Thursday, February 13, 2020

Vinyl Record Valentine with Cricut

Last Valentine's day I was still in a newborn fog, unsure what day it was. I certainly wasn't making any Valentine's. And while this year, I'm still figuring out all this mom stuff, I got my you-know-what together enough to make little Valentine's for Judes friends! (Let's be real, he's one, he doesn't have friends, its just my friends kids haha.) Anywho, if you didn't know, Jude is named after the Beatles song "Hey Jude". His dad is a huge Beatles fan and I'm a fan of somewhat unique names so, we landed on Jude. That being said, he has pretty much been forced into liking music. His first birthday party was Beatles theme, he has gotten every instrument as a gift, and these valentines were no exception. I wanted something that incorporated a vinyl record. I looked high and low, I was even willing to just buy an .SVG on Etsy, but I couldn't find anything I loved so... I did what every crafty mama does... I created my own!
When I finished the design, I loved it so much I posted it to my Instagram, and everyone else seemed to love it too. I even got a comment from Justine Silva, Winner of season 2 of my favorite show, Making It!! I knew the only logical thing to do was to spread the love by sharing the file and that's what I'm here to do! So HERE is a link to the Cricut Design Space file. A couple of things to note, I didn't use Cricut fonts, so you may need to download the fonts I used to edit (they are KG Let Her Go and Better Together, both free fonts). Also, as the card is now, it says "Love, Jude". I'm sure you will want to change that, or just delete it all together if you prefer. And thats about it! Let me know if you have any questions, or trouble. I hope you enjoy this file! If you use it, I'd love to see it!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

25 Personalized Gifts for this Holiday Season with Cricut!

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



As someone with a unique name (Shea), I never found a license plate keychain or a souvenir on vacation with my name on... sure there would be Sharon, Shelly and Sheila, but never a Shea. Fast forward to 2014 when I got my first Cricut, the original Explore and the personalization potential was ENDLESS! I could now have my name on pretty much everything imaginable! I have since made countless personalized items using my Cricut, both for myself and my friends and family. There really is no greater gift that something that is custom made and personalized for the recipient. Today I'm rounding up 25 awesome gifts personalized with Cricut to make and give this holiday season!
Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
Let's start with this Personalized Stocking 
Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Not So Cli-Shea)
I shared this project with you a few weeks ago. As soon as my son was born, I already had his stocking on the brain (sure he was born in January and wouldn't need one for almost a year but it was still a necessity). Stockings are a big deal to me and if they are to you, a personalized stocking for a loved one is a must.

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
Now this isn't exactly a gift, but rather a way to adorn a gift. If you're a little bit extra (like me) when it comes to your gift wrapping, personalized ribbon is a must.

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Something Turquoise)
Are these not the most adorable wine charms you've ever seen? These make a perfect gift for the hostess in your life!

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Hey Let's Make Stuff)
This gift has so many wonderful personalized items, from the oven mitt, to the spoon, to the recipe tea towel... this gift might be the one that gets some tears. 

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Not So Cli-Shea)
Do you have a friend or family member who got married this year? Make them a personalized ornament to adorn their tree commemorating their big day!

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Laura's Crafty Life)
Did you know the Cricut Maker can ENGRAVE?! Game changer right!? Create custom charms for an adorable charm bracelet that any mom or grandma would be proud to wear. 

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Not So Cli-Shea)
Do you know someone who had a baby this year? A custom baby stat sign is such a sweet gift to give to help them remember all those precious little details from that day. 

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Not So Cli-Shea)
For that girlfriend whose purse is like Mary Poppins' handbag so she needs a little something extra to help her find her keys, this personalized keychain is a perfect gift or stocking stuffer. 

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Hello Splendid)
Have a beer loving dad in your life? Then he might need a pair (or two) of these personalized socks. 

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Not So Cli-Shea)
This can be for a new Mrs to commemorate her big day or a bride to be to wear while she gets ready!

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Not So Cli-Shea)
This wall hanging was created for a boss babe but really could be personalized to say literally anything!

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Twelve On Main)
This classic sign would be perfect for any family on your gift list. 

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Not So Cli-Shea)
Do you have a new mama on your Christmas gift list? This personalized robe and slipper set is calling her name. 

