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Unicorn DIY Nail Decals using your Cricut Explore

May 14, 2018

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. Create your own nail decal with stencil materialThis post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for your support.
Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-2

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.
Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-7I 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.

Supplies:

Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-17I 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.Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-18Next, 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.Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-19 Create your own nail decals using the stencil material from Expressions Vinyl-21Here 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!

Clothing DIY - Cricut - Kids

DIY LEGO Batman Shirt with your Cricut Explore and Glow in the Dark Iron-On

September 26, 2017

Create this DIY LEGO Batman shirt using your Cricut and glow in the dark iron-on vinyl. It’s perfect for the little vigilante in your life. This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you to LEGO for sending our kids these awesome books.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.This post does contain affiliate links.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.I don’t know about you but LEGO Batman has become an essential in this house, or should I say the car? It’s pretty much the only DVD my kids want to watch in the car and because of that, I’ve become really good at quoting the movie. We took Siaki and his friends to see it when it was in theaters and I’ve never seen kids laugh louder in my life. These shirts have become their go-to wardrobe because the glow in the dark vinyl lights up for a good 5-6 hours after they’ve been playing outside all day.

Supplies

Go ahead and upload the LEGO Batman shirt cut file into your computer using this method. It has both images on the file so you can upload both or just one. You do that by selecting whatever part of the image you don’t want. So for the words in Batman’s logo, you’re going to select it so that the Cricut will know to cut it out. This Batman cut file can be uploaded on your Silhouette but it’s been so long since I’ve done that. There are plenty of instructions on how to do that online.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.After you’ve uploaded your file, size it to fit the shirt. For a child large and medium, I made the file about 8.5″ wide. Set your file to cut and be sure to mirror the image for iron-on. Once your image has been cut, remove the excess iron-on material. Only leave what you want your image to be on the carrier sheet.

To secure your image with an iron, follow this method. If you’re using a heat press, your temperature needs to be set for 305° and pressed for 20 seconds. Cricut has a new EasyPress and I’m excited to get my own. For now, I just used the iron.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.There you go. You’ve now become the coolest mom on the block cause your child has their own LEGO Batman shirt and they can put together all their LEGO Batman sets while looking good.

Crafting DIY - Cricut

DIY Tumbler with Expressions Vinyl and your Cricut Explore

August 25, 2017

This DIY Tumbler with Expressions Vinyl was insanely easy. See how to make this DIY tumbler here using your Cricut Explore.DIY Tumbler using Expressions Vinyl and a Troop Beverly Hills quoteThis post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Who grew up watching Troop Beverly Hills? It’s one of my all-time favorite movies, seriously! When I saw this tumbler from ban.do, I just had to get it and use Expressions Vinyl to customize it.DIY Tumbler using Expressions Vinyl and a Troop Beverly Hills quote

Supplies

Start by uploading the cut file into Design Space. You can find an easy tutorial here. It’s relatively easy and it’ll be saved to your Design Space files forever!DIY Tumbler using Expressions Vinyl and a Troop Beverly Hills quoteWhen cutting the luster finish of Expressions Vinyl, it can be a little thick. Use the iron-on + setting on your Smart Dial and cut once. While your vinyl is still adhered to the mat, weed your image. The thinner the letters, the harder the removal is but if you go slowly, it can be done. Lay your transfer tape over your weeded image and press firmly with your scraper tool.DIY Tumbler using Expressions Vinyl and a Troop Beverly Hills quoteOnce the image is transferred, lay it on to your tumbler and voila, you’re finished. You can pretend your Shelley Long doing the Freddy on your front lawn. 😉DIY Tumbler using Expressions Vinyl and a Troop Beverly Hills quote

Clothing DIY - Party Time

DIY Pineapple Birthday Shirt

June 19, 2017

Create this DIY Pineapple shirt, perfect for the Polynesian Princess in your life!
She loved this for her Moana birthday party celebration.customizeable pineapple shirtThis post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I have been able to post with Expressions Vinyl on their blog for the past few months and I’m excited to share this post on my blog now. Leila had her Moana birthday party a few weeks ago so for the party we had to make her a DIY Pineapple Shirt using our Cricut Explore.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-2Supplies:

Use the cut file that I’ve already created for you and cut each layer with the desired color. When I apply my iron-on, I like to use this technique. It ensures I get a good stick and I’m able to layer effectively. Just remember that you cannot layer over glitter. I’ve tried layering flocked iron-on and it wasn’t the best result but it did work.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-5You’ll want to do what is called a kiss-cut on your HTV. It will not cut through the plastic, just the actual vinyl. You will then peel away the part of the image that you do not want. Use a weeding tool, it makes life a whole lot easier but you can definitely use a safety pin. Again, be sure to mirror your image and keep whatever design you want to go on your shirt stays on the plastic.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-4Place the bottom image on the shirt and press. Peel off the clear plastic and then layer the next image. Work from larger to smaller. Be sure that your iron doesn’t directly touch the iron-on. That will cause wrinkling and it’ll feel like all your hard work was wasted.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-3Turn your shirt inside out once all your images have been pressed. Give it a good secure iron on the opposite of the image to be sure it’ll stick. Wash your shirt inside out and on gentle and the image will last a long time.
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Clothing DIY - Sewing

Make a ‘Finding Dory” shirt and learn how to apply iron-on vinyl

June 11, 2016

*This post does contain affiliate links. If you love it and buy it, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support.Want to make your own Finding Dory t-shirt. I'll show you how to layer iron-on vinyl that was cut with my Cricut. Get the cut file here too!Finding Nemo is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time because it speaks to just about any situation we’ve ever been in or known someone to be in. Cricut has amazing Disney images and a few Dory images. I’ve included the link to the cut file below but you will need to purchase the Disney images if you do not have any of the cartridges linked to your Cricut. There is a bubbles image and a font that is included in their subscription (which is totally worth it, btw). I’m really excited to see Finding Dory because it’ll just add to the nostalgia that the original movie had for me. Want to make your own Finding Dory t-shirt. I'll show you how to layer iron-on vinyl that was cut with my Cricut. Get the cut file here too!So for this post I’m going to show you how to effectively layer iron-on vinyl and how to really get that image to stick to your fabric.

  • First – turn your iron on to about medium-high and the steam off. You want it hot enough but you don’t want it too hot or else it’ll melt the plastic.
  • Second – Get your t-shirt warmed up before you place your first piece of iron-on vinyl down. This will help warm the glue and ensure a good stick.
  • Third – Place your first color down. It is important to note that you cannot place any additional vinyl over glitter iron-on vinyl, it will not stick. For me this was the black. Place heavy pressure on your iron and hold the iron in place for around 10 seconds. Between each step, turn the shirt over and iron again using pressure. Don’t try to remove the plastic and iron on top, it will melt. After you’ve ironed it, remove the plastic coating. This will come off fairly easily and it’ll let you know which parts weren’t ironed.
  • Fourth – Add your second image which is the navy blue for Dory. Be sure to follow the guided cut lines that the image gives you. It’ll help line it up perfectly. (I had to use two pieces because I was running low so your image will not have a space between it.). Iron the front and then turn your shirt over and iron again using pressure. Remove the plastic. **Save the smaller eyelids for later
  • Fifth – Add your light blue image. Repeat ironing the front and back using pressure and remove the plastic.
  • Sixth – Add your white eyes, bubbles and then add the smaller navy blue eyelids. Repeat the ironing process.
  • Seventh – Add the yellow using the guidelines and repeat the same ironing technique.

Want to make your own Finding Dory t-shirt. I'll show you how to layer iron-on vinyl that was cut with my Cricut. Get the cut file here too!The most important part of layering your Iron-on Vinyl and getting it to stick is making sure your shirt is warmed up, you’re using pressure and you’re heating the glue from the front and back. I had a really hard time getting my vinyl to stick once I washed my shirts but this method has helped a lot.

