Wednesday, August 15, 2018

DIY Stamps with Cricut

 Yay! It's time for another installment of the "Create with Cricut Challenge"! If you didn't get a chance to see my previous projects for the challenge you can find my felt project here, my cereal box project here, my burlap project here,  my tissue paper project here, my paint chip project here,  my leather project here and my wrapping paper project here!

If you're new around here and unfamiliar with the challenge, each month there is a new mystery material and using my Cricut, I make something using it! Isn't that fun?? This month, the material is craft foam! I'll be honest, I haven't used craft foam probably in the last two decades so it's one of the few materials I didn't already have in my stash. So I went to my local craft store to pick some up and when I did, I came up with the idea of creating some custom stamps!
Did you know you can create your own CUSTOM stamps with Cricut?!

Supplies

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Craft Paint (optional) (I used Martha Stewart in: Pea Shoot, Wild Salmon & Date Night Pink)
Wooden items (can be found at any craft store)

In the wood section I was able to find several great stamp worthy shapes. (It's super important to make sure they lay flat so that they stamp properly.) I picked up a circle, a rectangle and an oval. I was also able to find what I think were meant to cap off dowels that I decided to use as the stamp handle. With the Maker you can also cut basswood and balsa wood to create your own totally custom wooden pieces but I decided to go the easy route for this one. 

As always I started by setting my canvas, meaning a recreated the object I was designing for so that I could visually see how it would look. You can see below the tan pieces are my wooden pieces. This makes it so much easier for sizing. 
Did you know you can create your own CUSTOM stamps with Cricut?!
Once you're happy with your designs, you can click "make it". Choose your machine and search for "craft foam". 
Did you know you can create your own CUSTOM stamps with Cricut?!
Through some trial and error I found that the knife blade works WAY better than the deep cut blade, so I recommend clicking "edit tools" and changing to the knife blade for this project. 
Did you know you can create your own CUSTOM stamps with Cricut?!
Once "edit tools" is chosen you can easily select the knife blade. 
Did you know you can create your own CUSTOM stamps with Cricut?!
Put your craft foam on a strong grip mat and don't forget to move the star wheels all the way to the right so they don't leave any marks on your craft foam. **If you are doing any text, be sure to mirror your image. It shouldn't matter too much as you should be able to flip it over even if you forget, but worth noting.**

Once your craft foam is cut, add some spray adhesive to the backside and stick it to your wooden piece. Once it's on you can add your handle using some E6000. I painted the handles to give them a pop of color but that step is totally optional. 

And just like that, you've got your own custom stamps!
Did you know you can create your own CUSTOM stamps with Cricut?!
 Doing this project I realized I could really use a new collection of stamp pads and now that I know I can make my own stamps, I think it's time to invest in some!
Did you know you can create your own CUSTOM stamps with Cricut?!
 If you create your own stamps I'd love to see them!
Did you know you can create your own CUSTOM stamps with Cricut?!
Be sure to come back next month when the material will be wood! I'm so excited about it!




Wednesday, July 25, 2018

DIY Matching Gift Tags with Cricut

 Get excited because it's time for another installment of the "Create with Cricut Challenge"! If you didn't get a chance to see my previous projects for the challenge you can find my felt project here, my cereal box project here, my burlap project here,  my tissue paper project here, my paint chip project here and my leather project here!

If you're new around here and unfamiliar with the challenge, each month there is a new mystery material and using my Cricut, I make something using it! Isn't that fun?? This month, the material is wrapping paper! I really tried to think out of the box with this project so I decided to use my favorite Cricut feature, the print then cut feature to create custom gift tags that match your favorite wrapping paper!
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
It's no secret that I'm a major gift wrap junkie. I LOVE wrapping gifts. I don't know what it is, but I still remember my mom teaching me how to perfectly fold the corners in and I've loved it ever since. Maybe it's because receiving gifts is one of my love languages and so it's also how I like to show love, I don't really know, all I know is, I love it! Another thing that is no secret about me is how OCD I am about things matching and if you're the same, this DIY is definitely for you! Have you ever found the perfect wrapping paper and unable to find the perfect gift tags to match said wrapping paper? Well today, I'll teach you to make your own!

Supplies

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Printer (with a scanner)(I love this one)

You're going to start by scanning the gift wrap you want to use and then upload it as a pattern in Cricut Design Space. You can do this by clicking "upload" in the bottom left and then "Upload Pattern". Then decide on your tag, I really loved the "Purple Tag" from the Something to Celebrate cartridge. It's a two layer tag but I decided to only do the top layer. Once you chose a tag you'd like to use, change the cut symbol next to it to a print symbol, this is where you will find "patterns".
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
The pattern you uploaded should be at the top, click it. From here you can click edit at the bottom of the window and this screen will appear. 
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
As you can see, my pattern begins to repeat towards the bottom of the tag. I didn't like the look of that, so I decided to change the scare to 150 which essentially zooms into the pattern. You can play around with this until you're happy. You can also move your pattern horizontally, vertically, or even rotate or flip your pattern, so play around until you're happy with it. 

