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Baby Showers - Cricut Crafts

Handmade Baby Shower Card using your Cricut & Xyron

March 20, 2019

A dear friend of ours is finally having a baby girl of her own and I couldn’t wait to make her a handmade baby shower card using my Cricut and my Xyron Creative Station. See how I made this easy shaker card for her baby shower.

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Create a perfect handmade baby shower card for your next loved one’s life-changing event. Use your Cricut Maker to create this cute baby shaker card. I’ve tried a few times to make shaker cards using dies but I like to do it with my Cricut now that I’ve figured out how. Cutting acetate can be tricky using your Cricut but I’ve gotten great results using my Knife Blade and my Cricut Maker.

cricut baby shower card

Supplies For Your Handmade Baby Shower Card

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You will first begin by opening up your Cricut Design Space File and then you will send it to your Cricut Maker. The first canvas should be your Kraft Board which is the one that will use the Scoring Wheel and a Fine Point Black Marker.

After you’ve cut and drawn your shapes out of the white and the patterned cardstock, load your acetate into your Cricut. Use the Cricut Knife Blade to cut your acetate into the small square to go right behind the Hello Baby layer. Adhere your acetate using your Xyron Mega Runner.

acetate for a shaker card

Next, place the foam tape all around the edges of your small square and then go around the onesie to make a barrier. You’ll fill that barrier with your sequins and then lay your folded card on top so that you have it secured to each other.

using foam tape for a shaker card
how to make a shaker card

That’s it! It’s so easy to make your own homemade baby shower card and it’s more fun when they’re for loved ones.

Cricut Baby Shower Card

Cricut Crafts - Mother's and Father's Day

Mothers Day Shadow Box using your Cricut

February 26, 2019

Create the ultimate Mothers Day Shadow Box without much effort at all by you. Let your Cricut do all the work and learn how you and your mom could win your very own Cricut Explore Air 2!Create the perfect Mothers Day gift for that special Grandma in your life. Learn how easy it is to make a Mother's Day Shadow Box using your Cricut and some rose gold vinyl. Win a Cricut for you and your mom and start creating Cricut crafts ASAP! #cricut #cricutmade #mothersdaygift #mothersday #shadowbox #cricutshadowbox #grandmothergift

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Making Mothers Day Gifts are always a fun thing to do but it can be hard to come up with ideas. I love that I can open up Cricut Design Space and I’ve got all the inspiration right there! Creating a Mothers Day Shadow Box can be as personalized as you want. Add some paper flowers to the backdrop or just some beautiful scrapbook paper.

My kids call my mom Nani and so when I saw this one shape that said MOM, I just used my contour tool and clicked on that word to remove it. I added in Nani using the Felix font in Cricut Design Space. I used some brushed metal vinyl and cut it on the Adhesive Foil setting and had it pass two times. It gave the perfect kiss cut to the vinyl and made it a dream to weed.Create the perfect Mothers Day gift for that special Grandma in your life. Learn how easy it is to make a Mother's Day Shadow Box using your Cricut and some rose gold vinyl. Win a Cricut for you and your mom and start creating Cricut crafts ASAP! #cricut #cricutmade #mothersdaygift #howtoweedvinyl #mothersday #shadowbox #cricutshadowbox #grandmothergift

Weed your image and then apply some transfer tape over your vinyl design. Use your scraper tool to give it a gentle rub and then remove the white backing off of the vinyl.Create the perfect Mothers Day gift for that special Grandma in your life. Learn how easy it is to make a Mother's Day Shadow Box using your Cricut and some rose gold vinyl. Win a Cricut for you and your mom and start creating Cricut crafts ASAP! #cricut #cricutmade #mothersdaygift #transferpaper #vinyltransfer #mothersday #shadowbox #cricutshadowbox #grandmothergift Next, lay it on the glass and then use your scraper again to gently rub the metal vinyl on the glass. Gently pull off the transfer tape and then remove the back off of the frame so you can add your background.Create the perfect Mothers Day gift for that special Grandma in your life. Learn how easy it is to make a Mother's Day Shadow Box using your Cricut and some rose gold vinyl. Apply vinyl to glassI used this Natalie Malan scrapbook paper available at JoAnn and it’s insanely beautiful. She makes the most perfect compositions and the colors are always on point. I used her fabric from Coats to make these cute American Girl jumpsuits and I love the detail.

