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Cricut Mug Press Has Arrived!

The Cricut Mug Press™ has arrived in the UK and Ireland! Create beautiful and personalised mugs for yourself or as a gift with the new Mug Press.

We introduced Cricut Mug Press a few months back and are super excited that from 1st October, makers will be able to buy it online and at selected retailers, online and in-store, in the UK and Ireland.

What is the Mug Press?

Want a new way to decorate your mugs? The Cricut Mug Press is the perfect option for creating personalised mugs with ease. Use with Infusible Ink ™ Transfer Sheets and Infusible Ink ™ Marker Pens, to create beautiful designs.

With Infusible Ink, once heated, the design becomes one with the mug itself, meaning no tears or cracks, plus they are dishwasher safe!

Simply create your design on Cricut Design Space, then use your Cricut machine to cut this out with Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets or draw with the Infusible Ink Marker Pens.

After this, adhere your design to the mug and place it into the Cricut Mug Press. Your mug needs to be either a Cricut mug or a compatible sublimation mug.

Insert your mug, lower the lever, and let the press do the rest! The advanced heat plate applies the perfect time and temperature settings, so you don’t have to think about that.

For best results, we’ve outlined step-by-step instructions in the Cricut Heat Guide.

Where can I buy Cricut MugPress?

Cricut Mug Press will be available online on the Cricut UK Shop from 1st October.

As well as your local Cricut retailers from 1st October:

Currys

HobbyCraft

Very

Ryman

John Lewis

Harvey Norman

Want to see the Mug Press firsthand? Head to one of the following Hobbycraft stores for an up-close experience of the Mug Press from 1st October:

Southampton

Bristol

Stockport

Coventry

Maidstone

Chester

Crawley

Havant

Glasgow

Croydon

Colchester

Droitwich

Swindon

Woking

Harlow

Tunbridge Wells

Epping Forest

Lincoln

Belfast Newtownabbey

Taunton

Kings Lynn

Boucher Crescent

Sheffield

Leeds

Leicester

Warrington

Gateshead

Bolton

Tamworth

Stockton-On-Tees

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Guide to Cricut Smart Materials

You may have seen that the latest and greatest Cricut Machines – Cricut Maker™ 3 and  Cricut Explore™ 3 – are compatible with Smart Materials™. But what are Smart Materials and how do you use them? We’ve compiled this guide to Cricut Smart Materials to help you understand more about these clever Vinyl, Iron-on and Paper products. (If you haven’t met Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 yet, you can find out about them here.)

What are Smart Materials?

Cricut Smart Materials are consumables that are designed to feed directly into your Cricut Maker 3 or Cricut Explore 3 machine without a mat. The latest and greatest machines in the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore families — Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 — have more processing power, more memory, and more powerful motors. These enhancements were all designed to drive Smart Materials accurately, at high speeds, and to keep them perfectly aligned, even for your most intricate cuts. 

Introducing Cricut Maker 3

Just feed your choice of Smart Vinyl™Smart Iron-on™, or Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock™ into the machine guides, press the Load button, and the machine takes it from there. As there’s nothing to prepare, you can concentrate on the best part — making.    

No Longer Limited by the Mat

Before Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3, cuts were limited to the size of the mat, the largest of which is 12 in x 24 in (30.4 cm x 60.9 cm).  Now you can cut beyond them mat with a single image, or repeated images, up to 12 ft (3.6 m) in one go! No more slicing your extra-long birthday banners, wall decals & so much more.

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Meet the Smart Materials Family

Smart Vinyl

The all-new Smart Vinyl is available in both permanent and removable varieties. It also comes in a wide array of colours, effects, and material lengths from 3 ft (0.9m) to 75 ft (22.9m). It’s super easy to weed, and apply, so you can add a personal touch to just about anything. 

Removable Smart Vinyl

Recommended for indoor projects as well as temporary creations, Removable Smart Vnyl is durable, yet it removes without residue. Now you can apply a wall decal without the worry of removal. Enjoy a residue-free surface whenever you are ready for something new, and if you are renting you can still decorate in your choice of style!

Cricut Smart Materials Removable Vinyl

Permanent Smart Vinyl

The weather-resistant finish of Permanent Smart Vinyl is ideal for outdoor projects or any project that you want to last and last. Why not add your business logo to your car or your favourite quote to a sign? Looking to make the most of summer in the garden? Why not decorate your table, chairs, or tablemats? Permanent Smart Vinyl is also suitable for items that will be washed such as glasses, cups or mugs.

