Hey friends! Today I am guest posting at some of my favorite girls’ blog, The Crafting Chicks. I’m showing you how to create this fun globe for their Bloggers Best 12 Days of Christmas! Come and check it out!
Hey friends! Today I am guest posting at some of my favorite girls’ blog, The Crafting Chicks. I’m showing you how to create this fun globe for their Bloggers Best 12 Days of Christmas! Come and check it out!
I first did this project over at Hazel and Ruby’s blog. I you don’t remember or didn’t know, I am one of their Makery Members. There are definitely some talented ladies on the team so I’m really honored to be a part of it. This project was so easy and a lot of fun. The kids love having something cool that they can practice their spelling with and I like having a little bit of different things on the fridge that aren’t those generic plastic numbers and letters.
First, I headed to Michaels and they have this great new RAW bar. It’s just items that are natural and it’s pretty awesome. They have bags of different sizes of cork circular discs. Mine was 1.5″ and there were 50 in the bag and cost around $8. I then grabbed 2 bottles of Krylon spray paint. This stain one is one that is sprayed on then wiped off just 5 minutes later. It’s great for the stencils too because it’s easy to clean.
I used two stencils for this project. The Mixed Numbers Stencil Masks and the Typewriter Alpha Stencil Mask. They are some of their newest stencils and I’m seriously in love! Hazel and Ruby knocked it out of the park with their new Fall line.
I did let this cure overnight so that it would be 100% dry, I added magnets to the back. I just used magnet sheets because I’m only planning on to use these as spelling letters. If I was going to use these to hang things on the fridge, I would spend a few extra dollars and get the round, stronger magnets.
That’s it, it’s time to spell away with your little spellers or make more to make a fun message for your loved one. It’s so much fun and just a little way to break up some time with the all the Holiday decorating going on.
I don’t know if I told you guys but I get to be a contributor on TWO sites! Mommy on Demand and Fleece Fun. I’m really excited to be a part of their sites and I can’t tell you what goodness I’m going to be bringing! Today I’m on Mommy on Demand so go and check out my fab Halloween Table here and show Brittany some love. But I’m also on Fleece Fun today too, scroll down to see that!
So since I’m pretty new to this blog thang, I’m learning the etiquette as I go. Go figure. Angel has been fab-u-lous! I’m a food contributor on her site and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been able to really push myself and think of combinations that I never thought of beforehand. I’ve got some awesome cookies planned for next month that sound delicious in my head so I’m crossing my legs they work 😉 Today I’m there with this Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole that is a staple in our home. It’s pretty much a classic Mormon recipe but I make mine a bit different that makes it super creamy, see it here.
Last month was a favorite recipe of mine, it’s a Cookie Butter Hazelnut Shake and it is as delicious as it sounds. O.M.G. You have to try it and even though it’s a shake, it’s really perfect for this Fall season! Check that out here and leave Angel some love cause she’s got some great patterns!
What’s better than saving a good $40 on a shirt that you can do yourself and still make your kids’ dreams come true? Using Vinyl Heat Transfer from Expressions Vinyl is some of my favorite product ever. It cuts so smooth, irons on with ease and while sometimes you may get some peeling after washing, it can always be remedied and you won’t have that spot be a concern again.
When we were first assigned this topic of NFL, I asked my son what teams he wanted. He literally named 10 teams. I’m not going to DIY 10 NFL shirts. It hit me that my nephews in Phoenix are getting into their first year of football and they are loving it. I called my sister to find out their teams and she told me the 49ers and Steelers.
My nephews have always been solid boys so I grabbed some XL shirts at Michael’s and Expressions Vinyl sent me the VHT in the colors that I had requested. I found some .svg files online of both teams and was able to upload it to my Cricut software so easily. If you’d like to see the process of cutting an ironing, click here. I layered the colors just as they would be on each logo. It really looks professional.
