DeeAnn, thank you so much for the tips AND encouragement! That is what I will do, jump in and play around with it. I do like that I can buy single images, that is very appealing to me! I have been looking on Amazon at the cartridges and feeling like I wouldn't want whole sets, so thank you for that nugget of info.
The bits of info you elaborated on are helpful, I hadn't realized the mat has a sticky surface that will require resurfacing from time to time. I guess I am feeling frustrated at the lack of info for the Cricut. within the product itself. YouTube is a fav place I go for tutorials, and I will search out some blogs as well.
Thanks again, DeeAnn for your informative response, you have been very helpful!