{All Things Cricut}

Hall Around Texas - All Things Cricut

I have gotten a ton of questions regarding my Cricut machine, so I thought I would put it all together in a post. I still have a ton to learn because the options are pretty much endless, but I am going to share what I have learned so far.

*Disclaimer - I only use my Cricut for personal use. I do not sell anything I make, therefore I have not had to buy commercial licenses for anything. If you're wanting to make it a business you need to make sure you have commercial rights to any designs or fonts you download. 

I have the Cricut Explore Air 2 in mint color. I bought it at Walmart for $249, but the Cricut website {or HSN} usually has great bundle deals you can get. My sister bought a bundle kit on their website and it came with tons of stuff. However, it took over a week and a half for her to receive the bundle. I was too impatient so I just went and bought the machine. And then it sat for 4 days before I even used it because I felt so overwhelmed by all that it can do. Ha! But looking back I am glad I didn't do the bundle. I quickly learned that I wasn't a big fan of the Cricut brand vinyls or transfer tape. More on that later...just personal preference, of course.

The Cricut Explore Air 2 has Bluetooth capabilities so that you don't have to have it connected to a computer. This makes things really convenient. You can create from your computer, tablet or phone. The Machine will cut 100+ different types of materials from paper, vinyl, HTV {Heat Transfer Vinyl}, foam, leather, vellum, etc. 

When I bought my Cricut I got 2 weeks free Access {their fonts and files}, but honestly I didn't use many of the things from access. You can either buy a subscription to Access or you can buy the designs individually. I like to create my own designs or buy them from various sites. 

For vinyl I go to a shop in Dallas called Joinus that sells all things vinyl. They are great priced and you can pick out exactly what you need. They sell it by the sheet or by the yard. They sell Oracal 651 which is a great indoor/outdoor quality vinyl. I've read on many sites this is the most durable vinyl. Their sheets of Oracal 651 are only $1 dollar for a 12x12 sized sheet. Their HTV comes in a 12x20 size and most are only $3 bucks. Some of the glitter and more specialty HTV sheets are $6. You really can't beat the prices! Amazon also sells the Oracal brand vinyl. I just feel like I have more options going to Joinus. 

And right around the corner is a fabulous T-shirt shop that sells the softest t-shirts for $3.25 each. They also have tanks, baseball tees, sweat shirts and sweat pants. I don't think anything was over $5.

You can also buy the Cricut brand or various other brands of Vinyl at craft stores. I experimented with it and didn't care for it. But, you may love it! 

For SVG {scaleable vector graphic} or Cut files my favorite sites are SVG Salon, LoveSVG {so many free ones on her page} and Etsy. Or I just make my own. Holly Pixels and Kimber & Dawn both do a Friday freebie. Be sure to sign up for those! 

As for fonts I normally download free ones from Dafont, or I purchase them from The Hungry Jpeg. The Hungry Jpeg also sells cut files and they have a free font each week. Also be sure to check out their $1 section.

Another site I use all the time is Wordmark.it. This site allows you to type in a bit of text and then see it in every font you have installed on your computer. AMAZING! And makes things so much easier when creating a design!

And that's all I know...so far! 

Do you have a Cricut? Any tips or sites I should check out?


  1. The cricut I have is an old school one. I do have a silhouette and need to play around with that to make some shirts for the kids. So fun!

  2. Thank you for this! Oh my goodness, I got the Cricut explore for Christmas and have yet to open the box!!! But going to do it this weekend! I vow to do it this weekend! I have a few projects in mind and want to break it open! This is my second cricut and for some reason I'm totally intimidated by it. Those are such great prices for vinyl and shirts! Send some my way, hehe :) Can't wait to see some of your projects. Maybe we should do a cricut blog hop, hehe.

  3. I'm reading this and I'm feeling totally overwhelmed! I had no idea how much went into that thing! Wow!

  4. You are the Cricut queen girl. I have never wanted one until I saw all of your amazing creations

  5. I got a sillouhette for my birthday last year and I still have NO CLUE how to use the thing. I took a whole day one day just to learn, and I still can't get it. Lol.

  6. I'm so happy that you are loving your machine! Everything you have made so far, I just love!

  7. This makes me want a Cricut so bad! Ive loved seeing all your awesome creations!

  8. Ooh I love that you can see your text in all the fonts! What a great feature! And I love all the things you've created so far!

  9. I don't have a Cricut, but there have been so many instances where I wished I had one!
    I've seen several of the pieces you've made with yours, and each is so amazing!

  10. I've been thinking about getting a Cricut so this was so helpful. I've pinned this to use later. Thanks gal!

  11. I can not wait to see what you do with this! You are so creative and I see lots of fun things being made and shared on here/online, especially this Christmas.

  12. Thanks for sharing that font website, totally going to check that out!!

  13. How did I miss this post? I'm sure glad I found it now because this is really helpful. I'll admit, I'm a little jealous that y'all have the vinyl/supply shop and the shop that sells clothing/apparel, we don't have anything like that but it's okay! I'll shop the sites you shared! I'm loving my Cricut, too. I hope to get mine out and play this weekend. What brand of transfer tape do you like? The ones I have are just too strong and won't let go of the decal, even if we apply heat. I had to do three different designs before we got one to stick on the window of my Jeep.


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