EasyPress Heat Map

EasyPress vs. Heat Press vs. Iron: Which One Is for You?

February 16th, 2018 • Cricut Blog Team

If you love working with iron-on, you have probably looked at our EasyPress and wondered if it's a must-have for your crafting collection, or if you would be better off with an iron or heat press. Let's explore some of the pros and cons of each type.

Irons

Irons can do more than just get the wrinkles out of your clothes; they can be used to adhere iron-on and help with other crafts. They don't take up much room comparatively, so can be worked into many households.

PROS: 

  • It's very portable, which is great when you want to craft on the go.
  • Many people already own one.
  • The least expensive option on average of the three

CONS:

  • The temperature can vary wildly throughout the surface of the plate. You might end up with iron-on that doesn't stick as well as it could. It could also be scorched.
  • A small surface means you will have to move it several times potentially to cover your entire design.
  • Since it sits upright while in use, a hot surface is exposed that can lead to burns.

Heat Press

If you have a small crafting business, you've likely considered buying a heat press. These machines consist of a base and two plates. You place your product between the plates, close, then let the heat and pressure adhere the iron-on to your item.

PROS

  • Large work surface
  • Heat and pressure make results last longer and adhere better than an iron

CONS

  • Not as portable as the other options
  • Since both plates are heated, you would have to be extra careful not to be burned. 
  • Most expensive on average between the three options

EasyPress

We designed the EasyPress to have the convenience of an iron with the durability of a heat press. Since the temperature is even throughout, firm pressure while pressing down is all you need for lasting results. It's so easy to craft with iron-on when you use this!

PROS:

  • Even heating throughout the surface for better results than an iron
  • Portable
  • Safer and less expensive than a heat press
  • Larger surface than an iron
  • Comes with an insulated safety base to protect from burns while crafting

CONS:

  • Not as large a surface as a heat press
  • Costs more than many irons

Which one(s) do you own? What would you add as pros or cons for each? Tell us below!

Host a Galentine's Day craft party this year!

DIY Projects That Repurpose Your Ex’s Stuff Make Galentine’s Day Even Better

February 14th, 2018 • Cricut Blog Team

Happy Valentine’s Day! At this point in time, you might very well be preparing for a romantic dinner for two, and dreaming about that special someone. (Which is great: go you!)

But if you’re nursing a recently broken heart, or just suffering the usual frustrations over finding love in a busy world, maybe you have something else in mind. Here’s what we’re thinking: a Galentine’s Day celebration where you grab the girls and craft up a collection of special somethings. The catch? You’ll be empowering yourself by repurposing your ex’s leftover stuff into something you actually want!

Get out your Cricut Maker and imagine the possibilities…

Maybe you’ll turn his old shirt into something more self-affirming?

Fries before guys shirt
Fries before guys shirt

Or consider morphing those ratty leather gloves…

Leather gloves

Into boho-chic hanging earrings.

Leather earrings
Leather earrings

And how about upcycling his boxer shorts…

Cutting boxer shorts

Into (yep, we went there!) a toy for Fido?

Dog toy
Upcycled dog toy

Let us know which of these Galentine’s crafts are your favorites!

What are you making for your besties this year?

Leather Embossed Earrings with a Cuttlebug

Craft Creatively With the Cricut Cuttlebug

February 2nd, 2018 • Contributor: Nessa Myers, Cricut Blog Team

Want to add some texture to your crafts? Try our Cuttlebug! This die cutting and embossing machine needs no power and is quite portable. It's not just for cardstock, either. You can emboss leather, aluminum cans and more. 

Start exploring all the possibilities by trying out one of these fun projects today.

Thank You Cards by The Happy Scraps

One easy way to enhance your greeting cards is to add an embossed accent. Make these fun and easy Thank You Cards from The Happy Scraps for the next time you want to show your gratitude.

Wedding Table Numbers from See Lindsay

Make sure your guests know where to sit at your reception with these wedding table numbers from See Lindsay. As she mentions you can do either words or the actual number.

