Category Archives: DIY

Crafting DIY - Party Time

How to make your own labels with Cricut

May 26, 2017

I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.

This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine and this post does contain affiliate links.

Make custom labels with your cricut exploreThis baby shower that I helped throw for my friend was amazing! She just delivered her twins and I’m so proud of her – mainly because I can barely handle one infant, let alone two. When we had her baby shower, I wanted the girls to be able to take something with them when they left. We like to party simple so we just gave everyone a bag of popcorn adhered with labels we created using these super cute images from Cricut Design Space. I also made the mini onesie boxes and adhered a label using the same method. Links to the canvasses are at the bottom of this post.Create your own labels with Cricut and use them for parties all the way to plannersI didn’t want a piece of paper taped on our cellophane bags so I created super easy labels in Cricut Design Space. Making labels with Cricut is so easy and it’s a feature I use often. For a step-by-step process on the Print-then-Cut method can be found here.Create your own labels with Cricut and use them for parties all the way to plannersFirst, choose your design and choose what shape you want your labels to be. I chose a white circle and placed the image on top of the circle. I then selected both shapes and attached them, then you’ll choose to flatten them. I did it for the green and the pink labels.Create your own labels with Cricut and use them for parties all the way to plannersNext, you’ll use the Printable Vinyl available online or at your local craft store. You can use the sticker paper but it’s too thick for me to pull through my printer and the vinyl is more flexible for the cellophane bags.Create your own labels with Cricut and use them for parties all the way to plannersBefore you fill your bags with popcorn, add your label you made with Cricut on to the front. Now add your popcorn and tie with your twine.Create your own labels with Cricut and use them for parties all the way to plannersFor the mini onesie boxes, I used the Sorbet Sampler Cardstock and cut the shape. I did use hot glue on the fold to be sure that it held together. I then filled them up with candy and looped them close. For the fronts, I cut out a circle using white glitter cardstock and adhered the label to that. For the font, I used Lemon Tuesday which is free for personal use. I love this font.Create your own labels with Cricut and use them for parties all the way to planners

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Crafting DIY - Fourth of July

15-Minute Fourth of July Craft

May 24, 2017

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Kids fourth of july craftI’ve been seeing these confetti poppers around for years and I’ve been wanting to make them for something special. What better time to have confetti poppers than the Fourth of July? This project takes less than 15 minutes and it’s the perfect Fourth of July craft.Create a fast and easy Fourth of July craft by using labels, streamers and treat holders.I’ve joined up with other bloggers for Craft Lightning again and this months project is Fourth of July. Create a fast and easy Fourth of July craft by using labels, streamers and treat holders.That’s the best thing about this project, nothing needs to be perfect and you can go as small or large in the confetti bits as you’d like. I found my metallic shred at Dollar Tree but if you don’t have one, I’ve included the Amazon link below.

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Create a fast and easy Fourth of July craft by using labels, streamers and treat holders.Mix all the metallic fringe together and place it into the treat holder. Add the lid on top and cut away any stray fringe. Adhere your sticker to the front and pass around for everyone to make the largest mess in history but also one they’ll always remember. Follow this tutorial for the Print then Cut feature with the Cricut.Create a fast and easy Fourth of July craft by using labels, streamers and treat holders.To pop them you just push the stick hard and it’ll spray all over. The less pressure you use then the less spray you’ll get. Push hard to get that awesome effect for this Fourth of July craft.Create a fast and easy Fourth of July craft by using labels, streamers and treat holders.To see more easy Fourth of July craft ideas, check out the Craft Lighting. I always love seeing what other bloggers come up with. See what I’ve done in the past too!

Crafting DIY - Party Time

Throw a Twin Baby Shower and decorate with your Cricut Explore

May 22, 2017

I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.

