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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.

 

Gum Ball Picture

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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Areas to Erase

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.)

 

Gum Ball Supplies

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. 

 

Gum Ball Supplies

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Tutorial: Easy Party Projects

January 30, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston of Kingston Crafts

Beth Kingston of Kingston Crafts here – and today I’ve got two quick and easy projects using the same image! One of the best things about Cricut is the ability to turn any image in Design Space in to a variety of projects using different materials. Using this hooray image from TomKat Studio (exclusive to the Gold Cricut Explore Air at Jo-Ann) I've created two projects that are perfect for any party - a cake topper and a customized serving plate! Each project took less than 15 minutes...which is perfect since I pretty much wait until the last minute to prepare for any occasion. ;)

Cake Topper Supplies

Run gold hooray (gold side up) through Xyron machine.

Lay chipboard hooray right side up on your work area and lay lollipop sticks on the h and the y as shown.

 

Hooray Image

Remove gold hooray from backing and gently adhere to chipboard, matching up edges as you go.

 

Hooray Image

Stabilize lollipop sticks with liquid adhesive and let dry.

 

Hooray Image

Add your topper to your cake ... and get ready to paaaaaartay!

 

Hooray Image

To create the serving plate, simply cut the same image using Cricut Gold Window Cling. Easy to apply, easy to remove, now you can have customized serving dishes for any event!

 

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Creative Spotlight: Kim Byers of Celebration Shoppe

January 26, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Kim Byers of Celebration Shoppe is one of those bloggers who always has the perfect project at the right time. Not only is she an inspiring maker, blogger, stylist, wife and mom, but she also finds time to design incredible Cricut cartridges and best-selling images. We’ve featured her here before (see that blog post) because she’s just that fabulous, but we wanted to check in again to see what she’s working on now. And, of course, she had some amazingly perfect project ideas ready to share with us for a jump-start on Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-5) or anytime the mid-school-year crunch hits!

We’re curious about the journey of your blog. How did you get started on it, and what have you learned along the way about keeping it current with fabulous ideas?

I started my second career, designing paper goods, about eight years ago. As part of that process, my social media and blogging career was born. It was the best way to promote my designs in the marketplace. Since then, I’ve since fallen in love with blogging and with my readers. Blogging can be very personal and having great friends to take along on that journey is key. As for inspiration and keeping my articles current, I do watch the industry trends. However, I watch what is being discussed, liked and shared in my communities of paper goods, party and food even more. Those places are where you find the “next” industry trend. Those are the projects and ideas that real people are commenting on and reacting to.

We’re thrilled to be focusing on one of your DIY teacher gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week. Do you have a favorite teacher who made an impact on who you are today?

I had many amazing teachers growing up, and each influenced me in their own way to work hard and dream big for all the things I want out of life. Honestly though, it is my sons’ teachers and the teachers I’ve become friends with as an adult that make me want to go that extra mile throughout the school year. In addition to all the boys’ teachers, I have five friends who teach various ages and each has shared heartfelt stories about the day-to-day struggles and triumphs they encounter in the classroom. Teaching is a difficult career, one that requires a lot of passion, love and hard work. If I can do something small throughout the school year, not just during Teacher Appreciation Week, to encourage them, then I want to do that for them. The crafts in my Rule the School cartridge are easily personalized, too. There’s nothing like personalization to make someone feel extra special.

 

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This personalized tote bag designed by Kim is sweet enough to be used inside or out of the classroom. Filled with thoughtful treats, it’s an A+ gift for every deserving instructor. Find out how to make it here

We’re always intrigued about the inspiration behind a project like the one above. Can you tell us how it came about?

I noticed that my youngest son’s teacher was in need of a new tote so I used the apple and apple core designs in my Rule the School cartridge to make her a personalized glitter iron-on tote. I filled it with little bits of encouragement like the large red candies, coffee mug, post-it notes and a few other goodies.

What do you appreciate most about using a Cricut for a project like this?

My Cricut allowed me to take a seemingly ordinary gift--a bag of candy and a tote--and make it special and thoughtful. In just minutes, I was able to add my son’s teacher’s name to fabric and paper with one machine and a printer. The tote was only $4 and with less than a fourth of a roll of glitter and white iron-on, I made the tote for about $8. Buying a personalized tote would have cost me at least $20. I was then able to personalize and craft the other items in the tote as well. The entire project didn’t’ take long, and his teacher was so grateful for the thought and work that went into it.

