October 13th, 2014
Do you follow Lia Griffith and her paper flowers? I’ve become a little obsessed lately and so I decided to have a little craft night with some girlfriends and make our own crepe paper peonies!
As of lover of paper, I just had to order this fancy italian floral crepe paper (in like every color). It was great to have an excuse to buy it.
In addition to the crepe paper, I pulled out all my glue guns for everyone to use including my trusty Ad tech full-size lo-temp gun (you want to always use a low temp glue gun for crepe paper). I also have to recommend this awesome silicone glue gun mat from Ad tech that keeps your work surface free of stray glue drips. You also need floral wire, and floral tape.
I printed out a handful of templates from Lia’s Site. And we all started cutting away!
Once everything is cut, it’s time for assembly. This can be a bit overwhelming, so I highly suggest watching Lia’s awesome video tutorial (over and over) to get the process down.
My favorite glue gun for making these flowers was this Ad tech Hybrid Cordless glue gun because it has a flat base which makes it super easy to grab and put down and grab again – which happens when your gluing about a million petals.
Did I mention petals?
And more petals?
But in the end it’s totally worth it because of these gorgeous flowers!
Aren’t they so pretty all in a bouquet?
And they are BIG too!
It was a super fun craft night and fun to see all the different variations of the peonies everyone made.
And I might have tried my hand at a ranunculus… which turned out gorgeous, but I did want to give up a few times along the way.
I haven’t gotten around to making more crepe paper flowers yet, but maybe for a special occasion, I’ll get all the supplies back out and go to town! It’s fun and fast with other people making them too!
*This post contains affiliate links
September 25th, 2014
*This post contains affiliate links
I’m working really hard to get my office all designed and be DONE with one room in the new house. I recently posted my inspiration board for this room, and the progress.
After doing the inspiration board I quickly ordered a bunch of pillows and decided to DIY a few of them as well. Well here’s the final bench all pillowed up:
My favorite one is the “Crafters Gonna Craft” pillow. I designed the image, and the vinyl was so easy to use, and it looks AMAZING. Really the glitter looks just perfect and my Cricut Explore cut it beautifully. Okay lets talk about all the pillows really quick and then I’ll get on to the DIY instructions and tips for using iron-on vinyl.
Here’s my before/after shot. Well I should probably go back further to when I had no lid on the seat, but I’ll spare you. It wasn’t pretty nor fictional. But Mr. Project made a top for me, and then I got on with my pillow-loving self. Read the rest of this entry »
September 18th, 2014
*This post contains affiliate links and is part of the Design Space Star contest by Cricut. All projects and opinions are 100% mine.
Pin this project to your halloween board!
It’s Cricut Design Space Star time again! This round my team decided on Halloween Party as our theme. We all created fun party projects that are linked at the bottom of this post. I created a party display with a Spooky Cake Topper & Stand, Halloween Cupcakes, Ghost Banner, and a BOO pendant.
I created all these great projects using my awesome Cricut Explore! Check out my full tutorial post for the Cake Stand, Cupcakes, and Ghost Banner.
Pin this Cake Topper & Cake stand to your Halloween board.
Pin these cupcake picks and wraps to your halloween board:
Pin this Mini Ghost Banner to your Halloween Board.
Check out my full Crepe Paper Boo Pennant Banner Tutorial Post.
Pin the Crepe Paper Pennant to your halloween board!
My super creative teammates also created some gorgeous Halloween party projects using their Cricut Explore. Be sure to check out and pin all these projects so you can get your halloween decor and celebrations on this year (links below image)!
To get inspiration, tutorials, and deals directly in your inbox, be sure to sign up for Cricut emails
! Just scroll to the middle of the page and enter your address where it says “sign up for deals and inspiration.”
And if you haven’t heard the news yet! There is a new contest that YOU can enter too!
Enter the Cricut-I Made It! Contest
Because It’s Time to Make It Big
It’s time your creativity pays off so you can really make it. Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!
To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team. Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.
The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cha-ching! Cricut will even help with your publicity.
Cricut is upping the fame game even more…camera, lights, action….
Cricut has partnered with the The Design Network – a premier online design channel – to showcase the Cricut- I Made It! winner this fall. You’ll get a spotlight feature on a network dedicated to celebrating great designers and their creative star power.
Cricut’s judges, including DIY Diva Alison Deyette and two creative directors from Cricut, will pick 50 finalists from the best project entries based on creativity, use of materials and technique. Who will pick the ultimate winner? You, the public, will vote online in October.
To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).
You have until September 30th to enter. What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to cricut.com to enter today.
Disclosure | I am a member of the Cricut Blogger Network. I may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects. Even though I am not being directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space Star. All opinions are 100% my own.