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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.

 

Table Number

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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Bags

Mug

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!

 

Easel escort cards

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.

 

Dancing Shoes Tags

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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Cuttable Wedding Ideas For The Ultimate DIY Bride

March 30, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Carreiro from Something Turquoise

Hey crafty babes! My name is Jen Carreiro and I’m the turquoise-crazed owner and maker of Something Turquoise, a wedding blog that celebrates the DIY bride. I share different types of do-it-yourself tutorials on my blog including custom projects to make with your Cricut, that are all focused around weddings and wedding events. I’m super excited to share that each month I’ll be guest blogging here, sharing some type of fun and creative wedding inspiration with you. Since spring has sprung and it’s going to be wedding season before we know it, today I’ve rounded-up my 15 favorite Cricut-able spring wedding project ideas that your guests will go nuts over!

 

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Project made by Something Turquoise.

Romantic Mr & Mrs Reception Chair Signs

Creating personalized Mr + Mrs reception chair signs is an absolute must and these are just darling! The best part is that you can make them in about 10 minutes flat in Design Space right now!

 

Mr. & Mrs. Chairs

Project made by Cricut Designer, Dezi Moss. 

Detailed Lace Plate Charger

Wow, is this an absolutely stunning paper charger or what!? That’s the type of fine cutting detail that I absolutely rely on my Cricut to create! Cut these in Design Space now for a truly show-stopping table decor element for each guest!

 

Lace charger

Easy “I Do” Wedding Shoe Stickers

This is one of my favorite project ideas because I actually made it and that’s me in the picture! On my blog Something Turquoise, I’ll show you exactly how to create custom “I Do” stickers for the bottom of your wedding shoes!

 

I do wedding stickers

Project made by Something Turquoise. 

Beautiful Watercolor Table Numbers

This print + cut project combo has my heart! This watercolor design from Natalie Malan is ready and waiting for you in Design Space - just perfect for a spring wedding!

 

Water color numbers

Project made by Natalie Malan.

Chic Spring Wedding Invitation Suite

In case you’re feeling frisky, maybe you could tackle creating your entire wedding invitation suite with your Cricut and this stunning design from Lia Griffith!

 

Wedding invite

Project made by Lia Griffith.

Hopeless Romantic Name Cards

How adorable are these name cards!? Not only are they perfect for a spring wedding but they’d be fantastic for a winery or vineyard themed event! Customize them for yourself in Design Space with just a few clicks!

 

Name cards

You Have My Heart Centerpiece Decor

I absolutely love this centerpiece idea! Cut out the saying, glue onto a stick and add to any floral centerpiece… although it would also make a fantastic wedding cake topper! Idieh Design has the cut file in Design Space just waiting for you!

 

Centerpiece

Project made by Idieh Design. 

Best Day Ever Drink Tags

I just think that these are the best darn drink tags I’ve ever seen! So cute! Personalize and cut Idieh Design’s file within Design Space now… and then be happy to know whose drink is whose throughout the night!

 

Drink tag

Project made by Idieh Design. 

Petal Patrol + Ring Security Shirts

Ok, aren’t these two just the cutest ever?? I actually have to say that because they’re my niece and nephew! Visit my blog Something Turquoise to grab these free SVG design files so that you can personalize a sweatshirt or t-shirt for the little ones that will be in your wedding!

 

Shirts

Project made by Something Turquoise. 

Spring Paper + Vellum Lantern

No candles allowed at your venue? No problem! Cut and create these paper and vellum lanterns with Lia Griffith and let battery operated tea lights shine from the inside!

 

Paper lantern

Project made by Lia Griffith. 

Glitter Iron-On Bride Tote Bag

Personalize a tote bag for all your wedding planning needs using glitter iron on and your favorite font! Get the how-to on my blog Something Turquoise!

 

Glitter Iron On Tote Bag

Project made by Something Turquoise. 

Green Ombre Watercolor Menu

Don’t forget about the food! Some would say that’s the most important part of the night… personalize this menu design from Kori Clark and then print + cut them into existence!

 

Watercolor menus

Project made by Kori Clark. 

Floral Stenciled Napkins

This stenciled napkin idea is a beautiful element of decor that can easily double as a fabulous favor for each of your guests. Cut out the design from Michelle Edgemont and then stencil onto each napkin with fabric paint. Simply fabulous!

 

Stencil napkins

Project made by Kori Clark. 

