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Easter gift ideas

Craft an alternative Easter gift to chocolate this year! From gifts for little ones who are too small for chocolatey treats, to caring gifts for those who need a little pampering, There’s something for everyone on your Easter list in our round-up. 

Chocolate Bunny Softie.  

Made from felt, this handmade bunny is sure to go down a treat in any easter basket! 

All you need is a scrap of felt, very basic sewing skills and a tiny bit of ribbon and you can make your own bunny softie. Click here to follow the tutorial in the Design Space app. https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/57564f9bee508efa4332604

Easter Dinosaur T-shirt 

How cute is this dino T-shirt? The perfect gift for little ones or Dinosaur lovers – just make it to fit! 

This project can be found in Design Space here: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5c8936879bd5162109163b78

Easter Flower Pot. 

Add a seasonal touch to a plant pot using vinyl and gift this beautiful plant to a green-fingered friend!  With mimimal effort but maximum impact, this is the perfect handmade gift combo.

Here’s the link to make this project now: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/575627a8ee508efa43320959

Easter Bunny Hunting T-shirt. 

Create a T-shirt that they’ll love wearing to hunt for the Easter Bunny, and they can colour it in too! So cute!

This project can be found in Design Space: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/6046b0b7f849f20af4d6be79

Hopping Easter Bouquet 

Create a stunning spring bouquet that will last year-round. Made from pastel cardstock it’s the perfect mindful craft ahead of the Easter celebrations. 

Follow the step by step turorial here: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/59090f3d569ced493c2f528f

  1. Pamper Box 

Create a personalised pamper box for a loved one, by using the print then cut feature to create beautiful stickers for spa products and curating them in a basket. 

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This Ready-to-Make project is in Design Space waiting for you: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/604be03e2ac7e5110c4c87bd

Affirmation Cards 

Gift a friend a pack of handmade affirmations cards to brighten their day! This is the perfect gift whatever time of year! Click here to make it: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5fc838ee5f42a90fb44a3ddc

  1. Snuggle bunny baby grow. 

For those too little for chocolate create an adorably snuggly baby grow! They’ll be sure to attract even more adoring glances in this attire!

Make this Iron-On project by following this link: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5a5d1dbe158be1383dd380fc

Be sure to share photos of your Easter gifts with us by tagging us on social media: Instagram @officialcricut_uk and Facebook @officialcricuteurope!

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6 ways to get creative with eggs this Easter

Crafting with eggs is a perfect activity for the whole family to get involved with at Easter. We’ve rounded up 6 DIY egg projects where you can use your Cricut machine to create your designs. From easy no-mess projects to cute eggs that kids will love, there’s something for everyone in this Easter basket! 

Dyed Egg Stencils 

Use your Cricut machine to create stencils from vinyl to create a beautiful relief pattern when dying eggs. 

Follow the step by step tutorial in Design Space here: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/575627e0ee508efa433209b5

Printable vinyl easter eggs 

Use the ‘Print Then Cut’ feature on an Explore or Maker machine to create printable stickers to personalise eggs. 

You can find the instructions for these eggs here: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/575616f7ee508efa4332052e

Animal Easter Egg Décor 

Create the cutest animals using paper cut shapes and adding them onto coloured eggs. These will brighten up any egg basket and are a great Good Friday craft activity.

The Design Space project for these eggs can be found here: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5903aafa481e837dcdcf221e

Metallic Easter eggs.  

Create these beautiful grown-up eggs using metallic vinyl cut on your machine and stuck straight onto the eggs! 

Make them now in Design Space: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5756272cee508efa433207eb

Egg tattoos 

Use printable tattoo paper to create these eggs, a perfect mess-free way to make the cutest looking eggs around! 

The step by step instructions are in Design Space, simply follow this link: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5907932d5ea98321325af175

Geometric animal Easter eggs 

Create stylish monochrome eggs, that let the natural colour of the egg shine, by adding black vinyl geometric decals. 

Follow this link to make them: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/575616f8ee508efa4332052f

We’d love to see your Easter projects! Just tag us on Instagram @officialcricut_uk or Facebook @officialcricuteurope!

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WIN all you need to start your Small Business with Cricut

Starting a business can be equally daunting and exciting! But don’t worry, we’re here to help you kickstart the me-made business of your dreams!

We’ve put together a list of machines and tools that will set you and your Maker-business up for success. All that you need is to add your ideas, creativity, and dedication.

