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.

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

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.

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Cute Pony Vest with the Cricut Explore and Iron-on-Vinyl!

Hello everyone!

We had a lovely half-term holiday last week, including spending a few days in Bath catching up with some friends. But before that me and Little Miss had some fun decorating a vest top for her to wear:

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

My daughter (aged 6) was very involved with the process from start to finish! She’s been getting quite interested in designing clothes lately, and now she knows what Mummy’s machine can do there will be no stopping her!

We began by talking about the design. She wanted lots of animals around a heart. I pointed out that this would mean the animals would be quite small to fit on the vest top (which we’d bought at Matalan), so she decided to just have one big animal, maybe a horse or a pony. So we tried out a couple of images in the Design Space, it took her a while to decide between the larger horse or the foal, which she insists is a pony:

Cute Pony Vest in the Explore Design Space

Eventually she decided she liked the ‘pony’ (Foal image #M37E48), and she also decided she liked the smaller heart instead of the one with wings, because then it could go on his flank and be like a ‘cutie mark’ which the My Little Ponies have!

I helped her match the colours to the iron-on-vinyls I had, then I let her resize things and place them where she wanted in the design space, I just had to help a bit with the text. She wanted it to say ‘I’m lonely’ but I said that sounded a bit sad, why is the pony lonely? She said ‘he wants to make new friends’. So we changed it to ‘be my friend?’ using the ‘Cuttin Up – Serifs’ font:

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

We could have made the vest in the Design Space a lighter colour to match her vest, but she found it easier to see the shapes on a darker background.

Once we had it all planned out I told her to click ‘go’ and showed her how to stick the vinyl onto the mat (remembering to select ‘Mirror Image for Iron-On’ in the Design Space). At this point I realised it wanted to cut a whole pony in black just to have a black eye – it would be a black base layer, with the eye as a cut out hole in the teal top layer. I didn’t want to waste my black vinyl, so I went back and hid that layer, then added a little oval for an eye to go on top instead!

When it was ready to go Little Miss was allowed to press the buttons and turn the dial, under supervision of course:

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

I helped her peel the waste vinyl off slowly, she was really concentrating:

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

Then it was time to iron it on! We placed some greaseproof paper over the design whilst ironing. I helped my daughter arrange the shapes on the vest, but she ironed it – you have to iron each layer individually:

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

Remember to make sure the iron has steam turned off! I usually just use a medium heat setting.

Now, at this point it should have been finished, but I realised I didn’t like something about the design – the pony ended up with his mane over both ears instead of just the back ear:

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

I decided to cut another ear to go on top. I cut the pony’s head from the same iron-on vinyl – I just used enough vinyl for the head but covered the rest of my mat with scrap paper so the blade wasn’t wrecking my mat (while it cut the rest of the pony out):

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

Then I used my Cricut scissors to cut out just the ear:

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

And ironed it on top of the mane:

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

All done:

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

The vinyls we used were Black and Teal Cricut Iron-On Lite, and Pink Cricut Glitter Iron-On.

It certainly made someone happy:

Cute Pony Vest by Jennifer Grace using the Cricut Explore

She wore it on the train on the way to Bath and showed it off to anyone who’d listen!

She has pointed out some more clothes she can add things too, and told me I need to decorate some of my own too, so I think my machine will be getting a good workout! If you’ve been on the lookout for an Explore, they are now available HERE at Amazon.co.uk, Create & Craft TV have it back in stock HERE, and you can pre-order it HERE at Hobbycraft – who are including a free tool kit.

Don’t forget my blog event is approaching this weekend, all the details are HERE, and the ‘Guess the Project’ contest will start soon in the Facebook Group HERE!

Bye for now, 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.

Cricut Explore

Discovering the Cricut Explore!

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to go to London, to meet with the Cricut team and find out all about the new Explore machine…

Discovering the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I was so excited to go, the invite was a tantalising glimpse of what the machine can achieve:

Cricut Explore Event Invite

The picture on here wasn’t a Criut cartridge, it was an image of London which was uploaded to the Explore Design Space, cleaned up, then cut!

So I set off last Thursday early in the morning, and caught the train to London. I arrived at Waterloo Station, which meant I was close enough to walk to the event, and I could stroll past the London Eye, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament, which made the day feel like an adventure already.

london blog

The event was on the 26th floor of the Millbank Tower, which had amazing views over London. But I was more interested by what was in the room…

flowers and room

Including this tall cone of paper and card flowers, which I stood near on arrival while I sipped a glass of orange juice and mingled with other bloggers.

Then there was a presentation to all the bloggers and some press, all about the new Cricut Explore Machine. It was cool to see all the American faces including Ashish Arora the CEO of Cricut, and a couple of US bloggers Mandi Gubler from Vintage Revivals and Kim Stoegbauer from The TomKat Studio.

Ashish was very inspiring during his talk, telling us all how he joined the company 2 years ago and didn’t know anything about crafting. Then he learnt all about it from bloggers all around the world, now he calls himself a bloggers BFF because he finds bloggers so amazing. He talked about how much effort has gone into this machine to get it just right – how many metals they tried out to make the perfect blade, how many technology tweaks there were to work out the tiny differences in pressure the blade needs for different materials. Cricut have spent 2 years working on the machine so when it reaches us it seems as simple and effortless as possible!

Selfie with Ashish Arora

I had to take a selfie with Ashish as he was so approachable and enthusiastic!

Mandi and Kim talked about how they are loving the machine, for Mandi it’s especially good for home decor details, and Kim loves it for fun party items.

