I really started using my Cricut alot last year when I started doing campaigns for my board (CMT - a fansite for Daniel & Chelsea on Days of our Lives). I wanted to make cutesy little things to make our voices heard - so to speak. So it all started with the penguin. I cut like 50 huge penguins from Christmas Cheer (or was it JOTS?) and made them hold a sign supporting our "cause". I heard they were a hit. The actress who plays Chelsea (Rachel Melvin) even remembered the penguins many months later when I had the opportunity to meet her.
Anyhoo....I guess I have a soap to thank for helping me really embrace my Cricut and use it to its capacity.