Check out a few more projects that use Kim’s Rule the School cartridge….

This easy Print Then Cut tag can be used on nearly any kind of goodie and is extra fun because it’s personalized. Find it on Kim’s blog.

 

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Of course, we can’t forget the kids! This personalized DIY backpack is created with printable fabric. Discover how to make one for your favorite student here on Kim’s blog.

 

Kim Byers Project Image

Check out some of our other favorite school projects from Kim in Design Space here

What other projects are you working on now?

Right now, I’m designing some fun projects for Valentine’s Day. I love a great pun and it’s the perfect holiday for it! This year I’m designing some die-cut cards that should make the kids smile. In the old days, I would be cutting or punching out shapes for hours. Now, I can just load my designs to my Cricut Explore Air 2 and cut, or Print Then Cut, my designs in minutes!

Thanks, Kim! We love how easy you’ve made it to personalize items for the unique people in our lives. We can’t wait to see what you design next!

Check out Kim’s blog at blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com. Have you found happiness at the Celebration Shoppe? Show us by sharing on social #CricutMade!

 

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What’s New: We’ve Got a Font Fetish

January 25, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

One Font, Two Font, Red Font, Blue Font…

Okay, we all have that small secret thing that we obsess over. Something that we are constantly looking for or at. For instance, my husband’s is cars and car parts. For me, it’s fonts.

  • Small Fonts
  • Big Fonts
  • Plain Fonts
  • Fancy Fonts

I love them all. They each have their own personality and style. I can say the same thing several different ways depending on the font I use.

 

Hello Beautiful Font Image

See what I mean? You can say it softly, boldly, sassily, lovingly or many other ways. Hence why I am crazy about Cricut Design Space. No matter how I want to say something, they have a font to match and they are continually adding more.

Fabulous Fonts

My favorite fonts this month are:

  • Loop-Di-Loop, this one is kind of curly and sassy. It makes me think of ringlets and bubblegum (I never said it was a great combo, that’s just what I think of.)
  • Pen and Ink has a more sophisticated look. It seems like something you would use for special occasions or just because you want to be fancy.
  • Kyden reminds me of the handwriting I always wished I had and now I do. (Shh, don’t tell anyone. I just write everything via my Cricut.)
  • Confetti + Sprinkles is just downright crazy which is what makes it so awesome. It literally is a party in a font.

Last, but by no means least, our newest one…*Drumroll Please*

 

Neon Lights Font Image

Neon Lights is the newest addition to the Cricut Font Family and we couldn’t be happier. This boldly electric font is just the type of uniqueness you were looking for this New Year. But wait there’s more…

Neon Lights is the first in a long line of fonts that will be hitting Cricut Design Space this year. You will have to check back each month to see whether we have released one or many. All I can say right now is that they are going to be AMAZING!

Finding Fonts

I honestly can say I have never met a font I didn’t like, and that holds true for all of the Cricut fonts. One question I get asked a lot is “How do I change my fonts in Design Space?” I have got your answer right here.

It is actually pretty simple. After you have added your text by clicking “Add Text” on the left hand side of your screen, you will head over the right side and click edit.

 

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After you have clicked the edit tab (make sure your text is selected) you will see three drop down menus. The middle one has all the fonts your heart could desire.

 

Hello Beautiful Font Image 1

From there all you have to do is scroll through and select your favorite font.

 

Hello Beautiful Image 2

And there you have it. Pretty simple right?

Were any of my favorite fonts your favorite as well? I would love to hear what your favorite type of font is. Comment below and tell me how much of a font fetish you have.

Now go make something, you crazy craft animal you!

 

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DIY: Personalized Twists on Winter Gifts

January 16, 2017 • Contributor: The TomKat Studio

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

Paper Tassel + Monogram Gift Wrap Embellishment

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

Materials:

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

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

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

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

Tassel + Monogram

Monogram Gift Wrap Embellishment

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

Materials:

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

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

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

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

Monogram Gift Wrap

Gold Paper Bow Gift Wrap Embellishment

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

Materials:

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

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space.

Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to cut bows.

Assemble: Assemble bows and attach using hot glue.  

Gold Bow

Hexagon Gift Wrap Embellishments

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

Materials:

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

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space.

Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to cut vinyl.

Assemble: Peel vinyl hexagons and stick to gift wrap.  

