Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Custom T-Shirt with Cricut Patterned Iron On™

Here's how to make your very own custom T-Shirt with the New Cricut Patterned Iron On™, and the Cricut EasyPress™.  Creating your very own Iron-On Tees has never been easier or quicker. With the New,  Cricut Patterned Iron On™  that is currently available in "9" sampler packs, there is sure to be something for you!     **Sponsored Post by Cricut®**

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Of course, I chose a cat image and a pink colored t-shirt to do a project for Cricut®! Next Choosing which of the Cricut Patterned Iron On™  I preferred was a bit hard!  They are all so beautiful!  I chose a pattern that was black like my cat and has a flowery design  (because I love flowers).  I had fun and found the learning process so easy.  Let me explain it to you.

  I started with a basic cotton t-shirt and the idea that I wanted a cute kitty!  To find an image I liked, and that was easy to cut I went to my computer and went to Cricut Design Space™. I chose:  Cat   #M459FD  The First Few Years.
My project link:

I just wanted to use the top layer of the image, as I wanted the color of the t-shirt to become the cat's eyes and nose.

 I also resized the image to make it slightly larger.  I saved my New Project. 

I chose to use the Black with the White printed sheet that comes in the Anna Griffin "Charlotte Sampler" in the Cricut Patterned Iron On™.

I cut a piece of the  Patterned Iron On™ a bit larger than the portion I would need.

Using the Blue Cricut® 12 x 12 LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat I placed the cut piece of Patterned Iron On™, shiny side down.  The Cricut® 12 x 12 LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mats are made to secure lightweight to medium-weight materials with soft-release adhesive for easier removal.

I turned on my Cricut Explore Air™2.  I chose my Saved projects from  Cricut Design Space™ and Selected My Project: the Cat Iron On.  From there I followed the instructions on the screen of my computer.  Easy Peasy!  I had prepared the mat with the material.  I loaded the mat. I Pressed the go button.  The  Cricut Explore Air™2 did the rest.

After I unloaded the mat with the cut image, I found it so easy to peel away the extra Patterned Iron On™, leaving the shiny liner and the cut cat.

Next, I plugged in the Cricut EasyPress™.

  By looking at the chart for using the Cricut EasyPress™and the Cricut EasyPress™ Mat Settings,  I saw I had to set the temperature to 340 Fahrenheit and Pre-heat for 5 seconds.

I lay the cut shaped Patterned Iron On™ shiny side up onto the t-shirt.  When the Cricut EasyPress™ was ready, I applied it to the cut image for  30 seconds.  I then turned the project over and used the Cricut EasyPress™ for 15 seconds.

Patterned Iron On™ requires a Cold Peel for optimal results.  I waited for the t-shirt to cool down completely, and then I removed the shiny layer.

Supplies used:

Cricut® Patterned Iron On™ (Anna Griffin Charlotte Sampler)
Cricut® 12 x 12 LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat
Cricut EasyPress
Cricut EasyPress™ Mat
Cricut Explore Air™2

Shop new arrivals from Cricut!

The New Patterned Iron On™ is a revolutionary product for all crafters.  There are nine sampler products available, now.

Go to to see which one is your favorite. Each pack comes with three sheets measuring 12" x 17".  Use the New Patterned Iron On™ to create custom clothing for yourself, your kids, make a tote bag uniques, decorate your home, and so much more!  You even have the freedom to mix and match to your heart's content!

                                Have Fun and go Iron-On! ( Patterned Iron On™) that is. :)

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Purrfect Glitter Cat with Testors

Make the most brilliant looking home decor piece with a beautiful NEW brush-on formula Glitter Paint by Testors, available in 8 oz.  See, what I made below.

To begin, paint the unfinished wood piece, use  Black.  Let dry. Using the Pink, paint the carved details.

The base is painted in Black first.  Then a layer of Crackle Paint medium is used, followed by a thick coat of Pink.  Let Dry. The crackle effect will happen during the drying time.

Now add that touch of elegance with the Testors Craft Intense Glitter Paint in Silver.

