Mother’s Day Card

An SVG to make a card for Mother’s Day. #affiliate

As a mom, I have to say some of the best presents are homemade. I love it when my daughters take the time to make me something. I’d rather they not spend money on me. This Mother’s Day Card is one with a few steps but it isn’t difficult to make. I think any mother would appreciate a handmade card.

I work with a few different companies and with this card, I was able to combine their products. The following links are affiliate links, they cost nothing for you to use and in fact, they help support this site. Thank you for using them.

Materials:

Directions:

Using the free SVG file listed above, cut the white card stock with your personal cutting machine.

I am using a Cricut Maker. I set the red line to score and added the scoring tool.

This card is made from three parts, the cut cardstock,
the polka dot card stock cut just shy of 6″ x 8″, 
and a piece of Rinea red foil paper 4″ x 2.25″.
 

I used the Best Glue Ever to attach all the layers.
 

I applied glue around the word Mom and around the outer edge of the Rinea foil paper.
 

The back of the red foil paper is gold.

Hopefully, you can get a sense of the luminous red foil from the above photo.

Using the same process, I attached the polka-dotted scrapbooking paper.
The paper I chose had a white back, making the inside of the card ready for a special message.
The folded size is 6″ x 4″.

My Spiral Ornament for the Cricut Ornament Exchange

I am participating in a Cricut Ornament Exchange. We were challenged to make a Christmas Ornament using our Cricut machine and then we sent them to another participant. I sent my ornament to Kara at Happy Go Lucky. The ornament I made is from an original design and the SVG file will be included below. The inspiration for this ornament was the red and white spiraled hard candies as well as candy canes.

Materials:

  • Doubled sided scrapbooking card stock
  • 2 brads
  • Personal cutting machine (I used a Cricut Explore Air 2)
  • SVG Spiral Ornament Pattern 

Directions:

The process for this ornament is more hands-on after the cutting of the design. When I cut out the design, I wasn’t getting through the card stock. I finally went to change the blade and found that my blade had some form of material stuck around it. Once this problem was resolved, the cutting was so easy. I really like using two-sided paper. I chose red which had burgundy on the other side. The only downside to using this kind of paper is the core of the paper is white and shows a bit on the edges of the paper. 

showing process
Design Space showing the progress of cutting the paper.

cut paper
The cut paper before weeding.

cut pieces
The cut shapes.

brads
The two brads, you can use any color.

curve paper
Take the bow shape, using your fingers, curve the bow shape.

bow
To begin you are going to stack the elements in order on the brad. Here is the bow we began to curve in the above image.

bow 2
Then add the ends of the ribbon to make the bow.

curl paper
Stacking all six similar pieces together, curve the paper by rolling it in your hand. This will help form the ornament in a later step.

add sides
Add the six pieces to the brad and then add the brad to the bottom. Make sure all pieces are facing the same direction if you are using a two-toned paper. Fan open the brads but not the full amount so there is some movement available.

start to seperate
Begin to seperate the ornament shape once piece of paper at a time.

finished
Now you can tighten up the brads by reaching into the ornament. You can manipulate the shape as needed even by pushed top and bottom towards each other until you are happy with the rounded shape.

I sent the file to my sister and that same night she went a bit crazy and made these two.

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How to Sew a Reversible Sleep Mask

Sew a reversible sleep mask.

I am joining a group of bloggers who are creating sewing projects that can be used as little gifts or stocking stuffers. You can read more about this year long project at the bottom of my post. My contribution to this project is a reversible sleep mask. It is made using two coordinating fat quarters. This is a quick and easy sewing project. 

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


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Materials:

      ** fleece can be replaced with a recycled terry cloth towel, flannel, or fleece batting. 

Directions:

See the PDF pattern for marking description on the pattern.

Cut the fabric using the pattern linked above. In the picture above I am cutting the cotton fabric with the back side of the fabric up to show how you would cut your fabric if it were a lighter color. Doing so would allow you to use the Cricut Fabric Marker to add the lines included in the SVG file. Since my fabric is dark, the marks would not show. 

The image above shows the cut fabrics. Two cotton pieces (dark) and the scrap fleece (red). I used the SVG to cut the cotton fabric on a Cricut Maker and I cut the fleece using scissors. I did so to show that either form of cutting would work equally well for this project. As a general guide, I cut the elastic band to 15″ – choose a length that works for you.

It is important to layer the fabric sandwich correctly. Start with the fleece, then layer a piece of the cotton correct side up. Place the elastic band and pin in place, fold in the middle as necessary. Top this off with the other piece of cotton face down. Pin all the layers of the sleep mask together to prepare for sewing. 

