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Holiday Parties - Valentine's Day

DIY Ceramic Conversation Hearts used in a Table Setting

January 30, 2018

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

These DIY ceramic conversation hearts are so easy and the perfect vessel to hold some delicious Valentine treats.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter.

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Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. 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.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. 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.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. 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.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. 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.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. 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.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. 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.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. 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.Create these DIY Valentine ceramic conversation hearts and personalize them for the perfect Valentine place setting using your electronic cutter. 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.

Crafting DIY - Sewing

DIY Milestone Baby Blanket using your Cricut

January 10, 2018

Milestone baby blankets are everywhere. Learn how to use your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress to create your very own. This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support. 

I’m so excited to be joining the Inspire My Creativity Link Party each month until June this year. It’ll bring some new challenges which I always love. Link up your post below! This month is DIY anything your heart desires.

This DIY milestone baby blanket was so easy to create using my Cricut Maker and using my Cricut EasyPress to secure the iron-on. Begin by cutting your iron-on using my Design Space file. You’ll need to open it on a desktop then you can save it as your own file and cut from your tablet or phone.

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I cut out each number and I’ve also included the words month and months if you want to add that at the bottom. When using Cricut Iron-On, it’s important to remember to mirror the image. You’ll place it shiny side down on the mat and cut using the iron-on setting. Do not use the HTV setting with your Maker. For some reason it is cutting completely through. You just want it to cut the vinyl and keep the carrier sheet intact.You’ll remove all the negative space and then cut each month number so that you can space them on your blanket. When using the zcricut EasyPress, you need a hard surface and then a folded towel on that hard surface. You need something that is going to give a little so that all the edges will be securely adhered. You know you’ve gotten a great adhesion when you can see the materials texture.For Iron-On Lite, you’ll need a temperature of 305F and then press for 25-30 seconds. Give your items a good warm up beforehand and after you’re done pressing, turn your material over and press again for a few more seconds. Now you’re done. So super easy but it takes a little bit of time to get your numbers evenly spaced and to finish the edges of your material. You’ll never need to spen $40+ on a Milstone baby blanket again.These DIY baby milestone blankets are the best baby shower gifts you can give. They’re even better knowing you put your hard work into something so special.

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Kids - Party Time

Make a Memorable Game Night for Kids

December 7, 2017

Thank you Goliath Games for sponsoring this post. Pick up your favorite game today to enjoy the holiday season and beyond!Family Game Night ideas and how to keep children entertained.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

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

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

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.

For more information, please visit www.goliathgames.us

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.

For more information, please visit www.pressmantoy.com

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Christmas - Crafting DIY

Holiday Gifting with Don Victor Honey and how to cut Crepe Paper with Cricut

December 6, 2017

KThis shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DonVictorHoney #HoneyForHolidays

Create this unique gift packaging with your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar by cutting a crepe paper poinsettia. Learn all the tips and tricks I use to cut crepe paper with my Cricut.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I love using my Cricut Maker to make unique gifts, for this tutorial I’m going to show you how to cut crepe paper with it. Create a unique topper for your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.It’s really easy, you just need the right materials. Here is what you’ll need –

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I first began by getting a membership to Lia Griffith. It’s worth it when you consider the printables and all the free .svg crepe paper flowers she offers you. Save the .svg to Design Space and then open the image onto your canvas.
I first started with grabbing some Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.The most important thing to remember is the grain of your paper and how that is loaded into the mat. Be mindful on how you want your petals to be shaped when cutting. For this project I had the grain going vertically. Even if you’re cutting you’re your crepe paper by hand, being midful of the grain is very important. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Place your rotary blade into you’re Cricut Maker adaptive tool. It will go in side B. Load your mat into your Cricut Maker and select Go. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.When you remove your crepe paper, peel it slowly so that the grain doesn’t stretch. I used a flower template from Lia Griffith and uploaded it to my software.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Glue each of the petals of the flowers to it’s coordinating size. I used hot glue for this but any glue will do. Next you’ll lay a bead of hot glue along the seam and place the floral stem wire. Do this to the large petals and the leaves.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.You can use floral tape to attach all the stems to each other but I have never been very good with it. Just glue all the stems together and then twist them with the leaves. Next, lay your smaller petals over the top of the larger petals. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.For the stamen, fold the cut piece in half and roll. Glue them together separately or all together. Cut off the excess floral wire and attach a piece of felt to the bottom. This is where you’ll glue it to the top of your Don Victor® Honey jars. Attach a gift tag and you’re set.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Don Victor® Honey honeycomb can be served on a warm piece of toast, French toast or warm biscuits. You may have to mash it but once it warms up against your food, it’ll soften right up. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Cutting crepe paper with your Cricut Maker is easier than you would expect. I’d love to see what project you’d make for your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar. Be sure to follow Don Victor® Honey on Facebook and Pinterest for more great ideas.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.

