Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Paper tote bags using Cricut Explore

Now how cute are these gift bag paper tote bags..using 12 x 12 sheets of paper they are a nice size to get a decent size gift in.  I'm doing a few for my nephew for Teachers appreciation week so used some school type papers.  Any pattern papers will make these look great..or use solid colors and embellish them. One of the great things about the Cricut Explore you can upload images, or you can create using the free shapes that are in Cricut Design Space. I had to stop making these for a week or two they are so addicting, fun and easy to make.

I used some Cricut foil for the circles on one of the bags, gives it a mirrored look.  One of them i used my Cuttlebug to cute is that. And how cute for a baby shower many possibilities.

Monday, April 18, 2016

WOW 10 yrs ago the first Cricut was released

Like the title says, was 10 years ago this week that the first Cricut cutter was released..from the baby bag to the now Explore...been a journey.  I must admit i didnt get one until 2009, never really thought id use it, well okay thought it would be to hard to learn. Silly the baby bug in October a few months i wanted to cut larger images so i got an Expression in Feb 2010. Still have my baby bug, not being used but i have it. Have my Expression as well used that until last year Feb when i opened up my Explore and since then I've used my Expression once or twice..but in a pinch I will turn her on.

Cricut will be having  a sale starting on April 20th thru the 27th.. lots of things going on sale..i'll try to remember to post what they are :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Don't need dye on my eggs

So saw a project in Cricut Design Space where they used the Cricut Adhesive foil to decorate some Easter of course I thought hmm i have some of that let me try it out.  Boiled a couple of eggs.  then kept thinking what should put on here is what i came up with.. Shell - right its an egg shell, but it's also my Nick and yes Easter.. look how nice the Cricut Explore cut this foil and these images are quite small less then an inch.  I used the custom setting for Adhesive foil, and used Cricut transfer tape to left them from the backing, went on pretty good.  I did cut a couple bunnies but i need to buy some extra large eggs to get those lay correctly.

I only had the silver foil and teal.. but now it comes in others colors, like gold, purple, copper, and a dark silver.

My end result

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Trade Up - Make it Forward with Cricut

Have you heard about the trade up program that Cricut is doing?  What you haven't, well here is a letter from the CEO, explaining about Make it Forward.. If you have an older machine,you just need to take a picture of the machine and then another picture of the serial #, follow the link, fill out the info and get $50 off a new Explore, the newest Cricut. Oh ok so you already have an Explore, that's okay, why not do it for a friend, your church Sunday School, a grade school, your neighbor, or family member, okay you get the idea..make it forward.

"Many of our users have reached out to me about our Make it Forward / Trade Up program so wanted to share some thoughts.
At Cricut, we have done many giveaways in the past where we have asked our users to share their “cause” or something that they believe in, or are involved in. Our users have shared the most amazing stories about how someone can use the Cricut machines to help charities, schools, moms, and community organizations. Also, for some people they have turned their creativity into a business with the Cricut machine. We have done several of these giveaways and every time it is very difficult to select one or two from the many many submissions. We wish we could send everyone a free machine - if only we had the means to do that. Unfortunately, we don’t. So we wanted to figure out how to do something like this in a much bigger and more scalable way.
What if millions of our users became donors of their previous machines? What if we all decided to come together and help change the world? What if we could each make a difference one machine at a time?
Our team had been thinking of a "Trade Up” program being tied it to “Make it Forward” for some time. The goal of ‪#‎makeitforward‬ was where users would pass their old machines (especially if they are not using their old machines) to other folks or institutions that could benefit from them. The $50 discount tied to the “Trade Up” was our contribution to help support everyone in the “Make it Forward” program.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Happy St Patties Day

Well it's almost here..i made these up for the assisted living center that my church goes to once a month..we go on next Sunday, so here's my little treat for them.  Found the bags on clearance at Michael's for 99 ¢, figured hey they are green so i didnt have to be to creative with these but i know they like peppermint patties.

Using my Cricut Explore i used the print to cut feature, which i love..also used Cricut brand sticker paper (which is more like cardstock).  So I uploaded this pot of good, added some text and done, just added 2 peppermint patties to each little bag.  Now on to my next project, not sure what they will be just yet,

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Rolled flowers using Cricut's pearl paper

Have you seen the latest craze..everyone making paper flowers..most are using cardstock or scrapbook paper, have you tried using Cricut's pearl paper? It's thin enough to make rolling the flowers so  much easier, and its all the same weight so you don't have to worry about if the cardstock you are using will be to thick and make it hard to roll. Or just to do the cut flowers this paper is great for.  Here is a sample of a few that I did this morning using several sheets of the Cricut pearl paper.

Comes in lots of different colors

Just a little bit about the paper, first its 12 x 12, creates uniquely beautiful paper flowers, wreaths, special decor, etc.  They recommend using the Cricut UltraGrip mat, that is the blue mat.. i have used a barely sticky green mat as don't want to use a new green mat this paper will stick way to hard to want to be able to left it off without tearing your cut. Using the Cricut Explore machine you would set your dial to Custom and then choose Pearl Paper, cuts flawless.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cricut Access and Design Space

Are you using a Cricut Explore and Design space? Well of course if you are using an Explore you are using Design have you seen what is new in DS as of today? Have you seen the new name, Cricut Access, where you have instant access to over 30,000 non-licensed images? 1,000 projects, and 370 fonts in the Cricut Library? And guess what, now you get 10% off of your purchases made in DS or on the Cricut website. Of course you can cancel anytime, but why would you.

Oh and get this its now cheaper to purchase the year subscription, its $95.88 so that works out to be $7.99 a month, you must buy the year to get that great price.

So when now when you open DS and see that little green a, you know that it means Cricut Access, shows you all that you have access too in the subscription.

Have any questions, ask i just may know the answer if not i know where to get it..