DIY Mugs by Cricut Community Members

Cricut Community: Favorite Mug Projects

November 4th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

The weather is definitely turning frosty here in Utah. Days like these have me dreaming of mugs full of hot cocoa at every opportunity. I am delighted to report that our Cricut Community members have been creating many fun designs that I look forward to crafting to support my cocoa obsession. Check out these lovely possibilities:

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects

*Checking the clock* Yes, it is after midnight here and I am still up as usual. I have kids who get up early and I do have sleepy regrets in the morning. Thanks for capturing my life on a mug, Karley.

Click to Make: Stay Up Late Coffee Mug

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects

Looking for a gift for someone who loves the outdoors? Jenny created this design that's perfect.

Click to Make: The Mountains Are Calling Mug

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects

I fill my house with inspirational reminders to take a chance, stretch myself, and go after my dreams. I can use this Be Fearless mug by Shameka to keep me motivated to work after I am done sipping my cocoa.

Click to Make: Be Fearless Mug

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects

Puns are delightful (even the groan-worthy ones), so I love this mug by Randi that plays on the word hottie.

Click to Make: Tea Lover's Mug

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects

I didn't know quilt retreats existed until my aunt went to one. Coming together and crafting quilts just sounds so cozy and lovely, and you can add a special touch for participants with this mug by Judy.

Click to Make: Quilt Retreat Mug

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects

Goodness, so many of these mugs are speaking to me. Rochelle must have seen me one Christmas morning when I do manage to happily get up earlier.

Click to Make: Christmas Morning Person Mug

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects

For me, it's cherry cola, but I can totally sympathize with this mug designed by Elizabeth. Caffeine is so soothing.

Click to Make: I'm Sorry Coffee Mug

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects

Here's a crafting secret: dollar stores are a great source for your projects! You really can find some quality products to customize there if you look. Yvonne took some dollar store mugs and turned them into a special memory for the bride and groom.

Click to Make: Wedding Mugs

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects

Since I grew up in California, I have had to consciously look for things I love about Utah winters. Snowflakes are rather pretty. I love the notion that I could put one on a mug like Sarah and enjoy a hot drink inside and avoid being around actual snowflakes outside 🙂 .

Click to Make: Snowflake Mug

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects

As a fan of both Elton John and puns, I am highly amused by this set that Diane created. My husband is a big fan of bacon, to boot, so we definitely need these in our home stat.

Click to Make: Bacon and Eggs Mugs

Cricut Community Favorite Mug Projects
Build a Standout Profile in Design Space and Cricut Community

Create a Standout Community Profile on Design Space

October 30th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

You may have noticed the last time you signed into Design Space that we have a new link in the main menu that takes you to your very own profile page! This feature is a great way to introduce yourself to our active and inspiring community. All you need is a photo, a short bio, and a few projects to share with your fellow crafters. Here are a few tips to make the most of your profile in Design Space (see this FAQ in our Help Center for detailed instructions).

1- Upload a Quality Profile Photo

If possible, find a crisp, high-quality photo of your friendly face. A professional headshot is best. People love seeing who actually made the projects they find in the community. (And soon, you’ll be able to follow the profiles you like best. Yay!) So, take the time to upload a nice photo and let’s see those pearly whites!

2- Write an Entertaining Bio

Use the About Me field on your profile to share something fun and entertaining about yourself. The best profiles mention not just the crafts that a member makes, but also give a little insight into everyday life, side interests, and even a few quirks. If you’re a blogger, feel free to add a link to your blog. Our members want to know more about you!

3- Share Multiple Projects

A compelling profile usually has somewhere between 10 and 15 quality projects. It definitely takes time to share that many, but it’s definitely worth the effort. You’ll get a lot more visits to your profile if you do. If you haven’t yet shared a project to your profile, see this FAQ for detailed instructions.

4- Share Quality Projects

We hear consistently that the best projects are “makeable”, interesting, and fun!

  • A “makeable” project contains a well-written description (complete sentences please!) so that users can better understand how you made it. Don’t forget to include all of the Cricut Access images you used to make your project. Note: We do not currently feature projects containing uploaded images in the community ribbon, but you can still share them to your profile for inspiration.
  • An interesting project contains five quality photos of your project, showing different angles and closeup photos of interesting details. If you want, you can even add photos that show certain steps in your assembly process. For more tips on how to take a quality photo of your project, visit this post.
  • A fun project takes a fresh, inventive look at an old problem, whether it’s a gift, home decor, or clothing. There’s always a new way to do something and that’s what the community loves to see.

