Easy Crafting with the Cricut Explore Air

I have to admit when I first got my Cricut Explore Air, my mind swirled with the possibilities of what I could make with it.  However, when I got home and was ready to start crafting, I felt like I hit a road block.  I think I was more overwhelmed than anything else.  There were so many possibilities, I  didn’t know where to start.  I decided the best place to start was with the experts themselves and headed to the Cricut website.

Cricut has an amazing program called Cricut Design Space.  This is the program you use  to design your crafts and subsequently cut the piece.  Design Space has all kinds of fonts, images, etc to help you with your project.  It also has an area with already designed projects that you can make for yourself.  The Design Space program is currently available for use on your computer and also has an iOs version.

For this particular project I knew I wanted to do something Valentine’s Day related.  I was coming up empty on what exactly I wanted to do, so I head to the Valentine’s Section in Design Space to see what projects they had readily available and considering I was leaving this almost the last minute, I needed something quick and easy too.

Luckily, I was able to find some very cute coloring Valentine’s cards that would be perfect for my son.  Being 8, he’s at that age that he doesn’t want anything so mushy or “girly” as he describes it.  The great thing about using one of there pre-designed crafts, is everything is laid out for you in easy steps that you just have to follow along.

I made sure I had all of the supplies that they required and I was ready to go. If you aren’t really crafty or are short on time and want to come up with something that will wow people, this is definitely the way to go.

One of the neat features on the Cricut Explore Air, not only does it cut projects, it can also draw them as well.  With your Cricut pens loaded into the machine it was able to draw the coloring picture on the card and cut it out all at once.  You do have to change the pen for each different color in the drawing but it so neat to watch the project come to life.

Before I knew it, my Valentine’s cards had been drawn, cut and were ready for my son to sign his name and insert the crayons so they can color. The end product is super cute and I can imagine his friends will be impressed.  It was so easy and having it already available for me to use when I didn’t have a clue of what I was going to make.

However, for my next project I want to design and make something without the help of the Cricut Design Space projects.  I am moving in a few weeks and want to make something for my new space that really challenges my creativity.  Anyone have any suggestions?  I would love to hear them!

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