Sunday, March 11, 2018

Cricut Challenge: Biggie Inspired Tshirt

Hi y'all! I'm so excited for this month's Cricut Challenge!! First, let me say that this project though easy to make, was no simple feat to accomplish. Why? Well, it was difficult to accomplish because my township has been without power for 10days after we got hit with two back to back nor'easters and snow storms. Thankfully, one of my wonderful friends offered up her home so I could Cricut in time for the post to go live! (Thank you Stefanie!) Bonus, I got to see her precious kids, including her new baby boy!!

I'll stop blabbing now...well first let me say that you want to stick to the end of this post, since there's a GIVEAWAY! Also, make sure to check out the other awesome bloggers that participated in the challenge for more crafty Cricut inspiration! (Also linked at end of post.)

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

Make sure you also check out our sponsor, Happy Crafters! They very graciously provided these comfy tshirts and the awesome HTV for this project! Woohoo!

The shirts are super soft and they fit comfortably! Side-note, thank you to my in laws for letting us and our puppy come hang at their house, too during this crazy time! That cabinet behind me in the above picture is just chock full of memories from the kids', my brother in law's and hubby's childhoods! :) 

Back to my awesome DIY Biggie-inspired Tshirt...

I used some Cricut access fonts for this design on Cricut Design Space. March 9th marked the 21st anniversary of Biggie's death, so being the Biggie fan that I am, I decided a Biggie quote was JUST what my Happy Crafters' Tshirt needed! I ordered some black holographic HTV that can be found here, and this black tshirt, and chose my quote. I got this from his song titled "Sky's the limit" and I love it!

The great thing about doing this project at Stefanie's house? SHE'S A PHOTOGRAPHER! :) She took some great photos and videos of the process. You can check out her real work, on her FB page here, as well as on previous blog posts here and here that she and I collaborated on.

I just love watching my Maker in action!

 I had a bunny left over from an Easter project, so it's on my Maker for the time being. I also used my handy Easy Press for this project! (The Easy Press is on sale! Use this link to save $20 and use code MYSTERYMARCH for free shipping on all orders over $95.) I used the 'Holographic Sparkle Iron-on on fabric' setting to apply my HTV.

Anyone else find weeding vinyl to be oh-so-satisfying?!

The best part about crafting at Stef's house, however, is THIS cutie!

I'm in love. Like, for real.

Back to the shirt...I wanted to go for the 'black on black' thing, but with a twist! ;) When the sun or light hits the tshirt, the holographic rainbow POPS! It's pretty awesome!


Isn't the holographic effect so pretty?


I was clearly feeling my shirt, so I took a selfie on Snap the day I wore it. (Anyone else wish that snap filters were real life? Just sayin' skin is flawless with this filter!  Ha!)

Anyone else love Biggie as much as I do!? You can find the file here, free to use as long as you have Cricut Access on Design Space. Use this link for 10% off your order after you buy a subscription to Cricut Access.

A huge thank you to Jeanie and Michelle who had the great idea to get us all together!

Make sure you check out the other amazing projects for this month! You can find them linked below:

A Turtle's Life for MeWeekend CraftCreate and BabbleHappy Go LuckyRefresh RestyleDaily DIY LifeHappily Ever After, etc Cookies, Coffee and CraftsThe Kim Six FixSee LindsayDragonfly & Lily PadsPS I Love you CraftsOur Crafty MomDoodle Craft BlogReal Girls RealmUpright and Caffeinated •  That Sweet Tea LifeSmiling ColorsTastefully FrugalThe Inspiration VaultThe How-To HomeEvey's Creations

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Unicorn Ornament Tutorial

Reindeer Names Christmas Ornaments DIY HTV Christmas Wine Gift Bag How to Make Fabric Silverware Christmas Stocking Holders with Cricut Maker Christmas Baby Onsie DIY Watercolor Cards Reindeer Lollipops How to Create Simple Christmas Plank Art DIY Christmas Chalkboard Signs Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Idea: Sassy DIY Wine Glasses Sawdust is My Glitter Ornaments Christmas Gift Cards Festive and Easy Buffalo Plaid Holiday Wall Art Unicorn Ornament Tutorial Merry Christmas Welcome

Hi y'all! I'm so excited to kick off this fun new monthly challenge that all of my Cricut loving friends and I have begun! What better kick off than a Cricut Christmas Challenge?! A huge thank you to Jeanie and Michelle who had the great idea to get us all together!

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**
As I mentioned, this month's challenge was to create something Christmas inspired with our own little twist on it! I, of course, decided to stick with what I love....


For this quick and easy, yet adorable ornament you will need the following:

-Cricut Air 2 
-Cricut Vinyl in Black (You can use Outdoor/Permanent as well, but honestly the regular stuff is fine)
-Iridescent Glass (or Acrylic) Ball Ornaments
-2 Different Colors of Felt (I chose purple and white to go along with my color scheme)
-No Bake/Air Dry Polymer Clay
-1.5in. Sheer Ribbon
-Assorted Scrapbooking Flowers in your choice of color 
-If your flowers don't come with tiny pearls in the center, get those too.
-Unicorn SPiT in Purple Hill Majesty and I also used a touch of Spakling SPiT* in Dove's Cry. 
*(Please note: the Sparkling SPiT was a special release, which is no longer available for purchase, though some retailers MIGHT have a few left.)


