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Bedazzle Your Kitchen With This Must-Have Foil

April 14, 2017 • Contributor: Ariel from PMQ for Two

It's me again! Ariel from PMQ for two and I create bold, bright, eclectic & colourful home decor and DIYs. You can view more of my work in my project gallery here. I enjoy long walks down the aisles at HomeSense, greeting the UPS delivery person in pyjamas, fish tacos, and leopard print. I also live in Canadian military housing, so we’re renters in a traditional sense.  I've recently completed a renter friendly kitchen upgrade which you can view here, and I've been using my Cricut to upgrade a few things in the kitchen. New look = new look for the accessories. Duh?!

In the re-shuffle of things in the kitchen I ended-up moving a lot of my appliances and decor around. My kitchen mixer is now featured more prominently on the counters, but for some reason the all-white mixer was a bit of an eye-sore. Well, less of an eye-sore and more "blah." I bought it on Black Friday sales a few years ago so I wasn't able to pick a fancy custom colour. Thankfully my Cricut Explore Air 2 allows me to bring many of my crafting dreams to life, and I knew the kitchen mixer would be the perfect opportunity to marry the rose gold foil I used on my vinyl and paint mosaic here and my love of folk patterns like I did with my Otomi inspired chargers here.

Below you'll find the step-by-step instructions for creating your own custom kitchen mixer decal using your Cricut vinyl or foil and Cricut machine.

 

Step 1

Using your Cricut Design Space account, select a pattern from the Make It Now projects, or upload your own file and save it as a cut file.

 

Mixer project

Step 2

Using your Cricut machine cut the file to the desired size. My Kitchen Aid mixer took a full 12" length image to wrap around the top arm, so I cut it to that size.

If you're using a different mixer, you will want to measure the length of the arm to better determine the size of your image.

 

Step 3

Weed your image! This takes time on such a big pattern, but making sure everything is done properly will make for an easier image transfer.  I start by peeling back big chunks, and then to prevent stray vinyl (that has already been pulled-up) from catching on the actual design by accident and pulling things out of place, I trim the already pulled vinyl as I go. It takes an extra few seconds but is well worth my peace of mind, because on a cut this big it would not be fun to have to re-cut it because the vinyl pulled half of it out of place.

 

Mixer project

Step 4

To apply the large sheet across the arm of the mixer you'll trim any excess negative space around the contour of the design on the vinyl sheet before applying the transfer tape. Leave an half inch bleed with your transfer tape on the side you're starting from, so that it can cling to the mixer while you stretch it over the arm. If what I said makes no sense, just look at the picture below!

 

Mixer project

Step 5

Slowly smooth the design as you wrap it around the arm and secure it to the other side. On the front and back bulbs where it starts to curve, you will notice the vinyl does not lay flat right away. That's normal. Worry about it once you've removed the transfer tape safely.

 

Mixer project

 

Once your vinyl tape has been removed, take a small blade or use your Cricut tool scissors to cut a small line down the middle of the creasing vinyl. It should then lay flat if you smooth once flap down and then the next.

 

Mixer project

Step 6

You'll notice that the bulbous parts don't have any pattern on them, or, part of the arm's main pattern falls onto them. Cut the excess image and then apply it on the bulb. If you just flatten it, there will be a little pocket down the middle of the image and all manner of things will get caught in there. I find the scissors in the tool set to be perfect for this.

To fill in the nose and the butt of the arm, use your weeding tool to lift and apply who pieces. Because I'm working with a bigger pattern it was easier than using transfer tape to transfer whole chunks of the pattern over. It also gave me more control in terms of smoothing-out the creases that form because of the curves.

 

Mixer project

Step 7

Time to do the sides! There's two ways you can do this. You can cut the exact shape of the side of the tower and then apply that. OR, you can make it super complicated and do what I did. I cut portions of the pattern to apply piece-meal along the side of the tower until it all looked good.

