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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Decorated Cooler and Blue Lizard® Sunscreen

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There's a common misconception that we never get any sun where we live. Truth be told, after the especially rainy winter and spring we've just had here in the Northwest, I was starting to believe that myself! But I promise, we still do need sunscreen here. Besides, harmful UV rays can damage skin even through clouds, and we do love being at the park or going hiking.


So today I'm talking about Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen and my cute cooler I just decorated with vinyl. Now we're extra ready for picnics this summer. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How to Use My Own Fonts with Cricut

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Did you know that you can use those pretty fonts that you've purchased or found for free with your Cricut machine? If you're not sure how to do it, or think it will be too tricky to learn, let me walk you through the process.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Patriotic Stars Jar with Cricut Adhesive Foil

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Time to start thinking about all those red white and blue decorations! If you're really on the ball, you maybe already made something for Memorial Day. But if not, this red and blue stars jar works perfeclty for both Flag Day and the 4th of July.



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions About Cricut

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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Cricut machines. I have answered them in 12 different posts over the last few months, and I thought it would be handy for you if there were all linked up in one place. Plus I'm so excited that this post also has a CRICUT BUNDLE GIVEAWAY! Keep reading to the end for details.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Last Day of School Summer Fun Goodies

I partnered with Oriental Trading Company on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

School's out for summer! Or almost anyway. My kids don't get out til the middle of June, but I've got this summer fun kit waiting for them. Doing a basket like this on the last day of school has become a special tradition for me. I can't remember if I started it with my oldest daughter, but I do remember the year my second daughter came home on the last day of Kindergarten. She was in tears, distraught over saying good bye to her teacher and her friends she'd made (some of whom she would continue seeing over the summer :) I was so glad that I had something planned to cheer her up right away as we played with some new toys in the backyard.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stamped Cookie Cutters

For the last few months my husband has been playing with and learning about 3D printers. They're really pretty cool, and he's made some fun things for the kids, this bunny for my Easter decor, and lots of cookie cutters. 



This means we've been making a lot of cookies too, to try out recipes, and to practice making the cookies. (The kids kind of love it.)

Friday, May 12, 2017

How to Decorate Makeup Bags with Vinyl

A couple of weeks ago I was at the craft store and picked up this trio of makeup bags from their gift section. My makeup drawer has been in serious need of some organization help, so I figured these could do nothing but help!



A lot of you guys are probably like me, and never leave well enough alone when it comes to decorating with vinyl. Did these bags NEED glitter vinyl added to them? I'll let you be the judge! (some links in this post are affiliate links)



This is what the bags looked like to begin with. I'm using the large one for things like foundation, blush, concealer, and brushes for all those things. The medium holds my mascaras and eyeshadows. The small one has my lip colors.

I found a perfect icon for each bag and turned them into SVGs to load into Cricut Design Space. You can download the SVG here.

Choose the type of iron-on vinyl you want to use. I picked glitter gold, but I'll bet a dark navy would look really good against these bright colors too. Open Cricut Design Space and upload the SVG. You can resize or ungroup and move them around if needed.

Place your vinyl shiny-side down on the mat and be sure to mirror the images before cutting. Set the dial to iron-on OR custom setting (then pick iron-on glitter) depending on the material you are cutting. Then cut them out.



Use a slightly cooler setting on your iron than you normally would, because you don't want to damage the makeup bags. So I had my iron just under the "4" but your setting may be different. The bags usually have a kind of plastic-y liner, and you don't want to run the risk of melting that. Plus, your bags aren't going through the laundry, so the vinyl doesn't have to be stuck down quite as much for that.

Fold up a hand towel and put it inside the bag. This gives you something to press the iron down against.



Peel off the plastic sheet and refill the bags with all your makeup goodies. They they'll keep your makeup drawer organized, and it's easy to grab and go when you're packing for your next trip.



Are you feeling the need to vinyl-ize some makeup bags of your own now? Check out these tutorials if you want more iron-on vinyl ideas:
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