Custom Cricut Blade Holder

I have been looking for a Cricut blade holder that only held cricut blades. I just needed a blade holder, not a desktop organizer.  But I wanted it to hold all my blades and to be sturdy enough to sit on my desk.  It was harder than I thought to find one.  So I just made my own.  I have all the blades so that I can answer questions and review them.  If you want more info on the blades, I have a description of each here.

I wanted each blade to have its own home so I could find the right one quickly.  I labeled each blade position and it holds all the blades and the housing.  This, at least for me, is the perfect holder and it is made from heavy cardstock and glued together.  But is amazingly sturdy and stable. And made from 1 sheet of 12 X 12 cardstock!

What you will need

        • Heavy cardstock (I used poster board)
        • Pen
        • glue
Paper Selection

The holder can be made from any color.  Choose a pen that will show up on that paper.  I wanted to try a patterned paper but all my heavy poster board is solid.

Cutting
The Cricut puts the pieces on two sheets of cardstock but they can easily be combined so that it only takes one.  If you don’t know how to move the pieces around to do that, see my video about combining mats.

 

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Assembly

Once all the pieces are cut out, re-crease all the folds.  Then lay the top down and glue all the sides to the tabs on the top piece like the picture.  Make sure all the tabs on the sides are lined up like the picture. 

Glue the sides on
Glue the sides on

Once the glue dries, fold the sides down but don’t glue them yet.  Take the piece with 6 holes and line it up so that the 6 holes are under the fine point and the housing holes.  Then glue the top of the 6 hole piece even with the flap on the inside of one side.  This creates a slight gap between the top and the center layer.  One at a time, glue the sides together and attach the center layer until it looks like this from the bottom (the last side in the picture isn’t glued yet so there is a little gap.  Yours will not have this gap):

bottom
bottom

Take the bottom piece and glue it to the sides inside the bottom rim of the box.  Make the flaps even with the bottom of the box.  This makes a little lip in the bottom and gives it a little more stability.

bottom attached

Again thebox in the picture is not completely glued yet, so there are gaps.  Your box will not have these.

The box is done and there is a place for all the blades.  The long blades (Housing, fine point, fabric etc) go in the holes with the lower level cut out so that they hang down.  The tips used with the interchangeable housing sit in the other holes and can still be grabbed easily without the danger of cutting yourself.

Enjoy your blade holder

Large Paper Roses

I found this large paper rose when I was trying flowers for flower week  few months ago, but I could never figure out how it went together.  Well I did it!  And wow is it beautiful.  

Keeping with the new blade theme I also made it with the wavy blade and it turned out beautiful too. (Only the petals are cut wavy.)  The finished rose is about 6 inches across.  Actually, making it bigger is a little easier. The difficult part is putting this flower together.

What you will need:
          • 2 sheets cardstock for the petals
          • liquid glue 
          • glue gun
          • scrap of green cardstock
          • Optional:  wavy blade and cricut maker
          • Download File
          • Lots and lots of patience
Cutting the Flower

The roses can be cut from any color or patterned cardstock. I cut them all from plain paper, but you can cut them from patterned paper if you want. The leaves really should stay green since this is a distinctive characteristic of flowers.  Your imagination is your only limit.

The petals at this size will take 2 pieces of cardstock and it should be 2 sided cardstock.  

If you want the wavy petals just use the wavy design space file or change the SVG file  petals to wavy once it is uploaded.  You will need the maker and the wavy blade.

Assembly
This is not an easy flower to put together.  The bigger you make it though, the easier it is.  The first stem is to glue the petals.  Glue them so that the two pieces exactly overlap at the end.  This is very important, and I will tell you why in a minute.  The finished petal should look like this:
Glued petal of the paper rose

When you have all 15 petals glued, set them aside and let them dry.  

