Compatible Totes and Bags for Cricut Machines

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First I want to point out, I absolutely love Cricut and their products but I am also a person who love to save money. With a family of 5, I have to find ways to save on crafting supplies and products.

I have been wanting a tote for my Cricut but have resisted due to the price.

During my search on Amazon, I found several Cricut Compatible tote for the fraction of the price! Yes, a fraction of the price.

Luxja Double-Layer Bag Compatible with Cricut Explore Air (Air2) and Maker, Carrying Bag Compatible with Cricut Die-Cut Machine and Supplies.

Luxja offers the bag in two sizes, the single or double layer.

PATENT PENDING: Made of heavy-duty nylon. Scratch-resistant and durable. NO ACCESSORIES INCLUDED.
PROTECTIVE: Thick padding sandwiched between layers of material, which helps keep the machine and extra tools in good condition. A removable padding pad at the bottom to reduce the risk of bumping and damping.
MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS: A main compartment (with adhesive straps) to secure your die-cut machine. 2 front zipper pockets and 2 inner mesh pockets for holding tool sets.
PORTABLE: Sturdy handles and a detachable shoulder strap also attached.
DIMENSIONS: 22.5″ x 8.75″ x 7″. Suitable for Cricut Explore Air (Air 2), Cricut Maker and Silhouette Cameo 3. Designed as a carrying case as well as a storage bag so you can easily take your machine and accessories everywhere.

PATENT PENDING: Made of heavy-duty nylon. Scratch-resistant and durable. NO ACCESSORIES INCLUDED.
PROTECTIVE: Thick padding sandwiched between layers of material, which helps keep the machine and extra tools in good condition. A removable padding pad at the bottom to reduce the risk of bumping and damping.
MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS: A main compartment (with adhesive straps) to secure your die-cut machine. 2 front zipper pockets and 2 inner mesh pockets for holding tool sets.
PORTABLE: Sturdy handles and a detachable shoulder strap also attached.
DIMENSIONS: 22.5″ x 8.75″ x 7″. Suitable for Cricut Explore Air (Air 2), Cricut Maker and Silhouette Cameo 3. Designed as a carrying case as well as a storage bag so you can easily take your machine and accessories everywhere.

HOMEST Carrying Case Compatible with Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Maker, Silhouette CAMEO3, Grey

WELL PADDED PROTECT DIE-CUT MACHINE: This carry case is the best kick to store your cutting machine. It is heavily guarded with padding from all sides to protect it from physical damage. Fully cushioned in the base safeguard the machine from the irregular bumps while transporting. 2 Velcro straps help fasten the machine and hold it in place when traveling
BONUS DUST COVER: It came with a black dust cover to protect your beloved cutting machine under wraps while being protected from dust and liquids. Keep your valuable investment in good working order for as long as possible
ENJOY THE FREEDOM AND CONVENIENCE OF TAKING YOUR MACHINE WITH YOU: With comfortable carry handles and an adjustable over-the-shoulder strap, this bag is perfect traveling. Also available to stack with your luggage to combine the roll-behind ease of the trolly with the smaller, more portable function of the tote
MULTIPLE STORAGE POCKETS FOR ACCESSORIES: This storage bag features 2 front pockets to hold power cords, pens within easy reach, 2 inside see-through pockets for pens, scoring tools, and other craft essentials you need to travel with. The transparent pockets easy to access to what you pack
GENEROUS MAIN COMPARTMENT: Storing machines up to 23.5 x 7.5 x 8.75 inches. Spacey main compartment can easily accommodate your cutting machine with enough room for your projects as well, compatible with Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Maker, Cricut Air. BAG ONLY

LUXJA All-in One Bag for Cricut Die-Cut Machine and Cricut Easy Press (9 x 9 inches), Carrying Case for Cricut Machine and Supplies, Compatible with Cricut Explore Air and Maker

PROTECTIVE: Made of heavy-duty nylon. Thick padding keeps the machines in good condition. A removable bottom padding pad to reduce the risk of bumping. 4 thick bottom rubber pads to prevent scraping. (Patent Pending)
MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS: 3 padded pockets for storing easy press (9 x 9 inches), safety base and heat press mat. The main compartment is to secure the die-cut machine. There is also an extra room for extras like rolls of vinyl.
ACCESSORIES POCKETS: 3 front pockets, 2 side pockets and 2 inner zipper pockets for holding Cricut pens, basic tools and other supplies.
PORTABLE: A vertical strap on back for slipping over a rolling bag handle. Sturdy handles and a detachable shoulder strap also attached.
DIMENSIONS: 22″ x 11″ x 12″. Suitable for Cricut Explore Air (Air 2), Cricut Maker and Silhouette Cameo 3. (Please note that the padded pockets fits for 9″ x 9″ Cricut easy press.)

