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Crafting DIY - Valentine's Day

DIY Felt Valentine Banner with free template

January 17, 2018

Create this super easy and fast DIY felt Valentine banner using your Cricut Maker. Grab the
Design Space file today and create one yourself.This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’m so excited to join in with a few other bloggers each month as we tackle a mystery material and create items using our Cricut machines. This month the material is felt and I’m so excited to show you how to create this super easy DIY felt Valentine banner.

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DIY Felt Valentine Banner using your Cricut Maker. So easy.Begin by gathering all your materials and opening the Cricut Design Space file. You’ll want to cut your white pennants first out of white felt. I found some wool felt from Joann but you can use the less expensive sheets.DIY Felt Valentine Banner using your Cricut Maker. So easy.Next you’ll cut your hearts. If you want all the same color, just use the color sync function in Design Space to make sure that they all cut out of the same sheet of felt.DIY Felt Valentine Banner using your Cricut Maker. So easy.When cutting felt with your Cricut Maker, you want to use the pink mat along with the rotary blade. You’ll choose the setting that will automatically select the rotary blade. When you cut Cricut felt, it is a lot stiffer so you’re able to use the deep cut blade. If you don’t have the deep cut blade, don’t worry. Just select the other setting and use the rotary blade for any felt.DIY Felt Valentine Banner using your Cricut Maker. So easy.Once all your pieces are cut, use the Liquid Thread and place the glue on the back of the hearts. While the glue is still wet, use your iron or EasyPress to follow the directions on the bottle to get the glue to stick. I pressed longer than the 60 seconds it recommended but it did work. I’d say I pressed for at least 120 seconds at 305°F.DIY Felt Valentine Banner using your Cricut Maker. So easy.Make this banner as long or as short as you’d like and hang up with the rest of your Valentine decorations.DIY Felt Valentine Banner using your Cricut Maker. So easy.For the felts I chose to do an ombre effect with the colors. I love how it turned out and it’s the perfect DIY felt Valentine banner.DIY Felt Valentine Banner using your Cricut Maker. So easy.Check out below what other blogger have created using felt and their own Cricut machines. These machines are so beneficial to the everyday crafter. You have to get one!

Crafting DIY - Valentine's Day

DIY Valentine Pillows using your Cricut

January 14, 2018

I’m so excited! I joined a bunch of other bloggers and each month we do a new challenge using our Cricut machine. I’m going to show you how to DIY Valentine Pillows and sharing the free .svg files so you can make one yourself.Create personalized pillows by using Glitter HTV and inexpensive Ikea pillow cases. Create these DIY Valentines Pillows with your CricutThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

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So start by uploading your images into Design Space. Since these are .svg files, it’s just a straight download. You don’t need to edit the image before importing it. Create personalized pillows by using Glitter HTV and inexpensive Ikea pillow cases. Create these DIY Valentines Pillows with your CricutFor the girls face I used plain htv for the eyes, bow and mouth. For her cheeks, I used pink glitter. On the Moon and Back image, I used black glitter and weeded it using my BrightPad. You don’t have to have one but it’s been a lifesaver when weeding glitter htv.Create personalized pillows by using Glitter HTV and inexpensive Ikea pillow cases. Create these DIY Valentines Pillows with your CricutBecause the image is pretty detailed, some of the glitter peeled up. For that reason, I just pulled up all the polka dots in the O and A. I just used some scissors to clean up the lines. If you use the standard Iron-On for that image, you should be ok.Create personalized pillows by using Glitter HTV and inexpensive Ikea pillow cases. Create these DIY Valentines Pillows with your CricutWhen you’re ready to press, use the Cricut EasyPress to get a good adhesion. For easyweed htv, use your EasyPress at 305º for 25-30 seconds. Create personalized pillows by using Glitter HTV and inexpensive Ikea pillow cases. Create these DIY Valentines Pillows with your CricutWhen you use your EasyPress for glitter Iron-On, use 325º for 25-30 seconds. Use your Iron-On Protection sheet to be sure not to have the EasyPress touch any exposed Iron-On. Or you can just lay the carrier sheet back over the image.Create personalized pillows by using Glitter HTV and inexpensive Ikea pillow cases. Create these DIY Valentines Pillows with your CricutThese are in my daughters room and she absolutely loves them. Such cute accompaniments to her pink bedding from Pottery Barn Teen.Create personalized pillows by using Glitter HTV and inexpensive Ikea pillow cases. Create these DIY Valentines Pillows with your CricutFor more great Valentine crafts using your Cricut, check out the other bloggers and what they made!

