Thursday, November 3, 2016

Say it with Cricut for the Holidays!

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Hi y'all!

If you follow me on Insta or FB, you may have noticed I've been having a ton of Cricut fun lately!

It's been a BLAST! I got to take it to the Capital Home Show a couple weekends ago, and have been making shirts galore, as well as some fun DIY hand-painted and stained signs, and custom home decor on the Cricut Explore Air.

I made a custom Home Show presentation shirt  with this silver glitter iron on vinyl!

Then mixed it up and made a Unicorn-themed tshirt for myself. I wore it to the Show, as well as sight seeing! You'll see both in upcoming blog tutorials.

Just recently, Cricut released the Air 2! This machine is just amazing! Not only does it come in all the above yummy colors, BUT it cuts and writes 2xs as fast as its predecessor. It boasts a dual housing system for the ability to cut and print at the push of ONE button, and it's wireless!

I was lucky enough to be invited to be one of the featured Home Decor bloggers for the NYC launch and Holiday Media event! It was held at non other than the incredible Gramercy Park Hotel's Terrace. Our station definitely had the best space! We set up in this gorgeous room with the most unique lighting structure that I've ever seen, made of Edison bulbs.

We made some signs and other home decor items with which to decorate our space and set up our station in the center of the room.

Over 30 members of the NYC elite media were invited to see the incredible Air 2 in action and to craft with us and the other bloggers at the "Say it with Cricut" Holiday Media Mixer.

I decided to make decorative pillow covers for our project. The theme was Southwestern Christmas. Why? Well, because I grew up in Texas and love anything southwestern. I especially love these patterns and vibrant colors.

I found the Southwest Digital Cartridge on Cricut Access and knew it would definitely have some awesome patterns for me to play with.

Here's my design for the one we made with the attendees of the event.

The font I used is called "Sweet Pea" and is one of my favorites. You can buy the font online, just search it. 

I just love the turquoise glitter iron on vinyl, as well as the copper metallic iron on vinyl. You must cut your different types of iron on according to your custom settings on your Cricut Air series.

Iron on each layer, one after the other, and spend a little extra time and apply a little more pressure to the glitter iron on. It's thicker than the rest and needs a little extra heat. Pro tip, prior to adhering the iron on, crease your pillow cover down to make it easier to find the center of it for your pattern. 

Here's an extra cover, keeping with the southwestern theme. Nothing says Texas or Southwest quite like a Longhorn skull does. :)

There truly is no place like home for the holidays, and the Southwest is home to me. I'd love to know, how will YOU "say it with Cricut" for the holidays?

Thank you to the Cricut team for the amazing event and thank you to all the members of the media that came out to craft with us!

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