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.

 

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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.  

 

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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!)

 

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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

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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

 

Gum Ball Party Favor Tag

February 17, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica from Every Day Party Magazine

Gum Ball Party Favor Tag. Hi everyone, I'm Jess from Everyday Party Magazine!  I am thrilled to be here today. I blog about parties, party DIY's, and recipes. I love sharing ways to host an amazing party, while staying on a budget. One of my favorite party tools is my Cricut Explore Air 2. I use it at least once a week. It is truly an invaluable tool.

 

Gum Ball Picture

One of my boys just turned 13, and he's too cool for a real party, but, he, like me, believes any celebration requires a party favor. This boy also has a sweet tooth a mile long, and was crazy excited to text me a picture of the mini gum ball machines he saw at Cracker Barrel while skiing recently. I knew they would be great favors for his 13th birthday celebration. I ran to my local Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and grabbed a few mini gum ball machines, and let them sit on my desk for weeks ... Until I saw the Wrap It Up Cartridge fro Cricut. There is an adorable gum ball machine cut file, and I knew it would be perfect for the mini gum ball machines.

I sized the cut file down and changed the colors so it would fit the party favors. I also added some text to the gum ball machine globe.  My son hated the text, so his just say, From Caden. Either way, it's a perfect place for text.

 

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The kids all helped add the tiny paper gum balls to the tag, and even though it was a little labor intensive, it wasn't difficult to make a dozen of them!

I separated each tag into a pile, and assembled one at a time, I found that this helped reduce losing pieces. I layered the red on top of the white, then the silver and the black on top of the red. Once that was done, I passed it off to one of the boys to add gum balls. We used my Tombow tape runner, but you could use a glue stick or even a Xyron machine.

I punched a tiny hole in the top to add baker's twine and tie it onto the mini gum ball machine. (I could have made this hole with my Cricut, but, honestly, I didn't think about it.)

 

Gum Ball Supplies

Finally, I tied the tags onto the tiny gum ball machines with baker's twine. I think they are absolutely adorable! I hope you enjoy. Here is the cut file so you can make it fast on Cricut Design Space. 

 

Gum Ball Supplies

Quick Card Making Tips & Tricks

February 10, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

So you need a quick card, but you have some quick questions … I have received several questions lately on card making. What are the two biggest obstacles you ask?
  1. How do I work with the scoring tool?
  2. How do I use fonts with writing styles?

If either of these questions have crossed your mind, even for a moment, keep on reading (even if they haven’t crossed your mind you should keep going, this is good stuff, if I do say so myself. Also there are pictures, just saying).

First order of business is picking the card you want to make. Whether it is from our awesome “Make it Now” project collection, or one you are starting from scrap, there are a few things you will want to know.

Most cards have fold lines, if the card you’re making has one you will need a scoring stylus. It looks like this…

 

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Today I have chosen a “Make it Now” card project to work with. However, I am going to customize it to fit my personality a bit more.

 

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This card has four score lines (folds) in it, which I love because it sets it apart from the bi-fold cards outs there. Another thing I love about this card it that it combines cutting and writing/drawing. Once I have hit the customize button I can start to get creative.

The first thing I want to do is change the phrase. While I like this phrase, I want something a little curlier to match the fun embellishments on the sides of the card.

 

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I will need to detach the writing layer from the heart in order to change the font.

 

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Once I have done that I am going to delete the text and create a new text box. Now I can write whatever saying I want. After I have written out my phase, I am going to click on the edit tab and choose a font. Now because I want this to be written instead of cut, I am going to want pick a font that has an associated writing style. I can do that by clicking the first drop down menu and clicking “Has a Writing Style.”

 

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All you have to do now is pick the font you like the best. If you read my last post about fonts you will know that I have a lot of favorites, today I think I will use one called P.S. Post Script.

 

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You will notice that the letters aren’t connected at this point. If you would like to connect them, there are two different ways. First, in the edit tab there is a place for “Line Spacing” and “Letter Spacing.” I think that I will use both.  By decreasing both the line space and the letter space, I am able to get the letters and words exactly where I want them.

 

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Want to know your second option? Of course you do!!! *In my announcer voice* “Okay, lets show our viewers at home what is behind door #2 ...”

