Monogram styles

Monogram Styles: What’s The Right Monogram For You?

March 29, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Monograms are a great way to personalize almost anything from a lunch box to notebook and more. The best part about monograms are the variety of styles to choose from that honestly can fit any occasion. Let’s go through the bucket list of monograms to help you find the right fit for your next project – and stay tuned while I walk you through how to make all of these in just a few easy steps over the next few weeks!

Fancy Letter Monograms

Basically, it’s a Choose Your Own Adventure to find the perfect font to use.

 

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True Monogram Letters

Letters that were designed specifically to be a monogram.

 

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Layered Monograms

Monograms that have multiple layers to give them dimension.

 

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Split Monograms

An initial with a name in the middle … what more do you need to tell the whole story?

 

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Rounded Monograms

Large center anchored letter surrounding by a first and middle/second initials.

 

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Framed Monograms

Exactly what it sounds like: a monogram surrounded by a frame – sometimes a floral, sometimes a square, sometimes a round, always lots of potential.

 

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Shaped Monograms

An initial within an image. Quite easy and definitely fun!

 

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There are some very basic monogram rules (but I’m also a firm believer in breaking rules and designing to your own personality!) that I wanted to share for those planning out the perfect monogram for the perfect project:

  1. Single letters can represent either first name (modern) or last name (traditional)
  2. There are three main ways that are represented by three initials
    • If the letters are all the same size, it represents a person’s first initial, middle initial and last initial
    • If the center letter is larger, it represents a person’s first initial, last initial (large center), and middle or maiden name initial (for married women)
    • For a married couple, the center would be larger representing their joint married name. The order is usually the bride’s first initial, the married last initial, and the groom’s first initial

Which monogram style is your favorite? Do you have any others that you want to share with everyone? Let us know below, and tune in each week to figure out how to make your favorite style in Design Space

 

Mad for March Newness

Mad for March Newness

March 22, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

We are so excited for March and everything it brings. Here in Utah, it has brought the sunshine (Goodbye snow!!!), and at Cricut at has brought some awesome new materials to cut with as well as a few other fun things.

Throwback time…

I remember back to when I was in elementary school and everyone had folders and shoes and pencils that had this iridescent quality to them. It was so popular and it was everywhere. It faded as the years have progressed, but we are bringing it back.

Introducing our newest vinyl…

 

Holographic Vinyl

 

Blue, Pink, and Opal Holographic Vinyl. Perfect for the young and young at heart. Seriously though, check out these super cute projects our designers made with the vinyl. You can find this super cool vinyl on Cricut.com HERE!

 

Holographic Projects

Foiled Again…

If you followed along with all the products Cricut released last year, you saw a lot of Foils. There was Stainless Adhesive Foil, Metallic Adhesive Foil, Matte Adhesive Foil, and Foil Iron-on. Well Cricut is adding one more to the collection, Adhesive Stainless Foil in a beautiful brilliant red.

 

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Words speak louder in color…

I don’t know about you, but I love the writing capabilities of the Explore machines. I also love to play around with different colors to give my projects just the right type of personality. That is why the new Ultimate Pen Set is perfect. It has 30 gorgeous colors for all your writing and drawing needs. You can buy this gorgeous set on Cricut.com HERE!

 

Cricut Pens

 

Speaking of writing, Cricut also released a brand-new Access font called Karley. This brush script font is so cute and fun.

 

 

Karley Font

I can’t wait to make a bunch of projects with it. I’m imagining everything in my whole house… Karley Font! Go get your Cricut Access (if you don't already have it) now to use this amazing font, and over 300+ beautiful options! 

So, I have to know, what combo of these new products are you going to be using on your next project. Tell me in the comments below and be sure keep checking back for more news and inspiration.

 

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And Our DIY Bedroom Contest Winner is …

March 1, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

Jamie Freeman from South Dakota! Jamie inspired us with her new DIY baby nursery ideas and how special she’s making this space for her and her husband’s new adopted son, Jack. When we launch inspiration programs, like we did with home décor, we’re constantly amazed by the feedback we get from our DIY community about the things they’re making and where they get their inspiration.

