Cuttable Wedding Ideas For The Ultimate DIY Bride

March 30, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Carreiro from Something Turquoise

Hey crafty babes! My name is Jen Carreiro and I’m the turquoise-crazed owner and maker of Something Turquoise, a wedding blog that celebrates the DIY bride. I share different types of do-it-yourself tutorials on my blog including custom projects to make with your Cricut, that are all focused around weddings and wedding events. I’m super excited to share that each month I’ll be guest blogging here, sharing some type of fun and creative wedding inspiration with you. Since spring has sprung and it’s going to be wedding season before we know it, today I’ve rounded-up my 15 favorite Cricut-able spring wedding project ideas that your guests will go nuts over!

 

Cricut vinyl

Project made by Something Turquoise.

Romantic Mr & Mrs Reception Chair Signs

Creating personalized Mr + Mrs reception chair signs is an absolute must and these are just darling! The best part is that you can make them in about 10 minutes flat in Design Space right now!

 

Mr. & Mrs. Chairs

Project made by Cricut Designer, Dezi Moss. 

Detailed Lace Plate Charger

Wow, is this an absolutely stunning paper charger or what!? That’s the type of fine cutting detail that I absolutely rely on my Cricut to create! Cut these in Design Space now for a truly show-stopping table decor element for each guest!

 

Lace charger

Easy “I Do” Wedding Shoe Stickers

This is one of my favorite project ideas because I actually made it and that’s me in the picture! On my blog Something Turquoise, I’ll show you exactly how to create custom “I Do” stickers for the bottom of your wedding shoes!

 

I do wedding stickers

Project made by Something Turquoise. 

Beautiful Watercolor Table Numbers

This print + cut project combo has my heart! This watercolor design from Natalie Malan is ready and waiting for you in Design Space - just perfect for a spring wedding!

 

Water color numbers

Project made by Natalie Malan.

Chic Spring Wedding Invitation Suite

In case you’re feeling frisky, maybe you could tackle creating your entire wedding invitation suite with your Cricut and this stunning design from Lia Griffith!

 

Wedding invite

Project made by Lia Griffith.

Hopeless Romantic Name Cards

How adorable are these name cards!? Not only are they perfect for a spring wedding but they’d be fantastic for a winery or vineyard themed event! Customize them for yourself in Design Space with just a few clicks!

 

Name cards

You Have My Heart Centerpiece Decor

I absolutely love this centerpiece idea! Cut out the saying, glue onto a stick and add to any floral centerpiece… although it would also make a fantastic wedding cake topper! Idieh Design has the cut file in Design Space just waiting for you!

 

Centerpiece

Project made by Idieh Design. 

Best Day Ever Drink Tags

I just think that these are the best darn drink tags I’ve ever seen! So cute! Personalize and cut Idieh Design’s file within Design Space now… and then be happy to know whose drink is whose throughout the night!

 

Drink tag

Project made by Idieh Design. 

Petal Patrol + Ring Security Shirts

Ok, aren’t these two just the cutest ever?? I actually have to say that because they’re my niece and nephew! Visit my blog Something Turquoise to grab these free SVG design files so that you can personalize a sweatshirt or t-shirt for the little ones that will be in your wedding!

 

Shirts

Project made by Something Turquoise. 

Spring Paper + Vellum Lantern

No candles allowed at your venue? No problem! Cut and create these paper and vellum lanterns with Lia Griffith and let battery operated tea lights shine from the inside!

 

Paper lantern

Project made by Lia Griffith. 

Glitter Iron-On Bride Tote Bag

Personalize a tote bag for all your wedding planning needs using glitter iron on and your favorite font! Get the how-to on my blog Something Turquoise!

 

Glitter Iron On Tote Bag

Project made by Something Turquoise. 

Green Ombre Watercolor Menu

Don’t forget about the food! Some would say that’s the most important part of the night… personalize this menu design from Kori Clark and then print + cut them into existence!

 

Watercolor menus

Project made by Kori Clark. 

Floral Stenciled Napkins

This stenciled napkin idea is a beautiful element of decor that can easily double as a fabulous favor for each of your guests. Cut out the design from Michelle Edgemont and then stencil onto each napkin with fabric paint. Simply fabulous!

 

Stencil napkins

Project made by Kori Clark. 

Spring Paper Flower Wedding Bouquet

And last but certainly not least, for the most hardcore of DIY brides, I would love to challenge you to create your wedding bouquet entirely out of paper using these stunning patterns from Lia Griffith!

 

Spring Bouquet

Project made by Kori Clark. 

