Wednesday, December 4, 2019

25 Personalized Gifts You Can Make With Cricut

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Personalized gifts are my favorite things to give to friends, family, teachers and neighbors during the holiday season. Today I'm sharing 25 personalized gift ideas that you can make using your Cricut machine. You'll have everyone checked off your list in no time!  From beautiful engraved charm bracelets to darling gift tags, there's something for everyone. Check out all of the amazing ideas below!

Engraved Acrylic Gift Tags – Giggles Galore

 Personalized Letter to Santa Wood Sign – Tried and True

Personalized Christmas Countdown – Ameroonie Designs

Custom Wood Trees – Kingston Crafts

DIY Personalized Christmas Truck- Lydi Out Loud

Personalized Snowflake Ornament- Laura's Crafty Life


DIY Christmas Stocking Pattern

Personalized Santa Delivery Bags- Fawn Parties

Personalized Coasters- Love Create Celebrate

DIY Return Address Labels by The Crafty Blog Stalker

DIY Advent Calendar from Designer Trapped

Monogram Makeup Bag from Small Stuff Counts

DIY Personalized Wood Christmas Sign from Polkadot Chair

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Elf on the Shelf Arrival Ideas 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.

The elves will be arriving soon! Ours come the first weekend in December and I always love thinking up of silly new ways for them to arrive.  Head over to the Oriental Trading FUN365 site to check out these  7 FUN AND EASY ELF ON THE SHELF ARRIVAL IDEAS with free printables!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Make It Personal for the Holidays with Cricut Explore Air 2

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Christmas is such a magical time and I'm holding onto these precious years while our daughter is young and still believes in Santa and his elves with all my might. I love creating projects for her and this holiday season I'm creating little gifts from the elves especially for our daughter. 

The first Saturday in December, we have a North Pole Breakfast where the elves come all the way from the North Pole to bring us yummy food as well as a few little goodies for our daughter. They always bring new Christmas pajamas and this year the pajamas will arrive in a personalized bag straight from Santa himself! 

You can easily create your own personalized pajama bag by heading over to Cricut Design Space and clicking on this North Pole Express design. Just add the name you'd like on the project and you're all set! I love the look that layering iron-on vinyl creates and you can do the same technique on your bag or just leave it all one color. If you're not sure how to layer vinyl, click HERE  for a quick tutorial on the Cricut YouTube channel.

The elves brought a tiny letter inside a tiny bag. Aren't miniature things just the cutest? I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine to cut out the images for the bag as well as the tiny envelope. The Cricut Explore Air 2 also writes so I used it to write a tiny letter from the elves. So cute!

Create a festive scene around the North Pole breakfast table with this darling mini Christmas town. I know our daughter will love all these miniature pieces that came all the way from Santa's workshop. She'll have so much fun playing with them throughout the holiday season.

I hope you've enjoyed these little goodies created by Santa's elves! If you're looking to make a sweet, personalized gift for a loved one, Cricut Explore Air 2 is exactly what you need to make those wishes come true! 

The Cricut Explore Air 2  can cut and write up to 2X faster than previous Cricut Explore models, and cuts more than 100 materials — everything from cardstock, vinyl and iron-on to specialty materials like glitter paper, cork, and bonded fabric. From cards to custom T-shirts to home decor, Explore Air 2 makes it easy to realize your creative vision. Design on the go on your laptop, iPad or iPhone. Browse and play with thousands of images, fonts, and ready-to-make projects. Or create your own design from scratch!

Here are some key features that make the Cricut Explore Air 2 SO amazing! 

  • This DIY speed machine combines time-saving performance and class-leading simplicity 
  • Cuts 100 materials – everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to a range of specialty materials 
  • Fine-Point Blade for cutting a wide variety of popular craft materials 
  • Fast Mode for up to 2X faster cutting and writing(1) 
  • Bluetooth® wireless technology 
  • Compatible with Scoring Stylus and Deep-Point Blade (sold separately) 
  • Double tool holder to keep blade and pen always at the ready 
  • Design Space® software for iOS, Android™, Windows®, and Mac® 
  • Upload and use your own images and fonts for free 
  • Compatible with Cricut cartridges 

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide with Cricut

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

I could not live without my Cricut Explore Air 2... especially during the holidays! From creating one of a kind gifts for friends and neighbors to creating personalized gifts for family, my Cricut does it all and then some!

