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Cool Gaming Wall Art, Perfect for Teens

December 12, 2018

My teenage sons are too cool for me anymore. They’re obsessed with Fortnite and so I decided to make them some cool gaming wall art that they can hang from their room with pride.
Check out the easy tutorial below. 

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Supplies for your Video Game Wall Art

Begin by unwrapping your frames and cutting about an inch off the edge of your Wild Whispers scrapbook paper. Use some tape to center your image on the mat and then go ahead and put the backing back on the frame and close it up.

Then out of your black cardstock, open up the Design Space file above and cut out the gaming art pieces. Run the cut video game art pieces through your Xyron Creative Station and then adhere them to the front part of the plexiglass to the frame.  I used the repositionable cartridge for my Xyron because I wanted to make sure I could get the artwork lined up straight. Placing straight items, in this case, was not my strong suit. 😉 three frames with video game artUse your Command Strips and put them in the upper corners of your frames and then line them up on your wall.

That’s it! These gaming art pieces were so easy to create and it’s perfect for any teen room decor.  desk with video game artwork

Baby Malakai - Christmas - Cricut

FREE First Aid SVG File and How I Keep Us Healthy in the Winter

December 6, 2018

Winter is busy enough as it is but you’ve got to learn ways to help you combat sickness so you won’t add more stress to the holiday season. Here are some tips & tricks to help you stay healthy in
the winter months and how to get your Vick’s Holiday Fix.

This conversation is sponsored by Vick’s available at Walmart. All opinions are my own and this post does contain affiliate links.

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, you’ll know that my son Malakai was born 16 weeks early. That’s right on the cusp of survival. In fact, he only had a 10% chance of surviving. He was born at the end of September and so going into the winter months we had to be conscious of us staying healthy so he wouldn’t get sick.

Washing your hands in the NICU was just like a doctor scrubbing in for surgery. You’re given their anti-bacterial soap and a one-time use scrub brush. Wearing jewelry was not recommended and fake nails were also a no-no. Things like those can harbor germs and just add to an already complicated journey.

I decided then, and we still implement them today, that we needed to take precautionary steps to avoid illness and the spreading of germs in the winter months.

For two years he got a Synagis shot which geared up his immune system to fight off RSV. It worked but still when he would get a cold, it just takes him longer to fight it off. A cold for me lasts 7-10 days, he takes over two weeks to get over it.

Supplies for your DIY First-Aid Kit

Depending on what surface you’re going to put your first aid SVG file you’re going to want HTV for fabric and be sure to mirror the image before you cut, or you’ll want standard vinyl if you’re putting your first aid image on plastic or wood and you do not need to mirror your image.

Cut your image and weed off the excess vinyl and then place your image on your surface and press. Use these tips for using iron-on vinyl with your Iron.

Be sure to follow manufacturers instructions before you apply your vinyl to make sure you’re using it correctly.

Gather your Vicks Nyquil with VapoCOOL and your Vicks VaporRub and place it inside your DIY First-Aid Kit. Don’t forget your band-aids, gauze, and some Bacitracin so that you’re covered for any cuts.

Tips & Tricks for Staying Healthy in the Winter

  • Stay inside as much as possible –

I know this is hard with little ones but the more you stay inside, the less you are susceptible to catching germs. You can easily do this more nowadays with Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup service.

Shopping online and choosing online grocery pick-up is so convenient. I just add items to my cart from grocery.walmart.com and choose when I can pick it up. Walmart will have everything ready to go for me and load it up in my car right in the parking lot. I haven’t been the same since I was introduced to Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup service. Find ways to save on Vicks products at Walmart below.

  • Keep your medications organized –

When you are sick, the last thing you want to be doing is looking for the medication that you need. Organize your medications using some bins in a closet or under your sink in the bathroom. Use a label maker and mark each bin with what they contain. Be prepared before you get hit with the cold bug.

  • Use Vicks’ new VapoCOOL formula –

Grab some of your go-to Vicks products with the new VapoCOOL, available at Walmart, to get the relief of your illness with the rush of Vick’s vapors. Keep your symptoms at bay so that you can get all you need to get done this holiday season. My go-to is Vicks NyQuil with VapoCOOL so that I can get a good nights rest before the festivities start gearing up.

