Cricut Blog Tour and Giveaway

Cricut Blog Tour and Giveaway

Blog post in partnership with Cricut.

Welcome,

I have a HUGE blog post for you AND A HUGE GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!! Today I am joining several seamstresses to present to you the Cricut Explore Air 2.  This is my first experinece with Cricut or a machine like this so I pretty much jumped when given the chance at playing with the Criut Explore Air 2. I think the hardest part of this machine was figuring out what to do! There are so many options that you can easily get lost in the Design Space.

aanewEH4A8944aanewEH4A8908Speaking of Design Space I highly suggest setting up your account as soon as you get your machine. You will really want to start designing now! I had a very hard time narrowing down my project for today’s blog. I finally decided on making my daughter a t-shirt design for her 13th birthday along with a free hand appliqué  on a skirt.

Here is what I did…

  1. Start designing!!! I spent hours on the Design Space Website playing with ides. Choosing vinyl colors for the project and other details like font style, size, placement, etc. Promise this was the hardest part! LOL!! So many amazing designs! aanewEH4A1543
  2. Once you finalize your design on design space it’s time to set up the machine. It is Super easy!!  After turning it on, plug it into your computer or use the bluetooth on your cell  phone if you are designing off the Cricut app. Place the Vinyl on a mat with shiny side down (which is also the clear liner). If your design is small cut down the vinyl before placing on the mat.aanewEH4A1536aanewEH4A0641
  3. Open the Air 2 and slide the mat in. Move the smart set dial to IRON -ON or right between IRON-ON AND CARDSTOCK if you are using iron-on glitter.  Then press GO on the Design Space and watch the magic happen!!! ***Make sure you click mirror image BEFORE cutting.
  4. Once it is done, slide it out of the machine and grab your wedding tool.  The wedding tool will help take out the excess vinyl from the backing. Take off any excess iron-on around the design by peeling it from the clear lining. The is a great time to get the kids involved!!! aanewEH4A0623aanewEH4A0681aanewEH4A0687
  5. I knew I wanted to free hand the collage on the skirt so I cut each design separate. Don’t trim the clear liner too close as you will need some left to be able to grab and peel off after its ironed on??? If you don’t want to free hand a pattern you can weld (merge) design so that they are printed all together on the Design Center. This video can help.aanewEH4A0707aanewEH4A0715
  6. I then laid my designs for the skirt on the fabric with clear liner side up and played with how I wanted them to be grouped. I layered a few pieces on top of each other so that the floral collage looked like a continues flow. While I was playing around with placement I ended up changing my mind on the color of the flowers. But this was an easy fix. Just grabbed the right color of vinyl and cut the flowers out again.  Once I was happy with the placement I removed any pieces that sat on top of the first layer. Tip: If you’re not using the app and your working away from your computer screen, take a cell phone pic for reference so you remember how it should look. aanewEH4A0728aanewEH4A0766
  7. Use a hot iron on Cotton/Linen and a press cloth, and iron the designs to the fabric.  Very important to use a press cloth and NO steam. Press each area down for 20-30 seconds. Repeat with reverse side of your fabric. Once it has cooled check a corner to see if all is secure. If it is then you are golden but if it is not press again for 15-20 more seconds.  aanewEH4A0777aanewEH4A0781aanewEH4A0782
  8.  For my project I was not done yet. I still had a few pieces that needed to be layered on top of the first layer. I repeated step 8 with the second layer. aanewEH4A0787
  9. Boom done!!!

For the my T-shirt design I did used the same technique.

Tips:

  1. What helped me the most when deciding where to place the wording is I had my daughter put the tank top on and I pinned the iron-on in place.  This way I could step back and look before committing with the iron.aanewEH4A0791
  2. Cut your project out in cardstock before using up your precious iron-on.  I used cardstock first and that helped me to decide on what size I wanted to use on the tank top.
  3. Check out more Iron-on projects to help you narrow down your project! See more HERE.
  4. Watch this video!
  5. Don’t be scared! Have funnnn!!!

Here is my final design all together…

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Fabric: Bari J. and Art Gallery Fabric: Joie de Vivre

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Cricut has a coupon for you! Use code:“ChristmasInJuly” Free shipping for US orders.  Click the Image below.

