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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.

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

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#SayItWithCricut: Our Secret Obsession for DIY Pillows!

January 4, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

We’re declaring 2017, the year of the pillow. Last year, we had a little “pillow talk” showing you beautiful pillow inspiration. They’re so simple to make, and they can instantly transform a room or a life. I know what you might be thinking – yeah, nothing is really that easy. (This really can be.) BUT, we also know how scary or hard some DIY projects can look. Pillows can be made from iron-on, stencil, paint, fabric, felts, and more. We’re here to help you learn all the secrets, and give you Pillow Super Powers! Join us as we walk you through the how-tos of everything from picking the right pillow, designing your project, and tips & tricks of cutting your materials. 
 

Say I Love You

We’ll be making pillows throughout the year to inspire you and people in your life. Pillows are such a great way to express yourself, say something meaningful, and a really easy DIY way to make something special. You can tell people you love them:

This pillow uses fabric paint and stencils. The scariest part about this pillow might be picking and sizing fonts.  We know how intimidating that can be. We’ll take you through how to match fonts, build your design, and add it to your pillow. Don’t fret – whether you’re new to the world of making with Cricut or a seasoned veteran, get ready to learn something or share advice!  We’re all in this awesome journey together.

Photo courtesy The Idea Room

Celebrate Life

Whether it’s a holiday or a beautiful moment these types of pillows are made with Cricut Iron-On and are easy one-cut pre-designed phrases. Pre-designed phrases can be one simple way to make a quick, yet meaningful pillow. We’ll take you through the world of finding and using phrases in Cricut Design Space as well as making your own!

Texture Made Easy

This beautiful Ranunculus pillow can be one of those projects you might shy away from, but stay tuned and we’ll walk you through a wide variety from the simple one-cut to more complicated pieces like this one. You’ll be a pillow-making rock star by the end of the year. 

Our first step is going to be learning how to find and use phrases to make this great “You’re Amazing” pillow (because we truly think you’re amazing!):

You're amazing Pillow

Next, we’ll be walking through how to narrow down layered phrases to get a simple one-cut like this:

Awesome Pillow

Never fear! Because you are awesome! Together, we are ready to learn and grow. We’ll also share tips on how to pick the right color iron-on for your project and using iron-on easily. 

Lastly, we’ll be finding and sizing fonts together to make this:

 

Be Adventerous

... and celebrate the beginning of our adventures together. Every couple of weeks, we’ll have a new set of pillows to learn new techniques, tips & tricks, and the ins-and-outs of Design Space. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so that you can get in on all the fun!

Here’s a quick sneak peek of our next few pillows:

Sneak Peek Pillows

Let’s be adventurous, awesome, and amazing as we head into 2017, and let’s #SayItWithCricut every week! Tell us in the comments below what tips, tricks, and techniques that you'd like to learn along the way, and we’ll work to get you tutorials and answers. Make sure you also follow our #SayItWithCricut Pinterest board to see all of our amazing pillow and phrase projects. Cheers - Tiffany!