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Cricut Maker Projects

I’M BAAAAAACK!! The last few months have been a tad bit hectic.  I have not had a platform to express my creativity.  So I have had a lot of thought processes and additionally extra time to think and I am ready to unleash it all.  Looking forward to putting some new content out there and today is the day!

My wonderful husband be-gifted me the coveted CRICUT MAKER for Christmas.  We have been in the process of moving so unfortunately, I have been staring at the box for a couple of months.  NOT FUN! Torture is probably a more accurate description!

I opened the box last weekend and I wanted to share with you the first few projects that I created. Ready made projects from design space were super attractive.  I still did not have a ton of time at my disposal and I literally could not wait one more second to test it out.  So there are no tutorials or processes that I am going to share today.  These projects I chose were 100% step by step prompted by Cricut Design Space.

After getting started, I was not disappointed.  It was everything I thought it would be, plus more. Having owned two Cricut machine prior to unboxing this amazing new Cricut Maker.  There was a few differences compared to the Cricut Explore 2.  Its faster, it has amazing new accesorie blades.  The rotary cutter is a game changer.  The double and single scoring wheels are completely awesome. I have not tried out my new knife blade yet, but you can be sure there will be posts to follow featuring that blade.

Rosette Gift Box

Pretty gift box

Homemade gift box from Cricut Design Space

I used the double and single scoring wheel to make this box.  The rosette on top, was the single scoring wheel because the card-stock I used to make the flower was thinner paper.  The box itself was Kraft Board, much denser material almost like chip board but a little easier to work with.  The double scoring wheel was used for this, and the box folded up perfectly.  No stress marks or uneven folds. No guessing, just perfectly pleated lines.

Felt & Material Pennant Banner

Cricut design space pennant banner

Felt and iron on pennant banner

 

This was my FAVORITE thing I busted out this week.  It is hung on my daughters door on the outside of their room.  A few favorite pictures adorn the banner so when I shut their door I can stare at my favorite people on the planet.  This is made out of felt and iron on material.  I used the rotary blade for the fabrics and it was amazing! You will not believe how easily the cuts came out and it made this project so easy to make.  Extra ribbons were used that I had laying around to finish it off. Eyelets were added on the sides of each fabric to run the long ribbon through to hang.  Absolutely adorable and would make the cutest gift, or decor for any holiday or theme.

Generic Rosette & Donut Birthday Card

Generic Card

Homemade card, Cricut design space

Cricut design space

Donut Worry

If you follow my posts at all you know I am obsessed with cards.  All kinds. All media’s. I like to make a surplus of cards, even when I do not need them.  They are there when the occasion arrises.  Boom, unique hand made love to give out!  Fortunately for me, we had a few events coming up. I used both of these cards this week.  They were both easily constructed in less than 30 minutes.  I didn’t even make it through an entire show on Netflix!

Cannot express how happy I am to begin pumping out new posts,  Hope everyone has a fantastical week, and I would love to see anything anyone has created this week!

X.o.x.o.

Bobbie

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DIY-Wine Glasses

Wine Glass-Flowers

Cheers flowers wine glass cut with Cricut Design Space

I L-O-V-E these!!  They turned out exactly the way I pictured them in my head.  I wanted some girly, fun, wine glasses that I could be-gift to some of my lucky gal pals.  I occasianally enjoy the glass of Merlot, Pinot, or Chardonnay.  It’s no fun to partake alone so I made a set of each genre that was banging around in my head.

Of course I used my Cricut with Cricut Design Space.  It is the bomb.com to design anything that your mind can think of!  I use design space consistently to make original items.  Aside from the hundreds of templates and pre-made designs you can up-load virtually anything you can dream up to your Design Space and then create it.

I use my own images for the majority of the time.  Things I see on Pinterest or things that I view while out and about.

Deer Head and Flowers Wine Glass Set

Deer Head and Flowers Wine Glass Set

Be-You-tiful Wine Glass Set

Be-You-tiful Wine Glass Set

Cactus Wine Glass Set

Cactus Wine Glass Set

You had me at Wine glass set

You had me at Wine

Cheers Wine Glasses

Cheers wine glass set made with Cricut design space

Hopefully I can give you some inspiration to create your vision.  If you haven’t checked out Design Space DO IT!  It will change your D-I-Y game.

