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How the Best Glue Ever Helps Make a Fall Greeting Card

This simple fall card has a see through center. If you look closely, the white space between the leaves it actually the inside of the card. I've seen a similar technique and wanted to give it a try. The size of the card is A2 but you could do this with any card. The fold of the card is located at the top.

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I am a design team member with Cricut and ScraPerfect.


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Materials:

Directions:

cuttlebug and dies
Cricut dies, Cuttlebug, and paper trimmer.
 

cardstock pieces
Leave are cut and the card size is also cut 4.25" wide x 11" tall.
 

trim cardstock
After folding the green cardstock is folded in half, I trim away the opening.
 

decide on layout
Placing the green cardstock in place, the decide on how to arrange the leaves.

glue in place
Glue them in place using the Best Glue Ever. You really don't need a lot and the medium Writing tip helps control the flow.
 

inside
Place a white piece of paper on the inside for writing on. I cut this 1/2" smaller then the actual card size.
 

details
Don't forget a little detail - it really adds a lot.
 

marker
I couldn't leave well enough alone so I used Watercolor Markers to enhance the leaves.
 

layering
I stamped the sentiment onto the cardstock and decided I wanted it raised up a bit from the card.
I didn't have any foam dots nearby so I built up scrap pieces of cardstock.
You do what you have too, to make things work!
 

finished
And it's finished.
 

2018 Ornament Exchange

Welcome to the 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party, our third year of the blogger ornament exchange! This link party is only for handmade ornament tutorials and will run from November 15th through December 15th. Our host is My Pinadventures. Take some time and enjoy all the ornament tutorials.

The link to my ornament tutorial:
How to Make a Ribbon Ornament

This year, we have 50 talented bloggers sharing their Christmas ornament tutorials and helping to host the handmade ornament exchange link party! Let's meet the hosts of this year's 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party!

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 If you have a handmade ornament tutorial, we would love for you to share it on the link party below ⇓⇓ Add as many ornament tutorials as you like until December 15th.

How To Make A Ribbon Christmas Ornament

I am participating in the 2018 Ornament Exchange hosted by My Pinadventures. The lovely lady I am partnered with is Gail Griffin from Purple Hues and Me. So obviously, I made her a purple ornament. I really enjoyed making this ornament and I hope she likes it as much as I did making it. 

materials for ribbon ornament

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Materials:

Directions: 

Begin by cutting strips of each color of ribbon to 3" lengths. The video that accompanies this tutorial will show the process and have a few tips included.

cut and roll ribbon for ribbon ornament
Roll the ribbon strips around your finger and use a straight pin to place it onto the styrofoam ball.
 

ornament in process for ribbon ornament
Place each rolled ribbon onto the styrofoam ball at different angles.
 

add hanger for ribbon ornament
Use a longer strip of ribbon to hang the ball from your tree.
 

finished ornament for ribbon ornament
This is a close-up of the finished ornament.
While it was made for a Christmas Tree, it would also look nice hanging from the center of a doorway the rest of the year!

The video tutorial for this ribbon ornament:

How To Make A Cute Paper Santa Claus

I admit, I love Santa Claus. I just think he is so cute. I love to decorate for Christmas with Santas, I have quite a collection. This cute Paper Santa Claus can be made in a variety of sizes. It could work as a decor piece or just add a string and he is an ornament! This little guy will probably go on my mantle or possibly my tree.

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I want to personally thank Cricut for providing materials for this post.
I am a design team member with Cricut.


The following links may contain affiliate links. They help support this site and cost you nothing to use them.
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Materials:

Directions:

cutting cardstock on Cricut
Cutting the pieces on the Cricut Maker.
 

cut pieces of yardstick
All the cut pieces.
 

cone
Use the large red piece and roll into a cone - it has a lot of overlap.
Use the red doubleside tape to seal the edge.
 

cone hat
I found cutting the second red piece in half worked best.
Roll it into a cone the same way as above.
 

hat and body
Place the little cone on top of the large cone to check for positioning of other parts.
 

beard
Place the large white shape (beard) onto the large red cone with adhesive.
 

mustache
Place the two white ovals to make a mustache. Attach with adhesive.
 

