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Crafting DIY - Cricut

Personalize a Cleaning Bucket and make Cleaning Fun Again

May 4, 2018

For me, cleaning is a nightmare. Fill this cleaning bucket with all your spring cleaning needs and make it look pretty with vinyl. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Springtime is a rough business for me. I’m always fighting seasonal allergies and so I strive to keep my home clean from airborne allergens. Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes and FLONASE, available at Kroger stores, help me achieve a doable spring season.

Supplies –

Begin by opening the Cricut Design Space File and cut your holographic vinyl. You’ll just choose it from the materials list and it will give you a perfect cut. I always cut twice just to make sure I have no sticking.

Remove any unwanted vinyl from the carrier sheet and place the transfer tape over your design. Use your scraper tool to press down and get a good adhesion. Peel off the transfer tape and then place it in the center of your cleaning bucket. Now, who doesn’t want to clean all the time with this? So easy and it’s the perfect accessory to carry all your Clorox® products.

Clothing DIY - Cricut

DIY Spring Tote Bag with Cricut

April 8, 2018

Have you seen the new Cricut Iron On Transfers? They’re the perfect addition to turn any old tote bag into a fashionable spring tote bag. See other great spring projects to make with you Cricut below.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Supplies –

The new Cricut Iron On transfers is really simple to use and come in a variety of designs. I got the chance to see most of them at Cricut headquarters a few weeks ago and they’re amazing. I have seen them available at JOANN stores but I have yet to see them at Michaels but I’m sure they’ll be there soon if they’re not there now.To begin, set down your EasyPress mat onto a firm surface. Use a wooden table or even the floor. You want to avoid using ironing boards or other heat sucking materials (that’s a real term). You also want to avoid any surface that will bend when you apply pressure.Preheat your EasyPress to 340° F and then the timer for 50 seconds. Preheat your blank tote bag for 10-15 seconds.

Your designs will come ready to press. Just remove them from the package and lay it on to your preheated material. Place your EasyPress over the Iron On Design and then press the Go button. It will heat for 50 seconds and then remove it.Turn your piece over and press the back for an additional 10-15 seconds to secure the bond. With the Cricut Iron On Designs, you want to peel it off after it has cooled. Give it 2-3 minutes and then with a firm pull, pull off the carrier sheet.The peel feels a lot different than compared to traditional Iron On. You have to pull it harder and the design almost feels like it’s going to come off with it. Just start with a small corner and then test it. You can always lay the carrier sheet back down and press longer if you need to.There it is! My spring Craft & Create Cricut Challenge. Even though I didn’t use my actual cutting machine that Cricut offers, I do love their EasyPress just as much. The new mat has made pressing a lot more assuring and it’s given me great results. Check out the other projects below and be sure to visit them!

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Cricut - Home DIY

Make your own Fixer Upper style Kitchen sign with your Cricut Explore

March 27, 2017

Fixer Upper is one of my all time favorite HGTV shows. Learn how easy it is to create this Fixer Upper style sign for your kitchen using your Cricut.Create your own Fixer Upper style sign with your Cricut ExploreThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.

Materials

magnolia homes kitchenFirst, begin by downloading the Kenzo font for free and use this pre-made Cricut template for your Fixer Upper kitchen sign. Everything is done for you. Just load your black vinyl onto your 12X24″ Cricut mat and select Go! You’ll want to use a standard blade for the vinyl and I used the Vinyl+ setting on my smart dial just to be sure I got a smooth cut. My German blade has lasted 2+ years and I’ve really never had to replace it. Once I start getting missed cuts or tears in my paper, that’s when I know it’s best to change my Cricut blade. It’s super easy, just press the button on the top and pull out the blade, throw the new blade in there and release the button. It’s so easy!After I’ve cut my vinyl, I’ll use the hook tool as a weeder and remove all the negative space. I then add my transfer tape on top of it and give it a good scrape using my scraper tool or a credit card will work just as well. Be sure to use quite a bit of pressure so that the image will lift easily when you’re ready to pull up the image.Prepare your wooden surface by sanding it lightly and then brushing off the dust remnants. I spray painted my sign black, to begin with, and then once I place the letters on it I’ll spray it white to reveal a reverse effect.

