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Cricut Explore Air™ 2 Mint machine

Cricut Explore Air™ 2 Mint machine
Cricut Explore Air 2™ is a DIY speed machine. This smart cutting machine cuts and writes up to 2x faster than previous models and helps you make projects with over 100 different materials.

• Up to 2X Faster. Select Fast Mode when you need to make every minute count.
• Quick projects. Select from over 3,000 ready-to-make projects or make quick cuts from our extensive image library.
• Create on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
• Embedded Bluetooth® for wireless cutting
• Cut 100+ materials from vellum to leather
• Smart Set® dial for easy material settings
• Double tool holder for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step
• Upload your own images for free (.svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .dxf)
• Thousands of designs and ideas to kickstart virtually any project.
• Cut Smart® technology for precision cutting and easy and pre-calibrated material selection
• Upload and use your own image files or fonts for free
• Works with Cricut® cartridges
• Cuts printable images
• Integrated storage compartments

Regular Price: $299.99

Special Price $249.99

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Meet Cricut Explore Air 2™. Cut and write up to 2 times faster than previous Cricut Explore models with this DIY speed machine. Cricut Explore Air 2 cuts over 100 materials – everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to thicker materials like leather. Quickly. Beautifully. From cards to custom t-shirts to home décor, Cricut helps you create DIY projects in minutes. Design on the go on your favorite laptop, iPad or iPhone.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET STARTED (What’s included in the box)
• Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine
• Built-in wireless Bluetooth®
• Cricut Design Space™ software & app
• German carbide premium blade
• USB cord and power cord
• Accessory Adapter
• 100+ free images
• 50+ free project ideas
• Getting started guide
• Pen & cardstock sample
• Cricut® 12 in. x 12 in. StandardGrip cutting mat
(Computers, tablets, and smartphones not included)

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The most precise cutting, writing, and scoring technology
Cuts 100+ materials
Easily design your project on PC, tablet, or smartphone
60,000+ project and design ideas to kick-start any project
Double tool holder for one-click cutting and writing
Works wirelessly via Bluetooth®
Up to 2 times faster cutting and writing

 

*Fast mode works with vinyl, iron-on, and cardstock

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Customer Reviews 58 item(s)

