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YouTube Video:Cricut TrueControl Knife

TrueControl Knife and Blades
Do you know about the TrueControl Knife Blade?

The Cricut TrueControl Knife Blade is a marvelous hand tool that can be used on paper, fabric and vinyl and it will change the way you think about hand tools.

Sure, you probably have used those other craft knives.  But–if you are a clumsy crafter, like me–you have had your share of cuts and pokes when using them.  To be perfectly honest, my experiences with the other craft knives puts it right up there with the other dangerous but necessary hand tool, the glue gun.

Here’s my new YouTube video on how to change the blade on your TrueControl Knife: https://youtu.be/8v4rAFZIDYQ

Thankfully, Team Cricut re-engineered the standard art knife making it my favorite hand tool!  The new knife is ergonomic, doesn’t roll off your work surface and is so SAFE to use–even when replacing the blades!

TrueControl Knife and Blades
TrueControl Knife and Blades

 

Thanks again, Team Cricut!  You guys really do think of everything, don’t you?

 

Please remember if you are going to place an order for Cricut supplies–such as this TrueControl Knife Kit–I would really appreciate it if you used my affiliate link: https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=403859&m=51766&u=1089398

As a “thank you”, you can use my code “MISSRITA1” with the link to receive 10% off your order and free shipping (some exclusions do apply).

Thank you and you know what I always say: “Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita

 

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Cricut TrueControl Knife

TrueControl Knife and Blades
Do you know about the TrueControl Knife Blade?

The Cricut TrueControl Knife Blade is a marvelous hand tool that can be used on paper, fabric and vinyl and it will change the way you think about hand tools.

Sure, you probably have used those other craft knives.  But–if you are a clumsy crafter, like me–you have had your share of cuts and pokes when using them.  To be perfectly honest, my experiences with the other craft knives puts it right up there with the other dangerous but necessary hand tool, the glue gun.

Thankfully, Team Cricut re-engineered the standard art knife making it my favorite hand tool!  The new knife is ergonomic, doesn’t roll off your work surface and is so SAFE to use–even when replacing the blades!

TrueControl Knife and Blades
TrueControl Knife and Blades

Maybe you’ve already got a TrueControl Knife, but did you know it now comes in Kit form? The kit includes the knife and five replacement blades.

 

TrueControl Replacement Blades
TrueControl Replacement Blades

See how I have marked the used blade on the far left?  Once I’ve filled up the secure packaging with dull knife blades I can safely discard them without worrying about anyone getting hurt.

Thanks again, Team Cricut!  You guys really do think of everything, don’t you?

 

Please remember if you are going to place an order for Cricut supplies–such as this TrueControl Knife Kit–I would really appreciate it if you used my affiliate link: https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=40359&m=51766&u=1089398

As a “thank you”, you can use my code “MISSRITA1” with the link to receive 10% off your order and free shipping (some exclusions do apply).

Thank you and you know what I always say: “Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita

 

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Cricut Access Challenge: Year of the Pig Decorations

Year of the Pig Medallions
Year of the Pig Medallions

Happy New Year!!!

Today is the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, which begins the Year of the Pig.

If you don’t live in an Asian country or community, you might not take notice of the Chinese New Year, but did you know that it is the one holiday that nearly 1 in 5 people in the world celebrate?

Yeah, it’s a really big deal, especially in major Asian cities which sees a dramatic increase in travel just before the holiday.  That’s because the most important part of Chinese New Year is getting families together for the festivities.

Year of the Pig Medallions
Year of the Pig Medallions

What I like about the Chinese New Year is that it is also known as the Spring Festival.  For me, it seems that is when we all can start welcoming in Spring, which works hand in hand with fresh starts and new beginnings, doesn’t it?

Chinese New Year is steeped in traditions, activities and even superstitions.  The time in and around the Spring Festival has all kinds of “rules”, which includes making a clean sweep of our households–something that I am currently working on–and decorating.  In addition to all the traditional foods and red envelopes full of money, this focus on our household is the most appealing to me.  By February, I am ready to clean all the cobwebs out of my home and put up new decorations.

Year of the Pig Medallions
Year of the Pig Medallions

While I am not from an Asian community, I can appreciate this opportunity to regroup and get ready for all of the Spring holidays that will soon be upon us.

Today’s project is for some adorable Year of the Pig images that have been recently added to Cricut Access.  I found this piggy by doing a quick search of “Chinese”, which returned a handful of interesting images.  I decided to cut these medallions out using Cricut Adhesive foil and a card stock backing of the traditional red New Year color.  I cut out my pigs, weeded the vinyl and then adhered it to the card stock.  Did you know you can mix vinyl and paper like that?  It always sort of blows me away when I remember.  I am giving you for different sized Year of the Pig Medallions.  I was thinking of doing a little wall hanging of the medallions in order from large to small, which not only will be very traditional but I think very pleasant to see when you enter my home.

