Scrapbook Layouts

DAD Layout With A Painted Background

I’ve not been scrapbooking as often lately. I think one reason for this is that I don’t have any recent photos printed, nor any new supplies to play with! So I printed this photo from last weekend on my Canon Selphy, and I had fun scrapbooking it today:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

My Dad’s 60th birthday was back in March, but due to my Grampa (his Dad) being ill in hospital we didn’t celebrate then. Now my Grampa is home and recovering so my Dad came down for a visit, and we celebrated belatedly. We cooked him this towering chocolate sponge with strawberry jam, whipped cream, and sliced strawberries, with a drizzle of chocolate sauce on top. It was yummy!

I had to search for some inspiration for this – when I’m not scrapping as much I definitely struggle more to get started! I chose THIS LAYOUT by Missy Whidden as my inspiration – I liked the big letters with a painted background. So I cut some letters to spell ‘DAD’ using my Cricut Explore, and chose my background cardstock:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used a paintbrush and some watered-down white acrylic paint to paint the background in a scribbled manner, and also added some splatters:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the white layer was dry I repeated this with red paint, though I used a sponge to apply the bulk of it rather than a brush this time:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the red was dry I inked the edges of the letters using a green brush pen, then stuck them onto the background – using repositionable tape so I could lift them up and tuck things under if I wanted to:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I adhered the photo with 3D foam tape.

Now it was time for the fun bit, adding journaling and lots of embellishments. I liked how the embellishments overlapped the letters on the inspiration page, so I made sure to do this on my page too. I also made sure to use the number ’60’ because that’s the birthday my Dad was celebrating. I didn’t want the numbers to be the big part of the page as it seemed mean to shout his age out!

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I got to this point and then felt like the page still needed something else. I knew I’d be adding enamel dots but that wouldn’t be enough. So I dug out a few wooden stamps – my favourite being one that says ‘eat cake’ and stamped them around the page before adding the dots:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I had to stamp the ‘eat cake’ one with Stayz-On ink as I tried with pigment ink first, both grey and then black, but neither of them showed up very well – here’s what the grey looked like at first:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

The ‘you’re awesome’ and ‘happy birthday’ stamps worked fine with black pigment ink though:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I really love the effect of the big letters:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think I ended up with a fun, happy page to suit my Dad and his cheeky temperament!

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now I need to go and order a big pile of photos and start scrapbooking more again!

I hope you are having a great weekend,

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel and a Festive Card

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Hello! Yesterday I posted a giveaway from the SVG Files Shop, you can enter to win 10 SVG files HERE {NOW CLOSED}! Today I’m back to show you a couple of things I’ve made with files from the store – a tea towel and a Christmas card.

First up is the DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used THIS Christmas Holidays file to cut some red iron-on-vinyl using my Cricut Explore, and ironed it on to a plain white tea towel. There are a couple of things I want to point out about the process…

When I uploaded the SVG into Cricut Design Space there was a plain white background around the image. This would be useful if I wanted to flatten and print the image, but I wanted to cut it, so I had to click the eye icon next to the white background on the layers panel – I’ve added a red arrow to the image below so you can see which one:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the white background was gone there were still lots of different layers on the SVG, but I wanted it to all cut as one. So I clicked on the image, then clicked the ‘attach’ option from the top menu of the layers panel (again I’ve added a red arrow so you can see where to click):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

This leaves the image looking like this, and you are ready to click ‘go’ – and make sure you click the ‘mirror image for iron-on’ option if you are cutting from iron-on vinyl:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut my image at just under 11.5″ wide. I’m not sure I’d want to cut this image any smaller than this, as some of the pieces were TINY, even when cutting it so large. I had to weed it very carefully and some of the little bits wouldn’t come out at all (like the details on the snowflakes):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I ironed it on to the tea towel (putting a piece of greaseproof paper on top of course):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what it looked like after ironing. The ornaments look like they are floating in space because the dots between them and the twirls above were too small to come out at all:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I just cut a couple of slivers of iron-on vinyl from the left over scraps, and used these to ‘hang’ the ornaments:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it looks super stylish and was worth the effort! If you are gifting it to someone make sure you tell them it can be machine washed but on a low heat setting (I was at 40 degrees) and to only iron on the reverse!