Hexagon Gold Wrap
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#SayItWithCricut: Our Secret Obsession for DIY Pillows!

January 4, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

We’re declaring 2017, the year of the pillow. Last year, we had a little “pillow talk” showing you beautiful pillow inspiration. They’re so simple to make, and they can instantly transform a room or a life. I know what you might be thinking – yeah, nothing is really that easy. (This really can be.) BUT, we also know how scary or hard some DIY projects can look. Pillows can be made from iron-on, stencil, paint, fabric, felts, and more. We’re here to help you learn all the secrets, and give you Pillow Super Powers! Join us as we walk you through the how-tos of everything from picking the right pillow, designing your project, and tips & tricks of cutting your materials. 
 

Say I Love You

We’ll be making pillows throughout the year to inspire you and people in your life. Pillows are such a great way to express yourself, say something meaningful, and a really easy DIY way to make something special. You can tell people you love them:

This pillow uses fabric paint and stencils. The scariest part about this pillow might be picking and sizing fonts.  We know how intimidating that can be. We’ll take you through how to match fonts, build your design, and add it to your pillow. Don’t fret – whether you’re new to the world of making with Cricut or a seasoned veteran, get ready to learn something or share advice!  We’re all in this awesome journey together.

Photo courtesy The Idea Room

Celebrate Life

Whether it’s a holiday or a beautiful moment these types of pillows are made with Cricut Iron-On and are easy one-cut pre-designed phrases. Pre-designed phrases can be one simple way to make a quick, yet meaningful pillow. We’ll take you through the world of finding and using phrases in Cricut Design Space as well as making your own!

Texture Made Easy

This beautiful Ranunculus pillow can be one of those projects you might shy away from, but stay tuned and we’ll walk you through a wide variety from the simple one-cut to more complicated pieces like this one. You’ll be a pillow-making rock star by the end of the year. 

Our first step is going to be learning how to find and use phrases to make this great “You’re Amazing” pillow (because we truly think you’re amazing!):

You're amazing Pillow

Next, we’ll be walking through how to narrow down layered phrases to get a simple one-cut like this:

Awesome Pillow

Never fear! Because you are awesome! Together, we are ready to learn and grow. We’ll also share tips on how to pick the right color iron-on for your project and using iron-on easily. 

Lastly, we’ll be finding and sizing fonts together to make this:

 

Be Adventerous

... and celebrate the beginning of our adventures together. Every couple of weeks, we’ll have a new set of pillows to learn new techniques, tips & tricks, and the ins-and-outs of Design Space. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so that you can get in on all the fun!

Here’s a quick sneak peek of our next few pillows:

Sneak Peek Pillows

Let’s be adventurous, awesome, and amazing as we head into 2017, and let’s #SayItWithCricut every week! Tell us in the comments below what tips, tricks, and techniques that you'd like to learn along the way, and we’ll work to get you tutorials and answers. Make sure you also follow our #SayItWithCricut Pinterest board to see all of our amazing pillow and phrase projects. Cheers - Tiffany!

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In Case You Missed It – 2016 Round-Up – Part 1

December 28, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

How can 2017 possibly be over? Here at Cricut, we’ve been so busy creating all sorts of things that the time has flown by in the most amazing way possible. Since there was so much going on, we thought we’d take one last stroll down this year’s memory lane. Of course, it can’t all fit into one blog post, so stay tuned tomorrow as well!

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10 Ways to Count Down the Hours

December 19, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Midnight on New Year’s Eve: it’s truly a magical moment… if you can stay awake for it. Below are 10 terrific ways to count down the hours until the clock strikes 12. Some are solitary activities, some are fun for the whole family and all are meaningful ways to spend your last hours of 2016.

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Warm and Welcomed: Keep Your Wedding Guests Feeling Cozy

November 16, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

What could be more romantic than a winter wedding? Picture it: a crackling fire, rich colors, savory treats and—perhaps best of all—glowing in the comfort of knowing that your budget is being helped by the off-season prices.  If you say “I do” to winter nuptials, be sure that your guests feel warm and welcomed. Below are some of our favorite ways to ensure that this happens!

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When Midnight Falls at Eight: Celebrating New Year’s with Kids

December 14, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Life with children: it’s a party… just not the kind you used to go to. And that’s okay! New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and we hope you’ll seize the day and celebrate in style with your loved ones of all ages. Check out these fantastic, family-friendly ways for you and yours to ring in 2017 together.

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