Once you are, you can click "Make it". I decided to fit as many tags as I could on one page so I'd have extras for the next time I used this wrapping paper.
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
Then, you're ready to print!
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
 Once you're done printing, put your paper on your mat and load it into your machine. It will do the rest for you!
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
 Easy peasy!
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
I also decided to use my handy dandy Crop A Dile and a gold eyelet for a little added polish. 
Create your own CUSTOM gift tags with Cricut!
So cute right?? This technique comes in handy at Christmas time, especially for someone like me who wants all my gifts to match. I've even used sticker paper to create custom sticker tags! So many possibilities!



Monday, July 16, 2018

Exciting Announcement!

It’s been a little quiet around here lately because I’ve been working on my biggest DIY to date! 
Baby Not So-Cli Shea coming in January!

Monday, July 9, 2018

DIY Bachelorette Luggage Tags with Cricut AND a Giveaway!

It's safe to say I'm pretty obsessed with today's project. I've teamed up with Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, my girl Carolina with 30 Minute Crafts, Jen with 100 Directions, and Jessica with Mad in Crafts to bring you a week filled with fun Cricut Iron On projects. They'll be posting projects every day this week and a bunch of us bloggers have joined in to post projects of our own so be sure to check them all out! AND my favorite brand, Cricut is going to giveaway an EasyPress, EasyPress Mat, and a selection of iron on products to one lucky winner! Keep reading to enter!

It's summertime and although I have no fun vacation plans in the foreseeable future (insert pouting face here) I still wanted to create something for those of you who ARE planning a getaway with your girls this summer with these fun Bachelorette Luggage Tags!
First, have you seen that my girl Jen over at Something Turquoise opened up a shop with the CUTEST digital files?? That's where I got today's adorable "I Do" and "I Do Crew" cut files

Supplies

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Fabric (Mine is from JoAnn)
Iron On Vinyl (I used Raspberry)
Suede Cord (This one is a great variety and value)
Cricut EasyPress (Or your iron)
Cricut EasyPress Mat
Sewing Machine (I just got this one and LOVE it)
Thread
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
As I'm sure you've heard by now, the Cricut Maker is life changing for any fabric enthusiast, which I definitely consider myself to be. Heck, I buy fabric even with no project in mind, just because I love it (in fact, its how I ended up with the fabric I used for this project!). 

To start this project, decide how many tags you will need, this will determine how much fabric you'll be needing. Be sure to cut two hexagons for each tag (one for the front and one for the back). Add heat n bond to the backside of your fabric in the size you will need to cut the right amount of hexagons, then apply it to your cutting mat. 
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
The new Cricut brayer has quickly become one of my favorite tools. It ensures that you have a good stick to your mat.
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
I believe I set my machine to "cotton, bonded" with extra pressure to cut my fabric. Your machine really does all the work for you!
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
See! Great cuts every time!
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Remove the backing from the Heat N Bond, place two pieces wrong sides together and press.
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Then using your Crop-a-dile, create your eyelet hole.
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Trying to stay close to the edge, and away from your eyelet hole, sew around the outside. I decided to use a bright pink thread for a fun contrast. This is really just a fun decorative detail since the heat n bond should keep the fabric together. 
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Then, you can add your eyelet. 
**I actually did this project two ways. First I did it by adding the eyelet after the iron on and second I did it before. Both ways work but I think it's actually easier to put it in after, so you don't have to worry about touching it when you're ironing.**
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Cut your iron on vinyl. I've seriously been obsessed with this Raspberry color lately. I've been putting it on everything!
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Find where you'd like to place your iron on vinyl and press in place using your EasyPress or your home iron. If you have already set your eyelet, be sure to steer clear of it while pressing. I thought it would be fun to add names to the other side of the tags so that they wouldn't get mixed up. I of course used my go to font these days, Better Together
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
Then add your suede. It's kind of personal preference, but I prefer to loop it by going in from the side that I want to be the front, I think it just has a cleaner look, but totally up to you!
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
And that's it! The most ADORABLE luggage tags perfect for your next bachelorette bash! And the best part is, they're totally customizable! You could use a fun buffalo plaid if you're going to the mountains or a coastal fabric if you're doing a beach getaway, or your kids favorite super hero if you want to add one to their backpack, it's totally up to you!
Create your own DIY Bachelorette Party Luggage Tags!
I can't wait to see what all the other bloggers create! 