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I used THIS Happy Holiday SVG file to make a Christmas Card:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Again the pieces were tiny, but I had cut the image quite small – 5.25″ tall. I was quite impressed that the Explore managed to cut it without ripping it to shreds, though I did manage to break a couple of bits off the wreath while I was taking it off the mat:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck them on the card by turning the pieces upside down on a piece of scrap paper, and running my Herma repositionable tape runner over the top, before adhering them to the card:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

The card really didn’t need much else, apart from matting it onto some pretty patterned paper and adding a few tiny gems on top:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

A very delicate card for someone special!

Be Inspired:

Use iron-on-vinyl, fabric paint, or fabric ink-pads and stamps to decorate a tea towel

Make a monotone project eg. just red and white

Put a wreath around the edge of a project with a sentiment in the center

Do you think all these fiddly details make the projects look extra special?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back again tomorrow with another Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Today I’m sharing this Christmas ornament circular card, made with the Cricut Explore:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love shaped cards, I should really make them more often! It’s a nice change from my usual square or A6 card size. This one could even turn into an ornament – I’ll send a bit of string or twine in with the card and suggest the recipient hangs it up!

It was easy to make this using my Cricut Explore machine, but if you don’t have an electronic cutter you could achieve the same effect by drawing around something circular and following the steps for making the folded card backing, before decorating the front.

Here’s how I created mine in the Cricut Design Space…

Step 1: Insert an ornament image – mine is #M3E043. Resize it to however big you want it to be – I wanted to be able to cut some pieces from a 6×6 patterned paper pad (My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street), so I made my ornament 5.8″ tall:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Click on the layers panel to ‘duplicate’ the image. Then right-click on the second image, and ‘ungroup’ the image, so you can separate the layers:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Delete all but the bottom layer, and ‘duplicate’ it again. Move the first ornament out of your way by dragging it to the bottom of the screen, and place the two bottom layers side-by-side. Drag a box over them to select them both, then click on the ‘align’ option from the top menu, and align them ‘center vertically’:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move them so they overlap, making sure you don’t move them up or down, only towards each other:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Drag a box over to select them both again, and click the ‘weld’ option in the layers panel so that they join together:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: If you have a scoring tool for your Cricut Explore, insert an image of a ‘score line’ (it’s a free image) and put it along the fold between the two ornament bases:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have a score tool for your machine you can always do this step later with an ordinary scoring tool, or lollipop stick like I sometimes use!

Step 7: Click ‘go’ and cut your shapes out from your desired papers. Note that you still need the back circle for the patterned ornament, because the folded card base has one edge of circle disappearing at the fold:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stick together your patterned ornament. I used my Herma repositionable tape runner:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Stick the patterned ornament onto the card base, and fold it. At this point I tried to stand my card up, and quickly remembered that circles roll, when my card rolled straight over! To solve this I cut a tiny sliver off the base of the card, cutting through all the layers. It gives it an almost unnoticeable straight edge, which will help it stand up:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Add any other decorations that you want to. I added some light green pearls around the edge:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When it’s time to send this card I will need to put a liner in it too, as the inside of the card is currently red. I guess I could write with white or metallic pen inside but I’ll probably add a liner. I didn’t think about that until I was looking at it at the end though!

Be Inspired:

Make a shaped Christmas card – circular, star-shaped, triangular etc

Make an ornament from a 6×6 paper pad

Use an ornament embellishment on your next scrapbook layout or project

If you received this card would you like a piece of string to come with it so you could hang it up? I’m thinking a colourful piece of twine to match the colours of the card!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll see you again tomorrow for the next Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, 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

My Spooky Halloween Dining Room

This year Cricut EU have again challenged some bloggers to create a Halloween project using our Cricut machines. Last year I won the contest with my Halloween Hallway, so of course I was happy to take part again and create something new for Halloween!