Smart Iron-On

The all-new Smart Iron-on cuts beautifully, weeds easily, and applies effortlessly. Now you can wear your creativity on your sleeve, your pocket, or on your leggings. Layer colours, and rest easy with your T-Shirt in the laundry bin – Cricut Smart Iron-On has been tested to outlast 50+ washes. Available in a variety of colours, effects and lengths from 3 ft (0.9 m) to 9 ft (2.7 m).  

Cricut Smart Iron-On
Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock 

No glue, no mess! Skip the glue for hassle-free paper projects with Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock. Simply cut, peel, and stick. Create fun cards, bold banners, attractive posters, and layered paper projects of all kinds. Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock comes in 13 in (33 cm) x 13 in (33 cm) sheets. 

Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock Space Display

Added Extras for Smart Materials. 

The Cricut Roll Holder is the perfect accessory. It keeps rolled Smart Materials organised, and aligned, for clean, precise cuts. It attaches easily to Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3, holds rolls from 4 ft – 75 ft (3m – 22.8 m), and even has a built-in trimmer for a straight edge every time!

Cricut Roll Holder

When your materials are 13 inches wide, you’ll need tools that are up to the job. The new Cricut 13 inch trimmer is available individually or as part of the Essential Tool Set so you can be sure that when you trim your smart materials they’re clean and precise, ready for loading into the machine for your next cut.

Cricut 13 inch trimmer

As for Transfer Tape that is longer now too, so you can easily transfer those extra-long projects without a hitch. You’ll find some handy hints and for applying Smart Vinyl with Transfer Tape here

Tips and Tricks for Smart Materials

Follow these tips to get perfect results from your Smart Materials:

  • Align the left material edge with the left material guide on the machine. This step is crucial when cutting more than 3 ft (0.9m). 
  • Keep your scraps! You can cut leftover Smart Materials on a mat.
  • To get the most out of your Smart Vinyl, create a cut box around your image. Once cut, only weed the area around the image. This leaves the backing in place, so it is still wide enough (13 in or 33 cm) to cut your next project without a mat.  
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Craft Awards Nominations

We are excited to announce we have been nominated for not one, but two awards! We’ve been shortlisted in the Best of Craft Awards 2021 and British Sewing Awards 2021 and now it’s up to you to vote for your winner!

Voting is now open and we’d love our fantastic Cricut community to get involved and vote for us!

Best Crafts Awards 2021

Readers from Crafts Beautiful and PaperCrafter magazine voted in a number of craft-based categories and we are shortlisted for the category: Favourite Die-Cutting Range.

Vote for us in Best Craft Awards 2021 here.

Introducing Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3

We love seeing the different ways makers use their machines! We can all agree, that creating for every occasion has never been easier with a Cricut machine. From our Cricut Joy™ Machine to the new Cricut Maker™ 3, there is a machine for everyone to help unleash their creativity!

British Sewing Awards 2021

We have been shortlisted for the category: Best Fabric Cutting Machine Brand after nominations took place with readers from Sew Magazine.

Vote in the British Sewing Awards here. You might even win a prize for taking part!

We love seeing how sewists use their machines to create beautiful projects with fabric! You can cut fabric with the Cricut Maker™ and Cricut Maker 3 machines and pre-stablised or bonded fabric can also be cut on Cricut Explore Air™ 2 and Cricut Explore™ 3 machines.

Check out all the materials that these fantastic machines can cut, here.

Thank you!

Thank you to all the amazing makers out there who voted for us to be shortlisted and don’t forget to vote for us as the winners!

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Summer sale – Cricut workshops half price

To really make our #MonthofMakes a super celebration, we’re offering our Cricut workshops half price!

Anyone booking on to a virtual workshop with our Cricut Crew throughout the month of July will pay just £5 using code SummerSale. In a Cricut workshop you get to spend an hour learning from a Cricut expert and, as the sessions are limited to a small number of attendees, you have lots of opportunities to ask questions throughout the session too.

And if that wasn’t tempting enough, each week, we’ll pick one workshop attendee at random to win a Cricut Bright Pad, with 4 to give away in total!* (see Terms and conditions below)

Workshops available throughout July include:

  • Introduction to Cricut Design Space for Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker
  • Introduction to Cricut Design Space for Cricut Joy
  • Iron-On
  • Infusible Ink
  • Print Then Cut

Here’s what others have said about the workshops:

“Brilliant all round. Great host who explained everything really well. There was lots of opportunity to ask questions”

“Our host was so lovely and extremely knowledgeable”

“I’ve already told friends about it”

We can’t wait to see you on a workshop in July.

Handy links

Find out more about our Cricut Crew here.

Book your workshop on our events page here and use discount code SummerSale for 50% off.

