Spread a little Joy with Cricut Joy Insert Cards

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

This is such a weird, weird time in our lives right now. Many of us are feeling isolated, at home with family, some are alone. Life feels a bit overwhelming if we let it. It’s hard to get out of my own way and help others at times. I am so excited to share a fun project I made on my Cricut Joy with you today.

Cricut Joy is the newest (and smallest!) addition to the Cricut machine family. It is amazing what such a small machine can do! My family and I have had a fun time playing with it and doing different things over the past month. Today I’m going to share with you how to make a complex looking card which is actually quite simple, thanks to the Cricut Joy. Here’s what you’ll need:

Cricut Joy

Cricut Joy Card Mat

Cricut Joy Insert Cards, Princess Sampler

Cricut Joy Metallic Markers

Cricut Joy Starter Tool Set (if you have tools from a different Cricut machine, those will work just great)

Cricut Joy Tote (this is obviously optional, but it is SO wonderful for storing your Cricut Joy!)


To begin, you’ll need to set up your Cricut Joy and link it to your phone or iPad or tablet or computer via Bluetooth. This is extremely easy and Cricut has done a great job of including instructions on how to do that with the actual Cricut Joy packaging. You will also want to make sure you have downloaded Cricut Design Space, which is where you will find Cricut Joy insert card ideas and files for cutting.

Once in Cricut Design Space, you will want to filter the results in alllllll of Cricut Design Space to just those for “Cricut Joy Insert Cards” as shown in this screenshot.

I chose to make 3 different cards which I sent to 3 different people on the frontlines of this COVID-19 fight. For my NP neighbor, I made the “Hearts Rising” card. For my paramedic/firefighter neighbor, I made the “Out of this World”card. For my dear police officer friend, I made the “You Are My Hero” card. All 3 were incredibly easy to cut out and make. If you haven’t made any cards on the Cricut Joy yet, I recommend reading this awesome how-to created by the folks at Cricut to show you the process.

Remove the film on the Cricut Joy Card Mat, then place insert the plastic in between the two layers of your card. Push down on the front of the card so it adheres to the sticky part of the plastic. 🙂

For this demo, I made the “You Are My Hero” card. Choose that file in Cricut Design Space, and click “Make It” in the lower right hand corner. You will then be prompted to make the card, which does require you to start off with a Cricut Joy maker in the housing. I used a black marker, but a metallic marker would make this card stand out even more!

Once the machine is done drawing the outlines of all of the letters, it will prompt you to change out the marker and insert the blade. From there, the Cricut Joy will take over and cut this awesome card out for you. Use your tools to carefully weed all of the excess cardstock and then remove the card from the cutting mat.

Now comes the fun part! Insert the holographic piece behind the cutout, write your message inside, and voila! We are hooked on making card with the Cricut Joy. My boys picked out family members and sent them cards. You could send card to a nursing home nearby and thank the staff for their work. You could send a card to anyone. We all need a little Joy in our lives right now and sending a card can be that pick-me-up someone needs!

Liberty Winterbourne Gingham Pillow

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t just love Liberty of London fabric? Their florals are classic and so amazing. Within the last year or so, Riley Blake Designs has been printing some of their classic florals on quilting cotton! Normally Liberty is printed on Tana lawn, which is oh-so-soft, but also oh-so-expensive. It has been so fun to finally add some Liberty into my quilting life at a fraction of the cost and in a quilting cotton weight with which I am confident sewing.

I used 3 prints from their latest collection, Winterbourne, to make this fun Gingham Pillow (free pattern by Meg of Monograms for Makers). Meg has written a clever way to use strip piecing and very little yardage to come up with a modern spin on a classic gingham pattern. The Liberty florals are allowed to shine in this configuration and pattern.

Are you a Liberty fan? Look for the Winterbourne collection in your favorite local and online quilt shops!

Confetti Cotton Half Dash Quilt

When I designed my Half Dash pattern, I knew I wanted to make it in a variety of ways to showcase how versatile the pattern really is. No matter your personal quilting style, this pattern works. I promise! Today I am so excited to share a version I made using Riley Blake Confetti Cottons.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE making quilts using solids. They are one of the best fabrics to use, in my opinion. They can be the star, or they can be a supporting role. You can add in a fun basic (like Swiss Dots, Blossom, Pin Drop) or just go for all solids. You can use solids with a funky print and add a different dimension. If you haven’t been using solids much in your quilts, start and I promise it’ll change your quilting life.

Confetti Cottons by Riley Blake Designs are among the softest solids out there. They are so soft, yet they have a wonderful feel to them and they provide a heft that other solids don’t. I’ve used almost every single brand of solid that is out there and Confetti Cottons are among my very, very favorites.

Riley Blake has been really smart as they’ve introduced different basics. Often you can find a basic that is the exact same color and has the same color name as one of their Confetti Cottons. This makes pairing a basic with a solid really foolproof.

This particular version of Half Dash uses 1/3 yard cuts of a confetti cotton plus a coordinating swiss dot in 10 different pairings. I loved this quilt so much that my good friend Jessica of Simply Love Fabrics is offering kits! You can find her kit HERE.

The colors of confetti cottons are as follows:

Riley Raspberry, Peony, Sunshine, Vintage Crayola Melon, Clover, Sweet Pea, Scuba, Riley Teal, Denim, and Riley Lilac

The colors of swiss dots are as follows:

Raspberry, Lipstick, Orange, Yellow, Clover, Lime, Scuba, Teal, Denim, and Lavender

As always, the Riley Blake 1/4″ black + white stripe is a perfect binding choice for this quilt. (Is it ever NOT the perfect binding choice? I don’t honestly think so!) I hand quilted this quilt using Aurifil 12 wt thread in color 2024 and it added the perfect softness I was going for.

If you are interested in purchasing my pattern, you can find it HERE and once again, Jessica’s kits for this quilt are available HERE.