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Create your own Farmhouse style baby nursery art with your Cricut Explore

February 28, 2017

Nothing is cuter than the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, learn how to make this farmhouse baby nursery art inspired by the book.diy nursery art with cricutThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.cute boys nursery art

I love Malakai’s nursery decor above his crib. It’s eclectic, kind of farmhouse and it’s all the right tones. For this project I’m going to show you how to make this ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ baby nursery art sign using your Cricut Explore. And I’ve include the .png for you to save to your computer and upload it to your Cricut Design Space using this method. Let’s get started! diy farmhouse frame for baby

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First, prepare your wood surface. I used Rustoleum stain in Driftwood (it is now called Sunbleached). It’s the perfect neutral grey and I used it on my Hair Pin Leg DIY Side Table. I then added my base color to the inlay of the wood. I wanted my monster to be light so I painted the base in Ceramcoat Charcoalhow to weed vinylNext,  you’ll cut your image using the dial setting on vinyl. Using your weeding tool, peel up the monsters body. It’ll leave behind the lettering and that’s what you want.
how to apply transfer paper to vinylNext you’ll adhere your transfer tape. I love the Cricut transfer tape because it has a guide on it to ensure you get an even image transfer. I use my scraper to press out the bubbles in the transfer tape. how to apply vinyl to woodOnce your base coat is dry, place the vinyl image where you want it to be and be sure to press extra good while the transfer tape is still over the vinyl. This will ensure that you get a good seal and no paint will seep down.  how to stencil with vinylOnce you have the vinyl where you want and it’s sealed down onto your wood, slowly peel up the transfer tape. This will now expose the area of the monster that you’re going to be painting. For this color I chose Ceramcoat Quaker Grey.

Before you paint your chosen color of the monster, take the extra time to paint your base coat over the area first. This will give you crisp lines and will help to avoid any bleeding. how to use vinyl as a stencilAfter the base color had dried over the monster, apply your desired color. I used the stippling method to apply my paint because I wanted a rough texture. Almost mimicking fur. Now wait 20 minutes until it is completely dry before using your weeding tool to remove the vinyl from the wood. how to remove vinylhow to age a wooden signI decided to sand it a bit for a rough texture but this is completely optional. I also sanded around the edges of the frame to expose some of the wood.
where the wild things are nursery artThis goes so well with Malakai’s wall. I’ve listed the sources of the other art below for your reference.

I also love the versatility of the Cricut Explore Air 2. Not only does it look good in the minty green but it’s so functional for daily uses. We recently made Siaki a MLK, Jr. poster board for his biography report. He loved it and so did I because it was so easy.
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Cricut - Valentine's Day

How to Upload an Image Into Cricut Design Space

January 26, 2017

Have you ever wondered how to upload an image into Cricut Design Space? I’m going to show you how easy it is to upload your own .jpeg files so you can cut them on your Cricut.
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You first want to find an image you like or your can scan a drawing of your own and convert it to a .jpeg file. I found these ladybugs on Adobe Stock because I have an account. You can easily find an image online that you like and use it for personal use. Please don’t take other people’s hard work and pass it off as your own unless you pay for it.  Red ladybugs beetle vintage seamless patternEver wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.

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Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.So because we’re uploading an image of your own, we first want to make sure it’s saved to our computer in the right format. Cricut Design Space accepts .jpeg, .png, .svg, .gif, .bmp and .dxf files. If you have any other file that needs to be converted, there are websites dedicated to converting your file into the file you desire, you just need to google it and it’ll show up.

