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Make your own Fixer Upper style Kitchen sign with your Cricut Explore

March 27, 2017

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Create your own Fixer Upper style sign with your Cricut ExploreMaterials

magnolia homes kitchenFirst begin by downloading the Kenzo font for free and use this pre-made Cricut template for your Fixer Upper kitchen sign. Everything is done for you. Just load your black vinyl onto your 12X24″ Cricut mat and select Go! You’ll want to use a standard blade for the vinyl and I used the Vinyl+ setting on my smart dial just to be sure I got a smooth cut. My German blade has lasted 2+ years and I’ve really never had to replace it. Once I start getting missed cuts or tears in my paper, that’s when I know it’s best to change my Cricut blade. It’s super easy, just press the button on the top and pull out the blade, throw the new blade in there and release the button. It’s so easy!After I’ve cut my vinyl, I’ll use the hook tool as a weeder and remove all the negative space. I then add my transfer tape on top of it and give it a good scrape using my scraper tool or a credit card will work just as well. Be sure to use quite a bit of pressure so that the image will lift easily when you’re ready to pull up the image.

Prepare your wooden surface by sanding it lightly and then brushing off the dust remnants. I spray painted my sign black to begin with and then once I place the letters on it I’ll spray it white to reveal a reverse effect.

The pre-made template is just the right fit for the 3’X6″ wooden board. I had leftover wood so I just used that for the size. Whatever you have on hand or whatever size works for your space, be sure to edit the image so that it’ll look great for your board. I made the letters 5″ so that I had a bit of a white edge but I didn’t want too much of an edge because that doesn’t seem to be the look of the Fixer Upper kitchen sign that says SUPERMARKET.Now that I’ve weeded out my vinyl and attached it to the transfer tape, adhere it to your dry board. It’ll go on directly over the black spray paint. Use your scraper tool and be sure the letters are pressed down well. Lift off your transfer tape and begin to spray with white paint. My board had some imperfections and I loved that, If you want a cleaner look, paint at least 2 coats of white spray paint.After the white paint has dried, use your weeder tool and peel up the letters from the board. You should have crisp letters that are black and a white background. I used the scraper tool to rough my board up a bit. You could also use a metal spatula and just brush it along the edges and a little over the writing. Age that wooden board as much as you like or as little as you like.Adhere some foam mounting tape or some command strips and hang it above your kitchen sink. I love all the projects the Cricut Explore allows me to do and I’ve made so many different things for my home, my children and myself especially! Also, if you know me well, you know that I had to move everything out of the way to get a ‘clean’ shot of my home. There is crap everywhere and I have no space for anything. Do I throw it away or just buy a new house??

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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!


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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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How to make a Vinyl Sign with a Reusable Stencil

May 20, 2016

Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. 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.Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. To make your vinyl sign, you’ll need the following:

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Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. 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.Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. 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. Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. 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. Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. 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.Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. 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.Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further.

 

 

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Bringing a Preemie Home from the NICU? 8 Must Haves for the Home

March 24, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NurseryMusts #CollectiveBias and this post also contains affiliate links.Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.So I have had my share of premature babies, too many one person can handle. I have found that being prepared is most helpful for when you finally get to bring them home from the NICU. I’ve compiled a list of things that are so helpful to make that transition from hospital to home so much easier.

1. Diaper GenieThe design has changed recently and it’s much more user friendly. You don’t need to twist any bags any more or even touch the thing! We share a room with our micro-preemie so having some sort of bin was essential, this just happens to be a luxury bin and it keeps me by the baby rather than running diapers to the trash outside. I grabbed mine from Target because what can’t we find at Target?Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.2. A smart pulse oximeter monitor – So our son has had the most complications as far as lung issues and so having a monitor that we could rely on was very important to me. They can be a bit pricey but they include 3 sizes of socks so the monitor grows with them. It has been a game changer in how we react to my sons needs.

