Monday, March 30, 2020

Dinosaur Shirts

I love it when I can do a familiar image in a fun and creative way.  For this project I used seven of the new Siser Easyweed colors, along with a couple of their classic colors to create this dinosaur shirt for a co-worker.  This project was really fun since I was able to be creative.  She had sent me a photo of a dinosaur image surrounded by a wreath of flowers and asked me it if was something I could create.

(Keep reading for a chance to WIN some of this vinyl for yourself!)


I found several different flower and leave designs in both Cricut Design space and on LoveSVG.com and I combined those images to create this one of a kind shirt for her!  

Here are the colors from Siser that I used.  First I placed the Bubblegum pink circle to allow me center the design placement of the shirt.  Next I placed the rings for the wreath in the Coffee color.  Then I placed the leaves in the Apple Green.  I wanted to make sure the Black dinosaur image was layered on next so that I could add the flowers and have some of them overlapping into the circle.  For the roses, I place Burgundy behind them to pop through the openings between the petals which were cut from the same Bubblegum pink as the center circle.  I used Lemon, Pale Blue, Royal Purple and Wisteria for some of the smaller flowers.


I love the way the shirt turned out!

I also did a dinosaur shirt for her son out of the Fluorescent Green StripFlock vinyl.  I am in love with the soft texture of the StripFlock!  



Here is a close up of the dinosaur so you can see the texture.  If you have not tried this product I highly recommend it.  




Remember at the beginning of this post I said that there would be a chance for you to win some of this vinyl?  If you click HERE you will go to a blog post I did a couple of days ago where I am having a contest.  There are still a few days to enter to win so hurry over there and enter now!


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Enjoy The Little Things

Sometimes you just need to make something to brighten your day.  For me, making gifts for other people helps to brighten my spirits and the bright neon flocked vinyl from Siser is perfect for this project.

I used a couple of images from Cricut Design Space and combined them to create this design.  This is a great way to create something uniquely yours.


Here is a close up of the vinyl . . . can you see the flocked texture?  It is so fuzzy.  I hope that the little boy that I am giving this to will enjoy that texture.


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I am doing a contest right now in partnership with Siser.  Just click HERE to go to my other blog post that has the entry form.


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Friday, March 27, 2020

Siser Unicorn Project

Today is a REALLY special day.   One year ago today I decided to make my Facebook group Teach Me Cricut Design Space!  I wanted to help people that I saw struggling with the tools and functions in Design Space and create easy to follow tutorials and videos for them.  In just one year, this group as over 4,000 members!

So how are we going to celebrate?  How about with a fun new project and a contest for some vinyl from Siser North America!

Have you seen the new colors of Easyweed heat transfer vinyl from Siser North America?  I think that they are perfect for spring and this project features six of the new colors.


Below are the six colors that I used for this project.  I love the dark Charcoal color.  It is great color to use instead of black, since it has a softer look.  Grey is a great accent color to use with pastels.


Here is the image that I used.  This adorable little unicorn can be found at HelloSVG.com and you can download it by clicking HERE.


After I cut all of the pieces I pressed the yellow layer first since I wanted to position where the horn would be.  I pressed this layer for about 15 seconds and then let it cool and peeled of the carrier sheet.  Then I pressed the flowers to get the position and placement of those centered.  This helped me to line up and place the layer with the ears and eyes.  Last I did the pink inside of the ears.


I just love the way this turned out!  The pastel colors are perfect for this image.  I will give this to someone as a baby gift, but I also wanted to make something to go along with this outfit.


I decided to make a small sign that could be hung on the door or the wall in a baby's room.  I created this design by combining images from various Cricut images I found.  If you would like to use the project file you can access it by clicking HERE.


I pressed this design onto a small canvas that I found at the local dollar store.  There were actually two canvases in the package so it made for a very inexpensive project.  I might get some more of these canvases and put them on an easel or in a frame to display them.  For this project I added a ribbon to the back and just attached it with a strong packing tape.  Now this little sign can be hung on the wall or over a doorknob.


So would you like to win some Easyweed heat transfer vinyl from Siser North America so that you can start in on your spring crafting projects?  Just follow the directions in the entry form below.


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When the contest is over, Siser will contact the winner and ship the prize to them.


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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Beach Vibe Card

Do you ever need a really simple and quick card?  This one could not BE more simple!


