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Ruffled Easy Burlap Wreath

July 26, 2018

Create this easy and quick ruffled burlap wreath. It takes less than 15 minutes and it’ll be something that can hang on your door year-round. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

This ruffled easy burlap wreath was a breeze to make and to put together. Just use some simple burlap ribbon, hot glue, and a wreath form and you’re set with a wreath that will be beautiful through any season. We’re back at it for more Craft Lighting and this time our medium is Burlap. Burlap isn’t a favorite thing of mine to use but I do use it because I love the finished product. When I touch it, it stinks and makes me itchy. I’ve learned just to buy the ribbon in the width that I need and that helps alleviate some of the things I hate about working with burlap. You can make an easy burlap wreath in minutes so follow along below.Create this DIY Burlap Wreath using 3 items. Ruffle the burlap ribbon to give your wreath dimension. #burlap #craftlightning

Supplies

Start with your wreath form and burlap ribbon. Place a dot of glue on the back of the form and place your starting point of the burlap ribbon. Every inch or so, fold a piece of the burlap ribbon to create the ruffle for your easy burlap wreath.If you have a sewing machine and a ruffle foot, you can do it that way as well. That would be the easiest way to do it but not everyone has those at their disposal. You could also use some straight pins to attach the burlap ribbon to your wreath form. Create this DIY Burlap Wreath using 3 items. Ruffle the burlap ribbon to give your wreath dimension. #burlap #craftlightningI like to use materials I have on hand to make simple and easy crafts. I go to the craft store too often so I need to use what I have rather than always buying more. But what is crafting if you don’t have every tool you think you’ll need? Create this DIY Burlap Wreath using 3 items. Ruffle the burlap ribbon to give your wreath dimension. #burlap #craftlightningI’d love for you to make this easy burlap wreath and hang it on your front door for all seasons to come.

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Make Custom Cactus Watercolour Prints using Derwent Academy and Xyron

July 25, 2018

These cactus printables are perfect to hang in a nursery or in your home. Use some Derwent Academy Watercolour supplies to make it tens times better than a black and white printable. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I made these cactus printables even better by using some Derwent Academy products and my Xyron Sticker Maker. Create your own 3D cactus art by following the easy steps below .These cactus printables are perfect for home decor. Use some Derwent watercolour pencils and add the perfect dimension to this already great artwork. #CactusPrintables #CactusPrint When I began experimenting with different art mediums, watercolors were always a favorite of mine. I learned that you have to start with the lightest colour and then moving into dark colors when with oil paint, you have to do the opposite. Watercolor dries fast and using Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencil Tins and Derwent Academt assorted brushes are a great alternative to panned watercolors.

Supplies

Begin by printing out the cactus printables just on standard copy paper. You will then trace the cactus images onto your Derwent Academy Watercolour Pad paper using a waterproof pen. These cactus printables are perfect for home decor. Use some Derwent watercolour pencils and add the perfect dimension to this already great artwork. #CactusPrintables #CactusPrint These cactus printables are perfect for home decor. Use some Derwent watercolour pencils and add the perfect dimension to this already great artwork. #CactusPrintables #CactusPrintUse your Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencils and use whichever color palette you want. I used 4 shades of green and then I took the assorted brushes and hastily applied water over my pencil shades.

I wanted an imperfect look so I didn’t follow any outer lines and even got some splashes on the paper. To do that, blend your colors and before washing out your brush, just flick it over the paper. These cactus printables are perfect for home decor. Use some Derwent watercolour pencils and add the perfect dimension to this already great artwork. #CactusPrintables #CactusPrint Allow it to dry and then cut some free formed floral shapes out of your felt. I used a coral color but, again, use whatever fits into your color scheme. Run the felt through your Xyron Sticker Maker and then apply it directly to the paper. For a more dimensional look, I layered them and scrunched some areas together for bulk. These cactus printables are perfect for home decor. Use some Derwent watercolour pencils and add the perfect dimension to this already great artwork. #CactusPrintables #CactusPrintFrame these perfect watercolor cactus printables for your home or as an easy gift for a home warming present. I love these and I’m saving these for when we move and I can get some artwork up on more walls! These cactus printables are perfect for home decor. Use some Derwent watercolour pencils and add the perfect dimension to this already great artwork. #CactusPrintables #CactusPrint These cactus printables are perfect for home decor. Use some Derwent watercolour pencils and add the perfect dimension to this already great artwork. #CactusPrintables #CactusPrint These cactus printables are perfect for home decor. Use some Derwent watercolour pencils and add the perfect dimension to this already great artwork. #CactusPrintables #CactusPrint