The pre-made template is just the right fit for the 3’X6″ wooden board. I had leftover wood so I just used that for the size. Whatever you have on hand or whatever size works for your space, be sure to edit the image so that it’ll look great on your board. I made the letters 5″ so that I had a bit of a white edge but I didn’t want too much of an edge because that doesn’t seem to be the look of the Fixer Upper kitchen sign that says SUPERMARKET.Now that I’ve weeded out my vinyl and attached it to the transfer tape, adhere it to your dry board. It’ll go on directly over the black spray paint. Use your scraper tool and be sure the letters are pressed down well. Lift off your transfer tape and begin to spray with white paint. My board had some imperfections and I loved that, If you want a cleaner look, paint at least 2 coats of white spray paint.After the white paint has dried, use your weeder tool and peel up the letters from the board. You should have crisp letters that are black and a white background. I used the scraper tool to rough my board up a bit. You could also use a metal spatula and just brush it along the edges and a little over the writing. Age that wooden board as much as you like or as little as you like.Adhere some foam mounting tape or some command strips and hang it above your kitchen sink. I love all the projects the Cricut Explore allows me to do and I’ve made so many different things for my home, my children and myself especially! Also, if you know me well, you know that I had to move everything out of the way to get a ‘clean’ shot of my home. There is crap everywhere and I have no space for anything. Do I throw it away or just buy a new house??

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

Crafting DIY - Home DIY - Mother's and Father's Day

Quick and Easy Mothers Day Wreath, the Perfect Gift

March 19, 2017

This quick and easy Mothers Day wreath makes the perfect gift. It’s the perfect addition to your door in the Springtime.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’m so excited to be joining in on another Craft Lighting. I’ve made so many easy crafts that are darling and make the perfect gift for anyone but today we’re going to make the perfect Mothers Day gift by making an easy Mothers Day Wreath with cupcake liners and some ribbon.Spring wreath ideas

Supplies:

Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaThis mothers day wreath was so easy to make. Just buy a bunch of cupcake liners and the best place to buy bulk is online. I grabbed these ones at the dollar store and I bought 8 packages which was more than enough for a 16″ wreath form. The reason I like these ones is because they are not a true white, they are more of an antique finish and almost have a wax paper consistency.Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaCreate this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaTo begin, take one of your liners and grab the bottom and pull up so that it creates a longer, skinnier liner. Place some glue on your wreath form and quickly add the liners. Repeat this as much as you like. I chose a lot of liners because I want a full wreath but you go for it however full you want it. I also suggest you use the low temperature on your glue gun or else you’ll end up with a lot of burns…just talking about a friend of mine.Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaCreate this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaYou’ll leave a space blank and add your flowers. I grabbed my faux poppies from Michaels and removed them from the stem. I placed quite a bit of glue on the back of the flower and pressed. I began with my flowers and added my leaves as I went to fill in the spaces. Once your flowers are arranged how you like it, add in more liners to complete the look. Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaNext take some ribbon, I love this muslin ribbon and it matches the antique look I’m going for. You can take long strands and tie them together in the middle so you have a sort of tail looking ribbon or you can take extra tong strands and tie them in a bow. I like the look of flowy ribbons so I did the first option. I think that with this muslin ribbon it looks better the longer it is. Cut the ends on a diagonal and then attach it to your wreath. You can also do this a number of ways by just gluing the knotted part of the ribbon to the underside of the form, you could also tie your ribbon on beforehand and then glue all the liners to the form. Again, this is your project so do it how you like.Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaOnce it’s dry and complete, give it to your mama. I know my mom will love her Mothers Day wreath and its something that looks great all year round. I’d love to see your creations so tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Happy Mothers Day!