 

Winner!

We loved Jamie’s story so much that we thought we’d take it a step further and interview her – especially for you moms or grandmothers out there – about how she created and styled the nursery in her home.

But before your read on, look at some adorable photos from Jack’s nursery!

 

Vinyl Wall Prayer

Vinyl Wall Prayer

Wains Coated Paneling With Wood Letters

Wains Coated Paneling With Wood Letters

Adoption Sign Made With Vinyl & Scrapbook Paper Light Switch

Adoption Sign Made With Vinyl & Scrapbook Paper Light Switch

Growth Chart With Vinyl

Growth Chart With Vinyl

Jamie, you’re obviously super creative, what was your inspiration to DIY your son’s nursery?

My inspiration at first since we did not know if we would get a boy or girl was to start with a soothing color that we could use either way. I loved the look of the soft gray and I also wanted an accent wall that again could be used for a boy or girl and I had seen the wains coating used before from watching various remodeling shows and loved the look and it was simple to install. Since we were adopting Jack and needing to save money wherever possible my husband and I did most of the work. I grew up in a very crafty house as a child and still love to craft and do my own projects.

 

Did you have a particular style that you were going for? How did you find inspiration?

There wasn’t really a style at first other than choosing a color pallet that could be a boy or a girl and once we knew what the baby would be we had some general ideas of colors we would use. My husband and I both love the color green so we knew that would be one accent color that would go either way. I first started with the book shelf and used various green scrapbook pages and decorated that. Also then used those same scrapbook pages to cover the light switch plates.

After we knew that we would be adopting a boy the theme was easy. We liked the movie Monsters Inc. and my niece calls my husband (Michael) Mike Wazowski so it was of course the theme we needed to go with. And after that we added a large bedtime prayer to the wall, after watching several YouTube videos I dove in and tried it. I guess I’m not afraid to try new projects, I think I’m pretty crafty and can generally figure it out. The other projects just followed, I wanted his room to be his and have a personal touch.

 

What are your favorite materials to work with for DIY?

I love working with all crafts but working with wood seems to be my favorite, I can always find a DIY project that I can make out of wood. Then using vinyl to add an extra touch to gifts is also a fav.

Cricut has a huge portfolio of vinyl material, you can check them out here!

 

If you had any advice for a new mom DIYing a nursery, what would it be?

New advice hmm well...Take your time in deciding how you would like to decorate. We started early (almost 2 yrs. because of the wait) I also looked at several DIY pages like Pinterest and Facebook pages. I watched a lot of DIY shows to get ideas as well. Start with a small idea and build on it. I also wanted to make sure that the room could also transition into a room for him to grow in and build and change things as he grew.

Thank you so much Jamie for sharing your DIY home story with us and we wish you all the best with your new son – his nursery is so cute! Tell us in the comments if you've recently decorated a baby nursery or feel free to ask inspiration questions. We also love to see DIY pictures so feel free to tag us in your photos on Instagram – we’re constantly sharing our favorite projects. #MyCricutStory

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You’ll Never Believe These are DIY Home Projects

February 24, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

This month at Cricut has been all about home décor! We’ve had so much fun making over rooms, DIYing walls, and working with amazing home stylists. It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn at Cricut when it comes to being creative and making projects so personal. You really do get a sense of joy when you finish a project and get to display it at home – I can’t tell you how many people come over and say to me, “You made that, how can I do that?!”

Well, you can do it! Don’t ever feel afraid to harness your creative side and give your home a pop of color with vinyl walls or redo those basic pillows with a fun iron on phrase. Once you start, you’ll never stop!

To honor all the incredible home décor projects our community has made this month, we’re going to do a roundup of some of our favorites that will make you want to DIY everything ... 

