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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions About Cricut

I sometimes include affiliate links in my posts. I share products that I use and love, and if you purchase through my links, your cost stays the same but I get a small percentage sent back to me. So thank you! Additionally, this post is brought to you by Cricut.

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. 


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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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Have You Checked Out Groupon Lately?

This post is brought to you by Groupon. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

You probably know that you can find great local deals using Groupon. Adventures like skydiving and rafting, kids play like mini golf and trampoline parks, or dining and pampering have all made appearances in my inbox. Just recently my 2 girls went ice skating on a buy one- get one free deal! I love the convenience of buying my Groupons with PayPal when I want to.





Monday, May 8, 2017

Cute DIY Exercise Tank

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PureLife35pk #CollectiveBias



Recently we had our yard landscaped - we had all the scary blackberry bushes, mossy grass, and dead grape vines torn out and beautiful sod put in. It's been great to watch it grow in and turn extra green with all the rain we're getting here in the Northwest. As long as it doesn't actually flood away, the wetter the better! Our bodies need water like that too, and NestlĂ©® Pure Life® makes it easy with 35-packs of water bottles at Walmart. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

How to Use a Cricut Make it Now Project

Cricut Make-it-Now projects are a collection of pre-designed projects within Cricut Design Space. There are cards, home decor pieces, party supplies, and more. Some are free, some are included with an Access subscription, and some require a purchase - and anything you do buy becomes yours and can be used in any future projects. (some following links are affiliate links.) If you're wondering if it will be easy to use Design Space to create the Make it Now project, let me walk you through the process!













The screenshots I'm sharing are from the new Cricut Design Space version 3, so if they look a little different from what you've been using, that's why. (Just a couple of reasons you'll love it: it's not Flash based - so no more shockwave crashes, the edit controls are all easier to find, better font previews, and you can edit mats while you are cutting others.)