Thursday, April 2, 2020

Ten Little Ways to Make Your Gifts Special with Cricut Joy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm sure by now you've all heard about Cricut's latest machine, the Cricut Joy. And if you haven't, allow me to introduce you.

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

Isn't she adorable? (Yes, I refer to her as a she, because with a name like "Joy" it just made sense.)


This awesome little machine makes it so easy to quickly and easily personalize anything with one cut and one color in 15 minutes or less! It's fun, functional and best of all, it's easy to use... especially if you are already familiar with Cricut Design Space. It's the perfect companion to the machines you already know and love!


We all know I love my Cricut but, sometimes it can be a bit cumbersome. Once I park my machine in my craft room that's pretty much where it lives. The new Cricut Joy though is the perfect size! It's literally like 1/4 of the size of the Maker so if you wanted to whip it out for a quick project, you totally can. You can leave it on your counter or on a shelf. It packs away easily and sets up instantly so you can take it just about anywhere. (And if you DO use the Cricut Joy to make on the go, check out this adorable tote they made to carry it in style.)


The thing that got me the most excited about the new Joy was the ability to cut MAT FREE! That's right! Cricut pulled out all the stops and made it even easier to create on the fly! Cricut Joy has a full suite of brand new materials that do not require a mat which means less steps and a faster finished product, who doesn't love that?! The new Smart Vinyl can cut up to 20 feet... yes you read that right... TWENTY FEET of a repeated cut. So don't let its size fool you, it can still handle BIG projects!


Another awesome feature is it's ability to make cards. Yes, all the previous machines were able to make cards but not like this... this machine has a designated card mat and insert cards that make it easier than ever to whip up a card in minutes.


But wait, there's more (in my best infomercial voice)... the Cricut Joy writes too! One thing to note, unfortunately the machine does take different pens than previous machines. Because the Cricut Joy is a reimagined version of the machines we already know and love, a lot of things had to get smaller and as such, the carriage mechanism is made to fit a different blade as well as different pens. A small price to pay for its compact size.


Now that I've caught you up on what the Cricut Joy is and some of its amazing features... lets get into a project shall we?


It's no secret that receiving gifts is one of my love languages and as such, giving gifts is a way that I like to show love. For me, it's not just in the gift itself but in the way its presented as well, meaning I like to spend extra time on the wrapping as well to show a little extra love. Today I wanted to show you ten different ways you can embellish your gifts to make them just a little more special with the new Cricut Joy.

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

I was super excited to try the new Smart Label material so that is what I'll be showing you today. For this project you'll need:





Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

I began by designing the file. Since Mother's Day and Father's Day are right around the corner, I decided to make both a "To:Mom" and "To:Dad" label. (Note, I changed the color of the tags just to make it easier to see against the white canvas. I cut them on white smart label vinyl though.)

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!



(You can find the Design Space file HERE).


Once done designing the file, I clicked "Make It" in the upper right hand corner. With the new Cricut Joy there are a few differences when making a project... the first being this screen.

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

Depending on your project and your material(s), you may or may not be using a mat. For this project we won't be using a mat (so exciting!)

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

As you can see, the mat preview screen looks a little different from what you may be used to. Double check that everything looks good and that you're happy with what you previously selected as far as cutting with or without a mat. As you can see you can change this in the drop down menu on the left if you need to. If you are cutting iron on vinyl, this is when you can also mirror your image.

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

Because we selected that we would be cutting matless, Design Space intuitively knows what material options we have available and only shows us those ones. I chose the appropriate "Smart Label Writable Vinyl".

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

Load your pen and your vinyl and you're ready to rock!

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

Another thing you may have noticed is that there are no buttons on the Cricut Joy! So you'll be clicking "go" from your device instead of your machine for all Cricut Joy projects.

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

Once the Joy is done writing, it will prompt you to insert the fine point blade. Once it's done cutting, you're all done!

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

Click unload from your device and your labels are ready to be used! I was really anxious to run my fingers across it because I was SURE it would smear, but it didn't!

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

I couldn't help myself and I went ahead and created 9 other ways to customize your gifts with Cricut Joy! Check them all out!

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

There are seriously SO many ways to give your gifts that little extra something special! Here are all the ways that I did:
-Reverse cut banner tag
-Hanging bottle tag
-Vinyl
-Iron on vinyl on ribbon
-Name out of Adhesive Backed Deluxe Paper
-Hanging Name Tag
-Iron on vinyl embroidery hoop tag
-Adhesive Backed Deluxe Paper Belly Band
-Name cut out of Paper
-Smart Label Permanent Writable Vinyl Tag

Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!


Check out these ten little ways to make your gifts special with Cricut Joy!

Doesn't this little machine pack a BIG punch? I was able to create SO many awesome projects with the new Cricut Joy! I can't wait to keep playing with it and see what else I am able to create! Right now is a strange time with COVID-19 but I am so looking forward to packing up my little Cricut Joy to craft with friends like never before! If you're asking yourself "Why do I need a Cricut Joy, even if I already have a Cricut machine?" the answer is simple, it's going to take your crafting to the next level! You are going to be able to craft quicker and in more places than ever before!


Be sure to check out Cricut.com to learn more and if you want to add one to your craft arsenal, they are sold pretty much everywhere you can buy craft supplies (even Target and Walmart!)!


For the Design Space file for ALL of the tags I made, click HERE.

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?
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