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Crafting DIY - Cricut - Halloween

Easy Skeleton Halloween Garland

September 26, 2018

To celebrate the new book, Hot Glue: Hacks and Crafts, I’m making the cutest Skeleton Garland. The perfect DIY Halloween Garland.Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmade This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.\

I love quick and easy Halloween crafts. One of my favorite projects are these Pumpkin Pillow Boxes that I made for Craft Lightning last year. See how easy it is to create this inexpensive Halloween garland using items from the dollar store. Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmade

Supplies for your Skeleton Halloween Garland

Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmadeYou’re going to begin by cutting your mini party hats for the Halloween garland. Just print off the party hat template above or if you have a Cricut, use the Cricut Design Space File already made for you. (It got crunched in the process so don’t cut the lines that squiggle ;))

How to fold a cone party hat –Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmade

To fold a cone-shaped party hat, you’re going to want to start by rolling the edges on a pencil just to get it in the rounded shape. I just rolled each side with a pen I had on hand and then I placed a small dot of hot glue on to the tab. Fold over your party hat by matching the pointed end first. Then align the bottom while the glue is still warm. Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmadePlace a bead of glue on the inside of your mini party hat and add the Halloween Tinsel to it. I cut the tinsel into 3″ sections and just stuffed it in the party cone. Trim any excess if you’d like. Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmadeAdd a large amount of the hot glue to your skeleton’s head and then place their mini party cone hat on top. Give your skeleton a haircut if he needs it. You’re going to do this to all of your skeletons. Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmade

You can run your twine through the ribcage of your mini skeletons or add it and wrap it around each of the skeletons necks. You may have to also use some hot glue to get the skeletons to stay where you’d like them as you’re hanging them.

Where can I find these Halloween Garland Supplies?

I found all of the tinsel and the skeletons at the dollar store. My paper is from My Mind’s Eye but they’re sold out and I don’t want to point you in that direction. Just your local scrapbooking store or even a Joann or Michaels will work great. I linked all the supplies above to Amazon so that you can find these easily online.

That’s it! So easy and such a fun DIY Halloween garland and it’ll be a classic to have around for years. Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmade

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Crepe Paper Leaves turned into a stunning DIY Fall Wreath

September 24, 2018

Create the perfect Fall Wreath by using your ClearSnap ClearBox pigment inks to add dimension to your crepe paper leaves. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

This is one of my most favorite projects I’ve ever made. I love that it’s the perfect DIY Fall wreath for the Thanksgiving holiday and that I can switch it out with my paper Christmas wreath I made a few years ago on my Cricut. 

Supplies for your DIY Fall Wreath

How to make a DIY Fall Wreath

So begin by opening up the Cricut Design Space file for your Fall leaves. I bought the package of Crepe Paper from Lia Griffith and it’s seriously the best stuff. I cut each color a total of 3 rounds on the mat so I was able to get 18 leaves in each color for my DIY Fall wreath. Use your Cricut Fabric Grip mat and the rotary blade for the crepe paper leaves.

After you’ve cut all of your leaves, you’re going to want to assemble them using some floral wire stems. Dip the stems into some white craft glue, just straight down the nozzle and pull up. This will coat your wire in the glue and then you’ll lay it on the seam of one leaf and then lay the other half on top so it creates one full leaf. I used an extra styrofoam round that I had laying around and placed each of the stemmed Fall leaves into it so it could dry. I allowed these to dry overnight so that when I used my ColorBox pigment inks, they wouldn’t tear the fragile crepe paper.

Use your blotter tool to dip into your Colorsnap pigment inks and then start from the bottom center of the leaves and work your way up and outward. Once your leaves are inked, slowly stretch the outer parts of your crepe paper leaf and bend your floral wire so that it looks like a leaf from nature.

How to assemble your Crepe Paper Fall Wreath

After your leaves are formed and you have your wreath base, go ahead and start with your lightest color and fill in the wreath having the colors form an ombre as you go around. There was a bit of white wreath from coming from my crepe paper Fall wreath. You can always make more but I just finagled my fall leaves so that they’d cover the form. 

