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Let Me See You Cricut Roll

April 19, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

This is how I roll…

Okay, if we are being completely honest with ourselves, we have all experienced that moment when we have one too many rolls of vinyl to fit in the plastic JoAnn or Michaels bag where we have been storing all our Cricut items for the past several months…or maybe it is just me. Either way, it is still a struggle to store everything and then drag it over to a craft night your friend is hosting.

Well, wish granted.  I would like to introduce to you the Cricut Rolling Craft Tote.  This tote is the on-the-go crafters dream.

It’s sleek, it’s modern, it even has multidirectional wheels for heaven sakes (we all know those are the best kind)!

With its multiple compartments, pockets, and detachable storage keeping things organized and portable has never been easier. In fact, it was specifically designed to hold your vinyl, iron-on, paper, Cuttlebug (p.s. if you don’t know what that is you should definitely consider it), your Cricut tools, and more.

 

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well if that is true than a video must be worth at least ten times that. Check out just how many project supplies we can fit into this one bag in the video below.

 

 

Crazy right? I will tell you one thing, I don’t need a huge craftroom when all that and the Cricut Craft Tote can fit in my closet.

So… When are you getting yours?!

Check out all of Cricut's bags and totes here

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Our Fabulous Cricut Project Designers: Karley Hall, Desiree Moss and Meagan Patterson

April 19, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

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(Desiree at the top, Karley on the left, and Meagan on the right)

 

Cricut headquarters is one of the most creative places on the planet, and at the very heart of it are some of our talented project designers. They’re constantly coming up with new ways to use their Cricut machines and collaborating on trendsetting projects. Meet three of our inspirational crew: Karley Hall, Desiree Moss and Meagan Patterson. After reading their answers, we’re sure you’ll agree that they have the best job ever.

How did you get your start at Cricut and how long have you been with the company?

Karley: I started working at Cricut in August 2016. While I haven’t been here long, the experience has been amazing. I heard about the position through one of my best friends, who was also applying. When I met a few of the team members during my interview, I realized that this wasn’t only going to be a job for me, but an extension of my family.

Desiree: I graduated from Brigham Young University in 2013 with a degree in Costume Design, and I had no idea what was coming next. About three months after graduation, my friend told me about a project design job opening at Cricut. I was shocked that this type of job existed! I applied, had a couple of great interviews and have now worked here for over three years.

Meagan: I’ve been here under a year and love everything about it! My dad actually works in the IT department, and it’s such a fun bonus that I get to work with him. I was originally hired as a Customer Service Representative, but a position for project designer opened up, so I jumped on it! The same day my Customer Care training was complete they offered me the position of project designer. Who knew?

What is your favorite part of your job?

Karley: Crafting. All day. Everyday! This job is the epitome of my dream job. We get to play, design, and make beautiful things and get paid for it!

Desiree: Working in a creative environment with incredibly talented people. They push me to try harder and take design risks.

Meagan: I LOVE collaborating with each team member. It’s also super rewarding to see our fantastic Cricut users remake a project and love it just as much as I do!

Karley: I love the simplicity of this project. I am a strong advocate of getting out of your comfort zone and traveling. I feel like this bag is the perfect size for a weekend adventure, and it was so easy-peasy to make with the Cricut and some iron-on.

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Where do you find inspiration for your projects?

Karley: I look at the details of life and find ideas in the shapes, patterns and colors of everyday items. Some of my spirit animals are Joanna Gaines and the brilliant ladies behind Shanty2Chic! 

Desiree: I find a lot of inspiration from online shopping… I know my mom will laugh at that answer! I love to see how my favorite stores market their brands, and it’s a great way to see what’s current.

 Meagan: Inspiration comes from life itself. It could be from walking through a store or looking through magazines--and for sure, Pinterest! But it also comes from leading a healthy lifestyle. I’m a firm believer in taking care of one’s self.

How does the creative process at Cricut work?

Karley: I have never worked at a more organized company! Cricut runs like a machine. We get fun requests from all over the company. Our team of project designers splits up the work and brainstorms together to make beautiful things that will hopefully inspire others to lead a more creative lifestyle.

What is your favorite crafting trend at the moment?