nose
Continue to place pieces, this time the nose.
 

wrap white bands
Run adhesive one one edge of the strips of paper, wrap them around the cone shapes and trim off excess.
Then glue the hat in place.
 

enhance
Using the black marker, draw on eyes.
I added a few details to the nose and beard with wate

Christmas Craft Block with Hy-lite

The moment I saw this Craft Block, I knew exactly what I wanted to make, a Christmas themed lighted block for my mantel. I know they have been around for awhile but I have never made one. This block was given to me by Hy-lite, a glass block manufaturer but this particular block is acrylic, light weight, and made for crafters. The process was really easy and quick. 

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Many of the items I worked with for this project were provided by great companies I work with.
I want to personally thank 
Cricut, Hy-lite and Tape Technologies for providing materials for this post.

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Craft Block

Materials:

Directions:

 

cutting vinyl on the Circuit Maker
Cutting the vinyl on my Cricut Maker.
 

weeded vinyl
Vinyl after weeding and the transfer tape is applied.
 

vinyl on craft block
Vinyl placed on the Hy-lite Craft Block.
 

lights on craft block
I inserted the light strand and used double stick tape to adhere the battery pack to the back of the Hy-lite Craft Block.
 

lights off Christmas Craft Block
To finish, I wrapped the wired ribbon around the block, tied a 3 loop bow at the top and applied the foil bow in the middle.
The above image show the finished Christmas Craft Block with the room lights off.

Project tips:

  • Working with foil vinyl, remove the clear protectant sheet before cutting the vinyl.
  • If I could do it again, I would place the Craft Block opening at the top of the project so gravity would work better with the strand of lights.
  • I would like to try and etch the Craft Block, the etching cream I have states it only works on glass.

Hy-Lite links:

How to Etch a Mug with Etchall

Etchall sent me a fantastic Glass Bee-ginner Kit to try out. I have worked with etching creams before but I have to say, Etchall far exceeded my past experiences. The kit includes etchall® etching creme, a detail pick tool, a squeegee, 2 sheets of transfer paper, and 2 etchmask™ vinyl sheets. I decided to give it a go on a glass mug. I drink a diet hot chocolate or hot tea every morning. I am left handed and most decorative mugs are backwards to me so I was excited to design a unique left-handed mug for myself!

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I want to personally thank Cricut and Etchall for providing materials for this post.

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etching kit

Materials:

Directions:

I designed and then cut out my stencil on a Cricut Maker. The file is available in Cricut Design Space.

 

cutting stencil on Cricut Maker
Cutting the vinyl stencil on a Cricut Maker.

 

weeded vinyl
The vinyl has been weeded and applied to the transfer film.
The pick tool was very useful for weeding this tiny type.
Remember for a stencil you are removing the design pieces.

 

vinyl on glass
The End design was actually cut in reverse because it was placed on the bottom of the mug so that you can see and read it correctly when looking into the mug.
Placing the stencil on the glass mug, the squeegee tool was helpful. I also went around all cut edges with my fingernail to make sure I had a good seal.

 

bottom of mug
Double checking that I can correctly read the design from inside the mug.


working with the Etchall cream
I was surprised to see the Etchall cream was brown, but I found it very helpful in being able to see where I placed it.
The direction state not to use a paintbrush. I actually did use a paintbrush to tap the Etchall cream onto the glass.
Let the cream sit for 15 minutes, remove excess cream because it is reusable, and then rinse in hot water.
Remove the stencil and you are done.
 

bottom of etched mug
I am really happy with my results and that I now have a designed left handed mug!

 

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Cricut Maker vs. Explore Air 2 - Which is right for you?

The Cricut Maker is my fourth personal cutting machine. I have always owned Cricut machines, no other brand. I started rather late to the party with an Expression. I bought it for crafting, I wasn't into scrapbooking. My next machine was an Air 2. It was a big change from the Expression mainly in that I could use SVG files I designed myself. I really liked the fact that I was no longer tied down to cartridges. Then I got the Cricut Maker. Each time I got a new machine, I gifted my old machine to a friend so I have only had one machine at a time. 