Check out all the other Craft Lightning projects and gather more inspiration for the perfect Mothers Day gift that won’t take you a lot of time!” Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath idea

Desserts - Easter - Holiday Parties - Recipes

Rice Krispies Flowers

March 23, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KreateMyHappy #CollectiveBiasCreate these Rice Krispie Spring Flowers using the premade treat, mini marshmallows and some M&M's. Only on frenchiewraps.comI’m so excited for Easter and another treat I love are Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats. How fun are these Rice Krispies Spring Flowers? They were so quick to make and my daughter and I had a blast making them. All we needed were some additional mini marshmallows and M&M’s. Get your kids into the kitchen and start creating! Of course, you can’t start creating until you run to your nearest Target and get all the goodies first though…

Create these Rice Krispie Spring Flowers using the premade treat, mini marshmallows and some M&M's. Only on frenchiewraps.com

Create these Rice Krispie Spring Flowers using the premade treat, mini marshmallows and some M&M's. Only on frenchiewraps.comSo I grabbed a small biscuit cutter and cut some circles, really only the size of $.50 pieces. I placed some JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows into a small microwaveable cup and nuked them for 20 seconds. This was my glue! I just dipped one end into the cup and them places the M&M’s into a flower pattern onto the Rice Krispies Treat.

Create these Rice Krispie Spring Flowers using the premade treat, mini marshmallows and some M&M's. Only on frenchiewraps.com

So now you can create whatever shapes and letters however you’d like with Rice Krispies Treats because hey are having an awesome contest that everyone will be able to show off their creativity. Head on over to the Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies page for more recipes and inspiration. Check below for more details on the contest 😉

Create these Rice Krispie Spring Flowers using the premade treat, mini marshmallows and some M&M's. Only on frenchiewraps.com

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Crafting DIY - DIY - Home

DIY Floral Wall Hanging

January 15, 2015

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

DIY Floral Wall Hanging

I love this little thing. It’s perfect for Valentines Day or Spring and really any day of the year to give your home a fresh floral look. Michaels sent me some items and I was asked to make one of their new Spring Wood Surfaces creatively using Plaid Craft products.

Made With Michaels

Supplies

  • Spring Wood Surfaces
  • 6″ Foam Wreath Form
  • Mod Podge
  • Tissue Paper
  • Foam Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Martha Stewart Gilding Paint (optional)
  • Paintbrushes (optional)

Applying Mod Podge

I started with applying my Mod Podge – I did this in one solid step because my tissue paper is a roll. If my paper was actual sheets, I would do this piece by piece. I start with the bare minimum that I think I’ll need. If you overdue it with the Mod Podge, you risk tearing and an overall non attractive project (I learned years ago the hard way!)

Painting with Mod Podge

Start by pouncing and add any additional that you may need, remember that your foam brush is usually always filled with the product as well. I then laid my paper on the wood surface and tried to make it as smooth as possible. It won’t be perfect and that’s what the sandpaper is there for later. I allowed this to dry overnight and then I carefully cut around the Sprind Wood Surface to remove the excess tissue paper. I then decided to go on the inner and outer edge with the Gilding Paint.

Applying Tissue Rolls

With my wreath I chose some artificial flowers I had on hand. They are about 2″ in diameter and about 5 to a stem and I needed 10 total. I cut them about 1.5″ below the bud and just stuck it into my wreath form. I didn’t glue it because of the wire and I might want to use this form again. I grabbed some 1.5″ grey satin ribbon from a local shop here and just wrapped it around the wreath where no flowers were yet. I then sandpapered the inner and outer edges of the surface to give it a bit of a worn look and then I hot glued the ribbon to the back of the wooden surface and then I filled in the sparse areas with the remaining flowers.