Karley: I am totally obsessed with the industrial farmhouse trend. My husband and I recently built a mudroom using industrial pipes and shiplap. Each time I walk by it, I smile.

Desiree: Anything with wood or succulents. I love reclaimed wood art. I want to put these two trends everywhere in my house.

Meagan: I love DIY home décor, especially farm style. Anything that is rustic, antiqued and has beautiful natural elements is my jam!

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Desiree: This succulent project is my all-time favorite. It took me forever to ink the paper to look like succulents, but it turned out so real-looking. I can’t keep any plant alive, so I’m pretty excited to have this in my living room.

What is your favorite aspect of the Cricut machine?

Karley: Ease of use. When you cut a project with several different colors, the software automatically sorts out each shape by color and sets it up on your mat for you! Lifetime Cricut users may take this for granted, but other cutting machines don’t do this.

Desiree: I love how professional it makes your projects look. Every time I give a Cricut-made gift, people never guess that I made it.

Meagan: Other than all the cute colors it comes in? I love how intricately it can cut. Before using the Cricut machine, I cut a lot of things by hand. My carpal tunnel sure is grateful!

Tell us about a project that didn’t work out as you planned.

Karley: To be honest, most of my projects start in one direction and end a million miles away. In my head, I’ll think two patterns are perfect complements to one another, and then I layer them and hate the way it looks. It may sound frustrating, but it’s all part of the creative process.

Desiree: This happens at least once a week. One time I made a darling paper wrap to go around a lamp. It looked incredible in photography. Later, the team was debating if it was a fire hazard. Turns out I had a 110 Watt bulb in a 50 Watt lamp. It was definitely a fire hazard.

Meagan: It’s important to use each image in the most pleasing way possible. This card with Disney’s The Jungle Book on it was originally going to be a home décor piece, but everything I tried just didn’t highlight the beautiful simplicity of the image. So I scrapped that idea and went with a card. My Plan Q became my best plan ever!

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What are you working on now?

Karley: We’re constantly working on several projects. On average, our team finishes almost 30 projects a week! I just finished collaborating on a cartridge that will be released soon, and my projects on it include a beach bucket filled with summer essentials, a baby onesie and a home décor piece.

Desiree: Most people would think I’m working on Easter projects. We work about three months ahead, so I’m working on Fourth of July projects instead. It gets a little weird when it’s snowing outside!

Meagan: Recently I was asked to do some quilling projects, and those were such a fun challenge. The quilling tool we offer in the Paper Crafting Set really helped my designs come to life.

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Meagan: I simply LOVE the s’mores bar in Design Space! Weddings are my absolute FAVORITE thing ever, so when I was asked to create a project for a winter wedding I was thrilled! I love how simple and easy the project is, and I found the cutest font combo ever with “Kyden” and “Yours Truly.”

Any advice for Cricut users?

Karley: If you’re a new Cricut user, start small. Do a little research before you start. There are so many awesome video tutorials on our YouTube channel. For all the Cricut pros, try different combinations of materials and don’t be afraid to get creative!

Desiree: Don’t ever feel like you can’t do it. It is always worth trying. Everyone has a little creativity in there. Let it show!

Meagan: Never limit yourself with creativity. Constantly expand your horizons in every aspect of your life.

Thanks so much to these talented designers for inspiring us to take our crafting to the next level! We can’t wait to see what incredible projects they come up with next…

Do these designers have your creative wheels spinning? Show us what you’re working on with #CricutMade

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Outfit Your Home With These Cute Projects

April 17, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Designs

HI everyone! It’s Jen from Jenniferrizzo.com. I wanted to share some fun custom home décor projects some of my fellow bloggers have made with their Cricut! One of the things I love the most about my Cricut, is the fact that I can make custom home décor. I love how these 5 projects used Cricut iron-on materials in creative ways to bring personal touches to ordinary every day items!

Sweet Flower Pots

PMQ for two created two projects that are not only the cutest thing ever, but look like you could pick them up in your local boutique! These vinyl face flower pots are a great way  to add some personality to your plants!

