Bloom Where You are Planted

Bloom Where You are Planted – Green

While being furloughed during the Covid-19 pandemic, I have used the time at home to become more proficient with my Cricut Maker.

About 2 years ago, I had a Cricut Explore Air 2 and made a handful of simple things with it. I was afraid of messing up the machine or not understanding the software. So, it sat in a box for two years after we moved into our current house.

Several months ago, I leaned that the Cricut Maker could cut wood and make dollhouse furniture. Wait…What?! We just started rehabbing a dollhouse I started in 1993 and never finished. This would be such a big help! So, we sold the Cricut Explore Air 2 and saved up for the Maker.

A few months ago, we purchased the Maker. I have not cut wood with it yet…I’m still afraid. Lol! But I have cut a lot of vinyl and cardstock. I have learned to roll flowers, fold flowers, and use heat transfer vinyl! It’s been an exciting time and I have learned so much. I’ve made a lot of decor.

Bloom Where You are Planted – Orange

This is where one of my favorite projects comes into play. I love filling tutorials from Jennifer Maker. If you are not familiar with her, you should be. You can find her here: JenniferMaker.com. My favorite project of hers is the lady with the flower dress. I must confess, I have made one in every color now. I use heat transfer vinyl on canvas. I love the look of reverse canvas and have used that method for this project.

Prepping canvases. Canvas removed from the front & trimmed to fit the back. Ready for staining.

Once the canvases are prepped, I cut the design out on the Cricut. I then, iron on the design. Right now, I just use a regular iron until I get an Easy Press. After the vinyl is applied, I use a staple gun to reattach the canvas to the back of the stained frame. I find this make the nicest back and hold the canvas on tightly.

Heat transfer vinyl ironed on & ready for flowers!

Now, there are a lot of little flowers to but cut and folded. The Cricut Maker makes this so much easier by cutting all the flowers. I do four sheets on graduating colors. I am grateful that my husband helps me fold all the little flowers. This can be tedious.

Tiny flowers folded for the green one!

After the tiny flowers are creased and folded, they are ready to be applied. I like to use a tacky glue to apply the flowers to the dress portion of the vinyl.

A pink one in progress. You can see the vinyl design under the flowers. If you choose, you can opt to not add the paper flowers and just keep the beautiful scroll dress.

Once the flowers are attached, let it dry. I like to attach a sawtooth hanger to the back for hanging.

This blue one is another favorite.

Each one I do seems to have its own personality. It’s fun to pick out the colors for each project. For the entire tutorial, visit Jennifer’s tutorial: Paper Flower Dress Canvas. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

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