Thursday, September 12, 2019

Cards with Sweet and Sassy by DCWV


Today I want to show you two cards I made using the Sweet n' Sassy stack by DCVW.  There are some great patterned papers in here, and one pattern is filled with 24 sayings.  I like to take these sheets and cut the sayings apart and use the sentiment for a card or scrapbook layout.


First I started by just using a paper trimmer and cutting all of those little sayings into separate tags.  Once you have this done, you can have them all in a stack and then you can quickly and easily add them to a card or scrapbook layout.

Next I cut two card bases out of white paper.  I used some cute little woodland critter images from my Lawn Fawn stamps and colored those in and cut them out so I could apply them to the cards.


I found this adorable triangle pattern in the same Sweet n' Sassy stack that I thought would work perfect for the background of both of my cards.  I used my Cricut to cut the triangle patterned paper into rectangles to fit on my card base, and then cut a dark teal paper slightly larger to layer behind it.


Last was just layering and gluing all of the pieces together into a cute and simple card.


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Friday, September 6, 2019

Fixing a Bad SVG File

Have you ever purchased a svg file, or been sent a link to a shared file, and when you bring the image into Design Space you find that the design is broken into hundreds of tiny pieces?  Frustrating!!!

What causes this?

Sometimes it is because the person who created the svg does not understand how to create a svg for a die cutting machine, and set it up with the proper groupings and break it apart by colored layers.

Sometimes it is because the svg was created by using a tool that converts an image into a svg, and that tool broke the image down into too many pieces.

How can you fix this?

First, if you purchased this image, reach out to the seller and let them know that their svg is broken.  They might be able to repair it.  If they cannot, or will not, I would recommend leaving a review on their site so that others will know the quality of the svg files that they produce.

Next, you will have to try and repair the image so that it cuts like you expected it to.  To do this, you will have to get all of the little pieces that should have been connected to be joined together.  I did this by clicking on each of the touching parts of the same color and then clicking on the weld button to join them into one cut.

If there are sections of the image that do not touch, but you want them to stay positioned and group together so they cut out better for layering, select them and then click on the attach button.

Here is a video to show you how I did this with one bad, broken svg that started off with over 100 layers/cut mats . . . in the end I got it down to just a handful of layers/cut mats.


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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Coffee Mug

To continue on yesterday's post about using iron on vinyl on a coffee mug, I wanted to try the process with a design that had some thin or small parts to the design.  I also wanted to do a review of two products . . . Firefly iron on vinyl and BetterSub mug press.  Links for the products are at the end of this post.

I found this saying on LoveSVG . . . if you have not checked them out put this on your list of places to go look for free svg files.  They have so many images and sayings, and they are all free.  I have used several different images from them, and they always cut beautifully.



I uploaded the svg for the saying to Design Space and then cut it from the Firefly iron on vinyl on the iron on setting.  I have to tell you, I have used several different brands of iron on vinyl over the years, and this brand by far weeded the easiest!  I am in love with it!

Next I put the mug into my BetterSub brand mug press.  I followed the suggested time and temperature in the product manual.  The hardest part of this process is letting the mug cool down before removing the carrier sheet.  I am not good at waiting.


And here is the finished product!  I would recommend hand washing mugs with vinyl on them.



If you are interested in the products that I talked about in this post, you can purchase them from the links below.





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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Iron on vinyl on a mug

Let's talk about personalizing coffee mugs.  I was all excited to try some heat transfer ink pens that I got on Amazon with my mug press.  I tried them with regular copy paper (per the directions on the packaging) and with some sublimation paper I had samples of.  Neither one worked so I am going to have to go back to the drawing board on the pens. 

Then I did a search for information on using iron on vinyl on coffee mugs, since I had plenty of iron vinyl in the house.  I found several people that had tried it, and it worked so I thought what the heck, it can't go any worse than the heat transfer ink pens I used.


Here is what I really liked about using the iron on vinyl for the mugs . . . 
  • You don't have to have perfect coloring skills, like you need with the ink pens
  • You don't need heat resistant tape to stick and hold the design on the mug since the carrier sheet for the iron on vinyl is already sticky
I cut the image with my Cricut on the iron on setting.

I used my PlanetFlame mug press which can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J4FKV5R/
I pressed it at 360 degrees for 190 seconds.  Remember to use a towel or hot pad when you remove the mug from the press.  It will be hot!


One I took it out of the press, I let it cool completely before removing the carrier sheet.  The slight purple bleed that you see under the image is left over from my attempt at the heat transfer inks.


I would hand wash a mug with iron on vinyl on it, because the heat of the dishwasher could re-activate the vinyl.  This is also why I recommend air drying shirts with iron on vinyl on them. Keep following me and join my Teach Me Cricut Design Space group on Facebook!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

PRIDE Shirts

This is a project I did back in June, but life has been busy and I have not had time to post the photos until now.


My daughter and her girlfriend wanted matching shirts for PRIDE, and since I have a Cricut I was able to make them something custom. 

For the supplies, I got some holographic iron on vinyl and some dark gray tank tops.  I cut the outline of the state of Minnesota to get the size right before I cut it from the vinyl.



The Minnesota outline shape is found in Cricut Design Space™.  I combined the outline of Minnesota with the word PRIDE pretty easily.  After I typed up the word PRIDE I made a rectangle over it and used the slice function to cut a space from the outline of Minnesota.



After that, I used my heat press to apply the vinyl to the shirt.  The final shirts turned out so cute!  When the sunlight hits the holographic vinyl it shimmers and the colors come out.  They loved how they have a rainbow effect without being the bright and bold rainbow colors.


The girls got so many complements on their custom designed shirts.


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