And the best part? When you sign up for our newsletter before midnight (BST) April 4th, you can win the entire bundle! (material colours are subject to availability.) See below for terms and conditions.

So what can you win?

Cricut Explore Air 2

The small business owner’s best friend! Not only can you cut vinyl, Iron-On, cardstock and a plethora of other materials, the Cricut Explore Air 2 also draws and writes for you! And with its print and cut function, you can even make stickers. Goodbye having to bulk order designs. And did anyone say personalised address labels?!

Cricut EasyPress 9×9 & EasyPress Mat

The Cricut EasyPress will make sure that any Iron-On designs will be of superb quality. Just what you need for raving customer reviews! Because it distributes the heat evenly (something your household iron struggles with), designs adhere much better which in turn means they’ll last through wash after wash after wash. While you can use your EasyPress without an EasyPress Mat, we always recommend using the Mat for even better and faster results.

Cricut Tools

What’s a maker without their tools? We’ll equip you with weeding, cutting and application tools to make bringing your creations to life even easier!

Cricut Permanent & Removable Vinyl

Whether you want to make wall decals, personalised hand-sanitiser or water bottles, Cricut Vinyl is easy to weed and comes in a rainbow of beautiful and on-trend colours. Did we mention that there’s also holographic, shimmer and patterns?!

Cricut Iron-On

From solid colours over holographic to glitter and patterns, transfer your designs onto fabric and make them pop!

CLICK HERE and enter your email now for your chance to win everything you need to start your small business!

Terms & Conditions Cricut Small Business Giveaway

Please read these promotion rules carefully. By entering a promotion you are deemed to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.

  1. To enter a promotion you must be: (a) resident of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland; and (b) aged 18 years or over at the time of entry.
  2. Promotions are not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of the Promoter, its agencies or anybody connected with the promotions.
  3. No purchase necessary to enter.
  4. will run from 28th March 2021 – 23.59pm 4th April 2021 (the “Promotion Period’’)
  5. To participate in the promotion, an entrant should sign up for the Cricut (“The Promoter”) newsletter. Entries must be submitted each day no later than 23:59 pm
  6. The promotion will have one winner and the Prize is one Cricut Explore Air 2, one Easy Press 2 9×9”, one Easy Press Mat 12×12”, one Basic Tool Set, and 3 samplers of consumables (colours subject to availability).
  7. The winner will be randomly selected.
  8. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the winner’s announcement on social media and the prize will need to be dispatched to them via recorded mail within 14 working days.
  9. The winner should be contacted by the Promoter via their email address within two weeks of the Promoter notifying them that they have won a prize. Cricut will attempt to contact the winner three times. In the event that a winner fails to provide such details within this two-week period, the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner from all remaining entries in that promotion, with the originally selected winner forfeiting their right to the prize.
  10. Winner details can be obtained by sending an email to cricutuk@cricut.com to be received no later than 18th April 2021.
  11. the promotion is as stated and no cash alternative is available. The Promoter reserves the right to award alternative prizes of equal or greater value, should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason.
  12. The Promoter is not responsible or liable for any entries that fail to be submitted or are delayed for any reason. Proof of submitting an entry is not proof of receipt with the Promoter. The Promoter cannot be responsible in the event that it is unable to contact a winner, or a winner fails to receive their prize, as a result of having provided inaccurate or incorrect contact/address details.
  13. winner may be required to participate in future publicity.
  14. The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or suspend any promotion or extend the entry period or disqualify any participant at any time without giving advance notice, in the event that it cannot be guaranteed that a promotion can be carried out fairly or correctly for technical, legal or other reasons or if the Promoter suspects that any person has been manipulating entries or the prize draws or has acted unethically or in breach of these terms and conditions in any way.
  15. Entrants are deemed to have accepted the entry rules set out in all promotional materials and these terms and conditions when participating in a promotion running during the Promotion Period.
  16. If any of the provisions of these terms and conditions are held to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part that part shall be severed from the remainder of the provisions and the validity of the other provisions and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected.
  17. These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law and any dispute shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

The winner’s names will be held by Cricut UK for 30 days after the end of the promotion.   The data is held for this period of time to ensure compliance with the other terms and conditions of the promotion. Any winner can request for their data to be deleted before the end of this period by emailing cricutuk@cricut.com

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INSPIRATION

Tips for creating an Easter party

With Easter just around the corner and lockdown restrictions easing, we’re looking forward to socialising together outdoors for the first time in a long while to celebrate. What’s not to get egg-cited about?

