Quick Christmas Coaster Garland

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With your Xyron Creative Station and some $1 coasters (thanks Target Dollar Spot!) you can create this fun and festive garland in just a few minutes! {FTC disclaimer: I received some of this product free of charge. This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

SUPPLIES:
disposable coasters
Xyron Creative Station or Creative Station Lite
twine

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Separate the coasters in to two piles. Run one pile through your Xyron machine and remove the clear film.

Take the second pile of coasters and lay them pattern side down on your work surface.

Lay the twine across the center of the coasters (leaving a "tail" on each end), then peel the adhesive coasters from the Xyron backing one at a time and match/adhere them to the non-adhesive coasters.

Hang and enjoy! This would also be a fun and easy project to do with the kids!
 

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Holiday Sandwich Board Welcome Sign

Want to create a fun and festive welcome for your guests this season? Create a sandwich board! We used an old shoe store mirror (repainted with Rust-Oleum Universal Pure Gold spray paint) but you can create one with foam core, wood, or whatever tickles your fancy - then get out your Cricut and some vinyl and get your craft on! {FTC disclaimer - I received some of these products free of charge. This blog post also contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

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We wish you a Merry Christmas image in Cricut Design Space
Cricut Vinyl - we used white
Cricut 12x24 mat
sandwich board

I started with this Merry Christmas image from the Love SVG Season to Sparkle cartridge (one of my FAVORITES!!):

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Then added the rest of the phrase using the VeryBerry font (can be downloaded from multiple places online), welded the words, attached the entire image and I was ready to go!

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Creating the sandwich board was so easy - we found this old shoe store mirror at an auction and got it for less than $10. We covered the mirror on both sides, spray painted the entire piece, let dry, then removed the paper and cleaned the mirrors off before adding the vinyl. So easy and fun!

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Love your Cricut and love Christmas? Check out these other fun projects:

How to Assemble Intricate Layered Die Cuts with Xyron

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You already know I am a HUGE Cricut fan. Their Make It Now projects make it so easy to put together fun and intricate creations with just the click of a button. But what do you do once you've cut out all the pieces? Xyron to the rescue! {FTC disclaimer: I have received these products free of charge. This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

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Cricut Maker or Explore Air
Happy Holidays Christmas Card Make It Now project
Assorted patterned papers/cardstock scraps
Xyron Mega Runner
Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker

Once you've cut your project on your Cricut, select all of your small die cuts and run them through the Xyron Sticker Maker.

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Use your Xyron Mega Runner to create the base of the card. The beauty of the Mega Runner is that is uses a dot matrix adhesive which means the adhesive only sticks to the paper. It is PERFECT for intricate die cuts!

Assemble your card and voila! Who knew intricate could be so easy?

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Check out these other fun holiday projects you can create with your Xyron tools!

Just How Easy is the Cricut EasyPress?

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I have been a part of the Cricut family for a little over three years, and every time assignments came around I crossed my fingers they didn't ask me to do something with iron-on because...

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Irons and I are not friends. Never have been. First - I can't iron a shirt to save my life. Second - I had heard SO many stories of people who spent all this time and energy creating iron-on projects and then they fell off the first time they were washed, so...no thanks.

So when I was invited to the Cricut Maker Launch event in Utah this summer and the EasyPress was also released - I was skeptical. So what better way to prove something to myself than to try it out LIVE in front of thousands of people?? :) I gathered all of the questions I'd been hearing from customers and grabbed up two of my Cricut friends and we took over the hotel lobby for a hands on demo! NOTE - you may have to turn up the volume on your computer...we had to be quieter than normal because there were other people around! :)

{FTC disclaimer: I received this product free of charge but the opinions expressed in this blog post are mine all mine!}

Since then I have made over a dozen iron-on projects and applied them with my EasyPress. My all time favorite? The Wii Bowling Team t-shirts I made for my Mom (the tall lady) and her friends. These iron ons were SO intricate and have so many small pieces, and after several months of washing they are still going strong.