Spring Paper Flower Wedding Bouquet

And last but certainly not least, for the most hardcore of DIY brides, I would love to challenge you to create your wedding bouquet entirely out of paper using these stunning patterns from Lia Griffith!

 

Spring Bouquet

Project made by Kori Clark. 

Now that you’ve reached the end of this list, I hope you’re feeling romantic and inspired for your spring shindig! Don’t forget to share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #CricutMade and tell us what you're making in the comments below! Also, if you make one of my custom Something Turquoise projects, share it with our team using #somethingturquoisediy!

 

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These Creative Brides Will Amaze You

March 10, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

The Cricut wedding march continues! We had so much fun shining the blog spotlight on DIY bride Amy Voluckas on February 23 that we knew we just had to tell more of our amazing makers’ stories. So, meet Rebecca Lewis and Sylvanna Krawczyk, two talented DIYers who also used their Cricut machines to bring their own unique styles and personalities to their special days. From lovely and lyrical to a storybook adventure brought to life, these talented ladies have inspired us with their inventiveness and talent. Read on for all the details!

Love in Bloom: Rebecca Lewis

A little over three years ago, my friend and I were talking about how I was never going to get married because I was afraid I would never find “the one.” A few minutes later, she said, "If I set you up on a blind date with my friend, would you go?" Jokingly, I said “sure” and laughed it off.

Turns out, she was serious about it, and an hour later, she had made plans for me with one of her friends from a history course. She and “the guy” planned for me to meet him at the local bowling alley that weekend. So, nervous as anything, I went. When I showed up, my friend told me to look for a truck in the parking lot. Anxious, I looked around and there was no truck in sight. “Did I really get stood up?” I asked myself. I called my friend and said “WHERE IS HE? THERE IS NO TRUCK HERE AT ALL!” A few minutes later, a tall, handsome man walked up to my car. That had to be him I thought, and I was right! After bowling, it was clear we both didn't want the night to end. Now, the rest is history.

 

Bride

As I began wedding planning, I really wanted ways to make it unique. I thought about paper flowers at first, but they were a ton of work. I saw more and more paper flowers on Pinterest and found a blog that said they used the Cricut. I did some more research on the Cricut and my life was changed! Cutting the shapes out for the flowers became an easy task, and it made my dream of paper flowers a reality.

 

Paper Flowers

The response to my paper flowers was amazing! Nobody could believe that I made each and every single flower by hand. Guests loved that they were able to take the centerpieces home with them after the wedding and they didn't have to worry about the flowers ever dying.

 

Paper Flowers

My Cricut didn't just help me make the flowers for my wedding. It also made many small decoration pieces and even shirts for my bridesmaids, flower girl and myself to get ready in! I fell in love with heat transfer vinyl and started an Etsy shop in October making baby onesies. I can't wait to do more with my Cricut! 

 

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Whimsical and Wonderful: Sylvanna Krawczyk

I am currently a tutor for all the math and statistics classes at a local community college, but I have been a lifetime crafter and maker. When I was finishing up my mathematics degree, I needed to take some programming classes, and I had never worked with a programming language before. A mutual acquaintance had mentioned his roommate, Daniel, was a software engineer, so I asked Daniel if he would be willing to tutor me once a week in my C programming class. It turned out that the class was ridiculously easy, so instead of tutoring once a week, we kind of fell into a pattern of just hanging out, which then became weekly dates, and the rest is history.

 

Wedding Couple

The Cricut has been essential for making my ideas come to life in a way that I am proud to put on display. We chose the Alice in Wonderland theme because of how well it inspired whimsical interpretations of traditional wedding elements like the cake, the decorations, even my wedding dress (I am going to be the red queen/queen of hearts!) Because it is such an uncommon wedding theme, most of what we wanted to see happen has to be DIYed.

Invitations are one of the first things your guests see, and they really set the tone for what to expect at the wedding, so ours were always going to have a funky vibe that I’d never seen before. The Cricut really came in handy in quickly prototyping sample invites so we could play around with different styles and designs. Ultimately, it streamlined the production of more than 50 utterly unique invites that look like they cost a ton but didn’t.

 

Wedding Invites

The bridesmaids dresses were trickier, because I knew I wanted my bridal party to be playing cards, but I didn’t quite know how to translate the idea elegantly. Finally, one of my bridesmaids suggested we start with a plain white dress and decorate it. Once that was decided, the first thing I thought of was making fabric iron-on appliques with the Cricut! Cutting them was a breeze, and once we had that done, we could play with their placement and create the style we didn’t even know we wanted when we started.