 

Enjoy,

X.O.X.O

Bobbie-

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How do I cut my own image with a Cricut?

Cricut Vinyl on Batting Helmet

Cricut Vinyl on Batting Helmet

Softball Bow

Softball Bow

Making your own Usable Images

Maybe you are wondering, how do I cut usable images? How do I make specific designs that I need to put on my daughter’s batting helmet?  Well, I am so glad you asked, because I have the answer!

If you have a Cricut then you have access to Cricut design space.  It is where I create any image that I cut with my Cricut.  Aside from THOUSANDS of pre-loaded images, you have the capability of adding ANYTHING you can find.  ANYTHING!!!! Anything you can think up in your head.  Anything you can take a picture of.  Anything you see anywhere on the internet.

Here is a video that shows you how to upload a screen shot from your phone and make it a cut file in Cricut design space.  I used a cork screw for the video, but I did the same exact thing with the bow that I put on Bella’s batting helmet above.

I recommend if you are a new Cricut user or do not know how to navigate Design Space yet, go to cricut.com and do a design space tutorial.  It is seriously so simple you could absolutely wing it and just look through the software and figure it out.  However it is nice to watch someone do it first! Plus if you do not have design space or a Cricut it may give you the guts to get one once you see how un-complicated it is to use.

I took this owl directly out of design space and also the font for the name. I made this vinyl decal for a friends tumbler this weekend, there is like 100 owl templates to choose from so it took me longer to look through all the images than to cut the vinyl.

Vinyl Owl Decal

Vinyl Owl Decal

Happy Crafting!

x.o.x.o

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Decorative Kitchen Towels and Koozies

Decorative Kitchen Towel

Decorative Kitchen Towel

HTV on Koozies

HTV on Koozies

Heat Press

People!  I am obsessed with my Heat Press.  I made these Decorative Towels and Koozies with ease using my Heat Press.  For anyone that has a strong “Iron-On” obsession, using a heat press for your HTV (heat transfer vinyl) changes the game.

Have you ever ironed on an appliqué or cut some cute vinyl with your Cricut, applied it to a bag or shirt, then after you have washed the item the sides peel up?  We’ve all been there, but it really grated on my nerves to spend time, money and effort and not really get the professional finish that I wanted.

I have done a ton of research on heat presses and EVERYONE knows that I am a Cricut lover, but the Cricut press just wasn’t going to do it for me.  I wanted a surface at least capable of 12×12 images, and the Cricut press is much smaller than that.  You would have to move the press around your image and not to mention you still have to apply pressure physically, just like an iron.  I wasn’t about to buy a 140.00 iron and still not get the quality that I was looking for.

Fancier Studio’s

The specific heat press that I chose was by Fancier Studio’s it measures in at 15×15.  You can adjust the pressure clamp( it is super pressurized) and it locks when you pull it down.  It is also digital, which makes it easy to set your temperature and timer setting… which I love!!!!  I have produced perfect results every time and could not be more happy with my purchase.

This heat press actually completely melds the HTV to your project.  The finished image resembles ink once it has been heat pressed onto your surface.

Fancier Studio's Heat Press

Fancier Studio’s Heat Press

Fancier Studio's Heat Press

Fancier Studio’s Heat Press

I’ve been looking for reasons to use it and a few things that I came up with this weekend are these adorable Decorative Towels that you see everywhere!  Then I was just perusing on Amazon and out stumbled these lonely Koozie blanks.  I thought, huh, I think my heat press needs these in her life so this was my creative inspiration for the weekend.

HTV on Kitchen Towel

Grater’s gonna Grate

HTV on Kitchen Towel

Don’t be afraid to take Whisks!

 

HTV on Koozies

HTV on Koozies

 

 

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4 Things I did with my Cricut this Week

Vinyl projects

Vinyl lettering on cups

Personalized cups

4 easy things that I used my Cricut machine for this weekend! I hear people say so often that they have a Cricut but….. its still in the box.  “I do not know how to use it, or do not have time to use it.  People, I am super busy and find 5-10 minutes here and there to get it done. It is so not complicated.  I use my Cricut constantly, so I want to give you a few ideas of what I did this week. Each project took me less than 10 minutes.

