Introducing The Cricut Explore™ Craft Cutting Machine + The TomKat Heart of Gold Cricut™ Party Collection!

kim stoegbauer tomkat studio cricut designer

I have been working behind the scenes with Cricut for the last six months and it has been an amazing experience! (read more here) I have a few very exciting announcements to make today!

  1. As part of the Cricut Design Team, I have created a series of party projects that you can create using the Cricut Explore  and I am sharing my first collection today. It's called the Heart of Gold Party Collection!

  2. We are now stocking the new Cricut Explore machine and accessories in The TomKat Studio Shop! We have a special package deal going on right now for the stock we have on hand (limited so hurry)!

  3. I am heading to London in a few weeks to speak at the Cricut Explore Launch/Press Event! I'm so, so excited and I'll be sharing more details soon!

What is a Cricut Explore™, you ask?

It is a design-and-cut system! The Cricut Explore system blends an electronic cutting machine with Cricut Design Space, the free online design software, to help you make polished DIY projects. Create by using the hundreds of ready-to-make projects, the 50,000+ images from the Cricut® library or by uploading your own images. You can even use the Cricut® cartridges you already own! Read more here.

cricut explore party projects

I have had so much fun using the Cricut Explore™ to easily create adorable party decor! You may have a seen a few projects here and there, like these adorable pink bows and Kate's "sweet dreams" banner, but I am so thrilled to "officially" share our first party collection with you all today. I love how it turned out! Like most of my designs, it is simple and clean and can work for a variety of celebrations! I used my favorite "tomkat" heart shape through the projects, making it super simple to re-create this party setup with just a few supplies. Keep in mind, you can create my party projects and use any colors you choose! Just buy the colors of cardstock that works for your theme. This theme would be perfect in pinks and red for Valentine's Day, too! 

Heart of Gold Party - TomKat - Cropped Photos1

Cricut Design Space makes it so simple to make these projects! You simply choose a project, gather the list of supplies and hit the magic button, "Make It Now". Everything is formatted and sized so no need to make any adjustments, just follow the easy instructions and start feeding your paper/mat through the machine! 

My projects for this party theme include:

Projects and images range from $.99 to $2.98.

My head is spinning with project ideas for this incredible machine and I can't wait to share more projects we've completed and come up with more great ideas to make life easier! From school projects to home decor (and parties, of course) you can look forward to fresh, new ideas from The TomKat Studio using the Cricut Explore machine!


If you are ready to purchase your Cricut Explore, now would be a great time! With every machine purchase, we are including a FREE Cricut Iron-On Roll in Gold and a FREE white tote bag so you can start by making this adorable heart tote project! (while supplies last)

Click here to purchase!

Be sure to enter the code: GOLD in the special requests box to receive your FREE iron-on + tote!


Be sure to check out all of the amazing projects on Design Space including these created by our design team friends, Tatertots & Jello, Small Fry and The Idea Room!

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  1. Josh 04/04/2014

    Always inspiring! Love seeing your creativity!

    • Kim - The TomKat Studio 04/04/2014

      Thank you so much, Josh!

  2. Ashish 04/04/2014

    Wow! Love the creativity Kim. You do know how to throw a party. Love it.

    • Kim - The TomKat Studio 04/04/2014

      Thank you so much, my friend! We LOVE Cricut Explore and are so excited about this partnership!

  3. Kimberly Tucker 04/04/2014

    I have been on the fence about purchasing a Cricut for a while now and I think you def just made up my mind for me. This is a brilliant collaboration and will open a whole new demographic for Cricut. Sold.

    • Kim - The TomKat Studio 04/04/2014

      That is so wonderful to hear, Kimberly! I can't wait to share more projects we are working on!

  4. Tina 04/04/2014

    Fabulous Kim.....yet another feather in your cap :) xoxoxo

    • Kim - The TomKat Studio 04/04/2014

      Thank you, darling!

  5. Kristyn 04/04/2014

    Oh - I just love the gold and black designs - so simple but so pretty!!! And that tote is just SOO adorable! I'm loving the new Cricut machine too - it's so fun!!!!

    • Kim - The TomKat Studio 04/04/2014

      Thank you so much, Kristyn! I can't wait to see what you create with it!

  6. Tami Pruitt 04/04/2014

    I LOVE these party projects, Kim! Can't wait to see with else you create with this incredible cutting machine.

  7. Andrea Worley 04/06/2014

    So many fun projects you've created, and I love the gold!!

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  11. lILY lEUNG 05/20/2014

    I was wondering which font you used for the "Celebrate" banner. Thanks!

    • Kim 05/20/2014

      Hello! I used Bebas Neue.

  12. Holly 06/05/2014

    Can these images be used with the expression2? Unaware that the explore was coming out this year, my husband surprised me with the expression 2. But the explore looks awesome. I'm new to making projects and trying to decide what to make but everything seems geared to the explore. Just want to see if it's compatible. Thanks!!

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  14. Aysha 10/23/2014

    Quick question... (may sound a bit silly)
    Do you ship to Los Angeles?

  15. Stephanie 01/23/2015

    HI, This is my first time to use Cricut Explore and I am making Invitation Bow Wrap for my sister's friend Baby Shower in March. I just wondering if you have a video to show how to make it?

  16. Ja'De 05/25/2015

    Hi Kim! Are users able to make the "celebrate" cake topper?

  17. Catey Rice 09/16/2015

    Other than my kids, this is the most beautiful thing I have seen all day! I love, love, love the gold, black and white!


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