Cut the scrapbook page to be 9×9″ so that it would fit perfectly in the shadow boxes available at Michaels Stores. I realize this a busy pattern and so it can be hard to see if it’s not in the right light but the pinks go so well with the rose gold vinyl. In person, you can see the shimmer of the metal vinyl and then the softness of the watercolor flowers and birds.Create the perfect Mothers Day gift for that special Grandma in your life. Learn how easy it is to make a Mother's Day Shadow Box using your Cricut and some rose gold vinyl. Win a Cricut for you and your mom and start creating Cricut crafts ASAP! #cricut #cricutmade #mothersdaygift #mothersday #shadowbox #cricutshadowbox #grandmothergift

Supplies for your Mothers Day Shadow Box

Create the perfect Mothers Day gift for that special Grandma in your life. Learn how easy it is to make a Mother's Day Shadow Box using your Cricut and some rose gold vinyl. Win a Cricut for you and your mom and start creating Cricut crafts ASAP! #cricut #cricutmade #mothersdaygift #mothersday #shadowbox #cricutshadowbox #grandmothergift

That’s it! It’s so easy to make a shadowbox using your Cricut. You can always use a solid color of scrapbook paper and then add paper flowers on top for more details but the design in the paper was enough for me. Go crazy and have a blast using your Cricut making Mothers Day Gifts.

Cricut Ideas for Mothers Day
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Holidays - Printables

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.

best friend card printable
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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 printable

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

  • Free We’re Better Together Card (Below)
  • Printer
  • Paper Trimmer or Scissors
  • Envelope

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.

national send a card to a friend day

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?

Holidays - Printables

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 Printable! Festivus is on December 23rd and if you don’t know, it’s a fake holiday that George Costanza’s dad made up. 

festivus free printable

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.

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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.


human fund printable

Celebrations - Holidays - Printables

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.

Cricut Crafts - Sewing

Easy DIY Rice Heating Pad for Cramps or Back Pain

October 27, 2018

Add this simple Rice Heating Pad to your companion list on those cold winter nights. Warm these DIY heating pads in the microwave and simply reuse them for whenever you need a heating pad that doesn’t use electricity.rice filled heating pad

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Just this past week I got a call from my oldest son that he had thrown out his back. This was like de-ja-vu to the time when I started getting back pain when I was younger. He said he twisted to stretch his back and it just gave out on him. He had the hardest time in the car on the drive to take him home. I gave him some Aleve Back & Muscle Pain that I had on hand and told him to go lay flat on the floor on his back with this DIY Rice Heating Pad. 

I started getting back pain around age 13. I’ve seen specialists, physical therapists, alternative medicine doctors all to try and get my spine to act the way it’s supposed to act. I still have good days and bad but, taking Aleve Back & Muscle Pain when I have a flare can help neutralize the pain that my back causes me.

I know this is the same route my oldest son is headed. It’s a good thing for me as a mother to have experienced this same issue so that I can assist him in him finding what medicines and routines work for his own back pain.

I know that for him and I, heat works the best to help calm down the back and muscle pain. Find what works best for you and if ice is better for you, do that in conjunction with some OTC medication or prescribed medication.

Supplies for your DIY Rice Heating Pad

Cricut Maker
Cricut Design Space File

or

Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Acrylic Ruler

and

Flannel Fabric (1/3 yd cuts)
Long Grain White Rice
Heat N Bond Iron-On Adhesive Tape

buffalo check flannel pouches filled with rice

I’ve decided to make us some rice-filled heating pads that will warm up in a few minutes and can be taken with you wherever you may be. Just warm these homemade rice heating pads in the microwave and it will retain its heat for around 15 minutes. That’s the perfect amount of time for heat therapy that works for me.

How do you make a Rice Heating Pad?

To make your DIY rice heating pad, you’re going to need a few things. I used my Cricut to cut the flannel but you can just use a rotary cutter if you do not own a special crafting tool.  I’ve included the special file for the rice heating pads that you can cut with your electronic cutter or just cut your fabric to be 8”X11”. how to put fabric on the Cricut mat remove fabric from Cricut matYou’ll lay right sides together and sew a ¼” seam around the edges. Reinforce your first and last stitch so that the fabric won’t unravel as you add your rice. Leave a 3-4” opening at the top. Grab a small plastic or paper cup and remove the bottom so that this will act as a funnel for your rice in your rice heating pad. matching seams of fabricFill your DIY rice heating pad with the rice and then use some Heat n’ Bond tape to seal the edges. You can top stitch if you’d like but that’s just one extra step for me. Use your iron to seal the edges by pressing for about 30 seconds. turning fabric pouch ride side outsealing flannel fabric together

That’s it for automatic relief and it’s inexpensive. Heating pads at the store have cost me upwards of $30 and so if I can make this for pennies, why not you either?

