My 10 favorite things about the Cricut Explore + Black Friday Deals (11/27)

November 26th, 2014


I absolutely love my Cricut Explore and with the holiday’s coming, it’s the perfect time to buy one as a gift for yourself or someone who loves crafting.  If you’re on the fence about which electronic cutting machine to buy, Cricut recently had a third-party test the Explore and the Cameo, check out the results.

Here are MY 10 favorite things about the Cricut Explore:

1. Upload YOUR OWN SVGs, JPGs, PNG files and cut them for free. No work-arounds, just upload, size, and cut.

2. It cuts and scores in the same run. No need to load/unload your paper twice.

3. The print+cut feature is amazing and generates it’s own bleed (that’s a really awesome thing)

4. It cuts really well… like incredibly well… everything I’ve ever had it cut, it has cut perfectly. Leather, burlap, felt, wood, fabric, glitter cardstock etc. Check out this third-party comparison of  the Explore and Cameo to see how each machine stacks up on materials and precision.

5. 25,000 images for just $9.99/month. I LOVE the subscription option, even though I create a lot of my own cut files, I love that I can find any cut files that I want through the subscription.

6. The SmartSet dial. No fine-tuning needed. No internet searches to see what the best speed/depth/blade is. It just cuts what you want, very little thinking is required.

7. Cuts wirelessly with the USB dongle… from your iPad, desktop computer or laptop.

8. Free software that saves all your projects in the cloud. Just login and all your files are there!

9. Storage for tools right inside the machine (I haven’t lost mine yet!)

10. So so so so easy to use. The Design Space software is so easy to learn and use, pretty much foolproof. And the machine itself is simple and doesn’t require a learning curve or fine tuning. This is definitely the machine for those who need something simple that just works.

So what are you waiting for?? Grab a Cricut Explore or buy one as a gift for your mom, friend, wife, girlfriend etc.? Check out the Cricut Thanksgiving and Black Friday Sale: you can get a Cricut Explore for $219 or take $30 off all Explore Bundles (see links below – valid 11/27+11/28)! Use the codes FREESHIPNOV for free shipping, and EXPLOREBFBLOG for $10 off, and CRICUTBF5 for $5 off any order over $50! Be sure to use ALL the codes! This is BETTER than the Cyber monday sale, so don’t wait!

The Deluxe Starter Set includes everything you need to start creating with your Cricut Explore! Get a scoring stylus and Cricut® pens to score or write your projects while you cut them. Plus, get the deep cut blade to work with even the heaviest materials. This set includes both the Metallic and Antiquity pen sets, the Scoring Stylus, and the Deep Cut Housing & Blade.
The Bluetooth Bundle allows you to connect your Cricut Explore machine to your computer wirelessly with the Bluetooth® Adapter. Cut or write your projects without connecting via a USB, which is perfect for users who want to create on their own terms. The Wireless Bluetooth® Adapter can be paired with up to eight “host” devices (laptop, PC, or iPad) at a time.
The Best Selling Font Bundle includes the Cricut Explore machine, and the top three font cartridges (Lyrical Letters, Everyday Fonts, and Fontopia) to create DIY crafts and projects from wedding invitations to DIY home decor to scrapbooking!
Check out all the other doorbuster deals at for some great prices on supplies.
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Here are some projects that I’ve made with my Explore:
5 Glittered Holiday Crafts
Burlap and glitter thanksgiving placemats
DIY triangle art
Halloween Party Projects using Cricut Explore
DIY Lace-Cut Gold Leather Cuff 

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Placecards made with Coasters

November 26th, 2014


These chalkboard place cards are super easy to create. I found chalkboard coasters at Michaels and knew right away they would make the perfect placecards for my thanksgiving table.


Chalkboard Coasters (I found these at my local Michaels)

Mini Wood Spool


Ad Tech Hi-temp Glue Gun


Basically you just need to glue the spools to the back of the coasters. I HIGHLY recommend a full-format high-temperature glue gun like this one from Ad tech. If you don’t have one, you should definitely get one. It has quickly become my favorite crafting tool. You have to be a little more careful with high-temp, but it adheres to pretty much everything, but you get less strings, and you have a few more seconds to reposition items before the glue hardens.


Glue on one mini spool to each corner…


Your place cards will stand up just perfectly, and all you have to do is write names on them!





I also found cute chalk banners at Micheals and just had to get them. I love a few little chalk accents in my fall decor.  Also did you spy my burlap placemat?


If you don’t want to glue spools to the backs, you can just leave the coasters flat and prop them against other decor on the table. You could also turn these into a banner by stringing them and writing what everyone is thankful for etc. So many possibilities!

This Week at Joss & Main – gold branch table, fois bois armchair

November 26th, 2014

discount designer furnitureHere’s my favorites at Joss & Main this week! I’m dying over that branch table, but not sure it works when you have two crazy little boys running around.

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Check out last week’s picks and my Christmas Picks

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