Now that you’ve reached the end of this list, I hope you’re feeling romantic and inspired for your spring shindig! Don’t forget to share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #CricutMade and tell us what you're making in the comments below! Also, if you make one of my custom Something Turquoise projects, share it with our team using #somethingturquoisediy!

 

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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.

 

Monograms

True Monogram Letters

Letters that were designed specifically to be a monogram.

 

Monograms

Layered Monograms

Monograms that have multiple layers to give them dimension.

 

Monograms

Split Monograms

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

 

Monograms

Rounded Monograms

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

 

Monograms

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.

 

Monograms

Shaped Monograms

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

 

Monograms

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

 

How To (Easily!) DIY Your Kids Parties

March 24, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica from Every Day Party Magazine

Hi everyone! It's Jess from Everyday Party Magazine again. I am so excited to be back on the Cricut blog sharing tips and tricks that are near and dear to my heart! I love a good party, obviously, but what makes a good party? Is it the food? The games? The decor?The party favors?  I believe it's a little bit of all of them! One of the things I love about my Cricut is the ability to make anything more custom.

 

Camp Party Table

 

I cannot even begin to count the times I have been to the local party store or Target to shop for party supplies to find that there is nothing I want. Sure, I could find solid colored plates and striped straws, and, I do, but then, I make it fit my party theme. Straws flags? Easy peasy! Vinyl embellishments for the plates? You bet!  Custom shirts, invitations? Literally, your imagination is your only limit.  

My Cricut is my go to for nearly every party we have, not just because I can make invitations, food labels, and games, but because I can decorate for my party with my Cricut.  I can make rosettes, backdrops, banners, centerpieces...nearly all of it!

I decided at 9:30 one night I wanted to have a little camping party with my niece the next day. I had an adorable pink and white striped tent I knew she would love, so that was my inspiration. I opened up Cricut Design Space and got to work. In just a few hours I had tent style food tents, an adorable pennant bunting banner for the backdrop, party favor boxes, fun party signs, a custom t-shirt, and an invitation ready to go! (She's four, and doesn't believe you can go to a party without an invitation.) 

The first thing I worked on was the food tents. I made the labels print and cut on Cricut Printable Vinyl, but I kept the tents a traditional cut file. Once everything was cut and assembled, I stuck the custom food labels on the tent. This was a great way to tie the food tents into the party theme.

 

Food Tent Assembly

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The pennant bunting banner was the easiest backdrop ever! I cut out 6 scalloped edge pennants, and 12 standard triangle pennants. I threaded pink ribbon through the holes and hung them criss cross on the wall above the snack table. A simple and quick decoration with a big impact.  

 

Banner

 

I LOVE the 3-D tents in Cricut Design Space, and I knew they would be perfect party favor boxes. My niece knows a good party has to have junk food and party favors for her and her brother. So, I made two little tents and filled them with candies I had at home.  

 

Party Favor Boxes

I wanted to make our party area look a little more camp like, so I altered the camp signs in Design Space so they would be layered, and cut them out on coordinating colored card stock. Another simple design with a lot of party impact!

 

Camp Sign

Camp Signs

 

My sweet little niece loves custom shirts, and she knows Aunt Bunny can make her just about any shirt she wants. (In fact, I keep solid colored t-shirts on hand all the time so I can whip up a shirt whenever inspiration strikes...I just grab them on clearance whenever I find them) I used a little Cricut Glitter Iron On and some Lilac Iron On to make a Girls Camp shirt to mimic the invitation. I sliced the text out of the card file and added a layered tent to the design. Next, I ironed them onto a little pink shirt. This is one of my favorite things to do for the guest of honor at our parties. (It's also a great gift idea!)

 

Shirt

Finally, and I am so glad I remembered this, I made an invitation for my sweet niece. We set up the party at my husband's office so we would have to get ready to "go" to the party. She was so very excited to visit her Uncle Gus and have a little party at his office with him.  

 

Invitations

Invitations

I could have made so much more for the party if I had given myself more time to prepare...cupcake wrappers, party circles, vinyl for the drink bottles...again, my imagination and time were my only limits.  

Be sure to check out my blog for more pics of the full party! There's also a ton of great inspiration in Design Space for all sorts of parties - go check it out here

 

Succulent

Free Cut! Succulent Thank You Gift

March 17, 2017 • Contributor: Cris Stone of Kiss My Tulle

Many years ago, I was a preschool teacher and really loved it. In addition to getting to watch kids learn and grow under my influence, I also got to know the families well, too. Well enough that every time a holiday or school rolled around, I got a little something in on my desk from different parents who wanted to show me how appreciated I was. It meant a lot to me – not because the gifts were big or fancy, but because they took the time to show mw that they were thinking of me. This March, most schools are letting out for spring break and it’s the perfect time to tell your child’s teacher “Hey! I appreciate you!” with this simple DIY featuring this week’s free cut: the lacey labels cartridge.

