I love my Cricut machine (and George cartridge) for making any basic shapes. I also have a hand-held Fiskers 1 1/2" inch punch for punching out a particular image in pattern papers. Sometimes I just go old school with a compass and pencil then I cut it out.
i have the creative memories one as well. i was wondering though how do u keep it from slipping? every once in while mine slips and i have to waste an entire sheet of cs. Also does anyone know how i can get a new blade? I like this one better than all the rest, just don't use it often enough to have all the kinks worked out.