Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Mom Gift with Cricut! (+ free file!)

I've got a super fun Cricut DIY today! 
I don't know about you, but it seems like everyone I know is pregnant or just recently had a baby. Seriously though, in my Bachelor/Bachelorette fantasy league alone, 3 of the 10 girls have had or are having a baby in the last six months alone! Funny enough, they are all girls so we are already saying they are the next generation of the Bachelor/Bachelorette fantasy league. Haha. 
Anyways, that being said, I wanted to create a fun DIY for all the new moms out there! 
Although I'm not a mom myself, I thought about what I would want as a new mom and the answer was simple... booze!

So I created this simple DIY New Mom Survival Kit!
Check out this adorable DIY New Mom Survival Kit!

Supplies

-Booze! (mini bottles or cans)
-Paper Mache Box
-Basket Filler
- Printable Sticker Paper
-Cricut Explore Air 2
-Standard Grip Mat
-Gold Adhesive Foil
-Cricut Transfer Tape
-Champagne Flute
-Inkjet Printer (this is the one I use)

I found these adorable Babe Rosé with bubbles cans at Total Wine (my fav spot for adult beverage shopping). I loved that they were a simple shape and color so I could create anything I wanted for the labels! You can pick up a paper mache box at your local craft store, Amazon, or, if you're like me, you may have a few just laying around. Same goes for the basket filler
Check out this adorable DIY New Mom Survival Kit!
Check out this adorable DIY New Mom Survival Kit!
Check out this adorable DIY New Mom Survival Kit!
I created each label in Cricut Design Space. The software is so simple and user friendly that I actually do most of my designing there, even for non-Cricut projects! Not to mention, it's free! 
I came up with some funny little sayings to go on each one. 
Check out this adorable DIY New Mom Survival Kit!
After creating the labels and putting them on each can I kind of just felt something was missing... a custom champagne flute! Luckily I bought this box of stemless champagne flutes earlier this year to have on hand for just this occasion! After discussing with one of my mom friends, I decided to simply put "Mom Life" on the flute. I thought that perfectly summed it up. 
Check out this adorable DIY New Mom Survival Kit!
Check out this adorable DIY New Mom Survival Kit!
The very best part of this project is, I've done all the work for you! 
All you have to do is open the project in Cricut Design Space and hit go!

To open this project in Cricut Design Space click here

Check out this adorable DIY New Mom Survival Kit! (With FREE cut files!)
Print then cut labels have quickly become one of my favorite type of Cricut projects (you can see other's that I've created here, here and here). It makes customizing anything so easy! 
Check out some of these other great label projects in Cricut Design Space!

As always, if you try out this project, I'd love to see it!
If you post it to social, be sure to tag @notsoclishea and use #notsoclishea
Also, if you have any questions about the project, don't hesitate to ask!

I'm also SO excited to announce that for the month of September I'm going to be doing a 
Back to School Cricut Basics series where I'll be sharing tips and tricks to using your Cricut! So keep an eye out for that!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. 
The opinions and text are all mine. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Meet the Maker: Elaine of InkLane

Happy Monday! I'm finally back with another installment of my "Meet the Maker" series! 
Today I'm introducing you to Elaine of Ink Lane Design! 
Meet the Maker! Elaine of InkLane Designs!
I first came across Elaine last year when I was deciding on Christmas cards. I knew I wanted to do something different than the traditional photo card that we'd been doing for years. I found her Etsy shop and loved her work (especially of pets). Since it was our first year with our new little additions (Scully & Mulder) I definitely wanted to include them. Luckily, with a print, vs. a photo, you're guaranteed to have your pets cooperate. ;) The card ended up PERFECT, I even had her incorporate some red with Sam's favorite University of Alabama hat. 
How awesome is this custom Christmas card from InkLane Designs!
Our dogs are somewhat unusual looking so, the fact that they looked so spot on was incredible! Truth be told, that's all I really even cared about! I loved the card so much I even ordered a print for our home.
How awesome is this custom print from InkLane Designs!
But enough about me, let's introduce you to Elaine!

