You’ll first want to start by saving the free valentine .svg files to your computer. If you have the one I use, use this method. If you have a different brand, just use the suggested method of how others upload images.Cut your vinyl into the shapes. I used my favorite electronic cutter and I had to do a double cut when I selected the glitter vinyl setting. Weed your image and then place the transfer tape over your image.Next you’ll want to paint your ceramic conversation hearts. Choose an acrylic paint in the color or your choice. I used red, gold and white to coordinate with my American Greetings party supplies. It’s the perfect colors for a Valentines party and matching gifts.I chose to do two coats of paint on each heart. Once the paint is completely dry, place your transferred image and press the vinyl onto your conversation heart. Peel the transfer tape up and your image will stay on the heart.I paired it with these darling heart paper plates and placed each one of my kids’ Valentine card underneath. Grab these super American Greetings cards at Walmart.Giving gifts is important to me but it’s more important if it has sentiment. I love getting something that is store bought but personalizing it on your own. I have found that the Valentines Day American Greetings items at Walmart are the perfect items to do this with.I especially love their tissue paper. How cute are these X’s and O’s?! Then the heart wrapping paper is perfect for any time of the year. Close each envelope with one of their glitter heart stickers and it’s the perfect closure. Grab some fun pens and personalize each persons name on the envelopes. In fact, take more stickers and place them on he front of the envelope to jazz it up.After purchasing your American Greetings cards at Walmart, download the Ibotta app and get the offer of saving $1 after you purchase one card. The app is so easy to use and I save so much money by using it. Enter the Sending My Love sweepstakes below for a chance to win, ends February 13, 2018. For all the official rules, click here.
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This Game Day Charcuterie Board is something your friends won’t believe. Filled with the most amazing food from Cost Plus World Market. This will be a Game Day you won’t forget.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
In our house we love game day. I especially love creating fun foods to serve and ones that are delicious. Charcuterie boards are something that look amazing and can be snacked on all day long. Cost Plus World Market makes it a one stop shop to make entertaining easy.I headed to my local Cost Plus World Market in Farmington to get all the fixings and I even decorated them with vinyl to tie in to game day even more. I’ve included links to the .svg files so that you can make your own Game Day Charcuterie Board and football cups.
Begin by uploading your image into your design software. For the cups you will need to weld the image but the game play image is ready to go. Size them to fit onto your cheese board and cups and cut them.After you’ve weeded your vinyl, place the transfer paper on top of the image and rub well. To place it on your surface, be sure that the surface is clean first then apply your vinyl. Use a scraper tool or credit card to rub it down and lift the transfer paper up. This will leave your vinyl on your surface.Fill your cup with ice and serve it with some delicious Boylan Root Beer or your favorite craft beer. For your cheese board, add your most favorite crackers, meat, nuts, olives and cheeses to make it the perfect game day appetizer.My most favorite olives are Castelvetrano. Say that 10X fast! They’re not pitted but it’s so worth the extra work. I also discovered these McClure’s pickles…OMG. If you can’t tell, I love briney foods. They’re the perfect pairing to the butteryness of the meats. And when you pair it with crackers it helps cut through to give it the perfect balance.My most favorite thing I found was this football shaped sausage. It’s the centerpiece of this Game Day Charcuterie Board. Pair it with these Swiss and Brie cheeses and you’re in for a true treat.What is your most favorite way to celebrate game day? I love it most because it’s the point where I start looking forward to rugby season and the spring weather.
New Years Eve is always a celebration. Learn how to make these New Years photo booth props with your Cricut. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post. Head to the bottom of the post to win your very own Cricut Maker!
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Photo booths are a must have at a party with a lot of guests. Not only is it time that they’re spending with you, it’s time that you don’t have to spend thinking of what to occupy them with. Photo booth props are easily made with your Cricut Maker or your Cricut Explore.
Cardstock (I used green, gold, white, black, pink and brown)
Remember that you don’t have to cut everyone of these shapes if you don’t want. All you have to do is click on the eyeball that is next to the shape and it’ll disapear, or just delete it. I don’t want you paying for a shape that you’ll never use. Or buy the Cricut Access program and get over 30,000 shapes available to you.I’ve used the subscription services when I had my Silhouette and now that I use Cricut. I’ve gotten a better deal out of Cricut. I’ve been able to find a lot of shapes that I’ve been able to manipulate and give me the look that I want. It’s a great addition and only $10 a month for something that you’d get a lot of use out of.I used the standard grip mat and chose the intricate cut setting for Cricut cardstock. If I am using any cardstock thicker than the 80 lb. weight, I’ll usually just hit go again and it’ll give me 4 swipes of the blade. This will insure that you don’t have any tears when lifting your paper from the mat. For the glitter cardstock, do the intricate cut but have it pass through 4 times. When choosing intricate cut it’ll pass through twice for each press of the go button.Once all your shapes are cut, just assemble them according to the image. I always like to separate my image cuts into piles so that I don’t get any pieces missed. My favorite adhesive for cardstock is this one by Tombow. It dries quick and it’s also great for 3-D projects.I let all the New Years photo booth props dry overnight and then I adhere the skewer to the back. I just use hot glue for this part because it’s the best and most durable for photo booth props. Once all your sticks are adhered you’re ready to go.I like to have these in a jar just to the side of the booth. In the past I’ve used lots of different photo backdrops but my favorite thing to use is this sequin fabric. It pops and is perfect for ringing in the New Year.
Thank you Goliath Games for sponsoring this post. Pick up your favorite game today to enjoy the holiday season and beyond!We love a good game night in our family. I’m here to show you how to memorable game night for kids in any age group.When game night comes in our family, we get really excited. When we get to spend quality time together laughing and making memories it makes us remember the more important things in life, like each other.When I have a stressful day with the kids, I have to find a way for them and myself to unwind. Goliath Games and Pressman Toy are just the items we need. They’re easy to play, easy to clean and a lot of fun for everyone.When having a game night, the most important thing to remember is to have fun! My personality isn’t always suited for fun but these games bring out the best in me.
Here are some of the games we play and why my kids love game night:
Shark Bite is made by Pressman Toy and was so easy to set up and play. The kids had a REEL-ly fun time trying to pick up different fishes with the rod and always wondering when the shark would bite. To set it up, just snap the mouth open and place the colorful sea creatures in each space until it snaps. Roll the dice and use the fishing rods to pull each creature out but watch out – you never know when Shark Bite will snap! No batteries required.
Giggle Wiggle is made by Goliath Games and this one was Malakai’s favorite. Easy assembly and a blast to play. Just have the start at the bottom and race to the top to get him to hold the marbles. He moves like crazy so you’ll definitely have marbles that will fall off. Just pick them up and keep at it. I love this one because it’s a challenge to the kids and they laugh the whole time.
Pop the Pig
Pop the Pig is another Goliath Games top pick. You feed him cheeseburgers and press his head until he pops! This one is a suspense the whole game – you never know when he’s going to pop. All the cheeseburgers store in a compartment so you don’t have to worry about losing pieces. This game teaches numbers, colors and counting and is the #2 best selling game among kids the last 6 years.
Catch the Fox
Catch the Fox is made by Goliath Games and was France’s #1 toy in 2016. This one I loved cause his pants just disappear and you’re scrambling to pick up all the loose chickens. His pants are baggy enough that he’s trying to steal all the chickens in the coop. But then his pants just disappear and he’s left out in his underwear. The kids loved scrambling around trying to fill their coop with the loose chickens trying to win the game.
Doggie Doo is another Goliath Games classic but now it’s been redesigned. You feed the pup and spin the wheel to determine how many times you pump his leash. Kids love the inappropriate noises the Doggie Doo makes. This game has 120 million views on YouTube already. Once the doggie goes plop, just scoop it up and start again.
