Chalkboard Banner

I have a super simple Chalkboard Banner that I recently made with my Cricut Explore machine to share with you today! This Chalkboard Banner is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or Holiday.  And it is re-usable for a lot of different things by simply changing what you write on the banner itself!

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This is the perfect time to right as we start getting into the Holiday Season!  To make this, you will need the following materials.

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Scrapbook Paper in coordinating colors of your choice

Chalkboard Vinyl or Chalkboard Contact Paper

String or Twine

Hole Punch

Chalk or Chalk Pen

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Instructions:
1.  Cut out the outer layer of the banner in different colors of card stock according to your color and design preferences and as many as you need.

2.  Cut out the Chalkboard Vinyl.  One for each colored card stock banner.

3.  Stick the Chalkboard Vinyl banner onto the card stock.

4.  Punch a hole in the top corners of each banner.

5.  Put each banner onto a piece of string.

6.  Hang and display different words for the different occasions and holidays.

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If you would like to make it right now, simply click on the green “Make It Now” button below.  This will take you directly to the Cricut Design Space where you can cut the project out now for only $1.98.

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Rose Ring & Rose Necklace Tutorial

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut, however all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.
I have been playing around with my Cricut Explore and made some fun Rose Jewelry for the girls and their Back To School wardrobe.  I thought it would be fun to made them some accessories to match their school clothes.  Today I am going to share with you how to make your own Rose Ring and/or Rose Necklace in any color you need.  You could also make up the roses and add them to virtually anything you can think of…barrettes, headband, belts, shirt, notebooks, etc.  These are a fun way to add some color to pretty much anything.
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Here is what you will need…
Materials:
  • Cardstock
  • cutting mat
  • hot glue
  • white pearl
  • ring form or a round bail plate (3/4 inch) for the necklace (Michael’s)
  • laquer spray or varnish spray to give it a nice “waterproof” finish (optional)

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Instructions:

  1. Cut out the 5 flowers on card stock.
  2. Line up flowers from smallest to largest.
  3. Fold up the petals of each flower and bend them so that they look like a 3D flower.
  4. Glue the pearl onto the middle of the smallest petal.
  5. Glue the smallest petal to the one just bigger so that the petals are overlapping.
  6. Continue to do this with each petal so that the largest petal is on the bottom and you have 5 layers of the flower.
  7. Glue the flower onto the round necklace bail or the ring form.

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So go ahead and make some for yourself.  They are super easy and can be made to suit anyone’s taste.

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If you would like to make it right now, simply click on the green “Make It Now” button below.  This will take you directly to the Cricut Design Space where you can cut the project out now for only $.99.

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*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut.  I may have received product and or compensation, however all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

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The New Cricut Explore™

You guys…

I have a secret I have been keeping…

for a long time.

And I am finally able to share part of that secret with you today!

As you know, I love a great crafting tool.  I LOVE anything that allows me to actually create something beautiful that starts as a thought and idea in my crowded little brain.  If you LOVE the creativity process as much as I do, then you know exactly what I am talking about.

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Before I get ahead of myself, let me back up…so I can tell you a bit about my journey over the last several months.

Over a year ago I was contacted by my friends from Cricut.  They wanted to talk to me about a new “top secret” machine that was in the works.  I was intrigued…but I had only used a Cricut machine a couple of times before in my life.  I had other means of doing things but was interested in what they had to say.  So I went, and learned, and signed all sorts of Non-Disclosure contracts ;).

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Cricut’s new machine sounded promising, but without actually having the machine at my fingertips, I was reluctant…and told them so and that was that.  Some time passed and in April, some more discussions took place,  yet I was still reluctant.  I am a visual learner so I needed something concrete, but the new machine was still in production and beta testing.

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Finally, this fall, I connected with Cricut again and made arrangements to go out to their headquarters and actually see and use the new Cricut Explore for myself.

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You guys!  I was not prepared for how much I would love the Cricut Explore Cutting Machine.  Like so much so, that I actually gasped…outloud…twice!  Once when I saw the Cricut Explore open and once when I saw how beautifully it could script out calligraphy.  And if you know me…calm and collected Amy…that is saying a lot.  I got a little bit out of control with excitement.  But no worries…I regained my composure again quickly.  haha!

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I was given a machine in early December to start playing with and have been working with the Cricut team behind the scenes on some really fun things.  In fact, I have about 10 projects right now that will be featured in the Cricut Marketplace (in just a few weeks) that others (like YOU) will be able to click a button and reproduce EXACTLY on their end…

I KNOW!! Right?!

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I have told you before how very careful and deliberate I am about the things I share with you here.  I actually am very picky and turn down several opportunities that come my way,  if I don’t think it is a product or a company I can stand behind completely.  I think it is a reflection on me and I don’t want to abuse your trust in any way.  So, with that being said,  I want you to know that I will ALWAYS be completely honest in what I share here with you.

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And just so you know…I am loving this new machine and it’s capability.  I have a feeling it is going to take my creating to a new level…and that is exciting for me.  I have so many ideas floating around in my head that involved new mediums…and that my friends…

makes me giddy…giddy like a little school girl…

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Ashish Arora | Cricut CEO

In the meantime, I will continue to be working closely with Cricut behind the scenes and will keep you updated.  I will also be sharing an in-depth look into the new Cricut | Explore™ Machine so you can see what I am so excited about.

The Cricut Explore™ system blends an electronic cutting machine with Cricut Design Space™, the free online design software, to help you make polished DIY projects. Create by using the hundreds of ready-to-make projects, the 50,000+ images from the Cricut® library or by uploading your own images. You can even use the Cricut® cartridges you already own by simply uploading them into the machine (which can only be done once and to one machine).

The Cricut | Explore™  will be available February 12th on HSN and in stores March 15!

Want a sneak peek of one of my projects?  Coming soon…

Feel free to ask any questions you have…I will try to answer all of them to the best of my ability or ask one of my contacts at Cricut for you.

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The pictures in this post are from a Cricut Event that was on January 20 and 21st, just a couple of weeks ago.  Cricut invited several bloggers to an amazing event to release their new machine, Cricut Explore, so you may have already heard some rumblings about it.  All of the items shown in the pictures were created with the Cricut Explore.

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And…by the way this is not a sponsored post.



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