Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Poster


"Wild About You" Teacher Appreciation Poster

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week this next week, I just wanted to share a poster I designed two years ago for a local teacher's door. They wanted a jungle theme, so the phrase "We are WILD about you Mrs. Teacher!" worked perfectly. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

"Wild About You" Teacher Appreciation Poster 

Since this poster doesn't take up the entire door, I also designed some paw prints so that the kids in the class could write their name and/or a note to the teacher. This looks so great when it is put together!

"Wild About You" Teacher Appreciation Door

I have been asked a few times to share the poster, so if you would like the electronic file with your teacher's name, I will be selling these for $20 (good for up to three teachers). Please contact me if you are interested.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Mother's Day Epic Giveaway

Mother's Day Epic Giveaway

Are you ready for Mother's Day? If you haven't even started thinking about it, here's your chance to make up for it. I’m teaming up with some fabulous bloggers to give away a Cricut Expression 2 and a KitchenAid or a Canon Rebel T3 for yourself PLUS you'll get the same prize to give to your mother!! How's that for making Mother's Day the best day ever?! (Not to mention you'll become the favorite child - if you aren't already!)

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

20 Cinco de Mayo Recipes

20 Cinco de Mayo Recipes - Everything from Appetizers and Entrees to Dessert! #recipes #mexicanfood #cincodemayo

Cinco de Mayo is one week away! I was in a Spanish-immersion program in elementary school, and we'd have a Cinco de Mayo party every year. Even though I'm not from Mexico, I try to keep that tradition going and at least make some kind of Mexican dish for dinner to celebrate. Today I'm sharing 20 yummy recipes that would be fun to make for Cinco de Mayo! Do you celebrate?

20 Cinco de Mayo Recipes - Everything from Appetizers and Entrees to Dessert! #recipes #mexicanfood #cincodemayo

1. Mini Mexican Pizzas by The Taste Tester
2. Cinco de Mayo Breakfast
 by Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
3. Cinco de Mayo Piñata Cookies
 by SheKnows
4. Vegan Five-Layer Bean Dip
 by Mary Jolley
5. Margarita Cookie Bars
 by Keep It Sweet Desserts
6. Restaurant Style Mexican Rice
 by Favorite Family Recipes
7. Cherry Empanadas
 by Taste and Tell
8. Easy CrockPot Carnitas
 by Pinch of Yum
9. Taco Pizza
 by Real Mom Kitchen
10. Perfect Guacamole by Gimme Some Oven
11. Pomegranate Margaritas by Tide and Thyme
12. Spicy Chicken Flautas with Lime Sour Cream by The Kitchn
13. So Easy Sopapillas by Kitchen Meets Girl
14. Slow Cooker 8-Can Taco Soup by Six Sisters' Stuff
15. Mexican Stuffed Shells by High Heels & Grills
16. Mexican Manicotti by Chef in Training
17. Margarita Popsicles by Confections of a Foodie Bride
18. Mexican Lasagna by Is This REALLY My Life?
19. Churros con Chocolate by The Baker Upstairs
20. Homemade Tortillas by Rak's Kitchen


Friday, April 26, 2013

Photo by Emilie Workshops

I love photography. I'm not the best at it, but it's on my list of things I need to practice and improve. I only recently bought myself a DSLR camera and I'm loving it - but was a bit overwhelmed at how to get my images to look the way I wanted them to. Now I'm ready to learn all I can about my camera and to create better quality photos of both my family and craft projects.

Photo by Emilie Online Photography & Editing Workshops Starting May 7thPhoto by Emilie

At both Build Your Blog Conference, and Snap! Conference, I was introduced to Emilie from Photo by Emilie. Emilie Decker is an amazing, self-taught photographer with a talent for capturing gorgeous photos. She specializes in children & family portraiture, event, and wedding photography. Take a look at just a few of her beautiful photos:

Photo by Emilie

I took Emilie's photography classes at both conferences. She is an amazing teacher, and teaches in a way that makes you feel like you can be a great photographer, too! She is so knowledgeable about photography and is so patient with those of us who have no idea what we're doing. I went home from both classes with multiple pages of notes. I've already noticed a significant difference in my photos, and I can't wait to learn more!

