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Christmas - Crafting DIY

DIY Christmas Ornaments and Snow Village using my Cricut Explore Air

November 26, 2016

This post does contain affiliate links, thank you for your support.Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylI love Christmas and I love decorating for Christmas. Unfortunately this year I won’t be doing any of it. We’re off to the islands and we can’t wait. I do, however, have this mini red tree that I put up so I decided to make some DIY Christmas ornaments so that we can have an easy peasy Christmas. When we get home after the new year, the kids will have some presents underneath this tiny tree to come home too. I’m just glad it will be a little bit decorated.Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylSupplies:

Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylI began by cutting out the adhesive foil using my Cricut Explore (or if you don’t have one, just use a small paper punch). I double cut my shapes because I wanted to be sure that I had a good, clean release with the vinyl.

I next took each tree and folded the wire in half. I took off the tops of the ornament and used my tweezers to hold onto the tree. I dipped the wire into some hot glue and pushed it into the hole in the ornament. I held onto the tree for about 60 seconds so that it would hold straight once I let go.Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylI used a small funnel to get the snow paper into the ornament. I had to use my tweezers to help push through the paper because it was all different sizes and so I made a huge mess. I chose this snow paper because of the iridescence. I then placed the top of the ornament back on and held onto it while I prepared my foil.Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylI peeled the backing off my adhesive foil and placed three snowflakes on each ornament. I’ll probably end up putting some ribbon on the orbs to add some dimension. Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylI made this paper Christmas Village using grey and red paper and then placed the adhesive foil snowflakes to add an ornamental detail. diy-ornamentsTo get more ornament inspiration, visit these other bloggers and see what they made! Marry Christmas!


Christmas - Crafting DIY - Home DIY

Quick and Easy Modern Clock DIY

November 6, 2016

*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.modern-wall-clockFor this series of Craft Lightning I decided that I wanted something easy. This modern clock DIY took me all of 10 minutes and it was really just painting. I bought this clock at Target for $8 and it came with the modern pieces, I was in love from the start.An easy and modern Christmas gift diy

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I started by spraying my raw clock with some white spray paint and I really loaded it on there. I then took a dry paper towel and wiped most of it off so I had a whitewash finish. Now you can stop here but why would you?An easy and modern Christmas gift diyI then took some painters tape and taped a straight line down the middle. I used some Folk Art craft paint and a foam brush to give me the bright Chartreuse contrast I wanted.An easy and modern Christmas gift diyI wanted it to fit in with the Christmas holiday so I added some ‘Have you been naughty or nice’ black vinyl. It can easily be taken off once Christmas is done so that it will fit in with my other decor. I kind of love this. Click here for that Cricut file.

An easy and modern Christmas gift diyToo see all the other fun Craft Lightning project, head on over to these sites and see everyone’s! XX

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Last Minute Christmas Gift using my Cricut Explore

November 1, 2016

*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.Last minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2Gift 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 aboutLast minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2I 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.Last minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2To 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.Last minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2The 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.Last minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2Using 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.Last minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2

 

Crafting DIY - Halloween - Scrapbooking

Dracula Popcorn Box Craftiness and a GIVEAWAY

October 16, 2016

Make this easy Halloween craft using a popcorn box and a cut file.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.Make this easy Halloween craft using a popcorn box and a cut file.I started by spraying my Popcorn Box black. You can grab these at World Market in packs of 12 here.Make this easy Halloween craft using a popcorn box and a cut file.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.

Now for the GIVEAWAY! We’re so fortunate to have such great and willing sponsors who have provided all the prizes for five of you to win. The prizes are –

  • $50 World Market Gift Card
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Crafting DIY - Scrapbooking - Thanksgiving

DIY Fall Paper Leaf Wreath with Cricut plus a GIVEAWAY!

October 14, 2016

*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.diy-paper-fall-wreathI’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.Create a DIY Fall leaf wreath using paper and you CricutI 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. Create a DIY Fall leaf wreath using paper and you CricutI 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. Create a DIY Fall leaf wreath using paper and you CricutOnce 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.Create a DIY Fall leaf wreath using paper and you Cricut

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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DIY Faux Leather Jewelry from It Happens In A Blink

