9/24/20

Cricut 101

This blog post is about getting more familiar with the Cricut basics. Any new Cricut Crafters out there, this is for you! Here to help supply the necessary information to get your Cricut creativity flowing. Some of you pros may not need this step-by-step but might know a newbie who could use it. 

Now, let's get into it!


For today's project you will need:


To see how to set up your new machine, visit help.Cricut.com!

Now that your machine and Design Space app are ready to go, this is what you should see...

        


From there, you can start customizing! The side bar on the left will be your best friend. It's where you can add your text, images, get a template to help you see where to place your design, etc. In this case, the only elements needed were text and images. 

(Some features may have an additional cost. There is an option to purchase a monthly Cricut subscription. Please see Cricut.com for more details.)

                            


Once you have the text added and to the width your project requires (please refer to the rulers on the top and side), you can weld it all together so when it cuts, it will look exactly as it does on your screen. Select each text box (this can be done by holding shift and clicking on each of the boxes until they are all highlighted) and the weld button is located near the bottom right of the screen. By not welding, you may be able to conserve vinyl, but you'll have to manually line up your text. 

When everything is welded, click "Make It". 


Hit continue and it will connect to your Cricut machine. It's important to select the type of vinyl you are using (if you're using an Explore, make sure your dial is turned to the correct material.) This helps your machine know how to cut the material. After selecting your type of material (in this case it was Premium Vinyl) you should change the default setting to "More". This insures that the blade will go deep enough to where your design will come off the backing cleanly. Line your vinyl up the the cutting mat (shop through cutting mats here: https://bit.ly/2FO34yl) and press it down straight and smooth out any bubbles with a credit card or tool. The Cricut Light Grip mat was used in this project.

Insert the cutting mat with the material into your Cricut, making sure the mat is touching the rubber wheels. The button that has the arrows should now be blinking. Click that, to load your mat. Push the  and your machine will start doing its magic. 


Remove vinyl from cutting mat and proceed to take off the access material as shown in the picture below. It is also important to take out the small pieces that may be left behind. This is called "weeding." As you can see the inside of the "a" needs to be removed. It's all in the details!


To keep the text in the same position, Transfer Tape is very important! Cut out the length and width of your design and stick it right on top. Press down hard for about 30 seconds to ensure that all the letters will come up when you go to take it off. It should all come up on the clear tape and from there you can apply to the desired surface. Even if a letter gets left behind don't panic, just lay the tape back down carefully and continue to press down to secure it. If it's being stubborn, use a credit card or tool to rub over it. Then just line up the design to your surface and push down. Remove the tape and you've officially made your first Cricut Project!


Decide you want to add a little something else? That's super easy! You simply go back to your design, fit it in according to your text and then remove the already added text so you don't waste any material. 


And you should end up with something like this...


You made it to the end! We know it may feel like a lot reading all the steps involved but it really does fly by once you get the hang of it. Just refer back to this blog when you need to. 

For more ideas on what you can create with your Cricut, follow https://www.instagram.com/officialcricut/ on Instagram. They are always keep the inspiration coming!

Be sure to add #SupplyingCreativity in your Instagram caption. We would love to see your Cricut creations. Use hashtag #CricutMade and your project might get featured on Cricut's official Instagram. Happy crafting! 

9/10/20

Get Inspired With Diamond Dotz & Fiskars!

Our Notions Commotion event a few months back was full of project inspiration from some of the best in the business...and we really do mean best in the business! These vendors truly care about their customers and want them to have the best experience possible when crafting with their products. We have some great testimonials about brands featured in this blog post!

"These are amazing, and a great company! If anything is missing they send it out to the customer without question...even if the customer spilled the dots- you can't get better service than that!" 

                                                    -Cheryl-Lee on Diamond Dotz

With the Fiskars World Headquarters in WI, I often get the opportunity to test products under development. This is one of the product lines I tested and I found them simple to do by following the package directions. Making a backdrop of different shapes is stunning!"

-Christine on Fiskars Paper Gem Templates 


Today we wanted to showcase two of those unreleased projects. We have a feeling most days this fall will be spent at home so these projects are sure to keep your hands and mind busy while you stay in. 

