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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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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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Simple Bow

Simple Bow

Simple Bow

How many of you Mama’s out there need an easy bow recipe?  Let me tell you, we go through a’many of bow in this house.  My girls need bow’s that match school uniform’s, special holiday bows, “oh my gosh tomorrow is Dr. Suess day bow’s” and favorite dress matching bow’s.  This is a super simple and super cheap template. You can make them in a variety of sizes and the best part…..it only takes a few minutes.

If you want to get fancy with this template you absolutely can add a variety of embellishments and ribbons to spice it up.  But, I wanted to write this post for the mom that wants an “I only spent 2.00 to make this bow” bow.

Supplies

  1. Preferred ribbon-really you only need a fraction of the spool of the same color ribbon and you can make a bajillion bow’s with that one spool.
  2. Glue gun
  3. Metal bow clip
  4. Lighter- if you plan on cutting your middle wrap around piece from the same ribbon that you used to make your bow you will need to singe the cut end of the ribbon.  It will unravel if you do not singe the end.

Step by Step Instructions

  1.  You need to cut 2 equal pieces of ribbon in length.  This particular bow pictured was cut at 13.5 inches.  You also need to cut a small strip that is at least 1.5 inches to wrap around the middle and secure it to the bow clip. Don’t forget to singe the cut part of your middle piece so it doesn’t unravel. (Top left picture)
  2. Fold both pieces of ribbon exactly in half and make a crease in both.  You are going to put hot glue on both sides of your crease on the back side of the ribbon and glue the ends of the ribbon inward at the crease. (Middle left picture)
  3. On the crease side of the ribbon you will put a drop of hot glue directly in the middle and lined up on your crease.  You just want to glue the middle of the bow, the sides need to remain free. Do this for both pieces of ribbon.(Bottom left picture)
  4. You will then turn the ribbon over and fold the 2 sides into an accordion fashion and pinch in the middle. You will also do this to both pieces of ribbon. Add hot glue to both sides that you are pinching together  (Top right picture)
  5. Now you will have two ribbons that are folded and glued that look like small long bows.  You are going to take both of those pieces and glue them together side by side or on top of each other, however you look at it. (Right middle picture)
  6. Lastly you will glue the metal bow clip to the back of the bow. (Bottom right picture)  Remove the middle metal bracket from the inside of the metal bow clip.  You will then take the small 1.5 inch ribbon that you cut and wrap it around the middle of the bow and the metal bow clip then secure it with even more hot glue.  Once that dries add the metal bracket back to the inside of the bow clip.  BOOM Done!
Simple Bow step by step

Simple Bow step by step

No worries you will get much faster with practice and when you learn it by heart it will come second nature.  Happy Bow Making!

 

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