I have become a big fan of Paper House Productions and their collections over the last few years. See how I made this wood fishing banner using their Great Outdoors Fishing Paper Crafting Kit and my Xyron Creative Station.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
This masculine wood fishing banner was so easy to make. I found these wooden half circles at a local shop called The Wood Connection. They’re perfect for this fishing scrapbooking paper and embellishments.
Begin by tracing your half circles on to your paper. I just used the tip of my scissors and traced the shape then cut it out by hand. Run your paper shapes and letters through the Xyron Creative Station and then adhere the shapes to the wood. Trim off any excess paper from the edges and then run a stamp pad along the edges so that they are distressed.After you’ve distressed the edges, go ahead and add some washi tape to one of the wooden circles and adorn it like you’d prefer. Add the ‘fishin’ word on top of the washi tape area. Use your Xyron adhesive eraser to remove any excess adhesive. Use your foam squares and adhere the letters to each wooden circle. Now add your 3D Stickers to the final circle and a few other embellishments and you’re done.
Have you ever wondered how to draw with Cricut? I’m going to show you how easy it is and then create a modern mountain art piece in less than 15 minutes.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
For my second Xyron post as a Design Team member is in collaboration with Derwent. They have these amazing quality colouring pencils that you have to try! I’m going to walk you through using your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore to draw this modern mountain art. I filled it in afterwards with the Derwent Colouring Pencils and I love the look it gave me.Supplies –
To use the draw feature on your Cricut is really easy. The best way to accomplish a great look is to search draw in Cricut Design Space. On the right-hand side of the image will show you whether you have your image selected as cut, print or draw. Be sure that when you’re drawing that you have the pen tool selected. It will automatically change the image to show you what it will look like drawn. If you have multiple layers and it is not an original drawing image then you will have some overlap in your image that will be extremely noticeable. When you have your image selected as draw and sized to fit your sketchbook, load the paper onto your mat. I chose the light grip mat and I tore two individual sheets from the sketchbook. I was able to place both images on the same mat and spaced the drawings out.
To do this, select Make It in Design Space. Select that you want to make two of the same project and it will auto-populate onto your mat preview. Rotate your images to fit on the measurements of your actual mat like the example below.Select continue and load your Cricut Fine Point Pen into clamp A. Release the clamp on side A and slide your pen all the way down until you feel it click. Position the pen so that the arrow is facing towards you and pointing down on the pen. Load your mat and select Go.
With the pens, you can select that the image can be drawn 2X as fast. If your image has a lot of detail don’t select this option. It’s just a matter of saving a minute or two so it’s not necessary to remember this step.
After you have drawn with your Cricut, unload the mat and remove the sketchbook paper off of the mat. Be sure to cap your pens when they are not in use. Now that your image has been drawn with the Cricut fine point pen, use your Derwent Colouring Pencils and color in some of the images. Use one of the drawn images and leave the other to the side for now. Just fill it in however you want, no need to be perfect.
Run it through your Xyron Creative Station, rub and then peel away the clear top-sheet away. Cut the images on the drawing lines and now you will have stickers that will have adhesive on all edges of the cut images. You don’t have to keep all the pieces but just place them wherever you want on your plain drawn image.If you notice on the first image that I pulled through the Creative Station that I didn’t use all the pieces that I colored. I took the time to decide on what images I wanted to place back on the other drawn image. I really enjoyed using these Derwent Colouring Pencils and I can’t wait to put them to use again for all my scrapbooking and cardmaking.
These last minute Christmas gifts are so easy when you use your Cricut Explore. Just add a gift card and you’re set for the holidays!This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Gift cards are essential for the upcoming holiday season but buying Christmas gifts can get a little daunting when you have a lot of people to take care of. There is always someone I forget even though I’ve made 10 lists consisting of gifts to get people. I’ve created an easy last-minute Christmas gift using my new Cricut Explore Air 2 and some paper I had around the house. All I had to do was grab a Starbucks gift card while I was out and about
I started with some amazing cardstock from My Minds Eye and used the fry box shape along with a bow shape. All of these shapes are available at no extra charge if you have Cricut Access.To start, I powered in my Cricut Explore Air 2 and loaded my mat into the machine. I cut my bow using green cardstock and assembled. I next loaded in my red cardstock and my scoring tool. Once the machine had scored my fry box, I loaded in a 0.4 tip black Cricut pen. After the shape was drawn, it automatically went to cutting.Because this cardstock is so thick, I chose the poster board setting on my dial.The box was pretty easy to put together. I did use my scoring tool to help me get a crisp edge where the bottom curves but that was really all I needed help with.Using my Cricut Explore 2 was the best idea because it gave me ample amount of time to think of what I could put in the box and it can cut up to 2X faster on certain materials. I use my Cricut Explore all the time and now that I have the Air 2, things just got a little better.
I. LOVE. HALLOWEEN. There, I said it. It’s everything to me and it’s mainly because I can decorate super crazy and not have my taste level challenged. I also love Halloween crafts. I’m happy to participate with Laura Kelly and a bunch more bloggers for their Popcorn Blog Hop. I decided since Halloween is so close – I’ll just go ahead and make a Dracula popcorn box craft.I started by spraying my Popcorn Box black. You can grab these at World Market in packs of 12 here.I then cut my Dracula shape out of my Cricut Explore and hot glued it on to two sides of the box. You can grab that cut file here. If you already have Cricut Access, these shapes are free – if not, I used 2 shapes so it’ll cost you $2. It’s really just a matter of spraying and gluing and not burning yourself in the process. Super easy Halloween craft plus you can fill it with goodies and pass them out to neighbors.
