Here's a brief explanation of how the cricut works. You can do two different types of cuts.
The first is a single cut. The picture below is an example of this. This daisy border is one single piece of paper with the "unwanted pieces" cut out.
The second kind is a piece cut. You cut out each piece individually and then attach them together. Here is an example of a lady bug piece cut. Some piece cuts actually have a solid background that you attach the pieces to.
Once you put all the pieces together you can add your own embellishment like so...