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.

Scrapbook Layouts

Celebrate Today Layout – Using New Stash Like A Kit

I mentioned in my last post that I’d received a new box of goodies (items I bought in the Hey Little Magpie sale). I was itching to use them, so I decided to treat my new stash like a scrapbooking kit when creating my next layout. Here’s the page I ended up with…

Celebrate Today:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the supplies I started with. It included a selection of 12×12 papers, a MME Record It 8×10 Word Art pack and some Now & Then enamel shapes, a Webster’s Pages 6×6 Hello World paper pad, a Blazer Designs Stripes stencil, some Jillibean Soup Wood Nickels and Birthday stamps, and some Pink Paislee Sentiment Series stamps:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I chose the Fancy Pants As You Wish ‘Celebrate’ 12×12 paper because I could use the words on the paper for my title, and because I had a portrait orientation photo that fitted in quite nicely. I then pulled out a few Hello World 6×6 papers that went with my photo – the Hello World collection is themed as a newborn baby & early childhood collection but most of it is just sweet, and can be used for a variety of projects:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I snipped a few items from the cut-apart sheets, and used my Martha Stewart Pinking Circle Punch to punch a few pieces from the other sheet of paper – one side of the paper says ‘happy little moments’ and the other side is patterned with blue stars:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used the ‘Stripes’ template to add some grey paint at the top right and bottom left of my page. Because I just held it down with washi, rather than spraying on temporary adhesive like I normally do, it ended up messier than I like. But I decided I could live with it!

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted to stamp one of the Pink Paislee hexagon stamps onto the background. I don’t have any good white ink pads, so I knew I’d have to heat emboss it. I used Versamark ink and white embossing powder. But my first attempt went horribly wrong:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

You couldn’t properly read any of it! So I gave that one up as a failure, and instead I stamped and heat-embossed a couple of times in the space where my photo would be going later:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I used a craft knife to cut the best one of these out, to use as an embellishment on top of the failed stamped area:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I splattered some Mister Huey Opaque White and Heidi Swapp Gold Mists across the bottom left and top right of the page:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I left it to dry for a couple of days, but the white mist still wasn’t properly dry, as I discovered when I wiped my hand across it. I decided to wipe in a few directions, so the white dots looked like shining stars instead:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I had smudged a bit of paint when I used the stencil:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I moved one of the punched paper circles to cover this up:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I adhered my photo and papers in place, added some journaling on another cut-apart card, did a bit of sewing with a sewing machine, and added some of the wood nickels, the enamel shapes, and some gems from my stash:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

A lot of people would have left it at this point, but I decided the top left and bottom right corners were too empty for me. So I used my Cricut Explore to cut a couple of ‘Swirl Layered Photo Corners’ (#M43A3D) out of more of the 6×6 papers. I added a couple more gems around them too:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then my page was finished! Here’s a few close-ups of the completed layout…

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

It’s quite fun and I’m very glad to have busted into the new stash straight away, no hoarding for me!

Have you ever used a box of new goodies like a kit before? What do you think of the smudged white mist dots – do they look like stars or just a mess?!

Have a great Monday!

Jennifer x

Cricut Explore

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore

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

For this project I’m sharing a small treat box I made with the Cricut Explore:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

This is so darn cute. It’s about 2.5″ tall, a perfect size to fill with some sweet treats!

Here’s how to make one…

Step 1: Load up the Cricut Design Space and create a new project. Insert the image ‘Christmas Tree Box’ #M2E593, and drag a corner toggle to make it approx 11.5″ lengthways:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Insert the image ‘Christmas Tree’ #M2E583, and change it to red. Insert the image ‘Present’ #M3097B:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Hide the tag on the present, and change the colours of the box and ribbon to the colours you like:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Click ‘flatten’ in the layers panel, to change the present to a shape that will print-then-cut:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Shape the Christmas Tree and Present to the sizes you want, then click ‘go’. Don’t forget to put a score tool into the machine to make it easier to fold the lines of the box:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Follow the on-screen instructions to print your present, and then cut out the shapes in the right order. Once cut, fold and glue together the box shape:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Cut two 20″ pieces of florist ribbon / balloon string, and staple them onto the middle of the Christmas tree shape:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Attach it to the top of the box, curl the ribbons, add a button on top to hide the staple, and add the present and a wood star for more decoration:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Fill it with treats to gift to someone this Christmas! I might make a bunch of these for our dining table on Christmas day, so everyone gets a little extra gift!

Be Inspired:

Make or alter a gift box

Use florist ribbon / ballon string to make some curls

Use a printable element on your next project

What sweet treats would you want to find in this box? I love the Haribo Little Men, so that would be my best surprise!

I’ll see you again soon for the last post of the event!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Christmas Cards Inspired By Movies

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

For the final post of the day I’ve got another trio of cards to show you, these ones were all inspired by the movies…

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

During Frosty Festivities 2012 I created a Winter Card Inspired By A Picture Book, so it seemed like a good idea to make some inspired by Christmas movies too!

