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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I hope you've had a great week and are ready to share what you've been working on this week! Here's 8 fantastic recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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Fabric Rag Wreath by Typically Simple
Basic Rolled Shortbread Cookies by The Kitchen is My Playground
Funny Painted Planter Pots by Find It, Make It, Love It
Low Calorie Pomegranate Lemonade by Worthing Court
Blood Orange Cinnamon Margarita by Take Two Tapas
DIY Rose Cork Coasters by Do It Your Freaking Self
Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls by Giggles Galore
DIY Tablecloth Weights by Heart Handmade

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  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
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Must-Have Cricut Explore Tools & Supplies

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

The Cricut Explore Air 2 machine is my favorite crafting tool, and I really enjoy sharing everything that you can create with it. The most popular question that gets asked after finally getting a Cricut machine of your own is "what tools and accessories do I need, and how much do they cost?" Well, friends, today I'm more than happy to answer that with my must-have list of tools and accessories you'll need to get started.

Must-Have Cricut Explore Tools & Supplies


When it comes to these Cricut supplies, keep in mind that you don't have to get everything all at once. To be honest, the most important thing you really need is a mat. However, having this collection of tools and accessories on hand will only help to make your experience with Cricut a better one.

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To make things easier for you, I'm going to link where you can purchase my favorite tools and accessories. The prices listed are regular price, however, you can often find them on sale - so keep that in mind when making your shopping list!


1. Cricut Cutting Mats

Must-Have Cricut Explore Tools & Supplies

Like I mentioned before, the most important supply you really need is a mat. With three different mats specifically designed to work with different weights of materials, you can ensure success in all your projects. The blue LightGrip mat is mainly used for light cardstock and vellum. The green StandardGrip mat is used for materials like cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on vinyl. Last, but not least, is the purple StrongGrip mat, which is meant for thick papers, fabric (with backing) and posterboard.

Your machine will include one green Standard Grip Mat. In my experience, that mat honestly works great for everything, and after a ton of creating, my favorite mat has come to be the blue LightGrip mat. Each style of mat comes in a 12x12 size and also a 12x24 size for longer projects.

If you'd like to try a little of everything, the best deal I have found is the Mats Deluxe Set.
You get 5 mats for $52.98, which includes:
• One 12x12 LightGrip Cutting Mat (blue)
• One 12x12 StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
• One 12x12 StrongGrip Cutting Mat (purple)
• Two 12x24 StandardGrip Cutting Mats (green)

Here are a few other mat buying options and prices:
12x12 Light Grip Mat, $14.99
12x12 Standard Grip Mat, $12.99
12x12 Strong Grip Mat, $14.99
12x24 Standard Grip Mat, 2 pack $17.99
12x12 Variety 3 Pack, $34.99


2. Cricut Tools

Must-Have Cricut Explore Tools & Supplies

For $34.99, this 7-piece Cricut Essential Tool Set (Mint) comes with every tool you will need for a crafting session and comes in Gold, Mint, Blue and Rose colors to perfectly coordinate with the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine!

The set includes:
• Tweezers - to lift and secure delicate material
• Weeder - to remove tiny negative cuts
• Scissors - with protective blade cover
• Spatula - to lift cuts from the mat
• Scraper - to burnish material and clean all cutting mats
• Scoring Stylus - to add fold lines to cards and envelopes
• High-quality trimmer for materials up to 12″ wide
• Replacement blade for the trimmer
• Scoring blade (for trimmer) allows you to add score lines to your projects

You can also purchase each of the Cricut tools separately or in smaller sets!

Must-Have Cricut Explore Tools & Supplies

The newest tool set to be added to the Cricut tools collection is the Paper Crafting Set for $24.99!

Perfect for making beautiful paper creations, including card making, scrapbooking, party, home decor, and much more, this 4-piece set includes:
• Piercer - allows accurate placement of fine cuts and embellishments
• Quilling Tool - makes smooth, tight, decorative spirals
• Edge Distresser - creates textured edge effect on paper
• Craft Mat - features multi-use piercing and self-healing surfaces



Must-Have Cricut Explore Tools & Supplies

Cricut Pens aren't a necessity, but they are a lot of fun to use for creating a handwritten look to invitations, banners, cards, gift tags, and more. By placing a Cricut Pen in the adapter, the pens work with the Cricut Explore machine to cut and write or draw in one step!