Air 2- best machine for newbies and beyond!
I love the Cricut Air 2. I have been a long time Silhouette Cameo user and was blown away by what this machine can cut with ease! And it's soooo much quieter! The Design Space lags a bit, but I hear they are working on a new Design Space. Your images are stored online which can be good/bad - you have to have an internet connection to use the machine. The iPad app with snapmat is an added bonus. Design while on the go, get home and send your project to the Cricut. Super simple! I highly recommend the Cricut for someone purchasing their first die cutting machine because of its ease of use. It has a mat guide so the machine won't cut without the mat placed in it via the push of a button and it can do multiple mats one right after another without you having to go back to the computer. The smart dial simplifies things because you don't have to ever ratchet the blade.
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Review by Nicole / (Posted on 12/28/2016)
yes! but this machine you'll love it
I wasn't sure about ordering this cricut , I am not computer savvy. I did have a slight problem with the download but a call to Ken at the cricut helpline and everything is working great. now all I need is more time to make all the projects I want to make.
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Review by happy 70's girl / (Posted on 12/23/2016)
Detail, Customization, and Quality - I love it!
I was lucky enough to be gifted the Cricut Explore Air 2 from Cricut!!! How awesome is that?! Crafting is my thing and I wanted something to take my projects to the next level. I had debated if I should get the Cricut because I heard that it was kind of challenging if you weren't super tech savvy. However, I do not agree with that at all! I joyfully accepted my beautiful mint gift! The set up of the Cricut Explore Air 2 was sooooo simple!!! SO simple. I was able to get it set up and get to work on some test projects just to learn and play around. The Cricut Explore Air 2 is sooo simple to use, too!!! The design space gives you soo many options to choose from and walks you through HOW to make your first project. That was extremely helpful because I had never used anything like the Cricut before. If you have questions on how to use the design space and create your own images - you can watch some videos and it will give you a step by step on how to do it. AND it will even show you some other features that you might not know that you have! I LOVE that the Cricut Explore Air 2 has a fast mode!!!!! AND that I can use any kind of pen, marker, pencil, whatever for my calligraphy! I love that it can draw for me. The Cricut has some awesome extra storage space to put your tools. I love how it cuts and how detailed it is. This is quality!!!!! You can customize your own images in the design space OR you can choose from a huge variety of other images on their website. I have really love working with the Cricut and exploring the design space to learn more about what I can do with it. I recommend watching the tutorials to learn about all of the possibilities the Cricut has! It's amazing!
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Review by Carissa / (Posted on 12/21/2016)
yes!yes!yes! Great Machine
I have a cricut create for many years, I wasn't sure about buying the explore air 2 because I am not computer savvy. I bought my explore air 2 knowing I could return it if I didn't like it,I had problems loading cricut access to my air 2 but 2 calls to cricut help line and I spoke to Ken both times fixed the problem I an now very happy with my cricut explore air 2. Cricut Helpline rocks, Keep up the good work!!!!
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Review by Happy 70's Girl / (Posted on 12/20/2016)
Buy it.
The Cricut Air is much more than a simple craft machine. It can also be used as a computer driven complex cutting machine that is useful for complicated art projects as well.
I am not the demographic you would think of for a machine like this. I was given the Cricut Air as a gift and it took a moment for me to look beyond my previous misconceptions as it being a simple cute craft toy and realize it’s potential for serious art projects that would be very difficult to do by hand. Now I am super excited about this tool!
I am a builder and artist and create sets for haunted houses and escape rooms among other art pieces. As an example, I am looking forward to using my Cricut to cut out raised letters and artwork in foam uploaded from my computer to apply to gravestones. This would be very difficult and time consuming to do with the precision needed by hand.
Sure, it is a fun, easy to use craft machine! Cricut provides access to tons of online clip art to create your own projects. There are tons of cool projects ready to go or they can be modified to make them your own. You can also upload your own artwork and it all turns out very professional looking.
I have done a few of the projects from the website and have been very impressed with how well they go together and how professional they turn out. I even put together a cool 3D hearse and coffin project from the online resources! One of the first things I plan to do is to put together a project to make the machine look a bit more masculine for us guy users!!!
I will update my reviews as I do more projects with my Cricut machine so I can share with you so stay tuned for those!!!
Uncle Rog
Hayes Haunt Productions
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Review by Uncle Rog / (Posted on 12/19/2016)
Buy it.
The Cricut Air is much more than a simple craft machine. It can also be used as a computer driven complex cutting machine that is useful for complicated art projects as well.
I am not the demographic you would think of for a machine like this. I was given the Cricut Air as a gift and it took a moment for me to look beyond my previous misconceptions as it being a simple cute craft toy and realize it’s potential for serious art projects that would be very difficult to do by hand. Now I am super excited about this tool!
I am a builder and artist and create sets for haunted houses and escape rooms among other art pieces. As an example, I am looking forward to using my Cricut to cut out raised letters and artwork in foam uploaded from my computer to apply to gravestones. This would be very difficult and time consuming to do with the precision needed by hand.
Sure, it is a fun, easy to use craft machine! Cricut provides access to tons of online clip art to create your own projects. There are tons of cool projects ready to go or they can be modified to make them your own. You can also upload your own artwork and it all turns out very professional looking.
I have done a few of the projects from the website and have been very impressed with how well they go together and how professional they turn out. I even put together a cool 3D hearse and coffin project from the online resources! One of the first things I plan to do is to put together a project to make the machine look a bit more masculine for us guy users!!!
I will update my reviews as I do more projects with my Cricut machine so I can share with you so stay tuned for those!!!
Uncle Rog
Hayes Haunt Productions
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Review by Uncle Rog / (Posted on 12/19/2016)
Love it!
I was so excited to receive the Cricut Air 2 as a gift. I have loved it since! The different projects I've done are, a vinyl, no soliciting sign, iron on for a school folder, and plain paper and card stock shapes. It was so easy on my laptop or iPad, and I love love how fast and easy it is to use. The fast made is the best with card stock and the turning knob made it simple to choose the product being cut.
And I love how many images and fonts there are but if I don't find something, I can upload my own for free.
I will certainly love this for years to come.
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Review by Sarah / (Posted on 12/19/2016)
Perfect for ANY age!
I absolutely love the Cricut Explore Air 2! I was graciously given this machine as a gift. I am a college student studying at Southern Utah University, majoring in graphic design which means that precise cutting and perfection are important in my designs. The Cricut Explore Air 2 is PERFECT! This is not my first time using a Cricut machine so I was fairly familiar with how to use it. However, I was very impressed with the speed advancement. I found that there was little to no difference when it came to cutting a design in fast mode and normal mode. So not only can I get my projects done faster, they still look high in quality. The cut it so precise that it looks as if I paid a lot of money to produce my design projects. I also am able to make my house I live in (with 6 other poor college girls) look as if I was not a poor college student by cutting out vinyl quotes and pictures I can put on the walls! Not only is this machine convenient for my major, it is beautiful! The mint green, white, and silver make it feel advanced and trendy. Along with the machine, I was able to use the Cricut Access fonts and images which were very handy. One of my favorite things about Design Space is that it syncs up the fonts already on my computer so I can use what I already have. Overall, I am in love with this machine and the amazing things that it can do!
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Review by Brittany / (Posted on 12/19/2016)
Loving this machine
I am in love with this machine. It is easy to use and although I am just starting to use it I see so much potential. I would recommend this machine to anyone who is looking to make such wonderful things such as banners, cards and so much more. Thank you so much!
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Review by Jan / (Posted on 12/15/2016)
Loving the Explore Air 2
I am excited to finally embrace the obsessed crafter that I am and graduate to a Cricut machine. I've had my explore air 2 for about a month now and have been watching videos, tuning into the "let's learn cricut explore" group on Facebook and browsing through hundreds of ideas on Cricut's website, as well as Pinterest. You could say that I have been nervous to actually start using it. I had the idea that it was going to be a huge undertaking to learn how to use the machine. But, to my surprise and delight, the setup took me less than 5 minutes (including sincing it to my phone) and it was all ready to go!

The machine came with provided materials and instructions to make my first project! I was able to make a cute white and black cardstock card that says "enjoy" and it was fast and easy!! I was also pleasantly surprised to see that it came with a small piece of white iron-on. This was exactly what I was looking for to create my next project. So, I found the font I wanted and had the machine cut my son's name in Iron-on to go onto his stocking!! It turned out so cute! Now I'm feeling so festive AND have a ton of ideas for birthday, neighbor, wedding, and baby shower gifts!!!

