Get your kids excited about reading with these Paper Animal Bookmarks using the Cricut Scoring Wheel!
If you were here last week, you saw that Cricut released a new tool for their Adaptive Tool System called the Cricut Scoring Wheel! This tool is only available for the Cricut Maker because it contains the drive mechanism for this tool system.
Scoring Wheels can use up to 10X the pressure possible with the Scoring Stylus, allowing you to make more crease-and-fold projects than ever
with ease, including breathtaking wearable art, 3D home decor, sculptures, and more, with ease.
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For this project, I used the following Design Space images:
Snake Book Corner #M456F5
Lion Book Corner #M406D8
Shark Book Corner #M44C3B
Gorilla Book Corner #M45EE6
I opened those images, one at a time, in Design Space. There is no need to re-size them. Pick the colors of paper you wish to use and proceed to the cut screen. (These cardstock packs are by no means the only colors you can use. Those just happen to be the packs I had at home.)
Since there are scoring lines included in the design, Design Space will prompt you which scoring wheel to use. This will depend on the material you pick. We are working with card stock therefore the software will suggest the single scoring wheel. You can tell by the number on the side of the wheel. The single wheel is designated as 01. Design Space will let you know when to place it in the machine based on the cut layers. The single wheel creates a single crease on the cardstock. It is perfect for use with thin papers to cardstock.
Look at those beautiful creases!
Fold the large piece along the crease lines and secure with the hot glue gun.
Assembling the Paper Animal Bookmarks
Once your large piece is folded and glued into a diamond, add the long light green piece in the center of the diamond and glue in place.
Next add the white piece with the fangs and glue.
The red piece that will be seen for the snake eyes is next.
Finally add the smaller light green piece with the eye holes. Glue in place. Be careful not to glue under the eye holes like I did. (Blogger fail.)
I made several of these for my kiddo and I can tell you that using the scoring wheel even on this simple project saved me a ton of time. Usually, I would have to use a ruler and exact a crease prior to folding. This usually results in me cussing at the paper because I cannot get the fold exact. But the scoring wheel changes all that!
Reed loves them! And I have to admit, they are pretty stinkin’ cute.
The Cricut Scoring Wheel is the newest tool in the Cricut Adaptive Tool System for Cricut Maker! Create perfect folds every time!
Cricut Scoring Wheel
Honestly, I’ve never been a big fan of anything that requires folding because I can never get the material to fold in the correct place for the project! It can be super frustrating but the scoring wheel changes all that.
The scoring wheel is the newest tool to arrive for use with Cricut’s Adaptive Tool System. This tool delivers 10x the pressure of the scoring stylus allowing you to create perfect folds every time. Available as a single or double wheel to use with varying levels of material thickness. The scoring stylus is dragged across the material where the wheel is rolled across the material. This rolling action maintains the material at higher pressures.
The scoring wheel is for use with the Cricut Maker only. The housing unit is only compatible with the Cricut Adaptive Tool System available on the Maker. However, you only need one housing unit to use both the single and double wheels. The QuickSwap Drive Housing uses a plunger system to easily interchange the wheels.
To create those adorable strawberry boxes, I used the single scoring wheel. The single wheel creates a single crease on the cardstock allowing for perfect folding.
I folded along the scored lines and then glued the ends together.
Pull together with baker’s twine and add the cute leafy top! These are so cute when finished!
Double Scoring Wheel
I used the double scoring wheel with kraft board to cut out the strawberry basket. The double wheel creates two parallel creases on the material allowing for easier folding with thicker or specialty materials.
Once the basket was cut, I used the double crease to fold it. Then hot glue the corners together.
The entire project I was able to pull together in 30 minutes! I just love how sweet these berries and basket look!
Here is a quick guide for choosing which scoring wheel for your project!
The Cricut Scoring Wheel is a must have for Cricut Maker owners! Create amazing home decor and 3D projects with ease! Available now on HSN!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Capture your favorite memories this summer with our Flamingo Snapchat Geo-filter!