 

Flower Pots

Boho Charger Pattern

And she dressed up inexpensive chargers with a very fresh Otomi pattern for decorative use (only). These are really cute, and have a fun boho flair! Visit PMQ for two to see the full instructions here

 

Chargers

Inspirational Pillow Phrase

On Fern Avenue made this super cute pillow with the heat transfer vinyl. She was able to customize her daughter’s room with a pre-made pillow and the vinyl!

 

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A Welcoming Pillow

Olive Amber made a custom and very welcoming front entry way with a pillow cans and the vinyl as well. I love how she used a cute, and very trendy pineapple print pillowcase to add her text to. It really pops off her front door and pulls it all together!

 

Outdoor pillow

Add A Touch of Color To Your Kitchen

To add a touch of color and fun to your kitchen décor, follow Lydi Out Loud’s example an use the Cricut iron-on lite to make these really creative and cute kitchen towels. These would also make an amazing gift for a Mother’s Day, or even a housewarming gift!

 

Custom kitchen towels

I just love all of the options to make custom home décor with the different Cricut iron-on materials. Make sure you visit the blogs linked above for the full instructions so you can make your own!!!

For more creative home and decorating ideas visit me at Jenniferrizzo.com

 

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Easy Easter Ideas You Can Whip Up Quick as a Bunny

April 14, 2017 • Contributor: Andrea Greco

Growing up, Easter to me was kind of like Christmas Jr. We decorated the house, crafted gifts for friends, dyed eggs, got matching dresses for church and anxiously waited for a magical, fluffy animal to bring us a basket of gifts. Those gifts came in the forms of Whitman’s Chocolate Bunnies, Cadbury eggs, bright yellow Peeps and too many white and purple jellybeans (red and orange were the “money” colors).

Now I am older.  My sisters and I no longer wear matching dresses (that visual is terrifying!). My cousins and I no longer run around the yard hunting for eggs (that visual is awesome!). High fructose corn syrup has been recognized as the devil.  Candy WILL be consumed, just not in the bucket load quantities that fueled all the Greco grandkids until midnight on many an Easter Sunday. That’s pretty much all that has changed.  I still embrace Easter with close to the same excitement I did as a youngster. Decorating, crafting and egg decorating are still on the menu at my place! Here are a few of my favorite ideas for Easter 2017. Let’s get crafty!

Succulents in Eggs

Add a modern twist to your table or room décor with mini succulents in egg shells.. Plant some small succulents in your leftover shells and display in a saucer or small bowl. I used Heirloom chicken eggs. They are naturally green and look so pretty with the plants.

 

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Rabbit Ear Napkin Rings

Upcycle your paper towel tubes with these festive napkin rings. I used a leftover tube from some Cricut vinyl. Cut your tube into 2” sections and wrap with jute or your favorite ribbon. Secure with a dab of hot glue. Cut 1.5” ears (they are the shape of leaves) out of scrap fabric. Fold the ears in half vertically and dab a small amount of hot glue to the bottom end of the ear. Glue to your ring and you are done.

 

Easter rings

Put A Tail On It!

Make a yarn pom-pom cotton tail and hop on down the bunny trail! Attach to the back of your pants or skirt (or dog’s shirt) with a safety pin and you are ready to go.

 

Bunny tail

Egg Bud Vase

I’m going to make these little bud vases and put them next to my guest’s place settings this year. Drain an egg and rinse. Fill with water and place in an egg cup. Add a bud or two and you’re done. You could even add your guest’s name and use these as place cards.  I’ve wanted to do this craft for a while, but I couldn’t figure out to drain an egg without making holes on both ends. I found this great tool on Amazon called a “Blas Fix Egg Blowing Kit.” This thing is life changing! It drains an egg in 10 seconds.

 

Egg bud vase

Paper Flower Boutonniere

Surprise the man in your life with this pretty boutonniere. I used the Lilly 3-D Flower in Design space to create this. Glue each flower to a 4” piece of floral wire with hot glue. Bundle and cut the wire bottoms to even out the ends. Wrap with floral tape to secure your flowers and finish with a piece of ribbon.  Adorn that guy!

 

Egg project

Animal Shadow Eggs

Make these “shadow” eggs using Cricut vinyl and the bunny, lamb and chick graphics available in Design Space. I sized each one to 1.5” height. Cut, peel, stick and done! Easy Peasy.  Black too dark? Purple and pink vinyl look super cute too.

