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Monday, October 16, 2017

Cricut Maker Machine Product Review

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I am a HUGE fan of Cricut and this past August I had an incredible opportunity to be a part of something pretty amazing. The Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon was held at the Grand American in Salt Lake City, UT and the conference was filled with some of the most talented and creative people I have ever met.

The most exciting part of the conference was the unveiling of the new Cricut Maker! This is a game changer, people! The Maker can cut through a variety of materials from the thinnest tissue paper to thick burlap and balsa wood. Just think of all the possibilities you can make with this new machine. From jewelry to quilts, there is something for everyone and the Maker makes it SO easy to create in a fraction of the time! The Maker cuts through over 100 materials so you're bound to create something fun.

Here are a few exciting features the new Cricut Maker boasts:

The Maker is 10x stronger than the Cricut Explore and uses an adaptive tool that automatically controls the blade pressure and direction.

If you need a project done fast, the Maker has a Fast Mode which enables you to cut 2x faster without losing precision. Your cuts will come out perfectly every time, even the most intricate of designs!

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The machine hooks up to your computer, tablet or phone. There is a docking station on the machine that holds your tablet or phone with ease. The Maker comes with Bluetooth technology so you don't have to mess with cords...a feature that I love!

Cricut Maker Review

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 The Maker cuts fabric without backing material. The new rotary blade makes this all possible with its precision cutting. You will never have to worry about tearing or snagging because the rotary blade ensures perfect accuracy every time.

I whipped up this cute no-sew banner using the Cricut Maker in under 10 minutes.  You will find yourself wanting to cut EVERYTHING and having a ball doing so. I created an entire Halloween party cutting everything from party hats and goodie bags to party decor and banners in under an hour!
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One of the features I love is that with the Cricut Maker, you can download patterns from  Cricut Design Space and not have to cut out fabric and pin them to the pattern. This machine does it all for you! You can even upload your own patterns as well.  Talk about a huge time saver, right? I think I just may pick up quilting!
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If you've been on the fence about getting a new cutting machine, I have to say that the Cricut Maker is a life changer. You will want to create non-stop!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pastel Pumpkin Party

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading and Cricut to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.





Welcome to the Oriental Trading and Cricut Halloween Blog Hop! Scroll down to see all the cuteness and be sure enter the AMAZING giveaway!

  We are giving away a Cricut Maker and a $75 gift card to Oriental Trading!!

 Today I'd love to share an unconventional Halloween party...pastel pumpkins!  When you think of All Hallow's Eve, you probably don't think of soft pastels.  Why not mix things up a bit and throw a pastel pumpkin party for the kids! This is especially fun for a not-so-spooky Halloween party for little ones. 


Pastel balloons came to life by adding happy jack o' lantern faces cut out of  black vinyl using my Cricut Maker. Aren't they just the cutest?



Kids and slime go hand in hand. Who doesn't love to squish that ooey gooey sludge between their fingers? I think it's the perfect Halloween favor and the kids certainly agree!  I made some pastel slime and put them inside clear round favor containers. Making the cute jack o' lantern faces out of vinyl was so easy using my Cricut Maker.



DIY Decorative Ceramic Pumpkins were painted in pastel blues and pinks and topped with a sprinkle of confetti. Did I mention I made the confetti using my Cricut Maker? It was so quick and easy to cut out hundreds of tiny tissue circles in the color palette of the party.



Leigh from Baby Gabey Cookies made the sweetest pastel candy corn cookies that delighted the little guests. And if you're ever wondering if they taste as good as they look...yes, yes they do! 


Pastel favor pails were filled to the brim with candy corn and mini pink lollipops. I found a cute ghost image in Cricut Design Space and cut them out using silver glitter vinyl.




These holographic pumpkin canvases took minutes to put together and I love how they turned out! I used DIY canvases and cut out jack o' lanterns using Cricut Design Space. The holographic vinyl adhered easily to the canvas and it removes easily in case you'd like to reuse the canvases for a future project. 




Put on your dancin' shoes! How fun is this shirt?
 Make easy and inexpensive t-shirt favors for the kids that will get everyone in the party mood! 
I found plain white t-shirts at Michaels for a few dollars and used my Cricut Maker and Design Space to cut out the foil iron-on images. The images transferred flawlessly using my Cricut Easy Press and took seconds to make.  Don't forget to make one for yourself! 


Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed the Oriental Trading and Cricut Halloween Hop!








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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Little Light for Halloween Night

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

A little light for Halloween night!

If you're looking for non-candy ideas for classroom parties or Halloween night handouts, Oriental Trading has got you covered! 

These darling candy corn flashlights will light the path and make trick or treating safer for those little ghouls and goblins that come your way. Simply attach the free printable (found below) with bakers twine and you've got fun and functional Hallowen handout. 

What you'll need:





Be sure to check out Oriental Trading for all your Halloween needs!

Halloween Handouts

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.


Halloween Handouts


Today I have some fun Halloween handouts to share with you! 
Halloween season is jam packed with fun events all throughout the month of October. School parties, trunk or treating, trick or treating at the zoo and various Halloween parties with friends. That is A LOT of candy before the big day!

If you're looking for handouts that don't involve candy, here is a cute idea that all the little ghouls and boys will love. 

Halloween Handouts

Halloween Handouts

This is an adorable yet quick and simple handout that you can put together in no time.

Here's what you'll need:                                              

Instructions:

Print out the joke printables on white cardstock and cut out.
Punch a hole in the top corner of the tags and thread a strand of bakers twine through the hole.

Halloween Handouts

Tie the jokes with bakers twine to the tag that's attached to the plush emoji.
And that's it! Quick, simple and super cute!

Check out all the silly jokes below that will have your little punkins giggling with delight!
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Halloween Handouts

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Halloween Handouts

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a spooktastic day!




You're Fang-Tastic!

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

When I saw these wind-up chomping teeth on Oriental Trading's site, I knew how much kids would go crazy over them! These little guys are perfect for class parties and handouts on Halloween night. 
They're simple to put together and the little monsters will have a blast playing with them!


What you'll need:


Punch a hole through the printable and thread a strand of bakers twin through. Attach to the wind-up chomper and your handouts are ready to go! 


The little ghouls and goblins will love playing with these fun toys and you'll love them not being overloaded with sugar! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fang-tastic day!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dark and Dreamy Wedding

If you're an unconventional bride looking for a spooky twist on your wedding, be sure to check out my Dark and Dreamy Halloween Wedding Idea over on the Oriental Trading Fun 365 site!


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Candy Corn Party Decor


Head over to Love the Day for some cute candy corn inspired crafts I created. They're perfect for your Halloween parties! 






Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Making Magic Wee Witches Party

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.


Conjure up a spellbinding Wee Witch's soiree this Halloween with Oriental Trading's Halloween Headquarters


Here's what you'll need:


Join us for a spell! 
The incredibly talented Jen T By Design worked her magic and created the adorable Making Magic invitations for the party. We couldn't wait for all the little witches to arrive to conjure up spells and nibble on pretty pumpkin cookies!



The little guests were given wee witch starter kits filled with all those witchy essentials like; eye of newt, black cats, witch potion, brooms and spider rings. Find out how to put these fun favors together HERE.



The bewitching Jen T By Design created these adorable tags for the wee witch starter kits and I love how they beautifully coordinated with the adorable invites. So cute! 


No party is complete without adorable cookies from Baby Gabey Cookies! These darling ghost and pumpkin cookies were a huge hit at the party and we just loved those adorable little faces peeking over the pumpkins! So sad they all had to lose their heads... ;-)


Every wee witch needs a cat to hop onto the back of the broom as they fly through the night sky. These little kitties were all looking for a home and luckily they were quickly adopted by loving little witches.




Don't forget to give those witchy kittens names! Print out name collars for your kitty side kicks HERE and HERE. I printed them out using the "wallet" setting on my printer and the size for the name tags were perfect. 

The witchy kitties needed a carrier in case they got tired from riding on the broom so I made them each a pet carrier. Find out how easy they are to put together HERE. The little witchy guests were thrilled with their new furry friends and very own carriers! 



Using my Cricut machine, I whipped these witchy silhouettes up quickly and easily! Add a few black and white swirled lollipops and you've got some bewitching and edible party decor. 


A wee witch cast a spell on these ordinary pumpkins and magically turned them into singing jack o' lanterns! Click HERE to see these enchanting pumpkins come to life!  Your Halloween parties will never be the same after you see these cute lil pumpkins sing! 


Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope your Halloween is pure magic!