Did you know you can use stencil vinyl and your Cricut Explore to make DIY nail decals? Read this post to find out how easy it is to create nail stencils and make your own nail art. This post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for your support.
I love DIY nail art just like the next person but I had never tried to create my own DIY nail decals before. I grabbed some stencil vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and cut it with my Cricut Explore and it turned out perfect. Next time I attempt it, I will use brighter colors but I’m not a bright nail person.
I already own a mini OPI light so I’m able to do my own gel polish at home and that’s just what I’m going to have to do from now on. You can find a similar system here but I got my OPI kit at Sephora and it came with all the basics. You certainly don’t need a light to do this and this can be done with regular nail polish. Just allow it to dry for quite a while before painting on your decal.
I painted my nails with the gel base coat and allowed it to set in the light for 20 seconds each hand. I then painted one coat of black and I had them set under the UV light for another 20 seconds. Next, I topped it off with the no wipe top coat and let that set under the light for at least 30 seconds. I did wipe them with alcohol before I put that chrome powder on so that I would have a clean nail and I’d get a good shine. Don’t use too much of the powder, a little goes a long way. Rub the powder into your nail until you see the shine that you want. You can use an eyeshadow applicator or a makeup sponge wedge.Next, you’ll apply your Unicorn decal that we’ve cut with our Cricut or any other cutting machine you have and then apply the black paint. Allow it to set with the light for 20-30 seconds to be sure that the decal won’t go anywhere. Place another top coat on and set it under the light for an additional 30 seconds. Here is a great tutorial on how to cut vinyl with your Cricut and here is one on how to cut with your Silhouette. Because these are so small you won’t really need transfer tape. I just used a weeder tool and removed it straight from the backing and put it straight onto my nail. Here is a great youtube tutorial on using it with the Sally Hansen gel polish where you don’t need a UV light. To get a kit of all the colors and applicators without the UV light, click here. Again, you don’t need to use the chrome powder or fancy polish. This is your own, go for it!
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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 that Tuesday Morning offers a wide selection of scrapbooking supplies? I love taking everyday things and jazzing them up for the perfect Butterfly Party for spring.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Tuesday Morning for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
I love Tuesday Morning stores. They offer a great selection of name-brand everyday items, quality toys and an amazing scrapbooking selection. When I was there I saw several Cricut’s, We-R Memories Stitch Happy machines and Singer sewing machines. I was most excited to find some Bazzill cardstock that usually retails for $1 a sheet but I got it for $3.99 for 25! I have a lot of cardstock…a lot and I was really excited to add more to my collection.
I love the contrast of the black and white with the colors in the cardstock. These Maggie Holmes papers are some of my favorites. I found a lot of American Crafts brand items at Tuesday Morning. They’re always good quality and it’s even better finding it at a reasonable price.To create this butterfly party was really easy. I used some shapes in Cricut Design Space and then just assembled them all using some scrapbook adhesive. Just add some candies and ribbons and you’ve tied the entire look of the party together.7Tuesday Morning offers high-quality items at low prices. I love a good find and I love some good scrapbooking materials. I know that this will be my first stop when I’m looking for items from now on. Find your local Tuesday Morning store here.