Find Images in Design Space and Breast Cancer Awareness Images

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space (and Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month Too!)

October 19th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

This last weekend, we spent tackling some breast cancer awareness projects.  Some were for friends and co-workers while others were for our family supporters.  While we were making the projects, someone asked me how I looked for images in Design Space, and she mentioned that she had never seen some of the ways I used to find things.

Let’s review 3 methods:

  • Discovering images
  • Finding coordinating images in Image Sets
  • Finding images through Search

The first thing I do in my search is to scan the main page for any images that might be there – this works best when you are looking for timely content.  There is typically a showcase of seasonally relevant images at the top of the page. For example: In the fall, you’re likely to see fall-related designs. When I first logged in to Design Space the other day, there was an image that caught my eye.

Next, I click on the ‘I’ in the bottom right corner.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

When you click the ‘I’, it shows you the title of the Image Set. This one was called ‘I am a fighter’. You can click on that link to take you to the entire image set.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

It showed me an entire image set that all contained great images I could use for my project. The best part is that these collections typically have similarly themed or coordinating designs so you can use it across a project or a group of projects to give you a cohesive look.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

If you are looking for an entire theme, you can simply do a search in the top bar.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

As you scroll through the images, you can discover different image sets with related content for your theme. There were two other image sets for Breast Cancer:

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space
Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

I’ve done the same thing for other topics as well.  Don’t forget to use the filters to narrow your search also.  For example: If you’re a Cricut Access Member, you can easily find designs to use with your membership by selecting that filter.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

If you’re looking for a phrase or saying, I like to start by filtering for phrases.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

I hope this helps you in your search for designs to use for your project.  There are over 65,000 designs in Cricut Design Space, and the library grows every day!

If you want to make any of the awesome Breast Cancer Awareness projects, go for it!

Have fun making!

t

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space
Upload Your Own Images to Cricut Design Space

Can I Upload My Own Images in Design Space with Cricut Maker?

October 17th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

One of the best parts about using Design Space is that it’s so versatile for using many different types of content. If you’re a new crafter, Design Space has thousands of ready-to-make projects, fonts, and over 60,000 images you can choose from to make any project your heart desires.

We know many of you love to use our content in Design Space but once you start making and get lots of inspiration, you may want to use your own images to cut and draw with your Cricut machine.

 

If you have a Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore machine you can upload your own images in Design Space.

 

And the best part? You can use your desktop (Mac or PC) and your mobile device (iOS or Android) to upload your images in 6 different file types. We want to give you the freedom to design anywhere you are the second you get inspired.

Upload Images in Design Space with Cricut Maker

Where can I learn how to upload my own images in Design Space?

 

If you’ve never uploaded your own images into Design Space before, Cricut has an amazing Learn center where you can get step-by-step tutorials on all things Cricut machines, Design Space, and so much more.

Make sure you visit Cricut’s Learn center and in the meantime, we’ve included the downloadable PDF of how to upload your own images at the bottom of this blog post.

Cricut also has an Education team that is focused on bringing you the most helpful learnings possible when it comes to all things Design Space and Cricut in general.

You can see one of their latest webinars on our YouTube channel about how to upload your own images below.

If you loved this webinar, there are many more to come! Make sure you see what live webinars are coming up on Cricut’s Learn center page here.

Tell us in the comments if this guide on how to upload your own images, including the resources from our Education team, was helpful… and let us know what else you want to learn about and we will pass it along to our Education team! #CricutMade

Uploading Images to Design Space PDF

Upload Images in Design Space with Cricut Maker
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 2 – The Living Room

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 2 – The Living Room

October 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

Take one and snuggle, yes please!  It’s time to fill out your holiday living room.  One of my favorite things during the holiday season are all the fabulous pillows and snuggle-worthy blankets around the house.  We’ve put together 4 pillow options, 3 blankets, and a bowl full of pinecones and poinsettias to tie your living room to the mantel!  The best thing to remember is that you already have all of your materials from last week’s Mantel Collection so you check your supplies with the list below.  Don’t forget to order what you need with our special holiday promo code: 8WEEKDIY for an additional 10% off all your materials (excludes Cricut machines & Cricut Access and needs a $50 minimum purchase).

