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15 Swoon-Worthy Cuttable Wedding Banners

February 28, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Carreiro from Something Turquoise

Photo Credit: Roger Ellsworth with E.P.Love

Well, hello there! 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. First up, it’s all about banners! Banners of all shapes and sizes are now an iconic part of party decor, especially for weddings. So today I’ve rounded-up my 15 favorite Cricut-able banners that would be the perfect decor addition to any of your wedding events!

From creating a custom banner with your soon-to-be wedding date, perfect for snapping photos during your engagement shoot… to creating a decor element for your bridal shower or maybe even an adorable mini-cake topper bunting - the sky is the limit when you use your Cricut!

So many reasons to make a custom decor banner:

  • Engagement Party
  • Engagement Shoot 
  • Bridal Shower
  • Bridesmaid Craft Night
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Wedding Decor
  • Wedding Portrait Props
  • Post-Wedding Brunch

Wedding Dress Bunting Banner

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This is my latest Cricut wedding project! Use one of our custom SVG dress files to create an adorable decor banner for your bridal shower or bachelorette party! Stop by my blog post to get the how-to and the free files!

Detailed LOVE Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Lia Griffith 

Let the Cricut work it’s magic to create this amazingly detailed LOVE banner. Download the cut files from Lia Griffith now!

Lace Pennant Banner

Wedding Banner

This lovely lace pennant banner is the perfect decor element for a rustic chic event. Hang on your cake table, in front of your head table or anywhere your heart desires! Make this project in Design Space now!

Floral LOVE Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Natalie Malan

This beautiful floral love banner says it all… and would look lovely at any romantic themed wedding event. Make this banner by Natalie Malan in Design Space now!

Mr & Mrs Banner

Wedding Banner

Create this classic Mr & Mrs banner in a snap and customize using colored cardstock to match your event. Make this banner in Design Space now!

Flamingle Banner

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Photo Credit: idieh design 

How freaking adorable is this “flamingle” banner held up by balloons! Such a great idea for a bridal shower or a bridesmaids party! Make this banner by idieh design in Design Space now!

Tiny Hearts Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Damask Love

OMG. Not only do you get the cutest bunting packed full of the tiniest little cut-out hearts, but then all those cut-out hearts double as confetti! Now that’s a crafting win! Make this banner by Damask Love in Design Space now!

Papel Picado Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes 

This super sweet papel picado banner would be a terrific fit for your fiesta themed wedding event! Maybe a spring bridal shower in a garden with margaritas? Yes! Visit Green Wedding Shoes to make this banner now!

Classic Congrats Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: TomKat Studio 

TomKat Studio has all our classic brides covered with this chic Congrats banner! Make it in Design Space now!

Getting Hitched Banner

Wedding Banner

This sweet banner combines a few different shapes and sizes to create a unique look. Personalize with your event colors and maybe even cut out a saying to put on top of the larger bunting pieces! Make this banner by Dezi Moss in Design Space now!

Party’s Here Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Michelle Edgemont

This is the perfect banner for your bachelorette party… especially cut out of sequin paper! So fun! Make this banner my Michelle Edgemont in Design Space now!

Hooray Hexagon Banner

Wedding Banner

This banner combines paper and metallic vinyl to make a crafty-chic statement. I think you should cut lots and lots of hexagons and string them all over your event! Make this adorable banner by Anna Rose in Design Space now!

Forever Fabric Banner

Wedding Banner

Turn simple supplies like canvas fabric and black iron into this lovely forever banner! Use ribbon in the color of your event to personalize… this would be darling in engagement photos! Make this banner in Design Space now!

Just Married Banner

Wedding Banner

Ok, ok, so this banner might not be a “bunting” style banner, but I just love it! Hold it in your photos as a prop or put it on the back of your getaway car! Just so sweet! Make this banner in Design Space now!

In-Depth How To Make Your Own Banners

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Keys To Inspiration

Just in case you might be thinking, yeah, these are all really cute but I want to make my own banner from scratch, Christene from Keys To Inspiration has an amazing tutorial that will walk you through each and every step of making an adorable, custom bunting banner!