Can't wait to create more projects! Next on the list? A vinyl wall saying for the nursery and tons of beautiful snowflakes for Christmas!
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Review by Hailey B / (Posted on 12/12/2016)
What?!?!? NO WAY! :)
Oh MY!—my gratitude is overflowing and I am humbled by the kindness that has been shown to me by Cricut & my beautiful friend Dani Cherry! Dani is a buyer with Cricut & I can’t believe she thought of me when needing to find someone to give the new Cricut Air 2 as a free gift!!! WOW!! I was truly speechless. But now….here I go! I couldn’t say enough!!!!! And how kind of Cricut to do this as well!!!! What?? I had no idea that they would even DO such a thing. My respect for this company sky rocketed and I’m truly humbled. Dani was amazing when she took the time out of her crazy busy schedule to come over to show me how to use this incredible new machine! I’m not going to lie. I was giggling with a giddy excitement of joy and wonder as she demonstrated all of the insanely WONDERFUL things this new machine can do. I purchased a Cricut Expressions many many years ago and was happy with this product but when I saw the incredible differences that the NEW Cricut Air 2 can do, I KNEW that a WHOLE new world was opened up to me! The ideas just kept spinning through my mind as I was shown all that I could do with this machine and in fact, the moment she left (after spending a thorough and FUN 3 hours with me), I couldn’t help myself---I just kept creating! My 2 daughters were thrilled as they were coming up with ideas and designs as well! We just played together with it. What a fun thing to bring me closer to my girls and to just feel creative again. The machine itself is GORGEOUS in its beautiful mint color and I’m not kidding—just seeing it in my office makes me happy and want to stop what I’m doing just to play! (and I do! HAHA!) I am a busy mom with 5 kids and I am constantly on the run but knowing that I can create AND fulfill my responsibilities of Motherhood while I am on the go with their Bluetooth technology in this AWESOME machine is crazy cool! The versatility of the different things it can do is shocking! I can also see the quality that has improved from my old machine. The blade that’s so sharp and longer lasting is a blessing! I like how it is WAY MORE user friendly and the fact that I can enter in all of my other cartridges just once and then don’t have to have them on hand when traveling or going to a friend’s house to create together. It’s incredible! I LOVE the new features that keep things organized with the tool compartment at the bottom! The cup holder that makes it easier to grab what you need and have it be in one place when you are working on a project is pure genius! And then whoever thought of the idea to leave space UNDER the machine for the mat to be tucked under & save work space-- is brilliant! I was shocked when Dani brought so many fun accessories as a free gift from Cricut as well. WHO does this anymore these days?? What an incredible company! I will be forever grateful to them and Dani all my days! I have never been shown so much generosity and I am truly humbled. Thank you Cricut! & thank you Dani Cherry! I could never say thank you enough….!
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Review by Mandy / (Posted on 12/12/2016)
I cannot thank Cricut enough for this wonderful gift. My project list just keeps getting longer because I am so excited about my new machine.
I have been using a Cricut Expression machine for several years and love it. Then I was given a Cricut Explore Air 2 as a gift but was a little apprehensive about using it. I am not very computer savy and do not like change but after a tutorial by a really smart user, and with the help of the online videos, I am hooked. The machine is so easy to use. I used to have problems getting the pressure right but the new machine has so many options it takes the guess work out of it. It is great to be able to go online and find the images I need for my many projects. The options are endless. Yea for the Bluetooth! I love the new writing feature. It makes the writing look so professional. I went right out and purchased all different colors of pens for my upcoming projects. The new machine even has small storage compartments built in that I love. They help me stay organized and keep track of my accessories. Thanks Cricut!
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Review by Shirlayne / (Posted on 12/11/2016)
AMAZING!!!
I received this Cricut machine as a gift. A little background, I tried using an older Cricut machine a while ago and was not able to complete the crafts I wanted to because it was so big and intimidating. I tried this machine, and it was a breeze! I'm a newbie with the Cricut family but this machine was so easy to use especially for someone not so tech savvy. I will be using it more and highly recommend it to everyone!
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Review by dancinqueen / (Posted on 12/10/2016)
Awesome Machine!
Wow! This product is awesome! I have had mine for a few weeks now. I recieved it as a free gift from the company. I am obsessed with this machine! Alongside the machine, it's products and tools are very easy to understand and use. I downloaded the Cricuit app onto my iphone and enjoy the convenience of being able to design on my mobile device and send my creations to the mat via a bluetooth connection. With it being so close to Christmas, I have been making my own gift tags and personalized gifts. This Cricuit machine is my new favorite crafting item!
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Review by Jennifer / (Posted on 12/10/2016)
Awesome Machine for Crafty People
Cricut was kind enough to send me a machine to test and review.

First impression: The machine is compact and easy to find a space for. When I opened it I was pleased to find that there are two attachments, one for the cutting blade and another for other tools like a pen or scoring tool. Once I found a good place to set it I immediately hooked it up to my computer and got to work.

Getting started: Since this is my first cricut machine I was worried it would take me a bit to get used to the machine and software. Luckily the cricut design space has a tutorial for beginners (like myself) that helps ease you into the design space interface and setting up your materials. Making the first cut is always the most nerve-wrecking part!

After I got through the first tutorial and felt comfortable with the machine I got to work on some personal projects.

Design Space: The Cricut Design Space is easy to use and makes setting up your designs simple, as well as keeping everything in one location. I do find the interface a bit sluggish and clunky, and loading of assets can take a while depending on your internet connection.

Materials: Learning about your materials is just as important as learning your machine. I definitely recommend buying extra materials when designing your piece if you are a beginner like I am. There are also several resources online that can help you pick the best material for your project (as well as tips and tricks). I’ve been able to use iron-on, stick-on vinyl, window cling, and cardstock - all cricut branded materials so far - and I have not had any issues.