Join the Cricut Crew on workshops throughout July

* BrightPad prize draw terms and conditions: Attendees will be entered into a prize draw with four draws taking place throughout the month. The first draw will include attendees from events on 3rd, 6th, and 7th July. The second draw will include attendees from events on 10th, 13th, and 14th July. The third draw will include attendees from events on 15th, 17th, and 19th July. The fourth draw will include attendees from events on 21st, 24th, and 27th July.

Winners will be contacted by email within five (5) days of the final workshop of that draw taking place. Cricut shall have no liability for a winner’s failure to receive notices due to winners’ security settings or for winners’ provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within seven (7) days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to respond with a postal address as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected.

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A closer look at Cricut Explore 3

The day has finally arrived… Cricut Explore 3 is now available to purchase!

In this video we look at the features of the Cricut Explore 3 and show you what comes inside the box.

Here are some more useful links for finding out more about Cricut Explore 3:

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A closer look at Cricut Maker 3

We’re so excited that Cricut MakerTM 3 is now available to purchase!

Follow along as we unbox a Cricut Maker 3 and walk through all of the cool features. Plus, we’ll show you what you get inside the box.

Here are some more useful links for finding out more about Cricut Maker 3:

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Join the all-new Cricut machine preview event for your chance to win.

Join @themakerykate as she demonstrates the all-new Cricut Explore 3 and Cricut Maker 3 machines in a free exclusive preview event at John Lewis.

With Cricut, you can make virtually any DIY project you can imagine, from wall decals to home décor, jewellery, iron-on, vinyl, paper and much more. And now with the all-new machines, you can create your own projects smarter and faster than ever.

At the event, Kate will share insights into what’s new, how the machines work and will give you plenty of creative inspiration. The session will be a demonstration rather than a craft-a-long, with the opportunity to ask questions to our Cricut experts.

By booking a ticket, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win an Explore 3 bundle worth £350.* You’ll also receive a voucher code that entitles you to two Smart Vinyl Shimmer 3ft rolls worth £20 when you purchase either a Cricut Explore 3 or Maker 3 from 10th June 2021 at John Lewis.

Ticket sales close 12pm on Tuesday 8th June 2021 and can be purchased here.

*Terms and Conditions apply.

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Add a little shine with the Cricut Joy Foil Transfer Tool

Are you ready to “add a little shine”  to greeting cards, gift tags and other creations using cardstock?

We are! 

We’re excited to share a new tool for Cricut JoyTM – the Cricut Joy Foil Transfer tool.  

If you own a Cricut ExploreTM or Cricut MakerTM machine, a larger foil tool is already available. Learn more here

Using the Cricut Joy Foil Transfer Tool 

Cricut Joy App: jump in and start making!

The Cricut Joy App was designed especially for Cricut Joy. With a guided design experience and simple controls, the Cricut Joy app radically simplifies the making experience for some of the most popular projects. Just jump in and start making fun and functional projects that will take 15 minutes or less. If you have not downloaded, it is free on Apple App Store and Google Play.

Making a Ready-to-Make insert card is our favourite way to use the Cricut Joy app and the Cricut Foil Tool

Custom Projects on Design Space for Desktop 

If you’d like to try your hand at a custom foil project, we recommend using Design Space for Desktop.   

An easy way to remember which application to use is this: 

Want to make an insert card with foil accents? Great! Use the Cricut Joy App. 

Want to make a custom project with foil accents? Awesome! Use Design Space for Desktop. 

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What’s included with the Cricut Joy Foil Transfer Kit? 

Everything you need to get started: 

  • Cricut Joy Foil Transfer Tool and Transfer Tip 
  • 12 sheets of foil (6 silver and 6 gold) 
  • 48 pieces of pre-cut tape 
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Other ways to add shine! 

Once you’ve tried out the foil tool with the included foil, you’ll have to try out our corresponding Foil Transfer Insert Cards! This curated package gives you insert cards, inserts,  envelopes, 10 sheets of foil, and 40 pre-cut tape strips. Everything you need, in one box, to make the most beautiful cards. 

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For more information about the Cricut Joy Foil Transfer System, visit our help section. We also have a playlist of helpful videos on YouTube to guide you through the process. 

The Cricut Joy Foil Transfer Tool will be available to purchase from our website on 8th June along with your favourite Cricut retail partners.

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Round up of Cricut Explore 3 out of the box projects

It’s been a few days since Cricut Explore™ 3 and Cricut Maker™ 3 were unleashed into the wild. Here we’ve bought together a round-up showing members of our community getting their new Cricut Explore 3 machines out of the box and making their first projects. Don’t forget, these wonderful machines go on sale online at your favourite Cricut retailers on June 10 and will be in selected stores by the end of the month.

