Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Personalize Gifts with Cricut

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Want the ability to easily make a personalized wedding gift or perhaps some unique home d├ęcor? Then you might find Cricut electronic cutting machines to be the best DIY crafting tool since the sewing machine. 

There are two machines that Cricut currently offers on their site:
Cricut Explore One™ 

Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. It’s versatile, easy to use, cuts very precisely, and is also incredibly affordable. With its irresistibly low price and limitless cutting potential, the Explore One is perfect for a new or beginning crafter. Here are a few notable features of the Explore One: 

Materials – All Cricut machines can cut an unbelievable variety of materials, for example:
  • Paper
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on
  • Craft materials
  • Upcycled materials
  • Fabric
  • Plastic
  • Thick materials
Precision - Features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall. 

Smart Set® Dial - Each machine features a Smart Set® dial, which sets your settings (e.g. speed, pressure, etc.) for you so you don’t have to keep track of them. You just select the material that you're using on the Smart Set® dial and the machine's Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut. 

Images and Fonts - You can upload your own images and fonts for free on all three Cricut cutting machines.

Cartridges - Both machines work with any Cricut cartridge and have the capability to hold all of your cartridges “virtually” in the cloud within your Cricut Design Space online software. So once you’ve loaded a cartridge, you’ll have it everywhere you go. 

Cricut’s Design Space™ and iPad® app - All Cricut Explore machines work hand-in-hand with Cricut’s Design Space™ (for PC, Mac®, iPad®, and iPhone®) that you get access to for free. 

Cricut Explore Air™

The Explore Air is the whole kit ‘n caboodle. It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:
  1. It has a dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step. If you do a lot of paper crafting, this is the machine for you!
  2. It has built-in Bluetooth® capability. You just use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.
Now that you know a lot more about how Cricut Explore® machines work, I’ll focus next week’s post on how you can design here, there and everywhere with Cricut Design Space. You’ll be blown away by how easy it is.

Until then … Happy crafting! 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Disney Pixar Blog Hop

It has been WAY TOO LONG since our last Disney Pixar Blog Hop . . . but good things are worth the wait!

When I was setting things up for this blog hop I realized that our first one was in 2011 . . . some of the bloggers from the original line up are still with us years later.  We have become great friends and it is always great to share our love of all things Disney!

Okay, let's jump into what you came here for . . . DISNEY PROJECTS!

My daughter recently celebrated her 15th birthday.  Since she is a huge Donald Duck fan, I always try to make her a Donald Duck birthday card . . . it is getting harder and harder to come up with a brand new idea!  Then I saw a picture of some cupcakes from Walt Disney World and . . . 

This is what came from that cupcake inspiration!  How did I do it?  I started with a cupcake shaped card from the Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge.  For this card I cut it at 5" 

As you can see, the card shape I picked has a heart on the top of it . . . we will fix that in a little bit.  I did the card base in a soft gray color.

Next I cut all of the pieces for the cupcake.  Royal blue cupcake wrapper, to match the color of Donald's suit.  Yellow backing to give the look of the yellow stripes on the collar and cuffs of Donald's suit.  White frosting on the cupcake . . . for Donald's feathers of course. 

I cut the top of the yellow base cut off, since all I really needed was the cupcake wrapper portion.  Then I layered that behind the blue wrapper piece.

Perfect little stripes showing through the wrapper.  Now it is time to put this on the base.  Next step, the frosting.

Before I attached the frosting, I trimmed the curve of the top of the cupcake to remove the heart shape from the top.  If you want, you can use one of the other cupcake shaped cards so you don't need to trim the heart off . . . I just really liked the look of this cupcake.

Before we attach the frosting, let's put some swirls in it!  To do that I just ran the frosting top through the Cuttlebug and look . . . 

It looks like swirls of frosting.  Now to make the cupcake something that Donald would be proud of.  I used my Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge and cut the Donald Duck hat icon shape.  I believe I cut this one at 1 3/4".  I used the same soft gray that I used for the base of the card for the backing of Donald's hat, then I cut black and the same blue I used for the cupcake wrapper and layered them all of the perfect little topper on this cupcake.

Last but not least, the bright red bow on the front.  Perfect!