I decided to spookify (totally a word, right?!) our dining room…

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Cricut sent me some Window Cling, Vinyl, and Iron-On Vinyl, and I had so much fun using them. The kids were super impressed with the room, though of course they are now really excited about Halloween and I had to explain it’s still 2 weeks away!

The first thing I wanted to use was the Window Cling material, as I’ve never used that before. When I opened up a tab for Cricut Design Space the landing page showed lots of spooky projects, so I scrolled down to get some ideas. Here are some of them:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was immediately drawn to this twirly spider web window cling design:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I clicked ‘customise’ rather than ‘make it now’, so that I could check the size and colours. I decided to leave the size as it was, and I just changed the purple spider to black (by clicking on the spider image in the layer panel, then clicking on the new colour) as I didn’t have any purple:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut the image from black & orange window cling material and weeded out all the bits I didn’t need:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now this is when I had some trouble. I could not figure out how to stick the twirly spider web onto the window without getting into a big mess. I tried with 2 different types of transfer tape (having to pop into work to pick up a roll which I’d left there too) and neither worked – the tape seemed to be too sticky and the window cling material would not stay on the glass. It kept resulting in a tangled mess like this:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

After a few frustrated words (!) I went back to look at the ‘Spider Web Window Cling’ instructions from the landing page, and I discovered it sent you to look at THESE INSTRUCTIONS for window cling. I found out I should not be using transfer tape at all, but instead I should be reversing the image before cutting it, and using the backing of the cling material to help transfer it to the window. Now I felt rather silly – I’m always telling hubby off for not reading instructions!

So I went back and cut it again, making sure to tick the box to mirror the image:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

It worked much better this time, though it was still fiddly and I had to go very slowly. The spiders were a lot easier as I just peeled them straight off the backing and applied them by hand:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I decided to stick to some bold, simpler shapes for the rest of the window! I used the pumpkins from #M14BC40 and bats, a cat, and a spider from #M14BC38, both called Halloween Window Cling (by Lia Griffith), and a Spider Web Silhouette #M3D1D4e (from the Creepy Critters Cartridge):

 Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

They were a lot easier to apply to the window!

Next I wanted a dramatic tablecloth. I bought a big, cheap piece of black material, and looked for some images to cut from white and silver glitter iron-on vinyls. I chose some ghosts (#M3D1D70) and stars (#M4520B) to cut from white, and some spiders (#M46A3F) and the same stars to cut from silver glitter.

To make sure I fitted as much as possible onto one 12 x 12 mat, I set the canvas (click ‘set canvas’ on the left menu, and choose ‘basic canvas’ – it will automatically be a 12 x 12″ square), then rotated and enlarged my shapes to fill up the canvas. Once it was full I selected them all by dragging a box over them, and clicked on ‘attach’ to join them all together. If you don’t do that it will try to separate some of them onto different mats because of their automatic orientation. Here’s what my attached set looks like:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut these out then arranged the spiders and stars in the same way. Once the shapes were all cut and weeded, I placed them all over the tablecloth to work out where they would go – I didn’t worry about them being perfectly spaced, I just wanted pattern around the edge as I would have a centerpiece or maybe a buffet of food in the middle:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I put a tea-towel under the tablecloth and another on top of each shape one at a time, and went round ironing them all down until the tablecloth was finished:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Finally I created the centerpiece. I found these candles on the Design Space landing page:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I cut the graveyard one (Pumpkin Carvings #8 – code #M43515) from black vinyl to stick on a candle. Then I found these treat boxes (the Coffin Box is #M3EBCC and the Spider Web Box is #M450EE):

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I put them together to place inside a plastic pumpkin treat bucket that belongs to my kids. The spider web box was difficult to put together, but luckily I found THIS TUTORIAL to guide me through it!

I also found another candle, and a lacy-effect scarf which I draped around the other items (and scattered some plastic spiders on top):

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ll also point out I’m using flame-less LED candles on top of the candles, rather than actually lighting them – after hearing how Claudia Winkleman’s daughter was horribly burned because of her witch costume I will always avoid flames when the kids will be around.