 

Egg project

Easter Grass Cupcakes

Every Easter, my Great Auntie Jean would make a carrot cake, cover it with green coconut and create a little Easter scene on top of the cake. I’ve recreated this on a smaller scale with Easter egg hunt themed cupcakes. To make the grass, measure 1 cup of moist coconut and dump into a large Ziploc. Add 3 drops of green food coloring. Close the bag (very important!) and shake. Massage the bag to evenly mix the dye.

Place grass on top of your frosted cupcakes and finish with some candy eggs. Peeps are cute too. Cricut bonus tip: I made the cupcake wraps using the Lattice Purple Banner in Design Space. I sized it to 7.75” width for standard sized cupcakes.

 

Egg project

Thanks for reading! Check back next month for more styling tips and crafting tricks! Follow me on Instagram @andreanoelgreco to see how I Cricut! Happy Easter! And make sure to share all of your favorite DIY Easter projects using #CricutMade! 

 

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Cuttable Wedding Ideas For The Ultimate DIY Bride

March 30, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Carreiro from Something Turquoise

Hey crafty babes! My name is Jen Carreiro and I’m the turquoise-crazed owner and maker of Something Turquoise, a wedding blog that celebrates the DIY bride. I share different types of do-it-yourself tutorials on my blog including custom projects to make with your Cricut, that are all focused around weddings and wedding events. I’m super excited to share that each month I’ll be guest blogging here, sharing some type of fun and creative wedding inspiration with you. Since spring has sprung and it’s going to be wedding season before we know it, today I’ve rounded-up my 15 favorite Cricut-able spring wedding project ideas that your guests will go nuts over!

 

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Project made by Something Turquoise.

Romantic Mr & Mrs Reception Chair Signs

Creating personalized Mr + Mrs reception chair signs is an absolute must and these are just darling! The best part is that you can make them in about 10 minutes flat in Design Space right now!

 

Mr. & Mrs. Chairs

Project made by Cricut Designer, Dezi Moss. 

Detailed Lace Plate Charger

Wow, is this an absolutely stunning paper charger or what!? That’s the type of fine cutting detail that I absolutely rely on my Cricut to create! Cut these in Design Space now for a truly show-stopping table decor element for each guest!

 

Lace charger

Easy “I Do” Wedding Shoe Stickers

This is one of my favorite project ideas because I actually made it and that’s me in the picture! On my blog Something Turquoise, I’ll show you exactly how to create custom “I Do” stickers for the bottom of your wedding shoes!

 

I do wedding stickers

Project made by Something Turquoise. 

Beautiful Watercolor Table Numbers

This print + cut project combo has my heart! This watercolor design from Natalie Malan is ready and waiting for you in Design Space - just perfect for a spring wedding!

 

Water color numbers

Project made by Natalie Malan.

Chic Spring Wedding Invitation Suite

In case you’re feeling frisky, maybe you could tackle creating your entire wedding invitation suite with your Cricut and this stunning design from Lia Griffith!

 

Wedding invite

Project made by Lia Griffith.

Hopeless Romantic Name Cards

How adorable are these name cards!? Not only are they perfect for a spring wedding but they’d be fantastic for a winery or vineyard themed event! Customize them for yourself in Design Space with just a few clicks!

 

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You Have My Heart Centerpiece Decor

I absolutely love this centerpiece idea! Cut out the saying, glue onto a stick and add to any floral centerpiece… although it would also make a fantastic wedding cake topper! Idieh Design has the cut file in Design Space just waiting for you!

 

Centerpiece

Project made by Idieh Design. 

Best Day Ever Drink Tags

I just think that these are the best darn drink tags I’ve ever seen! So cute! Personalize and cut Idieh Design’s file within Design Space now… and then be happy to know whose drink is whose throughout the night!

 

Drink tag

Project made by Idieh Design. 

Petal Patrol + Ring Security Shirts

Ok, aren’t these two just the cutest ever?? I actually have to say that because they’re my niece and nephew! Visit my blog Something Turquoise to grab these free SVG design files so that you can personalize a sweatshirt or t-shirt for the little ones that will be in your wedding!

