Avengers: Infinity War was released two weeks ago and I’m still healing from the ending. Make these Avenger Cupcakes and create these super cute Avenger Cupcake Picks using your Cricut. This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commision at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.
Have you seen Avengers: Infinity War yet? I’ll be honest, these movies don’t get me super hyped but I do love them and I really loved this one. My boys love them the most and Malakai has been asking me to open these cool Avengers LEGOs for weeks. I decided just some store bought cupcakes would be perfect for these Avenger cupcake picks and we could celebrate him finally being able to open the box ;).The bond between Thor, Groot and Rocket was created during this movie so I had to have this Lego set. This is probably my favorite scene of the movie where they create Thor’s axe and he has a new weapon to celebrate. Use these cupcake picks to make the coolest Avengers party with all the characters.They’re on the Kawaii Avengers digital cartridge available with Cricut. I used the Print Then Cut method on printable vinyl, then I layered them on some black cardstock. I used my Xyron to run the cardstock through the Creative Station and sandwiched a toothpick in the middle and placed the backside to the frontend of the matching Avenger.
After you’ve printed your Avenger Cupcake Picks, lay them on the coinciding black cardstock cut out. Place your figures on to your Xyron Creative Station and run it through. If you don’t have one, just use some glue. Place your toothpick on one the front end of your Avenger and then place the backside of him and sandwich it together. Super easy.I bought these store-bought cupcakes and then used some superhero sprinkles that I found at Bakers Party Shop.Just place your Avengers Cupcake Picks into the center of each cupcake and you’re set for the party!What Malakai and I loved most about this day was opening his new LEGO Avengers set. He was in heaven creating this and was all hands on deck. My OCD came out to play with him on this day but he was more than happy so I had to just roll with it. 😉Grab the LEGO Avengers sets here or stop by your local LEGO store. Have fun with your Avengers Celebration!
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For me, cleaning is a nightmare. Fill this cleaning bucket with all your spring cleaning needs and make it look pretty with vinyl.
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Begin by opening the Cricut Design Space File and cut your holographic vinyl. You’ll just choose it from the materials list and it will give you a perfect cut. I always cut twice just to make sure I have no sticking.
Remove any unwanted vinyl from the carrier sheet and place the transfer tape over your design. Use your scraper tool to press down and get a good adhesion. Peel off the transfer tape and then place it in the center of your cleaning bucket. Now, who doesn’t want to clean all the time with this? So easy and it’s the perfect accessory to carry all your Clorox® products.
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To celebrate the beautiful Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle, available exclusively at JOANN stores, I’m making this super cute Messy Hair Don’t Care hoop with Cricut to display in my daughter’s room. Not only does she have messy hair, she has a messy room which coordinates perfectly.This post contains affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small commision. Thank you for your support.
Cricut’s holographic sparkle vinyl has the perfect ability to catch different tones in the light. It’s a lot more vibrant than their glitter vinyl, which has it coordinating with the Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2. Everything Cricut related that you need is included in this amazing bundle and you’ll have an amazing hoop art project in no time.
Usually, when you buy canvasses at JOANN, they come in a pack of 2 or more which is more economical. I just took a utility knife and removed the canvas material from the frame. It’s similar to what I did when I made my reverse canvas.Next, you’ll cut your design for your hoop art with Cricut Design Space. I designed it and sized it to fit a 9″ wooden embroidery hoop. Remove the excess Cricut sparkle vinyl and keep the words on the white paper.Lay your transfer tape over the top of your vinyl and use your XL scraper tool to rub over the top. Peel off the transfer tape and that will also remove your vinyl from the white carrier sheet. Lay it on the center of your canvas material. You’re going to want to peel slowly as you remove the transfer tape.You could easily use your EasyPress and use Iron-On Vinyl to do this same technique but I love the look of the pink sparkle vinyl and that’s what I had that was included in the Cricut Wisteria Explore Bundle. They also have silver and gold in the Iron-On in the same sparkle included in the box.After your image is on the canvas, go ahead and lay the material over the bottom of the hoop and then lay the outer circle hoop and push down to secure it completely. After it’s secured, use some scissors and cut away the excess canvas material.