3. Leather Moccasins – or any soft soled shoe that will make walking and crawling a breeze. They stay on their little feet while they are on the go and having some natural movement in the feet while learning to walk is something that will make them learn that much faster.Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.4. Good Bottles – Your child may have been prescribed a certain bottle or nipple requirement in the NICU but coming home and having them grow, they need to adapt. I have found that with the Playtex Nursers, they make a tired mom grateful for Drop-In Liners. I still wash the bottles obviously, but if I find that infamous one that’s been under the bed for months, I can just throw away the liner and I’ve got a whole new bottle.  5. A Snuggle/Travel Bed – In the NICU they have snugglers for the babies and it can be intimidating for them to come home to a wide open crib. These give the children the same type of comfort while in their own new bed and you can even travel with it. Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.6. Black and White Mobile – My son had ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) surgery on Christmas day. That was a rough day but thankfully I can still help strengthen his eyesight by giving him stimulating things to look at. He has restricted peripheral vision that he can never get back but this at least helps him to focus more and strengthen his retinas.Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.7. A Smart Changing Pad This is where life gets fancy. A new company has these changing pads that can record your weight, tell you how much they ate, weigh the diapers, etc. It’s all kept track in their app and to use the app you don’t even need to have the changing pad, it’s just an added bonus of not having to constantly go into the doc, especially during RSV season, and do weight checks. Those can now happen over the phone.

8. Love and Attention – Most of all, this is what these babies need. They’ve been in the hospital and all they want is their family. The nurses, no doubt, try to make up for this but it’s really about being present and learning about your child’s needs. No one knows them better than you and it’s important to be there every time you can.Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.So have you had a preemie? Let me know what your go to product was and check out the features of the new Diaper Genie here.

 

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Make Your Own Disney Princess Magnets with a Print then Cut Cricut Design Space File

February 29, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InspireBigDreams #DreamBigPrincess #CollectiveBiasDisney Print then Cut magnets with the Design Space File - FrenchieMy 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.Disney Print then Cut magnets with the Design Space File - FrenchieI 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.Disney Print then Cut magnets with the Design Space File - FrenchieShe 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?Disney Print then Cut magnets with the Design Space File - FrenchieFor 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.Disney Print then Cut magnets with the Design Space File - FrenchieI 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.unnamedSo tell me, how do you encourage the young women in your life to be the best they can be?

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DIY Hairpin Leg End Table

April 6, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KleenexStyle #CollectiveBiasDIY End TableThis DIY Hairpin Leg End Table was just as easy as my other DIY Side Table and costs were around the same except when it came to the legs. The longer the legs, the more expensive it’s going to get but you can for sure get away with only using 2 just like Alison with Two Thirty-Five Designs did with her table. That’s where I got the inspiration from for mine but I wanted mine to be portable and change locations whenever I felt the need!KleenexFirst things first. I headed to Home Depot and grabbed the essentials. A 12″ board of Poplar wood and had them cut it on site. They cut two 22″ sections and 2 6″ sections. I grabbed some Rustoleum stain in the mini jars and the color that I chose is called Driftwood, a perfect washed grey. I needed some Gorilla Glue and some 1 1/4″ screws for my Hairpin Legs. Speaking of the legs, I grabbed mine here off Etsy. They were made to order, fast shipping and I was really pleased with the quality.

I began first with sanding and staining the wood. Of course the parts where the saw left those brittle cuts on the wood, those were going to be the inside of the table. However, I wanted to be sure and get a good covering on the wood. I only did one coat and this was my first time using this stain. I really liked it. I just wiped it on and let it sit for 2 minutes to get the look I wanted and then took a lint free cloth and wiped it off. I set it aside to dry for about 2 hours. Ryobi Air StrikeThen it was time for the assembly. It’s literally a box. I started with a piece of the 22″ board and a 6″ piece. I placed some glue along both edges that were going to be touching and I then used my Ryobi AirStrike nail gun and nailed them in place with 1 1/2″ finishing nails. I did the 6″ sections on both ends of the 22″ base and then laid the other 22″ top on top of the other pieces.

Gorilla GlueThis is when they say clamps are necessary but did I have them, no. I picked them up at the store but I didn’t know what size to get, if I’d ever use them again so I put them back. Get some so you don’t strain yourself. Even though these pieces were cut square, they weren’t nailing together square so I had to do some maneuvering. I got it into place but it’s not perfect and I’m ok with that, you may however not be. It’s completely up to you. Ryobi Drill TableNow that the box is assembled, go ahead and grab your drill and hairpin legs. You want to be sure that your screws will be able to penetrate the wood so begin by marking the holes. Then take an awl and dig into the wood a bit or hit the awl with a hammer to create a divot. Now if you want you can take the extra step and use some liquid nails to really secure the hairpin legs or just screw it directly to the wood like I did.

