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Holidays

National Send a Friend a Card Day Craft with a FREE Printable

February 1, 2019

I miss my friends all the time so what better way to celebrate Send a Friend a Card Day than with a free printable greeting card for your besties.

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I have three BFF’s. My sister in Arizona, my friend Ree 20 minutes away, and my friend Meg who lives in California. Whether they’re near or far, I need to send more correspondence than just a text every once in a while.

National Send a Friend a Card Day is real. what?! It makes sense a bit to me because what better way than an obscure holiday to remind you that you need to stay in touch. These free printable greeting cards are perfect. 

supplies for your printable best friend card

Super easy best friend printable card. Print the PDF file on a printer of your own or send it to Kinkos or another copy shop.

Trim the card to be 10”x7” and then fold in half. Write your cute little sentiment on the inside. Grab an envelope that will fit this 5×7” greeting card. And now send it on its way. 

So, how are you going to be spending Send a Friend a Card Day from now on?

Cricut - Holidays

DIY Jedi Shirt with FREE SVG File – May the 4th Be With You

January 31, 2019

May the 4th Be With You! Who else loves Star Wars and wants this free Jedi SVG file? Scroll below to find out how I made my own Star Wars t-shirt using my Cricut or you can use a Silhouette.Celebrate May the Fourth by making your own DIY Jedi Shirt. Grab the FREE Star Wars SVG File and make one for yourself or for that nerd in your life. #starwars #starwarsshirt #diyjedishirt #freestarwarssvg #maythefourthshirt #maythefourth

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May the Fourth is a popular obscure holiday to Star Wars fans so I created this modern Star Wars SVG file to make you a DIY Jedi shirt.

Celebrate May the Fourth by making your own DIY Jedi Shirt. Grab the FREE Star Wars SVG File and make one for yourself or for that nerd in your life. #starwars #starwarsshirt #diyjedishirt #freestarwarssvg #maythefourthshirt #maythefourthI love the straight lines of this design and the fact that I can take this image and really do anything. It doesn’t need to be a shirt. I can make a Reverse Canvas, make my own Doormat, or even make some DIY tattoos with it!

My brother is a huge Star Wars fan and so this DIY Star Wars shirt is cool enough for him to wear or even my 13-year-old son to wear.

Supplies for your homemade Star Wars Shirt

Celebrate May the Fourth by making your own DIY Jedi Shirt. Grab the FREE Star Wars SVG File and make one for yourself or for that nerd in your life. #starwars #starwarsshirt #diyjedishirt #freestarwarssvg #maythefourthshirt #maythefourthUpload your SVG file into your cutting software. I’ve included both SVG and PNG formats of the files so you can trace it or upload it as an image, just whatever method you’re most comfortable using.

Mirror your image and cut and then weed away anything you don’t want on the shirt off of the carrier sheet.

Press your image according to package directions. For Siser EasyWeed or Cricut Everyday Iron-On, I use a temperature of 315 for 25-30 seconds.

Remove the carrier sheet while your image is still warm, turn it over and then press again for an additional 15 seconds. Celebrate May the Fourth by making your own DIY Jedi Shirt. Grab the FREE Star Wars SVG File and make one for yourself or for that nerd in your life. #starwars #starwarsshirt #diyjedishirt #freestarwarssvg #maythefourthshirt #maythefourth

This Star Wars shirt is perfect for the May the Fourth holiday and can clearly be work year-round.

Cricut - Holidays

Reverse Canvas to Celebrate International Women’s Day

January 30, 2019

I’m all about female empowerment and what better way to instill that in my daughter than making her this easy international Women’s Day reverse canvas. 

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Making an International Women’s Day craft was kind of a thinker for me. I want my daughter to know that woman can be strong and unapologetic at the same time.

I wanted to make her something that affirmed to her that she should know her worth at all times. Making reverse canvases are extremely low cost and they look great in the end.

To learn how to press different materials to your reverse canvas and what settings, click here.

I created this easy International Women’s Day SVG file so that you can make it all on your own to remind yourself, your mother or your daughter just how strong they are.

