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Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

I took a break from sewing this week and did other crafting projects.

I purchased a Cricut Maker and Cricut Easy Press this past Christmas but haven’t really taken the time to learn how to use them other than a couple of Valentine T shirts for friends.

I looked on You Tube for inspiration and found a few projects that I could make with items I already had on hand.

Kitchen Towels– The Cricut software has lots of free fonts so I created a few designs to test and used a couple off free ones I found on Jennifer Makers site. If you have a Cricut and need help or inspiration she is a wonderful teacher. You can find her here.

Cricut Craft Project
kitchen towels

Wall Art using Canvas and Foil Vinyl— This technique is called Reverse Canvas. Underneath the canvas is a wood frame. I painted the frames, added the vinyl design onto the canvas. The designs I used are free if you join Cricut Access community. Using a staple gun I applied the canvas to the back of the painted wood frames. Lastly added a saw-tooth hook for hanging.

I made this frame for my desk. I spray painted the frame using a metallic paint. Covered the cardboard in the frame with scrap book paper that had metallic looking lines splashed on the background with the vinyl word art applied to it.

Cricut Craft Project

Wall Art using Scrap booking paper and frames— The black frames were cheap ones I had for my kids art work 30 years ago! ( I did keep their art work) šŸ™‚ Using a glue stick I adhered the floral scrap book paper onto the cardboard and applied the vinyl design on to the decorative paper.

T-shirt for my neighbor — We love to drink wine while discussing our daily lives ā™„ā™„

Cricut craft project
wine t shirt

This last project involved a little sewing. I started with these 3 fabrics

I cut them into 2 inch strips and braided them…

Joined the braids using a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine — I didn’t have enough of the burgundy fabric to complete the final round…which was OK…

Rag Braiding
Rag Braiding

The goal was to use the braided rug as a toilet topper in one of our guest bathrooms. I had an old galvanized tin in the garage — First I washed it, then using a glue gun covered it with twine and added nautical rope for handles. Added a vinyl word art…

Voila….I’m so pleased with the results

cricut craft project
toilet cover

Keeping the farmhouse theme going I used the Cricut to make labels for two Mason Jars.

Cricut craft project

As much as I love sewing it was great venturing into other creative outlets. The Cricut can be used in many ways and I’m looking forward to trying as many as I can!

During this time of quarantine I find I need to be productive so I’ll stay away from watching the news on TV.

How about you, have you tried any new ideas or ways to be creative?

Hope you have a great weekend and stay safe!

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10 thoughts on “Friday Finishes

  1. Oh goodness – I’m glad I wasn’t sipping coffee while I read some of those phrases! Hahaha! You’ve been having fun. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Hi Karla! You’ve made great use of your new Cricut maker. I have a friend that got one around the same time – I’m going to share that website with her. I just LOVE the braided rug – the fabrics you chose are great and it looks so cute in its new home. I’ll bet your neighbor loves the t-shirt! Take care. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. I loved seeing all your projects!!! I have an Artistic Cutter, but should be able to use the ideas (and yes, I, too, need to learn more and use it more!)
    You are uber talented and I love the toilet seat cover & the nice butt tin! šŸ™‚

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  4. Everything is wonderful!! I often toy with getting a Cricuit, and now you have motivated me to dream a little harder.

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    • I got a great deal at Michael’s last Christmas – it does a good job cutting fabric using the rotary cutter blade which is included. It’s definitely addictive — I cut a dinosaur puzzle project for my grandson out of wood! So cool!


  5. Very awesome home decor items! I am sure your home is quite adorable!

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