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Throw a Bachelorette Party with your Cricut Maker and a Giveaway

October 2, 2017

The Cricut Maker is such a wonderful and useful tool. This post I’m going to show how easy it is to throw a Bachelorette Party using the Cricut Maker free projects included when you get your own. Read to the end of this post to see all the ideas and to win a Cricut Maker of your own.
Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.Use the Cricut Maker free projects to create a Bachelorette Party

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I love the Make It Now feature in Cricut’s Design Space. It is such a saving grace when I’m having bouts of creativity-loss. When you buy a machine through Cricut, they gift you with exclusive access to certain Make It Now projects. When they released the new Cricut Maker, they included 50 free projects to get you started. The project I have chosen is the Bridesmaid Invitation and the bachelorette Party Kisses and Diamonds straw and donut toppers.Use the Cricut Maker free projects to create a Bachelorette PartyThese invitations are the perfect way to ask your best girlfriends to be a bridesmaid and they straw and donut toppers are the perfect accent to a bachelorette party.Use the Cricut Maker free projects to create a Bachelorette Party

Supplies

Use the Cricut Maker free projects to create a Bachelorette PartyBegin with printing your invitation on your printer. I use a 60lb cardstock from Michaels and it’s perfect for my HP Printer. Anything too thick will not pull through. Once you have your file printed, place it on your mat and load it in the Cricut Maker. It will read the registration marks and begin cutting and scoring. Unload your mat.Use the Cricut Maker free projects to create a Bachelorette PartyLoad your black pen into the Cricut Maker (this was included) and your regular cardstock and cut your envelope, small card and your Bride Tribe symbol. You can use black cardstock or vinyl as well but the pen is easier for me. I did color in the edges to fill in the writing.Use the Cricut Maker free projects to create a Bachelorette PartyAdd your glittered cardstock to the mat and cut the envelope insert, invitation back and small card.

You’ll then print off your tattoo paper images and add that to the mat. The sensors on the Cricut Maker are better than the Explore so these will cut. Place them into your small insert for the card as a special surprise for your friends.Use the Cricut Maker free projects to create a Bachelorette PartyTo assemble these, add your larger pink glitter square to the inside of the envelope. Next fold in your edges and place a small amount of adhesive to the sides of the envelope and place the end on the adhesive. The printed invitation will now be placed on the smaller glitter cardstock so that the color will peak through the holes your Cricut Maker created. Place some adhesive on the small squares and adhere them together. Place your tattoo inserts behind the square and adhere it to the invitation.Use the Cricut Maker free projects to create a Bachelorette PartyFor the straw and donut toppers, cut your white background first, then the standard cardstock and last, the pink glitter cardstock for the lips. Adhere your diamond tops to the bottoms and place them in your donuts. For the lips, there are two slits cut in it and you just thread your straw through there.Use the Cricut Maker free projects to create a Bachelorette PartyWant to check out the other 49 FREE projects included with your Cricut Maker?! Click the pictures below to see how some of my blog buddies created these projects with their Maker!

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Birthday Parties - Clothing DIY

DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Dress using your Cricut

September 15, 2017

This DIY American Girl Doll birthday dress is perfect for any 18″ doll celebrating her big day. DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut Maker

This post does contain affiliate links.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut Maker

I teamed up with Rudy from the blog and YouTube channel, American Girl Ideas, to bring you some awesome party ideas for American Girl dolls using our Cricut Maker. She makes the most amazing things for your American Girl doll. When I met her at the Cricut Make-a-Thon in August, she had a mini Cricut for these dolls and I was blown away.

But, if you read my blog, you know that I’m not much of a seamstress. This DIY American Girl birthday dress was more for my daughter than it was for me. I tried to get the best shots as I could while I made this but it was rough. Of course you can use whatever you have on hand and whatever colors you want.

Supplies

DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerDIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerI grabbed a roll of tulle from Michaels and measured about 4 yards. I folded the tulle in half so that it was still 6″ wide. I used some binding clips to hold the pink trim on while I sewed it on. Once you’re done, you’ll have a long pocket about 2 yards long that you can put your mini pom poms inside. I also had little “Happy Birthday” quotes on the inside cut out of glitter paper. If you choose this, scatter them first rather than clumping them in the corner. I clumped them in the corner.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerPour the pom poms into the tulle pocket and then set your sewing machine so that your tulle will ruffle. To do this, place your bobbin thread to the tightest setting. For me this is 9. Then you’ll place your top thread to the largest setting, for me this is 5. So you’ll have the bottom thread tight and the top thread loose. Place your tulle into the machine and ruffle the edge. This will make it long enough to fit onto the dress pattern from Design Space.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerNext, put together the dress pattern according to the directions. It’s pretty straightforward except the top of the straps. I could not figure that out so I just hand stitched them together so it didn’t look like the mess it really was.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerFor the bottom, I attached the blue fabric so that it would be facing outwards under the tulle. I then attached the tulle to the other tab of the fabric. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be done but hopefully you can tell by the photo how to do it. For the back of the tulle, I sewed it together before I stitched up the back.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerA lot of my sewing is me trying to figure it out while I go along. It’s not something I’m proud of but I’m working on it. I definitely learn better by watching so sometimes I assume you guys do too.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerI also just sewed the back seam together which made it a little tricky getting it onto our Maryellen doll but it’s for one day a year that she gets to wear it so I’ll just shove her in it. Hell or high-water, she’s going to wear that dang dress for her birthday!