How do I make a chipboard banner with my Cricut?

For the banner, you’re going to cut your shape with the Cricut Knife Blade. Cut out both pieces of the banner with the chipboard. The base of the chipboard banner is like a puzzle and the top pieces of the banner will cover it. Spray the large chipboard piece with gold paint and set aside to dry.

As that paint is drying, cut the orange cardstock just like the top piece of the chipboard banner. You will take the largest part of the cardstock and iron on the brown autumn words. I tried cardstock and the font was just too thin so Iron-On Vinyl was the perfect alternative.

Yes! You can use Iron-On Vinyl on cardstock or other paper products. See how I used it here on napkins. You need to have you EasyPress set at 250ºF and then press for 5-10 seconds. If you use an Iron for the HTV, just have your settings on low and press lightly so you don’t crease your paper.  Now run all the orange cardstock through your Xyron Disposable 3″ Sticker Maker Be sure to pay attention to putting the cardstock pieces in right-side up. Place the cardstock and then pull the Sticker Maker paper and the pieces will come out the other end as stickers!

Adhere your cardstock pieces to the cut chipboard and set aside. Use some craft glue and use it on the small pieces of the chipboard banner to be placed on the long, gold chipboard. Use some clips or some kind of weight to be placed on the assembled chipboard banner.

Once that piece is assembled and dry, use some hot glue to just adhere it wherever you want on the wreath. 

How to make paper acorns

The acorns were really the easiest part. You’ll just need some cardstock and craft glue. I used some shimmer cardstock in gold and brown. Cut the paper acorns with the Cricut machine. For cutting paper with the Cricut, you can use any Cricut machine. Start with one side of the acorn and then assemble the other and then glued them into one large 3D paper acorn.

They’re almost like pumpkins. There is a small tab on each curve of the paper acorn and then you just place a dot of glue on those and then bring the next curved piece and adhere the small tab so that it will be on the inside of the paper acorn. 

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Cut a Wooden Cake Topper with your Cricut Maker

September 19, 2018

Using your Knife Blade on the Cricut Maker is a game-changer. Learn how easy it is to create a wooden cake topper out of basswood below. Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmadeThis post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.

First of all, this princess party turned out better than I could have imagined and it was all made easier with my Cricut Maker. Learn how to cut wood with your Cricut Maker and what wood is best to use when using your Cricut Knife Blade.

Supplies for Princess Cake Topper

What kind of wood can I cut with the Cricut Knife Blade?

You can cut any wood that is 2.6mm thick. I recommend using basswood that is 1/16″ or 3/32″ wide. If you cut balsa wood the passes are not as many with the knife blade but you have a very fragile piece of wood. The best wood for your Cricut cake topper would be something sturdy.

What wood should I use for a wooden Cricut DIY cake topper?

I would 100% use basswood. It will hold up far better than balsa wood. It gives you a sturdy wooden cake topper that can be reused if you store it properly. You can also layer the basswood and make it thicker and sturdy.

What adhesive should I use with my wooden Cricut DIY cake topper?

I really like Aileens Wood Glue to layer the basswood together. You can use binder clips or even quilting binding clips to press it together while it dries. Or even easier, use a heavy book. The only thing that would concern me there is maybe glue can be pressed out and can adhere your wooden cake topper to the book.

For this particular DIY cake topper, I used my Xyron Creative Station and it worked well. It is not sealed on top of the paper so you’re more prone to grease spots if you do it this way.

Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmadeCan I cut intricate images with the Cricut Knife Blade?

The recommended smallest area you should cut is about the size of a pencil eraser and don’t go thinner than the width of a pencil. I have tried to cut really intricate settings and it either split the wood or would break as I was removing it from the mat.

Should I remove small inner images as I cut with my Cricut Knife Blade?