Out of the box

Rebecca let us watch as she took her machine out of the box, made her first cut, and showed us SmartMaterials™ all in under 10 minutes. Click here to watch.

Explore 3 out of the box

Ready, get set (up), go!

Paige shared her Cricut Explore 3 machine set up on her YouTube channel. Her video includes an unboxing, machine tour, and a quick project using the new offset feature in Design Space.

The Cricut Explore 3 Story

Emily at Make.e created an Instagram Story Highlight for her first Cricut Explore 3 projects. You can see what she made with her first cut here.

Explore 3 Out of the Box

Play the playlist

Jen at Crifty Crafty, who is a UK Cricut Product Expert, has created a series of videos for Cricut Explore 3, Cricut Maker 3, and Smart Materials and saved them all in this handy YouTube Playlist.

She also demonstrated her first long cut with this fun snakes and ladders board.

The reel thing

Emma Jewell got into the party spirit with this Instagram reel showing a super-cute, super-long cut. Watch to the end to see just how amazing it looks! And also this noteworthy creation showcasing Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock.

Speed queen

Kate just couldn’t wait to show you how fast the new machines can cut Smart Vinyl. She whipped up this 50cm version of her logo and couldn’t have been happier! Watch her speedy introduction to Explore 3 here.

Home is where the Cricut is

UK Cricut Product Expert Amelia posted a video to her Facebook Group showing the Cricut Explore 3 in action. She jumped straight to it and made a beautiful addition to her home. Join her group and find out what she made in her video here.

Craft room goals

Eimear opted to customise her craft room with her first Cricut Explore 3 project. In this Instagram reel she compares the new machine to the existing Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2 and makes her first project.

Coming soon

Check your favourite Cricut retailers on June 10 when Cricut Explore 3, Cricut Maker 3, and Smart Materials will be available to purchase in the UK and Ireland.

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Meet illustrator, artist, and maker Cat Madeira

We’re delighted to announce that another UK artist’s work can now be found in Cricut Design Space.

Cat Madeira’s first image set is called ‘Cheeky Collection’ and you can find her images by searching for ‘Cat Madeira’ in the image sets section of the image library.

We caught up with Cat to ask her about her illustrations, her business – CorazonPomPom – and her favourite creative projects.

Tell us about you… who is Cat Madeira?

I am a crafter/designer/illustrator originally from Portugal but living in Nottingham, UK. I have a passion for crafts and punch needle at the moment, all things rainbow and colourful. 

Tell us a bit about your illustration style and the type of images we can find in your image sets.

My illustration style is cute, punny and quirky. You will be able to find lots of cool designs that can be used together such as the tiger with sunglasses on a T-shirt, the terrazzo shapes to make a mural for your home, or the layered shadow box style designs, and many more.  I mostly design things that I want for myself too, there needs to be that passion in the process of design. 

Anyone looking through your Etsy Shop or Instagram feed will immediately see you love colour. Explain to us where your love of colour comes from.

My love of colour comes from growing up surrounded with folk art, beautiful fabrics (my grandma was a seamstress) so I am naturally attracted to anything bright and colourful. Colour is life. 

Cliche question alert! Where do you take inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from everyday life, objects, cute animals and colour obviously. I also love projects with multiple textures. 

Have you always loved illustrating / drawing?

I was very lucky to grow up with a creative family that supported my love for the arts. I remember making my first poster at 7 years old for my school exhibition and I haven’t stopped since then. 

Tell us about your process – does it start on paper or do you work digitally?

It all starts in scraps of paper or on the notes of my phone. I try to write or draw all my ideas straight away even if silly. I will then turn them into digital works with the help of Adobe Illustrator or Procreate. Sometimes they don’t work but I keep everything just in case I can come back later and transform it into something good. Some of my illustrations are translated into punch needle projects too and my Cricut Maker comes very handy to draw onto the fabric. 

Where else can we find your illustrations?

You can find my works in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CorazonPompom and on my Instagram @corazonpompom. I share some of my processes there too. Of course you can now also find the images that I have designed in Design Space. 

What do you love creating with your Cricut?  

I have a Cricut Maker and I use it almost daily to make some of the packaging and tags for my Etsy shop. I also love to customise items in my house and clothes for my family. I hope to create a lot more things such as a mural one day (with lots of colours obviously). I might have influenced a few family members to make things with their Cricut too so it’s always lovely to be able to talk about what projects we are working on or ideas that we have. I can’t wait to see how everyone uses the images that I have designed! 

We couldn’t wait to get started with some of Cat’s images. Head to our Instragram feed to see a reel showing how we created these ‘roarsome’ cushion covers