I just used some spray poly and allowed it to dry for 48 hours in my garage and now it’s up in my master bedroom. I’ve got plans to paint my walls a creamy white and to add some accessories. Robin’s Egg Blue sort of weighs on you after a while…it’s still a pretty color though, it’s just time for a change. Hairpin Leg TableI really like my weaving that I did with some fabulous bloggers one night, Remodelaholic, Amy Robison, and The Project Girl. We had so much fun together and we got a little wild. Speaking of wild, check out the new tissues that Betsey Johnson has designed for KLEENEX®! They are available as KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs (74ct.) and KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Wallet 3 Packs and available at select Kroger stores. There is also a promotion at Kroger Stores for Kleenex which you can learn about below.

Available in select Kroger and Kroger banner stores. Purchase two specially marked packages of Kleenex® Tissues in one transaction at Kroger stores and receive a reward code valid for a $5 Visa Digital Rewards Virtual Account via text message between 4/1/15 – 4/30/15. Reward code must be activated by 5/31/15 and is void if not activated by expiration date. Virtual Account expires 2 months from the date of activation and will be void if not used by the expiration date. Virtual Account can be used online wherever Visa debit is accepted for digital content purchase(s) up to $5 and use governed by terms in Account holder Agreement https://www.activaterewards.com/Kleenex/terms_and_conditions. Digital content may not be available for all devices. No cash value. Not for resale; void if sold or exchanged. Cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Not valid with any other offer. Offer and Virtual Account valid only in the U.S., excluding U.S. territories. For full participation instructions, go towww.activaterewards.com/Kleenex. Issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Digital Reward is powered by Fandango Loyalty Solutions, LLC. ©2015 Fandango Loyalty Solutions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.  For some more décor inspiration, visit KLEENEX®. I’d love to hear how you are inspired and what projects you’d like to take on. DIY Side Table

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Master Bedroom Inspiration

March 19, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InspiredHome #CollectiveBias

Frenchie bedroom inspirtaionWhat can I say about my master bedroom other than that it’s a hot mess. My husband and I have been talking about redecorating it for 2 years now and it’s not moved in a single direction. I’m getting antsy and I’m starting to get frustrated. I now know that what look I want and I’ve known for a while so I’m going to start doing things on my own and hopefully he’ll get the clue I’m moving on without him.

One place that I don’t want to spend a ton of money on but I know it’ll be worth the most investment is the flooring. I knew when we were building this house that there were a few things that I wanted to spend the money to upgrade with the builder because I knew we could pretty much do the rest ourselves. One of those was flooring. I wish I spent more money on the padding and really upgrading to the finest of the finest.

We don’t have terrible carpet but it’s only been 8 years and we’re already needing to upgrade the heavier traffic areas. 

I just thought I had done enough research on my own but I didn’t check with the experts and that’s where I went wrong. I really should have taken the time to talk to more people and one of the experts I had a chance to talk to recently were some people at Carpet One. Right now is a great time to buy because they are having an awesome #DDIY sale (Don’t Do It Yourself). You can check out some more options they are offering on the above link but some things I don’t want to tackle, and that’s flooring. I stopped by their store recently and they were able to give me a free estimate. I was so pleased with their customer service and the products they were able to offer to me. Another great service they offer is a free in home estimate. They’ll come to your home and do the measurements and bring you all the samples so you won’t even need to go into the store yourself. 

I feel comfortable with a store like Carpet One because they are all individual owned and operated and my mom has had a window covering store for 20 years that is also a franchise business. They really stand behind everything and they can really get some great products and have good connections because of their name. The other great thing is that if you’re not satisfied, they’ll replace it for free! 

Of the few things that I can do on my own, the things I know I can’t do well is build large pieces of furniture. I leave that to the pros. That’s why I purchased a bed, similar to the one in the picture. I surprised my husband with it, lol.  How do you just buy something like that in secret? How can you just hide something like that?

Check out this YouTube channel full of #DDIY fun. I do hope that I can style my room as close to the board above and I’ll keep you update on how that comes along.