Seriously. Flamingos are my fave. Whenever I see flamingos, I think of summer. Whether it’s a pool float or the plastic flamingo in the front yard, this gorgeous strutting bird symbolizes warm days ahead. Not to mention, flamingos are all the rage right now. They are everywhere! If you go to any craft store, I promise you will find at least 10 flamingo inspired crafts or decor.
Flamingo Snapchat Geo-filter
Combine flamingos with Snapchat and you get our Flamingo Snapchat Geo-filter. Use this geo-filter for your next cookout or pool party! The guests will love the idea of stamping their memories with this fun bonus party favor.
Geo-filters are basically digital stickers. They can be used for branding or marketing. But they can also be used to commemorate an occasion. Community geo-filters (created by Snapchat) are free to use. Custom filters will cost a small price. This geo-filter image is free to use however, you will be charged by Snapchat to publish it.
If you missed my tutorial on how to set up a custom geo-filter, check out this post.
Be sure to post signs or set out cards that mention the geo-filter! It’s such a fun way to personalize your next party!
Add a pop of color to your kitchen this season with these funny No Sew Summer Towels! That pom pom trim is swoon-worthy!
This month’s Palm Springs Fresh Cut Bundle is FILLED with all sorts of cute, bright images for you to use. The palette is filled with pink, coral, aqua, and lime green. Fun flamingos, cool cacti, retro drinks and palm trees remind me of long days by the pool and fun cool summer nights.
Flour sack towels
Iron on vinyl (pink, light green, coral, yellow)
EasyPress or iron
Pom pom trim
Hot glue gun
Download your favorite image from our Palm Springs Bundle and upload into your favorite cutting machine software. Size and mirror your image depending on your towel size. Cut the image and weed away any excess vinyl.
Iron your flour sack towel to remove any creases from packaging. Position the image in the bottom center of your towel. Make sure the tag is in the back or at the top of the towel when opened. Set the EasyPress to 315 degrees for 30 seconds. Apply the EasyPress directly over the image and start the timer. Once timer sounds, remove the EasyPress and set back in it’s cradle. Carefully peel the liner away from the image.
Repeat the above process for all of the layers.
Apply the pom pom trim to the bottom edge of the towel using your hot glue gun. Leave a small amount hanging over the edge in order to wrap it around for a smooth edge.
Fold and hang on your oven handle in the kitchen for a bright summer look!
And because flamingos are my favorite, I also made the flamingo towel!
Celebrate America’s birthday with our 4th of July Sparkler Printables! This is the perfect party favor for your Independence Day celebrations!
4th of July Sparkler Printables
My sister should write for Hallmark! This poem and printable she created for our Friday Freebie is so stinkin’ cute! Every year we have a cookout and these sparkler printables will be a great addition to our holiday tradition!
Each download includes the poem and sparkler wrappers. There are two sparkler wrappers on the page. You can print as many copies of the sparkler wrappers as you wish. I recommend using standard printer paper for the wrappers so they fold easily around the sparkler box. Then place in a cute bucket or basket for your guests to enjoy! The poem will fit perfectly in an 8 x 10 inch frame to decorate your table.
The poem reads:
‘Twas the night of the fourth
and all through the city,
Not a creature was sleeping
’cause the skies were so pretty.
All the sparklers were lit
outside in the street
celebrating our freedom
in the hot summer heat.
Grab a pack and join in
Take one or take two.
Let’s light up the sky
for the red, white and blue!
All printables are for PERSONAL use only! Please do not re-sell, redistribute or claim as your own. If this printable is posted to the internet, please give credit and link back to Create.Craft.Love.
Download directions: Click link above. This will bring up a Google Drive folder. Click the download icon at the top. This will save the folder to your computer. Simply open the file and print! YOU DO NOT NEED TO ASK PERMISSION TO VIEW.
Here’s wishing you and your families a safe and magical 4th of July!
Our Salted Caramel Ice Cream Float is a new twist on an old favorite! It’s sure to cool you off during these hot summer months!
When I saw the Blue Bunny Salted Caramel Ice Cream at the store the other day, I had to have it. I love salted caramel! One of our favorite summer treats is ice cream floats. Andy’s Frozen Custard has a concrete they make that has salted caramel, bits of pretzels and chocolate. This recipe was inspired by that! And when you mix salty and sweet together, OMG. It’s amazing. If you love salted caramel, you will love this ice cream float!
