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