  • Wash Your Hands –

This one is a no-brainer but we still need reminding when it comes to keeping our hands clean. Keep some mini hand sanitizer bottles in your purse or your desk so that you can kill germs at all times. This small bottle of sanitizer cost me less than $1 at my local Walmart. I grabbed a few to keep in the car and my bedside table.

  • Stay Warm – 

I see a reflection of my mother in myself when I’m constantly telling the kids that they shouldn’t wear shorts when its 30ºF outside. Grab some cozy socks that are just for slipping on when getting into bed at night or a comfy pair of thermal pajamas. Winter gloves are also a must-have and also be sure to keep spare pairs in your car or your purse so you’re never without them.

  • Humidifier – 

The air is so dry in the winter and since I live in Utah, it’s dry all year-round. I like to use a humidifier in all of our rooms to keep from having our throats dry up and our grossness wet so that we can cough it up. I prefer the cool-mist humidifiers and we have them on almost all winter long.

I use the Vicks VapoRub in addition to the humidifier so that we can have some relief on our chests and I am able to get some good deep breaths in.

Ways to save on Vicks at Walmart:

  • $1 off any Vicks product at Walmart (except drops, Sinex, and ZzQuil) – BrandSAVER coupon from the 11/25 newspaper
  • $1 off Vicks Nyquil at Walmart – iBotta offer
  • $0.75 off Vicks VapoDrops at Walmart – iBotta Offer
  • Bonus $1.25 rebate when you use both iBotta offers

I love using the Ibotta app to get rebates on my shopping. Just scan in your receipt and see the savings start rolling in. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vicks. The opinions and text are all mine.

Christmas - Cricut

DIY Disney Ugly Christmas Sweater Garland

December 5, 2018

This Disney ugly Christmas sweater garland can’t get any easier. Use your Derwent Academy acrylic paint to achieve a custom colorway and then attach them together using your Xyron adhesive. See how easy it is to make this sweater garland below.ugly Christmas sweater garland

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Derwent acrylic paint suppliesI love using my Xyron to adhere small pieces of cardstock. It’s a game-changer when you’re scrapbooking tiny details on your cards or layouts. For this Disney Christmas sweater garland, I used my Derwent Academy acrylic paint to create a custom colorway for my ugly sweater garland.

But really, are these actually ugly? I love them in garland form but I wouldn’t be caught dead actually wearing a full-size sweater.

Supplies for your Disney Ugly Christmas Sweater Garland

Begin by loading your Derwent Academy Acrylic Paper into your Cricut machine and then cut out the larger sweater pieces out of it. Then cut the other pieces in coordinating cardstock. Cut the base sweaters out of white cardstock so that it has a contrast to your marbling.

Now use your Derwent Academy Acrylic Paints and put some coordinating colors into your bowl of shallow water. Mix them however you want. You can make a marbling effect by using one color and then swirl in a contrasting color but don’t mix completely. Just lay your cut sweater into the water and allow it to dry.

I used a towel to blot my papers as they came out of the water and just laid them to the side to dry. After you’ve made your ugly sweater garland, use your Xyron Creative Station and run your small pieces through and the other parts of your sweater and adhere it to the base.

Use your twine as your garland string and just some tape to tape the string to the back of the Disney Christmas Sweaters.

What setting do you use for art paper on Cricut?

I use the cereal box setting and a deep cut blade when I’m cutting the acrylic paint art paper on my Cricut. After your cut is complete, do not unload it. Instead, just hit the C again and it will cut in those exact same areas. If you unload your mat from the Cricut and then try to cut the same canvas, it will not line up. Hang your paper ugly sweater garland wherever your heart desires. It looks super cute on a mini tree and you can even just make them as ornaments. Have a magical holiday!

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New Year, Same Mess & More FREE SVG Files for New Years

December 4, 2018

Ring in the New Year but also don’t forget that you’re still a complete mess! Grab this and many other free SVG files for your next handmade New Years shirt. 