5- Develop Your Own Style

If you really want to go above and beyond, try sharing projects with a consistent look and feel. This can mean using the same style photography for all of your projects, but it can also mean specializing in a specific genre (i.e. vinyl signs) or style of crafting (i.e. vintage farmhouse). When viewers see a consistent look and feel on your profile page, they will be more likely to come back for more.

We’re so excited to see what our members are making. You inspire us every single day. Stay tuned for future updates to profiles in Design Space and keep those projects coming!

Wreath Projects in Cricut Community

Cricut Community: Favorite Wreath Projects

October 27th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

A wreath is an easy way to dress up a door or wall. Our Cricut Community members have been busy crafting some up lately, so here are some of our favorites so that you can go make them too!

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

Jennifer used her Cricut to cut out the leaves and a sewing machine to add the veins. So easy! You can use them as part of a wreath or for any fall or garden related project.

Click to Make: Leaves for Fall Wreath and Candle Ring

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

I think it's important to remember that Thanksgiving is supposed to be more than just an opportunity to eat all the food. Debra made this wreath that helps inspire to Give Thanks this holiday season.

Click to Make: Give Thanks Wreath

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

While I am quite fond of real flowers, one downside is that they don't last once cut. You can make a wreath out of paper flowers as Julia did since it will not wither away.

Click to Make: Paper Flower Wreath

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

Here's another lovely paper flower wreath by Sharon in fall colors. You can use our quilling tool in the paper crafters set to make the rolled flowers, as I showed in this post.

Click to Make: Fall Floral Wreath

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

Butterflies add cheeriness to any craft. Kathy added them to her wreath and it's lovely. Some are made from cardstock and others from vellum.

Click to Make: Butterflies Wreath

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

Renee used felt to make her Christmas wreath. You can cut it on the Cricut Maker right off the bolt or on an Explore if you bond it (attach interfacing) first.

Click to Make: Christmas Wreath

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

If you're looking for a stamped wreath design, here's a template that Danielle made. You simply stamp onto each corner to build up the wreath.

Click to Make: Wreath Template

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

I am loving all of the fall wreaths that people are making, like this beautiful one by Mary. I grew up in a part of California where you don't get to see the leaves change color, so when I moved to Utah, it quickly became one of my favorite things about fall.

Click to Make: DIY Fall Leaves Wreath

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

As someone who lives in an area that gets snowy in winter, I dream of when it will be spring again. On these days, it's perfect to stay in and do crafts like this spring wreath by Holly.

Click to Make: Spring Wreath

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

Here's another fabulous fall wreath idea that is by Melanie. It features colors I associate with fall like brown, red, and yellow and flowers like spider mums.

Click to Make: Fall Floral Wreath 1

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

While this felt flower wreath by Jenny also has me dreaming of spring, you can use it to dress up a door or other locations at any time of the year.

Click to Make: Felt Flower Wreath

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

I love how Angela inked the edges of her flowers in this daisy wreath as it makes them stand out more. The centers are made out of buttons, which is another fun touch.

Click to Make: Daisy Wreath

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects

While this wreath by Amanda features a Halloween design, you can easily make it work for any season with the right paper. I love the dimensions that the paper curls create for this project.

Click to Make: Curled Paper Wreath

Cricut Community Favorite Wreath Projects
DIY Halloween Decor from Cricut Community

Cricut Community: DIY Halloween Decor Projects

September 29th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Fall is upon us, along with the first major holiday of the season - Halloween! It's time to start decking out your house if you haven't already and make some fun treats to share. Check out these fun projects from our Cricut Community.

Now that the nights are getting longer, it's perfect to use candlelight as part of your decor. Make this fun Halloween tealight holder by Renae for your next project.

Click to Make: Cat Tealight Candle Holder

This sign by Carole makes me smile since it's so punny. It would be a perfect addition to hang on or above a garage or carport.

Click to Make: Witches Parking Sign

Carole designed another punny Halloween-related driving sign. If you know how to drive a stick, it's perfect for you!

Click to Make: Halloween Chalkboard

Wish someone a Happy Halloween with this You've Been Boo'd card. A good idea would be to follow the tradition I've seen in my area; leave this card with a plate of goodies and suggest they do the same. It makes the holiday that much more fun for everyone.

Click to Make: You've Been Boo'd

Make these treat bags by Shannon for your Halloween parties or to hand out to Trick or Treaters.

Click to Make: Treat Bag

I love the trend I've seen lately of double-sided signs. It just makes so much sense for both storage and saving on materials. Julie made this sign with one side for Halloween and the other bearing a lovely general fall sentiment.

Click to Make: Happy Halloween Sign

Click to Make: Gather Together Sign

Cupcake toppers are such an easy way to dress up these sweets without having to know cake decorating skills. Kadri made these fun Halloween ones that you just Print then Cut, then glue onto sticks.

Click to Make: Halloween Cupcake Toppers

This spider swarm pillow by Amy will be a delightfully creepy addition to any room. Iron-on makes it easy to dress up any pillow, that's for sure!

Click to Make: Spider Swarm Pillow

These Moons and Bats Halloween popcorn boxes by Jennifer have me dreaming about making batches of caramel popcorn as a special treat for friends.

Click to Make: Moons and Bats Halloween Popcorn Boxes

Albion made this Halloween sign that you can put on your door or a mantel. The saying is inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth and is fitting.

Click to Make: Something Wicked Sign

 

Which is your favorite? Leave us a comment below!

Cricut Community DIY Halloween Decor Projects
Cricut Community Projects Game Day Edition

Cricut Community Projects: Game Day Edition

September 15th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

School's back in session for many people, the weather is starting to cool down and football season is upon us. Whether you're tailgating at the local high school game or watching the NFL at home with your buddies, members of our Cricut community have been busy getting ready to celebrate sports with some fun projects. Here are some of our favorites to help get you inspired for your next Game Day!

Banners

Gathering with friends to watch the game at home? Dress up your food table (after all, what's a party without some delicious snacks??) with one of these fun banners.

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

This football banner is simple yet perfect for your game day extravaganza.

Click to Make: Football Banner by Debra

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

I love how football elements are styled on the pennants for this banner.

Click to Make: Football Banner by Christine

Shirts

One of the easiest ways to show your team spirit and love of sports is with a shirt. You can make them to honor your favorite team, interject some humor, or just celebrate sports in general. Go team!

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

If you're more into what foods you get to eat than the actual game, this is the perfect way to humorously admit that.

Click to Make: Here for Snacks shirt

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

As this shirt admits, sometimes it's hard to choose which sport is the best! I love how this crafter created a heart using both a football and soccer ball.

Click to Make: My Heart Soccer/Football shirt by Sara

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Wondering how you can support your favorite athlete? I love how this crafter was able to create several different versions for the same team.

Click to Make: Game Day Gold by Donna

It's amazing how much of a difference a font can make. Here's the same shirt made with two different fonts.

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Let everyone know it's your favorite day of the week with this tee.

Click to Make: Game Day Gear by Jessica

Cards and Scrapbooking

Celebrate your favorite sports lover or commemorate a special moment with one of these cards or a scrapbook page.

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Slider cards are one of my favorite kinds since it adds a new dimension to the card gifting experience.

Click to Make: Football Birthday Slider Card by Christine

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Sweet moments are immortalized in this fall and football page design for your scrapbook.

Click to Make: Fall and Football Scrapbook Page by Rene

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Another fun slider card. Pennies and foam dots are what make the sliding element possible.

Click to Make: Football Card by Anita

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Make sure people know when your game day event is with this football party invitation.

Click to Make: Time for Some Football Party Invitation by Roxann

Which craft was your favorite? Let us know in a comment below!

Cricut Community Fall Projects

Cricut Community Favorites of the Moment: Fall Decor!

September 8th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

I am always amazed at the beautiful project produced by YOU!  Sometimes, they carry a backstory; sometimes, they carry a special moment.  Every time, they carry such meaning and importance.  Every project makes a statement – a small quiet detail added to your house, a bold, beautiful, proud mama moment, or just a simple hi to cheer up a friend.

I’ve been watching our Cricut Community projects growing over the past few months, and I can’t wait to start sharing some of my favorites.  Just in case you didn’t know much about Community, here are a few places to start.
 

