you can rent them!
Holiday Bundles and Deals from Cricut
Holiday Rental Bundles are available for purchase until December 31 and consumers can choose between two 60-day rental options. The Holiday Basics Rental Bundle is available for $19.99 and enables users to rent more than 700 digital winter images found in the Cricut Craft Room including Christmas Cheer, Joys of the Season, Snow Friends, Very Merry Tags and more.
For $29.99 users can purchase the Holiday Deluxe Rental Bundle which grants access to those images, plus nearly 500 additional images including Teresa Collins image sets, Holiday Cards, Ornaments and many more images.
Check out what you can create with the Holiday Rental Bundles:
Right now, you can pick up a Cricut Mini AND a holiday bundle of 1200 images for $99.99!
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