Supplies for your International Women’s Day Craft

Remove the backing of your canvas. I don’t even worry about removing the staples. It’s is too hard for me to do with my fibromyalgia. Just take a craft knife and cut on the outside of the staples.

Just leave the staples in your board. They won’t show and you can glue or staple over them. Paint the wood to how you want it to look. I chose a really light grey that I had used when I made this Buffalo Check Wrapping Paper.

To learn how to cut Iron-On (HTV), click here

Lay your canvas flat and apply your weeded image. Press for the recommended time. Because I am using foil iron-on, the setting is 285 for 30 seconds and peel away the carrier sheet once your image has cooled.

It’s not extremely important to get your image exactly how you want it on the canvas at this point. You want to get it centered but it doesn’t need to be exactly straight either.

With foil iron-on, the cooler the image is, the better your foil will look. Foil Iron-On tends to wrinkle when it is peeled away using the warm method. I like to at least allow 3 minutes before I even attempt it. 

Lay your wooden frame and center your image before you begin to adhere it to the canvas. Hold both the frame and the canvas material together and flip it over.

Begin to staple the canvas material back onto the wooden frame. Start on one side and then work your way around, pulling taught.

Cut away any excess canvas material and then you’re done! It doesn’t need to be perfect on the back because, again, it won’t show.

This International Women’s Day craft is easy and it can be displayed year-round. 

Holidays

DIY Festivus Aluminum Pole & Human Fund Donation Printable

January 29, 2019

If you love Seinfeld, you love the idea of Festivus. George Costanza’s famous Festivus gift is something you can pass on with this Human Fund Donation printable. Add a mini Festivus aluminum pole to add to the festivities. 

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It’s a Festivus miracle that we’ve made these George Costanza inspired Human Fund Donation Certificates! Festivus is on December 23rd and if you don’t know, it’s a fake holiday that George Costanza’s dad made up. 

Instead of a tree, they have an aluminum pole but I didn’t want to just give someone an aluminum pole. I don’t even know where I’d go to find one that was 8″ and if I can make one out of PVC for pennies, I’m going to do it this way.

Begin by buying a 1/2″ piece of PVC pipe and then cut it into 8″ sections while you’re at the hardware store. Buy some 1/2″ end caps and place them on each end of the piping.

Use some black craft paint first and just throw it on there. Try to cover up most of the white while you’re doing this step though.

Next, add some of the grey paint and be a bit more sloppy on this layer than you were on the black layer.

Lastly, I added some white and really did a dry brush technique with this color.  Set it aside and allow it to dry. Print out the Human Fund Donation Certificate and then cut it into 5×4″ rectangles. Use a small hole punch and some black twine to attach your Festivus printable to your pole.

Be crazy and add some tinsel or something that’ll make the thing tackier than it already was. 

Holidays - Party Time

Free S’Mores Printables to Personalize

January 28, 2019

National S’Mores Day is a thing, really! Create this easy sleepover gift basket complete with a free S’Mores printable to personalize for each camper. free s'mores printable for national s'mores day

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Craft Lightning starts this week and we’re so excited to have all these talented bloggers contributing to our week of quick, obscure holidays. Grab this free s’mores printable to make your campout epic. 

National S’Mores Day is August 10th every year. That is prime camping season and I can’t think of a better or more fun way to go camping than with your own personal s’more pack.

I don’t know where the actual word S’More comes from but I do know that it was a leader for a Girl Scout troop who was originally credited for the recipe. I love s’mores and I love even more different kinds of candy to include in your custom s’more. 

A great idea is to find out ahead of time and grab your guests’ favorite candy and include that as well as a standard Hershey Chocolate Bar. Yummy!

Supplies for your Campout S’Mores Packets

This free s’more printable is super easy to personalize. Just print and write. I’ve left the back of the s’mores bag topper blank so you can write whatever you need in that space.

I love the tiny LePen markers but this year at Creativation, we all got to try their new brush pens and I’m hooked. A lot of brush pens are bulky and these are thin just like the original and I think that’s why I like them. 

How to attach bag toppers to cellophane bags

I don’t mind using a stapler but I hate how they show on the edges. If you’re not a nitpick like I am, staples on the outer edges work great. Just be sure to staple the bag and the free s’more printable together.

