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DIY Corner Bookmark with Cricut

March 17, 2017

This is a very simple project to create with your Cricut. The Corner Bookmark uses three attributes of the Cricut. First it will score the paper, then draw the design, and finally cut out the shape. The great thing about having the Cricut draw for you is that you can use a different colored pen to draw with. In this case, I am using black but using gold on a colored cardstock would be beautiful too. 

 

 

 

Materials:

  • Cricut Cream Cardstock
  • Cricut black pen 0.4
  • Cricut with scoring pen
  • Adhesive (Glue Dots)
  • Colored Pencils

 

Files:

 

Directions:

 

The following video will describe how to set up your file in Design Space.

 

 

score
The first step the Cricut will run is scoring the two folds.

 

 

pen
Design Space will then direct you to replace the scoring tool with your pen.

 

 

cutting
The last step the Cricut will make is cutting the paper.

 

 

project
Once the machine is done and you remove the mat,
you can remove the excess paper and then they bookmark shape.

 

 

folding
Turn the bookmark over so you can not see the drawn design.
Fold the flap without the drawing first.


 

2nd fold
And then fold the corner with the drawing.


 

adhesive
Add adhesive (Glue Dots) between the two layers.
At this point your bookmark could be done, but for this tutorial, we will take it a step further and color in the design.

 

 

coloring
Using colored pencils, or any other coloring implements, color your design however you desire.

 

 

finished
After coloring is finished.

 

 

on book
The Bookmark in place.

 

 

I am happy to have worked with Cricut on this project.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

 

 

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I'm Not Irish Printable

March 15, 2017

What a fun printable for St. Patrick's Day.  So many people wear t-shirts or pins that say "kiss me I'm Irish" I thought I would make a fun play on the idea for those of us who aren't Irish. This is a free download and print in PDF format. The size of the print is 8" x 10". Enjoy!

[PDF Irish file]

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DIY Mystery Soap and Bathtub Crayon

March 8, 2017

Making Mystery Soap and Bathtub Crayon is a really fun project. Also, a bit messy if you consider soap to be messy. But let me tell you, kids love it. I've used this process to teach bible story lessons as well as badge work for girls clubs. It is great for a rainy day project and I bet you have everything you need right at home. 

materials

Materials:

  • Bar of soap
  • cheese grater or food processor
  • food coloring
  • bowl
  • zip top plastic bag
  • small plastic toy
  • water

Instructions:

grating soap
grating the soap

To begin, you want to grate the entire bar of soap. This step really isn't something the kids can help with. I do it before hand and bring the soap already grated to the project.

soap
soap after grating

If you plan to make both, I recommend making the crayon first.

Open the zip top baggie and add a handful of the grated soap, this is about a tablespoon or two. The amount isn't really important. Drop in three drops of food coloring and seal the bag.

Begin to push and roll to combine the soap and incorporate the color. If the soap doesn't want to combine, you can add a very small amount of water. Pressure is what works the best. Kids are used to playing with play dough but this isn't exactly the same and it might be frustrating. Explain the difference if needed.

Once you have the shape you desire, remove it from the bag and allow it to dry for a day or two. 

Use the same bag to make the mystery soap. Once again, add a handful of the grated soap. Add the plastic toy as well. If your toy is and odd shape, like an animal, you may need a bit more soap to cover it. The remainder of the food coloring in the bag from making the bathtub crayon was all we used to color the soap. Again press the soap around the toy. It will not completely combine or stick to the toy. Remove the entire mixture into your hand. Dip one hand into the water and using both your hands, begin to press into your desired shape. Continue this process of dipping a hand into the water and pressing the soap into the toy to get it all to join and remain as a solid shape. Some kids love this part of the process and get really lathered up, this isn't necessary but can be fun. Once again, set the soap aside for a day or two to dry.

Clean up - the kids are already covered in soap so they only need to use water to clean themselves up! Bonus!

Using the Mystery soap over time will reveal the toy surprise inside. Some kids can't wait to get to the middle and will break the soap open. Consider it all in fun!

