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Thursday, July 9, 2020

5 Sweet Ice Cream Crafts for Kids

Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. This post contains affiliate links


Get ready for summer with these kid-approved ice cream crafts! Dream of lazy days and ice cream cones by the pool as you and your child create these 5 good enough to eat ice cream crafts. From a pretend ice cream shop to ice cream necklaces you'll want to wear all summer long, there's something fun for kids of all ages! Head over to Oriental Trading's FUN365 site to check out all 5 ice cream crafts today!



Friday, June 26, 2020

Cricut Maker Questions

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut for Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.


If you've been on the fence about whether or not to puchase a Cricut Maker, allow me to answer a few questions that I get a lot from readers. These are the questions I get asked the most so I hope this will help!
WHAT MATERIALS CAN I CUT?
The Cricut Maker is every crafter's dream come true! Are you ready for this? Check out the list of materials the Cricut Maker can cut.
  • Adhesive Cardstock
  • Cardstock
  • Cereal Box
  • Chipboard, 2 mm
  • Chipboard, Kraft, 1.5 mm
  • Construction Paper
  • Copy Paper
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Flat Cardboard
  • Flocked Cardstock
  • Flocked Paper
  • Foil Embossed
  • PaperFoil
  • Poster Board
  • Freezer Paper
  • Glitter Cardstock
  • Glitter Paper
  • Kraft Board
  • Kraft Board Foil
  • Kraft Paper
  • Metallic Cardstock
  • Metallic Paper
  • Metallic Poster Board
  • Notebook Paper
  • Paper Grocery Bags
  • Parchment Paper
  • Paper Board
  • Pearl Cardstock
  • Pearl Paper
  • Photographs
  • Photo Framing Mat
  • Post Its
  • Poster Board
  • Rice Paper
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Shimmer Paper
  • Solid Core Cardstock
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Wax Paper
  • White Core Cardstock

VINYL

IRON ON MATERIAL

FABRICS AND TEXTILES

  • Burlap
  • Canvas
  • Cashmere
  • Chiffon
  • Cotton Fabric
  • Denim
  • Duck Cloth
  • Faux Leather
  • Faux Suede
  • Felt
  • Flannel
  • Fleece
  • Jersey
  • Jute
  • Knits
  • Leather
  • Linen
  • Metallic Leather
  • Moleskin
  • Muslin
  • Oil Cloth
  • Polyester
  • Printable Fabric
  • Seersucker
  • Silk
  • Soft Metallic Leather
  • Terry Cloth
  • Tulle
  • Tweed
  • Velvet
  • Wool FeltSPECIALTY MATERIALS

The list of materials the Cricut Maker can cut doesn't stop!

  • Adhesive Foil
  • Adhesive Wood
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Aluminum Sheets
  • Balsa Wood
  • Basswood
  • Birch Wood
  • Cork Board
  • Corrugated Paper
  • Craft Foam
  • Duct Tape
  • Embossable Foil
  • Foil Acetate
  • Glitter Foam
  • Magnet Sheets
  • Metallic Vellum
  • Paint Chips
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Printable Magnet Sheets
  • Printable Sticker Paper
  • Shrink Plastic
  • Soda Can
  • Stencil Material
  • Tissue PaperTemporary Tattoo Paper
  • Transparency Film
  • Vellum
  • Washi Sheets
  • Washi Tape
  • Window Cling
  • Wood Veneer
  • Wrapping Paper
There you have it! All the materials the Cricut Maker can cut. Pretty incredible, right?
CAN I MAKE MONEY WITH MY CRICUT MAKER?
Absolutely you can! Last year, our 8 year old daughter participated in the Children's Entrepreneur Market here in Salt Lake City and made a KILLING! She had been taking sewing classes and wanted to sew doll dresses, zipper bags and bows to sell at the market. With the Cricut Maker, she was able to whip up a ton of projects since she didn't have to spend any time cutting the fabric out. With the Maker doing all the cutting for her, she was able to focus on sewing and create a decent sized inventory to take to the market. The Cricut more than paid for itself after one day at the market.
Now, I realize this was from a children's market and that this would be much different than actually starting up your own business or selling on Etsy. But, if you love to craft and make amazing creations then definitely look into selling your handmade wares. You could start selling at a local farmer's market, art fair or on Instagram and Etsy. Start somewhere and see where the Cricut Maker can take you!
Here are few pics from the Children's Entrepreneur Market last summer. The parents stand back and let the kids count the money, advertise, answer questions and make the sale. I'm grateful we were able to utilize the Cricut Maker to help with creating all the projects she created and sold.