Since I have the 9X9 Cricut Easy Press, I am very excited to see the compatible bag and I am hoping to order one of these reasonable bags for my Cricut Maker!

I hope this post helps you save on your Cricut machine tote/bag needs! Happy Crafting!

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Compatible for Cricut machines

Cricut Write and Cut

Check out a short video n the Cricut Maker write and cut function from my Instagram post.

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I made these Valentines coloring page cards for my granddaughter’s daycare. I am waiting for the Crayons to arrive to add to the Valentines coloring card. I figure I would place two on the card and leave the additional two crayons in the box for the child to take home. Found this cute project on the Cricut Design with my free Cricut access membership. Worth purchasing the Cricut access membership!

Crayola 4-ct. Crayon Party Favor Pack, 24 Boxes

Craft Night – Paper Flower Shadow Boxes and Wine

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What did I do this weekend: Well take a look, from my Instagram post, it appears I was drinking wine, making paper flowers and shadow boxes.

Here is a list of some great DIY Blogs I found on Pinterest which helped me create the one below:

Cricut current sales valid through 1/28. save 20% off mats. Save 30% off Craft tools. Save 30% paper. Save 50% off EasyPress Totes. Save 30% off vinyl. Save $20 on Cricut Explore Air 2 Machines. ~Remember deals only valid through 1/28.

Cricut EasyPress Mini

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Finally had sometime to play with my EasyPress Mini. Absolutely love it!! Heating was perfect and the size was great for this baseball cap project. Used my Cricut Maker to using Cricut glitter vinyl and Jolee’s Printable Transfer Sheets.

Used Caluya Design SVG freebie, it’s super cute and easy to use in the Cricut Design Space!!

I DON’T GIVE A FLOCK!!!! 2020 Goals to give less FLOCKS!!!

Cricut has an amazing bundle deals on the Cricut Explore Air 2 until January 14th.

Snag a Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine starting at $229. Valid through 1/14.

My Instagram post below

Lost Sock Sign – DIY with Cricut

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This project was inspired by a Facebook post regarding the saga of the lost laundry sock.

I started with a DIY board I found at Hobby Lobby using their 40% off coupon. I used baby wipe and Craft Smart white acrylic paint and did a light white wash staining to the wood.

Allowed the board to dry for about 30 minutes since the white wash is very light and enough to blend the white into the wood to give it a whitewashed finish.

Using the Cricut Maker, the Cricut Design Studio and the Cricut Access Membership to develop the design and cut using Cricut permanent vinyl. One reason why I enjoy having Cricut Access.

Completed vinyl cut

After using Cricut transfer tape and placing the vinyl design on the board, I sealed the board lightly with Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating. I applied about 3 coats. Using E6000, I glued the white craft clothespin about 3 inches apart.

Voilà!!!

Etching Wine Glass and Wine Charms

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First attempt at glass Etching and making wine charms with Shrinky Dinks.

Supplies: Etched wine glass

  • Armour Etch Cream
  • Stencil – Either buy or make your own with Cricut, this one I made with a free SVG found on Love SVG. Remember to convert to stencil and wedding is backwards! Don’t wed as normal, which is what I did the first time.
  • Since I cut with Cricut you will need the transfer tape take transfer your stencil on the wine glass. Make sure there isn’t gaps as the etching cream will bleed into and etch areas of the glass you aren’t wanting etched. Following Etch cream as directed on bottle or their website.

Supplies: Wine Charms

  • Shrinky Dink Printable paper
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Jump rings
  • Charm ring earring hoop
  • Spacers and beads kit or various – This isn’t the same kit but simaliar to what I on hand
  • Jewelry Plyers – If you don’t have any
  • I found these cute saying and free SVGs from Love SVG – I generally like to design my own designs but I was short on time and these were perfect! Cricut has the ability to print and then cut your design which is what I did here. Punch at hole but not to close to the top as these shrink and so does the hole punch. I also did double punch to enlarge the size of the hole. Place the printed Shrinky Dink in the oven, follow the instructions on the Shrinky Dink package. Pulled them from the oven, allowed them to cool and then applied the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, two coats. Do not place Mod Podge over the hole punch otherwise it will harden. Once dried, place the jump rings and place beads on the Charm ring earring hoop and close! Done. I did forget to punch holes on one set of my wine charms and my husband had to help me drill a hole, a mistake I won’t repeat again!
Finished product

Mop and Glow Glitter Ornaments

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What seemed to be popular this years when searching “homemade ornament” in Pinterest was Mop and Glow glitter ornaments. So why not, lets try it! After reviewing several “how to’s”, I was ready with Dollar Store plastic clear blank ornaments, Mop and Glow, and glitter. If you don’t know, glitter gets everywhere no matter how careful you are….ugh.

