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Cricut Access Challenge: Confetti!

I had so much fun playing with the Party Foil earlier in the week (see my post about making 3D Bows), that I couldn’t put it away. I didn’t want my “Party Foil Party” to end!

While I was playing with it, I found out that–in addition to making the most professional looking bows–Party Foil is also good for one of my favorite things in the world: Confetti!!

Maybe it’s because confetti has origins in Italy or that no one is ever sad while throwing confetti. It could even be this photo locked in my memory:

Kevin Bacon in Footloose
Kevin Bacon in Footloose

But–seriously–confetti is one of my all-time favorite things!

I realize some people feel about confetti how they feel about glitter, but there has to be more of us that love confetti than don’t, because it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

Oh, and according to Wikipedia there is a specific distinction between glitter and confetti. They are not one in the same, so don’t inundate me with glitter hate mail, please!

Party Foil makes the most shiny and delicious confetti and it catches the light perfectly!

So, of course, I got to playing and came up with these options:

It seems the folks over at Cricut figured we would someday want to make our own confetti, they’ve given us Cricut Access design files to cut them out! (They are so smart over there at Team Cricut!)

Here are a few pointers about cutting confetti with your Cricut using Party Foil:

  • When cutting Party Foil–because of its slippery nature–I highly recommend use use a very sticky mat and you check to make sure the foil stays securely on the mat throughout the cutting
  • If you see the foil lifting from the mat, keep a close eye on your blade as stray pieces of foil may interfere with cutting
  • When cutting Party Foil, I prefer to change my blade pressure to “more” so that all my cuts will be super precise
  • Confetti can be cut small or large and I’ve included two different sizes in today’s file, but smaller confetti pieces cut in Party Foil can cause more problems than their larger counterpart so keep this in mind when you are cutting
  • When removing the foil from your mat, do it slowly so your confetti doesn’t go airborne before it’s time
  • Obviously, when the party’s over, please be sure to gather the fallen confetti and recycle it (yes, even Party Foil can be recycled!) or store it away for another use. Do not throw confetti outdoors or where children or pets might ingest it

Yay! Let’s do some celebrating!!!  Who’s making the confetti?

Here is the Pinterest link for today’s Cricut Access Challenge: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146123319/

And here is the Design Space file:  https://design.cricut.com/#/design/127491037

“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: Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossom

Yesterday I shared one of my most favorite Design Space file for a Mix & Match All Occasion Greeting Card. If you didn’t get to read that post, you can find it here:

Cricut Access Challenge: Versatile Greeting Cards

I hope you will forgive me for using part of that file–specifically the Cherry Blossom–for today’s post.

I am currently having all my hardwood floors refinished, which has displaced me from my studio for a few days, so I don’t have access to my Cricut.  (I know! It’s a travesty!  I’m never away from my Cricut for more than a day!!!  Whatever will I do?)

<sigh>

I will try to cope.

Anyway, I really think these three dimensional Cherry Blossoms really do need their own place in my Cricut Access Challenge line up. They are just that good.

The image I used came from Cricut Access, but it was a little difficult to find. Yes, you can search for “cherry blossom” but your search will result in a dozen or more files.  Also, because this image doesn’t belong to a set Cartridge, it sort of floats out there alone.  But don’t worry, my Design Space file below has the blossom in a variety of colors and sizes.

What you will notice about this file (as opposed to yesterday’s file) is that each blossom has TWO petal layers.  I added a second petal layer to increase their depth. I also am really liking the two toned petals. Looks more realistic to me.

Once you’ve cut out all the layers, crease the petal layers and the leaves and start to assemble them.

I layer the two petal layers slightly askew and with a little double stick dot between the layers to create added depth.

After you’ve assembled the petals and added the yellow stamens, consider adding an adhesive pearl to the very inside.  It may not be too realistic, but it really makes these flowers pop!

Now…what can you do with these adorable flowers, you ask?

There are tons of uses for them!  I created an entire wreath made with a grapevine wreath form and various sized blossomed that looked divine, but you could also go outside and grab a naked branch and adorn that, too!