The cartridge features any number of gorgeous designs but this simple “JOY” one struck a cord with me because I just love the happiness that word brings me.

 

Succulent Image

So why not take ten minutes and show your kid’s teacher some love with this DIY succulent thank you gift featuring this week’s free cut: the lacey labels cartridge? And be sure to take a moment to show us your creation! #CricutMade

 

Lemon Project

5 Cool Ways To Use Cardstock For Spring

March 15, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

It’s that time of year again… our clocks go forward and we’re reminded that spring is on the horizon. In fact, the first day of spring is less than a week away – March 20th! Let the countdown begin…

We love spring so much at Cricut because we start seeing pops of color return to the trees and blooming flowers. As soon as we see that color return, we’re instantly inspired to make projects that will breathe new life into our homes and relationships. There’s nothing like sprucing up your space with a pop of color or designing something fun for an upcoming party. Spring is that perfect time of year to try new things, so today, we’re going to show you some unique ways you can use cardstock.

People typically think of cardstock as a card-making material, but we decided to take it to the next level… we’re going to show you some amazing dimensional cardstock projects that will blow your socks off. And the best part, you can make these projects so easy using Cricut and Design Space!

 

Hopping Easter Bouquet

Easter Bouquet

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this springy colorful cardstock bouquet will add a fun touch to your dining room or an entry-way side table. All you need is a variety of cardstock, flower wire, and a couple other helpful tools, to make this bouquet. You can Make It Now in Design Space, which provides the full how-to!

A Romantic Rose Wall

A Romantic Rose Wall

Flowers don’t have to just come out of the ground… you can make them bloom from your wall! This wall installation, designed by Idieh Design, is the perfect paper statement to add some lovely dimension to your walls. Heidi used fishing wire to hang the flowers and the best part, the rose design is a one-cut project! All you do is roll up the paper cut and glue the bottom flap of the rose… you can find Heidi’s full instructions here. I made them too, and it’s so easy! It took me about 3-5 minutes to cut, roll, and glue one rose.

Celebrate Cake Topper

Celebrate Cake Topper

Add a little sparkle to your cakes with the adorable glitter cardstock cupcake topper by The Wedding Lady. Making cupcake toppers is so easy – all you need is cardstock, bamboo skewers, and a paint brush! And the coolest part about cutting font projects in Design Space is that we have over 400+ fonts to choose from OR you can use own (literally fonts on your computer will aggregate in Design Space… pretty crazy, huh?!). Some of my favorite fonts to use for cake toppers are Lipstick Lettering, Elegant Cake, Quarter note and Cursive 101.

Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

 Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

This cardstock lion is such a cute way to dress up your baby’s walls in a way that will seriously impress your family and friends. To be able to say you made a dimensional lion for your baby’s nursery? How cool is that? Now this project takes anywhere from 1 – 2 hours depending on your level of skill with Cricut and using cardstock… but when I tell you once you get the hang of it, these types of projects are super easy to make. Go check out this Make It Now project in Design Space here!

Heart Bottle Wrap

Heart Bottle Wrap

When spring hits and you start having friends over for backyard BBQs, serve your beverages with a little extra personal touch. This milk bottle has been reimagined by our Cricut team with a fun cardstock wrap with a heart pattern cutout. Just grab some cardstock in your favorite color, twine, adhesive, and a plain bottle to complete this project! You can Make It Now in Design Space here.

Now that we’ve shown you some of our favorite unique cardstock projects, what do you think? Can you go outside the box with cardstock this spring? Tell us in the comments or share your favorite projects via social with the hashtag #cricutmade! We can’t wait to see what you make for spring.

 

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These Creative Brides Will Amaze You

March 10, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

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

Love in Bloom: Rebecca Lewis

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

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

 

Bride

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

 

Paper Flowers

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

 

Paper Flowers

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

 

Bridesmaids

Whimsical and Wonderful: Sylvanna Krawczyk

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

 

Wedding Couple

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

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

 

Wedding Invites

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

 

Wedding Dress

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

 

Wedding Decor

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

 

Wedding

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

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

Leaf Backdrop

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.

Greenery

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

 

Greenery

Green Garland Runner

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

 

Greenery

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

 

Greenery

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

 

Greenery

Greenery Boutonnieres

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

 

Greenery

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.

