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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.

Wedding spread

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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Bedazzle Your Kitchen With This Must-Have Foil

April 14, 2017 • Contributor: Ariel from PMQ for Two

It's me again! Ariel from PMQ for two and I create bold, bright, eclectic & colourful home decor and DIYs. You can view more of my work in my project gallery here. I enjoy long walks down the aisles at HomeSense, greeting the UPS delivery person in pyjamas, fish tacos, and leopard print. I also live in Canadian military housing, so we’re renters in a traditional sense.  I've recently completed a renter friendly kitchen upgrade which you can view here, and I've been using my Cricut to upgrade a few things in the kitchen. New look = new look for the accessories. Duh?!

In the re-shuffle of things in the kitchen I ended-up moving a lot of my appliances and decor around. My kitchen mixer is now featured more prominently on the counters, but for some reason the all-white mixer was a bit of an eye-sore. Well, less of an eye-sore and more "blah." I bought it on Black Friday sales a few years ago so I wasn't able to pick a fancy custom colour. Thankfully my Cricut Explore Air 2 allows me to bring many of my crafting dreams to life, and I knew the kitchen mixer would be the perfect opportunity to marry the rose gold foil I used on my vinyl and paint mosaic here and my love of folk patterns like I did with my Otomi inspired chargers here.

Below you'll find the step-by-step instructions for creating your own custom kitchen mixer decal using your Cricut vinyl or foil and Cricut machine.

 

Step 1

Using your Cricut Design Space account, select a pattern from the Make It Now projects, or upload your own file and save it as a cut file.

 

Mixer project

Step 2

Using your Cricut machine cut the file to the desired size. My Kitchen Aid mixer took a full 12" length image to wrap around the top arm, so I cut it to that size.

If you're using a different mixer, you will want to measure the length of the arm to better determine the size of your image.

 

Step 3

Weed your image! This takes time on such a big pattern, but making sure everything is done properly will make for an easier image transfer.  I start by peeling back big chunks, and then to prevent stray vinyl (that has already been pulled-up) from catching on the actual design by accident and pulling things out of place, I trim the already pulled vinyl as I go. It takes an extra few seconds but is well worth my peace of mind, because on a cut this big it would not be fun to have to re-cut it because the vinyl pulled half of it out of place.

 

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Step 4

To apply the large sheet across the arm of the mixer you'll trim any excess negative space around the contour of the design on the vinyl sheet before applying the transfer tape. Leave an half inch bleed with your transfer tape on the side you're starting from, so that it can cling to the mixer while you stretch it over the arm. If what I said makes no sense, just look at the picture below!

 

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Step 5

Slowly smooth the design as you wrap it around the arm and secure it to the other side. On the front and back bulbs where it starts to curve, you will notice the vinyl does not lay flat right away. That's normal. Worry about it once you've removed the transfer tape safely.

 

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Once your vinyl tape has been removed, take a small blade or use your Cricut tool scissors to cut a small line down the middle of the creasing vinyl. It should then lay flat if you smooth once flap down and then the next.

 

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Step 6

You'll notice that the bulbous parts don't have any pattern on them, or, part of the arm's main pattern falls onto them. Cut the excess image and then apply it on the bulb. If you just flatten it, there will be a little pocket down the middle of the image and all manner of things will get caught in there. I find the scissors in the tool set to be perfect for this.

To fill in the nose and the butt of the arm, use your weeding tool to lift and apply who pieces. Because I'm working with a bigger pattern it was easier than using transfer tape to transfer whole chunks of the pattern over. It also gave me more control in terms of smoothing-out the creases that form because of the curves.

 

Mixer project

Step 7

Time to do the sides! There's two ways you can do this. You can cut the exact shape of the side of the tower and then apply that. OR, you can make it super complicated and do what I did. I cut portions of the pattern to apply piece-meal along the side of the tower until it all looked good.

 

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Mixer project

Step 8

Do the other side of the tower! I chose not to the the rest of the mixer like the foot or the front/back of the tower, because they'll either be covered by the bowl, or are too small to bother with.

