Easter fun with The Cricut Joy

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

Cricut Joy is the perfect companion to being able to quickly and easily personalize anything you want with one cut and in one color, in 15 minutes or less. That is called accessible and easy and is well worth the purchase to get the Cricut Joy for your home and crafting needs! 

If you already own a Maker or Air 2 machine, Cricut Joy gives additional and creative possibilities with the unique features that it has and allows for mat-free projects and long cuts as well.

One of the top things that is so great about Cricut Joy is that it's Cricut's smallest smart cutting machine ever! It fits perfectly in a cubby or on your counter. Cricut Joy is available online and in-store.

For my first project on the Cricut Joy, I decided to start with something on the easy side of things so that I could learn about the machine and how it works. Since Easter is just around the corner I made an Easter card for my niece. I used on of the Cricut Access Ready Made projects.

The materials used were:
- The Cricut Joy
- Cricut Design Space
- Cricut Access
- The Cricut Joy Card Mat
- A Tulip colored Insert Card
- An Insert for the Insert Card

The above cards are from The Macarons Sampler Set.

Once I chose my design all I had to do was insert the card blank into the Cricut Joy Card Mat, load it onto the Cricut Joy. The Joy automatically senses when you are loading the mat and pulls it into the machine to make sure it is in the right place.

Then all I had to do was hit go on the screen. It didn't take very long at all and the card was ready to be weeded, using the Cricut Weeding Tools. Once I had it weeded and pulled off of the mat all that was left was to add the insert sheet and it was all done!

Easy peasy! No more running to the store for that card you forgot to get, remembering it at the last minute. Within minutes you can have a beautiful custom designed card that can be personalized. I can't wait to see what else the Cricut Joy can do!

The second project I did to get myself more familiar with the Cricut Joy was decorating a binder that I'm putting together for tips and instructions and tricks for using Cricut Access. I wanted to do something a bit more complex than the card that I made in my first project.

Since I needed to be able to adjust and manipulate all of the different aspects of the design I ended up cutting the same design twice, but on different colors, and then another color for the third aspect of the design. The weeding and rearranging was a little intense, but I enjoyed watching my vision come to life.

Using Cricut Transfer Tape to do the manipulating and rearranging, I was able to keep the original design plus the other pieces I added in. In the end, I really love how it turned out. The bonus is that I have another set of giraffes all cut out and ready to go for another project! The first thing I learned was to never waste vinyl. There will always be a project later that you'll be able to use it on. I can't wait for the next project!!

I ended up doing the design in stages so that I could manipulate it more easily into the vision I had in my head. I used 3 colors and actually took all of the design elements apart and weeded them, then I put them back together but in a different way. The colors were all cut out on the Cricut Joy and it made something a bit complicated into something simple!!

The products used:
- The Cricut Joy
- Cricut Access
- Cricut Removable Vinyl Colors - Petal, Coral, and Mint
- Cricut Transfer Tape

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