Photo by Emilie Online Photography & Editing Workshops Starting May 7th

There are four photography and editing workshops that Emilie is teaching starting May 7th:

*Basics of Manual Mode
"Your lessons will begin with equipment reviews and recommendations. I will provide you will information on lens, reflectors, cleaning supplies, editing programs and many other goodies. I will describe the simplest way to think about Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. Shooting in manual mode is truly the difference between point and hope and point and create. I will share with you my go to settings and you’ll be on your way to shooting in Manual Mode by the end of the class."

*How to Identify & Create Perfect Lighting
"I will teach you how I learned to look at light. Lighting is more about training your eye to recognize shadows. I’ll teach you what makes flattering shadows vs unflattering shadows. I’ll teach you how to walk onto any location and know how to create perfect flattering lighting. Last, I’ll teach you how using a reflector makes a huge difference."

*Emilie's 3 Step Editing Process in Photoshop
“For user of any version of Photoshop Elements or CS. I’ll give you an overview and compressive tour of Photoshop and how I like to set up my buttons and preferences. This will be great if you’re brand new to PS. This tour will also be great if you’re veteran. I promise you’ll learn about buttons and setting you never knew about. It’s common knowledge that there’s 10 ways to do the same thing in PS. I’ll show you my favorite ways and tell you why they are my favorite. I’ll teach what I believe is my most valuable editing skill, the steps I use to evaluate what an images needs. Anyone can teach you how to push buttons on Photoshop. I want to teach you why you push those buttons. After you’ve learned to evaluate your image I’ll teach you the process I use to edit all my images. This section will include how to run actions, layers, masks, brushes, levels and many many more useful editing tools. This is an action packed class!!”

*Basics of Designing in Photoshop
"I will teach you about designing in Photoshop. How to add text or a logo to your images. How to create printables. How to create a design from scratch and how to modify an existing design."

Details:
• Each class is 1 hour
• Each class is $35 (discounts given for purchasing multiple classes)
• Classes will be online, so all you need is a computer and internet connection
• Registration includes the live lesson AND class recording

To see more about classes and to register, visit Photo by Emilie. Classes start May 7th.

*I am receiving a class from Emilie in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to the Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on!

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NOW ONTO THE PARTY!
Thanks to all those who linked up last week, there were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week's party:

Chair Painting Party by The Weekend Country Girl

Twist on Fruit Pizzas by Sarah Lynn's Sweets

Polka Dot Tricycle Makeover by R & R Workshop

Sleeping Beauty Eye Pillow by On a Wing & a Prayer

40 Birthday Party Themes for Girls by Night Owl Corner

Please grab a featured button!

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Link up your recipes, crafts, ideas, projects or fun posts to share!

A few rules:
  • Link to a specific post {not your home page, or link parties please}
  • Please share your own posts or projects, not someone else's.
  • Visit other links and leave some comment love {because we all love comments!}
  • Post the party button {the code is below} anywhere on your blog

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cricut Fashion Show: Refashioned T-Shirt Dress


Refashioned T-Shirt Dress with Cricut Iron-On

Cricut came up with an ingenius idea: to put on a fashion show with bloggers using a simple white t-shirt and a bit of Cricut Iron-On! I couldn't resist being a part of it. I love to refashion t-shirts into something amazing (like my Refashioned Ruffle Skirt)! It's also a lot of fun to see what other bloggers come up with.

Toddler Dress from Adult T-Shirt with Cricut Iron-On

So, with white t-shirt and Cricut Iron-On, I made an adorable sleeveless dress that will be perfect for summer!

Refashioned T-Shirt Dress with Cricut Iron-On

Supplies:
White X-Large t-shirt
Cricut Iron-On (pink, yellow, silver, and gold)
Pattern and tutorial from {LBG Studio}
2 buttons
Sewing supplies/sewing machine

The dress tutorial was easy to follow, and I will be making more of these dresses in the future! Instead of adding buttonholes in the top section, I just sewed it closed and added the pink buttons (that were a perfect match to the pink iron-on).

Refashioned T-Shirt Dress with Cricut Iron-On

After the dress was done, I used the cut-off sleeves to make two pockets on the dress. All I did was cut a 4-5 inch square, lining up the hemmed edge of the sleeve as one side of the square. I cut through both layers so I had 4 squares for two pockets.

With the right sides together, I sewed the squares leaving an inch or two gap to flip (I would recommend this being on the bottom). Make sure to clip the corners to get them nice and pointed! Fold in the gapped section and iron the pocket. Repeat for the second pocket.