As always, let’s start with our materials supplies list.  There are only 2 “new” materials on the list for this week.  You should have enough left over from last week to use for the projects this week too!  Here are the Cricut supplies you will need:

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

BONUS: Don’t forget that we managed to sneak in a festive sweatshirt for you to decorate in too using the new Holiday Patterned Iron-On!

Here are the other supplies you will also need (you likely have these from last week too!):

  • (1) spool of red & white twine
  • (1) bag of red felt pom poms
  • (1) package of floral wire
  • Hot glue
  • Metallic thread & needle
  • (1) green blanket
  • (1) white blanket (NEW!)
  • (3) pillow shams (NEW!)
  • Red thread (NEW!)
  • Minky material (NEW!)

Once again, this is budget-friendly.  For less than $50, you can pick up the new supplies and be ready to go.  Now, let’s explore the projects!

The core color palette is back – white/cream, grey, forest green, black, and a few scattered pops of red.  And our main images are still here – vintage trucks, pine trees/cones, and poinsettias. We’ve wound Santa a little bit more into this part of the room echoing our Santa Show Blanket Bin from last week.  We’re introducing new mixed media again for those added professional details – metallic and red threading, felt pom pom balls, and shimmery pearl paper.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Blanket 1: Red Truck, White Blanket

The hardest part about the blanket is getting the layers on the truck right.  Here are the layers broken out.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Next, you just need to slowly stack them all.  Here is a visual layout of the step-by-step.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Check out this fun assortment of different holiday blankets that can bring more magic to your holiday décor!

Blanket 2: Christmas Delivery Quilt

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Blanket 3: Felt Poinsettia Flower Blanket with Gold Metallic Embroidery

Other Blankets that are fun, filled holiday delights:

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Blanket 5: Riley Blake’s All Wrapped Up Throw

We all have bowls, buckets, and trays around our rooms. We simply created these large pinecones based on the same design from our Lantern in our Mantel Collection.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

This is another element from our repeating imagery that stays consistent throughout the house. Stay tuned next week to learn how to piece them together!

Our pillows were a fun addition to the room too.  I love working with large projects and trying to maximize my designs while figuring out how to use the size of the Cricut mats.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

For the Santa Pillow Collection, I used two methods:

1. Contour

When you are using the Contour Tool, start with duplicating the design.  In this example, I copied the Dec 25th design three times since it had 3 parts.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Then, select the Contour tool and hide the elements until it only shows one of each part of your image.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Next, put all parts back together into the original design and highlight the group.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Finally, adjust the size of your group to match the size you want your project. Keep in mind that you want your largest piece to be able to fit inside the 11.5” width restriction. With this example, I was able to cut all of my pieces within a 12" x 12" mat.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

2. Slice

For Santa, the image was just one large piece.  I use free shapes to cut the image into parts. Here, I added a square, unlocked the sizing tool, and stretched it across the Santa midway.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Finally, I used the slice tool and deleted the outside part.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Then, I check the size to ensure that it fits within a mat size – in this case, it was a 12x24 mat.  You still want to keep your largest piece to be able to fit inside the 11.5” width restriction.

For a more in-depth look at these steps in Design Space, be sure to check out our video!

Our Reindeer pillow is the last of our fun for this week.  We cut the Reindeer with fusible fabric and hand stitched a red pom pom onto his nose to match our reindeer sign from last week.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Here are a few more Holiday Pillows in Design Space that will help bring some fun into your living room or throughout your house!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room

Ho Ho Ho Pillow

Can’t wait to make more with you next week.

Up Next Week: The Tree

Cheers!

t

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Living Room
DIY Halloween Banner

DIY Happy Halloween Banner

October 10th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Designer Meagan Patterson

No Halloween décor is complete without a festive banner and this one steals the show! This layered masterpiece was designed with you in mind – I simply can’t wait to see how you recreate it. With that, let’s get making it!