Creating or choosing your image

The hard part is if you do not have an image or design in mind.  If you have to upload your own image, that usually takes a little longer to search for inspiration or create an image from scratch.  Side Note: I need to do a post on creating images because that is something that seems very complicated but Design Space makes it straight forward.

One bonus for using the Cricut is that it has an APPLICATION that is phone and iPad friendly. You can create ANYTHING you want on the go and then when you have a free moment you can cut your designs or images out.  I will seriously have 4-5 projects ready to go at a time. It saves a ton of time and I can multi-task while getting my oil changed.

Tumbler and coffee cup

The “Goal Digger” coffee or tea cup is one of my go-to templates.  I have it on several of my personal cups and I use that one a lot.  It is already an uploaded design that I created a couple of years ago, but I still use it and love it.

I had to monogram my new blue tumbler that my children so thoughtfully picked me out for Mother’s Day today in turquoise, my favorite color!

The Cricut cuts whatever image out that you want to use and then you just remove the vinyl from around the image.  I use transfer tape and cover the image then pull it off of the backing with the transfer tape.  The gridlines on the tape guide you to a straight placement then I adhere it to my project.  Give it a couple of rubs and pull the transfer tape off, the image will stay behind on your desired surface.  It seriously is that simple.

Vinyl Dog T-shirt

Donut kill my vibe dog decal

Puppy T-Shirt

My puppy seriously needed this shirt, this donut and decal was pre-fabricated in design space so I just chose it and cut it into black heat transfer vinyl. I have a heat press by Fancier Studio’s but an iron works just fine too.  She’s been rocking it all day and she’s my mascot now!

Cricut vinyl

Gymnastic Team Gift

Team Gifts

I busted these out on Monday night when I got home from work.  My friends daughter is on a gymnastics team and its time for team gifts before competition.  She asked me if I could do the girls names on the water bottles.  This took me no time at all because she sent me the roster in advance so I already typed all the names out into my workspace and chose the fonts.  When the bottles came in, all I had to do was cut and attach the names to the bottles.  Super professional outcome in little time and super cheap.

Ive always been a huge advocate for Cricut and I have had every generation of the machine with the exception that I have not bought the maker yet that has just came out. Not because I am not obsessed but I really do not sew a lot, but it does have a faster cutting speed and rotary blade and a few other perks so it may be up in my craft room soon.

Hope this post shows the ease and usefulness of dusting off that box and giving it a try.

XOXO

Bobbie

 

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DIY Washer Necklace

Softball Washer Necklace

Softball washer necklace

Softball washer necklace

This Softball washer necklace is adorable and was exactly what I was looking to gift to my daughters softball team for the end of the season.  This is always my favorite thing when my kids are involved in activities, I like to commemorate all the hard work, friendships, and memories with a little something to remember the moment with.

I plugged in the dimensions of the washer to my Cricut and created a template to cut out all of the paper coverings that I used, you can totally do this by hand, it will just take you an extra step-No Bigs!

Softball washer necklace supplies used

  1.  String or cord
  2. Washers-I picked these up at the local Home Depot
  3. Beads
  4. Scissors and Lighter
  5. The paper for the design you want on the top of the necklace
  6. Spray paint color of choice
  7. Glossy Accents
  8. Mod Podge and paint brush

Step 1

Softball washer necklace

Softball washer necklace

If you are using your Cricut to make this softball washer necklace then you will not need to save a washer but if you are cutting the template out by hand you will need to keep a washer to trace onto your paper.  Trace the number of covers that you will need depending on how many necklaces that you are creating.

You will want to spray paint both sides of the washer with your spray paint of choice.  When allowing for dry time this step usually takes a couple of hours.  I picked up a cheap can of white non-glossy spray paint from Home Depot for around 3.00.

While waiting for my washers to dry, I went ahead and designed my washer template in Cricut Design Space.  If you are tracing your washers and cutting them out by hand you could begin this process because it will take you some additional time to trace and hand cut all of the washer covers.

Step 2

Softball theme washer cover

Softball theme washer cover

Once your washers are dry and you have cut out all of your decorative covers then you will add a layer of mod podge directly to the top of the washers with a paint brush.

You will then lay the paper cover on top and smooth down with your finger, rub all around the paper and make sure it is secure to the Mod Podge underneath.  Then take your paint brush and put another coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper adhered to the washer.  Then let them all dry.