 

Shirts

Project made by Something Turquoise. 

Spring Paper + Vellum Lantern

No candles allowed at your venue? No problem! Cut and create these paper and vellum lanterns with Lia Griffith and let battery operated tea lights shine from the inside!

 

Paper lantern

Project made by Lia Griffith. 

Glitter Iron-On Bride Tote Bag

Personalize a tote bag for all your wedding planning needs using glitter iron on and your favorite font! Get the how-to on my blog Something Turquoise!

 

Glitter Iron On Tote Bag

Project made by Something Turquoise. 

Green Ombre Watercolor Menu

Don’t forget about the food! Some would say that’s the most important part of the night… personalize this menu design from Kori Clark and then print + cut them into existence!

 

Watercolor menus

Project made by Kori Clark. 

Floral Stenciled Napkins

This stenciled napkin idea is a beautiful element of decor that can easily double as a fabulous favor for each of your guests. Cut out the design from Michelle Edgemont and then stencil onto each napkin with fabric paint. Simply fabulous!

 

Stencil napkins

Project made by Kori Clark. 

Spring Paper Flower Wedding Bouquet

And last but certainly not least, for the most hardcore of DIY brides, I would love to challenge you to create your wedding bouquet entirely out of paper using these stunning patterns from Lia Griffith!

 

Spring Bouquet

Project made by Kori Clark. 

Now that you’ve reached the end of this list, I hope you’re feeling romantic and inspired for your spring shindig! Don’t forget to share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #CricutMade and tell us what you're making in the comments below! Also, if you make one of my custom Something Turquoise projects, share it with our team using #somethingturquoisediy!

 

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Monogram Styles: What’s The Right Monogram For You?

March 29, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Monograms are a great way to personalize almost anything from a lunch box to notebook and more. The best part about monograms are the variety of styles to choose from that honestly can fit any occasion. Let’s go through the bucket list of monograms to help you find the right fit for your next project – and stay tuned while I walk you through how to make all of these in just a few easy steps over the next few weeks!

Fancy Letter Monograms

Basically, it’s a Choose Your Own Adventure to find the perfect font to use.

 

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True Monogram Letters

Letters that were designed specifically to be a monogram.

 

Monograms

Layered Monograms

Monograms that have multiple layers to give them dimension.

 

Monograms

Split Monograms

An initial with a name in the middle … what more do you need to tell the whole story?

 

Monograms

Rounded Monograms

Large center anchored letter surrounding by a first and middle/second initials.

 

Monograms

Framed Monograms

Exactly what it sounds like: a monogram surrounded by a frame – sometimes a floral, sometimes a square, sometimes a round, always lots of potential.

 

Monograms

Shaped Monograms

An initial within an image. Quite easy and definitely fun!

 

Monograms

There are some very basic monogram rules (but I’m also a firm believer in breaking rules and designing to your own personality!) that I wanted to share for those planning out the perfect monogram for the perfect project:

  1. Single letters can represent either first name (modern) or last name (traditional)
  2. There are three main ways that are represented by three initials
    • If the letters are all the same size, it represents a person’s first initial, middle initial and last initial
    • If the center letter is larger, it represents a person’s first initial, last initial (large center), and middle or maiden name initial (for married women)
    • For a married couple, the center would be larger representing their joint married name. The order is usually the bride’s first initial, the married last initial, and the groom’s first initial

Which monogram style is your favorite? Do you have any others that you want to share with everyone? Let us know below, and tune in each week to figure out how to make your favorite style in Design Space

 

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How To (Easily!) DIY Your Kids Parties

March 24, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica from Every Day Party Magazine

Hi everyone! It's Jess from Everyday Party Magazine again. I am so excited to be back on the Cricut blog sharing tips and tricks that are near and dear to my heart! I love a good party, obviously, but what makes a good party? Is it the food? The games? The decor?The party favors?  I believe it's a little bit of all of them! One of the things I love about my Cricut is the ability to make anything more custom.

 

Camp Party Table

 

I cannot even begin to count the times I have been to the local party store or Target to shop for party supplies to find that there is nothing I want. Sure, I could find solid colored plates and striped straws, and, I do, but then, I make it fit my party theme. Straws flags? Easy peasy! Vinyl embellishments for the plates? You bet!  Custom shirts, invitations? Literally, your imagination is your only limit.  

