Did you know that you can make your very own custom printed napkins at home using the Cricut EasyPress 2? I got a chance to sample the 6×7″ EasyPress 2 and I can’t say enough good things about it.
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This past August, Cricut held an event called Mountain Make-a-Thon and it was so much fun to just be with other creative people making creative things with our Cricut. At the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon, they announced they were coming out with a new and improved version of their original EasyPress. This time the EasyPress 2 comes in 3 different sizes, 6×7″, 9×9″, and 12×10″.
This smaller EasyPress 2 makes it my third so I guess you can say that I’ve got some EasyPress experience. I love the small size and it’s perfect for making your own custom printed napkins.
Absolutely, you can! You’re going to want your setting to be around 250°F and press for around 10-15 seconds. Because these were napkins, I was able to use the new EasyPress Mat that is designed for the 6X7″ model. If I was using cardstock, I would want my EasyPress 2 and Mat to be larger than my paper so I don’t make any dents in my paper project.
How do you make Custom Printed Napkins with your EasyPress 2?
It’s really simple. You’re going to want to go into Design Space and create a file and be sure that it is sized to fit onto your napkin. Load your Everyday Iron-On into your Cricut machine and don’t forget to reverse your image!
What is the difference between Cricut Iron-On Lite and Cricut Everyday Iron-On?
Cricut has reformulated their old Iron-On Lite. The Everyday Iron-On is something that I noticed a huge difference in quality when I compared it to the Iron-On Lite. It releases easier from the carrier sheet and it gives you a better result. It also comes with the StrongBond Guarantee. Which means that if you use the Everyday Iron-On as instructed and you’re not satisfied with the results, they’ll replace it for free.
How do I use the Cricut EasyPress 2?
This part is probably the easiest of this whole thing. You’re going to want to weed your image and leave what you want to press on to your custom printed napkins on the carrier sheet.
Preheat your EasyPress 2 to 250ºF. The new EasyPress 2 heats up a lot faster than the original and it can now go up to 400ºF. Keeping your EasyPress 2 on the Safety Base is also important so that other items can remain protected.
Place your napkin on to the EasyPress Mat. Place your image on to your napkins and then press for 10-15 seconds. Remove your Everyday Iron-On while your image is still hot. Some HTV is a cold peel process so be sure to read all the manufacturers instructions.
Allow your custom printed napkin to cool and then you’re set to go on with your party!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
These DIY Princess Crowns are made perfect by using your Cricut machine.
Create them in minutes and have your princess enjoy her party in style.
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I loved preparing for this easy Princess Party. It was made complete by making this easy DIY Princess Crowns. Create them out of glitter cardstock and see how easy it is to cut with your Cricut machine.
You’re going to begin by opening the Cricut Design Space File above and setting your Cricut machine to Glitter Cardstock (get more information on this below). Load your glitter cardstock on to your mat and cut, select finish on your computer and set aside.
Next, select to cut your image again but this time mirror the image. Load your coordinating paper on to your mat and then cut again.
Run your cardstock images into your Xyron Creative Station right side up. This will turn your images into stickers and then you can sandwich them together. If you’re using wet adhesive, set it aside to dry. Connect the ends of your DIY Princess Crown together and use your easy craft adhesive. Use two clips to secure the ends together so that it will ensure that they’ll stay adhered.
You can connect some elastic to the paper princess crowns by using a hole punch or stapler. Or you can use these paper princess crowns as place card holders.
How do I cut Glitter Cardstock with my Cricut?
Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore have different looks in Design Space when it comes to choosing your materials.
If you have a Cricut Maker, you’re going to want to click on the ‘Choose More Materials’ link and it will pull up all that the Cricut Maker has been tested to cut. Just choose Glitter Cardstock and then press the Go flashing button on your Cricut Maker.
To cut glitter cardstock on your Cricut Explore, set your smart dial to ‘Custom’ and then the drop-down menu will include Glitter Cardstock. Select that and then press the Go flashing button on your Cricut Explore.
This Magical White Chocolate Unicorn Bark is absolutely going to make you earn brownie points for such beautiful food. Grab the easy instructions on how to make it below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
You absolutely loved my Unicorn Pancakes, take it a step further and make this magical White Chocolate Unicorn Bark. Load it up with sprinkles and handmade Unicorn horns and you’re set for the perfect Unicorn party.