I had a stack of cardstock with brightly colored tropical cardstock, and there was a white palm tree pattern along the bottom edge.  I knew that I would not want to use this specific sheet of cardstock in a scrapbook layout, since I would not want to cover up that beautiful palm tree design with photos.

I used my paper trimmer to cut the piece of cardstock exactly in half, and then I folded it over.  This allowed me to have two 6 x 6 square cards out of this one piece of cardstock.  Then I cut a square stamp frame out of white cardstock just slightly smaller . . . I think it was about 5.75 x 5.75 square.  This really helped to frame the palm trees on the card.


I hope that this project inspired you to look at your patterned cardstock for other ways to use it or to frame up the images on that cardstock for a quick and easy card.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Tip for Cutting Scraps

Have you ever worked on a project where you just need to cut a couple of really small pieces, and they could be cut from scraps?  Here is a trick I use to save a little time.

Place the material you need for the first cut in the upper left corner as you normally would, and then place the material for the second cut in the lower right corner of the mat.


Load the mat as you normally would for the first cut . . . 


Then when you unload the mat, rotate it 180 degress and load it to cut the second material.


Then once you remove the excess material you can see you have two small cuts in the corners of the mat.  This also helps with the wear on your mat since you will be using a different section of the mat to cut on.  When you keep cutting in the same corner over and over again, that corner will become less sticky . . . but the opposite corner of the mat will still have lots of stick left to you.  So now you can get more use out of your mat!


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Monday, March 9, 2020

Enjoy with Ikonart

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I am super excited to show you the Ikonart custom stencil kit.  This will allow you to print an image or phrase on ink jet printer film or laser printer film, then expose that print to light and turn it into a reusable stencil so you can create perfect images over and over again.


This is a Rae Dunn inspired font that I found on Dafont.  I wanted to use a really skinny font for this project since using those with vinyl can be so frustrating so if I could create a stencil of a thin font it would be a game changer.

Since the size of my stencil for the cut would be small, I decided that I would set up my page layout for a few designs so can I could make a few stencils at once.  I had this sheet set up for the word welcome, enjoy and I also did one that said love, but I smudged it with my finger so I cut that one out and I will redo it with the next stencil I make.


The words were printed on my ink jet printer on the clear ink jet film from Ikonart.  There is one side that is shiny and the other side is what you want to print on.

If you would like to make a similar project, the font that I used on the cup can be found on Dafont: The Skinny from Dafont

I wish I could show you the whole process, but the stencil material is light sensitive, and I did not want to take pictures or video of that process and risk ruining the stencils.  Once you expose the image to the light and wash the stencil, you will see how the image emerges.  I am not going to lie, it was kind of amazing to watch the image emerge from the stencil.


Here is my stencil after washing and drying.  You can see how the center of the letter o stays in place on the stencil.  There is actually a really thin film in this stencil material, so that the paint can push through  the open parts and you don't have to worry about the centers of any of your letters shifting or not being pressed down firm enough.


The other really nice feature of this stencil material is that it is very flexible.  I have used other stencil materials and they are firm and stiff so they were harder to wrap around a curved surface.  With the Iknoart stencils it wrapped around the curve of this mug perfectly!  I did still run my fingers across it to smooth it down, but I could really feel that it was going with the curve of the surface, which helps to make for a much cleaner stenciled image.


I put just a small drop of the mulit surface Folk Art paint from Plaid in the upper corner of this image and then used the squeegee to move the paint over the whole image.  The paint will go through the openings and when you remove the stencil you are left with a perfect stencil!



This turned out so cute!  If I wanted to make several of these for gifts then I could just keep using this same stencil over and over.  And that one little drop of paint I used could probably have covered 2 or 3 mugs.  There was a lot left on my squeegee when I was done.

If you are a fan of some of the companies out there that sell pre-made stencils, this system will allow you to start to create your own designs.


Head over to their site by clicking HERE and be sure to use my code ShawnMosch so that you can get 15% off of your order!

If you want to see what you get in the starter kit, you can see my unboxing video below





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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Using Applique Patterns in Cricut Design Space

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I often tell my followers and students that sometimes their ideas or questions will end up being my next blog post or tutorial.  That is exactly what inspired this blog post!

A fellow crafter wanted to use the image below that was created for making an applique.  Typically a quilter would cut each section of an image like this out of a different pattern/color of fabric.  It is like making a paint by numbers out of fabric.


Instead of cutting this all by hand, she wanted to use her Cricut Maker to cut the different sections/pieces.  The Cricut Maker has a rotary blade that you can buy to use with it, which is perfect for cutting fabric.

