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Announcing our FOURTH Cricut Access Giveaway Winner…and BONUS!!!

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Good morning, fellow Cricut-eers!

I do hope that all my readers are enjoying this fine crafting weather we’ve been having!  I don’t know about you, but I love these cold days to guiltlessly spend playing with my Cricut.  It’s a lot of fun, isn’t it???

If you’ve been following along on my blog, you know that I am giving away a FREE Cricut Access subscription every week in the month of January and I am happy to announce this week’s winner!

Congratulations to Sarah Comis, who has won this week’s Cricut Access Giveaway!!!

Now Sarah can join us on our daily Cricut Access Challenges and not have to worry about paying for any images.

That’s the great thing about Cricut Access!  Images that individually cost 99 cents or $1.50 or more are included in the subscription.  If you buy a few images a month, you could easily spend as much as the monthly cost of the subscription–and have over 60,000 images, fonts and projects at your fingertips!!!

NOW LISTEN UP!  If you are thinking “Darn! I didn’t win!!”, I have some super news for you–I am giving away a BONUS Cricut Access Subscription!  Just because I’m all about sharing the LOVE! ❤

If you haven’t entered already, please follow my link and enter:  Link to official MRTTR! Giveaway

Remember now…time is of the essence!  There is only ONE more chance to win left and you need only enter the giveaway once to be eligible for the remaining drawings!

Need more info?

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been giving away a FREE one year Cricut Access subscription (Standard) for every week in the month of January.  Winners are being announced on the blog (what you are on now) and also on my official Facebook pages and groups.

Cricut Access is the image subscription service that ALL of our Cricut Access Challenge projects are made with and each subscription is valued at approximately $96 each!

Cricut Access Annual Subscription
Cricut Access Annual Subscription

To enter, simply follow this link and fill out the required fields:

Link to official MRTTR! Giveaway

The fine print:

Winners will be chosen and announced each week here on my blog, on the official “Miss Rita To The Rescue!” Facebook page, and in my Facebook groups–Cricut Newbies & Pros for Explore and Maker and Cricut Newbies & Pros for BUSINESS.

This offer is only for people within the US or Canada. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

Thank you to the awesome Team Cricut and the “Miss Rita To The Rescue!” Facebook Groups admin team for helping us with this offer!

Congratulations again, Sarah! I do hope you enjoy your prize!!!

 

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Access Benefits

 

Please note: This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on one of my links and buy something I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for using my links as this is how I support myself and keep MO in pickles and Ted E. Bear in chew toys–they both are insatiable!

But seriously….I do so appreciate your continued support!

Here is my affiliate link:  https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398

Remember if your order exceeds $50 and you use my code MISSRITA1 and link, you will receive an extra 10% off and free shipping on most items!  My code will *not* work for Access Subscriptions or machines (anything that plugs in).

 

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Cricut Access Challenge: Bay State Love

As you probably already know, I was born and raised in one of the best cities in the world–Boston, Massachusetts!!!

With the exception of a few years away for school, Massachusetts has been my lifelong home and I’ve always, always loved it here! I simply wouldn’t live anywhere else!

fullsizeoutput_ee1I’m very proud of Massachusetts’ history of being the “birthplace of the Revolution” and I have always cheered on our progressive leaders as we continue to be first in so many things.

And, of course, I have passed my love and pride for the Commonwealth on to MO!  Recently MO’s teacher told us that he and his classmates were invited by the new state rep to tour the capital building and take a tour of the State House.  Doesn’t that sound like a lot of fun??

And, well….OF COURSE, I needed to figure out a way to put my Cricut spin on the upcoming tour, didn’t I?

fullsizeoutput_ee4Thankfully I knew that the good folks over at Cricut have recently added a ton of new state-related design files to Cricut Access.

In fact, I think every one of the US states are now represented!  Thank you, Anna Rose!

So here are just a few of the wonderful images I found for Massachusetts:

Aren’t they adorable??  And lots of great choices, too! 🙂

I’m digging the mandala-like designs, which will be perfect as a car decal.  And I’ve decided that the simple line drawings with the capital in the banner will make the perfect T-shirt decoration for MO’s special State House Tour Day, too.

I’ll be sure to post pictures of MO’s classmates at the State House after their field trip!

Which state are you from?  Do you love it as much as I love Massachusetts?

If so, now is the time to show the world!!!

And, don’t forget now…ALL of these lovely state-based images are available for FREE to all Cricut Access subscribers…so this might be the perfect time for you to consider a subscription!  (If you decide to order, please use my affiliate link, which is here: https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398)

Here’s the Pinterest post for this Massachusetts based pin: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146123399/

And here’s my Design Space file for the Massachusetts images:  https://design.cricut.com/#/design/126123866

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“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita

 

Please note: This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on one of my links and buy something I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for using my links as this is how I support myself and keep MO in pickles and Ted E. Bear in chew toys–they both are insatiable!

But seriously….I do so appreciate your continued support!

Here is my affiliate link:  https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398

Remember if your order exceeds $50 and you use my code MISSRITA1 and link, you will receive an extra 10% off and free shipping on most items!  My code will *not* work for Access Subscriptions or machines (anything that plugs in).

