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#SayItWithCricut For Valentine’s With One-Cut Phrases

February 8, 2017 • Contributor: Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

I’m back and ready to help you discover more fabulous things in Cricut Design Space! This week, let’s talk about how to uncomplicated images for a quick cut and complete project. We’re here to dissect the difference between a multi-layered image and a single layer image – and hey! What does this mean anyway?? What is a layer on an image? And how do I work with it?

For me, layered images were a little (ok maybe a LOT) tricky at first. I love to make things, and I love to make things frequently. BUT I need to make simple things. With limited time (like all of us!), I would either A) never get around to making anything or B) have hundreds of incomplete projects lying around until I found that elusive moment to finish. I think it’s safe to say that the several “mid-projects” I already have in my work room is enough.

A layered image is one that has multiple parts. The layers all fit together to give more depth and color variety to an image to really make it stand out. Sometimes, this is really beneficial for projects, and other times, a single part of the image can be used for great impact, which means you might find a perfect image for your project, but only want to use one part of it.

Let’s tackle single images quickly. When I first started using a Cricut, I only searched for images that were single layer. I recommend that for newbies for sure! Sometimes the layers get a little complicated to put together. To find single layer images, we’re going straight back to the filter again. YAY FOR FILTERS!

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Once my “Single Layer” filter has been selected, I can search for “Valentine” or whatever I might be trying to find at the moment.

 

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It’ll make for a quick cut and a fast project. This year, I wanted to tell my Valentine that I thought he was AWESOME. So, I searched for the word “Awesome” in the search bar. I gave you a sneak peek earlier in the year on that pillow.

 

You're Awesome Pillow

Would you believe it if I told that it came from a 3-layered image? Well, here it is.

 

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Getting from a triple layer image to a single layer was as easy as 4 clicks! All I did was delete the two other layers and narrow it down to just one layer.  It’s that simple. Something that originally seemed a little difficult to line up and piece together, can actually be fast and still make a really AWESOME (hehe) project! 

In the Layers panel, click on the layer that you want to delete and then click the trash can at the bottom. Quick and easy! Removing layers is the fastest way to get a quick cut image out of something more complicated. 

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I decided to make all my Valentine’s AWESOME pillows this year so I narrowed my “Awesome” search down to Single Layers and found these others too!

 

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Tell us in the comments what you’re making for your Valentine’s Day whether you’re celebrating with a special someone, having a Galentine’s Day, or on all the special people in your life. Cheers! - T 

 

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Top 10 Ways to Say “DIY Love You”

February 2, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Social Media Specialist Shelby Jones

V-Day is fast approaching and the pressure is on to send the perfect message to your loved ones to show them you love them … but not in just the typical chocolates and roses kind of way. We’ve got our top 10 favorite ways to say “DIY Love You” … just go with it guys it’s Valentine’s Day so of course we had to be super cheese!

Besides the fact that it’s totally adorable – this banner is perfect for a subtle touch of lovey dovey without trying too hard!

 

Sheet Music Heart Garland by Bespoke Decor.

Sometimes the best nights are the cozy nights in! Stay in, get those pj’s on and have a movie night for two!

 

 

Movie Night Ticket by The TomKat Studio. Make it in Design Space!

Please cue the heart eye emojis! Is this clutch not perfect for your hot date night?! Show the world your taken! Or if you're looking to celebrate with the gals, they've got a super cute #single pouch too! 

 

#Taken Pouch by Oleander and Palm.

Nails deserve love too!  Don’t forget to give yourself a fresh mani! Betcha never thought to use vinyl on your nails - this is nail art at its finest!

 

V-Day Nail Art by JGoode Designs. Make it in Design Space!

#Mantlepiecegoals – seriously we could just stare all day! Part of the fun of Valentine’s Day is filling your home with pinks, reds, chocolate, and of course heart everythings!

 

V-Day mantle project by Crafting Chicks.

This has to be our favorite Valentine we have EVER seen! Take your gal pals out to lunch and gift them what is soon to be their favorite card they have ever received.

 

Vintage Pin-up Girl Card by Rob & Bob. Make it in Design Space!

Send your littles off with a kiss, a hug, and the cutest handmade tees you ever did see! ... we might need twinner shirts for our self as well!

 

Modern kids V-Day shirts by Lemon Thistle.

Search no more for the perfect Valentine’s for your kids to give to their friends! We love a classic punny Valentine and these are perfect!

 

Owl V-Day card by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Because nothing says, “I love you” quite like a giant heart piñata does. Okay … this one might be a faux piñata, but still we are completely obsessed and we MUST add this to our DIY list immediately!

 

Faux V-Day Piñata by Artsy-Fartsy Mama.

One of our favorite totes of all time – because the most important thing of all is to love yourself!

 

Love Your Selfie Tote by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Feeling inspired? Pick your favorite show to binge watch and get crafting! You still have 12 days to get all your Valentine’s projects done! Share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #CricutMade and tell us what you're making in the comments below!

Easy Party Projects

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.

 

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

 

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Stabilize lollipop sticks with liquid adhesive and let dry.

 

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

 

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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.

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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.  

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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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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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Personalized Planners

Ready, Set, New Year! Calendars for Everyone

December 26, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

We hope that your holidays have been both holly and jolly. And now, guess what? There are only five days left in this year! But that’s plenty of time for you to get a handle on all that you have scheduled for 2017. Now is the perfect opportunity to set up a calendar system for yourself and maybe even other members of yours family.  Below we have gathered some planners that we think are fabulous. Some you can make with your Cricut, some are obtained by whipping out your credit card, but all will help you face the New Year feeling in control and ready for the possibilities that lie ahead.

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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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Personalized Christmas Lightbox

#SayItWithCricut – DIY Light Box with Cricut

December 13, 2016 • Contributor: Lemon Thistle

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking decor and how to best welcome all those guests you’re expecting! This DIY is such a fun way to take the standard lightbox which is right on trend and give it a personal touch- with hand lettering! There’s something that’s so personal about handlettering. It’s imperfectly charming and a fun alternative to the block letters that come in a lightbox kit. Mix them together to welcome guests by name or share a simple holiday phrase- the sky is the limit!

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