All told, these shirts cost me $35. I got the shirts on sale for $2.50 a piece and the VHT was a total of $30 for everything I needed and I still have some leftover. I used the 24″ sheets of white, black and red and then used the 12″ sheets of gold, blue and yellow.
Thanks so much to Expressions Vinyl for providing the VHT for these shirts. I know my nephews are going to love them! If you guys haven’t used them before, I highly recommend them. They have great customer service, sassy shipping and just about every color under the rainbow. I’ve also contributed to their blog last month and I love the outcome. Make sure you check it out!
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I am so proud to be participating in this project. I was a little hesitant at first just like anyone would be posting pictures of your non glorious self all over the Internet! However, I was really pleased with how this project turned out. I’m proud of the woman I’ve become. I’m proud of the challenges I’ve faced and that I’ve endured because I know that it has contributed to my beauty. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the beholder is you!
I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
I am brave and I am beautiful. We all submitted photos of us in makeup and then the challenge is for us to post photos of us with no makeup. This is supposed to empower me? In a way I feel more empowered in the full makeup shot because most days I look like the no makeup shot. I hardly ever wear makeup except for special occasions or if I’m feeling like 1000% awesome (that’s not very often).
For me to feel awesome takes a lot because of my Fibromyalgia. First thing in the morning I have to make sure and get my medicine in me or by noon I will feel like a stiff board, I won’t be able to function and it will affect me for 2 days. I have to remember my meds at night to. Ugh, medicine…it makes me feel ugly, old, just plain unhealthy which is what I am. I am completely unhealthy. While I know that I cannot be cured of Fibromyalgia, I can for sure do more things to bring calm some of the symptoms.
Ever since blogging, there has been a complete turn around in my life. I’m going places, doing things and pushing myself. I feel like I have myself back, I feel good and when I feel good – that is when I feel beautiful. It’s not the makeup that I need, though it does help boost some ego I’ve got in me that comes up once in a while. When I’m feeling healthy, I can accomplish anything and do everything and I feel I have nothing holding me back.
To me being beautiful has nothing to do with looks. I always tell my husband that fat people need love too. When my son tells me about girls who have crushes on them and they don’t like them back – I always say to treat them always with respect and to never be rude even though you may not think they are pretty on the outside, they may be pretty on the inside. If we just only look at the exterior of people, we will never know the true beauty or ugliness of them. Always give people a chance, always look for the good, always be someones friend. It’s the least someone deserves and to me that is what being Brave and Beautiful is, not a face with makeup.
For me, I know that I can live in confidence that I am beautiful because I live in a supportive environment with a husband who tells me that, and that is important. But, the most important part is that you know it for yourself because there will be days that you’re not told or reminded and you have to tell it to yourself. You have to know that your heart is beautiful and that it’s not always what’s on the exterior that counts. For some people that is what only matters to them and it’s something to work past. When you have confidence then you don’t need to worry about it.
A good sense of humor also helps a lot too. I love joking about my curves. I know I don’t have a bangin’ body and I don’t ever expect to. If I look at my Mother and Grandmothers, I do not stand a chance, ever! My kids told me that the back of my knees look like butts and that I have melting boobs. Seriously kids, I’d love to hear what you have to say about it when you’re older and figure out that one of you made my body look that way. They also love to separate my belly roll to find my belly button. It’s just life and I’m not embarrassed, I really think it’s quite funny. They think it’s funny. It’s a way that they can learn every body is different and everyone has different body types.
I hope that you’re able to learn something from my beauty post and really learn what your true beauty is and love yourself. In the end, maybe you feel this is selfish, but your opinion of yourself is the only one that matters. It is not selfish, it’s the truth. I will have to say at the end of writing this I feel very empowered and I love that we were challenged to write these posts and take those pictures!
Thanks so much for stopping by! XOXO,
Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
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1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl
21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive
39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals
59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling
74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me
94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa
104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen Bee and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kids Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography
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We all know her and love her charming yellow dress and the way she holds that nostalgic umbrella while the salt falls behind, but did you know that she turned 100 this past summer? I was asked by Mom Select to throw a party in conjunction with 99 other bloggers to celebrate. There was 100 of us in 100 cities to celebrate this fun event. We got a giant Salt can with lots of goodies. My kids tend to grab and go and I couldn’t save my umbrella and the M&M’s to save my life!
