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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!

Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

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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Free Cut! Succulent Thank You Gift

March 17, 2017 • Contributor: Cris Stone of Kiss My Tulle

Many years ago, I was a preschool teacher and really loved it. In addition to getting to watch kids learn and grow under my influence, I also got to know the families well, too. Well enough that every time a holiday or school rolled around, I got a little something in on my desk from different parents who wanted to show me how appreciated I was. It meant a lot to me – not because the gifts were big or fancy, but because they took the time to show mw that they were thinking of me. This March, most schools are letting out for spring break and it’s the perfect time to tell your child’s teacher “Hey! I appreciate you!” with this simple DIY featuring this week’s free cut: the lacey labels cartridge.

The cartridge features any number of gorgeous designs but this simple “JOY” one struck a cord with me because I just love the happiness that word brings me.

 

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So why not take ten minutes and show your kid’s teacher some love with this DIY succulent thank you gift featuring this week’s free cut: the lacey labels cartridge? And be sure to take a moment to show us your creation! #CricutMade

 

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5 Cool Ways To Use Cardstock For Spring

March 15, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

It’s that time of year again… our clocks go forward and we’re reminded that spring is on the horizon. In fact, the first day of spring is less than a week away – March 20th! Let the countdown begin…

We love spring so much at Cricut because we start seeing pops of color return to the trees and blooming flowers. As soon as we see that color return, we’re instantly inspired to make projects that will breathe new life into our homes and relationships. There’s nothing like sprucing up your space with a pop of color or designing something fun for an upcoming party. Spring is that perfect time of year to try new things, so today, we’re going to show you some unique ways you can use cardstock.

People typically think of cardstock as a card-making material, but we decided to take it to the next level… we’re going to show you some amazing dimensional cardstock projects that will blow your socks off. And the best part, you can make these projects so easy using Cricut and Design Space!

 

Hopping Easter Bouquet

Easter Bouquet

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this springy colorful cardstock bouquet will add a fun touch to your dining room or an entry-way side table. All you need is a variety of cardstock, flower wire, and a couple other helpful tools, to make this bouquet. You can Make It Now in Design Space, which provides the full how-to!

A Romantic Rose Wall

A Romantic Rose Wall

Flowers don’t have to just come out of the ground… you can make them bloom from your wall! This wall installation, designed by Idieh Design, is the perfect paper statement to add some lovely dimension to your walls. Heidi used fishing wire to hang the flowers and the best part, the rose design is a one-cut project! All you do is roll up the paper cut and glue the bottom flap of the rose… you can find Heidi’s full instructions here. I made them too, and it’s so easy! It took me about 3-5 minutes to cut, roll, and glue one rose.

Celebrate Cake Topper

Celebrate Cake Topper

Add a little sparkle to your cakes with the adorable glitter cardstock cupcake topper by The Wedding Lady. Making cupcake toppers is so easy – all you need is cardstock, bamboo skewers, and a paint brush! And the coolest part about cutting font projects in Design Space is that we have over 400+ fonts to choose from OR you can use own (literally fonts on your computer will aggregate in Design Space… pretty crazy, huh?!). Some of my favorite fonts to use for cake toppers are Lipstick Lettering, Elegant Cake, Quarter note and Cursive 101.

Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

 Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

This cardstock lion is such a cute way to dress up your baby’s walls in a way that will seriously impress your family and friends. To be able to say you made a dimensional lion for your baby’s nursery? How cool is that? Now this project takes anywhere from 1 – 2 hours depending on your level of skill with Cricut and using cardstock… but when I tell you once you get the hang of it, these types of projects are super easy to make. Go check out this Make It Now project in Design Space here!

Heart Bottle Wrap

Heart Bottle Wrap

When spring hits and you start having friends over for backyard BBQs, serve your beverages with a little extra personal touch. This milk bottle has been reimagined by our Cricut team with a fun cardstock wrap with a heart pattern cutout. Just grab some cardstock in your favorite color, twine, adhesive, and a plain bottle to complete this project! You can Make It Now in Design Space here.

Now that we’ve shown you some of our favorite unique cardstock projects, what do you think? Can you go outside the box with cardstock this spring? Tell us in the comments or share your favorite projects via social with the hashtag #cricutmade! We can’t wait to see what you make for spring.

 

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Gum Ball Party Favor Tag

February 17, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica from Every Day Party Magazine

Gum Ball Party Favor Tag. Hi everyone, I'm Jess from Everyday Party Magazine!  I am thrilled to be here today. I blog about parties, party DIY's, and recipes. I love sharing ways to host an amazing party, while staying on a budget. One of my favorite party tools is my Cricut Explore Air 2. I use it at least once a week. It is truly an invaluable tool.

