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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.

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).

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).

 

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Another Target Dollar Spot Find, Cricut-ed!

It seems my post about Target’s Dollar Spot has struck a cord with a lot of my readers!

Perhaps there are more “frugal”–dare I say “cheap”?–people out there than I imagined?!?

Of course, I’d be foolish if I didn’t capitalize on this momentum, wouldn’t I?

So today I’m showing you what I did with a $3 Target Dollars Spot cosmetic case and some new Cricut Holographic Vinyl.

Holographic anything is right up there with foil and glitter for me, so I–of course–jumped at the chance to get some of this brand new Iron On from Cricut when it first released.

Again, totally worth it!

My only complaint about Holographic materials in general is that they are difficult to photograph, but otherwise I could stare at this shiny stuff forever. Couldn’t you?

I chose this adorable and quite roomy cosmetic bag from Target’s Dollar Stop on my recent visit.

And, yes, it was only three dollars!

Look how glammed up it looks with Cricut’s new Holographic Iron-On!!

Simple, cute and CHEAP!!

Cricut Access Challenge: Target Dollar Spot Case

My Design Space files include SIX different designs that would be appropriate for this project–all cute and correctly sized–so you could really go to town with this project and make one for each of your friends!

Here’s the Pinterest pin for this project: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146168998/

And here is the Design Space file in Cricut Community: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/128249520

And don’t forget the Holographic Iron-On from Cricut, which you can find through my affiliate link:  https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398

Oh! ICYMI:

Here’s the link to yesterday’s project featuring a faux leather passport cover from the Target Dollar Spot: Cricut Access Challenge meets Target Dollar Stop!

Had enough? No???

Good! I’m glad you want more, because I’ll be doing a monthly Target Dollar Spot post here on the blog. You might want to bookmark my site so you don’t miss a thing!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Here are the links again:

Pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146168998/

And here is the Design Space file in Cricut Community: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/128249520

“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!

Here is my affiliate link in case you want to buy some super cool stuff from Cricut!  May I suggest some Holographic Iron-On?

https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398

I do so appreciate your continued support. 

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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Fifth & Final Giveaway Winner!

Hello and welcome, fellow Cricut-eers!

If you’ve been following along on my blog, you know that I gave away FOUR Annual Cricut Access subscriptions and promised a BONUS giveaway on Monday.

I am happy to announce that we have our final winner!

Congratulations to Krystal Laws, who has won our Bonus Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered into the contest! Stay tuned in February as we offer more prizes to our readers!

Now Krystal 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!!!

 

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!

 

The fine print:

Winners were 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 was only for people within the US or Canada. No purchase was 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, Krystal! I do hope you enjoy your Cricut Access Subscription!!