I really just love her in all her glory! My family and I decided to make a family fun night out of it! We had a Mexican Fiesta with quesadillas and beef, chips and salsa, grapes, milk and to top it off we have some Salted Caramel Popcorn from Costco and some Triple Chocolate Cupcakes that I made up myself on the spot and they were delish!
For the cupcakes I used a box mix and made those by the instructions and then made a white chocolate instant pudding and let it set while those were in the oven. When they were cool enough, I piped the pudding on top as ugly as possible and then I piped the store-bought chocolate frosting on top. If that wasn’t enough I just added a garnish of chocolate syrup. Of course with this being for Morton Salt, I added bits of extra salt to heighten the flavor of chocolate in each step.
There are a lot of fun things that you can do with Salt! Just use your imagination or check out the Morton Salt Pinterest Page! I had so much fun putting this together and filling our pallets with yummy food to only have it taste better with the perfect amount of salt. That’s what it’s supposed to do and this iconic figure just makes it that more memorable!
HAPPY 1OOTH BIRTHDAY, MORTON SALT GIRL! #mortonsaltgirl100
So here for my last entries to the Cricut Design Space Star Challenge for the month of September. Remember, our theme for Group 16 was On the Table and Dreaming. We got to choose whatever celebration we wanted and roll with it. I chose to do a wedding. I have a close friend of mine getting married soon and so we wanted to test out some different table setting decor. I used my Cricut Explore to do all of this for me and it was awesome!
We decided to use this pink and ivory stripe paper from My Minds Eye’s line Market Street from the talented Jen Allyson. She is also competing in this challenge and she actual took the whole thing last month. I always tell her she’s lucky at everything and to stop entering contests, lol. This is honestly my favorite line that I’ve come across in a long time. It has so much to offer and the color ways worked perfect for the projects we wanted to use for this months challenge.
You’ve already seen the Backdrop and the DIY Marquee Letters in the last posts, so now I am going to first show you the table setting. I used the Draw and Cut feature for all these projects and it was so easy. For this project I used the Chalkboard Vinyl and the silver marker that comes standard with your machine. I used several circle shapes and found different utensil shapes in Design Space and placed them on either side of the ‘plate’. I made sure that I highlighted the lines that I wanted to be drawn as drawing lines and made sure they were all the same color. If you wanted to make them different colors to change it up, you can do that. Your Cricut Explore will stop between each draw and you can reload your marker. I also made sure that the shape I wanted cut was marked as a cutting line.
The next project I took on were the super simple favor boxes. It was the same concept with the vinyl. Make sure your cut lines are set to cut and writing lines set to draw. I used the Don Juan font on all the projects here. I love the informal look of it all but it doesn’t look inexpensive.
For the tying, I wound the twine ribbon around the bottom of the box and then looped it back around and tied it in a bow. Pictures explain it so much better than I can! Also, the joys of being a blogger is that you get to work into the night and have the worst lighting ever for pictures!
And last, but definitely not least was the menu. I tried two, one on the black and one on the pink vellum. Vellum was a quick no. First, I didn’t think it sounded good, second was that the green was too strong and I realized quickly that even though the back side of the paper had green in it, I didn’t want to use that side of the paper. It would have made this wedding too cutesy for me. On other occasions, I totally dig those polka dots!
Again, same concept with the draw and cut and then glue it on to your background. For the styling, I just added it to one of these frogs that are so popular in scrapbooking now.
I used a lot of dollar store items here. There are the candles and the candle sticks that are just painted black with Rustoleum’s flat black along with the frogs. You can really use a lot of inexpensive things and make them look fabulous if you use your imagination and a little creativity. A great person at this is Margie Romney-Aslett, she can take a dollar store item and make it look like a boutique item with a little imagination. She’s fab!
