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Friday, May 26, 2017

Watercolor Vinyl Calligraphy Cricut Explore Air 2

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Watercolor Vinyl Calligraphy with Cricut Explore Air 2

Do you love the Calligraphy/Hand Lettering craze?  It's like the new chevron, right!?  I love it.  I love writing but I've wasted so much paper making mistakes and smudging it right at the end...it can be a little frustrating!

But first:
Let's talk about the Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine
The Cricut is an electronic cutter for home use.  It hooks to your computer through a usb cord or using bluetooth and an app on your ipod or iphone. 

How is it different than other cutting machines?
I've only used a Silhouette Cameo and the Cricut Explore Air 2.
I love my Cricut, I use it nearly every day.
The Cricut no longer needs cartridges.  If you have them still, you can insert it in the machine and upload all your designs to the Cricut Design Space, and you'll never need the cartridges again.
If you don't have cartridges, no worries, Cricut Design Space is filled with great images to use or you can upload  your own.
That's what I did here and I'll show you how.
Here's a great project you can do whether you do lettering or not.
These are so simple to make and they look gorgeous!
Cut up some watercolor paper and use painters tape to adhere the edges to the table.
Then use water and paint to create a fun watercolor wash.

And here's the video

I love watercolors, they are so fun.
Just splash and splatter colors all over and then let them dry completely.
Keep them taped down until they are dry to prevent paper warping.
Now you can letter right on the paper...but this is fast and easy for those of us that don't letter.
Take the png image and upload it into Cricut Design Space.
Select the "simple"
 Then save as a cut file.
 Then insert into the canvas.  Scale it to the size you want and then click make it!
Just place the foil on the cutting mat and insert into the machine.
Click the "Cricut" go button.
I love the shimmery foil.
Remove from the mat, cut to size, remove excess vinyl.
Place a piece of transfer tape on top of the vinyl and rub with the scraper tool.
Peel off the backing and place, slightly skewed on the watercolor paper.
Rub with the scraper tool.
Then peel back the transfer tape and roll it over itself to remove it.
Looks shiny and awesome!
I repeated with the holographic vinyl.
I love this holographic vinyl...it's opal, so it's an array of blues and pinks and golds.
It's so much fun.
This makes a great gift!
So simple and easy to throw together in a few minutes!
I love putting a "choose happy" where my kids can see it, so they remember that it is their choice everyday.
And some fun patriotic decor!
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Patriotic String Art Star Craft Lightning!

 Patriotic String Art Star!
Need a fun Fourth of July decoration that you can make super fast...?
This is it.  Great older kids craft too.
This is part of Craft Lightning Patriotic Crafts!



 This project only took me 15 minutes.  I had all the supplies on hand.  It only took me seconds to gather them all and get set up.  This craft might take you a bit longer, but it's not complicated.
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You will need:
Hammer and nails (I used carpet tacks because I have a bunch)
Twine
3/4 inch thick board, 6 X 8 inches
Paper, scissors and pencil
 I used the paper and scissors to cut a wonky star shape.  I love the uneven shape because then you aren't so concerned about every little part being straight.  Asymmetry is awesome.
 Use the paper star as a pattern.  Place it on the wood board and draw little dots around the star to show where to place the nails.  Each nail should be about 3/4 to 1 inch apart.
 Then use the hammer to pound the nails in the dots.
 Each nail should be pounded in the same amount, leaving about 1/2 inch of the nail showing.
If you are wanting to do this with young kids, have all the nails pounded in and then let them wrap the twine.  Older kids will love pounding in the nails.
 Then take the twine, and tie a knot around the first nail.
 You can string it symmetrically, or just here and there like I did.
If you are trying to make a pattern, it will take longer.
 Once the bulk of the center is full, I used the twine to outline the star a couple times.
 And finish it off by tying a knot and trimming the ends of the twine.
 Now it is ready to set up with the patriotic decor and enjoy it!
Easy string art is so much fun!  I love the wonky edges and the whimsical look!
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Succulents in a Cactus Glass!

Succulents in a Cactus Glass!
Succulents are such a fun plant.  They are easy to take care of and adorable!
I got this fun cactus glass at the dollar store.
It's so cute!
I filled it 1/3 full with pebbles.
Then potting soil 1/3 more.
Plant the little succulents and pack the dirt around them.
Then fill more pebbles on the top soil.
It's cute to look at the layers from the side!
Makes a great gift or just a fun home decor piece!
I love succulents, they are such a darling plant!
Check out these other fun Succulent plant ideas!

Geometric Terrarium

Color Shift Pots

Pineapple Succulent


Geometric Terrarium DIY


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