Another great way is a stapler and some double-sided tape. Throw all your s’more ingredients into the bag and then staple the top.

Next, grab some double sided tape and put it on the back of both sides of your s’more printable bag topper.

Fold the bag topper over the bag and attach. It’s an easy way to get clean lines when you’re making a bunch of these. Butterfinger S'mores with a free printable bag topper

That’s it! So easy and such a fun way to personalize a campout.

Check out the other bloggers joining us for Craft Lightning and what holidays they chose for their obscure holiday.

Christmas - Cricut

DIY Felt Hedwig for your Harry Potter Christmas Tree

October 25, 2018

Use your Cricut to cut out this felt Hedwig ornament for your Harry Potter themed Christmas tree. diy Harry Potter ornamentThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Harry Potter. I’ve seen all the movies but have only read the first two books. Don’t get after me for my lack of HP knowledge but I can make a mean Harry Potter Christmas Tree. Create these felt Hedwig ornaments to hang along with your other DIY Harry Potter ornaments.

Supplies for your DIY Harry Potter Ornament

To make your Harry Potter Christmas Ornament, use your Cricut Maker to cut out all of your felt pieces along with your feather detail out of the iron-on vinyl.felt owl cutouts* Because of the small pieces that needed to be cut by the rotary blade, the blade will over cut on those pieces causing them to break away easier from the other felt. That’s ok. Just continue gluing those pieces to the top of the owl cut out and you won’t be able to tell. using the Cricut EasyPressYou can use an iron for your HTV or I have an < EasyPress so I just use that. The most important thing to remember when using iron-on vinyl is that you need to mirror your image. The most important thing to remember when you’re pressing the iron-on vinyl on your surface is to have no steam.

If you’re using foil iron-on vinyl, always wait for it to cool before you peel. I just wait until it is cool to the touch. You will need to give it a firmer pull when you take the carrier sheet off of your foil iron-on.

How do I glue felt together?

I use Aileen’s Fabric Fusion to glue my felt together. It is permanent and gives a great adhesion without having to add heat. It sets in 2-4 hours or there is a quick-dry fabric fusion that dries 5X faster.

Hot glue is also an option but it’s hot and it hurts when you burn your fingers 😉 applying fabric glue to feltglueing felt to feltgluing the beak to a felt owlTake the small tab and place a dot of glue at the end and then fold it in half. Use a clip to hold it in place while it dries.

Now that the front of your Harry Potter Hedwig ornament is mostly dry, it’s time to assemble the entire ornament.

Place glue on the front of your back piece (this will be the middle). Put your tab between Hedwig’s ears and then put a bit more glue on the bottom of that tab. Put your top piece over the glued area and the tab and then set aside to dry. hand holding 3 Hedwig ornamentsOnce your Harry Potter ornament is dry, thread some twine or ribbon through the loop and tie. You’ll now have your DIY Hedwig ornament complete. Stay tuned for more Harry Potter ornaments to be revealed throughout the season. felt Hedwig ornament

Home DIY

Ruffled Easy Burlap Wreath

July 26, 2018

Create this easy and quick ruffled burlap wreath. It takes less than 15 minutes and it’ll be something that can hang on your door year-round. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

This ruffled easy burlap wreath was a breeze to make and to put together. Just use some simple burlap ribbon, hot glue, and a wreath form and you’re set with a wreath that will be beautiful through any season. We’re back at it for more Craft Lighting and this time our medium is Burlap. Burlap isn’t a favorite thing of mine to use but I do use it because I love the finished product. When I touch it, it stinks and makes me itchy. I’ve learned just to buy the ribbon in the width that I need and that helps alleviate some of the things I hate about working with burlap. You can make an easy burlap wreath in minutes so follow along below.Create this DIY Burlap Wreath using 3 items. Ruffle the burlap ribbon to give your wreath dimension. #burlap #craftlightning