Now let’s get to it,  you’re going to select to make a new canvas by clicking on the Create New Project link.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Next, select the upload images on the left side of the screen.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.And then select Upload Image.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Now you’ll select Browse and find your image that you’ve saved to your computer and select Open.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Once you’ve brought in your image, it will be time to edit it. For .jpeg and .png, there is the option to select and deselect things you want and don’t want. I like to choose complex image for more detailed images and simple for images I just want to cut outer edges of. For the other files, it will bring it in and you can just select right away if you want it to be a cut or print then cut file.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Select the negative space and whatever part of the image you don’t want using your mouse and select Continue. Whatever you do not want to show will be the transparent squares that are in the background. Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.After you’ve edited your image, the next screen will allow you to choose whether you want a Print then Cut image or just a Cut image. When you choose the cut, only the places that were not selected in the edit screen will be cut. Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Go ahead and save your image with some keywords so you can search for it later and then you’ll also be able to find it by the other images you’ve uploaded. Select it and add it to your canvas.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.I cut out 12 images of the ladybug, 3 of each color and arranged them on my 10″x10″ canvas.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.You’ll next use some hot glue to secure them in place. This is not necessary but these are tiny pins here for my apothecary style art so I didn’t want them sliding all over the place.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it. Once they’re at the place you want them at, go ahead and add your mini pins to make it look like a small piece of art just like the Japanese style art with live bugs and frame them.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Add it to your mantel or shelves and enjoy this Valentine’s Day art project you made all on your own using your own images you’ve uploaded into Cricut Design Space.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.

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Christmas - Crafting DIY - Cricut - Home DIY

Christmas Clock DIY with your Cricut

November 6, 2016

*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.modern-wall-clockFor this series of Craft Lightning I decided that I wanted something easy. This modern clock DIY took me all of 10 minutes and it was really just painting. I bought this clock at Target for $8 and it came with the modern pieces, I was in love from the start.An easy and modern Christmas gift diy

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I started by spraying my raw clock with some white spray paint and I really loaded it on there. I then took a dry paper towel and wiped most of it off so I had a whitewash finish. Now you can stop here but why would you?An easy and modern Christmas gift diyI then took some painters tape and taped a straight line down the middle. I used some Folk Art craft paint and a foam brush to give me the bright Chartreuse contrast I wanted.An easy and modern Christmas gift diyI wanted it to fit in with the Christmas holiday so I added some ‘Have you been naughty or nice’ black vinyl. It can easily be taken off once Christmas is done so that it will fit in with my other decor. I kind of love this. Click here for that Cricut file.

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Home DIY

DIY Farmhouse Style Cafe Shelves

July 28, 2016

Thanks so much to our friends at the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company for sponsoring this post.Ever wanted to diy farmhouse shelves? Use this milk paint trick to learn how to get the look.I made these shelves a few years ago using this tutorial and I’ve loved them ever since. They were black and then a grey/white and now I’ve decided to use Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. in Soldier Blue. I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to go that dark again but I did know that the shelves needed more of a contrast.  Ever wanted to diy farmhouse shelves? Use this milk paint trick to learn how to get the look.I joined the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest this month and the theme was Farmhouse Fun. I had a hard time deciding what project to do but I’ve always known that these shelves have needed a rework for quite sometime.Ever wanted to diy farmhouse shelves? Use this milk paint trick to learn how to get the look.The trick to mixing Milk Paint is getting the consistency right. You want to have a 50/50 mix of powder to water but I have found that using a tiny bit less water and using it warm has always worked well for me. I also like to blend it in an old Bullet mixer so that I don’t have those chunks of powder in my mixture.Ever wanted to diy farmhouse shelves? Use this milk paint trick to learn how to get the look.Paint one coat and allow to dry and then add your second coat. The paint will give you a cracked look and those are the places that haven’t adhered well to the surface. The way to get the chippy look for these DIY farmhouse cafe shelves is to use a metal spackle knife. Just lightly go across the top of your surface and it will scrape off any paint that hasn’t stuck.Ever wanted to diy farmhouse shelves? Use this milk paint trick to learn how to get the look.I then mixed the Safecoat Acriglaze Matte Finish so that it almost resembled glue. I painted that over the top of the milk paint and it almost gives me a look of white wax. It’ll protect the surface while showing off the paint well. Ever wanted to diy farmhouse shelves? Use this milk paint trick to learn how to get the look.There are a bunch of us doing projects this month so be sure to check out Evey’s Creations post and Anastasia Vintage’s post. If you’re interested in joining the FFFC, email [email protected]Ever wanted to diy farmhouse shelves? Use this milk paint trick to learn how to get the look.