Wire Embossed Chicken Card

My mom and I share a flock of 11 chickens, so I am sure she would be delighted to receive this wire embossed chicken card. It's one of the hundreds of Ready to Make projects that we offer in Design Space. I can even change the colors to match our hens!

Rolled 3D Flower Art

How darling is this rolled 3D flower art by It Happens in a Blink? You just cut out the flower strips, emboss, roll them up and voilà!

Embossed Paper Napkins

Get that luxury party look without the matching price tag by embossing your party napkins! This simple tutorial from The Quiet Grove will wow your guests.

Colorful Can Flowers

Turn your empty soda cans into beautiful art! I am amazed that the Cuttlebug can also be used with aluminum metal. I would want to add a barrette to the back of this and wear it in my hair.

Embossed Leather Tags

If you crochet or knit, add one of these lovely embossed leather tags from 5 Little Monsters! This could be especially nice as a signature accent for your small business wares.

Butterflies and Dragonflies

I am longing for spring and summer when I can work in my garden again. For now, though, I can daydream a bit while I surround myself with flowers and these cute butterflies and dragonflies from Ann Makes.

Monogram Decor

This monogram decor from Everyday Jenny would be perfect for your entryway, child's room or she shed. You can take a standard letter found at a craft store and make it your own.

Leather Embossed Earrings

I love how you can run leather through the Cuttlebug to make embossed earrings! In just a few minutes, you can create a pair of your own with this Ready to Make project.

Which project will you make first? What else do you use with your Cuttlebug? Let us know in a comment!

Organize your silverware tray

Organize All the Things This Year!

January 25th, 2018 • Cricut Blog Team

It's January. Which pretty much translates to: the month of getting organized. Yes? Preparing for the upcoming year takes a lot of work, thought, and planning. But it can also be fun and creative. And exciting! Especially with the help of our Home Organization cartridge.

Create the Silverware Tray pictured above with this Ready to Make project!

Gardening tool labels

Keep your home organized and running smoothly with labels and images professionally designed for organization projects in every room of the house--even the garage! The labels are simple, clean, and modern, while the easy-to-recognize graphics will help even the littlest members of the household keep things tidy. Whether you’re labeling a basket or creating a chore chart, the Home Organization Cricut® cartridge will help your family banish clutter and simplify your lives!

~Organize your shed with this Ready to Make Gardening Tool Box project~

Give your craft room a makeover with these Craft Storage Boxes!

OK. Let's talk pantries. If you're like me, the pantry seems to be kind of a dark abyss of half-full cereal boxes, Jenga-like stacks of pasta and rice, and an infinite number of cans of tomato soup. Things get lost only to be found again long after I'd care to admit. So at my house, we just close that pantry door and try to forget about it.

Until now that is. Natalie, one of our talented Cricut project designers, used these images to show us how to clear out the clutter and revamp a pantry space. (Insert happy dance here.) You'll find all the details here on how to makeover your pantry and turn it into one of your favorite spaces.

What are you organizing this year? Tell us below!

Essentials for the beginning Cricut user

Key Essentials for the New Cricut User

January 19th, 2018 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi! It’s Jenny from Everyday Jenny. Did you get a new Cricut under your tree this year? Yippee! Now that you have your machine I’m sure you are excited to make all the things. But what else do you need to make your project perfect?

Essentials for Everyone

Supplies for all beginning Cricut users

There are endless possibilities of things you can make with your Cricut. These three items are a great place to start for all crafting needs.

Cricut Cutting Mat Variety 3 Pack

I love this option to get a variety of the mats to hold all sorts of materials. You can test out cutting different types of materials with each mat. You may find you like a certain grip better than another.

Cricut Essential Tool Set

The tool set is perfect for lots of crafts you will be making. I have used each of these tools many times, so the bundle is a great deal.  I especially love the trimmer to cut a perfectly straight edge on my materials and the scraper to clean off my mats.