And–of course–these adorable little blossoms look wonderful on cards, too!

My advice? Even if you don’t have a use for them just yet, you should still try making these.  I usually put a bunch together and store them in a Mason jar for when I need them.  They make great embellishments!

Here’s the Pinterest link to this project: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146077092/

And here is the Design Space file in Cricut Community:  https://design.cricut.com/#/design/126403463

I do hope you will try your hand at making these little gems, because they are simply delightful!

“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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Box Card Gallery

In preparation for my class at the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon, I figured I’d make a few Box Cards to show everyone what Box Cards are all about.  Well, of course, I got on a roll and just couldn’t stop!

I’m posting a gallery of all the cards I made in the past two weeks, but will be backtracking later to discuss making Box Cards with your Cricut.

I hope you enjoy the gallery!  Let me know which ones are your favorite!

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Access: Cricut’s Subscription Service

Cricut Access Projects
A few of the hundreds of projects in Access

I often get asked if Cricut’s subscription service–called Cricut Access–is “worth it”.

My usual answer is “Absolutely”!  But, if you need more convincing than that, consider my situation.

I’ve been crafting with a Cricut machine for over six years now and I remember the days when cartridges (the little devices that would store a set of Cricut images) were so expensive they would lock them up at the craft stores!  Most cartridges at that time retailed for anywhere between $30 and $80 and we “old school” Cricuteers would wait until they went on sale for $20 to stock up on all the latest image sets.  I managed to collect about 150 cartridges, which at an average cost of $20 each, I invested over three thousand dollars in Cricut images!  (And that is NOT an exaggeration!)

Furthermore before the subscription, you used to have to load cartridges into your machine before cutting, making the entire process extremely time consuming.  (Thankfully Cricut eventually did introduce a way to save your cartridges online, eliminating the need to fuss with cartridges anymore, but you still had to rely on using the tiny books to know what images you had or what the cartridges could do.)

The introduction of Design Space forever changed how I managed all my Cricut content, and Access was just the cherry on top of the whole thing!  Even with over 150 of my own cartridges for content, there were still several hundred image sets I didn’t own (Imagine my horror!!) and weren’t even available for me to use…until Access made them available.

Cricut Access Standard
Cricut Access Standard

Access introduced me to over 30,000 images, more than 1,000 top-quality projects and an almost dizzying amount of fonts (over 370!) .  With SO many choices and at-my-fingertips use, I am never at a loss for crafting ideas with my Cricut machines.  And for a cost of about $10 a month, I am now saving myself hundreds of dollars in new cartridge purchases just by subscribing.

Cricut Access Image sets
Some of the Access Only image sets

Ever accommodating, Cricut breaks down their subscriptions into three tiers.  For people who can’t get enough of fonts, for only $5 a month you’ll have over 370 fonts at your fingertips without ever having to search for one again.  Or, if you want more than just fonts, try the Standard Access for about $8 a month and immerse yourself in thousands of images plus the fonts, too!

If you’re an “all or nothing” kind of crafter (like me!), spend just under $10 a month and go for Access Premium.  Premium gives you everything.  All the images.  All the fonts. Plus 50% all digital images not part of the subscription (hint: there isn’t much NOT available!) And always 10% off materials on Cricut.com.

One more thing…I forgot to mention that the folks at Cricut are always adding to their image library and often have Access Only images and projects available.  That means you’ll get to create beautiful projects that other folks would have to search the web for hours to find…all right in Design Space!  Stuff like this:

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail image set
Hopping Down the Bunny Trail image set
Dimensional Scenes: XOXO
All the Dimensional Scenes image sets are only available on Cricut Access
Cactus Love
Cactus Love image set only available on Cricut Access

If I’ve convinced you to give Cricut Access a closer look, please use my link so that I will get a small percentage of any sale you make at the Cricut website:

http://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=369132&m=51766&u=1089398

Please note: This blog post contains an affiliate link to the Cricut website, which will result in a small percentage of any sale generated to be credited to the author.