• Cricut Crafts

    What Cricut Accessories Do You Really Need?

    If you are just getting started with Cricut it’s hard to know what you really need.  I have the Explore Air machine for about four years, I think.  I love it and haven’t felt the need to upgrade yet.  If you are just getting into Cricut there are so many accessories it is overwhelming.  Let’s talk about what Cricut accessories you really need. Are You a Casual Crafter If you are like me, when I bought my first Cricut I was a casual crafter not wanting to invest a fortune into my hobby.  I was upgrading from the Cricut Personal Cutting Machine you know the one that took cartridges.  I…

  • Cricut Crafts,  DIY Home Decor

    How to Decorate for St. Patrick’s Day on a Budget

    I love to decorate for every holiday or even pseudo-holiday that comes along.  I have a hard time justifying spending a lot of money on decorations that will only see the light of day 3 weeks out of the year.  Read on to see how to decorate for St. Patric’s Day on a budget. How Cheaply Can it Be Done? Does $25.00 sound like a reasonable budget?  It is with some coupons, sales, and a trip to Dollar Tree.  Full disclosure, I have a lot of stuff in my craft stash that I didn’t need to buy for these projects such as pipe cleaners, paint, glitter, leftover deco mesh ribbon,…

  • Cricut Crafts,  DIY Home Decor

    How to Make a Rustic Wood Photo Holder

                      Browsing through Pinterest, I became inspired by this rustic receipt holder.  Cruising the aisles of Hobby Lobby I was able to find the necessary supplies.  I set about figuring out how to make my own rustic wood photo holder. The candlestick was too tall in proportion to the wood plaque.  So my husband kindly cut the cup portion from the top (I am deathly afraid of saws.)   Supplies Wood candlestick-available at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  If you do not have access to a saw Amazon has a pack of 3 short candlesticks for a great price. Wood plaque-mine came in a…

  • Cricut Crafts

    DIY Unicorn Bow Holder

    Little girls accumulate so many bows!  I am always on the lookout for DIY bow holders.  This project started with a dollar store bow holder and ended with a custom unicorn bow holder. Taking it from Dollar Store to Custom First of all, you can’t beat a $1.00 for the holder and 7 bows, even if they aren’t the cutest bows you’ve ever seen. My daughter saw them and loved all the princesses.  Honestly, it hung in her bathroom a long time in its natural dollar-store- state.  When she became obsessed with unicorns, as all little girls have recently, I started wondering if there was a way I could attach ears…

  • Crafts with Kids,  Cricut Crafts

    Kids’ Christmas Crafts

    This time of year is always so busy!  It seems I’m always rushing around and never just savoring the season.  To try to slow down and enjoy the time more, I created an advent calendar that focuses on experiences instead of things.  Read the post here.  As part of this calendar, I had to come up with quite a few kids’ Christmas crafts. Crafting just for the sake of crafting is great, but when you can use your kids’ art as part of the present it’s even better.  I decided to enlist my daughter’s skills to make extra special Christmas cards and wrapping paper for her teachers.  As a teacher,…

  • 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,  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 Reverse Canvas

    Reverse canvas projects are all over Pinterest, and I have been wanting to try one.  With the holidays coming, I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do.  I was inspired by this Halloween canvas by Pineapple Paper Co. Read the full tutorial here. For a more vintage feel, I opted to paint the frames black and I apply the vinyl to the backside of the canvas. The project is very simple.  Before getting started, gather the necessary items. blank Canvas-you can grab a great value pack on Amazon black craft paint-I like Delta Creative Ceramcoat Siser black HTV-Siser easy weed really lives up to its name Cricut Explore Air Cricut…

  • DIY Disney Coasters
    Cricut Crafts

    Make These Adorable Disney Coasters

    So I got this idea when I was making the photo coasters with the ceramic tiles.  I wanted to do Disney themed coasters, and I thought cork would be fun.   http://weekendsintheloft.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Mickey-take-2.mov Supplies Needed: Cricut Design Space Red Siser HTV White Siser HTV Black Siser HTV Plaid Clear Acrylic Sealer Cork Coasters  I have to admit after I ordered these coasters off Amazon, I remembered I had a roll of cork left over from another project.  I could have cut the cork out using my Cricut and my deep cut blade and housing I had just ordered from Amazon. I’ll have to try that the next time around. How to Make…

  • DIY Disney Cricut Shirt
    Cricut Crafts

    Getting Ready for a Disney Trip

    My girls and I are total Disney fanatics.  We live in Central California and make the trek to Disneyland at least once a year.  I usually make us matching shirts for the trip, but this time I made us each a different shirt.  I love the classic Minnie and Mickey theme. So I made the shirt below for myself. I found the most amazingly soft shirts at Hobby Lobby.  They are a little bit more than their standard shirts but definitely worth the price.  They are a jersey blend not 100% cotton.  They are $8.99 but their shirts are always 30% off.  In my opinion, they are a steal at…