Cricut Access

When you purchase Cricut Access you have unlimited access to over 30,000 images and 1,000 projects, plus over 370 Cricut Access Fonts.  Cricut Ready-to-Make Projects are a great way to get your feet wet and try out projects that have already been created for you by professional artists. Once you have a few projects under your belt you will gain confidence to continue creating.

What’s your favorite Ready-to-Make Project? Let me know in the comments below.

Now that I have gone over those items, here’s a list of essentials depending on the type of crafts you are planning on making with your machine. If you find that you want to focus on one area of crafting then these are for you.

Vinyl Crafts

Cricut essentials for vinyl crafters

Vinyl is such an easy and fun material to work with. You can create signs, decals, organize with removable labels, and much more.

Vinyl Sampler Set

If you know you want to work with vinyl, this sampler set is a great place to start. Get multiple colors to try out for lots of different projects.

Weeding Tool Set

Along with the essential tool set, I love this weeding set for vinyl projects because vinyl cuts can be really intricate. These tools are perfect for even the tiniest pieces of vinyl.

Cricut BrightPad

The BrightPad makes weeding much easier by illuminating the fine lines and helps to reduce eyestrain. It has five brightness settings and is nice and lightweight.

Iron-On Crafts

Iron-on supplies for the new Cricut user

If you customize everything from t-shirts to socks, then you probably love iron-on. (I think this is probably my favorite material!) Not only can you apply iron-on to fabric, you can also use it to wood, canvas and even some types of paper!

Cricut Iron-on Lite

Start with a few basic colors of Cricut Iron-on lite. Once you are comfortable working with this material, there is even holographic sparkle and glitter iron-on which are so much fun.

Cricut EasyPress

A Cricut EasyPress is an essential tool for iron-on application. The EasyPress gives you professional results and is lightweight and easy to store. I have loved making projects with my EasyPress.

Paper Crafts

Supplies for the beginning Cricut user doing paper crafts

Do you love making cards for your friends and family? If you will be making mostly paper crafts, you will want some of these essentials to make your paper crafts shine!

Cricut Scrapbook Paper

I love the variety of Cricut scrapbook paper. There are so many fun patterns and colors to choose from that you will want to buy a few different packs.

Cricut Pens

Add writing and colorful script to your cards with Cricut pens. You can even use them to address envelopes.

Cricut Cuttlebug Machine

This machine is great for embossing a wide variety of materials and adding those perfect touches to your paper crafts. It’s a great companion for your paper crafting needs.

Sewing Crafts

Sewing supplies for the beginning Cricut user

If you got the Cricut Maker for its awesome rotary blade and are planning on sewing up a storm, then you will want some of these amazing sewing essentials.

Cricut Sewing Kit

This kit comes with fabric shears, thread snips, seam ripper, pincushion and pins, measuring tape and a thimble. All of these items you will need if you are just building up your sewing stash.

Cricut Designer Fabric

Cute, coordinating fabric is a no-brainer to inspire your sewing projects. I especially love the Creative Rockstar and On Trend Sampler sets.

Cricut Washable Fabric Pen

Use this pen to easily draw out your patterns with your machine, making sewing a snap!

I hope this helped you to narrow down some of the fun items you are have been wondering about! Also, as one last suggestion, if you will be taking your Cricut places with you, or just want a great place to store it when it’s not in use then you also might want to consider this great rolling craft tote.

Have fun making all the things!

Cricut Access

What is Cricut Access?

January 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hey there! It’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine. I recently joined the Cricut Maker Facebook Group (you can join it here) as a co-administrator…and I am seeing just how many folks don’t have Cricut Access and aren’t even sure of what the benefits of having it are! Say what? I have had Cricut Access for several years now, and I cannot imagine not having it!

If you have a Cricut, you should have a Design Space account. This is free to set up and use, even without Cricut Access. You can upload your own fonts, images, and SVGs. You can even purchase cut files and fonts to use as needed for your projects. Images and fonts begin at just a couple dollars. You can also purchase digital cartridges. Cartridges have several cut files included. Finally, you can purchase fonts as needed as well.