Arrange the pockets on the dress and pin in place. The hemmed part from the shirt sleeve looks best at the top (as seen in the image above) to give it a finished look. Sew around the sides and bottom of each pocket, making sure to close up the gapped section. Once they are sewn on, the sewing part of your dress is done!

Cricut Iron-On

The iron-on sheets are made up of two parts: the iron-on film, which will be ironed on to your project, and the liner. The liner is a carrier sheet (think transfer paper) that holds the design in place and protects your iron during application. Like any iron-on product, make sure you mirror your image, otherwise it will be backwards when you iron it on! The design I used is the same either way, so I didn't worry about mirroring.

To cut the iron-on, place the sheet liner side down on the cutting mat. Cut the sheet with a kiss cut (where you only cut through the iron-on, but leaves the liner intact). Every Cricut machine has a different setting, so make sure to check your cut guide. I cut at 3 blade depth, 2 pressure at medium speed. The design cut beautifully.

Refashioned T-Shirt Dress with Cricut Iron-On

I used the cupcake design from the Sweet Treats Cartridge. After measuring the pockets, I sized the cupcake pieces in the Cricut Craft Room, and cut the pieces out of the different colors of iron-on. Keep in mind that you can't layer on top of the glitter iron-on.

I ironed on the middle cupcake piece first (yellow & pink), then removed the liner. Then, I arranged the cupcake wrappers and hearts and ironed them on. You can kind of see the pink showing through the silver glitter wrapper, but it's not too bad.

If you've never worked with Cricut Iron-On, here are some basic instructions:
  1. Set your iron to the Cotton/Linen setting with the steam OFF.
  2. Lightly preheat the area with the iron for 10-15 seconds. This really does help!
  3. Place your image, liner side UP onto the area. If you don't place the liner side up, it will stick to your press cloth.
  4. Carefully lay a press cloth or dishtowel over the design. You don't want any of the pieces to shift!
  5. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds.
  6. Flip the material over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back for an additional 25-30 seconds.
    *If you have any parts that didn't stick for some reason or if edges are flipping up, re-iron the pieces or loose edges for 10 seconds.
  7. Let cool and remove liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the iron-on up.

Toddler Dress from Adult T-Shirt with Cricut Iron-On

I am so happy with how the dress turned out, and what the Cricut Iron-On adds to it!! My daughter loves the dress and I'm hoping it warms up soon so she can wear it more often. 

Refashioned T-Shirt Dress with Cricut Iron-On

Want some iron-on for yourself? You can still get $15 off the Iron-on Bundle, or if you don’t have a Cricut yet, you can purchase the Iron-On Machine Bundle that includes the Cricut Expression, a Tool Kit, and three 12"x19” sheets in White, Teal and Glitter Silver for $199.99 (regularly $319.95).

What would you make with Cricut Iron-On?

I was given the supplies from Cricut as part of this Fashion Show campaign. All opinions and images are my own.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

45 DIY Neon Projects


45 DIY Neon Projects

I'm definitely an 80's girl and am pretty excited about neon coming back in style! There are so many cute things showing up in fashion, home decor, jewelry, and accessories in these bright, fun pops of colors and I just love it! Today I'm sharing 45 brilliant neon DIY projects to inspire you to get back into this exciting trend!

45 DIY Neon Projects

1. Paper Flower Wreath by Infarrantly Creative
2. Neon Canvas Mouse Pad
 by Because I'm Addicted
3. DIY Neon Rings & Bobby Pins
 by Henry Happened
4. DIY Neon-Studded Phone Case
 by M&J Blog
5. DIY Neon Confetti Gift Wrap
 by Studio DIY
6. DIY Neon Shoes
 by La Petite
7. DIY Pinwheel Necklace
 by Handmade Charlotte
8. DIY Neon Classic Pottery
 by Shop Sweet Things
9. DIY Neon Gift Bags
 by Finley & Oliver
10. DIY Neon-Striped Coffee Table by Oh So Pretty
11. Summery Striped Neon Shirt by Shrimp Salad Circus
12. DIY Neon Glass Gem Magnets by Madigan Made
13. Neon Twisted Head Wrap by Sugar Bee Crafts
14. DIY Neon Bow Bag by Four Flights of Fancy
15. DIY Striped Neon Vases by Curbly

