Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Stocking Making Party with Cricut EasyPress AND a Maker Giveaway!

Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
As I'm sure you've seen, all this week I'm sharing fun DIY projects for a Girly Stocking Making Brunch. I started by showing you how to make the stockings using the Cricut Maker and this easy Design Space Project. 
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut!
Today, I'm showing you how to customize them with Cricut's new EasyPress!

To save a little time (and headache) I went ahead and premade all of the stockings myself, which, with the new Cricut Maker, was a BREEZE! 
(No joke, I made 6 in an evening and DIDN'T want to rip my hair out!)
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut Maker!
Using my Cricut Maker, I was able to cut everyone's names out of fun corresponding iron on vinyl! Cricut has so many iron on options, its hard to decide! So I couldn't! I cut everyone's names out of both Iron-on Lite in White and Foil Iron-on in Light Gold. (I also cut them out of both a a script font (Chalkboard, available in Cricut Access) and a serif font (Straight & Simple, also available in Cricut Access). 
I, of course, made a couple of cute vinyl signs while I was at it!
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
All the girls had SO much fun customizing their stockings! 
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
The REAL fun though was showing them all the new EasyPress! None of them had even seen the new EasyPress, let alone had a chance to play with it, so it was so exciting! I explained to them all how it takes all of the guesswork out of iron on vinyl! Depending on your fabric and iron on vinyl type, you choose your settings and time and just like that, you're done! Pretty sure I saw them all add it to their Christmas lists. :)
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
My favorite part is always the reveal!
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
And just like that... totally custom stockings! You can, of course, do this to store bought stockings as well but why, when you can make your own!Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
Create your own CUSTOM stockings with Cricut EasyPress!
Also... I've got some exciting news! If all my talk about the new Cricut Maker has you wanting one of your own... here's your chance to WIN one! Enter below for a chance to win!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!

By now I'm sure you've seen the new Cricut Maker machine in all it's glory. I've been singing the praises of Cricut since my very first Explore machine but the new Maker just takes crafting to a whole new level. As you may have seen yesterday, this past weekend, I hosted a fun Girly Stocking Making Brunch, the secret weapon behind the stocking making... the Cricut Maker of course! 
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
 Using a very simple (and FREE!) Design Space project, I was able to whip these babies up in no time!
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
A simple Design Space search for "Stocking" brings up this project.
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
All you have to do is follow the instructions they provide and you'll have a custom stocking in no time! I did end up customizing the pattern a bit to make it more to my liking and I'll show you how I did that.

Supplies Needed

1/2 yard of fabric for outside
1/2 yard of fabric for lining
Corresponding thread
8 inches of ribbon for hanging loop
Scissors or rotary blade
Iron
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
My fabric loaded onto my pink 12 x 24 fabric mat. 
Since I decided not to do the heel and toe detail (because, let's be honest, I didn't want to spend the extra time) I just went ahead and cut mats 1 and 2 twice (once for the outside of the stocking and once for the lining of the stocking... as you can see below) and skipped mats 3-5.
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
So I ended up with four cuts... two of the lining and two of the outside. 
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
 Another element of the stocking that I didn't personally like is that there was no hanging loop... so I added one! I simply took a piece of ribbon (about 8 inches long) folded it in half, and pinned it at about a 45 degree angle facing down four inches down on the back side of the lining and then sandwiched it between both lining pieces (right sides together).
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
(In the picture it's shown on top just to show you placement.) 
 Then, just follow the rest of the directions given in Design Space and you'll have an adorable (and SUPER easy) new stocking!

Once the stockings were made, the real fun began... the customization! 
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
Easy DIY Stockings with the NEW Cricut Maker!
Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how you can use the new EasyPress to customize your new stocking!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Girly Stocking Making Brunch!

YOU GUYS! I'm so stinkin' excited about what I'm sharing with you this week! I can't even contain myself! If you know me, you know I have a love of stockings. Growing up, they were always my absolute favorite part of Christmas. For some reason, they were even more exciting than all of the gifts! My grandma had a way of finding all of the very best little nick nacks that you didn't even know you needed. It's a tradition that I have always loved and continue today. Hopefully one day I'll be the grandma that gives the best stockings too! 

So, that being said, this year I wanted to have all of my best girlfriends over for a fun stocking making brunch! I'm going to be sharing some of the fun elements throughout the week but today I'll just share a few of my favorite snaps. Be sure to check back the rest of the week for all of the fun DIYs!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
How fun is this Girly Stocking Making Brunch?!
It was SO much fun. Crafting and my friends are two of my favorite things, put them together (with some donuts and cocktails) and it's a perfect day! Be sure to tune in the rest of the week as I share all of the fun DIY's!