 

Gum Ball Picture

One of my boys just turned 13, and he's too cool for a real party, but, he, like me, believes any celebration requires a party favor. This boy also has a sweet tooth a mile long, and was crazy excited to text me a picture of the mini gum ball machines he saw at Cracker Barrel while skiing recently. I knew they would be great favors for his 13th birthday celebration. I ran to my local Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and grabbed a few mini gum ball machines, and let them sit on my desk for weeks ... Until I saw the Wrap It Up Cartridge fro Cricut. There is an adorable gum ball machine cut file, and I knew it would be perfect for the mini gum ball machines.

I sized the cut file down and changed the colors so it would fit the party favors. I also added some text to the gum ball machine globe.  My son hated the text, so his just say, From Caden. Either way, it's a perfect place for text.

 

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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

Canada Project

#SayItWithCricut – Sharing Global Traditions

November 7, 2016 • Contributor: Ariel Garneau

Hi! My name is Ariel and I'm the voice behind PMQ for two. I create accessible, affordable and colourful home decor and DIYs. I have a passion for creating and enjoy creating a home from each house we live in. As a military family, we move often, so my projects are transportable and my style gets to evolved with each new adventure. To visit my project gallery click here, and to read more about me click here.

 

Supplies

 

Materials

**This project is divided in two, making the poppies, and the wording for the shadow box.

 

Part 1: Making the poppies. For this box I made 24 poppies.

Step 1: Purchase this pattern #MA3E13 from 3D Floral Home Decor for 0.99$

Step 2: Cut out 24 poppies (in sets of 2) from the red velvet paper.

 

Cricut Machine Cutting

 

Step 3: Cut out the centre of the poppies on black cardstock, and then cut out another 24 centres using different shades of pink card stock.

The centre part is meant to be from one piece of paper, but I wanted to soften the look of the poppies with different shades of pink, so I cut them in half to have pink tendrils and a black pole core.

 

Paper Flower Step Out

 

Step 4: Cut the black pieces where the pattern changes.

Step 5: Fold the solid piece in half along the length, and then roll it into a ball. Using super glue, secure the open end to the rolled part.

 

Flower Center

 

Step 6: Affix the tendril part of one of the pink centres to the black part using super glue. Once it's dry, roll into around the black part and secure with super glue.

 

How to create a paper flower

 

Paper Flower Center

 

Step 8: Glue the completed core to the centre of the combined poppy.

 

Attach center of the poppy

 

Step 9: Open the pink tendrils on the now dry and assembled poppy.

 

Poppy

 

Step 10: Repeat 23 more times. This may take a while, especially with all the drying times, usually by the time you're done doing all of one step, the first piece is dry and ready to move onto the next step.

Once they're assembled, roll the edges of the leaves and crease the top layer by folding them in half. It will give the poppies more dimension.

 

Paper Flowers

 

Step 11: Cut-out a square piece of gold glitter card stock that is the size of the inside of the shadow box.

Step 12: Star super gluing the completed poppies haphazardly to the card stock. If you glue them too close to the edges you will have to trim the leaves in order to get the piece into the box.

Step 13: Once completed, insert the backing into the shadow box and seal it.

 

Part 2: Wording for the shadow box

Step 1: Ensure your shadow box is clean and dry. Remove any left-over stickiness from a price tag or other.

Step 2: Upload the following image to your Cricut Design Space account as a cut file.

 

In Flanders Fields Au Champ D'Honneur

 

Step 3: Size and cut the words out of white vinyl for the size of the glass on your shadow box. I used an 8x8" shadow box, so the text is sized accordingly.

 

Quote in Cricut Design Space

 

Step 4: Using your Cricut tools, remove the negative space around the words and weed-out any remaining pieces trapped in the loops of letters.

 

Step Out Quote

 

Step 5: Using transfer tape, transfer the wording from the cut mat, to the exterior side of the glass pane in the shadow box. I centered mine, but you could place it near the top or near the bottom.

 

Finished In Flanders Fields project

 

And voila! You've completed your poppy shadow box for Remembrance day.

To see the after and more beauty photos, click through PMQ for two here.

 

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Custom Holiday Cards from Rob & Bob Design Studio

There is no one-size-fits-all holiday greeting card. Wouldn’t it be cool to send custom-tailored holiday cards for all the people in your life, from your co-worker to Grandma?

To offer unique holiday cards, we partnered with design duo Rob Blackard & Bob Beidleman from Rob & Bob Design Studio to create a series of Make-It-Now greeting cards.

We sat down with Rob & Bob and asked them what inspired them this holiday season.