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Paper Popsicle Garland (Personalized)

Personalized summer popsicle banner
Today I want to share with you my FIRST EVER ‘print then cut' file for you Cricut machine. I’ve shared a lot of cut files/SVGs in the past, but this kicks it up to a whole new level.  This “Summer” popsicle banner is too cute for words.  The files include both the full banner as well as just the popsicles.
Summer popsicle exampel
If you have never used it, the print then cut feature is great for making things like stickers or cards since you can get a tight and accurate cut around the outside of your image.
Print and cut personalized popsicle banner

If you don’t have a Cricut machine I’ve also made alternative versions of the file so you can use them as darling summer printables. Here is an example I made using this file:
Example Summer vibes printable

Free printable download and print and cut file for this adorable summer popsicle banner..you can ever personalize it!

I used the cut feature to turn these popsicles into a fun pool party banner:
Summper popsicle banner
I just cut out the graphics, tapered them onto some bakers twine and tied them on some skewers:
Making printed popsicle banner
 You can make them really big or really small (imagine how cute this would be as a tiny cake topper?)
Printed popsicle banner
If you want to personalize your banner for a birthday or special occasion, I actually have made the ENTIRE alphabet available in my shop.

Full banner exampleI’m definitely ready to kick back poolside for summer.  How about you?
Summer popsicle banner
Don't miss the other projects in this month's Craft and Create with Cricut Summer Challenge:

12 Summer Projects You Can Make With Your Cricut

12 adorable summer themed cricut projects that you can make! Most include the free cut files! Summer is here! And that means time for those fun summer and beach projects! So drag out your Cricut machine, wipe off the dust and get ready to get crafty!
This month’s craft and create challenge had some fantastic ideas from shirts and hats to party supplies and signs.
 Bring a little summer fun to your life with these project ideas:
unicorn splatter art
flocking fabulous flamingo

How to Print Then Cut With A Cricut Machine

Print and cut personalized popsicle banner
Have you tried a Print then Cut project with your Cricut machine yet?  I think it is one of the more intimidating techniques to try since it has so many steps.. so many places where something could go wrong. But fear not! Today I'm going to walk you through the entire print then cut program in your Cricut Design space software and with your Cricut machine.

I’ve used the print then cut feature on my Silhouette machine (they call it “Print AND Cut”)  for a long long time, but I only just recently learned how to use it with my Cricut machine. It is quite a bit different and since I’ve started giving away print then cut files I thought I should give you a quick tutorial on how to actually USE them.

To get you started head over to the popsicle banner post and grab the file.. I’ll walk you through exactly how to use it:
Personalized summer popsicle banner

STEP 1:  Upload Print Then Cut File

You first need to upload the print and cut file to Cricut design space (or you can use one that is already in the files.) THESE FILES ARE TYPICALLY PNG FILES.  Cricut design space doesn't allow for patterns inside layers of SVGs so if you want to use an SVG you have to "flatten" it first.  I make all my print then cut files as PNG so you just have to open and cut. 

Click on the Upload icon, and then find your file. Once it is uploaded it will appear on the bottom of the upload screen:uploading print then cut to cricut.png

Step 2:  Insert Images into Project

Select the image you want and click the free “Insert Images” button on the lower right hand part of the screen.
creating print then cut project cricut
If you like that Wild and Free Project you can find that file HERE

This will create a new project with your file.

Step 3: Resize your Images for Printing

The maximum print area for Cricut’s Print Then Cut is 9.25" x 6.75”  THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.   

You want to make sure your printable are is no larger than that.  In this case, I rotated the images so I could print them in portrait mode, and then set the width to 6.75

If you wanted this banner to be larger you could split the file into individual popsicles and print them one at a time and resize each one.  That is also how you would assemble a personalized banner, by printing only the letters you need.  Just remember that no individual item can be printed larger than 9.25"x6.75"
resizing for cricut print then cut.png

Step 4: Send To Printer

Once you have your image the correct size, click on the “Make It” button in the upper right hand corner.
print then cut cricut tutorial
This will generate the registration marks (a black box) around your image.
print then cut cricut registration marks
Hit continue (the bottom right green button) and it will will open a prompt window asking if you want to print your file.  Send the file to your printer (best quality usually works best. If the print isn’t dark or there isn’t a lot of contrast the print then cut feature can be glitchy.)
printing for cricut print then cut
This is what my printed file looked like (I printed it on card stock.)
Printed popsicle banner print and cut

Step 5: Cut Apart the Printed File

The rest of the process is just like cutting any other file.  Cricut makes it pretty easy since you just follow along with the prompts.

