Five Things from Jo-Ann I Can’t Live Without: Creating with Cricut!

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I’m Beth Kingston…and I love Jo-Ann Fabrics. There. I said it. If you’ve ever been to my craft room or seen my projects you know Jo-Ann is my first stop whenever I’ve got a creative idea in mind or when I need to give my creativity a kick in the pants! I used to have to drive almost an hour to Louisville to get my fix, but last month they opened one less than five miles from my house and Don can’t decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing. 😉

When we created exclusive content for the Cricut Explore Gold at Jo-Ann I realized there are certain materials I use over and over with my Cricut – so now I’m sharing my obsessions with you as well as some fun project ideas for each. See you in the aisles at Jo-Ann! *standard disclaimer here – I wrote this of my own free will but there are some affiliate links included and I might make a penny or two if you buy something!*

Jump Rings: I keep these on hand in every color, shape and size because not only are they perfect for jewelry making (I did a whole series of leather jewelry using the exclusive images in the Cricut Explore Gold), they are a lifesaver when you want to add a little bling to other projects like home décor pieces, Christmas ornaments, wine charms and more.

 Jump ring tassel necklaces from  madeinaday.com
Jump ring tassel necklaces from madeinaday.com
 DIY wine charms from  homemadeinterest.com
DIY wine charms from homemadeinterest.com
 Leather gold tipped earrings from  Kingston Crafts
Leather gold tipped earrings from Kingston Crafts
 Spool necklaces from  mysalvagedtreasures.com
Spool necklaces from mysalvagedtreasures.com

Pillow Forms: Did you know you can turn any image in Cricut Design Space in to a pillow? ANY image? Why pay $25 or more for decorative pillows that are only in the size, shape and color available when you can create custom pillows with a Cricut image, some Cricut iron on material and your imagination? These make great gifts for the holidays, wedding and baby showers, house warmings, the list goes on and on!

 Create a pillow from a flannel shirt at  agirlandagluegun.com
Create a pillow from a flannel shirt at agirlandagluegun.com
 Gorgeous pillow covers from  FancyItPretty
Gorgeous pillow covers from FancyItPretty
 Jingle pillow from  Crafting Chicks
Jingle pillow from Crafting Chicks

Wood Plaques: I have made dozens of gifts and home décor projects with Joann’s wood plaques. They can be painted, decoupaged, stained or glittered – then add an image or two from the Cricut Explore Air and you’ve got a gorgeous project for any occasion, holiday or theme.  They come in a variety of sizes so the possibilities are endless!

 Blessed wall decor from  TheOldWhiteShedIowa
Blessed wall decor from TheOldWhiteShedIowa
 Woodland sign from  livelaughrowe.com
Woodland sign from livelaughrowe.com
 Arrow wood signs from  DandelionSignShop
Arrow wood signs from DandelionSignShop

Xyron Sticker Makers: These little beauties turn almost any material in to a sticker, and are my go-to adhesive for applying my Cricut creations to my projects! There is no waiting for wet adhesive to dry, no mess to clean up, and they can handle the most intricate die cut images. They come in a variety of sizes for all of your crafty needs!

 Wood slice ornaments from  Kingston Crafts
Wood slice ornaments from Kingston Crafts
 Loved jewelry from  Kingston Crafts
Loved jewelry from Kingston Crafts
 Cricut cards from  Kingston Crafts
Cricut cards from Kingston Crafts

Paper Straws: In addition to…you know…drinking out of them 😉 paper straws are the perfect festive (and inexpensive) way to add a little pizazz to things like cupcake toppers, photo booth props, home décor projects and kids crafts. Just adhere your favorite Cricut image to a paper straw and let your imagination run wild!

 Paper straw arrows of love from  yourhomebasedmom.com
Paper straw arrows of love from yourhomebasedmom.com
 Straw flags from  sarahhearts.com
Straw flags from sarahhearts.com
 So long summer paper straws from  Kingston Crafts
So long summer paper straws from Kingston Crafts

I’ve saved all of these projects on my Pinterest page for easy reference – I would love to hear what YOU stock up on at Jo-Ann! Happy crafting everybody!

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