The Contemporary Clock

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Photo Credit: Tatertots and Jello

This stencil clock by Tatertots and Jello has us in awe. This is actually a Make It Now project in Design Space, so if you love it, go make it right now! We absolutely love stencil projects and a lot of people don’t know you can use make stencils with Cricut and use paint, or chalk paint, or other materials to create amazing textured patterns.

A Lovely Floor

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Picture Credit: HelloSociety on Pinterest

Did you ever think you could actually pattern your floor with a stencil or vinyl? Well you can! Here is a link to Cricut’s vinyl material that you can use for something like this. You can either use an existing pattern in Cricut Design Space OR design your own! This design is super dreamy and has us already planning our next floor renovation.

Fall in Love With This Mantel

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Photo Credit: BHG.com

Who ever thought to take sheet music and make a mantel piece? We love this romantic décor so much. It’s a great use of old sheet music that you could find at an antique store or if you’re a musician and have extra sheets.

The Must Have Mustache Mug Collection

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Photo Credit: Estsy.com

Raise your hand (or tell us in the comments) if your family would LOVE these mustache mugs?! We’re raising our hands over here! These mugs are so easy to make, all you need is the base mug, go into Design Space and find different mustache patterns, and cut them on vinyl or you can do glass etching to create a super fun collection for your kitchen.

Time in A Bottle

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Photo Credit: Decoesfera.com

What an amazing way to celebrate your family heritage with this unique bottle gallery of photos. You can really mix it up by taking down those standard frames and finding unique bottles from different antique or home stores. We’ve even seen this done with wine bottles, which are super fun too. You can see a project similar to this in Design Space, where one of our home stylists created a phrase to put in a transparent lamp base. So easy to make!

A Planter Worth Hanging Around For

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Photo Credit: The Crafted Sparrow

These show-stopping planters are literally blowing our minds! You seriously have to see this tutorial that The Crafted Sparrow did using her Cricut to make these amazing planters. There is nothing like a unique hanging plant to give your home a fresh feeling. 

Cling On to This Project

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Window cling is such a fun material to work with but I feel it’s totally underutilized. We’re obsessed with this unique hexagon window cling pattern that gives this glass frame a frosty look – perfect for the transition from winter to spring. It’s simple, versatile, and you can put it in rooms like a study or living room to add some texture to the room. This is also a Make It Now project!

Spruce Up Your Furniture

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OK, this might be one of our favorite projects, when we can transform plain furniture with a fun pattern or design. This bright colored side table paired with a navy vinyl spiral pattern is such a cool method to make your furniture really stand out.

Show Your Wall You Care

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Who doesn’t love a good wall gallery? Wall galleries are the best when they’re personal to the people and things you love. This heart wall gallery piece is perfect for a baby’s room – it’s so simple and sweet. You could also use it in a rustic or farmhouse style entry way, like we have it displayed in Design Space – oh yeah, and you can make this one too!

A Unique Way to Grow Up

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Photo Credit: Design, Dining + Diapers

This aged wood growth chart might be one of the coolest, and most unique, ways we’ve seen a parent track their kid’s height! The stencil chevron stripes are so modern paired with the raw wood. Thank you Design, Dining + Diapers for showing us how to go outside the box!

Honestly, these are just some of our DIY home décor favorites … to see more, head on over to our home décor Pinterest page (you’ll be totally enamored by all the projects!). It truly amazes us how creative our Cricut community is – we’re never at a loss for inspiration or creativity! Make sure you keep sharing your projects with us using the hashtag #mycricutstory on social.

Lastly, and I know we’ve told you this multiple times but we’re just SO excited about it … don’t forget to sign-up for our home décor contest where you can get a total bedroom makeover. It’s too good to miss out on and it ends TODAY!

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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.

 

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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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Transform A Boring Wall with Vinyl

February 20, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

Have you ever stared at your walls and wondered, “I really need to paint these but it sounds like so much work!” Well that’s exactly what I thought when I moved into my apartment and felt surrounded by stark walls with no color or character. And seriously, when I tell you, I’m super creative but never really took on DIY myself, it’s the truth! You can imagine how I felt before I worked at Cricut. Having a Cricut really gives me the freedom to make designs that are personal to me. 