Brush the glitter paint on in an even coat, and let it dry before applying the second coat.
Once the second coat of glitter paint is applied, add a green gem for the eye.  The paint will hold the cat eye in place.

Supplies Used:
Testors Craft Intense Glitter Paint (Silver)  **Available in 3 on-trend metallic finishes)
Testors Craft Acrylic Paint (Petal Pink, Black)
Wood Cat (My stash)
Acrylic Green Gem (My stash)
Crackle Medium (Plaid®)


Monday, April 2, 2018

Pretty Paper Flowers with Leisure Arts, Cricut®, and Testors

My love of flowers goes beyond the ones that grow in my gardens during the warmer months.  I even enjoy making flowers by hand out of any material.  Today I have a great Book to tell you about that is all about making Paper Flowers! The book: Paper Flowers    10 Do-It-Yourself blossoms to brighten your world!   by Jennifer Maker, From Leisure Arts®.  Below are some of the projects I was inspired by the book to make.

I was delighted when Leisure Arts® asked me to review this book.  One of the reasons being that there are projects with SVG downloadable files to make paper flowers using the Cricut Maker!  Full disclosure, to complete the arrangement above I used my Cricut Explore Air™2.

paper crafting florals

To make the flowers here is a list of the supplies and tools I used:

Paper Flowers Book by Jennifer Maker (Leisure Arts®)
Cricut Explore Air™2
Cricut® Cardstock
Testors Craft Intense Glitter Paint in Silver

Following the instructions in the Paper Flowers Book by Jennifer Maker (Leisure Arts®), I downloaded the SVG Files onto my computer.  After which I uploaded them into My Uploads in the Cricut Design Space™.  Using the Cricut Explore Air™2 proved to be such a time saver!

I chose several different colors of Cricut® Cardstock to make the smaller (Anemone) flowers and cut all the pieces out.

Once all the pieces were cut I assembled each flower as instructed in the book.  I chose not to include the foliage pieces.

 To add some shimmer to each flower, I painted the centres with the Testors Craft Intense Glitter Paint in Silver.

Finally,  I glued each of the Anemone Paper Flowers onto a trim I had in my stash.

To make the larger bloom (Dahlia) I chose Cricut® Cardstock in shades of pink. Once again I chose to use the SVG downloadable file to cut all the pieces using the Cricut Explore Air™2.
I used another piece of thick cardstock from my stash to cut out a large circle as the base of the Dahlia.  Using a Hot Glue gun I built the Large Flower following the instructions in Paper Flowers Book by Jennifer Maker (Leisure Arts®).


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Loom Knit Scarf with Alpaca Wool

Loom Knitting is fun and fast!  Check out this scarf I made using a loom.
This pattern is featured in 25 Loom Knitting Patterns from FaveCrafts
*Affiliate links that pay me a commission for purchases below.

Materials and Tools Used:

Oval Loom (Leisure Arts)**
Beginner's Guide Oval Loom Knitting (Leisure Arts)**
Small round flower loom (my stash)
Patons Alpaca Blend Wool in Smoke and Ultraviolet (Yarnspirations)

Basic instructions for using Oval Looms are in the book: Beginner's Guide Oval Loom Knitting from Leisure Arts, and videos at www.Leisure

Also, here is a video showing how I knit on the Oval Loom:

To make the Twisted Garter Scarf with Flowers, I followed the basic instructions in the book Beginner's Guide Oval Loom Knitting** page 36.  I adapted the pattern to suit my needs.
 To begin, I used the Ultraviolet Yarn and wrapped 23 pegs going clockwise.
For Row one, I knit across.
Row 2 Purl.
Row 3 knit with the Smoke Yarn by skipping every other peg.
Row 4 is purled across in Smoke Yarn skipping every other peg.
Repeat Rows 1-5, until scarf is the desired length.
Bind off.

To make flower embellishments I used some other round looms I have in my stash.

To complete the scarf I sewed the flowers onto the project.

**affiliate links
Oval Loom Kit