Salted Caramel Ice Cream Float
Blue Bunny Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Root Beer (or hard root beer)
Add three scoops of salted caramel ice cream to glass.
Pour root beer over ice cream.
Top with caramel syrup.
Add pretzels for an extra crunch!
We tried it with Coca Cola and with root beer. The caramel flavoring in the Coke was too much for us. We liked the flavor balance of the ice cream with the root beer. But you can use whatever you want! The ice cream is pretty rich so if you have a different salted caramel ice cream you like better, try it!
The pretzels are my favorite topping! I love the added punch of the salt from the pretzel. Plus it gives the ice cream a nice crunch. You can totally skip the pretzels but I encourage you to give it a shot! You will NOT be disappointed!
If you want to put an adult twist on it, use the alcoholic Not Your Dad’s Root Beer! But be careful. Honestly, you cannot tell the difference between it and regular root beer.
Celebrate America’s birthday with our festive 4th of July Beach Cover Up!
4th of July means lake time!! We love spending time out of the water or beach side. And of course when you are playing on the water, you just need a cover up to get into most waterfront establishments. My sister put together this fun SVG cut file just in time for the festivities!
4th Of July Beach Cover Up
Download our SVG cut file below and upload the file into the software for your cutting machine.
I purchased an over sized tank top from Walmart for the cover up. Best news? It was $4!!
Size the image to fit your shirt. Mirror the image and cut on your favorite iron on vinyl.
Once cut, weed the excess vinyl away from the image.
I used my EasyPress to apply the vinyl to the tank top. Pre-heat the area to which you are applying the vinyl. This will help the iron on vinyl adhere to the material. Arrange the vinyl over the tank top and iron in place. Carefully peel away the liner.
Isn’t it adorable?! Add the cute sunglasses and beads to complete the look! You can grab those at Walmart too!
Keep the kids busy this summer with any of these fun and easy Painted Rock Crafts!
Painted rocks have been the trend for the last couple of years. There is even an initiative called the Kindness Rocks Project. Look it up. It’s pretty cool and a good way for kids to pay it forward in a crazy world. But these other painted rock crafts are pretty fun too! You can get as creative as you want. There is no right or wrong! Here is some inspiration to get you started!
Cool off this summer with one of these Most Refreshing Iced Tea Recipes!
Iced tea is my favorite summer beverage! There is nothing better when it’s 100 degrees outside. Did you know that iced tea was first introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis? I love all of these fun twists on the old classic. Some seem like a stretch outside of my comfort zone but I can’t wait to try them all!
Do you know how to apply iron on vinyl to wood? It’s one of the best kept secrets in crafting and it will save you so much time and headache!
I love the farmhouse look. My entire house is decorated with that rustic, cozy decor style. I have wood signs all over the place. When I first began decorating that way, I would create a stencil out of adhesive vinyl and carefully stencil the lettering or design on wood. But there is an easier way, ladies and gentlemen. Iron on vinyl can be used on wood too! No more bleeding edges of paint. No more pulling up wood with the adhesive vinyl.
Simply put, iron on vinyl is glue that is heat activated. Once you heat up the vinyl, the glue will adhere to almost anything.
How to apply iron on vinyl to wood
Follow the normal steps for working with iron on vinyl. Upload your design or wording into Design Space. Mirror your image and cut. After the image has been successfully cut, weed out the excess vinyl.
Lay the vinyl image over the wood piece to which you will be applying.
Set your EasyPress to 300 degrees and the timer to 40 seconds. Apply the EasyPress to the image and start timer.
Burnish with a cloth and carefully remove liner.
Once liner removed, burnish the vinyl to the wood again using a cloth.
This helps attach the vinyl to the uneven surface. (As an extra reference, check out how I made my DIY Beach Hat using the same method.)
That’s it! So much less hassle than creating a stencil. Although there are times when you want it to look more distressed and I get that. But this is definitely an alternative that turns out just as good!