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Easy DIY Holiday Cards with Cricut Maker

Hello Cricut lovers! The snow is flying up north and cooks across the country are prepping their Thanksgiving turkey menus, so that must mean it is time to talk DIY Holiday Cards!

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Cricut, but all opinions expressed are my own.]

Today, I’m bringing you two clean and simple DIY holiday card designs that, with the help of Cricut Maker and a few of my favorite Cricut tools, will make easy work of your handmade holiday cards without sacrificing creativity or style!

Cricut Merry Christmas house card

Supplies Needed:

The first step to making this handmade holiday card is to cut all of the pieces out on your Cricut Maker machine. The card base requires the use of both a Cricut pen and the single Scoring Wheel.

Creating Card Base on Cricut Maker

When you peel the card base off of the mat, some of the waste from those tiny faux stitching spots will cling in the holes. That just happens when a cut is so tiny. The piercer from the Cricut Papercrafting Tool Set is the perfect solution for getting rid of these hangers-on! Just use its tiny point to poke the pieces that need to be removed, and they will pop right out!

Using Cricut Scraper Tool

This homemade holiday card can be infinitely customized to create different looks using different cardstock and patterned papers…and it’s a great way to use up your scraps!

DIY Holiday Cards with Cricut Maker

Using the knife blade to cut basswood is simple if you remember a few simple things. It will cut up to 3/32″ thick, and your cuts can’t be smaller than 1/2″ in size. (That includes interior cuts in your shapes.)

To do the actual cutting, tape your basswood down to a purple (Strong Grip) Cricut cutting mat with masking tape. Make sure it is in the upper left hand corner of the measurement grid, but not outside it. See those little white wheels spread along the middle area of the steel roller bars? Slide those white wheels to the right so they are outside of the area where your basswood will pass under. Then you can load your Cricut Knife Blade in the adaptive tool system, and follow the on screen prompts in Cricut Design Space to select your material and load the mat into the machine.

Cutting Wood Veneer with Cricut Maker

After you have completed cutting all of your pieces, you should have all of these elements, ready to assemble your homemade holiday card! Layer your house together, and adhere it to the front of your card. Your DIY holiday card is complete!

DIY Holiday Card pieces

Mid-century modern, and the pastel Christmas that goes with it, is very trendy. The same techniques and Cricut tools that I used to make that cute country Christmas card above can be used to bring a taste of retro mid-century to your Christmas cards.

Retro DIY Holiday Cards with Cricut

Supplies Needed:

(If you like the design but aren’t a fan of pastel Christmas, try making this DIY holiday card with a dark background, and dark green or silver trees for a midnight on Christmas Eve look.)

To make this card, first cut out all of the elements of the handmade holiday card design using your Cricut Maker machine and the project file. (Follow the instructions above on how to cut out the wood tree from basswood for the left side of the card.)

Once all of the elements are cut out, paint the wooden tree with Plaid FolkArt Pickle Wash following the instructions on the bottle. (I chose that particular paint because it allows the grain of the wood to show through, so the person receiving your DIY holiday card can see that the tree is actually wood!)

Painting wood veneer for DIY Holiday Cards

While your paint dries, grab the Distresser tool from the Cricut Papercrafting Tool Set and get to work rubbing it along the edges of the tree with the sentiment on it! Distressing that edge gives it more dimension, and adds interest to that tree so that it can hold its own in the design with the other two elements.

distressed edge on diy holiday card

Once all of your elements are prepared, you can quickly assemble them.

Cutting the stars out of the Cricut Adhesive Foil means that these small items are easy to adhere. (Plus the foil cuts so beautifully at these miniature sizes!) The paper piercer from the Cricut Papercrafting Tool Set is your secret shortcut for getting perfect placement of tiny sticky items like this! No more getting them stuck to your fingers, or to each other… just pop the end of the piercer under them and use it as a tiny wand to lay them down with! Place them, put your finger on top to hold them in place, and slip the piercer out from underneath. (Do this carefully, because it is a piercer, after all!) Then just press and rub firmly to make sure the foil adheres well!

Cricut paper piercer

I can’t wait to see how you all customize these DIY holiday cards for your family and friends! Tag me at @scrapbookupdate on Instagram to share yours!

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

 

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AFCI Creativation 2019 Conference Schedule Preview

Conference registration is now open for Creativation 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona from January 17th-21st, 2019, and you won’t want to miss out on the creative and business offerings on the schedule!

Creativation logo

[This is a sponsored post for AFCI, but views are entirely the author’s own.]