Must-Have Cricut Explore Tools & Supplies

Pens are acid-free, nontoxic, and permanent after drying. You can get pens in a variety of tip sizes and styles, including glitter gel, marker, and calligraphy. There are also a rainbow of colors to choose from!

If you're just starting out, I would highly recommend the Cricut Variety Black Pen Set ($14.99), which includes (2) 0.3 tip, (1) 0.8 medium tip, and (2) 0.8 medium calligraphy tip pens.

If you're looking to add some color, any or all of these 5-pen sets are a win:
Cricut Seaside Pen Set, $12.99
Cricut Classic Pen Set, $12.99
• Cricut Antiquity Pen Set, $12.99
• Cricut Wildflower Pen Set, $12.99
• Cricut Metallic Pen Set, $12.99


For those looking to get everything you need to get started with your Cricut Explore Air 2 for a great deal, you can't go wrong with the Cricut Explore Complete Starter Set!
Must-Have Cricut Explore Tools & Supplies

I will always recommend going with a bundle, if possible, and there are a multiple options for bundling your accessories and tools. For $118.94, the Cricut Explore Complete Starter Set is certainly giving you the most for your money, which I feel is really important when it comes to purchasing crafting tools.

This bundle includes:
Cricut Explore Deep Cut Housing with Blade
Cricut Tools Scoring Stylus
Cricut Metallic Medium Point Pen Set
Cricut Tools Basic Set
Cricut Cutting Mat 12×12 Variety 3 pack
Cricut Black Window Cling



If you haven't purchased a machine yet, but are convinced that you need one now, the Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint Machine + EVERYTHING Starter Set to get you started.

Must-Have Cricut Explore Tools & Supplies

For $595.77, the Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint Machine + EVERYTHING Starter Set is literally everything you'll ever need for ANY project! It is definitely the way to go for both saving money and getting a ton of tools and accessories at the same time that you get your machine.

Along with the mint Cricut Explore Air 2, this bundle includes:
• Cricut 12x48 Vinyl Transfer Tape
• 2 Cricut Replacement Blades
• Cricut Basic Trimmer
• Cricut 12x12 Vellum Metallic Sampler
• Cricut Printable Iron On Light, 4 sheets
• Cricut 12x48 Black Window Cling
• Cricut 12x48 White Window Cling
• Cricut Printable Iron On Dark, 4 sheets
• Cricut 8.5x12 Printable Sticker Paper
• Cricut 12x12 Faux Leather, Wood Grain Sampler
• Cricut Poster Board Metallic, 6 sheets
• Cricut 12x48 Light Blue Premium Outdoor Vinyl
• Cricut 12x48 Dry Erase Vinyl 
• Cricut 12x12 Vinyl, Home Sampler
• Cricut Tools Basic Set
• Cricut Metallic Pen Set
• Cricut Gold Multi Pen Set
• Cricut Scoring Stylus Tool
• Cricut Deep Cut Blade with Housing
• Cricut 12x12 Variety 3-pack Cutting Mats



Just another reminder - the prices listed in this post are regular price, but you can often find them on sale - so keep that in mind when making your shopping list!!

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


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome once again to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I hope you've had a great week and are ready to share what you've been working on. Here's just a few fantastically creative recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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Quick and Easy Peach Bread Baked in Jars by Growing Up Gabel
Unique Money Graduation Gift by The Country Chic Cottage
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Shooters by Momma DJane
DIY Rustic Wedding Cake and Cupcake Stand by Interior Frugalista
Tiny Laundry Nook by Brittany Goldwyn
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Mocktail by 3 Boys and a Dog
Easy DIY Wood Sign by Meaningful Spaces
Bite-Size Fruit Tarts for Spring by Birds Party

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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