Add a cute ribbon on the top to hang or use a Scotch wall hook and hang it inconspicuously. I love how this is displayed with these coordinating felt balls and this adorable planter with fern leaves as the hair. It literally has messy hair and it doesn’t care 😉
I love using my Cricut Explore because of the Bluetooth capability. I often use it in conjunction with my Cricut Maker and it’s a pretty little thing sitting nice and cosy with her sister. The Wisteria color is a favorite of mine and it coincides with Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet.
Using the new Cricut Wisteria EasyPress is so easy to create reverse canvas projects. Not only is it beautiful, it’s a practical thing to have for every crafter of every skill level.This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.
Creating a reverse canvas is so easy and now that you have or are considering an EasyPress, it just makes it that much more achievable to get professional looks with little materials. I love it because it’s 9×9″ evenly heated and the Wisteria EasyPress is lightweight, portable and easy to store.
To begin, find yourself some awesome Iron-On Designs that are included in the Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. The Cricut Wisteria items are only available at JOANN stores and guys, it’s beautiful. You’ve got the metallic finish and it’s the perfect shade of purple to coincide with Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet.If you can remove the staples of the back of your canvas, use that. If they’re in there pretty deep, go ahead and cut around the back of the canvas. My canvas had a painted side to it and a more rustic side on the back with no paint. I decided I wanted a farmhouse reverse canvas so I used the back side.Preheat your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress to 340ºF. If you prefer Celcius, just hold the temperature button on the EasyPress and it will switch over, do the same thing to switch it back to Fahrenheit. Then set the timer for 30 seconds. If you do not have an EasyPress Mat, set the timer for 50 seconds.Set your removed canvas over the EasyPress Mat and then warm your surface for about 10 seconds. Lay your Cricut Iron-On Design over the top and then take your Wisteria EasyPress and hold it over the design for 30 seconds. Use medium pressure and allow the design to cool for around 1-2 minutes.Use a firm hold and pull up the transfer paper. It may take a bit of a tug when you first pull up on the paper. As long as it doesn’t lift up the actual design, you’re ok. If the design does lift, go ahead and press your design for 20 more seconds and allow it to cool all over again.
Now that you have your design pressed, now it’s time to stain your frame if you’d like. Just brush the stain over the top, allow it to soak in for 30 seconds and then wipe. I just used a foam brush to paint it on and a paper towel to wipe it off. You can also use a lint-free towel to wipe it off too. Allow it to dry completely.Turn your frame upside down and then lay the image over the frame. Make sure to set the image to where you want it. Then you’re going to start stapling the back of the canvas to the back of the frame. Begin in the middle and pull as you go. Go back and forth, side to side pulling taught. Be sure to staple all around the edges and then trim the excess canvas.Display your awesome reverse canvas and relish in how easy it was to make!
It’s here! But I bet you’ve been wondering what is the Cricut Knife Blade? I’ve got some insider secrets to tell you and some tips and tricks to help you along the way.This post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commision. Thank you for your support.
So, what is the Cricut Knife Blade? I’ve been holding in a secret for the last few weeks in that I’ve been able to try and test it out before others can. I and some other bloggers have been working around the clock to show you exactly what the Cricut Knife Blade is.
The Cricut Knife Blade is compatible with the Cricut Maker. It is a part of the new Adaptive Tool System which will be on all new Cricut Maker machines from here on out. The Cricut Knife blade cannot be used in the Cricut Explore models because they do not have the Adaptive Tool System or force capable to use the system.
Should I buy the Cricut Maker now or wait for later?
If you have been wondering whether you should buy a Cricut Maker rather than the Cricut Explore model, I’m here to tell you to invest the extra money because the capabilities are far greater. That’s not to say that the Cricut Explore is not a great machine. If you plan on just cutting paper and vinyl, the Explore is a great option. The Cricut Maker, now with the new knife blade, is able to cut more materials because the machine can handle thicker materials. My suggestion is that if it’s in your budget to buy an Explore model, save the extra $150 and buy the Cricut Maker. There is still more to come with this and even if you’re just a paper crafter and not a seamstress, I’d buy the Cricut Maker.
What can I cut with the Cricut Knife Blade?
