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What can you cut with the Cricut Explore Air 2?

June 19, 2017

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You may be surprised to find that you can cut over 100 different materials with a Cricut Explore Air 2. I bet there are some materials on the list that you never even considered. I know I have just scratched the surface with the different materials I have tried. Cricut has an extensive list on their website that you can access:  Material List

 

Here are the things I have tried:

 

Paper

 

 

pumpkin

Cardstock
 

 

Vinyl

 

 

 

Iron-on

 

 

 

Freezer Paper

 

 

 

foil

Adhesive Foil

 

 

 

window cling

Window Cling

 

 

 

 

Magnet, Shrink Art, and Leather (no pictures yet)

 

Materials I want to try soon:

 

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Thanks Dad!

June 17, 2017

Need a fun Father's Day card? It's cute, it's fun, and it's free. What could be better? The link below will access a free PDF file. Just print, cut, and fold. The card is a standard A2 size. I hope you enjoy.  [free pdf card]

If you need another idea you might like these:

Free printable gift cards
http://tryit-likeit.com/entries/create/last-minute-father-s-day-gift

Make your own stress ball
http://tryit-likeit.com/entries/general/sunday-school-stress-ball-craft

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Star Spangled Lantern with Cricut and is it worth the expense?

June 14, 2017

You can make this Star Spangled Lantern for next to nothing if you have a Cricut Machine. I am often asked if buying a Cricut is worth the cost. I don't make items to sell, but that is definitely doable. I also am not big into scrapbooking. You might ask, "So why did you get a Cricut?" And I would tell you I am working with my third Cricut, so obviously it was worth it to me. 

My initial interest was to help make crafts projects for a girls club and Sunday School classes. From there I have made personalized gifts, home decor, greeting cards, paper crafts, and more. I have even been asked by friends to help them with cutting material. I imagine if you are like me, once you have a Cricut, you will find more and more things you can accomplish easier by using a Cricut.  There are so many materials you can cut with a Cricut, the projects are only limited by your imagination. If you want to know more about the different materials you can cut with a Cricut, visit their help section for a list of materials. [list of materials]

On to making the Star Spangled Lantern

materials
materials

Materials:

* The image used from Cricut was Star #M454A6 Cricut Alphabet

Directions:

The video below will demonstrate how to take a file from Cricut and alter the layers to get different shapes to cut. I wanted a star and an outline of a star. There wasn't one available with my subscription, so I altered an existing file to create the outline I wanted. 

 

cut stars
cut stars from adhesive foil
 

adhere
apply stars to glass jar in random pattern
 

cut candle
cut twine and tie it around the neck of the jar, create a handle
cut a candle to fit into the glass jar
 

candle inside
melt some wax into the jar to hold the candle in place
 

finished lantern
Don't you love the star reflections?

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Make Your Own Coloring Stickers with Circut

June 7, 2017

I was recently watching a YouTube video of a crafter who was sharing her stash from a recent Scrapbooking Expo. She was all excited about her find of Outline Coloring Stickers. You could use them with colored pencils, markers, or paint. I started to look into locating them and it dawned on me, I don't need to buy them, I can make them with my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine

I want to share with you the process so you can make your own. The video included in this post will show you how to upload a free image into Design Space 3 and edit it to be a cut file. 


Drawing to Cut File in Cricut DS3

Once your image is cut, you can then use it to color with. I chose to add mine to watercolor paper and paint within the lines. Below you can follow along with the process I used. 

Materials:

 

transfer image
After cutting and weeding the image. I applied the transfer tape to the image.
 

on watercolor paper

The image is transferred to the watercolor paper.
Make sure to rub down well to make sure the entire image has adhered before you begin to paint.

 

painted image

I applied minimal watercolor paints in a variety of layers, building from light to dark.
The vinyl worked well to contain the paint.

