Permanent vinyl patio party tour

Throw a Patio Party This Summer With Our Permanent Vinyl and More

June 19th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Can you believe it is June?! Where has this year gone?

The sun has been out in Utah recently and I feel like it is the perfect time to throw an outdoor party! Lucky for you, we have done all of the planning, and now you can recreate this cute party quicker than ever.

You can find TWELVE new projects loaded in Design Space so you can customize this scene to your specific party needs. And as if that isn’t enough, Cricut’s very own project designers will walk you through how they created three projects with the new Premium Permanent Vinyl!

I am going to make a confession, I am not the hostess with the mostess. I have never thrown an outdoor party so when we were tasked with creating this cute outdoor scene, I had to channel my party throwing mom! She hosted amazing parties for us growing up and now throws over the top parties for her friends and family… specifically for my niece. With my mom in mind and lots of inspiration from Cricut’s project designers, we came up with some fun décor, accessories, and outdoor activities.

Creating a Bar Cart With Your Cricut!

When designing any party or scene, we often decide what furniture will fill the space and go from there. We decided to set the scene with chairs, side tables, and a drink cart of some sort! We landed on Adirondack chairs and a bar cart and now agree that these are summer essentials that every patio party needs. We then considered what projects not only would transform the space into a colorful fiesta but would also be useful to have at a party!

On the bar cart, we started with our big décor pieces. If you missed it, Cricut just announced the new Scoring Wheel and it is pretty amazing. To show off the Scoring Wheel and the precision cutting of the Cricut Maker, we brainstormed several different paper vase ideas that were brought to life by the illustrators.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

I absolutely love how they turned out. We used real glass vases inside each paper vase so that our flowers wouldn’t wilt. What I love about this project is that you can use old jars that don’t match, cut out these incredible vases, place your glass jars inside, and bam! Now you have a cohesive set of vases in the colors of your party!

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

You can’t have a bar cart without some booze! We wanted to create a new, fresh twist on mimosas. While I am sure you have seen several “Mimosa Bars,” have you ever seen juices this fun? These big, bright juice labels will inspire your guests to create the perfect mimosa concoctions. And when they have had one or two drinks, the labels will still be large enough for them to read! 😉

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

We even included frosted vinyl cups and drink stirrers to give your guests’ drinks even more pizzazz.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

And if mimosas aren’t your thing, we thought of a craft for that too! These cute koozies will keep your beer or soda cold (and cute) for the entire party.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

Two DIY Yard Games That Everyone Needs!

With drinks and food covered, we thought about different activities for our guests. We decided a large tumbling tower (tutorial here) and matching image game would be fun for all ages. We opted to pick up some large blocks, but you could easily cut down some 2 x 4s! Our permanent vinyl worked great to dress up the games. If they get dirty or wet, the vinyl will hold up just fine!

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

While we thought the matching game would be fun for kids, it seemed like the big kids enjoyed it too! You can go crazy with this game and make as many pairs of matching images as your heart desires.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

To add to the competitive nature of the games, we created some fun prize boxes for our winners. I feel like the packaging may have been cuter than the prize!

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

With the Scoring Wheel, just think of all the possibilities!

Extra Décor Pieces

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

With the Knife Blade and Scoring Wheel announcements, don’t forget about the Rotary Blade! We created these fun Summer Star pillows to add some color to our party with the new Riley Blake fabric sampler packs.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

Now that our party looked perfect, the final touch was an accessory to wear to the party. We found this adorable vinyl tote and added permanent vinyl to it to match our party theme. It is absolutely perfect for the pool or beach.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

Lastly, we created some coasters using Cricut Chipboard and the Knife Blade to protect our cute outdoor furniture.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

We had a total blast designing this party and cannot to see how you all recreate our projects. Have you seen the new project sharing feature?! If you have not, check out this article. Once you are done with your project, share them on Pinterest or Facebook and tag us so we can ooh and ahh!

Links to All Projects:

Happy Crafting!

Karley Hall

Fonts for Dads

Fonts for the Dads

June 8th, 2018 • Contributor: Shelby Jones, Cricut Social Media Specialist

Father’s Day is JUST around the corner and we are ready to whip up some DIY projects that dads are sure to love.  BUT! Do you get stuck where I do? What fonts are perfect for all the important men in your life?