Enter Heidi Moore of Idieh Design, who we’ve had so much fun working with over the past two months on some amazing room renovations. In working with Heidi, I’ve learned some great tips for adding pops of color, using materials in unique ways, and importantly, finding the right designs to fit my home style.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about doing is a DIY vinyl accent wall – either a cool geometric pattern, something like this:

 

Geometric Patterns

Or a fun contemporary design like this:

 

Contemporary Wall

There’s so much you can do you, you just have to know what style you’re looking for, your priority colors, and oh yeah… a Cricut!

In December, I watched Heidi completely transform this white entry way wall with some of her signature patterns and I was completely in awe. Let me show you how she did it …

Step 1: Measure Your Wall

The wall we were working with was roughly 8 ft. x 3 ft.

 

Step 2: Decide Your Pattern

Heidi designs with a lot of polka dots and hearts, which was perfect for the room we were making over, and what I love about the pattern she chose is that while it’s young at heart, I felt it had a modern touch too.

 

Step 3: Design It In Design Space

Heidi opened up Design Space and used her signature heart and a circle shapes to cut around 50 pieces for the wall (that was our estimate to make sure we had enough space but also covered the wall). Heidi’s project (Hidden Hearts Wall Art) is actually a Make It Now project in Design Space, so it’s really easy to click, cut, and apply! Before you cut, make sure your Cricut dial is turned to vinyl, or whatever material you’re using.

 

TIP: Cut out a couple extra pieces when designing larger installation pieces because if you make a mistake you’ll have extra to work with on your surface. 

 

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Step 4: Decide On Your Materials & Cut

In this case, Heidi decided to use Cricut metallic adhesive foil for the polka dots and multi-color glitter vinyl for the hearts. She loaded in the mats to Cricut and cut all the shapes out … it probably took us about 20 minutes to cut 50 shapes.

 

Step 5: Apply To The Wall

As you can tell, Heidi is a total pro at this … she had to use a ladder to apply shapes at the top of the wall but overall, it probably took her about 30 minutes to finish the design on the full wall.

 

Heidi Applying Vinyl

Step 6: Step Back & Fall In Love!

Check out how amazing this wall turned out …

 

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After watching Heidi master this wall from a design perspective, I knew I had to do it in my own home! The nice thing too is like me, if you rent or you’re just indecisive with style (aka super trendy, also like me), you can just peel off the design and start over. No messy paint, tape, or paint brushes needed to make your wall truly stand out.

So what do you all think? Is this something you think you could do? Well the nice thing is you don’t have to do it alone, remember you can sign-up for our massive home décor contest and get a personal style session with Heidi! This is the last week so don’t forget to enter.

Stay tuned because I’ll be posting what my finished wall looks like in the next month.

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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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Making the Perfect Dresser Vinyl Accent

January 31, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo of Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Hi There! I’m Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Design Company. I am so excited to be a part of the collaboration with Cricut and Hayneedle and to share with you how I contributed to transforming the space into a dreamy and fun bedroom!

Today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about how I embellished the Hayneedle wood dresser. I worked on coming up with a design that would work with the rustic industrial style, and would also enhance the awesome dresser from Hayneedle.

 

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I knew I wanted to do something that had a faux inlay feel, which I always think feels expensive. It reminds me of custom handmade, artisan furniture. When I found the vine pattern in Cricut Design Space (literally you can click in the image bank to find thousands of pre-made images), I knew it would work out perfectly. I used the silver vinyl, a 12” x 24” cutting mat, scissors, and the weeder tool. That’s literally all you need!  

 

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I decided on using the silver vinyl because I thought that would work the best for the look we were going for, though I think gold foil, bronze or even copper foil would be beautiful as well. Cricut has an amazing array of metallic adhesive foils that are absolutely gorgeous. This is such an easy project to add such a beautiful detail.