Since this file was so large, I focused just on one flower for my video tutorial, but once you see the process for creating the different colored layered sections for the flower, you will understand how to do this same process for the whole image.


What you will need to do is upload and clean up the image once for each color that you want to use.  Below is the video that I did of my doing this process for the flower.

                                      



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Monday, March 2, 2020

Stronger Scrapbook Layout

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When I first purchased my Cricut, I was using it for scrapbooking.  Do you still scrapbook?  I am a few years behind on my books, but life got busy and I also wanted to try other crafts.  Here is a scrapbook layout from when we went to see Kelly Clarkson at the Mall of America.


I used the Rainbow Splash stack from DCWV, which has an amazing collection of bright colors and patterns.  I like how this paper is double sided, so you get even more colors and patterns to work with.



The first thing I did when designing this scrapbook layout was to go into Design Space and make a 12 x 12 square, that a made a dark gray color, to represent the black polka dot patterned paper that I knew that I wanted to use for the background of this scrapbook layout.  

Then I started to add in the other elements.  I made squares and rectangles to represent the photos for the layout so that I could play around with the placement of things.


One thing I love about my Cricut is that I can have an idea in my head, and make it a reality with the functions and tools in Design Space.  For example, I knew that I wanted a header that had a line from a Kelly Clarkson song. 

Since I didn't want to glue all of those letters down one at a time, I decided to use a writing font, and have the Cricut write the words "what doesn't kill you makes you" with a pen on some white cardstock.  You can click HERE to see my tutorial on how to choose a writing style font.

Since I did not want my Cricut to actually cut the elements that I put in this layout to represent the background image or the actual pictures, I use the little eyeball icon on the layers panel on the right hand side to turn off the things I did not want the Cricut to cut.  Just click on that eye to turn elements on and off, and then it will look like the image below.  Now I can hit Make It.


I wanted to show you a close up of one of the elements I added to this layout.  I use my Zig glue pen to apply the glue to the back of all of  those little details for the swirls behind the star.  I love that I can get exact placement of the glue with the Zig pen.


Another thing that I wanted to show you with these close up images is that the papers from DCWV that I used have patterns on them.  This layout used four different patterned papers in it, but they all combine and work together so well because they all came from the same Rainbow Splash paper pack.  The black has polka dots, the white has bright colored lines, the yellow has words in white and the green has a a pattern in a different shade of green.  That is one thing I really love about using DCWV paper.  The various papers from the same stack will coordinate together perfectly.

Did you notice how I layered the colors for the word stronger?  I think that it helped to make that part of the layout really stand out.  To do this, I used a multi layered font from Cricut, so that it was already set up to do that perfect shadow behind the letters.  Click HERE to see a tutorial about how to find a multi layered font in Design Space.  


I think that the bright colors really pop nice off of the background.



If you like this layout and want to make it for one of your scrapbooks, here is the link to the link to the actual project in Cricut Design Space . . . click HERE and then save it to your projects.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Siser Fluorescent StripFlock Project - Hanging with my Peeps

Today I am so excited to share a project featuring the new fluorescent StripFlock® Pro colors from Siser North America!  I was able to test these new flocked colors out, and I can tell you that after one project I am hooked!  

Not only are the colors amazing and vivid, but the texture of this vinyl is so soft and it has a little bit of a fuzzy feel.  That's right, I said it is fuzzy!  It reminds me of the baby books that have images of animals with texture for the babies to touch.



Here you can see the fluorescent colors that I was playing with.  I decided to use the orange, pink and yellow for a great springtime color combination.


For my design, I used a svg from one of my favorite sites, LoveSVG . . . HERE is a link to the exact svg that I used for this project.  I did adjust the colors on the SVG to go with the colors of the Siser flocked vinyl.

To cut the Siser flocked vinyl, I used my Cricut Explore machine and had it set on Iron-on +
I placed the Siser StripFlock Pro on to my Cricut mat, with the shiny carrier side of the vinyl down on the mat.  Make sure to flip or mirror your image since you are cutting from the back side of the vinyl.


After I cut all of the layers, I weeded the excess material away.  This vinyl is a little thicker than a regular HTV due to the flocked texture, but once you get your weeding tool through the flocked vinyl it weeds so easily!  I did find in that it was easier to poke my weeding tool in close to the corner of the piece and kind of slide it towards the corner of the vinyl to get it started.


