DIY Stocking Idea with Martha Stewart and Cricut

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Hey y’all! I’m back again with another project that I created in collaboration with Cricut, Michaels, and Martha Stewart, and I can hardly wait to share this one with you!

It’s fast, it’s affordable, and it’s so darn cute!!! I’ll give you the full “how to” for this DIY Stocking Idea below, but I hope you’ll use it as a baseline to get your creative juices flowing. The possibilities are endless here!

Obviously, most people personalize stockings to hang in their home, but think outside of the box, too! In this case, I used the stocking as gift wrap.

The holidays can be super stressful, and I thought my girlfriends might want some wine to help them cope through the craziness. I gussied up a simple stocking using my Cricut Explore Air 2 Martha Stewart Bundle and the brand new Cricut EasyPress 2 Martha Stewart Edition, tucked some chocolate and wine inside, and voila! A sanity-saver in a stocking! ;)

This would also be a great gift for neighbors, Christmas Party hostesses, your boss…heck, anyone really. The point is, don’t be afraid to add your own spin to the personalization (there are a slew of fun options in Design Space), or even the gift inside. It doesn’t have to be wine…it can be anything!

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Based on my previous posts, you guys know that I’m a wee bit obsessed with the Cricut Explore Air 2 Martha Stewart Bundle. Well, today I’m sooooo excited to tell you that the dynamic trio has introduced a new accessory that is a MUST in the crafting world… The Cricut EasyPress 2 Martha Stewart Edition, available exclusively at Michaels!!!

This 9” x 9” vanilla pearl beauty is dressed in gold, and gets you professional iron-on results…in less than a minute! If you’ve ever tried to apply iron-on material with an iron, you know that it can be pretty hit or miss. The temperature is just too hard to get right! It’s either not hot enough so the material doesn’t adhere everywhere, or it’s too hot and your iron-on crinkles up. I’ve wrecked many a project using an iron, and I know I’m not alone. :(

Enter the EasyPress 2. This baby allows you to choose the precise temperature you need based on the material you are using (as well as the material that you are adhering to), then the ceramic-coated heat plate heats evenly to that temp and tells you exactly how long you will need to press the material, providing you with perfect adhesion!

Another bonus? It’s SO easy to use! My daughter and I did a project together for her bridesmaids using the EP2, and she’s been over here numerous times since then to use it again because it’s just that easy. And fun!!!

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What You’ll Need for this DIY Stocking Idea

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Begin by opening the project in Design Space and clicking “Make It.” The program will sort the different colors of Iron-On onto their own mats for cutting. When cutting iron-on material, the images will need to be mirrored so that they display correctly when applied to your project. Click the toggle button on each mat to turn mirroring on for each cut.

The Explore Air 2 will remind you to turn the mirroring on in case you forget. Another important thing to remember is that iron-on material gets placed shiny-side down on the mat. The machine will remind you of that, too. :)

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After all of the iron-on has been cut, use the weeding tool to peel away all of the negative material (the material that you don’t need). One of the reasons that the Martha Stewart Iron-On is so amazing to use is because it is incredibly easy to weed! Unlike other materials that I have used before, the Martha Iron-On peels right away from the cuts beautifully, and doesn’t snag or tear. If you’ve ever weeded before, you know this is a very welcomed trait!!!

The Martha Iron-On also applies flawlessly (especially when applied with the EP2), can withstand many washes, and is long-lasting when applied correctly. You can even layer up to three colors to create one-of-a-kind projects like I mentioned at the beginning of this post!

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Once all of the Iron-On has been weeded, preheat the Easy Press 2 using this Reference Guide to determine the settings that you need. Follow the instructions in the guide to apply the Iron-On.

As you apply each layer, be sure that all of the iron-on is protected with the carrier sheet so that the already-applied iron-on doesn’t get ruined or stick to the press.

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That’s seriously all there is to it! Cut, weed, apply. And with the amount of iron-on that you get on each roll, you can make a bunch of these babies to give as gifts! Super cost-effective, and super cute!

If you decide to give this idea a go, be sure to tag me on social media so that I can see! I love to see what you guys are creating. My social media accounts can be found below.

Happy crafting and chat soon! Jen ❤︎

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

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

DIY Holiday Gift Tags Using the Cricut Maker

DIY Holiday Gift Tags

I absolutely love wrapping pretty gifts to go under the Christmas tree! If you ask my family, they may even tell you I’m a little obsessive about it. But there’s something so special about receiving a beautifully wrapped present, isn’t there? I mean, if there were a dozen gifts under the tree, and only one of them was tied up with a pretty ribbon and tag, wouldn’t you wish that the jazzed up one was for you? Exactly. Plus, the gifts under the tree are basically house decor until they get opened, so why shouldn’t they look nice? I know y’all get me. My family just doesn’t know any better. ;)

How to Make DIY Holiday Gift Tags Using the Cricut Maker

So, if you’re like me and love DIY holiday decorations, then you are going to la, la, love these DIY Holiday Gift Tags that I created with my Cricut Maker! I chose to use the Maker over my Explore Air 2 for these tags because the Maker can handle the heavier materials that I wanted to use. The Maker has the power that is needed for the wood and leather that I wanted to incorporate, and it’s rotary blade glides right over fabric without tearing or snagging…perfect for soft suede!

I also wanted to create some 3D designs using acetate, and the Maker has a scoring wheel that is capable of scoring the acetate so that it can be folded, something that the scoring stylus isn’t quite strong enough for.

If you have a Maker, fire that baby up and let’s get started! If you don’t have a Maker yet, you’re probably going to want one after reading this post. Put it on your Christmas list and tell Santa he can shop here. ;)
DIY Holiday Gift Tags
DIY Holiday Gift Tags

Let’s start off with the 3D DIY Holiday Gift Tags. The how-to is basically the same for both the snowflake and the tree, so I’ll walk you through one project and you can just apply it to whichever one you choose to make.

For the Tree or Snowflake DIY Holiday Gift Tags You’ll Need:

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Open the project in Design Space and click “Customize.” Open a text box to enter the name that you would like on your tag, then center it in the tag box. Select the tag box and the text, and click “Attach.” Find the text layer in the layers panel, click on the colored dot in the layer, then choose the color pen that you’ll be using. Click “Make It.” The prompts on the screen will walk you through making the project, but here is a general synopsis.

Load the white card stock onto a Light Grip Mat. Load the pen into Clamp A, and the Fine Point Blade into Clamp B, then follow the prompts on the screen to write and cut. Unload mat.
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Peel the backing off of the Foil Acetate Sheet, then load onto a Standard Grip Mat. Remove the pen from Clamp A, then remove the Fine Point Blade from Clamp B and load the Scoring Wheel into Clamp B. Load the mat, then click the “go” button to score. WITHOUT REMOVING THE MAT, remove the Scoring Wheel and replace the Fine Point Blade. Follow the prompts to cut. Fold the trees along the score line.

Load the green card stock onto the Light Grip Mat to cut the paper trees.

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Fold the trees along the score lines. Apply a light coat of glue to one side of a folded tree, then adhere one side of the second folded tree to it. Once secure, repeat to attach the third tree.

Apply a very light layer of hot glue along the fold of each acetate tree (hot glue is visible when dry, so be sure to apply sparingly), and adhere to the inside folds of the paper trees. Hot glue the flat back layers of the trees to the suede tag bases, then use twine to attach the gift name tag.

DIY Christmas Tags
DIY Christmas Tags

For the Bass Wood Monogram and Deer DIY Holiday Gift Tags You’ll Need:

Once again, the concept for these tags is the same, so I’ll walk you through one, and you can apply the same techniques to both. The only difference will be if you choose to use suede (like I did on the monogram), or leather (like I did with the deer).

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Open the project in Design Space and click “Customize.” Change the monogram initial to the letter of your choice, then click “Make It.” The prompts on the screen will walk you through making the tags, but here is a synopsis for you.
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Place the Foil Acetate on a Standard Grip Mat. Place the Fine Point Blade in Clamp B, then follow the prompts to cut.

Unload the mat, then place the card stock on a Light Grip Mat. Follow the prompts to cut.

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If you have never used your knife blade before, you will want to calibrate it first. Directions for calibrating your Knife Blade can be found here.

Next, you’ll want to slide the star wheels (the white wheels on the roller bar) all the way to the right. Make sure that the width of your bass wood is no larger than 11.5 inches, then tape the wood to the Strong Grip Mat using masking tape or painters tape. Load the Knife Blade into Clamp B, then begin cutting.

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After the machine has made one full pass on the design, it will tell you how many more passes are needed to cut all the way through the wood. Once all of the passes are complete, WITHOUT UNLOADING THE MAT, you’ll want to check to see if the wood has been cut all the way through. If it has, you may unload the mat. If it hasn’t you’ll hit the “C” go button again to create another pass. Continue doing that until the wood has been cut all the way through.

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Next, you’ll either cut the suede or leather to go on top of your wood piece. If you are cutting the faux leather, be sure to turn mirror image “on” before cutting, and place the material face down on the mat.

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Once all of your pieces are cut, apply a thin layer of glue to the suede or leather, then secure onto the wood. Use twine to string the tags and wood pieces together.

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If you’re feeling super creative, use these ideas as stepping stones to create your own unique tags. There are so many holiday images in Design Space that you can incorporate…the possibilities are endless!

As always, if you decide to give these ideas a whirl, be sure to tag me on social media (@JenTbyDesign on the platforms below) so I can see your awesome creations!

Have fun, and Merry Christmas to you!!! xoxoxo, Jen ❤︎

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. Affiliate links are included in this post, which means If you purchase something through a link, I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.

DIY Halloween Sugar Scrub Gift Idea with Cricut

DIY Halloween Sugar Scrub Gift Idea with Cricut

Wanna surprise your pals, coworkers, or your kids’ teachers with a fun little Halloween treat? This DIY Halloween Sugar Scrub Gift Idea is sure to do the trick!

We all love a little pampering every now and then, so sugar scrub makes a wicked cool Halloween treat. Tint it to look like candy corn, and it’s just boo-tiful!

To kick it up a notch and make it even more spooktacular, personalize the jars with a sassy saying. I used my Cricut® Explore Air™ 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle to jazz up the jars with some fun personalization. If you’ve been following my blog and have seen my “Mint to Be” Baby Shower or my “She’s a Succa for Him” Succulent Bridal Shower, then you know how obsessed I am with my Martha machine.

It can cut over 100 different materials at twice the speed of previous models, and the bundle (which is available exclusively at Michaels) includes twenty-five exclusive Martha Stewart images. This is in addition to the thousands of ready-made projects and images that are available in Cricut’s Design Space! There is so much fun to be had with this bundle!!!

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In the spirit of sippin,' today's post is a super cute, summer-inspired project, which just so happens to be the perfect resting spot for your summer sips...DIY Tile Coasters.

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I scored this adorable, rustic tray at JoAnn a few months back, and have been holding onto it until I had the perfect use for it.  Well, when I was searching for something on Etsy last week, I came across this SVG file from Honeybee SVG and knew right away that it would be perfectfor the tray!

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It's fast, it's easy, and it's something they'll actually use...happily.  :)

I mean, let's face it.  Is there anyone out there that doesn't need a little sip or two of an adult beverage to get through the holiday craziness?  If you happen to have a neighbor that might answer yes to that question, then fill this wine bottle gift wrap with sparkling cider instead (and send me that adult beverage)!  

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