Monday, April 16, 2018

DIY Cactus Teacher Lip Balm with Cricut!

Last week I was part of a Cricut challenge where I created an "End of the School Year Project". I had so much fun with it, that I created another one! The two projects would be great together, OR on their own!

It's no secret that I love cacti, so I decided to keep the cacti love comin' with today's project. By now I'm sure you've seen at least one EOS lip balm project, they're all over Pinterest. I realized I hadn't seen a cacti one though! So... I created one!Create your own Cactus Lip Balm Teacher Gift!
SUPPLIES
Printer (I love this one)
My Design Space File (Which you can find at the end of the post)

I've taken care of all of the work by creating the Design Space file for you, all you have to do is click "Make It"!
Create your own Cactus Lip Balm Teacher Gift!
Once you do, be sure your print settings are correct and that you tell your printer you'll be using photo paper. 
Create your own Cactus Lip Balm Teacher Gift!
YOU GUYS... I have a confession to make. I've never actually used photo paper until this project and O-M-G it makes SUCH a difference! I feel like I've been living under a rock!
 Seriously! Look at the difference! The printable on the left is on regular cardstock, and the one on the right is the matte photo paper. Look at how much more crisp and clean it is!
Create your own Cactus Lip Balm Teacher Gift!
Once you have printed your project, put it on a Cricut cutting mat and load it into your machine. The machine will read the registration marks (the square around your image) and cut it out perfectly!
Create your own Cactus Lip Balm Teacher Gift!
Then all that's left to do is add your EOS ball and you're done!
Create your own Cactus Lip Balm Teacher Gift!
So easy right?? This project can be done from start to finish in a matter of minutes! 
To make the project yourself click HERE.

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

DIY Cactus Teacher Gift

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So, I recently became a crazy plant lady... they're inside, they're outside, they're everywhere! I started safe, with cacti and succulents, once I did ok with them, I moved on to houseplants. I've gotta say, I'm pretty proud of the one's I've kept alive thus far. That all being said, gifting a plant isn't always the best gift choice (let's just say, I'm not ready for an orchid yet), but a cactus is pretty foolproof (and super trendy!) so thats how I came up with today's DIY! As we all know, the school year is coming to an end and summer is right around the corner (but don't you dare say the word swimsuit), and while I don't have any school aged children of my own, I still wanted to be a part of the Cricut End of the School Year project challenge put on by Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, my girl Carolina with 30 Minute Crafts, Jen with 100 Directions and Jessica with Mad in Crafts. I may not be a teacher myself but most of my friends are so I always love to see a good teacher gift, and I'm especially a sucker for one that is a play on words. BOOM! That's how this DIY was born... or, grown rather. 
Create your own DIY Cactus Teacher Gift!
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 I'm pretty obsessed with the way it turned out. I found the talk bubble plant stake in the Target dollar spot (and it was actually only a dollar! I swear I always grab the stuff that is 3 or 5, but not this!). Then, aside from some vinyl and my Cricut Design Space file all you need is a planted cactus!

Supplies

Plant Stake (mine is from Target)
Cactus (Find at your local home improvement store)
Plant Pot
Potting Soil
Vinyl (I used flamingo, mint and black)
Transfer Tape
Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2
My Design Space File (can be found at the end of the post)
Create your own DIY Cactus Teacher Gift!
I did the tough part for you and designed the file, all you have to do is click "Make It"!
Once you've cut all three colors, use some transfer tape and attach them to your plant stake and just like that, you're done!
Create your own DIY Cactus Teacher Gift!
Such a fun and easy way to tell a teacher thanks!
To open the Cricut Design Space file click HERE.

Be sure to check out the rest of the awesome Cricut End of the School Year projects!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

DIY Bride Gift with NEW Cricut Patterned Iron On!

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You guys! I'm so stinkin' excited to share today's project with you! It's no secret that I'm a die hard Cricut fan. (See all the proof here). Well, they have been hard at work creating tons of awesome new products and I'm thrilled to share one of them with you today... the NEW Cricut Patterned Iron On! I love Cricut Iron On in general, but this Patterned Iron On is a total game changer! It opens up so many more possibilities! Even though Cricut has a vast selection of Iron On vinyl (like Lite, Foil, Holographic Sparkle, Glitter and the NEW SportFlex!), you were previously limited to just one color at a time, and I know the idea of layering is scary to a lot of crafters (myself included). With the Patterned Iron On though, your designs are now given so much more texture and dimension with the patterns, not to mention, the new StrongBond long-lasting hold! They currently have 9 different sampler packs available, each with 3 12" x 17" sheets... so many possibilities! I personally love that each sampler pack comes with iron on vinyl that compliment each other, so you can use them separately, or together!

