Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Celebrate It - A Tropical Holiday Party

This post is sponsored by La Croix. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that keep me pumping out the colorful crafts and DIY's.

I love a little reminder of warmer weather in the middle of winter, so I created a tropical holiday mash-up filled with color and pizazz. A party complete with a floral tree, cocktails inspired by two of my new favorite La Croix Curate flavors, and a few tasty appetizers. And after you've had a few sips of the two delicious cocktail recipes I am about to share, you will brushing off the winter chill and ready to party tropical style.

Follow along as I share the recipes for a unique and delicious holiday soiree.

Monday, December 5, 2016

DIY It - Ugly Sweater Christmas Ornaments

I realize I have already shared several DIY ornament ideas with you all this year, but I have just one more that I have to share. Why? Well, besides the fact that they are too cute not to share, they are also a part of a huge giveaway contest that I am a part of along with several of my blogger friends and Expressions Vinyl. Each of the bloggers in the contest was given a Christmas pack of vinyl which included two shades of red and green, gold, and silver adhesive vinyl and asked to create an ornament. Then you all get to vote on your favorite (it's mine, right?) for a chance to win $100 gift card to Expressions Vinyl! 

So now that you are excited, let me share how you too can make your own ugly sweater ornaments using vinyl and your Silhouette Cameo (or similar vinyl cutting machine), then you can click on over to cast your vote.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments - Learn how to use adhesive vinyl to make your own Christmas ornaments - DIY Holiday - Nordic Sweater - Nordic Holiday

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments - Learn how to use adhesive vinyl to make your own Christmas ornaments - DIY Holiday - Nordic Sweater - Nordic Holiday

Now I realize that some of them are not quite as tacky and ugly as some real life sweaters I have seen, but it was a fine line between cute, ugly and ugly, ugly and I played it cute with my ornaments.

The Supplies:

Begin by painting the inside of your ornaments. Remove the cap and squirt paint into the ornament. Swirl the paint around inside the ornament until it is fully coated with paint. Tip the ornament upside down and allow for the extra paint to fall out of the ornament onto a piece of paper or cardboard. You can leave the ornaments upside down overnight to allow the paint to dry.

While the paint is drying, cut out your vinyl using the cut file I provided above. You will want to set your vinyl cutter to a very low cutting speed (I used a speed of 2 on my Silhouette Cameo). This is because the images are very tiny and the slower speed keeps them from getting pulled up by the blade when it is cutting the vinyl. 

Once you have all your colors of vinyl cut, remove the negative space to reveal your cut pieces.

Using either your fingers or masking tape, remove the cut vinyl pieces and create your own ugly sweater ornaments using the different images. There is no wrong way to do this, it is an ugly sweater after all! Just layer the moose, trees, holly, and triangles to create your own unique sweater image. 

Once all your ornaments are uglyified, hang them on your tree or use them as party favors for your ugly Christmas sweater party!

Now that you have seen my ornament (it should totally be the winner right?), go here to vote for it and enter to win $100 gift certificate to Expressions Vinyl and see the 19 other ornaments the other bloggers made with the same vinyl pack.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments - Learn how to use adhesive vinyl to make your own Christmas ornaments - DIY Holiday - Nordic Sweater - Nordic Holiday

Friday, December 2, 2016

Gift It - Acrylic Key Chain Gift Toppers

Today marks the end of gift week, and I saved my favorite for last! Have you ever seen any laser cut acrylic jewelry, drink stir sticks, or cake toppers and wondered how to make your own? Well, my friend Amanda of Outfab can custom laser cut your designs into any shape you can think up! She has everything from wood to different color acrylic. I recently used her to create a few key chains that I am going to use as gift toppers on my friends presents this year. So they will serve as both a decoration on the box and a cute gift!

Aren't they perfect?! I guess I could have gone with several different song lyric puns, but I don't think anything can top this one.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gift It - The Entertainer And Home Decor Lover's Gift Guide

One of my favorite things about blogging has to be the fact that I am able to style so many parties and home decor vignettes. It's a great excuse to purchase all those little decor pieces that I normally would talk myself out of buying. Today, with the help of Minted, I am going to share a few of my current favorite pieces that I have been eyeing in a compilation I like to call the ultimate entertainer and home decor lover's gift guide. If you have someone who loves home decor and throwing parties, then hopefully this list will help you in your quest for the perfect gift. Or maybe you can just forward this post on to your friends and family so they can buy the pieces for you instead!

Oh, and be sure to follow the post to the end because Minted was nice enough to host a giveaway for two $125 gift cards to help you in your gift buying!

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