Wednesday 1 December 2021

New Wall Decals for my studio using the Cricut Maker 3

Hi friends, thanks for joining me today as I share how I made my wall decals for my studio. As with most of my designing I start with sketches on Procreate. I want very simple designs with clean lines to create a modern feel to flowers. Although my style is usually more shade and texture in my images for this project I wanted a flat image. The reason for this, is that the atmosphere in my studio is extremely important to my creative process, and so I wanted something bright and cheerful but I didn’t want my decor to interrupt my process or influence my creativity.

So in Procreate I started with an initial sketch

Once I was happy with the design I went over my design with an ink brush to get nice smooth lines 

And filled in the design as I wanted the whole image cut out

Once I was happy with the sketch (I decided to exclude the flower image which had fluted edges as I preferred the other for this project). I turned it into a finished design and exported it as a PNG file and opened it in Cricut's Design Space ( this is a dedicated programme to use with Cricut tools such as the Maker, Explore machines Mug Press etc.)

Once in the app I could refine the design by duplicating it for the amount I wanted. I resized some of the images to give variation, I also added some circles using Design Space tools (it has several shapes built in). I changed the colours of the files so that Design Space would sort the different coloured files into separate coloured vinyl. So for example, all the pink elements were grouped together so that once I fed the pink vinyl into the machine it would cut all the pink ones, and like wise the green ones etc.

I really like this feature as it simplifies the process so much. Once I was happy with all the settings I pressed make it. I have the new Maker 3 which uses smart materials and these do not need a cutting mat.
At this point the machine asks you what materials you are using and then tells you what blade to use. In this instance I was using smart vinyl which means I don't have to use a cutting and it also told me I needed the fine point blade which i loaded into my machine.

In the image below you can see my Maker vinyl tray and my blades

The adapter tray holds your rolls of vinyl and neatly fit onto the Maker. It guides your material in and gets it ready to cut. Once you press make it, the machine feeds the vinyl in measuring just how much you need, if you have enough for the project it then goes on to cut it, if not it tells you so you don't waste it and spoil your project. Once all the designs in each colour were cut the adapter has a cutting tool allowing you cut the roll of vinyl off so you again don't waste anything.

Next I weeded away the the edges of the vinyl leaving only the cut images.

I started to place my images on the walls using transfer sheets but realised that as the images were so large that I didn’t really need to use it and so just peeled them off the carrier sheets and then placed them where I wanted them.

I used removable Smart Vinyl from Cricut as if I want to remove them at a later date I can, but you can also get permanent vinyl which is more sticky.
Here’s some photos of the finished project.

I hope I have inspired you. The Cricut maker and materials can be purchased from Country View Crafts.

If you are interested I also have a post on how I transformed my studio with the decals being the final project

take care

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Visible Image October stamp release

 Hi it's Jane here and I am delighted to be able to share some samples made with the awesome brand new October Visible Image stamp release which is for sale now on the Country View Crafts website. I have added links within this post.  There are 6 new sets; 3 drinks based, a vintage car, a motorbike and a brilliant cake. 

As I am also on the design team for Visible Image I am able to share some of the samples I made as well as a few extras which I have made for Dotty's Teahouse in Carshalton, Surrey where I sell my cards.

 Susan has all 6 sets , as well as lots of others from the catalogue, in stock on the CVC website and I have added a live link to each set. If anything is out of stock just fill in the email request and Susan will contact you when they are back in stock.

I love every set but I just had to start with this one as I am a real gin lover and this set is perfect. 

Keep your gin up

I made alcohol ink backgrounds (what else could they be!) for my first 2 samples.

Next up is the brilliant wine set

 which has some hilarious sentiment stamps too. I made 2 tags to also showcase the 2 clever wine splash stamps.
the last drinks based set is called
It has 3 different size beer bottles with a fab glass which is so realistic when stamped, the shading is brilliant. 

I made this card for Dotty's teahouse in Carshalton where I sell my cards. I added glossy accents to the glass and it really looks like cold beer. 

Next is 
A super set for those hard to make male cards and projects. 
I made a birthday tag with this set and decoupaged the car so that it has extra dimension. 

Then the lovely motorbike set with some fab "action" stamps and 2 awesome sentiments. This set is perfect for bikers.
I made motocross/dirt biking card with this one on a brushos background. 
and finally the brilliant cake set
This last card I also made for my shelves in Dotty's Teahouse. The candles in this set are so unique and there is also a little "glow" stamp which is used behind the flames as I have shown in gold ink.  This is earl grey and raspberry flavour cake I baked  made!  I have lots of flavours planned with this set including lemon and chocolate.
Before I leave I will share a little sneak peek of my make for our next challenge here at Country View where I used the gin set well as a couple of other VI sets. 
Any guesses what our theme is? 

Could it be that Father Christmas has been on the gin?? You will need to check the challenge out on Monday 1st November when it goes live.

Thanks for stopping by and do check out this amazing new release. There really is something for everyone and every set has that very unique Visible Image twist. 

I hope I may have given you a few ideas of how this gorgeous new release can be put to use with your own projects. These stamps are brilliant for cards, tags, journaling , scrapbooking, you name it they work. They are also the best quality clear stamps you can buy. They are deeply etched photopolymer and stamp perfectly every single time. 

Remember that UK postage is also FREE when you spend over £7.50 so you can save yourself some money to spend on extra crafting goodies! Susan also has lots of other Visible Image stamps and stencils for sale and you can see them all here.

If you follow my my Instagram account which is @jane.tyrrell I will be sharing lots more samples over the coming days and weeks. 

Also if you would like to see how my makes were put together you can see step by steps for many of them over on my blog here.

Happy stamping,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday 24 October 2021

New Release AALL & Create - Janet Klein

  Hello everyone, 

A slightly different post from me today as this weekend celebrates AALL & Create's 5th birthday. We have a new release and here are some samples I made with Janet Klein's new stamps:

Stamp: #587 Leo

stamp #593 - Virgo

Stamp: #592 Taurus

Stamp: #591 Sagittarius

Stamp: #585 - Cancer

Stamp #590 - Scorpio

Stamp #589 Pisces

Stamp #588 - Libra

Stamp #584 Aries

Thank you for stopping by ! 
Corrie x

New release AALL & Create - Bipasha

 Hello everyone, 

A slightly different post from me today as this weekend celebrates AALL & Create's 5th birthday. We have a new release and today I am showing you some samples that I made with Bipasha's new designs. 

Stamp used #560 Jolly Elements 

Made with stencil #138 Rosy Posy

Stamp #570 Hocus Pocus

Stamps #572 Spooky Sky & #571 Potion labels

Stamps: #572 Potion labels  & Stencil #146 Reverse Cobweb

Stamps: #597 Hocus Pocus Add ons

Made with stencil #144 - Cobweb

Thanks for stopping by ! 

Corrie x

AALL & Create New release Tracy Evans

 Hello everyone, 

A slightly different post from me today as this weekend celebrates AALL & Create's 5th birthday. We have a new release and here are some of the samples I have made with the new stamps by Tracy Evans.

Stamp #563 - Follow your own path

Stamp: #573 - House of Butterflies & #601 Rippled Blooms

Stamp: #618 - Endless circles

Stamps #566 - Winged Fragments & #563 - Follow your own path

Stamp #561 - Elements of Nature

Stamp #561 - elements of nature

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Corrie x