Now it is time for you to hop along and see the rest of the projects we have for you today.  The full hop line up is below.  Have a Magical Day!


Disney Pixar Blog Hop Line Up

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Crafting with Cricut

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If you’re reading this post, chances are, you’re a creative type. You like to craft, explore your creativity, and share your creations with others. And it’s for people like you that Cricut created their line of personal electronic cutting machines. 

A little known fact about Cricut is that they’ve actually been in business for over 50 years, and their primary purpose has been to develop tools that inspire creativity in people. 

Today, millions of people use Cricut’s award-winning products to create beautiful, inventive, and personal projects. 

So, what is Cricut? Cricut is actually a family of electronic cutting machines that make it possible for you to easily create amazing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Well, not totally DIY because Cricut’s incredible machine’s do a LOT of the heavy lifting. 

The two machines that Cricut offers are:
To give you loads of creative freedom and versatility, Cricut developed the Cricut Design Space™, a cloud-based software that works seamlessly with the Cricut Explore® family of machines. 

Design Space gives you access to all of your images and projects from any compatible computer or iPad, so you can design just about anything, anytime, and anywhere. 

Once you’ve uploaded your design (or pre-designed image) to your Cricut Explore cutting machine, you can sit back and watch it magically bring your design to life. 

There are so many interesting things you can make and do with Cricut – which we’ll be sure to cover in a future post. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, it’s best to go over each of Cricut’s machines, what they do, and how they are different. And since I’ve given you quite a bit of info already, we’ll pick up on there in next week’s post!

Until then … happy crafting! 

Simple Thank You

Making a Thank You card does not need to be an elaborate or time consuming project.  It just needs to let someone know that you appreciate what they did for you.

For this card I cut a standard 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock in half and folded it over to make the base of the card.  Then I cut a brown polka dot patterned paper slightly smaller than the front of the card.  I have a paper stack that includes one sheet that is divided into journal or message card sizes, and there was one with an anchor on it.  I knew that the person I was giving this card to loved anchors so I cut just that portion of the paper out, rounded the corners, and added it to the card.  Then I cut the word Thanks out of the same color cardstock as the base.

Simple. Quick. But it got the point across.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pig Shaped Card

I have a co-worker that loves pigs.  She has pictures of them all over her cube.  I wanted to make her a cute little card . . . just to make her smile . . . this is what I came up with

I used the pig image found in the Create A Critter 2 Cricut cartridge.  I used my Gypsy and placed two of the same shadow cuts right next to each other, and welded them at the left side of the pig's head to turn it into a pig shaped card.

I placed a couple of scraps of blue paper behind the openings for the eyes, and the with a marker I put the black dots inside of the eyes.  For an extra little touch I added a gold flower embellishment from Little B next to the pig's ear. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Using the Negative Space - Another Example

The other day I showed you a card I made using the negative space that was created when I cut a phrase with my Cricut, rather than using the actual phrase that I cut out.  Today I have another example with this same idea.

Here you can see the phrases that I cut out.  I can use those for another project, which is a great bonus of this technique . . . no waste.

For this card I used the phrase Add another Candle from the Lyrical Letters Cricut Cartridge.

I layered this cardstock on top of a blank pre-made card and then embellished it with candles cut from rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.  

The most time consuming part is adding all of the centers of the letters like a, d, o and e back into the negative space so that you can read the full letters again.

Since the candles for this card a relatively small I was able to use scraps from other projects to make them.  Again . . . not letting anything go to waste.

To top off the candles I cut the flame shape from Rowlux Illusion Film.  It does not show up well in this photo, but the product has ridges and a pattern right in it, and it really lends itself well to the movement of the flame of a candle.

So now with these two phrase cuts, I will be able to make a total of 4 cards . . . two with the actual cuts and the two I made with the negative space.

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Change the Look of some Old Shoes

With the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique, you can quickly and easily change out the look of a pair of strappy shoes.  Here is a pair I found on clearance for less than $10.  They were cute on their own, but they just had plain black straps.

With a pair of Westcott non-stick scissors and the Graffiti print rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique I was able to update the look of these shoes in a matter of minutes.  Just cut, peel off the backing and stick to the straps for a instant bling update.