How long do you heat Rice Heating Pads?

Start heating your rice-filled heating pad at one minute. Two minutes in the microwave if you want your DIY rice heating pad to be extra warm. Keep an eye on your heating pad so that it doesn’t smoke. Just warm your heating pad at one-minute intervals in the microwave. diy rice heating pad

I’m dedicated to helping heal my son and I want him to have a fulfilling life free of back pain. He is a lover of sports and I’m so happy to see him at his happiest on the field. 

Making this homemade heat pack is so easy and you’ll be on your way to an all natural health kick. Turn this into an aromatherapy heating pad by using a few drops of essential oils.  

Premature Babies

DIY Care Package For NICU Parents and Their Babies

September 4, 2018

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Create the perfect care package for NICU parents and their little tiny miracle. Learn all what you need to know about skin care for premature babies and important advice for NICU parents.

Because I’ve had two preemies before Malakai I kind of knew what to expect when it came to his care. However, because his skin was so much thinner and more delicate than the others, we had to really consider what exactly was going on his skin and what the ingredients were. JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo was really the best thing we were able to find that didn’t have any contraindications.[ad] What is the best skincare for preemies? I'm showing you all what to look for and how Johnson & Johnson has been a clear winner. #TrustinGentle #ChooseGentleI chose JOHNSON’S® because of the  formulation of their products. They are 100% gentle, and free of parabens, and phthalates. They’re also dye free, sulfate free, worry free. They have a new formulation for all of their products and have released a new JOHNSON’S® COTTONTOUCH™ Newborn Wash & Shampoo that is perfect for Malakai now and I’m sure perfect when he was just a preemie because,“The Brand You Trust, Now More Gentle Than Ever” and it is the #1 choice of hospitals.

What is a swaddle bath?

Our NICU used it on all the babies and we were able to do swaddle baths with Malakai which were great because he is so small. A swaddle bath is when you fill your tub of warm water, then you put some fleece fabric or blanket, then the baby and then you wrap the baby up in the swaddle so that they retain their heat. We continued to do these for Malakai until he was 6-7 months and when he stayed warm, he enjoyed his bath times more. This is my daughter Leila when we would do swaddle baths for her in 2010.

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To this question, it’s always yes. It’s important to do it when the baby is born but when you have a premature baby, sometimes you can only do it a bit at a time. When we had Leila in 2010, the most they’d let us do is an hour at a time until she was stronger.

For Malakai, it was a different story. I didn’t get to hold him for 10 days. We’d watch his monitor and his ventilator settings to make sure he wasn’t getting too stimulated. We were able to hold him as long as he’d tolerate it. Some days it’d be the full 3 hours before his next cares, some days it was 20 minutes.  That’s why I feel a swaddle bath is always best for premature or even term newborns so that they get the sensation of warmth and comfort that we provide to them during skin-to-skin.[ad] What is the best skincare for preemies? I'm showing you all what to look for and how Johnson & Johnson has been a clear winner. #TrustinGentle #ChooseGentle

How do I take care of myself while my child is in the NICU?

First, your child is in the best place possible. Sometimes that is hard to realize because we are their parents and we know what to do. However, these nurses are dedicated to their work and also can be traumatized from having to deal with other premature infants.

I suffer from PTSD even three years later and a lot of therapy. There are times when I often have to close my eyes and take deep breaths and continue to remind myself that part of his life is over. The hospital still gives me anxiety with all the monitors and bells, I get very agitated and again have to do breathing exercises. I’m not sure when it will go away but I know a way I can help myself is to be sure to take care of myself and do other things besides sit in the hospital all day.

Movies, pampering, sleep, shopping, and other extra-curricular activities were so important to me as a mother because if I was taken care of, my child was properly taken care of. I wasn’t as overwhelmed by his cares and all the extras I needed to know because my mind was cleared and I was more attentive.

[ad] What is the best skincare for preemies? I'm showing you all what to look for and how Johnson & Johnson has been a clear winner. #TrustinGentle #ChooseGentleWhat should I include in a care package for NICU parents?