It is so easy for me to find my favorite go-to script font or even my favorite fun and bold block letters, but I noticed I drew a blank when I started working on projects for my dad!  I have rounded up 10 Cricut Access fonts that are dad proof and ready for you to create with right now! Let’s get to it!

Meet:

Fonts for Dads

Tuesday is the perfect sleek and simple font for your guys who are all about the basics.  Its slim profile makes for a perfect personalized project!

Want one of my favorite tips? Experiment with all your fonts to achieve a different look!  I used all caps on this one and it gave it a more masculine feel!

Fonts for Dads

This one explains itself - for the rugged ones who love being one with nature - we’ve got you covered! This font is perfect for personalizing gear, a tee for dad on his next fishing trip, or maybe even a car decal for his car!

Related: Working with Fonts in Cricut Design Space

Fonts for Dads

I love Mustache for its charming ability to stay classic with a little extra something. This sophisticated font would look rather dapper on a mug, don’t you think?

Fonts for Dads

Poker Night has a great bold feel to it that would look great on a tee or even some of Dad's favorite grilling tools! I also LOVED this one as a writing font - if you haven’t made a card for the important men in your life I would recommend this classic font!

Fonts for Dads

There is no denying that the Bank Gothic gives somewhat of a comic feel. It feels safe to say that the superhero fans out there are sure to love anything created with this font.

Related: Fonts That Have Our Heart

Fonts for Dads

When you’re looking for a masculine font that isn’t so basic I point to this Banco font! It has somewhat of a brush pen feel, but perfect for the list of projects you have for your guys.

Fonts for Dads

Kinda quirky, kinda awesome! I love how witty this font is and for some reason, I feel like it belongs on a bookmark, coffee mug, and even a framed quote for Dad's office!

Fonts for Dads

Linotype Aperto is a strong classic font that is a safe go-to for all the men in your life! If you want to see how we used it click here.

Fonts for Dads

Calling all space lovers - we have the perfect font for you!  The dad projects are endless on this one if you’ve got a lover of the galaxy!

Related: Cricut Fonts vs. System Fonts

Fonts for Dads

High Tide seems most appropriate for all the sports lovers in your life!  My mind is going crazy with all the sports projects I could create with this font. I am imagining a dad jersey with some iron on and maybe a matching coozie- would that not be perfect?!  This font also makes a great writing font!

Are you crafting this weekend for Father’s Day?! I’ve got a couple projects left to cross off my list, but these fonts have inspired me on about a dozen more!!! Tell us what you are making and if you have go-to guy fonts be sure to share!

If you love these fonts like I do, be sure to share this post!

Knife Blade Inspiration

Knife Blade Inspiration to Get You Crafting

June 7th, 2018 • Contributor: Sarah Desjardins from The Simply Crafted Life

I’m Sarah, the creative mind behind The Simply Crafted Life (which was Becoming Martha until a recent rebrand).  I have been partnering with Cricut since the days of the Cricut Mini, and Knife Blade has been one of the most exciting releases in all of that time. It really opens the doors on what you can do with your Cricut Maker and enables you to have many more options.

Over at The Simply Crafted Life, I shared an overview of Cricut’s Knife Blade, and I have been working through various materials that it cuts.  I have shared tips and tricks for cutting chipboard and basswood so far, and the basswood project has definitely been my favorite.

Knife Blade inspiration

I cut this welcome sign using the Cricut font, Chloe.  I cut one design in basswood and a replica in Patterned Iron-on.  After it was cut, I applied the iron on using my Easy Press.  I just love the finished results. It really looks like it came from one of those cute home decor stores!

Basswood can also be used to create a banner, like this Adventure pennant that seeLINDSAY shared on Everyday Party Magazine.

Knife Blade Adventure

Basswood isn’t all that you can cut. Chipboard is definitely one of the most popular products to cut with Knife Blade. So many people have been hard at work creating personalized puzzles, which make a great gift!

Knife Blade Adventure

Chipboard can also be used to make many great party decor items.  I just love these ice cream cone cupcake stands that Mariah from Giggles Galore created.

Knife Blade Adventure

Speaking of cake, you can also use chipboard to create cake toppers, like this one from Kim at The Celebration Shoppe.  She also used printable vinyl to easily jazz the chipboard up for the Fourth of July.