Materials Needed:

DIY Happy Halloween Banner
  1. Cricut Maker
  2. Cricut EasyPress
  3. Cricut FabricGrip Mat
  4. Cricut LightGrip Mat
  5. Cricut StrongGrip Mat
  6. Cricut Weeding Tool
  7. Cricut Foil Iron-on, Pewter
  8. Cricut Glitter Iron-on, Black
  9. Wool Felt, White
  10. Wool Felt, Black
  11. Wool Felt, Orange
  12. HeatnBond
  13. Twine
  14. Baker's Twine, Orange
  15. Baker's Twine, Grey

Materials Prep

Before you start cutting you will need to apply adhesive to your white and orange felt. I love to use HeatnBond on my projects. Depending on what you use, please follow the manufacturer's guide for application. Once it’s all prepped, you’re ready to begin cutting.

1: Cut All the Things!

DIY Happy Halloween Banner

I will never get tired of watching the rotary blade in action. It cuts through felt like butter! Be sure you are using your FabricGrip Mat as you cut and watch the magic happen.

It’s super important to use the recommended mat in conjunction with the material you are using. For example, use the LightGrip Mat for your Foil Iron-on and your StrongGrip Mat for the Iron-on Glitter will make this cutting process smooth sailing! Confession time: many a project has been ruined by me when I ignore the recommended uses. My bad!

2: Get Rid of the Excess

DIY Happy Halloween Banner

I may be in the minority here but weeding iron-on can be so therapeutic! I sometimes plan my entire day around weeding time just so my brain and body can rejuvenate. Am I the only one that does that?

Once all your letters are weeded it is time to start assembling!

3: Layer, Layer, Layers

DIY Happy Halloween Banner

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DIY Happy Halloween Banner

When I layer multiple layers, to me it’s easiest to start with your base. For this project, I started with the black base and pressed the white banner layer on top using these setting on my EasyPress – Temp: 280 Time: 15 sec

Next, place your web and letter design onto the white felt layer. It should fit perfectly in the center. Be sure to use the recommended settings for your Iron-on by using our interactive guide here. I used these settings - Temp: 280 Time: 30 sec (cool material completely before removing transfer sheet)

For this next layer, you will need to grab a press cloth to protect the layers that you have already pressed on. One at a time place and press the orange felt letter to its corresponding banner piece using the press cloth as protection from the heat plate. I used the same felt EasyPress setting as before in the first step. Temp: 280 Time: 15 sec

Once that layer is done, the final layer is ready for the assembly. One at a time, place and press the black glitter iron-on letters to the orange felt layer using the glitter iron-on setting – Temp: 270 Time: 30 sec. Don’t forget that press cloth!

4: String it Up!

DIY Happy Halloween Banner

The wonderful thing about this banner is that it was designed to show off your string or ribbon. There are slits instead of holes on the upper corners of the black banner piece to prevent your pieces from sliding around on the string. In my opinion-all banners should have this feature!

Just to add a little bit more pizzazz to this banner I used multiple strings to add color and texture. I chose to use two orange baker's twine strings, one grey baker's twine string, and one natural twine string. Then I loosely twisted them together as I strung each banner flag.

And Voilà! You have a beautiful and festive Halloween banner!

DIY Happy Halloween Banner

I loved seeing how this banner tied in so well to our Halloween porch décor. I simply can’t wait to see how each of you display this in your home!

Happy crafting!

Meagan Patterson

DIY Happy Halloween Banner
3 Custom Holiday Decor Wood Projects

3 Custom DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

October 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

From shopping to assembly, let’s dig into how to make 3 great wood DIY projects for the holiday season.  Here are the Cricut supplies you will need:

Here are the other supplies you will also need:

  • White & Green paint and foam brush
  • (1) spool of Red & White Twine
  • (3) 1”x 4”x 8” Blue Pine wood
  • (2) 1”x 4”x 8” Ghostwood Silver
  • (2) packages of 1 ½” L Brackets
  • Wood glue
  • (1) bag of red felt pom poms
  • (1) 12” green wire wreath frame (if you are making the pine needle wreath)
  • (1) package of floral wire (if you are making the pine needle wreath)
  • Hot glue

These projects took one afternoon to complete, not including shopping for the materials. But let’s talk about one of the most exciting parts: THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE.  Sometimes, I surprise myself at how giddy I get about going to find all the parts!