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Celebrating New Years is always something I look forward to. My husband is from Tonga and they’re right on the International Dateline so they’re the very first ones to celebrate the New Year.

We ring in New Years in Tonga at our local church meetinghouse. We grab lots of balloons and string and have the most fun time dancing around the sports court.  No lie, it’s one of the most fun nights we have on the island. Here is our Christmas tree that we have in Tonga and we had a craft night where all the kids cut paper snowflakes and we blew up more balloons for the tree. I remember my husband telling me that some Christmases all they got were balloons and they were so excited. Here is the family a few years back on our trip. We try to go to Tonga every few years but it’s getting expensive since we all require seats on the plane. It’s definitely a humbling experience going there and I tell you all about our trip to Tonga in this post.

But enough about Christmas lets talk about New Years and how you can get 12 free New Year SVG files!

Like I said above, New Years is always a fun time of year for us. But believe me, when I say, I’m the same mess that I was in 2017. I can’t get my act together so this New Year, Same Mess SVG file is perfect in describing me.

Supplies for your New Years shirt

Click on the link above to the free SVG file and save it to your computer. You’ll then upload it into your electronic software. To upload an SVG file into Cricut Design Space, follow these instructions. To upload an SVG file into your Silhouette software, Persia Lou has a great step-by-step tutorial on how to do that.

Next, cut your free New Years SVG file with your electronic cutter. Remember to mirror your image so that it cuts properly. I prefer using my Cricut and that’s just because I’m used to it. I haven’t used a Silhouette in a few years but they cut the iron-on vinyl just as good.

After you’ve unloaded your vinyl from the cutter, you want to remove any of the images that you do not want to go on your New Years shirt. Use a weeding tool or a safety pin and take off the vinyl. You now have your entire New Year, Same Mess image still attached to the carrier sheet.

Being by preheating your fabric to the suggested settings. Lay your iron-on vinyl on top of the shirt and then press for the recommended amount of time. Turn the shirt over and press again. Depending on what material of HTV you use, you want to check if it is a warm peel or cool peel.

Use this handy Iron-On Vinyl Guide to know what setting you should be using with your HTV.

What does it mean to cool peel or warm peel heat transfer vinyl?

It’s simple, cool peel means to allow your HTV to come back down to room temperature before you peel off the carrier sheet. Warm peel means to pull the carrier sheet off of your material while it is still hot.

A lot of foil iron on is cold peel. You want to allow it to cool down so that your foil HTV doesn’t wrinkle. You’ll have to use a little bit of force to take the carrier sheet off of the cool HTV but it won’t peel off your shirt.

What if I don’t want a workout shirt?

Easy, put this on any shirt you own to let your friends, family, and strangers know you are one hot mess! It looks super cute on this baseball shirt and quite frankly, you can wear it all year round.

You can use these free SVG files on anything. Make yourself a mug like I did last month with our Christmas SVG file hop. Follow the links below to grab your own and make whatever your heart desires.

Now for your other FREE SVG files, just click on the link and you’ll be taken to the blogs to download their own files.

Pop! Clink! Kiss

That’s So Twenty Eighteen

Champagne Squad and Rose Squad

Midnight Kisses, New Year Wishes

New Year, Same Mess

Kiss Me Now, Midnight is Past My Bedtime

New Years Resolution: Be Just as Awesome as I Was Last Year!

Kiss Me… at Midnight

This is My Year to Sparkle

Available for Midnight Kisses

Happy New Year 2019

Cheers Y’all

free New Years svg file

Christmas - Clothing DIY - Cricut

Toddler Christmas Shirts for the Holidays

November 26, 2018

We all love Christmas but we love it more when our kids look the part. Create this children’s Christmas shirt using the FREE Christmas SVG file. free Christmas svg on shirtThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Malakai has been all over the place lately. I often wonder how I ever did parenting with three kids, not in school and my house was clean. I blame the cleanliness on one thing – we have too much crap laying around here. While cleaning out drawers of old clothes I came upon this red baseball tee. I figured it was perfect to make Malakai a cute Christmas alphabet shirt with this free Christmas SVG file.

Supplies for your Kids Christmas T-Shirt

So now that Malakai is in preschool, he’s starting to learn his letters. I made these letters in the shape of a tree to bring in more excitement for Christmas.

This free Christmas SVG file doesn’t need to be used for a toddler shirt. Place it on a wood plank or even a shirt for you.

toddler red Christmas shirt

Where can I find FREE Christmas SVG files?

The best places I have found to get FREE Christmas SVG files is blogs. Use Google, use Pinterest, use Etsy as inspiration. Just search for free SVG files and the item you’re looking for and things will pop-up like crazy.

I also like to buy my SVG files. Etsy is awesome, there are also blogs like Hey, Let’s Make Stuff, Happiness is Homemade, Pineapple Paper Co., and Everyday Party Magazine are all sites I like to buy my SVG files from.

Cricut - Thanksgiving

The Cutest Turkey Napkins You’ve Ever Seen, and You Can Make Them Yourself

November 14, 2018

There is nothing better than having a Cricut on hand to make your own gold foil napkins. These DIY Thanksgiving napkins will be perfect for a farmhouse Thanksgiving tablescape. make your own gold foil napkinsThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I made some Thanksgiving Place Cards the other day and I wanted some napkins to help bring the whole set together. I wanted something that was going to be classy, so I thought I’d just whip out my Cricut Maker and make some gold foil napkins. These DIY Thanksgiving napkins are so easy and beautiful.

Supplies for your DIY Gold Foiled Napkins

gold foil turkey on grey napkinI found this awesome Turkey in Cricut Design Space but it was a negative image in a square. I just made an additional square, selected both images and sliced it. It left me with a positive image that I was able to make this gold foil napkin.

Head to the Design Space link above and cut the image out of gold foil iron-on. You want to be sure to mirror your image before you cut.

Some use vinyl that they’ve customized and placed it on their Cricut machines to help them remember to mirror their images before they cut iron-on. If you forget to mirror your image often, I suggest you do this.

diy thanksgiving napkins with turkey and gold foilPreheat your EasyPress to 295°F for 30 seconds. Weed out your image and warm up your napkins for 5 seconds. Place the image on the napkin and press for 30 seconds. Wait at least 1-2 minutes to take off the carrier sheet of the gold foil iron-on vinyl. If you remove it too early, the foil will be wrinkled and not smooth. It took me a while to learn that.

After your carrier sheet has been removed, your DIY Thanksgiving napkins are ready to use. 

Christmas - Cricut

Baby, It’s Freaking Cold Outside – FREE Winter SVG Files

November 6, 2018

Who doesn’t love free? Grab these FREE Christmas SVG files available to download below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

To follow along with our free Thanksgiving SVG files, we’ve now made you 16 FREE Christmas SVG files for you to make your own Baby, it’s cold outside Christmas coffee mug using some vinyl. Head to the bottom of the post to learn how you can win your very own 12X10″ Cricut EasyPress.

Supplies for your DIY Christmas coffee cup

Easy peasy to get this DIY holiday mug. Cut your vinyl using your electronic cutter. I prefer to use the Cricut machine. I just feel like my cuts are a lot cleaner and it cuts through material better compared to my Silhouette. I haven’t had the opportunity to use a Silhouette machine for about 3 years now so they may have gotten better.

Now weed out the excess vinyl. You can use a weeding tool or a safety pin to pull up the extras. Just remove whatever you don’t want as your image you’re transferring.

How do I apply vinyl to a cup?

After the image is weeded, cut your transfer tape to fit the image. Lay the transfer tape onto your image and then use your scraper tool to get it adhered. Do not press it too hard because you want the vinyl to come back off. Peel the transfer tape off. You should have the image onto the transfer tape.

Lay your transfer tape and image on your coffee mug and then use your scraper tool to transfer your image. Use your scraper tool to press on top of the transfer tape over your shape. Slowly lift the corner of the transfer tape and pull up. Your vinyl will remain on the mug.

Sometimes it helps to pull your transfer tape in a rocking motion and that will help loosen it off the vinyl.

