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Meet the Maker: Beth Kingston

August 17, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

She’s talented, bold, smart and so darned funny.  She’s Beth Kingston of Kingston Crafts, and we can’t get enough of her, which is why we were so thrilled when she agreed to return to our Meet the Maker series. (If you didn’t have the chance to read our introduction to Beth, check it out here: http://inspiration.cricut.com/meet-the-maker-beth-kingston/).

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“Meet the Maker”: Andrea Greco’s Summer Place

May 30, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

We featured this fabulous New York-based prop stylist and crafter in a recent Meet the Maker article. (If you didn’t have the chance to read it, check it out here. )

But her lavish creativity couldn’t be limited to one project, so we were delighted to have Andrea Greco return to share some of her favorite Cricut designs sure to make you feel like you’re seaside.

In this feature, she’s bringing her inspirational vision indoors with a nautical-themed décor project that she named after her favorite movie: A Summer Place. By incorporating seasonal icons into transformational DIY endeavors for the home, she shows us how to make the perfect summer setting… whether you hang your sunhat inside a sprawling beach estate or a tiny city apartment.

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“Meet the Maker”: Heidi Moore’s Designs for a Dream Wedding

May 26, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

As the wedding season fast approaches, we were thrilled to work with stationer, graphic designer and brand stylist Heidi Moore. Her company, the cleverly named idieh design (get it?), helps clients use design to celebrate their own stories and personalities rather than cling to the latest trends. Heidi spoke with us from her Scottsdale studio about her Whimsical Wedding pieces, and the conversation brightened our day. We hope the excerpts below will put a spring in your step, too!

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“Meet the Maker”: Andrea Greco’s
Party Place in the Sun

May 23, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

As the child of two super DIYers and party enthusiasts, Andrea Greco grew up with a love for crafting, cooking and all things party related. This creative upbringing served her well: her impressive background includes the Hollywood glamour of 20th Century Fox’s Licensing and Merchandising division. But after working there for seven years, the California native felt ready for change, and she made a huge one when she moved east to attend Parsons School of Design. While taking classes, she began assisting prop and set stylists on photo shoots of food and fashion, and it was then that Andrea discovered her true passion.

Since that time, her career has continually evolved. She works as a stylist on both film and photo shoots, and she also develops crafting DIY stories as a Contributing Editor for County Living Magazine. Andrea’s eye for beauty, artistic talent and all around fabulousness make her a valued partner here at Cricut. We were jazzed to speak with the witty New York-based Maker about some fun and unique ways to spend a summer afternoon (which, according to Henry James, are the two most beautiful words in the English language.)

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“Meet the Maker”: Natalie Malan – Watercolor Wedding Vows

May 20, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Natalie Malan’s graceful designs have been charming fans around the globe, and it’s no wonder: her watercolor images and fonts are perfect for celebrating life’s most special moments. She earned a BFA in illustration from BYU in 2003 and had an impressive career as a professional illustrator before making her own brand. She even worked at Cricut’s parent company, Provo Craft, for a while! As she is a mom of four small children, we were delighted to share some time from her busy schedule to talk about her most recent Watercolor Wedding Vows collection and where she draws her inspiration.

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“Meet the Maker”: Rob & Bob – O Happy Day

May 9, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Founded in 2002, the Rob & Bob Studio is the unique collaboration of artists and makers Rob Blackard and Bob Beidleman. With a mission of creating art designed to inspire, this duo is renowned for their exuberant pieces that seamlessly fuse modern and vintage styles with a playful sophistication. Their projects always bring a smile to our faces, so we were excited to find out more about their latest wedding stationary creations (O Happy Day!) and how the Cricut has influenced the way they design.

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“Meet the Maker”: Anna Griffin’s Favorites – Handmade for Mom

May 2, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

As we were planning our Meet the Maker features, one of the first people on our list was our long-time partner, designer Anna Griffin. Since launching her remarkable brand in 1994, Anna has translated patterns evocative of old-world style into modern, mix-and-match design and become a household name among crafters and decorators.