Now that you’ve reached the end of this list, I hope you’re feeling inspired! Don’t forget to share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #MyCricutStory 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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Quick Card Making Tips & Tricks

February 10, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

So you need a quick card, but you have some quick questions … I have received several questions lately on card making. What are the two biggest obstacles you ask?
  1. How do I work with the scoring tool?
  2. How do I use fonts with writing styles?

If either of these questions have crossed your mind, even for a moment, keep on reading (even if they haven’t crossed your mind you should keep going, this is good stuff, if I do say so myself. Also there are pictures, just saying).

First order of business is picking the card you want to make. Whether it is from our awesome “Make it Now” project collection, or one you are starting from scrap, there are a few things you will want to know.

Most cards have fold lines, if the card you’re making has one you will need a scoring stylus. It looks like this…

 

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Today I have chosen a “Make it Now” card project to work with. However, I am going to customize it to fit my personality a bit more.

 

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This card has four score lines (folds) in it, which I love because it sets it apart from the bi-fold cards outs there. Another thing I love about this card it that it combines cutting and writing/drawing. Once I have hit the customize button I can start to get creative.

The first thing I want to do is change the phrase. While I like this phrase, I want something a little curlier to match the fun embellishments on the sides of the card.

 

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I will need to detach the writing layer from the heart in order to change the font.

 

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Once I have done that I am going to delete the text and create a new text box. Now I can write whatever saying I want. After I have written out my phase, I am going to click on the edit tab and choose a font. Now because I want this to be written instead of cut, I am going to want pick a font that has an associated writing style. I can do that by clicking the first drop down menu and clicking “Has a Writing Style.”

 

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All you have to do now is pick the font you like the best. If you read my last post about fonts you will know that I have a lot of favorites, today I think I will use one called P.S. Post Script.

 

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You will notice that the letters aren’t connected at this point. If you would like to connect them, there are two different ways. First, in the edit tab there is a place for “Line Spacing” and “Letter Spacing.” I think that I will use both.  By decreasing both the line space and the letter space, I am able to get the letters and words exactly where I want them.

 

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Want to know your second option? Of course you do!!! *In my announcer voice* “Okay, lets show our viewers at home what is behind door #2 ...”

 

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“It’s the ‘Isolate letters’ button!” By isolating the letters, you can move them independently of each other to achieve the look you desire.

WARNING

Once you isolate the letters you cannot, I repeat, cannot change the font. I often make a duplicate of my phrase or word before doing this, just in case I change mind my mind (it happens a lot okay!).

After you have them in your desired configuration, draw a square around them with your mouse (or finger if you are on the app) and attach or weld them to one another (we will go over the difference of these two in another post, stay tuned).

Make sure you reattach your phrase to your card, or else it won’t write where you want it to. Now just hit the go button and head to the cut screen. The biggest piece of advice I can give you (and this goes for more than just cards) is to follow the prompts on your screen. They will tell you when you need a scoring stylus and when you will need a pen. They both go in the same spot (clamp A, the one that doesn’t have a blade) so you will only use one at a time.

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I have another tip for you. Remember that first picture I showed you of the scoring stylus (it’s okay, you can scroll back up and look at it)? Did you see the arrow (you can go look at it again)? Well, when you put the scoring stylus or the pen for that matter into the clamp, if you don’t see that arrow disappear, then you don’t have it in all the way. For those of you with scoring stylus and pen frustrations you may want to try this ...

 

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Hold up the clamp with your finger as you push the Stylus or Pen into place. This will help you to feel when it has clicked in correctly. From there just cut, assemble, and give to someone you love!

Did this post answer some of your questions? It did? Let me know in the comments below. You still have more? Well don’t hesitate to ask, just do so in the comments section. Hugs and high fives all around!

 

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#SayItWithCricut For Valentine’s With One-Cut Phrases

February 8, 2017 • Contributor: Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

I’m back and ready to help you discover more fabulous things in Cricut Design Space! This week, let’s talk about how to uncomplicated images for a quick cut and complete project. We’re here to dissect the difference between a multi-layered image and a single layer image – and hey! What does this mean anyway?? What is a layer on an image? And how do I work with it?