This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Twin baby shower ideas using cricutI love a good baby shower but I love it even more when my friends are having babies and I can help throw a baby shower. My friend, Lisa, is expecting twins! A boy (who we’ve dubbed as Sample) and a baby girl whose name is yet to be determined. I like it even more when I get to use my Cricut and make the decorations for someone I know that will appreciate them. Lisa is super crafty and so I knew I had to go all out so that I’d make her jealous, lol. I’m going to show you my creations for our twin baby shower that I made with my Cricut Explore Air 2.Green and Pink baby shower ideasbaby shower centerpiece ideasSample baby nameFreshly picked for twinsOf course I had to gift the babies these adorable Freshly Picked moccasins and I had to tie in the onesies to make a complete outfit. I also used the Sorbet Cardstock pack that is available on Cricut.com so all my color inspiration came from that one pack that included 6 different colors. So perfect for a twin baby shower.baby shower table with cricutdrinks to serve at a baby showerboy and girl twin desserthow to decorate a dessert tableWhat to serve at a baby showerTwin baby shower dessert ideasWe decided to do a really simple menu that was just small finger sandwiches, fruit and a few desserts to choose from. For the drinks we did a sparkling lime-aid and some simple water with lemons in it. We served them in our drink holders that I got from Oriental Trading.twin baby shower with cricutTwin baby shower gift ideascricut onesie favor boxprint then cut with cricutTwin baby shower favor ideasI used a lot of the Print-then-Cut method for my labels on the onesie boxes and the popcorn bags. I’ve included the cut files at the bottom of this post that are available through Design Space. I used the font Lemon Tuesday so you’ll need to download that first. For the boxes I had some circles cut with the white glitter cardstock and placed the printable vinyl on top with the “Oh Babies” image to tie in the twin baby shower theme.

I just bought some clear cellophane bags and twine and filled it up with some popcorn and adhered the printable vinyl. I’m not going to go crazy for a favor when everything else is just too much. It’s the perfect ending to a fun night. If you’re ever in Salt Lake the best store to find all the paper and party supplies is called Pak-N-Wrap. This is also where I got the funky crepe paper banners. I know it has a name but I can’t remember what it’s called. How to make cricut flowersboy and girl twin baby shower ideasbaby shower dessert tabledessert table with cricutBy far the biggest project that I undertook was this banner. It was actually quite easy once I got all the pieces assembled.

Supplies:

  • Wooden Dowels
  • 2 Half Circle Styrofoam balls
  • sheet of Styrofoam
  • Styrofoam cutter
  • Adhesive Spray & Foam Dots
  • Paper

I cut the paper on the 12×24″ mat with the 12X24″ Sorbet paper sampler. Again, I used the Lemon Tuesday font and typed the saying “Oh Babies” and cut that using the White Glitter Cardstock. I cut a ton of the 3D Peony from the 3D Floral Home Decor cartridge and I cut them in various sizes and colors. I also cut additional leaves so that I’d have some smaller fillers. I recommend this cartridge because the flowers go together so easily.

Once they’re assembled, just start placing them on the foam half circles. I did place my dowel in beforehand so that I knew where I could get the flowers in a better position. I just put a ton of hot glue where the dowel was and let it set before i placed all the flowers.

Once your half circles are dry and assembled, you can add your banner. To assemble the banner, place the foam adhesive spray on your base paper and lay it on to the foam board. I used a special heat knife to cut the foam so I’d get a smooth edge, you can easily use a sharp knife. Just trace around the image and you’ll have the 3D design you desire. Once you have that all set, you can add the details to the banner. I added an extra peony to the banner as well to tie it in to the base. i put foam dots on the words and attached those last.

baby shower table with cricutHere are the files that link you to the images on Design Space.

Picture credit goes to the amazing Natalie at Beehive Photo.

And now, do you want to win your own Cricut Explore?!? Enter here. Best of luck!

Home DIY - Round Ups

Get the Fixer Upper look from World Market

April 27, 2017

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support. #worldmarkettribeGet the best farmhouse items available at World MarketI love the Fixer Upper Style and what I love most about it is the industrial meets farmhouse style. World Market is an excellent place to get all your Fixer Upper style needs so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Fixer Upper items. Just click on the photos and it’ll take you to the item.Stripe kitchen towel Round Evan Mirror Nihal Baskets Gulianna Collection Gray wash clockGlass pie sign Lavendar WreathCorrine Chandelieraccordian light 3-TIER GLASS DRYING RACKCharlotte tote basketAmelie cake stand

Again, World Market has some of the funnest things around when you’re looking to implement the Fixer Upper style in your own home. What’s your favorite Fixer Upper item?