 

Mixer project

Mixer project

Step 8

Do the other side of the tower! I chose not to the the rest of the mixer like the foot or the front/back of the tower, because they'll either be covered by the bowl, or are too small to bother with.

 

Mixer project

Mixer project

Step 9

Christen your newly bedazzled machine! I made cupcakes and am eating one as I write this post, so I guess you could say I'm winning at life right now. Make sure you come see the full reveal and all the pretty beauty shots on PMQ for two here!

 

Mixer project

If you want to come see the rest of the projects I've made with my Cricut you can come see my // Woodland Critter Baby Shower // Hand-written" Calling Cards // DIY Champagne Buzzer // Otomi Vinyl Chargers // Comparison between the Circut & Silhouette Machines.

 

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cupcaketopper

Celebrate Your Senior With this Cupcake Topper

April 13, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica from Everday Party Magazine

Hi everyone, it's Jess from Everyday Party Magazine!  How is this school year nearly finished? I swear it feels like we were just buying new school supplies last week. Actually, I swear my oldest was just asking me why there wasn't a garden in his kindergarten class, bless his little heart, he thought it was a kinder-GARDEN. Yet, here we are scheduling senior pictures and taking college tours. We have just one more year left, but several of my friends are getting ready to send their babies off into the world in the next few weeks. And some have asked me for tips to help them celebrate the big day for their kids. 

There are just a few things you can always count on with me, if I can DIY, I will; and if I can save money and make it look amazing, I will! One of the biggest expenses for any party is cake. You need a dessert table centerpiece, obviously, you want it to look amazing. But, you have 40 hungry teenagers, and your entire family, including Cousin Eddie there for the graduation party... so, buy a smaller less expensive cake from your local grocery store or warehouse club, and then buy a undecorated sheet cake from a warehouse club and keep it in the kitchen. The cake you buy for the dessert table can be simple and inexpensive too.  Just spend a few minutes with your Cricut, and make a custom topper! 

I wanted to use a more delicate font for the Class Of text, and thankfully, Cricut Access has PLENTY to choose from. I used Pen & Ink. Next, I ungrouped the letters, and placed them so that each letter touched the next, then, I selected all the letters and welded them together. The 17 font was more bold. I ungrouped that text as well, but I didn't weld them. Finally, I added a star to the background to make the cake topper more stable.  You could upload your child's school logo or a photo of your graduate too. If you want to use this style, you can access the cut file here.

 

Design Space Image

I cut each layer from card stock in the school's colors. Next, I used my Xyron Creative Station to make the Class Of text a sticker. Once I did that, I stuck it onto the star, and carefully rubbed the exposed adhesive on the back off with my finger. I used my Xyron Mega Tape Runner for the 17, and only applied adhesive where it would touch the star. 

I used a bamboo skewer as the cake pick, and hot glued it to the cake topper. 

Finally, I stuck the cake topper into my simple white store bought cake and it was party ready!

Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

Be sure to hop over to my blog for more graduation party inspiration. And share all of your favorite Cricut party projects using #CricutMade! 

 

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Add Faux Wood To Give Your Home Texture

March 20, 2017 • Contributor: Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate

Hey everyone! This is Lindi, from Love Create Celebrate. On my home and DIY blog, I share a ton of amazing home décor projects, usually with a rustic or industrial flare to them. As soon as Cricut came out with their Faux Woodgrain Leather, I KNEW I had to try it! I’m excited to share this project with you, as well as some creative glue ideas for all of your Cricut materials!

 

Materials For This Project

 

Materials for this project:

Start by grabbing your faux wood grain leather. I used the light tan colored sheet and the black sheet, because I really wanted the tan to pop.

 

Design Space

 

Open up Cricut Design Space. You can follow this link to open the canvas “Faux Wood Home Sign” that I created.

 

Cricut Explore Air

 

Then set your Cricut to “Faux Leather (Cricut)” and cut your pieces. TIP: You'll want to make sure your dial is set to "custom" on your Cricut and then choose "faux leather" in Design Space before cutting your project. 

