Yaaaaaay, I got the Cricut Explore! And, I didn't manage to get anything done before my two week free trial of 25,000 images to use in Cricut Design Space expired. But that's okay, the subscription is really reasonable, and you can cut any SVG from anywhere for free... not even only SVGs, I've been using PNGs and they cut just fine. For my first project I did a pennant wall hanging.
Cartridges/images used: Scalloped Edge - Accent Essentials, Floral Lovebirds Pennant - Pretty Pennants, Banner Label - The First Few Years, Font - Don Juan.
Papers used: Best Occasions 8x8 Textured Cardstock - Neutrals, Colorbök 12x12 Cardstock - Neutral, DCWV 8x8 Textured Carstock - Neutrals, Colorbök 12x12 Designer Paper - Joplin, Wausau Paper 8.5x11 Classics Cardstock - Spectrum, Colorbök 6x6 Designer Paper - Light Bright.
Honestly, I don't really know how I feel about it. I'm not sure I like the background color, the scallop color, or if I over/under decorated. I didn't really plan it out very much, so all in all I think it was fairly successful. The cut and write function rocks.
Also, I used the LightGrip Mat for the first time, and it was totally integral for cutting the thin paper (Colorbök 12x12 Designer Paper - Joplin). I would have never got that off the standard grip mat in one piece. (It's the large patterned overlay, lots of small cuts.) The size of the whole thing is 9.5x11.5.
I'm going to put it in the kitchen. :)