Things to know when shopping for wood:

Thing #1: Not all wood is created equal.  Make sure you inspect each board for any flaws that might either weaken your design or in this case, not match.  You can see that the distressing of the wood varied from piece to piece. I had to be choosy about what came home with me!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Thing #2: Check for warping.  Not sure what this means? Check out this good and bad example:

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays
3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

You definitely don’t want to come home with a piece of wood that is shaped like a hockey stick!  It’s hard to work with and won’t give you a great fitting frame. I hold the beam straight out in front of me to check for warping.  Pick the straightest pieces you can find. The longer the board, the higher the risk of warping. When boards get up to 12’ long, they can be a bit of a challenge to find a straight piece.  I tend to opt for the 8’ boards as a good middle ground.

You will want to have a few choice tools to begin your projects:

  • Miter Saw
  • Angle Ruler
  • Pencil

PROJECT #1:

If you’re like me, I want to feel 100% when I’m about to cut my wood so I always mark it with a pencil. This helps me know I can follow the line – even though a Miter Saw helps you do that fairly easily.  I like a good backup! I cut my pieces down into two 24” lengths and two 36” lengths. Then, I was ready to cut my angles – this is the tricky part.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Next, no surprise here - cut your wood at a 45-degree angle.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Now, put aside your scraps. We’re going to use them for our final project!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Rinse and repeat for all 4 pieces. I made my frame 24”x 36”. This means that I also measured out the length of my pieces as well as the angle of my wood. You will cut 8 angles.

After your cuts are all made, flip your pieces to the back side, and line up one 24” side with one 36” side. MAKE SURE YOU’RE MATCHING UP THE RIGHT PARTS. That shout-out was mostly a reminder to me, but just like they say in sewing, woodworking is the same, measure twice and cut once.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

If you are wanting to make sure your frame stays together, you can opt to add some wood glue into the seams. For me, I don’t like to use a glue on my frames.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Next, start screwing in your L Brackets. To make sure that it’s coming together well, I always screw in one of the outer holes and then skip over to the other side and screw in the inner hole. That’s confusing so check out this pic to help:

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

And don’t forget to double reinforce. I put two L Brackets on my frames to better secure them.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Finally, hang your wreath! I used a pine needle wreath in the middle of mine hung with red and white striped twine.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

For the wreath project in Design Space, check out: Backless Pine Needle Wreath and Frame

PROJECT #2:

Take your wood beams and cut them down to equal sizes. My sign is 30”x 30”. I measured my pieces and was able to get 3 pieces from each of my boards. Remember, draw your pencil line across your cut to help guide you!

I reinforced the back of the sign with two 1”x 4” beams that I had leftover from another project. If you don’t have any scrap wood, you’ll want to pick up a piece. Don’t get anything expensive as it’s on the back of your sign and won’t be visible. You can simply screw each cut into your mounting pieces.

Step 1 – Lay out all your pieces to get an idea of where to place your reindeer. I always like to get the painting out of the way before I start on any other areas of a project. After figuring out my arrangement, I added the stencil for my reindeer and painted Rudolph on!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Step 2 – Use a shimmer glaze after your paint dries by simply leaving your stencil in place and painting over your original white coat of paint. A shimmer glaze adds a really subtle, refined shine to your paint.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Step 3 – Use a cotton swab to help draw out any paint blotches or small pools. Be careful not to smudge it, but if you accidentally do, you can always use a piece of sandpaper to sand the paint off your wood in unwanted places.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Step 4 – Clean up the drips in the gaps. I use a folded piece of paper and then pull it along the gap to clean out any unwanted drips or globs of paint.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays
3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays
3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Here’s a quick 5-second video to show you how to do it.