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I started by measuring the edge of the dresser, and decided to make the inlay about an inch wide. After I had the size I wanted, I cut the pattern to my size on the Cricut Explore Air 2 using a 12” x 24” mat. I then used the weeder tool to remove the excess vinyl from around the edges.

I did find it works better to pull the excess vinyl away carefully. I went a little too fast and ended up slightly ripping a few vines.

 

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As you can tell, working with shoes on is optional. :)

I measured and drew a line in the direct center, around the dresser, to make sure I placed my vine as straight as possible.

At the edges, I trimmed and matched them up. I decided to keep my vines and leaves going in the same direction as I moved around the dresser.

The finished project ended up looking amazing! I think it really adds a nice, creative touch and highlights the beautiful wood. And the best thing about using vinyl on furniture is if you decide you want to change your room design, no problem, just peel it off!

 

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It was such an amazing experience, and the room is just beautiful and dreamy! Now is your chance to make your own space.

Make sure you enter here for more home decor inspiration, and a chance to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle, a $2,000 shopping spree on hayneedle.com, plus a consult with a room stylist (me!) to pull it all together!!

Leave a comment and let us know what you think and if you LOVE this project, make sure to share it with a friend! 

 

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Creative Spotlight: Kim Byers of Celebration Shoppe

January 26, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Kim Byers of Celebration Shoppe is one of those bloggers who always has the perfect project at the right time. Not only is she an inspiring maker, blogger, stylist, wife and mom, but she also finds time to design incredible Cricut cartridges and best-selling images. We’ve featured her here before (see that blog post) because she’s just that fabulous, but we wanted to check in again to see what she’s working on now. And, of course, she had some amazingly perfect project ideas ready to share with us for a jump-start on Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-5) or anytime the mid-school-year crunch hits!

We’re curious about the journey of your blog. How did you get started on it, and what have you learned along the way about keeping it current with fabulous ideas?

I started my second career, designing paper goods, about eight years ago. As part of that process, my social media and blogging career was born. It was the best way to promote my designs in the marketplace. Since then, I’ve since fallen in love with blogging and with my readers. Blogging can be very personal and having great friends to take along on that journey is key. As for inspiration and keeping my articles current, I do watch the industry trends. However, I watch what is being discussed, liked and shared in my communities of paper goods, party and food even more. Those places are where you find the “next” industry trend. Those are the projects and ideas that real people are commenting on and reacting to.

We’re thrilled to be focusing on one of your DIY teacher gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week. Do you have a favorite teacher who made an impact on who you are today?

I had many amazing teachers growing up, and each influenced me in their own way to work hard and dream big for all the things I want out of life. Honestly though, it is my sons’ teachers and the teachers I’ve become friends with as an adult that make me want to go that extra mile throughout the school year. In addition to all the boys’ teachers, I have five friends who teach various ages and each has shared heartfelt stories about the day-to-day struggles and triumphs they encounter in the classroom. Teaching is a difficult career, one that requires a lot of passion, love and hard work. If I can do something small throughout the school year, not just during Teacher Appreciation Week, to encourage them, then I want to do that for them. The crafts in my Rule the School cartridge are easily personalized, too. There’s nothing like personalization to make someone feel extra special.

 

Kim Byers Project Image

This personalized tote bag designed by Kim is sweet enough to be used inside or out of the classroom. Filled with thoughtful treats, it’s an A+ gift for every deserving instructor. Find out how to make it here

We’re always intrigued about the inspiration behind a project like the one above. Can you tell us how it came about?

I noticed that my youngest son’s teacher was in need of a new tote so I used the apple and apple core designs in my Rule the School cartridge to make her a personalized glitter iron-on tote. I filled it with little bits of encouragement like the large red candies, coffee mug, post-it notes and a few other goodies.

What do you appreciate most about using a Cricut for a project like this?

My Cricut allowed me to take a seemingly ordinary gift--a bag of candy and a tote--and make it special and thoughtful. In just minutes, I was able to add my son’s teacher’s name to fabric and paper with one machine and a printer. The tote was only $4 and with less than a fourth of a roll of glitter and white iron-on, I made the tote for about $8. Buying a personalized tote would have cost me at least $20. I was then able to personalize and craft the other items in the tote as well. The entire project didn’t’ take long, and his teacher was so grateful for the thought and work that went into it.

