Look What I Made! Getting My Craft on with Cricut Joy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

I used to craft all the time. I sewed Jayda’s dresses when she was Lee Lee’s age. And outfitted Ty with some super cute bowties. Fast forward to Lee Lee’s toddler years. With three kids, a business and more on my plate than usual, I’m busier and out of crafting practice.

I was really excited to partner with Cricut and see if it was possible for me to dust off my dormant craft gene.

I’ve made an elaborate mobile for the nursery, laminated door magnets as cruise gifts, painted picture frames and made tutus. One craft I haven’t dabbled with is vinyl.

Maybe I was intimidated. It seemed hard, like another machine and materials to learn and add to my craft room. But when I sit back and look at how much vinyl I have around my house it does seem like a handy tool to have around.

The Cricut Joy is a small little smart cutting machine that’s portable and easily connects with your smart device.

Right away I wanted to break it in making a statement piece for Lee Lee. She’s required more baby-proofing than any of our others and we’ve endearingly called her The Destroyer. When crafting up a phrase for a shirt I thought Tiny Tornado would look cute.

biracial toddler in sunglasses

I’ll admit, it took me awhile to get this shirt just right (this is my first ever experience with vinyl cutting!) But I love how it turned out! I don’t have time for the detailed projects, but simple ones like this shirt aren’t so hard to knock out on the Cricut Joy machine.

I watched a video in the quick start guide and was able to easily make a project and cut it out on the Smart Iron-on glitter. Then I used the Cricut Easypress 2 to stick it to the top. At first I didn’t get the temperature setting hot enough so it didn’t stick, but as soon as I found the correct heat settings it worked like a charm and was fused to the shirt in 30 seconds. I am so excited to make her some more.

Beginners guide to using a cricut

The nice thing is you can easily shop online at Target for all of the materials for your craft, and even the machine itself, and get to work. Unlike sewing, this isn’t a craft that takes hours and hours. Once you get the hang of it you can make cute custom things in a snap.

Now I have all sorts of plans. Iron on for rocks in our garden. Custom signs for our home. Homemade cards to go along with freshly picked wildflowers as a send-off gift. I feel a little twinge coming on, I think it’s my mojo. Can’t wait to show you what we make next!

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Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget


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