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: See Lindsay)
If you've got someone on your Christmas list that needs a break, this DIY sleep mask is sure to be a hit. 

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Not So Cli-Shea)
This is hands down one of my favorite projects. Perfect for the little ones in your life, create personalized finger puppets with all their favorite people (and animals!).

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Something Turquoise)
The perfect gift for newlyweds or a new homeowner!

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Small Stuff Counts)
This is one of those gifts that is perfect for the person who has everything, because literally everyone could use one of these (or several of these). They'd make great gifts or stocking stuffers!

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Club Crafted)
For your friend, the jet setter, these luggage tags would be perfect!

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Karley Hall for Cricut)
Coupling resin with Cricut vinyl makes this project look so professional!

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Lemon Thistle)
Is there anything sweeter than using your kiddo's handwriting on a personalized gift? (The answer is no.)

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Tastefully Frugal)
Looking for the perfect gift for your pregnant friend or new mama friend? A custom milestone blanket is PERFECT!

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Pretty Providence)
Because who couldn't use a night in gift basket?

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Taryn Whiteaker)
Don't you just love the modern look of these signs? These might end up on my own Christmas wish list. 

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Lemon Thistle)
Perfect for the dog lover in your life. 

Check out this list of 25 Personalized Gifts you can make with your Cricut!
(Source: Not So Cli-Shea)
Add a little personalization to someone's wall with a custom wall hanging. This one was created for a big sister to be but the personalization options are endless. 

And that rounds out my 25 personalized gifts to give this holiday season using your Cricut! I can't wait to get to making, what about you?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

DIY Personalized Stockings with Cricut Maker

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

So I know that we haven't even gotten to Thanksgiving (or even Halloween) yet but it's my baby's first Christmas so I'm already in full on Santa mode over here. After becoming a "grown up" (if I can even call myself that) I definitely lost my Christmas cheer. Christmas became more about stressing over what gifts to get for everyone and trying to squeeze in family time with all of the family possible (which gets even harder when you get married because then you have twice as much family). But THIS year... I get to see the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a little one and the thought of it literally makes me a little misty eyed, not gunna lie. 


If you've known me for any period of time you know that growing up I loved stockings. My grandma was the ultimate stocking stuffer(er?) and would fill our stockings with the most wonderful little trinkets and treasures. Our stockings were knit stockings and were seriously like Mary Poppins' bag, the more stuff you'd put in them, the bigger they'd stretch so it felt like it was never ending! It's because of those wonderful memories that stockings, to this day, are still my absolute favorite parts of Christmas. 

Several years ago I made some stockings for my husband Sam and myself. I painstakingly cut the pattern by hand and sewed them all together. And then, I went to the Cricut Mountain Makathon where they announced the Cricut Maker, and that it was able to cut FABRIC! My very first thought was, "I'll be able to make stockings so much easier!" And boy was I right. Obviously now with our new little, he needed a stocking of his own because even though my grandma is no longer with us, I have to keep her wonderful tradition alive!
Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!

Supplies

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Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!
 Begin by opening THIS PROJECT in Cricut's Design Space. *NOTE* I tweaked a few elements of the original project but I will share with you what I did (spoiler alert, I actually made it easier). 

Trim your fabric down to size to fit onto your mat. If your fabric has a pattern, be sure to pay attention to the direction of it so that you don't end up with a sideways pattern on your stocking. Load your fabric onto your fabric mat (pretty side down, if it has a pretty side). Use a brayer to get your fabric onto your mat. Then you simply choose your material when Design Space prompts you to and the rotary blade will work its magic and cut through the fabric beautifully!
Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!
 Look at that crisp cut!
Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!
Because I personally don't care for the toe and heel detail of the original Design Space project I simply went ahead and cuts mats 1 and 2 twice (once for the outside of the stocking and once for the lining of the stocking) and skipped mats 3-5.

So you'll end up with four pieces, two liners and two outer pieces.

Another element of the original project that I decided to tweak was, that it had no hanging loop! How can you "hang the stockings by the chimney with care" without a 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) before sewing them. (Step 5 in the Design Space project instructions)

Aside from those couple tweaks, simply follow the rest of the instructions given in Design Space and you'll have an adorable (and super easy) new stocking! 