Fiskars Paper Gem Templates!


Feels like forever ago but here are some images we snapped when Fiskars let us test out their new products. Such a fun visit! All you need to do this project is a fancy paper or cardstock, a hot glue gun (or any kind of adhesive, really), scissors, a scoring stylus, and the Fiskars Paper Gem Templates!



This is such a quick, consistent way to add fun, 3D shapes to your party decor or gifts. Integrated scoring tracks make it easy to cut, score and assemble 3D stars, diamonds, lanterns and more!

Find the project sheet here: https://bit.ly/3fGKfKe

Shop Now: https://bit.ly/2YRbRX9

Diamond Dotz Are Trending!

Diamond Dotz has become a very trendy craft! Quarantine has made us all look for crafts that provide some sort of therapeutic aspect. Methodically placing gemstones on a sticky, color coded surface until you have a work of art seems to do the trick for many people.

https://www.today.com/shop/best-diamond-painting-kits-t180029

Diamond Dotz is an amazing craft where stunning designs are created with tiny “Diamond” like facets. Their Diamond facet art kits will produce a stunning shimmery effect, featuring a broad range of designs that cater to all tastes. Not to mention they are quick and easy to do, the end result is an exquisite Diamond Dotz design that is so visually spectacular that it will have you eager to do more!

Using the Diamond Dotz stylus, simply pick up a facet and place it onto the sticky design surface. Nothing can prepare you for the spectacular sparkling result of your finished project!

Project Sheet: https://bit.ly/3dzv1Vz


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8/27/20

Adding Images to Resin Art

We're just going to jump right into the project this week because...I mean...look at how cute this coaster turned out! This dachshund will be living happily in the clouds forever. Follow along to find out how exactly he got there. 

Dachshund dog and balloons design by KaylaPhan (https://www.redbubble.com/people/KaylaPhan/shop

First (and arguably most exciting) order of business, is to go to https://www.redbubble.com/ (or a similar website) and pick out stickers. They have so many amazing designs created by such talented artists from all over the world. Shop through their trending or most popular stickers or go ahead and search for an idea you have in mind and there is bound to be one you love. When choosing your sticker for a coaster, be sure it's size small (so it will fit in your coaster mold) and select transparent when it comes time to pick a finish. 

Once your sticker(s) arrive and you're ready to craft, you must begin your project by removing the adhesive off of the back of the sticker. All you need is Goo Gone and a paper towel. After a bit of scrubbing, you will notice it comes right off. It's all about trial and error. We originally tried it with the adhesive still on the sticker but it left a bit of a milky layer around the sticker. Therefore to prevent any unwanted residue in your finished creation, don't forget this step! 

Shop Goo Gone products here: https://bit.ly/3gAaIsv


Now it's time to mix- this is the super easy part! Thanks to Alumilite, they make it easy for us to get the perfect resin mixture. Simply pour equal parts "A" and "B" parts together and mix until all of the swirls are gone (don't forget to scrape the sides as you go) and slowly pour the resin to avoid air bubbles. If you do have bubbles, pop them with a toothpick or use a lighter.


Shop Alumilite Amazing Cast Resin here: https://bit.ly/31vbG4S

Pour a thin layer of well mixed resin into the coaster mold. Then go ahead and place your sticker so that the front of the sticker is FACE DOWN. Finish by covering the rest of the sticker with resin.

IMPORTANT TIP: Be sure to continue to check on your sticker as the resin cures. You may have to nudge/press down the sticker into place occasionally until it sets up enough.

Bones and Botany design by E. Moss (https://www.redbubble.com/people/edemoss/shop)
Succulove design by Haley Luden (https://www.redbubble.com/people/haleyluden/shop)

Customize it how you'd like. Leave it plain with just your image or add extra color and sparkle to your project with American Crafts Color Pour Mix-Ins. Both ways will turn out amazing!

Shop American Crafts Color Pour Resin, Mix-Ins & Molds here: https://bit.ly/3b1VPxF

Now let the resin dry for approximate 24 to 48 hours or until the resin is not sticky or super bendable when touched. Once it's fully dried, remove from mold and you should be left with something like this...major heart eyes!


