Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop Recap

Several months ago, I hosted a Mother's Day Floral Arranging workshop with my friend and florist extraordinaire LeeLina Martin. In case you missed her Meet the Maker feature, I first met LeeLina when I was looking for a florist for my wedding. I don't know how common it is to stay in touch with your vendors after your wedding but we are well over two and a half years out at this point and I feel lucky I've gotten the opportunity to call her a friend. 

For months (if not years) I've been yearning to host crafting workshops. I have found little ways here and there, whether it's getting my girlfriends together to show them how to make Christmas stockings, or using my birthday as an excuse to make dream catchers. It has recently gained some popularity but most of the workshops I've seen are well out of my price range. I wanted to create something that was not only educational, but also affordable. When I racked my brain for what would be the perfect first workshop, LeeLina of course came to mind. I pitched the idea to her, and she loved it! We decided that with Mother's Day around the corner, that would be a great time to do it. So, with my idea in motion, it was time to find a venue. There is this local adorable party supply store called Wild Child Party & Supply. They have a great little space adjacent to their shop for events. I went out on a limb and called to see if it happened to be available the day before Mother's Day, and it was! We had a venue! Now all we needed was to fill the seats!
Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!
To our surprise (and excitement!) the event sold out! We were thrilled! We each did what we do best to prepare for the workshop. LeeLina got all the florals picked out, and I handled all the little details, like a custom sign for the event!
Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!
And the mimosa bar (with custom straws for each person). 
Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!
The florals that LeeLina brought were just to DIE for. The colors, the textures, everything was flawless!
Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!
Each guest even received their own set of clippers!
Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!
Everyone had so much fun with it!
Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!

Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!

Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!
 Even though everyone used the same flowers, everyone's arrangements ended up so unique!
Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!

Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!

Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!
I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls to be at my first workshop. 
Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!

Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!
 And most importantly, I couldn't have asked for a better instructor! I could seriously sit and brag about LeeLina all day, but don't worry, I won't. Not only is she a dream to work with, she is absolutely beautiful both inside and out. I can't wait to host another workshop with her!
Check out this fun Mother's Day Floral Arranging Workshop!
If you'd like to be added to the mailing list for future workshops, e-mail me at 
notsoclishea(at)gmail(dot)com 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Monstera Leaf Coasters with Cricut!

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I know that fall is officially here but, in Southern California, it still feels very much like summer and I'm trying to grasp onto those last rays of sunshine. Today's project is inspired by summer vibes.
Create these fun Monstera leaf coasters with the all new Cricut Maker!
I'm sure you've heard by now about Cricut's latest and greatest machine, the Cricut Maker
Introducing the new Cricut Maker!
And if you haven't... WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! It's only the greatest crafting tool to hit the scene since... well the Cricut Explore series! It is able to do everything that the Explore series can do AND MORE! All thanks to this little baby... the rotary blade. 
The revolutionary new Cricut Maker Rotary Blade!
Thanks to the rotary blade you are now able to cut fabric without a backer and even cut crepe paper! This little bad boy is a game changer! I wanted to test it out for this project so I decided to try something with felt.

Supplies

Create fun Monstera leaf coasters out of felt with the all new Cricut Maker!
So, even though the Maker does cut felt (amazingly so by the way), I found that Amber from Damask Love has the best tip for cutting felt. Go check out this video (at about the 7:30 mark) and she explains how to use transfer tape while cutting felt to preserve your mat! 

For this project, you can really use any image you'd like, I've just been crushing on Monstera leafs, so I decided to us this one. I measured my coasters and made sure my leaf shape would fit on them. My favorite way to do this is by adding a "mock up" of the item I'll be working on to my Design Space project... like this.
Create fun Monstera leaf coasters with the all new Cricut Maker!
Adding the circle that is the same size as my coaster, I'm able to size the Monstera leaf to perfectly fit, then I use the hide tool for the circle and then I hit go! I'll be honest, I held my breath as the machine worked because I had no idea what was going to happen, and how the felt was going to cut, but it worked! Once they were cut, I added some spray adhesive to the leafs, placed them on the coasters, and voila!
Create these fun Monstera leaf coasters with the all new Cricut Maker!
The perfect coasters for any plant lady (or in my case, aspiring plant lady haha). 
Create these fun Monstera leaf coasters with the all new Cricut Maker!

Create these fun Monstera leaf coasters with the all new Cricut Maker!

Create these fun Monstera leaf coasters with the all new Cricut Maker!

Create these fun Monstera leaf coasters with the all new Cricut Maker!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut . The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Back to School Cricut Basics: Q & A

It's Friday! Which means (sadly) that my week of Cricut basics is coming to an end. This has kind of just been the start of what I'm hoping to make a regular series because I gotta tell ya, as a Cricut newbie I very often found myself confused, frustrated and full of questions. If I can help someone feeling the same, it would make me so happy.