Fueled by her passion for antique textiles and prints, Anna has created gorgeous content and cutting files for us, including the Anna Griffin® Content Bundle for the Cricut Explore® Air. Her elegant style lends itself perfectly to projects for the most important woman in our life: Mom. We were thrilled when Anna spoke with us from her studio in Atlanta, Georgia about her earliest memories of crafting, the philosophy that drives her company and her favorite picks on Design Space.

Tell us a little bit about the women who influenced you growing up.

I grew up next door to my Grandmother Hallie, so I’d see her daily and she was the most inspirational person in my life. She was of that generation that did everything from scratch: she cooked without recipes and she crafted without measuring! She was an incredible mentor because she taught me that I could do anything.

My mother was another source of inspiration. She taught my sister and me every craft known to man at our kitchen table. When she died eight years ago, I found myself stepping into her role for my sister and trying to bring our mother’s luster to holidays and to life in general.

 

Do you remember making any cards or gifts for your mom or grandma?

Well, I sure remember a gift that my grandmother handmade for me! It’s a decoupage children’s table that she covered with vintage Alice in Wonderland cutouts. She used her little fingernail scissors—there was no Cricut back then—and put about ten layers of varnish on it. I still have that table today.

 

That story is a lovely segue into my next question: can you talk a little bit about your “old made new” design philosophy?

Renovation is in my blood. I’ve renovated ten old houses and one of them is now my home. The hand of the past is applied to every part of what I’ve done as a designer. I update with color and patterns to make something historic feel fresh and new. I love the details that came before all of us—that’s the thing that lights me up.

 

Now that you’ve shared some of what motivates you as a Maker, can you show us some of your favorite DIY projects for mothers that are in Design Space?

Let me start by saying that “handmade” and “Mother’s Day” go together like peas and carrots. Your mom is going to be the person who appreciates it the most.

 

This is my favorite DIY card from the
Anna Griffin Lovely Layers Cartridge:

It’s the Lovely Layers Rose card,
and it’s perfect for spring.

The rose is big, bold and beautiful…
just like Mom!

 

Who wouldn’t be moved by the opulence of this card? Replace “Thinking of You” with “Mom” to make a creation of elaborate layers.

 

I would make these DIY tags to adorn the gift for Mom on her big day.


Gold Embossed Tags
add a touch of real luxury.

Shop this project:
Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder

Making a DIY gift for Mom has never been easier using the Cricut Explore Air and the Anna Griffin Washi Sheets:

Mom's heart will be aflutter for our Butterfly Magnet Board.

 

Thank you so much, Anna!
See more from Anna by visiting her website or visit her personal Cricut page.

Keep an eye out for more posts from our new "Meet the Maker" series!

Show us your made-for-mom creations at #CricutMade
New to Cricut? Learn more about us here.

 

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A Kentucky Derby Diva: Lia Griffith

April 25, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

We’re pleased to announce the launch of something very big here at Cricut: our Meet the Maker features! Highlighting the unique approach and work by some of our most talented bloggers and partners, these pieces will explore what has the Cricut crafting world all a-buzz. Of course, we couldn’t imagine a better person to start with than crafting extraordinaire Lia Griffith. We caught up with this extremely busy and talented lady as she was preparing for one of our most anticipated events of the year, the Kentucky Derby.

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“Meet the Maker”: Beth Kingston

April 24, 2016 • Contributor: Cricut

It’s hard to imagine the resourceful Beth Kingston of Kingston Crafts ever having trouble expressing herself or finding creative inspiration. Think gowns, old crystal glasses, jewelry with inspirational phrases, upcycled furnishings, a cherished quilt, and vinyl everywhere. The imaginative designer created Gold projects exclusive to the Cricut Explore Air™ Gold Edition machine that reflect her easy yet glamourous style. We talked to Beth to find out more about her designs and the influences in her life.

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“Meet the Maker”: TomKat Studio

April 10, 2016 • Contributor: Cricut

Kim Stoegbauer, founder of The TomKat Studio, loves bright, modern design and the color pink. But she also loves glamour and sparkle, perfect for her exclusive Gold projects for the Cricut Explore Air™ Gold Edition machine. Here, she talks about her love for vinyl, creative freedom, and lovingly made birthday cakes.

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