August 21st, 2014
What can you make with the new Cricut Explore? Apparently pretty much anything! I had a great time designing and creating this lace-cut gold leather cuff on my new Cricut. But let me back up for just a second…
I was asked to participate in the Cricut Design Space Star challenge! How fun is that?? So for the next few months, I’ll be posting projects that I design and create using my Cricut and the Cricut Design Space software (you can finally cut any svg or even jpg you want! Yay!)
So the first challenge was to create something related to Fashion or Gear, my team chose “lace” to be our team theme. I knew I wanted to do some sort of jewelry type item, and I hoped that the Explore could cut leather. So I went about and did some research about all the materials that the cricut explore can cut, and then went on youtube to see if it could actually cut those things. After watching a few videos about cutting leather on the Explore I felt pretty confident so I ordered some shiny gold leather (of course), and a deep cut blade.
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August 25th, 2011
So I finally got a hold of all my new My Mind’s Eye releases. I actually laid everything out and took a bunch of photos, but that’s a whole other post! Just looking and touching it made me really really want to play with it. So I rearranged some stuff and made some time to just get my hands dirty. First I had to unpack all my craft supplies. As I was doing that I found these three 5×6 pieces of foam core board and it got me thinking of what I could do with them.
I knew I wanted to play with all my pink goodies… if you could see how gorgeous they are, you would want to play with them too!
To make my Home Sweet Home wall hanging, I used pretty much all of the Lost & Found 2 Blush set not including the titles, and definitely including the 6×6 paper pack. I did cut some of the 6×6 papers on my cricut. For the Home Sweet Home lettering I used the Freak Show font (with SCAL) to cut it on my cricut. For the Bracket shape, I made a quick .SVG File that you can download for free.
The first thing I did was cut and mount this glittered dance paper on my foam core:
Then I used this Creamy Brown chalk ink to make the edges look a little edged.
So then I just played around with all the supplies and made these cute rectangles:
To get the striped ribbon to have those pleats, I just cut a strip of card stock a little more narrow than the ribbon, and ran the glue runner over it. Then I adhered the ribbon, and toward the end, I just made 3 loops. Then I ran the whole thing through my sewing machine – looped side first with a contrasting ribbon.
Then to put the brad on, I just took my crop-a-dile and punched a hole through the whole thing and dropped in the brad.
The other fun thing I did with this rectangle was use the coordinating stamps to stamp that cute but still subtle banner.
With this crocheted ribbon, I gathered it with my sewing machine with my very technical method of shoving it through the sewing machine quicker than it can feed itself.
One of the fun things I did with this rectangle was take the pearl swirls and cut them up to fit the bottom of the rectangle instead of using them as a full set. It worked so well and was a super easy way of customizing the pearls.
When all that was done, I glued the rectangles to a wide ribbon and looped it at the top, and hung it in my guest room (which so does not look like a guest room at all!). Yay for baby steps to decorate the house.
October 9th, 2010
I have been wanting to do a quick and cute Halloween craft, and I thought a banner would be fun. I love the subtle Halloween feel of Robyn Meierotto’s Not So Freaky Digital Mini Kit at DHD:
So I started out by printing a few of her papers in the banner shape that I wanted.
You can print and hand-cut these shapes, but I cut mine out with my Cricut using Sure Cuts A lot and my laptop.
Then using black cardstock, I cut out a ghost, and BOO! If you have a program that allows you to cut SVG Files, I have a free download link at the end of this post.
I inked all the pieces with some gold pigment ink to just make it look a little more antiqued and slightly finished.
Next, I made “lollipops” (what do you call them?) out of tracing paper. You could use crepe paper, tissue paper, or just regular paper. I really liked how the tracing paper was a little bit see-through, but still really stiff.
To get a pointy lollipop, once you fold your paper strip, you’ll want to cut one edge diagonal like this:
Then glue them in a circle and add a little ink to dirty them up a bit.
Then I just glued everything together with a hot glue gun, and for the finishing touches, tied all the panels together with some cute orange ribbon.Voila! A quick and cute Halloween banner, that isn’t too scary to hang in your house.
Banner .SVG Download
Boo .SVG Download