My Cricut is my go to for nearly every party we have, not just because I can make invitations, food labels, and games, but because I can decorate for my party with my Cricut.  I can make rosettes, backdrops, banners, centerpieces...nearly all of it!

I decided at 9:30 one night I wanted to have a little camping party with my niece the next day. I had an adorable pink and white striped tent I knew she would love, so that was my inspiration. I opened up Cricut Design Space and got to work. In just a few hours I had tent style food tents, an adorable pennant bunting banner for the backdrop, party favor boxes, fun party signs, a custom t-shirt, and an invitation ready to go! (She's four, and doesn't believe you can go to a party without an invitation.) 

The first thing I worked on was the food tents. I made the labels print and cut on Cricut Printable Vinyl, but I kept the tents a traditional cut file. Once everything was cut and assembled, I stuck the custom food labels on the tent. This was a great way to tie the food tents into the party theme.

 

Food Tent Assembly

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The pennant bunting banner was the easiest backdrop ever! I cut out 6 scalloped edge pennants, and 12 standard triangle pennants. I threaded pink ribbon through the holes and hung them criss cross on the wall above the snack table. A simple and quick decoration with a big impact.  

 

Banner

 

I LOVE the 3-D tents in Cricut Design Space, and I knew they would be perfect party favor boxes. My niece knows a good party has to have junk food and party favors for her and her brother. So, I made two little tents and filled them with candies I had at home.  

 

Party Favor Boxes

I wanted to make our party area look a little more camp like, so I altered the camp signs in Design Space so they would be layered, and cut them out on coordinating colored card stock. Another simple design with a lot of party impact!

 

Camp Sign

Camp Signs

 

My sweet little niece loves custom shirts, and she knows Aunt Bunny can make her just about any shirt she wants. (In fact, I keep solid colored t-shirts on hand all the time so I can whip up a shirt whenever inspiration strikes...I just grab them on clearance whenever I find them) I used a little Cricut Glitter Iron On and some Lilac Iron On to make a Girls Camp shirt to mimic the invitation. I sliced the text out of the card file and added a layered tent to the design. Next, I ironed them onto a little pink shirt. This is one of my favorite things to do for the guest of honor at our parties. (It's also a great gift idea!)

 

Shirt

Finally, and I am so glad I remembered this, I made an invitation for my sweet niece. We set up the party at my husband's office so we would have to get ready to "go" to the party. She was so very excited to visit her Uncle Gus and have a little party at his office with him.  

 

Invitations

Invitations

I could have made so much more for the party if I had given myself more time to prepare...cupcake wrappers, party circles, vinyl for the drink bottles...again, my imagination and time were my only limits.  

Be sure to check out my blog for more pics of the full party! There's also a ton of great inspiration in Design Space for all sorts of parties - go check it out here

 

Succulent

Free Cut! Succulent Thank You Gift

March 17, 2017 • Contributor: Cris Stone of Kiss My Tulle

Many years ago, I was a preschool teacher and really loved it. In addition to getting to watch kids learn and grow under my influence, I also got to know the families well, too. Well enough that every time a holiday or school rolled around, I got a little something in on my desk from different parents who wanted to show me how appreciated I was. It meant a lot to me – not because the gifts were big or fancy, but because they took the time to show mw that they were thinking of me. This March, most schools are letting out for spring break and it’s the perfect time to tell your child’s teacher “Hey! I appreciate you!” with this simple DIY featuring this week’s free cut: the lacey labels cartridge.

The cartridge features any number of gorgeous designs but this simple “JOY” one struck a cord with me because I just love the happiness that word brings me.

 

Succulent Image

So why not take ten minutes and show your kid’s teacher some love with this DIY succulent thank you gift featuring this week’s free cut: the lacey labels cartridge? And be sure to take a moment to show us your creation! #CricutMade

 

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5 Cool Ways To Use Cardstock For Spring

March 15, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

It’s that time of year again… our clocks go forward and we’re reminded that spring is on the horizon. In fact, the first day of spring is less than a week away – March 20th! Let the countdown begin…

We love spring so much at Cricut because we start seeing pops of color return to the trees and blooming flowers. As soon as we see that color return, we’re instantly inspired to make projects that will breathe new life into our homes and relationships. There’s nothing like sprucing up your space with a pop of color or designing something fun for an upcoming party. Spring is that perfect time of year to try new things, so today, we’re going to show you some unique ways you can use cardstock.