Final impression: The Cricut Explore Air 2 is a great, easy to use machine. There are so many opportunities for different projects using different materials!
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Review by Natalie / (Posted on 12/10/2016)
Crafting has never been more fun!!
Why have I waited so long to get a Cricut?! I recently received the Cricut Explore Air 2 as a gift. I will admit I was a little nervous to try it. I have always thought something like this was for experienced crafters. I assumed there would be some learning curve and that it might take me a while to feel comfortable using it. I was wrong. During the set-up process I made the tutorial card that was included. It was fast and easy and I felt like a crafting champion! I haven’t stopped crafting since. Wanted to make a Welcome Home banner...Done! Wanted to make tags for neighbor Christmas gifts...Done! Wanted a new star for my Christmas tree...Done! The machine is so fast and the cutting very precise. I can start and complete a project in no time at all. And the writing tool is amazing! No matter which font I chose, the script looked so beautiful. I might never write anything by hand again!
Being new to Cricut I have really appreciated all of the support from the company. Since creating a Cricut ID, I have been receiving tutorial emails that walk me through all the many wonderful features available to the Cricut Explore Air 2. I have found these to be very helpful and feel like I am learning something new every day that I can try on my Cricut machine. I also really appreciate the Cricut Design Space. I have always felt like I was a pretty creative person, but this has taken my ideas to a whole new level. I can chose an already designed project and make it now or I can customize it with my own ideas. Crafting has never been more fun!!
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Review by chrissie31 / (Posted on 12/10/2016)
The ease of the new Cricut Explore Air 2 a great surprise!
I can’t even begin to express how much I love my new Cricut Explorer Air 2.
When one was offered to me as a gift I knew it was time that I learn to use one myself. I have watched my daughter for the last 4 years using her different Cricuts. However it looked confusing and difficult to me, so I always relied on her to do the cuts for me. But when I sat down with my new Cricut and pulled it out of the box and then played with it; I realized that the most difficult part was working with the computer. I am quite illiterate on the computer as I am 56 and still continue to be pretty old school. I soon learned however that the Cricut even helped me with that. I love how intricate it cuts and on so many different kinds of materials and textures. Having the pen as part of the machine that would do the writing for me was the icing on the cake. Each project was given in full detail from beginning to end. Everyone needs this in they’re home or office. It is fantastic! I didn’t know how easy this could be to make my projects look so professional. Thanks Cricut!
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Review by Kathy / (Posted on 12/10/2016)
Fast Mode is awesome!
I am thrilled to be writing about the Cricut Explore Air 2 that I received as a gift in exchange for writing an honest review. I would consider myself to be an expert crafter - specifically a paper crafter. I have been crafting for over 20 years, have been on a couple of online design teams, and I have done freelance work for a couple of years for a papercrafting/decor company of world renown. As such, I have had the opportunity to do a lot of work with my die cutting machines. In addition to the Cricut Explore Air 2 I also own a Cricut Expression, and a machine from another company.

First things first - it's beautiful! It's so pretty with the mint green and silver trim. After a day of familiarizing myself with the software all I can say is wow! I like it! I love the fact that the software allows me to see all of the images large and in detail up on the screen. It was easy to use the filters to find which images I already own, and there are free images that are available to use. Plus I think it is totally worth it to purchase Cricut Access. If you are in the habit of buying a cartridge every other month a yearly subscription to Cricut Access would pay for itself very quickly. I also love the fact that I can search for specific shapes.

I think it's awesome that I can have either a marker or stylus loaded into the carriage along with my cutting blade. And since we are talking about time savers, I should mention what sets the Cricut Explore 2 apart from the other Explore models - Fast Mode. I put the machine through it's paces with a really intricate cut - first at regular speed, and then with Fast Mode. There was no difference in the quality of the cutting between the two different modes. The machine is a little louder while in Fast Mode, but that is totally worth it when you are in a hurry. I also love that there is space onboard the machine to store my tools and blades.

The Cricut Explore Air 2 would make a wonderful gift for the crafter in your life!
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Review by Andrea / (Posted on 12/10/2016)
Loving my new Cricut Explore Air 2!
I am loving my new Cricut Explore Air 2! I recently received this as a gift and it is such an upgrade from my old machine. I was a little nervous about familiarizing myself with the new features but it was so intuitive and easy to use. I love the dial that makes it so simple to change materials and it is so much faster than my old machine. I made gift tags for Christmas in a fraction of the time it would have taken me before. It was also simple to link all my old cartridges with the new machine. There are so many projects already prepared and ready to go on design space it is so helpful when I'm not feeling inspired or in a hurry. I am thrilled with my new machine and can't wait to make more projects with it!
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Review by Allison / (Posted on 12/10/2016)
I love my Cricut!
I received my Cricut Explore Air 2 in November 2016. I have always loved paper crafting, but had never bought a Cricut machine. The biggest reason I never bought one was for the fact that I am not a very "techy" person and I was a little intimidated by the computer aspects of the Cricut machine. My daughter was around to help me do the initial set-up (which was very easy) and then it was time to have fun! And it is so much fun! It is so much easier to use than I initially thought it would be. Design Space has so many cute options for holiday projects and it is very easy to follow the instructions on how to cut, when to load the machine, etc. I have had no trouble with any of the features. This machine also has a "fast cut" option, which is great! My biggest problem is wanting to make things all the time and ignore my housework. :) My daughter-in-law has already used the machine to make ornaments for her Christmas tree. I love having a Cricut! I have joined several Facebook groups so I can learn to do even more with the Cricut. The possibilities are endless and I see a lot of happy crafting in my future!
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Review by HeatherM / (Posted on 12/9/2016)
Best machine EVER!
I am super in love with this machine!! I had an older Cricut machine which I thought was great but this one blows it out of the water. My favorite features about this machine are the Bluetooth capabilities. I don't own a computer so I love being able to use my phone or tablet to create projects. Another favorite is the pen. I love being able to make colorful pictures and designs when making cards or signs. Also, I love how you are able to cut so many different kinds of materials besides paper. I love the sleek design of the machine. My last machine had the keypad and SO MANY other buttons. This machine keeps it simple with just the dial to set the type of material, the power button, mat load, and cut buttons. As for the cons about the machine.... I really don't have any. This is a fantastic machine that I would recommend to anyone.
*I received this machine as a gift in exchange for my honest review of the product.
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Review by Lacey / (Posted on 12/9/2016)
Very Pleased Costumer!
I received this cricut machine as a gift. I have used an older version of the cricut machines in the past and had an enjoyable time using it so I was excited to try their newest version.

I was totally blown away by how many different options there are with this new machine. Window cling, leather, writing, etc. This machine can do it all.

Not only can it do it all but it is also easy to operate. The welcome packet was beautifully designed and easy to follow. I had my cricut set up in a jiffy and it was simple enough for someone like me who isn't the most technologically savvy.