 

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Cricut Access Challenge: Glittered Hydrangea Balls

Glittered (or not!) Hydrangea Balls

Today’s project combines some of my very favorite things–hydrangeas, glitter and Lia Griffith projects–with one of my least favorite tools–the dreaded, dreaded glue gun!

I have long avoided using glue guns.  I know they are super useful, but they drive me crazy!

Here’s what I hate about glue guns, in no particular order:

  • They never, EVER EVER stand correctly. Seriously how *hard* would it be to figure out a way for them to stand correctly?
  • They are awkward to use as I anticipate a terrible burn and try to avoid it
  • They take forever to heat up
  • The dripping!!! OMG! The dripping!!!
  • And I always manage to burn myself while using them

Maybe someone, someday (Team Cricut…are you listening?) will finally re-engineer the glue gun and change my mind…but, until then, I try to avoid them at ALL costs!

Unfortunately–with a project like my Glittered Hydrangea Balls–it’s nearly impossible to complete without a glue gun.  That’s because the styrofoam ball is covered in dozens and dozens of tiny hydrangea petals that must be attached very closely together to achieve an authentic looking hydrangea bloom.

<sigh>

But, fear not, gentle reader!

My love of all things hydrangea, coupled with the copious use of glitter, has forced me to persevere in presenting this project to you.

To be honest, it also doesn’t hurt that this file is from Lia Griffith.  You do know that ALL of Lia’s gorgeous files are now a part of Cricut Access–including this one…dontcha?

I found this file by doing a simple search for “hydrangea” in the Image area and it looked like this:

There aren’t many hydrangea files.

I think that’s because hydrangeas pose a huge challenge to crafters…again because of the dozens of tiny, perfectly formed petals packed so closely together.

The first step to creating these Hydrangea Balls is cutting out the individual petals.

As I mentioned above, each one of these balls uses dozens of four petal flowers, like the ones pictured below.

You can cut them in the size the file suggests…or you could make the petals larger.

FYI: The Design Space file below has three differently sized flower petals, so you can decide for yourself.

No matter which petal size you choose, each grouping offers 30 petals on each image.

For my Hydrangea Balls, I prefer the middle sized petals.

Because I choose to cut all my petals at once, I usually cut a half dozen or so sets of petals. Doing the math that’s six times 30 or 180. Or seven times 30 would be 210. You decide, but consider that you may be assembling your Hydrangea Ball away from your Cricut and gauge for yourself. Having about 200 medium sized petals seems like a good place to start to me.

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As an aside, I should mention that hydrangeas come in so many different colors, so you could change up your color from the classic Nikko Blue style to pink, lavender, green or even white and they will look splendid.  You can also cut two different tones of your color to give your completed Hydrangea Ball for added depth and visual interest.

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Once you have cut all the petals.  Remove them and place them in a pile.  We still need to work with the petals to give them dimension.

I usually use a boning tool to work the petals, but if you don’t have a boning tool a dowel or a pencil will work as well.

Here is what a boning tool looks like:

Once you’ve fluffed up all your petals, it’s time to warm up your glue gun (I know!!!! Gulp!) and get to work attaching the petals.

Work slowly and just put a dab of glue on the middle back of each petal.  You really want to pack each petal in tightly so none of the styrofoam peeks through the petals, but don’t be afraid if you have little cracks in your work.  You can fix that later.

At some point you will want to determine the top of your Hydrangea Ball and affix a ribbon to hang your completed project.  In my example I used a silvery ribbon, which I looped and affixed with a florist pin.  You can also use regular common pins if you like.

Working in sections, continue gluing petals all over the ball. Depending on the size of your styrofoam ball, you may find you need more petals, which you can easily cut with your trusty Cricut, of course.

When you’ve completed adding all the petals, give your ball a good look over.  You can always tuck more petals in areas that are missing or move the petals around to your liking.

As a finishing touch, you can spray your ball with spray adhesive and cover the entire thing with opalescent glitter.  Oooh! Shiny!

Or not.  If you hate glitter, you can leave it off, too.  After all…this is YOUR project and you can make it any way you like!  I happen to adore the messy, shiny stuff, but I know some people disagree with me.  That’s okay.  There’s room enough for all crafters in this space and as the French say: “Vive la difference!”

 

Here’s the Pinterest link to the project:

And the Design Space file on Cricut Community:

“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita

 

Please note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on one of my links and buy something I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for using my links as this is how I support myself and keep MO in pickles and Ted E. Bear in chew toys–they both are insatiable!

I do so appreciate your continued support.

Here is my affiliate link again https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398

Remember if your order exceeds $50 and you use my code MISSRITA1 and link, you will receive an extra 10% off and free shipping on most items!

 

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Cricut Access Challenge: Felt Flower String Lights

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Confession time!

As much as I’ve always advocated overcoming your fears when working with your Cricut, I’ve always been a little afraid to work with any material besides paper and vinyl.

I think it’s pretty obvious that paper is my “material of choice” when crafting with my Cricut…with vinyl and iron-on coming in a close second.