 

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“It’s the ‘Isolate letters’ button!” By isolating the letters, you can move them independently of each other to achieve the look you desire.

WARNING

Once you isolate the letters you cannot, I repeat, cannot change the font. I often make a duplicate of my phrase or word before doing this, just in case I change mind my mind (it happens a lot okay!).

After you have them in your desired configuration, draw a square around them with your mouse (or finger if you are on the app) and attach or weld them to one another (we will go over the difference of these two in another post, stay tuned).

Make sure you reattach your phrase to your card, or else it won’t write where you want it to. Now just hit the go button and head to the cut screen. The biggest piece of advice I can give you (and this goes for more than just cards) is to follow the prompts on your screen. They will tell you when you need a scoring stylus and when you will need a pen. They both go in the same spot (clamp A, the one that doesn’t have a blade) so you will only use one at a time.

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I have another tip for you. Remember that first picture I showed you of the scoring stylus (it’s okay, you can scroll back up and look at it)? Did you see the arrow (you can go look at it again)? Well, when you put the scoring stylus or the pen for that matter into the clamp, if you don’t see that arrow disappear, then you don’t have it in all the way. For those of you with scoring stylus and pen frustrations you may want to try this ...

 

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Hold up the clamp with your finger as you push the Stylus or Pen into place. This will help you to feel when it has clicked in correctly. From there just cut, assemble, and give to someone you love!

Did this post answer some of your questions? It did? Let me know in the comments below. You still have more? Well don’t hesitate to ask, just do so in the comments section. Hugs and high fives all around!

 

Hot Trend This February, Spreading the Love!

February 9, 2017 • Contributor: Andrea Greco

Ok. Before I even begin this post, I just want to say that to me, this blog is like a party. We keep the conversation light and it is considered poor form to discuss religion or politics. That being said, I don't think I'm alone in feeling like things have been a little bit tense in our world lately. A middle child by birth, I am naturally uncomfortable when all sides are not getting along. My inner peacemaker wants to have a bonfire at the beach and re-create a 70's Coca-Cola commercial. I'd like to buy the world a Coke. Even if I could afford to, I’d be too scared to even do THAT because what if people wanted Diet? Or Coke Zero? Or Pepsi? What can I do? If you're feeling at all like I am, we've landed in a good month: February.

February traditionally has been given to Valentine's Day and Presidents. By the way, can we just take a second to talk about how there used to be two holidays around the presidents? We used to get a day off for Lincoln’s birthday and a day off for Washington’s birthday. It was a magical four-day weekend flanked by two four-day school weeks. Now we just have “President’s Day.” Who’s great idea was THAT?! What a rip off! But, I digress. Anyway, back to February and Valentine's Day. Some people equate Valentine’s Day with romance and having a boyfriend/ girlfriend/ husband/ wife or the absence of those significant others.

I think of Valentine’s as more of a day of love and friendship. And, considering how things have been lately, I think we should deem it a whole month of SHOWING love and friendship, even if we don’t always agree. I’ve comprised a list of my favorite NICE THINGS you can do for your family, friends, neighbors and complete strangers. I know. This sounds really Mary Poppins of me. How is a list of Valentine’s ideas going to fix things? Well, it’s not. But, doing nice things for others may make life a little more pleasant during unpleasant times. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I get such intense delight when I surprise people with random stuff. Try these Nice Things! They may make YOU happy!

Nice Thing #1: “Heart-Felt” Pin

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Cut hearts out of felt and pin to anyone that needs a Valentine pin! Of course, I used my Cricut for this one! Lay felt on a strong grip mat. With the cut setting on “Fabric,” I used the free-cut heart shape and cut a series of 2” hearts. Attach to a friend, loved one or someone who in need of Valentine adornment. I “felt” my dog was in need. She disagreed.

 

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Nice Thing #2: Paper Valentines at Work

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Remember giving valentines to everyone in the class? Why don't we do that anymore???? Pass out candy and cards at work. C’mon – it’s fun!

Nice Thing #3: Crazy Valentine’s Wreath

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Make a crazy wreath and hang it on your neighbor’s door! I found this glittery wreath at my local dollar store. I added a goofy plastic dinosaur and a little heart note and put it on my neighbor’s door last year. It isn’t going to win any design awards and borders on tacky, but it is wacky and childish and fun – award winning in my book!

