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Easy Iron-On Glitter Heart Leotard

 

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I’m so excited to share this project because it’s so incredibly EASY PEASY!!!  Dance, soccer, school, etc. etc. is starting up all over again and we thought it would be fun to jazz up Q’s leotard by adding a darling silver iron-on heart….a glittery one.  If you haven’t used the Cricut Explore yet, it’s amazing.  It has opened up a whole new world of crafting in my life, furreals!  (totally a non-sponsored post 😉

Supplies:

  • Cricut silver glitter iron-on
  • Cricut Explore or if you want a more freehand heart, you can cut it yourself 😉
  • leotard or other shirt
  • iron

STEP 1:  If you are using the Cricut, pull up the design space and pull a heart of choice out of the “insert image” section on the left hand side of the screen.  Make the heart the size you want and let the machine cut out the perfect heart.  As you can see below, my heart turned out to be 5.5″.

STEP 2: Iron on your heart….yea that’s it.  The best way to iron on with the Cricut iron-on material is to iron the shirt right before you stick the heart on so increase adhesion.  When the heart is in place, press the iron firmly down on the heart until heart stay in place.  I usually keep that piece of plastic that comes off when you iron it in case it peels up at all.

Glitter Heart Leotard

DONE AND DONE!!!  Enjoy!

xoxo,

KIRSTEN

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Flower Topped Pencils

Disclosure: This is post is part of Michael’s #createtoeducate campaign and I received a gift card for my supplies. All opinions are mine.

 

Pencil Posies

Here’s a cute little back to school gift that is completely applicable and useful for the classroom!

 

Pencil Posies

Supplies:

Americana Chalky Finish Paint

6″ Double-Sided Cardstock

Pencils

Mason Jar

Bakers Twine

Cricut Explore

Step 1:

Paint the jar with the the Americana Chalky Finish paint and while it is drying we’ll work on the flowers.

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Step 2:

First, cut flowers out. I used a Cricut Explore and one of their 3D flowers. The hole is already in the middle and was the perfect size to fit over the eraser. I cut 5 layers that gradually get smaller from double sided cardstock. All 5 flowers fit perfectly on the 6″ cardstock, which was perfect! I love double sided cardstock because the colors always coordinate and you can get a different patterns without having to load and cut a ton of paper in the Cricut.

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Once the flowers are cut, crumple them. This will give them dimension and texture.

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See how they no longer lay flat and the petals go both up and down.

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Then simply slide the petals over the eraser and arrange so that the edges alternate and you can see the scalloped edges.

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Place flowers in the painted jar and tie up with baker’s twine.

Pencil Posies

You can join Michael’s #create2educate sweepstakes too! Here’s how.

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Create your own back-to-school project and upload a photo to your Instagram using the #Create2Educate and #sweepstakes hashtags before August 15 for a chance to win a $50 Michaels gift card – one winner will be chosen each day.

If you don’t have an Instagram, don’t worry, you can also submit a photo via www.michaels.com/create2educate, which will be live on August 1.

Michaels will highlight fans’ submissions on social and on Michaels.com throughout the two week entry period.

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TOP 10 Favorite Things about the NEW Cricut Explore

 

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…..

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***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.

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9.  YOU don’t have to change the SETTINGS!!!!  You just turn the dial.  In machines similar to this one, the depth of the blade has to be set, the thickness of the materials being cut, etc etc.  With this new machine, you just turn the dial and the machine knows how deep and how fast to cut.

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8.  You can go from Inspiration to Creation in just a few clicks.  There is a project library that you can go through and choose a project and with a couple clicks, you can create those projects, the machine and software know exactly what to do!! How many times do we look on Pinterest and NEVER make any of the projects we pin?  Now you can choose the project and create it FAST!

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7.  It’s NOT JUST FOR PAPER & VINYL CRAFTING anymore. While this machine cuts paper and vinyl like a champion,  the fact that it cuts a variety of other materials, makes it perfect for home decor, jewelry, accessories, and many other things.  I think in the past, similar machines have been more focused on paper and vinyl.  This machine is focused on the whole DIY spectrum and is much more versatile.

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6.  PRECISE cut, big or small!  WE love that IT WORKS!  It’s precise and cuts tiny tiny pieces that are 1/4″ up to 23 1/2″ tall.  The well-engineered blade is astounding.

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5. CUT OUT THE IMAGES YOU DESIGN!!!  Upload .jpg, .png, .bmp and .gif files for free, or use .svg and .dxf files as part of a monthly subscription. I’m not going to lie, i’m SOOOO happy about this.  This is AWESOME!!!

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4.  You can now use fonts already installed on your computer & any Cricut cartridges you already own.  Better yet, once you upload them to the design software, you don’t ever have to upload them again and they are there for your use as you need them!

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3.  Designed for a lifetime of use!!!!  The German engineering is precise, compact, and well-made.  They didn’t mess around when making and designing this product.  I want to know that when I buy something, it’s going to last me a very long time and be reliable, duh don’t we all!

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2.  The design software is EASY. TO. USE & you have access to 25,000+ images for just $.99 or do a lovely monthly subscription to have all access….AWESOME.  It’s very user friendly and designed for the consumer.

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1.  I would have to say the #1 reason for me to use the Cricut Explore  and my 1st favorite thing besides all the awesome features, all the possibilities, and all the bells and whistles….what is it, what is it?  It’s their staff, their people, their employees that are down right delightful.  I’ve never met a group of people that are so focused on the consumer and what to know EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT & NEED.  I kid you not, we deal with a lot of companies in the industry of crafting and DIY and you won’t find a more delightful group of people that care so much! SOLD. SOLD. SOLD.

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So watch for this beautiful baby….it will be available on HSN in February and will be available on many popular consumer shelves on March 15th!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on one….CRICUT EXPLORE.

xoxo, KIRSTEN

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10 Minute Super Hero Costume

super_hero 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. SONY DSC

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 sewed on a sparkly piece of elastic to the mask and they were finished (5 minutes total).

While I was cutting Super Lincoln’s logo out of iron-on I cut a couple of extra little stars for the arm cuffs. I wasn’t sure how well the iron-on vinyl would work with the Naugahyde, but figured I didn’t have much to loose. Because Naugahyde is plastic I was afraid of it melting so I was really shy with the iron. But it worked really well. Maybe you could use a lower heat setting, but I found that applying heat for a short amount of time, checking to make sure it wasn’t melting, and then applying more heat until it was attached seemed to work.

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And then because everything else had come together so quickly, I played around with the shoe wings. I imported a wing image into my Silhouette software and cut the wing out of the iron-on. I ironed it onto the Naugahyde and then cut around the wing shape with scissors. The last step was to punch holes into the wings with a hole punch. I lined the wings up with the laces and marked where the holes should go and used a regular old hole punch to make the holes.

These wings ended up being my favorite part and the perfect touch to complete this real super hero! You can download the Silhouette file below.

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Personalized Bargain Backpacks

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?

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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 stitching inside the front pocket.)

Step 6: Gift to your favorite kid(s) and watch their face light up when they notice it is just for them!

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