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5 Things I Love About My Cricut Maker

Missy Briggs

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

I am in love with the Cricut Maker

I love the Cricut Maker for so many reasons. For the sake of time, I’ll round it down to five fantastic ways this machine is superior.

Awww. Clearly she loves me too.

Saves time

The Cricut Maker Saves me a trip to the store for greeting cards, small gifts, and last-minute t-shirts. I keep a stash of white tees for my kids. They come in handy for those moments when you have forgotten about International Day at school.

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USA representing!

If you want to try this fun and design, here’s the link for the Map USA Large design. You can slice the design into several different sections. My daughter decided after I cut it out in blue that she wanted three colors, so I cut the design three times and cut with scissors. A bit of vinyl waste, but she was very excited about the final design, so well worth it!

Saves me money— and makes me money!

I no longer sell finished goods in my Etsy shop. But I used to! A few years ago I completely offset the cost of my own holiday spending by selling personalized totes, pillow covers and Santa bags. I still sell vinyl decals to friends locally. Thats just good grocery money! I can’t say no.

These Hydroflasks are designed using Cricut fonts and cut with the Cricut Maker.

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It’s so versatile

Cricut Maker cuts wood. I mean, that’s kind of the selling point to me. I can cut balsa and basswood up to 1/16” thick. The Cricut maker cuts over 300 materials, from crepe paper to leather. Check out my last post to see both leather and basswood cutting in action.

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It just looks good

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I’m a sucker for the look of Cricut Maker. The sleek minimalist design and rose gold finish means that I can close the top and leave it uncovered in my studio. I don’t have to worry about dust. Once it’s opened, that smart design is echoed inside with the handy and hidden storage tray. I keep all the Cricut tools inside.

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Adaptive tools are easy to use and swap out

The adaptive tool system was designed to easily swap out blades in one housing. Just buy the housing once and the blades separately. There is a perforation blade, scoring wheel, double scoring wheel, a wavy blade, a fine debossing tip and engraving tip.

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How to apply a vinyl decal

Missy Briggs

Vinyl sticker application

You bought a vinyl decal and have no idea how to apply it. No worries. Application of a vinyl decal is simple with these quick steps.

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Materials you will need:

  • Credit card or gift card

  • Ruler

STEP 1: Identify parts of a vinyl sticker

Identifying what you’re working with is key to getting it stuck the right way! Your vinyl decal was cut from a sheet of vinyl and the excess was removed. Transfer tape was added on top for easy and accurate placement. It’s layered like this:

TOP: TRANSFER TAPE
MIDDLE: VINYL DECAL
BOTTOM: VINYL BACKING

When you purchase a regular sticker or label, it comes with the just the sticker and a backing. The vinyl decal has the added transfer tape so that your fingers will not touch the sticky back of the vinyl.

STEP 2: Ensure the decaI is stuck

To ensure a seamless transfer, ensure that decal is stuck to the transfer tape. Rub a credit card on top of the transfer sheet. To check, gently peel up a corner of the transfer tape and see if the vinyl peels up with it. If it is not stuck, continue burnishing with the credit card until firmly adhered.

STEP 3: Measure for placement

Using your ruler, measure your sticker location (journal, laptop, mirror, etc) for proper placement. Depending on where the sticker will be placed, decide if you want to mark with a pencil or chalk.

STEP 4: Peel and stick

Flip the sticker transfer tape side down and gently peel the vinyl backing away. Now carefully place your decal on. For larger decals, begin on one side and slowly place the decal as you burnish it down with the credit card.

PRO TIP: If you make a mistake and need to pull up a corner, buff out an air bubble or remove the decal entirely and start over, do so immediately. The vinyI is easy to remove right away, but becomes permanently adhered after a few minutes.


Here’s a quick how to video from my Instagram feed. It includes the step where you would weed out the vinyl if you cut it out yourself with a cutting machine. Ignore that step:)