I have both cricut machines (the small and the expression). My girls (10 & 13 yrs old) have been using the cricut machines for the last 2 years for science projects, science fairs, other school projects, and afterschool activities. We have used the tags and more cartridge for party favors and gift tags. I have used my machines mostly for scrapbooking, but definitely plan to do appliques in the near future. there are some many great uses for the cricut, you will not be disappointed
I use my sizzix for cutting felt and heavier materials.