 

using glue dots

After I finished painting, I folded the watercolor paper and applied water to the fold before tearing the excess paper away from the image. This creates an uneven ragged edge which I desired.

To adhere to the card blank, I applied Glue Dots to the back of the watercolor paper.

 

finished

Finish project.

I really like the results. This project was actually very quick and easy to accomplish. I have seen the Outline stickers in Gold as well as Black, so I guess that will be something I try next. 

* As being part of the Cricut Blogger program, I want to thank Cricut for providing some of the materials used in this post. 

* The floral image I used was found at http://bit.ly/2r3SAND

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June 2017 Craft Challenge - Camping #CCBG

June 1, 2017

The members of Creative Craft Bloggers Group #CCBG challenge each other every month to create around a theme. For the month of June we chose camp or camping as our theme. The three images above are the creative entries. Please take a moment to visit them, comment on their posts, and enjoy the information. 

Try it - Like it    

Summer Camp Workbook    

http://tryit-likeit.com/entries/create/summer-camp-workbook

 

Life Beyond the Kitchen    

Macrame Backpack Charms    

http://wp.me/p6irFq-Cp

 

Al Things Beautiful    

Let's take it Outside    

https://althingsbeautiful.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/lets-take-it-outside/

 

Black Cat Bookmarks with Cricut

May 31, 2017

Have you seen animal shaped paperclips? It got me thinking, I could make my own. So I gave it a try. We are cat people so black silhouettes of cats it was going to be. I think they would work well together as a group or just as a single. They work as a bookmark, journal clips or just a regular paperclip. They would also make cute gifts. 
 

cats

I cut out silhouettes of cats on my Cricut Air 2 (thanks to Cricut for the machine). For this project, I needed each shape twice, one regular, and one mirror image. A front and a back if you will. Here is the free svg file I created if you are interested in doing the exact same project.  [SVG file]

If you need to know how to upload an SVG into Cricut's Design Space 3, here is a Youtube video showing how-to do that.


 

xyron

The next step, I ran each piece through my Xyron sticker maker to attach adhesive to the backs of them.
 

stickers
Here they all are as stickers.
 

paperclip

I wanted to use black paperclips but we couldn't find them. So, I made them. Easy enough, using a permanent black marker, I covered the paperclip in black.
It took two coats to get a really good coverage. Make sure to check the sides.
 

paper

Place the cats together sandwiching the paperclip inside. Push around all sides to adhere, rub off any excess adhesive. You'll notice a bit of gray sticking out on mine. I used two sided cardstock that was black on one side and gray on the other. If I were to do it again, I would use solid black. So I touched up the gray with my permanent black marker.
 

nailpolish

I wanted to try a few different products and cover the cats for a more permanent lifespan. The first product I tried was black nail polish. Which I liked but I wasn't thrilled with the shine from the polish. The cardstock also absorbs a lot of nail polish, so don't use expensive polish.
 

modpodge

Next, I tried matte Mod Podge. I just applied it with my finger tip making sure not to have too much on either side. Just make sure to check it. When I ran my finger over one side, it would build up more around the edges on the opposite side. I liked the look of the matte surface. The Mod Podge made the cat rather rubbery. 
 

finished

Finished!

Materials:

  • black card stock
  • Personal cutting machine (Cricut Air 2)
  • free SVG file
  • Xyron sticker maker with adhesive
  • Large paper clips
  • black permanent marker (Sharpie)
  • matte Mod Podge
  • black Nail Polish

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Patriotic Bracelets DIY

May 21, 2017

These Patriotic Bracelets are easy and quick to make. They are a great way to celebrate our countries history and something you can wear year round. The materials and technique are simple enough that you could make them with your kids. 
 

materials

Materials:

  • Red, white, and blue bandanas
  • Permanent Glue Dots
  • Twine
  • Scissors

Directions:

The first step is to size the bracelet to your wrist size. 