Step 3

Glossy Accent Step

Glossy Accent Step

When your Mod Podge is dry on your washers then you can add your Glossy Accent liquid.  This will give your washer a dimensional clear coat that makes a clear, soft, bubble over the paper.  I think this finishes up the necklace and gives it a professional feel. This step does require a couple hours of dry time.  So if your wanting a quick project you can omit this step.

Step 4

Lastly, you will add your cord, I bought a large spool of cord that I had to cut so I had to burn the ends with a lighter to keep them from unraveling.  I also felt that putting a bead at the top of these necklaces was a cute accessory, but you can also skip that embellishment if you do not have beads on hand.

That is it, a simple, pretty necklace that I added to their snack bags.  Making these necklaces were fun and gave all of the girls a little gift for their dedication to the season.

 

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Cricut Cards for the upcoming holiday’s

Cricut design space cards

Cricut design space cards

My Cricut is one of the most used accessories in my craft room.  A Cricut card is so ridiculously easy to make.  I probably use this for almost every project that I make incorporating vinyl, dimension, or an already pre-designed project from design space.  With so many holidays coming up, you cannot have enough cards.  Typically around this time of year I begin making cards for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Easter.  It makes it less stressful when the time comes around plus I DESPISE buying store bought cards.  They are generic and cost 8.00 each, I would rather put that money toward the gift! Plus I enjoy making them.

Cricut Design Space

I cannot begin to explain how many options that you have with the online creation station that is Cricut Design Space.  A Cricut card is just a drop in the bucket for what this machine can actually accomplish. It is an infinite option of possibilities to create, do or make.  I used the Coin Purse pre-made project to make the following cards.  I changed out the paper and used different embellishments and came up with three really different cards with the same exact template.  This card is precious, and simple.  I would love to get this card from someone.

I chose this card and the program tells you the amount of paper you need and what size of paper is appropriate. You load your paper and cut out the shapes.  I added an envelope to the project afterwards and cut the envelope out of coordinating paper stock that was dual sided so the inside of my envelopes have pretty designs on them.  You just can’t make this stuff up, its a true story!  Don’t let the Cricut intimidate you it is an awesome tool and worth every penny.

Coin Purse Pineapple Card

Coin Purse Pineapple Card

Coin Purse Floral Card

Coin Purse Floral Card

Coin Purse Card

Coin Purse Card

Supplies used

  1. Cricut machine
  2. Paper
  3. Adhesive

Layered Floral Card

I selected the second card in mind for Mother’s Day and this was also a pre-made template.  Chose, cut, adhered.  That is it, super simple.  This one an envelope was incorporated into the template so I did not have to add an envelope at the end.

Floral Card and Envelope

Floral Cut Cricut card and envelope

Envelopes

Can you imagine never buying envelopes again?  I don’t have to. I  can make envelopes of any shape, color or need with my Cricut.  Super awesome and convenient.

DIY Envelopes

DIY Envelopes

 

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I LOVE Coffee Cards

Coffe Cards

Coffee Cards using 2 techniques

Coffee cards are awesome! Who doesn’t want a coffee card? Almost everyone I know is obsessed with COFFEE!  There are so many coffee stamps and cut-outs available online. Michaels and Hobby Lobby have an excellent variety available.  If you use a coupon you can purchase one of these stamp sets for less than 2 tanks of gas, so worth it in my opinion.

My eyes are always drawn to these stamps because I like the images and they are fun to color. Before I started this blog, I would just sit in my craft room and stamp tons of images and color them in with different media and product. I could stockpile the images that I created.  Then when I had a tag or card that I wanted to put together they were already created and I would just assemble them as I go.

Donut’s and Coffee- Coffee Card

Jillibean Soup and Hampton Art put out the most adorable stamp set ever!  My kids love donut’s so I originally bought this stamp to create tags for things that I would like to give them. I make handmade cards for the people closest to me. Putting time into things that I enjoy and then sharing that time is meaningful to me.  This cute card and stamp set goes well with my theme for this post. I busted it out and got to work.

I used Zig Watercolor brush pens and a water brush to bring these stamped images to life.  At the end of this post there is a video demonstrating how easy the Zig water color brush pens are to use.  Be sure to check that out!  It makes you look good with no talent! I used Ranger archival ink for the stamped images and as you can see it does not smear when using the water color and water.  I finished this card off with 2 sentiments that were included in the stamp set.  Absolutely presh!