However, Cricut Access has three subscription tiers.

The first subscription is for Cricut Access - Fonts. Cricut offers over 350 fonts, and this subscription costs as little as $4.99 a month when billed annually. (Or $6.99 per month if billed monthly) The monthly subscription can be canceled anytime.

The next tier is the Cricut Access - Standard. This subscription allows users access to the 350+ fonts, as well as 30,000+ images and cut files. Additionally, this subscription offers a 10% discount on images and fonts not included in the subscription. It also offers a 10% discount on product purchases, exclusions apply.

This subscription can also be billed monthly or annually. The monthly plan is just $9.99 (and can be canceled at any time), and the annual subscription is $95.88. Annual subscriptions save $24 on this plan!

The final tier (and best overall value) is Cricut Access - Premium. The Premium subscription is just that, premium! It includes all the fonts, all the images, but, it also offers a half off discount on images and text not included in the subscription. (Exclusions apply) This subscription also offers 10% off your purchase of product purchases (Exclusions apply).

While this subscription level has the most access and is the best overall deal, you can only purchase this subscription annually for just under $120.

All levels of Cricut Access allow you to upload your own designs and images. And Cricut Access automatically includes all of the fonts on your computer.

Disclaimer:

* 50% off does not include images, fonts, or cartridges from Walt Disney Company® (Disney Consumer Products, Inc.), Sesame Workshop™, Sanrio Hello Kitty®, Boys Scouts of America®, Anna Griffin®, Lia Griffith™, Simplicity®, and Riley Blake Designs licensors. Discount cannot be combined with other discounts, including Cricut Circle, promotions, and promotion codes and cannot be used for in-app purchases. Cricut reserves the right to add or remove content and to otherwise modify this offer at any time in the sole discretion of Cricut.

Which level of Cricut Access do you have? Let us know below!

DIY Planner Ideas

How To Cricut-ize Your 2018 Planner

December 30th, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

I am officially addicted to my planner, as I’m sure many of you are. Especially when you’re a crafter, creating a cute planner is like creating a mini-scrapbook every week or even every day. I use a different colored pen for each type of task, I plan out my week ahead of time adding cute stickers and motivational notes, and I revel in crossing off my to-do’s off my lists. My name is Jen Causey and I’m the turquoise-crazed owner and maker of Something Turquoise, a wedding blog that celebrates the DIY bride. Today I’m swooning over all things planner and sharing some of my favorite planner projects that you can make using your Cricut machine. Warning: this post may inspire you to creatively plan something!

Planner Stickers

The best. Cricut’s Print then Cut feature is the ULTIMATE tool for creating your own custom planner stickers. Here are some of my favorites but know that the internet is FULL of them! Doing a quick search for “Cricut planner stickers” on Pinterest will return a massive amount of free files to embellish your planners with. How hilarious are these “trash day” planner stickers!?! Dying!

  • Motivational Planner Stickers, make them in Design Space now!
  • Cutie Planner Stickers by Karley, make them in Design Space now!

Planner Inserts

From darling little pockets to dividers and everything in between, your Cricut can easily do all the cutting work for you on these detailed ideas!

Create Your Own Small Planners

Maybe you’re looking to track your fitness, your eating, birthdays, addresses or maybe even coupons. Your Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker can create individual planners for each item… and personalize them accordingly!

Just in case you need some help in the planner sizing department, Alicia Grace Co. has broken down all the top designs and their individual sizes for us!

I’m excited to see what you create and I wish you a wonderful New Year full of laughter, love and most of all - Cricut crafting!
Jen Causey ~ SomethingTurquoise.com

Which is your favorite? We want to know, so leave a comment!

Make your own planner stickers in Cricut Design Space

New Year’s Resolution Planner Stickers Part #1

December 27th, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Happy almost-New Year, Cricut friends! It’s Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff back with another fun tutorial, plus I have a free download for you!

