America Books for Kids

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  America A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney Smart About the Fifty States   L is for Liberty by Wendy Lewison The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing O, Say Can You See?  by Sheila Keenan So You Want to Be President?   The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry The 4th of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates The Flag we Love by Pam Munoz Ryan The Pledge of Allegiance We the Kids by David Catrow The Story of the Statue of Liberty This Land is Your Land   Pin It

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Fancy Lemonade Stand

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Sharing inspiration for a fancy summertime lemonade stand.  Each summer…my kids love to set up a lemonade stand.  This year my girls want to donate to a local children’s hospital…and that makes my heart happy.  So in preparation for the big day…we made the cutest, fanciest lemonade stand decor, with the help from Heidi Swapp’s Minc machine.  The gold, teal, and pink foil make it pop, and so pretty! Below are details of how we decorated our stand! I used these Letters from Heidi Swapp.   They are ready to go…just add the foil.  Here is a tutorial on how you use the machine that we posted last month.  I ran the letters through the machine with teal, pink and gold foil.  I taped each letter to a string of yellow and white twine to make the word “LEMONADE.” I printed (on a laser printer), two signs…one for the treats, and one for the lemonade.  I added gold and teal [Read More…]

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Rainforest Animals with Chalk Pastel Drawings

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Hi- I’m Valerie from Occasionally Crafty, and I’m thrilled to be here today for Rainforest Week! Your kids will love the art activity I’m sharing today: Rainforest Animals with Chalk Pastel Drawings. I’m all about finding fun and inexpensive ideas to keep my kids entertained in the summer.  When they learn something along the way, it’s even better. You will need the following: Chalk Pastels (buy on Amazon or at an arts/craft store) Black oil pastel (optional) Construction paper- school/heavy grade Pictures for inspiration Newspaper to cover your surface Soap and water for cleanup Older children may be able to create their own by looking at pictures of animals or using their imagination.  For younger children, you will probably want to draw the animal for them to color.   1.  Set out newspaper to cover your work surface.  Begin by very lightly using a black chalk pastel to sketch your animal.  You can fix lines and shapes as you go [Read More…]

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Rainforest in a Jar Kid Craft

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So excited to be sharing a Rainforest Themed kid craft today with you!  This is a fun week!  My kids have loved reading about the rainforest.  One of my favorite books on this subject is Jan Brett’s The Umbrella. After reading this, I let me kids make mini Rainforest terrariums in a jar.  They were so easy and  simple…and my kids think they are so cool! What you will need to make a Rainforest in a Jar: –Mason Jars –mini rainforest figurines –artificial succulents –mini rocks –moss –styrofoam –a hot glue gun/hot glue Start by gluing the can lid together.  Glue inside a circle of styrofoam…about a 1/2 thick.  I just bought the small styrofoam balls and cut them into strips. Let your little ones place their trees (succulents), moss, rocks and animals where they would like them.  You will have to help younger children with the hot glue. Then…easy peasy…just slowly place the animal scene inside the jar, and [Read More…]

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Rainforest Books for Kids

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It’s Rain Forest Week and we are kicking things off with some of our favorite Rainforest Books for Kids. If I Ran the Rainforest by Bonnie Worth A is for Anaconda-A Rainforest Alphabet by Anthony D. Fredericks   A Walk in the Rainforest by Kristin Joy Pratt The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell In the Rainforest by Kate Duke Nature’s Green Umbrella Over in the Jungle…A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Berkes Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowyez The Umbrella by Jan Brett   We’re Roaming in the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs & Anne Wilson Pin It

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Fairytale Week: Dress Up Giveaway!

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Fairytale Week: Dress Up Giveaway! You knew it was coming right?  We have had such a fun time with Fairy Tale week so of course we have to giveaway some Dress-ups to round the week up. It wouldn’t be right to have a week full of fun pretend and not let the little ones dress appropriately. 😉 One lucky ready will win a $100 Give Card to Little Adventures. You can use the card to dress up your knight, superhero, or princess.  We are so excited for this one. The best part is that Little Adventures didn’t want anyone to miss out so they are sharing a discount code for all our lucky readers. Use code FAIRYTALES25 to save 25% off your order. Enter Below! $100 Gift Card to Little Adventures Good luck! Pin It

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Fairy Tale Books for Kids


This post may contain affiliate links.   I’m excited to be kicking off Fairy Tale Week here on The Crafting Chicks!  As the mom of three girls you can bet I’ve told my fair share of princesses and witches, fairies and knights.  Here is a collection of some of our favorite Fairy Tale Books for kids. 365 Fairy Tales, Rhymes, & other Stories The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables Hansel & Gretel Favorite Fairy Tales Goldilocks and the Three Bears Jack and the Beanstalk The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet & Allan Ahlberg The Little Red Hen Red Riding Hood The Princess and the Pea The Three Pigs by David Weisner The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! The Three Billy Goats Gruff Fanny’s Dream The Ugly Duckling The Golden Book of Fairy Tales Did we miss any of your favorite Fairy Tale Books for Kids? Leave a comment and let us know which ones you’d [Read More…]