This is the entire project layered together ready to sew. The top layer of the sandwich has the top cotton piece with the backside facing up. You can see the pins around the sleep mask shape. The top two pins are used as guides to show where to start and stop sewing, leaving a slit at the top to turn the mask right side out. This is easier to see on the PDF pattern.

Because this piece is one large curve, sew around your eye mask at a slow pace making the stitching about 1/4″ from the cut edge of the fabric. I need to give a shout out to my favorite sewing machine. It is a Brother SE4500 (sewing and embroidery machine) and I bought it at Walmart.

Remove any remaining pins from the sleep mask. Cut the V shapes into the curve areas of the mask. In the nose area of the eye mask, cut slits into the fabric making the curve easier to turn inside out. DO NOT cut into the stitching.

close-up of one of the cuts


The sleep mask right side out, notice the open slot at the top – where you can see some red peeking out.

Finger fold the open seam and pin closed. You can choose to hand stitch this seam closed and be finished. I chose to add a finishing machine stitch around the sleep mask which accomplishes similar results. 

This is a close-up of the finishing stitch. If you choose to machine stitch, do so very slowly. Keep your stitching close to the outer edge, about 1/8″.

I used my EasyPress to iron the finished masks. An EasyPress isn’t necessary, mine is handily on my work table and easy to use. A regular iron works just as well for this project.

I created two sleep masks to show the reverse sides. They will be gifted to my daughters. I have enough leftover fabric to make more. I am thinking about making another one for myself and possibly having a few on hand for easy and quick gift-giving. 

How the Little Gifts Sew Along Works

Every other Tuesday from January 1 through December 3, 2019, we’ll share a free sewing project for a little gift! These gifts are small enough to be “stocking stuffers” if you’d like to get a head start on holiday crafting, or you can gift them for birthdays and other events throughout the year. Each little gift will be made from 1-4 fat quarters of cotton fabric (or a yard or less of fabric, if you don’t have precut fabric on hand).

And, because sew alongs are more fun with prizes, we’ve reached out to some of our favorite companies to get some amazing end-of-SAL prizes. You can find out more about the prizes and enter for your chance to win here on Underground Crafter!

How To Join the Little Gifts SAL

  • You can join in by sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #sewlittlegifts and #stockingstuffersal on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other sewists, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • By the end of the SAL, you’ll have up to 25 handmade gifts.

Visit Underground Crafter to learn more about the prizes, enter the end-of-SAL giveaway, and to get links to each Little Gifts Sew Along project as it is released.

A special thanks to Marie from Underground Crafter for organizing the Little Gifts Sew Along, what a great idea and I had fun working on this project.

Folding a paper frame using Cricut Design Space

Make a 3D frame using this free SVG file.

Need a frame? They are so easy to make with cardstock. Using a personal cutting machine makes it that much easier. They are very sturdy. Thick enough to also be used as a shadow box. The frames were really easy to make and rather addictive. Fold your own paper frame with this free SVG file.

Materials:

  • 1 – 12×12 sheet of cardstock
  • personal cutting machine (I used a Cricut Maker)
  • optional adhesive
  • SVG file

Open the file in Design Space, ungroup. Select all and then center the two layers vertically and horizontally. Then attach, change the red box to score, and then cut.

Special thanks to Cricut for providing the Maker making this project possible. 
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Directions:

cricut machine and paper
Begin by cutting out the SVG file linked above.


This is what the SVG file looks like. The black outline cuts and the red lines need to be set to score. 


The video below will show you how to set up the file in Cricut Design Space as well as how to fold it after cutting.

finished frame
finished frame, ready to use for artwork

final measurements:
outer measure 4 7/8” x 6”
inner measure 3 3/8”  x 4 1/2”

How To Make Faux Leather Earrings

How to make faux leather earrings with a Cricut. Includes a free SVG file. How to Make Jewelry Using a Cricut Machine.

Making earrings with your personal die cutting machine is a current hot topic in crafting. I’ve done it before [see post here], but these leaf-like earrings are my newest design. This version of earrings was made using The Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect. It really made making them and attaching the layers together easy. The tacky glue dries quickly but leaves enough time to maneuver the position of the layers. 

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

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

  • 2 colors of faux leather (Cricut Brand)
  • Personal cutting machine (Cricut Maker)
  • The Best Glue Ever
  • a weight (I used a tile)
  • 2 crystal beads – blue
  • 2 silver jump rings – small
  • 2 earring wires – loop on 1 end
  • 2 fish hook ear wires
  • jewelry making tools (wire cutter, round nose plier, flat plier)
  • free SVG file
    To save as an SVG click the image and do a save as SVG


Using a Cricut Maker, I cut the faux letter


cut pieces of faux leather


using The Best Glue Ever


Once glued and in place, I used a tile to weight
the layered faux leather down.
Let dry overnight.


I used a T-pin to poke a hole in the faux leather and
attached a jump ring and earring wire.
Threading the crystals and finishing off the wirework
to make the finished earrings.

