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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Meet the Maker Anna Griffin

Meet the Maker: Anna Griffin
Anna’s Christmas Cards & Embellishments

November 2, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Halloween has come and gone, so you know what season it is now: holiday card time! Whether you’re still planning this year’s project or have everything signed and sealed and are just editing your mailing list, there’s a good chance this subject is on your mind. We know that there’s no one better to chat with about paper crafts than maker maven Anna Griffin. (If you haven’t read our past interviews with Anna, you can check them out here and here. We’re grateful that she found the time to chat with us from her studio in Atlanta about her most recent appearance on HSN, Christmas memories and her favorite projects from the Anna’s Christmas Cards and Embellishments Cartridge.

 

Thank you, Anna, for once again being part of our Meet the Maker series.  We know that you’ve been busy, especially with the recent unveiling of the Cricut Explore Air 2. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Of course! I’ve been a part of Explore launches for the past two years as a lead demonstrator, and the recent HSN launch of the new machine was maybe even more exciting. Because of the advances with the Cricut Explore Air 2, I can craft with confidence and make with momentum. It’s twice as fast, so you can become two times more productive. You have twice the time to be creative! It’s an honor for me to be a part of the Cricut family with these launches. I feel like the drum major leading a parade!

 

And it’s quite a parade—more than 10,000 machines were sold that day!
Yes, it was the biggest crafting day in the history of HSN. I’m still on a high! It was like winning the crafting lottery, because people who bought the machine also got Cricut Access for a year. There’s never been another offer quite like that. It was a once-in-a-blue-moon situation, and showed the true partnership with HSN and Cricut to give their customer such an extraordinary offer. Everyone watching was as enthusiastic as I was. The four color choices were such a hit!

 

And there’s another incredible Cricut option as well, isn’t there?
HSN is exclusively offering an Anna Griffin-branded machine. I didn’t think that would ever happen!

Anna Griffin Machine

There’s no better compliment to an Anna Griffin Cricut than your cartridges, which were used to create the DIY paper crafts we’ll be focusing on shortly. Can you talk a bit about this?
Today, we’ll be focusing on six projects from the Anna’s Christmas Cards and Embellishments Cartridge: there are three cards and three scrapbook pages. It’s so fun to see the design elements come to life. You can scale them up for a big impact, and if you scale them down, you can cut more. I used a lot of glitter paper to accent the pieces and make them pop. They’re sparkly, like Christmas lights.

 

Clearly, you agree that the first day of November is not too early to be talking about Christmas cards.
For a professional like myself, it’s never too early to be thinking about holiday cards! This industry is a lot like fashion: you must stay ahead of the season, so I’m already thinking about 2017.  I look for Christmas inspiration year-round.

And everyone who loves making DIY cards, whether they’re a professional or not, knows the reality that paper projects take time. It’s an incredible luxury to have the Cricut to help: you just click a button to make what you see!

 

Let’s get clicking then!

 

Anna’s stunningly detailed Holiday Flourish card.

 

Here’s what you need for this DIY card craft.

 

What is the list of materials needed?

  • Cricut Explore® machine
  • Cricut Design Space™ software
  • Cricut® 12” x 12” Standard Grip mat
  • 2, 12”x12” Holly patterned cardstock. Trim 1 sheet to 7”x10” and fold to 5”x7” card.
  • 2, 12”x12” Red glitter cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Red cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Light red cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Dark green cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Light green cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Green glitter cardstock
  • 1, 4”x6” Photo
  • 2 Journaling Tags
  • 2 Sentiment Stickers
  • 3 Large red pre-tied bows
  • 1 Small red pre-tied bow
  • Double-sided adhesive
  • Foam adhesive

 

The Holiday Flourish project can be adapted into an incredible scrapbook page.

 

Shown here are the materials needed for the DIY scrapbook page.

 

And your instructions for the card and the scrapbook page?

  1. Cut
    Follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to cut images from cardstocks.
  1. Assemble
    Adhere layers together using foam adhesive.  Attach layers to 5”x7” holly card and 12”x12” holly layout with double-sided adhesive.

    Attach photo, sentiment stickers and journaling tags to layout and card.

 

 

Pictured here are the materials laid out for this project.

 

What will we need to make this holly, jolly piece?

  • Cricut Explore® machine
  • Cricut Design Space™ software
  • 12” x 12” Standard Grip Cricut® mat
  • 1, 12”x12” Holly patterned cardstock. Trim to 7”x10” and fold to 5”x7” card.
  • 1, 12”x12” Holiday patterned cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Green glitter cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Ivory glitter cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Silver cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Dark green cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Green cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Light green cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Red cardstock
  • 1, 3.5”x3.5” Photo
  • 2 Sentiment Stickers
  • 1 Small red pre-tied bow
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided adhesive
  • Foam adhesive

 

The beautifully intricate Holly Swirls scrapbook page.

 

And here’s a look at the scrapbook materials.

 

Instructions for the Holly Swirls projects:

  1. Cut
    Follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to cut images from cardstocks.
  1. Assemble
    Adhere seven small red dots to berries design on backside of green holly cut out.  Attach green holly cut out to light green holly layer with double-sided adhesive.  Adhere these layers to green glitter holly layer with double-sided adhesive.  Repeat with second holly cut out.Adhere holly cut outs, sentiment sticker and red pre-tied bow to card.
  1. Assemble Scrapbook Layout:
    Adhere holiday patterned doily to 12”x12” dark green cardstock with double-sided adhesive.

