Frozen Yogurt Topping Bar

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This post is sponsored by Elmer’s.

fro_yo_sign Topping bars are awesome because they cater to everyone’s tastes! We’ve done a pizza bar, pasta bar, baked potato bar, and hot dog bar before with great success. So when I was planning our dessert for a church activity I knew that I wanted to have a topping bar and frozen yogurt is so popular that I knew it would be a hit! I picked up some toppings and made a chalkboard art sign and it was a hit. I had teenagers oohing and awwing over the fruit even after we ran out of frozen yogurt and the Reese’s they were getting back in line for more blueberries, strawberries and kiwi. So I’m going to count this as a smashing hit.

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I’ve been a long time admirer of chalkboard art, but I’m not confident enough in my handwriting and proportion skills to every try it on a real chalkboard. Well Elmer’s new chalkboard foam core to the rescue! It’s a chalkboard that let’s you cheat! To get this look I first designed the wording on the computer, then printed it out. You can see I had to tape pages together cause this board is 20″ x 30″. Next, I just traced over the outline of the letters. The pressure from the pencil was enough to leave a slight indentation on the board, enough that I could see it.

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Then I traced around it with my chalk. To get a nice tip on the chalk, just use a cheap pencil sharpener and sharpen the chalk like you would a pencil or crayon.

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I’m a lefty, so writing on chalkboards has always been a problem since my hand smears whatever I write. But the foam core was light enough that I could rotate it to my hand from smearing.

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Once I had the outline finished I just filled in the letters.

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I can’t tell you how many people commented on my perfectly formed letters–that I totally cheated making

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Ice cream cups from Bake it Pretty got a customized look with the help of a black painters marker. Once again I printed off my wording and traced around it with a pencil. And then traced over the indentations with the painter.

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I picked up a few cartons of frozen yogurt in the ice cream section. I don’t think it was as good and the stuff you get from the yogurt shops but no one seemed to mind.

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I polled our Facebook followers what their favorite frozen yogurt toppings were. Big thanks to everyone who answered! Fruits came back as the winner, but chocolate wasn’t far behind.

In case you need some ideas, here’s the list I made from the responses:

Strawberries, blueberries, cookie dough, chopped up Reese’s cups, chopped Oreo’s, sour worms, sour patch kids, hot fudge, whipped cream, wet walnuts, pecans/peanuts/almonds, sprinkles, caramel sauce, M&Ms, Reese’s pieces, granola, crumbled brownies, marshmallows, gummy worms, hot fudge, chocolate chips, kiwi, raspberries, cherries, Captain Crunch cereal, peanut butter, graham crackers, waffle cone pieces.

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I found these little chalkboard clothes pins at Michael’s and the clothes pin was perfect to slip over the side of the bowls. I think that’s upside down, but it worked really well.

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Printable Kings and Queens crown {Free Printable}

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Hi everyone, It’s Kiki from Kiki and Company and I am so excited to be here again to share a new free printable with you all. I don’t know about you, but having a girl is SO much fun! Mine is full of spunk, personality and filled with an imagination. You can often find her dressed up like a princess wanting tea parties and playing make believe. Well, today I am here to help you outfit your queens and kings in a fun and unique way: A printable king and queen crown! To make the crowns simply download the free files. Cut them out (along with the long rectangles!). Let your child decorate their crown to their heats desire. When you are done, glue the long strips of paper to the sides of the crown. Measure on child and glue into a crown. I used hot glue, but use any glue that you have on hand, even tape works! These [Read More...]

Scallop Mary Janes

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Our team picked black and white for our theme in this month’s Cricut DesignSpace Star Challenge. The category is gear or fashion. Since I have a shoe obsessed 2 year old I put it all together and came up with these precious little Scalloped Mary Janes in black and white! You might remember my oohing and aawing over the Cricut’s ability to cut leather in my last challenge project, so of course I kept with the leather on this project. I designed a shoe pattern in Illustrator and imported the .svg into Cricut Design Space. It took a few revisions, but that’s okay cause I started out using paper for the mock-up. Thank goodness because I went through quite a few alterations. How sweet is this! To make things go smoother you’ll want to use a leather needle, and these clips are used for quilt binding-but worked awesome at keeping the leather layers together since pinning won’t work. And velcro [Read More...]

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Happy Birthday Cards

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Happy Birthday to you and you!  We’ve teamed up with our printable group this month to bring you some great Birthday Printables that are bound to make your life easier. For me it always seems like I need a birthday card.  Well I’m all set now with these fun birthday cards I worked up.   I love the vibrate colors we worked with. I made a polka dot version:   And a stripe version of the cards:   And… Make sure you check out these other great printables! I’m ready to download them all now! 1.Whipperberry:Make this festive banner once and reuse it over and over again! 2. Eighteen25: Keep all those special birthdays in one spot with these Birthday Tracker Tags! 3. SimpleAs That: Add some colorful flair to your next birthday party with these 3×4 printable tags and coordinating cupcake flags, perfect to slip into a scrapbook after. 4. PagingSupermom: Print this GIANT happy birthday poster for less than $8 to help celebrate that special [Read More...]

