*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.
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*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. #HugtheMess #cbias #CollectiveBiasLeila’s birthday was last week and so it’s her turn to be Star of the Week in Kindergarten. She is such a creative girl so I wanted her to be able to create this poster herself. We’ll add some personal photos before she takes it to school but she’s really excited to show all her friends and especially her teacher what she made. You’ll need:
We started by applying our stencils to our poster board and then started spraying our color spray over them. It’ll leave a negative effect on the board so feel free to use any shape you’d like. I decided to use some stars because it’s simply the Star of the Week. Some hearts and diamonds would be a lot of fun too. Be sure to shake that bottle of color spray so that you get all the shimmer that collects at the bottom of the bottle. Oh, and wear your shirt backwards too.To clean my stencils, I always use Huggies Wipes. I like the Huggies One and Done because they’re thicker wipes compared to others on the market. It’s the perfect time to grab them too in the personal care aisle with this $0.50 coupon from Walmart. I also like the Huggies simply Clean because they’re great for wiping up the mess off the table and her little hands. I like to just wait for the spray to dry before removing them and because it’s water soluble ink, it’s really easy clean-up. I added some of her favorite things into each stencil outline and she loved being my model. I can’t wait until she grows older and see the other ideas she comes up with. She’s such a sweet girl that I sometimes feel bad she got me as her mother. Her and I are alike in so many ways when it comes to messes that I’m glad we have something like Huggies to help us out.
There are many things that I use my reusable stencil masks for but I’ve never shown an in-depth tutorial on how to use them and most of all, how to clean them. This is the method I’ve been using for years and it gives me the opportunity to use stencils I’ve had since 2013 to this day. There aren’t that many products in the scrapbook industry that can do that.To make your vinyl sign, you’ll need the following:
I had this old board lying around that was painted a distressed black. I needed it to be cleaned up so I just took some flat black paint and sprayed it over the top. I use Huggies baby wipes to clean my stencils, just seems to be a lot more effective than the thinner ones.After my surface is prepped with the bottom color which will eventually be the color of my text, go ahead and add the stencils to make your design or your saying. Now you’ll want to apply your paint that you want your sign to actually be. For this sign I chose a creamy white so that the black font will stand out. While your paint is still wet, remove the stencil and place back on the plastic carrier sheet. Go ahead and just start wiping off the paint. There may be some around the edges and as long as it’s minimal, it shouldn’t be a problem. I like to use a safety-pin or a vinyl weeder tool for removing the reusable vinyl. To avoid bleeds, use a roller or brayed and push the stencil down nice and tight. I clearly skipped that step. Now when I say it shouldn’t be a problem, of course its a problem for me. I decided to go along with the look and take my Huggies wipes and try to rub out some of the paint to look more distressed. I also added some scrapbook embellishments on the sides to add some character.I decided to make this sign for a lovely young lady that is apart of the youth in my church. She was just recently diagnosed with cancer and if I can make her feel positive every time she looks at this sign, I’ve done my job. There are so many times when we feel useless or we can’t sympathize with someone who is sick but I think that if we can serve them in any way, that’s the best we can do. We’ll never truly know what they’re feeling unless we’ve experienced it for ourselves so be there with a listening ear and an open heart.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InspireBigDreams #DreamBigPrincess #CollectiveBiasMy daughter has always known what she wants and when she wants it. She’s not rude about it, she’s just confident about it and I encourage it. She can be a handful, don’t get me wrong, but I love to see her personality shine through. Of course we’ve instilled Disney in her and she’s learned to be obsessed with just about every princess for a moment in her small life. I like her to look at these women, not just as princesses or characters, but as role models. They’re all independent and sure of themselves. They exude kindness and are able to include everyone regardless of how they’ve been treated. Sometimes that has come easy and sometimes it was learned later on, like Merida.I want my daughter to always know how proud I am of her and how much I encourage her creativity by using her imagination and implementing those ideas and bring them to life. We decided to grab some Disney Princess merchandise from Toys “R” Us from the Dream Big Princesses end cap near the princess aisle. We grabbed the new Hasbro Cinderella, Aurora and Jasmine dolls, along with the Royal Shimmer Dolls in Rapunzel and the coolest Little Kingdom Ariel’s Castle. I love the castle because with any Little Kingdom princesses, the snap-ins are all compatible so you can mix and match.She is a girly-girl through and through so she has picked up things from me that girls don’t (at least not me) don’t experience until they’re older. She loves to be creative with her make-up and she loves to be creative with her hair. She’s obsessed with filming herself dancing and it’s just about the cutest thing you’ve seen. Many others have commented that she doesn’t need to do her makeup or try to look like she’s impressing others, but the thing is, she’s only doing it for herself and wanting herself to be her best self. I encourage that, in fact as I’m writing this, she’s telling me how much she loves the Jasmine doll because she wears a jump suit. How many 5-year-olds know what a jump suit consist of?For her room, I really wanted to make some fun things for her that I know will last a long time and for her favorite picture board. She has a picture of my husband’s cousin at their wedding and she thinks she looks so cute in the picture so she has it up. She also loves her cousin. Since it’s an old metal crib bottom, I decided to use some Printable Magnet Paper from Cricut.I went into Design Space and grabbed some Disney Princess files and flattened them so I could print then cut them. For a great tutorial on how to do that, go here. I was able to cut them using the Custom setting on the dial. I selected the Printable Magnet, 0.5mm. Grab the file, HERE. Cricut Design Space is free to use. You do need to have an internet connection and you will need to pay for these licensed images if you do not already own the files.So tell me, how do you encourage the young women in your life to be the best they can be?
So I don’t usually give myself a pat on the back too often but these Pineapple Teacher Appreciation Gifts; so cute, so easy, so fast.
Ferrero Rocher Chocolates
I used my Cricut Explore and a grass shape but you won’t need one for this if you don’t have one. Just cut out some faux grass about 6″ wide and 2″ long. You’ll roll up the “grass” around a pencil so that it’ll stay in a spiral and then remove. Then roll again and glue in to place so that it stays just like a pineapple stem. Adhere to the top of your chocolate and that’s it.
You can buy mini baskets at Michaels or Jo-Ann’s or mini birds nest and deliver in those. I just think they are the cutest and take me to my MIL pineapple plantation. No two pineapples are alike just like teachers!
I created this fun printable to go along with it. It’s sized to fit in a 5X7″ frame. Just head to the dollar bin and you can create this whole entire look for less that $2 a teacher!