wrapping twine
Wrap the twine around the widest part of your hand. This will determine the ability to slip it onto your wrist. Wrap the twine around your hand at least three times. Doing more so will make the bracelet wider. Cut the end of the twine.

glue ends
To secure the twine, apply a few Permanent Glue Dots to the ends of the twine, rolling the Glue Dot around the twine. Using Glue Dots allows the adhesive areas to remain soft and flexible while adhering. 

cut fabric
I chose to make one of each color. I cut off about an inch of fabric from the bandana and started with and end at the point of the Glue Dots and wrapped it around the twine. Secure the end with a few more Glue Dots. Continue to do the same for the remaining two bracelets.

bracelets
Finished bracelets.

 

This post is a part of the Craft Lightning Patriotic Roundup. We were asked to create a craft that could be made in 15 minutes or less. A variety of blogs will feature their posts between 5/21 and 5/25. The features will be available at Me and My Inklings, The Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts. Make sure to visit each day for new inspiration.

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There's a mouse in the house! - with Cricut

May 18, 2017

When my mom passed away, I inherited her grandfather clock. She always wanted one and I remember it was a big deal when they brought it home. She would wind that clock every week with loving care and attention. As a present, my cousin gave my mom a crystal mouse that she placed on the clock. I remember it so vividly, it was always there perched at the side of the clock. I am not sure where that crystal mouse went but I wanted to honor the memory. 

Cricut to the rescue. I wanted to try out the window cling vinyl. The Cricut window cling is clear with a slight hazy finish and a beautiful sparkle to it. This would make a great mouse, I thought! In reading the package, it suggests not to use too detailed of an image. I already had the mouse image I wanted to add, so I gave it a try anyway. I thought the window cling would work great because it wouldn't damage the clock in any way and it is removable. The clock isn't currently working, we need to have a repair person in to fix things. I don't even have the key to open the clock, so placing the window cling on the front surface would have to do. 

Materials:

I use Cricut Design Space on the Mac. My browser is Chrome, the new Design Space has a nifty icon that it added to the top of my screen so I can easily access Design Space with just one click of the icon. 

After loading and resizing my mouse image, I am ready to send the file to cut. The window cling is a special setting. So I have to set it in the software on my computer instead of the dial on the machine. (it is indicated in the image above)

cutting window cling

The window cling cut quickly and easily. I thought I would need to use transfer material to place the image, but I didn't. I just removed what wasn't necessary and then gently lifted the pieces of the mouse. The don't have any adhesive so they don't stick to your fingers. I placed them onto the clock. In the process of transferring, we lost the nose! But it still looks good.

mouse

I think he looks cute. Next time, I would try to place the entire piece of window cling without weeding it first, then remove the unwanted pieces when working with something this small. As I was weeding, I thought the negative image could be used as well, see below. 

negative mouse

Now that I have experience working with Cricut window cling, I think I am going to tackle my front door windows!

I was generously provided the materials by Cricut in order to write this post. This post contains affiliate links.

 
 

Fotor's Online Editing Program

May 12, 2017

Fotor is an online photo editing suite. It offers a variety of ways to edit your image through traditional means as well as artistic filters. Fotor includes photo editing, photo collage, graphic design, HDR, and beauty retouching. There are templates for photo  collage included at the top level of their website. http://www.fotor.com

 

 

It was quick and easy to create the above photo collage. I uploaded the images, selected the number of images I wanted in my collage and Fotor gave me a variety of layouts to choose from. Once chosen, I just dragged and dropped in my photographs. Like I said, quick and easy. 

 

While trying out their offerings, I uploaded a photo taken in the Bahamas of a boat. The important focus of the image was the colorful ropes. Fotor offered a color splash effect where I was able to isolate the ropes in color on a black and white image. 

 


original image

 


image after Fotor editing

  

While Fotor is an online program, I recently downloaded Fotor to my phone as well. 

 

 

 

Log in online and you can make images for different social media sizes. There are templates for you to work from and popular social media sizes (image above).

