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How-to Make Jewelry Using a Cricut Machine

September 19, 2017

I have been making jewelry for years. I typically work with polymer clay and beads. I have even made jewelry using decorative papers. But this is the first time I have used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to make jewelry thanks to the new line of Cricut Faux Leather. The earrings above are from a Cricut Access file. I did a search on "circle" until I found something I liked that would work with two colors of faux leather. Another pair you will see below was made from a file I created.

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  • jewelry making tools (pliers, wire cutter)
  • T-pin or small nail
  • Scotch Tacky Glue
  • Cricut Faux Leather in 2 different colors (I used Boxwood and Charcoal)
  • Personal Cutting Machine (Cricut Explore Air 2)
  • Gold ear wires
  • Gold wire
  • Smoke miracle beads


cricut cutting
cutting the material with a Cricut Explore Air 2

For earrings, you really can use scraps. I don't care for large earrings. The circle design was set to 1" in diameter.

Using a white glue, I adhered the decorative circle to the solid circle.

poking a hole
It doesn't appear as though the pin is poking a hole into the earring, but it is. I used a T pin, a small nail will work as well.

bend loops into wire
With two pieces of wire, bend loops into one end of each, thread the bead onto the wire, and then bend another loop into the other end. Cut off the excess wire.

Attach the beaded wire to the earring design and the earring wires to finish.
You will notice the beaded wire ends have the loops going in different directions from each other, this is necessary.

Finished earrings, ready to wear.

This project was quick and easy. While I was at it, I made another pair.

ginko earrings
Using a very similar process, I made these Ginko Leaf Earrings.

ginko earrings
I used copper colored wire and purple/pink crystals. 

If you would like to make a pair of your own, you can download the free SVG file I made for this pair.
[SVG file]

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Have you seen the new Cricut BrightPad?

September 11, 2017


The Cricut BrightPad can be used for many applications. The BrightPad is similar to a light box. The BrightPad was designed with Cricut crafters in mind, making weeding vinyl easier. But there are so many other applications it can be used for. Consider it for calligraphy, stenciling, animation, scrapbooking, sketching & drawing, sewing projects, quilting, stained glass, photography, tracing, tattoo artist work, viewing x-rays, and viewing old slides or negatives.


The BrightPad is very thin and can be connected by USB to your computer or to a regular outlet for power. At the top is the on/off switch and a plus and a negative button to control the brightness of the pad's light for five different levels. The lighted surface is a large 9 in. x 11.5 in.


The above example shows black gloss vinyl on the BrightPad. Without the BrightPad, this color of vinyl is very difficult to see during the weeding process.  Prior to owning a BrightPad, I would hold the vinyl up to a light to see the cut lines.

weeding tools

Cricut also offers this great weeding tool set separate from the BrightPad.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are mine.
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Ghostly Decor with Glue Dots

September 11, 2017

See the instructions for my Ghostly Decor using Glue Dots on the Glue Dots Blog

Easy Halloween Luminary with Craft Lightning

September 10, 2017

Do you want to decorate for Halloween but you aren't sure where to start? How about making some fun Halloween themed Luminaries. You could line your walkway, or use them inside your home as a creative decor. Using a Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut the card stock makes this project quick and easy. 

Read the entire post, there is a Cricut Maker Giveaway!



The rules: Create a Halloween craft with your Cricut that takes 15 minutes or less to create (excludes drying time)

cutting cardstock
Using the free SVG file linked above, cut your cardstock.

sticker machine
The Xyron Sticker machine made applying adhesive to the entire back surface of the cardstock easy and quick.

Adhere the colored tissue paper to the cardstock and cut away the excess.
Remove a bit more from one short end.


paper clip
Leaving a bit of the adhesive visible along one short edge, you can roll the cardstock into a tube.
Use paper clips to hold the joint together until it is more permanent.

Finished with lights turned on and ready for Halloween!

This post is a part of Craft Lightning Halloween with Cricut Sept  2017. There a lot of wonderful tutorials for you to see over the next week. And this year, you can enter to win a Cricut Maker - their newest machine available.

Enter to win:  a Rafflecopter giveaway


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How to Personalize Your Mailbox with Tape Technology

September 4, 2017


As a Tape Technology team member, we are asked to create a post each month with a certain theme or using a certain product. For September we were asked to work with Gloss Craft Vinyl. I chose to use the black. I love how the black gloss contrasts with the matte coffee color of our mailbox. Decorating our mailbox is a project I have had on my to do list for some time. While the project was simple enough, I do have a few tips to share with you I learned during the process. 



The first thing you want to do is measure the usable space on your mailbox as well as clean the surface if it has been in use outside. Our mailbox is across the street and under a few trees, it really needed cleaning!


Next, layout the design you choose to implement and cut it out. The decorative element of this design is available for free above as an SVG file. Just add your own text.


transfer tape
Tape Technologies sent a great roll of transfer tape and it was the perfect size for this project!


Here is my tip to help align things. While still on the backing sheet and the transfer sheet is in place, I fold the design to find the center. Then I mark those lines on the transfer sheet using a pen.


Showing the design lightly in place, using those drawn lines to center things up!


This really took some finessing since the surface of the mailbox was bumpy. I found the push and pull method of removing the transfer tape to work the best. Then I went over everything again with my fingers to burnish it in place.


Tape Technology Inc. craft vinyl is sold under the name Styletech on Amazon.