From an egg-stravagent egg hunt to an egg-stra special garden party, award-winning family blogger Sarah Christie, is already hopping into the Easter spirit with inspirational crafts and ideas on her blog

We asked Sarah for her top tips for making it a day to remember. Here she tells us how to create your own personalised party in the garden and how Cricut can help.

She says: “Personally I cannot wait to see family again for the Easter weekend. I’m hoping to make the reunion as special as possible. I’ve been on my Cricut machine making up a whole bunch of props, decorations and activities for everyone to enjoy!”

Here are Sarah’s top tips for creating an Easter party:

Create your very own Easter basket! 

Easter egg hunts are all the rage now, so why not make a bespoke basket for each child taking part to collect their goodies from the garden? They’re a doddle to make. Just follow the instructions on this Cricut Design Space project and you’ll have a basket in no time.

Handmade Easter baskets

Did someone say dairy-free eggs?

Or any allergen for that matter. It goes without saying that kids love chocolate. But you might want to consider if any of your guests have food allergies when buying the treats for your hunt. It’s always worth stocking up on a few dairy-free or gluten-free goodies, just in case.

Think about your Easter attire.

It’s not just the Easter bunny that can be dressed for the occasion. Why not kit your kids out in their very own Easter t-shirts?  There’s no need to be a fully-fledged seamstress when you have an EasyPress to hand! Apply customised designs to everyday T-shirts and sweaters with ease. Get your kids involved too by picking their favourite designs so you know they’ll love what they’re wearing come Easter Sunday.

Make beautiful bunny charms for straws

After hunting for eggs, the kids are bound to get thirsty. So why not serve them up a refreshing drink complete with its own little bunny straw? These gorgeous bunny charms take just minutes to create. Make sure to think sustainably too by using biodegradable straws. And I’m sure the grown-ups could put these to good use too.

Easter bunny straws

Create an Easter table to remember.

If you’re having a meal outdoors with family for the first time, you can go to town decorating it for the special occasion. Opt for beautiful spring colours.  Think about a vase of flowers (from the garden or make your own). Or how about personalised name cards, Easter napkins and cute bunny and chick decorations? The limit is only your imagination. There are many inspiring Easter projects in Cricut Design Space, plus, you’ll be able to pack everything away to use again next year.

Plan for the weather

Remember we live in the UK, the weather may be against us. We can hope for sunny skies of course, but if there is a drizzle, you can still have fun in the rain. Cover your egg hunt signs in a plastic film or laminate them to make them waterproof. Or if you have one, pop up a gazebo to take shelter and still get together with family.

Whatever you get up to this Easter, we wish you a fun-filled weekend.

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Alternative Easter Gift

If you are looking for the perfect alternative Easter gift, look no further. This personalised, huggable gift is the perfect alternative to chocolate eggs and is sure to be cherished.

It’s really simple to create a bespoke gift by adding iron-on vinyl (sometimes known as HTV) to this cuddly rabbit’s ears and paws. Let us show you how.

You will need

Step 1

In Cricut Design Space search for the images you want and add them to the Canvas.  We chose image reference #M25DBF9A0 for the stars and moons and #MB672649 for the sentiment. You can choose whatever images you want. Why not type the name or initials of the person you’re making the gift for?

Use the ‘Duplicate’ Tool until you have as many images as you want. Also update the colours and resize all images to fit onto the ears and paws of your soft toy. 

Step 2

Click ‘Make It’ and make sure to mirror your images. Then, choose Patterned Iron-On from the materials list. If you click ‘Browse All Materials’ you will be able to search for the exact material.  

Step 3

Place a sheet of the iron-on material, patterned side down, onto the mat. Ensure that it is securely fixed to the mat. A brayer or applicator can help here. Then load it into the machine and start cutting. 

Step 4

Once cut use your weeding tool to weed away the excess iron-on. Leave only your images stuck to the carrier sheet. Carefully cut up the carrier sheet, so that all of the images are individual pieces that will fit on to the paws and ears of your soft toy. 

Step 5

Place the cut images onto the bunny, the carrier sheet is slightly adhesive so will stay in place. Cover with a sheet of baking parchment to protect the fibres of the toy.