What do you appreciate most about using a Cricut for a project like this?

My Cricut allowed me to take a seemingly ordinary gift--a bag of candy and a tote--and make it special and thoughtful. In just minutes, I was able to add my son’s teacher’s name to fabric and paper with one machine and a printer. The tote was only $4 and with less than a fourth of a roll of glitter and white iron-on, I made the tote for about $8. Buying a personalized tote would have cost me at least $20. I was then able to personalize and craft the other items in the tote as well. The entire project didn’t’ take long, and his teacher was so grateful for the thought and work that went into it.

Check out a few more projects that use Kim’s Rule the School cartridge….

This easy Print Then Cut tag can be used on nearly any kind of goodie and is extra fun because it’s personalized. Find it on Kim’s blog.

 

Kim Byers Project Image

Of course, we can’t forget the kids! This personalized DIY backpack is created with printable fabric. Discover how to make one for your favorite student here on Kim’s blog.

 

Kim Byers Project Image

Check out some of our other favorite school projects from Kim in Design Space here

What other projects are you working on now?

Right now, I’m designing some fun projects for Valentine’s Day. I love a great pun and it’s the perfect holiday for it! This year I’m designing some die-cut cards that should make the kids smile. In the old days, I would be cutting or punching out shapes for hours. Now, I can just load my designs to my Cricut Explore Air 2 and cut, or Print Then Cut, my designs in minutes!

Thanks, Kim! We love how easy you’ve made it to personalize items for the unique people in our lives. We can’t wait to see what you design next!

Check out Kim’s blog at blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com. Have you found happiness at the Celebration Shoppe? Show us by sharing on social #CricutMade!

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Your Guide to The Ultimate DIY Teen Room

January 23, 2017 • Contributor: Heidi Moore of Idieh Design

Is your teen's room in need of a makeover? We've got some stunning inspiration for you! We came together with stylist Heidi Moore, of Idieh Design, J-14 Decorate Magazine, and hayneedle.com to makeover the room of teen actress, Jenna Ortega. To see the full makeover story from Jenna's perspective, head over to J-14 Magazine, or pick up J-14 Decorate Magazine in stores... you'll see some amazing Cricut DIY projects that will be available on Design Space this week! 

Heidi, the brains behind the contemporary DIY room design, came up with the concept, color palette, and furniture arrangement to transition Jenna and her sister Aliyah's childhood bedroom into a more modern and grown-up space for the girls. We are so inspired by Heidi's versatile designs, which is why we sat down with her so she can share more on her inspiration, motivation, and vision when it comes to creating home décor. 

What was your first reaction when you heard you’d be designing for a teenager’s space?

Honestly, a little nervous, but also very excited! My teen years are long gone and I knew I had to find a way to tap into what it’s like to be a teen again. My first step was checking out Jenna’s personal style on social media. After a quick glimpse, I quickly realized she was a mini me in terms of style. She can rock any style of hats (ME TOO!), she’s a fan of black and white (classic & chic!), and she has a little quirk mixed in with pure adorableness. I immediately felt at ease as I knew it would be a breeze to connect with Jenna’s style as it, in many ways, was a reflection of my own.

Talk us through your style profile and how that translated to this room.

Jenna is a teenager with a heart of gold, lots of style, and charisma beyond her years, so I knew I wanted to add a ton of spirit & energy to the room to match her bubbly personality. Also, I remember how during this stage of my life, I was searching for my identity, my confidence & the idea of self-love and it was really important to me that Jenna & Aliyah’s room be a place where the girls feel empowered and beautiful in their own skin. Therefore, it was high priority to sprinkle affirmations throughout the room such as "Messy Hair, Don't Care" and "Hello, gorgeous!" to remind them just how unique & adored they are. And, because they are in their early teen years, I wanted to challenge myself to find a way to design & create a space that could grow and transform with them. I did this by focusing on a sophisticated design foundation & then added touches of whimsical and fun to still keep the room feeling young at heart.

