Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cricut Mystery Boxes

There are currently FIVE Mystery Boxes available at Cricut. Three are from this month (Thanksgiving box, regular November box and the Holiday box) plus two Cuttlebug Mystery boxes that were released in March 2018. There were several other boxes but they are now sold out. So be quick!  The two Cuttlebug boxes are $10 cheaper than they were when first released.

(This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.)

Use code NARELLE on purchases over $50 to save 10% and receive free US/Canada shipping.




Here's the contents and links for each box:

Thanksgiving Mystery Box - $39.99

Glitter Gel Pen Set, Brights (5 ct.)
Deluxe Paper, Marvel® Avengers Assemble
Disney® Deluxe Paper, Vintage Mickey
Disney® Deluxe Paper, Princess Magic
Premium Vinyl - Permanent, Black
Premium Vinyl - Permanent, Maize
Premium Vinyl - Permanent, Red
Premium Vinyl™ Sampler, Brights – Permanent
Premium Vinyl™ , Turquoise – Removable
Premium Vinyl™ Sampler, Basics – Permanent
Holographic Sparkle Vinyl, Red


Holiday Mystery Box - $29.99

Gel Pen Set, Dark Petals (5 ct.)
Fine Point Pen Set, Wisteria (5 ct.)
Glitter Tape Sampler Pack
Essential Vinyl Tool Set
Fabric Shears, 8″
TrueControl Knife
Rotary Cutter, 45 mm


November Mystery Box - $29.99 - Available in the US only

Pen Set
Party Foil (four rolls)
Holographic Iron-On
Holographic Vinyl (two rolls)
Permanent Outdoor Vinyl
Glitter vinyl
Faux leather

Colors will vary depending on what is in stock at the time of purchase.

March 2018 Cuttlebug Mystery Box #1 - $29.99 ($99.67 value)

Designer Fabric Sampler
Anna Griffin All Heart Cut & Emboss Dies
Anna Griffin Paper Tricks Embossing Folders


March 2018 Cuttlebug Mystery Box #2 - $29.99 ($125.87)

Anna Griffin Mix and Match Framed Sentiments
Anna Griffin Paper Tricks 2 Embossing Folders


Mystery Boxes are avaible in the US and Canada only. Because of Marvel and Disney licencing restrictions the Thanksgiving box is only available in the US.

Contents may vary depending on what is in stock at the time of purchase.


Hope you grab a bargain.


Happy crafting!  ♥






Sunday, November 18, 2018

Cricut - Using Iron on Vinyl on Cardstock

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Have you ever used iron on vinyl (also known as heat transfer vinyl or HTV) on cardstock?

If you haven't, you should give it a try. It's so much easier when you're working with lots of small pieces/letters that you want to keep positioned exactly as they are cut.

For example... this Merry Christmas image was cut with cardstock. It was really tricky trying to line up each line of text and even when I was finished I wasn't happy with how it looked. Because the image was quite small it was also quite flimsy which made it even harder to line everything up.

I have in the past used painters tape or drywall tape to try and transfer my cardstock from the cutting mat to my project, but that hasn't been terribly successful.

That's why using iron on vinyl on cardstock is so much easier. Once you weed your vinyl the clear transfer sheet keeps everything in place. All you need to do is iron on each colour individually.

The heat settings for Cricut regular vinyl on cardstock when using the Cricut EasyPress is 140°C/280°F for 30 seconds.

For Cricut glitter vinyl it's 145°C/290°F for 30 seconds.

When ironing on multiple colours I generally heat press the first colour for 20 seconds, carefully remove the clear coversheet (some bits might not be totally adhered so go slowly), then place the next colour and press again. When I get to my last colour I press for the full 30 seconds.

This week I took it a step further and used HTV on cardstock that I had embossed. I thought I'd show you the results of my testing. :)

I wanted to see which worked better... embossing then ironing on the vinyl, or doing the iron on first, then embossing.

The two photos below show you the results when using regular Cricut Iron on.
Both work fine, but if you don't want to see the imprint of the embossing on your vinyl then you should emboss first, then add your iron on. (You can see in the first photo that there was one small area when you could ever so slightly see the embossing). 

The next thing I wanted to test was using Glitter heat transfer vinyl.

I used the same Christmas Tree image as in my first photo. Here are the results:

The image on the left was embossed first then ironed on. The image on the right was ironed on first then embossed.

On an image this small you can't really see much differenence. However, like the blue sample above, the embossing has been pressed into the vinyl if you emboss last.

For that reason, I prefer embossing first then applying the iron on vinyl.

As a side note, heat pressing the embossed cardstock didn't appear to flatten the embossing at all. But when applying the iron on first I noticed that in the areas around the image it didn't emboss as deeply.

Which is another reason to emboss first. 😊


I hope this has encouraged you to try using heat transfer vinyl on cardstock.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy crafting!  ♥






Monday, November 12, 2018

Free Double Pleated card cut file

It's Day 6 of our Let's Get Festive 2018 event over at Cricut Explore, Maker and More Facebook group.

Today's project is a Double Pleated Card. Also known as a Double Pleated Curtain card.

Here are my two sample cards.

  


Here's my assembly video for the card on the left.



You can get the free Design Space cut file for this project in my Facebook group.



Happy crafting!  ♥






Monday, November 5, 2018

3 Tier slider card

We've started a new challenge and giveaway over at Cricut Explore, Maker and More Facebook group.

Each weekday from 5th - 30th November we'll be posting a new project for you to make.

Enter your version of each days project to be entered into the giveaway.  You have until December 15 to complete and submit your versions of the projects into the challenge album.

Here is our first project.



Head over to the group to get the free Design Space cutting file.

Here's the assembly video.




Happy crafting!  ♥











Sunday, October 28, 2018

Cricut writing fonts

Did you know that there are 220 writing style fonts in Cricut Design Space?  And that 147 of them are included in Cricut Access?

I know this because I've just finished compiling previews of them all into a PDF which I have posted in my Facebook group Cricut Explore, Maker and More.

Head over there to download it. (Click the link above.) You'll find it in our Files section.  It's totally free!




I'm also putting the finishing touches to my "Complete guide to Cricut Fonts" book.  It now includes previews of every Cricut font (that I know of) as well an expanded section on how to use fonts in Design Space. (Cricut and System.)

I'll post when it's ready. The current version is available in the sidebar of this blog. It's only current up to last year though.




Happy crafting!  ♥






Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cricut EasyPress carrying case

If you have the 9" x 9" Cricut EasyPress and have been looking for a carry case, the following two items from Amazon might interest you. 

Be sure to ask if it fits the new EasyPress 2 9x9 before you purchase.




Happy crafting!  ♥







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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Cricut EasyPress 2 9x9” on sale

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

If you’re quick you can get the 9’ x 9” Cricut EasyPress 2 while it’s on sale for $145.87 at Amazon.


This price won’t last long so be quick if you’re after this model. Current price at Cricut.com is $189.99.  Let me know if you have any questions. 😀

Happy crafting!  ♥






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