Let me start by saying, YouTube is your best friend. Almost everything I've learned about Cricut, I've learned from YouTube (and trial and error). The Cricut YouTube in particular is great. They have quick and simple tutorials for just about everything! I'm going to share some of my favorites.

Home Page Overview

Inserting Images

How To: Vinyl

How To: Iron on

How To: Cutting More than One Image
Say you're working on a design, for a party lets say... and you're happy with your design and ready to cut, but you need 40 of them. Rather than creating 40 in Design Space, from the "Make It" screen, you can choose how many you'd like to be cut, as you can see here. 
Cricut How-To: Cutting More than One Image

Cricut Glossary 

There are several words that get thrown around in the Cricut universe that if you don't know what they mean, you could be lost, so I created this glossary for you!

Mirror- For Iron on projects, you are going to want to mirror (or flip) your image or text so that when you go to iron it on, it is is the right direction and you do so from the "Make It" screen.
Cricut How-To: Mirroring for Iron-On
Print then Cut- Originally when Print then Cut was introduced, people were very confused because they didn't understand how their Cricut machine was going to print and that's because, it actually wasn't going to. Print then Cut is a feature that partners your home printer and your Cricut machine as the best duo since cherry and Coke flavored Slurpees. If you plan to do Print then Cut, I definitely recommend upgrading your printer if you don't have one you love. Thanks to my boss babe Jen, I have this one and love it. 
Transfer Tape- If you plan to do any vinyl projects, Transfer Tape is a must. As it says in the name, it helps you transfer your project from the backing to your project surface easily. Otherwise you would be attempting to place each piece individually by hand which i definitely do NOT recommend.
Weed- Weeding is removing the negative space from your project, which you can see me doing here:
Cricut How-To: Weeding Iron-On
You will weed with all vinyl and  iron on and projects. The new BrightPad makes weeding way easier.
Weld- When you hear the word weld, I'm sure you picture sparks flying and a huge welders mask. While this isn't exactly like that, it is actually very similar. It is how you tell your machine to bond two (or more) items together so that they cut as one. Here is an example...
Cricut How-To: Welding
As you can see... originally, each letter was going to cut separately, but I moved them all so that they were touching and then welded them to be cut as one. 

And that concludes my Back to School Cricut Basics week! I hope that you were able to find something useful within it. If you still have any question, please feel free to ask! I'd love to answer them! I'd also love to see your Cricut creations so be sure to tag me in them!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Back to School Cricut Basics: What Tools do I Need?

I'm back with even more back to school Cricut basics! Another question that I hear a lot from Cricut newbies is... 
What Cricut Tool do I Need??
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There are SO many different Cricut tools and accessories it's very easy to get overwhelmed while taking a stroll down the Cricut isle of your local craft store. So I've created a list of the five basic must haves. 
What Cricut Tool do I Need??
Cutting mats are essential. Every machine comes with a cutting mat or two but it's always good to have extra's on hand. 
What Cricut Tool do I Need??
Tool Set (Basic // Mint)
I'm sure you already have scissors in your crafting arsenal, but tools like the scrapper tool and the spatula tool are essential for doing things like, removing items from the mat or placing vinyl (the larger set also comes with a scoring tool which you'll want to have). 
What Cricut Tool do I Need??
Blades are your best friend and your worst enemy. There is nothing better than having a fresh blade, but, if your blade begins to dull it can ruin your project, so be sure to always have at least one replacement blade on hand for when that happens. 
What Cricut Tool do I Need??
If you plan on doing any vinyl projects, transfer tape is essential. Sometimes you're so excited about your vinyl project and you get home with your shiny new vinyl and you realize you have no transfer tape, and doing it without tranfer tape is just not an option. So be sure to stock up!
What Cricut Tool do I Need??
It may seem excessive, but trust me, you'll be glad you got it. And instead of wasting time and money figuring out what off-brand pens fit in the Cricut (which I've done), you know these fit perfectly. 

And that's it! There's my list of the top 5 essentials... sure I could make a case for why you need every Cricut product (I use this technique on myself every time I'm at the craft store haha). But these are the five essentials to get you started!

Be sure to leave any questions you may have because I'll be answering all questions tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Back to School Cricut Basics: What is Design Space?

If you've been following along in this weeks series, you have more than likely heard me reference Design Space. But what is it?  
What is Cricut Design Space??
It's Cricut's FREE design software! And it looks like this:
What is Cricut Design Space??
I know it can be a little intimidating using any sort of new program at first but Cricut's Design Space is pretty user friendly, especially since they rolled out the latest version, Design Space 3 (or DS3). It's so user friendly in fact, that even though I have Photoshop, I use Design Space for most of my designing needs. Here is a quick tour:
If I were to attempt to tell you all the great things you can do in the software, we'd be there all day so I recommend playing around with it! Use new tools! The one's most people are afraid of are slice, weld, attach, flatten and contour but each is an amazing tool for customizing your project.
Instead of going into each one, let me know if you have questions and I'll be sure to answer them on Friday!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Back to School Cricut Basics: What Can I Do with a Cricut Machine?