Hello Gorgeous

What is your method for inspiration when it comes to color and design?

At my core, I adore a black and white combo with pops of color and I’m always up for ways to mix patterns & textures to add depth and dimension. For this particular design, the focal point for inspiration came from the gorgeous rug from hayneedle.com. I instantly fell in love with the colors & textures of the rug and that jump started my design direction. I also thought about what teen girls like to do in their room and that’s what inspired the reading nook with the bean bag & the vanity for getting ready.

 

Check out the super cool style board Heidi made for the room before it was executed:

Idieh Design Style Board

What was your favorite Cricut DIY project in this room? 

Hmmm ... I’ll have to go with the wall decal of “Messy Hair, Don’t Care.” I’m a huge fan of hats and when I came up with idea, I knew I would have to implement it in my own bedroom. (And, I loved being able to add a little surprise for Jenna by leaving one of my signature Heart Black Hats in the display before the big reveal.) I love how it’s not only visually funky & artistic, but also very functional. Is it just me or does anyone else struggle with keeping all those hats in order?!

Messy Hair Don't Care Image

What was the coolest Cricut hack you learned when executing the design? 

Most definitely the use of Heat N’ Bond to convert some amazing fabrics into pieces that could then be easily attached to surfaces with just the touch of an iron. I’m always of fan of mixing patterns and textures and the Heat N’ Bond allowed me to transform a basic duvet into a work of art. I simply ironed the Heat N’ Bond to each of the shapes the came together to create the heart duvet and then ironed them onto the comforter. The Heat N’ Bond made it possible to quickly attach the unconventional materials and turn them into some funky room decor (& art!) by only using some heat ... and some patience.

Duvet Image

Tell us which Cricut material is your favorite to create with? 

Oooo ... this is such a tough one as there are so many favorites. I’m quick to find ways to utilize the vinyl as I love the versatility of it and that it’s only temporary, making it easy to switch out if your mood or style changes. I used vinyl for the “Messy Hair, Don’t Care” wall decal, the Hidden Heart wall installation and the “Hello, gorgeous” mirror decal. A close second would have to be the adhesive foil. It has such a sophistication and high-end feel to it that allows you to take a basic form and elevate it to become a statement piece. I used the gold foil to transform a basic black lamp shade into a geometric focal point of the room.

What was your biggest challenge in designing this space?

I learned A LOT. I think the biggest challenge was not being able to see the room until showing up a few days before the shoot. Let’s just say, Tim Gunn’s saying of “Make it work!” was the motto of the weekend. When designing a space there are so many factors to consider: materials, dimensions, spacial relations, shelves that can’t be removed but you didn’t know that until you arrived. You get the point. But, that’s what makes design & style so exciting and worthwhile. It’s through these unexpected limitations and obstacles that emerge your best & most creative ideas! (Not to mention, with the ease & versatility of a Cricut, it made it a breeze to make these changes on the spot and whip up a new idea, if needed.)

If you could give design advice to a parent looking to redesign their teenager's room what would it be?  

As I did with Jenna’s room, I think it’s important to think about how the room can transform with your daughter as she goes through such a life-changing stage in her life. Teen girls’ interests and hobbies change so much during those adolescent years and by focusing on a classic and timeless foundation (color of the walls, furniture, bed frame), it allows the design of the space to naturally transform with their style without having to completely redo their room every few years.

 

Another Room Image

I think we can all agree Heidi did an incredible job designing this contemporary teen room. The color palette alone has us with major hearts in our eyes! For more room inspiration from Heidi, make sure to check out our new Cricut home decor page and you might get a chance to win a style session with her ... along with your own Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle, and a shopping spree up to $2,000 on hayneedle.com! You can re-design your teen's room or give your room a new style. So what are you waiting for?! Make sure to sign-up!