I have owned a Cricut Expressions machine for years and have used it on and off during this time when an occasion needed special decorations. My machine is pretty outdated compared to all the new ones I see online now. At one time I owned a Gypsy which worked with the Cricut and it allowed you to do some combination designing before cutting. My Gypsy only lasted about a year and they no longer make it.
You purchase the cartridges individually and they each have a unique theme. The cartridge I used for the BABY Banner is “Tie the Knot”. There are variations such as Shadow or Italic, etc. that can be used to create different designs. A booklet is included with most (the smaller versions have less designs and no booklet). Flipping through the booklet will give you ideas and show you the keys to use. There are adjustments you can make such as size on the machine, but the best way to get to know your Cricut is to just start using it and experimenting.
This banner was a new discovery for me and I found it perfect for the upcoming shower. The scalloped circles are 5″ and the letters are cut out. I also cut yellow circles to place behind the letters so they really stand out. I made additional letters for the baby’s last name – you can make Boy/Girl or any combination of words for a longer banner.
Punch out two holes on each circle and thread your ribbon or string through. Start at the right hole, go forward through it to the back and back through on the opposite left side. Additional stickers or flowers can be added depending on how fancy you want to make it!