These games are great starters for kids of any age trying to learn strategy and competition.Goliath Games is the fourth-largest children’s game manufacturer in North America. Adi Golad started Goliath in the Netherlands in 1980 fueled by his passion to bring new toys to the market and today Goliath sells products in more than 75 countries with direct distribution in Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Australia, Canada and the USA. On July 4, 2008, Goliath opened its US subsidiary, headed by board game guru David Norman, and has been entertaining children and adults ever since. Examples include Rummikub®, Rubik’s Cube®, Tri-ominos®, Wordsearch, Pop the Pig®, Doggie Doo, Gooey Looey, and Catch the Fox.
Pressman Toy Corporation, the third largest game manufacturer in the United States, was founded in 1922. The company has released many strong brands that consumers have enjoyed for generations, such as Rummikub, MASTERMIND and Tri-Ominos. One of the first companies in the industry to begin licensing popular characters and content for toys and games, Pressman Toy has created games and puzzles based on, Elf on the Shelf, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter as well as popular games shows Deal or No Deal, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. The company’s iconic red boxes have introduced millions of Americans to the joys of Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Cribbage, Bingo, Dominoes, Mancala, and a host of other classic games. Pressman’s current offerings include these time-tested favorites along with a mix of exciting new games and puzzles designed to spark young imaginations and bring families together.
The Cricut Maker is such a wonderful and useful tool. This post I’m going to show how easy it is to throw a Bachelorette Party using the Cricut Maker free projects included when you get your own. Read to the end of this post to see all the ideas and to win a Cricut Maker of your own.
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I love the Make It Now feature in Cricut’s Design Space. It is such a saving grace when I’m having bouts of creativity-loss. When you buy a machine through Cricut, they gift you with exclusive access to certain Make It Now projects. When they released the new Cricut Maker, they included 50 free projects to get you started. The project I have chosen is the Bridesmaid Invitation and the bachelorette Party Kisses and Diamonds straw and donut toppers.These invitations are the perfect way to ask your best girlfriends to be a bridesmaid and they straw and donut toppers are the perfect accent to a bachelorette party.
Begin with printing your invitation on your printer. I use a 60lb cardstock from Michaels and it’s perfect for my HP Printer. Anything too thick will not pull through. Once you have your file printed, place it on your mat and load it in the Cricut Maker. It will read the registration marks and begin cutting and scoring. Unload your mat.Load your black pen into the Cricut Maker (this was included) and your regular cardstock and cut your envelope, small card and your Bride Tribe symbol. You can use black cardstock or vinyl as well but the pen is easier for me. I did color in the edges to fill in the writing.Add your glittered cardstock to the mat and cut the envelope insert, invitation back and small card.
You’ll then print off your tattoo paper images and add that to the mat. The sensors on the Cricut Maker are better than the Explore so these will cut. Place them into your small insert for the card as a special surprise for your friends.To assemble these, add your larger pink glitter square to the inside of the envelope. Next fold in your edges and place a small amount of adhesive to the sides of the envelope and place the end on the adhesive. The printed invitation will now be placed on the smaller glitter cardstock so that the color will peak through the holes your Cricut Maker created. Place some adhesive on the small squares and adhere them together. Place your tattoo inserts behind the square and adhere it to the invitation.For the straw and donut toppers, cut your white background first, then the standard cardstock and last, the pink glitter cardstock for the lips. Adhere your diamond tops to the bottoms and place them in your donuts. For the lips, there are two slits cut in it and you just thread your straw through there.Want to check out the other 49 FREE projects included with your Cricut Maker?! Click the pictures below to see how some of my blog buddies created these projects with their Maker!
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But, if you read my blog, you know that I’m not much of a seamstress. This DIY American Girl birthday dress was more for my daughter than it was for me. I tried to get the best shots as I could while I made this but it was rough. Of course you can use whatever you have on hand and whatever colors you want.
