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TomKat Studios Gold Project

May 9, 2016 By Jo-Ann
TomKat Studios Gold Project

Kim Stoegbauer, founder of The TomKat Studio, loves bright, modern design and the color pink. But she also loves glamour and sparkle, perfect for her exclusive Gold projects for the Cricut Explore Air Gold Edition machine. Here, she talks about her love for vinyl, creative freedom, and lovingly made birthday cakes.

TomKat

What is your favorite tip or trick for using the Cricut?

I love using my Cricut Explore to make projects that would typically take hours to cut by hand. The Explore makes it easy to cut irregular shapes and intricate designs in minutes.

What is your favorite material to cut with the Cricut?

I’ve been adding gorgeous vinyl cuts to everything lately, including balloons, glassware, canisters, and more!

What is your favorite Cricut software feature?

I love that Design Space allows me to upload my own designs so that any project I dream of making, I can! I’m not limited by existing artwork and designs.

Describe your personal style.

My personal style is modern and clean with a touch of glam. Tell us a little about your design inspiration for your gold projects. My goal was to provide ideas and artwork that would add a gorgeous, glamourous touch to life’s celebrations.

Where do you like to look for inspiration?

I have a folder of images on my computer that I am constantly saving to, as well as a physical folder where I save pages of magazines and catalogs that I love.

Is there someone in your family who taught or inspired you to be creative?

My mom is very creative, though she won’t admit it! Growing up, she was always sewing, painting, and baking. She made the most amazing birthday cakes for my brother and me each year. Although my creativity is definitely in different forms (my focus is crafting, designing, decorating), I believe that seeing her be creative inspired me to be creative.

If someone were thinking about trying Cricut for the first time, what would you want them to know?

I would tell them about all of the amazing projects! I would show them Design Space and let them “explore” all the ideas and possibilities.

TomKat

Check out these amazing DIYs from Kim:

TomKat ShapesLayered Peonies for Cake

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

Cricut Explore® Gold Air Machine
Cricut® 12” x 12” StandardGrip mat
12” x 12” Paper
Double-sided tape roller
Foam Dots

DIRECTIONS:
1. Go to https://us.cricut.com/design/#/landing/project-detail/10140
2. Place paper on cutting mat. Cut all flower pieces using your Cricut Explore.
3. Using a craft stick or pencil, roll each petal in towards the center of the flower layer.
4. Once all petals/layers are rolled, place a foam dot in the center of the largest petal and add the next largest size to the first layer, rotating slightly so the petals are not aligned.
5. Repeat for additional layers.
6. Use tape instead of foam dots to attach the smallest few layers.
7. Use flowers as embellishment on a cake, gift, or other party décor!

Skill Level: Moderate
Approximate Crafting Time: 30 – 60 minutes

TomKat ShapesGold Flower Tulle Skirt

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

Cricut Explore® Gold Air Machine
Cricut® 12” x 12” StandardGrip mat
Variety of Gold Paper
Hot Glue or Thread/Needle
• White Tulle Skirt

DIRECTIONS:
1. Go to https://us.cricut.com/design/#/landing/project-detail/10139
2. Cut as many flowers needed for your skirt design. (We used several hundred)
3. Hand sew paper flowers onto skirt, or use hot glue to attach.

Skill Level: Moderate
Approximate Crafting Time: 1 – 2 hours

 

TomKat ShapesDiamond Garland

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

Cricut Explore® Gold Air Machine
Cricut® 12” x 12” StandardGrip mat
Scoring Stylus
12” x 12” Paper
Twine
Hot Glue

DIRECTIONS:
1. Go to https://us.cricut.com/design/#/landing/project-detail/10141
2. Place paper on cutting mat. Cut diamond templates using the Cricut Explore.
3. Fold the diamond template at all score marks.
4. Use hot glue to attach flaps to corresponding sides, placing the twine through the center of the diamond before gluing all sides.
5. Add next diamond to the twine approximately 5” from first diamond.
6. Continue adding diamonds until desired length.

Skill Level: Moderate
Approximate Crafting Time: 1 – 2 hours

 

TomKat ScriptMini Champagne Party Favors

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

Cricut Explore® Gold Air Machine
Cricut® 12” x 12” StandardGrip mat
Cricut® Adhesive Foil in Gold
Cricut® Transfer Tape
Cricut® Weeder Tool
• Mini Bottles of Champagne
Striped Ribbon

DIRECTIONS:
1. Go to https://us.cricut.com/design/#/landing/project-detail/10138
2. Follow the instructions in Design Space to cut the “thank you” image from foil.
3. Weed excess foil pieces from around the “thank you” text.
4. Follow the application instructions for Cricut Iron-On to apply foil to front of bottle using Cricut Transfer Tape.
5. Tie a tiny piece of striped ribbon to the top of your bottle and enjoy!

Skill Level: Easy
Approximate Crafting Time: 30-60 minutes

TomKat ScriptGold Hooray Balloons

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

Cricut Explore® Gold Air Machine
Cricut® 12” x 12” StandardGrip mat
Cricut® Vinyl in Gold
Cricut® Transfer Tape
36″ Balloons

DIRECTIONS:
1. Go to https://us.cricut.com/design/#/landing/project-detail/10137
2. Have balloons filled with helium at local party store.
3. Following instructions on vinyl packaging, place vinyl on mat and cut design.
4. Use Cricut Transfer Tape to apply vinyl to balloon, using transfer tape instructions. Add ribbon to balloons for an extra special touch.

Skill Level: Easy
Approximate Crafting Time: Less than 30 minutes

Gold Happy Birthday Balloons

TomKat ScriptGold Happy Birthday Balloons

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

Cricut Explore® Gold Air Machine
Cricut® 12” x 12” StandardGrip mat
Cricut® Vinyl in Gold
Cricut® Transfer Tape
36″ Balloons

DIRECTIONS:
1. Go to https://us.cricut.com/design/#/landing/project-detail/10136
2. Have balloons filled with helium at local party store.
3. Following instructions on vinyl packaging, place vinyl on mat and cut design.
4. Use Cricut Transfer Tape to apply vinyl to balloon, using transfer tape instructions. Add ribbon to balloons for an extra special touch.

Skill Level: Easy
Approximate Crafting Time: Less than 30 minutes

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