Begin by making your Unicron Horns our of the pink fondant. You’re going to want to take a piece the size of a bouncy ball and then roll it out and taper it at the edges. Bring the two ends together and then twist. Set them aside to dry.
How do I temper chocolate in the microwave?
Next, place a piece of parchment paper on top of a baking sheet. You’re going to want to temper your white chocolate and that can easily be done in the microwave.
To temper chocolate in the microwave, begin with about 2/3 of your chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. You’re going to want to heat in 30-second intervals and stirring between each rotation. Once your chocolate is almost melted completely, add in your other 1/3 of chocolate to help bring the heat down.
To warm your chocolate, just microwave in 10-second intervals until it returns to the same consistency. But this recipe, we won’t worry about that.
Pour your melted white chocolate over the parchment and then spread with an offset spatula. You can absolutely just use a silicone spatula but I love the way and offset spatula spreads so use that if you have one. Next, warm your purple candy melts in the same fashion as the chocolate or go here to see how I’ve done it in the past.
Pour the warmed purple candy melts over the white chocolate bark and then swirl with a toothpick to create your white chocolate Unicorn Bark.
Now the fun part! Pour your sprinkles over the warm Unicorn Bark and then place your fondant unicorn horns all around and let it firm in the refrigerator.
How do you break chocolate bark?
The last step is the break the Unicorn Bark. To break my chocolate bark, I took the parchment paper off of the pan and then dropped it on my countertop. You can use a knife too. Just do whichever you prefer.
I love to serve this in some parchment bags or just pile it on a plate and allow others to serve themselves. Either way, you definitely have a hit on your hands with this white chocolate Unicorn Bark.
Make this magical unicorn bark for your next unicorn party. It's the perfect addition to your unicorn dessert table.
chocolate bark, unicorn, unicorn recipe
4ozready-made white fondant
2ozready-made red fondant
Cornstarch for rolling
1cuppurple candy melts
1cupsprinkles of your choice
Start by lining a cookie sheet with wax paper. Cover your fingers in cornstarch, as well as your clean working surface (this will avoid any sticky messes). Fold both fondant colors and knead together, creating a pink-marbled look and roll 12-15 fondant spheres, about ¼ of an inch in diameter.
Roll each sphere into a long strip, about 1 inch in length.
Slightly fold over your strip and start twisting. Once you reach the end of the twist, pinch the tip. This will act as your unicorn horn. Gently place your fondant creations on your lined baking sheet.
Line a rectangular pan with wax paper. Add white chocolate and 2 tsp of your coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in thirty-second intervals until completely melted. Mix and pour into your lined pan.
Next, add purple candy and 1 tsp coconut oil into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in thirty-second intervals until completely melted and pour over your melted white chocolate. Use a fork to blend the white chocolate and the purple candy to create a marbled look.
Top your bark with sprinkles and your fondant horns. Let set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and break off into pieces.
These cactus cake pops will look perfect on your dessert table for your next party. Celebrate a fiesta or Cinco De Mayo with this easy recipe to recreate. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
What kinds of parties can I throw with these Cactus Cake Pops?
These cactus cake pops can be recreated for your next birthday party. They’re perfect for Cinco De Mayo, a Southwestern theme or just a Cactus themed party. This cactus party food is the perfect addition.
Prepare your buttercream frosting and then add a few spoonfuls to the side. Color the larger amount of buttercream with your Kelly Green color and then color the smaller amount with the red food coloring. Crumble your white cake into a large bowl and add three tablespoons of the green buttercream that you’ve prepared. Mix it well and then form an oval shape then press down on the bottom. Press your sucker stick into the shape and then place in the freezer to harden for 15-20 minutes. After the shapes have set, use your Wilton tip #47 to pipe green strips down the shape. Use your Wilton tip #131 to create the red flowers at the top. Place the white sprinkles on your cactus cake pops to act as the needles. Serve and enjoy! They’re so adorable for a lot of themed birthday parties but these cactus cake pops are sure to make an appearance sooner than later.