Greenery

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

Greenery

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

Greenery

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

Greenery

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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Celebrating International Women’s Day & Joining the Movement

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

Photo Credit: Teacups & Things

I’ve grown up surrounded by truly amazing women. My mother was in education, and she taught me the value of education along with teaching me so many successful life skills. Whether we were canning plum jelly to hand out to people in the neighborhood or she was teaching me how to sew so I could join the 4H Club and put on a fashion show down the middle of the horse arena when I was 9, my mother was a true inspiration. The best part was that I also had a father who always encouraged me to not just get an education, but become an educated woman. He absolutely believed that I could be whatever I wanted – even President of the United States, which obviously didn’t happen. What did happen was that I grew up – surrounded by strong parents, teachers, and friends.

Now, I work with truly amazing women. From our VP of (developing amazing*) Product, Kim Kanarowski, to my partner-in-crime on product launches, the beloved Cortney Haymond. We have women peppered throughout our building who are strong, beautiful, inspiring people. They each have their own story, their own life journey. They have diverse backgrounds, and they sometimes even have similar experiences. They’re all unique and fabulous!

Also, I’m inspired by all of the amazing women in our Cricut community. We see your inspiring projects; we hear about your incredible life stories, and we are constantly in awe of what you do. I cannot express the number of times your beautiful moments have brought us tears of joy. We celebrate this throughout all of our offices. We love to hear your stories, and we love to be there for you.

In honor of all the amazing women in my life and yours, we want to celebrate International Women’s Day and #BeBoldForChange. Bold takes many steps and many forms, but at the end of the day, it takes a lot of courage. We announced Cricut’s Pretty Pillow Project, #SayItWithCricut, in January – where we are helping you learn how to work with fonts and phrases in Design Space. So far, we have made over 30 pillows. You’ll see fun phrases, inspiring phrases, hopeful phrases, determined phrases, kids’ phrases, and more! Our goal as a team is to make at least 100 pillows this year, have an amazing experience helping you learn Cricut Design Space, and give back to our local community at the end of the year.

We will be donating all of our pillows to local women’s shelters to help bring a moment of happiness to them and their children during a difficult time in their lives. We would love for you to participate with us. As a community of crafters and makers, we invite you to participate with us. Let’s make it a goal together to donate 1,000 pillows and help touch many lives at the moment that they are trying to #BeBoldForChange. 

We encourage you to get together with your friends and have a Crafternoon or a Girls’ Night In party, or stay in and use your fabulous creative skills to make pillows on your own. Make pillows or pillowcases for your own local women’s shelters. Even if it’s just 2 or 3, you can make a huge difference in a life. Together, we can be powerful and help impact 1,000 lives. Please join us and let us know what you’ve done in your community here: https://cricut.wishpond.com/pillowproject/

If you have a story to share, let us know. We welcome pictures about your fun pillow making event, stories of the impact made by your donation, and other experiences that really connected you to the women in your community. You can submit them to contest@cricut.com or post them on social media and tag us with #CricutPillows. 

I always end with a ‘Cheers’, and this has an even more powerful meaning to me today. Cheers to your creative life and the powerful impact your creativity has. Cheers to you and your families. Cheers to all the people who inspire you. Cheers to all the people who inspire me. And most importantly, Cheers to the Change that I know we are all empowered to make.

Cheers.

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

Paper Floral Treatments

Tips & Tricks for Paper Floral Treatments (& A Surprise!)

March 2, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Our amazing design team just WOWed me with two huge floral projects. They took my breath away! I asked them about all the unique methods put into making it look so beautiful, and I’m going to give you a few of their awesome techniques that I never knew were possible before!

1. Inking

Inking

By using a small sponge with an ink pad, they were able to add bigger natural bang to this flower! The ink was used on the tips of the petals as well as the center.

2. Glitter Spray

Glitter Spray

Once they put the middle of the flower together, they added some amazing sparkle! Other alternative ideas to capture this essence would be to use glitter paper, glitter dip the flower parts, or even a thicker glitter glue.

3. Rhinestones

Rhinestones

Rhinestones, pearls, or buttons – oh my! There are so many different things you can use to spice up the center.  This flower was inked and then had a rhinestone glued to the center for a slight sparkle. 

4. Painting

Painting

Paint on the paper can really add a realistic touch to your flowers.

5. High-contrast paper colors

Colors

High-contrast paper colors. Using colors that pop against each other can also make a more dramatic impact to your flowers.

After all these magical tips, I’m sure your next question is what did it turn out looking like? Tune in to HSN on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 starting at 12am ET to see the entire project live! Visit our Facebook page for additional times to tune in. 

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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