After multiple searches, there seemed to be various ways in taking on the task of making glitter ornaments such polycrylic, diluted glue, Mod Podge, etc, I decided to go with I thought was the least complicated, Mop and Glow!

Taking the tops off the ornaments, I just placed enough Mop and Glow into the ornament to coat the inside the ornament. Coat the inside of the ornament by gently swirling the ornament around to not create any bubbles in the solution. Once the inside of the ornament is fully coated, turn it upside down to drain any excess. This takes about 10 minutes or less, I won’t exceed 10 minutes as you don’t want the solution to dry.

I used a plastic cup to drain my ornaments

Next it’s time to place glitter into the ornament. I had bought a small funnel but since my ornaments were extra large in size, I didn’t need it. I was able to pour the glitter into the ornament. I am guessing I put about 1/4 of glitter into the ornament and then again swirl around adding more as needed to completely coat the inside of the ornament with glitter.

Keeping the tops off the ornaments, I turned them upside down in a muffin time and allowed them to dry overnight.

Using my Cricut, I personalize ornaments are gifts for family this year. I made one especially for my dad’s monument site. Here are a couple of examples of did with this quick and easy craft. I would definitely call this a beginner craft and differently could have school kids help.

Grief, what does it feel like?

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I will never forget the day when my dad was given an expiration date. We didn’t know how long we had, we were told 6 month to 5 years. At the very moment, I realize we were on a journey, which I call “the gift of time”. Every moment I had with my dad, was a gift. Time with spent with anyone you love is a gift but I think it becomes more apparent when someone is ill and given a prognosis. I spent as much time with my dad as I could.

I managed all my dads health care and would be at his side when he health would decline. We would make the 2 1/2 hour drive to go pick up him and drive him back to Denver. I wanted to ensure he received the best care and tended by the best doctors picked to care for my dad. He would go home and life would go back to normal. But as time went on you can tell he was declining and I knew in my heart time was running out and so did he.

I remember him grabbing my hand while were sitting one the couch about a month before he passed away and asking me to please take care of my mom when he is gone. He worried so much about my mom. I think my dad feared death because he feared leaving my mom alone. On his last medical trip to Denver, I think my dad knew he wouldn’t return home. I remember dad telling my husband, I don’t think I am going to make it back home this time; I am going to die here in Denver. He was right, he knew, because with a few days we were presented with the fact my dads worsening condition qualified him to began hospice. My dad’s 5 days in home hospice, he body was exhausted and he couldn’t fight anymore.

The beautiful thing about doing home hospice is being able to care for your loved one during those last moments of time. Dad went to my brother’s home for his last days here on earth. Home hospice allowed us to care for our dad during his final days, we had sleepless nights and the 24 hour case was exhausting but I would do again.

Personally, home hospice was a gift for me, to continue to care for my dad and tend to his needs. It gave me time to sit to in silence and hold his hand while everyone else was sleeping. As a nurse, caring for others is a gift but it’s a greater gift when it’s your own loved one. Dad finally was relieved of all his pain and left the earth on August 28th, 2017. I know my dad went to heaven and I hope he can hear me when I say, I miss you dad.

For the holidays, I know my siblings are all struggling with dad’s passing. I know for me, its a sudden emotion of anger or sadness. I have to take a moment to determine what is this feeling and what is triggering it, then I remember it’s called grief. Grief, hits you like a wave, it can come in big or small and sometimes it can just knock the breath out of you. From my understanding, you never get over grief but eventually learn to live without that person. I have no clue, this is new to me and all I can say is that it sucks!

I decided as a gift this year is to give something with dad. I recently seen these gorgeous memory lanterns on Pinterest and thought this would be a great gift. I started out with purchasing 12 inch lanterns, small doll house chairs, doll house size Christmas tree, Cricut permanent black vinyl, E6000 glue, tea lights, picture of my dad, and white felt to place on the bottom on the inside of the lantern. In Cricut Design Space, I typed the poem “Christmas in Heaven, What Do they Do? They all Come to Earth, to Spend it with You. So Save them a Place and one Empty Chair. You may not see them, but they will be there.” on the black vinyl. Inserted the picture into the back, glued the felt down, then chair and Christmas tree, placed the black vinyl lettering on the front, inserted the candle and voila, it was complete. If you go onto Pinterest and use the search words “memorial lantern DIY”, you can find many ideas regarding memorial lanterns and you can even find some great ideas not related to Christmas.