If you remove the small areas that are lifting as you cut your images, it will throw the cut out of sync. It will begin to cut areas a bit off of the actual cut line because it doesn’t have a surface holding it in-place like before. Some of the smaller intricate pieces will pop up as your cutting but I would only recommend removing it if it’s getting in the way of the blade and stopping the cut.

Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmadeHow can I make my homemade DIY cake topper food safe?

Many sealants are only labeled food-safe after going through a rigorous FDA approval. I would recommend using Mod Podge because it is non-toxic but it is not declared food-safe. Most craft supplies are not food safe. But since you don’t actually want it to get on your food, I’d cover the stakes of your cake topper with some cling film after you’ve applied your Mod Podge.

If you don’t want to seal it, go ahead. Just stick the wood straight into the cake and call it good. I would only recommend sealing it if you painted or stained it and planned to reuse it. Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmade

Check out other bloggers ideas on how to cut wood on your Cricut machine.


Crafting DIY - Cricut - Home DIY

Rainbow DIY Bookends with your Cricut Maker

September 9, 2018

Create these perfect Rainbow DIY Bookends using your Knife Blade on your Cricut Maker. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’ve been super busy at home and mainly my bedroom…not that kind of busy. I’ve been making a craft area in my master bedroom and also using it as my blog studio. When I was designing this area I wanted lots of white with rainbow accents. That’s when I came up with the idea of making rainbow bookends so I figured what better way to make them than with my Cricut! They’re pretty easy to make, just a bit of a long process waiting for the glue to dry. Let’s get started on our DIY bookends! 

Supplies for your Rainbow DIY Bookends

How do I cut wood with my Cricut Maker?

The easiest wood to cut with your Cricut Maker is Basswood. It is still durable even though it’s 1/16″ thick. If you cut Balsa with your Cricut Maker, it can easily break and is too flimsy for this project. It may save you a few dollars on the wood but it’s not worth it.

Where can I buy wood for my Cricut Maker to cut?

I have found that Hobby Lobby has the best selection, then Joann’s and then Michaels. It may just be my certain stores that don’t have a great selection but craft or hobby stores are where you want to go to buy the wood sheets.

How thick of wood can my Cricut Maker cut?

The best results I’ve had is when I cut 1/16″ basswood. You can cut 3/32″ as well. The maximum size that your Cricut Maker can cut is 2.4mm and that is equivalent to 3/32″.

How do I assemble my DIY bookends?

So this is the easier part. I began with painting my rainbow in my desired colors and allowed it to dry. I started by gluing together 3 of the base pieces of the artboard and then glued my base wood piece to it. I used some binding clips to hold it tight as the glue was drying. Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

Next, you’ll do your outer layers of the rainbow. Again, use your binding clips to hold it together until it is dried. You can also use hot glue if you want but my crafting glue is what I had on hand and it dries crystal clear. Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

Don’t put on the rainbow cloud pieces yet! Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricutDid you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

After you’ve allowed your rainbow to dry, adhere it to your clear acrylic bookends. I placed glue on both ends and then placed it on the bookends. I then put some books to either side of it to hold it up straight as I waited for it to dry.

Once it’s completely dried and set, it is now time to add the clouds. I made a notch in the clouds that is 1/8″. This will help me press the cloud straight to the bookend and be square with the shelf. Just use some binding clips to hold it in place again and then allow it to dry.  Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

How long does the Cricut Maker Knife Blade take to cut wood?

The thing that took the longest was the drying of the clue. Since these aren’t intricate, the cutting was fairly fast. The Cricut Maker will make 14 passes when cutting on the 1/16″ basswood setting.

You need to plan on having your Cricut Maker connected to a desktop or a laptop. The reason for this is that the Knife Blade can take sometimes hours to cut and you could have your phone turn off, or get a call and then your project will be lost. For all the Cricut Maker Knife Blade tips I recommend, go here

I’ve displayed these in my Craft Room for some fun motivation to get creative on any project I make. Now check out some more home decor items you can create with your Cricut.

Crafting DIY - Scrapbooking

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

Crafting DIY - Cricut

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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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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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.