But…Wood? Plastic? Fabric? Felt?

It’s all been a little too scary for me, to be totally truthful. And while I often tell people ALL a Cricut can do, I’ve always sort of stuck with my favorites.

But this year I am bound and determined to change all that. I have decided to push myself out of my comfort zone…and it’s ALL for you, dear reader.

So why are these other materials scary to me (and possibly to you, too)?

First and foremost, most people tend to do what’s comfortable, right? I mean there’s nothing better than to spend an afternoon getting your craft on, am I right?

But then there are all the practical reasons, too.

There’s wondering if my machine will “do” the material. Then there’s choosing the setting. And, of course, I have to ponder what blade to use and also which mat.

Lots of pondering going on!

And then–just like that–I am overwhelmed.

But, again, I am bound and determined to break through these fears, so I’m setting out to do this one material at a time.

fullsizeoutput_f7aFirst up is FELT!

Cricut sells the most interesting 12″ x 12″ felt packs and I got my hands on one called Spring Rain, which you can find here: https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398

(Please note that you will have to do a search for Felt to find this product)

These felt packs have 12 sheets of color coordinated felt and they are perfect for today’s Cricut Access Challenge–Felt Flower String Lights!

Because I was a bit nervous using a new material, I did keep the images simple and I found a nice selection of simple flower petal shapes to help make this project a success.

All of the flower petals are pulled from an old favorite Cricut cartridge called Flower Shoppe and are, of course, FREE to Access Customers. That’s a given for the Cricut Access Challenge.

Aside from the felt and these images, the only other thing you will need is a string of lights and perhaps a glue gun. (I do my best to avoid my glue gun, so if you are anything like me, I feel you!)

For this project I tried cutting the felt on both my Maker and my Explore Air 2 machines. I found that the Maker–fitted with the Rotary Blade–worked exceptionally well for working with felt, but, as you will see from this video, it is a bit slow:

For what it’s worth, the Explore Air was NO slouch with felt either! I fitted the Air with a deep cut blade and it cut the felt beautifully and quickly…however it did snag a bit on two of the flowers, as you can see in this photo: img_1716-1

BUT otherwise it did a great job–which means you can definitely do this project with either the Maker or the Explore!!! Psych!!!

Another really cool thing about this project is the holes that are automatically cut from the center of the petals, making this a no brainer project. All I had to do is increase the quantity of cuts to equal fifty–the length of my string of lights–and cut away.

Note: Because I used different petal shapes for visual interest, I set the Quantity to 9 for each petal and cut out six separate mats, which gave me 54 cuts–a few more than I’d need.

After all of the cuts are made, it’s just a matter of securing each petal to the light. Depending on your string of lights, you may be able to avoid the dreaded glue gun all together, so work with it and see.

Add one flower petal to each light head and work in color order if you’d like. Or consider putting two petals together on the same light! Or do your own thing! Whatever you prefer!!

And before you know it you’ll have a delicious string of felt flower lights to brighten up your front porch or guest room! 

What a fabulous project for a quiet Sunday, isn’t it?

What fun!! And not that difficult either, right?

Here’s the Pinterest link to the project:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146135439/

And the Design Space file on Cricut Community:  https://design.cricut.com/#/design/127502687

And stay tuned for future projects featuring all kinds of materials including acetate, bass wood, Foil, poster board, fabric and more!!

“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita

 

Please note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on one of my links and buy something I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for using my links as this is how I support myself and keep MO in pickles and Ted E. Bear in chew toys–they both are insatiable!

I do so appreciate your continued support.

Here is my affiliate link again https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398

Remember if your order exceeds $50 and you use my code MISSRITA1 and link, you will receive an extra 10% off and free shipping on most items!

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Cricut Access Challenge: Fortune Cookies in a Chinese Takeout Box

Who doesn’t like fortune cookies?

I created this Fortune Cookies in a Chinese Takeout Box project for MO, who is now in middle school. MO is at the age where silly jokes are at a premium.

The design file includes eight silly fortunes that can be written out with your Cricut or can be flattened for use as Print Then Cut. You can even add your own silly sentiments to the mix.

To fashion the cookie, work the brown paper discs to improve their pliability, then tuck a fortune inside and fold the circle in half and then bend edges together to form the cookie.

The takeout box portion of this project–with the penned Chinese temple on two sides–is so charmingly authentic!

I’ve included two different styles of the boxes in case you wanted to get even more authentic and use wire to make a handle!

Either way the boxes are adorable and make a wonderful holder for the paper fortune cookies.

I hope you have lots of fun putting this one together!!!

Pinterest pin: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/127353904

Cricut Design Space file:  https://design.cricut.com/#/design/127353904

“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita

Please note: This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on one of my links and buy something I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for using my links as this is how I support myself and keep MO in pickles and Ted E. Bear in chew toys–they both are insatiable!

But seriously….I do so appreciate your continued support!

Here is my affiliate link:  https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398

Remember if your order exceeds $50 and you use my code MISSRITA1 and link, you will receive an extra 10% off and free shipping on most items!  My code will *not* work for Access Subscriptions or machines (anything that plugs in).