DIY Fairy Lantern

How to DIY a fairy lantern in a plastic bottle.

​Make a Fairy Jar or Fairy Lantern of your own with this free SVG file.

A DIY Fairy Lantern reminds me of childhood and stories of fantasy. It is really easy to make this fairy lantern. You don’t need a lot of materials and can personalize it as you desire. I made my fairy lantern in a plastic bottle so it is very kid-friendly and will not break. And, you can recycle a plastic bottle or jar to make your own fairy jar.

materials

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Materials:

Instructions:

Download the free fairy SVG file.

bottle
Start with a clean bottle or jar

fairy in jar
Using super glue, adhere the fairy to the inside of the jar. Don’t worry about the glue showing.

align jar and tissue
Cut the tissue paper to fit around the jar.

mod podge
Cover the outside with mod podge 

cover exterior with mod podge
Line up the tissue paper and wrap it around the jar. Align the top edge, don’t worry about the bottom, it get’s tucked under. Wrinkles add to the personality, just be careful not to tear the tissue paper. Then cover it again with mod podge. Allow it to dry.

decorate the lantern
Decorate the rim as you desire. I used ribbon and paper cut out flowers.

with light
Insert the flickering light and you are done!

Take a Look at the Evolution of Cricut Machines

See the history of the Cricut machines.

Have you ever wondered about the lineage of the Circuit machines? I have collected information and images for a variety of machines that have been made. Cricut machines are manufactured by Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. Provo Craft is located in Utah. The company is 15 years old and was created on December 21, 2003. I don’t have the manufacture dates for each machine. If you have this information, I would love to be able to add it to this article.

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Current Models:

The models are listed in reverse order of their manufacturing years. If you want to see Cricut models by year, then start at the bottom of the current models and work your way back to the top.

Cricut Joy Extra

Cricut Joy Xtra

release date: September 2023

Cricut Joy Xtra™ cuts, writes, draws, and foils. Works with the free Design Space app. Works with 50+ materials.

Cricut Venture

release date: July 2023

A wide-format professional cutting machine. It precision-cuts 100+ materials up to 75 ft (22.8 m) and works at commercial speeds.

maker 3

Cricut Maker 3

release date: June 2021
The Maker 3 cuts over 300 materials and is compatible with 13 tools. It is up to 2x faster than its predecessor and 10x the cutting force. The Maker 3 is compatible with smart materials for cuts up to 12ft in one go.

Cricut Explore 3

release date: June 2021
The Explore 3 cuts over 100 materials and is compatible with 6 tools that are sold separately. It is up to 2x faster than its predecessor. It is also compatible with Smart Materials for cuts up to 12 ft in one go.

Cricut Joy

release: Feb. 12, 2020 – available March 2020
The Cricut Joy is a smaller, more light-weight version at 5″ x 8″ and less than 4 lb. The Joy introduces two new features not elsewhere available in the Cricut product portfolio. With specialty accessories and materials (labeled Smart Materials™), the Joy is able to cut single designs up to four feet long and repeated cuts up to 20 feet.

Cricut Maker
released: August 20, 2017
The Cricut Maker machine is used with Design Space, which is a cloud-based, online software. It does not function stand-alone. When using Design Space on a desktop or laptop computer, an internet connection is required. When using the machine with the Design Space app on an iOS device (iPad/iPhone), you can use the offline feature in that app to use your machine and Design Space without an internet connection. The Cricut Maker is an adaptable machine with interchangeable cutting and scoring heads.

Cricut Explore Air 2

release: October 5, 2016
A slight update from the Air, it cuts two times faster. Comes in a variety of colors and works with the current Circuit Design Space application.

Cricut Explore Air

release: NA
This is a wireless machine that can cut paper to fabric and more. It works with the current Circuit Design Space application.

Cricut Explore One

release: May 6, 2015
Similar in look to the other Explore machines but only has a single tool holder. You can cut and write but you have to do so in two steps.

Cricut Explore

release: 2014
The Cricut Explore, ExploreAir, and Explore Air 2 each have a double tool holder so that you can cut & write (or cut & score) in 1 step. The Explore One has a single tool holder, so it can cut & write (or cut & score) in 2 steps.

The Explore Air and Explore Air 2 have built-in Bluetooth, but for Explore One and Explore, you will need a Cricut Wireless Bluetooth Adapter in order to use it with your iOS or Android mobile device or to cut wirelessly from your computer.

Legacy Machines:

The rest of this post is not in chronological order, but dates are listed if available.

Cricut Expression 2

released: September 26, 2011
The Cricut Expression 2 was designed as a standalone machine. The LCD touch screen and Cricut® cartridges allowed you to create projects without being connected to a computer. A computer was required to update the machine’s firmware, however.

