*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.Gift cards are essential for the upcoming holiday season but buying Christmas gifts can get a little daunting when you have a lot of people to take care of. There is always someone I forget even though I’ve made 10 lists consisting of gifts to get people. I’ve created an easy last-minute Christmas gift using my new Cricut Explore Air 2 and some paper I had around the house. All I had to do was grab a Starbucks gift card while I was out and aboutI started with some amazing cardstock from My Minds Eye and used the fry box shape along with a bow shape. For the shapes all sized for you, click here to get the file. All of these shapes are available at no extra charge if you have Cricut Access.To start, I powered in my Cricut Explore Air 2 and loaded my mat into the machine. I cut my bow using green cardstock and assembled. I next loaded in my red cardstock and my scoring tool. Once the machine had scored my fry box, I loaded in a 0.4 tip black Cricut pen. After the shape was drawn, it automatically went to cutting.Because this cardstock is so thick, I chose the poster board setting on my dial.The box was pretty easy to put together. I did use my scoring tool to help me get a crisp edge where the bottom curves but that was really all I needed help with.Using my Cricut Explore 2 was the best idea because it gave me ample amount of time to think of what I could put in the box and it can cut up to 2X faster on certain materials. I use my Cricut Explore all the time and now that I have the Air 2, things just got a little better.
I. LOVE. HALLOWEEN. There, I said it. It’s everything to me and it’s mainly because I can decorate super crazy and not have my taste level challenged. I also love Halloween crafts. I’m happy to participate with Laura Kelly and a bunch more bloggers for their Popcorn Blog Hop. I decided since Halloween is so close – I’ll just go ahead and make a Dracula popcorn box craft.I started by spraying my Popcorn Box black. You can grab these at World Market in packs of 12 here.I then cut my Dracula shape out of my Cricut Explore and hot glued it on to two sides of the box. You can grab that cut file here. If you already have Cricut Access, these shapes are free – if not, I used 2 shapes so it’ll cost you $2. It’s really just a matter of spraying and gluing and not burning yourself in the process. Super easy Halloween craft plus you can fill it with goodies and pass them out to neighbors.
I know these bloggers have got tons of ideas up their sleeves so check out the other Popcorn Box crafts below.
*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.I’m happy to be joining in with other bloggers to share with you our #FallCricutChallenge using some of Cricut’s newest products. I decided to make a DIY paper leaf wreath using my Cricut Explore and it turned out better than I could ever imagine.I used the metallic pearl paper and cut leaves like crazy. You can get the cut file here and it includes three leaves. If you don’t have Cricut Access yet, get it. It is so worth it. You have access to their amazing shapes and fonts to use at your leisure. I like this program because you’re not limited to a certain amount each month and you can use what you need and it’ll be worth it because you may just have to use it once. I started by separating my shapes and then I sporadically started gluing them on my wreath base. I started with the larger leaves first so that I could get some coverage. Had I really thought ahead, I would have spray painted my wreath form prior to putting on the paper leaves. Once you have it all filled in to your satisfaction, add some paper wheat stalks and make sure they stick out kind of crazy because the crazier, the better. Grab the cut file here.
I’m excited to join 22 other super talented bloggers for the Fall Cricut Challenge. Check out what these talented ladies created below and enter to win a HUGE box of supplies from Cricut!
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I’m making a Disney vacation countdown for our trip to Disneyland this coming Summer and my kids can’t wait! This was really easy and even easier for you because you can grab the cut file here and it was so easy using my Cricut Explore.Supplies –
What you’ll want to do is cut out each shape. Each shape is color coded and ready to go so just load your vinyl into your Cricut Explore and set your smart dial to vinyl. Peel away any extra vinyl and then lay your transfer tape over the top of your image. You will then lay the vinyl on top of the glass and apply in order. Next, remove the backing from your frame – attach and size the scrapbook paper to fit the background of your frame. Attach it using the included pins for a softer background shadow box or just attach with Glue Dots.You’ll want to use your vinyl applicator and get all the bumps out. For any bubbles in your vinyl that won’t go away, use a small needle and poke a hole then press the air out. I didn’t smooth as I went along so I had a bit of an issue. I’m planning on using the buttons and a chalkboard marker or dry erase marker to put my number of days we have left for the trip. We can’t wait for Summer!
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SuperAbsorbent #CollectiveBiasI say this a lot but Malakai is almost one!! I can’t believe it. I’ve gone from potty trained kids to a baby back in diapers and it affecting my pocket book. Thankfully we have Costco and I can order his Huggies Little Snugglers Plus diapers so I don’t have to take him out in public unless it’s necessary.I wanted to show you how I make these cute candy pacifiers as gift favors to pass out to all those who are expecting and those who come to celebrate the joyous occasion a baby brings.