I am extremely excited to use this machine for many future projects to come!
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Review by Ashley / (Posted on 12/9/2016)
I received the Air2 as a gift. I was skeptical that I could use it because I'm not great when it comes to technical gadgets. But I was amazed! Set up using my IPad was easy and not complicated. I went to the design space and made several projects in und
Soo easy to use!
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Review by J. Miles / (Posted on 12/9/2016)
I absolutely LOVE my new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine
I absolutely LOVE my new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. It was given to me as a gift and it’s honestly the gift that keeps on giving!! This is the first Cricut machine I have used so I was a little intimidated at first. It works right out of the box without a long and frustrating set up process. Just plug it in, connect and you are ready to create!! It even offers a fun little start project to create right away. The software is very user friendly and offers endless possibilities. I can create everything from my own greeting cards to any vinyl saying I can imagine. The machine itself is so easy to use, It cuts incredibly fast and precise. 5 stars all the way.
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Review by Laney / (Posted on 12/9/2016)
I absolutely LOVE my new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine
I absolutely LOVE my new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. It was given to me as a gift and it’s honestly the gift that keeps on giving!! This is the first Cricut machine I have used so I was a little intimidated at first. It works right out of the box without a long and frustrating set up process. Just plug it in, connect and you are ready to create!! It even offers a fun little start project to create right away. The software is very user friendly and offers endless possibilities. I can create everything from my own greeting cards to any vinyl saying I can imagine. The machine itself is so easy to use, It cuts incredibly fast and precise. 5 stars all the way.
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Review by Laney / (Posted on 12/9/2016)
So easy to use!
I have only been in the Cricut world for a short time and have only had the Expression, which I thought was awesome. But this Explore Air 2 is AMAZING! The design is beautiful and sleek. Immediately upon opening it I noticed the selection knob for cutting. I love how there is no second guessing on how to set the machine to cut different materials, its all laid out right there (the Expression you had to adjust pressure, speed and blade depth based on what you were cutting which usually involved some research or memorization.) I immediately made the intro card that pops up when you set up the machine. I thought I would be intimidated by this machine but it really is easy and Cricut does a great job of making everything step by step to get going. The set up and card both literally took seconds. It demonstrated how to use the pen carriage and the blade within one simple project, giving me confidence to try out other drawing projects, I didn't explore much with the printing aspect on the expression. I have made multiple projects already within my first night of having the machine and am blown away by how smoothly it handles all the different materials. With the Air 2 you also get a free trial of Cricut Access and 100 free images and some free fonts as well, which I really appreciate and will definitely keep me motivated to try new projects!
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Review by Tracy / (Posted on 12/9/2016)
Faster and better!!! Worth the investment
The new Cricut air machine is definitely faster and better. I received it as a gift and I am so glad I did. I had to cut vinyl for 40 high school lockers and it cut my time down in half. It glided quickly and smoothly
over the vinyl without any problems. Usually I have to wait for the machine to finish cutting and this time I couldn't keep up! I love The option n to cutting fast or normal because my more intriquet cuts needed to be cut slower so it's a great feature to have. Great job Cricut! Love my machine
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Review by EmilyB / (Posted on 12/8/2016)
Nothing to be intimated about! Cricut and the Air 2 make EVERYTHING easy!
I have only been in the Cricut world for a short time and have only had the Expression, which I thought was awesome. But this Explore Air 2 is AMAZING! The design is beautiful and sleek. Immediately upon opening it I noticed the selection knob for cutting. I love how there is no second guessing on how to set the machine to cut different materials, its all laid out right there (the Expression you had to adjust pressure, speed and blade depth based on what you were cutting which usually involved some research or memorization.) I immediately made the intro card that pops up when you set up the machine. I thought I would be intimidated by this machine but it really is easy and Cricut does a great job of making everything step by step to get going. The set up and card both literally took seconds. It demonstrated how to use the pen carriage and the blade within one simple project, giving me confidence to try out other drawing projects, I didn't explore much with the printing aspect on the expression. I have made multiple projects already within my first night of having the machine and am blown away by how smoothly it handles all the different materials. With the Air 2 you also get a free trial of Cricut Access and 100 free images and some free fonts as well, which I really appreciate and will definitely keep me motivated to try new projects!
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Review by Tracy / (Posted on 12/8/2016)
Crafters Dream!
I am new to the Cricut family and received the Cricut Explore Air as a gift. I am blown away by this product and what the cricut is able to do! I have loved getting familiar with this amazing machine. I have had so much fun making cards, gift tags, silhouettes, and more. This machine is the perfect addition to anyone wanting to get their craft on. I loved the ease of the tutorial to make my first card. I also loved how easy it was to get connected to bluetooth. No cords is so helpful for crafting straight from my laptop or phone. It has been super easy for me to learn how to do the crafts. I highly recommend this product to everyone!
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Review by Mandy W / (Posted on 12/8/2016)
Awesome machine!
I was given a Cricut Explore Air 2 as a gift and I am thrilled with it. I made some holiday window clings for my first project. Finding designs in the Cricut access system was easy and fun with a lot of options to choose from. The Cricut Design Space made it really easy to understand how the pieces would be organized and cut. It grouped all my design elements together by color since I was cutting out 5 different shapes. It was easy to set the dial to the “custom’ setting and then adjust the blade pressure within Design Space which made for easy removal of the window cling from the backing paper. The cutting process was fast and easy. The shapes came out clean and the cuts were exact. I can’t wait to make many more projects with my Cricut!
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Review by Maddie / (Posted on 12/7/2016)
Absolutely Amazing!
Full Disclosure: I have received free products in exchange for an open and honest review of this product.
Now to the important stuff. This machine is incredible! I don’t even know where to begin about how blown away I have been at the cricut machine. I have always been a hand-on type of person that loves to create things. I have an active imagination that I could never hope to keep up with. This new cricut gets pretty darn close though! If I am working on any project my first thought now is, “ Oh I can do that on the cricut.” This machine has become an irreplaceable part of my creative process. Using the online design space library I can cut, create, draw, outline, score just about anything I can imagine. Plus it can do all of that on several types of media, not just paper! It is simple and very easy to use. Plug it in, turn it on, sync it up with your computer and you are ready to create! The iron-on transfers are one of my absolute favorite things! I can create a design or use one on the library and have a fantastic looking new shit in a matter of minutes! There are just so many possibilities with this machine. I can’t say enough good things about it. It is quicker than I expected and can cut complex designs in a matter of seconds. I absolutely love this machine and would say that it is a must have for any crafter, diy-re, or anyone who likes to see their imagination come to life in front of them.
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Review by Mark / (Posted on 12/7/2016)
Saves a lot of time over the the cricut explore
I love how fast this machine is! I am making Christmas cards and when making many cuts it really saves a lot of time.
There is a simple project you can make to get you started. It is very easy and only takes a few minutes. After that when you feel comfortable, your imagination takes over and you can do so many things.
There are a lot of materials you can work with. From paper to vinyl, copper and leather, you choose. I found some tutorials on youtube and they are very helpful.
This machine was provided to me as a gift. This review is my own.
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Review by Rinda / (Posted on 12/7/2016)
I love it, watch tutorials on what you are about to do first though
My last cricut product was a cuttlebug so this was a huge leap and I was dying for something like this. The setup was easy, go to the website, plug it into your computer and go. It tells you the rest. There's a test design I had to do 3 times because I took out the cutter thinking I didn't need it, leave everything alone, it knows what it's doing. I wanted to test out a stencil and found an image I'd drawn and converted to svg (illustrator) via a tutorial and played with sizing and had to cut it out a few times before I got it right. This was the hardest part. Watch their tutorial on making a stencil, then some other variations to get a good idea. I did that after frustration, do that first. Cut, get rid of the excess material, put tape over everything and lift it all off and put onto your end product and carefully pull the tape off (cricut tutorial). Second stencil took one try. I need to figure out sizing better and line thickness but this is for my own designs. I would like to see what other people make and share my own stuff but that could be a hassle for cricut, or maybe I need to play around on their site more. Their android app is awesome though you can't upload, Adobe Illustrator on my tablet won't let you either so I can't really complain. I'd say that most of my problems were of the user error/duh/I need patience variety. The design space is good, I would like to see more functionality like with Inkscape though not a full Photoshop, that'd be too much.
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Review by Beth / (Posted on 12/7/2016)
Cricut Explore Air2 Review*
I had never used a Cricut before I received it. I didn't really know what the capabilities of it were and was a complete novice. Right out of the box I created the greeting card project that comes with it. Unfortunately, the penning didn't finish and my card was ruined. I have since brought the error to the attention of Cricut but I'm not sure if it has been fixed.

I created the Intricate Acorn Paper Coaster from Cricut Design Space for Thanksgiving and they turned out pretty great. The cutting pattern was really intricate and after adjusting the cut settings (e.g., light cardstock vs cardstock), they turned out really cute. The only downside was the large amount of leftover cuttings that I had to scrape off of the mat. I think Cricut should include a scraper as a standard accessory in the box.

I made the Oh Happy Day Mini Card from Cricut Design Space for a birthday card. It turned out fine except that I am not a fan of gluing. I'll probably stick to making monochromatic paper crafts in the future just to mitigate the need for gluing different colors and layers.

I made the Coloring Page Activity from Cricut Design Space and these are by far my favorite. I'm giving these as gifts to my son's classmates for Christmas. Simple and fast to make - just what I like.

I delved into vinyl only a little bit but I think this and iron-ons will be my favorite use of the Cricut. I made the Whale Balloon Phone Case from Cricut Design Space and had good luck with using Cricut transfer tape without any instructions.

A couple of other notes:

-I wish the projects in Cricut Design Space were searchable.
-As stated above, the scraper should come as a standard accessory.
-You really need to buy the other tools like the weeder to make life better. I think JoAnn's sells this product with all of the tools, vinyl, pens, and paper - If I were to buy this product I would buy the bundle.
-Sometimes the instructions weren't clear and I had to just wing it. However, I did all of the projects on my iPhone so my problems may be user error.
-Some of the links in the projects on Cricut Design Space (e.g., links to the blog) are outdated. I tried to create the Origami Star but the link didn't work to the blog that shows you how to fold the star. I couldn't figure it out without step by step instructions and had to go elsewhere to find them. Big negative!
-It seems like the cut setting for the scoring tool needs to be set at a thicker setting than the cutting tool. But it could have been the paper I was using.

All in all a pretty nice machine. Mine is mint green and has a retro feel about it. It looks nice next to my vintage Bernina sewing machine! I'm excited to create some iron-on t-shirts for a family reunion next year.

*Disclosure - I received a Cricut Explore Air2 as a gift from Cricut in return for my review. This review represents my own thoughts and opinions.
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Review by sewletitbedone / (Posted on 12/6/2016)
Cricut has made me a believer!
Why have I waited so long to get a Cricut?! I recently received the Cricut Explore Air 2 as a gift. I will admit I was a little nervous to try it. I have always thought something like this was for experienced crafters. I assumed there would be some learning curve and that it might take me a while to feel comfortable using it. I was wrong. During the set-up process I made the tutorial card that was included. It was fast and easy and I felt like a crafting champion! I haven’t stopped crafting since. Wanted to make a Welcome Home banner...done! Wanted to make tags for neighbor Christmas gifts...done! Wanted a new star for my Christmas tree...done! The machine is so fast and the cutting very precise. I can start and complete a project in no time at all. And the writing tool is amazing! No matter which font I chose, the script looked so beautiful. I might never write anything by hand again!

Being new to Cricut I have really appreciated all of the support from the company. Since creating a Cricut ID, I have been receiving tutorial emails that walk me through all the many wonderful features available to the Cricut Explore Air 2. I have found these to be very helpful and feel like I am learning something new every day that I can try on my Cricut machine. I also really appreciate the Cricut Design Space. I have always felt like I was a pretty creative person, but this has taken my ideas to a whole new level. I can chose an already designed project and make it now or I can customize it with my own ideas. Crafting has never been more easy or fun!
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Review by chrissie31 / (Posted on 12/6/2016)
Love everything about it!
I received this machine as a gift, at first I thought it couldn't be much different than the original explore air.

Was I wrong! This machine is quick, fast and I can get my projects done twice as fast ESPECIALLY with the cricut design space app on my phone. That's been a life saver for time!

Honestly not sure I will use my original air anymore as this one is much faster and seems quieter, haven't attempted projects on them side by side to make that conclusion. Cuts are more precise and I noticed there is less missed cuts as well.

Not to mention the mint color is very sleek and appealing! Makes it look less like a printer when it is closed up on your craft desk!
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Review by Boog. / (Posted on 12/5/2016)
CRICUT makes life so much easier!!!!
My new Cricut Explore Air 2 has made my Christmas crafting so much easier and quick. I cut vinyl signs, iron-on shirts for my grand-kids and much much more. I am completely in love the color, the speed, and the versatility of the machine.
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Review by Sandra / (Posted on 12/3/2016)
Cricut ROCKS the house!!!!
I'm so excited, I just received my Cricut Explore Air 2. I had Christmas Neighbor gifts to create and using the machine made the job 10 times easier. I am in love with all of the materials you can cut with machine. Thank you Cricut for adding so much fun to my projects.
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Review by jessica / (Posted on 12/3/2016)
I love the pen functionality, the stylus tool opens up a realm of possibilities, and the wifi function with the Cricut Design Space app is AWESOME. FANTASTIC MACHINE!
I received the Cricut Explore Air 2 as a gift for my unbiased review.

Background: I got my first Cricut machine in February of 2016, so I am still a bit of a Cricut newbie. It was the Cricut Explore, so I was going into this review with a mind to see how much the Cricut Explore Air 2 expands on the basic Cricut Explore.

First Impression: Obviously one of the obvious changes in the new machine is the new color options! I received (randomly) the mint blue and I love it. The machine is very classy and sleek. The packing was very straightforward and clean - and I kept it to store my Cricut when I am not using it.

Another first impression was when I opened up the machine and saw the cutting tool -- it has two parts (A) and (B) for the pen/stylus tools and the blade, respectively. This was very shiny and new to me. Kind of intimidating actually.

Method: I ran this machine through pretty much every test I could imagine. I did six different crafts of different mediums to test out the different functionalities - all within 24 hours! I will walk through my findings with each craft.

HTV (heat transfer vinyl): I am a totally newbie with HTV and it kind of intimidates me, but I wanted to personalize some baby girl onesies for gifts. The cutting went without a hitch. No complaints. I can't think of any issues with weeding either.

Cardstock/Stylus Tool/Pause: I made a gift box (from a pattern on Cricut Access) with blue cardstock. I didn't read any instructions on how to use the stylus too, so I did have to do that twice, because I didn't fully insert the tool the first time around. But the box folded just fine. Sidenote: I didn't use Cricut cardstock, but I think I will next time. I wasn't thrilled with the quality of the paper.

Another note with this -- I am pretty sure it was the project I tried to pause my cut. It paused, and then resumed normally, but I think it confused it because it paused itself a couple more times. Wasn't a big issue, I just hit pause again and it would continue.

Vinyl/Cut-Write 2X Faster: I cut the same vinyl three different times, each time forgetting an important point of what I was trying to do. (1) The first time was great, no complaints. I just forgot to center my cut on my vinyl for my project. (2) The second time I used one of the new features of this machine -- faster cutting! I flagged it on and it recommended turning it off for more concise and accurate cutting, but I wanted to try it. It actually kind of alarmed me at the intensity of its faster speed - it wasn't hyper fast, but it was louder. I could tell the cutting was a little less perfect with this feature. I don't think I'll use it in the future - mainly because I am happy with the standard speed. -- Note, I had to cut again because I forgot to mirror my cut! Whoops! (3) The final time was mirrored and perfect. I easily weeded out my positive image as I wanted the negative to act as a stencil. I put it on the bottom of a glass pan and etched it. It was my first time etching and did well. (Note: I didn't use the Cricut vinyl, which I have used before and like. This was a cheaper off-brand vinyl that is more glossy and I have it in bulk, hence I didn't mind using it for this project.)

Window Cling: I cut snowflakes in white window cling (Cricut brand). It cut perfectly and weeded beautifully. They are on our front screen door and my grandmother loves them!

Pen Tool/Sticker: I actually used a different brand of printer sticker paper for this because I had it on hand. I used a Cricut Access image for a mermaid that the machine draws with the pen and then cuts around for a sticker. **The pen tool blew my mind. The alignment of the machine is impeccable. I can't wait to draw more coloring pages offered in Cricut Access.** I did do it on glossy sticker paper though, so make sure if you do that to leave your drawing to dry for a bit. I touched it right after and it smudged slightly (but you can't even tool - especially if you color it). That is more the fault of the paper than the pen.

Leather Earrings/Pen Tool: I was also gifted faux leather sheets and I found a project on Cricut Access for some beautiful penned leather earrings. The penning actually took *forever* because it was so ornate. The leather itself cut perfectly. I did learn though that you need to position penned projects out of the way of the roller of the machine (the roller that moves your mat forward and back). It smudged one of the earrings as you can see in the picture.

Wi-Fi/Cricut Design Space App: This is probably my very favorite feature of this machine. The app is very very intuitive and walks you through everything (though I did have an issue finding some functionalities but they are all there - just because there are so many of them!). It was pretty impressive as well to me that it connected by bluetooth and I never had to pull out my computer. I could take my phone out of the room and watch the process of the cut while I watched TV. LOVED this functionality. It works beautifully.