People typically think of cardstock as a card-making material, but we decided to take it to the next level… we’re going to show you some amazing dimensional cardstock projects that will blow your socks off. And the best part, you can make these projects so easy using Cricut and Design Space!

 

Hopping Easter Bouquet

Easter Bouquet

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this springy colorful cardstock bouquet will add a fun touch to your dining room or an entry-way side table. All you need is a variety of cardstock, flower wire, and a couple other helpful tools, to make this bouquet. You can Make It Now in Design Space, which provides the full how-to!

A Romantic Rose Wall

A Romantic Rose Wall

Flowers don’t have to just come out of the ground… you can make them bloom from your wall! This wall installation, designed by Idieh Design, is the perfect paper statement to add some lovely dimension to your walls. Heidi used fishing wire to hang the flowers and the best part, the rose design is a one-cut project! All you do is roll up the paper cut and glue the bottom flap of the rose… you can find Heidi’s full instructions here. I made them too, and it’s so easy! It took me about 3-5 minutes to cut, roll, and glue one rose.

Celebrate Cake Topper

Celebrate Cake Topper

Add a little sparkle to your cakes with the adorable glitter cardstock cupcake topper by The Wedding Lady. Making cupcake toppers is so easy – all you need is cardstock, bamboo skewers, and a paint brush! And the coolest part about cutting font projects in Design Space is that we have over 400+ fonts to choose from OR you can use own (literally fonts on your computer will aggregate in Design Space… pretty crazy, huh?!). Some of my favorite fonts to use for cake toppers are Lipstick Lettering, Elegant Cake, Quarter note and Cursive 101.

Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

 Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

This cardstock lion is such a cute way to dress up your baby’s walls in a way that will seriously impress your family and friends. To be able to say you made a dimensional lion for your baby’s nursery? How cool is that? Now this project takes anywhere from 1 – 2 hours depending on your level of skill with Cricut and using cardstock… but when I tell you once you get the hang of it, these types of projects are super easy to make. Go check out this Make It Now project in Design Space here!

Heart Bottle Wrap

Heart Bottle Wrap

When spring hits and you start having friends over for backyard BBQs, serve your beverages with a little extra personal touch. This milk bottle has been reimagined by our Cricut team with a fun cardstock wrap with a heart pattern cutout. Just grab some cardstock in your favorite color, twine, adhesive, and a plain bottle to complete this project! You can Make It Now in Design Space here.

Now that we’ve shown you some of our favorite unique cardstock projects, what do you think? Can you go outside the box with cardstock this spring? Tell us in the comments or share your favorite projects via social with the hashtag #cricutmade! We can’t wait to see what you make for spring.

 

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These Creative Brides Will Amaze You

March 10, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

The Cricut wedding march continues! We had so much fun shining the blog spotlight on DIY bride Amy Voluckas on February 23 that we knew we just had to tell more of our amazing makers’ stories. So, meet Rebecca Lewis and Sylvanna Krawczyk, two talented DIYers who also used their Cricut machines to bring their own unique styles and personalities to their special days. From lovely and lyrical to a storybook adventure brought to life, these talented ladies have inspired us with their inventiveness and talent. Read on for all the details!

Love in Bloom: Rebecca Lewis

A little over three years ago, my friend and I were talking about how I was never going to get married because I was afraid I would never find “the one.” A few minutes later, she said, "If I set you up on a blind date with my friend, would you go?" Jokingly, I said “sure” and laughed it off.

Turns out, she was serious about it, and an hour later, she had made plans for me with one of her friends from a history course. She and “the guy” planned for me to meet him at the local bowling alley that weekend. So, nervous as anything, I went. When I showed up, my friend told me to look for a truck in the parking lot. Anxious, I looked around and there was no truck in sight. “Did I really get stood up?” I asked myself. I called my friend and said “WHERE IS HE? THERE IS NO TRUCK HERE AT ALL!” A few minutes later, a tall, handsome man walked up to my car. That had to be him I thought, and I was right! After bowling, it was clear we both didn't want the night to end. Now, the rest is history.