Create this easy and inexpensive wood floral wall hanging only on frenchiewraps.com  #madewithmichaels #plaidcrafts

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I hope you love this, I plan on giving this to a dear friend of mine who I just love and I know she’ll love it too! XOXO – Lindsay

Round Ups

2014 has been a great year!

December 26, 2014

What can I say, 2014 has probably been the most special year in my professional career ever! It’s really given me an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and go for goals that I never really thought I could accomplish or never really had ambition to finish before.

So 2014 was the giant step I took in fulfilling the dream I had in starting my blog and you, the readers, have made it possible for it to be successful by coming back time and time again! I couldn’t do it without you and I love you all for it, THANK YOU! I put together this post to show you my Top 10 list from the past year of my popular post. Enjoy!

I hope you love these projects and I have some exciting things planned for 2015. I can’t wait to share with you some home projects and some more DIY projects! Let me know what you want to see from me and I’ll work my magic.

XOXO, Lindsay

 

Birthday Parties - Party Time

A Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

June 16, 2014

Create the most perfect birthday party for a girl using pink, gold and teal colors. The perfect birthday party for any girl using pink, teal and gold. #birthdayparty #girlpartyideasThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

My Daughter, Leila turned 4 a month ago. We didn’t celebrate a month late, I’m just a month late posting. I have a problem with filling my plate all at once. I had 4 different things going on in at 4 week time period so I’ve been super MIA. This was probably the windiest day I could have chosen. It was sunny the day before and after but this was the only day I could work it in. Wasn’t good for my GIANT balloons cause if you think regular balloons don’t like wind, try the big boys.Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

I wanted her birthday party to be something fabulous. I found this candle topper from Gnome Sweet Gnome and knew that was what I wanted to go off of. The only problem was is that that I let her play with the candles beforehand and she broke them all so for the party, no candle! I chose to get this tablecloth online from an Etsy shop. I just searched for gold sequence fabric. It cost around $11 a yard. I love how it just shined off the sun and gave some extra sparkle. I just put a dollar store gold plastic cloth underneath it and it worked out fine.

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

I chose the colors Gold, Pink and Mint. My friend Jen Allyson aka, The Project Girl, had just released her newest line from My Minds Eye called Market Street. It has the perfect tones that I was looking for. I worked on this scrapbook flip frame using the papers and her accessories from the line and an IKEA Tolsby frame. The papers are 3×4″ and I punched two holes in the top of the pages and put C rings to attach and hang from the frame. I cut my dream letters from the same line of paper except for the straight gold R. I got that paper from Michaels and it was $1.99 but worth every penny!Market Street My Minds Eye Frenchie

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

For the actual birthday cake, it’s a FRAUD, a fake, a lie, it’s styrofoam! I got this cake round from Michaels. FloraCraft makes it. I also used their Smooth Finish and separated it into 2 bowls and left quite a bit still in the container. I put one drop of pink gel food coloring in one bowl of the Smooth Finish and about 3 drops in the other. I started at the top and over the sides with the white and then with the less pink and finished with the darkest pink. Ombré cakes look easy but no way. I let the Smooth Finish dry completely and with a sanding block, made it as smooth as possible. I made my icing pretty sloppy cause I didn’t want a perfect cake. If you’re looking for that, then press pretty firm and get it in the grooves. Make sure you do a small layer before you the actual icing layers too.

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday GirlI wanted some fun candy on the table so I contacted Lollipics. Look for more on those in another post. I love how they look and they just tied everything together.Lollipics

Candy Buffet

treat bageI just had some smaller decorations from IKEA, Michaels and online. Leila had this little outfit from Target that I spiffed up with some Expressions Vinyl vinyl heat transfer.Expressions Vinyl

Dreamy Birthday for a Birthday Girl

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

I’m digging how this came together and loved seeing how these girls are growing older. I could have done some more treats but they are kids and I don’t need them filing up on sweets. We just had some pizza and a good time. I’m loving my birthday girl and I can’t believe it’s been four years since she came into this world so tiny and fierce.