Have the most stylish party on the block with these Cactus Cake Pops. Made with vanilla box cake mix and easily created.
cactus cake, cake pops
Servings: 10cake pops
vanilla cake, box mixmake the recipe as two 8" cake rounds
Kelly Green gel food coloring
red gel food coloring
Crumble your cake into small bits and place in a bowl. Using a stand mixer, mix butter, confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla on medium speed. Gradually increase to high and beat until completely smooth.
Place a small amount of the frosting in a bowl and color it red. Color the rest with the Kelly Green gel food coloring.
Put 3 tablespoons of the green buttercream into your bowl of cake crumbs and mix.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form your cake into a cactus shape and then place the sucker stick into the shape. Let set in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.
Once set, use Wilton tip #47 to frost each cake pop with green buttercream in an upward motion (ie.: vertical strips). Insert white sprinkles on random spots.
Using Wilton tip #191, frost flowers on top with red decorating frosting.
This was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Create this easy faux birthday cake for your next celebration and save some money to put into other areas of your party. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Leila turned 8 this past May and was baptized in the LDS church. She wanted to have a mermaid theme party and I had a cake/cookie lady all set aside to make amazing decorative food for us. Unfortunately, about a week before the party I found out she was expecting and was super sick. I had empathy for her because I had been in that same sick position almost three years ago. I called around to try and find someone who could do similar work and they were charging a lot more than she was and so I just decided I’d make a faux birthday cake and then we could just make some guava cakes to serve.
You’re going to start by glueing the foam cake rounds together. Let it sit for a few hours to make sure they’re stuck together before you put your Smooth Finish on it. Smooth Finish is just like spackle, it spreads on easily and once it’s hardened, you can sand it to get your desired look. Use your spatula to spread it on and cover the entire cake. I was able to get a “crumb coat” on the first layers and then I waited for it to dry and sanded it roughly. Next, I added some paint swooshes. I didn’t mix the colors with the Smooth Finish, I just added them directly to the first layer of the Smooth Finish. After the paint had dried, I added another thicker coat of the Smooth Finish and allowed it to dry. I wanted it to look like the “buttercream” was spread on rather than smoothed out. I also wanted the colors to show through but I didn’t like the starkness it was before I added the second coat. Use some glue and a paintbrush to have the gilding sheet stick to certain parts of the cake. I made it very random and I love how it turned out. I saved myself about $150 by going this route. Having four kids is expensive and so anytime I can save money, it makes my husband a happy man. I don’t usually do this elaborate of backdrop but this was a fun change of pace. Making this faux birthday cake is something that I will definitely do in the future. I’m so glad it was easier than I thought it would be or else I wouldn’t do this again. 😉
Celebrate the release of Christopher Robin by creating these easy Winnie The Pooh cupcakes. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I grew up watching Winnie the Pooh and Piglet was always my favorite character. Next to Piglet, Pooh was a close second. I cannot wait to see the new Christopher Robin movie that will be released on August 3, 2018. I’ll be a mother of a 13-year-old by that point so the movie will be a good way for me to release tears.
Making these Winnie the Pooh cupcakes was incredibly easy. I like to use some brown cupcake liners. These ones I’ve linked to above are especially great because they don’t leave any grease marks. You can also use the red ones I made them in. Make sure they are lined by a foil liner so that the grease doesn’t seep out.Just use your favorite chocolate cupcakes. You can use store-bought or make some using your favorite mix. Just double the ingredients for the fondant toppers below to make enough for one chocolate cake mix box.
Frost your cupcakes with the buttercream. You can also buy store-bought frosting and perhaps even color it yellow to match the yellow fondant.
Roll out your yellow fondant and cut them into 2″ circles. Roll small balls of the yellow fondant for his ears and a larger ball for his nose. To get your ears to stick to the face, brush a light amount of water on the back and then adhere it to the face. Use your #7 Wilton tip and create the face. Use the #6 Wilton tip to create Winnie the Pooh’s eyebrows. Place the face on top of the buttercream frosting and serve.
Celebrate the new Christopher Robin movie by making these amazing Winnie the Pooh cupcakes.
cupcake, disney recipe, Winnie the Pooh
cornstarch for dusting
2" round cookie cutter
bowl of water and paintbrush
black pre-made frosting
Allow your cupcakes to cool completely before decorating. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and dust your working surface with a thin layer of cornstarch. Roll your fondant to be about ¼ of an inch thick and use your cookie cutter to cut out 12 fondant circles.
