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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!


Family Game Night Fun

November 18, 2016

Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicLeila and Penny are the best of friends and they can laugh for hours on end. I don’t think they’ve ever fought, ever! We had a get together at my mom’s house and the girls had so much fun having family game night, alone, while their brothers played by the fire pit.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicWe started with unwrapping the Hedbanz™ Electronic and I love that it comes in its own case that holds the cards and also has the ability to hold the Hedbanz™ Electronic bands.  My previous experience with Hedbanz™ was positive but there was nowhere to store the items neatly. The Hedbanz™ Electronic solved that.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicLeila and Penny were able to play the three essential ways –

  • Ask “Yes” or “No” questions
  • Describe It
  • Act it out

They were also able to utilize the five questions that is included with the Hedbanz™ Electronic. The questions were easy enough that they were able to read them on their own and the pictures included in the Hedbanz™ Electronic were so clever.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicAs you can see by their expressions, they had so much fun together. I think that’s so essential for family game night. Include games that all ages can get involved and include all those who want to be included. When kids get older, they seem to not want to do family game night. I always try to find games that include older and younger kids. Hedbanz™ Electronic is the perfect game for all ages and it has you act silly which is a smile maker.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicWe had so much fun having family game night that we left it at our Grandma’s so it can be played every time we’re there. To purchase Hedbanz™ Electronic on Amazon, go here. Now tell me, what is your favorite game for family game night?

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Christmas - Holidays

MINTED Holiday Cards and a $100 Giveaway

November 11, 2016

Thank you to Minted who provided me with some beautiful Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards. All opinions expressed are my own.

Minted holiday foil-pressed cardsI grew up with my Grandparents always sending out holiday cards and it was my most favorite thing to receive. I loved looking at all the pictures from the previous year and seeing my whole family on one card. I’m now trying in my own family to continue that same tradition.

I decided on these beautiful foil-pressed cards by Minted. We had just had our pictures taken at Antelope Island in October and the earthiness of this card is what drew me in. I love how it accents the professional pictures we had done.Minted holiday foil-pressed cardsIn celebration of the Holidays, Minted and I have teamed up to give THREE of you a $100 credit to get holiday cards of your own. You don’t even have to do cards, you can get custom art, fabric, or stationary. To enter the giveaway, go here and enter your name and email address. Easy peasy.

Minted is offering an additional 20% off of foil-pressed cards using the code FOIL20 through November 14th so be sure and get them ordered to take advantage of that deal. Minted holiday foil-pressed cardsI love the quality of these cards and the foil adds that pop of shine that makes it so elegant. I had them print all of the recipients address on each of the envelopes and I saved the addresses to my Minted profile so I wouldn’t have to ask everyone again for a simple piece of information. I also paid extra to have the matching return address and to me it’s those small details that Minted offers that make holiday cards beautiful and memorable.Minted holiday foil-pressed cardsDon’t forget to enter the giveaway here and check out what else Minted has to offer here. Giveaway ends November 17, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT and is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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


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

Christmas - Crafting DIY - Scrapbooking

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


Baby Malakai - Birthday Parties - Party Time

Harry Potter Birthday Party Invitation

September 21, 2016

Harry Potter birthday invitations made fancySo Malakai’s first birthday is coming up on the 30th so I found the perfect Snitch invitations to go along with theme of his birthday which is “The Boy Who Lived”. Harry Potter birthday invitations made fancyHe was Harry Potter for his first Halloween so I thought it was only fitting to find him a Harry Potter birthday party invitation. I don’t have time to make them so I ordered some for pictures and props and everyone else just gets an e-vite. 😉Harry Potter birthday invitations made fancyI found the Harry Potter birthday party invitation on Etsy and you can buy them HERE because they’re awesome!Harry Potter birthday invitations made fancyYou just slam them down to crack and they reveal the invite of the Harry Potter Birthday Party Invitation for Malakai’s first birthday party. So excited.Harry Potter birthday invitation made fancyAnd if you’re headed to Universal Studios any time soon, book with Get Away Today.

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.


  • 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 - Fashion Finds Friday

How to DIY a Personalized Phone Case with your Cricut Explore

June 20, 2016

*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my business!Create a trendy personalized phone case using your Cricut ExploreYou 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.How to apply vinylTo 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!How to use Cricut transfer tapeDIY phone caseI 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.How to make your own personalized phone case using your Cricut ExploreAll those designs are available through Cricut Access and I have links to the pre-made design available at the bottom.
How to make your own personalized phone case using your Cricut ExploreAfter 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.How to make your own personalized phone case using your Cricut ExplorePeel 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!

XX, Lindsay

Here are the links to the cherries, pineapples and watermelon.

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