 


Using instagram template of fotor to create attractive images.

 

The templates available (like the one above) allow you to create promotional images in a flash. You can save them to your computer or directly send them to Twitter, Tumbler, Facebook, Pinterest and G+. The only thing that would make it better would be direct access to Instagram.

 

 

Fotor also offers a variety of tutorials and guides so you can expand your knowledge. You can submit your images to contests where you can win monetary prizes. 

 

Fotor is a very robust program. While there is a free version, there is also a more advanced option for a fee. 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me, all opinions are my own.

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Easy Garden Crafts to Try This Summer

May 8, 2017


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Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s time to get out into the garden and soak up those rays. Long, warm evenings mean that it’s the ideal time to eat outside, and maybe even have a bit of a party! But what if your garden is looking a little lackluster after the winter, and needs a bit of a facelift? Well, don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned gardener, as there are plenty of cute crafts you can make that will leave your garden looking stunning. It’s time to give your garden the crafty makeover it deserves, and you don’t even need to plant any flowers!

Tidy It Up

Before you start crafting, take a look at your garden and see what needs tidying up. Maybe it’s a little overgrown and could do with a trim from some pruning shears, or perhaps your lawn needs a really good mow. Whatever the state of your garden is, make sure you make it look presentable before you start crafting. It’s okay for it to be a little bit wild, but not so much so that there’s nowhere to sit. You should also consider making your garden a comfortable place for people to relax, perhaps with some lawn furniture and a barbecue. If you live somewhere that’s prone to lots of bugs or even mosquitos, you might want to consider getting a bug zapper so that you don’t get eaten alive while having dinner outside!  

Bunting Basics

One of the most classic and kitsch outdoor decorations is bunting, giving a cute, country vibe that instantly transforms your garden. It really is easy to make your own bunting, and all you really need is some fabric, some ribbon, a piece of paper, fabric scissors and a needle and thread. You can use whatever pattern or type of fabric you like, and mixing and matching different patterns gives an amazing effect.

 

Simply make a triangle template using the paper, and then draw around it onto the fabric, as many times as you need to to make enough triangles. Then cut out the triangles and sew them onto the ribbon, leaving a small space in between each one. You can do double sided bunting by sewing two triangles together before attaching them to the ribbon, or if you want to make it ultra polished you can hem them with more ribbon. Then tie onto a tree, fence or pole, and your garden has an instant makeover!

Painted Pots

Even if you don’t have any potted plants or gardening isn’t your thing, you can still make flower pots into a beautiful feature of your garden. A great way to get children involved in garden crafts, painted flower pots always look beautiful and liven up any lawn. You can use any size or shape of pot you like, and take any approach that you want to. All you need is a flower pot and some enamel paint, or acrylic paint and a waterproof varnish. If you’re going to be joined by some little helpers, make sure you get child-friendly paint and do the varnishing yourself.
 

Start off by washing the flower pots, to make sure that the paint goes on smoothly. Then put down some newspaper or a plastic bag and start painting! If you’re painting with the kids, it’s probably best to let them get on with their own creative ideas, but if you’re going it alone there are plenty of places you can look for inspiration. When you’ve finished, leave your pots to dry and then cover with a varnish if you used acrylic paint. Put them in your garden and be amazed at the difference it makes!

Simple Bird Feeders

If you want to bring some wildlife into your garden, try crafting a homemade bird feeder, using eco friendly materials only. This incredibly easy craft is ideal for children to make, as they’ll love assembling them and then waiting for the birds to come. All you need is a pine cone, some peanut butter, some bird feed seeds and some string. Yes, that really is it! Simply take a pine cone and slather it in peanut butter, then roll in the seeds until it is evenly coated. After that, tie a piece of string to it firmly and hang from a tree or pole in your garden. Just make sure you tie it tight, with thick string, so the squirrels don’t steal it!

 
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