• Cricut Crafts,  seasonal

    How to apply HTV on Wood

    Once you start using HTV you realize how much easier it is to work with than regular vinyl.  I have been experimenting with using HTV on all sorts of projects. Recently, I discovered how to apply HTV on wood.  Using regular vinyl on wood is a frustrating experience. Getting regular vinyl to stick to the wood when you pull the transfer tape off is difficult not to mention trying to smooth out bubbles.  HTV seemed like an ideal solution. HTV Works on Nearly Any Surface Cricut has a handy interactive guide for HTV here.  The guide indicated to set my Easy Press to 300 degrees for 40 seconds.   It…

  • Cricut Crafts,  seasonal

    DIY Advent Calendar

      My old advent calendar finally fell apart.  I began searching for a new one at the end of the season last year but had no luck, so I decided to make one this year.  I didn’t want to focus on candy or getting small gifts of each day.  Instead, I wanted to focus on spending time with my daughter and creating memories.  So I created this DIY Advent Calendar with my Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Design Space. Gather Supplies Open Back Frame-Hobby Lobby-  I used a 16″ x 20″ Christmas Twine– I got mine at Hobby Lobby but I have also seen at the dollar spot in Target…

  • DIY Home Decor,  seasonal

    Take a Clearance Item from Trash-to-Treasure

    I love a good sale! Between working full-time and chauffering two kids around, I just don’t get much shopping time.  The other day I found some time and rushed into Hobby Lobby.  It was definitely my lucky day, as they had just marked all fall decor down 80%, and it wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet! The fall aisle was like an L.A. freeway at rush hour.  Shoppers’ carts were bumper to bumper, as we rummaged through pumpkins and foliage.   I always host Thanksgiving at my house, so I was on the look-out for some new fall decor to go with my Give Thanks reverse canvas I had just made. Check…

  • Cricut Crafts,  seasonal,  Uncategorized

    How to Fix Paint Bleed Under a Stencil

    How many times have you ruined a project because the paint bled under the stencil?  I will show you how to fix paint bleed under a stencil. This happened to me just the other day.  I was making a wood sign to celebrate my favorite time of the year, Pumpkin Spice Season!  My project appeared to be turning out great until I pulled the stencil off to reveal this:     Best Way to Fix Paint Bleed Whenever I’m painting, whether it’s a room or a small craft project, I always have baby wipes handy.  Baby wipes are great for cleaning acrylic paint off of other painted surfaces.  For this…

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    DIY Disney Crafts for Every Holiday

    It’s no secret that I am a Disney fanatic.  I was inspired to write this post by this adorable sign I found on Pinterest.  Please check out the tutorial on Polkadot chair.com I immediately fell for this sign and put it on my to list of must-dos. I challenged myself to find a cute Disney craft/decoration I could make for each holiday.  It took a lot of surfing Pinterest to compile my list, but thankfully I am on Summer Break so what else does a teacher have to do. I am a huge fan of painting pumpkins versus carving them.  So, of course, I was drawn to this pumpkin. Check…

  • Crafts with Kids,  Cricut Crafts,  seasonal

    How to Make a 4th of July Wreath

    I was inspired to make a wreath by all the cute 4th of July decorations at Hobby Lobby.  I picked up the tinsel garland, the pick, and the scrapbook paper there.  I had this wire wreath frame that I had picked up at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago.   Complete List of Supplies Needed 14″ wire wreath frame. I was lucky to find this one at Dollar Tree, but Amazon has a good price for a pack of three. Tinsel Garland I got my garland at Hobby Lobby for $3.49.  Amazon has a cute pack of a 24-foot garland. Red tinsel pipe cleaners  Assorted picks 4th of July themed scrapbook…

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    Easy Easter Craft to Make with Kids

    Easy Crafts using Cricut Design Space I always keep a generous supply of colored cardstock on hand for those boredom emergencies such as Spring Break.  My daughter actually got tired of endless hours of Spongebob and begged to make a craft.  Cricut Design Space to the rescue!  It’s easy to make simple cut files using just the shapes included with Design Space.  I’ll show you how I made a bunny using mostly circles and a couple of harts. I started by inserting four circles.  When the shape is selected (like the white oval in the picture) click on the lock symbol on the lower left corner.  This unlocks the shape…