We have been doing so many things virtually these past few months, including tons of Zoom hang outs. Maybe for your next virtual wine craft night with your friends, you can take a crack at this project! Each of your friends can be assigned one person to make a coaster for. Think Secret Santa and pick a sticker of something you think they would love. No one will know which ones there's will be until the end, keeping everyone guessing. Be sure to tag #SupplyingCreativity on Instagram so we can see your finished creations! 

Crafting is such a positive outlet to express yourself and stay connected with friends and family. These coasters would be a great gift to let people know you're thinking of them. Every time they go to put down their morning coffee or tea, they'll see your coaster and be reminded of you. 

Happy crafting!

8/13/20

Comparing Color Pour Paint and Color Pour Cell Magic

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Remember our fun galaxy paint pour pumpkin project from last fall? Well American Crafts has a new formula of color pour…so we decided to test it out and compare and contrast both formulas. Here’s what we found! 


*Watch this video for a refresher on last fall's color pour project.


According to American Crafts’ description of Color Pour Cell Magic, “The specially formulated paint is pre-mixed with the right amount of pouring medium for optimal flow and amazing results.” And we found this to be true! 


Shop Cell Magic here: https://bit.ly/2E5d6tm




Their original color pour paint formula (shop here: https://bit.ly/2CnXl0fwas a bit thicker so it would flow slower across the desired canvas. The thickness of the paint also meant longer dry time. For reference, our galaxy pumpkin took several days to become completely dry. More paint was also used to fill up the entirety of the area.

With that being said, there was a lack of cells that developed in our artwork. No heat was used on these canvases this time around but instead let them air dry since heating was optional. However, we strongly suggest when doing this project yourself, incorporate a heating tool of your choice whether that be a hair dryer, butane torch, etc. Even though the cells weren't visible, it still made a cool, smooth paint pouring effect. View the video below to see how Jill at American Crafts gets the cells to magically appear using heat!  


American Crafts has different options available in their Color Pour collection to add that extra sparkle to your projects. Their Color Pour Magic Paint Pens are new to the mix. We incorporated glitter (shop glitters here: https://bit.ly/3fYo6pQ) and a gold geometric heart (shop pens here: https://bit.ly/2XXVB5n) to add the perfect finishing touches to our pieces. 




Our finished products together. Don't they look beautiful?!

For more videos and tips on paint pouring, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2FnxiaL


Overall, both formulas produce colorful and beautiful designs. You honestly can't go wrong with a paint pour project. We see the future and it looks like you're going to be having a low maintenance/low key paint night very soon. ;) When you do, be sure to include our hashtag #SupplyingCreativity on your Instagram post! 


Some Ross inspiration to conclude today's blog post. He always knows what we need to hear to get our creative juices flowing again. 


7/30/20

Mini Albums for Mini Moments

Summer 2020 has turned out to be a bit different than we all expected. Many had to postpone trips or events not really knowing when they will happen. Though these most recent months (and those still to come) have not been as exciting as we originally thought, it gives us time to slow down and enjoy more of the mundane moments we may have otherwise missed. Spend the day you were supposed to go on that trip or attend that event (now free of any major plans) creating your own versions of today’s Make & Take albums. These projects focus on being the blank canvases to document whatever memories you want! You and your family can look back at the summer of 2020 as “the one with all the tiny but beautiful memories.” You’ll thank us one day. ;)

Crafter's Companion- Leather Notebook

Watch as our friend Jennifer Tryon (follow her Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer_tryon/) walks us through the 7 easy steps to create your Crafter's Companion Leather Notebook.

Project Sheet: https://bit.ly/2AjQiEC

“Done! That was neat to do.” -Alana M.

Teresa Collins - 3-Flap Mini Book

Teresa Collins (follow her Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/teresacollinsstudio/always seems to be motivating us daily and we absolutely love it! She is our biggest inspiration of the phrase “every moment counts” and has the projects to fit.
Project Sheet: https://bit.ly/2SZnt6Y

Dedicate this summer to the “mini moments” because there is always something special to capture every day, you just have to pay close attention.

“If you haven't been journaling through this, now is a good time to start. One day, you and people who love and loved you and people who will never know you may want to look back to understand how you survived.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker