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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Decorated Cardboard Letters

I'm still catching up with some of the wedding posts. These cardboard letters were perfect at both the bridal brunch and the dinner after the wedding. Then they even traveled to Idaho for the reception. That's a lot of bang for your decorating buck right there!

I bought two initials and "&" which I found at Craft Warehouse, though I've seen them in other craft stores too, and online. These are about 24 inches tall.

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For the "&" I cut the front layer of cardboard off with a razor blade. The letters were super easy--leave them uncut. Two coats of matte black spray paint around the fronts and all edges, and they're done.

I traced the "&" out on a foam board and cut it with my Styro Cutter. I sanded down any parts where it didn't fit just right and then filled the empty shape with the foam. To minimize any white showing through I painted the foam pink (even though foam doesn't paint great, it worked well enough.)

When the paint dryed, I cut fake flowers off their stems with wire cutters, leaving about and inch still attached to the flower and stuck them down into the foam until the shape was filled with flowers. I used larger flowers to accent the initials, and just attached them with hot glue.

Depending on where you want to display these giant cardboard letters, you could find a way to hang them--string, tabs on the back, etc. We just propped them up against the table while they sat on the ground and that worked great too.

Where would you use these letters?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cricut Foam Sheet Kids Craft

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Today's post is a fun one because your creativity can take you anywhere. Then you can hand the pieces off to your kids and they can imagine whatever they want as well.

Using a deep cut blade, a strong grip mat, and the foam distressed custom setting in Cricut Design Space you can cut these sheets of foam easily.

You can see that I just made basic shapes. Then, tangram style, we just made all kinds of designs with them.

This guy is a Meagan original :)

What foam crafts do you see in your future? Do you think your kids would have fun with these too?

Don't forget to check out my post for Lime Green week, which includes a giveaway for a Cricut Explore One prize pack so you can get crafty!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Dinosaur Clipboard with Vinyl

This post is sponsored by Cricut. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Some links may be affiliate.

Have you guys been busy with summer crafting? Do you plan on getting a lot done when the kids are back in school instead? Either way, Cricut makes it a breeze! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hammock Giveaway!

Last week I posted on Crafting Chicks during their Space week (go check it out for fun space crafts and ideas.) And this week I'm helping them wrap up Camping Week with a fun giveaway!

Ultimate Hammock Giveaway

We've had a great week sharing awesome ideas for camp crafts, books, treats and more! Nothing helps you appreciate the great outdoors like camping and we are hoping to help make your camping adventures even sweeter!

Today we have the best camping week giveaway...a hammock from Ultimate Hammocks.

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We will have 2 winners! Each winner will get to choose their color of hammock and will also receive the ultimate hammock straps.hammock strap

Where would you hang up your hammock? Enter Below! Good luck to all of our readers!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Cool Pies for a Hot Summer

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EDWARDS®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EdwardsPies http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Do you have a reason to celebrate coming soon? You'll want to just make something up if you don't, just so you can create your own pie party to say Hip Hip Pie-Ray!

This summer has been warmer than normal here in the upper-left corner of the US. (Since we bought this house I am now one of the spoiled ones with air conditioner.) But anyone can beat the heat with one of these tasty EDWARDS® pies. I've had the Chocolate Crème before, but didn't even realize they had so many flavors! 

I let my kids help me pick out a couple from Walmart, and I wasn't surprised when they went for Edwards® Turtle Pie and Edwards® Reese's Peanut Butter Cup® Crème PieBut you can also find New York Style Cheesecake, Key Lime, Hershey's® Special Dark Chocolate and more.

Not that pie needs any help to be more exciting and fun than it already is, but I wanted to make a cute set up for our pie party. I bought a foam board to make my giant sign. Simply paint a border on the edge in any color and cut out paper letters and a banner.   

I set pieces of pie out on plates layered with a small doily, just to be extra fancy.

I also knew these pies would make great gifts. Who do you know who has something to celebrate? 

New baby? New job? Potty-trained toddler? Survived another sports season? Just made it through another day? Help them celebrate by picking up an Edward's pie.