One day ahead of time, roll out your air dry polymer clay into two thin, approximately 1 1/2in cylinders. intertwine them to form your unicorn horn. make sure to flatten out the bottom so it will lie flat once glued onto your ornament.

When you are ready for your vinyl, cut out your eyelashes using your Cricut Air2, weed out, and transfer using transfer tape.

Once that is done, cut out your triangles, two larger ones in the one color, and two slightly smaller ones in a different color. If you have a Cricut Maker, you can cut your felt out with the brand new rotary blade! :)

Using the epoxy glue, add the uni-horn and ears, as well as all of your flowers which will serve as the unicorn's mane, onto the top of the ornament. You might have to hold the uni-horn on there until the glue begins to dry so that it stays where you want it to and doesn't tip.

To finish off, take a small brush and paint your (completely air dried and hardened) uni-horn with your Unicorn SPiT, as is only appropriate. I mean, sure, you could use regular paint, but why would you?! ;)

Top it off with your ribbon to hang your adorable Unicorn Ornament!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and please share your thoughts in the comments!

Don't forget to check out all of the other awesomely talented bloggers and THEIR Cricut Christmas Challenge projects!

They are as follows:

Excited to see what everyone else has made! Stay tuned to next month's challenge, as well!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How I decorate my Faux Mantel using my Cricut Air 2- Interchangeable Holiday Decor

I know, I know...yesterday was barely Halloween...but Christmas is my favorite holiday and I couldn't help myself. Also, I jumped at the thought of being able to participate in such an awesome holiday campaign, especially since at the very end of this post, you'll be able to enter to win a brand new Cricut Maker, just in time for the holidays! :)

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

I saw this Make It Now project, and was inspired to use the same idea but for some Christmas fun. While my project didn't contain the cardstock on the outside, I did use some cardstock for the mat inside the frame. You can check out the FB video tutorial I did below. Warning, it's long and I dropped the camera a couple of times. (I'm a mess, but fun, I promise!) I'm still trying to get my new office nook properly set up, so please bear with me. If you want to recreate the frame project, you can go here for the file in Design Space!

I told you I'm a mess...but ROSIE is in the video so all is forgiven, right? Love that silly bird!

You will need the following:

-A white shadow box or frame
-THIS file in DS3
-Cricut Cutter
-Cricut Gold Adhesive Foil, Matte
-Cricut Air 2

Here's my awesome Air2 in action! I get very excited every time I get to push that blinking 'c'! :)


All you need to do  is the following.

Go into Design Space, and open a new project.

Insert a square or rectangle onto your canvas. Size accordingly. My shadow box was 8"x 8" so I made the square that size.

Duplicate the square/rectangle, then create a frame by making the second shape about 1.5" to 2" smaller than the first one. Center the two squares, then hit 'slice'.

Delete the smaller squares until you are left with a frame.

If you are using the same size frame as I did, feel free to just cut the frame I have in my project file here.
Place the mat/frame inside the shadow box and apply the vinyl lettering to the glass on the outside of the frame. I used Cricut Gold Adhesive Foil in Matte.

Here's the finished project:

These plain white ornaments got the same treatment as the frame...some Cricut Gold Adhesive Foil, Matte. If you want the lettering to be permanent, just use some Cricut Outdoor Vinyl. 

This plain white charger from the Dollar store got some Gold Glitter Vinyl and the words to my favorite Christmas Carol. I honestly think this is my favorite Christmas faux mantel vignette I've ever done! I think gold and white are officially my favorite Christmas colors. They're truly just classic and classy!

I'm in LOVE!

 The Christmas ornaments found a home in a thrift store set of apothecary jars.

I think I might customize some more ornaments!

I'm loving my entryway table! I don't have a traditional fireplace mantel, so I use my favorite table instead!

Hope you enjoy this sweet vignette as much as I do! Now, for the moment everyone has been waiting for...GIVEAWAY TIME! Enter to win the brand new Cricut Maker via the Rafflecopter widget below! GOOD LUCK! Also, check out all of the other #cricutholiday posts on social media from a bunch of my awesomely talented bloggy friends!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Top 5 Home Decor Hacks

Hi y'all! Today, I'm excited to share with you my favorite top 5 Decor Hacks, because let's be real...high end decor is NOT cheap, and also, who has that kind of time?! I'm just trying to get through the different seasons and holidays, with my sanity intact all the while parenting 2 teen boys and a preteen girl. Yes. PRETEEN GIRL. All of the sudden, there are a whole lot of emotions up in this house! But...I promised you decor, so here you go!

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

5. Splurge on high end, good quality paint, but do it yourself. 

I promise you, painting a chic accent wall is not difficult. Make it a 'fun' family event. Seriously. Put the kids to work!

