Wednesday, October 16, 2019

EasyPress Mini with Cricut

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

I'm so in love with my EasyPress Mini! Check out all the amazing features this little powerhouse can do! 
  • Cricut EasyPress Mini is the newest addition to the Cricut EasyPress family, and is a great companion to whatever size Cricut EasyPress you have in your current collection.  
  • Cricut EasyPress Mini is perfect for small and/or unique projects like hats, shoes, shirt sleeves, cuffs, and pockets. It even works great on stuffed animals!  
  • Cricut EasyPress Mini offers the same benefits and technology as the Cricut EasyPress 2: even heat plate and easy-to-use heat settings for effortless heat transfers.  

The EasyPress Mini is the perfect size for working with tiny projects. I especially love using it when I'm sewing  so that I can iron the hems of small projects like this little doll skirt. Our daughter loves playing dress up with her dolls and I wanted to make a fun little Halloween skirt for her favorite doll.  This was so easy to put together so let's get started!

I measured my daughter's 18" American Girl doll for this project so this skirt will fit a doll of that size. First, measure the doll's waist and double it. I measured the doll's waist to be 10.5 inches so I doubled that and measured the fabric to be 21" long. Now measure from the waist to the knee of the doll and cut the strip of fabric. Repeat the step with a white piece of fabric but add 2" to the measurement of the waist to the knee. Cut out these pieces and you're ready to sew! 

Cut a piece of double fold bias tape the length of the two pieces of fabric that you just cut out and place it on top of the fabric. Sew the bias tape to each piece of fabric. 

When you're all finished, it should look like the picture below. 

Using your Cricut Explore Air 2, cut out the images in Cricut Design Space called "No Tricks-Just Treats in everyday iron on colors black and bright teal. Once you have weeded your vinyl pieces, place them on the white strip of fabric. 

Preheat the EasyPress Mini for 5 seconds and use the heat setting guide found HERE.

Press the iron on images onto the fabric and press down using medium pressure for 25 seconds. Peel off the vinyl while it is still warm. Continue to do this to each piece of vinyl until you have finished the entire length of the skirt. 

Next, place the ends of fabric together and sew down the side seams. Do this on each piece of fabric. 

Place the pattern piece of fabric over the iron on vinyl images piece of fabric and sew both pieces together. 

Now we're going to make the waistband and the EasyPress Mini is perfect for ironing down the folded over fabric pieces. No need to get out your clunky iron, this little press is SO convienent for this task! 

Once you have ironed folded and ironed down the fabric piece, you're going to sew all the way around the skirt and leave a 2" wide opening for the elastic to come in and out. 

Cut a piece of fabric the size of the doll's waist and then add an inch. Attach the elastic to the a safety pin and begin to push the elastic through the casing until it comes out the other side. 

Overlap the elastics by an inch and sew them together and sew the waistband closed. That's it! You're all finished! 

I also made my daughter a matching skirt so she and her little doll can be twinsies for all the fun Halloween parties! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a Happy Halloween! 

Monday, October 7, 2019

BOO YA DAY with Oriental Trading

Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. This post contains affiliate links.

All Hallow's Eve will be here before you know it and with a little help from Oriental Trading, you'll be able throw the best Halloween bash yet! Oriental Trading is your one stop Halloween headquarters so if you're looking for Halloween party supplies or Halloween handouts , you won't have to go far because Oriental Trading has EVERYTHING you need for the big day. 

Today only October 7, 2019 is BOO YA DAY and you can get up to 60% off Halloween supplies and FREE SHIPPING on ANY order!! Use code BOOCREW19 during checkout! 

Why is Oriental Trading your one stop shop? Here are just a few spooktacular reasons:

On Halloween night, we love to have friends over for a little pre trick or treating party. This year I thought it would be fun to have a celestial Halloween theme with lots of moons and stars. Check out all the spooky cuteness below! 

Thanks for checking out the party! Remember that today only October 7, 2019 is BOO YA DAY and you can get up to 60% off Halloween supplies and FREE SHIPPING on ANY order!! Use code BOOCREW19 during checkout!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Creating with Cricut Maker Tools

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

Have you seen the new CRICUT MAKER TOOLS? They are AMAZING and you've got to try them for yourself! 


