Making an Embellished Square Card

Making a card with the Cricut Joy and cutting card stock.

with CutCardStock

card with pen

It is so fun to craft and try new things. This card was made using a Cricut Joy. I wanted to experiment with Stardream card stock to see if it would cut on a smaller cutting machine.

I created this card as a part of the CutCardStock‘s design team where I share projects twice a month.

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The card stock used for this card was Stardream Metallic in Coral and Latte Tan for the card. CutCardStock has a ton of different colors of Stardream to choose from, they are all just beautiful and my favorite card stock from CutCardStock.

Cricut Joy

I wanted to see if I could cut heavier card stock on the Cricut Joy. I chose a free design on the Cricut Joy app. The setting I chose was for glitter card stock, it worked well. Cutting each shape twice, even the smallest of shapes were cut without trouble.

The two parts I used for the card are the folded card stock for the background, and the cut cardstock I cut on the Cricut Joy. The cut square is 3″ x 3″ and the folded piece is 3.5″ x 7″.

After gluing the card parts together, I chose to embellish the center of the flowers with gems in two sizes. These pearlized gems were bought at the Dollar Tree.

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DIY Your Own Cricut Cutaway Card

Learn how to make a DIY version of Cricut’s Cutaway Cards.

final card

I was excited to see the Cutaway Card materials from Cricut. But, I have a few packs of insert cards. So I decided to do a DIY version of the cutaway card using the materials I had on hand. I actually used materials from two different card packs.

card pack

This is the insert card pack I started with and used a pink insert from a different pack. Recently I found the insert card pack at Hobby Lobby on clearance but you could use any cardstock materials.

cricut joy

I’ve missed using my Cricut Joy. It’s been a while. I used the Cricut Joy and its card mat to cut out the design. Using one of the new phrase designs from Cricut Design Space, I edited the image to change the words. See the video below to see how I edited the free file.

Edit Phrase Video:

card is cut

To make this work, I used transfer tape to hold the pieces in place. Originally I tried to transfer everything directly from the mat but that didn’t work. So, I removed the card with the transfer tape in place and then moved the pieces I wanted to keep with the card over. You can see the entire process in the video below.

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Cricut Joy
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Scraperfect 32 Clog Writing Cap, Medium
Scraperfect 32 Clog Writing Cap, Medium
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Scraperfect Best Glue Ever
Scraperfect Best Glue Ever
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Making Foaming Hand Soap

Relabeling a foaming hand soap bottle with Cricut Joy. Including the diy foaming soap recipe. @OfficialCricut #sponsored #affiliate @Scraperfect

For years I bought bottles of foaming hand soap. Then it dawned on me that I could use those empty bottles and make my own. I can’t believe how easy it was to do and how much I am going to be saving. Follow along as I reuse and decorate a bottle, and then make my own foaming hand soap.

I didn’t want to just refill the bottle so I removed the labels and used the Best Cleaner Ever to help remove the labels and the sticky residue.

As a design team member with ScraPerfect, I have a post about the labels being removed using the Best Cleaner Ever on their blog today. Materials used in this post have been provided by the companies I work with. Some links included here are affiliate links and cost nothing to use but help support this site. Thank you for using them.

I wanted to stylize the bottle, so I added the word soap to the bottle in white vinyl. I used the Cricut Joy to cut the vinyl.

Once I added the label on the bottle it was time to make the foaming soap. I filled 1/4th the amount of the bottle with liquid hand soap and the rest of the bottle with water. Be careful to not add the water too fast because you don’t want to make bubbles. That’s all there is to make foaming hand soap.

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Flash Sale – Cricut

Flash Sale – Cricut 40% off #affiliate #OfficialCricut

Starting today, Cricut is launching a Flash Sale. Don’t wait‚ÄĒsave 40% on materials & accessories. Here today, gone in a flash! Joy machines starting at $159! This promo ending 4/27.

Cricut.com is offering Free Economy Shipping on orders $99+ with code SHIPAPR or APRSHIP through 4/30.

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Save 40% on materials! Valid through 4/27.

Save 40% on accessories! Valid through 4/27.

Cricut Joy starting at $159! Valid through 4/27.

EasyPress machines starting at $49! Valid through 4/27.

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Great prices have been found on the Cricut Joy and the Cricut Maker. They may be the lowest we have ever seen. #affiliate @OfficialCricut

Low Prices

If you are looking for a good deal, the Cricut Joy has dropped to possibly the most affordable price. It is available for a limited time at $139.99. This price is good until 4/17. The Maker is also on sale but sold out at Cricut. You can still find it on Amazon for $299.00. These prices are the lowest we’ve seen in a while. I guess there is no surprise that the Maker is sold out on Cricut. You might want to grab one soon, no telling how long they will last at this price.

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Cricut Joy Sale

Cricut Joy Sale

Starting today through 3/9, Cricut is launching their Joy Anniversary Sale featuring Joy Bundles starting at $199 and 30% off Joy Materials & Accessories! Maker Machines are on sale for $329 and Explore Air 2 Machines are on sale for $199!