Use the EasyPress Mini to press each image onto the soft toy. Refer to the Cricut Heat Guide for the exact temperature, time, and application method for your chosen materials. We used the second heat setting, applying heat for 25 seconds, keeping the EasyPress Mini moving at all times.

Step 6

Once cooled, simply remove the clear plastic carrier sheet to reveal your customised fury friend – the perfect alternative Easter gift.

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DISCOVER

New images in Design Space from Emma Jewell Crafts

Hot off the press! Overnight images created by the craft queen herself, Emma Jewell, became available for Cricut members worldwide. This new content in Design Space from Emma marks the start of our promise to add more international content into the Cricut library as well as content from international artists.

Emma’s first Image Set in Design Space is called Girl Gang. It features cute images and sassy quotes in her inimitable style. Expect more content from Emma soon, including classic British grub and our favourite seaside icons.

We couldn’t wait to start creating projects with them. We whipped up this motivational sunglasses case mantra, and a design for a pot plant to remind us to keep believing in ourselves.

Emma has also been busy with her designs. You can read all about what it means to her in this blog post she added to her web site.

We are so excited to see what you create with these new images in Design Space. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @OfficialCricut_UK and officialcricuteurope on Facebook. Emma would love to see your projects too, so tag her @EmmaJewellCrafts on Instagram or join her Facebook Group The Cricut Club UK.

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Offset feature in Cricut Design Space

Have you heard the news? Cricut Design Space now has an offset feature!

What is offset?

The Offset feature in Cricut Design Space creates a proportionally larger or smaller layer of your design, whether text, images, or a combination!

Think of offset as a shadow layer or decorative outline for your design, giving it texture, dimension, and visual impact. This is particularly helpful for making custom stickers, cake toppers, t-shirt designs, etc.

Let’s take a look at how to use the offset feature

The Design Space offset feature is available on the desktop app. You will need to ensure you’re running V6.6 or higher. The app will automatically look for the update when you open it so if you can’t see the offset button try shutting down the app and restarting it.

There are a few other system requirements that you can read more about here.

Offset feature step-by-step

Open a new canvas or project and insert an image or type some text. We went with image #MF784291.

Insert the image onto your canvas and make sure it is selected. A good way of checking is to make sure it has the grey box with the measurement and a tool in each corner. Or, just check it is highlighted on the layers panel on the right.

Click the offset button on the top row. This can be found between the Edit and Align function and looks like a pentagon with a dotted line around it. When you click this, you will have options for the size of the offset, and whether you would like rounded or square corners.

Click apply to add the offset layer. If you’re using offset with a font, a design with multiple layers or you have selected multiple images, ‘Weld offsets’ is selected as a default. Find out more about ‘Weld Ofsets’ here.

Resize the image to fit your project and save your file. Click ‘Make It’ to cut out your design. Don’t forget to mirror if you’re using Iron on or Infusible Ink.

We used teal and gold glitter Smart Iron-on and cut them using Cricut Joy. Remember glitter or holographic Iron-On materials should be the final layer when layering materials.

We can’t wait to make more offset designs. We’re looking forward to using it for cake toppers and stickers. Share your offset projects with us by tagging @OfficialCricut_UK on Instagram or officialcricuteurope on Facebook.

More examples of offfset for Design Space

If you would like to see more examples of the offset feature in Design Space we’ve rounded up some handy videos below:

Jen Skinner, aka Crifty Crafty, and founder of the UK Cricut Creators Facebook group, has hundreds of videos on her YouTube channel. In this videos, she focuses on some of the new features in Design Space.

Emma Jewell, who runs The Cricut Club UK Facebook group shared her offset video on her YouTube channel.

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A letter from Cricut ceo, Ashish Arora

Dear Cricut Community,

On Friday, March 12, we announced an intention to limit the number of personal images and patterns that members can upload to Design Space without a Cricut Access subscription. We updated this plan on March 16 and shared that we intended to study the matter further. My team has spent the week listening, learning, and taking in a lot of feedback. Not every decision we make is perfect, but we take every opportunity to learn and get better.

So, we’ve made the decision to reverse our previously shared plans. Right now, every member can upload an unlimited number of images and patterns to Design Space for free, and we have no intention to change this policy. This is true whether you’re a current Cricut member or are thinking about joining the Cricut family before or after December 31, 2021.

We care deeply about every single member of our community, and it’s your creativity that keeps us motivated, excited, and passionate every day about what we’re building here at Cricut.

