Cricut for the New User 2 of 5 and GIVE AWAY

Hey there!  I’m so glad you’re back. 😀  I had planned on doing a video showing you how to make your first cut, but I realized there was some other information you might need before we get to that.  So, here’s a video that tells you about the different Cricut cartridges, a few of my cartridge suggestions for new users and about Cricut mats.  Tomorrow we will start using the Cricut.  I promise!

Here’s a link to the storage box I use for seasonal cartridges that you see in the video: Cricut Cartridge Storage Box

Here’s a Very Helpful GIVE AWAY for the New Cricut User!!

It’s the new DVD “Cricut for Beginners”! If you don’t win it you can buy this DVD from Custom Crops.com (where you can also pick up Joy’s Life products) . Custom Crops has donated another DVD for one of you! Just leave a comment to be eligible to win. The winner will be chosen Jan 10, 2011 and listed on this post.

And the Winner Is:

2011/01/05 at 5:32 PM
I rec’d my Cricut expression last year, but haven’t used it a lot. I am planning on doing so now. Thanks for the helpful videos.

Come back tomorrow for Day 3 of 5 and a video tutorial!

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  1. Good Morning Joy, I really enjoyed your video. I am looking forward to tomorrows, there are still alot of things that I don’t know how to with my Gypsy. Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge on this. Have a Great day.

  2. Thank you so much to take time and make this, because I’m learning a lot.

  3. nice!

  4. Good Info!! Thanks Joy!

  5. thatgirl48316 says:

    As always Joy…good job:)

  6. I love your videos, they’re a great help in learning the Cricut, even for those of us that have had one for a little while. Thanks for the posts!

  7. harleychickx2 says:

    Thanks for showing the difference between expression and imagine items. I’d hate to buy the wrong items.

  8. I’m so glad I found your site! Thanks for all the wonderful tips, project ideas, & videos!!!

  9. helen4211 says:

    II have just learned alot thanks to you…I cant wait to see the rest of the videos. [email protected]

  10. I am sooooo glad you are providing these video instructions. Sometimes just “reading” doesn’t fully explain things. I’m one who needs to have written instructions to refer to, but “hands on” helps so much more…like having a teacher in a classroom. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait for the 2nd video.

  11. Thanks for taking the time to prepare the video. Great help for beginners!!

  12. sy3_smith says:

    I loved that case! I have mine in a ziplock! what a good idea!

  13. Oh Joy, I really really need this DVD! I really want to get the most out of my Cricut and I know from reading your blog for quite a while there is more info on your DVD that will help me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. Thank you for these videos! We bought the Cricut for my daughters Christmas of 2009 and they love it. When I need something cut … I have to wait til they come home from school and are done with homework! So sad but true!!!

  15. Yea!! Another chance to win this much needed DVD. I enjoy your videos Joy, very intertaining while informative. I’ll be back tomorrow for more fun.TFS!

    [email protected]

  16. Joy, once again you are awesome. I think its great you are helping out the new ones! My friend just ordered her G and E and I refereed her to your page and she loves it! Thanks!

    aecopenhaver at gmail dot com

  17. Awesome info. Thanks so much for doing this. My bff is getting a cricut for her bday…ssshhhh. I hope I can win your dvd, it would make a cool bday present

  18. SpunkyOne says:

    Great Info Joy! I so enjoy your video’s and all the helpful info on your blog.
    Cant wait for the next 3 days 😉

    [email protected]

  19. Thanks so much for these video tutorials. I like learning things in small bites. I never realized there was a reason for different color boxes … talk about being color blind.

  20. deb sparks says:

    Love the video. Wish I had watched that when I 1st got my expression. Can’t wait for tomorrows!!! Keep those videos coming. You are great!!!!

  21. THanks so much for the video! I’m a new cricut user and have been playing around, but I definitely need some lessons! Looking forward to learning more!

  22. I cannot tell you how awesome it is to have found your site. Oh well, guess I just did. I’ve owned my personal Cricut for about a year now and thought I didn’t want to spend the money for the Expression until I’d learned a little more. I’m learning more things everyday by visiting your site and have caught the “bug” . Pun intended. I’ll be buying the Expression for myself for my birthday next month.

  23. justina1218 says:

    Thanks for walking thru everything. It is way beyond helpful!

  24. Am I lucky (or blessed!) to have found you and your FANTASTIC blog and videos. JUST IN TIME, as I just received my first Cricut/Expression. Girl, you and I are gonna be spending ALOT of time together!!!! Thanks for taking the time to do all of this.

  25. Reneeleeak says:

    Thank you so much for the very informative video! I’m looking forward to the rest of the parts.

  26. Joy, this is a wonderful video! Much better than anything on the Cricut website.

  27. I just learned something new today by watching this video. I learned how to tell the difference between the the font and imagine cartridge. I never did pay atttention to the different colors on them. Thanks for the info.

  28. Sorry I mean image cartridges

  29. You’ve twisted my arm and I had to order an Expression because my regular Cricut just won’t do all that I would like.

  30. Christine says:

    I rec’d my Cricut expression last year, but haven’t used it a lot. I am planning on doing so now. Thanks for the helpful videos.

  31. Thank you!!! Can’t wait to actually start using my Expression!

  32. Thanks for doing this Joy. I just got my Expression, but have not been able to use it since I am still waiting for cartridges to arrive.

  33. scrappingrandma says:

    Looking forward to see how much I can learn. That is not a easy task!!!! Thankyou for all your help..

  34. Thanks Joy for showing me how to get the most out of my expression.

  35. Question for Joy: Have you used the Make the Cut software that is featured on one of your blog widgets? If so, can you recommend it? Deb

  36. tabbi0120 says:

    Im so glad that i found this. I just got my cricut expression the other day and i cant wait to learn and play!

  37. scrapbooknut67114 says:

    Thank you for helping us learn about the expression. Am looking forward to learning all I can.

  38. I just found this blog thanks to a friend. I am so happy in did. I love it!!

  39. This is really great info for all the new Cricut owners out there….

  40. VinDeeLoo says:

    Thanks for the great info.

    vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

  41. bunnyfreak says:

    So I have taken it out of the box and made a few cuts. However I am enjoying the newbie posts.

  42. Thank you for sharing your helpful videos!

  43. winnielosie says:

    Enjoyed your video

  44. winnielosie says:

    Thanks for sharing miss Joy

  45. Another great video! Thanks for holding our hand and walking us through everything.

  46. Cool! I didn’t even know there was a Cricut Cartridge storage box.

  47. Thanks for this video! It was great to be able to see the seasonal storage box as I have one that I haven’t figured out storage for yet – so I was happy to see it!

  48. I hope I win this DVD but I am enjoying yours anyhoo. I wonder if the DVD is worth buying after watching your videos or would it be repetitious?

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