Be sure to include items for the parents and items that they’ll need for when the baby comes home. Remembering the parents and the baby are what is most important but also practicality has to come into play as well. Some of my best ideas are:

  • Gas Gift Cards
  • Coffee Gift Cards
  • Movie Tickets
  • Books
  • Heating Pads
  • Facial Masks
  • Sleep Masks
  • Nail Polish
  • Water Bottle
  • Walgreens Gift Card
  • Blankets
  • Pacifiers
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Fleece Material
  • Baby Bath
  • JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo
  • New! JOHNSON’S® COTTONTOUCH™ Newborn Wash & Shampoo

Head to your local Walgreens and grab those for your friends or family whose child is in the NICU. I love going to Walgreens because I know it’s always open. There were many times where we would have to run grab something for Malakai and it was never a question of where we’d go. I know that their pharmacy is reliable in providing me the medications that he needed for so long after his birth. I remember us having to go to the Emergency Room in the middle of the night and the doctor sent us home a prescription. I knew that they were the only ones able to fill it for us.

But don’t forget that beginning on 8/26, you can save $1 on any 1 JOHNSON’S® lotion, wash, or hair care item, the offer expires 9/22.

[ad] What is the best skincare for preemies? I'm showing you all what to look for and how Johnson & Johnson has been a clear winner. #TrustinGentle #ChooseGentleWe’ve come a long way in our progress for all three of my premature children but especially Malakai. I wouldn’t have been able to give him the love and attention he needed if it weren’t for the generosity of others.

So tell me, what do you think would be a great addition to a care package for NICU parents? Head to your local Walgreens and create your own care package for NICU parents. #TrustInGentle[ad] What is the best skincare for preemies? I'm showing you all what to look for and how Johnson & Johnson has been a clear winner. #TrustinGentle #ChooseGentle

Celebrations - Cricut Crafts - Movie Crafts - Scrapbooking and Stamping

The White Rabbit Teacup Favors

April 27, 2018

Create the cutest Teacup Favors using your Cricut and adorning it with Deep Red Stamps.Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland party, hand out these teacup favors with your favorite mix of teas inside. #party #whiterabbit #deepredstamps #xyron #cricutmadeThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland party, hand out these teacup favors with your favorite mix of teas inside. #party #whiterabbit #deepredstamps #xyron #cricutmadeI used to have a really large stamping addiction but then they just took too much space and I couldn’t handle the pile-up. I love Deep Red Stamps because they’re compact and you’re able to know exactly what image your mini clear bag is holding. Takes up a quarter of the space that those old wooden stamps did.Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland party, hand out these teacup favors with your favorite mix of teas inside. #party #whiterabbit #deepredstamps #xyron #cricutmade

Supplies

Begin by cutting out your teacup favors with your Cricut. Use your scoring tool and the fine point blade to get the nice precision cut that Cricut always gives. Fold your teacups along the score lines then run the solid cardstock through your Xyron Creative Station. Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland party, hand out these teacup favors with your favorite mix of teas inside. #party #whiterabbit #deepredstamps #xyron #cricutmadeStart assembling the inner and outer cardstocks and then place the solid cardstock on the inside of the cup. Be sure to pay attention to the tabs so that none of them shows. Use some clips to help hold the smaller tabs in place. I just used some liquid adhesive for these small tabs.Run your handles through the Xyron Creative Station and adhere them on to the side of the teacup favors.Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland party, hand out these teacup favors with your favorite mix of teas inside. #party #whiterabbit #deepredstamps #xyron #cricutmadeNow on the kraft paper bags, stamp your White Rabbit stamp in the corner using the black ink pad. Fill your bags with some tea and then fold it over.Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland party, hand out these teacup favors with your favorite mix of teas inside. #party #whiterabbit #deepredstamps #xyron #cricutmadeStamp your Pocket Watch stamp on some white cardstock and fussy cut around it. Fold some ribbon behind it and then use a stapler or a decorative paper clip and adhere it to the top of the kraft paper bag.Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland party, hand out these teacup favors with your favorite mix of teas inside. #party #whiterabbit #deepredstamps #xyron #cricutmadeVoila! You have the cutest teacup favors to hand out to someone special.Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland party, hand out these teacup favors with your favorite mix of teas inside. #party #whiterabbit #deepredstamps #xyron #cricutmade