 

Wedding Dress

I am so excited to make flowers next. Being a mathematician, I want to use pages from an old textbook to cut my rose petals and put together a very personal bridal bouquet, and my bridesmaids will be sporting some very theme-appropriate playing card bouquets. For my bridal shower, we’re doing a DIY wine and paint night and all of my guests will be painting their own Cheshire cat canvases. For that, I’m going to be designing and cutting a cute stencil—I’ve discovered the Cricut is fantastic for making stencils out of Dollar Store plastic cutting boards!

 

Wedding Decor

The response to our DIY wedding has ranged from overwhelmingly positive to ecstatic! Our theme is so rich in material to draw from that I really went to town on coming up with DIY ways to transform our wedding venue into this alternate world. We’re even making a giant chess set from scratch! Family and friends are just blown away by these creative elements and how well we’re pulling them off—it’s definitely going to be one of those weddings that people will remember because of how unique it is.

 

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Congratulations are definitely in store for both Rebecca and Sylvanna. Their DIY weddings couldn’t be more different, and yet, they both found a way to use the Cricut to make their nuptial elements a true reflection of their individual love stories. We applaud their ingenuity!

Blushing bride or gushing guest? Show us some Cricut wedding magic you’ve made or seen using #MyCricutWedding on Facebook or Instagram and tell us in the comments below!

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10 Unique Ideas To Incorporate Greenery Into Your Wedding

March 9, 2017 • Contributor: Michelle Edgemont

Hi! I’m Michelle Edgemont, an event designer and florist based in Brooklyn, NY. My company specializes in unconventional, interesting, bold decor that compliments the venue and speaks to each couple’s personality and aesthetic. I love using interesting materials to create eye popping installations at events. With my Cricut, it’s so easy to create a bold backdrop using simple cardstock and a little imagination.

I designed a contemporary paper leaf backdrop DIY project over on my blog using the brand new Cricut Air 2. The greenery theme sprouted from Pantone’s color of the year, called Greenery. Instead of using traditional blooms, florists have been experimenting with using bold leaves, garlands, and potted plants to decorate weddings in 2017.

Along with the DIY Leaf Backdrop on my blog, here are ten ideas to incorporate the greenery trend into your wedding day decor.

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Big Leaf Centerpieces

A few large, impactful leaves in tall clear hurricane is a beautiful, modern way to fill a large space with limited resources. Photographer: Carrie Patterson Photography

 

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Green Garland Runner

For narrow tables, a pretty garland of fresh greens can decorate without taking up too much space. Photographer: Tim Ryan Smith

 

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Greenery Bouquet

Using only two types of plants in this bouquet, Lily of the Valley and greens, let’s the bride’s dress shine while giving her a beautiful nosegay to carry on her wedding day. Photographer: Brian Dorsey Studios

 

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Plants As Decor

Store bought fern plants in modern planters can decorate small spots at your wedding that need a little life. The bathrooms, corners of the bar, and the dessert table are good spots for these cute ferns. Photographer: Nicole Geralut

 

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Greenery Boutonnieres

Lovely olive branches make contemporary pin on boutonnieres that will look great through the last dance. Photographer: Jen Huang

 

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Greenery Hair Crown

Keep the greenery trend going right up to the top of your head with a dainty hair crown made of whimsical greens. Photography: When He Found Her.

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Greenery Wall

A living wall, made of ferns, moss, and succulents, would look great behind a cake table or in a large scale behind the spot you get married. Photographer: Sargeant Photography

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Greenery Chuppah

A basic chuppah frame, covered in smilax, is a contemporary way to bring the greenery trend into your Jewish ceremony. Photographer: Charla Storey Photography

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Greenery Cake

A basic white cake can be made formal by adding a few sprigs of greenery and white flowers to match the buttercream frosting. Photographer: This Modern Romance

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Escort Cards with Greens

Pinned onto moss boards, decorated with ferns, and printed in a pretty font, these escort cards are a lovely way to give our guests a taste of the decor that’s to come in the reception space.

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Tips & Tricks for Paper Floral Treatments (& A Surprise!)

March 2, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Our amazing design team just WOWed me with two huge floral projects. They took my breath away! I asked them about all the unique methods put into making it look so beautiful, and I’m going to give you a few of their awesome techniques that I never knew were possible before!

