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!

Half Dash Quilt Pattern Release!

It’s here!!! My next pattern (and probably my favorite… don’t tell the others!) is available now in my Etsy shop!

This quilt pattern came about because of a graphic my husband made for the Dashalong that Kairle Oaks and I hosted almost 2 years ago.

Kairle was making her Churn Dash quilt with crossweave and Swell Christmas fabric by Urban Chicks. I was making my quilt with white fabric and Panorama by Cotton + Steel. He took our finished blocks and made this awesome mashup graphic for our promotional materials. I could not get it out of my head. I LOVED the dark and light backgrounds coming together. I LOVED how different the main fabric looked together.

I have since made 3 different versions of Half Dash, trying to showcase a few different ways this quilt can be made. It literally works for ANY quilting style. Modern. Traditional. Two toned. Funky. Whatever style of quilter you consider yourself to be, this quilt will work.

My husband and I have worked hard to make sure this pattern is consumable. For that reason, it is literally two separate patterns in one. When you download it from my Etsy shop, do not panic. Yes, it is 19 pages. However, once you choose your own adventure (Two Color blocks or Four Color blocks in either throw size or twin size), you don’t have to flip back and forth and read needless information. You get to stay within the context of only thinking in Two Colors or Four Colors.

If you are choosing to make the Four Color Version (which is patterned after the photo mashup above), it will only work if follow my one main suggestion:

Throw the notion to make things “match” out the window.

This might sound simple, but trust me, it is something you must truly decide to do with every single block. I almost feel like the pairings that were the funkier are the ones I like most.

I have one more version I’ve hinted at on Instagram and I will be giving it its own blog post tomorrow! I also will have kits for this rainbow version available via Simply Love Fabrics and I can’t wait for you to see it all!

In the meantime, please head to my Etsy shop and use the coupon code HALFDASH for 20% off any PDF pattern from my shop from now (3/2) through Saturday (3/7)!

Scrap Quilt Tutorials Round-up

A few years ago, I made a Scrap Vortex quilt. This is a fun, super easy method you can read about HERE). I was hooked. To this day, I think this quilt is my all-time favorite. I backed it in a snuggly flannel sheet from Target and it is the quilt that hangs out in my baby’s room. I use it literally daily. I had no idea scrap quilts were such a “thing” when I started, but now I know better. We don’t like to waste our precious fabric!

After I finished this quilt, I wanted to make another immediately. I decided to start saving my Cotton + Steel selvages to make a selvage quilt. I had no idea what I would choose to do eventually, but I saved every. single. one. Fast forward a few years and I decided to use THIS method to make my quilt. It took about a zillion selvages, but thanks to the help of awesome friends, I finished!

Last week on Instagram, I posed a question asking for suggestions of scrap quilt tutorials and patterns after having finished my selvage quilt. Here are some of the suggestions and links to tutorials/patterns!

Plaidish by Kitchen Table Quilting

Scrap Jar Stars by Gigi’s Thimble

Raspberry Kiss Block by Wooden Spoon Quilts (resized to 12.5″ by me)

Scrapbuster Log Cabin by Simple Girl, Simple Life

Quick Cornerstone Quilt by Diary of a Quilter

Scrappy Crossroads by Lori Holt

Two by Four by Film in the Fridge

Scrappy Granny Squares by Quilty Love

Snippets by Cotton Way

French Braid by United Notions (great for jelly roll strip leftovers)

Epic Bow Tie quilt by Heritage Threads

Simple Patchwork in any size you need (3.5″, 5″, etc)

The humble half-square triangle in any size you need

Log Cabin or Courthouse Step blocks (there are a variety of tutorials out there)

Scrappy Pixellated Heart (there are lots out there)

Irish Chain

Hopefully that is a good place for all of us to start planning our next scrap quilts! Do you have a favorite that isn’t on this list? Leave me a comment and I’ll update this post!