I’m totally wearing this to the Finding Dory premiere and I can’t wait for you all to see the other Finding Dory blog posts sharing everything from crafts to where you can spot her at Walt Disney World. Check that out here.

For the file, click here for the Design Space cut file. I hope you enjoy!Want to make your own Finding Dory t-shirt. I'll show you how to layer iron-on vinyl that was cut with my Cricut. Get the cut file here too!

Clothing DIY - DIY - Sewing

DIY NFL Shirts and an Expressions Vinyl Giveaway

September 30, 2014

DIY NFL Shirts with Expressions Vinyl and $100 giveaway on frenchiewraps.com #VinylNFLWhat’s better than saving a good $40 on a shirt that you can do yourself and still make your kids’ dreams come true? Using Vinyl Heat Transfer from Expressions Vinyl is some of my favorite product ever. It cuts so smooth, irons on with ease and while sometimes you may get some peeling after washing, it can always be remedied and you won’t have that spot be a concern again.

DIY NFL Shirts with Expressions Vinyl and $100 giveaway on frenchiewraps.com #VinylNFLWhen we were first assigned this topic of NFL, I asked my son what teams he wanted. He literally named 10 teams. I’m not going to DIY 10 NFL shirts. It hit me that my nephews in Phoenix are getting into their first year of football and they are loving it. I called my sister to find out their teams and she told me the 49ers and Steelers.

DIY NFL Shirts with Expressions Vinyl and $100 giveaway on frenchiewraps.com #VinylNFLMy nephews have always been solid boys so I grabbed some XL shirts at Michael’s and Expressions Vinyl sent me the VHT in the colors that I had requested. I found some .svg files online of both teams and was able to upload it to my Cricut software so easily. If you’d like to see the process of cutting an ironing, click here. I layered the colors just as they would be on each logo. It really looks professional.

DIY NFL Shirts with Expressions Vinyl and $100 giveaway on frenchiewraps.com #VinylNFLAll told, these shirts cost me $35. I got the shirts on sale for $2.50 a piece and the VHT was a total of $30 for everything I needed and I still have some leftover. I used the 24″ sheets of white, black and red and then used the 12″ sheets of gold, blue and yellow.

DIY NFL Shirts with Expressions Vinyl and $100 giveaway on frenchiewraps.com #VinylNFLThanks so much to Expressions Vinyl for providing the VHT for these shirts. I know my nephews are going to love them! If you guys haven’t used them before, I highly recommend them. They have great customer service, sassy shipping and just about every color under the rainbow. I’ve also contributed to their blog last month and I love the outcome. Make sure you check it out!

XOXO, Lindsay

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Scrapbooking

A Noteworthy Notebook

September 11, 2014

Frenchie for Expressions Vinyl

I had the opportunity to guest post on Expressions Vinyl blog a few weeks ago and I wanted to share with my blog too. I’ve worked with them before for my daughters party to update some really fun clothes we found at Target for her birthday. I really love their vinyl and their Vinyl Heat Transfer, it’s really some of the best I’ve worked with!

Frenchie for Expressions Vinyl

Frenchie for Expressions Vinyl

For this project I decided to use Gold Chrome (Brushed) Metalized Vinyl. I had the intention of cutting out the girls’ names but each font I used was just not cutting well regardless of what setting I had my blade on. I had a hard time getting a deep enough cut on this vinyl. It was cutting but when it came time to separate it, it would stick a lot. It is beautiful though so if I was going to use it again, which I am sure I will, I will just plan on maybe using a mat and cutting a 10. I ended up just using the feather graphic that was in the Silhouette store and then I paired it with the awesome Market Street line by My Minds Eye. It matched perfect and it looks lovely.

Frenchie for Expressions Vinyl

In comparison of my Silhouette and the Cricut Explore, I have to give the cutting to the Explore. The software goes to Silhouette at the moment but I know Cricut is not too far behind. I gave this journal to our Young Woman President, she really deserved it. I couldn’t have done any of this without any of the presidency, but she really guided me. She basically planned the whole camp without knowing it!