Nice Thing #4: Green Valentine

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Plant a succulent or mini plant in a recycled tin can and wrap with decorative paper. Give to a teacher, friend or anyone who you think needs a little nature in their life.

Nice Thing #5: Pay it Forward

Pay for the person in FRONT of you at the coffee shop. It’s a nice thing to do AND a much easier transaction than paying the person behind you. You know the total financial commitment going in (keep an open ear at the cashier) AND the person has already ordered, so they can’t refuse you.

 

Nice Thing #6: Give Thanks!

Thank the bus driver, train conductor, public servant or person of your choice. I try to remember to thank the bus driver. I don’t think people appreciate a good bus driver. Try to thank a person of service if you think of it. They may have a job for which they are paid, but it is always nice to feel appreciated.

 

Nice Thing #7: Give a Buck!

Leave one more dollar as a tip. I waited tables for a long time when I moved to New York. It always made my day when a customer would tip a little extra.

 

Nice Thing #8: Post It!

Put an “I Love You” Post it in your significant other’s wallet. I do this for my boyfriend once in a while. I know it makes him happy.

 

Nice Thing #9: Mail A Card to Your Mom! 

Mail a Valentine to your parents, grandparents and/or older relatives.  You may already do this. If you do, GREAT! If you don’t, it will be a lovely surprise for them. You may get a reaction, you may not. But, I’ve noticed as people age, they are often very moved by the thought behind the gesture of a card.

 

Nice Thing #10: Don’t Forget YOU!

Look in the mirror and say “Hey! You’re great! I love you!”

How often are you doing that? I’m definitely not doing it enough. It sounds arrogant, but you SHOULD love you! You ARE great! Now give yourself a hug!

I want to wrap this up by saying that these Nice Things are mere suggestions. I’m not telling you that you SHOULD be doing all or any of these things. I gave you a big list so you’d have things from which to choose. I also don’t want to give the impression that I am running around New York paying for everyone and pinning hearts on strangers 365 days a year. I am polite throughout my day, but honestly, I spend a large portion of my existence hiding behind giant sunglasses listening to music and trying to drift anonymously from place to place. Well, enough with anonymity! This month, I’m going to make an honest effort to remove my Jackie-O’s, turn off my music and do some Nice Things! Are you with me?!

#SayItWithCricut For Valentine’s With One-Cut Phrases

February 8, 2017 • Contributor: Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

I’m back and ready to help you discover more fabulous things in Cricut Design Space! This week, let’s talk about how to uncomplicated images for a quick cut and complete project. We’re here to dissect the difference between a multi-layered image and a single layer image – and hey! What does this mean anyway?? What is a layer on an image? And how do I work with it?

For me, layered images were a little (ok maybe a LOT) tricky at first. I love to make things, and I love to make things frequently. BUT I need to make simple things. With limited time (like all of us!), I would either A) never get around to making anything or B) have hundreds of incomplete projects lying around until I found that elusive moment to finish. I think it’s safe to say that the several “mid-projects” I already have in my work room is enough.

A layered image is one that has multiple parts. The layers all fit together to give more depth and color variety to an image to really make it stand out. Sometimes, this is really beneficial for projects, and other times, a single part of the image can be used for great impact, which means you might find a perfect image for your project, but only want to use one part of it.

Let’s tackle single images quickly. When I first started using a Cricut, I only searched for images that were single layer. I recommend that for newbies for sure! Sometimes the layers get a little complicated to put together. To find single layer images, we’re going straight back to the filter again. YAY FOR FILTERS!

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Once my “Single Layer” filter has been selected, I can search for “Valentine” or whatever I might be trying to find at the moment.

 

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It’ll make for a quick cut and a fast project. This year, I wanted to tell my Valentine that I thought he was AWESOME. So, I searched for the word “Awesome” in the search bar. I gave you a sneak peek earlier in the year on that pillow.

 

You're Awesome Pillow

Would you believe it if I told that it came from a 3-layered image? Well, here it is.

 

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Getting from a triple layer image to a single layer was as easy as 4 clicks! All I did was delete the two other layers and narrow it down to just one layer.  It’s that simple. Something that originally seemed a little difficult to line up and piece together, can actually be fast and still make a really AWESOME (hehe) project! 