I decided I wanted to do use the Natalie Malan Sunset Blossom Patterned Iron On Sampler. I'm all about watercolor right now and those watercolor patterns are just GORGEOUS. As soon as I saw them, I had a million ideas, but first on the list was a custom bride shirt for a friend of mine getting married next month.  
Create your own DIY Bride Gift with NEW Cricut Patterned Iron On!
A few things I noticed about the patterned iron on that sets it apart from from the regular iron on:
  • It lays flat: a lot of times with regular iron on, because it has been on a roll, it has a tendency to curl. The patterned iron on however, doesn't. 
  • The smell: Not gunna lie, when I opened it up, the smell kind of hit me. I'm assuming it's the smell of whatever it is they use to make it "StrongBond", it's like a heavy duty adhesive smell. 
  • Weeding: It weeds a little differently than the iron on you're used to. I can't really say that it's easier or harder, just different. 
  • Carrier sheet: The carrier sheet isn't sticky... at all! This definitely took some getting used to. 

Supplies

Create your own DIY Bride Gift with NEW Cricut Patterned Iron On!
I started by designing the file in Cricut Design Space. I kept the "Bride" and date separate so that you can replace the date with whatever date you'd like. I do, however recommend welding both together before cutting to ensure proper placement. (Don't you just love the "Bride" font? It's called Emiline and is a Cricut Access font.)
Create your own DIY Bride Gift with NEW Cricut Patterned Iron On!
Once you have the project looking how you'd like, hit "Make It" in the upper right hand corner. This will take you to the mat preview screen. Don't forget to mirror when using any form of Iron On!
Create your own DIY Bride Gift with NEW Cricut Patterned Iron On!
Find "Patterned Iron-On" in the materials menu. 
Create your own DIY Bride Gift with NEW Cricut Patterned Iron On!
With all Iron On, you're going to want to put it face down so your machine can do what is called a "kiss cut" where it cuts the vinyl but leaves the carrier sheet in tact. 
Create your own DIY Bride Gift with NEW Cricut Patterned Iron On!
Once your design is cut, weed it and place it where you'd like on your garment. Then, using your EasyPress (or iron) apply your design. 
Create your own DIY Bride Gift with NEW Cricut Patterned Iron On!

Applying Patterned Iron On

Patterned Iron On is likely a little different from any Iron On that you're used to. Be sure to reference the Patterned Iron On cutting and application settings here, and if you are using the EasyPress and/or EasyPress mat, you can find those settings here.

If using an EasyPress, you're going to want to preheat the area of the material in which you will be applying your cut image for 5-10 seconds. Set your EasyPress to the appropriate temperature and time for your specific garment, mine was 340 F for 30 seconds on the front of the garment, then 15 seconds on the back of the garment, using firm pressure. With Patterned Iron On you're going to want to wait until the design has cooled before removing the carrier sheet. This is what we call a "Cold Peel".

For an Iron, preheat the area of the material in which you will be applying your cut image for 5-10 seconds. Use the cotton setting of your iron for 50 seconds on the front of the garment, 15 seconds on the back of the garment, using firm pressure. And again, wait until the design has cooled before removing the carrier sheet.

And while we are on the topic of application... can we discuss the new EasyPress Mat?!Check out the Cricut EasyPress and the NEW EasyPress Mat!
It's the perfect companion for your Cricut EasyPress! It has five layers and was designed specially for use with the Cricut EasyPress. The durable cover provides thermal conductivity and even heat distribution. A special inner liner wicks moisture to deliver clean, dry heat. The foil membrane reflects heat to your project and prevents moisture vapor transfer, while the silicone foam provides insulation and shields your surface from damaging heat. Finally, the soft, protective bottom barrier seals layers together for flawless results. It really is a match made in crafting heaven!

If you'd like to make this project yourself, click HERE

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


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DIY Burlap Hanging Wall Banner

 I'm excited to be back today to bring another installment of the "Create with Cricut Challenge" put on by Amber Simmons and Katie of Clarks Condensed. If you didn't get a chance to see my previous projects for the challenge you can find my felt project here and my cereal box project here

If you're unfamiliar with the challenge, each month they choose a mystery material for us to create with using our Cricut and this month, the material is a burlap! I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of burlap. It's messy, hard to work with and a little too rustic for me. When I went to my local Joann's to grab some, I was intrigued by the black burlap. It felt much less rustic and even a little modern.