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DIY Military Countdown with Cricut

July 10, 2018

You all know how much I love my Cricut, but I love my brother more. Create this DIY Military Countdown to count the days you have until you get to see your deployed family member. Make your own military countdown for deployed family members. It's the perfect military craft to make with your Cricut. #cricut #cricutmade #militaryThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

My brother was deployed this past May. While I miss my brother, I’m sure his wife and kids miss him more. I made this DIY military countdown for them to write in how many days he has left in his deployment. Make your own using your Cricut machine or any cutting machine.

Follow all the bloggers along as we create with Cricut Iron-On Vinyl and then at the end of this post, see how you can win your very own EasyPress and EasyPress Mat!

Supplies

To start, open the Cricut Design Space file. The font I used is Acier BAT and it’s available through TypeKit. If you don’t have an Adobe account, go ahead and use a font you love. Select Make It and then be sure to mirror your image for Iron-On. Cut and weed your Iron-On and set it aside.Make your own military countdown for deployed family members. It's the perfect military craft to make with your Cricut. #cricut #cricutmade #militaryI bought this box sign from a local shop called The Wood Connection. It was around $10 and worth every penny. I stained the outer frame with some Early American wood stain and then painted the interior with chalkboard paint.

When your frame has dried, go ahead and lay your Iron-On Vinyl on the chalkboard and press. The chalkboard paint melted when I placed the iron on top of the deisign so I just used the tip of the iron and pressed. It took arounf 5 minutes to get a good adherance to the board. Take off your carrier sheet and you’re done! Make your own military countdown for deployed family members. It's the perfect military craft to make with your Cricut. #cricut #cricutmade #militaryThis project is something I love and I can’t wait to see my nieces face when I give it to her. This military countdown is going to be something special for the next year. Make your own military countdown for deployed family members. It's the perfect military craft to make with your Cricut. #cricut #cricutmade #military

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DIY Unicorn Nail Decals using your Cricut Explore

May 14, 2018

Did you know you can use stencil vinyl and your Cricut Explore to make DIY nail decals? Read this post to find out how easy it is to create nail stencils and make your own nail art. Create your own nail decal with stencil materialThis post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for your support.
Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-2

I love DIY nail art just like the next person but I had never tried to create my own DIY nail decals before. I grabbed some stencil vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and cut it with my Cricut Explore and it turned out perfect. Next time I attempt it, I will use brighter colors but I’m not a bright nail person.
Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-7I already own a mini OPI light so I’m able to do my own gel polish at home and that’s just what I’m going to have to do from now on. You can find a similar system here but I got my OPI kit at Sephora and it came with all the basics. You certainly don’t need a light to do this and this can be done with regular nail polish. Just allow it to dry for quite a while before painting on your decal.

Supplies:

Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-17I painted my nails with the gel base coat and allowed it to set in the light for 20 seconds each hand. I then painted one coat of black and I had them set under the UV light for another 20 seconds. Next, I  topped it off with the no wipe top coat and let that set under the light for at least 30 seconds. I did wipe them with alcohol before I put that chrome powder on so that I would have a clean nail and I’d get a good shine. Don’t use too much of the powder, a little goes a long way. Rub the powder into your nail until you see the shine that you want. You can use an eyeshadow applicator or a makeup sponge wedge.Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-18 Next, you’ll apply your Unicorn decal that we’ve cut with our Cricut or any other cutting machine you have and then apply the black paint. Allow it to set with the light for 20-30 seconds to be sure that the decal won’t go anywhere. Place another top coat on and set it under the light for an additional 30 seconds.  Here is a great tutorial on how to cut vinyl with your Cricut and here is one on how to cut with your Silhouette. Because these are so small you won’t really need transfer tape. I just used a weeder tool and removed it straight from the backing and put it straight onto my nail.Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-19 Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-21Here is a great youtube tutorial on using it with the Sally Hansen gel polish where you don’t need a UV light. To get a kit of all the colors and applicators without the UV light, click here. Again, you don’t need to use the chrome powder or fancy polish. This is your own, go for it!

