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!

Stellar Quilt from Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

I am so excited to be a part of Andy Knowlton’s book tour. Andy is the real deal. She is one of the kindest humans I have ever had the privilege of meeting and knowing. She is genuine and fun. Her curly hair is amazing and gives me hope that I can one day embrace mine with good results! 🙂

Andy has written her first book, Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts. Guys…. it is AMAZING. There are so many books and patterns out there for yardage and precuts, but what is the first thing we all gravitate towards in a fabric shop? FAT QUARTERS! What is the hardest thing to actually cut into and use? FAT QUARTERS! Andy has broken her book down based on how many fat quarters each quilt requires. It. Is. Genius.

I had a hard time picking just one quilt to make, but I finally settled on her Stellar Quilt.

This quilt uses fat quarters for the background AND for the stars. I looooooved coming up with a plan for this quilt. I settled on using my favorite low volumes with pink and different pinks for the stars. This makes my pink-loving heart sing. It is such a fun quilt. This quilt finishes as a really good sized kid quilt. It’s the perfect size for snuggles or dragging around everywhere or an extra layer for cold nights.

This quilt uses 12 fat quarters. 9 for the background and 3 for the stars. I am pretty sure most of us could make this quilt several times over and still not make a dent. It is a fast quilt and if you have a little one who “needs” a gift for this holiday season, this quilt would be perfect!

Over the next few weeks, several other quilters will be blogging about their quilts from Andy’s amazing book. Be sure to tune in on instagram and on their blog’s to get more of a preview of Andy’s book!

If you’re interested in snagging yourself a copy (you should!), you can find it on Amazon (affiliate link), Fat Quarter Shop, or directly from Andy herself!

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts from Amazon

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts from Fat Quarter Shop

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts from Andy

Making Tote Bags with Cricut Easy Press 2

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

With the Holiday season coming up, I wanted to showcase an easy project that might be fun for little ones to receive this year that uses the Cricut Easy Press 2. I wanted to make my boys some tote bags that they could use for whatever their hearts desired. I don’t know about the little ones in your life, but mine LOVE bags. They love having a way to carry around their treasures, stuffed animals, things they want to hide from their brother, you name it!

I started by searching the internet for SVG files. This is a specific file type that you can use to cut out designs on your Cricut Explore Air 2 or other Cricut cutter. It stands for scalable vector graphics, which is essentially design talk for simplified shapes that can be resized easily. I found a few that I thought my boys might like and from those they chose a Death Star and Pikachu.

We used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out these files on Everyday Iron-on Vinyl by Cricut in their desired colors. Don’t forget to mirror your image when doing iron on!!! Then the magic happened. Guys, the Easy Press 2 is AMAZING! It is easy to use, has a clear display, and I could even do it one handed while holding my baby! 🙂 Cricut has a heat guide available on their website when using the Easy Press 2. You chose the base cloth and then it tells you exactly how to set up your Easy Press 2 for success.

We used these tote bags for trick or treating and I know they will be the best library bags ever. What would you use a tote bag for??