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Team 16 is back with our September theme for Cricut’s Design Space Challenge! We’re so excited about this month’s cause we had creative freedom. We decided to do tabletop decor and use any use any celebration we wanted. Myself, I chose to do wedding decor. I wanted to show some different variations on what you can offer to guests from backdrop decor, centerpieces, cake table, menu offerings and actual placemat settings. Be ready for lots of posts this week! Today, I’m going to share with you my backdrop.
I originally had this hanging clear on my window but for the life of me could not get a great photo of all the chipboard and pinks. I used a fabulous line designed by The Project Girl for My Minds Eye called Market Street. It has subtle pinks, golds and blacks but also it can be kicked up a notch and use the teal, navy and corals in it as well. I love this line and it’ll be a go to for a long time! For the larger polka dot vellum looking paper and the lacy feathers, it is Hazel and Ruby’s new line of Tissue Rolls and Wrap It Up Papers. They are killer and just put your Cricut Explore on the paper setting and it’ll cut like a dream. It is so delicate, just like actual tissue paper, it just added the right touch to the dream catcher.
I’ll walk you through the DIY Dreamcatcher first! For the center, I used standard chipboard. You’ll want to choose your design in Cricut Design Space, I needed something that was going to have points where I could interweave the ribbon and connect it to the embroidery hoop. I searched for Doily in the Design Space and this Tatting Doily was the perfect design. My hoop was 8″ so I set the dimensions as that and cut. I places my cut settings on the Custom to the Smart Set Dial and then set it to Chipboard when it came up to set my settings before I actual pressed cut. I was so amazed at the detail. It gave each cut three rounds, I had it on the .7mm but I could have had it at the .5mm and it would have done it twice and that would have been fine too.
I then wrapped the outside of the embroidery hoop and the doily with some pink twine. You can see in the picture below how I did that. Then I placed another piece of the twine inside and around the hoop, I then placed some ribbon on the inside of those and tied it around to add some depth on the sides. I then attached the feathers that I had cut out of the Hazel and Ruby Tissue Roll and attached it with some Elmers glue. For those I pasted Mod Podge on the tops and placed glitter on the top.
I did decide later on to add more ribbon and then some button/bead embellishments. It was a breeze. I just did the exact same thing. This is super fancy and any little girl would love this. You can make it as girly or boyish as you want. I think an Aztec style would be awesome. This for sure is going to be something that I copy later on and do different renditions on.
The next thing I created on the Cricut Explore are these fabulous rosettes available in the Design Studio. These were just about as easy as you can get. You’ll want to decide how wide you want to rosettes. You’ll go to the measurements pad in the edit box and with the lock ON, you’ll put that number in DIVIDED by half. If I wanted an 8″ rosette, I would put the number 4″ in the width field of the measurements of my edit box. You will need four cuts each to complete one full circle rosette. It’ll have a score line and a cut line. Make sure you have the scoring tool because it is a huge help. You’ll definetly want this one!
Use some sturdy double tape, American Crafts makes an excellent one. Make them into a complete circle and then you’ll basically push down in the middle to make the rosette bow out. You’ll apply hot glue to the back then turn it over and place a small amount in the middle. Also, have your centers ready to be able to place those over the tops of the fronts. I added some junque that I had collected over the last little while and I love the depth and classiness it adds. Go through some old jewelry, go to the dollar store and buy some cheap pearls. I love to go to JoAnns and go through their trims section and see what they have to offer. They have some really unusual things that you can use your imagination and have at it!
For the stick, I had a fun meeting up in Ogden for a craft night and we painted sticks and did a bunch of other crafts. Mine was painted in simple $1 paints of white and gold, it was so easy and I’ve been looking for the right thing to use it for and now I did!
For this round of Cricut Design Space, I was so impressed with my team. These ladies can do it all. We have a lot of fun seeing what we all can come up with and with seeing what we did last month, I can’t wait to show you what we’ve got for the next two months!
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