I'm a big fan of the wall banner trend that I've been seeing lately, so I decided to try to make one out of burlap. (Check out this post to see how I created one with a more traditional cotton fabric.) I was skeptical about how the burlap would cut, even with a stabilizer, but it cut wonderfully!
Create your own Burlap Hanging Wall Banner with Cricut Maker!
Look at those crisp cut lines! The Maker is seriously amazing!
Create your own Burlap Hanging Wall Banner with Cricut Maker!

Supplies

 
Burlap (Mine is from Joann's)
Dowel
Bakers Twine
Cricut BrightPad (optional)

Cricut EasyPress (or a standard iron)

I started by designing my file in Design Space. 
Create your own Burlap Hanging Wall Banner with Cricut Maker!
(Lately when working with vinyl and iron on vinyl I've been putting a box around my sentiment for easier weeding.)

Like I said, I was pretty skeptical with how the burlap would cut so I added some stabilizer, loaded it into my machine and said a little prayer. 
Create your own Burlap Hanging Wall Banner with Cricut Maker!
When I went to pull it off my mat, I audibly gasped. 
Create your own Burlap Hanging Wall Banner with Cricut Maker!
 Look how clean that cut is! On BURLAP! I was shocked (pleasantly of course). 
Create your own Burlap Hanging Wall Banner with Cricut Maker!
From there it was time for the fun part. Using the EasyPress settings guide, I added my iron on to the burlap (the Raspberry color is my new favorite). Then using my glue gun I added my fringe trim (I've been looking for an excuse to use this trim from Hobby Lobby, isn't it adorable??). I used my crop a dile to add holes to the top of the banner to hang it from my dowel, and that's it!
Create your own Burlap Hanging Wall Banner with Cricut Maker!

Create your own Burlap Hanging Wall Banner with Cricut Maker!
To my surprise, I actually ended up enjoying working with burlap, something I never thought would happen. Don't forget to check back next month, when the challenge material is going to be tissue paper!

Also, be sure to check out all the other fun projects made in the Create with Cricut  Challenge!



Monday, March 19, 2018

Self Care with Cricut // DIY Robe & Slipper Set

I was recently asked by Jessica from the DIBY Club if I'd be interested in doing a "Self Care with Cricut" blog tour. I of course jumped at the chance! I'm all about self care and as we all know... I'm ALL ABOUT my Cricut. The DIBY Club released this adorable women's pajama suit pattern and the whole theme of the release is getting more women to take time for self care! And the best news? One lucky reader will win a copy of the pattern!

I decided for my project I wanted to do a matching robe and slipper set. One of my favorite ways to take care of myself is to just. do. NOTHING. I'm currently working too many jobs to count and even though sometimes it takes some coaxing (usually by my husband), I love to throw a robe on (I have a newfound love for robes), some slippers and just veg out, which usually consists of, watching a little Netflix (read: an entire season of a show), munching on a salty snack and just doing nothing. 
Create this adorable Robe & Slipper Set with your Cricut!

Supplies

Robe (similar
Cricut BrightPad (optional)
Cricut EasyPress (or a standard iron)

Start by designing your file in Cricut Design Space. I decided to go with "Do Not Disturb" for my robe and "Off Duty" for my slippers. Once I was happy with my file, I cut it with my Maker. (Remember: with iron on vinyl, it always goes shiny side down, and don't forget to mirror!)
Create an adorable Robe & Slipper Set with your Cricut!
Once my file was cut, I used my BrightPad to help with weeding. It can be really difficult to see your cut lines so the BrightPad cuts your weeding time way down. 
Create this adorable Robe & Slipper Set with your Cricut!
Once everything was weeded, it was time to take it over to the EasyPress. The EasyPress is seriously life changing. If you are a big iron-on user, it is a must-have tool. It takes the guess work out of iron on vinyl! They even have this handy settings chart that they are continually updating! 
Create this adorable Robe & Slipper Set with your Cricut!
For the slippers I wasn't really sure what EasyPress setting to use so I just sort of made up my own. I did 320 degrees for 20 seconds and it worked great! *TIP*: Be careful when ironing or using the EasyPress on the slippers because the soles will melt, so try to keep your heat source away from them. 

And that's all there is to it! All that's left to do is kick your feet up and relax!
Create this adorable Robe & Slipper Set with your Cricut!

Create this adorable Robe & Slipper Set with your Cricut!

Create this adorable Robe & Slipper Set with your Cricut!
 Be sure to check out all the other wonderful projects on the tour!