1. Inking

Inking

By using a small sponge with an ink pad, they were able to add bigger natural bang to this flower! The ink was used on the tips of the petals as well as the center.

2. Glitter Spray

Glitter Spray

Once they put the middle of the flower together, they added some amazing sparkle! Other alternative ideas to capture this essence would be to use glitter paper, glitter dip the flower parts, or even a thicker glitter glue.

3. Rhinestones

Rhinestones

Rhinestones, pearls, or buttons – oh my! There are so many different things you can use to spice up the center.  This flower was inked and then had a rhinestone glued to the center for a slight sparkle. 

4. Painting

Painting

Paint on the paper can really add a realistic touch to your flowers.

5. High-contrast paper colors

Colors

High-contrast paper colors. Using colors that pop against each other can also make a more dramatic impact to your flowers.

After all these magical tips, I’m sure your next question is what did it turn out looking like? Tune in to HSN on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 starting at 12am ET to see the entire project live! Visit our Facebook page for additional times to tune in. 

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15 Swoon-Worthy Cuttable Wedding Banners

February 28, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Carreiro from Something Turquoise

Photo Credit: Roger Ellsworth with E.P.Love

Well, hello there! My name is Jen Carreiro and I’m the turquoise-crazed owner and maker of Something Turquoise, a wedding blog that celebrates the DIY bride. I share different types of do-it-yourself tutorials on my blog including custom projects to make with your Cricut, that are all focused around weddings and wedding events. I’m super excited to share that each month I’ll be guest blogging here, sharing some type of fun and creative wedding inspiration with you. First up, it’s all about banners! Banners of all shapes and sizes are now an iconic part of party decor, especially for weddings. So today I’ve rounded-up my 15 favorite Cricut-able banners that would be the perfect decor addition to any of your wedding events!

From creating a custom banner with your soon-to-be wedding date, perfect for snapping photos during your engagement shoot… to creating a decor element for your bridal shower or maybe even an adorable mini-cake topper bunting - the sky is the limit when you use your Cricut!

So many reasons to make a custom decor banner:

  • Engagement Party
  • Engagement Shoot 
  • Bridal Shower
  • Bridesmaid Craft Night
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Wedding Decor
  • Wedding Portrait Props
  • Post-Wedding Brunch

Wedding Dress Bunting Banner

Wedding Banner Image

This is my latest Cricut wedding project! Use one of our custom SVG dress files to create an adorable decor banner for your bridal shower or bachelorette party! Stop by my blog post to get the how-to and the free files!

Detailed LOVE Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Lia Griffith 

Let the Cricut work it’s magic to create this amazingly detailed LOVE banner. Download the cut files from Lia Griffith now!

Lace Pennant Banner

Wedding Banner

This lovely lace pennant banner is the perfect decor element for a rustic chic event. Hang on your cake table, in front of your head table or anywhere your heart desires! Make this project in Design Space now!

Floral LOVE Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Natalie Malan

This beautiful floral love banner says it all… and would look lovely at any romantic themed wedding event. Make this banner by Natalie Malan in Design Space now!

Mr & Mrs Banner

Wedding Banner

Create this classic Mr & Mrs banner in a snap and customize using colored cardstock to match your event. Make this banner in Design Space now!

Flamingle Banner

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Photo Credit: idieh design 

How freaking adorable is this “flamingle” banner held up by balloons! Such a great idea for a bridal shower or a bridesmaids party! Make this banner by idieh design in Design Space now!

Tiny Hearts Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Damask Love

OMG. Not only do you get the cutest bunting packed full of the tiniest little cut-out hearts, but then all those cut-out hearts double as confetti! Now that’s a crafting win! Make this banner by Damask Love in Design Space now!

Papel Picado Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes 

This super sweet papel picado banner would be a terrific fit for your fiesta themed wedding event! Maybe a spring bridal shower in a garden with margaritas? Yes! Visit Green Wedding Shoes to make this banner now!

Classic Congrats Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: TomKat Studio 

TomKat Studio has all our classic brides covered with this chic Congrats banner! Make it in Design Space now!

Getting Hitched Banner

Wedding Banner

This sweet banner combines a few different shapes and sizes to create a unique look. Personalize with your event colors and maybe even cut out a saying to put on top of the larger bunting pieces! Make this banner by Dezi Moss in Design Space now!

Party’s Here Banner

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Michelle Edgemont

This is the perfect banner for your bachelorette party… especially cut out of sequin paper! So fun! Make this banner my Michelle Edgemont in Design Space now!

