Cricut Made - Spread Your Wings & Let The Fairy In You Fly Bracelets

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Hi friends..

I am beyond excited about this post.  You see there are a few of us moms that love throwing a party.  Not just any party, this one is special.  It is an endeavor that we take very seriously, one to create such a memory that not only will the fathers walk away from saying "job well done" but one that our daughters will look back in years to come and cherish this one evening.

It is the annual Father/Daughter dance...  And, this years theme was -



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An Enchanted Evening

Several of us moms gathered to come up with ideas.  We brainstormed as our eyes danced and minds swirled with visions of fairies, wisteria, party favors and more.

Cricut Explorer Air cutting machine used to make leather adjustable bracelet

I had a job and that job was to make 180 faux leather bracelets for our sweet belles.

I proudly took on the job knowing that I could complete this task using my Cricut Explore Air 2*.  I know what you are thinking... 180 is quite a few.  Yup but I will tell you this machine is a workhorse and kicked butt.

The very first thing I did was cut all of my faux leather.  Which was done using Cricut Strong Grip Mat*.  This allowed for the faux leather to remain in tact over multiple cuts.  I also used the Deep Cut Blade*.  I laid my faux leather with the leather side down.

I had previously made faux leather cuff bracelets & still had my bracelet template setup in my Design Space so the only the thing I needed to do was create what would be going on the bracelets to reflect the evening.

The design would be using Cricut Iron-On Vinyl.  Yes you can iron onto the faux leather.   The best thing I found to do was to keep the iron on a medium heat setting & lightly go over the iron-on to adhere it just enough for it not to move from its place.  And, then lay a pillowcase over to firmly adhere the vinyl.

The design we chose was fairy wings with the quote "Spread Your Wings & Let The Fairy In You Fly".  That meant there was a ton of cuts and lots of weeding to do.  Remember these are bracelets for little wrists..

I laid myself an assembly line out & went to work.


Once the bracelets were complete with their design, I used leather cording and a bead to create an adjustable bracelet.


All 180 set and ready for the wrist of a sweet little girl that one day will reflect back on this evening as enchanted!


The day had arrived and we were set to start preparations for the big evening.

The other moms & I showed up to the school on that Friday morning to finish assembly and decorations.  Chatter was heard in the hallways as little girls were growing excited about their plans for the night.

A night we could only hope that each girl & her special date would hold onto for a lifetime....


Come with me and enter into the....


An Enchanted Forest filled full of sparkling lights,


Butterflies..

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Wishing Wells..

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And, a wisteria path..


that leads to... a night full of dancing..

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 Popcorn, Snow-cones and yummy goodies...

Throughout the night the girls left notes to their fathers on the fairy wings in the hallway.  It is one of my most favorite parts of the night.  I love seeing what the girls write to their fathers....

 As the night wound down, and the girls were lead back through the wisteria lane, party favors waited for them.

Hopefully as a reminder of how special each one of them are..  So littles "Spread your wings & let the fairy in you fly"!  

 Even though this post was sponsored by my friends at Cricut, this was probably one of my absolute favorite projects.  And, it was made a much easier task by using my Cricut to make these amazing cuts.  Even the wooden tags were made by writing the Father & Daughter Dance 4.21.2017 and then circles cut on sticker paper.  Amazing!


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

Coffee Table Makeover Using Some Of My Favorite Brands


It's a new month.. WHAT!?!  But, this month I am talking about not ONE but THREE of my favorite brands & products that I work with & love to work with.  The best part is these three play so well together & that makes me happy, happy, happy!

paint, stain and wax


Boho Themed Birthday Party

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I am super excited to let you know that I've partnered up with Cricut to bring you all sorts of craft ideas, with fun easy project tutorials.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest!

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Hi there friends.. 

Have you notice the trend of dreamcatchers, feathers, and arrows this year?  They seem to be making their way back into our crafting & home decor world.  It's a trend I love seeing, and my daughter who is turning 9 in a few days has embraced.   You can see her room makeover and all the tribal & arrows to see just how much she's embraced the trend.

Following in her momma's footsteps, she wanted to do an arts & crafts birthday party with her friends. Michaels just so happens to have a dreamcatcher craft right now.. PERFECT!  Book it!  This really couldn't have worked out any better.

With this in mind I had seen a craft on the Cricut Design Space under the Make It Now projects. 



They were the cutest Boho Party Favor bags, and they not only look adorable but also easy.  