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Quick & Easy Coffee Filter Party Favors

Quick and easy coffee filter party favors!

Well, hey there!  It’s Keri from Shaken Together and I couldn’t be happier to be here with you today!  Now, despite all the exclamation points, I am still trying to come to grips that this time of year means that I now have boys in middle school and high school {say what?!}.  But, I have decided I have to shake off the back to school blues.  Want to know why?  We are heading into party season!  Back to school parties, class parties, birthday parties, football parties, holiday parties and just because parties!  And in my book, every great party needs a really great party favor.  So, I am sharing a super cute {but totally inexpensive} party idea that you can make for any holiday, season or theme … Quick & Easy Coffee Filter Party Favors! That’s right!  Can you believe that those super cute stamped pockets start from humble cone shaped coffee filters?  They are naturally the perfect shape to hold candy, confetti, [Read More...]

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DIY Floral Crowns

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Hi there Crafting Chicks followers! This is Ali from Dream Crafter back again to share another artsy fartsy idea. I’m sure you have seen these floral crowns floating around Pinterest and I can’t get enough of them! (Sigh…if only I had  girl.) But I do love them for adults too. Not only are these floral crowns really cute, they are also REALLY easy to make (my favorite aspect of any craft.) Here’s what you’ll need to make these festive little beauties: 1. A whole bunch of fake flowers. (I would suggest getting some quality ones like at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.) I had an entire box full of fake flowers in my grandma’s basement just waiting to be used. Score! 2. Fabric Scissors 3. Neutral colored felt 4. Floral wire 5. Needle nose pliers 6. Wire cutters 7. Regular craft scissors 8. Hot glue gun and glue 9. Headbands or something stiff you can make a crown with. (Like thick [Read More...]

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Personalized Pencil Bags for Back to School

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Sharing these Personalized Pencil Bags today….everything is cuter with some personalization. I found these durable zipper bags at Walmart and thought they would be perfect for all the back to school supplies my kids need.  And using my Cricut Explore and some white iron on vinyl…I was able to personalize them in such a cute way.  In Cricut Design Space I used the “Hello my name is” tag and added my kids names. Before cutting…I made sure to mirror my image. (as with all iron on vinyl)  That is why it is backwards in the photo below! Using my iron setting on high…I ironed over the plastic.  After removing the plastic, I placed a thin towel over my image and ironed some more until it was adhered well. I love how these pencil bags turned out.   Perfect for all those school supplies. Pin It

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Chalkboard Notebooks for Back to School

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I’m excited to surprise my kids with these DIY Chalkboard Notebooks….it’s a chalkboard and notebook in one!  Super easy and fun to make.  It’s always fun to personalize projects like these with names too!  Let me show you how you can make one too.  It’s the perfect back to school gift for your little student. What you will need: -Bright Spiral Notebooks…the nicer ones with a plastic cover -Cricut Explore -Cricut Hook tool -Chalkboard Vinyl -Chalk In Cricut Design space, I used a simple scalloped rectangle for the girl notebook, and a rounded corner simple rectangle for the boy notebook.  I added names one each shape at the bottom with the type tool. Then super easy…load your chalkboard vinyl,  set the control to chalkboard vinyl and hit go! Remove the cut out from your sheet and apply it to the front of your notebook….It sticks well and stays in place.  I love how their names pop! I took some chalk [Read More...]

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Neon Slime

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Because we have been on summer break, we have been doing a lot of kids crafts!  It has helped to instill learning, help with fine motor skills and it has also been a really fun part of our summer days!  I am really blessed that both of my kids love crafting and creating and I am crossing my fingers that this lasts a long time!  I know that making slime isn’t a new idea, but for my children (neither of whom remembered making it before although I am sure I have done it with them) it was new and a lot of fun for them!  They both had a blast making this really fun and bright Neon Slime!   To make your own Neon Slime, you will need: (1) 4 oz. container of Elmer’s Glue 1 tsp Borax Water Neon Food Coloring Jar, cup or bowl for mixing Spoon or wood crafting stick for stirring   First my kiddos poured [Read More...]

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DIY Love & Arrows Graphic Tee *Cricut Explore

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Sharing another fun graphic tee I made for my girls using my Cricut Explore.  I love how it turned out.  Love the black & white.  They had so much fun being my little models.  I just shared our Je T’aime design earlier today. Once you know what you would like for your graphic tee, the next steps are so simple, plug in your cricut Explore, connect it to your computer, and then open up Design Space in Cricut and get ready to design. It literally took me 5 minuets to design and manipulate my arrows, heart & letters.  Once it looked good…I loaded my black iron on vinyl…sent it to my machine…(CLICK MIRROR IMAGE), and then hit cut on the machine! So simple, quick and adorable! Using my Cricut scraper tool…I removed extra black vinyl around the arrows, letters, & heart.  I left the plastic covering.  I placed the heart on the shirt and started ironing.  Using a high setting, I ironed right over [Read More...]

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