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. 
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