For me, layered images were a little (ok maybe a LOT) tricky at first. I love to make things, and I love to make things frequently. BUT I need to make simple things. With limited time (like all of us!), I would either A) never get around to making anything or B) have hundreds of incomplete projects lying around until I found that elusive moment to finish. I think it’s safe to say that the several “mid-projects” I already have in my work room is enough.

A layered image is one that has multiple parts. The layers all fit together to give more depth and color variety to an image to really make it stand out. Sometimes, this is really beneficial for projects, and other times, a single part of the image can be used for great impact, which means you might find a perfect image for your project, but only want to use one part of it.

Let’s tackle single images quickly. When I first started using a Cricut, I only searched for images that were single layer. I recommend that for newbies for sure! Sometimes the layers get a little complicated to put together. To find single layer images, we’re going straight back to the filter again. YAY FOR FILTERS!

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Once my “Single Layer” filter has been selected, I can search for “Valentine” or whatever I might be trying to find at the moment.

 

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It’ll make for a quick cut and a fast project. This year, I wanted to tell my Valentine that I thought he was AWESOME. So, I searched for the word “Awesome” in the search bar. I gave you a sneak peek earlier in the year on that pillow.

 

You're Awesome Pillow

Would you believe it if I told that it came from a 3-layered image? Well, here it is.

 

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Getting from a triple layer image to a single layer was as easy as 4 clicks! All I did was delete the two other layers and narrow it down to just one layer.  It’s that simple. Something that originally seemed a little difficult to line up and piece together, can actually be fast and still make a really AWESOME (hehe) project! 

In the Layers panel, click on the layer that you want to delete and then click the trash can at the bottom. Quick and easy! Removing layers is the fastest way to get a quick cut image out of something more complicated. 

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I decided to make all my Valentine’s AWESOME pillows this year so I narrowed my “Awesome” search down to Single Layers and found these others too!

 

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Tell us in the comments what you’re making for your Valentine’s Day whether you’re celebrating with a special someone, having a Galentine’s Day, or on all the special people in your life. Cheers! - T 

 

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Top 10 Ways to Say “DIY Love You”

February 2, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Social Media Specialist Shelby Jones

V-Day is fast approaching and the pressure is on to send the perfect message to your loved ones to show them you love them … but not in just the typical chocolates and roses kind of way. We’ve got our top 10 favorite ways to say “DIY Love You” … just go with it guys it’s Valentine’s Day so of course we had to be super cheese!

Besides the fact that it’s totally adorable – this banner is perfect for a subtle touch of lovey dovey without trying too hard!

 

Sheet Music Heart Garland by Bespoke Decor.

Sometimes the best nights are the cozy nights in! Stay in, get those pj’s on and have a movie night for two!

 

 

Movie Night Ticket by The TomKat Studio. Make it in Design Space!

Please cue the heart eye emojis! Is this clutch not perfect for your hot date night?! Show the world your taken! Or if you're looking to celebrate with the gals, they've got a super cute #single pouch too! 

 

#Taken Pouch by Oleander and Palm.

Nails deserve love too!  Don’t forget to give yourself a fresh mani! Betcha never thought to use vinyl on your nails - this is nail art at its finest!

 

V-Day Nail Art by JGoode Designs. Make it in Design Space!

#Mantlepiecegoals – seriously we could just stare all day! Part of the fun of Valentine’s Day is filling your home with pinks, reds, chocolate, and of course heart everythings!

 

V-Day mantle project by Crafting Chicks.

This has to be our favorite Valentine we have EVER seen! Take your gal pals out to lunch and gift them what is soon to be their favorite card they have ever received.

 

Vintage Pin-up Girl Card by Rob & Bob. Make it in Design Space!

Send your littles off with a kiss, a hug, and the cutest handmade tees you ever did see! ... we might need twinner shirts for our self as well!

 

Modern kids V-Day shirts by Lemon Thistle.

Search no more for the perfect Valentine’s for your kids to give to their friends! We love a classic punny Valentine and these are perfect!

 

Owl V-Day card by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Because nothing says, “I love you” quite like a giant heart piñata does. Okay … this one might be a faux piñata, but still we are completely obsessed and we MUST add this to our DIY list immediately!

