May 8, 2015

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Make Mom happy with a #CricutExploreAir from @Kohls this #MothersDay #spon #Kohls

Cricut Explore Air™ is an electronic cutting machine for DIY projects and crafts. It precisely cuts a wide variety of materials from paper to iron-on to adhesive vinyl—even thick materials like leather and burlap! This machine features built-in Bluetooth® for wireless cutting, a dual carriage to cut and write in just one step, and free cloud-based design software for computer and iPad®. Say goodbye to complicated material settings—you’ll get the perfect cut when you select the material with a turn of the Smart Set® dial. Cricut Explore Air makes it easy, fast, and affordable to bring your DIY projects to life.

PRODUCT FEATURES
  • Embedded Bluetooth allows for wireless cutting.
  • Dual cartridge lets you cut & write or cut & score at once.
  • Upload your own images for free to personalize your projects.
  • Explore Air machine cuts through a wide variety of materials.
  • Smart Set dial provides one step material setting.
  • Integrated storage compartments keep your space organized.
  • Free Cricut Design Space online software & iPad app offer more patterns to cut.
  • Cut Smart precision cutting creates a clean line every time.
  • Cricut Explore Air Machine works with all Cricut cartridges.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Cricut Explore Air Machine
  • Storage bag
  • USB & power cords
  • German carbide premium blade
  • 12'' x 12'' StandardGrip cutting mat
  • Accessory adapter
  • Metallic silver pen
  • Cardstock sample
  • Iron on sample
  • 50+ free projects, 100 + free images
  • Getting started guide
 Purchase the Cricut Explore Air at Kohls for $459.99

I have never  used a Cricut machine before, let alone see one prior to this review.   First up, we unboxed it, set up the app on the iPad mini and I followed the prompts and set up the Air.  It was so simple.  It guided me through the process and even made a card for me!  I have always loved the look of cards made with Cricut cartridges and scrapbooking paper/supplies.  I had no idea, how easy it was to make one myself.

Included with the purchase came a two week trial of the Cricut® Image Library that you can use in the Cricut Design Space. After the trial is over you can pay monthly $9.99 for 30,000 images.  You can also pay yearly or just buy the images as you go!  I personally feel access to the library is a great deal and worth it!  You get  access to over 30,000 images and fonts in the Cricut® Image Library.  Since this week was Teacher Appreciation week, I found a cool #1 Teacher image that was part of the subscription and made cards for each teacher this week.  The Cricut cut of the shapes and even the shape of the card for me, all I had to do was adhere the white on the inside of the card, so you could get the full effect of the design!

You can even cut your own .svg images—for free!  Upload and cut your own .svg files (and more) for free! There is no subscription or upgrade fee required to cut or draw .svg, .dxf, .bmp, .jpg, .png, and .gif files in Cricut Design Space™. Plus, you can use your system fonts absolutely free.


The StandardGrip cutting mat securely holds your paper in place during the entire cutting process and even makes it easy to remove the pieces for your design!  Depending on your project, you may need  to remove your paper, re-adhere another sheet to cut out more shapes for your project.  Bending the cutting mat, makes it easier to get your shapes to pop off!  After I mastered the simple cards, I thought I could go on to layered cards and make a rose!



I once again used images I found in the Image Library as inspiration.  The rose did take a number of sheets of paper and then about an hour to complete it.  It even has a removable center to store an EOS lip balm!
First I cut the shapes and separated them by size.  Next, I glued the petals to form their shape (thank goodness for youtube videos), and then had to start inserting them in the base.  There is no easy way to explain how it was made, but I guaranteed if you look up Cricut Rose EOS, you can find the instructions.


All Cricut Explore machines cut over 60 different materials, from the most delicate materials like vellum to thicker things like leather. It can cut cardstock, vinyl, fabric, balsa wood, leather, and more…without complicated settings!

I am honestly so impressed with this machine.  Seriously, you can do just about anything on it.  I have seen some pretty cool vinyl clings, wall hangings, artwork, cards, bookmarks and more.  Just look at this cool little rose!  It was made from cutting out a spiral shape and tightly winding it and then applying glue.  It was made in the matter of seconds!
If you are looking for a quality gift and something that Mom will love, then look at getting her a Cricut from Kohls.    It won't take up a lot of space and she can design anywhere!  The Cricut Design Space app for iPad works seamlessly with the Cricut Explore Air machine. Design on your iPad and send the project to cut, wirelessly. The free, easy-to-use Cricut Design Space software system gives you access to all of your images and projects from any compatible computer or iPad. It’s cloud-based, so your projects are always synced across all your devices. 

Purchase the Cricut Explore Air at Kohls for $459.99. 

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