Knife Blade Adventure

If fabric is more your thing, you will love to hear that Knife Blade cuts through both garment and tooling leather (up to 4-5 oz for garment and 6-7 oz for tooling).  This means you can cut adorable earrings, like these from Stephanie at Crafting in the Rain, and then emboss them using a Cuttlebug!

Knife Blade Adventure

Leather may lend itself to accessories quite easily, but Mariah at Giggles Galore also used leather to whip up these adorable luggage tags.

Knife Blade Adventure

I used both chipboard and leather to create these maple leaf keychains, which are easily adapted to any design, or even a monogram!

Knife Blade Adventure

Cricut’s Knife Blade also cuts through mat board (up to 4 ply).  This is a great option for creating custom mats for photo frames.  Think of the gift giving possibilities, like this fabulous DAD matted frame by Angie at The Country Chic Cottage.

Knife Blade Adventure

And if you want to pull it all together, try your hand at a gallery wall like Cricut designer Karley Hall did.

Knife Blade Adventure

I saw a lot of these pieces in person at the Cricut headquarters, and they are even more stunning in person - especially that map wall art! Isn’t it amazing what you can create with your Cricut Maker now that Knife Blade is available?

So now that we’ve inspired you, let’s hear what you are excited to create.  Will you make one of the projects above, or do you have an exciting idea of your own to try?  Whatever your #MakerGoals, the Cricut Maker, with its adaptive tool system and Knife Blade, is surely able to make it a reality!

What have you made with Knife Blade? Tell us below!

DIY Leather Luggage Tags with Cricut Knife Blade

Cool Materials You Can Use With the Knife Blade

May 24th, 2018 • Contributor: Mariah Leeson from Giggles Galore

Hello Cricut friends! It’s Mariah from Giggles Galore and like you, I am so excited about the arrival of the Cricut Knife Blade. I’ve been playing around with my Knife Blade for about a month now, and I've been having lots of fun trying out all kinds of new projects and materials, it's amazing what this new tool can do!

Today I thought it would be fun to talk all about the different kinds of cool materials you can cut with the Knife Blade. The Knife Blade was specifically designed to cut thicker materials that cannot be easily or successfully cut with other machines or blades. But, before we talk materials and projects there are a few important details we need to discuss.

First, the Knife Blade is for use with the Cricut Maker™ only and requires the use of Design Space® software on a desktop or laptop.

Second, when using the Knife Blade it is not recommended for cutting images or details smaller than ¾”.

Finally, it's important to note that thicker materials require multiple cut passes with gradually increasing pressures to cut through successfully. This means that Knife Blade cuts will take significantly more time than when you are cutting thinner materials with other blades. The duration of the cut will vary depending on the size and intricacy of the images being cut, so make sure you remember to plan ahead and be patient.

Cricut Knife Blade

Ok, now let's talk about all of the cool materials you can use to start making your own one-of-a-kind projects. The Knife Blade is capable of cutting the following approved materials:

* Balsa wood, up to 3/32”

* Basswood, up to 1/16"

* Tooling leather, up to 7 oz

* Garment leather, up to 5oz

* Cricut® Chipboard, 2mm

* Matboard, 2-ply or 4-ply

* Craft foam, up to 3mm

With all of these fun materials the possibilities for party decorations, home decor, and gifts are endless. Let's take a closer look at some of my favorite materials and what you need to know before you begin.

Leather

The Cricut Knife Blade can be used to cut both garment leather and tooling leather.  What's the difference you ask?  Garment leather is often softer and more flexible than other types of leather because it has been treated with softeners.  Cricut offers a variety of garment leathers in 12" x 12" sizes.  Tooling leather is stiffer and may have patterns or designs worked into the leather using leather tools.  The key is to look for leather with a uniform even surface.

When cutting leather you need to use a StrongGrip mat and use a brayer to create a firm bond between the material and the adhesive surface. Be sure to tape down all four edges of your material to the mat, blue painters tape works great.  I made DIY Leather Luggage Tags with both the Cricut garment leather and tooling leather and they both cut beautifully with the Knife Blade.

Chipboard

This is one of the materials I couldn't wait to try with the Knife Blade.  I think this is one of the most versatile materials that can be used for everything from custom cake toppers to home decor.  I just know you are going to love creating projects with chipboard so let's talk about what you need to know before you get started.