Supplies

Start with your wreath form and burlap ribbon. Place a dot of glue on the back of the form and place your starting point of the burlap ribbon. Every inch or so, fold a piece of the burlap ribbon to create the ruffle for your easy burlap wreath.If you have a sewing machine and a ruffle foot, you can do it that way as well. That would be the easiest way to do it but not everyone has those at their disposal. You could also use some straight pins to attach the burlap ribbon to your wreath form. Create this DIY Burlap Wreath using 3 items. Ruffle the burlap ribbon to give your wreath dimension. #burlap #craftlightningI like to use materials I have on hand to make simple and easy crafts. I go to the craft store too often so I need to use what I have rather than always buying more. But what is crafting if you don’t have every tool you think you’ll need? Create this DIY Burlap Wreath using 3 items. Ruffle the burlap ribbon to give your wreath dimension. #burlap #craftlightningI’d love for you to make this easy burlap wreath and hang it on your front door for all seasons to come.

Birthday Parties - Cricut - Party Time

Mermaid Party Cutlery with your Cricut

May 24, 2018

Did you know that you can use your Cricut to make personalized cutlery? Create this personalized mermaid party cutlery for your next mermaid party.Create personalized wood cutlery using your Cricut and some vinyl. This mermaid cutlery is perfect for your next mermaid party. #mermaid #cricut #craftlightning #cricut #cricutmade #mermaidparty This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commision from your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Create personalized wood cutlery using your Cricut and some vinyl. This mermaid cutlery is perfect for your next mermaid party. #mermaid #cricut #craftlightning #cricut #cricutmade #mermaidpartyThis months theme for Craft Lightning is wood. Just give us some wood and 15 minutes and we’ll have some easy and quick mermaid party decor that will leave your guests in awe. Create custom wood cutlery with some vinyl and your electronic cutting machine. Create personalized wood cutlery using your Cricut and some vinyl. This mermaid cutlery is perfect for your next mermaid party. #mermaid #cricut #craftlightning #cricut #cricutmade #mermaidpartyI use a Cricut. I know people have their preferences when it comes to a Cricut or a Silhouette. I’ve owned both. I haven’t used a Silhouette in probably 4 years. I love the design software but the cuts I would get were not great. I recently made these rosettes using some fibrous paper and the detail that Cricut was able to get just gets me every time. I have learned when cutting fibrous paper with my Cricut, I do intricate cuts with it on regular speed. Those stars are 1/4″!Create personalized wood cutlery using your Cricut and some vinyl. This mermaid cutlery is perfect for your next mermaid party. #mermaid #cricut #craftlightning #cricut #cricutmade #mermaidparty Create personalized wood cutlery using your Cricut and some vinyl. This mermaid cutlery is perfect for your next mermaid party. #mermaid #cricut #craftlightning #cricut #cricutmade #mermaidpartyAnywho, let’s get back to business. This personalized wood cutlery was super easy to make. I just used some sparkling holographic vinyl and cut it into shapes that were 1/4″ wide.

With your Cricut Maker, select it from the main list. If you have a Cricut Explore, use the vinyl+ setting on your Smart Dial.

Supplies

Just peel and place on the bottom of your wooden cutlery and you’re set for the perfect mermaid party.  Create personalized wood cutlery using your Cricut and some vinyl. This mermaid cutlery is perfect for your next mermaid party. #mermaid #cricut #craftlightning #cricut #cricutmade #mermaidparty Create personalized wood cutlery using your Cricut and some vinyl. This mermaid cutlery is perfect for your next mermaid party. #mermaid #cricut #craftlightning #cricut #cricutmade #mermaidparty Create personalized wood cutlery using your Cricut and some vinyl. This mermaid cutlery is perfect for your next mermaid party. #mermaid #cricut #craftlightning #cricut #cricutmade #mermaidpartyI’m planning a mermaid party for Leila this year so I’m really excited. I’m having The Sugar House Bakery make her amazing cakes and cookies. I’ve got Oriental Trading helping with the holographic details. My mother-in-law is also coming and she’s never been to the states. I’m nervous…Create personalized wood cutlery using your Cricut and some vinyl. This mermaid cutlery is perfect for your next mermaid party. #mermaid #cricut #craftlightning #cricut #cricutmade #mermaidpartyOn another easy breezy note, check out the other things that these creative bloggers made with wood. It’s all made under 15 minutes for Craft Lightning. I love these challenges.