I have had many people ask me which machine would I recommend, the Maker or the Air 2. It is always a hard question to answer because it really depends upon what you intend to use the machine for. Not everyone needs the robust capabilities of the Maker. After a bit of discussion, I have recommended the Maker and the Air 2 for different people based on their use and needs. 

Price

The price can often be an issue. The Maker is $200 more than the Air 2. The base prices with no additional materials or tools added are the Maker $399.99 and the Air 2 $199.99. You may be able to find a sale from time to time but these are the standard base prices from Cricut. Neither machine is priced for an impulse buy so I know you really do have to consider spending that kind of money and getting out of the machine a reasonable amount of use. Using the price alone for a reason to buy, I would recommend the Maker. I know that seems strange but hear me out. You are spending a large amount of money on a machine you intend to keep and use for a long period of time. The Maker is Cricut's newest machine so I would spend my money on their newest innovation. The Maker is also expandable so in my opinion, you are getting more for your money with a machine that can expand its use in the future depending upon the types of blades they release. The Air 2 is not compatible with these blades.

new tools

Technology

Base your decision on technology. The Maker is the newest Cricut machine and they reworked the technology from the ground up making the Maker faster and more flexible. The Maker has an adaptive tool system using interchangeable blades. This was a huge change. Prior to this technology revamp the Cricut Air 2 could use a scoring pen, a cutting blade, and Markers. The Maker can do all that and more. The current adaptive tool system includes Knife blade, Scoring Wheel, Double Scoring Wheel, Fine Point Blade, Bonded Fabric Blade, and Rotary Blade. So the question remains, is there more to come for the adaptive tool system? I think so. If you are looking for a machine that is expandable and one that they continue to develop for, the Maker makes sense. However, if you don't find you need all these different types of tools and are looking for a robust but someone more basic cutting machine need, then the Air 2 is a very decent machine. Are you starting to see why the question of which machine to buy is a bit difficult to make?

Cutting Materials

What materials do you want to cut? Both machines can cut a large variety of materials. I recommend checking out the list of materials on the Cricut site.  As you scroll down you will find a list of materials for the Explore brand of machines followed by the Maker's list. I counted them so you don't have to and the Explore list contains 108 different materials while the Maker's list contains 144 different materials. I can't answer this question for you. If you know what you are interested in cutting, check the list. Also, check the lists and see if there is something there that might interest you as well. This will help you determine which machine is for you. The Maker's lists will continue to expand with each new adaptive tool they put into production.

I have a Maker and I enjoy using it. I have only begun to touch on the capabilities of the machine. Here are a few projects I have done with the Maker that wouldn't have been doable on the Explore Air2.

leave to dry
Christmas Ornaments using the Scoring Wheel.

finished bat bucket - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
An Alternative Pumpkin using the Rotary Wheel.

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

How to Make a Mid-Century Modern Christmas with Cricut

Being big fans of Mid-Century Modern decor, many years ago we bought a silver tree. We have a green one too and each year we decide which one to use. We let our daughters decide. The 3D gem shapes from the Sprinkles and Confetti collection at Cricut reminded me of Mid-Century Modern so I used them to create Christmas tree ornaments. Using hot pink and light green cardstock added to the modern theme. Our tree needed a modern feeling tree topper so I used the star design from Indie Art from Cricut to create a paper topper. Follow along as I work through the process of making DIY Holiday decorations for our tree.

cardstock
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Materials:

Directions:

The files used for these projects have been saved in Cricut Design Space and can be accessed through the following links:

Ornaments 1 (dark pink)

Ornaments 2 (teal)

Star topper

 

scoring cardstock
The scoring blade is essential for making these ornaments. 
 

cut cardstock
Cut and scored ornaments.
Use extra caution removing them from the mat, they can easily tear.
 

fold on score lines
Fold all the score lines.
I found working from the middle to the outer folds worked best.
 

glue edges
The Best Glue Ever worked well for gluing the ornaments together.
Using the Medium Point No Clog Writing Cap application tip applied the right amount of glue.
Holding the pieces together for a few minutes was all that was needed for a tacky adhesion.
 

leave to dry
Let them dry thoroughly.
 

add wire for hangers
Using a thin wire, I cut lengths of about 6 inches to create a hanger.
 

bend a knot at the wire end
Bend the end of the wire into a "knot".
Feed the end of the wire through the top of the ornament.
 

create a hook
Fold the wire in half, twist, and then fold into a hook shape.

ornaments on the tree
Ornaments hanging on the tree.