Cricut Expression

release: February 28, 2010
The Cricut Expression machine had several fantastic features available. A few favorites are the AutoFill and Quantity features. They allowed you to cut multiples of the same image so you could quickly create a batch of invitations, place settings, party favors, or other projects. There was a scoring tip that could be used.

Cricut Mini

release: approx 2012
The Cricut Mini relied exclusively on using Cricut Craft Room, a computer program that no longer functions. The Circuit Mini is obsolete.

Cricut Imagine

release: Summer 2010
The Cricut Imagine machines use a special cutting mat with a white border and black registration marks that the machine will read prior to cutting your printed images with precision and accuracy.  The Imagine machine was unable to read any other mats. 

Cricut Cake

release: na
Cricut Cake was specifically designed to cut edible material, including gum paste, frosting sheets, and more. As such, it was designed with parts made of food-safe material. In fact, any part of the machine that touches food was made of food-safe material.

Cricut Create

release: December 21, 2003
The Cricut Create machine was designed to function with the Cricut® cartridges as a standalone machine.

Cricut Personal

release: January 9, 2005
The Cricut Personal/V1 machine was designed to function with the original Cricut cartridges as a standalone machine.

Additional Machines:

Cricut Mug Press

original release date: 2021
The Cricut Mug Press is for 11 – 16 oz (350 – 470 ml) Infusible Ink compatible mugs*. The press has a one-touch setting and safety features including auto-off.

Cricut Cuttlebug

original release: na
The Cricut Cuttlebug machine is compatible with most leading brands of dies and embossing folders. The B Plates – Cutting, A Plate – Spacer, and C Plate – Adapter (sold separately) are different thicknesses so that you can mix and match. The Cuttlebug is no longer being produced.

Cricut Hat Press

release date: 2022
Cricut Hat Press is the perfect heat press designed for hats. Its curved, ceramic-coated heat plate features 3 levels of heat up to 400ÂşF (205ÂşC) for consistent, wrinkle-free transfers.

Easy Press 3

release date: 2022
Say hello to the perfect press for heat transfer projects. Cricut EasyPress 3 brings together the speed of a heat press, the convenience of an iron, and the simplicity of the Cricut Heat app. Press without the guesswork, and get fast, easy transfers. Simply send ideal time and temperature settings through Bluetooth® connection via the Cricut Heat app. Follow on-screen, step-by-step prompts that guide you at every turn. 

Auto Press
release date: 2022
the perfect professional heat press made for home use. Merging commercial power with a sleek, home-friendly design, Cricut Autopress™ harnesses state-of-the-art automated features to help you make more in less time. Zero Effort™ operation lets you close the machine with just two fingers, and the handle’s motor does the rest. Dial in precise time & temp settings on the control pod to ensure consistent results, whether you’re working on a big-business production or a one-time passion project.

easypress 3

EasyPress 3
release September 2023
The world’s most beloved heat press is now smarter than ever with built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology. Connect Cricut EasyPress 3 to the Cricut Heat app to send precise time & temperature settings and follow step-by-step guidance for any project.

EasyPress

release: August 2017
The Cricut EasyPress comes in three different sizes and is used to heat iron-on vinyl. You may find it has alternative uses similar to an iron.
Here is a printable chart for heat settings. [EasyPress chart]

Cricut Bright™ 360, Ultimate LED Floor Lamp

release date: 2022
See more, and do more with Cricut Bright 360, the ultimate LED floor lamp for every craft and every crafter. Its big, broad head evenly lights up your entire workspace and just a gentle push of your hand will pivot, rotate, and move the light exactly where you need it.

Cricut Bright™ 360, Ultimate LED Table Lamp

release date: 2022
See more, and do more with Cricut Bright 360, the ultimate LED table lamp for every craft and every crafter. Its big, broad head evenly lights up your entire workspace and just a gentle push of your hand will pivot, rotate, and move the light exactly where you need it. The large head lights 4 sq ft.

Bright Pad Go

release date: 2021
See every detail here, there, and wherever you wander with 1.5+ hours of cordless, rechargeable power. Slim, lightweight, and incredibly portable, Cricut BrightPad Go illuminates hard-to-see cut lines for faster, more accurate weeding of vinyl and heat-transfer projects – without being tethered to a wall outlet! 

BrightPad

release: approx 2017
The Cricut BrightPad comes in Mint Green and Rose Gold. It is a modern lightbox and works great for weeding, tracing, paper piecing, and jewelry making. 

Cricut Gypsy

released: September 2009
The Gypsy was a portable personal design device for use with your Cricut® Personal, Create, Expression, Cake, Cake Mini, Expression 2 and Imagine machines. It allowed you to store Cricut® cartridge content, design with that content, and then connect to your Cricut® to cut.