White circle mints
Blue or Pink jelly beans
small pin (sequin pin)
Blue or Pink ribbon
Go ahead and tie a ribbon around one of the mints, place the pin between the mint and the ribbon so that it is sticking out. Place another mint on its side and have the pin be in the center of the mint. Now place the pin through the jelly bean to “adhere” it together.You have your completed candy pacifier and it’s too cute. Another gift I love to give to expecting mothers is some Huggies Little Snugglers Plus from Costco. They have a package at Costco that you can order that comes with a package of wipes and just the right amount of diapers because most babies don’t stay in newborn sizes very long. It’s also perfect because they are now $5 off from September 1-25 with free shipping.Costco is always the perfect place to grab Huggies Little Snugglers Plus because you get more bang for your buck. I also love the diapers because they are so soft for babies bums and they’re super absorbent, they’re also Disney designs cause everybody loves Disney.
This post does contain affiliate links, thank you for your supportToday I’m gearing up for for the Fall season with a quick and easy Halloween craft for kids. It’s so simple and you only need a few things.
You’ll want to start by making a hole in the foam ball by piercing the end of the pencil about half way through the foam. Next, brush some glue onto the ball and start laying your yarn across the ball. I used about 10″ pieces of yarn to make the monster. Next, glue those googly eyes on and let it dry.Kids love these, I love these. It’s such a fun Halloween craft for kids and a great alternative to candy. Click the button below for more Halloween craft inspiration.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. This post is sponsored by Huggies Little Swimmers. All opinions are mine alone. #WaterThemDailyCB #CollectiveBiasBabies and summer are hard. There is so much to remember and you can’t always find a cool place to hang out so what we love to do is head to the pool. I’m going to show you what to pack in your summer swim bag and also how to make a personalized saying so you don’t get it mixed up with your neighbors..or lose your pool key (that may have happened today)I used some Iron-On Vinyl and my Cricut Explore to make the saying ‘Life’s a Beach’. They have a Heidi Swapp font now available that is to die for and so of course I had to use it. I used some teal glitter Iron-On and placed my iron on medium settings so that it won’t burn. To see the entire ironing process, head here. It’s pretty easy, just be sure to apply pressure and when you’re going to wash the bag, be sure to turn it inside out. Now that we go to our community pool weekly, I needed a bag that would house everything and nothing that I’d have to transfer, I needed a dedicated swim bag for my baby. Older kids, smolder kids – they are important but you just need less stuff when you go out so lucky me, I’ve got this bag now. Here are my 8 essentials that you’ll need in your summer swim bag.
Camera – You want to catch those sweet moments at the pool. Just remember that a camera is replaceable – your child is not.
A thin blanket – You want one that’s breathable so that the breeze can cool your baby down once you’ve decided to remove them from the pool. Muslin or cotton is a great choice.
A useful toy – You don’t want a toy that your teething baby can’t grasp or put in their mouth. There is such a better selection of toys nowadays and I’m sure they’ll just get even better.
Food – Whether they eat formula or they’ve moved onto finger foods, having some food is good for everybody involved.
Sunscreen – Be sure to put sunscreen on you and your babes. This is so important and more important to me now. I’ve recently had some moles removed which were one step away from being malignant. Just because my kids are bi-racial, it doesn’t make them immune to skin cancer. Start them early!
Change of clothes – You don’t want your baby to be freezing if the older siblings are still in the pool but they’re ready to get out. Be sure to have some extra clothes and diapers in your bag to get them all warm and snugly.
Your phone – Malakai’s therapist always used the light on the screen to help him with his head and eye movement so it’s got some purpose other than entertainment. You also want to have your phone available for emergencies in case any arise.
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*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my business!You can do so many things with your Cricut Explore and one of the great things about Design Space is that you can set a canvas to give you the measurements that you will need so you don’t have to wait until the end to see if it’ll fit.To set your canvas, open a new file in Design Space. On the left hand side it’ll give you the canvas button, click that. Go through the list of objects and select what you’ll need. When the canvas is set be sure that it’s the correct size of your object. It gives you options of shirt sizes, iPhone case sizes, etc. To do that, click on the canvas tab on the right side near your edit buttons. It will have a drop down scroll for type and size so set it there. You’re done!I used the iPhone 6 case canvas and made my personalized phone cases from there. I used a watermelon, pineapple and cherries and I used the Adhesive Foil Sheets. I cut it on the Foil setting under the custom dial and selected it from the drop down list. I also grabbed some inexpensive clear cases off of Amazon. I grabbed six because I want to be able to switch it up a bit. The ones I had are rubbery plastic, when I buy again I will get the more durable plastic because I don’t think it’ll peel as easily because it isn’t bendable.All those designs are available through Cricut Access and I have links to the pre-made design available at the bottom. After you’ve set your canvas, choose your design and copy and paste it until you have enough to cover the entire case. Be sure to attach the images so that they will cut in the order you’ve designed them in. Weed out the negative foil or vinyl and then place your transfer tape over the top of the design and press well. I can’t tell you how much I love the new and improved transfer tape.Peel the transfer tape up to include your images and transfer it onto the desired object, in this case it’s the phone case. Be sure to give your images a really good press so that when you lift the transfer tape, your image stays put on the case. The foil is not as pliable as the vinyl so the edges don’t stick great or round off great either. It also doesn’t work great for tiny details to transferEither omit those designs or just cut them to the edge so you don’t have any peeling. Voila, you’re done!
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