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Ready to see several more projects from other seamstress, oh AND WIN A MACHINE FOR YOURSELF???!!!!!!! WAHOOO!!!!!!

 Enter to Win a Cricut Explore Air 2 HERE

Week One: July 19th

Week Two: July 26th

-Alexis
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I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.

This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

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

Runway Skirt Blog Tour-Skirt Fixation

Runway Skirt Blog Tour-Skirt Fixation

Hello Friday,

It is a super busy time of year so thank you for taking a moment to stop by!

Today is my day to share with you the Runway Skirt Pattern that Skirt Fixation just released!

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Oh and guess what?!!?? It is on SALE from now until the 10th!  And On top of an already great sale, you can sign up for a fab giveaway for 1 Runway Skirt Pattern and a $25 Urban Sew gift card.  See the Rafflecoptor link at end of the post.

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The Runway Skirt features 3 skirt lengths; knee, midi and maxi. It really is such a comfortable skirt, thanks to the knit.  Also very stylish, thanks to the elegant godets. I had a goal during my “break” to make a few items for myself.  So far I have found that I suck at goals and I don’t know how to “take a break”!  I am really really really  grateful Aubrey asked me to join her blog tour so I could at least make one item for myself before the end of the year! LOL

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The pattern also comes in a large size range, 00-24, and I am wearing a size 2.  Sadly, I am not blessed with curves but I love the shape of the skirt and the godets which add flare and shape to my body. Wahoo!!! See more details on the pattern HERE.

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I used Art Gallery Fabric and Katarina Roccella Lavish Knit for the main body of the skirt and Art Gallery Denim for the godets. The pattern does call for a lighter weight fabric for the godet but I really wanted to add the denim so don’t tell on me ok! Hahahaha!

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Aubrey did a wonderful job on the Runway Skirt tutorial and I can’t believe it is her first pattern! It is very well written and illustrated and so easy to follow. I would say if you are a confident beginner seamstress you can tackle this pattern!

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Here is your chance to win 1 Runway Skirt Pattern and $25 Urban Sew gift card and to see more inspiration check out Skirt Fixation BLOG!

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Happy Holidays

-Alexis

Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour-Skirt Fixation

Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour-Skirt Fixation

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Hello and Happy Friday,

This month has flown by, right???!!  It has for me too! So it was nice to stop for a minute. grab my camera and my favorite little lady and head to my newly founded photo spot.   We had a lot of laughs and got a lot of pics with some beautiful fabric. Aubrey. from Skirt Fixation, has created a beautiful collection of fabric called, Floral Radiograph. What is Floral Radiograph you ask?? Well here you go:

Floral Radiography is the procedure of x-raying delicate flowers to create art.  Over 100 years old, this practice is almost as venerable as x-ray technology itself.  Because of the sensitivity of x-ray technology, composition difficulty, and the fragility of the processing method, most floral radiograph attempts do not turn out.  But the ones that make it to a finished product are so stunningly, hauntingly beautiful they make the endeavor worthwhile!  The tiny community of artists who make floral radiographs do not limit themselves to flowers either.  Whether it’s the ability to see beyond the naked eye, or the similarity to silhouettes and shadows, floral radiography translates beautifully to fabric because the owner of floral radiograph fabric can use it to create something that transcends the flesh of nature and touches the very bones.

Pretty cool, right??!!

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I choose the Black and White Boarder Print in cotton. Which is super soft and flowy!! It was a breezy day thanks to a storm coming, which made the fabric drape like a dream. Lucky me!!

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I had envisioned making a skirt for the tour because every time I think of Aubrey I think of skirts! HA!  So I used the Gemma Skirt pattern by Violette Field Threads. I made the skirt with a few modifications, like using a gathered skirt instead of a circle skirt and I also adding length. The end result was a full, flowy midi skirt!

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I have a thing for Black and White fabric, it’s timeless! BUT, she is also offering the print in several other colors…

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Gorgeous, right??!!!!

Guess what, you can win a $50 credit for My Fabric Designs. See Skirt Fixation Blog for more information. The giveaway runs from April 25 to May 8.

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Thank you Aubrey for having me on your blog tour!!!

Until next time…

Alexis

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