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New YouTube Video: Miss Rita Makes Paper Peonies!

 

Here’s the YouTube video showing you how to cut and assemble these gorgeous peonies!

Last year I did a post on making this paper peony from the Cricut Access image set called 3D Floral Home Decor, which–if I am not mistaken–was originally designed by Lia Griffith.  I have loved this cartridge from the day it was launched, and I’ve made many beautiful dimensional flowers from it.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’ve done a couple of posts about making paper peonies before, because I absolutely adore peonies and my natural ones never last long enough for me. One of my posts centered around this particular peony from the 3D Floral Home Decor cartridge, but it wasn’t very flattering. That’s because–at that time–the file was awkward to use, which made it frustrating to me.

 

The original file was grouped together in such a way that it was nearly impossible to cut the file as laid out.  You really had to manipulate the file a *lot* to get it to the size of a large peony and it was SOOO frustrating to work with!

Well, I am happy to report that someone somewhere in the Cricut-iverse must have heard my laments, because the file has been reworked and now it is a dream to work with!

The newly adjusted file makes a super huge and marvelous paper peony without having to chop up the original file to fit on a page.  So, I don’t know who was responsible for this change–Anna Rose, maybe? Karley? I don’t know–but, thank you!  My life is infinitely better for this change!

For today’s Cricut Access Challenge, we will be re-making this gorgeously oversized peony, which you can either place on a stem or use on top of a decoration or even mount on your wall as a reminder that “Hope springs eternal!”

 

Let’s get started!

When you open this file, you will notice that the flower consists of three distinct flower petals that are duplicated.  So to cut *one* flower, you are going to need 6 sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper in some shade of pink.  Plus yellow for the stamens and green for the leaves.

You *can* make these smaller, but honestly I wouldn’t recommend it.  They are so gorgeous when they are cut this size.

Hint: To add more realism to your peony, you may want to make the inner petals a paler shade of pink than the middle and outer petals.

Once you have all your petals cut out, you are going to work the petals with a bone folder.  This is a very useful tool for working with paper and can be found at any arts & crafts store.  This is what mine looks like.

If you can’t find a bone folder, don’t despair.  You can also use the edge of a ruler or even the blades of a pair of scissors.

Work the individual petals so they gently bend inward. When you get to the middle petal layers, you need to glue at the tab. The innermost petal layer needs more glue as you fold the edges into themselves.

Once you have worked all the petals, you will stack them and either glue each layer to the next OR–if you are using a stem, you will want to punch a hole in the center or each petal layer and stack them on the stem. Then affix the stamen to the top of the stem head to hide it! Pretty neat!

For this flower, I put it on a stem.

The stem I used is from We R Memory Keepers and they work very nicely. I do hope you can find them, but if you can’t you could always fashion a stem with floral wire or skip the stem entirely!

These peonies will be an excellent addition to a floral backdrop for a wedding or shower, don’t you think?

Here’s the Pinterest pin for this project:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146064756/

 

And here’s the Design Space file:    https://design.cricut.com/#/design/124441197

If you try making these beauties, let me know how you make out, okay?

“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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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.

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).