October 23rd, 2014
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The thing that I love most about my Cricut Explore is that it cuts everything I give it. Usually I’m doubtful going into the cutting, and every single time the explore comes through and cuts even better than I imagined it would. Cutting burlap was no different. I found this awesome Laminated Burlap and I thought it would work out great because it’s already backed with a laminate that would keep it from moving on the cutting mat.
It cut my placemats like a dream!
To complete the placemats, I cut some heat-transfer glitter vinyl (mirrored the image first).
And then ironed it on to the center of the placemat.
I cut two different shapes of placemats and two different sayings – Give Thanks and Thankful so I could use these on my thanksgiving table.
The glitter is awesome, and the placemats turned out so pretty.
Here you can see the cut edge and how nice it looks:
October 13th, 2014
Do you follow Lia Griffith and her paper flowers? I’ve become a little obsessed lately and so I decided to have a little craft night with some girlfriends and make our own crepe paper peonies!
As of lover of paper, I just had to order this fancy italian floral crepe paper (in like every color). It was great to have an excuse to buy it.
In addition to the crepe paper, I pulled out all my glue guns for everyone to use including my trusty Ad tech full-size lo-temp gun (you want to always use a low temp glue gun for crepe paper). I also have to recommend this awesome silicone glue gun mat from Ad tech that keeps your work surface free of stray glue drips. You also need floral wire, and floral tape.
I printed out a handful of templates from Lia’s Site. And we all started cutting away!
Once everything is cut, it’s time for assembly. This can be a bit overwhelming, so I highly suggest watching Lia’s awesome video tutorial (over and over) to get the process down.
My favorite glue gun for making these flowers was this Ad tech Hybrid Cordless glue gun because it has a flat base which makes it super easy to grab and put down and grab again – which happens when your gluing about a million petals.
Did I mention petals?
And more petals?
But in the end it’s totally worth it because of these gorgeous flowers!
Aren’t they so pretty all in a bouquet?
And they are BIG too!
It was a super fun craft night and fun to see all the different variations of the peonies everyone made.
And I might have tried my hand at a ranunculus… which turned out gorgeous, but I did want to give up a few times along the way.
I haven’t gotten around to making more crepe paper flowers yet, but maybe for a special occasion, I’ll get all the supplies back out and go to town! It’s fun and fast with other people making them too!
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September 25th, 2014
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I’m working really hard to get my office all designed and be DONE with one room in the new house. I recently posted my inspiration board for this room, and the progress.
After doing the inspiration board I quickly ordered a bunch of pillows and decided to DIY a few of them as well. Well here’s the final bench all pillowed up:
My favorite one is the “Crafters Gonna Craft” pillow. I designed the image, and the vinyl was so easy to use, and it looks AMAZING. Really the glitter looks just perfect and my Cricut Explore cut it beautifully. Okay lets talk about all the pillows really quick and then I’ll get on to the DIY instructions and tips for using iron-on vinyl.
Here’s my before/after shot. Well I should probably go back further to when I had no lid on the seat, but I’ll spare you. It wasn’t pretty nor fictional. But Mr. Project made a top for me, and then I got on with my pillow-loving self. Read the rest of this entry »