 

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Mixer project

Step 9

Christen your newly bedazzled machine! I made cupcakes and am eating one as I write this post, so I guess you could say I'm winning at life right now. Make sure you come see the full reveal and all the pretty beauty shots on PMQ for two here!

 

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If you want to come see the rest of the projects I've made with my Cricut you can come see my // Woodland Critter Baby Shower // Hand-written" Calling Cards // DIY Champagne Buzzer // Otomi Vinyl Chargers // Comparison between the Circut & Silhouette Machines.

 

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Add Faux Wood To Give Your Home Texture

March 20, 2017 • Contributor: Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate

Hey everyone! This is Lindi, from Love Create Celebrate. On my home and DIY blog, I share a ton of amazing home décor projects, usually with a rustic or industrial flare to them. As soon as Cricut came out with their Faux Woodgrain Leather, I KNEW I had to try it! I’m excited to share this project with you, as well as some creative glue ideas for all of your Cricut materials!

 

Materials For This Project

 

Materials for this project:

Start by grabbing your faux wood grain leather. I used the light tan colored sheet and the black sheet, because I really wanted the tan to pop.

 

Design Space

 

Open up Cricut Design Space. You can follow this link to open the canvas “Faux Wood Home Sign” that I created.

 

Cricut Explore Air

 

Then set your Cricut to “Faux Leather (Cricut)” and cut your pieces. TIP: You'll want to make sure your dial is set to "custom" on your Cricut and then choose "faux leather" in Design Space before cutting your project. 

 

Cricut mat

Cricut mat

Wood

 

Next, you need something to act as a background for your sign. I used a sheet of plywood, but a piece of hardboard from the dollar store would work too! Just something stiff enough to stay up straight.

 

Home sign

 

Before I glued all of my faux woodgrain leather pieces on, I used some black paint around the edge of the plywood, so that it wouldn’t stand out on the sides of the sign.

 

Glue

 

Now the big question! What do you use to glue faux woodgrain leather?! If you’re thinking glue gun… think twice! Glue guns leave a TON of strings and they tend to dry quickly, in clumps. We want this beautiful piece to dry flat. Instead of a glue gun, I reached for my 3-in-1 Craft Glue. It’s not hot, and you can place the thin faux leather pieces down without any lumps. Just press on the leather to flatten the glue underneath. This glue is also very forgiving, allowing you to move the piece around a bit before you leave it alone, yet it still dries quickly – win, win, WIN!

 

Glue

Home sign

 

Once you have both layers of faux woodgrain leather in place, you’ll have a beautiful new sign for your home.

 

Home sign

Home sign

Thanks for reading along with this project! The Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut SO many different materials. I shared one of my glue secrets here today, but I’ve also shared the BEST glue for 20+ different crafting materials on Love Create Celebrate today. Come find out why I NEVER use a glue gun!

 

The Best Glue Guide

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

-Lindi

Love Create Celebrate

 

 

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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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How One Woman Inspires Her Community With DIY Projects

March 14, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Here at Cricut, we love to hear that our products help people add beauty to their homes and lives. But some users really go the extra mile to make the world a better place for others, and today we are happy to be featuring a woman who does exactly that.

Jessica Kistner is the creator and proprietor of Jessie’s Find and Refine, an online store specializing in home décor and organic living. But Jessie doesn’t just sell amazing (often upcycled) products, she also supports her local law enforcement by creating and selling “Back the Blue” candles, which raise funds for the Napa Police Officers’ Association. 

Read on… and get ready to be inspired! 

 

DIY Mug

 

Jessie, tell us a bit about yourself:

I started making soy candles about four years ago while in the Marine Corps. My husband and I were both military police, working presidential security. We eventually moved back to California, where my husband is employed as a police officer in Napa. I wanted to do something to give back to the community, and to show love and support for all law enforcement officers.