 

Faux V-Day Piñata by Artsy-Fartsy Mama.

One of our favorite totes of all time – because the most important thing of all is to love yourself!

 

Love Your Selfie Tote by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Feeling inspired? Pick your favorite show to binge watch and get crafting! You still have 12 days to get all your Valentine’s projects done! Share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #CricutMade and tell us what you're making in the comments below!

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DIY: Personalized Twists on Winter Gifts

January 16, 2017 • Contributor: The TomKat Studio

Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean you're done giving gifts. Whether your celebrating a person, an event, or just because... personalized gift wrap is the finishing touch to show someone you care. There's so much winter inspiration and one of our favorite designers at The TomKat Studio, Kim Stoegbauer, is showing us a modern take on gift wrap using Cricut. Check out how to make some amazing (and easy) DIY paper designs with The TomKat Studio's instructions below! 
All presents

Paper Tassel + Monogram Gift Wrap Embellishment

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48912462 

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • Color Printer
  • Black Cardstock/White Cardstock
  • Narrow Ribbon
  • Glue Gun/Hot Glue

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space. Select letter(s) you would like to make tags for. Delete additional letters. 

Print then Cut: Follow the instructions in Design Space to print then cut letters. Follow instructions in Design Space to cut tassels. 

Assemble: Roll cut tassels and secure closed with hot glue. Then wrap ribbon around the tassel and secure with hot glue. Create a small ribbon loop and hot glue to the inside of the tassel.

Tassel + Monogram

Monogram Gift Wrap Embellishment

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48927161

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • White Cardstock
  • Double-sided Tape Roller
  • Foam Dots

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space. Choose letters you would like to print/cut. Delete additional letters.

Print then Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to print and cut letter(s). Then follow instructions to cut circles.   

Assemble: Use tape roller to attach the cutout letter to the white cardstock circle. To add dimension, use foam dots to attach the circle to the gift.  

Monogram Gift Wrap

Gold Paper Bow Gift Wrap Embellishment

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48913287

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Hot Glue Gun

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space.

Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to cut bows.

Assemble: Assemble bows and attach using hot glue.  

Gold Bow

Hexagon Gift Wrap Embellishments

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48913180

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • Cricut Vinyl

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space.

Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to cut vinyl.

Assemble: Peel vinyl hexagons and stick to gift wrap.  

Hexagon Gold Wrap
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In Case You Missed It – 2016 Round-Up – Part 2

December 29, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Our Cricut blog team has so much we’re thankful for in 2016. Not only were we surrounded by amazing and inspiring projects on a daily basis, but we got to interact with some of the most talented makers out there. As we continue our review of the year that was (find the first part here [add link to Part 1 blog]), we just couldn’t help reflecting on a few more highlights.

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Rustic Holiday Scene

Get Holiday Ready

December 2, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

‘Tis the season for gift lists and mall Santas and standing in line. There’s no denying that it can all be more than a little hectic. But don’t fret: Cricut is ready to make your home a haven of holiday bliss with easy and quick DIY projects you can find on Design Space. All of this leaves you free to celebrate what truly matters most: family, friends and creativity!

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Christmas Porch Decor

In Case You Missed It

November 30, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

And just like that, November’s over. We can’t believe it, either! Before you tackle the many To Do lists of December, we invite you to take a few moments to yourself right now. Go pour yourself a cup of something delicious, and then check out some of the fun things that have been going on here at Cricut this month. You’ll also get a peek at Cuttlebug® confetti dies as well as some of the fun 3D holiday projects that are available in Design Space.

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Christmas Village

DIY Your Hometown Pride

November 29, 2016 • Contributor: Shelby Jones

Whether you are going home for the holidays or starting traditions in a new town. There is something to be said about expressing your love for your hometown love!  We think your plans this weekend should include your coziest outfit of choice, a good cup of hot chocolate, and a crafter-noon that goes into the late evening crafting up your hometown pride! Don’t worry you’re not alone on this, we’ve rounded up a few of our favs to get you feeling the inspiration. Check out these amazing projects:

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