Cricut Supplies

I wanted to write a post about what I use for my Cricut THE MOST. The information in this post pertains to the Cricut Explore Air 2 supplies.

Mats

For any Cricut project you need the Standard Grip Mats. These Mats come in a pack of 3 and you will use these the most.

They are compatible with these materials:

  1. heavy cardstock
  2. patterned paper
  3. vinyl
  4. iron-on
  5. a wide range of medium-weight materials

Blades

Next up is the proper blade for your project. Blades last up to 6 months minimum. It depends how much you use your Cricut and what materials you are cutting. You’ll know when to replace it when the cut is no longer crisp and smooth.

Fine Point Blade

The Cricut Explore Air 2 comes with a fine point blade. It helps to have a stock of these fine point blades on hand. This blade cuts most materials and will be your go to blade as a beginner.

This blade cuts:

  1. cardstock
  2. vinyl
  3. iron-on (HTV)
  4. poster board
  5. lightweight fabrics.

Deep Cut Blade

Another type of blade for heavier materials is the deep cut blade and housing. You cannot use this blade without its proper housing.

This blade cuts:

  1. magnet
  2. chipboard
  3. stamp material
  4. thick cardstock
  5. stiffened felt
  6. foam sheets
  7. cardboard
  8. fabric

Tools

The tools are for removing the items off the sticky mat effectively. I prefer using the Cricut brand tools.

There you have it! To get started on your first project this is what you will need. If you have any questions feel free to contact me, I’d love to chat!

We are Created to Create

-Whit

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Happy Anniversary!

July. 28th my husband and I shared our 8th wedding anniversary. I found this inspiration online so I decided to design my own! We enjoyed using these mugs for camping, and it’s been so hot around here lately that they have been great for keeping our water nice and cold. If you’d like one of your own you can get these Bubba Mugs from amazon.

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The vinyl I used for these decals are Oracal 651 Matte Black. It’s a permanent decal so it will last a long time as long as it is hand washed. If your working with vinyl on cups or dishes it’s important to avoid dishwashers and only hand wash.

To cut these decals I used my Cricut Explore Air 2. I have been really enjoying working with vinyl on the Cricut. It is so easy to use and cuts beautifully!!

We enjoyed a wonderful anniversary together! Some of our plans didn’t work out, but we got some time alone together and that’s what counts!

Cheers and Congratulations to all those celebrating their anniversaries this summer too!

If you have an idea for a custom decal or design in mind, contact me and I can make it for you.

We are Created to Create

-Whit

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Canada Day 2020

Well it’s a bit late but we’ve been so busy around here enjoying summer and lake activities! Summer in the North is so amazing, I wish they were longer!

We had a great day of celebration on Canada Day this year! We visited the Provincial Park in our area and then had a BBQ in the evening with family. Our town did a few Canada Day contests to amp up the #truenorth spirit since we couldn’t do a large community event. I enjoyed decorating our front steps and getting all dressed up with the kids. Of course we had to incorporate moose antlers to the display!

I am proud to be a Canadian and living in the North is such a gift. I feel this even stronger this year as I watch our country, our province and our community band together during this pandemic. It may have stopped our normal way of doing things, but it hasn’t held us back to stay united and to celebrate together!

Me and my Wild Little Loves

Of course I couldn’t miss an opportunity to make something with my Cricut. So I made this shirt for my little guy with my Cricut! The Heat Transfer Vinyl I used was Siser Easyweed from Amazon. This brand works like a dream, it transfers very well and makes a very smooth image!

The FREE cut file was found here: True North Strong and Free

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I hope you all had a fantastic Canada Day this year, although it may be different than usual with the way the world is right now, staying united through these times shows our Canadian spirit more than ever! If this pandemic has taught me anything, its taught me to be adaptable and make do with what we have. I am so thankful for friends and family in our little northern community.

Manitoba Love

And bonus!! We won a couple prizes for the selfie contest and the deck decorating contest! Yahoo!! Thanks to all in our community who worked so hard making Canada Day eventful and fun this year! These things don’t happen without volunteers so THANK YOU! #truenorthstrongandfree

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We are Created to Create.

