Succulent

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.

 

Succulent Image

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

 

Lemon Project

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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How One Woman Inspires Her Community With DIY Projects

March 14, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Here at Cricut, we love to hear that our products help people add beauty to their homes and lives. But some users really go the extra mile to make the world a better place for others, and today we are happy to be featuring a woman who does exactly that.

Jessica Kistner is the creator and proprietor of Jessie’s Find and Refine, an online store specializing in home décor and organic living. But Jessie doesn’t just sell amazing (often upcycled) products, she also supports her local law enforcement by creating and selling “Back the Blue” candles, which raise funds for the Napa Police Officers’ Association. 

Read on… and get ready to be inspired! 

 

DIY Mug

 

Jessie, tell us a bit about yourself:

I started making soy candles about four years ago while in the Marine Corps. My husband and I were both military police, working presidential security. We eventually moved back to California, where my husband is employed as a police officer in Napa. I wanted to do something to give back to the community, and to show love and support for all law enforcement officers.

Prices for my candles start at $15, and for each one that I sell, I donate $5 to the Napa Police Officers’ Association. Just a few weeks after I launched the program, I was able to give them $300!

 

Back the blue

That is so fantastic, and we are thrilled that your Cricut has helped you with your creative passions. How long have you had your Cricut? What is your favorite feature?

I got my Cricut after an elementary school friend introduced me to the brand. I've had it for almost a year now. My favorite feature, by far, is that I’m able to cut vinyl. I use my Cricut almost daily, whether it be customizing coffee mugs, adding a special touch to my candles, making fun labels for the oils that I sell or creating custom windows. I'm obsessed!

 

Back the blue

Jessie, thank you for your story and, moreover, for your service to our country.

 

Jessie's Find & Refine Candle

Take a stroll through her shop, Jessie’s Find and Refine: http://www.jessiesfindandrefine.com

 

Make a faux orange floral wreath

This Faux Orange Wreath Is Everything For Spring

March 13, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Hi everyone! I am Jennifer Rizzo from Jenniferrizzo.com, and I am so excited to share a fun project with you today! Earlier on my blog, I showed my readers how to make faux oranges from hard foam balls (you can see the full tutorial hereIf you don’t want to make your own oranges you can buy fake fruit from the craft store. I didn’t see oranges, but they did have some lemons. I wanted to take it a step further and make a faux orange leaf wreath. It’s not quite spring yet, and there is something about citrus, even if you can’t eat them, that brings in such a fresh look and feel! The best part about this wreath, is since the oranges are fake, they’ll last forever! I used a faux floral rose spray to mimic the orange blossoms, and  I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out all of the leaves. This would have normally taken me hours, but it really only took me about 15 minutes to cut out the 8 sheets.

You’ll need:

  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Cricut scraper tool
  • Cricut spatula tool
  • Cricut scissors
  • Cricut 12 x 12 cutting mat soft grip
  • Use this leaf design (Cricut project file: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/53915719) or similar collages of a leaf of choice
  • 8 different sheets of heavy green cardstock, in 4 different shades of green(2 each) from light to dark
  • Wreath form with appropriate glue, I used a hard foam wreath (get green if they have it!)
  • Fake oranges
  • Floral picks
  • Small white faux floral

If you have your oranges ready, first, cut your leaves. Use the 12 x 12 cutting mat with a light grip. Place your cutting setting on cardstock. I forgot to change mine at the first run and I was left with a paper full of leaves only partway cut out. That didn’t work so well.

I make my designs on my desktop and then open them in the cloud from my phone. it is so much easier and convenient that way!

After cutting, remove the out paper and use the Cricut Spatula tool by tipping the mat and scraping down. They come off so much easier that way. You end up with a nice pile of leaves with out the aggravation of picking them off one by one.

 

Leaves

Cut 8 sheets of leaves, once they are done and you have them, give them all a quick fold in half to make them bend, and look like real leaves.

 

Paper leaf

Add the appropriate glue for your foam, and cover the piece. If I had to do it again, I might wrap it with green crepe paper first and then use a tacky white craft glue to adhere the leaves. I did have issues with the white foam peeking through. My store seemed to have a crazy sale on green foam rings and didn’t have any left, so I was stuck with white foam. Plus, the paper leave would probably stick better to the crepe paper than the foam anyway.

 

Foam wreath

Start gluing the leaves on around the foam ring. I found it worked better to use the large leaves first and then the smaller ones in to fill in.

