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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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! 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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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10 Unique Ideas To Incorporate Greenery Into Your Wedding

March 9, 2017 • Contributor: Michelle Edgemont

Hi! I’m Michelle Edgemont, an event designer and florist based in Brooklyn, NY. My company specializes in unconventional, interesting, bold decor that compliments the venue and speaks to each couple’s personality and aesthetic. I love using interesting materials to create eye popping installations at events. With my Cricut, it’s so easy to create a bold backdrop using simple cardstock and a little imagination.

I designed a contemporary paper leaf backdrop DIY project over on my blog using the brand new Cricut Air 2. The greenery theme sprouted from Pantone’s color of the year, called Greenery. Instead of using traditional blooms, florists have been experimenting with using bold leaves, garlands, and potted plants to decorate weddings in 2017.

Along with the DIY Leaf Backdrop on my blog, here are ten ideas to incorporate the greenery trend into your wedding day decor.

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Big Leaf Centerpieces

A few large, impactful leaves in tall clear hurricane is a beautiful, modern way to fill a large space with limited resources. Photographer: Carrie Patterson Photography

 

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Green Garland Runner

For narrow tables, a pretty garland of fresh greens can decorate without taking up too much space. Photographer: Tim Ryan Smith

 

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Greenery Bouquet

Using only two types of plants in this bouquet, Lily of the Valley and greens, let’s the bride’s dress shine while giving her a beautiful nosegay to carry on her wedding day. Photographer: Brian Dorsey Studios

 

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Plants As Decor

Store bought fern plants in modern planters can decorate small spots at your wedding that need a little life. The bathrooms, corners of the bar, and the dessert table are good spots for these cute ferns. Photographer: Nicole Geralut

 

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Greenery Boutonnieres

Lovely olive branches make contemporary pin on boutonnieres that will look great through the last dance. Photographer: Jen Huang

 

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Greenery Hair Crown

Keep the greenery trend going right up to the top of your head with a dainty hair crown made of whimsical greens. Photography: When He Found Her.

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Greenery Wall

A living wall, made of ferns, moss, and succulents, would look great behind a cake table or in a large scale behind the spot you get married. Photographer: Sargeant Photography

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Greenery Chuppah

A basic chuppah frame, covered in smilax, is a contemporary way to bring the greenery trend into your Jewish ceremony. Photographer: Charla Storey Photography

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Greenery Cake

A basic white cake can be made formal by adding a few sprigs of greenery and white flowers to match the buttercream frosting. Photographer: This Modern Romance

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Escort Cards with Greens

Pinned onto moss boards, decorated with ferns, and printed in a pretty font, these escort cards are a lovely way to give our guests a taste of the decor that’s to come in the reception space.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Tips & Tricks: Using Cricut Metallic Iron-on

January 10, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Meagan Patterson

Metallic iron-on can be really tricky to use and nothing is more frustrating than having your perfectly designed project ruined as you carefully peel away that protective plastic! So I am here to walk you through the tricks that I use to avoid that wrinkled look.
First you’ll choose the project you’d like to create. I chose the Lord and Lady pillows used at a Victorian inspired wedding reception. You can find this amazing design on Design Space HERE!

Next, be sure that you lay the SHINY side down of your Cricut Metallic Iron-on (I used it in Espresso). 

Once your design is cut it’s time to remove all the excess iron-on. Sometimes, separating the two layers at the corner can be tricky so I opt for using my Cricut Weeding Tool to puncture the top layer and then pull up the corner to start the process of weeding.

TIP: Feel free to be as rough as you’d like as you remove the iron-on! It’s pretty hardy stuff and is a great way to get out any of that pent up energy.

Intricate projects can be a little confusing on what part of the design needs to stay and what part needs to go so I have a process that I use. It goes like this: Out. In. Out. Another way to remember is Remove. Keep. Remove. You just repeat this process until your entire project is weeded!

The prep is probably one of the most important steps.  Heat up your iron to the “wool” setting or if your iron is labeled with numbers instead of textiles I use the setting in-between 4 and 5. You then need to heat the area where the iron-on design will be placed.

When the design is correctly situated, lay your press cloth over and begin pressing. AVOID moving iron back and forth or in a circular motion. Simply press and hold iron in one spot for around 20 seconds, lift iron and move on to the next area. Repeat this process until entire image is pressed.

TIP: It is also a good idea to flip the project over and heat the area from the back. I feel that this helps the iron-on to last longer.

After the entire area has cooled COMPLETELY, test a corner to make sure the iron-on has adhered properly. If it starts to lift with the plastic, replace and return to previous steps until you are able to easily lift the plastic from your project.

Patience really pays off when it comes to using metallic iron-on. Not only will your projects look professionally done but also you will feel proud of the creation you produced! Now go make it and tell us what you think of this tutorial in the comments! 

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Your Debut as Two: Save the Date Cards!

It’s official: you found the one. Now tell the world about your big day with the perfect Save the Date card. Whether the two of you are glam jetsetters, homey lovebirds, do-it-yourselfers, or somewhere in between, your Save the Dates should be a reflection of your romance. It’s also unsaid but true that the more personal and eye-catching these little notices are, the more your nearest and dearest will be marking your wedding on their calendars as the must-attend event of the year! So, dazzle. Beguile. Flirt. Be formal. Cricut has templates for every true love story.