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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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.



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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.


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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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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Print Then Cut - Tips and Tricks

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Have you ever had a print then cut project that cut out the words inside of your design, instead of cutting the overall shape of your design?  If so, then this is the tutorial for you!  I am going to show you a few things to look for and check BEFORE you send your project to the printer to make sure that you have everything set up correctly.

For this example, we are going to pretend that we want to make a label for a container in the kitchen.  We want the label to be white with the word sage on it.  We want to print the word sage in a nice thick bold font on the printer, and then have the Cricut just cut the label shape around the word.


In many of the Cricut message groups, I see people struggling with a project just like this.  They design things and have it looking how they want it in Design Space, and it prints out fine, but when they cut it on the Cricut it will cut both the shape of the label and the words sage that is inside of the label.  So let's look at why this is happening.

In our example, when we start off with two images from Cricut Design Space, they both come in as a cutting image.  We can tell that by looking at the layers panel to the right.  There are two items shown there, and they both say cut after them.  Also, if we look at the label shape, we can see the grid lines from the Cricut Design Space canvas through the shape.  This tells us that the shape is not solid.  Let's start by changing that, since we are going to want the Cricut to cut a solid label piece.

Click on the label shape, and in the lower right corner you will see the Contour button.


Click on that so that you can turn and that will allow you to turn parts of the cut on and off.  (watch the video at the end of this tutorial and it will show you)  This will change your label to a solid piece like what I have shown in the next image.


Now, since we do not want to print out a colored label, we want the shape of the label to be the white paper, we need to click on the label and at the top of the screen change the color to white.  Just click on the box that I circled in blue in the image below to change the color.


Now we are going to start to change these from cutting images to print then cut images.  First, right next to where you changed the color of the label to white, click on the Fill and change that from No Fill to Print.







Once you do that, look at the layers panel on the right hand side.  See how it now says Cut | Print next the image?  That tells you that it has changed over from a cutting image to a print then cut image.

Now click on the word sage, and go back to the Fill and change it from a No Fill to Print.  Now your screen should look like this


Now let's move the word sage over the label and position it where we want it on the label, and then after I have it positioned I am going to select both the label and the word sage and click on the Attach button in the lower right corner.  I circled it in the image below to help you find it.


This will hold the position of the word sage on the label and tell the Cricut where we want it placed within the label.  Now, this is the point where most people would stop and think they can send it to the printer and then cut it on their Cricut.  I can tell you that if you did that, the Cricut would still cut the label and the word sage out.  How do I know that?  Let's look at the layers panel on the right hand side after we have attached the word sage to the label . . .






It tells us that the two images are attached to each other, but you can see that it still lists each one separately as a different layer, with both of them saying Cut | Print after them.



This means it is still going to Cut both of them out.  Two lines on the layer panel means two layer to cut out.


We do not want that.  We want it to just cut the label.





So let's click on both items at the same time and select the Flatten button in the lower right corner and see what happens.  I circled the Flatten button in the image below to help you find it.


After you select Flatten, look at the layers panel on the right hand side.  You can see that everything is now all one image.  There is only one layer for everything!


So now if you send it to the printer, it will print the word sage and there will be a large black registration box around the word sage.  Then when you put this on the Cricut cutting mat, the Cricut will read the registration box and then know where to cut the label shape.

And if you prefer video tutorials, you can watch this . . .



I hope this helped you to learn something new about how to check your Print then Cut projects before sending them to the printer so that you are not frustrated with the end results not being what you wanted.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Cricut Infusible Ink System

**This post contains affiliate links. By clicking on these links I make a small commission and you help to support my blog. Thanks** Cricut has been posting on their page for a while now that there will be a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT coming June 4th.  Well this morning I got up and checked the Cricut website and saw this . . .


The Cricut Infusible Ink System!  This will allow you to do multi colored high quality transfers for your projects, and from the look of the preview you can do them in a 12 x 12 format!

It also looks like Cricut will start to sell the blank items that you can decorate and customize with this system.



Here is a video that shows it in action



Now that the announcement is official on the Cricut site I am adding some more information.  These Infusible Ink transfer sheets can be purchased either pre-printed with pattern on them that you can cut on your existing Cricut cutting machine, or you can buy plain white laser ink paper and then use the Cricut Infusible Ink pens to draw images and then transfer those.

This will make image and colors infused into the item that you press it on to, instead of the image/color sitting on top of vinyl that you put onto a shirt.

