New Year's Start Cown

Ring in the Year with a Bling!

November 12, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Get ready to razzle, dazzle and ring in 2017 with a bling! We can’t wait to let loose as the hours count down, and these sensational items are just the thing for a party to remember. With so much sparkle, who needs a dropping ball in Times Square to light up the night?

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Trend Watch: Drowning in Christmas Clutter?! Make Your House a Veritable Storyland By Creating Holiday Vignettes!

December 9, 2016 • Contributor: Andrea Greco

Christmas!!! Yay!!! Christmas!!! I love Christmas almost as much as I love my dog! (If you know me, you know that is saying something!) So you can imagine, as a person whose life revolves around decorating and crafting, I’ve got some problems. My first impulse is to spaz out and decorate every square inch of my apartment. I want to hang every ornament and bauble I’ve collected since I could utter the word “Santa.”  How do I incorporate the many holiday treasures I’ve amassed over the years without looking like the Mayor of Christmas Crazytown? I’ve found the answer: Vignettes. What’s a vignette? According to Google, a vignette is “a brief evocative description, account, or episode.” Basically, it’s a little story. I like to make little stories all over my home. I have collections of deer, ornaments, elves, beads, garland, bottle brush trees, lights and more. All together, these could be a giant mess. When put together as scenes and collections, my ornaments go from looking like cluttered and junky chaos to artful and thoughtful displays. Well executed vignettes can help your Christmas décor look festive, but contained. The key to a successful vignette is the proper container. When they are contained, they are neat and move-able. Nothing is more frustrating than laboring over a lovely table arrangement only to have to move it because you need space to wrap presents or do crafts or eat dinner or play Yahtzee. I’m going to tell you my three favorite ways to contain a vignette and show my top picks from some of my favorite Pinterest Pinners. Take a look and get inspired to create beautiful Christmas stories with your own holiday treasures.

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Family Game Night with Cricut

#SayItWithCricut – Host a Memorable Family Game Night with Cricut

December 6, 2016 • Contributor: Jessica Roe, Blogger at Everyday Party Magazine

The best parties and events have all the details just right: the decor is welcoming and festive, the food is perfect.  The food can be easy, by catering the event, buying pre-made, or even serving simple treats.  Guests may not remember what they ate, but they will remember the way your event made them feel.  I love, love, love holiday entertaining!  My tree is magical, and it makes everything around it twinkle and glow like it would in Santa's workshop.  But, I can't just place a folding card table next to the tree and call it done.  One of my family's favorite things is family game night, much to my dismay.  To surprise them, I set up a cozy family game night one afternoon before they came home from school.  I kept the decor and menu fairly simple, buying pre-made cookies, popping popcorn, and serving Santa Cokes and warm cocoa.  The decor was also simple to make the day of our party. 

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Rustic Holiday Scene

Get Holiday Ready

December 2, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

‘Tis the season for gift lists and mall Santas and standing in line. There’s no denying that it can all be more than a little hectic. But don’t fret: Cricut is ready to make your home a haven of holiday bliss with easy and quick DIY projects you can find on Design Space. All of this leaves you free to celebrate what truly matters most: family, friends and creativity!

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Christmas Porch Decor

In Case You Missed It

November 30, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

And just like that, November’s over. We can’t believe it, either! Before you tackle the many To Do lists of December, we invite you to take a few moments to yourself right now. Go pour yourself a cup of something delicious, and then check out some of the fun things that have been going on here at Cricut this month. You’ll also get a peek at Cuttlebug® confetti dies as well as some of the fun 3D holiday projects that are available in Design Space.

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Autumn Dinner Scene

Front and Centerpiece: Thanksgiving Table Crafts

November 10, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Thanksgiving: it’s the holiday devoted to family, food and (sometimes) football. But, if hard pressed, many of us would admit that we give more thought to the tablescape than to the menu. Yes, of course, the meal should be a delight for the palate. But with all the work put into the preparation, shouldn’t the food be presented in a way that reflects the chef’s labors?

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Jaren McConnel

Meet the Maker: Jeran McConnel
Oleander and Palm Thanksgiving

November 8, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

One glance at a recent Jeran McConnel project and we knew we had to have her back for another Meet the Maker profile. (If you didn’t read our last post with her, you can check it out here). We were so pleased that the creator of Oleander and Palm, a lifestyle blog focused on simple California living, had the time to chat with us about her latest creative endeavors, holiday plans and childhood Thanksgiving memories.

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Ready! Set! SET! Here Are a Few Tips and Tricks for Setting a Memorable Thanksgiving Table!

November 4, 2016 • Contributor: Contributor: Andrea Greco

Oh, how I love a dinner party. We've all been to memorable ones. There are the kinds that are memorable for good reasons: lively conversation, charming guests, interesting table decor, fun music, tasty food, favorable lighting, etc. Those are the kinds of parties we want to attend. Those are the kinds of parties we want to host!  Then, there are the parties that are memorable for the not - so - good reasons: long, awkward silences, that weird cousin that showed up, paper plates and kid's table status at the age of 24, your uncle's refusal to upgrade his stereo system because his-8-track-player-still-works-and-Slim-Whitman-is-good-listening-for-everyone-so-stop- nagging-me-about-it-already, that Jell-O mold that never solidified, etc... 

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