Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Explore Air 2 is "EASY"


I am so glad you are here. A few weeks ago I shared my new Cricut Explore Air 2. (see here) This week I am here to share how EASY it is to work!

Yes, I said EASY!

Project for today

+Official Cricut  has made it so EASY to use the Cricut Explore Air 2! I selected my design in the Cricut Design Space and it showed me everything I needed to complete my design. When it was time to start, it reminded me to set the dial to cardstock. I took some photos of the screen to show you how EASY it is!

Find project.

Clicked on photo and it gives the description, materials needed and the instructions.
Want to make this project? Cricut has made that really EASY! 

Make it now-Click on it and it will take you to the project page. That EASY!

Here is the project page. It shows which paper and what it will cut. Push GO when you are ready!

I am extremely excited about this, see that tool? That tool is a score tool and when placed into the machine it scores the paper for you! It SCORES!

This is really that EASY!!!

Here are the flowers cut. Just assemble as the instructions show or assemble your way!

I chose to put my branch into a vintage spool instead of a vase. That is how I made this project my own.

Here it is all finished! I LOVE how EASY and fun this project was!

Dare I say it again? EASY!

Start to finish, with me never running this machine before....45 minutes! 

Thanks for stopping by! Go check out the amazing projects you can do using your Cricut Explore Air 2.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Watercolored Caddy Bag

Welcome, I am so excited to share with you today!!!

This month on Eileen Hull's blog the team is using Eileen's Color Box Blends inks by Clearsnap®. The team is trying all different types of techniques. We would like to inspire you to try your Blends in different ways! So make sure you check Eileen Hull's Blog all month long for new techniques!

My thought was, "I wonder if the Blends would work like a water color?" 

YES! Yes they do and they look how awesome!

What you will need to make this project

Color Box Blends by Cleasnap®

  • Sunshine
  • Golden
  • Nutmeg
  • Beach
  • Leaf
  • Stop
iCraft Easy-Cut Adhesive
Watercolor Paper 
Permanent Ink - Black
Paint Tray
Stamendous Stamp Fran's - Daisy Thanks

Here is how I did it!

Using the Sizzix die Caddy Bag by Eileen Hull, I covered both sides of Sizzix Mat Board with iCraft Easy Cut Adhesive and adhered the watercolor paper. Once covered I cut it out.

Stamp your pieces using permanent ink. You don't want any smearing once your water is added.

Using my plastic paint tray, I sponged the Blends onto the tray and started to paint. I just dipped my brush into water and then picked up the color of choice with the wet brush. 

Here is how the layering began. I just started with the Sunshine, added Golden and shaded a bit with Nutmeg on each of the petals. Centers are Nutmeg with a touch of Ebony. Background is Beach. (wish I was at the Beach) LOL! I really wet my brush and added Beach to it and gave the pieces a splatter.

You can blend these together to make other colors! I made orange by mixing Stop and Sunshine! 

Works great! 

Look at those cute little note cards to put in the "Caddy"! I simply cut card stock 3 1/4" X 3". Took a swipe of water and Beach to the top corner, added a splatter and let dry and stamped sentiment.

I love!!! 


We all LOVE easy!

I hope you enjoyed the technique I fell in LOVE with! I sure hope you give it a try!

Again make sure you visit Eileen Hull's blog all month long for the team's different techniques!