 

Glue leaves

When adding leaves, vary the different shades of green to give it a more natural look.

 

Oranges

 Let the large glue dry on the top, and then add the smaller ones around the outside. Add the oranges with a floral pick.

 

Oranges

... And glue underneath faux orange glue to leaves. Remove small flowers, trim off any extra bottom with scissors and glue onto leaves.

 

Greenery

Flower & Orange Wreath

Let dry completely overnight, completely still for full adhesion.

And you can either add a ribbon to your wreath to hang, or enjoy a little touch of spring as a decorative piece!

 

Flower & Orange Wreath
Maker Gonna Make Pillow

Celebrating International Women’s Day & Joining the Movement

March 8, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Photo Credit: Teacups & Things

I’ve grown up surrounded by truly amazing women. My mother was in education, and she taught me the value of education along with teaching me so many successful life skills. Whether we were canning plum jelly to hand out to people in the neighborhood or she was teaching me how to sew so I could join the 4H Club and put on a fashion show down the middle of the horse arena when I was 9, my mother was a true inspiration. The best part was that I also had a father who always encouraged me to not just get an education, but become an educated woman. He absolutely believed that I could be whatever I wanted – even President of the United States, which obviously didn’t happen. What did happen was that I grew up – surrounded by strong parents, teachers, and friends.

Now, I work with truly amazing women. From our VP of (developing amazing*) Product, Kim Kanarowski, to my partner-in-crime on product launches, the beloved Cortney Haymond. We have women peppered throughout our building who are strong, beautiful, inspiring people. They each have their own story, their own life journey. They have diverse backgrounds, and they sometimes even have similar experiences. They’re all unique and fabulous!

Also, I’m inspired by all of the amazing women in our Cricut community. We see your inspiring projects; we hear about your incredible life stories, and we are constantly in awe of what you do. I cannot express the number of times your beautiful moments have brought us tears of joy. We celebrate this throughout all of our offices. We love to hear your stories, and we love to be there for you.

In honor of all the amazing women in my life and yours, we want to celebrate International Women’s Day and #BeBoldForChange. Bold takes many steps and many forms, but at the end of the day, it takes a lot of courage. We announced Cricut’s Pretty Pillow Project, #SayItWithCricut, in January – where we are helping you learn how to work with fonts and phrases in Design Space. So far, we have made over 30 pillows. You’ll see fun phrases, inspiring phrases, hopeful phrases, determined phrases, kids’ phrases, and more! Our goal as a team is to make at least 100 pillows this year, have an amazing experience helping you learn Cricut Design Space, and give back to our local community at the end of the year.

We will be donating all of our pillows to local women’s shelters to help bring a moment of happiness to them and their children during a difficult time in their lives. We would love for you to participate with us. As a community of crafters and makers, we invite you to participate with us. Let’s make it a goal together to donate 1,000 pillows and help touch many lives at the moment that they are trying to #BeBoldForChange. 

We encourage you to get together with your friends and have a Crafternoon or a Girls’ Night In party, or stay in and use your fabulous creative skills to make pillows on your own. Make pillows or pillowcases for your own local women’s shelters. Even if it’s just 2 or 3, you can make a huge difference in a life. Together, we can be powerful and help impact 1,000 lives. Please join us and let us know what you’ve done in your community here: https://cricut.wishpond.com/pillowproject/

If you have a story to share, let us know. We welcome pictures about your fun pillow making event, stories of the impact made by your donation, and other experiences that really connected you to the women in your community. You can submit them to contest@cricut.com or post them on social media and tag us with #CricutPillows. 

I always end with a ‘Cheers’, and this has an even more powerful meaning to me today. Cheers to your creative life and the powerful impact your creativity has. Cheers to you and your families. Cheers to all the people who inspire you. Cheers to all the people who inspire me. And most importantly, Cheers to the Change that I know we are all empowered to make.

Cheers.

t

*This isn’t really a part of Kim’s title, BUT IT SHOULD BE! 

Paper Floral Treatments

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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Make Mine Metallic: Adding Some Shine to DIY Accessories

November 16, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Metallics have been having a major moment on the runway lately, and for good reason: they add instant sophistication to any ensemble. We love the warmth of goldtones, the hard industrial chic of silver and the quirkiness of copper. Just a little is enough, which is why adding metallic to your accessories makes this a go-to trend with staying power.

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