But... you can't just end there... you have to personalize them of course! Cricut is the greatest tool I've ever had for personalization. Having a unique name, I was never able to get any personalized items "off the rack". A keychain with my name on it? Forget about it. Maybe that's why I love personalizing anything and everything with my Cricut, these stockings being no exception. Using some iron on vinyl and the new EasyPress Mini, I added my little mans name to his new stocking.
Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!
 I love the new EasyPress mini. Because of all the seams in my stocking, it was ideal for this project. (Plus, I love any excuse to use it, it just so stinkin' cute!) Follow the EasyPress Heat Guide settings to be sure you use your EasyPress at the correct heat and time.
Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!
 Remove the carrier sheet and voila! A totally personalized stocking! I can't wait to add this stocking to the mantle this year!
Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!

Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!

Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!

Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!

Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!

Create a personalized stocking in no time with Cricut Maker!
What holiday traditions do you have in your family? I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

DIY Personalized Ribbon with Cricut EasyPress Mini

If you're a Cricut fan, I'm sure you've seen the exciting news that they have a new product that they've added to the EasyPress family, the EasyPress Mini! It's so stinkin' cute! I thought the 6" x 7" size was cute but the Mini is even smaller and more adorable! (Why are small things so cute?) It's the perfect companion to the ever growing family of EasyPress machines.
When I first saw it, my mind started racing with ideas of ways to use it, (the first of which I'm sharing with you today). 
The new mini is perfect for small and unique projects that previous EasyPresses maybe couldn't accomplish (or that might have just been a little more challenging) like hats, shoes, shirt sleeves, cuffs and even stuffed animals! Like the EasyPress 2, the Mini offers an even heat plate (unlike a traditional iron that can vary in temperature by 200 degrees, crazy right?) and easy to use heat settings for effortless heat transfers. 
If you've known me for any amount of time, you know that I love giving gifts and a huge part of it is that I LOVE wrapping gifts. I think because my love language is receiving gifts, it's also my way of showing my love. The adorable new EasyPress Mini is perfect for personalizing your ribbon for gifts!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Post may contain affiliate links. This means if you buy the cool stuff I recommend, you still pay the same price, but I get a small commission. Everybody wins!


Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!


Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
It's a super fun way to add that little personal touch to your gifts. Not only can you add a fun sentiment, you can also use this technique in place of a gift tag as well! I've never been a fan of traditional gift tags, especially holiday ones because they usually clash with my wrapping paper and as a (self proclaimed) gift wrap aficionado, that just won't fly for me. (It's also a great way to add that "special" touch to gifts that come from the North Pole if you know what I mean ;) )

Supplies

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
Start by designing your file in Cricut's Design Space. Measure the height of your ribbon and make sure that your design fits before cutting. If you'd like to use any of my designs, HERE is my Design Space file.  
Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
Once you are ready to cut, lay your iron on material shiny side down on your mat. I find it easiest to roll it on. Select the correct material (or if you're using an Explore machine, set your dial) and don't forget to mirror your project before cutting!
Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
Then let your machine do it's thang. 
Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
Weed (or remove the negative space from) your design. I cut most of the designs several times so that I could have the sayings repeat on the ribbon but that's totally up to you. I also like the look of it just being on the tails too. 
Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
Using your weeding tool, remove all the little insides of the letters. Not gunna lie, this was a little time consuming, and I maaaaay have lost some (or all) of the dots for the i's, but the final result was just as cute, so it's all good. 
Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
Now time for the fun part!
The new EasyPress Mini is a little different from previous EasyPresses. It only has three settings and no timer so you'll want to check the Cricut Heat Guide to find out what setting to use for your project. It takes all of the guess work out of it! Because I was using glitter iron-on on a polyester ribbon, I used the medium heat setting on the EasyPress Mini for 25 seconds. It also told me to use constant movement and light pressure. 
Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
The design is so ergonomic, it feels great in your hand!
Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
The heat guide recommended a warm peel, so, while the project was still warm, I removed the carrier sheet and the results were perfect!
Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
I had so much fun creating all these ribbons and can't wait to use this technique on all of my future gift giving! 
Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!

Create your own Personalized ribbon with Cricut's NEW EasyPress Mini!
I'm so excited to add the new EasyPress Mini to my crafting arsenal. I can't wait to keep testing the limits of this mini but mighty little guy! Let me know if you have any questions or any ideas for new ways I can use it!
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