 

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As I began wedding planning, I really wanted ways to make it unique. I thought about paper flowers at first, but they were a ton of work. I saw more and more paper flowers on Pinterest and found a blog that said they used the Cricut. I did some more research on the Cricut and my life was changed! Cutting the shapes out for the flowers became an easy task, and it made my dream of paper flowers a reality.

 

Paper Flowers

The response to my paper flowers was amazing! Nobody could believe that I made each and every single flower by hand. Guests loved that they were able to take the centerpieces home with them after the wedding and they didn't have to worry about the flowers ever dying.

 

Paper Flowers

My Cricut didn't just help me make the flowers for my wedding. It also made many small decoration pieces and even shirts for my bridesmaids, flower girl and myself to get ready in! I fell in love with heat transfer vinyl and started an Etsy shop in October making baby onesies. I can't wait to do more with my Cricut! 

 

Bridesmaids

Whimsical and Wonderful: Sylvanna Krawczyk

I am currently a tutor for all the math and statistics classes at a local community college, but I have been a lifetime crafter and maker. When I was finishing up my mathematics degree, I needed to take some programming classes, and I had never worked with a programming language before. A mutual acquaintance had mentioned his roommate, Daniel, was a software engineer, so I asked Daniel if he would be willing to tutor me once a week in my C programming class. It turned out that the class was ridiculously easy, so instead of tutoring once a week, we kind of fell into a pattern of just hanging out, which then became weekly dates, and the rest is history.

 

Wedding Couple

The Cricut has been essential for making my ideas come to life in a way that I am proud to put on display. We chose the Alice in Wonderland theme because of how well it inspired whimsical interpretations of traditional wedding elements like the cake, the decorations, even my wedding dress (I am going to be the red queen/queen of hearts!) Because it is such an uncommon wedding theme, most of what we wanted to see happen has to be DIYed.

Invitations are one of the first things your guests see, and they really set the tone for what to expect at the wedding, so ours were always going to have a funky vibe that I’d never seen before. The Cricut really came in handy in quickly prototyping sample invites so we could play around with different styles and designs. Ultimately, it streamlined the production of more than 50 utterly unique invites that look like they cost a ton but didn’t.

 

Wedding Invites

The bridesmaids dresses were trickier, because I knew I wanted my bridal party to be playing cards, but I didn’t quite know how to translate the idea elegantly. Finally, one of my bridesmaids suggested we start with a plain white dress and decorate it. Once that was decided, the first thing I thought of was making fabric iron-on appliques with the Cricut! Cutting them was a breeze, and once we had that done, we could play with their placement and create the style we didn’t even know we wanted when we started.

 

Wedding Dress

I am so excited to make flowers next. Being a mathematician, I want to use pages from an old textbook to cut my rose petals and put together a very personal bridal bouquet, and my bridesmaids will be sporting some very theme-appropriate playing card bouquets. For my bridal shower, we’re doing a DIY wine and paint night and all of my guests will be painting their own Cheshire cat canvases. For that, I’m going to be designing and cutting a cute stencil—I’ve discovered the Cricut is fantastic for making stencils out of Dollar Store plastic cutting boards!

 

Wedding Decor

The response to our DIY wedding has ranged from overwhelmingly positive to ecstatic! Our theme is so rich in material to draw from that I really went to town on coming up with DIY ways to transform our wedding venue into this alternate world. We’re even making a giant chess set from scratch! Family and friends are just blown away by these creative elements and how well we’re pulling them off—it’s definitely going to be one of those weddings that people will remember because of how unique it is.

 

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Congratulations are definitely in store for both Rebecca and Sylvanna. Their DIY weddings couldn’t be more different, and yet, they both found a way to use the Cricut to make their nuptial elements a true reflection of their individual love stories. We applaud their ingenuity!

Blushing bride or gushing guest? Show us some Cricut wedding magic you’ve made or seen using #MyCricutWedding on Facebook or Instagram and tell us in the comments below!