Hooray Hexagon Banner

Wedding Banner

This banner combines paper and metallic vinyl to make a crafty-chic statement. I think you should cut lots and lots of hexagons and string them all over your event! Make this adorable banner by Anna Rose in Design Space now!

Forever Fabric Banner

Wedding Banner

Turn simple supplies like canvas fabric and black iron into this lovely forever banner! Use ribbon in the color of your event to personalize… this would be darling in engagement photos! Make this banner in Design Space now!

Just Married Banner

Wedding Banner

Ok, ok, so this banner might not be a “bunting” style banner, but I just love it! Hold it in your photos as a prop or put it on the back of your getaway car! Just so sweet! Make this banner in Design Space now!

In-Depth How To Make Your Own Banners

Wedding Banner

Photo Credit: Keys To Inspiration

Just in case you might be thinking, yeah, these are all really cute but I want to make my own banner from scratch, Christene from Keys To Inspiration has an amazing tutorial that will walk you through each and every step of making an adorable, custom bunting banner!

Now that you’ve reached the end of this list, I hope you’re feeling inspired! Don’t forget to share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #MyCricutStory and tell us what you're making in the comments below! Also, if you make one of my custom Something Turquoise projects, share it with our team using #somethingturquoisediy!

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“I Do” To The Perfect DIY Wedding

February 23, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

As you probably know by now, we love weddings… really love them. Whatever the theme, the style, the color palette, we want to know more. And if Cricut is part of the big day, even better!

As part of our current wedding program, we are thrilled to shine our User Spotlight on brides who have said “I Do” to a DIY wedding, and then gone on to make their visions a beautiful reality. Our premiere feature is on the multi-talented Cricut user Amy Voluckas.

First things first, Amy: tell us how you met the mister.

I actually met my husband, Dan, online. I didn't know it at the time, but we both had gone to the same–very small–high school, though he was a couple years behind me, and our parents live about five minutes from each other. We decided each of us seemed normal enough to warrant meeting for lunch, and we've been together ever since. We dated for three years before he proposed, and are now the proud parents of a blended family of three cats (his, mine and ours). He's an amazing guy who is one of the calmest, most supportive and thoughtful people I have ever met, and I cannot imagine my life without him.

A lot of brides become overwhelmed by the seemingly daunting task of choosing a wedding theme. How did you settle on yours?

 

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My husband and I both loved all of the weddings we'd been to: each couple curated a gathering that truly represented who they were, and I think that’s what made their events so awesome and memorable. When it came time for us to plan our wedding, we immediately knew we didn't want the traditional big affair–it just wasn't who we were. We wanted our wedding to have a laid-back feel and be more of a party where we just happened to get married.

Barn weddings were all the rage on Pinterest, and we loved that causal-yet-refined feel. As it turned out, our local nature conservatory had a great rustic barn that was the perfect size for the number of guests we were expecting. I had gone to youth camp there with my cousins for a number of years, so it was really cool to revisit the place where I spent so many summers and make it part of our big day. The best part was they gave us full authority on every aspect of the wedding, so we were able to truly make it our own, and our rental fee went right back to the nonprofit. It was great to be able to have our day be exactly how we wanted it, and support a fabulous organization that meant so much to me when I was a little girl.

We visited the facility in the late fall, took a million pictures and set to work preparing for our May wedding. My house was in chaos for a good five months, but it was totally worth it.

Why did you choose a Cricut machine to help with the preparations?

I knew I was going to be heavily DIYing my event in order to focus the majority of our budget on the things we really wanted: good food, drinks and amazing cupcakes. I'm also a bit particular, so I liked being able to make everything exactly as I wanted. 

After seeing a die-cutting machine on Pinterest, I started researching the different options on the market. I came to the conclusion that the versatility of the materials the Cricut could cut combined with the ability to use my own images in Design Space would make it a useful tool, both for the wedding and life in general. 

I had no idea I'd end up using it as much as I did! After the Cricut itself, the German Carbide blade was my best investment.

Can you take us through some of the amazing wedding projects you created?

Of course! For my invitations, I cut the pocket folds to hold the invites I designed and then printed with Vistaprint. The most adorable bellybands with our names cut in relief held the whole package together.

Instead of a formal wedding gown, I managed to snag a Chantilly-colored dress at a super sale at Nordstrom Rack. (No joke, it was $25!) Then I used my Cricut to cut a flower shape to make a couple of layered chiffon flowers from the material, and found an applique and satin ribbon on Etsy.  It came out perfect, went wonderfully with my dress and didn't put a dent in my savings.