The Knife Blade works with 2 mm Cricut chipboard, which is made of high-grade materials and specifically designed for use with the Knife Blade. The maximum size of cut for chipboard projects is 10.75" x 10.75" and the cut can't be smaller than 3/4".  Just like the leather you need to use a StrongGrip mat and tape the top and bottom edges of the material to the mat.  Once it is done cutting, before you remove the mat you will want to examine your project by pulling up a corner or edge piece to make sure all pieces have been completely cut, if not Design Space will allow you to select and add one more cut pass to complete the cut.

One of the things I love most about the chipboard is how you can personalize your design for any occasion by covering it in paper or paint.  If you plan to paint your chipboard make sure you paint it with an acrylic sealer, Modge Podge or Gesso first.  I used one coat of spray paint to finish off this simple patriotic anchor cake topper and love how it turned out.

Balsa Wood and Basswood

Balsa Wood and Basswood

When I first learned about the Knife Blade and heard that you would be able to cut wood my mind was blown.  Just like the chipboard, I can see lots of versatility with this material, especially when it comes to creating on-trend home decor.  I can't wait to create my own one-of-a-kind gallery wall, just like this one the creative team at Cricut designed and made.  Just look at that incredible basswood World Art!

Cutting balsa wood and basswood is easy with the Knife Blade, but here are a few important things you need to know.  Boards should be single pieces and not composite pieces or pieces that have been glued together.  Look for wood with no bow or warp and minimal blemishes like knots.  You can purchase and use wood with 1/32", 1/16" or 3/32" thickness. You will want to place the wood on the StrongGrip mat with the grain running either horizontally or vertically and be sure to tape all edges of the material to the mat.

In addition to these approved materials, I've also been experimenting with other cool materials including mat board, plastic sheets, cardboard boxes and cork board.

What type of materials are you most excited about trying with your Knife Blade?

A tour of the Knife Blade Gallery Wall for project inspiration

Take a Tour of Our New Knife Blade Gallery Wall

May 7th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Did you see?! The Knife Blade is here!

Now that you can get your hands on a Knife Blade, don’t you want to know what you can do with it?! The Cricut marketing team asked us, the Cricut Project Designers, to help them come up with a pretty way to show just how much the Knife Blade can truly do!

After some brainstorming, Meagan, Dezi, and I decided we wanted to create a gallery wall that showcased several different ways to use the Knife Blade to decorate your home.

We began with a rough sketch and ideated several projects that utilized the Knife Blade.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

We imagined chipboard words, shapes, and even a chandelier—all cut on the Cricut Maker! We sketched out 3D objects-vases, animals, and plant stands. Why not cut an entire globe out of basswood and chipboard? And while we wanted to focus mainly on the Knife Blade, we also wanted to highlight the fact that the Maker is a versatile tool that can also be used to cut vinyl, paper, and even delicate materials like crepe paper! We added in some framed art and a pillow to pull it all together.

After our sketch, we rendered our drawing in a 3D modeling software so that we could determine how big to make our projects.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

When working on larger lifestyle shoots, it is hard to make sure all the project designers have the same vision in mind. At this point we chose colors, patterns, and textiles to bring to life a cohesive final scene!

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

Once we are all set on the project, we head to the illustrators who draw our ideas to make them work with the Cricut! It is absolutely incredible watching them take an idea, create a drawing, and turn it into something three dimensional that fits together perfectly. One of our illustrators, Heather, created a “cake stand” that we used as a plant stand in this scene. It is so mind-blowing that we are going to write an entire post on it. You won’t believe how easy it is to put together. Can you believe we cut that with the Cricut Maker?! After the illustrators finish creating their file, they send the art to the Cricutizers who load it into Design Space and make sure it runs perfectly on your machine. You better believe they test cut every single image!

Did you have any idea all of that went into it? It is unbelievable how many people each project touches before it ever reaches you! We pride ourselves on making sure we have troubleshot everything before it goes “live!”

And then the fun begins—we began cutting and crossed our fingers hoping everything would come together as we planned. At the end of the week, we had all the pieces laid out and ready to be shot by our talented team of photographers and videographers.

We all are so excited about the results!

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour
Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

Dezi created these cute elephants because we all agreed that every room needs an elephant. It never gets old… I mean can we talk about the elephant in the room?

