Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday's Tutorials: Using Printable Graphics On Cricut Projects

Happy Thurusday!

I am super-excited today to show you some projects I've made using my Cricut and some printable graphics, specifically "Party Circles" which were designed by "The Seriously Sweet Party Expert" at OhMyGluestick!.

The Party Circles set I've used here is the brand new Harvest Set...super-cute, huh?! (Keep reading for details on how to get your own set for FREE!) I'll show you step-by-step how to use the Party Circles as they are intended...for cupcake and treat toppers. And I'll also show you some additional projects you can make with your Cricut to maximize their use!

Here are the cupcake/treat toppers:

They are super-easy and sooooo cute when placed on your sweet treats! Here's how to make them:

First, use a circle punch (size depends on how much border you want surrounding the main graphic...I used a 1 3/4" punch here so I had just a bit of the orange pattern surroudning the graphic) or your Cricut and the "centerpoint" function to cut each circle out.



Next, mat your punched/die cut graphic with a scallop circle or whatever shape you want to show around the edges. I used my Storybook cartridge to cut a 2" scallop from brown cardstock here:
Next, use adhesive to hold a lollipop stick (available at craft stores), making sure to align stick with botton of Party Circle:
I then used some of the red Terrifically Tacky Tape to adhere another scallop circle on the back to cover the stick:
And that's it! You now have some super-cute treat toppers or decorations for your next party!
Fun, right? Fantabulous Cricut will be giving away this AWESOME set of Party Circles to one of our Weekly Challenge winners next week...be sure to play along with next week's Challenge Me Monday for your chance to win!

And now, here are a few more projects I made using the Party Circles...the options are endless!

1. Refrigerator magnets: cut out Party Circles with a circle punch or using the "Centerpoint" function on your Cricut. Then use Liquid Glass or another clear liquid adhesive to attach to the back of flat glass pebbles. Once dry, attach a magnet to the back.
2. Custom brads: This custom brad kit is from Stampin Up!. I resized and printed the Party Circles onto a 3 x 5 index card and used my Cricut's "Centerpoint" function to cut them out. I attached them to the brad with TTT and added the bubble sticker on top.
3. Custom cards: I used a full-sized Party Circle as the tummy on my owl (cut from my Paisley cartridge), and added my custom acorn brads as accents:
4. Package tags: I made a custom tag using the acorn cut from Create a Critter and added a Party Circle to the center. It's attached to a bag of homemade roasted pumpkin seeds...yum!
These cute little Party Circles are perfect for holiday cards, packaging, decorations, etc. and come in Holiday and every other party theme you can think of! And using your Cricut with them saves on time and adds a lot of flexibility. If you have an idea of a project you'd think would be cute for these, let us know!

Be sure to head over to OhMyGluestick! to check out these fun, versatile graphics!
Happy Crafting! :)
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9 comments:

  1. Love these!!!!

    OK.. as a new cricut user, I do have a question.

    Where can I go to see a tutorial on using the 'center point' cutting? Is this something tied to a svg file???

    Thanks!

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  2. Lori- these are all adorable...can I opffer a tip for your treat toppers? When I make them I always use a glue dot to adhere the two pieces together...one of the popup ones...then I press the stick don into the glue real good before putting the second shape over it

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  3. That's a great question, Andi! If you go to YouTube and type in "Cricut Centerpoint" several videos will pop up showing how to use it. Here is one I found that's pretty simple to follow:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb5o4yyGaA4

    Hope that helps! :)
    --Lori

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  4. Great tip, goatesgirl! I am fresh out of glue dots (ahhhhhhh!), but I bet they work perfectly! Thanks for sharing! :)

    --Lori

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  5. I would like to know more about how to use the "center point" cutting on the Cricut.

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  6. I've had lots of questions about the "centerpoint" function...I'll plan on a tutorial using this function next Thursday...stay tuned! :)

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  7. These projects are all so cute! Thanks for sharing, Lori!

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  8. These are adorable, love them!

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  9. All of these ideas are great. Can't wait to see your centre point tutorial as that is something I've been wanting to learn about, also!

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