In the Layers panel, click on the layer that you want to delete and then click the trash can at the bottom. Quick and easy! Removing layers is the fastest way to get a quick cut image out of something more complicated. 

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I decided to make all my Valentine’s AWESOME pillows this year so I narrowed my “Awesome” search down to Single Layers and found these others too!

 

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Tell us in the comments what you’re making for your Valentine’s Day whether you’re celebrating with a special someone, having a Galentine’s Day, or on all the special people in your life. Cheers! - T 

 

Top 10 Ways to Say “DIY Love You”

February 2, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Social Media Specialist Shelby Jones

V-Day is fast approaching and the pressure is on to send the perfect message to your loved ones to show them you love them … but not in just the typical chocolates and roses kind of way. We’ve got our top 10 favorite ways to say “DIY Love You” … just go with it guys it’s Valentine’s Day so of course we had to be super cheese!

Besides the fact that it’s totally adorable – this banner is perfect for a subtle touch of lovey dovey without trying too hard!

 

Sheet Music Heart Garland by Bespoke Decor.

Sometimes the best nights are the cozy nights in! Stay in, get those pj’s on and have a movie night for two!

 

 

Movie Night Ticket by The TomKat Studio. Make it in Design Space!

Please cue the heart eye emojis! Is this clutch not perfect for your hot date night?! Show the world your taken! Or if you're looking to celebrate with the gals, they've got a super cute #single pouch too! 

 

#Taken Pouch by Oleander and Palm.

Nails deserve love too!  Don’t forget to give yourself a fresh mani! Betcha never thought to use vinyl on your nails - this is nail art at its finest!

 

V-Day Nail Art by JGoode Designs. Make it in Design Space!

#Mantlepiecegoals – seriously we could just stare all day! Part of the fun of Valentine’s Day is filling your home with pinks, reds, chocolate, and of course heart everythings!

 

V-Day mantle project by Crafting Chicks.

This has to be our favorite Valentine we have EVER seen! Take your gal pals out to lunch and gift them what is soon to be their favorite card they have ever received.

 

Vintage Pin-up Girl Card by Rob & Bob. Make it in Design Space!

Send your littles off with a kiss, a hug, and the cutest handmade tees you ever did see! ... we might need twinner shirts for our self as well!

 

Modern kids V-Day shirts by Lemon Thistle.

Search no more for the perfect Valentine’s for your kids to give to their friends! We love a classic punny Valentine and these are perfect!

 

Owl V-Day card by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Because nothing says, “I love you” quite like a giant heart piñata does. Okay … this one might be a faux piñata, but still we are completely obsessed and we MUST add this to our DIY list immediately!

 

Faux V-Day Piñata by Artsy-Fartsy Mama.

One of our favorite totes of all time – because the most important thing of all is to love yourself!

 

Love Your Selfie Tote by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Feeling inspired? Pick your favorite show to binge watch and get crafting! You still have 12 days to get all your Valentine’s projects done! Share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #CricutMade and tell us what you're making in the comments below!

Easy Party Projects

January 30, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston of Kingston Crafts

Beth Kingston of Kingston Crafts here – and today I’ve got two quick and easy projects using the same image! One of the best things about Cricut is the ability to turn any image in Design Space in to a variety of projects using different materials. Using this hooray image from TomKat Studio (exclusive to the Gold Cricut Explore Air at Jo-Ann) I've created two projects that are perfect for any party - a cake topper and a customized serving plate! Each project took less than 15 minutes...which is perfect since I pretty much wait until the last minute to prepare for any occasion. 😉

Cake Topper Supplies

Run gold hooray (gold side up) through Xyron machine.

Lay chipboard hooray right side up on your work area and lay lollipop sticks on the h and the y as shown.

 

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Remove gold hooray from backing and gently adhere to chipboard, matching up edges as you go.

 

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Stabilize lollipop sticks with liquid adhesive and let dry.

 

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Add your topper to your cake ... and get ready to paaaaaartay!

 

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To create the serving plate, simply cut the same image using Cricut Gold Window Cling. Easy to apply, easy to remove, now you can have customized serving dishes for any event!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

We’ve Got a Font Fetish

January 25, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

One Font, Two Font, Red Font, Blue Font…

Okay, we all have that small secret thing that we obsess over. Something that we are constantly looking for or at. For instance, my husband’s is cars and car parts. For me, it’s fonts.

