Wednesday, January 29, 2014


last week i was lucky to be among 100 creative bloggers
to be flown out to the CRICUT EXPLORE event in SLC!
they put us up in a gorgeous hotel,
where they announced their new machine to us,
before it was released to the press!

we learned all about the cricut explore,
and basically spent a whole day crafting!
that and indulging in sweet treats,
meeting amazing new blogger friends,
and just feeling like royalty!

i was so impressed,
and will forever be grateful to this amazing company!
and seriously...i was so blown away by this new machine!
cricut is sending me one in about a month and i can't wait!
i'm already dreaming up about a million projects to make!

look at ALL of these materials the cricut explore can cut!
from flimsy office paper, to corkboard, felt, burlap, fabric, vinyl stickers, iron-on, cardstock....

GOLD LEATHER you guys!!! i am gonna get crazy with leather. watch out.

on tuesday we got to break out into different rooms to craft with the cricut!

first stop was the california room...
they spoiled us with pina coladas and fruit popsicles!
it was completely beach-themed. the decor was amazing.
much of it was made with the cricut, like these pretty paper flowers.
in this room you could craft dainty paper umbrellas,
 and create iron-ons to embellish a beach tote, aka our cute swag bag.

 wouldn't you love to make a fabric banner cut with the cricut, 
and create easy glitter iron-ons with the cricut too!

 goldfish swimming in mason jars, covered in burlap! so so cute.

in the NEW YORK room the theme was FASHION!
first of all....candy-covered apples.
in pretty much every flavor possible.

of course i didn't get photos of everything,
but there were dresses made from cricut-cut pieces.
this gold butterfly dress was right up my alley.
there was also a black dress made from leather triangles,
and a bright scallop dress made from felt circles.
so creative!
and see this pretty collar? felt cut with the cricut.
we decorated collars and headbands with beads, buttons & crystals.
let's just say...i stayed in this room and crafted for a LONG time.

last stop was the UTAH room.
i seriously wanted to move in and live here.
the theme in this room was rustic home decor.
so many cute details made with the cricut.

and OH YEAH...the smores!!!!!!!
these smores brownies were out of this world.

dying to make a triangle garland when i get my machine.
i love the mixture of fabric textures.
this would be a great way to get rid of scraps!

so...being 23 weeks pregnant, and not sleeping well the night before,
i literally curled up on this adorable couch and snuggled up under the blanket,
and just dreamed that i lived in this room!

in this room we decorated waterbottles with pretty woodland-themed iron-ons,
and we created deer head wall hangings using these pretty natural wood pieces.

some of my cute new blogger friends, crafting away,
including jamie from CRAFT and rayan from the design confidential.
i loved meeting them, and so many other awesome ladies!

and i got to spend lots of one-on-one time with this awesome machine!!!!

okay, to end with the good stuff...

+ hooks up to a computer or ipad with usb or bluetooth

+ cuts and writes in one step, & cuts and scores along fold lines in one step

+ cuts a huge variety of materials using the easy smart set dial

+ comes with a storage tote with pockets for accessories

+ comes with cricut design space, the free online software for cricut explore

+ design space has 50 free projects, plus you can buy or upload your own

+ can choose from their fonts or use any from your computer

+ so so easy to use!

and you have to watch this'll fall in love.

so are you as excited as i am?

have you used a cutting machine before?

what should i make first????

disclaimer: this post was sponsored by cricut.
all opinions are my own.


  1. Ahhh! I see me :) LOVE your pictures. So fun meeting and hanging and chatting. Can't wait to get my hands on that machine! (and see some cute pics of your baby #2!)

    1. Ditto Jamie! When is your due date again? I remember you are due before me even though my bump is WAY bigger than yours ;)

  2. That machine would be awesome to have! And I LOVE LOVE that floral couch you snuggled on!