XOXO, Lindsay

 

Disclosure: I did receive the Vinyl in exchange from Expressions Vinyl to do this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Clothing DIY - DIY

DIY Leather Moccasins & Accessories

August 21, 2014

You may have been seeing, floating around the internet a contest for Cricut called the Design Space Star Challenge. Guess what, I am now apart of that challenge and I have joined up with 9 additional blogs to create our team, Team #16, to participate in the next four months of challenges. We get to this month, show you our theme which is Military and make accessories and clothing that we know you will love but you will be able to create with your own Cricut Explore.

Cricut Design Space StarDuring these challenges we can submit up to 10 projects each month. I’m here to show you my four that I created. Maybe if I get really ambitious I’ll make 10…I don’t know about that. I will tell you that using the Cricut Explore is really easy. You’re able to use the fonts you have on your own computer, you can sync your own cartridges and never have to worry about using those pads again! They are in the works of creating their print and cut feature as well as to be able to manipulate the shapes. This is my favorite new tool and I couldn’t be happier that they provided me one so that I could participate in this challenge.

DIY Leather Pocket Tee with Cricut Explore on frenchiewraps.com

My first project I decided to do was this super simple DIY Leather Pocket Tee. I cut the leather using a rectangle shape the size I needed my pocket. In this case it was 2.5 inches by 2 inches and I created this fun plus pattern in Design Space and cut it using Expressions Vinyl Gold Vinyl Heat Transfer. I ironed my design onto the leather patch and then I simple sewed it to where I wanted the pocket to be on this tee using a leather needle and matching thread. Probably the easiest of all the projects.

Passport Book made with Cricut Explore on frenchiewraps.comMy second project I completed was a Passport/Itinerary Book. This was really easy also. I just used 11.5X9 rectangles and sewed them together with some fusing. The inner pockets, I took a quarter-inch off the ends and an inch off the insides then just folded them in half with some thicker fusing on the inside and sewed around all the edges. I ended up sewing this just like a pillow would be sewn and turned it the right way out with all my pockets and outside in the right spot. I whip stitched the leather and fabric closed and I added some more details from the Expressions Vinyl Gold Vinyl Heat Transfer. I used a font I had already downloaded on my computer and mirrored it first of all then cut it. It ironed on with such a breeze. I used some larger pieces to cover the inside and outer edges. I’m for sure going to be using this on our upcoming trip to Florida for Family Forward!

DIY Embellished Pants with a Cricut Explore on frenchiewraps.com

My third project was these pants. I used the same plus sign embellishments that I used on the leather pocket and mimicked them on the inner cuff of the pant. For these particular pants the pattern was 3 inches high. Again, I used the same Expressions Vinyl Gold Vinyl Heat Transfer. The seams on the pants were the trickiest and the most time-consuming. I was able to cut some single symbols and place them one by one on them if I did make a mistake.

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**Due to my exclusive agreement with Freshly Picked, I cannot at this time share my tutorial for my Moccasins that I made with my Cricut Explore. I will keep you all posted when this is available. However much I love the mocassins I made with my Explore, I can’t express that they for sure will never compare to the quality of Freshly Picked’s. If you want to learn about what I really think about their Mocc’s just read my review here. Also, be waiting for a giveaway too!

 

I especially love these shoes and how they turned out. I love my Cricut Explore and I really can’t be more thankful to Cricut for the opportunity that I get to participate in this contest and have the opportunity to win some of these prizes, some of which are completely life changing. I hope you’ll check out what the rest of our team is making, some are sitting out for this round but I love what we’ve all been able to come up with for this theme and this round.

Disclosure  |  I am a member of the Cricut Blogger Network.  I may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects.  Even though I am not being directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space Star. All opinions are 100% my own. This post does contain affiliate links.