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So what makes the EasyPress so special? For me it is three things:

Large Heat Surface - The heat surface of the EasyPress is approximately 9x9, which is MUCH larger than a standard iron. You can cover a larger surface much more quickly.

Setting Specific Temperatures and Times - There is almost no way to "guess" what temperature most standard irons are set to. Every iron-on material has individual setting requirements and the EasyPress allows you to set your temperature like you would set the temperature in your oven - with just the press of a button! Cricut includes a temperature guide with the EasyPress and it can also be found here.

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Consistent Heat - A typical iron surface can vary by as much as 200 degrees, which means iron-on projects can't get consistent heat (and why they fall off after washing). The EasyPress only varies by about 10 degrees, so you know you are getting consistency across your project. Another time saver!

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So if you've been an iron-on skeptic - REJOICE!!!! Now we too can make all the cute t-shirts and gift ideas and home decor pieces with your Cricut EasyPress - I can't wait for you to give it a try!

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

Quilt Square Swap for Beginners with Cricut Maker

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I have ALWAYS wanted to be a quilter. ALWAYS. I have two treasured quilts of my own and think it is one of the most generous and personal gifts you can give, something that can be passed down through generations. Buuuuuuuuut...cutting out all the shapes? No thanks. 

Until the Cricut Maker came along! Now - thanks to the Maker - cutting quilting blocks is SO DANG EASY! So easy in fact that I started a beginner's quilting group on Facebook and hosted a quilt square exchange that was a TON of fun. Today I'm going to share how you can host your own!

PICKING THE PROJECT - Obviously you want to all be following the same project, and you want it to be EASY. We made the smallest size (crib quilt) just so it would be manageable for everyone, and we picked this fun pattern from Diary of a Quilter. It was colorful, it was geared for beginners, and it only required a basic shape (square) which was easy for beginners to cut on their Makers.

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PICKING DEADLINES - Pick a deadline to receive the squares and a deadline to mail them out and stick to it! That keeps everyone accountable and also helps whoever is organizing the swap. You don't want to keep the rest of the group waiting if someone is late with their squares.

PICKING THE FABRIC - This is the fun part! We set a few parameters but really wanted people to be able to pick fabric they loved (or use what was in their stash). Because I was working with a large group I assigned color by last name (see below) but if you are working with a smaller group and/or people you are all familiar with you could have people sign up for their color preference. This is what I shared to the group:

WHAT COLOR TO SEND. Rather than trying to keep track of who is sending what color – we are going to assign colors based on LAST name. **note – if you have a stack of fabric you already own that you REALLY want to send for the swap just shoot me a PM and we’ll talk about it!**
As you are choosing your fabric please keep the original quilt in mind. We are looking for bright, cheerful colors (in many cases pastel works too) – but no neon or dark colors please! ALSO – please no “themed” fabric (baby, holiday, pet, etc).

If your last name starts with A-C – please choose RED fabric.
If your last name starts with D-H – please choose PINK fabric.
If your last name starts with I-M – please choose YELLOW fabric
If your last name starts with N-S – please choose GREEN fabric.
If your last name starts with T-Z – please choose BLUE fabric.

Be sure to pick a SPECIFIC type of fabric - we picked 100% cotton. It is easy to find (all mass craft stores sell it) and is generally clearly marked on the fabric bolts when you are at the store. 

We also allowed/encouraged people to pick different patterns for their small and large squares - variety is the spice of life after all!

A quick note - be prepared that no matter how many directions you give/guidance you provide, there may be one or two people who choose fabric that is completely off the mark, cut incorrectly, etc. You have to make your own decisions about how to handle - in my case I just used some extra squares I had on hand to swap out for the "off color" squares, and I returned the incorrectly cut squares to the participant with an invitation to participate in a later swap. 

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PREPPING THE FABRIC - This was THE BIG question (since I am new to fabric/quiltling I had NO idea how much of a big deal this would be!)...to prewash or not to prewash? We decided NOT to prewash...because it required too many other questions/requirements. Does temperature matter? What about fabric softener? etc. Also when you cut fabric directly from the store it isn't wrinkled (like it can be once you wash it) so we didn't have to worry about getting wrinkly squares.