So, what can you cut with the Cricut Knife Blade? I have so far cut basswood, shrink film, raw-hide leather, Cricut chipboard, frame matboard, stamp material and they’ve all been varying thicknesses. The thickest material you can cut with the Cricut Knife Blade is 2.4mm. When you buy your materials, some will list the thickness on the SKU tag.
Play around and see what materials you like cutting best. For me, it’s the new Cricut Chipboard. It comes at 10.5″x10.5″ for the simple fact that the widest material you want to cut is 11″ with the Cricut Knife Blade. The reason for this is that the white rollers on your Cricut will leave an indentation. To resolve this, just use your hand and simply slide all the rollers, one by one, to the right side of the metal bar.
How do I prepare my material for the Cricut Knife Blade?
Since the Cricut Knife Blade is so different from anything Cricut has released before, the preparations are different. To prepare your material you’re going to want to use only Strong Grip Mats, these are the purple mats.
You’re also going to want to use some basic masking tape and tape down your material to the mat. This is an extra step you’re going to want to take, absolutely! The Knife Blade takes a lot of time to get the cuts so you’re going to want the extra security by tacking it down. It’s ok if the tape gets cut in the process and if it adheres to the object you’re cutting. This can easily be removed. Don’t use duct tape because that can’t be removed easily and I never had an issue when I used just the standard masking tape.
With the tape, another thing to remember is that if you have an oily surface, like leather, the tape won’t stick very well to it. My item cut fine with the leather, I just had to watch it extra close.
How do I prepare my machine for the Cricut Knife Blade?
I mentioned above that you’re going to want to move your white rollers to the right of the metal bar. The rollers are really there only for print-then-cut materials so you don’t need to always have them in the middle of the rollers. You will know right away if you forgot because your material will most likely be embossed with the rollers.
You’re going to want to calibrate your Knife Blade to your machine. When you buy your Maker, it comes with the rotary blade already calibrated specifically to your machine so you’re going to want to do this extra step with your knife blade. To calibrate, just choose the drop-down bar on the left of your screen in Design Space. Follow the prompts on your screen. I used colored cardstock for this but plain paper will work. It’s just easier to see the cuts matching with colored cardstock. You’re going to want to count the lines that your Cricut Knife Blade cut and choose the number you’ve counted where the two lines cut meet together.
What expectations should I have for the Cricut Knife Blade?
Again, because this is a product Cricut has never released before, it’s important to know that this is not a fast project kind of tool. The knife blade works by slowly gaining more pressure with each pass of the blade. Because of this, it can do up to 20 passes for each cut. Depending on the detail of your image, it can take hours. I’ll say that again, it can take hours for your project to cut. And sometimes that can be just one mat. If you have several mats with several details, it can take you all day long.
Because it can take so much time to cut a project, you have to use your desktop for the Cricut Knife Blade. You have to set your computer out of sleep mode and you have to make sure that it’s plugged into an outlet. You don’t want to have your computer go to sleep mid-project and then ruin the materials.
The blades can chip very easily so leave on the cap when your blade is not in use. I don’t put the cap on while the housing is installed but whenever I switch it out I do.
That is all the basic information that you need to get started using your Cricut Maker and your Cricut Knife blade. They’re going to retail for $39.99 and the blade replacements will be $16.99. The Maker and their housings don’t go on sale too often but the blade replacements do.
To celebrate the release of the new Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2, exclusive to JOANN, make these awesome DIY Avenger Masks. Perfect timing for Avengers: Infinity War.This post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commision. Thank you for your support.
I just saw the movie this opening weekend and I usually don’t feel like they knocked my socks off. They did this time. To show my excitement and Malakai’s excitement for seeing Hulk, we made him these paper Avengers masks using the new Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle available exclusively at JOANN stores.