No need to seal items like coasters.  For this to work, you do have to use the Cricut brand blanks to transfer images on to.  They only come in white right now.

It will be available June 16th online and June 21st at stores.
Infusible Ink Prices

Transfer sheets (4 pack)- $17.99
Transfer sheets (2 pack)- $12.99
All pen packs (5 pens)- $14.99
Heat Resistant tape- $6.99
Large Tote- $11.99
Med Tote- $9.99
Baby Body Suits- $6.99
Youth Shirts- $7.99
Adult Shirts- $9.99
Coasters (both round and square, 4 in each pack)- $12.99

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Finding the Font Name after Welding Letters

Have you ever been working on a project and welded a word together but then later want to know what font you used so that you can edit or update something on the project?  If so, I have a couple of tips for you!

I was helping a lady that was working on a project she fount in Cricut Design Space in the Community section.  This is a project that was created by another Cricut user, and all that needed to be updated was the date to fit the new users needs.  Since the letters for the date had been welded together, she could not simply click on the text to edit it so I showed her how to determine what the font was so that she could make hers look exactly the same.

When you go to open a project, there is a screen that will show you what elements are used in that project.  You can see in this screenshot that the font used for the date is Sweet Pea.  So if you purchase that font you will be able to insert a new line of text for your date, but have it in the same font as this project so that the look is the same.

The other way to do it is once you are in the project in Design Space, if you right click on the welding date text on the right panel, you can go down to the bottom and you will be able to see the name of the font.  I show how to do this in a little video here . . . 

                              


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Monday, June 3, 2019

Welcome Garden Flag

I have been wanting to make a new garden flag for outside our home for a while, but I had to find the perfect products for it.  I had this idea in my head that I wanted to make into a reality.  From the first time I went to Walt Disney World, I always love how they would shine lights onto the castle and make it look like it was changing colors.  I wanted a flag that had that look to it.  


It was not until I saw this weathered wood background garden flag from 651 Vinyl and their ombre blue vinyl that I knew I found the perfect products for what I wanted to make.  I also used a holographic purple for the accent on the word Welcome for the sign.


First, I designed everything in Cricut Design Space.  I was able to bring the image of the weathered wood garden flag into Design Space which helped me to visualize what the finished project would look like and determine how large I should make the cut images for the flag.  


Since I knew the flag was 12" x 18", after I inserted the flag image into Design Space I inserted a square from the shapes button, unlocked that so I could turn it into a 12" x 18" rectangle and then resized the flag image to fill that 12"x 18" rectangle.



Now I could see how large I could make the castle and still have it fit inside the dimensions of the flag.  Since the height of the flag was going to be taller than 12", and I did not have the extra long cutting mat, I taped to mats together on the back so that I could pretend I had one long mat for cutting.  


If you do this, make sure to change your mat size to 12" x 24" in the cut screen in Design Space.  I pointed out the space to change the mat size in the image below.



After I cut the castle, I figured out the placement of it on the flag.  I peeled back and cut off just a corner of the backing sheet so that I could place that and smooth it out.  


Then as a peeled off the backing I could keep smoothing the vinyl as I worked up the piece.  I suggest doing this on a hard flat surface and working slowly in sections so that you have a nice smooth image with no bubbles.


I did each tower one at a time since I did not want the little flags to go off in a weird direction.  Getting those little flags to go on straight took a steady hand.  In the end, it came our really nice and I love how the colors change through the castle. 


The next step was to place the word Welcome.  I cut the word Welcome from a font from DaFont.com called Words.  Instead of letters, it is all words you can use on projects.  Click HERE to set the whole font.

I peeled off the backing for part of the W to figure out where I wanted the whole word placed.  Once I did this, I was able to peel back the rest of the backing from the W and smooth it down.  Then I covered the rest of the word with transfer paper to move that into place.


I am not sure why I didn't do the whole word with transfer paper all at once.  I think I was so excited at how good the sign was turning out that just went for it with the W before thinking about the rest of the word.  In the end, it all worked out, and here is how the flag looked.


                  

And now I have it hanging outside of my house.  Since this one turned out so good, I might make a holiday or winter themed flag too, and have this one out in the spring/summer months and a different one for the fall/winter months.

                 

If you liked this project, make sure to head over to 651 Vinyl to check out all of their blank garden flags and patterned vinyl so that you can create your own custom flag too!


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