Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Creating Stencils with the Cricut + Giveaway!

I love stencils. They really go along nicely with my deep need for lots of paint, and sprays, and inks.... :-) They are great to add to your arsenal of art tools. They are lightweight, flat, and easy to store.

Did you know stencils are super easy to make with your Cricut? I have a made like a "gazillion" stencils with my Cricut cartridges, some straight from the machine and some using the Cricut Craft Room (CCR). The stencils below were made from the Paper Lace cartridge (cart). Every key on that cart makes a wonderful stencil. I usually make mine at 12" x 12" or as large as the Cricut mat will allow.

Another great stencil cart I recently purchased is Edge to Edge. AMAZING!!!

I am, at this moment, waiting for my Cricut Expression to finish a firmware update (grrrr!) and then I will be creating a stencil out of each one of these fabulous designs. :-)

You can use stencils with any coloring tool like acrylic paints, fabric paints, spray paints, spray inks, dauber paints, watercolor paints, markers and more. I have lots of ideas for using stencils especially on fabric. Now if I could just find the time for all my ideas!! 

Here's a photo of how I organize my Cricut carts...alphabetically, of course. I like to keep them in the original box with everything all together. But they do take up quite a bit of room. Luckily I have my own craft room (aka the dining room) to house all of my creative passions.

The Solutions and Seasonal carts I keep together in a wire basket. If you're counting, I have about 50 of them. GASP! I didn't think it was that many!

Here's a scrapbook layout I just finished today. My #1DS and DIL were married in October of this past year. This marks the first layout completed in 2014 and now I can check off one of many pages I need to make. I'm creating a bridal shower/wedding album for the couple as well as one for me. Exactly the same, so it will be easier on me. My DH asked how long it will take to make the albums, thinking I'd be done in a week or so. I told him that if I finish within this year I'll be happy! He was rather surprised. LOL!! :-)

I was originally going to use the stencil below for the layout, but it just didn't end up looking the way I wanted it to. My DIL is a graphic designer and likes things very straight, structural and architectural.

Spraying through stencils can sometimes give you hazy images and letters like in the photo below. This would be fine for me, but the way my DIL likes things it needs to be more crisp and not so grungy. I'm tying to keep things to her liking. But I'm afraid it won't be all that easy!!

I have a brand new online Cricut class starting January 27th. Bet'cha can't guess the topic?? You're right - STENCILS!! On the My Creative Classroom blog, My Creative Life 2014, I am offering a free seat to the class, "Cricut: Crafting with Stencils" to one lucky winner. Head on over to THIS POST and get in on the drawing. There are extra ways to increase your chances of winning! Giveaway ends Monday Jan 20th at midnight. I'll post a winner on the My Creative Life 2014 blog on Tuesday Jan 21st.

Just in case you don't win the free seat, make sure to register for class. It begins on Monday Jan 27th and it is sure to be a crowd pleaser! If you're the winner and you've already registered, we'll refund your tuition. So you really can't lose!

Course Description

I love to create art with stencils, especially ones I can make myself using my Cricut machine!
Come join me for this 5-lesson class to learn how to design Cricut Craft Room files and cut stencils using Cricut Cuttables Stencil Material, cardstock, and freezer paper. Students will create a stenciled artist canvas, stenciled card backgrounds, and a stenciled fabric item of their choice. Take your crafting to a whole new level!

Students will learn about other stencil materials you can use with your Cricut and will receive nine CCR files to download and use in class projects. Use any Cricut machine and any cartridge you own. Students must have basic knowledge of their Cricut machine and the Cricut Craft Room (CCR).

Lessons include:

Lesson 1: Introduction and Inspiration
Lesson 2: Designing Cricut Craft Room Files
Lesson 3: Stenciled Artist Canvas using Cricut Cuttables Stencil Material
Lesson 4: Stenciled Master Board for Cards using Cardstock
Lesson 5: Fabric Item Stenciled with Freezer Paper

The course materials and projects in this class are totally new and different from the lessons in my previous class, "Crafting with the Cricut: Beyond Paper".


  1. Such a wonderful layout. I have paper lace 1 and 2 but now I need to check out the Edge to Edge Cartridge.

  2. Wonderful layout and looks like a great class!

  3. Well, it's 2014 and time to learn how to use my Cricut! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  4. This is really great Shirley!! If I don't win a free spot, I will definitely sign up anyway!! I know I don't use my Cricut for nearly all that it is capable of.

  5. I would love to win the free spot to your class. I really need to get that inspiration again.

  6. great idea for stencil storage. I have been putting mine in page protectors of a 12x12 scrapbook but your idea looks like it may work for me. I definitely want to make more stencils, I think I have some stencil material around but I think it is small. Will need to find some 12x12. If I win a free spot in your class I will learn how to find the material and cut it well I'm sure