Suggestions:

  • Don't mix food colors to get a different color, it tends to mix into a murky dull color.
  • Don't use too much food coloring or it will stain your bathtub.

The Nutrition Game - Free Printable Game

March 1, 2017

game board and cards

This month the Creatively Crafty group decided the craft challenge theme would be nutrition. I have to admit I was stumped for what to do, I had to do a bit of research to come up with an idea. I finally settled on a game board to teach children about the food groups and what food fit into those categories. Once created, I had to test it out and see how well it worked in action.
 

gane in action

So here are my girls and friends playing in our garage on top of the air hockey machine. It was a uniquely warm winter day, the sun was bright and the door was open. Each player got a game board which is fashioned after a dinner plate and a glass. The game cards are either placed in a stack or a mixed up pile (this is what they chose) in the middle of all the players face down. The game begins with one person taking a card and placing it on their game board, the continue around the group in a circular fashion. 
 

playing

If you get a card for a category you already have filled, the card is discarded and mixed back into the pile. If you pick a dessert card (as shown above) you have to return one of the game pieces on your plate back into the mix. The dessert cards have a circular don't symbol over the images.
 

winner


Here is a picture of our winners game board. During the play time, I was surprised how competitive they were. I should mention the ages ranged from 14 down to 6. They really were into playing the game. One girl asked if they could color the cards once they were don't playing the game. The educational value was present in naming the food and having to figure out the food group. They helped each other out with this part of the game. 

To make your own game that is enough for four players, you will need to print out 4 pieces of cardstock, 2 of them print front and back. They are provided in a PDF below. 

The Game Printables:

Game Board (plates) - print 2 and cut on dotted lines down the middle to make a total of 4 game boards. [Game Board PDF file]

Playing cards (double sided) - print one of each, these have a front and back design. The back design isn't necessary. It includes a bit of color and can be printed in color or just black and white. This will not affect the gameplay. [Playing cards PDF files]

This post is a part of the Creative Craft Blog Group's March Craft Challenge. Each month we vote on a topic to craft about. As I stated above, Nutrition was difficult topic. I guess everyone else felt the same way too.

Please take a moment to visit my friend Lydia at Life Beyond the Kitchen and see her Food Rules Printable.

 

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Recycled Bracelet

February 28, 2017

While the bracelet does use traditional jewelry making materials, the large disk beads are the recycled part of the bracelet. If I didn't show you how they were made, you would never believe me about where they are recycled from. I belong to the Chick-fil-a Mom's Panel. We were challenged to repurpose the chicken tortilla soup container. So yes, those disks are made from a recycled soup bowl.

Material:

  • Chick-fil-a soup bowl
  • scissors
  • 1" paper punch
  • small circle punch
  • paper clips
  • three coordination nail polishes
  • disposable cup with water
  • tooth picks
  • jewelry making parts (beads, tools, jump rings, closure)

Directions:

Begin by washing and drying the soup container. Cut off the top rim and the bottom. The remaining strip from the side of the bowl is the part used to make the beads.

punch circles

Using a 1" circular paper punch, punch the pieces from the ring of the soup container. I think I got about 8 - 9 circles. For a 7.5" bracelet, I only needed to use 4 of them.
 

small circles

Punching the connector holes are probably the hardest part of this craft. There is no true way to line it up but if you place them the same way each time they should be similar enough. If you don't have one of these small hole punches, you could use a pin to poke holes.
 

finished punching

Above are examples of the circles punched and the connection holes in place.

