I purchased the machine and several cartridges and had used them extensively over the past year. However, I did not REALLY enjoy the system until I purchased the new Cricut Design Studio software to go with it. I feel like I have an entirely new system again. All the old cartridges are getting used again in a new way. I'm "nudging" my letters together to get some really fun words and designs. I am also creating boarders now by nudging my images (like flowers) together before I have the Cricut cut them. The Cricut alone is very functional and useful, but now that I have the additional software, I'm having a blast.