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

I made this “marble” vase. It is chipboard glued together covered in a glossy marble vinyl. The first version I made didn’t work out—but thankfully we perfected it so there is no guesswork on your end! Meagan made the flowers on the Maker with the rotary blade and crepe paper. She finished it off with pearl paper flowers and leaves.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

This chandelier is the pièce de résistance in my opinion! Noralee, our Art Team Manager, designed this and Dezi cut and assembled it.

Knife Blade Gallery Wall Tour

I still can’t get over the fact that we made everything you see here with the Cricut Maker and now YOU can too! The last step of it all, Erika, Cricut’s Project Support, loaded these and several other projects into Cricut Design Space to get you started on creating with your new knife blade!

This is just a glimpse behind the scenes of all who helped make this small shoot come to life. But before we even could use the Knife Blade, our Cricut product developers designed the blade, our engineers ensured that our software would operate the Knife Blade, our quality assurance team spent a year testing everything you could imagine, and it goes on and on! I am not exaggerating when I say the Knife Blade has touched every single employee at Cricut over the last year.

So, from all of us at Cricut, we know you waited a long time for this, and we are proud to say that we know you will love it!

What do you plan to make with the new Knife Blade?!

Links to projects:

Marble Vase

Basswood World Art

Explore Wall Word Art

3D Chipboard Elephants

Happy Crafting,

Karley Hall

See some fun ways to upcycle your vinyl tube

4 Ways That Cricut Lovers Can Upcycle Vinyl Tubes

April 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Shelby Jones, Cricut Social Media Specialist

We are celebrating Earth Day with upcycling something that we think most of you may have lying around your house! You know those cardboard rolls that hold all your Cricut cuttables like vinyl and iron on? We challenged some of our Cricut Blog Contributors to see how they could upcycle their leftover iron on and vinyl rolls!

A tip we love before your supplies are finished is to use your roll as storage - just roll that vinyl up and use your cardboard as storage! Nifty eh?

Store your vinyl inside the rolls.

Now you’ve finished the last bit of that roll and you think to yourself what could I possibly create with these? Sure, you could just recycle but who doesn’t love another excuse to DIY and add another project on that To Make list...well!  We’ve got our favorite 4 for you today!

Kaleidoscope

Cori from Hey Let’s Make Stuff made a DIY kaleidoscope from supplies you probably have around your house! This kid-friendly project would be the perfect next rainy day solution!

Find the tutorial here: https://heyletsmakestuff.com/diy-kaleidoscope/

Flower Container Board

Kayla from Kayla Makes had us COMPLETELY fooled that she even used her old cardboard rolls! Kayla said, “Whenever my kiddo completes a chore or does something nice for someone she gets to choose a flower, pull it off and take the prize inside!” We are thinking this could even be fun as a jewelry organizer or whatever your heart desires!

Find the tutorial here: https://kaylamakes.com/2018/04/13/recycling-empty-vinyl-rolls-earth-day/

Noisemakers

Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts made these noisemakers that would be perfect for Cinco De Mayo or really any fun party! Dress up your cardboard rolls and you’ve got yourself some party accessories!

Find the tutorial here: http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2018/04/cinco-de-mayo-noisemakers-with-cricut.html

Pen Organizer

If there is one thing we love more than Cricut supplies it is seeing Cricut supplies happily organized!  Jenny from Everyday Jenny created this DIY organizer that is simple enough to make a few and lets you get creative with how you want to personalize each set!

Find the tutorial here: http://www.everydayjenny.com/diy-organizer-with-cricut/

Have we sent you on a scavenger hunt yet for all your empty rolls? We want to see how you upcycle your leftover rolls!  Share with us on Instagram with #CricutMade.

Like what you see? Be sure to share this to your Facebook or Pinterest to refer to later or share with a friend!

Make these cute pinwheels with your kids

12 Kids’ Projects You Can Make Together

April 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

I don’t know about you, but I love using my Cricut Explore® machine to craft with my kids. We’ve made custom T-shirts, party invitations, puzzles, vinyl decals, and everything in-between. One thing I never get tired of is seeing my kids’ faces while they watch the machine cutting. Their looks of anticipation and amazement are priceless!

The pinwheels above are a great example of a project to make with your kids. All you need is some double-sided patterned paper, brads, and paper party straws. Make as many as you like! Your kids will love decorating the garden, spinning them indoors, and giving them to friends—and you’ll love how much they smile.