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40 Indoor & Outdoor Summer Boredom Busters

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Hey Mamas…this post is for you!  We are a couple of weeks into summer at our house.  I love summer time…but the days can be long.  My kids are always wanting activities…and needing ideas of what to do!   Especially in the afternoon after chores, errands, and reading. Today I’m sharing some awesome boredom busters to make any mom a “super hero” this summer!  40 Indoor and Outdoor Boredom Buster our Boredom Buster Jars!  The kids can never say they are bored again!  And a tip…Popsicles!  That helps us get through each day with happy kids…and a happy mom.   We use popsicles for rewards…and for fun playtime outside.  It’s a nice break between activities, to just sit in the shade with a yummy cool treat. To make these Boredom Buster Idea Jars, save the popsicle sticks and follow the instructions below:) You will need for the Boredom Buster Jars: -Popsicle sticks (you can paint the ones from popsicles, [Read More…]

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Banana Dolphins – Ocean Themed Snack Time


We are so excited and happy to be here today! We are Lisa and Pam, two Moms who are over the moon for all things home and family. We blog at where we share free printables, recipes, DIY crafts, and so much more! Today we are sharing a fun ocean themed snack with you – banana dolphins! These are super easy to make and pretty healthy! I made Jell-O Jigglers to use as the ocean and just followed the recipe on the box. Once they were ready I set the pan in hot water for a couple of minutes to loosen the bottom and then cut them into small squares. I broke a banana off the bunch and cut the end to make a nice nose end. I cut the banana in half, a little bit on an angle so they would stand up and not fall forward. Then it was as easy as cutting into the end to [Read More…]

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SeaWorld Ticket Giveaway Ocean Week


Photo Credit: SeaWorld San Diego Ocean Week is coming to an end, but before we wrap things up we want to end with a giveaway! We’ve teamed up with Get Away Today, and our awesome guest posters from this week to bring you a SeaWorld ticket giveaway! What better way to learn about the ocean than by seeing sea animals up close! 1 Grand Prize Winner will get a small whale plush, a SeaWorld lunch bag, a little picnic blanket, a keychain, a luggage tag and lanyard, plus two adult 1-day SeaWorld San Diego tickets. The total value is approximately $200 1 Second Prize Winner will get 2 larger whale plushes. Photo Credit: SeaWorld San Diego Check out these insider tips on SeaWorld from our friends at GetAwayToday: Summer Nights at SeaWorld, Events at SeaWorld (so you’ll know the best time to go!), and some info on the whales at SeaWorld. SeaWorld Giveaway   10 Ocean Activities and Printables 16 [Read More…]

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Ocean and Sea Books for Kids

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Here are some of our favorite ocean and sea books for kids to go along with ocean week! A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle A Swim Through the Sea by Kristin Joy Pratt Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae Explore Earth’s Five Oceans by Bobbie Kalman Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan How to Hide an Octopus & other Sea Creatures by Ruth Heller I’ll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara Manfish by Jennifer Berne Over in the Ocean In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes Seashells by the Seashore by Marianne Berkes Swimmy by Leo Lionni The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler The Underwater Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta & Edgar Stewart Under the Sea by Anna Milbourne & Cathy Shimmen Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck 10 Ocean Activities and Printables Fish Bowl Spinner DIY Seashell Boats Sea [Read More…]

Homemade S’mores Ice Cream

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Hi Crafting Chicks readers, I’m Becky from Bite of Delight, and I’m so excited to be part of the Summer Series!  One of our favorite ways to kick off summer is with rich and creamy homemade ice cream.  But when you combine ice cream with another one of our summer favorites (s’mores!) you get the ultimate summertime dessert!  To sweeten this a little more, I’ve made it no churn, so it’s super simple to make and doesn’t require any special kitchen gadgets.  Not only that, but once you taste this delicious, creamy treat, you’ll suddenly want to go backyard camping with the kids! No-Churn S’mores Ice Cream Ingredients: 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk dash salt 3 oz chocolate, chopped (I used 2 (1.55 oz) Hershey bars) 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows 4 graham crackers hot fudge for drizzling Directions: On a lined cookie sheet, toast the marshmallows under a hot broiler until they [Read More…]

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Ice Cream Maker Giveaway

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We have the best summertime giveaway for you today! We have teamed up with some amazing blogs this week to kick off the Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide on The Crafting Chicks. They are also joining us for this fun givaway today…an Ice Cream Maker!  And 4 packages of polka-dot ice cream bowls from Bake it Pretty! You can kick your summer off right with a fun ice cream party at home! Giveaway brought to you by: Snap Conference Let’s Lasso the Moon Bite of Delight Bake it Pretty & The Crafting Chicks Enter below!  We love our readers! Ice Cream Maker Giveaway Ice Cream Week Giveaway Pin It