Step 5 – Add your embellishments! This is the fun part. I added a red felt pom pom for Rudolph’s nose (I really like a little texture and a little 3D!). I hot glued the stars. The stars are made from Chipboard and Textured Vinyl to also give the project more depth. Finally, I tied the same twine from my wreath on the backless frame to wrap around this project at the bottom.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

If I was using as a standalone sign, I would have also added a phrase in the bottom right corner, most likely! As it was part of a collection, I didn’t need it.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Check out the project in Design Space: Reindeer Wood Sign

Project #3:

The final project is quite simple. You’ll want to dig through your scraps to select the right ones.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Look for pieces that can be cut into triangles – even if they’re taller, more slender one. I also looked for pieces that could be put together to create a triangle by trimming an angle across a larger, longer piece.

Next, I’ll sound like a broken record – draw your triangle onto your piece of wood.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Put together your scraps into tree forms. If you are gluing multiple pieces together, be sure to give them a healthy dose of wood glue.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Now, they’ll need time to dry. I hold mine in place with clamps during the drying process.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Let them dry longer than you think it will take! I hate when I try to work with them too soon and then I can’t ever get the glue to stick. If you’re impatient (ME! ME!) then pick up the fast drying glue!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Your trees are now prepped and ready for staining.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Simply cut out your stencil in vinyl – for smooth wood, I use the stencil vinyl, and for rougher surfaces, I use a black removable vinyl as the stick is a little firmer.

If you’re doing multiple things, you can reuse the stencil, but I recommend letting it dry in between each application so you don’t get smudge marks. Once again though, a little sandpaper can help you take those right off. It’s harder on textured wood surfaces because you could also take off some of your texture.

Voila! Here’s your final look!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Find this last project in Design Space too: Scrap Wood Trees

Cheers!

t

DIY Hello Kitty Treat Pails

How to Make Hello Kitty Treat Pails

October 5th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

We saw the Hello Kitty Birthday Party before. Now, let’s DIY the Treat Pails! Once again, I am a fan of the Fastest Projects in the West!

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

Click this to get to Design Space and cut out your treat pail decals.  You will need:

  • Layer 1: 1 package of Pink Holographic Vinyl
  • Layer 2: 1 package of Hello Kitty Vinyl

The only other things needed were these super cute pails that I found at Michaels.

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

For the actual party itself, I let the kids decorate their own pails.  I put out some of the decals put together as well as extra hearts for them to DIY it!  I used it as an “activity” to make the party fun and pass the party time.  (Extremely important when you are trying to entertain a number of young people at once!)

To help them, I pre-made the decals with transfer tape.

First, I added the hearts to the I HK vinyl.  I free-handed the placement.  You can always use a ruler to line it up, but for a kids party, I don’t recommend spending your time here 😊 :

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

Next, I layered the transfer tape on top of the overall decal:

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

Then, I used three tools – TrueControl Knife, Safety Ruler, XL Scraper:

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

Burnish your transfer tape with the XL scraper onto the vinyls.  Then, take your TrueControl Knife and Safety Ruler to cut up the decals into separate pieces.

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

I placed mine into a pile for the kids to use, but if you are doing it yourself in preparation:

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

1. Take your transfer tape and bend it in the middle to place it on your rounded surface. Bending it in the middle helps it adhere more consistently and centered.  If you start from one side, you’re more likely to move upwards or downwards in your placement and off-center your design.

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

2. Place your vinyl on the pail, and then peel back your transfer tape.

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

3. Voila! You can either do all of your pails or you can let the kids go crazy (and turn away when they place their designs all over the place! It’s the best part about their creativity!)

Happy Hello Kitty Birthday to you and your Birthday Person!

t

DIY Shark Head Costume

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

October 4th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Design Team Manager Dezi Moss

The scoring wheel does it again! Use your Cricut® Scoring Wheel to make this amazing shark head mask!

Materials:

DIY Poster Board Shark Head
  1. Poster board in gray
  2. Poster board in silver
  3. Cardstock in white
  4. Cardstock in black
  5. Cricut® Scoring Wheel
  6. Cricut® 12" x 12" StandardGrip Adhesive Cutting Mats
  7. Foam squares
  8. Hot Glue

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project Gentlemen Shark Costume. This project makes one amazing shark in a tuxedo costume. Click here for a PDF of digital instructions.

2: Cut the Poster Board

Load your poster board onto a mat and let your Cricut Maker do the rest!