Next, roll spheres about one inch in diameter, you’ll need twelve of these. Flatten them out and shape them into ovals.
Roll 24 smaller spheres and shape them to look like Pooh’s ears (flat and pointed at one end).
Using a stand mixer, beat butter, icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Use an offset spatula to frost each of your cupcakes.
Assemble your fondant pieces: place your flat oval in the center of your large fondant circle. You can brush water on back of the oval so that it sticks onto the circle.
Using Wilton tip #7, draw Pooh’s nose and eyes with black frosting. Switch to Wilton tip #6 and draw on his eyebrows.
Place Pooh’s face on each cupcake and apply his ears (brush the back of each ear with water to secure it on his face).
Do you love llamas? Are you obsessed with them enough to have a llama party? I’m going to show you how easy it is to create custom llama party items using some stamps from Newton’s Nook. Learn how to make this fun water bottle party tag below using your Cricut. Be sure to learn the giveaways below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Having a llama themed party can’t happen without some sort of enamel pin. I found these super cute pins at my local Hobby Lobby and attached them to the gift tags for a perfect llama party favor.
You’re going to begin by making these easy pom poms with this tool. You can easily use a piece of cardboard to make them but I like this tool because it comes in three different sizes. I used some DMC embroidery floss to make the pom poms but use what you have on hand. Be sure to leave a long tail so that you can tie them on the neck of the water bottle. Download the watercolor background and load it on to your Cricut mat. You’ll cut the bottom overlay shape out of this and then you’ll cut the water bottle party tag with your acetate. I’ve made the file in Cricut Design Space. If you have a Silhouette, you can easily find this shape in their store as well. Just be sure to add a small circle, about.1″, so that you can add your llama enamel pins to it. Use your Newton Nook Loveable Llamas stamp set and some black archival ink and stamp your designs on your overlay. Use your Xyron Mega Runner and attach the overlay to the acetate paper. The file includes a score line so fold it there and just put it over the cap of the water bottle. Use the pom poms and have the longer string tie around the neck of the water bottle. These water bottle party tags are perfect for your next llama party and the perfect llama party favor.
I have waited 14 long years for the release of Disney-Pixar’s Incredibles II movie. I know every child is going to want to have an Incredibles Party this year so I created these Incredibles Rice Krispie Treats. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Make your Incredibles Party pop with these easy Incredibles Rice Krispie Treats. They pair perfectly with my Incredibles Oreos that I made a few weeks ago and just in time for the new Incredibles II movie release.
Gather all your ingredients and set them aside. Melt together the butter and marshmallows and then remove from the heat. You can use your microwave as well but I like to make them on the stovetop. After you’ve melted the butter and marshmallows, add the cereal and the red food coloring. Give it a good mix and place them into an 8×8″ square pan. You can line it with parchment or use some non-stick vegetable oil spray. Making the I’s is something that I did with the Incredibles Oreo recipe. Just use some fondant and set them aside. You’ll want to spread the black icing just like the Incredibles Oreos and you’re more than welcome to just use yellow icing if you’re confident in your icing skills. That’s not something I am great at so I use the fondant.
Create this perfect treat for any Incredibles Birthday Party or just celebrate the release of Disney Pixar's Incredibles II. I've waited 14 long years for this.
Disney Pixar, disney recipe, Incredibles, Rice Krispies
1tbspred gel food coloring
cornstarch for rolling
Line a square pan (8x8) with wax paper and set aside. In a medium-sized pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
Add red food coloring and mix until completely colored. Add rice cereal into the mix and fold until cereal and marshmallow mixture are thoroughly combined.
Evenly press the cereal treat mixture into your pan and allow to set.
In the meantime, make fondant shapes. Roll out your yellow fondant so that it’s about ¼ an inch thick and cut out rectangular shapes, about an inch long and 1/3 of an inch wide. Cut one end of each rectangle at an angle.
Using the end tip of a frosting tip, cut out mini circles.
Cut each cereal treat into rectangles. Frost each one with a solid circle (on a slight angle) with your black buttercream. Decorate with your fondant pieces.