I know these bloggers have got tons of ideas up their sleeves so check out the other Popcorn Box crafts below.
*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.I’m happy to be joining in with other bloggers to share with you our #FallCricutChallenge using some of Cricut’s newest products. I decided to make a DIY paper leaf wreath using my Cricut Explore and it turned out better than I could ever imagine.I used the metallic pearl paper and cut leaves like crazy. You can get the cut file here and it includes three leaves. If you don’t have Cricut Access yet, get it. It is so worth it. You have access to their amazing shapes and fonts to use at your leisure. I like this program because you’re not limited to a certain amount each month and you can use what you need and it’ll be worth it because you may just have to use it once. I started by separating my shapes and then I sporadically started gluing them on my wreath base. I started with the larger leaves first so that I could get some coverage. Had I really thought ahead, I would have spray painted my wreath form prior to putting on the paper leaves. Once you have it all filled in to your satisfaction, add some paper wheat stalks and make sure they stick out kind of crazy because the crazier, the better. Grab the cut file here.
I’m excited to join 22 other super talented bloggers for the Fall Cricut Challenge. Check out what these talented ladies created below and enter to win a HUGE box of supplies from Cricut!
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I’m making a Disney vacation countdown for our trip to Disneyland this coming Summer and my kids can’t wait! This was really easy and even easier for you because you can grab the cut file here and it was so easy using my Cricut Explore.Supplies –
What you’ll want to do is cut out each shape. Each shape is color coded and ready to go so just load your vinyl into your Cricut Explore and set your smart dial to vinyl. Peel away any extra vinyl and then lay your transfer tape over the top of your image. You will then lay the vinyl on top of the glass and apply in order. Next, remove the backing from your frame – attach and size the scrapbook paper to fit the background of your frame. Attach it using the included pins for a softer background shadow box or just attach with Glue Dots.You’ll want to use your vinyl applicator and get all the bumps out. For any bubbles in your vinyl that won’t go away, use a small needle and poke a hole then press the air out. I didn’t smooth as I went along so I had a bit of an issue. I’m planning on using the buttons and a chalkboard marker or dry erase marker to put my number of days we have left for the trip. We can’t wait for Summer!
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HugtheMess #cbias #CollectiveBiasLeila’s birthday was last week and so it’s her turn to be Star of the Week in Kindergarten. She is such a creative girl so I wanted her to be able to create this poster herself. We’ll add some personal photos before she takes it to school but she’s really excited to show all her friends and especially her teacher what she made. You’ll need:
We started by applying our stencils to our poster board and then started spraying our color spray over them. It’ll leave a negative effect on the board so feel free to use any shape you’d like. I decided to use some stars because it’s simply the Star of the Week. Some hearts and diamonds would be a lot of fun too. Be sure to shake that bottle of color spray so that you get all the shimmer that collects at the bottom of the bottle. Oh, and wear your shirt backwards too.To clean my stencils, I always use Huggies Wipes. I like the Huggies One and Done because they’re thicker wipes compared to others on the market. It’s the perfect time to grab them too in the personal care aisle with this $0.50 coupon from Walmart. I also like the Huggies simply Clean because they’re great for wiping up the mess off the table and her little hands. I like to just wait for the spray to dry before removing them and because it’s water soluble ink, it’s really easy clean-up. I added some of her favorite things into each stencil outline and she loved being my model. I can’t wait until she grows older and see the other ideas she comes up with. She’s such a sweet girl that I sometimes feel bad she got me as her mother. Her and I are alike in so many ways when it comes to messes that I’m glad we have something like Huggies to help us out.
There are many things that I use my reusable stencil masks for but I’ve never shown an in-depth tutorial on how to use them and most of all, how to clean them. This is the method I’ve been using for years and it gives me the opportunity to use stencils I’ve had since 2013 to this day. There aren’t that many products in the scrapbook industry that can do that.To make your vinyl sign, you’ll need the following:
I had this old board lying around that was painted a distressed black. I needed it to be cleaned up so I just took some flat black paint and sprayed it over the top. I use Huggies baby wipes to clean my stencils, just seems to be a lot more effective than the thinner ones.After my surface is prepped with the bottom color which will eventually be the color of my text, go ahead and add the stencils to make your design or your saying. Now you’ll want to apply your paint that you want your sign to actually be. For this sign I chose a creamy white so that the black font will stand out. While your paint is still wet, remove the stencil and place back on the plastic carrier sheet. Go ahead and just start wiping off the paint. There may be some around the edges and as long as it’s minimal, it shouldn’t be a problem. I like to use a safety-pin or a vinyl weeder tool for removing the reusable vinyl. To avoid bleeds, use a roller or brayed and push the stencil down nice and tight. I clearly skipped that step. Now when I say it shouldn’t be a problem, of course its a problem for me. I decided to go along with the look and take my Huggies wipes and try to rub out some of the paint to look more distressed. I also added some scrapbook embellishments on the sides to add some character.I decided to make this sign for a lovely young lady that is apart of the youth in my church. She was just recently diagnosed with cancer and if I can make her feel positive every time she looks at this sign, I’ve done my job. There are so many times when we feel useless or we can’t sympathize with someone who is sick but I think that if we can serve them in any way, that’s the best we can do. We’ll never truly know what they’re feeling unless we’ve experienced it for ourselves so be there with a listening ear and an open heart.