Place you print out on the cutting mat, load it into the machine and set it to the correct material.
Print then cut cricut banner
Then let her go.  The machine will automatically scan the print out and follow the cut lines indicated inside the file. Just follow the prompts in the program.
Print and cut on cricut
You may want to use a low tack mat if you are using scrapbook paper or card stock.  Otherwise any delicate cuts may tear when you try to remove them from the mat. Print and cut personalized popsicle banner
 And that is all there is to it!  Easy right?  For me it felt a little clunky at first, but since I’ve gotten he hang of it, I’m a printing and cutting fool!  So much fun!

If you have questions about troubleshooting print then cut you can visit Cricut’s help center for more info.

If you would like to purchase the entire cut file used in this post you can:

15 Funny Gift Ideas for Snarky Moms

Sarcastic Mom gift ideas
Funny gifts for snarky moms

This will be my 12th Mother's Day as a mom, and I have learned a thing or two about parenting during that time.  I have also learned a lot about myself. I'm definitely one of those sarcastic moms, the type who is willing to laugh at herself.

So for Mother's day this year I don't want flowers or candy or even small kitchen appliances.  I want a gift that celebrates the humor (and sarcasm) in motherhood.   I've collected fifteen gift ideas for moms who are little too edgy and sarcastic for those cheesy “bath bombs and chocolates” gift guides you see floating around Pinterest. (Save those for your grandma!)  Instead these items all take a more realistic view of motherhood. 

   Every mom can probably relate to most of them, even if they don't want to admit it.

10 Things To Ask When Choosing an Online Mattress Company

How to shop for mattresses online10 things to ask when mattress shopping onlineIf you get 8 hours of sleep every night, do you realize that you will spend ONE THIRD of your life in bed?  Yes. A third.  And even if you don’t get a full 8 hours, you will still spend at least 1/4-1/5 of your life sleeping.   You will spend less time on vacation, in your car, or on your sofa.  But many of us spend more time researching our car and vacation purchase than we spend researching mattresses.
Organic cotton mattress
This is often because Mattress store make it really difficult to tell the differences between their products. And often this is intentional.  Comparing apples to apples when it comes to mattresses is nearly impossible.

Today’s tech savvy shoppers have turned away from buying mattresses in brick and mortar stores, and instead look to ordering mattresses online.  There are big advantages to buying onlin, including no high pressure salesmen, no quick decisions, and reduced overhead costs of brick and mortar stores.
Online mattress shopping
Instead, you can go online, do all your mattress research from the comfort of your sofa, and order exactly what you want.  Your mattress is then delivered right to your bedroom where you can actually TRY it by sleeping on it, the way you would normally use a mattress. You aren’t forced to do ’test drive’ your mattress purchase in a fluorescently lit mattress store filled with strangers.Saatva mattress
Still, many people are not 100% comfortable buying mattresses sight unseen. They are hesitant to make such a large purchase on their own.  But today’s online mattress buying experience can be relatively risk-free.  If buy a mattress from the right online mattress company, you have no reason to be hesitant.

So how do you know you are buying a mattress from the right place?
That is the million dollar question.

"Things I'm Not" Cross Stitch Sampler

Things I m not cross stich
I have a new sarcastic cross stitch sampler pattern available in my series of snarky cross stitch designs.  I know these aren’t for everyone, but I’ve been enjoying venting out my aggressions onto Aida.
Snarky sarcastic cross stitch sampler
This was a meme I saw on Facebook and I decided to put it down in fiber.  Some days I just get tired of being nice.. and this really resonated with me.
Not dealing with your bs cross stitch pattern
I started the pattern a few weeks ago, but I don’t stitch very quickly so even small designs like this one take me a while.

Kitchen Herb Garden (Tabletop or Wall Mounted)

DIY wooden herb garden boxKitchen counter herb garden
Spring is almost here.. sort of.  But even if you are still under snow or suffering from cold temperatures, it is time to start gardening! Even if that means doing it indoors.

So today I want to show you how I made a simple little kitchen herb garden which is perfect either right on the kitchen counter, or even mounted on the wall.
Tabletop herb garden
The premise is simple, grow your fresh herbs right where you are going to use them: the kitchen.  And in this case I made mine to house the most common herbs we use in our cooking.

How to Clean a Crock Pot Insert

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How to clean your crock pot
Over time the ceramic insert in my slow cooker has become discolored and scratched up.  I love to shred chicken breasts in my crock pot using my hand mixer and the mixer blades leave grey marks all over the bottom and sides. Cleaning touch stains on slow cooker
Regular washing doesn’t take the marks off, but there is something that does.  Bon Ami powder cleanser! 

Look at my slow cooker insert NOW:
How to clean a slow cooker
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