Cricut Explore

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including cardstock, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Ever wanted some sparkly seahorse earrings?!

I love big earrings, but I have a habit of losing one from each pair… oops. So I decided it was time to make some to replenish my collection – and so that I can easily replace one if I lose it! I’ve put my Cricut Explore to good use to make these…

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings made with the Cricut Explore:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to make some for yourself…

You Will Need:

* Cricut Explore * Aqua Cardstock * Crystal Stickles * Transparent Seed Beads * Jump Rings * Earring Hooks * Mod-Podge * Glossy Accents * Paintbrush * Jewellery Pliers *

Step 1: Open up the Cricut Design Space and insert image Seahorse #M33006 from the ‘Life’s A Beach’ set. Resize it to however big you want yours to be – I made mine 2.5″ tall:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use your mouse to drag a box over the image to select it all:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Click ‘Weld’ in the layers panel to join the layers together as one shape:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Insert image Circle #MC21B7 from the Days & Dates set, resize it to be a small hole at the top of the seahorse – mine was 0.07″:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Drag a box over the image again so the seahorse and the circle are included:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Click ‘Slice’ on the layers panel, then drag the circle away from the seahorse, which will leave the hole at the top:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Delete the circle, then duplicate the seahorse. Use the edit panel to ‘Mirror’ the second seahorse image:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Drag a box over both images and click ‘Attach’ in the layers panel. Then click ‘Go’ and increase the projects to 4 – don’t forget to click ‘Apply’. Your mat preview should look like this:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Put some cardstock on your mat and run the cut. I used a sheet of cardstock from the Cricut Antiquity pad, and I used the setting ‘Cardstock +1’, my seahorses came out like this:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was impressed with how well the teeny tiny holes came out:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Put one of the seahorses on a non-stick surface and coat it with Mod-Podge or similar tacky glue – make sure it’s a nice even coating right up to the edges:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Stick another seahorse on top, picking it up and pressing down all over it to make sure it sticks together. Repeat this until you have four seahorses stuck on top of each other. Then seal the edges with more Mod-Podge all the way around – here you can see where I’d sealed the belly but I hadn’t sealed the head yet:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Leave the Mod-Podge to dry – I left mine for a few hours. Then paint on a layer of Crystal Stickles to give the seahorses some sparkle:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once they are dry (it took mine about an hour) they will be nice and shimmery:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 13: Add a blob of glossy accents along the fins and at the end of the tails:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

And press transparent seed beads into the glossy accents. Leave to dry again (mine took about 2 hours):

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 14: Then you just need to use jewellery pliers to attach two jump rings and an earring hook to the top of each seahorse:

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then wear your sparkly seahorses (and dream that you are a mermaid):

Sparkly Seahorse Earrings with the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I am now planning to make lots more earrings with my Explore. Owls, feathers, rocket-ships, hearts… so many possibilities!

Happy Valentines day to those who celebrate it!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including cardstock, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

DIY Gifts

Elsa-Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper!

Disclosure: The company Turtle Mat sent a plain jumper and money for materials to create this project, and this post is an entry into a contest to win a Christmas Hamper and a doormat. All the views and the tutorial are my own.

Elsa-Inspired Christmas Jumper

Hello! Today I have a jumper up-cycle project to share. I turned a plain blue jumper into a Christmas one inspired by Elsa (from Disney’s Frozen)…

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was trying to create something that Elsa might wear on Christmas day, what do you think? Alright, I know Elsa doesn’t feel the cold so she probably wouldn’t wear a jumper, but my little princess does so she’s very happy with the transformation!

I was sent the jumper, and money for supplies, by Turtle Mat. They were celebrating the release of their Chistmas Jumper Doormat by inviting a few bloggers to get creative.

This was the plain blue jumper they sent me:

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here are the supplies I bought to alter it (though I didn’t end up using them all – I didn’t use the ribbon at all):

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

* White Felt 2 Sheets 55p each * 1 Metre Blue Pom-Pom Trim £1.65 * 2 Metres White Ribbon 90p * Trimits Beads £1.35 *

Total = £5

The only other items I used were pins, a needle, with white or blue cotton thread, plus paper to print a template and grey-board to cut it from.

To make your own DIY Elsa Inspired Jumper…

Step 1: Download THIS DIAMOND TEMPLATE and print it at A4. The diamond should be approx 5″ tall:

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use the template to cut a diamond from grey-board / chipboard (I used the backing board from a paper pad), then use the board diamond to help you cut 8 white felt diamonds:

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

NB: The diamonds have a shorter end and a longer end. All the shorter ends need to point into the middle.

I used this Nordic-Style snowflake / star as it’s like the one featured on the Christmas Jumper Doormat, and it’s such an iconic symbol for winter and Christmas!

Step 3: Pin the felt diamonds onto your jumper:

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Hand-stitch them into place with white thread. Warning – this takes a while… I recommend listening to some Christmas music while you sew! You could machine-stitch them, but I was worried about the jumper stretching out of shape while running it through the machine –  I didn’t want to end up with wonky diamonds! They aren’t perfectly positioned as it is, but the shape looks good enough to me:

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Sew some beads down the centre line of each diamond. I alternated sparkly and pearly beads:

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Sew pom-pom trim along the FRONT of the neckline. Don’t attach it all the way around, as then the neckline might not stretch enough to fit over the recipient’s head!:

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Sew beads in between each pom-pom to make it look more icy and queen-like:

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Sew pom-pom trim around the cuffs of the jumper too. If you add it in a place which doesn’t need to stretch then you can sew this all the way around, that’s why mine is not right at the edge of the cuffs. Then try the jumper out:

Elsa Inspired DIY Christmas Jumper at Jennifer Grace Creates

When I showed the finish result to my daughter she gasped and said ‘I don’t like it… I LOVE it!’ so I guess it was a success!

I didn’t end up using the white ribbon at all, I only used one sheet of white felt, and less that a quarter of the beads. So I’ve got some items for another project.

Thank you Turtle Mat for a fun challenge!

What do you think? Will you be up-cycling any jumpers to make them more Christmassy this year?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s a sewing project to keep you warm this winter…

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you remember my Winter Woollies Recycling Post about cutting up a jumper-dress, from FF2012? And then my Woolly Winter Wreath Post from FF2013, using up the same material?

I wanted to see if I could get another project out of the material I had left:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to put the scarf together…

Step 1: Cut a piece of stretch-woollen fabric to approx 19 x 24″. Mine has a curve in it because I followed the dress shape – I cut either side of the existing seams so I didn’t have to worry about the material unravelling:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have existing seam like this you’ll need to finish your edges with a zig-zag stitch, or a fray-stop glue.

Step 2: Fold the material in half along the long centre line, with the right-sides facing each other. Pin together so the seams meet along the top, and sew them together:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Turn it the right way out again. Pin the short ends together and sew a zig-zag stitch along them to stop the material fraying. This gave my scarf a ruffled edge:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

It looked quite pretty, so if my material had been long enough I could have left it like that. Unfortunately it was only 9 x 23″, which doesn’t make a very long scarf:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: To elongate your scarf, cut four 12 x 12″ squares of material, two each of contrasting colours:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Sew a zig-zag stitch all around the outside borders of these, to stop it fraying (or use a fray-stop glue):

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Sew the floral squares 6″ down on the geometric squares, so the floral bit is at the back of the geometric bit:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Sew a loose running stitch along the top edge of the geometric material, and gather it, so the top edge of this is the same length as the end of the woollen scarf piece:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Sew the geometric pieces to both ends of the woollen piece. Then your scarf is finished:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Wear it on winter days!

Be Inspired:

Use contrasting patterns next to each other (eg geometric and floral)

Ruffle something up

Make a project longer, eg create a double-page layout or make a card taller with an add-on piece

Do you have a selection of long scarves to keep you warm in the winter?

I’ll see you again in 60 minutes!

Jennifer x

Cricut Explore

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt Using the Cricut Explore

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

This time I’m sharing a gift that could be for the man in your life. I find it hard to think of handmade gift for my husband, but he likes a good Christmas tee shirt, so I think he’ll like this one:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wouldn’t mind wearing this myself… we might be fighting over this tee shirt eventually!

Here’s how to make it:

Step 1: Open up the Cricut Design Space software and click the ‘Create New Project’ button. From the left hand menu select ‘Set Canvas’ and find the ‘Classic T-Shirts’ option, then click ‘Done’. Now you can check the settings to make sure you have the right size tee shirt, I chose a short sleeve medium tee shirt for men:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Go to ‘Insert Images’ and search for the ‘Deer Head’ #M35136, and add it to your canvas. Resize it to how big you want it to be, mine is 5.51 x 7.53″:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: In the layers panel, click on the eye icon next to the bottom light brown layer, so it gets hidden. This means it won’t cut. I relied on the white of the tee shirt as my base layer:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Change the colour of the dark brown deer head piece to match the vinyl you want to use, by clicking on the icon of it in the layers panel:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Insert an image of a string with lights on #M32C31 (‘Lights’):

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Change the colour of the lights if you wish, then insert a bauble image #M449C5 (‘Ornament’):

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Use the eye icons to hide all the stripes and other layers of the bauble, so you have a plain shape:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Recolour the bauble if you wish, duplicate it, and re-size the two baubles so they fit on your string:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Click ‘Add Text’ and choose your font (I used ‘Country Life’), and type in your phrase:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: When you’ve got it sized how you want, click the ‘Go’ button at the top of the screen. In the mat preview make sure you click ‘Mirror Image (for iron-on)’ for each layer:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Feed your vinyl into the machine following the on screen instructions. When the vinyl is cut you can barely see the shapes:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Use a weeding tool or pointy object to weed the spare parts of the designs, leaving only the shape you want on the sticking backing (I took the deer nose off too as I didn’t want it):

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

All your weeded shapes should look like this:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 13: Check the placement of the deer head on the tee shirt:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 14: Move the tee shirt to an ironing board, cover the design with greaseproof paper, and iron it on a medium setting, moving over the design a few times. Lift a corner carefully, and see if the vinyl is stuck to the tee shirt, if it’s not then iron it for a bit longer:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 15: After the deer head your should iron on the black string, then the gold lights, then the baubles, and finish off with the text:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Your tee shirt is done! Gift it to someone this Christmas! You could also use the design on tea-towels, bags, cushions… what ever you fancy!

Be Inspired:

Use a deer on your next project, and tangle some lights or baubles in its antlers

Use a big bold character on your next project

Use a play-on-words phrase

Do you know anyone who’d like a tee shirt like this?

I’ll see you again at 5pm!

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Snap Show & Tell Linky Party!

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff!

Want a new accessory for your autumn / fall wardrobe, with enough glam to carry you through to Christmas and New Year?

Make your self a No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Of course you could also make this to gift to someone, but I’m going to keep mine for myself!

Here’s how to make one…

You Will Need:

* Gold Faux Leather (aka Leatherette) * Hot Glue Gun * Velcro (Hook & Loop) * Snap Fastener *Pencil & Ruler * Sharp Scissors *

Step 1: Measure your wrist around where you want the top of the cuff to rest:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: On the back of your gold faux leather, mark out three boxes. To work out the length of the largest box add 1½” to the wrist measurement you just took – my wrist was 7½”, so my box was 9″ long. It needs to be 3″ tall. The medium and small boxes need to be a quarter-inch longer than your wrist measurement, so mine were 7¾” long. The medium one should be 2½” tall, the smallest 2″ tall:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Cut them all out:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: On the back of the smallest piece mark a line 0.5″ from the top long edge:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Use sharp scissors to cut the fringe, from the bottom long edge up to the line you marked. My snips were approx 3/16″ apart but I wasn’t too exact about it:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Cut the fringe all the way along this smallest piece, and then repeat step 5 for the medium piece of faux leather too.

Step 6: On the largest piece you need to do things a little differently. Mark a 1¼” box at each end of the piece. Then draw a line 0.5″ from the bottom edge. I’ve shaded in all the area that you DO NOT cut. If you cut this bit into long fringes then your cuff will slide down your wrist and be a bangle instead of a cuff:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

NB: If you are gifting this you’ll want to be more gentle when drawing your guide marks, you might be able to erase them completely if you are light enough with the pencil or you use fabric chalk. I didn’t worry because this one’s for me, plus I wanted you to see everything clearly in the photos!

Step 7: Cut the tiny fringe on the larger piece. This is what all three pieces look like with the fringe cut:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Squeeze a line of hot glue along the wrong-side at the top of the MEDIUM piece of faux leather:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Press it onto the largest piece, lining up the top edges and the right-hand edge:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Repeat with the smallest piece on top of these:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Use hot glue to stick on a piece of Velcro (hook & loop) and a snap fastener to the front flat piece of your cuff:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

With the matching pieces at the back:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was just going to use velcro, but it wasn’t strong enough, my cuff stayed on but the join was gappy. The snap fastener keeps it tight and neat. You could probably just use a few snap fasteners and no velcro, I might try that next time!

That’s it! Wear your cuff and feel fabulous:

No-Sew Gold Faux Leather Fringe Cuff at Jennifer Grace Creates

Pretty huh? I can see me wearing it lots in the run up to Christmas and maybe even for New Year too!