Valentine's Day Outfit DIY Cat Lady Valentine's Shirt Easy to Make Heart Shaped Fabric Coasters using Cricut Maker Maze Valentine's Day Cards Valentine's Day Pun Signs Reverse Canvas Valentine Wall Art Using Your Cricut Wall Sign - You'll Forever Be My Always Cute Wooden Conversation Hearts Spending My Valentine's Day (Han) Solo DIY Valentine Pillows Heart Garland Cricut Tutorial Heart Shaped Love Card Vinyl Mason Jar Valentine's Day Sign Metallic Heart Valentine Garland Heart Shaped Trays With Princess Bride Quotes DIY Valentines Cards

Crafting DIY - Valentine's Day

Valentines Day Crafts using your Cricut

January 11, 2018

I love making my own valentine decorations and printing out my own homemade valentine cards. Make the holiday even more special with these Valentine’s Day crafts using Cricut.Valentines Day Crafts using your CricutThis post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Valentines is such a fun holiday for kids and for adults. These Cricut Valentine crafts will get your creative juices running. Purchase your very own Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore to make these awesome Valentine Crafts. Please pin from original sources.

DIY Heart Cards by PMQ for TwoValentines Day Crafts using your CricutDIY Valentine MailboxesCreate these DIY Valentine's Day Mailboxes. Such a fun and easy Valentine's craft.DIY Black and Gold Wood Banner by The Crafted SparrowValentines Day Crafts using your CricutDIY Modern Valentine Shirts by Lemon ThistleUnicorn Valentines Box by Artsy Fartsy MamaValentines Day Crafts using your CricutPrintable Usher Valentine by Idieh DesignValentines Day Crafts using your CricutValentine Insect ArtEver wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.We Belong Together Tee by Artsy Fartsy MamaValentines Day Crafts using your CricutDIY Boys Valentine Shirt by The Crafted SparrowP.S. I Love You Tee by The Quiet GroveValentines Day Crafts using your CricutPuppy Dog Valentine Box by Artsy Fartsy MamaValentines Day Crafts using your CricutValentine’s Coupon Book by Idieh DesignsValentines Day Crafts using your CricutPanda Valentine Box by Artsy Fartsy MamaValentines Day Crafts using your CricutDIY Candy Boxes by PMQ for TwoValentines Day Crafts using your CricutGeometric Heart Tee by Artsy Fartsy MamaValentines Day Crafts using your CricutDIY Heart Shirt by Lemon ThistleValentines Day Crafts using your CricutDIY Valentine Word Magnets by The Quiet GroveValentines Day Poppers by Idieh DesignsValentines Day Crafts using your CricutDIY Emoji Shirt by Artsy Fartsy MamaValentines Day Crafts using your Cricut

I love using my Cricut for so many reasons. You can make just about anything your heart desires. I’ve used it to make crafts for my blog, for my home, for neighbors and even my kids’ school projects.

Tell me, which Valentines Day craft was your favorite? See all my Cricut Crafts here and be sure to follow me along for more great ideas.

Crafting DIY - Valentine's Day

Personalized Valentine Felt Envelopes with your Cricut

January 8, 2018

Forget Valentine Boxes. Make these personalized Valentine felt envelopes using your Cricut.
Super easy and so fun for kids to receive.This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I found these adorable felt envelopes in the Dollar Spot section at Target. What can’t you find at Target? I knew that I wanted to make these personalized for Valentines Day and fill them with goodies for my kids. I found a super cute cut file in Cricut Design Space and sized it to fit perfectly. I added each of their names underneath and I may just keep them do this every year.Create these easy DIY Felt Valentine Envelopes. Give them to your kids for the perfect Valentines gift.

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Begin by opening the .svg file and upload it into Design Space then send it to your machine. Be sure to mirror the image when using any iron-on. To prepare your image, you’re going to weed out the negative space of the file. The main image will remain on the carrier sheet. You do not want to cut all the way through the carrier sheet for Iron-On.Create these easy DIY Felt Valentine Envelopes. Give them to your kids for the perfect Valentines gift.Lay your image on your felt envelope and press. If you’re using the Cricut EasyPress to press your iron-on foil, set your machine to 300°. Preheat your envelope for 10 seconds and lay the image where you want it. Place your iron-on protective sheet over the image and press for 25-30 seconds. You can peel your iron-on foil warm but it is best to allow it to cool. Give it 1-2 minutes. If you’re going to press it with your iron, head here for tips.Create these easy DIY Felt Valentine Envelopes. Give them to your kids for the perfect Valentines gift.If you want to add a personalized name in a different foil, apply that now. You can just add the name and attach it to the Valentines Day .svg file. Your file will now cut as one.Create these easy DIY Felt Valentine Envelopes. Give them to your kids for the perfect Valentines gift.Now fill you personalized Valentine felt envelope with more Target goodies and you’re personalized Valentine felt envelope is good to go. It’ll be perfect for years to come or just use it this year alone. They’re inexpensive enough that you don’t need to feel bad if you lose it.Create these easy DIY Felt Valentine Envelopes. Give them to your kids for the perfect Valentines gift.To find more Valentine projects that you can make with your Cricut, check out the links below.