Since we were not pre-washing a few folks voiced concerns about the colors running when they washed the finished quilt – so I included a sheet of Shout Color Catcher in everyone’s return package. See shipping charges below - the extra few pennies more than covered the cost of the Color Catcher sheet.

CUTTING THE FABRIC - This is what I had always dreaded, the thing that had kept me from even thinking about starting a quilting project. It is SO much fun on the Maker! 

Simply go in to Design Space and select shapes, then select square.

Simply go in to Design Space and select shapes, then select square.

Size the square per the project requirements. For this project it was 7.5" squares and 5" squares.

Size the square per the project requirements. For this project it was 7.5" squares and 5" squares.

You can fit three (3) 7.5" squares on a 12x24 mat - be sure to change the mat size!

You can fit three (3) 7.5" squares on a 12x24 mat - be sure to change the mat size!

You can fit eight (8) 5" squares on a 12x24 mat!

You can fit eight (8) 5" squares on a 12x24 mat!

There are two MUST HAVES if you are going to be using fabric with the Maker - the 12x24 fabric mat (the pink one) and the brayer. You can get so much more cut with the 12x24 fabric mat, and the brayer is so so so helpful for making sure the fabric lays flat on the mat, even after multiple mat uses!

SHIPPING SQUARES TO YOU - Be VERY specific about what to send. Our quilt required 18 large squares and 17 small squares, so this is what I shared to the group:

WHAT TO SEND: 18 squares of 7.5 x 7.5 fabric and 17 squares of 5x5 fabric (see below for what color to send), plus $7 to cover return shipping. All squares will be returned to you via priority mail (hence the $7) so we can track them.

I charged $7 per person for the swap. This covered the charge of priority mail shipping (so I could send everyone a tracking number) with a few cents left over to cover the cost of the Color Catcher.

Because I was working with a large group of people I didn't know, I had them PM me for my mailing address. That served two purposes - it didn't spread my address all over the internet, and it helped me keep track of who was sending in their squares so I could keep my eyes out for them.

SORTING AND SHIPPING SWAP SQUARES: I waited until I had all of the squares to start sorting. I made two piles for each participant (one big and one small) and just started sorting! It was really fun to see the colors and patterns come together!

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I packed each pile in a ziploc bag (gallon size for 7.5" squares, quart size for 5" squares, snack size for Color Catcher) and mailed them all in flat rate priority mail envelopes. It was the perfect fit! I sent each person their tracking number and just like that - the swap was over. Now to make the quilt! HA!

The response was so great we are doing a second swap right now - you are more than welcome to join us! My favorite part has been seeing the reaction when people receive their squares - and one participant has already finished the top! I am in awe!

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

Easy No Sew Paper Garland

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I will put a garland on anything that isn't nailed down. Including my Heidi Swapp letterboard and especially because these garlands are SO easy to make! Just a few scraps of paper and your Xyron Sticker Maker and you are ready to go! {FTC Disclaimer - this post contains affiliate links so I might make a few pennies if you buy something.} 

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SUPPLIES:
patterned paper (I used the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall collection)
Xyron Sticker Maker
twine
trimmer
scissors

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Trim paper to desired length and width (length should be about twice width). I wanted a tiny garland so cut the paper to 1.25 x 3. Fold each piece in half and then unfold. Cut twine to desired length.

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Run each piece patterned side up through your Xyron Sticker Maker.

Peel paper from backing, place twine in the crease of the paper, and fold over. The paper will adhere to itself. Use your scissors to cut a notch in the paper to create a banner. Repeat until the garland is the desired length.

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Clearly we love "no-sew" projects around here - check out another fun paper garland idea!

24 Hour Craft Day on HSN - October 3rd!

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HSN 24 Hour Craft Day is HERE!!! Tune in starting at midnight Eastern October 3rd for 24 hours of crafty goodness, including the Cricut Maker Bundle that everyone has been waiting for - Anna Griffin will be launching it at midnight! I've got some AMAZING new holiday products from Diamond Press to share and much much more...I hope you'll join me at 8am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm and 11pm for some crafty goodness and lots of laughs! {FTC Disclaimer - this post contains affiliate links which means I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

The Cricut Maker bundle is $399 and comes with TONS of freebies AND has an Auto-Ship option!

The Cricut Maker bundle is $399 and comes with TONS of freebies AND has an Auto-Ship option!

The Xyron 5" Creative Station bundle comes with $50 worth of adhesive refills and the machine...all for $39.95! The machine by itself costs $50!

The Xyron 5" Creative Station bundle comes with $50 worth of adhesive refills and the machine...all for $39.95! The machine by itself costs $50!

The NEW Diamond Press Holiday bundle is so so good! You can order it with the machine (above) or without (below) - and Diamond Press has new machine colors for the season! GAAAAAHHH!!!

The NEW Diamond Press Holiday bundle is so so good! You can order it with the machine (above) or without (below) - and Diamond Press has new machine colors for the season! GAAAAAHHH!!!

These Diamond Press Nestable Tag Dies are PERFECT for your gift giving this season!

These Diamond Press Nestable Tag Dies are PERFECT for your gift giving this season!

These Nestable Word Frame Dies are SO intricate and incredible - you won't believe how easy they are to use!

These Nestable Word Frame Dies are SO intricate and incredible - you won't believe how easy they are to use!

The Diamond Press Border Dies always sell like hotcakes - and we've got a special holiday set just for you!

The Diamond Press Border Dies always sell like hotcakes - and we've got a special holiday set just for you!

Letterboards? For $29.95?? Yes please! Urban House has vertical and horizontal boards in white and blue - and they have THE cutest holiday images and gold letters available as well!

I hope you'll tune in and join us - we've got a great day of crafting ahead!

Trash to Treasure: Yard Sale Pinata to Fun Home Decor!

Yes - I know it is Fall. But I also know it is 90 degrees outside AND I found this amazing pinata at a yard sale so I COULD NOT HELP MYSELF!!! Check out how I created this fun wall hanging in just a few minutes with my Cricut and Xyron machines. {FTC disclaimer: I received these machines for free, but was not paid to write this post. This post contains affiliate links which means I may get a few pennies (at no cost to you) if you buy something!}

SUPPLIES:
pinata ($3 at a yard sale thank yeeewwwww very much!)
Cricut Explore or Maker
glitter cardstock
patterned paper
Xyron machine - I used the Creatopia (see notes below)
white pen - I used Bic Wite Out
assorted embellishments

Measure across the pinata, then size the phrase and circle to fit and cut using your Cricut.

Doodle around the outer edge of the circle. If you - like me - do not have a steady hand, go around the circle several times with the pen. It looks like you meant the lines to be "artsy"!

Run the circle and the phrase through your Xyron. I used the Creatopia because of the size of the project - it was a limited edition machine that does 12" across. If you ever see one for sale - GET IT! They still make refills for it but the machines are not available at retail. The size is PERFECT for large projects or doing multiple projects at once.

Adhere circle to the BACK of the pinata (the stickers on the front were too big and I couldn't get them off without ruining the surface), then add the phrase and your embellishments. 

Hang that baby and enjoy the sunshine!

Create Custom Home Decor with Cricut Adhesive Foil!

Cricut has hundreds of different materials and colors to choose from - and one of my all time favorites is Adhesive Foil! It comes in a variety of colors and finishes and is the perfect material to add a little extra glam to your project. Today we're turning a plain wood lid in to a custom hostess gift just in time for Thanksgiving!

{FTC disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for this post, which contains affiliate links. So I might make a few pennies if you order something - at no extra cost to you!}

SUPPLIES:
Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker
Standard Grip Mat
Adhesive Foil (I used Gold)
Weeding tool
Transfer Tape
XL Scraper
Mod Podge Furniture Satin
ceramic jar with wood lid

Measure your lid, select an image in Design Space and size to fit. I selected two images and "attached" them so they would cut as one single image - you can find the file here

Once you've cut and weeded your image, apply transfer tape and place image on lid. The XL scraper is perfect for projects this size because you can cover the entire area in just a few strokes.

And voila! A customized gift in no time. I brushed a few layers of Mod Podge Furniture Satin to the lid for a little added protection from wear and tear.

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Wood lids are "in" this season - I also found these cool concrete candles at Target and decorated the lid with white vinyl and another wreath image. So many possibilities!

{photos by Catrina Anne Photography}

Want to see more great adhesive foil projects? Head on over to the Cricut blog for a round up of some of my favorites!

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

Great Deals on Craft Items at HSN!

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Hey gang! I'm heading to HSN on Friday (if that darn Irma steers clear) for some craft hours on HSN's sister station - HSN2! Wanted to give you a sneak peek and a chance to grab them first...quantities on some of these goodies are super limited! Even better news - if you scroll down to the bottom of this post I've copied a note from HSN - you can get $5 shipping on almost all of your crafty items in September! I also did a Facebook Live to show you all of the products "in person" and have shared that at the bottom of of this post. {FTC disclaimer - this post contains affiliate links so I may make a little money if you buy something.}

A 48 pack of WOW glitter and tinsel??? Yes please!! For $29.95 that is less than .65 per bottle - just in time for your holiday projects. You get 35 fine glitters, 6 chunky glitters and 7 tinsel glitters. So good!

Letterboards are SO popular right now (but are hard to get your hands on)...and you can get this Heidi Swapp 12x15 letterboard AND a set of 1" black letters AND a set of 2" black letters for $50.95. That is a screaming deal! ORRRRRR...for just $6 more you can get a 16x20 letterboard with gold letters! They've also got some fun Party Words/Icons and a Pink Letters/Words bundle that would be perfect for your craft room!

Speaking of Heidi - she'll help you get a kick start on being more organized with these undated planners available in striped and gold! These normally retail for $35 and are on HSN for $19.95 - I don't know about you but i could use a little list making/calendar keeping as the holidays get here - since these don't have dates you can start today!

Ummmm...40 ROLLS of coordinating Heidi Swapp Washi Tape for $19.95????? This was a definite yes for me. Each package has different widths and patterns - and did I mention that each package also has two rolls of glitter washi? Yay!

This Knock Outs holiday punch set from American Crafts retails for almost $50 - and HSN has it for $16.95! It has its own carrying case for easy storage, PERFECT for your card making and decorating this Christmas. Love it!

Last but not least...100 sheets of BAZZILL cardstock for $16.95. I REPEAT!!!!! 100 sheets!!! For $16.95!! We all know how expensive Bazzill cardstock is (at LEAST .40-.60 per sheet) and it is such great quality - this has got to be the best deal of the day. We ALL need cardstock!

Ok...below is the blurb about saving on shipping. I did a practice run and put everything in to my cart, then when I clicked "checkout" the shipping had already been reduced to $5. Perfect! Happy shopping my friends...and I hope to see you on Friday!

Limited Time Offer:
$5 TO SHIP YOUR ENTIRE CRAFTS ORDER
*excludes sewing, irons, and clearance
On 9/1/17-9/30/17 only pay $5.00 in standard shipping and handling charges for your Craft purchases in one day, and you will not have to pay any further standard shipping and handling charges on any additional Craft items you purchase that same day and have shipped to the same address. Offer may be combined with a non-shipping and handling coupon. Each item ordered requiring air shipment will be charged an additional fee. Offer pertains to purchases initiated on HSN.com or via HSNtv. To qualify for this standard shipping and handling discount, all purchases must be made on either HSNtv or HSN.com. TV and online orders cannot be combined. Offer excludes Clearance, all sewing machines, sewing accessories and tools, irons, steamers and steam presses. We authorize the full amount (including S&H and tax) for each item at the time of purchase as you shop today before any discounts are applied. These charges will be adjusted with your financial institution at midnight on day of purchase. HSN reserves the right to change or terminate this offer at any time. Offer starts 9/1/17 at 12:01am (ET) and ends 9/30/17 at 11:59 pm (ET).
— HSN.com