Flower Center

Then get the weird shaped piece with only 2 cut lines in it.  This is the center of the flower.  Roll it several times to get it accustomed to being rolled.  Hold it just the way it appears in the file, with the little hump to the left.  Wrap that piece so that the right side (the big hump) is rolled inside and put the tab through the slot furthermost away from it.  Then wrap the other end all the way around and insert the tab in the other slot.  It should look like this

Attaching Petals

If you count them the other weird piece has 15 horizontal slits and one diagonal larger slit.  I bet you already realize that the petals go through these 15 slots.  First roll the piece with the slits to relax the paper.  Then make sure all the slits are cut.  Sometimes the cricut may not cut all the way through.  Stick a pointy tool through them to make sure.

Start at the top with the smaller petals and work your way down.  Insert the glued end through the slit.  This is why you needed to glue them just right, so they would go through the slit.  When you are done it should look like this

You can glue the tabs down with some liquid glue after all the petals are inserted.  I really really recommend that you glue them.  Use a glue gun if necessary.  Don’t glue them until you are done inserting ALL the petals because you could accidentally glue a slit closed.

Rolling the flower

Now you can roll the flower up with the part with no petals on the inside.  Put some glue on the tab  and put it through the big slot.  The other center piece you made goes in the center.

The green piece is wrapped around the base and the tab fits in the slot.  This is not that easy and you may have to fudge it a little and squeeze the bottom of the flower.  With the glue gun, glue the flap over the bottom of the flower.

Once everything is attached and you are sure the glue will hold, bend the flower petals and leaves out and curl the ends if you want.  (I liked them as is so I didn’t.)

And your rose is done!

I have to give special thanks to Janis at Her Paper Element.  Her video tutorial taught me how to make these flowers.  I changed her instructions a bit because I found an easier way. But if you want to see her video, it is here.  Warning it is 26 minutes long and all the kids and phone noise is annoying.

Wavy Blade for The Cricut Maker

The next blade I am reviewing is the Wavy Blade.  You need the maker to use this blade.  If you don’t havethe maker or this blade you can do the project, the cuts on the rectangles just won’t be wavy.

The wavy blade adds a nice touch to this card, but is it worth the  approximately $15 you pay for it at Amazon or Cricut (Get it here)?

 

You will need:

        • Heavy cardstock for the base
        • scraps of cardstock
        • Pen
        • Glue
My Thoughts on the Wavy Blade

This blade does require you to have the maker and it works in the universal attachment. 

I don’t particularly like this blade.  First of all I wish that the waves showed up on the canvas.  You could tell if you liked the effect and see any problems in advance.  Also when I changed things to wavy it changed the piece back to the original color.  I just don’t understand why it did that.

You also can’t wavy cut one part of the piece and not the other, such as the lattice card I will post tomorrow.  I wanted to wavy cut the edge and leave the inside cuts alone and it wouldn’t do that.

I tried using it on the card band on this card and the lattice card I will put up later.  It didn’t work at all because the waves cut into the smaller cuts and the whole thing fell apart.  And the wheel doesn’t do corners well.

It did add a nice touch to the roses that I will post soon.  And the plain rectangles on this card look nice but…  I just don’t think this blade is worth it.  If you get it as a gift it is useful.  But if I didn’t write this blog , this blade would have been mostly a waste of money.

Paper Selection

I stuck with plain papers in the general tone of valentines day.  You could make this card as an anniversary card and use different colors.  Or some of the pieces might look good in patterned paper.

The base card does need to be at least 100 weight paper. But other than that, any paper would work for this card.

Cutting the Card

The only pieces that the wavy blade will work on are the large rectangles and the base card.  The other pieces have just too fine of cuts for it to work.  If you don’t have the maker or this blade you will need to select the pieces and change them from wavy to cut.  You do this in the menu where you can change to emboss or score.

I used a gold gel pen to do this card and it doesn’t photograph well but looks really nice on the card.

Assembly

This card is pretty easy to assemble.  First re-crease the fold lines to make sure the card works well.

Then attach the embellishments like the picture.

The card band fits around the card and keeps the card closed for shipping.

And your card is done.  It is very small because I wanted the base card to fit on 1 mat but it is a cute little card and fits in an A2 envelope.

Wavy Blade Card with card band