I grabbed a roll of tulle from Michaels and measured about 4 yards. I folded the tulle in half so that it was still 6″ wide. I used some binding clips to hold the pink trim on while I sewed it on. Once you’re done, you’ll have a long pocket about 2 yards long that you can put your mini pom poms inside. I also had little “Happy Birthday” quotes on the inside cut out of glitter paper. If you choose this, scatter them first rather than clumping them in the corner. I clumped them in the corner.Pour the pom poms into the tulle pocket and then set your sewing machine so that your tulle will ruffle. To do this, place your bobbin thread to the tightest setting. For me this is 9. Then you’ll place your top thread to the largest setting, for me this is 5. So you’ll have the bottom thread tight and the top thread loose. Place your tulle into the machine and ruffle the edge. This will make it long enough to fit onto the dress pattern from Design Space.Next, put together the dress pattern according to the directions. It’s pretty straightforward except the top of the straps. I could not figure that out so I just hand stitched them together so it didn’t look like the mess it really was.For the bottom, I attached the blue fabric so that it would be facing outwards under the tulle. I then attached the tulle to the other tab of the fabric. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be done but hopefully you can tell by the photo how to do it. For the back of the tulle, I sewed it together before I stitched up the back.A lot of my sewing is me trying to figure it out while I go along. It’s not something I’m proud of but I’m working on it. I definitely learn better by watching so sometimes I assume you guys do too.I also just sewed the back seam together which made it a little tricky getting it onto our Maryellen doll but it’s for one day a year that she gets to wear it so I’ll just shove her in it. Hell or high-water, she’s going to wear that dang dress for her birthday!
Did you know you can create your own wedding table numbers using your Cricut Explore and embossing them with your Cricut Cuttlebug? It’s so easy, see how to below.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Have you ever wanted to create your own table numbers for your wedding or any event? I’m going to show you how to create your own table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your Cuttlebug. I’ve never used the Cuttlebug until this project and now I’m in love! I love being able to add texture to my projects and unless you buy embossed paper, it’s a little hard. Using embossing folders from the Cuttlebug is the easiest way to add texture to your projects.
For this project, I cut out my table numbers using my Cricut Explore. I’ve included the cut file below. Once you’ve cut your numbers, place them inside the embossing folder and run through your Cuttlebug. You can choose to do words or actual numbers but I like that I can give more of an illusion that I worked harder than I actually did and use the actual words. You can use glitter cardstock to make your table numbers too or even use wood. I love my Cricut Explore because of the many materials I can cut with it. I also love the Cuttlebug because you can emboss or die cut those same materials just as easily.
When using the Cuttlebug, you want to be sure to use the correct folders and plates. When you emboss, you’ll use the B plates and the A plate. Sandwich your embossing folder in between the two B plates and place it on the A plate. Place it in your Cuttlebug and use the handle to crank it through.Both my images were more than 7″ long so I had to get creative. I matched up the polka dots before I ran it through again so that I could have a clean embossing. The more complex the image, the harder it will be to match but it can be done so don’t let size hold you back.Place some hot glue on the back of your numbers and add the skewer so that they’re even heights. The heavier the cardstock, the less skewers you’ll need but you want it to hold up all night. Secure it again with a little bit more glue on the back.
Place it in your centerpiece and you’re done. I decorated this board with some of the flowers I cut for our Twin Baby Shower we threw a few months ago. Happy Wedding!
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Create this fun summer gift with some water balloons and a free summer printable.This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I got to share these over at Design Dazzle a few weeks ago and I wanted to share them here too! My kids love summer and what better way to delight them then to have them throw stuff at each other? These water balloon free printables are the perfect little something kids need to boost them in the summer months. To make these are simple and you only need a few items. Supplies:
Click on the free summer printable and print them off. I added two holes to the top of the printable and looped my ribbon inside. I then attached the water balloons and tied a bow. You can choose how you want to tie it but I just did what was easiest for me. You can use twine or thick ribbon like I did but the fun in free printables is making them your own. This denim ribbon is from The Container Store when they had their Christmas ribbon up. That’s when I love to load up on the different ribbons that I use all year round. Paper Source is also a great place for ribbons.There it is. Have so much fun and be sure to have a Splashin’ Summer!