Then Kristie from Cricut unboxed an Explore so we could see exactly what came in the box. At one point I let out a ‘yay’ and got so excited I dropped my pencil – because the machine comes with a tote bag! I don’t expect I’d carry it around a whole lot, but I know I’ll want to take it some places and it will be so much easier with a tote. Kristy said that she’d been walking around with the tote at home before the release to check the comfort of the handle etc!

Then came the really fun bit, heading to our assigned machines to try them out! I was a star:

corner blog

I sat down with a group of bloggers, and Mandi was our guide to help us out. She asked

“What does everyone want to do, would you like me to do a demonstration, would you like to make something?”

I was the first to bounce up and down in my seat saying

‘I want to MAKE something!!!”

So I got first try!

Now here come what I LOVE the most about the Explore… the Design Space. Now, I will say if your internet connection isn’t good then this machine is NOT for you. There’s no way to use it offline. During the event there were a couple of times when it slowed down a bit because there were so many people using the internet all at once. But I’m okay with that as I’m online all the time anyway! Plus the Design Space is awesome enough for me to overlook that.

Here’s the landing page for the Design Space:

make it now

Where you can create a project from scratch, or you can choose one of the previously designed projects and ‘make it now’. You can choose to customise the project if you want to adjust the sizes a bit or change the text etc, or you can literally ‘make it now’ and go straight to cutting if you are happy with it as it is!

I was drawn to this t-shirt with elephants on, and now you can see the cool thing about Design Space, that you can actually design on a ‘canvas’ like your project:

tshirt

You can choose from so many different canvases when you start a new project, from bags to clothing to book covers. And then if you choose a t-shirt you can then choose if it’s for a man, woman or child, whether it’s small, medium or large, what kind of neckline it has, you can also change the colour to help you imagine your project better:

tshirt2

I think it’s so cool to be able to work like that rather than having to measure everything to work out the size, and trying to picture in your mind what it will look like! You can change the colour of the image (ie the elephants here) to the right colour of vinyl or material you are using too.

I cut the elephants just as they were because I wanted to see how fast I could create something with ‘make it now’. I had to load my glitter iron-on-vinyl onto a mat, and change the dial on the machine:

55770_Explore_Dial_01

This dial is so cool as before with my Cricut Mini you had to change the pressure and speed to certain numbers for different materials, but this dial does it for you!

Once the dial was set it tells you when to load and when to ‘go’! It cut out quickly and quietly. The only thing was the baby elephants leg got torn when we were taking the excess vinyl off after cutting. Later we realised that this was because the dial needs to be set to one notch past iron-on when you are using the glitter iron-on vinyl rather than iron-on-lite.

I wasn’t going to use the baby because of this, then someone suggested I try it anyway and I’m glad she did as he looks fine once ironed on to my bag:

Cricut Iron-On Glitter Vinyl bag by Jennifer Grace

From choosing the elephants to ironing them on my bag took about 10 minutes, how fast is that? And that included finding a plug-point for the iron! The ‘Mummy love’ and hearts took a bit longer, as I started a project from scratch, wrote the two words with different fonts, found a heart and welded them together before cutting. The words were fiddly to take the excess vinyl away from but they didn’t tear as we knew to use the higher setting by then!

After this I had a wander about the room. Look at all the inspiration! The theme was #ExploreTheSeasons so there were sets for Christmas, Halloween, and Summer (Beach and Wedding themes):

xmas

halloween blog

beach blog

I love this towel with an anchor on, and I was impressed how the vinyl looked good on the fluffy material:

towel blog

wedding

How pretty is this wedding dress? I think the butterflies were cut from leather:

table wedding dress

There were also a few more casual clothes on a rack, I want this dress with gold chevrons, and the owl sweater:

dress room

There was a long string of butterflies along the ceiling, all cut from different materials, my favourites were the shimmer leather, burlap, and adhesive-backed corkboard:

butterflies blog

My head was filling with ideas! We got treated to some lunch and cupcakes:

sandwich    cupcakes

And then I decorated a notebook with normal (not iron-on) vinyl, and tried out the drawing function on a bookmark by putting a pen into the machine (it can draw and cut at the same time, you don’t have to let it stop and change things around!):

Notebook and Bookmark cut with the Cricut Explore

Sorry the bookmark is a bit scruffy, but my son loves pirate ships so as soon as he saw it he grabbed it and tried to draw on it!

I stayed until the very end of the day, they started packing up around me, because I was having so much fun! I can’t wait to get my hands on the machine and play some more. Want to know when you’ll be able to get hold of it and what the price will be?

  • The Cricut Explore will air on Create and Craft starting on the 16th of May
  • It will be available from selected Hobbycraft stores, Amazon.co.uk, and other retailers from June
  • It will cost £249.99 including VAT
  • No-commitment monthly subscriptions to Cricut Design Space (25,000+ images) are available for £7.49 {EDITED TO ADD: The monthly subscription IS NOT currently available in the UK} and annual subscriptions can be purchased for £79.99
  • Individual images from Cricut Design Space also start at 79p per image
  • Digital cartridges can be purchased or existing cartridges can also be used to unlock the same artwork through Cricut Design Space.

If you want to keep an eye on the news then make sure you follow the Cricut EU Facebook page and Twitter feed!

Well, as you can see I had a fabulous day and I can’t wait to get my hands on an Explore, once I do I will write some more about the Design Space and do some tutorials!

If you have any questions about the machine let me know, if I don’t know the answer I will pester my contacts to find out for you!

Have a great day, Jennifer x

Disclaimer: Cricut paid for my travel to London for the day, and provided lunch and supplies for projects, but all the opinions here are my own.