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Personalize a Cleaning Bucket and make Cleaning Fun Again

May 4, 2018

For me, cleaning is a nightmare. Fill this cleaning bucket with all your spring cleaning needs and make it look pretty with vinyl. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Springtime is a rough business for me. I’m always fighting seasonal allergies and so I strive to keep my home clean from airborne allergens. Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes and FLONASE, available at Kroger stores, help me achieve a doable spring season.

Supplies –

Begin by opening the Cricut Design Space File and cut your holographic vinyl. You’ll just choose it from the materials list and it will give you a perfect cut. I always cut twice just to make sure I have no sticking.

Remove any unwanted vinyl from the carrier sheet and place the transfer tape over your design. Use your scraper tool to press down and get a good adhesion. Peel off the transfer tape and then place it in the center of your cleaning bucket. Now, who doesn’t want to clean all the time with this? So easy and it’s the perfect accessory to carry all your Clorox® products.

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Messy Hair Don’t Care Hoop Art with Cricut

May 3, 2018

To celebrate the beautiful Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle, available exclusively at JOANN stores, I’m making this super cute Messy Hair Don’t Care hoop with Cricut to display in my daughter’s room. Not only does she have messy hair, she has a messy room which coordinates perfectly.Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl This post contains affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small commision. Thank you for your support.

Cricut’s holographic sparkle vinyl has the perfect ability to catch different tones in the light. It’s a lot more vibrant than their glitter vinyl, which has it coordinating with the Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2. Everything Cricut related that you need is included in this amazing bundle and you’ll have an amazing hoop art project in no time.

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Usually, when you buy canvasses at JOANN, they come in a pack of 2 or more which is more economical. I just took a utility knife and removed the canvas material from the frame. It’s similar to what I did when I made my reverse canvas.Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl Next, you’ll cut your design for your hoop art with Cricut Design Space. I designed it and sized it to fit a 9″ wooden embroidery hoop. Remove the excess Cricut sparkle vinyl and keep the words on the white paper.Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl Lay your transfer tape over the top of your vinyl and use your XL scraper tool to rub over the top. Peel off the transfer tape and that will also remove your vinyl from the white carrier sheet. Lay it on the center of your canvas material. You’re going to want to peel slowly as you remove the transfer tape.Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl You could easily use your EasyPress and use Iron-On Vinyl to do this same technique but I love the look of the pink sparkle vinyl and that’s what I had that was included in the Cricut Wisteria Explore Bundle. They also have silver and gold in the Iron-On in the same sparkle included in the box.Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #VinylCreate the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl After your image is on the canvas, go ahead and lay the material over the bottom of the hoop and then lay the outer circle hoop and push down to secure it completely. After it’s secured, use some scissors and cut away the excess canvas material.

Add a cute ribbon on the top to hang or use a Scotch wall hook and hang it inconspicuously. Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #VinylI love how this is displayed with these coordinating felt balls and this adorable planter with fern leaves as the hair. It literally has messy hair and it doesn’t care 😉

I love using my Cricut Explore because of the Bluetooth capability. I often use it in conjunction with my Cricut Maker and it’s a pretty little thing sitting nice and cosy with her sister. The Wisteria color is a favorite of mine and it coincides with Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet.

So you want to know what’s included in the Cricut Wisteria Explore Bundle?