Check out my top 10 Cricut must haves for the holiday crafter!


Cricut Access

A yearly subscription to Cricut Access is a must! There are thousands and thousands of images and fonts to choose from.

Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine

Of course you're going to need a Cricut Explore Air 2 machine to help with all the creating. I remember the days before I had my Cricut machine and I felt like I was spending hours and hours cutting out projects. Now I can make party decor, Christmas gifts and home decor in a matter of minutes! One of my favorite projects to make for kids is their own book tote that has their name on it and then I fill it with lots of fun books to read! This would make a perfect Christmas gift for kids of any age. I love my Cricut Explore Air 2 because of all the personalized gifts I can create like the book bag for all my friends and family for Christmas.


Whether you're making personalized Christmas pajamas for the kids or matching holiday shirts for the family, ( I always love making matching Disney shirts when we go to Disneyland!) you'll definitely want an EasyPress. There are different sizes to choose from so pick the one that works best for your projects. I love the EasyPress 9" x 9" size because it's perfect for the projects that I make the most, which is tshirts and tote bags. This is the perfect size for those projects and I make A LOT of these items during the holidays.

Ultimate Fine Point Pen Set

I love using my fine point pen set to address envelopes for all the holiday cards we send out. I especially love that my Cricut Explore Air 2 can do all the writing for me! Having my Explore Air 2 do all the writing and addressing for me is such a huge time saver during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. There are SO many other things I'd rather be doing that addressing Christmas cards and I'm sure we can all  agree with that!

Patterned Iron-on

I love the patterns from this iron on collection. They'd be so cute as a "visions of sugarplums" theme for Christmas pajamas for the kids or adorable Christmas tshirts to wear during all the festive parties and outings.

Here are some more sweet iron-on images that would be darling for matching Christmas shirts or pajamas. You could also iron on these images onto a reusable holiday tote for all your holiday shopping!

Cricut Premium Vinyl

Vinyl is my go-to when making projects for neighbor gifts. I love to personalize a plate with the neighbor's last name on it using vinyl and stack delicious homemade cookies on the plate. Then I wrap it all up, add a tag and a bow and I'm all set! You can whip up gifts like this in no time using vinyl and Cricut has a beautiful array of colors to choose from!

Cricut BrightPad

The lightweight, low-profile BrightPad makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain. It illuminates fine lines for tracing, cut lines for weeding, and more. 
This tool is a must, especially if you're working with a lot of vinyl and iron-on making holiday gifts. 

Basic Tool Set

I'm a part of a Christmas countdown group where 24 members create 24 projects. Then we collect everyone's items and assemble them into kits with 24 different handmade creations. Each member recieves 24 gifts to open throughout the month December. This year I'm making vintage Santa banners ( they're ADORABLE and I'll have to post a pic when I'm finished making them) and I'll be doing a ton of weeding ( removing all the excess material, in case you weren't sure what that meant!) so this basic tool kit is a must have for all that weeding and scraping off the excess vinyl from the mat.

Holiday Scrapbook Paper

Creating your own Christmas cards sounds time consuming and a bit daunting, right? With the Cricut Explore Air 2 you can whip out dozens of cards in no time and with this beautiful Christmas paper, you'll have the cutest cards on the block! Be sure to check out all of the darling scrapbook paper Cricut has to offer!

Printable Sticker Paper

Printable sticker paper sure comes in handy when you are creating your own return address labels or making cute stickers to add to gifts. Simply pick out your favorite Christmas design in Cricut Access and print it out onto the sticker paper. You can make so many different stickers and labels to coordinate with any gift package!

I hope you've enjoyed my holiday gift guide with Cricut! Whether you're a seasoned crafter or you have just pulled your Cricut machine out of the box, these holiday essentials will make your Christmas season run smooth!

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