The Creativation 2019 conference schedule is more jam-packed with education than I ever remember it being, with over 100 workshops and seminars for attendees to choose from. One highlight of the workshop program is the addition of the track for Calligraphy, which is experiencing a recent resurgence. The program also features a strong emphasis on social media and marketing skill development for industry business owners of all types. Check out just some of the highlights below! (Visit the Creativation website for the full show schedule.)

Thursday – January 17th

Perhaps the most unique session offered at Creativation 2019 on Thursday is the Spellbinders-sponsored appearance of renowned calligrapher Paul Antonio. His 2:30pm session on “3000 Years of the Western Alphabet” [S107] promises to be both an amazing demonstration of calligraphy and a fascinating tour through history.

AFCI attendees wanting to learn more about managing their social media have two stellar options to choose from on Thursday: a Pinterest session by Jennifer Priest at 3pm [S103] and a Facebook session by Marie Segares at 12:30pm [S101]. And for retailers, Gwen Bortner’s 3pm session on “Creating an Open-to-Buy Report” [S104] is a must-do session on a critical (and often misunderstood) topic.

For those looking for creative sessions, there’s plenty papercrafting-related to choose from. Graphic 45 is back with another of their popular album classes [W116 at 4pm] and PaperArtsy has two mixed media workshops [W102, W116]. Art Impressions will be teaching how to create a trendy watercolor look with markers in their workshop taught by Kate Swanson and Bonnie Krebs [W110 at 3pm]. And speaking of trends, if you haven’t learned yet how to do the ultra-trendy gel plate printing…Gel Press will teach you how to do that in their two beginner sessions on Thursday [W105, W111].

Friday – January 18th

On Friday the lawyers are in the house at Creativation, bringing attendees sessions on important topics for creative businesses! Kiffanie Stahle will be presenting sessions on Defeating Copycats [S214 @ 11:30am] and the new GDPR in Europe [S203 @ 8am]. Tammy Browning-Smith will educate attendees on FTC disclosure rules for sponsorships & endorsements [S213 @ 11am] and the legalities of selling online [S227 @ 3:30pm].

Perennial favorites Kizer & Bender will be back at Creativation 2019 with two sessions for retailers on Friday [S209 @ 9:30am, S221 @ 2pm]. Business expert Lindsay Anvik is offering several seminars to retailers as well: Apps for Retailers [S208 @ 9:30am] and Sell More Through Wow Merchandising [S228 @ 4pm]

Ranger is offering a full slate of workshops on Friday at Creativation 2019 featuring Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, Dyan Reavely, and Dina Wakley. But there’s plenty else to love for papercrafting and mixed media industry attendees. Rising star Catherine Pooler will be kicking off the day with an 8am Ink Techniques workshop [W203].  49 & Market is pairing with The Dusty Attic for a layout techniques workshop with their vintage look products [W203 @ 1pm]. And Kelly Marie Alvarez & Jenn Shurkus will be teaching trendy interactive cardmaking for Lawn Fawn at 4:30pm [W226].

Creativation 2017

Saturday – January 19th

The Creativation Stage will feature some great sessions on Saturday afternoon at Creativation 2019. Lindsay Anvik will start the day with her talk about “Email Marketing is Not Dead” at noon [S301], followed by Anna Ebert talking about “Social Media Time Savers” at 1:15pm [S302].  At 2pm, Terina Nicole and Nneka Mosley will take on “The Evolution of A Creative Career” [S303] while Kaylee Pope of Prime Publishing will be discussing content writing at 3pm [S304].

On the creative side, cardmakers won’t want to miss the Layered Cards class at noon Saturday from stamp company Pink & Main [W302]. And mixed media fans will really get into “Rustic Shabby Chic” using Gelatos with Mou Saha & Faber-Castell at 3pm [W307].

Sunday – January 20th

Sunday afternoon another speaker series will take over the Creativation Stage. Kaylee Pope of Prime Publishing opens it up at 11:30am with her session on Email Newsletters [S401]. At 1pm, Sakura follows with what is certain to be a thought-provoking session on “Why Cursive Handwriting Matters In A Digital Age” [S402]. At 2pm, Mark Hill and Keri Cunningham from AFCI will present AFCI’s latest Creative Products Size of Industry Study findings to show attendees [S403]. Finally, Arkon Mounts will close out the series with a presentation on how to improve the quality of craft demonstration videos [S404].

Stampers have plenty to choose from on the Sunday class schedule. Paper Artsy is offering two workshops (taught by Sara Naumann and Tracy Scott, respectively) to create mixed media projects. Art nerds will definitely want to check out Marabu’s 3pm class where attendees will create a Kandinsky-inspired mixed media work [W405].

