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Cricut Chat Week in Review

What an incredible week for Cricut Chat, the only daily “live” Cricut-focused video series anywhere!

Thanks for all of your support!!!

Did you catch all the projects we did? Don’t forget all of the videos are on #replay on the “Miss Rita to the Rescue!” YouTube page.

Here are the individual video links in case you missed anything:

Monday:
Infusible Ink Pride T-shirts
https://youtu.be/say3PoZ4d28

Tuesday:
Faux Leather Earrings with Iron-On
https://youtu.be/88nF4Ux2HvM

Wednesday:
New Infusible Ink Cosmetic Cases & Beverage/Wine Bags
https://youtu.be/8OBRXx3DIBk

Thursday:
Patriotic Paper projects from Lori Whitlock
https://youtu.be/jgwWfR6xYc0

Friday:
Anna Griffin Projects in Cricut Design Space
https://youtu.be/xnhQi0uwTrg

Saturday:
Lighthouse & Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters (note: this video is not available on YouTube, just here on Facebook)

Don’t forget to tune in to Cricut Chat on Monday morning for an All NEW week of Cricut Chat, including working with the Design Space App for the iPad and a project using wood veneers.

Thanks and have a great night!

❤️ Rita

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Welcome to Cricut Chat!

When the Cricut Joy launched in mid-February, I embarked on what would become an almost daily live video series highlighting the Joy’s many features.  These live videos, which happened on Facebook and were rebroadcast on YouTube, became quite popular, especially during the self isolation of Coronavirus.  After a few more weeks of testing times, we settled on a schedule for the series and a name: Cricut Chat.

Cricut Chat is a daily live video show on Facebook, approximately 30 minutes long, and broadcasting Monday through Friday at 9am.  We will also have a Cricut Date Night program on Saturday nights at 7pm, also on Facebook.  You are welcome to join me and a bunch of other Cricut-crazy folks any day as we learn about all the wonderful things you can do with a Cricut.

Whenever possible, the program will be rebroadcast on YouTube and Facebook.

One area I left out of this programming is my blog.  Since many people still come to visit my blog every day, I have decided to post a weekly summary of what was discussed in Cricut Chat and on Cricut Date Night.

Here are the videos from the first week of Cricut Chat:

Monday: SVG Cuts Umbrella Gift Bag

 

Tuesday: Lori Whitlock Pen Organizer

 

Wednesday: “M O M” Trifold Monogram Card from Cricut Design Space

 

Thursday: SVG Cuts Retro Stove Box Card

 

Friday: Paper Peonies in three different sizes

 

Saturday: Dreaming Tree Peony Gift Box

 

#cricut #cricutjoy #cricutdesignspace

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Rolled Paper Flowers with the Cricut

I declare today Rolled Paper Flower Day!

Rolled Paper Flowers are simple to make, adaptable and have the appearance of intricacy, when they’re not!

Cricut has an entire image set devoted to quilled flowers.  It’s called Flower Shoppe and it’s FREE to all Cricut Access subscribers, too!

Here is the FREE Design Space file for all six of these rolled flowers: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/198646854

For today, we are going to focus on these spiral shapes, which have all sorts of fun edges. I’ve chosen the scalloped edge ones and put them on my canvas, which are available in my project file below, but feel free to check out the full set of images by searching for the Flower Shoppe cartridge in Cartridge Search.

Once I pulled the spiral shape to my mat, I make sure they are the size I want. I like to make my quilled flowers on the small size so that they work with my quilling tool, but you can experiment with the size to suit your taste.

In this example the shapes are about 3 inches in size, which allows me to fit 9 shapes on one mat.

Full mat of cut spirals
Full mat of cut spirals

Once quilled, these three inch spirals will shrink to about an inch wide, so keep that proportion in mind.

When the cut is complete, carefully remove the excess paper from your mat.

Caution! You may become mesmerized when you remove the excess paper from the mat.

Isn’t that so interesting to watch?

After removing the excess paper, carefully remove the spirals from your mat. These are a bit fragile, so do use caution. I recommend bending your mat to help remove each spiral. Cricut mats are very bendy, so don’t be afraid to do that to ensure none of your cuts get ripped.

Removing the excess paper after cutting
Removing the excess paper after cutting

Once removed, you should have a pile of spirals that are now ready to be spun.

 

The quilling part requires a little tool you can get at any craft store and it looks like this. It’s basically a pen with a little tip that has a slit in it.

Quilling Tools
Quilling Tools

If you can’t find a quilling tool, you can use tweezers or even a dowel. Someone even told me they use a motorized drill to quill theirs!

However way you choose, start with the outside edge of the spiral and twirl the spiral upon itself. This does require practice and patience. Go easy with yourself!  (Please pardon my ugly, un-manicured fingers!)

Once you get to the middle of the spiral, carefully remove the wound flower from the tool while holding the outside edge. You’ll notice that the inside end of the spiral has a little circle. This is for your glue.

Drop some glue on that circle and rest it on the edge of the quilled flower.

Completed Quilled Flower
Completed Quilled Flower

Note: you can decide to allow your flower to unwind a lot or a little depending on your taste. I let mine unwind a little bit before doing the glue.

Hold the rolled flower to the circle base for a minute until it fully adheres together.

White all purpose glue works just fine for this job, but if you’re brave you can also use a glue gun. I’m not brave, so I avoid the glue gun whenever possible.

Here’s what a completed quilled flower looks like!

Note that–depending on your project–you may need to make dozens of these little beauties. I recommend cutting out more than you think you’ll need and relaxing in an easy chair to do the rolling.

Your completed flowers can be used for a myriad of projects. I’ve seen some really gorgeous shadow boxes filled with these flowers and decorated with vinyl on the glass. Stunning!

What will you use your completed quilled flowers for? Let me know in the comments or on my official Facebook page.

Here’s the Pinterest pin for this project: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146070341/

Also, here’s a collection of pins showing all the different ways you can use these adorable flowers: Pinterest quilled flower projects

And, of course, here’s the Cricut Design Space file in Cricut Community: Here is the FREE Design Space file for all six of these rolled flowers: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/198646854

 

I do hope you will try making these delightful little rolled flowers. They are so cute and you will definitely feel a sense of accomplishment once you complete one!

Now…go forth and Cricut, my friends!

Best always!!!

Miss Rita

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#Cricut #Paperflowers #Tutorial

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LAST DAY TO ENTER: Giveaway for Cricut Explore Air2

Please Take Note!!

Folks!

Time is running out to enter my Giveaway for a brand new Sky Blue Cricut Explore Air 2 (with a bunch of essentials) from Miss Rita (that’s me!) and I want you to have a chance of winning this fabulous machine!!!

Please take a moment of your day to get your name in!

Here’s the link to enter:  https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5165705f4/

Remember, it’s FREE to enter!  All you have to do is subscribe to my YouTube channel to qualify.

For more details, please watch my YouTube video below!

Here’s the link to enter! https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5165705f4/

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GIVEAWAY! Win a Sky Blue Cricut Explore Air2 Bundle from Miss Rita!

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I want you to enter my wonderful Giveaway for an amazing Cricut Explore Air2 machine and essentials!  Please watch my video, subscribe to my channel and enter!

For more details, please watch my YouTube video below!

Here’s the link to enter! https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5165705f4/