Crafting with kids is a great time to experiment with different materials, too. I’ve collected 11 kids’ projects that take you on a tour of some of the materials you can cut with your Cricut Explore machine. There’s nothing quite like the sense of wonder kids have when they discover something new!

Dry Erase Vinyl

Your child can leave notes on their locker and have fun doodling with these Locker Speech Bubbles made with dry erase vinyl.

Poster Board

Kids can practice sewing as they learn about some of the different constellations when you make Constellation Project Leo out of poster board.

Printable Sticker Paper

Create a cute zoo sticker book to tell a story with these fun Safari Animal Stickers made with white printable sticker paper.

Vinyl

Dress up plain Mylar balloons with these tasty Ice Cream Cone Balloon Stickers created with vinyl.

Craft Foam

Delight your children with these faux foods for their play kitchen. You just might even inspire them to try a new food for real! Just use some craft foam to make these Play Food items.

Printable Magnet Sheets

Go team! If you are a football family, make these fun Magnet Paper Dolls for your refrigerator using our printable magnet sheets.

Duct Tape

These Diamond Magnets remind me of tangrams, the puzzle you use to create different types of objects using an assortment of shapes. Add the other tangram shapes to make a complete set.

Paper

Have a colorful flying contest in your household with these fun Fastest Flyers Paper Planes! You use Print Then Cut on cardstock, then assemble.

Leather

Keep your colored pencils neatly organized in this leather Pencil Holder. You can even roll it up when you are done.

Printable Vinyl

This set of Alphabet Wall Decals would be adorable in a nursery or playroom. Just use printable vinyl to create them in a snap.

Window Cling

You can create different scenes on a whiteboard with this set of Window Clings. This material is also perfect for windows, of course.

Hope you have fun crafting with your kidlets this weekend!

Love,
Nicole

Note: This post was updated by Cricut staff on 4/4/18

Meet the new SportFlex and Patterned Iron-on

Check Out the New SportFlex and Patterned Iron-on

March 29th, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi there! I am a HUGE fan of Iron-on…I may have a hoarder style amount of it at my house and office. I love it, you can put it on anything, and I think I have. But, my favorite things to use Iron-on for are shirts and bags. It’s a simple way to make an inexpensive shirt or bag totally custom.

Meet the new Cricut Patterned Iron-on

Cricut recently released two new types of Iron On and I am SO EXCITED to start creating with them. The SportFlex Iron-on is perfect for rec-tec athletic shirts. It’s thin, lightweight, and is stretchable and flexible! It can even be layered. The new SportFlex Iron-on features the Cricut StrongBond Guarantee, making it longer lasting than ever before!

The Patterned Iron-on is a beautiful alternative to standard single color iron-on. It’s perfect for all fabrics!

I decided to try the new SportFlex on a few shirts for myself and a friend. You can grab the cut files here and here. You will need Cricut Access to create both shirts.

Meet the new Cricut SportFlex Iron-on

Heavily Meditated is in the Karly font.

Meet the new Cricut SportFlex Iron-on

Everything Hurts is in the Enviro Com font.

My bloggy friends used the new Patterned Iron-on to embellish simple bags, and I am so in love with both of their bags!

How darling is this Easter Bag from Over the Big Moon? So much better than a basket that won’t get used again!

Patterned Iron-on project by Over the Big Moon

And uh, I’ll be right back, gotta run to Target to get one of those bags to make my own simple monogram! Pineapple Paper Co. has such a great eye for design, right?

Patterned Iron-on project by Pineapple Paper Co.

Have you done projects with SportFlex or the Patterned Iron-on yet? Tell us about it below in the comments and tag us on social media with #CricutMade.

You can use iron-on to decorate wood

You Can Use Iron-on for That??

March 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Hey Cricuteers, Kayla here today and I have a confession, I love iron-on! It's by far my personal favorite when it comes to Cricut cutting materials. From iron-on lite to glitter, foil and holographic sparkle, there are so many options and even more possibilities when it comes to this versatile material.

Today, I'm showing you some fun ways you can use iron-on that aren't your typical t-shirt or baby onesie. Let's jump right in!