Now I’m happy with our spooky Halloween dining room:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

The table just needs some treats and snack on it when the day finally arrives!

What do you think, spooky enough? I think the candle with the vinyl graveyard on is my favourite bit, and I’ll be able to easily swap it for a new design after Halloween!

If you need any more Cricut Explore Halloween inspiration check out this amazing Haunted House by Cosmic Strawberry, this Toilet Monster by Mum In The Madhouse, or these Table Decorations at Blue Bear Wood – the Cake Stand Tutorial on her craft blog Zing Zing Tree is particularly cool!

I’m linking up to a couple of Linky Parties – Spooktacular Halloween and Inspiration Monday!

I hope you all have a great week,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyl and window cling, 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. I’m also entering this into a Cricut bloggers Halloween contest.

Home Decor Craft Projects

On Target Focal Point Cushion (Cricut Explore)

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

Here’s a nice quick make – for those of you that have a digital die-cutter like a Silhouette Cameo or a Cricut Explore. This ‘on target’ focal point cushion is a great addition to any room!

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was super easy to make…

Step 1. Buy a cushion cover. Mine is 17″ square. If you want it to be washable often you should get a cotton one, as the iron-on vinyl will adhere much better to that. I just bought a cheap cushion cover from the £1 shop, so I won’t be able to wash mine too much:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Load up a target image in your die-cutting software (mine is the Cricut image #M354D5). Size it as big as you can, mine is 11.5″ square:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Cut it out from Gold Glitter Iron-On Vinyl (I used Cricut Vinyl), and weed out the unwanted parts of the image:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: You need to work quickly for this bit. Iron your cushion to warm up the surface, then fold it in half both horizontally and vertically (just pressing with your hands, not the iron), so you have a ‘guide’ for where to stick your target, and place the target on top:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Quickly move to the ironing board and place a piece of greaseproof paper on top of your image, before ironing it. Use as high a heat as your material can handle:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Once the vinyl has stuck to the material (peel back a corner of the sticky backing to check whether it has adhered properly, if not just iron it some more) then take the plastic sticky backing off. Put the greaseproof paper back on the image and iron it again. It’s also a good idea to then turn the project inside out and iron on the back of the material too. Then the image has had heat from all sides!

Once you are done just stick a cushion inside the cover and it’s ready to display:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Put it somewhere that needs a focal point!

Be Inspired:

Use a large target on your next project

Add some gold glitter on top of a teal background

Alter something to create a focal point in your home

What colour cushion and glitter vinyl would you have used?

I’ll see you again shortly,

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.

Scrapbook Layouts

Easter Egg Hunt Layout

Yesterday (in my post about some Painted Decorative Eggs) I mentioned that I’d made a layout inspired by all the pretty eggs I’ve seen on Pinterest, and here it is. It was a fun way to do a mixed-media page with lots of different textures!

Easter Egg Hunt Layout:

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut out lots of the details on my Cricut Explore – the eggs are cut from the woodgrain paper so that I could paint / decorate inside the holes, and I cut the bunting, journal card, bunny tag, and title with it too.

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials, 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.

Here’s a layout process video to show you how I put the page together, including using the Cricut Design Space. The video also shows how I made a few mistakes and managed to cover them up! I changed my mind a lot too! The video can be viewed below, or on YouTube HERE.

 

The Cricut cuts I used were: #M54A6F (eggs), #M37922 (bunting), #M30703 (bunny tag), #MFCC29 (tag), #M369889 (line). And the font was Songbird.

Here are some detail photos of the page in case you want to look a bit longer, or aren’t able to watch the video…

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The metallic egg was inspired by THESE ONES, the glitter eggs were inspired by THESE ONES, the chick egg was inspired by THIS ONE.

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The watercolour eggs were inspired by THESE ONES, the polka-dot eggs were inspired by THESE ONES and the washi-tape egg was inspired by THESE ONES.

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The kids had a great time. We’re going to someone else’s garden for an Easter egg hunt this year and they are very eggs-cited about it!