 

Christmas

Reindeer, Santa and Snowman Christmas Hot Cocoa Cups

November 30, 2017

These Christmas Hot Cocoa Cups are so easy to make using some of my favorite items from Oriental Trading Co. Thank you to them for sponsoring this post.This post does contain affiliate links.

Who doesn’t love these three symbols of the Christmas holiday? I took some candy and cocoa mix and made these easy hot cocoa cups. You can give them to your neighbors or kids in general just love them.Oriental Trading makes Christmas craft shopping so easy. I love heading online and seeing all the different things I can create.

I began with these plastic cups and then filled each of them with marshmallows for the snowman, crushed candy cane candies for Santa and hot cocoa mix for the reindeer.I used the templates below to cut the shapes with my Cricut Maker. You could certainly cut them by hand but the Cricut makes everything easier.

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After you’ve filled your cups with their ingredients, apply googly eyes to all of them. GlueDots are awesome for this or you can use a glue gun. Use the low-temp setting or else you will melt your cups.With the reindeer, you’ll want to shape your pipe cleaner into antler shapes. Hot glue the antlers to the top of the lid. Attach the red pom pom for his nose.For Santa, hot glue the Santa hat onto the lid. I placed one dot on the inside of the seam of the hat and attached the lid to it. I was able just to fold the hat over the entire lid and it was a perfect fit.  Add the mustache cut out and a small red pom pom for his nose.

For the snowman, glue his hat on to the lid and three mini black pom poms for the buttons. Add the holly berry to his hat.You can tie them all together in a bunch to gift them or just place them near a table setting for the kids to make their own hot cocoa cups. This makes the perfect addition to any meal or just a Christmas treat.

Other bloggers have also used Oriental Trading supplies to make other Christmas crafts. Check them out below.


Christmas - Crafting DIY

Felt Gift Tags with your Cricut Maker

November 29, 2017

What is cuter than these felt gift tags? Just about nothing. Make them with your Cricut Maker and add them to any gift to personalize it. Enter to win a Cricut Maker of your very own at the bottom of the post. Good luck!Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift TagsThis post does contain affiliate links.

I honestly hate using the sticker labels for Christmas and I’m gonna be honest, not everyone in the family gets a gift tag. I usually save these felt gift tags for neighbor gifts or other family. My kids get their gifts in their own wrapping paper. I just slip whatever paper is their’s into their stocking and they’re set for the rest of the morning.Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift TagsThese felt gift tags are really for special gifts and that’s why I love them. They’re so easy to make with your Cricut Maker and the rotary blade attachment. Use some of Cricut’s new felt that is stiff enough for fine cutting and you’re set.