Isn't my helper so cute?! See the full tutorial for "My Updated Entryway and Accent Wall" here.

Yes, the paint I used is custom and  by regular paint standards, pricey. However, it's the best quality paint I've ever used (and I've used SO MUCH paint over the years), it's all natural, non-toxic and honestly just provides a finish that nothing else can or will. It contains lime, and the end result is very dramatic. It's called "Pure and Original" and my favorite line is their Fresco Lime. If you can't justify painting an entire room in high end paint, simply do one accent wall. You will still get the dramatic effect but at a fraction of the cost.

4. Improve your kitchen without spending a ton of money by painting (or staining) your cabinetry. 

If your kitchen has some good bones, there's no sense in shelling out thousands to install new cabinetry...paint (or stain) those babies! Adding a backsplash and changing out the hardware is another great way to really get some "high end drama" without spending too much money. Custom cabinetry can cost anywhere from 12k to 20k (sometimes even more) here in the tri-state that money and update them with some good quality paint. 

If you choose to go the DIY route, please make sure you do it the right way. I know that there are many tutorials all over the internet from bloggers who used "no prep paint" and simply slapped it onto their cabinetry, but I promise you, as a professional who does this for a living, there is NO SUCH THING AS NO PREP PAINT. I know, I just got bad. Nothing annoys me more than people who give bad advice. To properly paint your cabinetry, take all the doors and hardware down/off, thoroughly clean them (I use diluted Simple Green), rough them up for a paint job with some fine grit sandpaper or a sanding sponge, clean them again, prime them, then paint and seal. If you don't have respiratory issues like I do, I suggest you go with an alkyd enamel. If being green is important to you, feel free to use a true mineral or milk paint but make sure to always seal with a poly, do NOT wax kitchen cabinetry.

Client Kitchen BEFORE
Client Kitchen AFTER
 Adding a pop of color to the insides of the cabinets really ups the 'wow factor', as well. I used Pure and Original's "Ashes" in their Classico line for this look. The blue inside is also by them, and called "Barbados Blues". The hardware is by D. Lawless.

Client Kitchen AFTER

If you are going to stain them, you need to sand down to bare wood or strip the finish off the cabinets. Here's a kitchen that I did in a dark stain.

Client Kitchen BEFORE
 Hardware is by D. Lawless once again. I actually mixed three stains to get that custom stain color, then layered them to add depth. Always seal with poly.
Client Kitchen AFTER

The same thought applies to bathroom vanities.

3. Stay up to date with your seasonal or holiday decor by using temporary vinyl to jazz up apothecary jars or other items like plates, etc.

 It says 'Happy Fall' for now, but come the day after Thanksgiving, I'll remove the vinyl and add a "Merry Christmas" and exchange the fake apples and pine cones for Christmas lights or some candy canes and in just a few minutes, I have custom Holiday decor with very little effort. 

NYE Throw Pillow Tutorial Here

Throw pillow cases customized with iron on vinyl for each holiday are a low cost way to celebrate each holiday, and are easy to switch out as the seasons change. I've seen people put different designs on either side, to have a two-in-one pillow case. 

Signs can also be made two-sided to make seasonal decor a snap. (Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make them!)

2. DIY shelving adds a custom touch to a space, and is so easy to achieve it's amazing!

Rustic Shelving Tutorial

 Style them using thrift store items, or hit up discount department stores to create your perfectly staged vignette. Don't forget to use coupons when you buy your supplies, and scrap wood is always an option! 

1. Update thrift store, or even curbside furniture, to furnish your perfect space. 

Don't be afraid to use color, and change our the hardware for a more custom look. Yard sales are also your friends. Did you know that eclectic pieces can become collections? Everything doesn't always have to match, either. Play with color, and bring the room together with it. You can have all different sizes, shapes of chairs, but if the color matches, they work together.

Barn Sale Find: BEFORE
 A pop of color does wonders for a space.

Black, is of course, a super dramatic color to use!

Farmhouse Fun Nightstand Tutorial HERE
Seriously, don't be afraid of color...

Frozen-Inspired Vanity Tutorial HERE

Statement pieces are fun, impressive and conversation starters. They are also easy to repaint, or switch out, especially when you have found them curbside or paid only a few dollars, for. Take for example the above 'Frozen-inspired desk'. My daughter has about 4 years tops that she will be into that movie, then will move on once she outgrows it. She wanted a 'Frozen' room, and all I could think of was that I'd have to redo the room again when she got too old for Disney Princesses. So I settled on creating a teal and purple room with a few 'Frozen' touches, such as the desk, the artwork and bedding. Once she outgrows it, those items can be removed and she'll still have a gorgeous teal and purple room fit for a teenager. 

Those are my Top 5 Decor Hacks. Hope you will incorporate some of them into your home! Check out all the tutorial posts linked, to see how I achieved the looks. 

Do you have any decor tips or hacks that you'd like share with us? Leave a comment! 

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