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Ice Cream Shop for Kids

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This post may contain affiliate links. I’m so excited to be kicking off our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide this week.  The theme this week is Ice Cream.  Yesterday we shared some great ice cream ideas from our favorite sites.  Today I’m sharing a fun Ice Cream Shop idea that will keep your kids busy during the summer! Each week we will share favorite Children’s books that go along with our theme.  I LOVE children’s literature, and reading to my kids.  There were so many fun ice cream themed books that we shared earlier today. A favorite that I used to kick off this week with my kids is Gail Gibbon’s book Ice Cream, The Full Scoop. I love Gail Gibbons’ books…her illustrations are amazing.  She teaches concepts through her books in such a fun way.  This one is a must have to kick off this week!  In this book, Gail Gibbons walks kids through the process of making ice [Read More…]

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Ice Cream Books for Kids


We are excited to share our list of Ice Cream Books for Kids.   The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger Ice Cream Cones for Sale by Elaine Greenstein Izzy the Ice Cream Fairy From Cow to Ice Cream Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis Ice Cream…The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons The Sundae Scoop by Stuart J. Murphy We Love Ice Cream! By Melissa Larsen Ice Cream by Elisha Cooper Does your family have a favorite book about ice cream? Share it in the comments if you do! Pin It

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Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide

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We are so excited about our New Summer Series on The Crafting Chicks… MOTHER HEN’S SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE! We are thrilled because we think this will help so many moms…including us…bust the summer boredom at home and help our little “chicks” learn and experience new things through fun crafts, activities, literature, recipes and more! Beginning this Monday, June 1st, we will be sharing 12 weeks of themed activities for kids. Each week, will share a new theme that kids (and parents) will love. Follow each day for ideas.  Each day we will have something new and exciting. Mondays: We will be sharing the best learning ideas, crafts and more from our favorite sites that tie into our weekly theme. Tuesday:  We will be sharing the best Children’s Books!  And a literature activity that coincides with both the Chicks’ Pick book and weekly theme. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:  We will be sharing posts from our favorite bloggers!  They have the best [Read More…]

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Indoor Herb Garden with Minc Gold Foil Touches

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We have loved using the Heidi Swapp’s Minc Machine to add Gold/Color Foil touches to our projects and prints. It makes any craft project, gift idea, or wall print pop!  The Gold Foil adds that fancy wow factor.  Last month we shared how to use the minc machine, and an adorable free Printable. Today I’m sharing how to make a pretty indoor herb garden with Minc gold foil touches. I used Heidi Swapp’s Mini Cardstock Pinwheels and gift tags to spice up the indoor herb garden gift.  I love her kits because they are ready to go!  All you have to do is cut your foil to size and run it through your  Minc Machine. Here is the before and after (adding the foil) of the pinwheel designs. Fold the corners in and make the pinwheels.  All the instructions are in the kits. I found pretty herb plants at Home Depot.  Cilantro, Sweet Basil, and Oregano…my favorites.  I potted them in [Read More…]

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2015 Summer Fun Chart and Free Printable

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One of our favorite family traditions is a Summer Fun Chart.  My kids love it!  It keeps us motivated to do fun family things in the summer…and soak up all that time together. We know that you all love it too because we get emails and comments asking when this will be ready. Well no need to wait any longer. Today I’m sharing my 2015 Summer Fun Chart Free Printable.  Just download below…print 8×10 or 16×20 (we like the large one)… and fill it out with your family. You can download the pink or blue version. Here are 100 Summer fun ideas for the whole family! What’s on your summer bucket list???  We would love to hear…leave a comment:) 2015 Summer Fun Chart BLUE: 2015 Summer Fun Chart PINK: All printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. For personal noncommercial use only. It’s good karma to leave a comment if you download. Pin It

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Mints Teacher Gift with *Free Printable

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Sharing a fun gift idea today, Mint Teacher Gift with free printable. Teacher appreciation week was at our school last week and I love coming up with clever ways to shower the amazing teachers with love!  They sure deserve it and so much more!  Being a former educator…I know first hand!  It’s so nice to show how grateful we are for all they do for our kiddos! These Mint Teacher gifts are so fun to assemble.  I’m also sharing a free printable gift tag to go with the Mints Teacher Gift below. I designed the perfect tag to go along with the Mints Teacher Gift… “having you for a teacher this year has been so “REFRESHING” and “MINT” the world to me!”  A fun little saying to go along with the mints and end of the school year. Grab some Mints at the store…I chose Lifesaver Mints and Andes chocolate Mints for the Mints Teacher gift. A Mason jar is [Read More…]