  • Wisteria Explore Air 2
  • Wisteria XL Scraper and Weeder
  • Holographic Sparkle Vinyl in pink, teal and purple
  • Iron-On in gold and silver
  • New Foil Embossed Paper in pink and silver (for all your paper crafts)
  • SportFlex Iron-On

Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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DIY Reverse Canvas with Cricut Wisteria EasyPress Bundle

May 2, 2018

Using the new Cricut Wisteria EasyPress is so easy to create reverse canvas projects. Not only is it beautiful, it’s a practical thing to have for every crafter of every skill level.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaThis post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaCreating a reverse canvas is so easy and now that you have or are considering an EasyPress, it just makes it that much more achievable to get professional looks with little materials. I love it because it’s 9×9″ evenly heated and the Wisteria EasyPress is lightweight, portable and easy to store.

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To begin, find yourself some awesome Iron-On Designs that are included in the Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. The Cricut Wisteria items are only available at JOANN stores and guys, it’s beautiful. You’ve got the metallic finish and it’s the perfect shade of purple to coincide with Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaIf you can remove the staples of the back of your canvas, use that. If they’re in there pretty deep, go ahead and cut around the back of the canvas. My canvas had a painted side to it and a more rustic side on the back with no paint. I decided I wanted a farmhouse reverse canvas so I used the back side.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaPreheat your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress to 340ºF. If you prefer Celcius, just hold the temperature button on the EasyPress and it will switch over, do the same thing to switch it back to Fahrenheit. Then set the timer for 30 seconds. If you do not have an EasyPress Mat, set the timer for 50 seconds.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaSet your removed canvas over the EasyPress Mat and then warm your surface for about 10 seconds. Lay your Cricut Iron-On Design over the top and then take your Wisteria EasyPress and hold it over the design for 30 seconds. Use medium pressure and allow the design to cool for around 1-2 minutes.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaUse a firm hold and pull up the transfer paper. It may take a bit of a tug when you first pull up on the paper. As long as it doesn’t lift up the actual design, you’re ok. If the design does lift, go ahead and press your design for 20 more seconds and allow it to cool all over again.

Now that you have your design pressed, now it’s time to stain your frame if you’d like. Just brush the stain over the top, allow it to soak in for 30 seconds and then wipe. I just used a foam brush to paint it on and a paper towel to wipe it off. You can also use a lint-free towel to wipe it off too. Allow it to dry completely.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaTurn your frame upside down and then lay the image over the frame. Make sure to set the image to where you want it. Then you’re going to start stapling the back of the canvas to the back of the frame. Begin in the middle and pull as you go. Go back and forth, side to side pulling taught. Be sure to staple all around the edges and then trim the excess canvas.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaDisplay your awesome reverse canvas and relish in how easy it was to make!

So, what’s included in your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress Bundle? Here is everything:

  • Wisteria EasyPress
  • Exclusive Iron On Designs
  • Elephants and Phrases that are perfect for Onesies
  • Makers Gonna Make & Love Phrase Designs that are perfect for t-shirts
  • Floral Design
  • ‘Awesome’ Phrase Design

Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteria

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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What is the Cricut Knife Blade?

May 1, 2018

It’s here! But I bet you’ve been wondering what is the Cricut Knife Blade? I’ve got some insider secrets to tell you and some tips and tricks to help you along the way.What is the Cricut Knife Blade? Check out this post for the most information. #CricutMade #knifeBlade This post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commision. Thank you for your support.

So, what is the Cricut Knife Blade? I’ve been holding in a secret for the last few weeks in that I’ve been able to try and test it out before others can. I and some other bloggers have been working around the clock to show you exactly what the Cricut Knife Blade is and what you can make with it.

What is the Cricut Knife Blade?

  • The Cricut Knife Blade is compatible with the Cricut Maker. It is a part of the new Adaptive Tool System which will be on all new Cricut Maker machines from here on out. The Cricut Knife blade cannot be used in the Cricut Explore models because they do not have the Adaptive Tool System or force capable to use the system.

Should I buy the Cricut Maker now or wait for later?

