Repurposing post-holiday clearance items for new purposes!

I purchased a Dead of the Dead wreath from Wal-Mart for $.25 after Halloween. I’m guessing the bright, spring colors weren’t what most people thought of when buying decor for Halloween.

I saw this wreath for a quarter, and knew I couldn’t pass it up. And knew INSTANTLY what I was going to do with it: Create a beautiful spring/Easter wreath!

 

I went to Dollar Tree and bought two bags of sytrofoam Easter eggs and one roll of wired ribbon ($3.24 total).

 

First, I carefully removed the sugar skulls from the DOTD wreath.

Next, I cut the sticks either very short, so I could stick them in the styrofoam, or completely off of the Easter eggs, so they nested in groups of three, and hot glued them to the wreath, making sure to cover the holes left by the skulls.

 

 

Last, I fashioned a cute bow and hot glued that to the wreath as well. The project cost me a total of $3.49, and I spent less than 30 minutes creating it.

It’s a great idea to shop the ‘after holiday’ clearances at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels. I frequently run into $10 items for under $1, and I can get creative much easier than I can justify spending $20-30 for a wreath.

Until next time, craft on! 

Heat Press for 70% off!

Oh my goodness! An almost $700 heat press for $222! Want to make professional-appearing shirts & bags on your Cricut machine? You MUST invest in a heat press! Irons are great for when you’re starting out, but when you begin to get dozens of orders, you need to upgrade to a professional heat press. This one allows you to make caps, mugs, and anything that you can press! Cut your HTV with your Cricut, and use this heat press to apply!

Nudge your honey to get you this one while supplies last. What a deal!!

Quick and easy Christmas cards from your Cricut!

Spent a few hours this weekend making Christmas cards for the first time for my family and friends. I made two different designs — one, this adorable Santa face, courtesy of an online crafter who shared the design with her subscribers. I embossed Santa’s beard with my favorite folder, added chalk for the cheeks (applied with my finger) but otherwise created it very simply. All of these are cardstock cuts pieced together. It took 5 minutes to cute and 5 minutes to assemble.

Another one I made was from Cricut’s ‘make it now’ collection. You click on the link on Design Space, and it’s already created for you. You simply choose your paper, load your machine, and go. The red is die cut, and the white is a blank card I bought at Joann’s in a pack of 50 that included envelopes, as well.

I ran the red die cut cardstock through my Xyron to adhere it to the white card blank, used my Cricut to write a sentiment on the white cardstock interior, added some stickles on the front to make it glittery, then addressed the envelopes, and sent them off.

These were some fun and creative projects that I hope will mean a little more to my family and friends this year, with my first-ever created Christmas cards.

From my family to yours, have a very Crafty Christmas and a Happy New year!

The Cricut Explore ~ Life Changer for Crafting!

I saved for months to buy a Cricut Explore. The Explore is the latest/greatest die cutting machine from Provocraft. I wanted it even before I knew all of the capabilities it had for crafting.

Did you know the Explore can write? It has two areas for use — one is for the cutting blade, and the other is for a marker or pen. It can even write your own handwriting!

Did you know you can upload pictures from the internet and convert them into cuttable files? With the Design Space feature (online access) you can upload SVG files — virtually any picture from the internet — and convert it into a cuttable image?

Upload a close up of your child’s face, and convert it into an SVG. Upload it into Design Space, and you can print then cut a picture of your child!

Print then cut is wonderful! Upload any picture into Design Space. Print it, then place the printed page on a Cricut mat. Load it into the Cricut Explore, and it will cut precisely around the edges! NO MORE HAND TRIMMING WITH SCISSORS!

Went to Disneyland but forgot to get a picture of the sign? No problem! Find a picture off the internet, upload it into Design Space. Print it, then cut it, and you have a custom die cut!

Want to cut chipboard? You CAN do that with the Cricut Explore! Want to duct duct tape? You CAN do that with the Cricut Explore! Want to cut fabric? You CAN do that with the Cricut Explore!

Want to see a video overview of the Cricut Explore? https://youtu.be/qT-TV1P2Z-A

I’m not exaggerating when I say Cricut has changed the way I scrapbook and create paper crafts. I make banners for birthday parties, treat boxes, centerpieces, adorable custom wreaths for my front door, scrapbook pages, die cuts, my own t-shirts with heat transfer vinyl, and so much more.

Here’s a link so that you can get your very own Cricut Explore!

 

Cheat sheet for embossing and die cutting machines

I was recently the very lucky winner of a Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 electric embossing and die cutting machine. I’ve included the link to buy this fabulous machine on Amazon. It normally retails for $199, and a price of $172.78 with Amazon Prime shipping is a great deal. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m all about Provocraft and Cricut products, but I’ve really come to love my Vagabond 2.

It’s electric and wonderful for crafters who don’t want to crank an embossing machine handle or someone (like me) who has arthritis and can’t crank very much without having pain. It has a very easy learning curve, but being that I’m relatively new to embossing and die cutting outside of a Cricut machine, I have been having a very difficult time figuring out how to ‘sandwich’ my embossing folders and metal dies.

This morning, I was very excited to find a cheat sheet for the Vagabond (1 and 2) die cutting machine, and I’m going to share it with you! I’m attaching this reference chart for you here. It’s a ‘cheat sheet’ from Die Cutting for Paper Crafters magazine (link below) to help you figure out the plates to use for what you’re trying to accomplish. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.

Have a fabulous weekend & happy crafting!