DIY Lace-Cut Gold Leather Cuff – Cricut Design Space Star – Free SVG

August 21st, 2014

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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…

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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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Creative Ways of Using Your Paper Stash

August 20th, 2014

Hi everyone, Samantha here with my first blog post for Jen Allyson Digital Designs. I am so excited to share a few of the techniques I used on one of my most recent pages featuring Jen’s beautiful Truly Madly Papers¬†and Flourishes.

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Back to School Projects – Storage Box & Banner

August 15th, 2014

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I’m loving the Back to School projects this year, probably because it’s my little guy’s first year of pre school. For my Michaels Makers challenge this month I tried to think of projects that work for this age group but also can work for any age. Knowing that kids bring home lots of papers and drawings from school, I thought a great back to school organization project would be a storage box for all the keepsakes from the year. Of course it needs to be pretty so that I can do the same box every year of school and at the end have 14 of these keepsake boxes with all the important awards, artwork, report cards etc. from each school year. This storage box from Michaels is so cool that It will look great sitting on bookshelves either stacked or with the decorated side showing. I love how it turned out.

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I found the awesome kraft storage box at Michaels. The brand is Recollections and the quality is fantastic. Immediately I knew I wanted to paint the lid and use Hazel & Ruby stencil masks to create the graphic style.
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I don’t know if you’ve used or seen these stencil masks, but they make adding text to any surface so easy! Gone are the days of tracing and painting in the lines! All I did was take the letter masks and placed them exactly where I wanted the words.

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