  1. Share your projects from Design Space. You put in all the effort to make something beautiful – WE WANT TO SEE IT and so do all the people in our amazing Community!  Sharing your project inspires people, and it gives beginners some great projects to make while they might still be shy of their own design skills.  Check out this video to see how to Share your Projects !

 

  1. Set up your profile. This is NOT necessary to start sharing projects, but if people like one of your projects, they might LOVE to see all of them!  Here’s how to get your profile up and running (https://help.cricut.com/cricut-community-creating-a-profile).  If you’re shy, feel free to use an avatar or bitmoji!

 

  1. Find Community projects to make yourself! The thing I love most about the Community projects is that someone else might make a beautiful design in a simple way that I really connect with. You might like more complex or patterned, and that’s there too!  Scroll to the bottom of your home page in Design Space to find the Community line up of projects and find ones that really speak to you.

 

And now drum roll, please ….

Here are my favorite fun fall projects of the moment!

Cricut Community Fall Decor

Ms. H’s 3D Fall Card … she even has awesome instructions for those of us who might be paper-challenged (me!).

Cricut Community Fall Decor

Albion Gould’s Leaf Hot Pad … so fast and easy to put together!!!

Cricut Community Fall Decor

Julie T’s Be Thankful … love this simple sign and the lovely design to it.

Cricut Community Fall Decor

Anna Rose J’s Fall Gold Tree … you could use so many different materials here from vinyl to paper – foils, sparkles, and fun!

Cricut Community Fall Decor

Mary D’s Apple K-Cup Treat … wow … the design elements here are impressive and makes such a cute treat wrapper!

Cricut Community Fall Decor

Michelle F’s Faux Leather Earrings … need some new fall fashion … make it quick!

 

Leave a comment below with your favorite project and pin for later!

Cricut Community Fall Decor Projects That You Should Make
Tips for Sharing in Cricut Community

Better Project Sharing in Cricut Community

September 1st, 2018 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Who here as created a Cricut Community profile? Raise your hands in the comments!  I’m Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff and you can find my community profile here. If you haven’t yet created your profile, make sure to check out this post about getting started!

Today I wanted to share with you a few of my best tricks for getting your awesome work noticed over on Cricut Community! I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon in Salt Lake City, both on photography and on creating your own signature style. Both are important for helping your work be seen on Cricut Community and for sharing on other social media platforms. Let’s dive in!

1. Photography Matters

Yes, photography matters. But no, you do not need to hire a professional photographer for your work. Just take a little time to improve your photography. It really doesn’t take much to take much better photos, I promise!

To start with, always shoot in natural light, always in the shade. Sunlight creates harsh shadows and indoor lighting can make your projects very yellow. Taking photographs on a porch or by a bright window is a great place to start.

Project Sharing in Cricut Community

If you can’t shoot in natural light, you may want to invest in an inexpensive set of indoor lights. These are my favorite and they allow me to take photographs at any time, day or night!

Also, remember that focus is key. On most smartphones, if you tap the screen while in your camera app, it will focus on where you tapped. Use this feature to help keep your projects in focus. No more blurry photos anymore, okay?

2. Styling Matters

How you shoot your photos matters. Think about the angles that make sense for your project. If you’re shooting a card you made, take an overhead shot (called a flat-lay) and then stand the card up and take a shot with some depth from the side.

Project Sharing in Cricut Community
Project Sharing in Cricut Community

If you’re taking a photo of a shirt, you can do a flat-lay style photograph and you could also have someone wearing it.

You can also use a fun background. Pick up a few different colors of foam core, or find some vinyl backdrops on Etsy to give your photos style and color!

3. Props Matter

While you may be tempted to just put your project on the table and take a photo, look around instead and see if there are ways you can add a little style and context to a photo.

Even just a cute pen next to a card, a book alongside a cute bookmark, or a bit of confetti next to a party banner can go a long way in telling the story of your project. Heck, I use pom-poms all the time to make things a little more fun.

Project Sharing in Cricut Community

Just make sure that your props make sense along side your project—don’t stage a journal with a bunch of party décor. No one journals at a party…at least not a party I want to attend!

4. Editing Matters

For editing on your mobile device, try Afterlight, a Color Story, or Snapseed. Once you get familiar with the processes that you like in these apps, making edits to your photos shouldn’t take more than a minute or two—definitely worth the time!