-Whit

Hello June!

I can’t believe its already June! Where did May go?

Since we have had some fantastic weather up North, I have been enjoying being outside and engaging in my other love which is gardening. Every year I usually do a veggie garden and this year we expanded our garden plot in the back yard. With the weather up here being somewhat unreliable, we gotta use the nice days we have. So, needless to say, I haven’t don’t a lot of crafty projects lately.

In May I completed a Mother’s Day gift for my Mom.

It is so fun to use my Cricut to personalize gifts for friends and loved ones. I have also had friends with some creative requests for signs and shirts that I am excited to work on. I will be sure to share pictures of how those projects turn out. I am also excited that another friend has joined the Cricut world and will be able to collaborate on her own personal projects. Owning this machine has revolutionized how I craft and what I can do. I LOVE making gifts for people and creating things that people dream up helping them make it into a reality.

I am also super excited to share that Cricut is having a SALE right now on Cricut Makers! I own the Cricut Explore Air 2 and it works fantastic for me, but the Maker would be so amazing to own! The possibilities are endless with that machine, it cuts metal, wood fabric and more!

Lots of people are using their Makers to make masks for the pandemic and Cricut is keeping track of the Masks made to support front line workers. Below is an excerpt from their site:

Together, we make a difference.

The crafting community has come together like never before. Within the last two weeks, we’ve seen hundreds of thousands of face masks cut on Cricut machines alone. We see you making for your friends, your family, the healthcare frontline, and essential workers in your community.

So here’s our humble invitation for makers everywhere: Let’s make 2 million masks together!

Every mask counts toward the greater goal – to beat this thing together. Because here’s something we believe: When we all make together, we make all things possible.

To help realize this goal, we’ll be donating Cricut Maker machines and fabric to over 150 makers making a difference in their community.

Share how you’re making with hashtag #togetherwemake. You can also follow along on our Facebook and Instagram to see more from the community.

Creative projects has really helped me get through this time at home during the #pandemic. It has been an amazing outlet and way to connect with others while we are social distancing. Blessing friends with gifts and sharing creative projects together has been such a joy, like this Boat Decal I made for a friend. Its fun to transition into summer projects. I hope to make some garden stakes as well!

If you need some inspiration check this out! With graduation just around the corner there are so many neat projects you can make using your Cricut.

If you need some supplies you can get 20% off all Materials and 20% off all Accessories until tomorrow June. 2nd, 2020! Don’t wait!

The best part is, you can get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $99 this month with code: JUNSHIP

For my Scrapbooks, its been such an amazing time to refresh and remember what is important and how we are blessed. To be able to look back on the good times we’ve had in the past reminds me of so many special moments we’ve shared as a family at home, and encourages me to make more special moments right now in the present.

New Years 2020: I never could have guessed what this year would bring! #pandemic

Cheers to all you crafty friends! And to those who wish they were more crafty, now is a better time than any to start!

Yes! I want to get a Cricut!

Yes! I want to start Scrapbooking!

If you have a creative project you’d like to see made then contact me and we can work on something together! Not sure where to start with Scrapbooking? Check out my post: Scrapbooking For Less.

We are all Created to Create!

-Whit

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Celebrate Mother’s Day 2020

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what a different Mother’s Day it will be this year. Much like Easter we will be engaging in video chats with our families on Sunday to celebrate the Mom’s in our lives.

As a Mother of two little ones, I have grown so much over the past few years. I am so thankful for my children and the gift of Motherhood. Some days are tough as a Stay At Home Mom, the jobs at home can feel repetitive, however, the ability to be at home and choosing to cherish those special moments makes all the repetitive tasks worth it! It has taught me to find joy in the little things, and to rely on myself for affirmation, to believe in myself and press on with a servant heart and attitude. Even while being at home during this pandemic, I am affirmed that this is right where I am supposed to be.

Whether you stay at home, or work out of the home, a Mother’s job remains the same. To love and care for our children. If you are blessed with little ones, or your kids are grown up, I want to say to you:

Happy Mother’s Day!


