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Cricut - Home DIY

Cool Gaming Wall Art, Perfect for Teens

December 12, 2018

My teenage sons are too cool for me anymore. They’re obsessed with Fortnite and so I decided to make them some cool gaming wall art that they can hang from their room with pride.
Check out the easy tutorial below. 

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Supplies for your Video Game Wall Art

Begin by unwrapping your frames and cutting about an inch off the edge of your Wild Whispers scrapbook paper. Use some tape to center your image on the mat and then go ahead and put the backing back on the frame and close it up.

Then out of your black cardstock, open up the Design Space file above and cut out the gaming art pieces. Run the cut video game art pieces through your Xyron Creative Station and then adhere them to the front part of the plexiglass to the frame.  I used the repositionable cartridge for my Xyron because I wanted to make sure I could get the artwork lined up straight. Placing straight items, in this case, was not my strong suit. 😉 three frames with video game artUse your Command Strips and put them in the upper corners of your frames and then line them up on your wall.

That’s it! These gaming art pieces were so easy to create and it’s perfect for any teen room decor.  desk with video game artwork

Christmas - Cricut

DIY Disney Ugly Christmas Sweater Garland

December 5, 2018

This Disney ugly Christmas sweater garland can’t get any easier. Use your Derwent Academy acrylic paint to achieve a custom colorway and then attach them together using your Xyron adhesive. See how easy it is to make this sweater garland below.ugly Christmas sweater garland

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Derwent acrylic paint suppliesI love using my Xyron to adhere small pieces of cardstock. It’s a game-changer when you’re scrapbooking tiny details on your cards or layouts. For this Disney Christmas sweater garland, I used my Derwent Academy acrylic paint to create a custom colorway for my ugly sweater garland.

But really, are these actually ugly? I love them in garland form but I wouldn’t be caught dead actually wearing a full-size sweater.

Supplies for your Disney Ugly Christmas Sweater Garland

Begin by loading your Derwent Academy Acrylic Paper into your Cricut machine and then cut out the larger sweater pieces out of it. Then cut the other pieces in coordinating cardstock. Cut the base sweaters out of white cardstock so that it has a contrast to your marbling.

Now use your Derwent Academy Acrylic Paints and put some coordinating colors into your bowl of shallow water. Mix them however you want. You can make a marbling effect by using one color and then swirl in a contrasting color but don’t mix completely. Just lay your cut sweater into the water and allow it to dry.

I used a towel to blot my papers as they came out of the water and just laid them to the side to dry. After you’ve made your ugly sweater garland, use your Xyron Creative Station and run your small pieces through and the other parts of your sweater and adhere it to the base.

Use your twine as your garland string and just some tape to tape the string to the back of the Disney Christmas Sweaters.

What setting do you use for art paper on Cricut?

I use the cereal box setting and a deep cut blade when I’m cutting the acrylic paint art paper on my Cricut. After your cut is complete, do not unload it. Instead, just hit the C again and it will cut in those exact same areas. If you unload your mat from the Cricut and then try to cut the same canvas, it will not line up. Hang your paper ugly sweater garland wherever your heart desires. It looks super cute on a mini tree and you can even just make them as ornaments. Have a magical holiday!

Crafting DIY - Thanksgiving

DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards with Xyron + Waffle Flower

November 12, 2018

Create the perfect Thanksgiving place setting with this place card ideas using Waffle Flower stamps and your Xyron adhesive. diy thanksgiving place cardThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’ve said it so many times, I don’t do Thanksgiving but now that I have a blog, I need to actually have something that you guys will want to make yourselves. I do however love a good table setting so these Thanksgiving place cards are perfect to add to your tablescape. These Thanksgiving place cards are unconventional and I love them! 

Supplies for your Thanksgiving place cards

supplies to make a thanksgiving place card

Being by spraying the wooden discs with your Color Shine. I started with the Peach Color Shine and finished with the Mustard Color Shine. This dries almost immediately so you can move on to the next step ASAP.

Now let’s start with adding the names to your wooden discs. I took some printed off names that I liked the look of the font. This font is called Solidar Light and it’s a perfect script font. Use your paper and a pencil and draw across the back of the paper and then you’ll turn it over on the wood block (script font upwards) and then draw over the script font. The lead of the drawing on the back of the paper will create a tracing template for your wooden discs. I used a similar technique on my DIY Wooden Disc Sign years ago.

If I was to do this again, I’d just get a black sharpie from the beginning but I do love how it’s iridescent in some places. I used the gold marker and then went over it in a black ink so that’s why it looks so iridescent.

