Stars and Stripes Candle Wrap

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Stars and Stripes Candle Wrap

This Sunday is the Craft and Create with Cricut Challenge. Michelle and Jeanie have been kind enough to round up some Crafty, Creative Cricut lovers who share their beat ideas each month with you. Thank you Michelle and Jeanie for being the masterminds of this fun challenge.
The 4th of July theme has me thinking Stars and Stripes which will brighten my decor by day and glow while the fireworks light up the night sky to cap of a fun day of celebrating the USA. 
Do you remember this post on DIY Holiday Candle Wraps for the Winter Holidays? To learn how to make the candle wraps refer to the link above for a tutorial.

This takes literally minutes to make with the Cricut Maker, Red and Blue Cardstock and a couple of candles. (Use battery operated candles for fire safety)
Cut out the stripe design with a tab on one end, and do the same with the stars in both red and blue cardstock. Weed and grab double sided tape to add to the tab.
Place the tape on the tab then wrap the paper designs around the candle. To make the most of the card stock, I filled the 12" X 12" paper with stars and stripes in alternating colors.

Above is a photo of the candle wraps styled in our guest room/craft room. To save on space you can have a few favorite candles, then make candle wraps for a few seasons and holidays. Stash them in a drawer and you have a great way to add decor of the season. #CandleWrap on your and tag 
Now onto the remain talented 12 bloggers sharing their ideas. Enjoy the Holiday with family and friends take care over the weekend. I'd love to see your visits for a lifetime.

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Wood Cake Topper With Cricut Knife Blade

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wood Cake Topper with Cricut Knife Blade

Good morning Darlings it is a fun day today. We are using WOOD as our Craft Lightning material and I am excited to use my new Cricut Knife Blade. The good news is, the blade cuts through 1/16th Basswood like butter. Lets hang out together for 15 minutes while I show you how to make your own cake topper which is as easy as pie

15 Minute Wood Cake Topper for any event. This one is for my sons upcoming nuptials


Cricut Maker
Cricut Deep Cut Blade 
Masking Tape
Strong Hold Cricut Mat
Elmer's Spray Adhesive 
Gorilla Instant Glue
Gold Paint 

You will find the design of the letter which I cut two and doubled up to make it stron

This Initial K design is made to match an upcoming wedding. The font matches the couples invitation. Did I mention the couple is my son and soon to be daughter in law? I am so excited for this new beginning for both of them. Gaining another daughter in less than a year is a dream for this momma of boys. Opps! Back on track now.

Cricut Maker is making quick work of this 1/16th Basswood with several passes.

As you can see here there are a few extra steps to ensure your project comes out perfect when using wood. A great reference for starting on your own wood creation is to go to Cricut Help Knife blade -Basswood. You must use a Strong Bond Cricut Mat with your wood cuts. Taping around the edges provides more stability on the edges while supporting the adhesion to the mat. The cut will take several passes with pauses during the process.

Using Elmer's Spray bond creates an item to be cherished with new love

Since I could only find 1/16th Basswood at Michaels I decided to cut two of the exact same letter. Then used Elmer's Adhesive spray to strengthen the two while bonding them together. 
Use masking tape to hold the stick to the back of your Initial as the glue dries.

Taking a small dowel I applied glue to the K and the dowel then held it in place with masking tape while it attached. Gently I started my simple painting process on the front of the K. 

Sharing my wood painting or staining technique which ensures an even finish.

You may think I am rinsing my brush here but I am actually using one of my secrets to getting an even coat of paint or stain on wood. By brushing the wood with water you open the pores. This causes the wood to grab the paint or stain in an even coat rather than splotchy. Now you know what of my coveted secrets. Shhh.

Using the mirror shelf as a backdrop to plants and the cake topper. No time to make cake.

Prince Charming and I made a Target run one night for ordinary stuff. This mirrored shelf was on clearance at the end of an isle. We bought them all to hold the flowers for the wedding shower. They were a huge hit! In fact the florist had to take them out of her display case while we were coming to pick them up because so many people wanted to buy them,  I will be sharing all the DIY wedding decor and more after we get our two love birds hitched.

Golden painted Wooden Cake Topper for wedding cake made with Knife blade and Cricut Maker

I hope you loved the wood cake topper today. I can't wait to see it on a very special day in our family. Feel free Pin to Pinterest.
Piin this image to your Pinterest page to remember how easy the Cricut Knife Blade Cut this Cake Topper

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Summer Onesie Made with Cricut

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Summer Onesie Made with Cricut

It is the Craft & Create Monthly Challenge today. The team has chosen Summer as our theme. The buds of Spring are just beginning to peak out in our neighborhood. How is the weather where you live? This time of year makes me think of diamonds, dusty mitts, and the cheer of the fans. 
The first thought which came to mind was to honor the most American pastime of Summer. Take Me Out To The Ball Game in my own way came to life. 

Take Me Out To The Ball Game Onesie made with Cricut Maker. Cricut SportsFlex Deep Blue, A white Gerber Onesie and a Deep Red Flock Iron on.

End of the Year Teacher Gift Made with Cricut

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

End of the Year Teacher Gift

As Spring arrives it is time to gather ideas of how to thank those who have spent the school year working with our children. Today I am sharing my favorite gift we have given to the staff and teacher of my sons. This gift lives on and on just like the impact teachers, aides, nurses, principals and office staff leave on our kids. In this tutorial you will learn how to make a tag to hang on a plant. The tag reads, "Thank you for helping me grow."

Not only am I sharing my favorite gift ideas made for the end of the year teacher gift but my friends are sharing their best ideas too. Join us all week as you have hit the jackpot for all your teacher gifts this year.

Ring Bearer T-Shirts Made with Cricut Sports Flex Iron-On

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

This post is sponsored by Cricut. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ring Bearer T-Shirts Made with Cricut SportFlex Iron-On

When Cricut approached me with using their new SportFlex Iron On I knew what I was making immediately. Two little boys 5 and 2 are standing up as ring bearers in our family wedding this Summer. No little boy ever said, "I want to wear a tuxedo all day when it is 100 Degrees." Wicking fabric t-shirts seemed the perfect gift for our two little guys to hit the dance floor running after the ceremony. 

Superhero Ring Bearer moisture wicking T-Shirt made with Cricut Sports Flex Iron-ON Vinyl