    Assemble and adhere 3 tonal green holly branch layers together with double-sided adhesive and foam adhesive. Repeat with 5 remaining holly branches.

    Using scissors, cut out the red bow on the large red ornaments design. Cut out the grouped ornaments on one of the small ornaments design and adhere to the large red bow on the scrapbook layout (as shown). Cut out pieces of the remaining ornaments and adhere to the layout with foam adhesive.

    Adhere remaining layered ornaments to layout.

    Attach photo and sentiment sticker to layout.

 

The Perfect Poinsettia Card is the third design in this trilogy of Anna Griffin paper crafts.

 

Here are the materials for this project. The detailing is amazing!

 

The Perfect Poinsettia Materials list:

  • Cricut Explore® machine
  • Cricut Design Space™ software
  • 12” x 12” Standard Grip Cricut® mat
  • 2, 12”x12” Holiday green patterned cardstock. Trim one sheet to 7”x10” and fold to 5”x7” card.
  • 1, 12”x12” Dark green cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Green glitter cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Light green cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Gold cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Gold glitter cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Pink glitter cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Red Cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Medium pink cardstock
  • 3, 12”x12” Light pink cardstock
  • 2, 4”x4” Photos
  • 2 Sentiment Stickers
  • 3 Small pink pre-tied bows
  • 1 Journaling tag
  • Double-sided adhesive
  • Foam adhesive

 

The Perfect Poinsettia scrapbook page adaptation.

 

And here’s what you need to capture the most wonderful time of the year in a Perfect Poinsettia scrapbook page.

 

Instructions for the card and scrapbook page:

  1. Cut
    Follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to cut images from cardstocks.
  1. Assemble
    Adhere layers together using double-sided adhesive. Attach to scrapbook layout and card using foam adhesive.

    Adhere sentiment stickers, pink bows and journaling tag using double-sided adhesive.

 

Christmas cards remain a personal and creative way to keep in touch with loved ones. It’s no mystery why people put so much thought and effort into this annual tradition!

 

And speaking of traditions, Anna, can you leave us with a few words about your favorite Christmas memory?
When you ask that question, I immediately think of the first Christmas tree I had as an adult. I was living in a New York apartment, and my mother sent me a huge box. Inside were all the ornaments she’d collected for me in my life, starting with the first ones I received as a baby. Every year she added to the collection, and there’s a little bit of everything in there: cross-stitch, noodle art and dough ornaments. They’re still on my tree every year!

 

Thank you so much, Anna.

 

To see more of her incredibly elegant work, visit Anna’s website.

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In Case You Missed It

October 31, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Big things have been taking place here at Cricut! So many, in fact, that we thought we’d highlight some of the most exciting happenings that have our creative gears turning and our machines happily cutting away. Follow us through some of the developments during the month of October….

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Tween Birthday Party

October 28, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

It’s that fun and frightening age where they’re not still a child and yet not old enough to be fully independent of you. But we love our “tween-ers,” and when your kid reaches this age, they totally deserve a party that celebrates their own unique style. So don’t be scared by the thought of hosting a gaggle of girls. With these totally sweet DIY birthday party projects and OMG inspirations, you’ll be ready to welcome her into tween-hood and beyond….

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Rob and Bob

Meet the Makers: Rob & Bob

October 19, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

They’re the duo who fuses modern and vintage styles with playful sophistication: they’re Rob Blackard and Bob Beidleman, founders of the Rob & Bob Studio, and we’re thrilled to have them return to our Meet the Maker series. (If you missed our first post, you can check it out here). Continuing their mission of creating art that inspires, they showed us some of their recent favorite projects that share the common theme of incorporating fabulous fonts.

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Fall Wedding

Turning Over a New Leaf: Fall Weddings

October 14, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Most of us know that June is the most popular month to host a wedding. But we were surprised to discover that part of the reason for this fact goes back to medieval times, when a person’s annual bath (yes, really) took place around this time of year. Armed with that aromatic knowledge, we’re ready to embrace some newer traditions and customs, and can think of no more enchanting time of year to walk down the aisle than fall.

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Witch Hat

You “Scare” It Well: Halloween Accessories

October 10, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Halloween trick-or-treating may be strictly for kids, but who’s to say you can’t bring a little spooky style into your own wardrobe? The holiday is big business for good reason: it’s creative, crafty and everyone loves an opportunity to let their inner spirit shine. Whether you’re going for more of a scary, seductive, sweet or sinister look, these freaky fun accessories are sure to give everyone around a serious case of chills!

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Wicked Halloween Card

Cute (Not Scary!) Halloween Crafts

October 3, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

October has arrived! There’s a chill in the air, leaves crunching underfoot, children plotting costume details, and savory foods on the menu. As the 31st is getting closer, we wanted to reflect on the whimsical side of Halloween: think scarecrows instead of skeletons, friendly ghosts instead of creepy monsters, and autumnal oranges instead of blood reds.

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Meet the Maker Anna Griffin

Meet the Maker: Anna Griffin

September 21, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Since the launch of her remarkable brand in 1994, Anna Griffin has been revered by crafters and decorators across the globe. Her elegant style– instantly recognizable with its luxurious patterns and florals– makes all of her projects true works of art. We were delighted to catch up with our talented, long-term partner to learn about three of her favorite card projects and hear about the inspiration behind them. (If you didn’t get the chance to read our first Meet the Maker profile of Anna, please treat yourself and check it out here.)

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