Next, stamp your Waffle Flower stamps onto your paper. Use watercolor paper or any other kind of paper that will be able to handle the ink blending.  I use Tim Holtz archival ink and then allow it to dry for 5 minutes.  Color in your cute little mice however you want to match your Thanksgiving tablescape and your scrapbooking paper. I used these Derwent Markers on my cupcake toppers but I didn’t use any water when I made those. Experiment and have fun.

Fussy cut around the stamped and colored image. The festive mice can be used from Fall to Winter and really can be customized any way you want.

Use some 3D adhesive foam to add the mice to your Thanksgiving place cards. I added some leaves for a little extra touch. I then took some of my scrapbooking scraps and cut banner pennants out of them. Use your Xyron Mega Runner to add them behind the mice. 

Your last step will be to attach the “stem” to your pumpkin place card. Cut a floral wire in half and thread it through the hole at the top. Use a pencil and wrap the wire around to create the curl.

These DIY Thanksgiving place cards are the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving tablescape. 

Scrapbooking

Football Scrapbook Page with Xyron & Jillibean Soup

November 8, 2018

Create this easy football scrapbook page layout to celebrate your child’s latest sports adventure. Use the  Jillibean Soup 2 Cool for School line and your Xyron adhesive to make it even more perfect. boys football scrapbook pageThis post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Just this past weekend my son Siaki won the championship game with his little league football team. I figured because of this fun and exciting time for him that I’d make him a football scrapbook page to commemorate this fun achievement.  yellow and blue scrapbook paper with football team picture

Supplies used for Football Scrapbook Page

jellybean soup scrapbook paper with a Xyron mega runnerI began by cutting some of the papers into small strips. I started out with 1/4″ and then moved up to 1″ wide pieces. They were all random lengths and I wasn’t a perfectionist on how wide they were, I just wanted them cut straight.  jellybean soup scrapbook paperI took my Stitch Happy (or you can use your sewing machine) and just randomly placed the strips of paper. I knew the photo was going to be in the middle and that was about it. I didn’t trim any of the edges because boys are rough and aren’t neat in any way, lol.

I also took some of the hexagons from the die cut paper and just stitched a straight line through there and then layered some more strips over those for some added texture. Use some of the 2 Cool for School puffy stickers and regular stickers to add more to any corner that you’ve done some stitching.  using a Xyron mega runnerUse your Xyron Mega Runner to adhere the small card to the page and lay that next to your embellished corner. Use some 3D foam tape and place it on the back of your photo and adhere it to the page. 3d foam tape on the back of a photoFussy cut some of the pennants from the scrapbooking page and then use your Xyron again to put some adhesive on the edge of the pennants and then secure them to the photo.  That’s it! This football scrapbook page was really easy to make and since I had my Jillibean Soup collection pack, it made it that much more fun. Head on over to the Jillibean Soup blog for projects from their Design Team using Xyron products. Be sure to follow Xyron and Jillibean Soup on Facebook because they’re having some awesome giveaways during the week so be sure to check out each giveaway post on each page.  jillibean soup and Xyron blog swap

Cricut - Scrapbooking

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Page Layout with Xyron

October 22, 2018

I love this line from Graphic 45. Learn how I created a 3D effect using my Cricut and the
Xyron Creative Station. Learn how your can win your own goodies from Xyron and Graphic 45 below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

The Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade paper is some of my new favorite scrapbooking paper. The paper is thick and cuts perfectly when using my Cricut. I used this circle shape from Paige Evans and then layered it on top of the same paper to create this 3D effect. 

Supplies for your Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Page Layout

I began by cutting the first page of the Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Paper Pad. I placed it on my Cricut cutting mat and then removed the tabs. Keep the page that is cut up so you can easily match the pieces. I didn’t do this so it took me a while to match up all the pieces. I started with the outside and then moved towards the center.

When I removed the pieces I just took a handful and placed the 3D adhesive dots on some and then ran the others through the Xyron Creative Station. I love the randomness of the 3D shapes and the others that are like a puzzle.

I used a hot glue gun to attach the feathers and then I added some Doodlebug enamel dots in random areas. Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade is a stunning line with pops of teal, purple and green. Its colors range in the cool range and so finding coordinating scrapbook lines to match.

Now for the giveaway!

Head to the Xyron Facebook Page and find the Graphic 45 creations by the other Xyron Design Team members and comment on the photo. You’ll be entered to win the Graphic 45 Christmas and a Xyron Mega Runner. There will be two winners so good luck!

Cricut - Halloween

Halloween Teresa Collins Journal with Xyron

October 19, 2018

Halloween is right around the corner, what better way to show your excitement by personalizing this Teresa Collins journal and adding a fun shaker tag. teresa collins notebook decorated for halloweenThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your Support.

I love this new Teresa Collins Journal that is available at Hobby Lobby. I also used some of her fabulous giant matte black sequins to add to this Halloween shaker tag to deliver to someone special who has a healthy love of Halloween.

hand holding sequins

Supplies for your Halloween Teresa Collins Journal

Begin by using your nesting dies and cut one large circle out of the white and the acetate sheet. Use the largest and second largest to cut out a black circle and a circle out of the foam. Use your Cricut Machine to cut out the Teresa Collins shapes.

Run your spider, spider web and the black outline circle through your Xyron Mega Runner. running paper through a xyron

Now let’s assemble our Halloween notebook

Start with your base white circle and place the black adhesive foam circle to the outer edges of the circle. Place your spider web in the middle and lay the spider on top. Add your jumbo sequins to the middle. applying spider web to cardround tag with spider putting sequins in a shaker cardNow lay your acetate circle over the top of everything and then adhere your outer black circle to the top. black glitter paper circleUse your orange HTV and cut out whichever word you want. I chose to write “This Halloween”. Weed your excess HTV and lay it on your Teresa Collins journal and press with your EasyPress. weeding htv

How do I use the EasyPress on Paper?

When you use your EasyPress on paper, you want to go for a low temperature. I use the 250ºF setting with a time limit of 10 seconds. applying htv to paper using the easypress on paper how to peel htv

Remove your carrier sheet from the HTV and then tie some ribbon around the Teresa Collins journal. Use some double-sided painters tape to adhere the Halloween shaker tag to the top of the notebook and ribbon.

I love how this Cricut Halloween shaker tag looks almost like a crystal ball. The glitter cardstock I chose goes perfectly with the saying on my Teresa Collins journal and it’s a perfect neighbor or friend gift. Happy Haunting. halloween journal with sequins

Crafting DIY - Cricut - Home - Thanksgiving

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. 

Cricut - Party Time

DIY Cupcake Toppers for a Woodland Party

September 12, 2018

These Woodland DIY Cupcake Toppers are really perfect for any party but made customizable with Derwent Water-Soluble Markers and Xyron. Having a forest themed party anytime soon? Learn how easy it is to create your own woodland animal party decor. #derwent #xyron #cricut #cricutmadeThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

These DIY Cupcake Toppers are so easy. I made the customized cupcake toppers using some woodland animals I found in Cricut Design Space and printed them directly on the Derwent Marker Paper. Jessica from Everyday Party Magazine created a similar party crown by using her Derwent Markers and the drawing feature with her Cricut. 

Supplies for DIY Cupcake Toppers

Begin by trimming down your Derwent Marker Paper to be 8.5X11″ so that it can fit into your printer paper tray. Print off the woodland animals for your DIY Cupcake Toppers and load them into your Cricut machine. For an easy tutorial on how to use the Print Then Cut feature for your Cricut, go here.

How do I make Paper Rosettes?

Making paper rosettes is really easy when you have the right tools. I like to use my Cricut Maker with the Scoring Wheel. The Cricut Scoring Wheel gives me deep impressions so that doing the accordion fold on each of the rosettes is easier. You can also use a scoring board and a paper trimmer to make the edges of the rosettes flat.

Now you’re going to cut out your rosette shapes and adhere them with the Xyron Tape Runner. I like to use clips to hold it together until the adhesive sets. Just some standard quilting binding clips are the best ones I’ve been able to find.

To see how to assemble your rosette shapes from your Cricut, head here to see how I made my Patriotic Rosettes a few months back.

As your paper rosettes are setting, color each of the woodland animal shapes in any coordinating colors. I used Orange, Scarlet Red, and Brown for the squirrel and then Gray and Light Blue for the raccoon.Having a forest themed party anytime soon? Learn how easy it is to create your own woodland animal party decor. #derwent #xyron #cricut #cricutmadeUse your larger circle as the base and then use the Xyron Tape Runner to adhere the Derwent Marker Paper to the coordinating cardstock. Now use some strong adhesive to place the circle on to the middle of your rosette.

How to Turn a Rosette into a Cupcake Topper?

Use a wooden skewer and place that on the cupcake topper so that it can sit on your cupcake straight.

Now you’ve created the most perfect DIY Cupcake Topper using the grass rosette shape and some circles. Your children or your own party will be awesome with some personalized party decor.