TOP 10 Favorite Things about the NEW Cricut Explore

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  We are so super excited to introduce to you.....drum roll please.....i'm not sure if you know how big of a deal this is....it's a big deal...the NEW CRICUT EXPLORE machine!!!!  This lovely baby was unveiled in Salt Lake City, Utah Monday evening at an event hosted by Cricut.  We were lucky enough to be in attendance and were able to see and USE this beauty first-hand.  It's everything other cutter machines are NOT and we are so excited to tell you about it so here it goes..... ***IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER*** 10.  It's the FIRST machine that CUTS, SCORES, and PRINTS all in the same simple machine. YES, it's TRUE!!!  This is truly groundbreaking and when we heard about it just last night, we couldn't believe what we were hearing.  We got to see it in action and it's AAAAHHHmazing!  Down below, you see a picture of this in action...at least the cutting and printing part.  As you can see, it's cutting around the letters and the letters are being drawn right on the card. 9. … [Read more...]

10 Minute Super Hero Costume

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My 4 year old was invited to a dress up birthday party a while ago. Although we have a drawer full of costumes to choose from, he wanted to be a super hero. A real super hero. No amount of talking was going to get him to go as a pirate or dinosaur. The instruction he gave me were, 1. An L on the back of the cape 2. A mask 3. Arm bands With these instructions, I did what any mom in a hurry would and I turned to Google. I found this instruction for a superhero mask, and this one for superhero arm cuffs, as well as this one for shoe wings. I pulled out some leftover orange Naugahyde (which was remnants of a Halloween costume years ago), silver iron-on vinyl from Cricut, and grabbed a cape that has been floating around the house and we set to work. Because I figured it would be faster (hello, no sewing!) and more rugged than felt, I used the Naugahyde for the mask and the arm cuffs. They worked up really quickly. I cut them out and added adhesive Velcro to the cuffs and … [Read more...]

Personalized Bargain Backpacks

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Our local DownEast has piles of name brand backpacks and luggage with names embroidered on that no one ever buys, because the who wants the wrong name stitched on their bag? The larger backpack has wheels and a pull out handle--perfect to use as luggage for trips to grandma's house. Even little travelers can wheel it along. Here's a quick way to take advantage of these mis-named bags and personalize them with the names you want. Step 1: Score some bags. These backpacks cost less than $15 for the two (together the retail price is just shy of $100). Step 2: Using your electronic cutter, cut out correctly spelled names using heat transfer vinyl. Remember to mirror the name before cutting. Step 3: Prep a piece of matching fabric. Cut to size, iron under edges, and stitch to prevent fraying. Step 4: Iron name onto fabric piece. Step 5: Use fabric glue to adhere the new name right over the top of the embroidered name. (You will still be able to see the embroidered … [Read more...]