Thanks for stopping by. I’m linking this up to Show & Tell Wednesday and the Pintorials Linky.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway HERE if you haven’t already!

Jennifer x

Cricut Explore

Beside The Sea Altered Item Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Hey hey, it’s time for the last giveaway!

This time you can win an item altered by me. I’ll iron this image I designed:

Altered Item Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

… onto an item of your choosing – eg it could be a baby onesie, a kids vest, an adult t-shit, a tea towel, a tote bag etc! Please be aware I won’t be spending tons of money on buying the item to alter though! The colour of the iron-on will also be limited to the colours I own – I’ll email the winner to discuss choices!

I’ve ironed it onto a t-shirt for my son, just to make sure it looked good:

Beside The Sea Altered Item Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

Cute huh?!

Here’s a couple of other things I’ve been ironing vinyl onto but not shared on here before…

My friend Rosie came round to check out the Explore and I helped her decorate a little drawstring bag, I think it was about 3×5″ big. There was a bunny on one side and a cat on the other:

Drawstring Bag altered with the Cricut Explore

I was really impressed by how well it cut the teeny tiny eyes and noses!

I then used the same bunny to decorate a onesie for a friend who’s expecting:

Baby Onesie decorated with the Cricut Explore

See the little stars? I used a regular craft punch to cut those from scraps of the glitter iron-on vinyl before adding them to the onesie, it was a great way to use up scraps!

Be Inspired:

Use a sandcastle on your next project

Punch some little tiny shapes out of your scraps

Create a bold blue silhouette of something

To enter this giveaway {NOW CLOSED} Just tell me in the comments what item you’d pick for me to add my ‘Beside The Seaside’ image to if you won!

This giveaway closes at 10.59pm on Monday the 9th of June 2014. It is open internationally. The winner will be announced on Thursday the 12th of June, so check back to see if you’ve won!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

See you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

DISCLAIMER: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including iron-on-vinyl, and access to the Image Library, which helped me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Cricut Explore

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

You may have seen the Cute Pony Vest me and my daughter made for her to wear, but I wanted something of my own refreshed with some fun shapes!

I altered a skirt…

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

We’ve established before that I love to Wear Pretty Skirts, so this is perfect for me!

Here’s how the skirt looked before the pretty additions (I bought the skirt at Primark):

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Nice but a bit boring!

To start off my project I put the skirt on my dining table and piled the iron-on-vinyls that I might want to use on top, so I could see which colours I liked against the skirt:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Then I opened the Design Space software and changed the canvas to a skirt, adjusting the size and colour to be close to my own:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I uploaded my ‘Refresh’ Free Cut File and changed it to white by clicking on the shape in the layers panel, then inserted an anchor image (#M2FDBA changed to grey) and a whale image (#M415A4) which I flipped by clicking on the mirror icon in the edit panel:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I also changed the whale to a bolder blue, and changed the whale’s spray of water to the same colour. Then I selected the whale and the spray together and clicker ‘attach’ so they would cut as one shape.

Next I wanted some basic fish but I couldn’t find any in the Cricut images (they were all fancy fishes!), so rather than looking elsewhere for a cut file I decided to make my own basic fish in the Design Space software. I just inserted an oval (#M373D9) and a triangle (#M46F05), then rotated / stretched them how I wanted to, overlapped them to make the fish shape, and highlighted them both by dragging a box over them:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Then I just clicked ‘weld’ and they joined into one shape:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Then I could just reshape and copy + paste for more fishes!

I finished off with a few stars (#M470B4):

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

And clicked ‘go’! When the Mat Preview screen comes up I had to remember to click ‘Mirror Image for Iron-On’ for each mat:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

And then I started cutting. I set the dial on the machine to iron-on for the iron-on lite materials, and clicked it up a notch to iron-on+ for the glitter iron-on material.

Once they were cut I just weeded out the unwanted vinyl – the iron-on stuff comes on a plastic sheet so you don’t have to use transfer tape:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Then I got ready to iron! Make sure you iron doesn’t have a steam setting on. I use mine on a medium heat setting. And you should warm up the area where you’re going to stick the vinyl before placing it on top. Use some greaseproof paper over vinyl / plastic when you are ironing too!

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I ironed them on one colour at a time, but it soon all came together:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I love it! It’s so seasidey and happy!

Be Inspired:

Refresh some of your clothing with something ironed or sewn on

Make a big word 12″ wide and add it on a project

Scatter a few little fishes on a layout / card / item

Do you have an item of clothing that could do with a refresh?!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again at 6pm!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including iron-on-vinyl, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.