Creativation 2017 New Product Showcase

Creativation 2017 New Product Showcase

Special Events at Creativation

If you are a new to Creativation, you won’t want to miss the free Newcomer’s Welcome Session on Thursday evening from 5pm-6pm. Host Jason Baum (AFCI Director of Membership) will share with new attendees everything that you need to know about how to have a successful show at Creativation.

Who says Creativation has to be all work and no play? On Friday night, show attendees can get down to some music and win prizes at the free Show Party [E205] from 6pm to 9pm. (And you can even do some networking while you have fun too!) Before you go to the party, be sure to check out the popular New Product Networking Event from 4:30pm to 6pm. [E204]

If you are an AFCI member who likes to keep your finger on the pulse of the organization, you definitely won’t want to miss the annual business meeting and town hall event on Monday morning at 7:30am. It’s a chance to hear the Executive Team and Board of Directors talk about future plans for AFCI, and also to share your feedback with them.

Don’t miss out on your top choices of sessions and workshops…register now for Creativation 2019!

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Make a Watercolor Fall Leaf Card with Cricut Scoring Wheel!

Fall is starting to sound really good with the July heat here in Florida! So today, I decided to bring some cool fall weather to my studio with the help of my Cricut Maker and the new Cricut Scoring Wheel.

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Cricut.]

Fall Watercolor Card with Cricut Scoring Wheel

When I first got my Cricut Scoring Wheel for my Cricut Maker, I was going over a list of the materials that the Cricut Double Scoring Wheel will work with: shimmer paper….sparkle paper…watercolor paper…heavy cardstock…. Wait! Back that bus up! Did that say watercolor paper?

It did! Because the new Cricut Scoring Wheel works in the Adaptive Tool slot of the Cricut Maker machine, it has up to 10x the scoring pressure of the previous Scoring Stylus. And that means that it can create scoring lines in materials like 140lb watercolor paper that the stylus just can’t stand up to.

I love using watercolor techniques – and thus watercolor paper – in my card making. But the challenge it brings is that watercolor paper is extremely heavy and doesn’t fold well. So working with up until now meant making a separate card front with it, or having to design my card so that the watercolor was an element not the whole card front. It was limiting.

Being able to create score lines in watercolor paper with the Cricut Double Scoring Wheel means creative freedom from all of those limitations. I really pushed the limits of my new freedom for this card. I created a card that is a watercolor paper base, and has a see-through element as well.

Supplies Used:

Cricut Double Scoring Wheel lines

The Cricut Double Scoring Wheel makes two scoring lines close together. This creates a more gradual fold that doesn’t break the surface of the material when folding heavier materials like foil paper, cereal boxes, kraft board, lightweight chipboard, and more. (Don’t worry if you aren’t certain which Cricut Scoring Wheel is the correct one for your material. Your Cricut Maker machine will tell you which one to use after you select your material in Design Space!)

Cricut Scoring Wheel in Cricut Maker machine

There is one other benefit of the new Cricut Scoring Wheel working in the Adaptive Tool slot of the Cricut Maker machine – it leaves the pen slot open! This means that drawing and scoring can be done in one set-up of the machine (assuming you are only using one pen color). With the Scoring Stylus, you have to do the pen, then the machine stops and you have to swap the pen for the the stylus before you can score. The new process of being able to do them both at once is much more efficient!

To start my watercolor fall leaf card project, I cut the project out on my Cricut Maker. I cut the main part out of watercolor paper, the frame for the front out of shimmer paper, and the back for the window out of foil acetate.

Fall Watercolor Card prep

Once my pieces were cut I used my art tape to tape my card base down to a surface for painting. (Painter’s tape would also work.) I also used the tape to cover the sentiment that was done in pen by my Cricut Maker, and also to create a border around the window to keep my watercolor from migrating. It only takes a few moments to do this, and it is a good way to prevent paint disasters. Also, if the card base isn’t taped down, the watercolor paper will curl when it dries after painting.

Fall Watercolor Card in Progress

My first layer of watercolor was started with an olive green color from my watercolor set. I used my waterbrush and just made random dabs of the olive from the palette onto the dry watercolor paper. Then I spritzed the leaf lightly with water. I grabbed a clean watercolor brush and started filling in between the green with a nice saturated yellow. Then I spritzed again to make it blend well. To speed the drying process, I used a heat gun.

Fall Card marker edges

After the green and yellow was dry, I started my next watercolor layer. The next layer was a reddish-orange color. I used a small waterbrush for applying this color, and then spritzed it to blend it. Then I dried it with the heat gun again.