 

Cricut mat

Cricut mat

Wood

 

Next, you need something to act as a background for your sign. I used a sheet of plywood, but a piece of hardboard from the dollar store would work too! Just something stiff enough to stay up straight.

 

Home sign

 

Before I glued all of my faux woodgrain leather pieces on, I used some black paint around the edge of the plywood, so that it wouldn’t stand out on the sides of the sign.

 

Glue

 

Now the big question! What do you use to glue faux woodgrain leather?! If you’re thinking glue gun… think twice! Glue guns leave a TON of strings and they tend to dry quickly, in clumps. We want this beautiful piece to dry flat. Instead of a glue gun, I reached for my 3-in-1 Craft Glue. It’s not hot, and you can place the thin faux leather pieces down without any lumps. Just press on the leather to flatten the glue underneath. This glue is also very forgiving, allowing you to move the piece around a bit before you leave it alone, yet it still dries quickly – win, win, WIN!

 

Glue

Home sign

 

Once you have both layers of faux woodgrain leather in place, you’ll have a beautiful new sign for your home.

 

Home sign

Home sign

Thanks for reading along with this project! The Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut SO many different materials. I shared one of my glue secrets here today, but I’ve also shared the BEST glue for 20+ different crafting materials on Love Create Celebrate today. Come find out why I NEVER use a glue gun!

 

The Best Glue Guide

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

-Lindi

Love Create Celebrate

 

 

Make a faux orange floral wreath

This Faux Orange Wreath Is Everything For Spring

March 13, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Hi everyone! I am Jennifer Rizzo from Jenniferrizzo.com, and I am so excited to share a fun project with you today! Earlier on my blog, I showed my readers how to make faux oranges from hard foam balls (you can see the full tutorial hereIf you don’t want to make your own oranges you can buy fake fruit from the craft store. I didn’t see oranges, but they did have some lemons. I wanted to take it a step further and make a faux orange leaf wreath. It’s not quite spring yet, and there is something about citrus, even if you can’t eat them, that brings in such a fresh look and feel! The best part about this wreath, is since the oranges are fake, they’ll last forever! I used a faux floral rose spray to mimic the orange blossoms, and  I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out all of the leaves. This would have normally taken me hours, but it really only took me about 15 minutes to cut out the 8 sheets.

You’ll need:

  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Cricut scraper tool
  • Cricut spatula tool
  • Cricut scissors
  • Cricut 12 x 12 cutting mat soft grip
  • Use this leaf design (Cricut project file: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/53915719) or similar collages of a leaf of choice
  • 8 different sheets of heavy green cardstock, in 4 different shades of green(2 each) from light to dark
  • Wreath form with appropriate glue, I used a hard foam wreath (get green if they have it!)
  • Fake oranges
  • Floral picks
  • Small white faux floral

If you have your oranges ready, first, cut your leaves. Use the 12 x 12 cutting mat with a light grip. Place your cutting setting on cardstock. I forgot to change mine at the first run and I was left with a paper full of leaves only partway cut out. That didn’t work so well.

I make my designs on my desktop and then open them in the cloud from my phone. it is so much easier and convenient that way!

After cutting, remove the out paper and use the Cricut Spatula tool by tipping the mat and scraping down. They come off so much easier that way. You end up with a nice pile of leaves with out the aggravation of picking them off one by one.

 

Leaves

Cut 8 sheets of leaves, once they are done and you have them, give them all a quick fold in half to make them bend, and look like real leaves.

 

Paper leaf

Add the appropriate glue for your foam, and cover the piece. If I had to do it again, I might wrap it with green crepe paper first and then use a tacky white craft glue to adhere the leaves. I did have issues with the white foam peeking through. My store seemed to have a crazy sale on green foam rings and didn’t have any left, so I was stuck with white foam. Plus, the paper leave would probably stick better to the crepe paper than the foam anyway.

 

Foam wreath

Start gluing the leaves on around the foam ring. I found it worked better to use the large leaves first and then the smaller ones in to fill in.