Clothing DIY - Crafting DIY

Make a floral crown with your Cricut Explore

April 20, 2017

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Cricut Make it now floral crownHave you ever wondered how the Make It Now projects work in Cricut Design Space? It is probably my most favorite feature that Cricut launched when they first launched their Cricut Explore. I’m going to be showing you how to make a floral crown with your Cricut Explore. I’ll be using just simple cardstock and some glue and all my measurements are done for me with the Make It Now feature.Make a paper floral crown with CricutHow I chose this specific project was select the Fashion category from the drop-down menu on the upper right corner of Cricut Design Space. I selected the project I wanted and then all I pressed was Make It Now! Everything is measured out for me and they tell me what colors and how many pieces of each material I need in the information page.

Materials:

How to Use Cricut's Make it Now-8Cut all your needed flowers and leaves and use this Giant Paper Flowers booklet to help you learn to put the flowers together correctly. Once you have them all together and then begin to assemble your floral crown.How to Use Cricut's Make it Now-4I started by braiding the floral stem together with 2 kinds of ribbon. I used 3/8″ wide ribbon that I picked up from my local Michaels along with the floral wire stem. I took it against my daughters head so that I’d have the right circumference. Her head was just the right shape so I didn’t need to cut any additional wire. I did leave longer tails of the ribbon so that I could tie it in a bow at the back and it’d have some texture.How to Use Cricut's Make it NowOnce the wires were braided together and the flowers were assembled, I glued it right to the wires. I just placed them as I wanted them and that was it. Cricuts Make It Now feature is so easy to use and all the supplies are listed for you so you know what you’ll need ahead of time.

Crafting DIY - Easter

Personalize Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore

April 10, 2017

This post does contain affiliate links.Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut MethodThis is such a fun and easy way to personalize Easter eggs using your Cricut Explore. Just use the Print then Cut feature and you’re set. I grabbed some eggs from the Dollar Spot at Target and then the wheels started turning.Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut Method

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Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut MethodI like to use the printable vinyl when I’m putting the stickers on a non-flat surface because it’s thinner and more pliable.Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut MethodOnce you’ve opened the Cricut file with the images already sized for you, select Go. It will bring up a print and mat preview and then select Go again. Go ahead and load your printable vinyl into your printer and then select that green print page button. The print prompt screen will show up and go ahead and print the paper like you normally would a regular image.Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut MethodLoad your printed vinyl onto a mat and set your smart dial to vinyl. This will give it the perfect kiss cut that all stickers need. Once your mat is loaded, select the go button and the Cricut will now start reading your registration marks and then it will begin cutting.Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut MethodUnload your mat and get your eggs ready. Just peel and stick the stickers right on there and you’ll have the perfect personalized Easter eggs to enjoy throughout the holiday. And since they’re plastic, you can enjoy them next year too!Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut Method

Home DIY

Make your own Fixer Upper style Kitchen sign with your Cricut Explore

March 27, 2017

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Create your own Fixer Upper style sign with your Cricut ExploreMaterials

magnolia homes kitchenFirst begin by downloading the Kenzo font for free and use this pre-made Cricut template for your Fixer Upper kitchen sign. Everything is done for you. Just load your black vinyl onto your 12X24″ Cricut mat and select Go! You’ll want to use a standard blade for the vinyl and I used the Vinyl+ setting on my smart dial just to be sure I got a smooth cut. My German blade has lasted 2+ years and I’ve really never had to replace it. Once I start getting missed cuts or tears in my paper, that’s when I know it’s best to change my Cricut blade. It’s super easy, just press the button on the top and pull out the blade, throw the new blade in there and release the button. It’s so easy!After I’ve cut my vinyl, I’ll use the hook tool as a weeder and remove all the negative space. I then add my transfer tape on top of it and give it a good scrape using my scraper tool or a credit card will work just as well. Be sure to use quite a bit of pressure so that the image will lift easily when you’re ready to pull up the image.