These were taken last year on Mother’s Day, my kids are now, 3 and almost 5. I don’t know where the time has gone! As they grow and become more independent, I have experienced a little more freedom. No more nursing, no more diapers, the evolution of Motherhood at its best, filled with #momwins. The added freedom has allowed me to engage in creative activities. I soon realized this was not just a want, but a need. Creativity is such a wonderful outlet for me to unwind and to do something for myself.

I started Scrapbooking in 2018 and it has helped me, as a Mother, to reflect on all of the wonderful moments I have had with the kids and all of the fun things we have done. The pictures I have taken remind me of how blessed we are. It has helped me get through the hard times, and encourages me t rejoice in the good times. Looking through finished albums reminds me to continue to cherish the every day moments! We never know what tomorrow will bring. Currently, life has changed so much for us all, and it happened so fast. But one thing for certain, is that we can all benefit from cherishing the moments we have, and why not get creative in the process!

Being at home and creating is what has helped me maintain my sanity! I am so thankful to have a husband who supports my creative side and a big part of that is because he has seen what I have been able to make! In addition to my Scrapbooks, I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 to make birthday decor, cards, iron-on shirts, wood signs and more!

If you’d like to see some of the stuff I have made check out my portfolio!

On another note, I am so excited to share that Cricut is having a Mother’s Day Sale! The Cricut Explore Air 2 is on SALE! The one I have is in the picture below.

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If you are crafty and love to create, and already have a Cricut then you might be interested in the other sale items featuring 30% off select mats, Infusible Ink, and vinyl! Its a great time to get started on your Cricut journey during this time at home, and what better time to get it than now during this Mother’s Day Sale!

Some other creative mamas share their creative stories in the “Life Handmade” podcast series! Check it out here!

Close To My Heart has a really cute Mother’s Day stamp, card ideas and a FREEBIE layout plan. Check it out on their blog!

I hope your Mother’s Day is filled with joy and happiness. I hope you are made to feel like a Queen, because you are!

Enjoy your day, and make the time to get creative!

We are Created to Create!

-Whit

This image can be used as a cut file for your Mother’s Day projects!

Woodland Baby Hangers

I kept myself busy last week working on these cute baby hangers for a friend who is expecting her first baby. When I was pregnant with my son in 2015, I was so excited to set up his nursery! One of my first thoughts as I was setting up his nursery (with a woodland theme) is that I wanted the space to be organized and functional. I found some printable monthly labels and put them on some bins. That was my pre-Cricut days so it was pretty simple, but it did the job and it helped me organize his clothes. Now that I have my Cricut, I decided to make some pretty closet hangers with it to bless a friend for her baby boys nursery.

I found this project idea on Cricut Access. It’s a free project so you can do it even if you don’t have the subscription. It took me some time to sort out exactly how I was going to do it since the project has a couple different options. I didn’t do it exactly like the images show, but I’m happy with how they turned out.

I love that you can personalize the project however you want. I changed the font to American Typewriter, removed the label on the top of the hanger and layered the paper differently than the original design. For the layers I used Cricut Kraft Board and Cricut Deluxe Woodland card stock. This Woodland card stock is one of my favorites and it cuts beautifully on the Cricut. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out this project. I chose Cricut Kraft Board instead of Cricut Chip Board (as recommended in the project), because the kraft board was easier to cut on my Explore Air 2 using the fine point blade. The chip board requires the knife blade which is used in the Cricut Maker. The kraft board was a great alternative and cut beautifully, and with three layers it was the perfect thickness for the hangers. To adhere the layers I used my Tombow glue tape runner.

Once the hangers were complete, I labeled them with the circle labels from the Cricut Access project. The first circle is glued directly to the hanger, and for the next two circles I used 3D foam squares to pop them up. To complete the hanger I used the Creative Memories corner punch to round the edges.

I love how this project turned out!

All wrapped up and ready to go, I delivered it to my friend and she was delighted! It’s such a joy to work on tasks like this, and use my creative abilities to bless others. Especially during this time of isolation, we can all benefit from a some creative inspiration and gifts as a little pick-me up!

What projects have you been working on lately? What inspires you and has kept you positive during this time?

We are all Created to Create!

-Whit