Thank you for your candour and your commitment to our company and community. We appreciate you.

ashish arora (Cricut ceo)

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10 things you can make to sell with Cricut

Making to sell makes perfect sense when you have a Cricut machine at your fingertips!

Whether you’re a new business just getting started or an established business wanting to add to your product line, speed up workflow or add a personal touch for your customers, we’ve compiled a shortlist of things you could make to sell with Cricut machines.

Access all images and Angel Policy

If you are thinking about using a Cricut machine in your business, it’s worth considering Cricut Access. This subscription gives you unlimited use of over 100,000 images, projects, and fonts (otherwise purchased individually).

Another vital resource to review when selling your makes is the Cricut Angel Policy. This information includes details of how you are permitted to use Cricut products to generate funds (make money). The handy FAQ which follows the policy is a useful guide to the legal document.

Make to Sell with Cricut

The Make to Sell section of this blog contains lots of advice and examples for using Cricut in your business. Here we’ve rounded up 10 things you could make to sell with Cricut.

T-shirts

Use iron-on vinyl or Infusible Ink to personalise T-shirts! For the best, professional results, we advise using an EasyPress and EasyPress mat and referring to the Cricut Heat Guide for the ideal temperature setting and timings for your materials.

Make-up and cosmetic bags

Make-up bags are the perfect giftable item. Add your own designs with Iron-on or work with Insfusible Ink to craft a beautiful finish.

These also are a great way to hold DIY kits or workshop materials. Simply add your logo to the front for an extra special feel.  

Glassware

Personalised glassware is great for business in the party sector. They’re ideal for occasions such as hen parties, birthdays, weddings and ‘just because’!  

Stickers

Create stickers to sell using your Cricut machine’s Print and Cut feature (Explore and Maker only).

You can make your own sticker sheets or sticker flakes to sell and also create stickers for your packaging too. Your logo adorning the tissue paper wrap that contains your item is the perfect professional finishing touch.

Wedding invitations

Create bespoke wedding invites with touches like foil, perforation or debossing

Party décor

From cake toppers to bespoke décor, you can have every part of the party covered with your Cricut machine! 

Wooden signs

Personalised signs are really gaining in popularity. Whether it be for the first day of school or wedding décor, you can create stunning signage, using vinyl or stencils, that is totally personal to your customer. 

Jewellery

Cricut Maker cuts leather with ease so you can create a line of jewellery pieces.  Both Maker and Explore also cut faux leather. For an extra special finishing touch you can apply vinyl on top.

Water bottles

Whether selling the finished item or the decals, permanent vinyl is your friend here.

Cut a design and add it to a water bottle or hot drinks cup! It’s a brilliant way to add a touch of personalisation or to add your artwork to a new product. 

Keyrings

A popular gift that can be cherished, keyrings will always be in demand. There are so many Maker Tools that will work with keyring designs, from engraving and debossing to cutting balsa wood, you can really get creative with your designs! 

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Last-minute Mother’s Day Card

Here’s a speedy tutorial in case you need a last-minute card to show your mum, or female role model in your life, how much you appreciate her!

Just search for ‘Mum Watering Can Card’ to make it on your Cricut Joy!

Don’t have a Cricut Joy? Don’t worry, we’ve got links to other Mother’s Day cards that work with all machines!

Step 1

Go to Design Space or the Cricut Joy app and select your card. We went with ‘Mum Watering Can Card’ but there’s a whole selection of cards to choose from!

Step 2

Load the pen of your choice in the Cricut Joy’s tool holder. Put your Insert Card on the Card Mat, and load the mat with card into the machine. After the machine has checked everything is aligned, you can click ‘Go’ and watch the Cricut Joy work its magic!

Step 3

Swap the pen for the blade when prompted by Design Space or the Cricut Joy app.

Step 4

Once the machine has finished cutting, remove the card mat from the machine by clicking ‘unload’ in the app.

Carefully peel away the mat from the card and make sure all the cut-out bits are removed.

Step 5

Slot the insert part of the card in the cut-outs in the corners. Top Tip: Curving the insert slightly in your hand, makes it easier!

Pop your newly-made card in an envelope and seal it with a loving kiss before sending it off!

As promised, here are more Mother’s Day cards that are designed for all machines:

Click here to make this beautiful folding “Mum’ card.

This sweet card is perfect for animal lovers. Click here to make it.

This hip cactus card is perfect for anyone who wants to make mum laugh! Click here to make it.