Saturday, December 7, 2019

Crochet a Mickey Mouse Headband

As the weather gets cooler, make sure to stay warm and stylish by adding a touch of Disney to your outfit!  Weather you are planning a day at a Disney Park or just running errands around town, this headband will keep the chill out.


The band is made with a stitch that combines a single crochet stitch and a double crochet stitch, so if you can make those two stitches and a chain, you can make this headband.  These are perfect to wear when you have your hair in a bun or ponytail, but still want something to keep your ears warm from a cool wind.


How did I discover this stitch?  It is in the LeisureArts.com book One Skein Baby Projects, and is used to create the blanket in the Teddy Bear Lovely pattern.  I have actually used this stitch several times in the past year to create some full sized blankets.  I just adjusted the number of stitches I used. If you would like to see those projects you can find them HERE and HERE.


For the headbands, I start off with a chain of 55 stitches.  I found that this is a good size that fits most pre-teen to adult size heads, but you might find you need to adjust this number if your stitches are tighter or looser.  If you have to adjust, do it in multiples of 2.  Hold the chain of 55 around your head and make sure it goes all the way around.  If the ends don't touch, add 2 more stitches.  If they overlap too much, pull out two stitches. 

For the circles to make the Mickey Mouse icon made circles in two sizes using the pattern I learned from the LeisureArts.com Teach Me To Crochet book.  I originally used that book to create an Emoji Pillow from the circle pillow pattern, which you can check out HERE.


After making the circles, I just slip stitched them onto the headband.  I made all of these out of Red Heart with Love yarn.  I love how soft this yarn is!  It comes in a lot of amazing colors too.  I even found some color combinations that work great for Disney Inspired outfits, like this Disney Bound of Ariel.


I hope that this blog post showed you how you can take what you learn in one or two books from different patterns and combine them into a brand new project that is all your own.

If you are not up to the challenge of crocheting these yourself, you can purchase one from me on my Storenvy site and on a crafting Facebook group I have.  Come check them out!

LeisureArts.com books used included One Skein Baby Projects and Teach Me to Crochet



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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Teach Me Cricut Design Space Classes at Michael's

If you have always wanted to take a Cricut Design Space class and have someone just show you how to work the software, and you live in Minnesota then you are in luck!  I will be teaching my Teach Me Cricut Design Space class on Sunday's from 11am - 1pm in November - January!





You will learn how to use text, shapes, weld, slice, attach and so much more!

 To sign up for the class go to https://www.michaels.com/classes-and-events/classroom#id=cricut-101-class-msp-bloomington-1




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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Making Frames in Cricut Design Space

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Have you ever made frames or borders in Cricut Design Space?  It is really easy to do by using the basic shapes button along with the slice function.

Start off by making a shape like a square from the shape button on the left hand side of the screen.  Then unlock that square by clicking on the little padlock icon in the lower left corner of the image.  Adjust the square to make a rectangle by stretching it, or by entering the dimensions you want it to be in the tool bar on the top of the screen.

Next, right click on that rectangle and duplicate it.  Adjust the sizing for the second rectangle so it is slightly smaller than the first one.  

Now place one over the top of the other.  Make sure you now have both of the rectangles selected, and use the Align tool at the top of the screen to center the rectangles on top of each other.  Now Slice the smaller one out of the larger one.

Here is a quick video to show you how it all comes together.


You could also do this same technique with a circle to make a ring shape.  

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Using Press n Seal as Transfer Tape

Did you know that you can use Glad Press'n Seal instead of transfer tape?  I have also used painter's tape, but for me it was much harder to see what I was doing with the blue painter's tape over the top of the image.

With the Press'n Seal it is clear so you can see to more easily move and line up your image.  It is also nice because then you don't have to worry about a transfer tape that will not release your image.  Here is a quick video I did to show you just how easy this is.



For larger projects, I would probably still use a transfer tape, but it is nice to know that this can be used if you need it.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Uploading images with more than one color to Design Space

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In one of my earlier posts, I walked you through the steps for uploading and cleaning up a coloring book style image in Design Space.  If you have not already master this process, you can see that full tutorial HERE.  This is a great way to start to work with images you find online, but sometimes you cannot find a black and white coloring book style image for what you want to make.  

Finding an image with crisp lines and no shadows will always be easier to convert to a cutting file.  I recently had someone ask me to help them convert this image into a cutting file in Cricut Design Space.

She wanted to cut just the U without the green background, so we need to create three layers for this image . . . one white, one green and one orange.  To do this, you will need to upload the image three times, and focusing on cleaning up and removing everything you don't want cut for each specific color.
Here is a video that shows how I achieved this, and then layered the colored layers back together to create the final image.



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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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