Monday, July 27, 2015

Cat Lovers Card with Cricut Explore

Hi everyone,

Are you a cat lover, or know someone who is?  Well I found an adorable card on the internet that decided I would try to recreate using my Cricut.  The images available on the cartridges weren't what I was looking for, so I made my own.

If you thought adding a sentiment to the front of your card is too difficult, well you need a Cricut Explore.   I wrote the sentiment with my Ranger "Perfect Medium" pen and then dusted it with Perfect Pearls in silver.

All the images and fonts are available in Design Space, with the exception of the cats.  Most of the images are included in the subscription, some are purchased.  The fence is a welded image made to fit across my card.  I used the slice feature to create my moon.  Here is what my file looks like.

The two cats were created in Inkscape and saved as an SVG.  I am happily sharing this file, but please understand it is only the two cats.  The bows and embellishments are from Design Space.

The SVG file is on my Google drive, just click on the file link "Cats in Love" under my Menu options "SVG files by MCR".

Until next week

Happy Craftin!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sewing projects using your Cricut Explore

It's been awhile since I have posted to my blog. I have been working on a quilt and accessories for my granddaughter's bedroom.  It definitely took longer than I had hoped, but I am finally done.

For those of you wondering about cutting fabric with your Cricut, it works great.  My experience is that a new blade and decent mat will do the trick.  I also recommend keeping your images simple, you will definitely get tearing if your image is too detailed.

I also recommend making your material piece a couple inches larger than your image  and be sure to use Heat'N'Bond.  I place my material on the mat and then adjust the cut mat, so that I have at least an inch all around my design.  I have found if I cut too close to the edge it will sometimes pull my fabric up and make a mess of the cut, especially on curved lines.

I used my Explore for the monogram and details on the owl pillows.  The pillows themselves were cut using a pattern I found on Pinterest from "The Eternal Thread" .

My granddaughter is only 2 1/2 years old, so she wasn't really impressed with the quilt, but she loved her little owl pillows.  She chose to sleep with them instead of her pillow.

I am back in my craft room catching up on projects.  I will be having more to share in the following weeks.  It's time to get started on the holidays.

Till next week

Happy Craftin!