Here’s the movies I chose as my inspiration:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

I know ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’ isn’t technically a Christmas movie, but it counts as one in our household! These are some of my favourite movies to curl up under a blanket and watch during December. I’ve recently been reading ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’ to my daughter, and this is the first year she’s going to be allowed to watch that movie – I can’t wait to share it with her. She was suitable awed by the book when Lucy first discovers Narnia!

To help me design each card I chose a particular scene or image which immediately jumps to mind when I think about that movie.

For ‘Miracle On 34th Street’ I thought about the Thanksgiving Day parade:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted to have a big shaped balloon like the floats, and to anchor the balloon to the ground I decided to have it held by a snowman. So I painted a snowman (from the Wonderland Winter Wood Veneer Set) with white acrylic paint:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I tied a bit of bakers twine around his hand, and tied the other end to a reindeer from the Fancy Pants Oh Deer ephemera:

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Finishing off the card with a few stickers and gems:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

From ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ one of my favourite scenes is when Beaker gives his red scarf to Scrooge:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I stuck two bits of red wide wired ribbon to the back of a piece of paper:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

Brought them round to the front of paper and folded one bit over the under and up above the other bit:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then tucked that top bit down the back so both bits were pointing down:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

The wired ribbon held it’s shape quite well, but I secured the ribbon with some glue dots behind it too:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I finished off the card with a ‘wrap up warm’ phrase and some gems:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

For ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’ my favourite bit is when Lucy first sees the lamp post in the forest:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I used my Cricut Explore to cut out a wintry scene and phrase (Images are ‘Village Lamp Post’ #M3C7EF, ‘Trees’ #M3D53D, and ‘Winter Wishes’ #M41A29′). I hid parts of the designs that I didn’t want by clicking on the eye symbol:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

After cutting them out I didn’t need to add much except a few gems:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wonder if my recipients will realise these cards were inspired by movies?

Be Inspired:

Choose a Christmas movie and make a project inspired by it

Make a snowy winter scene with cut out shapes

Use ephemera shapes as big balloons

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

That’s it for this evening, I will see you again tomorrow morning at 10am GMT!

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

Cricut Explore

Halloween Hallway with the Cricut Explore

My daughter wanted our house to be creepier for Halloween. We don’t celebrate it in a big way, but we will dress up on the day, and we might get a few trick-or-treaters stop by, so I figured we could at least decorate our entrance hallway. Then anyone who stops by will get a spooky surprise, and the kids can have fun each time they run through!

Halloween Hallway:

Halloween Hallway with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Little Miss said her favourite “Halloweeny thing” is bats, so my main aim was to create a colony of hanging bats all over the ceiling!

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

To create this I fired up my Cricut Explore and the Design Space, and chose a bat image (#M2E38A):

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I dragged the corners to resize it at 9.5″wide, 4.27″ high:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Then searched for the Score Line image:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I duplicated the score line so I had 3 of them, and then positioned one in the centre of the bat, and one on each wing (turning on the guide lines in the design space can help you place the score lines in the correct place):

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Once you are happy with the placement of the score lines, you need to drag a box over the bat and all three score lines, and click ‘attach’. This joins them all together so the machine knows to use it as one shape rather than separate layers.

Then click ‘go’ to send the shape to the mat preview. Here you can change it to make 2 projects (you need to click ‘apply’ after altering the number of projects). Rotate the bottom bat so that it’s upside down and manoeuvre it so it’s close to the top bat, this means there’s enough left from a 12×12 sheet of card for you to cut another bat, or use for a different project later:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I cut my bats from a variety of black cardstock and black patterned papers. Once the Explore has finished cutting them you just need to gently fold along the score lines, like this:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Keep going until you have lots:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

To attach to the ceiling you can pierce two holes near the top of the bat’s head:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Tie through some cotton thread to match the colour of your ceiling. Knot it at the back and leave a long string:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

To tie mine to the ceiling I first pushed a couple of pins into the edge where the top of the wall meets the ceiling, and then tied some more of the cotton thread to the pins:

Hanging Bats

I had two running in straight lines along the ceiling, and then I tied a few more lines of string across the room so there could be bats in the middle of the ceiling too:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

You can’t see the strings at all from below, it looks just like they are fluttering above us!

Seeing as the Cricut Explore was already set up I used it for some more room accents too!

I went to the landing page to try out some pre-designed projects, and chose the Halloween Luminaries. I clicked ‘customise’ rather than ‘make it now’, so that I could delete a couple of the lanterns – I just wanted the haunted house one. I didn’t make any changes to the size though. I also chose a Spooky Spiderwebs project to decorate my glass bowl, again I clicked ‘customise’, but this time I deleted all-but-one of the spider webs and re-sized it, to fit at the top of my bowl. I cut it out from black vinyl and used transfer tape to help me place it on my bowl, and repeated with two more:

Halloween Hallway with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

You can also see a spider, placed strategically on some toy stuffing that I used as cobwebs! The spider is #MA0465, and I cut three of them at 3″ tall and three of them at 2″ tall, from the off cuts of black cardstock I had left from the bats. They look good tucked in a few places around the room, and are surprisingly realistic considering they are made from card, I scared myself with one late last night, seen out of the corner of my eye!