 

Glue leaves

When adding leaves, vary the different shades of green to give it a more natural look.

 

Oranges

 Let the large glue dry on the top, and then add the smaller ones around the outside. Add the oranges with a floral pick.

 

Oranges

... And glue underneath faux orange glue to leaves. Remove small flowers, trim off any extra bottom with scissors and glue onto leaves.

 

Greenery

Flower & Orange Wreath

Let dry completely overnight, completely still for full adhesion.

And you can either add a ribbon to your wreath to hang, or enjoy a little touch of spring as a decorative piece!

 

Flower & Orange Wreath
Sentimental Cricut Cartridge

Free Cut Of The Week: Add A Little Sparkle To Canvas

March 3, 2017 • Contributor: Stephanie from Crafting In The Rain

Hey there Cricut fans. I’m Stephanie and I’m visiting from my blog Crafting in the Rain. I live in the Pacific Northwest where we have a lot of rainy days, but it keeps everything green and beautiful! I love making things beautiful inside too, and that often involves my Cricut. Today I’m showing off one of my favorite designs from the Sentimentals Cartridge. Make sure you go grab it as the free cut of the week!

Whether you need some cute little party favor bags, or want to deliver a sweet gift to a friend, a dressed up canvas pouch is a perfect way to do it.

Measure the canvas pouch so you know how wide to make the design and resize in Design Space. We have to do just a bit of editing to the file because I wanted the phone to be glittery, but glitter iron-on has to be the top layer. You can add another layer of vinyl on top because it either won’t adhere right, or won’t look good. No problem though. We can fix it in Design Space.

 

Design Space Image

Click on the phone image, then right click and choose “Ungroup.” Then select everything, right click again, and select “Slice.” Now you can start to move the pieces apart and you’ll see you have one phone image, and two dial images. Delete one of the dials so you’re left with just one.

Send everything to cut and make sure to click the “Mirror Image” box on each mat. For the mat with the glitter vinyl, set the dial to “Custom” and from the drop-down menu choose iron-on, glitter. Turn the dial to iron-on for the regular iron-on vinyl.

Weed the extra vinyl and position the dial on the canvas bag first, using the phone piece as a guide to line it up right. Cover with a light cloth and iron for 10 seconds, pressing down and not moving the iron. Peel up the plastic carrier sheet and place the glitter iron-on in the right spot, matching it up with the dial. Iron again, about 20 seconds, and peel up the plastic.

Sentementals Cartridge

Now you’ve got a cute decorate pouch, and I hope you have fun with all the Sentimentals images (I have plans for putting one of those pretty frames on a mirror in my girl’s room.) Be sure to stop by my blog for even more fun Cricut ideas!

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Wall Decals

Transform A Boring Wall with Vinyl

February 20, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

Have you ever stared at your walls and wondered, “I really need to paint these but it sounds like so much work!” Well that’s exactly what I thought when I moved into my apartment and felt surrounded by stark walls with no color or character. And seriously, when I tell you, I’m super creative but never really took on DIY myself, it’s the truth! You can imagine how I felt before I worked at Cricut. Having a Cricut really gives me the freedom to make designs that are personal to me. 

Enter Heidi Moore of Idieh Design, who we’ve had so much fun working with over the past two months on some amazing room renovations. In working with Heidi, I’ve learned some great tips for adding pops of color, using materials in unique ways, and importantly, finding the right designs to fit my home style.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about doing is a DIY vinyl accent wall – either a cool geometric pattern, something like this:

 

Geometric Patterns

Or a fun contemporary design like this:

 

Contemporary Wall

There’s so much you can do you, you just have to know what style you’re looking for, your priority colors, and oh yeah… a Cricut!

In December, I watched Heidi completely transform this white entry way wall with some of her signature patterns and I was completely in awe. Let me show you how she did it …

Step 1: Measure Your Wall

The wall we were working with was roughly 8 ft. x 3 ft.

 

Step 2: Decide Your Pattern

Heidi designs with a lot of polka dots and hearts, which was perfect for the room we were making over, and what I love about the pattern she chose is that while it’s young at heart, I felt it had a modern touch too.