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This is a post collaboration with Tape Technologies Inc. I am a part of their Design Team and I was provided vinyl to create this post.

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How to Paint Rocks, make Kindness Rocks, and Pet Rocks with #CCBG

September 1, 2017

There is some confusion on the internet about when Pet Rock Day is. It could be Sept. 4, 6, or the 14th. Whenever you decide to celebrate, it is definitely in the month of September. So why not craft with some rocks. It's very easy to do. 

rocks with pens


  • rocks
  • paint markers
  • paint
  • brushes
  • permanent markers
  • Mod Podge


You can decorate the rocks, turn them into a pet, or add a special sentiment. 

We began with a bag of rocks from the Dollar Store. 


Our plan was to use permanent markers and paint markers on the rocks. Most of the colors were transparent and didn't show on the rocks.

painting white

Then we painted a layer of white acrylic paint. Drawing on the painted surface actually removed the paint, so that didn't work either.

painted rocks

Finally, we painted with acrylic paint, that worked the best. 


To protect the surface of the rocks we painted, we used a layer of Mod Podge. 


If you would like to inspire others with your crafting, you might like to take a look at the Kindness Rock Project.

The Kindness Rock Project:
Please join our kindness rocks project and help us spread kindness to unsuspecting recipients along the way! Together we can make this world a little bit happier! Take a rock when you find one, share a rock with someone who needs one, or leave one for another to find. 

This post is a part of the Creative Craft Blog Group's monthly project challenge. For the month of September, we were challenged to craft with rocks. Take a moment to visit these other crafter's tutorials. 

Al Thing Beautiful 

My Thrifty House

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Cricut - Make Something You Love

August 26, 2017

This cut is now available through Design Space. [link]

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What is a Cricut "Make Something You Love Event" Like?

August 24, 2017

On August 21st crafters gathered at the Bridgeport Art Center for Cricut’s Make Something You Love Event. There were two sessions available morning or afternoon. Each session had more than 200 attendees.


The Bridgeport Art Center

1200 West 35th Street, Chicago, Il

Can you image what effort it took to get all the necessary equipment and people here from Utah for this one-day event? It was really amazing to see the behind the scenes of this event. 


just a small representation of the boxes for Makers, Light Pads, Sewing machines, and Easy Presses


When the first class was finished, everyone broke for either lunch or dinner depending upon which session was attended. There was a variety of different boxed meals to choose from including vegetarian and gluten free. Then the crafters went to their second class.


facebook live stage
Facebook live stage
(I helped unpack)

The Cricut Facebook live booth was available for those interested in recording their own video. Each attendee was given a “bingo card” to fill out and turn in for an Illinois pin and entry to the giveaway items.


sewing classroom
half of the sewing classroom



Each table could accommodate five crafters. There was a Cricut Maker and a Singer Sewing Machine at each table.


I signed up to volunteer at the event. I worked in the sewing classroom. The day was long and I was tired at the end but I fully enjoyed my time with Cricut. I haven’t taught in a classroom for a few years and I realized I missed the experience.



new tools
the new tool system



As you can imagine with hosting such an event away from your home turf, there were a few bumps along the way. But in the end, I would choose to do it all over again. If I were asked to volunteer at another Cricut event, I would jump at the chance! I don't know if all the events will be the same but I know they will all be a great experience!


happy and exhausted!


Additional Make Something You Love Events:


Atlanta     September 10

Dallas      October 15

Houston   November 6



Want to see a bit more behind the scenes?


First Floor


5th Floor Classrooms - setting up for the day


New Products:

The Cricut Maker

The Cricut Bright Pad

The Cricut Easy Press


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How does the Cricut machine work?

August 19, 2017


How does the Cricut machine work? The basic steps the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine takes is the same for over 100 different materials. Simply put, it is a cutting machine. Most Cricut users are crafters. Circut has taken industrial machine technology and simplified it’s size and use for crafters, making it an affordable machine to use.


The Cricut cutting vinyl


The Cricut machines are not laser cutters but they provide similar results. The Cricut machines use a small cutting blade to cut out a shape instead of a laser.



The Cricut using a Cricut marker.

The Cricut is not a printer, but with the use of a marker, it can write. One color at a time. [Cricut markers]



The Cricut with the Cricut Scoring Tool.

The Cricut is not a folding machine, but with the use of a scoring tool, it can mark the surface making it easier to fold paper or cardstock. [Cricut Scoring Stylus]


Working with a Cricut machine is easy, with a few steps you will have your results.


Starting from scratch with a new machine, follow the tutorial and make the initial sample project. This will give you the experience needed that will apply to all other projects.


After your machine is set up and you have downloaded the necessary Design Space software, you are ready to create.


The Cricut machine working on a project.



Here are the steps the Cricut takes:

  • choose a design in Design Space
  • determine the size of the image
  • turn on the Cricut machine if you haven’t already
  • choose the material setting on the dial
  • load your cutting mat with the material
  • place the cutting mat into the machine using the arrow button
  • send the file to the Cricut
  • press the Go button
  • when the cut is finished, press the flashing arrow button to unload the cutting mat
  • remove the material from the cutting mat surface

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Spiral Apple Card with Glue Dots

August 18, 2017

Visit the Glue Dots site to see how I made this Spiral Apple Card.

Do you need a decorative way to send a note of thanks or give encouragement to a teacher? This is a great way to do just that. Create a spiral apple card. Make a few and keep them on hand so you have them at the ready. 

Grab the free SVG file here [SVG file]

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