The final layer was some brown, applied the same way as the red. In addition to making random spots, I also filled in the stem with the brown, and painted along the vein lines with it.

When I was done painting, I used a brown brush marker lightly edge along the leaf and frame to cover the white edges. I also colored just a little bit of the front of the opening. I also did the same thing to the white edges of the shimmer paper frame. All of this provides a more “finished” look to my die cuts, and creates a sort of drop shadow effect.

Fall Watercolor Card assembled

Once my watercolor was all dry, I very carefully removed the tape. Then I assembled the card elements. The Cricut Foil Acetate perfectly matches the Geode Cricut pen I used for the sentiment, and adds a sort of blue sky sparkle to the card. The Cricut Shimmer Paper that I used for the frame picks up the fall colors of the leaf, and makes it a bit more festive.

The final step, of course, is to use the beautiful double scoring lines to fold my finished card! Folding the 140lb watercolor paper was surprisingly easy with the lines from my Cricut Double Scoring Wheel, and I got a perfect edge!

And here is the result!

Fall Watercolor Card with Cricut Scoring Wheel

I chose a “thinking of you” sentiment for my card but the design is suitable for lots of fall uses – a simple hello, happy birthday, and many others. Anna Griffin has a whole bunch of similar sentiment designs to choose from to make it easy to adapt this card to whatever use you need!

Watercolor Fall Leaf Card with Cricut Scoring Wheel

What occasion will use the Cricut Double Scoring Wheel for?

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

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AFCI | In the MKNG Preview (And a Discount!)

Summer is flying by fast, and that means we are coming up on theIn the MKNG™ festival being put on by AFCI on September 29th-30th, 2018! Here’s all the latest info that you need to know about the festival – along with a discount code for tickets!

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AFCI.]

Where is In the MKNG™️?

Museum at Bethel Woods

In the MKNG™ will be taking place at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel Woods, NY. Located about 90 minutes outside of New York City, Bethel Woods is also within a few hours’ driving distance of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Bethel Woods, of course, is famous as the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Today, the grounds of that festival (most of which are now part of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts) are on the National Register of Historic Places and are regularly visited by tourists. A monument sits near the location of the festival’s main stage. The Museum at Bethel Woods, also part of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, tells the story of the Woodstock Festival and the 1960’s through artifacts and other exhibits.

If nature is more your thing than history, the Sullivan Catskills area surrounding Bethel Woods has plenty to offer. Take a drive on scenic Route 97, or go hiking and biking on the area’s many trails, or fish and hunt in Lake Superior State Park.

To learn more about the area around Bethel Woods and to plan your visit, explore the Sullivan Catskills website.

Who will be at In the MKNG™️?

Many of crafters’ favorite brands are sponsoring and participating In the MKNG™ – Bob Ross, Michaels, Paper House, Gildan, Lion Brand, Duck Tape, and so many more!

With over fifty vendors already signed up for In the MKNG™. there’s something for every craft fanatic. For paper crafters, there’s Altenew, The Paper Curator, Paper House, Eileen Hull and more – including loads of mixed media options. Sewists can visit the legendary Mood Fabrics, Fabric Mart NY, Decorative Trimmings, Blu Arlan and other options. A host of options for fiber arts fans include Lion Brand, Red Heart, Cornwall Yarn Shop, Buck Brook Alpacas, and more exciting options.

To see the current list of sponsors and vendors for In the MKNG™, visit the event’s website. (Are you a vendor who would like to be on that list? Visit the In the MKNG™ website to become a vendor or sign up as a sponsor – or both!)

Take a workshop!

Registration is now open for workshops at In the MKNG™! Workshop slots are available on both Saturday and Sunday. Attendees can take their pick of workshops that include crafts such as a knitted headband (no knitting experience required), a beautiful fall wreath, an etched glass jar, embroidery wall art, and more!

Tickets for In the MKNG™ workshops range from $20-$40 each, and can be purchased during the registration process for the event. (Attendees must buy a festival ticket to be able to purchase a workshop ticket.) View the full workshop descriptions on the In the MKNG™website.

Catch a concert!

Sister Hazel

Bethel Woods is famous for music, and so In the MKNG™ wouldn’t be complete without a great concert. And the best part is that your In the MKNG™ festival ticket includes access to the live music performances!

On Saturday, the festival’s headline performer (from 4:30pm to 6pm) is Sister Hazel, known to most music fans for their 1997 rock hit “All for You”. Sister Hazel is currently touring to promote their latest album, Lighter In The Dark. This new album is their first country album and features a collaboration track with Darius Rucker.