Overall: I am very pleased with this machine. It is very high quality and there is *so much* you can do with it!! There are going to be tiny things between the supplies you use and making sure you position things well, but overall it is a fantastic product and I absolutely recommend it.
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Review by Tessara / (Posted on 12/3/2016)
Great Product, perfect for an upgrade.
I received a Cricut Explore Air 2 as a gift from Cricut. I previous had the original Cricut Expressions. I can't even tell you how much more advanced this machine is! I have loved playing with it. The cutting time is seriously cut in half, its so much faster. I love the smart dials, it makes everything very effortless. Its taking a little time to get used to, but I love the idea of the online design space. It makes it extremely easy to access all of my fonts and cartridges remotely, giving me easy access to it anywhere. I love that I am able to link my older cartridges into my design space, so I can still use all my older favorites. I am very happy with this new machine, I highly recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade their older Cricut machine.
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Review by Jennifer / (Posted on 12/3/2016)
Awesome machine.
I am very happy with my Cricut. I recently received a Cricut Explore Air 2 and have enjoyed how easy it is to use. I haven't had any issues with it. I have a Silhouette cutter and continually have problems with it. I am very excited where Cricut is going with there products and will continue to shop with them.
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Review by Richard / (Posted on 11/27/2016)
Input needed
What is better for making stickers a cricut or silhouette?
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Review by Shannell / (Posted on 11/26/2016)
Cricut has done it again....this is am amzing machine!!!
I LOVE, LOVE,LOVE it!!!! I am addicted to Crafting and this is Don't just take my word for it....buy it now. It will make your Holiday crafting so much fun!
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Review by DebiT / (Posted on 11/26/2016)
Love how fast it cuts!
I wasn't sure I'd use the fast mode on the Air 2. But having just finished cutting a project that had 31 SVG's... I'm so glad I had it! I love the new colours (mine is the Mint colour) and the chrome . It is a bit louder than the other Explores when it's on fast mode, but the extra speed makes that totally worthwhile. I had a Silhouette Cameo before I purchased my first Explore and I really noticed that it cut slower than the Cameo. So glad I have the extra speed back. :)
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Review by Narelle / (Posted on 11/23/2016)
Amazing machine that is a MUST HAVE for the serious crafters
I just received my new Cricut Explore Air and I LOVE it!!! I could not wait to try it out so I QUICKLY made 20 place cards with the names of my family members on them for our Thanksgiving dinner. This entailed scoring, cutting and writing. I was AMAZED at how fast the new machine was. I whipped the place cards out in no time at all. I have lost count on how many Cricut machines I own. Every time a new machines comes out I thought there was no way they could improve on the last machine...and yet they do every time! Thanks Cricut for producing another AMAZING machine!
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Review by DebiT / (Posted on 11/21/2016)
I LOVE MY NEW CRICUT EXPLORE AIR 2!!!!!!
I just received my new Cricut Explore Air 2 and I absolutely LOVE it!!! I could not wait to try it out so I QUICKLY made 20 place cards with the names of my family members for our Thanksgiving Dinner. This entailed scoring, cutting and writing and I could not believe how fast is was! I have been a Cricut lover for years and I have lost count of how many machines I own. Every time a new machine comes out I can't imagine that it will be better than the last...and yet it always is. I am addicted to Crafting and I can't imagine being without my Cricut!!! Thank you Cricut for producing and another amazing, fabulous machine!!!!
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Review by Debi T. / (Posted on 11/20/2016)
Looking forward to many projects!
I had previously used the Cricut Expression and let me just say... This has been a major upgrade. I am challenged when it comes to crafting and this breaks things down for me in great detail. Also, I don't get much free time to do projects so the fact that this machine is SPEEDY gives it five stars.
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Review by Casey / (Posted on 11/17/2016)
The Best Yet!
Purchase 2 of these through the HSN Presale. They arrived quickly and they are the Best Cricut Yet! Thank you to the Cricut Team!
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Review by Stacy / (Posted on 10/21/2016)
Beautiful, fast, and limitless potential!
Things to love about the Cricut Explore Air 2:
- The design! You'll love having this sit out on your crafting desk or office all the time because it is just so darn pretty.
- Cutting 2x as fast! Seriously, it's incredible how quickly this machine cuts and does it well. You can always go back to the standard speed (the choice is made for each project) if you want to make sure more precise cuts are made, but I have yet to have an issue with this faster cutting. Faster cuts = more projects!
- Your imagination can run wild! The sky is the limit with the Cricut Explore Air 2 when it comes to what you can create! Cards decals, iron-on designs for shirts, totes, or pillows. Christmas gifts, birthday gift tags, Thanksgiving tablescapes - SERIOUSLY. All of this is possible (and more!) with the Cricut Explore Air 2!
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Review by Lisa Schensted / (Posted on 10/20/2016)
Highly recommend the New Cricut Explore Air 2
Love it! Seamless installation in my Design Space iPad app and on my Mac Air. Incredibly user friendly. The new 'fast' feature allows me to complete my larger/multiple projects in a more manageable time.
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Review by Carole Prevost / (Posted on 10/18/2016)
A heads up.
Sure wish I would have known ahead of time!!! I just purchased the Cricut Air machine not even 3 weeks ago. It sure would be nice if when you are getting ready to produce a new machine you could announce what is coming in the near future!
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Review by Janet / (Posted on 10/17/2016)
Beautiful
I just received mine and I am in LOVE. This machine is so beautiful. My kids and I are so excited to get started on all our projects.
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Review by SoliRey / (Posted on 10/15/2016)
Cricut Explore Air 2
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Review by not a happy camper / (Posted on 10/12/2016)
Not a review but a question.
Question, will it cut fabric? maybe for quilting projects.
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Review by Grandy / (Posted on 10/7/2016)
Trade
can we use our Explorer Air for trade for new Explorer Air?
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Review by Elsa / (Posted on 10/7/2016)
Love it!
Love it! It really is even prettier in person, and cuts so nice and fast! So glad I got it! Love the Chrome accents, the Silver adhesive foil from Cricut matches it so well. I started a Facebook group for others who want to learn and share projects. http://bit.ly/CricutGroup
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Review by Melody Lane / (Posted on 10/7/2016)
So Excited!
I ordered on HSN yesterday. I have the Explore Air which I love and got the notice it was coming so I can't wait until it arrives. I really like the idea of the speed.
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Review by Mary / (Posted on 10/6/2016)
Sounds awesome!
Wish I knew this was coming -I have 5 already and avant afford this right now. Please give More notice. Thanks.
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Review by Sam garrett / (Posted on 9/28/2016)