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Easy Easter Ideas You Can Whip Up Quick as a Bunny

April 14, 2017 • Contributor: Andrea Greco

Growing up, Easter to me was kind of like Christmas Jr. We decorated the house, crafted gifts for friends, dyed eggs, got matching dresses for church and anxiously waited for a magical, fluffy animal to bring us a basket of gifts. Those gifts came in the forms of Whitman’s Chocolate Bunnies, Cadbury eggs, bright yellow Peeps and too many white and purple jellybeans (red and orange were the “money” colors).

Now I am older.  My sisters and I no longer wear matching dresses (that visual is terrifying!). My cousins and I no longer run around the yard hunting for eggs (that visual is awesome!). High fructose corn syrup has been recognized as the devil.  Candy WILL be consumed, just not in the bucket load quantities that fueled all the Greco grandkids until midnight on many an Easter Sunday. That’s pretty much all that has changed.  I still embrace Easter with close to the same excitement I did as a youngster. Decorating, crafting and egg decorating are still on the menu at my place! Here are a few of my favorite ideas for Easter 2017. Let’s get crafty!

Succulents in Eggs

Add a modern twist to your table or room décor with mini succulents in egg shells.. Plant some small succulents in your leftover shells and display in a saucer or small bowl. I used Heirloom chicken eggs. They are naturally green and look so pretty with the plants.

 

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Rabbit Ear Napkin Rings

Upcycle your paper towel tubes with these festive napkin rings. I used a leftover tube from some Cricut vinyl. Cut your tube into 2” sections and wrap with jute or your favorite ribbon. Secure with a dab of hot glue. Cut 1.5” ears (they are the shape of leaves) out of scrap fabric. Fold the ears in half vertically and dab a small amount of hot glue to the bottom end of the ear. Glue to your ring and you are done.

 

Easter rings

Put A Tail On It!

Make a yarn pom-pom cotton tail and hop on down the bunny trail! Attach to the back of your pants or skirt (or dog’s shirt) with a safety pin and you are ready to go.

 

Bunny tail

Egg Bud Vase

I’m going to make these little bud vases and put them next to my guest’s place settings this year. Drain an egg and rinse. Fill with water and place in an egg cup. Add a bud or two and you’re done. You could even add your guest’s name and use these as place cards.  I’ve wanted to do this craft for a while, but I couldn’t figure out to drain an egg without making holes on both ends. I found this great tool on Amazon called a “Blas Fix Egg Blowing Kit.” This thing is life changing! It drains an egg in 10 seconds.

 

Egg bud vase

Paper Flower Boutonniere

Surprise the man in your life with this pretty boutonniere. I used the Lilly 3-D Flower in Design space to create this. Glue each flower to a 4” piece of floral wire with hot glue. Bundle and cut the wire bottoms to even out the ends. Wrap with floral tape to secure your flowers and finish with a piece of ribbon.  Adorn that guy!

 

Egg project

Animal Shadow Eggs

Make these “shadow” eggs using Cricut vinyl and the bunny, lamb and chick graphics available in Design Space. I sized each one to 1.5” height. Cut, peel, stick and done! Easy Peasy.  Black too dark? Purple and pink vinyl look super cute too.

 

Egg project

Easter Grass Cupcakes

Every Easter, my Great Auntie Jean would make a carrot cake, cover it with green coconut and create a little Easter scene on top of the cake. I’ve recreated this on a smaller scale with Easter egg hunt themed cupcakes. To make the grass, measure 1 cup of moist coconut and dump into a large Ziploc. Add 3 drops of green food coloring. Close the bag (very important!) and shake. Massage the bag to evenly mix the dye.

Place grass on top of your frosted cupcakes and finish with some candy eggs. Peeps are cute too. Cricut bonus tip: I made the cupcake wraps using the Lattice Purple Banner in Design Space. I sized it to 7.75” width for standard sized cupcakes.

 

Egg project

Thanks for reading! Check back next month for more styling tips and crafting tricks! Follow me on Instagram @andreanoelgreco to see how I Cricut! Happy Easter! And make sure to share all of your favorite DIY Easter projects using #CricutMade! 

 

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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

 

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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
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These Creative Brides Will Amaze You

March 10, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

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

Love in Bloom: Rebecca Lewis

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

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

 

Bride

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

 

Paper Flowers

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

 

Paper Flowers

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

 

Bridesmaids

Whimsical and Wonderful: Sylvanna Krawczyk

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

 

Wedding Couple

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

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

 

Wedding Invites

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

 

Wedding Dress

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

 

Wedding Decor

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

 

Wedding

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

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

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Celebrating International Women’s Day & Joining the Movement

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

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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.

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

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“I Do” To The Perfect DIY Wedding

February 23, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Heidi Applying Vinyl

Photo credit: Kim Zywno

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

 

Heidi Applying Vinyl

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

 

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

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

 

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Photo credit: Kim Zywno

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

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

 

Wedding Image

Photo credit: Kim Zywno

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

 

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

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How To Make Amazing Wall Art With Vellum

February 13, 2017 • Contributor: Lindi From Love Create Celebrate

Do you ever go into ten stores with something specific in mind, but can’t quite find it anywhere? That perfect grey color on a throw pillow? The perfect artwork to compliment your bedroom décor? Anything throwing you positive vibes? Happens to me ALL the time! Which is exactly why I started creating my own custom décor. If I can’t find what I’m looking for, I’ll make it! There are so many beautiful ideas already on the Cricut Home Décor page, but I wanted to highlight one of my favorites. This simple Modern Circle Art is the perfect example of simple, customized art work, and I’ll show you how easy it was to make!

 

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Create beautiful custom artwork at home with the Cricut Explore Air 2!

Materials:

Start by logging into the Cricut Design Space and opening up the Circle Art design in Design Space and turn on your Cricut Explore Air 2. These circles are sized to fit a 12”x12” square canvas. The variations in size and thickness of the circles are what give this piece so much character! Make sure to use a LightGrip cutting mat because the vellum is delicate!

 

Vellum Circles

Use images and shapes from the Cricut Design space to create your own custom geometric art work! Get a personalized, modern look in no time at all!

Next, you want to paint your canvas a solid colour, so that the frame won’t cause any funny shadows on your artwork when it’s done. When your paint is dry, grab the Cricut Vellum sheets that you cut out, and place them around the canvas, playing with the layout and order of the sheets until you are happy.

 

Project

Since vellum is a transparent, thin material, I didn’t want to use a glue that would leave marks or bumps on the vellum. Instead I used spray adhesive – spraying the back of each piece (inside a cardboard box to prevent overspray), and then placed that piece on the canvas.

 

Project

Overlap sheets of transparent Cricut Vellum to create beautiful blended colours! Vellum is the perfect material to use for your personalized home décor.

Place each circle down starting at the top and moving around the circle. Press it firmly in place when you are happy with the placement.

 

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Combine soft, transparent vellum sheets to create this modern geometric canvas art. In no time at all you can create a simple, yet elegant piece that is sure to add personality your room or gallery wall.

This piece is so beautiful when it’s finished. It adds the perfect modern touch to this romantic industrial space!

 

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A beautiful rustic industrial bedroom, filled with custom artwork and home décor made using the Cricut Explore Air 2. A dream oasis for any homeowner!

Don’t forget to stop by the Cricut Home Décor page for more great custom home décor inspiration and to enter into a great giveaway! If you are not from the US – not to worry, there is a great Cricut giveaway for you today at www.lovecreatecelebrate.com!

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Hot Trend This February, Spreading the Love!

February 9, 2017 • Contributor: Andrea Greco

Ok. Before I even begin this post, I just want to say that to me, this blog is like a party. We keep the conversation light and it is considered poor form to discuss religion or politics. That being said, I don't think I'm alone in feeling like things have been a little bit tense in our world lately. A middle child by birth, I am naturally uncomfortable when all sides are not getting along. My inner peacemaker wants to have a bonfire at the beach and re-create a 70's Coca-Cola commercial. I'd like to buy the world a Coke. Even if I could afford to, I’d be too scared to even do THAT because what if people wanted Diet? Or Coke Zero? Or Pepsi? What can I do? If you're feeling at all like I am, we've landed in a good month: February.

February traditionally has been given to Valentine's Day and Presidents. By the way, can we just take a second to talk about how there used to be two holidays around the presidents? We used to get a day off for Lincoln’s birthday and a day off for Washington’s birthday. It was a magical four-day weekend flanked by two four-day school weeks. Now we just have “President’s Day.” Who’s great idea was THAT?! What a rip off! But, I digress. Anyway, back to February and Valentine's Day. Some people equate Valentine’s Day with romance and having a boyfriend/ girlfriend/ husband/ wife or the absence of those significant others.

I think of Valentine’s as more of a day of love and friendship. And, considering how things have been lately, I think we should deem it a whole month of SHOWING love and friendship, even if we don’t always agree. I’ve comprised a list of my favorite NICE THINGS you can do for your family, friends, neighbors and complete strangers. I know. This sounds really Mary Poppins of me. How is a list of Valentine’s ideas going to fix things? Well, it’s not. But, doing nice things for others may make life a little more pleasant during unpleasant times. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I get such intense delight when I surprise people with random stuff. Try these Nice Things! They may make YOU happy!

Nice Thing #1: “Heart-Felt” Pin

Andrea Greco

Cut hearts out of felt and pin to anyone that needs a Valentine pin! Of course, I used my Cricut for this one! Lay felt on a strong grip mat. With the cut setting on “Fabric,” I used the free-cut heart shape and cut a series of 2” hearts. Attach to a friend, loved one or someone who in need of Valentine adornment. I “felt” my dog was in need. She disagreed.

 

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Nice Thing #2: Paper Valentines at Work

Andrea Greco

Remember giving valentines to everyone in the class? Why don't we do that anymore???? Pass out candy and cards at work. C’mon – it’s fun!

Nice Thing #3: Crazy Valentine’s Wreath

Andrea Greco

Make a crazy wreath and hang it on your neighbor’s door! I found this glittery wreath at my local dollar store. I added a goofy plastic dinosaur and a little heart note and put it on my neighbor’s door last year. It isn’t going to win any design awards and borders on tacky, but it is wacky and childish and fun – award winning in my book!

Nice Thing #4: Green Valentine

Andrea Greco

Plant a succulent or mini plant in a recycled tin can and wrap with decorative paper. Give to a teacher, friend or anyone who you think needs a little nature in their life.

Nice Thing #5: Pay it Forward

Pay for the person in FRONT of you at the coffee shop. It’s a nice thing to do AND a much easier transaction than paying the person behind you. You know the total financial commitment going in (keep an open ear at the cashier) AND the person has already ordered, so they can’t refuse you.

 

Nice Thing #6: Give Thanks!

Thank the bus driver, train conductor, public servant or person of your choice. I try to remember to thank the bus driver. I don’t think people appreciate a good bus driver. Try to thank a person of service if you think of it. They may have a job for which they are paid, but it is always nice to feel appreciated.

 

Nice Thing #7: Give a Buck!

Leave one more dollar as a tip. I waited tables for a long time when I moved to New York. It always made my day when a customer would tip a little extra.

 

Nice Thing #8: Post It!

Put an “I Love You” Post it in your significant other’s wallet. I do this for my boyfriend once in a while. I know it makes him happy.

 

Nice Thing #9: Mail A Card to Your Mom! 

Mail a Valentine to your parents, grandparents and/or older relatives.  You may already do this. If you do, GREAT! If you don’t, it will be a lovely surprise for them. You may get a reaction, you may not. But, I’ve noticed as people age, they are often very moved by the thought behind the gesture of a card.

 

Nice Thing #10: Don’t Forget YOU!

Look in the mirror and say “Hey! You’re great! I love you!”

How often are you doing that? I’m definitely not doing it enough. It sounds arrogant, but you SHOULD love you! You ARE great! Now give yourself a hug!

I want to wrap this up by saying that these Nice Things are mere suggestions. I’m not telling you that you SHOULD be doing all or any of these things. I gave you a big list so you’d have things from which to choose. I also don’t want to give the impression that I am running around New York paying for everyone and pinning hearts on strangers 365 days a year. I am polite throughout my day, but honestly, I spend a large portion of my existence hiding behind giant sunglasses listening to music and trying to drift anonymously from place to place. Well, enough with anonymity! This month, I’m going to make an honest effort to remove my Jackie-O’s, turn off my music and do some Nice Things! Are you with me?!

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Pro Tips On Faux Leather + Adhesive Foil Home Decor

February 7, 2017 • Contributor: Heather Thoming of WhipperBerry

There is nothing more fun that a clean, blank slate! Whether that’s a canvas, a wall, fabric or furniture, one thought always pops into my mind… “How can I make this aaaamazing?!”

Hey guys, I’m Heather from WhipperBerry and I’m thrilled to be here on the Cricut blog today to share with you my fun experience working with some crazy talented stylists along with Hayneedle and Cricut to create a dream romantic, rustic industrial bedroom.

 

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Create An Intricate Decorative Faux Leather Pillow

My first project for the room was dressing up the beautiful Belham Living Nala Arm Chair  draped with Surya Toya Ombre Throw Blanket  from Hayneedle then customized the chair with a beautiful wreath pillow created for this space with the Cricut Faux Leather and some craft pearls.

 

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The chair and the throw were beautiful on their own but, when you add that custom pillow it takes your space from wow to WOWZA! You get to put YOUR signature on the space. If you would like to make one of your own, visit the Cricut Design Space and select the WhipperBerry Wreath Pillow.

Cut your Faux Leather to the size of your pillow then iron on some Heat’n Bond onto the WRONG SIDE of the Faux Leather. Place the Faux Leather FACE SIDE DOWN on the cutting mat and cut out your wreath.

PRO TIP • Always place your Faux Leather FACE SIDE DOWN when you place it on the Cricut Cutting Mat. The Faux Leather will come away from the cutting mat easier that way. Make sure you select the Mirror Image (for iron-on) check box on the review screen so that it will cut properly.