 

paper clips

In order to place the color on the disks, they need to hang and be dipped into water. Unfold a paper clip similar to the example above. One end will hold the disk while the other end will hang it after dipping allowing it to dry.
 

nail polish

I chose three coordinating colors of nail polish. I knew one of the colors needed to be the silver/white color to show up against the black disks. The other two colors are in the burgundy color family and will be less noticable but perfect for the finished bracelet I have in mind.
 

nail polish in water

Gently drop the nail polish into the water. Don't try to do too much at once or it will just drop to the bottom and not float on top.
 

swirl polish

Using a toothpick swirl the polish together to gain a random pattern.
 

dipping

With the disk hanging on the paper clip, dip it into the nail polish fully submerging the disk. Pull the paper clip up and hang it to dry.
 

hang to dry

I used a paintbrush across a tin to hang the disks from. I actually used a small Glue Dot on each side to hold the paintbrush in place. Make sure the disks have enough room so they don't touch as they dry.
 

jewelry parts

The finished disks can now be put together using jewelry making parts. I placed a silver bar between each disk containing 2 black and a burgundy bead to coordinate with the nail polish on the disks.
 

finished

Close up of the finished piece. You can really see the nail polish and variety of color on the black disk in this close up image.

 

Mardi Gras Masks - Free Printable

February 27, 2017

Mardi Gras is rich in tradition.  According to the International Business Times, Mardi Gras is an opportunity for people to abandon social constraint by donning a mask to celebrate Fat Tuesday. The mask being worn to hide behind and therefore not be recognized as they "let their hair down". For us, it is an opportunity to make a fun craft and learn a little bit about the holiday celebration.

template

You can create your own template or download and cut out our free template. The file is a PDF and has three masks on one page. We printed ours out on cardstock, printed paper would be interesting to start with as well. [Mask PDF]

 

mask cut out

Cut out the mask cutting off the black outline as best as possible. 
 

materials

There are no set materials used to decorate your mask. We used stickers, stamps, markers, and paint pens. These were not very unique craft materials but I challenge you to be creative and think outside the box. 
 

finals

These are our end results. Happy crafting and happy Fat Tuesday!

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Getting Started with my Cricut Air 2

February 21, 2017

 

Setting up a Cricut Explore Air 2
I have had other Cricut machines so I am familiar with how they work and how to set them up. I am going to take you through the steps I took to get my new Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine working with my mac computer and the first project I made with my new machine.

 

The Mat
One mat comes with your new machine. Over time you will want more, but to get started, this will suit you well. I heard a tip online about labeling the clear cover. I have found this very handy and will show you in the video below.

Basic Tool Set
This set does not come with your machine but you may find it useful. All 5 tool can be stored on board your Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine. One tool not included but you will want to purchase right away is the scoring tool.

scoring tool
scoring tool

Power Cords
There are two cords that come with your machine. You don't need both if you are working with blue tooth but I wouldn't discard it either. You never know when you may want it. The following video explains the difference between the two cords.

Starting up your machine
It is as easy as pushing a button. The machine makes a few noises while it adjusts its self but it doesn't take long at all to get started. Don't worry about the noise, it is normal. While doing so, take a look at the housing inside the machine. There is a section labeled A and B. B contains the cutting blade and it is already in place. Section A is where you will place pens for writing or the scoring tool. Both sides operate the same way with a lever that flips away from the center of the device.

 

Connecting Bluetooth
There is usually more than one way to get a job done and I found it here. I went ahead and connected Bluetooth through the setting on my computer instead of following the tutorial on the Cricut site. Thankfully both ways work and get the same end results. Watch both videos to see the difference.

 

Cutting and Scoring a Project
There are many files available through Cricut Access. Once you become familiar with working on your machine, you may branch out and find files on the internet that you are interested in making too. I tend to make my own files and the one I am working with today is one I made. It is a winter themed lantern.

Finishing up the Project

After the machine is finished, the arrow (load) button will flash. Push that button to remove the mat. Lift the paper from the mat. There are a variety of different ways to do this, I begin with the large unused paper. I then remove the project piece gently with patients. Once that is done, the remaining scraps can be easily removed with a scraper tool.

For this specific project, I need to fold on the score lines, attach a piece of tissue paper and glue the lantern together. You can get a basic grasp of this process in the video below and the finished photos.

finished lantern finished lantern

Here are two pictures of different sides of the finished lantern. The battery operated flicker light is inside the lantern lighting up and through the tissue paper allowing the cut cardstock to appear as a silhouette.