Hats

You can use iron-on for hats

Iron-On lite adheres nicely to baseball caps. I used a mini iron to create the hat above and it worked perfectly for me.

You can use iron-on for hats

These bride tribe hats by Something Turquoise were created using the coolest trick! Click over to see how they used one of their Cricut tools to get the iron-on to stick.

Wood

You can use iron-on for wood

I can easily remember the first time I saw someone use iron-on on a wood surface. I was blown away! Think of all the cute things you can make! It has a lot more staying power than adhesive vinyl and is just as easy to apply.

For this decorative wood slice, I used Cricut's foil iron-on in gold and my EasyPress.

Paper

You can use iron-on for paper

This Jungle Rules nursery wall hanging is a project from Design Space. Cat (one of Cricut's FIT scholarship winners) used Iron-On Lite on a sheet of paper to create this custom look.

You can use iron-on for paper

Last fall I added gold iron-on to a sheet of cardstock to create this print. It has the look of a foiled print without the hassle or cost of foiling.

Neoprene

You can use iron-on for neoprene

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You can use iron-on for neoprene

These Bridal Party Koozies from Something Turquoise are super cute and make the best wedding favors. They opted for glitter iron-on but any of the varieties will stick well to neoprene.

You can use iron-on for neoprene

These neoprene popsicle holders were all over the place last summer. Why didn't anyone think of this when I was a kid?!

Shoes

You can use iron-on for shoes

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You can use iron-on for shoes
You can use iron-on for shoes

Cricut Design Space has a ton of fun ideas for using iron-on on your shoes. Check out this tribal pair, this lucky pair and this cute polka dot pair for kids. All of these projects are included in your Cricut Access subscription if you have one. Also, check out these Lucky Chucks for tips on how to put it on.

Have you created a project with iron-on that stands out from the crowd? We'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment down below!

Wisteria Explore Air 2

Get Ready for Sparkle & Shine With the New Wisteria Air 2!

March 15th, 2018 • Contributor: Emily Miller from B. Lovely Events

Hey, Lovelies! Emily here from B. Lovely Events and I am swooning over the new purple Wisteria Air 2. Talk about your favorite color coming to life.  It also goes perfectly with the Pantone color of the year, Ultra Violet. It’s vibrant, it’s fun and it has a shimmer finish that I just can’t get enough of! Adding this beauty in your craft room will really sparkle things up.

Meet the new Wisteria colored Explore Air 2

The new Wisteria Air 2 is the gift that keeps on giving because it comes with a bundle of materials that really sparkle and shine! There are so many cute projects that you can do with them. With vinyl, iron-on, card stock and pens, you can really let your creativity run wild.

I personally love the silver holographic sparkle that comes in both iron-on and vinyl. There are pink, teal and gold that are really lovely too though!

Wisteria Explore Air 2

Just for you, I have made 3 fabulous projects that I made using the materials that come with the new Wisteria Air 2 to give you some inspiration when you get yours.

You Were Born to Shine Bag

You Were Born to Shine Bag

Who doesn’t love a good makeup or knick-knack bag? This girl does! I picked up a clutch from the store and customized it with silver holographic sparkle iron-on. I found a cute saying and uploaded it into Design Space for the Air 2 to cut out.

You can also use the Cricut fonts to make your own saying too! I ironed it on with the new Wisteria EasyPress (More to come on that in my next post) and it came out beautifully in just a few seconds!

You Were Born to Shine bag

I just love the sparkle to it!

MerMom Wine Glass

Mermom Wine Glass

The teal and the pink holographic sparkle vinyl are dreamy and perfect for all things mermaid! I love the mermaid trend that this happening right now and I can never turn down a customized wine glass. This MerMom glass uses both colors to create dimension and add a little bit more pop of color. I just love this cute glass and I am totally a MerMom!

Love Card

Love Card

The cardstock that comes in the Wisteria Air 2 bundle is all foiled and gorgeous! I love the light pink and silver together and you can make so many fun projects with it.

This Love Card in Design Space is so cute and great for all sorts of occasions or even just because! The rose and silver burst paper coordinate beautifully together to make this adorable love card and matching envelope.

Love Card

These lovely projects are just a small sampling of what you can do with all of the goodies in the Wisteria Air 2 bundle. I just love that you can craft right out of the box with your new favorite machine!

Love Card

Cheers!

Emily- B. Lovely Events