  • Small Fonts
  • Big Fonts
  • Plain Fonts
  • Fancy Fonts

I love them all. They each have their own personality and style. I can say the same thing several different ways depending on the font I use.

 

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See what I mean? You can say it softly, boldly, sassily, lovingly or many other ways. Hence why I am crazy about Cricut Design Space. No matter how I want to say something, they have a font to match and they are continually adding more.

Fabulous Fonts

My favorite fonts this month are:

  • Loop-Di-Loop, this one is kind of curly and sassy. It makes me think of ringlets and bubblegum (I never said it was a great combo, that’s just what I think of.)
  • Pen and Ink has a more sophisticated look. It seems like something you would use for special occasions or just because you want to be fancy.
  • Kyden reminds me of the handwriting I always wished I had and now I do. (Shh, don’t tell anyone. I just write everything via my Cricut.)
  • Confetti + Sprinkles is just downright crazy which is what makes it so awesome. It literally is a party in a font.

Last, but by no means least, our newest one…*Drumroll Please*

 

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Neon Lights is the newest addition to the Cricut Font Family and we couldn’t be happier. This boldly electric font is just the type of uniqueness you were looking for this New Year. But wait there’s more…

Neon Lights is the first in a long line of fonts that will be hitting Cricut Design Space this year. You will have to check back each month to see whether we have released one or many. All I can say right now is that they are going to be AMAZING!

Finding Fonts

I honestly can say I have never met a font I didn’t like, and that holds true for all of the Cricut fonts. One question I get asked a lot is “How do I change my fonts in Design Space?” I have got your answer right here.

It is actually pretty simple. After you have added your text by clicking “Add Text” on the left hand side of your screen, you will head over the right side and click edit.

 

DS Image

After you have clicked the edit tab (make sure your text is selected) you will see three drop down menus. The middle one has all the fonts your heart could desire.

 

Hello Beautiful Font Image 1

From there all you have to do is scroll through and select your favorite font.

 

Hello Beautiful Image 2

And there you have it. Pretty simple right?

Were any of my favorite fonts your favorite as well? I would love to hear what your favorite type of font is. Comment below and tell me how much of a font fetish you have.

Now go make something, you crazy craft animal you!

 

DIY: Personalized Twists on Winter Gifts

January 16, 2017 • Contributor: The TomKat Studio

Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean you're done giving gifts. Whether your celebrating a person, an event, or just because... personalized gift wrap is the finishing touch to show someone you care. There's so much winter inspiration and one of our favorite designers at The TomKat Studio, Kim Stoegbauer, is showing us a modern take on gift wrap using Cricut. Check out how to make some amazing (and easy) DIY paper designs with The TomKat Studio's instructions below! 
All presents

Paper Tassel + Monogram Gift Wrap Embellishment

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48912462 

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • Color Printer
  • Black Cardstock/White Cardstock
  • Narrow Ribbon
  • Glue Gun/Hot Glue

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space. Select letter(s) you would like to make tags for. Delete additional letters. 

Print then Cut: Follow the instructions in Design Space to print then cut letters. Follow instructions in Design Space to cut tassels. 

Assemble: Roll cut tassels and secure closed with hot glue. Then wrap ribbon around the tassel and secure with hot glue. Create a small ribbon loop and hot glue to the inside of the tassel.

Tassel + Monogram

Monogram Gift Wrap Embellishment

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48927161

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • White Cardstock
  • Double-sided Tape Roller
  • Foam Dots

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space. Choose letters you would like to print/cut. Delete additional letters.

Print then Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to print and cut letter(s). Then follow instructions to cut circles.   

Assemble: Use tape roller to attach the cutout letter to the white cardstock circle. To add dimension, use foam dots to attach the circle to the gift.  

Monogram Gift Wrap

Gold Paper Bow Gift Wrap Embellishment

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48913287

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Hot Glue Gun

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space.

Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to cut bows.

Assemble: Assemble bows and attach using hot glue.  

Gold Bow

Hexagon Gift Wrap Embellishments

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48913180

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • Cricut Vinyl

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space.

Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to cut vinyl.

Assemble: Peel vinyl hexagons and stick to gift wrap.  

Hexagon Gold Wrap