Christmas - Desserts - Holidays - Recipes

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

December 13, 2017

These molasses ginger cookies have been a staple of ours for the Christmas season. Grab the easy, delicious recipe here.I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite food blogging friends today to bring you a virtual Christmas cookie exchange. We all love Christmas Cookie Exchange Parties because you go to the party with one kind of cookie, but come home with dozens of cookies to taste! There’s nothing better than seeing all of the cookies out on all of their plates and getting to go around and fill up your bags with other people’s delicious recipes. Here are 40+ delicious cookie exchange recipes so you can find the perfect cookie to take to the party this holiday season!

Here’s my recipe, some delicious Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies! Who doesn’t love these warm spices during the fall months? These are always so good with a tall glass of ice cold milk. The trick to getting them flat is to push your cookies down before they’re in the oven so they can be pretty flat or else you’ll just get a big ball of cookie!

Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies

These ginger molasses cookies are sure to be on your holiday baking list for years to come.

  • Prep Time: 45m
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 1h
  • Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • additional granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside a bowl of granulated sugar for later.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together your shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add your molasses and egg and mix until combined.
  4. Add all your dry ingredients and spices then mix just until it is combined.
  5. Lay out a piece of cling film and place your dough on it. Wrap into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Take your dough and form it into balls and roll in the granulated sugar.
  7. Place on your baking sheet and press down gently with a cup to flatten the cookie.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes and place on a cooling rack after one minute for optimum chewiness.
These molasses ginger crinkle cookies have always been a staple in our house for the holidays as well as my grandmas Chocolate Chip Cookies and our Vegetable Dip. We’re pretty lucky to have a cook like her in the family. Check out below for more cookies in the cookie exchange!40+ cookie exchange recipes

Be sure to follow along on the Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for year round cookie recipe inspirations!

Follow Reasons To Skip The Housework’s board The Cookie Exchange on Pinterest.

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Andes Mint Cookies

Double Chocolate Mint MnM Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

cookies 1

Peanut Butter Cake Box Cookie

Raspberry Almond Meltaways

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies

cookies 2

Snowflake Meltaway Cookies

Chocolate Turtle Cookie

Candy Cane Brownie Blossoms

cookies 3

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Cranberry Almond Shortbread Bites

No Bake Eggnog Cookies

cookies 4

Double Chocolate Rum Balls

Magic Cookie Bars

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

cookies 5 Rosettes

Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookie cups

Cornflake Christmas Wreath Cookies

cookies 6

Christmas M&M Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Easy Sugar Cookie

cookies 7

Jelly “Popper” Cookies

Key Lime Pie Bars

Gingersnaps with Dark Chocolate Chips

cookies 8

Maple Bacon Snickerdoodles

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

cookies 9

Christmas Tree Brownie Pops

My Favorite Things Cookies

Old-Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies

cookies 10

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Holiday Confetti Sandwich Cookies

Lemon Oatmeal Lacies Christmas Cookie

cookies 11

Snowball Cookies

Healthy Biscochos (Vegan, Raw, & Grain-Free)

Almond and Milk Chocolate Ganache Thumbprint Cookies

cookies 12

Porcelain Sugar Cookies

OREO Dipped Christmas Cookies

Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten Free}

cookies 14

Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies

Giant Monster Cookies

Crispy Coconut Pecan Butter Cookies

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Candy Cane Sugar Blossoms

Candy Cane Frosted Sugar Cookies

 

Holiday Parties - New Years

New Years Photo Booth Props with your Cricut Maker

New Years Eve is always a celebration. Learn how to make these New Years photo booth props with your Cricut. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post. Head to the bottom of the post to win your very own Cricut Maker!New Years Photo Booth DIY with Cricut

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Photo booths are a must have at a party with a lot of guests. Not only is it time that they’re spending with you, it’s time that you don’t have to spend thinking of what to occupy them with. Photo booth props are easily made with your Cricut Maker or your Cricut Explore.New Years Photo Booth DIY with Cricut