This close up photo is so you can see the texture of the flocked vinyl.  If you like the way it looks, wait until you touch it!  I want to use this flocked vinyl on all of my personalized blankets from now on since it is so soft.

Since the pink bunny is in the center of the image, I started by pressing that layer on to the towel with my heat press.  This allowed me to center the entire image more easily.  The application instructions for the Siser StripFlock can be found HERE.  I was able to line up and press both the yellow layer and the black at the same time, and then the orange was the last layer that I pressed.  


Here is the finished project hanging on my oven, all ready to welcome in Spring!  I could do a whole coordinating look with these bunnies for Easter . . . a banner or Welcome Spring sign, napkins, shirts, embellishments on Easter baskets.  

What would you make with the Siser StripFlocked vinyl?  Guess what . . . I have a way for you to win some vinyl!!!!


Yes, you heard me right.  I have partnered with Siser North America and Heat Transfer Warehouse to bring you a chance to win some vinyl!  The contest entry details are below.


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Monday, February 17, 2020

Painting The Roses Red Pop Up Box Card

You know me, I love anything Disney related!  Last month I went to Creativation, which is the big craft trade show.  If you click HERE you can see all of the various Disney related products I found while I was walking the show floor.  

Today I wanted to share a pop up box card that I created with an Alice in Wonderland theme.  The Magic Kingdom Sticker Sheet by A Vintage Girl had the perfect images to create this little card.


While designing this card, I knew that I wanted to limit the colors and use mostly black and white so that the colors on this card really popped.  The black pattern has both hearts and diamonds on it, the the red damask pattern on the card flaps adds the royal look that the Queen would approve of.


I designed the card in Cricut Design Space, by combining several elements together.  I started with a basic box card, and then found images of hills, roses and a castle to add to the card.  I knew I wanted to really showcase the cute little playing card stickers, so I wanted those to stand up on top of the hill and next to the roses.  

If you would like to make this card yourself you can access the project in Design Space by clicking HERE.  

You can purchase these stickers from A Vintage Girl by clicking HERE.  



Here are all of the links you need to find the products featured in this project. 



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Monday, February 3, 2020

Custom Material Settings and Petal Paper

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Today I want to talk about Custom Material Setting for you Cricut machine, and also show off the Petal Paper from DCWV!


The paper comes in a variety of colors and sizes.  The crepe paper texture gives your paper flowers even more depth and texture.  Each petal will have the natural creases and folds of the paper.  These would look amazing as decorations for a wedding, shower, birthday or even graduation party.  Create giant flowers for a backdrop, or arch them over a doorway.  You can make paper flowers to place in a vase, or use them on top of a wrapped gift instead of a bow.  Oh, I also made a bow out of this paper!


I decided to play with the 12 x 12 sheets.  This package comes with two shades of pink and a peach color.


NOTE:   I have a Cricut Explore, and that only has the fine point or the deep cut blade.  Crepe Paper is not one of the recommended materials to use with the Cricut Explore, so all of this was an experiment.  If you have the Maker I recommend using the rotary blade for a smoother cut and the crepe paper settings.

This paper feels a lot like sheets of crepe paper, like the type of paper that party streamers are made out of.  I found that simple shapes cut better, and that if I placed the paper so the grain of the paper ran from left to right across the mat it cut better.  Then smooth the paper down so you have a good stick.


                                                                                                             

I cut a few different things . . . hearts, bows, scalloped flowers and rolled flowers.  In the video below you will see the Cricut cutting the scalloped flower shape in the image to the left.

Below is a video that will show you how to set the Custom Material Settings in Cricut Design Space for this more delicate petal paper material. 



Did you watch the video?  Pretty cool . . . right?  So now you know how to add a new custom material to your choice of materials in Cricut Design Space.  You also know that with some testing and playing around you can cut materials like crepe paper with the Explore . . . and I can only imagine that the results would be even BETTER and easier with the Maker!

So here is how the large rolled flower looks on my mat after I remove the excess paper.



Then I started to roll.  I have to be honest with you, I have only rolled a few flowers in my day so I don't have any special tools or anything.  Just started rolling from the outside and here is how it turned out.


Look at his close up . . . not bad for what is probably my 5th or 6th rolled flower ever in my life.



So would YOU like to play with this new Petal Paper by DCWV?  I am giving one lucky winner some of the Petal Paper to play with.  Just enter my contest below. 
(Only open to residents of the United States due to shipping the prize)

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