  • When Cricut launched CRICUT MAKER  2 years ago, it made a promise to come out with more tools and materials, so that Maker could grow with creators as they master new crafts.  These tools are possible, and can be used only with Maker, because it was specially designed with an Adaptive Tool System. This system brings together three major technologies that give Maker professional class cutting versatility and performance. It:  
  • Delivers 10 times (4 kg) or more cutting force than the Explore line 
  • Uses a sophisticated steering system to actively control the direction of the blade at all times 
  • Tests to be sure you are using the correct blade before it starts cutting, and tells you to change it, if not. 
  • To deliver on this Maker promise, Cricut is introducing even more tools that deliver on the Maker versatility promise and are part of the expanding Adaptive Toolset. 
  • These new tools allow creators to utilize even more techniques, such as engraving and debossing, and materials such as metal, with Maker, further expanding Maker’s capabilities. 

  • Each of the tools are part of the Maker’s QuickSwap Toolset, so creators everywhere can quickly and easily move between tools as they complete their projects.
Do you have a Halloween party coming up? Create your own party decor with the new Maker blades and check out below how easy they are to use!

Create these adorable banners for your Halloween party using the WAVY BLADE . The decorative edge the wavy blade creates makes for a fun and unique banner!  Use BLACK VINYL in these sweet Halloween images found on CRICUT DESIGN SPACE.

SORBET CARDSTOCK is cut pennant style using the WAVY BLADE then attached to striped black paper straws using hot glue. 

I'm in love with the FINE DEBOSSING TIP! I created these mini coffin favor boxes using Cricut Design Space and loved the subtle look of these cute Halloween images using the fine debossing tip. Fill the favor boxes up with yummy Halloween treats and tie a bit of black baker's twine around the boxes. Kids will love these cute surprises with silly Halloween characters. 

The PERFORATION BLADE might just be my favorite tool yet!  You can easily create these fun cones that can be filled up with goodies and trinkets. Party guests can tear away the perforated circle and find all the treats hiding inside. 

Let's do a quick review of each blade!

Get a decorative edge in half the time than a drag blade with a gentle wave cut for a wide variety of projects. To add a whimsical wavy edge to any design, this specially sculpted stainless steel blade is great for original vinyl decals, iron-on designs, envelopes, cards, gift tags, collage projects, or any time you need fabulously finished edges and stylish design accents. Perfect for iron-on, vinyl, paper, cardstock, fabric, and more.

Add professional polish and elevated elegance to paper crafts by creating crisp, detailed debossed designs. Unlike folders, which lock you into a specific design, this rolling debossing ball, with a wider range of motion, gives you free reign to customize, personalize, and design with incredible intricacy. Make a dimensional wedding card, thank you card with your monogram, or add flourish to gift boxes, tags, and more. Creates a stunning effect on foil cardstock, coated paper, shimmer and glitter paper, basswood, and much more

Get the perfect tear quickly and effortlessly with precise perforation cuts for a wide variety of projects. To create uniform, finely perforated lines for any design, just snap this tip onto the QuickSwap Housing and tell your  CRICUT MAKER to "Go!" Evenly spaced perforation lines allow for clean, well-spaced tearing without the need to fold beforehand – especially great for shapes with curves. Perfect for tear-out booklet pages, raffle tickets, homemade journals, or for any project that demands a neat tear

There's also the ENGRAVING TIP which I didn't use this time but check out what you can do with this tool! 
Make a lasting impression with Cricut Engraving Tip. To get professional-looking results, just snap this tip onto the QuickSwap Housing and tell your CRICUT MAKER  to "Go!" Watch with awe as you write personalized text or create monograms, draw decorative flourishes and embellishments, or inscribe your favorite quotes on a keepsake. For an eye-catching effect, engrave Cricut Metal Sheets or anodized aluminum to reveal the silver beneath.

You'll love these four new tools for your Cricut Maker, the sky's the limit with what you can create!  

Have a Happy Halloween!