3: Fold on Score Lines

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Fold all of the score lines on each piece of poster board. Use a ruler to help the folds stay extra straight.

4: Fold Score Lines and Assemble Shark

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Fold score lines on mouthpiece. Glue tabs together to create a mouth opening. Once you have the mouth frame glue in the teeth. Set aside.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Fold the poster board cuts that have fins. Glue fins together.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Take the back piece that has the slit, and slip over the fin. Glue in place.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Fold the piece with gills on the score lines.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Use tabs to adhere the fin piece to the piece with gills. Adhere gills to sides of fin piece.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Now you have two parts of the shark. The top and the bottom. Use the tab at the nose of the shark to glue them together. Do the same with the tabs on the sides.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Adhere the eyes to the shark.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

You are now ready for a killer shark costume for Halloween!

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Slap an Iron-on tuxedo onto a shirt, and trick or treating will be a go.

XOXO,

Dezi

DIY Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

How to Make Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

October 4th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

We saw the Hello Kitty Birthday Party before.  Now, let’s DIY the Cupcake Holders!  They’re so simple that you will be in LOVE with this fast project … and it makes your party sparkle 😊

Click here to get to Design Space and cut out your cupcake holders.  You will need:

You won’t even need any other materials or supplies for this project.

I actually used the Mat Move tool to select and move 2 of the cupcake holders onto my first mat.  This saves paper for both the actual cupcake holder and the glitter inside holder.

Here are the steps I used:

Step 1: From Your Mat Layout

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Swipe or use your mouse to move to the second mat.

Step 2: Move to the Second Mat and Select the Cupcake Holder

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Step 3: Click the Top Three Dot Circle and Select Move To Another Mat

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Step 4: It Will Highlight the Image on Your New Mat

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Step 5: Use the Directional Arrow to Swing the Image Around

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Step 6: Then Slide It to the Side so It Doesn't Overlap

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Next, let’s look at how to assemble.  It’s really quite easy, and I love this type of project.  I always start with the outside of the holder and then move to the inside.

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
  1. Find the slit
  2. Insert the tab
  3. Finish the outside holder
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Next, let’s tackle the outside.  Glitter paper is notoriously hard to bend, but you can do this!!

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
  1. Bend the glitter paper
  2. Swirl to find the slit
  3. Slide the tab through the slit
  4. Finish tucking the tab
  5. And it’s secure!

After that it’s all downhill since you simply tuck the inside into the outside.  Woot Woot! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

And voila!  Your cupcake holder is ready to go.  Rinse and repeat 11 more times 😊

It’s that easy.

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Happy Hello Kitty Birthday to you and your Birthday Person!

t

No Carve DIY Cat Pumpkin

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

October 2nd, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Design Team Manager Dezi Moss

Carving pumpkins can take so much time! I never have the patience to finish carving until the end. Vinyl is a great solution to decorate a pumpkin super cute, and fast.

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project, Cat Pumpkin. This project makes one cat pumpkin decal and cardstock ears.

2: Cut the Vinyl Pieces

Load your black and crème vinyl and let the Cricut Maker do the rest!

3: Weed

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Use one of the sharp hook Cricut® Tools Weeders to weed the excess vinyl from your cut.

4: Transfer Your Design

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Using Cricut® Transfer Tape, transfer your image onto the pumpkin. Begin by trimming a piece of transfer tape to fit your vinyl image. Stick the transfer tape over your entire image and use your scraper to burnish the tape onto the vinyl pieces.

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Peel up one corner of the transfer tape and gently pull until the tape is off the liner. Place the transfer tape and vinyl onto the pumpkin and burnish on with your scraper tool.

5: Cut the Cardstock Pieces

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Load your crème and black cardstock and cut out the cat ears.

6: Layer the Cardstock Pieces

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Adhere the crème cat ear piece on top of the black ear piece using foam squares to create depth. Then adhere the inside of the ear onto the center of the cat ear.

7: Adhere Cat Ears onto Pumpkin

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Use hot glue to adhere the cat ears onto the pumpkin.

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Now put this darling pumpkin on your front porch and enjoy Halloween!

XOXO,

Dezi

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No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin