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This Unicorn Party Will Make Your Eyes Sparkle

May 19, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Sometimes all you need to start your own business is a great idea, a trusty Cricut machine, and a little (or a lot!) of unicorn glitter. Meet Tiffany Hayter, an ambitious Cricut designer, whose business, OC Vintage Charm, has really taken off since its relatively recent inception. Combining whimsical retro elements with a hip, fun sensibility, this multi-talented lady has big plans for all the little celebrations in your life. Read on for instant inspiration!

How did you get your start in crafting?

I started exploring when I got married, but my interest in crafting really took off before my daughter’s first birthday. I was always the mom who just bought everything, because that seemed the easiest way. But then, my husband bought me a Cricut. At first, I was so intimidated and thought that there was no way I could learn it. I mean, previously I had been working crazy corporate hours, 16 hours a day. But when I wasn’t working anymore and had my daughter, I decided there was no reason not to give it a try. I went online to figure it out, and it was much easier than I expected. And the results… they were amazing.

 

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How has using the Cricut made the crafting process better for you?

Everything is so much easier than you think it’s going to be! You can do so many things and they come out so, so pretty. I make these elaborate fabric banners with paper cutouts, and the Cricut allows me to create the individual images and string them just-so. It really just brings all my best ideas to life.

 

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What inspired you to start your own business?

It was after my daughter’s second birthday. She had this adorable vintage high chair, and she wasn’t using it. I just loved it, and I thought there’s no reason I couldn’t rent it out. So I started doing just that for photo shoots and parties, and it really took off with all sorts of vintage pieces. Then people started contacting me about a unicorn-themed party I designed for her and wanted something similar. Soon I was getting all sorts of calls for various party projects. That was a year and a half ago! I didn’t set out to make a business, but working on these crafts is something I can do with my kids around. It just naturally turned into something I love doing and people want to hire me for. I’ve since branched into all sorts of decorations; I’m a one-stop shop now. And thankfully, it’s been really busy!

 

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Tell us more about the fabulous unicorn party.

Oh, there were so many fun pieces! I made fabric banners for the mantel and dessert table, and in front of those I made unicorns with gold glitter cardstock and stars doubled up with the glitter in the front. I did hanging cardstock stars from the ceiling. I also did a cake topper and cupcake toppers with the theme. It really didn’t take too long. The mason jars with the unicorn images took the longest because of the paint. I do very thin coats and lots of them. But, I’m a perfectionist, so I knew I wanted to take a little bit longer with something like that. But all of it was really pretty easy.

 

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What do you suggest for people who are new to Cricut?

YouTube is going to be your best friend. I’m still learning, too, so I’m on there all the time. Also, definitely check out the Cricut website to watch the tutorials and check out the online Facebook groups. People are always posting amazing ideas. Don’t ever feel like you can’t do it. It’s always worth trying. Everyone has a little creativity in there. Let it show!

 

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What are you eager to try next?

Right now I’m working on a vintage tea party. I’m making a ton of rolled roses –and they look incredible. I’m also working on teacup tags. I also really want to try making giant flowers. That’s definitely my next thing, and I know I want to get the technique just right. I’d also like to explore working with vinyl more. There’s so much to try!

 

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Thanks so much, Tiffany! We’re so charmed by you and all your imaginative projects.

Check out other amazing pictures from Tiffany's whimsical unicorn party below and see more of her ideas on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OCVintageCharm/.

Have unicorns landed in your household? Show us your ethereal designs with #CricutMade! 

 

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Tips For The Mountain Bride

May 12, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Weddings can be gorgeous in any setting; the trick is to find a locale that reflects the style and personality of the couple walking down the aisle. But there’s something unexpectedly romantic about nuptials that take place in a mountain setting: the incredible vistas, rustic details (like the Cricut table number project pictured below), and endless wildflower possibilities… we could go on and on.

 

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We recently attended the Mammoth Lakes Event & Wedding Expo in California’s stunning Eastern Sierra mountains. In addition to sampling the baked goods (lavender blueberry cake bites are our new favorite treat), and feasting our eyes on gorgeous floral arrangements, we also attended a presentation by Green Fox Events & Guest Services called “Tips for a Successful Mountain Event.” And, wow, did we learn a lot!

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The main fox at Green Fox, Sandra DiDomizio, had one key message that we think is pretty brilliant: “Know what you don’t know.” And with this mantra, she is suggesting that you put your big day into the hands of a local expert who knows the ins and outs of your specific wedding location. Here are some things to think about if a mountain wedding might be in your future:

Altitude. The town of Mammoth Lakes has an elevation that is 11,000 feet. This may not affect you or your guests, but it can sometimes result in headaches, exploding make-up containers, fallen cakes, and difficulty keeping candles lit. (Who knew?) Moreover, the effects of alcohol can be strengthened at high altitude, and that may not be a good thing when it comes to the groomsmen… or wacky Uncle Alan…. or your future mother-in-law.

 

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Remote locations. Saying “I do” surrounded by a field of poppies or at the top of a ski run can be incredible, but the logistics need to be pondered by someone who knows what questions to ask. Will the power shut down if the temperature drops below a certain degree? Will the D.J. be able to fit his equipment into the gondola that will take him to the mountaintop? Do you need a government permit to hold your ceremony next to the hidden stream?

 

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Wind and other elements. Yes, the photographs of the brides with their veils blowing gently in the breeze are beautiful, but there are other things to consider. For instance, will the reception tent stay put? Are wearers of short skirts doomed to a day of clutching their hems? Will the sound system be affected? And perhaps the most important question of all: what does this mean for your hair?

 

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Knowledge is comfort,” says DiDomizio, and she’s right. Know what you don’t know, consult with a local expert, and you’re sure to be the ultimate mountain bride!

Love the table number project pictured in this blog? Visit Design Space and make it today!

Green Fox Events and Guest Services provide clever, resourceful, eco-conscious wedding and event planning in California’s Eastern Sierra region. Learn more about them at: http://www.GreenFoxEvents.com. Show us your favorite mountain wedding projects: #CricutMade

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So You Want To Start An Etsy Shop? 👰

April 26, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

This creative business owner has all the inspiration you need.

 

Stacie Gonzalez

 

Cricut loves creative people, and Cricut loves small businesses. And when small business owners use their Cricuts on creative projects? Well, that’s just a perfect storm!

This week, we’re shining our User Spotlight on Stacie Gonzalez, owner of the Etsy shop Rose Crown Co., which is filled with fun-loving, giftable graphic tees, drinkware and accessories. So sit back, relax and keep reading to learn more about Stacie and her charming, whimsical and sometimes downright inspiring projects. 

Stacie, we love what we see in Rose Crown Co. Tell us more about it.

Thank you! I strive to make items that will prompt happiness or motivate you to conquer the day every time you look at them. Whether you’re gifting your best friend, mother, a soon-to-be bride or treating yourself, there are many fun creations in the shop that are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. 

 

We couldn’t agree more. Here are some favorites...

 

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How have you used your Cricut to grow your business?

 So far I mainly use my Cricut for cutting the vinyl decals of my designs. I would like to start using it to add personalized cards to extend my warm wishes to every bride that lets Rose Crown Co. be a part of their celebration and start of their new chapter.

 

Here are some of Stacie’s wedding projects...

 

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How long have you been a Cricut fan?

I purchased my Cricut machine in June of 2016; it was sort of my “treat yo’ self” item after graduating with my BS in Marketing from the University of South Florida in May. Little did I know when I bought it that I would start my own business just a month later! In July of 2016, Rose Crown Co. was open.

 

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What are your favorite aspects of the Cricut?

How can I pick just one? That’s like trying to choose the best ice cream when you have at least three or four favorites, so you pick the one that sounds the best in that moment! I use the cutting feature the most, but I love all the different options and endless crafting possibilities. I am still shocked by how much the Cricut machine can do, and yet I still have so much to learn. I love that I’m able to create my own designs and upload the images into my Cricut Design Space with no fuss at all. I feel like every month I see new projects, and I’m blown away!

 

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Do you have any creative tips for other business owners like yourself?

 Don’t be afraid to step out of the box and just have fun crafting your heart out! If you are using your Cricut for a business, then I advise you to designate time for yourself because, after all, you are a creative and you need that time to feed your soul. I try to always make sure to have a few hours a week to enjoy creative time to work on projects for my home, to make items for personal wear or for gifting to family and friends.  

 

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Great advice, Stacie. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and projects with us.

Love Stacie’s projects? (And who wouldn’t?) Her shop is just a click away: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rosecrownco

And if you're a business owner who uses Cricut as a tool, let us know by filling out this form! You might get a chance to share your story and we love hearing from you. #CricutMade

 

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The Most Adorable Cricut-ed Wedding Ever

April 25, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Carreiro from Something Turquoise

As Cricut’s resident DIY wedding guru, it’s my job to share all things Wedding + Cricut with you and boy do I have something EXTRA special to share today! My name is Jen and I’m the owner and maker of Something Turquoise, a wedding blog that celebrates the DIY bride. Along with sharing DIY projects, advice articles, trending styles and all around creative wedding ideas, a huge part of what we share are real DIY weddings. Photographers, wedding planners, and brides send creative weddings to us to publish on our website, based on the fact that the couple has DIY-ed something for their special day. It could be the invitations, flowers, seating cards, anything really, big or small. When Shea and Sam’s wedding came across our desk it dropped our jaws and knocked us off our chairs. Shea did an amazing job incorporating her gold glitter + black and white stripe theme throughout their entire day, literally from start to finish. From her stunning bridesmaid dresses and over the top flowers, to all of her fabulous Cricut projects - her wedding day was truly one-of-a-kind. Below are my favorite elements that she used her Cricut Explore Air to create…

 

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All images courtesy of Roger Ellsworth with E.P. Love Photography.

 

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Bridesmaid Dress Tags

When you have three bridesmaids and one Maid of Honor, and they’re all wearing the same dress, a few in the same size - how do you tell them apart? With darling personalized tags of course! How cute are these hanger tags she made for herself and each of her besties!? All that’s required is a little cardstock!

 

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Easel Escort Cards

OMG. Seriously dying over these escort card easels! What a labor of love! First Shea painted the mini-canvases a soft green and a few of the wooden easels got a coat of gold spray paint. Then she cut hearts and arrows out of gold vinyl to be the “art” on each canvas. Tags with each guests name and table assignment were glued on the backside. Well done!

 

Faux Chalkboard Signs

Faux Chalkboard Signs

Such a fun element! Shea wanted a chalkboard feel, without worrying about the chalk design rubbing off so she created “faux chalkboard signs” using black cardstock and matte white vinyl!

 

Gold Table Numbers

Gold Table Numbers

No DIY wedding would be complete without DIY table numbers! Shea used canvases, easel photo frames and gold vinyl to mimic the look of her escort cards. The gold and green numbers really pop against all the other table decor.

 

Guitar Guest Book, OMG right!?!

Guitar Guest Book, OMG right!?!

Can you say, most creative guest book ever? Shea actually took the logo from their wedding invitations and uploaded it to Design Space to create and cut the logo for the guitar! Then all their guests signed it with Sharpies! Such a unique keepsake!

 

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Sweetheart Table Decor

I’m obsessed. Shea’s vision and execution was superb and it shows in every aspect of her event, especially the sweetheart table! She created the banner and a few other elements on the table using her trusty Cricut.

 

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Dancing Shoes Tags

SO cute! She provided comfy flip flops for late night dancing, just in case the pain of wearing fancy shoes was going to hold anyone back from cutting a rug. She communicated the size of the flops by cutting out S, M, L, letters!

 

Aren’t her and her besties just adorable!?! …and that reception dress! Gold glitter heaven!

Aren’t her and her besties just adorable!?! …and that reception dress! Gold glitter heaven!

I’m sure this crafty preview of Sam and Shea’s amazing wedding day is leaving you wanting more and I’m excited to share that I have more for you! Follow this link to stop by Something Turquoise where we published her entire wedding including a short highlight film too!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Celebrate Your Senior With this Cupcake Topper

April 13, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica from Everday Party Magazine

Hi everyone, it's Jess from Everyday Party Magazine!  How is this school year nearly finished? I swear it feels like we were just buying new school supplies last week. Actually, I swear my oldest was just asking me why there wasn't a garden in his kindergarten class, bless his little heart, he thought it was a kinder-GARDEN. Yet, here we are scheduling senior pictures and taking college tours. We have just one more year left, but several of my friends are getting ready to send their babies off into the world in the next few weeks. And some have asked me for tips to help them celebrate the big day for their kids. 

There are just a few things you can always count on with me, if I can DIY, I will; and if I can save money and make it look amazing, I will! One of the biggest expenses for any party is cake. You need a dessert table centerpiece, obviously, you want it to look amazing. But, you have 40 hungry teenagers, and your entire family, including Cousin Eddie there for the graduation party... so, buy a smaller less expensive cake from your local grocery store or warehouse club, and then buy a undecorated sheet cake from a warehouse club and keep it in the kitchen. The cake you buy for the dessert table can be simple and inexpensive too.  Just spend a few minutes with your Cricut, and make a custom topper! 

I wanted to use a more delicate font for the Class Of text, and thankfully, Cricut Access has PLENTY to choose from. I used Pen & Ink. Next, I ungrouped the letters, and placed them so that each letter touched the next, then, I selected all the letters and welded them together. The 17 font was more bold. I ungrouped that text as well, but I didn't weld them. Finally, I added a star to the background to make the cake topper more stable.  You could upload your child's school logo or a photo of your graduate too. If you want to use this style, you can access the cut file here.

 

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I cut each layer from card stock in the school's colors. Next, I used my Xyron Creative Station to make the Class Of text a sticker. Once I did that, I stuck it onto the star, and carefully rubbed the exposed adhesive on the back off with my finger. I used my Xyron Mega Tape Runner for the 17, and only applied adhesive where it would touch the star. 

I used a bamboo skewer as the cake pick, and hot glued it to the cake topper. 

Finally, I stuck the cake topper into my simple white store bought cake and it was party ready!

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Be sure to hop over to my blog for more graduation party inspiration. And share all of your favorite Cricut party projects using #CricutMade! 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.  

 

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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!

 

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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!)

 

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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.  

 

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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

 

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Gum Ball Party Favor Tag

February 17, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica from Every Day Party Magazine

Gum Ball Party Favor Tag. Hi everyone, I'm Jess from Everyday Party Magazine!  I am thrilled to be here today. I blog about parties, party DIY's, and recipes. I love sharing ways to host an amazing party, while staying on a budget. One of my favorite party tools is my Cricut Explore Air 2. I use it at least once a week. It is truly an invaluable tool.

 

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One of my boys just turned 13, and he's too cool for a real party, but, he, like me, believes any celebration requires a party favor. This boy also has a sweet tooth a mile long, and was crazy excited to text me a picture of the mini gum ball machines he saw at Cracker Barrel while skiing recently. I knew they would be great favors for his 13th birthday celebration. I ran to my local Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and grabbed a few mini gum ball machines, and let them sit on my desk for weeks ... Until I saw the Wrap It Up Cartridge fro Cricut. There is an adorable gum ball machine cut file, and I knew it would be perfect for the mini gum ball machines.

I sized the cut file down and changed the colors so it would fit the party favors. I also added some text to the gum ball machine globe.  My son hated the text, so his just say, From Caden. Either way, it's a perfect place for text.

 

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The kids all helped add the tiny paper gum balls to the tag, and even though it was a little labor intensive, it wasn't difficult to make a dozen of them!

I separated each tag into a pile, and assembled one at a time, I found that this helped reduce losing pieces. I layered the red on top of the white, then the silver and the black on top of the red. Once that was done, I passed it off to one of the boys to add gum balls. We used my Tombow tape runner, but you could use a glue stick or even a Xyron machine.

I punched a tiny hole in the top to add baker's twine and tie it onto the mini gum ball machine. (I could have made this hole with my Cricut, but, honestly, I didn't think about it.)

 

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Finally, I tied the tags onto the tiny gum ball machines with baker's twine. I think they are absolutely adorable! I hope you enjoy. Here is the cut file so you can make it fast on Cricut Design Space. 

 

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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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Hot Trend This February, Spreading the Love!

February 9, 2017 • Contributor: Andrea Greco

Ok. Before I even begin this post, I just want to say that to me, this blog is like a party. We keep the conversation light and it is considered poor form to discuss religion or politics. That being said, I don't think I'm alone in feeling like things have been a little bit tense in our world lately. A middle child by birth, I am naturally uncomfortable when all sides are not getting along. My inner peacemaker wants to have a bonfire at the beach and re-create a 70's Coca-Cola commercial. I'd like to buy the world a Coke. Even if I could afford to, I’d be too scared to even do THAT because what if people wanted Diet? Or Coke Zero? Or Pepsi? What can I do? If you're feeling at all like I am, we've landed in a good month: February.