Would you like to try this project?  It’s pretty easy!  Here are the links for the Design Space file in Cricut Community plus the Pinterest pin for you.

Year of the Pig MedallionsPinterest pin for this project:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146193968/

Year of the Pig Medallions: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/129258369

“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita

 

Please note: This post may contain an affiliate link, which means if you buy something at Cricut I will receive a small commission from your purchase.

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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!

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).

Year of the Pig Medallions
Year of the Pig Medallions
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Cricut Access Challenge: Punny Valentines

As we draw closer and closer to Valentine’s Day, the good folks at Cricut are creating more and more options with ways for us to celebrate “Love Day”.

Take for example, this set of adorable Punny Valentines–not one, not two, but more than a dozen options for playful Valentines in several sizes and designs.

With this many options, the possibilities are practically endless!

In today’s Cricut Access Challenge, I’ve manipulated the original files in several ways so that I could turn them into simple greetings suitable for a child’s Valentine’s Day exchange.

How did I do this?

First, I isolated the design and then I flattened the image.

Flattening is a useful tool to have in your repertoire and it’s so easy to accomplish, too! All you have to do is select your image and choose Flatten in the lower right corner of your canvas. Your image will be magically transformed into a printable.

Once an image is flattened, it can be printed on any computer and then expertly cut out by your Cricut. This technique is called Print Then Cut and it produces some seriously adorable things–as you can see!

So basically, within minutes you will have a dozen unique, super cute and professional looking 3″ x 4″ cards that your child can sign and give out!

In my book that is WAY better than those teeny tiny, flimsy things that pass for Valentines these days!

And everyone will be asking how you did it, too!

But don’t worry–you don’t have to tell them. It can be our little secret!

Want to make this project? It’s really easy!

Here’s the Pinterest link to it: https://pin.it/shtal7yeg2bqsn

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And here’s my Design Space file in Cricut Community:  https://design.cricut.com/#/design/128222136

 

“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita

 

Please note: This post may contain an affiliate link, which means if you buy something at Cricut I will receive a small commission from your purchase.

Here is my affiliate link:

MRTTR special link

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!

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: Momma Bear Car Decal

Momma Bear Car Decal

Here’s a cool idea for a decal that I thought you might like–a Holographic Momma Bear Car Decal.  The Bear with Cub image is from the Cricut Access library.  I’ve simply sliced in some hearts and the words “Momma Bear” to make a super cool decal for all the Momma Bears out there.  By the way, this would be entirely appropriate for the back of your minivan, mommas!!

Other than the slicing, there’s nothing super *special* or difficult about this project. Remember the process of slicing multiple times on an image is simple enough, but it must be done in steps. That’s because the Slice tool can only be used with simple, single layer images–one single image on top of another single image.

Because I have an Aspie brain, the Slice tool is a little hard to conceptualize for me.  I like to think of it like this: picture a slice of bread that you press a cookie cutter into. When you remove the cookie cutter, you’ll still have a slice of bread but also the cutout. Once you’ve sliced, you can discard that cutout…or eat it, if it really were bread.  If thinking of slicing like this helps you, then use it! I really won’t mind!

And, don’t forget, in case you are still a little fuzzy on how to do a slice, I am giving you the already sliced image in my Design Space file below, so you can look at the file and replicate this technique.

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Of course, I had to jazz my Momma Bear Car Decal up a bit by using Cricut Holographic Sparkle Vinyl. If you’ve never used Holographic Sparkle Vinyl, I highly recommend trying it. It’s got a different “feel” than regular vinyl–sort of thinner and kind of metallic. To be honest, the only thing I don’t like about Cricut’s Holographic Sparkle Vinyl is that it is difficult to photograph.  It is much prettier in real life than I can seem to show you!

By the way, in case you’re interested in the staying power of Cricut’s Holographic Vinyl, I conducted an experiment with it. I’ve had an intricately cut Corgi Mandala decal on my car for over a year and it still looks as new as the day I put it on–even after enduring two New England winters! So I recommend it for outdoor use, for sure!

Here’s the Pinterest pin for this project: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146181379/

And here is Design Space file on Cricut Community:  https://design.cricut.com/#/design/128252816

Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita

Please note: I am an affiliate of Cricut, which means if you click on my link and buy something at Cricut 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!

Here is my affiliate link:  https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=403859&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).