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m entering this layout into the ‘Cut It Up’ Spring – Anything But A Card Challenge.

I’m already thinking about what other shapes I can cut from a 12×12 background to then fill with a riot of mixed-media. Maybe some chevrons, hearts, or stars? What would you cut out? What techniques would you use to fill the holes?

Have a crafty day!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyls, 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.

Home Decor Craft Projects

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs

Here’s another Easter project for you – this time it’s some painted decorative eggs:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve often oohed-and-aahed over pretty eggs that appear in my Pinterest feed at this time of year. But it was when I saw THIS PIN with an egg by Landeelu that I decided to give it a try. Landee used a silhoutte machine to cut vinyl images for her eggs and I realised it would work great on my Cricut Explore! Read on for how made mine…

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyls, 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.

To blow out your eggs you will need:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

* eggs * big bowl * washi tape * needle or pin * cocktail stick * short piece of straw *

How to blow out the eggs…

Step 1: Put a piece of washi tape at the top and bottom of your egg. Use a clean needle or pin to pierce a hole at the top and bottom (clean the needle between each egg). Don’t push the needle in too far or you’ll contaminate the egg with washi adhesive – if you are careful you’ll be able to eat these eggs for lunch!

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you struggle to push the pin or needle in you could use a thimble or bottle-top to help you:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Peel off the washi tape and make the holes a bit bigger using a clean cocktail stick (use a new stick for each egg):

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Hold the short piece of straw at the top of the egg, hold the egg over the big bowl, and blow into the straw so the egg comes out of the hole at the bottom. The bigger the hole at the bottom the easier this is, so if you are struggling you can make your hole a bit bigger. If any bits of shell break make sure they don’t get into your lunch though!

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the egg is all blown out, rinse under a tap, shake out the water, and then bake the empty shells to dry them out, in a preheated oven at 150 degrees C for 10 minutes. This helps to make them a bit harder too.

Scramble your eggs and eat them for lunch! I made scrambled eggs for the first time ever and I’m stupidly happy about it. I don’t like scrambled eggs but my kids do and I’ve been meaning to learn how to make them. The kids gobbled them up so I guess it was a success!

When your eggs are all dry you need to pick some paint colours. I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paints:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you are wondering why there’s only 3 eggs when I started with four, it’s because my daughter wanted to paint one so I’ve set it aside for her!

Start painting your eggs. Landee mentions in her post that she props hers on wooden skewers, but my holes were too small for this, so I just alternated painting the tops of the eggs then the bottoms, leaving them propped in a pen-pot while they were drying:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

This did take a while as they needed about 3 coats to make the paint look smooth. To stop your paint drying out in between, you can use damp kitchen paper to squeeze your paint onto when you start, and then lay another piece of damp kitchen paper on top when you are waiting for the eggs to dry between layers. Keep washing your brush out though or it will get clogged up!

While you are waiting for your layers to dry you can start designing and cutting your vinyl shapes. I used images #M4366F, #M4578C, and #M2E427:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how they look cut out and weeded. I put the weeding tool in the photo, to give a bit of an idea how small these designs are:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

You’ve finished painting your eggs once they look pretty smooth (no brush marks) and you can’t see the shell colour:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

When the paint is totally dry you can stick the vinyls on. I stuck the stars on by hand but used transfer tape to help with the bunny and the floral circle:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

The circle wouldn’t sit flat because of the curve of the egg, so I snipped it in four places around the edge, these bits then overlapped and sat flat:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t bother covering my holes at the top and bottom of the eggs, as they were quite small so you can barely see them. Some people cover the holes with a piece of tissue paper stuck on with PVA or Mod-Podge so that’s an option if your holes are bigger.

Now you have pretty eggs!

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like that the vinyls can be peeled off, so if these eggs make it until next Easter I can always give them a new look with a new vinyl design!

Do you ever decorate Easter eggs? If you like the look of pretty eggs but you’d rather be scrapbooking then check back tomorrow, there’s a layout coming that’s inspired by the different ways you can paint & decorate eggs!

See you then,

Jennifer x

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