Coffee Stamp

Jilibean Soup and Hampton Art donut and coffee stamp

 Coffee Card. Steaming Cup.

If you have a Cricut machine, like I do, the Cricut design space is the best resource when looking up customizable images. Don’t have a Cricut machine? Then that needs to go on the wish list doesn’t it? Oohh myyy goodness… I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome the Cricut is (but that is another post entirely.)

I searched “Coffee Cup” in design space and then chose the preferred image that I wanted to work with.  A simple image was wanted.  Something that I could embelish.  Then the image was cut out using the Cricut machine.  I ran the brown back ground through my Sizzix Big Shot utilizing a flower embossing folder. Then distressed the embossed paper with “Vintage Photo” Ranger distress ink.  It gave the background dimension and highlighted the flowers .

The background was mounted on a coordinating color cardstock and then adhered the coffee cup to the front of the card.  I sewed around the edges and then added detail and a sentiment to finish the project shown below.

Cricut Coffee Image Card

Cricut Coffee Image Card

Cricut image Coffee Cup

Cricut Image Coffee Cup

Coffee Card with Sizzix and Tim Holz Stamp and Die cutout——- COFFEE!!

This is absolutely perfect for someone who does not have a Cricut.  You will need a embossing machine of some kind, but these are fairly inexpensive.  This stamp set comes with metal cutouts that lay over the stamped images and when you run it through your embossing machine and it cuts the images out perfectly.  I used Zig watercolor brush pens and a basic water pen to color the coffee cups and the sentiment that is included in the stamp set.  Perfection!  The video posted below is specific to this stamp set and technique.

Coffee Card

Tim Holtz and Sizzix CoffeeCard die and stamp set

Coffe die cut and stamp

Tim Holtz Sizzix die cut and stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo Layouts

Photo Album Layout

Scrapbook photo layout

Scrapbook photo layout

My friend recently had a baby and I wanted to make something from the heart that she could either hang in the nursery or incorporate into the baby’s photo album.  These 12×12 sheets can be framed or can be inserted into a photo album and are completely personalized.  Her theme is grey and yellow and then I added in some pink for a feminine touch.  Turned out great and hopefully she will be happy with the results.

Getting Started

I cut out all of the shapes, flowers, name and year using my Cricut machine.  I cut the year out in vinyl and added it to the fronton the picture frame.  It took literally seconds to cut all of the images, the lengthy part is looking through all of the options and visually putting it together in my head before I see the finished product.  I chose the variety of papers and colors that I wanted to use and then pieced them together to get an idea of where I was going with the layout.

Scrapbook background

Scrapbook background

Scrapbook layout

Scrapbook layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing Touches

All of the letters were edged with a black Faber Castel Marker.  I used a adhesive tape gun to adhere all of they shapes and letters and attached photo corners onto the page for an instant insert for a 4×6 photo.  Typically I would just add this to a scrapbook or make a cute folder to give as a gift but for this particular sheet I put it into a record frame.  They fit 12×12 sheets perfectly and can make it possible to set out for decor or display. You can also add dimension or texture to these frames they will fit up to 1 inch of adornment or texture.

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VINYL

Since my Blog is brand new I really want to pack in some content in a  few posts to give readers ideas on what to expect from upcoming posts.  If you have any questions on how any of these projects were made please reach out to me.  The step by step is omitted on these following projects.

 

TEXAS!  This is a super simple design that looks really nice and literally took me less than 5 minutes.  I did upload this image from the internet from the state of Texas website then I created this solid image in design space from Cricut.com.  It turned out exactly the way I wanted it to and I will be posting a How-To video in the near future on how to use your own images with the Cricut.

This next image is 2 of my absolute favorite mugs that I made.   I actually purchased these cut files online through the design space at Cricut.com.  They were adorable and I needed these in my life.  This is standard vinyl that I used and usually you can get around using transfer tape to add vinyl to images however I would not recommend that with this project.

Since we are leaning toward a coffee theme my last vinyl image will be for the Keurig.  This was just basic font from the Cricut design space which I layered in order to make the saying fit down the inside wall of my Keurig.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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