Birthday Parties

Easy Football Party Ideas for Kids

July 8, 2016

Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party My Siaki looooves Football. ‘Mr. Touchdown’ had an awesome season and he soon discovered O’dell Beckhams sweet catch from the Super Bowl a few years ago. They even have a term that if you catch something that looks like it took a difficult stretch, you O’delled it. For his 8th birthday we threw him a New York Giants football party as a bit of a nod to his new found O’dell obsession.  Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party I found these fun football helmet and ball shaped cookie cutters and made some extra buttery Rice Krispie treats and cut them out. I used these trays from Oriental Trading. Next time I’ll line them with parchment so that we can reuse them later. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party We did ice cream and cake after the kids came home from seeing Zootopia in the theaters. I got them all sugared up and sent them home to their parents. You’re welcome!Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party I used some Hazel and Ruby scalloped washi tape to create the laces on my pitcher. I filled it with root beer so that it gives me the brown look of the ball. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party All these fun plates, napkins, balloons and garland are all from Oriental Trading. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party I grabbed these slap bracelets from OT and the kids went crazy for them. I kind of loved them too. It brought me back to my days at Beaverton Elementary and I’d use my $.25 to buy a slap bracelet at the school store. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl PartyI love these football party ideas and they’re perfect for the Super Bowl too. All these decorations could be used to represent any football team. 

Crafting DIY - Scrapbooking

How to make a Vinyl Sign with a Reusable Stencil

May 20, 2016

Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. There are many things that I use my reusable stencil masks for but I’ve never shown an in-depth tutorial on how to use them and most of all, how to clean them. This is the method I’ve been using for years and it gives me the opportunity to use stencils I’ve had since 2013 to this day. There aren’t that many products in the scrapbook industry that can do that.Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. To make your vinyl sign, you’ll need the following:

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Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. I had this old board lying around that was painted a distressed black. I needed it to be cleaned up so I just took some flat black paint and sprayed it over the top. I use Huggies baby wipes to clean my stencils, just seems to be a lot more effective than the thinner ones.Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. After my surface is prepped with the bottom color which will eventually be the color of my text, go ahead and add the stencils to make your design or your saying. Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. Now you’ll want to apply your paint that you want your sign to actually be. For this sign I chose a creamy white so that the black font will stand out. While your paint is still wet, remove the stencil and place back on the plastic carrier sheet. Go ahead and just start wiping off the paint. There may be some around the edges and as long as it’s minimal, it shouldn’t be a problem. I like to use a safety-pin or a vinyl weeder tool for removing the reusable vinyl. To avoid bleeds, use a roller or brayed and push the stencil down nice and tight. I clearly skipped that step. Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. Now when I say it shouldn’t be a problem, of course its a problem for me. I decided to go along with the look and take my Huggies wipes and try to rub out some of the paint to look more distressed. I also added some scrapbook embellishments on the sides to add some character.Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further. I decided to make this sign for a lovely young lady that is apart of the youth in my church. She was just recently diagnosed with cancer and if I can make her feel positive every time she looks at this sign, I’ve done my job. There are so many times when we feel useless or we can’t sympathize with someone who is sick but I think that if we can serve them in any way, that’s the best we can do. We’ll never truly know what they’re feeling unless we’ve experienced it for ourselves so be there with a listening ear and an open heart.Ever wonder how to use reusable vinyl and get it cleaned? Look no further.

 

 

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Our New Painted Piano with Pure & Original Paint

April 24, 2016

Create a new interior look with a hand painted piano using Pure & Original Paints with the Fab Furniture Flippin' Challenge**This is a sponsored post but all opinions are mine. Thank you so much to Pure & Original Paints for providing the materials.