Prices for my candles start at $15, and for each one that I sell, I donate $5 to the Napa Police Officers’ Association. Just a few weeks after I launched the program, I was able to give them $300!

 

Back the blue

That is so fantastic, and we are thrilled that your Cricut has helped you with your creative passions. How long have you had your Cricut? What is your favorite feature?

I got my Cricut after an elementary school friend introduced me to the brand. I've had it for almost a year now. My favorite feature, by far, is that I’m able to cut vinyl. I use my Cricut almost daily, whether it be customizing coffee mugs, adding a special touch to my candles, making fun labels for the oils that I sell or creating custom windows. I'm obsessed!

 

Back the blue

Jessie, thank you for your story and, moreover, for your service to our country.

 

Jessie's Find & Refine Candle

Take a stroll through her shop, Jessie’s Find and Refine: http://www.jessiesfindandrefine.com

 

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This Faux Orange Wreath Is Everything For Spring

March 13, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Hi everyone! I am Jennifer Rizzo from Jenniferrizzo.com, and I am so excited to share a fun project with you today! Earlier on my blog, I showed my readers how to make faux oranges from hard foam balls (you can see the full tutorial hereIf you don’t want to make your own oranges you can buy fake fruit from the craft store. I didn’t see oranges, but they did have some lemons. I wanted to take it a step further and make a faux orange leaf wreath. It’s not quite spring yet, and there is something about citrus, even if you can’t eat them, that brings in such a fresh look and feel! The best part about this wreath, is since the oranges are fake, they’ll last forever! I used a faux floral rose spray to mimic the orange blossoms, and  I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out all of the leaves. This would have normally taken me hours, but it really only took me about 15 minutes to cut out the 8 sheets.

You’ll need:

  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Cricut scraper tool
  • Cricut spatula tool
  • Cricut scissors
  • Cricut 12 x 12 cutting mat soft grip
  • Use this leaf design (Cricut project file: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/53915719) or similar collages of a leaf of choice
  • 8 different sheets of heavy green cardstock, in 4 different shades of green(2 each) from light to dark
  • Wreath form with appropriate glue, I used a hard foam wreath (get green if they have it!)
  • Fake oranges
  • Floral picks
  • Small white faux floral

If you have your oranges ready, first, cut your leaves. Use the 12 x 12 cutting mat with a light grip. Place your cutting setting on cardstock. I forgot to change mine at the first run and I was left with a paper full of leaves only partway cut out. That didn’t work so well.

I make my designs on my desktop and then open them in the cloud from my phone. it is so much easier and convenient that way!

After cutting, remove the out paper and use the Cricut Spatula tool by tipping the mat and scraping down. They come off so much easier that way. You end up with a nice pile of leaves with out the aggravation of picking them off one by one.

 

Leaves

Cut 8 sheets of leaves, once they are done and you have them, give them all a quick fold in half to make them bend, and look like real leaves.

 

Paper leaf

Add the appropriate glue for your foam, and cover the piece. If I had to do it again, I might wrap it with green crepe paper first and then use a tacky white craft glue to adhere the leaves. I did have issues with the white foam peeking through. My store seemed to have a crazy sale on green foam rings and didn’t have any left, so I was stuck with white foam. Plus, the paper leave would probably stick better to the crepe paper than the foam anyway.

 

Foam wreath

Start gluing the leaves on around the foam ring. I found it worked better to use the large leaves first and then the smaller ones in to fill in.

 

Glue leaves

When adding leaves, vary the different shades of green to give it a more natural look.

 

Oranges

 Let the large glue dry on the top, and then add the smaller ones around the outside. Add the oranges with a floral pick.

 

Oranges

... And glue underneath faux orange glue to leaves. Remove small flowers, trim off any extra bottom with scissors and glue onto leaves.

 

Greenery

Flower & Orange Wreath

Let dry completely overnight, completely still for full adhesion.

And you can either add a ribbon to your wreath to hang, or enjoy a little touch of spring as a decorative piece!

 

Flower & Orange Wreath