Now you are probably looking at this and asking "is the Cricut software easy to use to create a Make It Now project"?  After doing just one of them, I thought it was probably one of the more simple things to follow along.  

Once you click on the "Make It Now" green button, everything comes up in your Cricut Design Space.  It's all ready to cut, score & more if you choose a different project.  All you need to do is click the GO button & insert the mat with the proper material.  Can't get much easier than that.



Or...  

You can choose to "Customize" the project.  It takes you to your design space so you can make the changes you want to make.  This is also very simple to do as well.  I absolutely love this feature since I almost always want to make at least a minor change.

For this project I choose to customize.  I did this knowing I was using a card stock that was smaller than the 12 in x 12 in.  I let Katie pick out the colors she wanted to use for her party.  I knew what she'd go for, but wanted to give her that choice. 



I removed one of the bags out of the design space area so I could adjust the size appropriately.  I was only going to be cutting one bag to each sheet of card stock anyway.  This makes it easier for me to manage my design.  



I made my cuts for the bags, and then moved onto the feathers & dreamcatchers.



Since I would be making 11 bags, I duplicated the feathers & dreamcatchers to cut 11 each on the different color card stock.  Once you go onto the next screen to send the design to be cut (see below), you can move your design around on the mat to ensure it's within your cutting boundaries.  For example, the mat shown here is a 12 in x 12 in, but my paper is 8.5 in x 11 in.  I can move the feathers around to ensure that they line up inside of the 8.5 in x 11 in.   The first time I used my machine I didn't know that.  You can also rotate designs if you need to.




Once I had all of my materials cut, I assembled the bags.  I used a glue stick to glue the tabs for the bags, and also to attach my feathers & dreamcatchers.



I used leather cord to tie the bags closed, and added a boho sticker on each bag over the top of the feathers/dreamcatchers.  I made arrow tags with each girls name on them also using my Cricut using both the cut and drawing function.  




This is another great feature, you don't have to remove one tool to use another.  There is 2 housing units so you can do 2 tasks. 







arrows, feathers and dreamcatchers


Boho themed party

This was was truly a simple project that I loved finding in the Make It Now section.  Every kid & parent admired the bags.  


lynn fern birthday party

One of the things that I love about these bags, you can use this project over & over.   Doing the project from the Make It Now was not only easy, but it saved me time of not needing to create the entire project from scratch.   And, knowing I have the option to customize is pretty amazing.  


Boho, Dreamcatcher, Boho








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

Santa Fe Turquoise Desk makeover

I can't help but smile with this gorgeous makeover for a few reasons...


1. The first is this color makes me smile and so very happy!  

2. It's a desk that I've had sitting waiting for it's makeover for a very long time.  

3.  I used one of my all time favorite paint lines - CeCe Caldwell Paints.  

4.  Oh and it was for a family I adore!!

Desk painted with CeCe Caldwell paints



Waterfall China Hutch Makeover

I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Mustard Yellow and Snow White to update this outdated Waterfall China Hutch.

Mustard Yellow milk paint

This Waterfall China Hutch was left next to a dumpster.  I scooped it right up knowing I could make it look pretty.

China Cabinet

Waterfall furniture is certainly not my style of furniture.  This particular piece had many small pieces of veneer missing.  But, that's an easy fix especially if you are painting.  I used a little wood filler, let dry and sanded to smoothness.

I used two colors from Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Mustard and Snow White.  I knew I wanted a nice yellow, but Mustard was just a bit much on the golden side.  So, I added Snow White into the mix.


I love mixing colors with Old Fashioned Milk Paint.  I think besides the coverage and how fun it can be to see the results, mixing is one of my favorite things to do.  I love to see the variations in colors I can achieve.

This was the exact yellow I was looking for.  A nice not too bold yet not too pale.  Once I had my paint mixed, I let it sit for about 15 minutes.  I clean the cabinet well, then I used a sanding block and scuffed it up good, and then wiped it down again ensuring all the dust was removed.

I wasn't looking for a chippy look, I poured about 1/4 of my mixture into a separate cup & I added in some extra bond.  The extra bond would only be used in my first coat & it allows for the milk paint to adhere without creating that chippy paint look.

I gave the hutch 3 nice coats of milk paint.  I then used Daddy Van's clear wax over the entire hutch.

mustard yellow mixed with snow white milk paint

It's super smooth and it looks nicely updated now.  I absolutely love this color!!  And, the Daddy Van's wax finished it off so nicely.  I use a wax brush and it goes on so easy.

Waterfall china cabinet painted yellow

Iris - A dresser transformed

Meet Iris..


Iris was created using CeCe Caldwell Paints and Modern Masters Metal Effects.

turquoise, gold, metal effects and patina


I am slightly obsessed with Iris, and love how she turned out.  One day I ventured out of my comfort zone.  I went to a paint n sip with a few of my lovely friends.

California Gold, Santa Fe Turquoise, Destin Gulf Green, Smoky Mountain Gray

It wasn't the sippin' part that was out of my comfort zone, it was actually the painting part.  I know WHAT!?!  You see I have not once picked up a paint brush & laid it on canvas.  I know I know...  crazy, right!


So it took me on a journey that day, one that I am not sure I can describe in words here, but I will try.  I know my way around paints well, but to paint on canvas is a whole different ballgame.  I didn't realize how different it would be.

sip and paint class

Picking up a paint brush to create a picture.  I have a fairly creative mind, & I can duplicate by vision, but to actually create a painting scared me.  Mind you creating custom colors & mixing I can do & love to do.  I have extremely artistic family members, my Grandma Brewer was very artistic and many of my traits are from her.  SO why couldn't I do this I asked myself.  Well...guess what!?!  I did it and I loved it.


I need to work on certain things, but the blending of colors and working them was pure bliss for me.   In fact, the instructor John & his wife Jackie said I could come to their studio and play err I mean learn more.  I can't wait!  They'll probably regret telling me that.

The class gave me inspiration for my next piece.  I've always admired Dionne of The Turquoise Iris..her work is amazing.  I just never ventured into that land.  But, after the class I decided to jump in...hands first.

This dresser once sat in my girls room.  Where did it come from?  I haven't a clue.  Thing is when we first moved into our home, we hadn't bought much furniture.  The insurance company let us "rent" from them while we were rebuilding the home.

pink and purple girls dresser

I had picked this dresser up, it had been painted white but the drawers hadn't been touched.  The girls were sharing a room and they wanted pink & purple.  We painted the top with a silver metallic and then used paper on the drawers.  Cute at the time.  But, probably one of my worst makeovers to date.
I brought the dresser into my shop and started the clean up.  I cleaned off all the paper, and then removed the silver and white paint.  Tedious but well worth it.


Once it was all cleaned up I grabbed all the colors I knew I'd be working with.  I used CeCe Caldwell paints in Santa Fe Turquoise, Destin Gulf Green and a tiny bit of Smoky Mountain Gray.  I mixed the 3 colors until I got the exact color I was looking for.  And, then I used California Gold.

I used Modern Masters Metal Effects.  I knew I was going to go for a layered look so I used the rust, green & blue patina.  I used the iron, bronze and copper oxidizing paint.  


I started with the Metal Effects primer.  I went up more than I knew I'd be using the oxidizing paint, but that was fine.  I actually like the color of the primer.  



I then just started playing.  One of the things I realized was, I was truly in my happy place.  I was using the dresser as my canvas.  Just letting things flow.


Blending as I went.. I had multiple paint brushes and a spray bottle with water to help with the blending, but mostly kept my brush dry.  I played, it's paint and can always be fixed if you don't love it.

I did the fronts and sides all together.  I also did the drawers shut..this gave me a full canvas to work with.  I normally take the drawers out.

I left her like this for the night.  I used my metal effects and sprayed her to bring me a surprise in the morning.  I couldn't wait to see how it sat up for me.  As you can see I opened the drawers so they wouldn't stick.


The next day I played a bit more on blending and pulling the colors together.  One of the things I learned in class was the hard stop of colors.  Some may like that look, I learned that day, I do not.  

I also gave the hardware it's Modern Masters treatment.  turning them from a brassy look to a beautiful rusty patina.

Now this is where patience is needed... I am learning y'all but it's not my best trait!



Meanwhile I let things sit and age while I went on to work on a custom piece for a client.  I needed to sand the top and prepare it for it's updated look.  A perfect distraction... I must say.  And, really you should come back to see it.  It also turned out gorgeous..


That was the perfect amount of time... The dresser was completed, the metal effects had done it's job & all the layers set up better than I could have hoped for.

turning hardware rusty using Modern Masters Metal Effects

The color combination is just stunning.  I loved how well the colors worked together.  The inspiration behind this dresser came from sitting with friends, and stepping out of my comfort zone.

It's amazing what we can conquer when we try something new.


teal, yellow and patina

I look at this dresser and really can't believe the transformation it took.  I am in love with how it turned out.  I will have to fight the urge to keep it...





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