Copy this picture, paste in a word document, resize if desired and print it out. Attach to pie and make a special delivery. It will guarantee smiles. As an added bonus, you can save $1.00 on any ONE (1) EDWARDS® Whole Pie by taking advantage of the Walmart EDWARDS Ibotta digital rebate (while supplies last).

What flavor do you want to try? 
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Vinyl Dance Art

It's time for another vinyl hop sponsored by Expressions Vinyl! Don't you just love all the great ideas you can get from looking at other people's projects? Today's post is an extra fun one because I got to help my friend Heather make some decorations for her daughter's room.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cricut Design Ideas

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. 

Now that you’re more familiar with Cricut Explore One™Cricut Explore Air™ and Cricut Design Space™, it’s time to chat about some of the really neat things you can create when you put it all together. 

As you’re getting familiar with your Cricut machine, it’s a great idea to take advantage of the free Make it Now™ projects and images that you get with Cricut Design Space™. 

For example, check out this adorable 3D Hot Air Balloons Mobile

Monday, July 13, 2015

Large Marquee Letters for a Wedding

{DIY Marquee letters from plywood

We did a lot of prep work for my sister's wedding last month, and this DIY project was the star of the show. My husband and I made these XOXO marquee letters out of plywood and they ended up being the perfect backdrop for dancing and lots of pictures.

You can make your own marquee letters too!


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3/4 inch plywood
Large printed letters (we used this site. The 3x3 sheet size gave us letters about 2 feet tall. You could also free hand if you're brave)
Drill bit to match the size of housing of the light bulbs
 Globe String Lights (one strand per letter is most convenient)
Hot glue gun
Paint and brush
Sand paper

Step 1: Trace letters onto plywood and cut with jigsaw.

Step 2: Sand edges to remove any rough spots.

Step 3: Mark location of holes (for the O, we actually folded the paper O in quarters, then 3rds, and the 12 holes went around like the numbers on a clock.)

Step 4: Drill holes and sand away any tear out.

Step 5: Paint in desired color. Ours are a light pink from Behr called Cupcake Pink, and I did two coats. Let dry.

Step 6: Remove all the bulbs from a strand of lights and use hot glue to secure one socket into each hole from the back side. Make sure that the strands are lined up the right way so that one end can plug in to the one next to it.

Step 7: Only add the bulbs back in when the letters are on location and ready to be plugged in. You don't want to try to transport these with the bulbs installed! 

Then plug them in and let the praise begin!

What event do you want to make your own marquee letters for? Let me know if you have questions and I'll help you out!


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Magical Vacation Giveaway

I've to be teamed up with Get Away Today and some fabulous bloggers to giveaway a Magical Vacation Package worth $1500!!

One winner will win a Magical Prize Package (valued at $1500!):  Anyone already planning to be there for the amazing 60th anniversary celebration this Friday the 17th

1) 4 Day/ 3 Night Deluxe Hotel Stay 

2) 2 Adults & 2 children One Day Tickets to TWO parks of your choice!! 
You can choose Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, LegoLand, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Universal Studios!

I hope you check out each of these fabulous bloggers:

There are many ways to enter so more chances for you to win :) Share with your friends and family as well! 

Giveaway will start Monday July 13th at Midnight and end Monday July 20th.  Open to US & Canada Residents Only. Winner will be notified via email.

Enter the giveaway below and good luck! Need to get planning right away? 

Visit Get Away Today and use the promocode: CITR to get $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California package (hotel and 2 ticket minimum). 

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

I have a new board put together over on Hometalk today. It's full of great kitchen cleaning tips! You'll find ideas on how to do specific jobs in the kitchen, or maintain the whole room.

Click the photo to check it out.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Minion Party Ideas

The Minions get their own movie! It opens this weekend, which means there's been an avalanche of Minion food, craft, and party ideas on blogs all over the internet--mine included!

I thought it would be fun to collect a giant list of them right here. Click through to each post for all the details and have fun planning your Minion party!