Can you believe we’re already heading into 2018 this week? The new year brings one particular exciting change for many people—a new planner! There’s something so inspiring about cracking open the fresh pages of a planner. So many possibilities exist on those blank pages!

If you’re a planner person, there’s a good chance you’re also a New Year’s resolution person. I always love the fresh new start the new year brings, along with the challenge of completing a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you want to practice a new skill once daily, work out three times a week, or make your bed every morning.

If this sounds like you, you’re going to love this two-part post on planner stickers! Today I’m going to share a free download with you, plus design some easy flag stickers in Cricut Design Space. Then tomorrow we’ll talk about actually cutting them using your Cricut!

First, a fun freebie! You can download these colorful planner sticker sheets, one for each of my New Year’s resolutions—drinking eight glasses of water a day and hitting 10,000 steps a day on my fitness tracker. I’ve also included a coordinating blank tracker—you can just write in your own resolution and start tracking! You can even use the Cricut Pen to write for you!

There’s something so satisfying about checking off boxes, as well as knowing that the more often you do something, the easier it is to make it a habit!

Cricut Design Space Ready to Make Planner Stickers

If these stickers aren’t quite for you, you can find so many other options in Cricut Design Space! You can head over to the Ready to Make section (click Projects in the canvas sidebar) and see quite a few ideas to get you think about planner layouts and stickers.

You can also search in Cricut Access for “planner” and find tons of cool ideas. You can even design your own stickers from scratch, like these star flags using simple shapes.

1: Start With Squares

Start by adding squares to Design Space

Start by drawing a square. Then click the lock in the bottom left and change the dimensions to 2” x .5” (or whatever dimension you would like!) in the top toolbar.

Then draw a second square and rotate it 45 degrees using the rotate tool in the top toolbar.

Start by adding squares to Design Space

Then place the rotated square over the end of the rectangle.

Start by adding squares to Design Space
Start by adding squares to Design Space

You can use the Center Vertically option in the drop-down to make sure they are aligned properly.

2: Create a Banner by Slicing

Slice your images

Select both shapes and click “Slice” in the bottom right sidebar. This slices your shape into four separate pieces. You can delete everything but the flag on the left.

3: Add Stars and Change Colors

Change out your design colors

Then add a star to your flag, using the Center Vertically option again to make sure they are aligned. And then change the colors to whatever you’d like! I made these match the other files I designed.

Then, select everything and hit “Flatten” in the bottom right sidebar. This will turn your shapes into a Print Then Cut file and you’re ready to make your stickers! You can, of course, duplicate your flags to make as many as you need.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about how to actually take my files you downloaded and these flags we designed and make stickers using the Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker!

What would you track? Leave us a comment!

Last Minute Holiday Projects

Last Minute Holiday Projects with Cricut

December 22nd, 2017 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

We're officially down to the wire. What does that even mean?? I have no idea, I just know I've heard it all of my life when something is reallllly close, and y'all, Christmas Day is REALLY close!

Don't freak out just yet though, you still have the weekend to finish up all of those last minute projects you've been putting off. I get it, I'm the world's best procrastinator too! That's why I put together this fun little list of last-minute holiday projects you can knock out in no time.

Atomic Starburst Ornament from PMQ for Two

This ornament gives me all kinds of retro feels. Can you imagine an entire tree of these? All you need is a few colors of vinyl and some clear glass ornaments. In just a few minutes you'll have a gorgeous gift for yourself or someone on your list.

DIY Felt Mini Hoop Ornament from Flamingo Toes

Okay, so.. Bev from Flamingo Toes is super talented and did all of this by hand but if you're anything like me, you aren't the best at cutting by hand. That's where the Cricut Maker comes in and saves the day. It cuts even the tiniest felt pieces with ease and precision so I have no doubt it would make this project a breeze!

Jingle and Mingle Shadow Box Frame from Giggles Galore

If you're lacking on the home decor side of things then Mariah has you covered with this fab shadowbox frame. I'm positive I need those glittery jingle bells in my life, ASAP.