  • If you have been wondering whether you should buy a Cricut Maker rather than the Cricut Explore model, I’m here to tell you to invest the extra money because the capabilities are far greater. That’s not to say that the Cricut Explore is not a great machine. If you plan on just cutting paper and vinyl, the Explore is a great option. The Cricut Maker, now with the new knife blade, is able to cut more materials because the machine can handle thicker materials. My suggestion is that if it’s in your budget to buy an Explore model, save the extra $150 and buy the Cricut Maker. There is still more to come with this and even if you’re just a paper crafter and not a seamstress, I’d buy the Cricut Maker.

What can I cut with the Cricut Knife Blade?

  • So, what can you cut with the Cricut Knife Blade? I have so far cut basswood, shrink film, raw-hide leather, Cricut chipboard, frame matboard, stamp material and they’ve all been varying thicknesses. The thickest material you can cut with the Cricut Knife Blade is 2.4mm. When you buy your materials, some will list the thickness on the SKU tag.
  • Play around and see what materials you like cutting best. For me, it’s the new Cricut Chipboard. It comes at 10.5″x10.5″ for the simple fact that the widest material you want to cut is 11″ with the Cricut Knife Blade. The reason for this is that the white rollers on your Cricut will leave an indentation. To resolve this, just use your hand and simply slide all the rollers, one by one, to the right side of the metal bar.

How do I prepare my material for the Cricut Knife Blade?

  • Since the Cricut Knife Blade is so different from anything Cricut has released before, the preparations are different. To prepare your material you’re going to want to use only Strong Grip Mats, these are the purple mats.
  • You’re also going to want to use some basic masking tape and tape down your material to the mat. This is an extra step you’re going to want to take, absolutely! The Knife Blade takes a lot of time to get the cuts so you’re going to want the extra security by tacking it down. It’s ok if the tape gets cut in the process and if it adheres to the object you’re cutting. This can easily be removed. Don’t use duct tape because that can’t be removed easily and I never had an issue when I used just the standard masking tape.
  • With the tape, another thing to remember is that if you have an oily surface, like leather, the tape won’t stick very well to it. My item cut fine with the leather, I just had to watch it extra close.

How do I prepare my machine for the Cricut Knife Blade?

  • I mentioned above that you’re going to want to move your white rollers to the right of the metal bar. The rollers are really there only for print-then-cut materials so you don’t need to always have them in the middle of the rollers. You will know right away if you forgot because your material will most likely be embossed with the rollers.
  • You’re going to want to calibrate your Knife Blade to your machine. When you buy your Maker, it comes with the rotary blade already calibrated specifically to your machine so you’re going to want to do this extra step with your knife blade. To calibrate, just choose the drop-down bar on the left of your screen in Design Space. Follow the prompts on your screen. I used colored cardstock for this but plain paper will work. It’s just easier to see the cuts matching with colored cardstock. You’re going to want to count the lines that your Cricut Knife Blade cut and choose the number you’ve counted where the two lines cut meet together.

What expectations should I have for the Cricut Knife Blade?

  • Again, because this is a product Cricut has never released before, it’s important to know that this is not a fast project kind of tool. The knife blade works by slowly gaining more pressure with each pass of the blade. Because of this, it can do up to 20 passes for each cut. Depending on the detail of your image, it can take hours. I’ll say that again, it can take hours for your project to cut. And sometimes that can be just one mat. If you have several mats with several details, it can take you all day long.
  • Because it can take so much time to cut a project, you have to use your desktop for the Cricut Knife Blade. You have to set your computer out of sleep mode and you have to make sure that it’s plugged into an outlet. You don’t want to have your computer go to sleep mid-project and then ruin the materials.
  • The blades can chip very easily so leave on the cap when your blade is not in use. I don’t put the cap on while the housing is installed but whenever I switch it out I do.

What is the Cricut Knife Blade? Check out this post for the most information. #CricutMade #knifeBladeThat is all the basic information that you need to get started using your Cricut Maker and your Cricut Knife blade. They’re going to retail for $39.99 and the blade replacements will be $16.99. The Maker and their housings don’t go on sale too often but the blade replacements do.