 

Step 3: Design It In Design Space

Heidi opened up Design Space and used her signature heart and a circle shapes to cut around 50 pieces for the wall (that was our estimate to make sure we had enough space but also covered the wall). Heidi’s project (Hidden Hearts Wall Art) is actually a Make It Now project in Design Space, so it’s really easy to click, cut, and apply! Before you cut, make sure your Cricut dial is turned to vinyl, or whatever material you’re using.

 

TIP: Cut out a couple extra pieces when designing larger installation pieces because if you make a mistake you’ll have extra to work with on your surface. 

 

DS Images

Step 4: Decide On Your Materials & Cut

In this case, Heidi decided to use Cricut metallic adhesive foil for the polka dots and multi-color glitter vinyl for the hearts. She loaded in the mats to Cricut and cut all the shapes out … it probably took us about 20 minutes to cut 50 shapes.

 

Step 5: Apply To The Wall

As you can tell, Heidi is a total pro at this … she had to use a ladder to apply shapes at the top of the wall but overall, it probably took her about 30 minutes to finish the design on the full wall.

 

Heidi Applying Vinyl

Step 6: Step Back & Fall In Love!

Check out how amazing this wall turned out …

 

Vinyl Wall

After watching Heidi master this wall from a design perspective, I knew I had to do it in my own home! The nice thing too is like me, if you rent or you’re just indecisive with style (aka super trendy, also like me), you can just peel off the design and start over. No messy paint, tape, or paint brushes needed to make your wall truly stand out.

So what do you all think? Is this something you think you could do? Well the nice thing is you don’t have to do it alone, remember you can sign-up for our massive home décor contest and get a personal style session with Heidi! This is the last week so don’t forget to enter.

Stay tuned because I’ll be posting what my finished wall looks like in the next month.

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Gum Ball Party Favor Tag

February 17, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica from Every Day Party Magazine

Gum Ball Party Favor Tag. Hi everyone, I'm Jess from Everyday Party Magazine!  I am thrilled to be here today. I blog about parties, party DIY's, and recipes. I love sharing ways to host an amazing party, while staying on a budget. One of my favorite party tools is my Cricut Explore Air 2. I use it at least once a week. It is truly an invaluable tool.

 

Gum Ball Picture

One of my boys just turned 13, and he's too cool for a real party, but, he, like me, believes any celebration requires a party favor. This boy also has a sweet tooth a mile long, and was crazy excited to text me a picture of the mini gum ball machines he saw at Cracker Barrel while skiing recently. I knew they would be great favors for his 13th birthday celebration. I ran to my local Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and grabbed a few mini gum ball machines, and let them sit on my desk for weeks ... Until I saw the Wrap It Up Cartridge fro Cricut. There is an adorable gum ball machine cut file, and I knew it would be perfect for the mini gum ball machines.

I sized the cut file down and changed the colors so it would fit the party favors. I also added some text to the gum ball machine globe.  My son hated the text, so his just say, From Caden. Either way, it's a perfect place for text.

 

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Areas to Erase

The kids all helped add the tiny paper gum balls to the tag, and even though it was a little labor intensive, it wasn't difficult to make a dozen of them!

I separated each tag into a pile, and assembled one at a time, I found that this helped reduce losing pieces. I layered the red on top of the white, then the silver and the black on top of the red. Once that was done, I passed it off to one of the boys to add gum balls. We used my Tombow tape runner, but you could use a glue stick or even a Xyron machine.

I punched a tiny hole in the top to add baker's twine and tie it onto the mini gum ball machine. (I could have made this hole with my Cricut, but, honestly, I didn't think about it.)

 

Gum Ball Supplies

Finally, I tied the tags onto the tiny gum ball machines with baker's twine. I think they are absolutely adorable! I hope you enjoy. Here is the cut file so you can make it fast on Cricut Design Space. 