Tell me a little bit about yourself. 

I'm a Canadian-born illustrator living in San Diego county! I moved to California after I got married and fell in love with California's people, food, weather, and endless things to do. I have my Bachelor's in Graphic Design but have since gravitated toward illustration. For as long as I can remember I've had a knack for all things creative and am always in search of a new outlet! My work is mostly digital based but I also love painting and crafting.

What is it that you make and how did you get started?

I run an Etsy shop with a variety of goodies, but my biggest seller is illustrated family and pet portraits! The first one I ever made was a Christmas gift for my brother and sister-in-law's family a few years ago. I was still working a full-time design job and never intended on selling portraits but my husband encouraged me to put them up for sale and voila! A year later I was able to quit my job to run my business full-time. It's been a whirlwind ever since and though it seriously pains me to look back on my early portraits, it is so cool to see how far I've come.
Check out this incredible work from InkLane Designs!
Loves: My husband, dogs and kitty; national parks; sunny days; soft serve ice cream; wine-tasting; thrifting; road trips.

Hates
Paperwork and peas.

Any Guilty Pleasures: 
Carne Asada fries when I'm in California and Poutine when I'm back in Canada!

Cocktail of choice
Ordinarily I'd say Savignon Blanc or Moscow Mules, but I'm 7 months pregnant so I make a mean glass of lemon water these days.

What advice to you have for fellow makers? Make goals for yourself and keep yourself accountable! Especially when you have some initial success, it's easy to become complacent and forget to push yourself. And even more important is to have people in your life to encourage and challenge you.
Thank you Elaine for being a part of this Meet the Maker series! 
And for creating a wonderful print that I absolutely adore!
Be sure to check out her  Instagram // Facebook // Etsy Shop 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites!

Hi friends! Sorry I've been a little MIA... After spending the first half of last week at the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon, I spent the rest of the week playing catch up which was immediately followed by my dog spending three days at the emergency vet. I think I am finally recovering from it all and thankfully, I have a weekend ahead of me that is free of plans! It's sad how excited I get over NOT having plans. Haha. I have found some awesome things around the web this week though that I wanted to share with you so here's another installment of my Friday Favorites! 
Check out these Friday Favorites from Not So Cli-Shea!

1 DIY Copper Pipe Wardrobe Stand: Technically this is a "bridal DIY" but... how great would it be just for your daily life?! I love the industrial/modern look of the copper piping. I may have to try this DIY out for myself. // 2 Sputnik Chandelier- I've been trying to modernize my space lately. I started by getting a new couch and now everything else is looking extra drab, like our dining room chandelier that is probably about 7 years old and is looking its age. I have this little beauty sitting in my Amazon cart waiting to come home with me. // 3 Coffee Table- I had to get a new modern looking coffee table to match my new modern sofa. Truth be told, this coffee table matches its price. It's not the most sturdy, but I love the mid-century modern look of it. It definitely brightens up the space. // 4 Moroccan Pouf- I've always loved these and they go with the new "vibe" that I'm going for. They're another one sitting in my Amazon cart. // 5 Succulent Gift Card Holders- are these not the CUTEST?! I'm planning to whip a bunch of these up this weekend just to have on hand in a pinch. Such an adorable way to jazz up a simple gift card!

And that's it! That rounds out these weeks favorites! Have you come across anything this week worth sharing? As always, I'd love to see it! 

This post does contain affiliate links – which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase one of these items, at no extra cost to you!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon!

I am back! You guys! I spent the first half of the week in Salt Lake City, Utah for the Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon and saying it was amazing is the understatement of the century! I met some wonderful people, learned some incredible things and MOST importantly, learned all about the new products! I did a Facebook live showcasing all of them and wanted to share it with you guys! It was my first live video so I was super nervous (as you can tell) but it was so much fun!  

