Acrylic Monogrammed Stationery Box

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I love acrylic things. I love monogram things. Today they meet and become best friends forever and ever.

While I was wandering the aisles of The Container Store for Crib Meets Craft I came across this acrylic hinged box and knew I could do something crafty with it. Fact: if you wander around long enough, you’ll find something. I am the queen of wandering.

This acrylic box is really easy to make and packs a punch. It’s a great holiday gift, which is exactly what I’m planning to do. After making one for myself, just to be sure that it worked, I’ve made three more for friends. The acrylic boxes are only $8.99 which makes this gift idea really affordable.

DIY Acrylic Monogram Box  | Damask Love

If you opt to recreate the project exactly, you’ll want to size everything to 5″ square. The top of the acrylic box measures 5.5″ square so keeping everything at 5″ will ensure that your monogram and patterned paper fits.

DIY Acrylic Monogram Box  | Damask Love DIY Acrylic Monogram Box  | Damask LoveIf you need some pointers on creating and cutting your own monogram, take a peek at THIS post from the archives that will walk you through the process.

DIY Acrylic Monogram Box  | Damask LoveThe options for filling up this gift box are endless. Actually, I take that back. I sort of hate it when people tell you that the “options are endless” because in reality – the options almost always have an end. Like, you can’t put a horse in this gift box…or $100 worth of pennies…or a grandfather clock. Nope, those won’t work. Stationery, though? that’ll fit perfectly. Or candies. Or cookies. Those will all work.

I went with stationery. The same stationery from THIS post. Because it just coordinated so nicely.

DIY Acrylic Monogram Box  | Damask Love

DIY Acrylic Monogram Box  | Damask LoveYou should probably make a bunch of these. It’s a great way to make friends and let people know that you’ve got awesome monogramming skillz.

This post was completed as part of Round 4 of the Cricut Design Space Star competition. For more Cricut Explore inspiration, follow the #designspacestar hashtag on instagram where lots of other talented craft pushers are sharing their own creations!

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Apple Pie Pops

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We’re in the home stretch people. Five-ish weeks before this kiddo makes his appearance and I’m finishing out this pregnancy with one last craving: apple pie. The bakery at The Fresh Market makes really good ones – and over the last month, I’ve polished off two. Pies that is. Two pies. I’m not ashamed. And, they are particularly delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This whole apple pie thing might explain my recent increase in apple themed crafts. Like THIS one…and THIS one too …oh, and then there was the cute apple project I posted a year ago! Welp – let the apple crafting continue. I think you’ll like this one. It’s super easy and really, really cute. Really.

DIY Apple Pie Pop Sticks | Damask LoveThe must have items of this project are the rock candy sticks. You gotta have that little ball on the end in order to make these. I find that when you have these on hand, you find lots of ways to use them. Thankfully, they don’t take up much space in your craft space.

Instructions

{1} Paint one stick with brown paint

{2} Use a pair of strong scissors to trim on the teeny tiniest bit of the brown stick. When it comes to scissors for this project, I love my Fiskars Amplify Scissors. They are intended for multi media projects and can cut through lots of thick materials.

{3} Paint the ball of each stick with red paint.

{4} Use a tiny dab of hot glue to adhere the brown “stem” to the top of the “apple”

{5} Create a teeny leaf shape with your 1/2″ circle punch.

{6} Use hot glue to adhere the leaf to the stem

IMPORTANT: For this project, I baked little mini apple pies on the end of each stick. Be sure to bake the pies BEFORE you do any painting or gluing! To make the mini apple pie pops, just use a circle cookie cutter to cut out pie crust. Sandwich some apple pie filling between two circle and pinch the edges closed with a fork. Very easy.

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DIY Apple Pie Pop Sticks | Damask Love

DIY Apple Pie Pop Sticks | Damask LoveI packed up these pops in a pretty box with a tag that I printed and cut out with my Cricut Explore. The little apple embellishment is simple to create. Just follow THIS tutorial to see how it’s done. Gotta love that sentiment on the tag, right?

DIY Apple Pie Pop Sticks | Damask Love

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Easy Like Sunday Morning: No. 19

IMG_8747Project-Ranking-FormatMy stance on candy corn is very clear. See.  Didn’t like it then. Don’t like it now, but I am totally willing to acknowledge we are in the thick of candy corn season. So if I’m not gonna eat it – which I absolutely will not do – I’ll craft it, in the easiest way ever.

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You guys know that I love my circle cutter and I use it for a ton of simple crafts like THIS, THIS and THIS.  It’s a great tool to have in your arsenal and if you stick with me, I’ll give you plenty of excuses to use it.

In addition to the tools pictured above, you’ll also need a paper trimmer and/or a pair of good scissors to get this done.

IMG_8721{1} Use the circle cutter to create three circles. The yellow circle should measure 5 1/2″, the orange circle should measure 4″ and the white circle should measure 2 1/2″

{2} Glue the circles together as shown

{3} Use a paper trimmer to cut the circle in half. If you don’t have a paper trimmer, you can use scissors…but you’ve really gotta get yourself a paper trimmer!