Today I'm back with even more Cricut basics! As I mentioned yesterdayI'm going to be spending the next week going over all the Cricut basics for anyone who has been considering buying a Cricut machine or maybe someone who has one but is too intimidated to play around with it. This is not a sponsored post. I am just a fangirl sharing my love of the product. So, lets dive in shall we!?

Today I'm going to be exploring...
What Can I Do with Cricut??
In the past, Cricut was mostly known as a papercrafting company, most used by scrapbookers and card makers. While sure, I've dabbled in both, I would never label myself as either so naturally, I steered clear of the brand. That is, until I saw the Explore. The capabilities of the Explore were so exciting to see! Being in full on wedding planning mode when I was researching the machine made it even more exciting because I could see my vision coming to life! (If you haven't yet, take a look at all the projects I created for my wedding using my Cricut.) And you know what's even more exciting?! The new Maker machine is able to cut even MORE than before. And with its new adaptive tool system, it will be able to adapt in the future. 

Here is a list of just some of the materials that Cricut can cut. 
What Can I Do with Cricut??
Top Row: Woven Burplap, Metallic Poster Board, Wool Felt, Balsa Wood, Linen
Middle Row: Glitter Vinyl, Cardstock, Pearl Paper, Holographic Sparkle Vinyl, Metallic Foil
Bottom Row: Denim, Light Glitter Paper, Cork Board, Iron-On, Genuine Leather

Can you believe it? And that is just a sampling, there are literally hundreds of materials and the list is growing every day! Cricut being a papercrafting brand is a thing of the past!

But wait! Cricut can do more than just cut! It can write! It can score! It can even cut out things you have printed from your home computer! I'll be honest, I think the Print then Cut feature is my current favorite. Here are some examples of how I've used it. 
What Can I Do with Cricut??
Here is a food tag that I made for a tropical themed party. Using Cricut's Design Space, I was able to add a pattern, cut and score them. (The gold foil was done with my Heidi Swapp Minc machine, which is a runner up for my favorite craft machine, after my Cricut). 
(Side note: a friend of mine thought these were escort cards and was like "Cole Slaw", what a cool name... I still laugh about it every time I see this photo.)
What Can I Do with Cricut??
Here is another great example of how I use the Print then Cut feature. I use it for my packaging! After designing in Design Space, my printer and my Cricut do all the work for me! They get printed, cut and scored!

I could literally spend days talking about everything you can do with a Cricut machine but I don't want to overwhelm you so I'll leave it at that for now. 
Tomorrow I'm going to be discussing what Design Space is!

Don't forget, if you have any questions, let me know! I'll be answering all your questions on Friday!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Back to School Cricut Basics: What is Cricut?

If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know that I am a Cricut lover. If you're not an avid crafter yourself, however, you may not even know what Cricut is. I'm going to be spending the next week going over all the Cricut basics for anyone who has been considering buying a Cricut machine or maybe someone who has one but is too intimidated to play around with it. This is not a sponsored post. I am just a fangirl sharing my love of the product. So, lets dive in shall we!?

Today I'm going to start very simple with...
What is Cricut??
At the heart of it, Cricut is a paper crafting company with die cutting and embossing machines. I'll be honest, before I started looking into buying a cutting machine for my wedding, I really hadn't heard of Cricut. While I had always considered myself a crafter, I had never really dove into paper crafting or scrapbooking and, to me, Cricut was for those people. But then the Explore happened. Before the Explore line, you had to purchase cartridges and you were only able to cut what you had a cartridge for. As a creative person, I don't like to have limitations on my creativity. The Explore changed all that. With the new Design Space software, cartridges were a thing of the past, and you could upload your own fonts, images, and even patterns!

Lets take a walk down memory lane to a time I'm going to refer to as "Before Explore". Cricut had several machines before the Explore line... here they are. 
What is Cricut?? Get to know the brand!
I'll be honest, I can't tell you much about these machines other than the fact that they take cartridges which was a huge turn off for me. I already have WAY too many craft supplies to house, I can't be storing (and finding when need be) cartridges. And, to be honest, something about the old machines looked a bit dated to me. But then came... the Explore. 
What is Cricut?? Get to know the brand!
I'm slightly embarrassed to admit, I own almost every version of the Explore (and even the new Maker!), and although they may look very similar, Cricut has made leaps and bounds with each new machine and the abilities of the new Maker are astounding!

Be sure to check back in tomorrow, I'll be diving into what you can do with Cricut!