Other performers on Saturday are CMA artist Lauren Davidson, independent singer/songwriter Zach Matari & The After Parti, and NY-based pop/rock band Wild Planes.

On Sunday, the festival is being headlined by 16 year old country music singer-songwriter Brennley Brown. She appeared on season 12 of the NBC series “The Voice”, and is also known to fans for being the voice of Lily the Good Witch on the Disney Channel series “Sofia the First”.

Other performers on Sunday are singer/songwriter Emma Bilyou, retro-pop duo Fly By Midnight, and alternative rock band Don’t Believe in Ghosts.

To see the full music schedule for In the MKNG, click here.

What else can I do at In the MKNG™️?

Puppies

In the MKNG™ is designed as an interactive, hands on experience for festival attendees from kids to adults. Crafters of all skill levels can try out new crafts, or enhance their skills at existing ones using products from companies like Bob Ross, Brother, Crayola, DecoArt, iLoveToCreate, Lion Brands and more.

The Creator Stage will be hosting live demonstrations, crafting competitions and more. Animal lovers will find pet crafting projects (and an adoption center if you’re looking for a new furry family member to love). Or try out local craft beer and wine in a special pavilion.

Save on your ticket!

Buy your tickets today and use the following promotional code to save $3 off In the MKNG™ tickets: PRMKNG13

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Back to School with Cricut Scoring Wheel!

It’s time to think about back to school time already! With Cricut Scoring Wheel, it’s easy to welcome teacher back from summer vacation with a cute gift!

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut, but all opinions are the author’s own.]

Cricut Scoring Wheel teacher gift

The new Cricut Scoring Wheel makes it easy to make 3D items like this adorable schoolhouse box, with your Cricut Maker machine. Pair it with a small plant and a gift card holder and it makes for the perfect back to school gift for teacher! Continue Reading →

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A First Look at the Cricut Scoring Wheel!

If you like to make cards and 3D items with your Cricut machine, there’s a new Cricut accessory that will make your projects easier and more beautiful: the Cricut Scoring Wheel.

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

I was thrilled to learn about the introduction of the Cricut Scoring Wheel. I’ve always been a fan of the Cricut Scoring Stylus but I’ve often wished it had more power to make stronger scores that are easier to fold, and that it worked on more materials. Now my wish has been answered!

Cricut Scoring Wheel

The Cricut Scoring Wheel is actually wheels plural – there are two different ones, as you can see in the photo above. The one labeled 01 has a single scoring wheel for scoring lighter materials like cardstock. The version labeled 02 above has two side-by-side scoring wheels that make two parallel scoring lines for clean folding of heavier materials without surface cracking. (There’s no guesswork, either, about which one is the correct one for your material – your Cricut Maker will tell you after you select your material setting.)

Cricut Scoring Wheel

The previous Scoring Stylus attached to your Cricut machine via the same accessory slot as the pens. The new Cricut Scoring Wheel is available only for the Cricut Maker machine because it attaches via the machine’s Adaptive Tool System. This means that it has up to 10x the pressure to score materials as the old stylus.

This crease line on this envelope I cut was so perfectly crisp that it started to perfectly fold itself when I peeled the paper off of the cutting mat!

Cricut Scoring Wheel

Since it’s Christmas in July time, let’s take a look at how the Cricut Scoring Wheel can make it so much easier to make your Christmas cards this year! The single wheel works wonderfully for cardmaking with 80lb cardstock. You can cut and fold this Merry & Bright Christmas Card in just moments, with perfect results!

Cricut Scoring Wheel Christmas CardI love making little goodies to go with cards, like lip balm or candy holders. They work best, though, from stiffer materials like this Cricut Foil Poster Board. Now with the double scoring wheel, I can get these beautiful double score lines that let me fold easily without cracking the surface of my foil!

Cricut Scoring Wheel

Fold it up, tie it up with some ribbon, and this lip balm folder is a beautiful companion for my Christmas card!

Cricut Scoring Wheel lip balm folder

And don’t forget to use the single Cricut Scoring Wheel to make a colorful lining from patterned paper for your lip balm holder. This fun little project will brighten someone’s holidays, and is so easy to make!

Cricut Scoring Wheel lip balm folder

Whether you are making gift wrap, cards, or decorations…the Cricut Scoring Wheel for Cricut Maker is a must-have for your holiday crafting projects. Maybe I’ll finally get around to making the Christmas village this year with my Cricut now that the scoring wheel has made it so easy!

Cricut Scoring Wheel Christmas card

Can’t wait to get your own Cricut Scoring Wheel for your Cricut Maker? You can – it’s launching today on HSN! Don’t miss out!

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

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