Where can I find FREE Christmas SVG files?

grab tour FREE Christmas SVG files at the like below. They’re perfect for aprons, towels, shirts, and bags. Use your EasyPress, Heat Press or iron to apply the Iron-On Vinyl. And don’t forget to head to Creative Family for a 12X10″ EasyPress Giveaway! 

  1. Elf (Movie) Quote
  2. Hallmark Movie Watching Shirt
  3. Merry Christmas Y’all
  4. Baby’s 1st Christmas
  5. Farm Fresh Christmas Tree Sign
  6. Cookies for Santa Plate
  7. You Serious Clark?
  8. 3D Paper Ornament
  9. Baby, It’s Really Freaking Cold Outside
  10. Baking Spirits Bright
  11. My Favorite Color is Christmas Lights
  12. The Stars are Brightly Shining
  13. Christmas Calories Don’t Count
  14. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Shopping
  15. You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out (Christmas Story)
  16. I’m A Christmas Songs Kinda Girl

free christmas svg files to cut on your Cricut or Silhouette

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Cricut Maker vs. Cricut Explore Air 2 – Should you upgrade?

October 31, 2018

Should you upgrade your Cricut Explore to the Cricut Maker? The short answer is yes. I’m going to show you all the capabilities you will have and more opportunities you have to create when you upgrade your Cricut machine. 
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What’s the biggest difference in the Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2? You can cut so many more materials and it’s just not a machine for crafters anymore. So many uses and so I’m going to show you why you should take your Cricut Explore Air 2 and upgrade it to a Cricut Maker.

What Cricut Machine should you own?

I have both machines. I started originally on the 6″ Cricut and then wanted to try the Expression so badly because I wanted more opportunity with my machine. The attached screen to show what your were designing was confusing so I never took the plunge. I waited a long while to get a new electronic cutter because I had to compare all makes and models before taking the plunge.

A few years later I won a Silhouette off of the internet and so I was Team Silhouette for a while. I would get so frustrated with the dang thing because the software wasn’t newbie friendly and then it would always tear the paper or not cut through the material and I was frustrated, to say the least. 

After I had all but thrown it in the bin, I got the opportunity to start working with Cricut and they provided me with their first Cricut Explore. I was so happy with the cuts and so thrilled I could cut more materials with the Explore. And then they released the Cricut Explore Air 2, and in mint no less. I had all the opportunities to do the same work I had been doing but now I wasn’t tied down to wherever my computer was, I could craft on the go and it was fun!

I didn’t start having real fun or pushing my capabilities as a crafter until I started using the Cricut Explore Air 2. I was finally trying new things and different materials and I thought it couldn’t ever get better. And then in August 2017, they announced the Cricut Maker.

The Cricut Maker can do all the same things your Cricut Explore can but more! You still have the classic blades like the Fine Point Blade and the Deep Cut Blade that the Cricut Maker can use. But now you have the Rotary Blade (which is included), a Cricut Knife Blade and the new Scoring Wheel. Let’s break down what each of these blades can cut that you won’t be able to cut on your Cricut Explore Air 2.

What fabrics can the Cricut Maker Rotary Blade Cut?

Bamboo Fabric
Bengaline
Boucle
Broadcloth
Burlap
Burn-Out Velvet
Calico
Cambric
Canvas
Cashmere
Challis
Chambray
Chantilly Lace
Charmeuse Satin
Chiffon
Chintz
Corduroy
Cotton
Cotton, Bonded
Crepe Charmeuse
Crepe Paper
Crepe-back Satin
Damask
Denim
Denim, Bonded
Dotted Swiss
Double Cloth
Double Knit
Duck Cloth
Dupioni Silk
Eyelet
Faille
Faux Fur
Faux Suede
Felt
Flannel
Fleece
Flex Foam
Foulard
Fusible Fabric
Fusible Fleece
Fusible Interfacing
Gabardine
Gauze
Georgette
Gossamer
Grois Point
Grosgrain
Habutai
Heather
Homespun Fabric
Insulbrite Batting
Interlock Knit
Jacquard
Jersey
Jute
Khaki
La Coste
Lame
Leather
Light Cotton
Light Cotton, 2 Layers
Light Cotton, 3 Layers
Linen
Linen, Bonded
Lycra
Matelasse
Melton Wool
Mesh
Microfiber
Moiree
Moleskin
Monk’s Cloth
Muslin
Neoprene
Nylon
Oil Cloth, Bonded
Oilcloth
Organza
Ottoman
Oxford
Panne Velvet
Peau de Soie
Pima Cotton
Pique Cotton
Plisse
Plush
Polyester, Bonded
Poplin
Printable Fabric
Quilt Batting
Ramie
Raschel Knit
Rayon Lyocell
Rib Knit
Rip-Stop Nylon
Sailcloth
Satin Silk
Seersucker
Sequined
Shantung
Shantung Santeen
Silk China
Silk, Bonded
Slinky Knit
Spandex
Suede
Tafetta
Terry Cloth
Tulle
Tweed
Ultra Firm Stabilizer
Velour
Velvet Upholstery
Velveteen
Viscose
Voile
Waffle Cloth
Wool Crepe
Ziberline