I am happy to have worked with Cricut on this project.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

 
 
 
 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

 
 

Colors For Spring 2017

February 13, 2017

Pantone has released their colors for spring. If you are not familiar with Pantone, they are the standard when it comes to color. Pantone charts, chips, books, and standards manuals are used in different industries to identify a color to make sure everyone involved creates in that same color swatch. As a graphic designer we used Pantone as a way to choose and communicate colors to printers. The only time we didn't use Pantone was when we were working with full color or as we refered to it, CMYK. Pantone can be communicated in numbers and names. It is mostly standard to use the numbers. 

From the Pantone Website:

The top colors for Spring 2017 fashion are:

PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara

Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow

By contrast, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.

PANTONE 19-4045 Lapis Blue

Conveying even more energy is Lapis Blue. Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.

PANTONE 17-1462 Flame

A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.

PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise

Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua that calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue green shade that speaks to our dream of the great escape, Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind.

PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood

Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.

PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery

Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

PANTONE 17-2034 Pink Yarrow

Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, unignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating color that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.

PANTONE 18-0107 Kale

Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.

PANTONE 14-1315 Hazelnut

Rounding out the spring 2017 colors is Hazelnut, a key neutral for spring. This shade brings to mind a natural earthiness. Unpretentious and with an inherent warmth, Hazelnut is a transitional color that effortlessly connects the seasons.

And the Color of 2017

PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery

 

Heart Origami Valentine Banner

February 1, 2017

heart origami

Folding Origami is fun and calming. These cute hearts are made from and standard 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. Fold a bunch of them and string them up to make a Heart Origami Valentine Banner. Show the kids how to fold them, let them decorate the hearts, and then you will have a good amount to string up to add a little love to your decor!

materials

Materials:

  • 8.5" x 11" copy weight paper in your choice of colors
  • bakers twine
  • Glue Dots (optional)

Directions:

I bet you have all these materials or similar on hand. It really couldn't be any easier. Below is a video how-to fold the Origami Hearts.

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The start of the month means another fun #CCBG craft challenge is here! This month our theme for creating a new project was Paper Valentine. We wanted to use paper in different ways to create a Valentine project to share with you!

Visit all these wonderfully creative projects by visiting the links below.
Try It Like It - Heart Origami Valentine Banner
Life Beyond the Kitchen - Paper Reed Heart
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DIY Spinning Hearts

January 31, 2017

These fun colorful hearts spin adding movement to your decor. The spinning hearts are two sided, one is a bright pink and the other is a heathered purple. They are so pretty together but they sure are hard to photograph. The beautiful purple wants to turn brown in the pictures so just keep that in mind as you continue through this tutorial. 
 

Materials:

  • 2 complimentary colors of lightweight cardstock
  • bakers twine
  • Glue Dots
  • free SVG file to use with your personal cutting machine
  • scissors

Directions:

Cut the heart shapes from the 2 colors of light cardstock using the free SVG file. [SVG file]

 

Lay out the pieces of the hearts you want to work with. I chose four that had good spacing between them so they will spin.
 

Set aside one color of hearts and add Glue Dots to the heart shapes left. Make sure to place a Glue Dot on each point of the heart in the centers. 
 

I found lining up the hearts on one of the grid lines on my cutting mat helps align everything. Then I took the bakers twine and place it down the middle making sure to hit the Glue Dots with the twine. Leave enough twine at the top and bottom of the hearts. 
 

Now place the other colored hearts on top of the coordinating hearts. The Glue Dots will hold them in place. Give a little additional pressure over the twine areas.
 

Trim the twine from the bottom of the hearts and now it is ready to hang up. Below is a video of the hearts spinning. 

This post is a part of the SNAP Valentine's Blog Hop. You can see a variety of projects by following the Inlinkz link below. Take a moment to visit the other participants, pin the projects you like and leaving a comment would be much appreciated.

An InLinkz Link-up

 

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