Cricut.com is offering Free Economy Shipping on orders $99+ with code SHIPMAR or MARSHIP through 3/31

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Joy Bundles starting at $199! Valid through 3/9.

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Cricut Maker on sale for $329! Valid through 3/9.

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Save 30% on Iron-On Materials! Valid through 3/9.

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How to Etch Ceramics

I etched a ceramic box using Etchall cream. #sponsored @Etchall @CricutMade

Etching cream is usually used on glass surfaces but did you know you can also etch ceramic surfaces? Etchall works great on glass, ceramic, and slate surfaces. One of the best things about Etchall cream is that it is reusable, so a bottle is going to last a long time.

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Materials:

  • ceramic piece
  • Cricut Joy
  • Etchall
  • design
  • vinyl
  • transfer paper
  • weeding tool
  • duct tape
  • popsicle stick
  • paper towel
  • baby wipe
  • cotton swabs
  • colored wax
  • rubbing alcohol

Directions:

Cricut Joy

I cut out a design using my Cricut Joy. The design I chose was one from Cricut (Geometric Tile Stencil #M1903D815).

I then weeded away the areas of the design I wanted to etch. Next, cover the design with transfer tape.

Follow the rest of the tutorial in the video below:

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Rub On Metallic Colors
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Three Quick and Easy Things to Make with the Cricut Joy

Three fun projects made with the Cricut Joy.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut for Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was so excited to open the Cricut Joy. I have the Cricut Maker and I have used other Cricut machines as well. I like the ability to cut long pieces of continuous material but I am most excited about the Card Mat and Insert Cards. I also like the portability of the Cricut Joy. While the Cricut Joy is small, it is a mighty machine capable of cutting vinyl, a variety of papers, and cardstock as well as draw with pens.

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Any supplies used may be given to me free of charge, however, all projects and opinions are my own.

First I want to share with you the unboxing of the Cricut Joy.

The following three projects were quick and easy to make with the Cricut Joy. Each project uses different materials with the Cricut Joy. I was able to test
out the flexibility and range of materials. The first project I made with the Cricut Joy was an insert card.

I made the above birthday card for my husband’s birthday. I needed something to give him and since we are sheltering at home, I wasn’t able to go out and get him anything, so I made him a card. I used the Cricut Insert Card design and was able to make a quick and easy card. You can see the entire tutorial at the following link. [Birthday Card]

The second project I made with the Cricut Joy used Smart Iron-on. I made a cat shirt for my daughter. We recently adopted two kittens, and I thought what an appropriate shirt! I altered an image from Design Space and quickly made this shirt. I didn’t even need to use a mat. I just loaded the smart iron-on vinyl directly into the Joy. This would be a really easy way to make a last-minute gift. See the entire tutorial at the following link. [Cat Shirt]

The third project I made with the Cricut Joy utilized its ability to draw. The Cricut Joy comes with a black pen which I used. I also received Smart Label materials so I decided to make labels for a craft tower I had. I still have more labels to make because I haven’t settled on all the drawers’ contents but it will be easy to do that because I saved the file I made in Design Space. The program walked me through the steps of loading the pen for drawing and then the blade for cutting. Using Smart Label materials I didn’t need to cut it down to size or use a mat. I just loaded the materials into the Cricut Joy and hit go! You can see the entire tutorial and access the label file I created here: [Labels]

I can’t wait to use the continuous cut with vinyl and make a growth chart for my girls. Right now we have the marks on a wall next to our kitchen. I would like to make the charts so they can take them with them when they get older and move on. I have the wood on order but it hasn’t arrived in time for this post. So be sure to look for that tutorial in the future.

Making a Birthday Card with Cricut Joy

It was my husband’s birthday and with the recent Corona Virus I wasn’t able to go out and purchase items for him but I was able to make him a birthday card thanks to the Cricut Joy. I searched Design Space for an appropriate image and I really fell in love with the above image. It was really quick and easy to make.

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Any supplies used may be given to me free of charge, however, all projects and opinions are my own.

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Directions:

I purchased the following image for use with the Cricut Joy.

Happy Birthday Card#M10AC4464 



Loading the card mat into the Cricut Joy.


The finished card.
I added a piece of Rinea Gold Foiled Paper under the cut image and glued it in place to enhance the text. 

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My Cricut Joy is Here!

My Cricut Joy is finally here! It was a little hectic awaiting its arrival. I had a notice that it arrived about a week ago, but I didn’t have the packages. There were supposed to be three of them. I work with Cricut and have blog posts due using the Cricut Joy. I contacted FedEx and Cricut. The only news I got was that they were left at the front door. I know it is possible to have packages stolen. This was during the start of the Corona Virus lockdown and so not that many people were out. Our neighborhood isn’t that busy on a normal day. And finally, we have a half walled porch across the front of our house so no packages that are left, are visible from the street. So, where are my packages? Come to find out, my neighbor had them. She left a phone message for us that got overlooked and she hadn’t tried calling us again or bring the packages over. I am not sure why they got delivered to her house instead of ours. We were home and didn’t miss a knock or doorbell ring. So after a stress-filled week wondering where my Cricut Joy went, I FINALLY got the boxes.

unboxing finally!