What can the Cricut Knife Blade cut?

Acetate
Balsa – 1/16 in
Balsa – 3/32 in
Basswood – 1/16
Basswood – 1/32
Birch, Permanent Adhesive
Cereal Box
Corrugated Cardboard
Craft Foam
Cricut Cutting Mat Protector
EVA Foam
Flat Cardboard
Foil Poster Board
Gel Sheet
Heavy Chipboard – 2.0 mm
Kraft Board
Leather -Garment 1-7 oz
Leather – Tooling 1-7 oz
Light Chipboard – 0.37mm
Matboard 4 Ply
Metal Gauge
Plastic Canvas
Plastic Packaging
Poster Board
Stencil Film

What is the Cricut Scoring Wheel?

The Cricut Scoring Wheel works with the Cricut Maker and the Smart Tool Adaptive System. You can only use the Cricut Scoring Wheel in the Cricut Maker. You can use the Cricut Scoring Tool in both Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore.

The Cricut Scoring Wheel comes with the .01 wheel which will produce a single scoreline. You have the option to buy the scoring wheel with both the .01 cap and the .02 cap. These caps are easily interchangeable. You just press the button on the top round area of the Cricut Scoring Wheel and then it will release allowing you to change to the other cap.

The .02 cap has the capability to produce two scorelines which are great for creating 3D objects. The Cricut Scoring Wheel .02 cap allows scoring of thicker materials so that they do not break or rip when you’re folding them along the scoreline.

The Cricut Maker uses more force so that you’re not lost as to why you can’t see the scoreline. In the picture below, I’ve shown you an acetate box that I’ve scored with the .01 and the Scoring Tool in my Cricut Explore Air 2. You can absolutely see the difference and I haven’t even folded the acetate at all when I took these pictures. showing score lines on acetate

Which Cricut Maker tool is your favorite?

I have really loved all of them but the Cricut Scoring Wheel is my favorite. It has made making my own party goods that much easier. I have all the things in the world at my home to make boxes but I couldn’t get a deep enough score or cut to really to create them. When the Cricut Scoring Wheel and the Cricut Knife Blade were released, I’ve been able to use more of my own products and not going to the store because I need that one thing. I can make them all with my Cricut Maker.

Why should I buy a Cricut Maker?

I’m here to tell you that you will do more than you thought you could with your Cricut Maker. I’ve been able to create nursery signs with basswood, I’ve made my sons Halloween Maui costume, I’ve made an awesome front porch using all things Cricut Maker and I’ve loved every second of it.

Just to show you some versatility, I scored these boxes with each a scoring wheel and the scoring tool. You’ll see in the picture above that the scoreline wasn’t very visible with the scoring tool so the dad box is folded by hand and the seams are messy.

I’m a perfectionist so the Cricut Maker helps aide in my OCD by creating perfect projects every time. If you’re wondering when is the best time to buy a Cricut Maker is, usually Black Friday has the best deals because everything is in a bundle rather than the machine alone. It’s worth every penny of investing so I suggest you grab one today!

how to score acetatecricutmas acetate gift boxes

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.