So I’m late as always to the deadline party for The Fab Furniture Flip Challenge. Ugh! I swear if my head wasn’t stuck to my neck, I’d lose it for sure. This months theme was “Pure Colors, Original Elegance”Create a new interior look with a hand painted piano using Pure & Original Paints with the Fab Furniture Flippin' ChallengeWe’ve had this piano in our home for about a year. A friend of ours gave it to us and I didn’t want to make a hasty decision by just painting it a color I would end up not liking. The nice people at Pure & Original Paints sent us two quarts of colors of our choice in the Classico line. I chose Antique White and Tin Kettle. The Tin Kettle was the color I chose to do the first coat so that I could feel the texture of the paint. Create a new interior look with a hand painted piano using Pure & Original Paints with the Fab Furniture Flippin' ChallengeThere are some differences in all chalk paints but this is one of the better brands I’ve used. It’s thick and creamy and gives you the option to thin it out a bit with some water.Create a new interior look with a hand painted piano using Pure & Original Paints with the Fab Furniture Flippin' ChallengeI started with my base coat and when I put on my second coat that I wanted to be smooth, I just dipped my brush lightly in water so that I could get a smoother coat. I used a natural bristle brush and it took two coats. I added these knobs from Anthropology and my little Heidi Swapp art project I made two years ago.Create a new interior look with a hand painted piano using Pure & Original Paints with the Fab Furniture Flippin' ChallengeI love the matte finish that the Pure & Original Paint gives the piece. I’m planning on upholstering the bench as soon as I get my Ryobi One Strike Stapler. Girl can only dream!Create a new interior look with a hand painted piano using Pure & Original Paints with the Fab Furniture Flippin' ChallengeIf you’re interested in seeing more pieces, check out the two hostesses for this month, Thirty Eighth Street and Anastasia Vintage. If other bloggers are interested in joining this contest, email one of these girls at [email protected]FFFC main graphic updated (4.9.2016)

Crafting DIY - Cricut - Scrapbooking

Make Your Own Disney Princess Magnets with a Print then Cut Cricut Design Space File

February 29, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InspireBigDreams #DreamBigPrincess #CollectiveBiasDisney Print then Cut magnets with the Design Space File - FrenchieMy daughter has always known what she wants and when she wants it. She’s not rude about it, she’s just confident about it and I encourage it. She can be a handful, don’t get me wrong, but I love to see her personality shine through. Of course we’ve instilled Disney in her and she’s learned to be obsessed with just about every princess for a moment in her small life. I like her to look at these women, not just as princesses or characters, but as role models. They’re all independent and sure of themselves. They exude kindness and are able to include everyone regardless of how they’ve been treated. Sometimes that has come easy and sometimes it was learned later on, like Merida.Disney Print then Cut magnets with the Design Space File - FrenchieI want my daughter to always know how proud I am of her and how much I encourage her creativity by using her imagination and implementing those ideas and bring them to life. We decided to grab some Disney Princess merchandise from Toys “R” Us from the Dream Big Princesses end cap near the princess aisle. We grabbed the new Hasbro Cinderella, Aurora and Jasmine dolls, along with the Royal Shimmer Dolls in Rapunzel and the coolest Little Kingdom Ariel’s Castle. I love the castle because with any Little Kingdom princesses, the snap-ins are all compatible so you can mix and match.Disney Print then Cut magnets with the Design Space File - FrenchieShe is a girly-girl through and through so she has picked up things from me that girls don’t (at least not me) don’t experience until they’re older. She loves to be creative with her make-up and she loves to be creative with her hair. She’s obsessed with filming herself dancing and it’s just about the cutest thing you’ve seen. Many others have commented that she doesn’t need to do her makeup or try to look like she’s impressing others, but the thing is, she’s only doing it for herself and wanting herself to be her best self. I encourage that, in fact as I’m writing this, she’s telling me how much she loves the Jasmine doll because she wears a jump suit. How many 5-year-olds know what a jump suit consist of?Disney Print then Cut magnets with the Design Space File - FrenchieFor her room, I really wanted to make some fun things for her that I know will last a long time and for her favorite picture board. She has a picture of my husband’s cousin at their wedding and she thinks she looks so cute in the picture so she has it up. She also loves her cousin. Since it’s an old metal crib bottom, I decided to use some Printable Magnet Paper from Cricut.Disney Print then Cut magnets with the Design Space File - FrenchieI went into Design Space and grabbed some Disney Princess files and flattened them so I could print then cut them. For a great tutorial on how to do that, go here. I was able to cut them using the Custom setting on the dial. I selected the Printable Magnet, 0.5mm. Grab the file, HERE. Cricut Design Space is free to use. You do need to have an internet connection and you will need to pay for these licensed images if you do not already own the files.unnamedSo tell me, how do you encourage the young women in your life to be the best they can be?