DIY Trick or Treat Bags from Housewives of Riverton

Easy Triangle Garland from Our Thirfty Ideas

Fall No Sew Buffalo Check Pillow from Lydi Out Loud

Brand Sparkling New Onesie from Tastefully Frugal

Cinderella Pumpkins from Auntie Tay

DIY Halloween Pillow from The Happy Scraps

Falling For You Shirt from The Quiet Grove

Faux Leather Flower Clips from 5 Little Monsters

Something Wicked This Way Comes Banner from Albion Gould

Blessed Flower Arrangement from Crafting In The Rain

Squad Ghouls Halloween T-Shirt from Housewife Eclectic

DIY Leather Bows from Artsy-Fartsy Mama

BOO Halloween Headbands from RaeGun Ramblings

DIY Flower Skull From Cloudy Day Gray

Kids Thanksgiving Graphic T-Shirts from Over The Big Moon

Faux Leather Floral Cuffs from Hello Creative Family

Fall Paper Leaf Wreath from Frenchie Wraps

Glitter Apron from Midge and Madge

DIY Fall Mantel from Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Halloween Party Props from Nite Owl Creates

Disney Savings Jar from Inspiration Made Simple

DIY Farmhouse Sign from A Southern Mother

Want to make one (or all) of these projects? We’ve teamed up with Cricut to help with that! Enter through the widget below to win a HUGE box full of supplies including:cricut-supplies

Variety 3 Pack of Cutting Mats

Premium Cutting Blade

Seaside Pen Set

Pearl Paper Sampler

Poster Board Brights Set

Glitter Vinyl Sampler

Printable Vinyl

Patina Pebbled Faux Leather Sampler

Black Iron On Vinyl

Glitter Gold Iron On Vinyl

Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada ages 18+. Giveaway ends on 10/21/2016 at Midnight MST. Winner will be notified within 24 hours and has 24 hours to respond.

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A Disney Vacation Countdown and a Vacation GIVEAWAY!

October 3, 2016

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disney-crafts-using-expressions-vinyl-and-enter-to-win-a-disney-vacation-1I’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.Create your own Disney vacation countdown using a shadow box frame and vinyl.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. Create your own Disney vacation countdown using a shadow box frame and vinyl. 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.Create your own Disney vacation countdown using a shadow box frame and vinyl.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!

*Giveaway CLOSEDDisneyland GiveawayTo book your Southern California vacation, visit Get Away Today for great deals.
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1. Lion King shirts by Play Party Plan

2. Jack Skellington Ears by A Pumpkin and a princess

3. Nemo pumpkin from C.R.A.F.T.

4. Disney coloring shirt by Artsy Fartsy Mama

5. Belle framed art by Crafting in the Rain

6. Miracles free cut file By Dawn Nicole Designs

7. Autograph shirt by the Pinning Mama

8.Disney countdown by Frenchi Wraps

9. Girl dress up by Over the Big Moon

10. Spirit animal shirt by Smashed peas and Carrots

11. Customized Minnie Ears by Inspiration Made Simple

12.Winnie the Pooh quote from Where the Smile Have been!

13. Modest ariel from Kiki & Company

14. Jack Skellington coin purse by Tried and True

15. Minnie Mouse purse by A girl and a glue gun

16. Disney ornaments by Happiness is Homemade

17. Girl Boss shirt by Sweet Rose Studio

18.No Sew Minnie tutu by Sugar Bee Crafts

19. Haunted Mansion door design by Simple simon and Co.

20. Minnie Mouse bow shirt by Girl loves Glam

21. Mary Poppins design by the Crafted Sparrow

22. Cinderella hand lettered shirt by Pitter and Glink

23. Jack Skellington shirt and pumpkin by the Scrap Shoppe

24. Beauty and Beast book sign by Flamingo Toes

25. Hat hair shirt by Polka Dot chair

26. Vintage Disneyland by Persia Lou

Crafting DIY - Party Time

Candy Pacifiers – Baby Shower Gift Favors

September 5, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SuperAbsorbent #CollectiveBiashow to make candy pacifiers. perfect for a baby shower or gender reveal partyI 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.how to make candy pacifiers. perfect for a baby shower or gender reveal partyI 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.

Supplies:

  • 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.how to make candy pacifiers. perfect for a baby shower or gender reveal partyhow to make candy pacifiers. perfect for a baby shower or gender reveal partyhow to make candy pacifiers. perfect for a baby shower or gender reveal partyhow to make candy pacifiers. perfect for a baby shower or gender reveal partyYou 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.how to make candy pacifiers. perfect for a baby shower or gender reveal partyCostco 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.

Crafting DIY - Halloween

Easy Halloween Craft – Crazy Yarn Pencils

September 4, 2016

This post does contain affiliate links, thank you for your supportCreate an easy and fun yarn pencil monster, a perfect kids halloween craft.Today 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.

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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.Create an easy and fun yarn pencil monster, a perfect kids halloween craft. Create an easy and fun yarn pencil monster, a perfect kids halloween craft.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.