Crafting DIY - Party Time

Create your own Table Numbers using your Cricut Explore and Cuttlebug

July 17, 2017

This post is sponsored by Cricut and all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. Make your own wedding table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your CuttlebugHave you ever wanted to create your own table numbers for your wedding or any event? I’m going to show you how to create your own table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your CuttlebugMake your own wedding table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your CuttlebugI’ve never used the Cuttlebug until this project and now I’m in love! I love being able to add texture to my projects and unless you buy embossed paper, it’s a little hard. Using embossing folders from the Cuttlebug is the easiest way to add texture to your projects.

For this project, I cut out my table numbers using my Cricut Explore. I’ve included the cut file below. Once you’ve cut your numbers, place them inside the embossing folder and run through your Cuttlebug. Make your own wedding table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your CuttlebugYou can choose to do words or actual numbers but I like that I can give more of an illusion that I worked harder than I actually did and use the actual words. Make your own wedding table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your CuttlebugYou can use glitter cardstock to make your table numbers too or even use wood. I love my Cricut Explore because of the many materials I can cut with it. I also love the Cuttlebug because you can emboss or die cut those same materials just as easily.

Supplies

When using the Cuttlebug, you want to be sure to use the correct folders and plates. When you emboss, you’ll use the B plates and the A plate. Sandwich your embossing folder in between the two B plates and place it on the A plate. Place it in your Cuttlebug and use the handle to crank it through.

Make your own wedding table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your CuttlebugBoth my images were more than 7″ long so I had to get creative. I matched up the polka dots before I ran it through again so that I could have a clean embossing. The more complex the image, the harder it will be to match but it can be done so don’t let size hold you back.Make your own wedding table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your CuttlebugPlace some hot glue on the back of your numbers and add the skewer so that they’re even heights. The heavier the cardstock, the less skewers you’ll need but you want it to hold up all night. Secure it again with a little bit more glue on the back.

Place it in your centerpiece and you’re done. I decorated this board with some of the flowers I cut for our Twin Baby Shower we threw a few months ago. Happy Wedding!Make your own wedding table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your Cuttlebug

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

Birthday Parties - Kids

Have a Splashin’ Summer plus a free printable

July 10, 2017

Create this fun summer gift with some water balloons and a free printable.Water balloon gift and free summer printable I got to share these over at Design Dazzle a few weeks ago and I wanted to share them here too! My kids love summer and what better way to delight them then to have them throw stuff at each other? These water balloon free printables are the perfect little something kids need to boost them in the summer months. To make these are simple and you only need a few items.
Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1
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Click on the free printable and print them off. I added two holes to the top of the printable and looped my ribbon inside. I then attached the water balloons and tied a bow. You can choose how you want to tie it but I just did what was easiest for me. Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1-2 Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1-3 You can use twine or thick ribbon like I did but the fun in free printables is making them your own. This denim ribbon is from The Container Store when they had their Christmas ribbon up. That’s when I love to load up on the different ribbons that I use all year round. Paper Source is also a great place for ribbons.Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1-4Water balloon gift and free summer printable There it is. Have so much fun and be sure to have a Splashin’ Summer!

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

Birthday Parties - Kids

Throw a Moana Birthday Party

June 7, 2017

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Leila just turned 7 and she requested a Moana birthday party to bring out her Polynesian pride. I was happy to do that for her and I’m happy to see her embrace her Tongan roots.Moana Party Ideas-1-12Oriental Trading provided us with all the Moana gear. I didn’t want to go full on Disney, so I held back on a few of the licensed images and created some of my own.  I found some images of Maui online and printed them on Tattoo Paper from Expressions Vinyl. My Cricut could not read the registration marks on the paper because of the sheen so I just had my husband cut them out. Moana Party Ideas-1-10Moana Party Ideas-1-11These fun flamingo drink holders held a bucket of flower candy, sunglasses, a pineapple sucker and a crepe paper hibiscus flower for their right ear. I  made chocolate lava candy using candy melts and a pyramid silicone tray. Just place the brown candy melts in the tray and microwave until they’re melted. Let them set and then pop them out. In a squeeze bottle add red candy melts and squeeze over the top to simulate lava.Moana Party Ideas-1-9Moana Party Ideas-1-4 Moana Party Ideas-1-6These pineapple cups were all the rage. The girls were obsessed with them. I used a mini grass skirt for the wrapping around the table. Each of the girls got a mean slice of cake and devoured it with their wooden forks. I placed the forks on their own faux palm leaves which add the perfect island touch. Moana Party Ideas-1-8The cake was a MESS! I let it stay out of the fridge too long and it got too soft before I put the faux moss on it. It was a store-bought cake and I used this recipe to make the cake look like Te Fiti. I found these Pop figurines from Michaels and the topper is from My Minds Eye and I got it at Zurchers.Moana Party Ideas-1 Moana Party Ideas-1-2I decided to pre-make some slime so I didn’t have to deal with 10 girls getting dirty. I used some foam slime ballz from Flora-Craft that I got from them and I used their easy recipe. I grabbed these dollar jars from Michaels where they had the rest of the slime materials. I added some stickers from some Moana clipartMoana Party Ideas-1-14 Moana Party Ideas-1-13We had a water balloon fight and the boys had to retire early cause they forget girls can’t take that force. The kids had so much fun at this Moana birthday party. They left with lots of goodies and they left with one of my favorites, this pineapple filled with jelly beans.Moana Party Ideas-1-3

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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 - 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.

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