I can't wait to get my hands on these amazing new tools and look forward to sharing projects with you using them! Thank you so much to Cricut for inviting me out to this incredible event! I plan to share more from the event but wanted to start by giving you this exclusive sneak peak!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DIY Hanging Wall Banner with Cricut!

It's finally time for another DIY!
And it's a Cricut DIY so I'm of course super excited to get to share it with you!

My bestie recently had her second baby and she decided to move her oldest out of the nursery and into her "big girl room". I've been enjoying helping her with little projects to make the room her own. From helping hang the vinyl wall decals, to creating some custom embroidery hoops of their dogs. (You can see the whole room tour here.) She recently asked me if I could help with one more project and I of course said yes! She wanted a custom hanging wall banner that said "Big Sister". I had never made anything like that before but I was up for the challenge!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
It ended up turning out super cute! It was such a fun and simple DIY, I decided to share it with you all too so you can make you own! My version does require some sewing but, it can easily be done with a no sew tape or fabric glue.

This post contains affiliate links, which means, if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I’ll receive a percentage of the sale as compensation. The good news? It doesn’t cost you any extra! 
All opinions are my own.

Supplies:
1/2 Yard Fabric of choice (A fat quarter is ideal if your fabric store cuts them.)
(I chose this adorable flamingo pattern)
Sewing Machine (or no sew tape/fabric glue if you'd prefer not to sew)
Thread (I went with white to keep it simple, but a fun contrasting color would be cute too)
Scissors and/or Rotary Cutter
Iron
Ruler
Wooden Dowel
Bakers Twine (you could also use ribbon or yarn, its totally up to you)
Cricut Explore Air 2
Iron on Vinyl ( I used black glitter)
Pressing Cloth
Cricut Cutting Mat
Weeding Tool
Cricut BrightPad (optional)

The beauty of this project is that you can really make this banner any size you'd like! The banner itself just needs to be able to fit onto your dowel. They sell packs of wooden dowels cut to about 12 inches at your local craft store. They also sell single dowels that go up to 36 inches so you really can make them any size. As for your fabric, it's a pretty good rule of thumb, once you decide on a size, to add about an inch to all four sides to allow for your seam allowance, as well as the channel at the top for the dowel. For my banner, I wanted the final product to be about 10 x 12, so I cut a 12 x 14 piece of fabric. Using a rotary cutter and a ruler (or scissors) cut your fabric to size.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
To cut the "tail", the easiest way to do this, is by folding the fabric in half right sides together, and cutting in an upward diagonal from the fold out. Based on the size of my banner, I went to about the 4 inch mark. See photo.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Then you are going to fold over and press all of the edges except for the top. For a more finished look, I like to fold over each edge twice. Here is a photo of both once and twice so you can see the difference. It's totally up to you though. Remember... you'll want to leave the top portion unpressed for now.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Sew, glue or no sew tape all pressed sides.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Grab your dowel and place it on the top of your banner. Fold over the top edge to see how much space you need to be sure it fits in the channel. Remove the dowel and sew closed. We're almost done!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Now for the fun part! Using Cricut's Design Space, and some fun free fonts, I created this design using lyrics from a Kasey Musgraves song, but you could design anything you'd like! Just make sure your design fits onto your banner. 
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Using your Cricut Explore Air 2, cut out your design. Since you are cutting iron on, don't forget to mirror it, and cut it with the shiny side down.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Once your machine is done cutting, weed your design. I used my brand new BrightPad for this! It made weeding so much easier!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Once you're done weeding, follow the manufacturer's instructions to iron your design onto your banner, using a pressing cloth.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
 And voila! A totally custom hanging wall banner!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!

Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
 I just love the way the black glitter iron on looks!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
 And because you can use any fabric and any iron on vinyl, with any design you want, the possibilities really are endless!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
And check out this awesome watercolor version that I found in Cricut Design Space!

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Use these affiliate links to get everything you need for this project!

     

  
If you try out this project, I'd love to see it! 
If you post it to social, be sure to tag @notsoclishea and use #notsoclishea! 

