As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, the company I work for launched a new product, the Cricut Explore electronic cutting machine (it’s kinda like a printer, but instead of printing, it cuts stuff out and writes on it with a pen). Well, I just won one from a work contest! And it’s one thing to use it at work  and write FAQs about it and send emails trying to sell it, but (unsurprisingly) it’s a lot more fun to just take it home and play with it.

Here it is in action:

Here’s a sticker I cut from vinyl:

And here’s where I think I”ll really use it–party stuff!

Everything I made last night was already designed (there’s a gallery to pick from in the software) and it took maybe an hour to make it all. I can definitely see more drink labels, banners, invitations, and general papercrafting in my future.