{4} Score each half circle down the middle (at 2 3/4″)

{5} Fold the mini card in half

{6} Use scissors to cut down the mini card to mimic the shape of candy corn. I trimmed off about 1/3″ of the card.

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These itty bitty cuties measure about 2 1/2″ tall which make them great for accompanying halloween treats.

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A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore: Pt.2

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Did you see yesterday’s post?

You didn’t?

Well then you must go look before proceeding. I insist. I’ll wait.

 

 

 

 

 

Okay. Let’s continue.

As pretty as all those card kit elements are, they are even prettier when assembled – and that exactly the point of today’s post. With the contents of the card kit, you can create fifteen unique holiday cards. You can mix and match sentiments and images with all those pretty patterned cards. It’s really a lot of fun. So today – let’s just take a gander and how I used my card kit…I’ll keep the commentary to a minimum.

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

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A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

 

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

 

Simple. Pretty. Festive…and all created with my Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut feature. Win.Untitled-1

And if you want to download the images and sentiments for this kit- I’ve got you covered. Just click on the link below for a jpeg and pdf of all the images. If you are planning to use this kit with your Cricut Explore, you’ll want to use the jpeg download for uploading into Design Space. If you plan on cutting these out by hand (bless you!) – you may wanna opt for the pdf. Happy crafting and happy cutting!DownloadTheKitCard Kit Large Sentiments JPEG | PDF

Card Kit Small Sentiments JPEG | PDF

Card Kit Embellishment Images JPEG | PDF

This post was completed as part of Round 4 of the Cricut Design Space Star competition. For more Cricut Explore inspiration, follow the #designspacestar hashtag on instagram where lots of other talented crafters are sharing their own creations!

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore: Pt. 1

IMG_7450 A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

I’m a bit of a pusher when it comes to crafting.

Constantly trying to bring new members into the fold. Trying to convince them that crafting is the most awesome thing you could ever do with your time. Explaining all the beautiful things you can make. Forcing them to making something. Like I said – I’m a pusher.

So, when Cricut released their Print Then Cut feature a few weeks ago, I immediately knew what I had to do to maintain my status are your diligent neighborhood craft dealer. I had to make a card kit.

I love card kits. I’ve made them HERE and HERE…but the one problem with these is the time it takes to stamp and cut each element. I needed a solution for making mass-produceable card kits, that I could give out to friends to give ‘em a little taste of exactly what crafting could do for them. The euphoria of that first handmade card is all they needed and they’d be hooked, right?! (Ok – this is beginning to sound a little too much like drug dealing. I swear it’s just cardstock and adhesive, people. I swear). 

I spent the afternoon designing card kit elements – this was by far the hardest part of the job but I only had to do it once. Then it was time to Print Then Cut. I uploaded my original images into Cricut Design Space, and the machine led me through the rest of the process. It’s pretty cool how seamlessly the printing happens. Just trust me on this friends, you probably need to get a Cricut Explore in your life. Yeah, like I said – I’m a pusher.

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

 

Here’s a little peek on how Print Then Cut works within Cricut Design Space:

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask LoveEach of the elements you see throughout this post was created using Print Then Cut. It’s quite awesome really. The precision of the cutting is so good that these almost look store bough – except they’re not! I made them with my Cricut Explore and a $.02 sheet of white cardstock. That’s it.

Sidenote: I get lots and lots of questions about where I purchase my envelopes! I have a pretty extensive collection of envies and they all come from Paper Presentation. This shop offers every color of cardstock and envelope under the sun which is why I love them so much! I can find a match for anything!

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

See all those little cute embellies? Yep. Printed em. Then cut em. So very cool.

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask LoveAnd for the sake of the card kit recipients, I wanted to package these up in a way that made each element simple and easy to use. That’s where my trusty Xyron sticker maker came into the equation. Y’all know how much I love that Xyron! Just like I did in THIS post, I used my large sticker maker to create quick cards for the kit. I then used my smaller Xyron to add adhesive to each of the embellishments and sentiments.A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

A Merry & Bright Card Kit with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut | Damask Love

 

Last, but not least – I wanted to package all the elements into a cute box to make gift giving easy. I challenged myself on this one and was able to create my own box template that the Cricut Explore cut out for me.

In the end, I was about to create four card kits in a little over an hour – which is a lot quick than I could have done it by hand! Love it! Come back tomorrow to see Part II of this post where I reveal the 16 different card designs you can create with this Merry & Bright Card Kit!

This post was completed as part of Round 4 of the Cricut Design Space Star competition. For more Cricut Explore inspiration, follow the #designspacestar hashtag on instagram where lots of other talented craft pushers are sharing their own creations!

And one more quick question! Would you like to have these images available for download so you can use them with your own machine?! If so, lemme know!

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