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

Yay! It's Friday! I've got some fun stuff planned for this weekend so I've been counting down the days until this weekend all week. For this weeks favorites, I decided to curate exclusively from Etsy. There are so many wonderfully unique artisans on there (myself included), I could spend hours just perusing. So let's get into it shall we?
Check out this weeks favorite things on the blog!

Dachshund Return Address Stamp: It's no surprise I'm a doxie lover. This return address stamp is definitely a must.  // 2 Pet Portrait: I have two wonderful canvas prints of my beloved Beamer and Lexie but don't have anything for my current dogs, Scully and Mulder. Getting one of these prints of them, I think would be perfect. // 3 Cactus Print: Are you surprised I included something cactus related in a favorites post? Probably not. This print is just adorable and I love the added element of the polka dots! // 4 Dog Tags: I honestly have never seen more beautiful dog tags. The options are usually so limited. Not only does this shop have these gorgeous marble tags, there are so many other amazing ones to choose from, I highly suggest you check them out! // 5 Doxie Mug: This mug looks so dang much like my Lexie Poo that I literally almost cried when I came across it. It's going on my wishlist for sure.

And there you have it! This weeks favorites!I hope you enjoyed them!
Have a happy and safe weekend!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Meet the Maker: Kerri of Little Berry Clothing

Happy Monday! I'm back with another installment of my "Meet the Maker" series. Today I'm introducing you to Kerri of Little Berry Clothing! 
Kerri and I are actually family! If I have the family tree right, her mother and my mother are cousins, which makes us... third cousins? Maybe? Haha. Kerri is an incredibly talented seamstress. I've dabbled in sewing and can do pretty basic things but she can do it all! Her baby leggings are absolutely adorable and her women's fashion is to die for (I personally have my eye on this kimono). But enough from me, let's hear from her!

Tell me a little bit about yourself. 

What is it that you make and how did you get started?

I am a seamstress and clothing designer. I decided to take up sewing when I was pregnant with my second son, who is now 6. I just decided to learn one day... maybe I was hardcore nesting? I bought a sewing machine and watched a ton of YouTube videos. Currently, I make clothing for babies and women. The majority of my business is my baby clothing line and I have just recently began to sell my women's clothing.


I use Etsy as one of my selling venues. My main shop is www.littleberryclothing.etsy.com

And my recently opened shop is www.kerribrenfashion.etsy.com

Loves: I am very family oriented and above all I love my family. While I run my business full time I am also a mother to four boys! They are ages 8 years, 6 years, 4 years and 8 months old. I also have an amazing husband who is my number one supporter. Having him believe in me and my vision has been huge to me in growing my handmade company.

Hates
The sound of people chewing!

Any Guilty Pleasures: 
Oh man, buying fabric. I love fabric. I buy fabric for my business, I buy fabric for myself, I buy fabric for my kids, I buy fabric for all the amazing ideas I have that  do not have time for. I borderline have a problem. OK I probably do have a problem! I am obsessed with fun and quirky or beautiful prints.

Cocktail of choice
Wine. Sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio all the way. After my typical day of sewing, filling orders, shipping orders and then putting on my mom hat and getting errands ran, dinner cooked, homework done, baths and nighttime routine - WINE is my saving grace!


What advice to you have for fellow makers? 
Be true to you and whatever it is that pulls at you... follow it. As a clothing designer it can be difficult to not get carried away with "What's trendy right now?" vs "What is my vision?" Of course, I want to stay on trend to an extent, but when I make something that is 100% me and I just let my creativity flow it feels amazing. There will always be someone interested in your unique style or taste and those people will likely be your biggest fans or most loyal customers.
Thank you Kerri for being a part of this Meet the Maker series! We seriously need to set up a sewing date!
Be sure to check out her Little Berry Instagram // Kerri Bren Fashion Instagram // Facebook // Little Berry Clothing Etsy Shop // Kerri Bren Fashion Etsy Shop