Start by making sure your whites are as white as possible. These apps all have a way to change the “temperature” of your photo or adjust the “white balance.” If your photo is too yellow, slide the slider toward blue, for instance. Play around with getting your whites as white as possible, and the rest of the colors in your photo should look pretty close to reality as well.

Second, you want to increase the brightness and contrast. Remember, most of us look at our screens with them dimmed a bit—very few people have their screens up at full brightness. So you’re already working from a brightness disadvantage.

Third, you may want to look at the saturation. Not all photos call for a boost in saturation, but if you have a bunch of amazing colors in your project, why not amp it up a bit to really show off those amazing materials!

Here’s what I always tell people. Boost the brightness, contrast, and saturation. Then boost the brightness again. And then a little more. When it is starting to look ever-so-slightly fake, you’re right where you want to be. It’ll look perfectly natural on social media! Which of these two hoops would you rather make?

Project Sharing in Cricut Community

5. Creating a Signature Style Matters

If you really want your Cricut Community profile to shine, start to create a signature style for your work. Basically, you want to find a few repeating elements in your photos that will help make your body of work cohesive.  You can create a signature style by repeating (some, not all):

  • Project focus: Are you a paper crafter? Do you make a lot of mugs? Just having a repeating project focus is one way to create a signature style.
  • Color: Find the colors you love and use them often! This can be both in materials and in the background color you’re shooting on.
  • Typography: Find fonts or font styles that you can use over and over again. Maybe you are in love with pretty script fonts or can’t get enough of the quirky scrapbooking fonts. Repeating the same fonts and font styles really help to create consistency.
  • Photography styling: Take what you learned above about photography styling and repeat it! You’ll learn what you love and your work will reflect that.
  • Personality: If your style is bright and fun, it’s going to look weird if you throw in a morbid Halloween project in the middle of all your happy work. Keep your personality YOU and it will feel consistent in your work!

For example, I like bright colors, particularly teal and yellow. I love paper crafts, so you’ll find a bunch of paper in my signature style. And I like shooting things that don’t have a lot of pattern or texture—my work is flat, bright, and happy!

Project Sharing in Cricut Community

I hope these tips help you when you are creating work for the Cricut Community. Pop on over there or say “hi” on Instagram—I’d love to connect with you!

Share your tips in the comments below!

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Inspire and Be Inspired: The Cricut Community

August 25th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

There’s pretty much nothing better than the satisfaction of having made something personal, unique, and beautiful for yourself or for someone special in your life. The only thing we can think of that will top a creative high is to share what you made with other crafters. The act of sharing takes your creations to a whole new level because they can inspire other creators to do things they could never have made on their own. There’s truly no end to the creativity YOU can inspire in others.

The new Profiles and Project Sharing features in Design Space are just the beginning of our efforts to magnify the creativity of everyone who uses Cricut products. Think about the last party you planned. Or the gift that you made. Or the sign that you designed. Someone, somewhere in the Cricut universe is looking for the very thing you made as a starting place for their own creation. Give them a hand! And like all things in life, your generosity will return to you tenfold.

Profiles & Project Sharing

To get started, build your Design Space profile from a web browser or our iOS app. This is as easy as uploading an informal photo of yourself and writing a short bio describing your favorite crafting pursuits. Then add projects to your profile for all to enjoy! This process is easy and all you need is a photo of your project.

Read some of our tips on getting a great photo in this article.

Cricut Community

Visit the My Projects page in Design Space and pick any project you’d like to share with the Cricut community. Click Share to open the form, upload your photo, add a brief description, and voila! your project is ready to share.

Cricut Community

Now you can post your project to your favorite Facebook group or Pinterest board for others to enjoy. Other crafters will be able to open it up in Design Space and if it’s something they might want to make later, they can favorite it for later.

Cricut Community

Fresh Inspiration Daily

New project submissions are coming in daily from our community, literally hundreds of projects are being added every week! Scroll down to the bottom of the Design Space home page to find the ribbon featuring Cricut Community projects. Then click “View All” to see all of the latest and greatest submissions.

Cricut Community

We’re so excited to see what YOU have to share with the community! For more information about how to share your latest projects, visit our page on sharing a project.

Have you shared on Community yet? Tell us below in a comment!