Definitely don't forget to pop over to the Something Turquoise shop to check out more of her adorable digital files, they're a crafters dream!

And, if you're looking to score some Cricut Iron On goodness of your own, enter the giveaway here!
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Saturday, June 30, 2018

DIY Leather Keychain with Cricut!

 Well, it's officially time for another installment of the "Create with Cricut Challenge". If you didn't get a chance to see my previous projects for the challenge you can find my felt project here, my cereal box project here, my burlap project here,  my tissue paper project here, and my paint chip project here!

If you're new around here and unfamiliar with the challenge, each month there is a new mystery material and using my Cricut, I make something using it! Isn't that fun?? This month, the material is leather! I'll be honest, I had never actually worked with leather before, so I was pretty excited. 
Create your own custom DIY Leather Keychains with Cricut!
I had heard that the Cricut machines could cut leather but I was still a little skeptical, so I was eager to try it myself. 
I immediately thought to try a custom keychain because I'm always losing my keys at the bottom of my purse, hence why I made this keychain. To my surprise, it totally worked and I love the way they turned out! 

Supplies

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Cricut Leather ( I used the metallic gold)
Iron On Vinyl (I used white)
E6000 glue (this stuff is seriously the best)
Keychain Ring (Not pictured)
Cricut Deep Point Blade (this is a must, for either machine)
Keychain Ring (I'll be honest, I just took apart an old keychain I had from a San Francisco trip I took years ago, but you can find them at any craft store or on Amazon)
Pliers (These are my fav, so cute right!?)
Cricut EasyPress (Or your iron)
Create your own custom DIY Leather Keychains with Cricut!
I designed the file for you so all you have to do is go into my project in Cricut Design Space and click "Make It"!
Create your own custom DIY Leather Keychains with Cricut!
A few tips for working with leather: Be sure to put the leather with the pretty side down. This prevents it from covering your mat with all that debris from the backside. Also, you're going to want to trim it down to about 11 inches wide and move all of your star wheels (the white ones) to the right side of the machine so that they don't indent your material. And lastly, don't forget that deep point blade! It's black so its easy to spot, you'll need this to cut your leather. And that's it! Let the machine do the hard part for you!
Create your own custom DIY Leather Keychains with Cricut!
 Voila! It cuts beautifully!
Create your own custom DIY Leather Keychains with Cricut!
From there just add a thin layer of the E6000 glue to the entire hexagon shape, be sure to leave the loop part free of glue, because this will be where you add your key ring. Place the leather under something heavy, like a book or in my case, a giant stack of cardstock haha to let it dry. To let it cure properly, I let mine sit for about a day. 
Then, the fun part, the customization! With Cricut you can really customize anything! To be honest, I'm not sure that ironing on leather is really encouraged but I went for it anyway, I just was very cautious about it, so use your own discretion, being careful not to burn the leather. I decided to simply add my name (in my new favorite font of course). 
Once you're done adding your iron on vinyl, time to add your key ring and you're good to go!
Create your own custom DIY Leather Keychains with Cricut!
This project is a super quick and easy way to make something totally custom to jazz up your keys! You can choose any colors leather that you want and add your favorite vinyl (I've currently been crushing on Raspberry)! Don't forget to share if you create this project yourself!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Royal Wedding Watch Party Printables

Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm sure you know that tomorrow is the big day... the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!! I still remember where I was when I watched Prince William and Princess Kate's wedding. So I wanted to create some fun (free!) printables for anyone who wanted to celebrate the royal occasion in style! Using my trusted Canon printer and their amazing photo paper (seriously, I can't stress enough what a crazy difference this makes go get vivid color and that crisp look), I was able to whip all these fun party items together in no time!
Check out these FREE Royal Wedding Watch Party Printables!

Cupcake Toppers

Because no party is complete without cake... er... cupcakes rather, these toppers are a must! Since the wedding will actually be starting at 4:00am in my time zone, I may be putting them in donuts.
Check out these FREE Royal Wedding Watch Party Printables!

Banner

So I know Meghan well likely never actually be queen herself, but this "YAS QUEEN" banner seemed too appropriate not to include, right?
Check out these FREE Royal Wedding Watch Party Printables!

Drink Flags

These sweet and simple drink flags are the perfect finishing touch for your Royal Wedding watch party!
Check out these FREE Royal Wedding Watch Party Printables!

Click HERE for the cupcake toppers.
Click HERE for the banner.
Click HERE for the drink flags. 

Check out these FREE Royal Wedding Watch Party Printables!
I hope you enjoyed these fun free printables! Are you planning to have a watch party of your own? I'd love to hear about it! And if you use any of our printables, be sure to tag your photos with #notsoclishea so that I can see them!
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