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Remember that you don’t have to cut everyone of these shapes if you don’t want. All you have to do is click on the eyeball that is next to the shape and it’ll disapear, or just delete it. I don’t want you paying for a shape that you’ll never use. Or buy the Cricut Access program and get over 30,000 shapes available to you.New Years Photo Booth DIY with CricutI’ve used the subscription services when I had my Silhouette and now that I use Cricut. I’ve gotten a better deal out of Cricut. I’ve been able to find a lot of shapes that I’ve been able to manipulate and give me the look that I want. It’s a great addition and only $10 a month for something that you’d get a lot of use out of.New Years Photo Booth DIY with CricutI used the standard grip mat and chose the intricate cut setting for Cricut cardstock. If I am using any cardstock thicker than the 80 lb. weight, I’ll usually just hit go again and it’ll give me 4 swipes of the blade. This will insure that you don’t have any tears when lifting your paper from the mat. For the glitter cardstock, do the intricate cut but have it pass through 4 times. When choosing intricate cut it’ll pass through twice for each press of the go button.New Years Photo Booth DIY with CricutOnce all your shapes are cut, just assemble them according to the image. I always like to separate my image cuts into piles so that I don’t get any pieces missed. My favorite adhesive for cardstock is this one by Tombow. It dries quick and it’s also great for 3-D projects.New Years Photo Booth DIY with CricutI let all the New Years photo booth props dry overnight and then I adhere the skewer to the back. I just use hot glue for this part because it’s the best and most durable for photo booth props. Once all your sticks are adhered you’re ready to go.New Years Photo Booth DIY with CricutI like to have these in a jar just to the side of the booth. In the past I’ve used lots of different photo backdrops but my favorite thing to use is this sequin fabric. It pops and is perfect for ringing in the New Year.

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Christmas - Clothing DIY

DIY Christmas Pajamas with Cricut EasyPress

December 9, 2017

Create these fun DIY Christmas pajamas using the Cricut EasyPress and some Cricut Foil Iron-On.DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Using an EasyPress is a cost effective way to use Iron On Vinyl. I’ve always wondered if I could have the space for a heat press and in my small home, I just can’t swing that space. I love the EasyPress because it’s space efficient and it works really well.

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DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressPurchase red and silver foil iron-on and cut the file from Design Space. Preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 275° and plan to press for 15 seconds each press. Don’t forget to place a towel on a hard surface. I like to fold my towel in half so that the surface has a little give to the fabric.

Next, decide where you want your image to be on your Christmas pajamas. I pressed my red first and then the silver foil iron-on. When using foil iron-on, peel away the carrier sheet after your image has cooled. If you peel it before, you get the wrinkled look…like I did. I’d give it a good 15 minutes between each press just to ensure it’s adhered.
DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressI’d make these DIY Christmas pajamas for myself because I know I’m really Santa’s favorite. But these ones I made for my daughter to have on Christmas Eve. DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressWhere would you use your Cricut EasyPress? It’s made things a lot easier in life.

Christmas - Crafting DIY

Holiday Gifting with Don Victor Honey and how to cut Crepe Paper with Cricut

December 6, 2017

KThis shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DonVictorHoney #HoneyForHolidays

Create this unique gift packaging with your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar by cutting a crepe paper poinsettia. Learn all the tips and tricks I use to cut crepe paper with my Cricut.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I love using my Cricut Maker to make unique gifts, for this tutorial I’m going to show you how to cut crepe paper with it. Create a unique topper for your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.It’s really easy, you just need the right materials. Here is what you’ll need –

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I first began by getting a membership to Lia Griffith. It’s worth it when you consider the printables and all the free .svg crepe paper flowers she offers you. Save the .svg to Design Space and then open the image onto your canvas.
I first started with grabbing some Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.The most important thing to remember is the grain of your paper and how that is loaded into the mat. Be mindful on how you want your petals to be shaped when cutting. For this project I had the grain going vertically. Even if you’re cutting you’re your crepe paper by hand, being midful of the grain is very important. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Place your rotary blade into you’re Cricut Maker adaptive tool. It will go in side B. Load your mat into your Cricut Maker and select Go. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.When you remove your crepe paper, peel it slowly so that the grain doesn’t stretch. I used a flower template from Lia Griffith and uploaded it to my software.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Glue each of the petals of the flowers to it’s coordinating size. I used hot glue for this but any glue will do. Next you’ll lay a bead of hot glue along the seam and place the floral stem wire. Do this to the large petals and the leaves.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.You can use floral tape to attach all the stems to each other but I have never been very good with it. Just glue all the stems together and then twist them with the leaves. Next, lay your smaller petals over the top of the larger petals. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.For the stamen, fold the cut piece in half and roll. Glue them together separately or all together. Cut off the excess floral wire and attach a piece of felt to the bottom. This is where you’ll glue it to the top of your Don Victor® Honey jars. Attach a gift tag and you’re set.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Don Victor® Honey honeycomb can be served on a warm piece of toast, French toast or warm biscuits. You may have to mash it but once it warms up against your food, it’ll soften right up. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Cutting crepe paper with your Cricut Maker is easier than you would expect. I’d love to see what project you’d make for your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar. Be sure to follow Don Victor® Honey on Facebook and Pinterest for more great ideas.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.