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Crafting DIY - Fourth of July

DIY Patriotic Coozies using your Cricut Explore

June 30, 2017

Keeping your drink cold in the summer is essential. Learn how easy it is to make these Patriotic Coozies using your Cricut Explore. Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreFourth of July is the all-time funnest holiday of the year, hands down! I love the fireworks, the food and just the ability to let loose. I created these stars with the Heidi Swapp font from Design Space and I’ve included the file below. Add them to these Dollar Spot Coozies and you’re set.

Supplies

Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreBegin by cutting your design on your Cricut. Be sure to reverse the image for Iron-On, you’ll be so mad at yourself if you don’t 😂. Now remove the excess Iron-On. Leave the actual image on the plastic transfer sheet, only remove what you don’t want. Removing Iron-On is relatively easy. I find it easier than removing actual vinyl because it’s not so sticky. Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreCut your plastic so that your images are separated. Next, place it on your Coozie and press it. I use this method all the time on how I adhere my Iron-On and it works like a charm. The key to get a great adhesion is to press and press hard. Let it cool a little and start peeling off the plastic. If you have a place that hasn’t quite stuck, just lay the plastic back down and press again. Create personalized coozies using your Cricut Explore Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreYou’re finished and it’s so easy to create your own Patriotic Coozies.

Clothing DIY

Make your own Leather Bow using your Cricut Explore

June 22, 2017

Making your own leather accessories is so easy using your Cricut Explore. For this post, I’ll show you how to make your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore. This post does contain affliate links and is sponsored by Cricut.Make your own leather bow with your Cricut Explore

Supplies

Line your faux suede or leather with your transfer tape. This will give something for the fabric to hold onto instead of leaving fuzz all over your mat and basically ruining it. This was a huge help and I’ll never go back to sticking the fabric right on the strong grip mat again.Create your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore-1When you choose the faux leather setting on your Smart Dial, it’ll cut through the product twice. When your images are too close together, sometimes it will catch and pull the product. To avoid this, move your images further apart when you’re previewing your mat. This will save product in the long run and save a lot of headaches. Don’t be afraid to use some scissors if you’ve got one knick in the leather.Create your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore-1-5Begin with all your pieces layed out. You’ll want to fold the longest piece so that the ends meet in the middle. Secure that with the E6000 glue and a binding clip. If you’ve made more than one bow, now is the time to assemble all the longer pieces.

Next you’ll take the back and place some E6000 glue in the middle and take your bow piece and adhere it to that, secure with a binding clip. Allow it to dry just a few minutes in between each step.

Next, place some E6000 on the barrette and lay the back piece to it. Take your small middle piece and apply glue to that. Fold it over the bow in the middle and around the back of the barrette. Secure that with a binding clip. I’d allow these to dry for a few hours before you stick them in their hair just so they don’t get any glue on them.

Ta-da! You’re done. It’s so simple and it looks like you spent a fortune at a boutique for these simple bows.Create your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore-1-4

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

Clothing DIY - Party Time

DIY Pineapple Birthday Shirt

June 19, 2017

Create this DIY Pineapple shirt, perfect for the Polynesian Princess in your life!customizeable pineapple shirtI have been able to post with Expressions Vinyl on their blog for the past few months and I’m excited to share this post on my blog now. Leila had her Moana birthday party a few weeks ago so for the party we had to make her a DIY Pineapple Shirt using our Cricut Explore.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-2Supplies:

Use the cut file that I’ve already created for you and cut each layer with the desired color. When I apply my iron-on, I like to use this technique. It ensures I get a good stick and I’m able to layer effectively. Just remember that you cannot layer over glitter. I’ve tried layering flocked iron-on and it wasn’t the best result but it did work.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-5You’ll want to do what is called a kiss-cut on your HTV. It will not cut through the plastic, just the actual vinyl. You will then peel away the part of the image that you do not want. Use a weeding tool, it makes life a whole lot easier but you can definitely use a safety pin. Again, be sure to mirror your image and keep whatever design you want to go on your shirt stays on the plastic.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-4Place the bottom image on the shirt and press. Peel off the clear plastic and then layer the next image. Work from larger to smaller. Be sure that your iron doesn’t directly touch the iron-on. That will cause wrinkling and it’ll feel like all your hard work was wasted.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-3Turn your shirt inside out once all your images have been pressed. Give it a good secure iron on the opposite of the image to be sure it’ll stick. Wash your shirt inside out and on gentle and the image will last a long time.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1

Clothing DIY - Fourth of July

DIY Patriotic Shirt using Foil Iron-On and your Cricut Explore

May 29, 2017

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

Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-OnI love using foil iron-on and Cricut by far makes some of my favorite iron-on vinyl. We’re fortunate enough that my kids get to celebrate two cultures. Fireworks play a huge role in their American heritage and their Tongan heritage. For this post, since we’re here in Utah, I’ll be making a DIY Patriotic Shirt and sharing with you the Cricut Explore cut file.

Supplies:

The foil iron-on is just as easy to use as the standard iron-on but it is a little thicker so you have to use your custom settings on your Smart Set Dial. It will be available in the drop-down menu where you select your custom material and use the Neon Iron-On setting. Be sure you remember to mirror your image or you’ll hate yourself for wearing a backwards shirt ;).

Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-OnYou’ll want to follow this method for using Iron-On, warm up your shirt first with the iron and then place the Iron-On where you desire. This starts the bond almost immediately and you won’t get lifts that are almost always problematic if you’re not used to this material. Make sure your iron is set on medium heat with no steam.

The shirt is going to be the background color so that is why I chose a white shirt. I laid my red iron-on first and let it hand under the heat for about 10 seconds using a lot of pressure. Peel up the plastic and then do your blue iron-on, making sure I didn’t touch the hot iron to the red foil. You will now match up the silver to form the USA. I have already sliced your image so it’s set to go and you don’t have to worry about any of the designing.

Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-OnOnce all your foil is on the front of the shirt, turn it inside-out and press really well on the back to ensure a tight seal of the foil. When you care for your shirts, wash them inside out on gentle.

Now enjoy the DIY Patriotic Shirt and party the night away. Happy Independence Day!!Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-On

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

This post does contain affiliate links, thank you for your support.

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.

Supplies:

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?