Now onto the Star Tree Topper

cutting the kraftboard
Cutting the Kraftboard with the Fine point blade.
 

using red tape
After cutting 2 stars, cover 1 with red double-sided tape.
 

cut foil ready to transfer
Cut out 2 of the pinwheel designs onto Adhesive foil, weed, and apply transfer film.
 

transfer the foil vinyl
Apply the film to each of the stars.
 

adding the wire to the star
Using a long length of wire, twist it together for additional strength.
Remove the red film for the tape.
Place the folded wire onto the star. 
 

join the 2 stars together
Join the two stars together making sure the wire is sealed in place.
 

star on the tree
The finished star on the top of the tree.
 

all together on the tree
The ornaments and star together on our tree.

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

October Clay Challenge #CCBG

Each month the ladies at Creatively Crafty Blog Group challenge each other with a themed craft. For the month of October the theme was clay. Check out these colorful creations and tutorials at the links below. Next month we will be crafting something that is recycled or repurosed, I can't wait to see the creativity. If you would like to join our group challenges and/or link party sharing please drop me a message and we can discuss the details. It's a fun laid back and supportive group.

2 Dishing Divas

Air-Dry Clay Jewelry Bowls

 

Life Beyond the Kitchen

Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handles

 

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How to Make Cold Porcelain Clay from Household Ingredients

 

How To Make Cold Porcelain Clay From Household Ingredients

This month Creatively Crafty Blog Group was challenged to work with clay. I decided to try making Cold Porcelain Clay. I was intrigued by the list of household ingredients. The Cold Porcelain Clay was very easy to make, a bit messy - which my daughter enjoyed, and the results were satisfying. Many people make the clay and color it or paint it after their creation has dried. I added food coloring to the Porcelain Clay before creating anything to see how that would work. The colors we used were red, blue, teal, and we left some white. 

Porcelain Clay ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup white glue
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp lotion
  • food coloring (optional)

I actually halved the above recipe due to the limited amount of cornstarch we had.

Directions:

small bowls of porcelain clay

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. The mixture will be sticky and stretchy. You will need to add more cornstarch until you reach the desired texture. At this point, I divided the mixture into smaller bowls and added food coloring to the bowls. This is optional. Using disposable rubber gloves made the mixing of the color into the clay easier. 

Porcelain Clay objects

Mixing the colors together to get a marble effect, I made beads, buttons, a candy cane... My daughter and I used cookie cutters, a glass, and a straw to cut out the clay. While I have a lot of clay working tools, for this project I stuck to basic household items. In addition, I found a can of cooking oil worked well for a rolling pin, toothpicks to make holes, a kitchen knife to cut even amounts of clay, and a baking sheet with foil to place everything on even though the clay will not be baked. 

future floor wax

After the clay dries, it can be coated or painted and then coated with a clear coat. Something like clear nail polish or floor polish will work.

brads

While we made a lot of different things with the clay, I finished two projects for this post.
The first one above was a circle, originally thinking it would be an ornament.
I used a flower button and a brad to decorate it.

present
I used it as a decorative element on a gift.

earring parts
I used basic elements to make a pair of earrings.
The clay beads, 2 pearl beads, 2 seed beads, and two lengths of wire.

finished earrings
I hammered the ends of the wire.
I placed a seed bead onto each wire, then the clay bead, and finally a pearl bead.
Bend the wire into a large loop and trim to length and they are finished.

My Experience:

  • Next time I would like to try the microwave version of this clay.
  • I would like to try more intense colors.
  • I need to spend more time working with the clay because I did get frustrated at times that it wasn't doing what I wanted. 
  • Rolling it out (although a bit sticky) and using a cookie cutter produced the best results. 
  • Building it up (my daughter made a snowman) didn't work as well and the clay actually settled in a melting fashion. 
  • The clay sanded well after it was dry. I sanded the edge of the round disk.

 

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