I’ve been using the Cricut machines for over 4 years now and I cannot express how beautiful the new Wisteria Cricut Explore is. It has a metallic sheen to it and it looks beautiful in my craft room along with its sister, the Cricut Maker. It fits perfect for the Pantone color of the year, Ultra Violet. I also love the Bluetooth capability so that I can easily use my mobile phone to cut my project. My desktop conked out a few months ago so my husband and I are sharing a laptop, not ideal but, it’s working because I have my mobile devices to use my Cricuts.I began by using the Print Then Cut method for my Cricut.To start, you want to first calibrate your machine so that you get a good, close cut. You also want your bleed lines to be on so that your cut line will be on the printed project.After you’ve printed your masks, you will place them on your included Light Grip Mat and set the smart dial to Cardstock. Your machine will begin by reading the registration lines and then it will begin cutting. With your Explore models, you want to use white paper to print your items on. The Cricut Printable Vinyl is great for making stickers. I also love their thicker Printable Sticker Paper but it will not pull through my HP 8610 Printer.The easiest way to remove any paper from your Cricut mats is to bend your mat backwards and let the paper peel off. If you pull the paper directly, you will curl your paper and you can’t move on to your other part of the project until that’s resolved.The cut file includes the hole so that you can easily add the elastic or twine. My son is two so there is no way he’s going to hold still enough for me to tie it on. He just holds it up and takes it right off. That’s why I love that they’re paper and easily made, I don’t feel bad if he only likes it for a few minutes. He’ll come back to it off-and-on for days.
So what’s included in your Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle? You’ll receive:
Wisteria Explore Air 2
Wisteria XL Scraper and Weeder
Holographic Sparkle Vinyl
Iron-On in pink, teal, purple, gold and silver
New Foil Embossed Paper in pink and silver (for all your paper crafts)
Head to your nearest JOANN stores and pick up the Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle and get crafting today to create these DIY Avenger Masks, Iron Man says so 😉
Create the cutest Teacup Favors using your Cricut and adorning it with Deep Red Stamps.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I used to have a really large stamping addiction but then they just took too much space and I couldn’t handle the pile-up. I love Deep Red Stamps because they’re compact and you’re able to know exactly what image your mini clear bag is holding. Takes up a quarter of the space that those old wooden stamps did.
Begin by cutting out your teacup favors with your Cricut. Use your scoring tool and the fine point blade to get the nice precision cut that Cricut always gives. Fold your teacups along the score lines then run the solid cardstock through your Xyron Creative Station. Start assembling the inner and outer cardstocks and then place the solid cardstock on the inside of the cup. Be sure to pay attention to the tabs so that none of them shows. Use some clips to help hold the smaller tabs in place. I just used some liquid adhesive for these small tabs.Run your handles through the Xyron Creative Station and adhere them on to the side of the teacup favors.Now on the kraft paper bags, stamp your White Rabbit stamp in the corner using the black ink pad. Fill your bags with some tea and then fold it over.Stamp your Pocket Watch stamp on some white cardstock and fussy cut around it. Fold some ribbon behind it and then use a stapler or a decorative paper clip and adhere it to the top of the kraft paper bag.Voila! You have the cutest teacup favors to hand out to someone special.
Did you know you can cut as fine of a material as tissue paper with Cricut? I’m going to give you all the tips and tricks here to show you how easy it is.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
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To cut tissue paper, it can be kind of tricky. You have to use a light grip mat that isn’t brand new. You have to know that it’ll stay down but it also won’t stick when you are finished. There are many different qualities of tissue paper and I prefer to go with something that is a little bit more expensive than the dollar store.
Do not cut something that is super intricate. It will stick to the mat and ruin it. i.e.;
Begin by uploading the SVG file into Design Space. It’s just as simple as uploading a jpeg into Design Space. Place the tissue paper onto your light grip mat and load it into your machine.
If you have a Cricut Maker, the tissue paper setting will have you use the rotary blade. If you have a Cricut Explore, the fine point blade will work ok too, just choose the copy paper setting and a very clean mat.Cut away and then peel up the areas that you are not going to use first. Take your mat and slightly bend it backwards. This will make it easier to grab the cut tissue paper and not make any folds or tear it. Pull your mat away from your design carefully.
Once your design is cut, assemble it with the glue dots and the string and hang. I’ve cut tissue paper once before and I really loved the effect. For that project, I dipped the feather into glitter and it looked amazing. I used the fine tip blade for that project and it took a lot longer and I had more errors than when I had no errors using the rotary blade.Other bloggers have used the Create with Cricut Challenge to make other items with Tissue Paper. Check it out below.