I really liked the idea of doing small succulents as our favors because I wanted our guests to have something to take home, and also because the plants added to our décor. I made small pots using disposable cups as the molds, and then turned to my Cricut to cut little “Thank You” signs.

 

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Photo credit: Kim Zywno

Our caterer had some upscale disposable options, but I felt strongly that I wanted to have "real" plates and silverware for the dinner. I stumbled on an after-Christmas sale on plates and found catering cutlery at Costco, which turned out to be cheaper than any rental option. I used my Cricut to cut and write silverware-wrap tags that thanked our guests for joining us at our first meal as husband and wife. I love how these came out: they were a simple, small detail that helped make our wedding our own.

 

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We had a number of guests with gluten allergies, so it was really important that we be clear with our menu signage. My parents found a couple of large frames in antique stores, and I put pieces of chalkboard inside them. Then, I used my Cricut to cut the lettering from white vinyl.

 

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This may have been my most time-intensive project, but they both came out great. I also used the Cricut to stencil the labels for the coffee options, cupcake flavors, beverage choices, bunting over the door and directional signs to get to the venue. Basically if anything needed to be labeled, the Cricut came to my rescue!

You’ve saved perhaps the best for last. Tell us about your guestbook!

 

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Photo credit: Kim Zywno

This project is my favorite. My brother had just finished building his own house and had a ton of small wood scraps. I used one of these to put together a simple blank sign (as well as centerpiece boxes, a cupcake display and an arbor.) I finished everything with the same stain, which really lead to a cohesive look throughout the venue.

I used my Cricut to cut a stencil for the guestbook simply with our names, the date and the location. We put it out with some paint pens for our guests to sign, and it came out better than I could have imagined. It now hangs on a wall in our home and every time I walk by it, I remember not only how happy we were, but also the time we spent making everything perfect and how helpful everyone was. It’s a wonderful and personal reminder of our wedding day.

 

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Photo credit: Kim Zywno

Amy, we can’t thank you enough for sharing your incredible DIY wedding with us! We wish you and your husband a lifetime of happiness.

 

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Did your Cricut help you have a dream wedding? Tell us more! #MyCricutStory

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Tips & Tricks: Using Cricut Metallic Iron-on

January 10, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Meagan Patterson

Metallic iron-on can be really tricky to use and nothing is more frustrating than having your perfectly designed project ruined as you carefully peel away that protective plastic! So I am here to walk you through the tricks that I use to avoid that wrinkled look.
First you’ll choose the project you’d like to create. I chose the Lord and Lady pillows used at a Victorian inspired wedding reception. You can find this amazing design on Design Space HERE!

Next, be sure that you lay the SHINY side down of your Cricut Metallic Iron-on (I used it in Espresso). 

Once your design is cut it’s time to remove all the excess iron-on. Sometimes, separating the two layers at the corner can be tricky so I opt for using my Cricut Weeding Tool to puncture the top layer and then pull up the corner to start the process of weeding.

TIP: Feel free to be as rough as you’d like as you remove the iron-on! It’s pretty hardy stuff and is a great way to get out any of that pent up energy.

Intricate projects can be a little confusing on what part of the design needs to stay and what part needs to go so I have a process that I use. It goes like this: Out. In. Out. Another way to remember is Remove. Keep. Remove. You just repeat this process until your entire project is weeded!

The prep is probably one of the most important steps.  Heat up your iron to the “wool” setting or if your iron is labeled with numbers instead of textiles I use the setting in-between 4 and 5. You then need to heat the area where the iron-on design will be placed.

When the design is correctly situated, lay your press cloth over and begin pressing. AVOID moving iron back and forth or in a circular motion. Simply press and hold iron in one spot for around 20 seconds, lift iron and move on to the next area. Repeat this process until entire image is pressed.

TIP: It is also a good idea to flip the project over and heat the area from the back. I feel that this helps the iron-on to last longer.

After the entire area has cooled COMPLETELY, test a corner to make sure the iron-on has adhered properly. If it starts to lift with the plastic, replace and return to previous steps until you are able to easily lift the plastic from your project.

Patience really pays off when it comes to using metallic iron-on. Not only will your projects look professionally done but also you will feel proud of the creation you produced! Now go make it and tell us what you think of this tutorial in the comments!