February traditionally has been given to Valentine's Day and Presidents. By the way, can we just take a second to talk about how there used to be two holidays around the presidents? We used to get a day off for Lincoln’s birthday and a day off for Washington’s birthday. It was a magical four-day weekend flanked by two four-day school weeks. Now we just have “President’s Day.” Who’s great idea was THAT?! What a rip off! But, I digress. Anyway, back to February and Valentine's Day. Some people equate Valentine’s Day with romance and having a boyfriend/ girlfriend/ husband/ wife or the absence of those significant others.

I think of Valentine’s as more of a day of love and friendship. And, considering how things have been lately, I think we should deem it a whole month of SHOWING love and friendship, even if we don’t always agree. I’ve comprised a list of my favorite NICE THINGS you can do for your family, friends, neighbors and complete strangers. I know. This sounds really Mary Poppins of me. How is a list of Valentine’s ideas going to fix things? Well, it’s not. But, doing nice things for others may make life a little more pleasant during unpleasant times. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I get such intense delight when I surprise people with random stuff. Try these Nice Things! They may make YOU happy!

Nice Thing #1: “Heart-Felt” Pin

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Cut hearts out of felt and pin to anyone that needs a Valentine pin! Of course, I used my Cricut for this one! Lay felt on a strong grip mat. With the cut setting on “Fabric,” I used the free-cut heart shape and cut a series of 2” hearts. Attach to a friend, loved one or someone who in need of Valentine adornment. I “felt” my dog was in need. She disagreed.

 

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Nice Thing #2: Paper Valentines at Work

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Remember giving valentines to everyone in the class? Why don't we do that anymore???? Pass out candy and cards at work. C’mon – it’s fun!

Nice Thing #3: Crazy Valentine’s Wreath

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Make a crazy wreath and hang it on your neighbor’s door! I found this glittery wreath at my local dollar store. I added a goofy plastic dinosaur and a little heart note and put it on my neighbor’s door last year. It isn’t going to win any design awards and borders on tacky, but it is wacky and childish and fun – award winning in my book!

Nice Thing #4: Green Valentine

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Plant a succulent or mini plant in a recycled tin can and wrap with decorative paper. Give to a teacher, friend or anyone who you think needs a little nature in their life.

Nice Thing #5: Pay it Forward

Pay for the person in FRONT of you at the coffee shop. It’s a nice thing to do AND a much easier transaction than paying the person behind you. You know the total financial commitment going in (keep an open ear at the cashier) AND the person has already ordered, so they can’t refuse you.

 

Nice Thing #6: Give Thanks!

Thank the bus driver, train conductor, public servant or person of your choice. I try to remember to thank the bus driver. I don’t think people appreciate a good bus driver. Try to thank a person of service if you think of it. They may have a job for which they are paid, but it is always nice to feel appreciated.

 

Nice Thing #7: Give a Buck!

Leave one more dollar as a tip. I waited tables for a long time when I moved to New York. It always made my day when a customer would tip a little extra.

 

Nice Thing #8: Post It!

Put an “I Love You” Post it in your significant other’s wallet. I do this for my boyfriend once in a while. I know it makes him happy.

 

Nice Thing #9: Mail A Card to Your Mom! 

Mail a Valentine to your parents, grandparents and/or older relatives.  You may already do this. If you do, GREAT! If you don’t, it will be a lovely surprise for them. You may get a reaction, you may not. But, I’ve noticed as people age, they are often very moved by the thought behind the gesture of a card.

 

Nice Thing #10: Don’t Forget YOU!

Look in the mirror and say “Hey! You’re great! I love you!”

How often are you doing that? I’m definitely not doing it enough. It sounds arrogant, but you SHOULD love you! You ARE great! Now give yourself a hug!

I want to wrap this up by saying that these Nice Things are mere suggestions. I’m not telling you that you SHOULD be doing all or any of these things. I gave you a big list so you’d have things from which to choose. I also don’t want to give the impression that I am running around New York paying for everyone and pinning hearts on strangers 365 days a year. I am polite throughout my day, but honestly, I spend a large portion of my existence hiding behind giant sunglasses listening to music and trying to drift anonymously from place to place. Well, enough with anonymity! This month, I’m going to make an honest effort to remove my Jackie-O’s, turn off my music and do some Nice Things! Are you with me?!