IS THE CRICUT MAKER WORTH THE PRICE?
I believe that the Cricut Maker is a small price to pay for an amazing machine that you will use daily. I literally (and I don't throw the word "literally" around too often) use my Cricut Maker on a daily basis. From sewing projects to school assignments, to personalized gifts, cards and party decor, my Maker is constantly running.
Wondering of the Cricut Maker is worth the price is a valid question because the Maker is quite the investment. The Maker will make you want to create more because you won't be spending all your time cutting materials out for your project. I know I've skipped making things before because the thought of cutting out a hundred little things by hand was too daunting so I just gave up. Now that I have a Maker, I don't have to skip out on projects that I worry will take up too much time!
The Maker does more than crafty projects, one of my favorite things that the Maker does is write. I give my Cricut Maker the job each Christmas of addressing all of my holiday cards. The writing is absolutely beautiful and it's so fun to play around with the different writing fonts to create a lovely "hand written" note. People always tell me my handwriting is impeccable and as much as I hate to correct them, I have to admit to them the Cricut Maker does all the work. With the drawing feature, you can also create beautiful coloring pages for kids and adults. I created some fun mini coloring books for my daughter's class one year for Halloween and they LOVED them. The Halloween images the Maker drew were adorable and the coloring books were a huge hit.
So just know that you'll use your Maker for A LOT more than just cutting out paper!
Another reason the Cricut Maker is worth the price are for those times when you can't find what you're looking for so you just make it yourself! If you've ever had the task of finding decor for an Elsa Puppy Dinosaur Shopkin Tea Party all in pink, it's not fun. With my Cricut Maker, I was able to create the party of the child's dreams and it turned out adorable!
WHAT KIND OF DIY PROJECTS CAN I MAKE?
The possibilities are endless! I've made custom gift boxes, personalized gifts for teachers, family and friends, baby shoes, party decorations, cards, home decor and much, much more.
Here is just a small sample of projects I've made with my Cricut Maker.
I hope these questions helped with your decision on whether to purchase the Cricut Maker
or not. It's an amazing powerhouse of a machine and I know I couldn't live without mine!
Please let me know if you have any questions about the Cricut Maker or any other Cricut Machine and I'd be happy to answer.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

4th of July Bike Party Ideas


Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. This post contains affiliate links

Create a festive 4th of July bike decorating party this year and invite friends and neighbors over to decorate bikes in their own unique and individual style. Kids will love decking out their bikes or scooters in patriotic style to ride in the neighborhood parade or just a fun small parade with friends and family to show off their bikes. Check out all 5 party ideas over on the ORIENTAL TRADING'S FUN365 SITE!

4th of July Bike Parade Party Ideas

Monday, May 18, 2020

Kindergarten Graduation Party Favors

Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. This post contains affiliate links

Graduation looks quite a bit different this year but that doesn't mean our little grads shouldn't have the celebration they deserve! These fun "Squeeze the Day" goodie bags are the perfect porch drop off gifts to brighten up any little scholar's day! Head to Oriental Trading to check out all the graduation gifts, decor and supplies to celebrate all the graduates in your life! 


Grab your free Kindergarten Graduation Printables to attach to the adorable Tutti Frutti Gift Bags.
Fill the bags with bubbles, squishes, sidewalk chalk, squirt guns and sunglasses! Little grads will love these fun summer goodies. 






Thursday, May 14, 2020

End of Year Student Gift Ideas

Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. This post contains affiliate links.


Looking for budget-friendly gift ideas that your students will love? Check out all 15 Student Gift Ideas on the Oriental Trading FUN365 site! 



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

6 Magical Tooth Fairy Ideas

Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. This post contains affiliate links.

Losing a tooth is such an exciting time for kids as well as parents. Make the experience even more memorable with these Magical Tooth Fairy Ideas! Head over to Oriental Trading's FUN365 site to check out all 6 IDEAS that are definitely worth losing a tooth over. 




Monday, May 11, 2020

Fun at Home Scavenger Hunt


Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. This post contains affiliate links.


While we're all safe at home during this quarantine, Oriental Trading has got hundreds of crafts, activities and educational aides to keep kids busy and entertained. 

If you're looking for an activity to keep kids engaged and occupied, a scavenger hunt is always a huge hit with kids of all ages. 
I love the idea of having a small prize at each destination of the hunt and I found so many adorable Fruit Themed Prizes for our fruit filled scavenger hunt. 
From Tutti Frutti Coin Purses to Water Bead Squeeze Fruits, your kids will be entertained for hours long after the scavenger hunt is over. 

Click here for Scavenger Hunt Printables!

 Right now you can use the code SQUAD20 at checkout for FREE SHIPPING off any purchase of $49 or more. 







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