Cricut Expression: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating with Your Machine

Cricut Expression: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating with Your Machine

by Cathie Rigby


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In a clear and accessible way, Cathie Rigby teaches the basics of the Cricut Expression™ machines (both the original and the new Cricut Expression™ 2) and cutting for beginners. For advanced crafters, this book instructs on features such as modes and functions, and teaches how to create with color, texture, and dimension. A cutting guide teaches the perfect settings to cut every type of material. A separate chapter introduces the new features of Cricut Expression™ 2 and explains how it differs from the original Expression machine. More than 50 creative projects inspire ideas for home décor, gifts, parties, cards, and scrapbook layouts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423623106
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cathie Rigby has taught Cricut, Design Studio and Gypsy classes for four years in the Salt Lake City area. She currently teaches at Roberts Arts & Crafts and Hobby Lobby stores and hosts Scrapbook Retreats and Cricut Cruises.

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Cutting Basics: A Beginner and Refresher’s Course

Each of the cutting exercises throughout this book will help you become familiar with the basic Cricut keypad buttons. These basic buttons are the same on every Cricut cartridge. Once you understand how to use these buttons and the shortcuts they provide, creating becomes a snap.

Cutting Exercise :

Load Paper, Unload Paper,

Shift, and Shift Lock


• Regular cardstock

• Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge or other font cartridge

Part 1

1. Place a 4" x 12" piece of cardstock on the mat in Home Position.

2. Plug in the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge (or any font cartridge) and place the keypad overlay in place on the top of the machine.

3. Turn on the machine.

4. Set the blade to 5, the speed to 4, and the pressure to 5.

5. Change the Size Dial on the far right to 2".

Note: The #2 will appear above the size on the display screen. 6. Hold the mat firmly with both hands and slide the mat under the blade. Note: Your mat should be aligned with the left side of the machine.

7. With the mat now in position, press the Load Paper button and help to guide the mat as it loads.

Note: Do not let go of the mat until after you have pressed the Load Paper button. Letting go before pressing Load Paper could cause the machine to load incorrectly. If this occurs, press Unload Paper and restart the loading process.

8. Type the word “welcome” on the keypad.

9. Press the Cut button.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Learning to Use the Cricut Expression®


Page 8 Learn the basics of using the Cricut Expression. Understand what supplies come with the machine, how to set up your machine to get ready to create die cuts, and what other tools will make your Cricut Expression most effective.

Cutting Basics: A Beginner and Refresher’s Course

Page 16 For crafters who are looking for a complete tour of the Cricut Expression as well as those who are familiar with the machine, this chapter teaches each function with exercises and thorough explanations.

Cartridge Handbook Strategies

Page 29 Understand strategies for easily coordinating the information on the Cricut cartridge with the information in the cartridge handbook.

Exploring Possibilities

Page 31 Once you understand the basic functions of the Cricut Expression, this section provides instructions on advanced features, such as the modes and functions.

Color, Texture, and Dimension

Page 39 Understand how to use the Cricut Expression to add color, texture, and dimension to your craft projects.

Cutting Guide

Page 44 Learn the perfect settings to cut every type of material using the Cricut Expression.

Cricut Expression® 2

Page 46 Learn the new features of the Cricut Expression 2 and how it differs from the original Cricut Expression.

Part 2: Project Ideas for the Cricut Expression®


Page 61

Hoppy Birthday 62

Baby Monkey 65

You’re Invited 66

Great Hunt 68

Wild West 69

Sweet on You 70

Stinkin’ Sweet 72

Merci 74

Sew Nice 76

Piña Colada 79

Page Layouts

Page 81

Rockin’ My Kicks 84

Look Who’s 40 88

Birds of a Feather 92

Short Circuit 96

Winter Wonderland 98

Growing 104

We’re Family 108

For the Home

Page 110

Captured Flight 112

Kitchen Secrets 114

Forever Love 117

Sew Organized 118

Smile Banner 121

Illuminating Elegance 125

Mon Amour 126

Carte Postale 130

Memories 132

Seasonal Charm 139

Bless This Home 150

Warm Winter Wishes 154

Inspire Me 156

Under the Big Top 159

Springtime Happiness 163

Autumn Glow 166

Gifts & Parties

Page 168

Start Your Engines 170

Once Upon a Princess 173

Happily Ever After 176

I Heart the USA 178 Woodland Critters

Cupcake Toppers 180

Woodland Critters Party Favor 182

Cowboy Up! 184

Huntin’ Season 186

Spooky Album 188

I Want My Mummy 197

Ready-Set-Hike 200

Parisian Bridal Shower 202

Glossary 206

Resources 210

Index 213

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Cricut Expression: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating with Your Machine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Yana1980 More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to also attend a class about this book with Cathie Rigby. This talented lady has put some great information in it to help us use the Cricut. She did all the trials and errors and has presented a great how-to book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago