December 15, 2014

Champagne Wedding Toasting Glasses

New Item! 

Proposal season is in full swing, and what better gift to give a bride to be than an amazing etched champagne toasting glass! These are gorgeous and can be completely customized. The rhinestones can be upgraded to Swarovski AB crystals (or left out completely), the wording can be changed, a date can be added, or the font can be changed. Thinking about bridesmaids gifts? The wording can be changed from 'Bride' to 'Bridesmaid', 'Maid of Honor' or even personalized names! I would love to work with you helping to make your big day extra special! 

December 14, 2014

The Cricut Explore

How adorable are these cards? These were all pre-made projects from the Cricut image library that comes with the subscription. 

First off, let me begin by saying that I am in no way affiliated with, compensated for endorsing, or asked to promote any of the products mentioned. I'm just obsessed... don't judge!
(Edit: As of 2/25/2015 I am affiliated with Cricut and receive compensation for purchases made through links on this site. All opinions are my own)

The Cricut Explore
The Cricut Explore is an amazing machine that may up front cost a bit, but over time (if you use it regularly) saves you lots of money. Plus, you look super crafty. Who doesn't love that? 

It's design makes it very easy to use. You use the software on the computer, and it sends your designs straight to the machine through the provided USB. The machine cuts cleanly on paper, cardstock, thin woods and leathers, and even fabric! 

The mats have a bit of a learning curve to them. When you have a dog who's hair sheds everywhere, your mat starts to look like a wooly mammoth. It's also good to remember to bend the mat and keep the paper straight when removing items from the mat... otherwise you get a curled piece of paper. 

Projects do take time! There are often multiple mats involved, weeding off from the mat, scraping off the mat clean before reusing it (those tiny pieces can be a handful), and gluing. Yes, the machine isn't the fastest, but it is very intricate and precise. As long as you have patience, you can accomplish even the most difficult projects!

There are endless possibilities to create. So far, the projects I have made include:
-card making (including the cutting blade and the writing pen)
-cutting a mirrored stencil with vinyl to apply to glass as a for etching (which is super easy... definitely keep an eye out for a tutorial on that in the future)
-letters for canvases 
Projects that will come soon:
-iron-on vinyl for pillowcases
-wall vinyls
-other stencils
-using Crayola markers in the pen slot to design coloring pages (there is a list on the Cricut website that informs of the compatible pens and markers)

Above is a canvas that took me under twenty minutes, and under five dollars. I bought a large sheet of glitter paper (it was sticky on one side, although it was cheap so it still needed glue upon applications) and an on-sale canvas, chose my font and a heart design, cut it out, glued it on, and now it's ready for the wall! To add more color, the canvas could be painted first. 

Honestly, I don't have much negative to say about the Cricut Explore (just at JoAnn's for saying online that there were 4 Scoring Stylus' available, driving there, and none to be found in the front or in the back... but that's a whole different story). I do wish that the image library was free instead of having to pay for (ahem, cheapskate!) and that the server based software ran a little faster... other than that, I would highly recommend the Cricut Explore to any and every crafting enthusiast!

Happy Crafting,

What are your favorite projects to make with the Cricut Explore? Comment below and share your thoughts!

December 12, 2014

Rainy Day in LA

It's raining outside and I can't find my umbrella. I used to have rain boots when I lived in New York but they didn't make it to LA because, well, it doesn't rain here. Honestly, Angelinos are utterly unprepared for precipitation of any kind just the same as our fire-burned foothills are. Listen to this- the Los Angeles River is actually a river today! We had a real storm (kinda) and we like to shout about it. Ok, so it's raining, we are all freaking out... now what?

Here are some ways to keep occupied on a rainy day:

1. Crawl Back into Bed, Cry, and Go to Sleep
Just kidding. It's just rain and you aren't going to melt! (But seriously, your bed is always there for you)

2. Go Jump in Some Puddles
Yes, really! Have you tried this lately? If you are able to come back inside and take a warm shower, what's a little reckless abandon to shake up the day? It's not like it rains very much here. Just make sure not to jump in the LA River... Check out what happens if you do.

3. Make Hot Chocolate, Grab a Blanket, and Watch a Good Movie
Harry Potter, anyone?

4. Give Everyone Live Updates of the Rain Progress on Your Facebook Feed
Obviously. Everyone loves that.

5. Enjoy
We're in a drought. We need it!

Have a wonderful day and try to keep dry!

How's the weather where you're at? Comment below and let me know!