Iron the wreath onto your pillow cover and either stitch on your pearls in place of the berries OR glue them on with a strong adhesive glue.

DIY Your Wall Gallery With Beautiful Adhesive Foil

My next project was one of the pieces of wall art for the gallery wall to the right of the dresser.  Since our room was leaning towards floral romantic, I thought it would be fun to create a foiled piece of wall art with a floral quote.  I found the perfect quote from Susan Polis Schutz,

 

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“ Let us dance in the sun, with wildflowers in our hair…”

I thought it was perfect for our space. I used a picture frame like this one from Hayneedle as the canvas for this wall art piece. I took the back off of the frame and painted the frame back with some fabulous paints from Colorhouse to create some texture and add some color to the backing before I adhered the Cricut Stainless Adhesive Foil.  I didn’t bother painting the entire back of the frame because I knew that the frame was going to cover some of the edge of the backing. I painted it with a base color, then lightly brushed on a little bit off a contrasting color to add some dimension then I set it aside to dry.

I was shocked at how fast the paint dried. It was perfect for our tight schedule. (We only had one day to complete our room!)

 

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Next, I cut out the Adhesive Foil with the Willdflower Wall Art that I created in the Cricut Design Space. Once I weeded the excess foil, covered it with my favorite Cricut Transfer Tape (THE BEST EVER!!) and centered it on my board and then hinged it.

PRO TIPWhen adhering vinyl or foil to a surface with transfer tape, use a piece of painters tape or even a strip of the transfer tape (at least an inch wide) the length of your transfer to create a “hinge” at the top of your design. Then using the “hinge” flip up the design, remove the vinyl or foil backing and carefully lay down the transfer tape/foil onto your surface. The tape “hinge” will keep your design exactly where you would like it with out any trouble at all!

 

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Once I laid down my adhesive foil, I made sure to press it down using my new favorite tool, the Cricut XL Scrapper. Then I removed the transfer tape, replace the back onto the frame and voilá… You now have a beautiful piece of wall art!

To complete the gallery wall, I paired it with the Fern Wall Art from Idieh Design, the Geometric Wall Art from Love Create Celebrate and then we painted some small trays to add a pop of color to the wall. I thought it looked fabulous all together. I truly wanted to curl up on that cozy chair and read a great book in our warm space.

 

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I hope we’ve inspired you to put YOUR signature on your home with Cricut. Make sure to take a look at the rest of the designs from this bedroom dress-up from Jennifer Rizzo Design & The Crafty Blog Stalker  AND, watch our fun video on the Cricut Blog! When you’re finished with all of that, come on over to WhipperBerry and say HELLO! I will be sharing all kinds of Cricut projects along with more tips & tricks to make sure your projects turn out great.

 

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Design a Rustic Nightstand with Vinyl Stencil & Paint

January 24, 2017 • Contributor: Katie Adams of The Crafty Blog Stalker

Do you dream of having a beautifully styled bedroom just like you see in the magazines? Dream no more and actually start creating that amazing room.

Hi! I am Katie and I blog at TheCraftyBlogStalker.com. Don’t you love that “I made that!” feeling that comes with DIY? At The Crafty Blog Stalker you will find many different types of tutorials that will help you feel confident in what you are creating so you can show off that finished project with a big ol’ smile.

 

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Recently, I was asked to participate in a challenge with 5 other bloggers to create a gorgeous Industrial Rustic themed bedroom using the Cricut and furniture from Hayneedle.com.

This Iron Gate Nightstand was just one of my projects. It came together even better than I imagined and was so much fun to complete. Below are some of my tips and tricks for this project. Make sure to visit Cricut to see all of the other projects and the finished room.

I started with the Abbyson Living Northwood 2 Drawer Nightstand from Hayneedle and used the Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut my stencil out of vinyl.

To cover the entire top of the nightstand the stencil is sliced into 4 pieces. Before laying each quarter of the stencil down, find the center point by lightly drawing and X with a pencil corner to corner. Then, align the inner corner of each stencil piece along that center point.

 

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The reason I chose a whitewash technique is because I wanted the grain of the wood to be visible through the paint that was applied. To whitewash, wipe the paint onto the surface with a damp rag and then wipe the excess away with another damp rag. This may take several coats until you get the look and density of the paint you want.

 

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Make sure to apply the stencil to the side of the drawers for a fun peekaboo look! Use the same whitewash technique as the top of the nightstand.

 

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You can see below how the peekaboo drawers look when they are pulled out from the nightstand.

 

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The Iron Gate Nightstand is the perfect addition to your Industrial Rustic Bedroom and you’ll love it even more because you designed it yourself.

 

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Be sure to visit Cricut and make your own Iron Gate Nightstand and for more easy DIY craft tutorial ideas visit TheCraftyBlogStalker.com.