Quilt Block Coasters with Infusible Ink

Ever since I had my husband help me make some quilt block SVG files, I have wanted to make myself some new coasters using those files. I have heard a lot about Cricut Infusible Ink and this seemed like the perfect project to try out!

Here’s what you’ll need:

SVG quilt block file bundle 1 or bundle 2 from my Etsy shop

Cricut Infusible Ink Coasters (I prefer the ceramic ones)

Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets (I used party pink)

Cricut Easy Press 2 or other heat transfer source that reaches 400degrees F

I tried out making coasters with the square coasters and the round coasters. Here’s what I learned:

To use the square coasters, make sure your image is no larger than 3.5″ square. They don’t require as much time to process the infusible ink, but they also don’t feel as nice, in my opinion. For a Cricut tutorial, click HERE.

To use the round coasters, make sure your image is no larger than 3″. They require quite a bit more time of active heat to process the infusible ink, but in the end the result feels much nicer. For a Cricut tutorial, click HERE.

In the end, this was really such a fun project. I know I’ll be making them again as a quick creative reset.

Have you used infusible ink yet? What did you think of it??

Felt Bunting with Cricut Explore Air 2

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

During this crazy, hectic holiday season, I have LOVED having my Cricut Explore Air 2. This is my first holiday season having the ability to make things I never would have contemplated making before, all because of my Cricut. I want to share 5 reasons why I LOVE my Cricut Explore Air 2 with you today and also a fun, fast project you can make on your own Explore Air 2!

1 – It. Is. FAST! I recently shared my tutorial for making car/sewing machine decals and highlighted there how fast this machine is. I can literally make a sticker in less than 30 seconds. The Explore Air 2 is 2X faster than previous models and it shows!

2 – When your project is ready to cut out, the Explore Air 2 literally shows you what to do. The buttons flash! I love this feature so much. It helps give me the reassurance as I’m learning a new technique that I am doing it in the correct order. I also love that my kids can help as I’m working on projects. They love it, too. 🙂

3 – I love the dial feature on the Explore Air 2. You can choose from a variety of pre-selected materials on the dial, or turn it to custom if you’re not sure. When you turn it to custom, you then get to search from Cricut’s extensive library of materials and choose the one you are using. From outdoor vinyl to infusible ink to felt to cardstock, everything you could need is in the library.

4 – Cricut Explore Air 2 comes in a wide variety of colors. I happen to love the mint color that mine came in. If mint isn’t your thing, there is black, red, lilac, rose, fuchsia, sky, blue, peach kiss, raspberry, and the fancy Martha Stewart pearly white version.

5- My absolute favorite thing about my Explore Air 2 is the versatility. If I can imagine something, I can make it. Literally anything. I have used it to cut iron on vinyl for t-shirts, iron on vinyl for tote bags, infusible ink for coasters, cardstock to make a template for a door mat, car stickers, freezer paper. It cuts everything.

I was really curious if the Explore Air 2 could cut felt. If you follow me on instagram, you know I’ve recently become obsessed with working with felt. I am so happy to report that the Explore Air 2 can easily cut Cricut felt!!! I read a few tutorials with differing techniques and settled on one that worked really well for me. I made this fun Holiday Felt Bunting and you can too!

All you need is:

Cricut felt

12″ x 12″ strong grip mat

Fine Point Blade (this came with your Explore Air 2)

Baker’s twine

A needle

To begin, download my project file from Cricut Design Space!

I chose to use 2 colors of green felt, 1 pink, and 1 red. My Christmas decor is retro and funky so this works great for me. The best news is if this isn’t how you style your house, you can choose whichever colors work best for you!

The project file is separated into the different colors. Design Space makes it really easy to cut from different colored materials by separating your canvases into colors when it’s time to cut.

It is much easier to be foolproof when it shows you which color to cut next!

Cut out all of your felt letters. This process takes a tiny bit longer than cutting out vinyl or cardstock. The blade cuts the path several times to ensure a clean cut.

If you look closely you can see on the felt where it has been cut. Once the cutting is complete, peel off the felt and the letters carefully. It came off relatively easily for me.

Gather all of the letters and trees and lay them out how you’d like them to look on your bunting. Using baker’s twine and a rather large needle, thread the letters and trees onto the baker’s twine. You’re all done!

I loved the look of layering this bunting with a felt ball garland I already have in place for the holidays. It makes my kitchen look really festive!

Making Car Stickers with Cricut Explore Air 2

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

I am SOOOOO excited to share my latest project that I’ve made with my Cricut Explore Air 2. I’ve been tossing around this idea for literally years, but I never had a way to make it without trying to find someone to manufacture these stickers. I don’t know about you, but I never know what we’re eating for dinner, let alone how to find someone to make stickers for a reasonable cost. 🙂

To make stickers for your own car or window or whatever else, you’ll need the following along with your Cricut machine, mat, and weeding tools:

Premium Outdoor Glossy Vinyl

Transfer Tape

Scraper tool

Windex (to clean off your window)

Paper towels (to clean off your window)

SVG file from my Etsy shop

To begin with, upload the SVG files (one or all of them!) into Cricut Design Space. I resized them down to 3.75″ because that’s what I liked, but you can do it as large or as small as you’d like. That’s the beauty of SVG files, they are easily scalable. Your artboard should look like this:

Don’t forget to weld or attach your shapes or when you click “Make It”, you will have a hot mess and wonder what you’ve done wrong. Since this is going on a window, you do NOT need to mirror your image.

Cut out your shapes. Thankfully this doesn’t take long since the Explore Air 2 is super fast. I was so giddy at this point, I’m not sure I could’ve waited longer than a minute. Also, don’t just haphazardly cut your vinyl with scissors…. or do. Either way it still works.

Next you will need to cut your stickers down to size and weed out the excess vinyl. Use the original file on your Design Space for reference if you aren’t sure what to weed out.

Cut a piece of transfer tape to roughly 4″ square. Peel off the backing, then adhere it to the top of the vinyl. Use your large or small scraper tool to help adhere the transfer tape to the vinyl. This is REALLY, really important to make sure your vinyl transfers perfectly to your car window.

Clean your car window off with windex and a paper towel. I wiped mine down once more with a dry paper towel just to make sure it was clean and dry. Peel off the white backing from the vinyl. If any pieces of your vinyl don’t stick to the transfer tape, it’s ok. Just put the white backing back on, and hit it all again with the scraper tool.

Place the sticker on the window. Use your finger and fingernail to really push the vinyl onto your window. Carefully peel off the transfer tape and voila! You have a custom car sticker.

I LOVE these stickers. It’s kind of like a secret handshake to get into a club. Quilter’s will know you’re a quilter by seeing any of these stickers on your window, but you don’t have to have a sticker that literally says “quilter” on your car. 🙂

This was a really fast project and once you have the required materials, you can bust one of these out in 15 minutes. Wouldn’t they be such fun gifts for quilty friends? You can all have matching car tattoos for your quilting group!