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Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift TagsBegin by applying your felt to your pink fabric grip mat. If your mat has lost some of it’s stickiness, I suggest using the applicator tool to help rub it down firmly. One thing to never do it clean your pink mat. I know that there are suggestions all over the internet but cleaning it is not recommended. A way to keep it from losing the stickiness is to try to never touch it with your hands. The applicator comes with a removal tool that are great for avoiding touching.Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift TagsLoad your mat into the Cricut Maker. Be sure that the mat is pressed against the rollers when loading your project. Doing this will ensure that your mat cuts on the 12×12″ area.Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift TagsOnce all your felt is cut, assemble your pieces together. I use fabric glue for this part or you could easily use hot glue. Use it at a high temp so that the felt will stick to each other.Tie your bow onto your gift and attach the felt gift tags by attaching the ribbon onto the loops included with your image. Gift to that special someone.Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift Tags

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Christmas - Crafting DIY

Mini Santa Letters with your Cricut Maker

November 27, 2017

There is nothing cuter than something in mini form. Create these mini Santa letters and add them to this cute Santa letter mailbox from Magnolia.Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.This post does contain affiliate links.

I participated in an ornament exchange with other Cricut bloggers. We were able to create whatever we wanted and when I saw this mini Santa letter box ornament at Target, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.

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Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.The mailbox is this perfect hunter green color so I wanted to use a red envelope to really contrast those colors.Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.I began with my white cardstock and printed the mini letters. They are shapes by Natalie Malan and I love them! Just print them out and cut, for a more detailed instruction on how to do this, visit here. It’s the same with the Explore and the Maker.Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.I then loaded my red cardstock into the Maker. It starts with using the stylus and then it will prompt you to load your pen and then it will do the drawing. This is the same cartridge using Natalie Malan’s shapes. With the Maker, you can print on colored cardstock but I decided I wanted to draw the Santa Baby instead. To change this, just click on the icon of the shape and choose for it to be printed rather than drawn.

I mailed these mini Santa letters and mailbox along with a gift card so she can have a night off from cooking. Aren’t they the cutest! Let’s see what the other bloggers made too –

Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.

 

Christmas

Christmas Vacation Printable and Movie Blog Hop

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for the annual 25 Days Of Christmas Movies Blog Hop! #ChristmasMoviesHopGive this Christmas Vacation Printable for the movie lover in your life. Available in three different quotes.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and that means 25 bloggers working to show you how to honor your favorite Christmas Movies with inventive crafts and recipes! #ChristmasMoviesHop #Christmas #Christmascrafts #Christmasrecipes

Megan ~ C’mon Get Crafty | Erlene~ An My Pinterventures | Lindsay ~ seeLindsay

Marie ~ The Inspiration Vault | Maureen ~ Red Cottage Chronicles | Emily ~ Domestic Deadline

Stephanie ~ The Tip Toe Fairy | Rebecca ~ The Moments at Home | Michelle ~ Our Crafty Mom

Pam ~ P.S. I Love You Crafts | Sue ~ A Purdy Little House | Heather ~ The Busy Giffs

Erica ~ 5 Little Monsters | Valerie ~ Occasionally Crafty | Sara ~ The Holy Mess

Tina ~ Sweet and Salty Sisters | Sam ~ Raggedy Bits | Christine ~ Where the Smiles Have Been

Allie ~ Vigor it Out | Lyne ~ Lynn’s Everyday Ideas | Evelin ~ Evey’s Creations

Nina ~ Crazy for Cookies and More | Carrie ~ A Princess and Her Pirates

Jaclyn ~ The Dotted Nest | Kelley ~ Simply Inspired Meals

Give this Christmas Vacation Printable for the movie lover in your life. Available in three different quotes. Supplies

For this easy Christmas Vacation printable, just send it to your local print shop. I’ve included a 5×7″ print and a 16×20″. Just save them and upload them and select your print size when you’re finalizing your print. 

And after this Christmas season I do realize that it was actually Helen that said this and not Clark. I’ll get it fixed but don’t hold your breath. 😉Give this Christmas Vacation Printable for the movie lover in your life. Available in three different quotes.I send mine to Costco because they’re inexpensive and the prints last forever. There are three printable available so just choose which Christmas Vacation Printable you want! Just click the link above to the Christmas Vacation Printable and you’ll be taken to the google file.Give this Christmas Vacation Printable for the movie lover in your life. Available in three different quotes.Now let’s check out the rest of the amazing Christmas creations!

Give this Christmas Vacation Printable for the movie lover in your life. Available in three different quotes.