The finishing touch was the ‘Happy Halloween’ sign and skeleton stuck on the door at the back of the room:

Halloween Hallway with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

The words (#M39CD8) are cut at 11.39″ wide from orange cardstock, and the skeleton (#M44F29) is cut at 11.59″ tall from more black cardstock – I’m going to need to replenish my black cardstock after this!

A cackling witch and a roaring monster have already tried the room out:

Halloween Hallway with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

They declared it very spooky!

I’m linking up to a few linky parties – Inspiration MondaySpooktacular Halloween, and Show & Tell Wednesday.

Do you decorate your house for Halloween? Would the bats and spiders freak you out?!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

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

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.

DIY Gifts

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub

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

My hands are often sore and dry, so to go along with my cleansing & refreshing theme I should have some kind of body scrub. I was amazed at how easy it was to make with ingredients I already had at home!

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub:

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub

The sugar in this scrub exfoliates your skin, and the oil helps to make it soft. The mint chocolate is just so they smell nice!

I was inspired by THIS RECIPE at The Idea Room blog, but I adapted it for UK measurements, and to add some peppermint essence – I chose this combination because mint-choc-chip is my favourite ice cream flavour so the smell makes me think of summer!

Here are the ingredients:

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub

You will need:

100ml oil – I used Extra-Virgin Olive Oil because it’s what I had but you can use coconut oil, almond oil, etc

100g Dark Brown Soft Unrefined Cane Sugar

100g Golden Caster Sugar

1tsp Cocoa Powder

1tsp Finely Grated Dark Chocolate

Half a tsp Peppermint Extract

Plus a jar with a lid to keep it in!

Step 1: Mix Together the dry ingredients:

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Step 2: Add the wet ingredients and mix them in:

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Step 3: Transfer it to a jar and decorate the jar if you wish (I cut a circle for the top and made a label using my Cricut Explore):

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub

That’s it! It should last a few months, if you don’t use it up sooner! To use it just scoop a small amount onto wet hands (or body!) rub it in, and then rinse very lightly – don’t rinse too much or you’ll wash the oil off too and won’t benefit so much.

P.S. Everything in this is edible – I totally licked the spoon I’d been mixing with!

Be Inspired:

Make a sugar scrub or other cleansing potion

Fill a jar with something

Use your favourite ice cream flavour to inspire your next project

This feels lovely on my hands, I’m totally going to make more once this runs out – I might try this Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub at The Idea Room next, if I can get hold of some lime oil! Check out all the recipes – there’s lots of different ones!

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}

That’s all for tonight, I’ll see you again at 10am tomorrow morning!

Jennifer x

Cricut Explore

Drink Up Altered Drinking Glass!

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

You know my Flavoured Water from this morning? Well I thought I needed a cool glass to drink it from:

Drink Up Altered Glass by Jennifer Grace

I’m always daunted by the notion that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day. It sounds like a lot! I looked up what size glass it should be, and it’s 250ml – so you drink 2 litres a day. So I found this glass which holds 250ml if it’s filled right to the top:

Drink Up Altered Glass by Jennifer Grace

I don’t expect to actually drink 8 glasses of water a day, because I also drink other things too like tea and orange juice. But I figure if I can drink 5 of these a day that will be a good start and maybe stop me getting so many headaches.

To encourage me I of course wanted to make my glass pretty! I used Pebeo Vitrea160 paint in Turquoise, mixed with a bit of the matching iridescent medium, to paint my glass. Then I had to leave it to dry overnight, then bake it in the oven for 40 minutes to set the paint. Once that was done I picked a couple of vinyl colours to cut on my Cricut Explore:

Drink Up Altered Glass by Jennifer Grace

I cut the words ‘Drink Up’ using my favourite font ‘Lobster 2’ from white Cricut vinyl, and an arrow (image #M33222) from Honey Vinyl, but before I could cut the arrow I had to ‘contour’ the image:

Drink Up Altered Glass by Jennifer Grace

You just have to click on ‘contour’ and then click on the pieces of the image you don’t want to use, this will turn their lines light blue, and they will disappear when you click out of the contour screen.

Here’s how the shapes look once they’re cut and I’ve removed the excess vinyl:

Drink Up Altered Glass by Jennifer Grace

To put these onto the glass you need to use transfer tape, you just peel off the grid backing, and press the sticky side onto the vinyl:

Drink Up Altered Glass by Jennifer Grace

Then carefully peel the vinyl backing away so you are left with the shape stuck to the tape, which you can place on your object:

Drink Up Altered Glass by Jennifer Grace

Rub all over to make sure the vinyl is stuck on and then peel the tape away!

Drink Up Altered Glass by Jennifer Grace

This glass is so fun I am going to keep reaching for it I’m sure!

Be Inspired:

Put a message to yourself somewhere to remind you to do something cleansing

Paint some translucent turquoise onto a project

Use your favourite font for a title, phrase, or sentiment

Would this glass help you to drink more water? Of course it would also look cool on a pint glass for beer… but that’s another story!

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 at 10pm!

Jennifer x

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

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.