 

Gum Ball Supplies

Chalkboard Lettering

Create Perfect Chalkboard Lettering

February 16, 2017 • Contributor: Lydi from Lydi Out Loud

Hi there! I’m Lydi from Lydi Out Loud and I’m so excited to share one of my favorite tricks with you today. I’m a big fan of chalkboard signs, however I’m not a big fan of my handwriting (neither are the unfortunate folks who have to (try to) read it). My chalkboard sign goals came to fruition when I realized I could fake perfect chalkboard lettering with my Cricut and I’ve been a crazy chalkboard sign lady ever since.

Here is how you can create your own perfect chalkboard sign:

Supplies:

Instructions

Cut chalkboard vinyl to desired size.

Upload your image in Design Space (or create your own). Feel free to grab my “Brunch so hard” image here if you’d like (hey it’s free!)

 

Upload Image

Erase all negative space by clicking in white areas.

 

Areas to Erase

Save as a cut file and cut. Weed negative space from the design, pick up lettering with transfer tape and apply to chalkboard.

Scribble chalk on chalkboard vinyl on and around the lettering; rub most of it off with a paper towel (this gives it a more authentic chalkboard look).

Prefer to use actual chalk for your lettering? Cut your chalkboard lettering design out of stencil vinyl and fill in the stencil with chalk or chalk marker.

 

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Well my secret is out… it’s that easy to create perfect chalkboard lettering with your Cricut!

 

Brunch Image

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How To Make Amazing Wall Art With Vellum

February 13, 2017 • Contributor: Lindi From Love Create Celebrate

Do you ever go into ten stores with something specific in mind, but can’t quite find it anywhere? That perfect grey color on a throw pillow? The perfect artwork to compliment your bedroom décor? Anything throwing you positive vibes? Happens to me ALL the time! Which is exactly why I started creating my own custom décor. If I can’t find what I’m looking for, I’ll make it! There are so many beautiful ideas already on the Cricut Home Décor page, but I wanted to highlight one of my favorites. This simple Modern Circle Art is the perfect example of simple, customized art work, and I’ll show you how easy it was to make!

 

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Create beautiful custom artwork at home with the Cricut Explore Air 2!

Materials:

Start by logging into the Cricut Design Space and opening up the Circle Art design in Design Space and turn on your Cricut Explore Air 2. These circles are sized to fit a 12”x12” square canvas. The variations in size and thickness of the circles are what give this piece so much character! Make sure to use a LightGrip cutting mat because the vellum is delicate!

 

Vellum Circles

Use images and shapes from the Cricut Design space to create your own custom geometric art work! Get a personalized, modern look in no time at all!

Next, you want to paint your canvas a solid colour, so that the frame won’t cause any funny shadows on your artwork when it’s done. When your paint is dry, grab the Cricut Vellum sheets that you cut out, and place them around the canvas, playing with the layout and order of the sheets until you are happy.

 

Project

Since vellum is a transparent, thin material, I didn’t want to use a glue that would leave marks or bumps on the vellum. Instead I used spray adhesive – spraying the back of each piece (inside a cardboard box to prevent overspray), and then placed that piece on the canvas.

 

Project

Overlap sheets of transparent Cricut Vellum to create beautiful blended colours! Vellum is the perfect material to use for your personalized home décor.

Place each circle down starting at the top and moving around the circle. Press it firmly in place when you are happy with the placement.

 

Project Image

Combine soft, transparent vellum sheets to create this modern geometric canvas art. In no time at all you can create a simple, yet elegant piece that is sure to add personality your room or gallery wall.

This piece is so beautiful when it’s finished. It adds the perfect modern touch to this romantic industrial space!

 

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A beautiful rustic industrial bedroom, filled with custom artwork and home décor made using the Cricut Explore Air 2. A dream oasis for any homeowner!

Don’t forget to stop by the Cricut Home Décor page for more great custom home décor inspiration and to enter into a great giveaway! If you are not from the US – not to worry, there is a great Cricut giveaway for you today at www.lovecreatecelebrate.com!