DIY Keychain: Cricut Hand Tools

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

Hello everyone!
Today I'm excited to share a super quick DIY project.  I've partnered with Cricut, however, I'm not using my Cricut Maker to create the project.  What?!?!  I know, I know, I'm using only Cricut handtools.
Do you remember I shared the Cricut hand tools with you last week?  The Cricut hand tools include TrueControl Knife (love), Rotary Cutter, Self-Healing Mat, Acrylic Ruler, and Cutting Ruler.  These tools are truly amazing.  Remember the Self-Healing Mat is reversible.  I used the other side (it's grey).  Keep reading to find out why I decided to use the other side.
Today we used the Rotary Cutter, Self-Healing Mat, and the Acrylic Ruler.  Using these tools was amazing and made the project easy to complete.  So let's get to the project.  I created a tassel keychain using Cricut Leather, glitter paint and the hand tools mentioned before.  This project is really easy, let's get started.
Glitter Paint
Paint Brush
Permanent Glue
Cricut Self-Healing Mat
Cricut Rotary Cutter
Acrylic Ruler
Round Split Ring

1.  Cut leather to 3/4 X 8 inches using the cutting mat, rotary cutter, and ruler.  The reverse side has measurements making cutting and measuring simple.

2.  Add round split ring and  fold leather over
3.  Ensure the leather is even, add adhesive
4.  Use clothespin or clip to hold until dry
5.  Optional:  Use glitter paint to paint the end of the key chain
5.  Using the rotary cutter, cut the leather up 2.5-3 inches, making several passes.
6.  Cut a small piece of scrap leather, gather the key chain and simply wrap and tie.
Guys this project was so fun, it's always great working with different mediums.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Have you ever work with leather, leave me a comment.  

Cricut Hand Tools

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

Hello everyone!
Back with the amazing Cricut team to introduce Cricuts Precision Hand Tools.  I must admit I've been using these tools for a few months now and seriously was very impressed when first introduced.  These tools make creating projects a breeze, saving time and creating beautiful projects is really what it's all about.  With the safety features and great colors you really can't go wrong.
Let's start with the Decorative Self-Healing Mat.  I grab this mat all the time.  From trimming vinyl to just using it as a great surface for crafting, I can't go wrong.  These self-healing mats measure 12X12 and 12X24.  They are double-sided, extra thick and available in mint, rose or lilac.  They include easy to read numbers on a wide 1-inch border for use with the rotary cutter or precision knife blades.  Please note:  these mats are not to be used with Cricut machines.
The TrueControl Knife is like no others.  With its razor sharp edge, fine tip, and blade locking system, you will always have better control of your knife, which creates better projects.  The knife has an anti-roll designed handle, so your knife stays put when not in use.  This knife can be used with cardstock, paper, thin plastics, canvas, and more.  These also come in rose, mint, blue and lilac.  Cricut also has a hands free blade changing system.  This is one of my most favorite of the Cricut tools used daily.
The hand-held Rotary Cutter cuts fabric quickly and with ease.  It measures 60 mm and designed with a comfortable handle to give precise control and its symmetrical design is perfect for right or left-handers.  There is a quick release button that safely activates the blade and the sliding quick release blae cover eliminates cuts when not in use.  The blade is made from premium steel and is capable of cutting through multiple layers of thicker materials, including fabric, batting and more.  You can use your rotary cutter with the acrylic ruler for clean cuts every time.

The Acrylic Ruler measures 3 X 18, comes in a clear frosted finish with measurements easy to see.  It's thick and made of durable plastic.  Measurements are in 1/8 inch increments make it easy for cutting and measuring dark and light materials.
The last thing I want to talk about today is the Cutting Ruler.  Besides the True Control Knife, this is one of my favorites, and I do use these together 90% of the time.  The cuts are always clean and the guard keeps my fingers safe.  The textured non-slip base also gives protection and control against slipping.  Of course, this ruler comes in fun colors rose, lilac, blue and mint.

All these tools make crafting a little easier for me and seriously what about the fun colors?!  You can't go wrong.  Leave me a comment letting me know if you own any of these products, did you purchase everything in the same color?  If you don't currently have these products, let me know which you plan to place in your shopping cart.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cricut EasyPress Totes

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

Happy Wednesday everyone!
I'm so excited to partner with Cricut this week to introduce the EasyPress Totes.  You all know how in love I am with the Cricut EasyPress 2 machines and now I can easily take them on the go - let's get crafting!
Cricut EasyPress Totes will easily fit your Cricut EasyPress, Safety Base, mat and small accessories on the go for perfect iron-on anywhere.  Each tote is constructed with durable, heat-resisted material while protecting the machines from getting damaged when taking your machines to craft retreats, parties or even casual crafting nights with friends.
Each tote comes with a shoulder strap and handles strap for easy gripping, while inside you will find your EasyPress machine will sit snug and safe while traveling with the strong velcro strap to ensure everything fits securely in place.  Other features include a convenient front and large back pocket to fit your EasyPress Mat and iron-on accessories organized (these items are sold separately).
Let's talk about sizes.  All totes feature all the same amazing features as listed above and available in  three different sizes:

Small Tote fits Cricut EasyPress 2 (6 x 7-inch machine)
Medium Tote fits Cricut Easy Press 2 (9 x 9-inch machine)
Large Tote fits Cricut EasyPress 2 (10 x 12-inch machine)
Original Cricut EasyPress will fit the large tote
Remember the Cricut EasyPress 2 Machines give you professional iron-on results in 60 seconds or less, includes an advanced heat plate design, it's simple to use with temps up to 400 degrees, it's super safe.  EasyPress 2 is the ideal DIY tool with so many possibilities, a perfect complement to all Cricut cutting machines.  And now you can take these amazing machines on the go.
Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the Cricut EasyPress Totes, Cricut EasyPress or any Cricut cutting machine.  Also, please be sure to visit us on Instagram for more crafting inspiration. 

LOVE Card with Xyron

Happy 2019!

I can not believe the holidays are over, my Christmas tree and all decorations have been carefully put away.  I can't believe we have already started a new year.  Why yes, I'm moving full steam ahead getting ready for Valentine's Day.  Today I'm partnering with Xyron to talk to you about one of my favorite Xyron products.

Xyron inspires creativity by creating products to make crafting fun and simple.  Xyron products appeal to creatives at all levels, teachers and moms.  Xyron products make crafting easy.  I have lots of favorite Xyron products, but my number one go to, I used in 80% of my projects is the Creative Station.  Some links in this post may contain affiliate links, and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking.

I started using Xyron sticker makers many years ago and enjoyed turning anything into a sticker - buttons, name it!  The Creative Station takes it one step further.  Not only can I turn most any product into a sticker, but I can also easily change out the cartridge in seconds and create magnets or even laminate in an instant.

The Creative Station is light weight, compact and stores easy.
With the card today, I simply cut all my card stock pieces to size, cut out letters using my Cricut, ran everything though the Creative Station and simply, added everything to the card base.  I wanted to add a touch of glitter to the heart.  For the heart, I placed it in the creative station, added glitter, turned it over, simply ran it again through the creative station to add adhesive to the back and added it to the card.

The Xyron Creative Station comes in two sizes, a 5 inch and a 9 inch.  I often use the 9 inch and for smaller projects, simply use a 5 inch cartridge in the 9 inch machine.  It's like having two machines in one.  The machines as well as the refill cartridges can be purchased Amazon, or most any local crafting stores. 
Thank you so much for visiting today.  Leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite go to crafting tool.