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. This 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!
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.I 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! This 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.
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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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
That 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.
To celebrate the release of the new Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2, exclusive to JOANN, make these awesome DIY Avenger Masks. Perfect timing for Avengers: Infinity War.This post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commision. Thank you for your support.
I just saw the movie this opening weekend and I usually don’t feel like they knocked my socks off. They did this time. To show my excitement and Malakai’s excitement for seeing Hulk, we made him these paper Avengers masks using the new Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle available exclusively at JOANN stores.
I’ve been using the Cricut machines for over 4 years now and I cannot express how beautiful the new Wisteria Cricut Explore is. It has a metallic sheen to it and it looks beautiful in my craft room along with its sister, the Cricut Maker. It fits perfect for the Pantone color of the year, Ultra Violet. I also love the Bluetooth capability so that I can easily use my mobile phone to cut my project. My desktop conked out a few months ago so my husband and I are sharing a laptop, not ideal but, it’s working because I have my mobile devices to use my Cricuts.I began by using the Print Then Cut method for my Cricut.To start, you want to first calibrate your machine so that you get a good, close cut. You also want your bleed lines to be on so that your cut line will be on the printed project.After you’ve printed your masks, you will place them on your included Light Grip Mat and set the smart dial to Cardstock. Your machine will begin by reading the registration lines and then it will begin cutting. With your Explore models, you want to use white paper to print your items on. The Cricut Printable Vinyl is great for making stickers. I also love their thicker Printable Sticker Paper but it will not pull through my HP 8610 Printer.The easiest way to remove any paper from your Cricut mats is to bend your mat backwards and let the paper peel off. If you pull the paper directly, you will curl your paper and you can’t move on to your other part of the project until that’s resolved.The cut file includes the hole so that you can easily add the elastic or twine. My son is two so there is no way he’s going to hold still enough for me to tie it on. He just holds it up and takes it right off. That’s why I love that they’re paper and easily made, I don’t feel bad if he only likes it for a few minutes. He’ll come back to it off-and-on for days.
So what’s included in your Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle? You’ll receive:
Wisteria Explore Air 2
Wisteria XL Scraper and Weeder
Holographic Sparkle Vinyl
Iron-On in pink, teal, purple, gold and silver
New Foil Embossed Paper in pink and silver (for all your paper crafts)
Head to your nearest JOANN stores and pick up the Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle and get crafting today to create these DIY Avenger Masks, Iron Man says so 😉
Create the cutest Teacup Favors using your Cricut and adorning it with Deep Red Stamps.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I used to have a really large stamping addiction but then they just took too much space and I couldn’t handle the pile-up. I love Deep Red Stamps because they’re compact and you’re able to know exactly what image your mini clear bag is holding. Takes up a quarter of the space that those old wooden stamps did.
Begin by cutting out your teacup favors with your Cricut. Use your scoring tool and the fine point blade to get the nice precision cut that Cricut always gives. Fold your teacups along the score lines then run the solid cardstock through your Xyron Creative Station. Start assembling the inner and outer cardstocks and then place the solid cardstock on the inside of the cup. Be sure to pay attention to the tabs so that none of them shows. Use some clips to help hold the smaller tabs in place. I just used some liquid adhesive for these small tabs.Run your handles through the Xyron Creative Station and adhere them on to the side of the teacup favors.Now on the kraft paper bags, stamp your White Rabbit stamp in the corner using the black ink pad. Fill your bags with some tea and then fold it over.Stamp your Pocket Watch stamp on some white cardstock and fussy cut around it. Fold some ribbon behind it and then use a stapler or a decorative paper clip and adhere it to the top of the kraft paper bag.Voila! You have the cutest teacup favors to hand out to someone special.
Did you know that Tuesday Morning offers a wide selection of scrapbooking supplies? I love taking everyday things and jazzing them up for the perfect Butterfly Party for spring.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Tuesday Morning for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
I love Tuesday Morning stores. They offer a great selection of name-brand everyday items, quality toys and an amazing scrapbooking selection. When I was there I saw several Cricut’s, We-R Memories Stitch Happy machines and Singer sewing machines. I was most excited to find some Bazzill cardstock that usually retails for $1 a sheet but I got it for $3.99 for 25! I have a lot of cardstock…a lot and I was really excited to add more to my collection.
I love the contrast of the black and white with the colors in the cardstock. These Maggie Holmes papers are some of my favorites. I found a lot of American Crafts brand items at Tuesday Morning. They’re always good quality and it’s even better finding it at a reasonable price.To create this butterfly party was really easy. I used some shapes in Cricut Design Space and then just assembled them all using some scrapbook adhesive. Just add some candies and ribbons and you’ve tied the entire look of the party together.7Tuesday Morning offers high-quality items at low prices. I love a good find and I love some good scrapbooking materials. I know that this will be my first stop when I’m looking for items from now on. Find your local Tuesday Morning store here.
Did you know you can cut as fine of a material as tissue paper with Cricut? I’m going to give you all the tips and tricks here to show you how easy it is.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again – I love Lia Griffith’s membership. I’ve been able to download so many useful files including this super cute feather file. Grab her membership and create this file too.
To cut tissue paper, it can be kind of tricky. You have to use a light grip mat that isn’t brand new. You have to know that it’ll stay down but it also won’t stick when you are finished. There are many different qualities of tissue paper and I prefer to go with something that is a little bit more expensive than the dollar store.
Do not cut something that is super intricate. It will stick to the mat and ruin it. i.e.;
Begin by uploading the SVG file into Design Space. It’s just as simple as uploading a jpeg into Design Space. Place the tissue paper onto your light grip mat and load it into your machine.
If you have a Cricut Maker, the tissue paper setting will have you use the rotary blade. If you have a Cricut Explore, the fine point blade will work ok too, just choose the copy paper setting and a very clean mat.Cut away and then peel up the areas that you are not going to use first. Take your mat and slightly bend it backwards. This will make it easier to grab the cut tissue paper and not make any folds or tear it. Pull your mat away from your design carefully.
Once your design is cut, assemble it with the glue dots and the string and hang. I’ve cut tissue paper once before and I really loved the effect. For that project, I dipped the feather into glitter and it looked amazing. I used the fine tip blade for that project and it took a lot longer and I had more errors than when I had no errors using the rotary blade.Other bloggers have used the Create with Cricut Challenge to make other items with Tissue Paper. Check it out below.
I have become a big fan of Paper House Productions and their collections over the last few years. See how I made this wood fishing banner using their Great Outdoors Fishing Paper Crafting Kit and my Xyron Creative Station.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
This masculine wood fishing banner was so easy to make. I found these wooden half circles at a local shop called The Wood Connection. They’re perfect for this fishing scrapbooking paper and embellishments.
Begin by tracing your half circles on to your paper. I just used the tip of my scissors and traced the shape then cut it out by hand. Run your paper shapes and letters through the Xyron Creative Station and then adhere the shapes to the wood. Trim off any excess paper from the edges and then run a stamp pad along the edges so that they are distressed.After you’ve distressed the edges, go ahead and add some washi tape to one of the wooden circles and adorn it like you’d prefer. Add the ‘fishin’ word on top of the washi tape area. Use your Xyron adhesive eraser to remove any excess adhesive. Use your foam squares and adhere the letters to each wooden circle. Now add your 3D Stickers to the final circle and a few other embellishments and you’re done.