Self Care with Cricut Blog Tour

3/19: DIY Adult Onesie with Sassy Drop Seat // DIBY Club
3/19: Matching Robe and Slipper Set // Not So Cli-Shéa
3/20: Custom Sleep Masks // See Lindsay
3/20: Mother of the Bride HTV Tote // Dragon Fly and Lily Pads
3/21: Mug Rug and Custom Coffe Mug // Sally's Angelworks
3/22: Peppermint Scrub and Container // Practical and Pretty
3/22: Me-Time Custom Socks // Clarks Condensed
3/23: Personalized Throw Blanket // The Quiet Grove
3/24: Felt and Fabric Bookmark // Crafting in the Rain
3/24: Adult Coloring Book // Jordan's Easy Entertaining
3/25: Ice Cream Cozy // Pattern Revolution
3/25: Bow Pencil Case // Sook Ee Designs
3/26: Manicure Mitts // Intrepid Thread
3/26: Mantra Banner // Albion Gould
3/27: Knit Headbands // Lily Shine Creates

Friday, March 16, 2018

DIY "Irish You Were Beer" Can Cooler

As an Irish girl with a shamrock tattoo I couldn't not do a St. Patrick's Day project! But I'm not a t-shirt-with-a-saying kind of girl... I'm a craft beer drinking girl, and as such, my DIY is, of course a can cooler. 
Create your own "Irish You Were Beer" Can Cooler!
It's a super simple way to show your Irish pride or, if you're not Irish, your love of beer!

Supplies

Can Cooler (I buy them in bulk to have on hand whenever I need them)
Cricut BrightPad (optional)
Cricut EasyPress (or your iron)
 I created several designs to choose from (find the link at the bottom of the post) but this one is my favorite. And I love how, using the slice tool, I was able to overlap the gold of the design. 

Start by opening my predesigned file and choose which design you'd like to use and cut it out. Once it's cut, simply weed the design and iron it on to whatever you'd like to add it to! That's the great thing about this file is that you can put it on anything, not just a can cooler!
Create your own "Irish You Were Beer" Can Cooler!

Create your own by clicking HERE.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DIY Cereal Box Do Not Disturb Sign

I'm baaaaaaaack! I've taken a little unscheduled break from the blog and social media in general lately but, rest assured, I'm not going anywhere! I'm excited to be back today to bring another installment of the "Create with Cricut Challenge" put on by Amber of Amber Simmons and Katie of Clarks Condensed. If you didn't get a chance to see my project last month using felt, what are you waiting for? Go check it out

If you're unfamiliar with the challenge, each month they will be choosing a mystery material for us to create with using our Cricut and this month, the material is a cereal box! I'll be honest, I don't think I've ever made anything out of a cereal box before so this was a fun challenge. I went back and forth with ideas and even ran into some trial and error with some of my ideas but I'm super happy with the finished product! I created this adorable "Please Do Not Disturb Crafting in Progress" door hanger. 
Create your own Do Not Disturb Sign with Cricut and a Cereal Box!
SUPPLIES
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Cereal Box
Spray Paint (I used Ocean Mist from Rust-oleum)
Sticker Paper (This one is my favorite)
Cricut Maker (or any of the explore machines)
Printer ( I use this one)

I started by designing the file (which I've included at the end of this post if you'd like to create your own!). I'm a creature of habit so almost everything I make involves some form of mint and peach, this project was of course no exception.  
Create your own Do Not Disturb Sign with Cricut and a Cereal Box!
Design Space will prompt you to print the sticker paper first. Be sure to load your sticker paper according to your printers settings. 
Create your own Do Not Disturb Sign with Cricut and a Cereal Box!
After it's printed, put your sticker paper on your mat and cut it on the "sticker paper" cut setting. Your machine will read the registration marks and cut the sticker beautifully.Create your own Do Not Disturb Sign with Cricut and a Cereal Box!
To cut the cereal box, I trimmed it down to only use the front of the box. To my surprise, Design Space has a "cereal box" setting!  
Because of it's thickness, I was afraid it wouldn't stay on my mat, but it did!
Create your own Do Not Disturb Sign with Cricut and a Cereal Box!
To be safe, I ran the cut twice (which you can do for any project by simply hitting the "go" button again after the first cut). 

Using some spray paint, I painted the sign. 
Create your own Do Not Disturb Sign with Cricut and a Cereal Box!
Then, let the paint dry and once it is dry, add your sticker and you're done!
Create your own Do Not Disturb Sign with Cricut and a Cereal Box!
Now no one will try to bother you while you're crafting!

To create the project yourself, click HERE.

I can't wait to see what next months material is going to be! 
Be sure to check out all the other fun projects made in the Create with Cricut Challenge!
Check out the Create with Cricut Challenge!



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