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This Romantic Cake Topper Is Everything For Your Wedding Events (Tutorial)

June 14, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

If you’re a bride in the last months before your wedding, I know exactly how you’re feeling (I got married in 2016 so I’ve been through it)…

 

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You’re thinking about all the last minute details and where to get the decor you need, spending a ton of money on that decor, and you’re not sure if it’s going to look exactly like what you want, unless, of course, you’re a bride-to-be with a Cricut.

Brides write to us all the time with samples of one-of-a-kind place cards, cute wedding signs, props, menus, even centerpieces! Cricut can seriously make your life easier when it comes to making the beautiful decor that you really want for your wedding day.

Today’s tutorial is in honor of the June bride. It’s an amazing wedding cake topper that one of our internal Cricut designers, Dezi Moss, made that is oh-so-romantic and importantly, easy-to-make.

I’m hoping it will give you some inspiration and confidence that you can DIY for your wedding without spending a ton of time!

You can change out the materials to match your wedding color palette, using anything from basic cardstock to adhesive foil for a little glam factor.

I’m going to use this gorgeous glitter cardstock, because glitter is my favorite color…

Now let’s cut out the “Make-It-Now” project:

(... and by “Make-It-Now” it means the project is already pre-designed and ready to cut for your in Design Space!)

1. Go to design.cricut.com (this is where all the design magic happens with Cricut).

2. Click “New Project” in the right-hand corner and you’ll be in a new canvas.

3. Click “Projects” in the left-hand design bar.

4. Search for “Cake Toppers” in the search bar and click the “Happily Ever After” project.

 

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5. Then click “Make It” in the bottom right-hand corner (TIP: Make sure you review the size of the pre-made projects, because you do have the ability to customize it depending on the size of your cake by choosing “Customize”).

6. When you click “Make It” you’ll go to the next screen where you’ll see 3 digital mats on the left-hand corner that have your designs ready to cut (two of the mats are for cardstock and one is for poster board).

 

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7. Before you start cutting, make sure to replace your standard blade with the deep cut blade by opening the “B” housing on your Cricut - it’s super easy, just flip the “B” flap open and insert your deep cut blade and close the flap. Next, you will need to load your physical mats with your material: first the cardstock, then the poster board. You’ll want to use a light grip mat for glitter cardstock (or cardstock) and a standard or heavy grip mat for poster board. Cricut cardstock comes in 12x12 in. and 12x24 in. sizes, so all you’ll have to do is line it up your material with the 12x12 in. built-in rulers on your mats, as seen below.

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*This is a picture of what our LightGrip mats look like, the StandardGrip is green and the HeavyGrip is purple.

8. Load your glitter cardstock in first and make sure the dial on the right-hand side of your Cricut machine is set to “Cardstock+” - you can also use the “Custom” setting and choose “Glitter Cardstock” on Design Space. When you load your mat, align the top sides with the slits (parallel to the rubber rollers) on the base of the Cricut, press the double sided arrow on the right-hand side of the machine to load your mats in (this make sure it’s secure and ready for cutting), and then the Cricut“C” will start blinking… press the “C” and your cut will start!

9. Repeat the same steps for the poster board, making sure that your dial is set to “Poster Board.” To do this, set the dial to “Custom” and a drop-down menu will appear in Design Space. Choose the “Poster Board” setting. (TIP: I decided I wanted glitter cardstock on the back and front of my cake topper design so I used the “mirror” option in your cut view on Design Space so that it would flip my design… you’ll see shortly in the images below… this design prompts you to layer your cardstock for a thicker topper.)

10. After your pieces are cut, it’s time to assemble! Flip your mat over (so the card stock is facing down) and carefully roll your mat off your cardstock and poster board (this helps avoid bending for thinner materials).

 

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*See how my cut on the right is flipped… I will apply that to the back of cake topper!

11. Apply glue to each side of the poster board layer (TIP: glue adhesive spray works best for this type of project because it give you an even stick so your cardstock doesn’t bubble. You can find adhesive spray in any major craft store or online. Also, make sure to stand at least 1 ft. back for a more even spray… if you spray to close it can cause a build of the glue)

12. Apply the cardstock to both sides of the poster board.

 

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13. With a tiny dot of hot glue or glue dots, apply each dowel to the back of your cake topper.

 

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14. And voila! Place your cake topper into your cake… it’s really that easy. All you have to do is to put it on your beautiful cake (as seen in the header of the my post).

 

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I tried to make this tutorial as specific as possible for anyone who has never used a Cricut machine before (e.g., using Design Space or loading material on to Cricut mats). Once you’ve used Cricut a couple times making projects becomes easier, and you could likely make and assemble this project in just under 20 minutes. It’s the perfect quick craft for any wine night during wedding planning!

As a former bride giving advice to all of you new brides out there, do yourselves a favor and get a Cricut for your wedding planning process. You can make this amazing cake topper project, and so much more, in no time. Put it on your shower registry, it’s so worth it. It would have made my bridal life so much easier… <3

 

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The Perfect Printable Bottle Wraps For Your Summer BBQ (Tutorial)

June 9, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Every Day Party Magazine

Hi everyone! It's Jess from Everyday Party Magazine here again sharing one of my favorite party tips.

I love to use Cricut printable vinyl to create custom drink bottle wrappers for my parties. It's a simple addition that adds a lot of WOW! These bottle wraps will be perfect for all of your upcoming summer BBQs and of course, the 4th of July!

Here's what you'll need:

Begin by measuring your bottles. I like to measure the circumference of the bottle, and then the "billboard" space. This is the place where you will add graphics and text.

 

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Next, open Cricut Design Space and create your design. I designed a patriotic themed drink wrapper, but the sky's the limit. Select an image from Design Space or upload your own. I typically create two rectangles to design in. One is the full bottle wrap. (The circumference of the bottle and the height of the label) The second is smaller "billboard", where I place most of the text and graphic. This helps me visually place everything. Once I'm happy with the design, I remove the “billboard” rectangle and flatten it to make it printable, if necessary.

 

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Now, I add any more graphics, designs, or pattern fill to the larger rectangle. I select the whole design and attach it. (This keeps everything together as one print, then cut file)

Send your design to print and then cut. At this point, you can select the amount of labels you want to print then cut. Send the file to the printer to print, then, cut the design.

 

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Finally, you're ready to add fancy custom labels to your party drinks!

 

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This is also a great way to embellish inexpensive party cups, favor bags, and everything else for your party!

For more party inspiration and tips, check out my blog!

 

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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!

 

Sweetheart Table Decor

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.

 

Food Tent Assembly

S'mores

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.  

 

Banner

 

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!

 

Camp Sign

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!)

 

Shirt

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.  

 

Invitations

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.

 

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.

 

Cricut Image

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