45 DIY Neon Projects

16. DIY Neon Polka Dot Pots by For The Love Of...
17. Neon Fabric Spray Paint Shirt
 by I Love to Create
18. DIY Neon Animal Pushpins
 by A Bubbly Life
19. DIY Neon Pom Pom Wreath
 by Crafts Unleashed
20. DIY Neon Necklace
 by A Pair & A Spare
21. Neon Feather DIY Storage Boxes
 by Mod Podge Rocks
22. Neon Duct Tape Purse
 by All Things Thrifty
23. Neon Bach Birthday Party
 by Hello! Lucky
24. DIY Neon String-Wrapped Vases
 by Curbly
25. DIY Neon Toe Shoes by Green Wedding Shoes
26. Neon Elastic Bow Belts by What I Do
27. DIY Neon Stud Clutch by Glitter 'N Glue
28. DIY Neon Wrapped Bracelet by WobiSobi
29. DIY Neon Paper Bead Earrings by Dollar Store Crafts
30. Neon Confetti Nails by Mojo Spa


45 DIY Neon Projects

31. DIY Neon Necklace by The Style Dossier
32. DIY Neon Bottle Table Numbers
 by Hostess with the Mostess
33. DIY Neon Edged Boxes
 by Caught on a Whim
34. DIY Neon-Trimmed Purses
 by The Pretty Life Anonymous
35. Neon Doodle Embroidered Shoes
 by Dream a Little Bigger
36. DIY Neon Lace Bowl
 by Stolt
37. Neon Candle Vases
 by HGTV
38. Neon Shirt Dress
 by Fuji Files
39. Wrap It In Neon
 by Omiyage Blogs
40. DIY Neon Pyramid Necklace by Créme de la Craft
41. Pineapple Orange Banana Popsicles by Gimme Some Oven
42. Adorable Banana Split Bites by Fancy Edibles
43. Whole Wheat Buttermilk Banana Bread by My Kitchen Addiction
44. Banana Doughnuts with Dried Banana "Streussel" by Tartelette
45. Bananas Foster Mini Whoopie Pies by A Cup of Sugar...A Pinch of Salt


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to the Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on!

artsy-fartsy mama

NOW ONTO THE PARTY!
Thanks to all those who linked up last week, there were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Finally, here are a few of my favorites from last week's party:

72 Hour Kits for Families  by Simplistically Sassy

Pin the Princess on the Castle Game by Midwest Moma

Cookie Butter & Biscoff Cookie Pie by Pretty Life Anonymous

Easy DIY Color Block Tees by Freetime Frolics

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning by 4 You With Love

Please grab a featured button!

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Link up your recipes, crafts, ideas, projects or fun posts to share!

A few rules:
  • Link to a specific post {not your home page, or link parties please}
  • Please share your own posts or projects, not someone else's.
  • Visit other links and leave some comment love {because we all love comments!}
  • Post the party button {the code is below} anywhere on your blog

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bling Frame Makeover

Frame Makeover with Darice Bling on a Roll

Sometimes all a frame needs is a little bling to take it from "meh" to marvelous! Working with Darice's Bling on a Roll couldn't be easier. With a sparkle-obsessed mama and a girly-girl daughter, I see a whole lot of sparkly "makeovers" in our future!!

Frame Makeover with Darice Bling on a Roll

Bling on a Roll is a mesh ribbon with multi-faceted metallic gems that sparkle like rhinestones. All you need to do is cut the flexible roll of "diamonds" to size and adhere to bling-up any craft or decor project!  Darice also offers adhesive backed Gemz in a variety of colors. Cut into any shape to make customization a snap!

Supplies:
5x7 Frame
E6000 Glue

Step 1: Cut 4 pieces of Bling on a Roll about 7 inches long. Since all frames are a bit different, measure your frame or line up the Bling on a Roll to check the length.

Frame Makeover with Darice Bling on a Roll

Step 2: The bling was a little too wide for the frame, so I trimmed off one line of Bling on each strip.

Frame Makeover with Darice Bling on a Roll

Step 3: Add a line of E6000 glue to the back every few rows of Bling. The Bling on a Roll is light, so it doesn't need much glue to hold. I added glue to each end, then every few rows in between (see image above).

Frame Makeover with Darice Bling on a Roll

Step 4: Center the Bling strip and lightly press it to the frame. It shouldn't pop up, but if it does, just hold for a minute or two until it sticks. I recommend adding the top strip first, then work your way around the frame and align the gems as best you can.

Frame Makeover with Darice Bling on a Roll

Step 5: Let dry for an hour or two, then add a photo or printable! (Image in frame from Kensie Kate)

What would you create with Darice Gemz & Bling on a Roll?

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