Prepare your wooden surface by sanding it lightly and then brushing off the dust remnants. I spray painted my sign black to begin with and then once I place the letters on it I’ll spray it white to reveal a reverse effect.

The pre-made template is just the right fit for the 3’X6″ wooden board. I had leftover wood so I just used that for the size. Whatever you have on hand or whatever size works for your space, be sure to edit the image so that it’ll look great for your board. I made the letters 5″ so that I had a bit of a white edge but I didn’t want too much of an edge because that doesn’t seem to be the look of the Fixer Upper kitchen sign that says SUPERMARKET.Now that I’ve weeded out my vinyl and attached it to the transfer tape, adhere it to your dry board. It’ll go on directly over the black spray paint. Use your scraper tool and be sure the letters are pressed down well. Lift off your transfer tape and begin to spray with white paint. My board had some imperfections and I loved that, If you want a cleaner look, paint at least 2 coats of white spray paint.After the white paint has dried, use your weeder tool and peel up the letters from the board. You should have crisp letters that are black and a white background. I used the scraper tool to rough my board up a bit. You could also use a metal spatula and just brush it along the edges and a little over the writing. Age that wooden board as much as you like or as little as you like.Adhere some foam mounting tape or some command strips and hang it above your kitchen sink. I love all the projects the Cricut Explore allows me to do and I’ve made so many different things for my home, my children and myself especially! Also, if you know me well, you know that I had to move everything out of the way to get a ‘clean’ shot of my home. There is crap everywhere and I have no space for anything. Do I throw it away or just buy a new house??

Crafting DIY - DIY

How to create your own felt play money with your Cricut Explore

March 23, 2017

This post does contain affiliate links, thank you for your support.Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut ExploreLearn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut ExploreThis felt play money was so easy to make. It is a little time consuming but I know it’ll last throughout the years which is perfect for play-time!

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First, use your Heat-n-Bond and iron it on to your felt. This just gives the felt more of a stabilizer and it makes the money thicker by having two layers ironed together. Next, lay your felt on your cutting mat and cut your images. I’ve included everything in the one cut file for ease. To select certain shapes to be cut, just click on the eye that is to the right of the image in your layer section. It’ll hide and show the images you want to be cutting. Just play around and you’ll get the hang of it.

Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut ExploreWeed out the foil using your weeding tool or an x-acto knife. You want to remove whatever part of the image you don’t want. Be sure to leave whatever you do want on the clear plastic sheet. This will make transferring your image so much easier.
Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut ExplorePlace your felt pieces together and add on your iron-on. I use this method for my ironing. It helps the image really stay and I don’t have any images lifting afterwards.
Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut Explore Be sure not to use steam because it’ll create bubbles in your image. Now that you have one side adhered, flip it over and use the second image. If you use the heat-n-bond and don’t sandwich the felt together, your felt will stick to the surface you’re ironing on. It’ll also make it harder to make your play money double sided.Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut Explore I added the Lincoln and Washington faces to their respected ‘coins’ and I used the same method I did for the dollar bills. Just be a little extra careful because the images are small and you can burn yourself on the iron. I didn’t worry about being sure my faces faced the right way on both sides of the coin but you can if you’d like.
Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut ExploreI grabbed the girls this cute register from Ikea and now they can play McDonald’s anytime they want. My mom has some mini windows in her area under the stairs so the girls are always playing drive-thru. Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut Explore This play money is so sturdy and will last a long time. If I didn’t worry about quality, I could have easily bought the paper play money but I want the kids to have this for a long time so I took the extra effort and created it in sturdy felt.Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut Explore The foil iron-on is so awesome too. I’ve been wanting Cricut to come up with a true gold and silver metallic iron-on and this foil one lives up to all the expectations. You can remove the cover film while it’s still hot and the image will not lift. With some metallics you have to wait for it to cool completely but not Cricut’s.Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut Explore