Felt Mistletoe from Happiness Is Homemade

Felt mistletoe?! Get out of here with the cuteness! Heidi created this entire project with her Maker in less than 30 minutes. That leaves plenty of time for a make-out sesh underneath! 😉

Easy Christmas Tea Towels by Happiness Is Homemade

Tea towels are one of those gifts that everyone loves because they're useful. Not to mention, SO quick and easy to create. This is the perfect project for a beginner! Grab some iron-on material and your Cricut Easy Press and you'll be done in under 20 minutes.

*Check out Design Space to find the files Heidi used on these tea towels + thousands more! If you haven't already, subscribe to Cricut Access to get easy access to these type of projects for as low as $7.99/month. You will have access to over 30,000 designs + you'll receive 10% off all purchases made on Cricut.com and Design Space.

No-Sew Gift Bags from Sweet Red Poppy

The Maker is the gift that just keeps on giving. Literally. Just look at this felt cuteness that Kimberly put together using her Maker and Cricut's Felt Sampler Pack. I would be beyond thrilled to receive such an adorable gift!

DIY Letter to Santa Felt Envelope from Giggles Galore

These felt envelopes that Mariah created with her Maker are amazing. Check out her post to see how she used them!

Christmas Tree Truck Mug from Whipperberry

I hope the red truck fad never ends. Just look at how Heather from Whipperberry added them to these adorable campfire mugs. Vinyl layering at its finest! Visit her post to watch how she layers vinyl with ease.

DIY Ho Ho Hot Cocoa from Coastal Bride

Gillian from Coastal Bride used her Cricut and some vinyl to create a gift that warms both your heart and your hands! Click over to find out how she created this cute hot cocoa bottle. Plus-- free cut file!

Cup Of Cheer Doormat from Kayla Makes

When you've covered decor inside the home and taken care of all the gifting, there is only one thing left to do. Create a festive doormat! Click over to the blog to see how I use my Cricut to create stencils for DIY doormats with every changing season.

Leave a comment and let us know what you're working on these last few days before Christmas!

<3 Kayla

Let's stay connected!

DIY Holiday Attire Ideas

Holiday Attire Ideas to Spruce Up Your Wardrobe

December 19th, 2017 • Contributor: Nessa Myers, Cricut Blog Support

One of the easiest ways to spread cheer this winter is to wear some holiday attire. Whether it's shirts, pajamas, socks or ugly sweaters, it's so easy to get creative and make your own with a Cricut. Try one of these ideas today!

Start With Hot Cocoa Socks

As the temperatures dip, my consumption of hot cocoa goes up exponentially. I fell instantly in love with these socks from Made by Melli. Hold a crafting party with like-minded friends and make some of these soon!

Be Inspired by Pop Culture

I was excited to see these shirts and pajamas inspired by two of my favorite Christmas movies. Every year I have to tune in as many times as I can to watch as Ralphie sticks his tongue to the flagpole in A Christmas Story, so making this "I Triple Dog Dare You" shirt from Doodlecraft is a must.

I can also proclaim my love for Elf and all things sugary with these "Elves Food Groups" tops made by Housewife Eclectic and Artsy Fartsy Mama.

Don an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ah, the ugly Christmas sweater has become a staple of the holiday, hasn't it? If you don't have any luck finding one of these treasures at a thrift shop (or want to just customize your own to tacky perfection), try one of these DIY versions:

Dress the Family in Christmas Pajamas

I've been doing the "Need, Want, Wear, Read" method of Christmas gifts for my girls. In the past, I've defaulted to matching sleeper pajamas, but how fun would it be to make custom ones for them? The matching set for child and doll from Becoming Martha is especially sweet. I also love the fun sets created by Made by Melli and See Lindsay.

Wear a Festive Christmas Shirt EVERYWHERE

I usually wear a T-shirt around the house and on the go, so I would definitely feel more in the Christmas spirit if I wore one of these fun designs:

Which one of these are you going to make? 

Show us your holiday projects made with a Cricut Maker by using the hashtags #CricutMade and #CricutMaker!