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Princess Play Dough 4 Ingredients *Free Printable Tag

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We made this “Princess Play Dough” for my little girls playgroup.  It was so easy to make, and the girls loved it…because of the yummy smell and sparkly glitter.  So fancy schmancy!  This Princess Play Dough is so easy to make with just 4 easy ingredients.  I also am sharing a free printable tag to go along with this project. What you will need to make Princess Play Dough: -Conditioner (yummy smelling) -Corn starch -Red Food coloring -Silver Glitter How to Make the Princess Play Dough: Combine 2 parts corn starch to 1 part conditioner.  You can make as little or as much as you would like just stick with the 2:1 ratio. Mix thoroughly before adding the red food coloring.  Just add a few drops.  This will make it pink.  Or use blue and red to make the play dough purple. Add sparkly silver or gold glitter. The play dough feels slightly chalky but it’s so soft and fun [Read More…]

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Be Brave & Be Kind Foil Print with Heidi Swapp’s Minc Machine

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I was so excited to try out Heidi Swapp’s Minc Machine…and see what all the Rage was!  Believe me, I can see why everyone is loving it.  It takes regular prints to a whole new level.  So fancy schmancy.  I love the foil look.  I was amazed at how many foil colors you can find in Heidi Swapp’s Minc line.  Pinks, blues, golds, silvers, and more! I love the quote from the new Cinderella movie, “Have Courage and Be Kind”  I made a spin off to fit my design… “BE KIND & BE BRAVE.”  It is such a good reminder.  I made these prints for my girls room “Be Brave, Be Kind.”   They loving having this message displayed.  Using the Minc Machine took the prints from drab to fab. How I used the Minc Machine with my Print: (each machine will come with instructions as well) Make sure your print is printed on a laser printer.  I have an [Read More…]

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Easy Key Lime Cupcakes

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These KEY LIME Cupcakes are divine!  And they are so easy to make…because I cheat a little:) We make these in the summertime.   You can make this same recipe using lemon juice.  Just make sure you use real lime juice in your recipe:) Save Print Easy Key Lime Cupcakes Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  20 mins Total time:  40 mins Serves: 24 cupcakes Delicious Easy Key Lime Cupcakes Ingredients 1 Box of white or vanilla cake mix ⅓ C. Vegetable or Canola Oil 3 Eggs 1 C. Water 1-2 Tablespoons Lime Juice 2-3 Tablespoons Lime Zest (optional) 3-4 Drops green food coloring Frosting: 1 C. softened cream cheese (8 oz.) 1 Stick of butter 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice 1½-2 C. Powdered Sugar 2 Drops green food coloring It is important to use REAL LIME JUICE! Instructions Cupcakes: Combine the mix with water, eggs and oil. Mix on low for 30 seconds and med-high for 2 [Read More…]

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Spring Time Scattergories *Free Printable

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Spring Time Scattergories *Free Printable We’ve shared these fun Printable Scattergories games throughout this year and we are excited to share our Spring Time Version!  A great game for those Class or Family Parties or just Family Home Evening. Thinking about SPRING TIME…from A to Z is always tons of fun! Rules: To play Spring Time Scattergories, set a timer and work as fast as you can to list a Spring Time related word for each letter before the time runs out. When scoring, you get 1 point for every word that no one else chose for that letter. Highest score wins! (Personal Use Only Please-Download property of Crafting Chicks LLP) All printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. For personal noncommercial use only. It’s good karma to leave a comment if you download. Pin It

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Spring Time Don’t Eat Pete! “Don’t Eat My Bunny” *Free Printable

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“Don’t Eat Pete” is a favorite game at our house!  We love playing it for family night.  I made a “Spring Time Don’t Eat Pete” version to play this week!…Don’t Eat My Bunny! Sharing a free printable for you!  Print (8×11.5). Directions: Place one Easter candy (m & m’s, & skittles are good ideas for candy) in each square of the “Don’t Eat My Bunny” Sheet. Send a child away from the room and have the remaining children choose which Bunny will be “Pete”.  Have the first child come back and begin eating the candy on each bunny, one at a time. As soon as the child tries to pick up the candy that is on the “Pete” Bunny, everyone yells, “Don’t eat my Bunny!!!!” Let each child have a turn and refill the game board with treats.  Repeat this again and again! This is also a great game for class parties, family parties, or Family night!  We love it! [Read More…]

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Easter Peep Houses

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I saw these Easter Peep Houses on Yesterfood.  So stinkin’ cute!  Every year at Christmas time my kids look forward to decorating gingerbread houses…it is one of their favorite traditions…so I knew they would love make these Peep houses.  They were so easy to prepare for…only a few items were needed, and the kids had so much fun adding their own creativity to their Peep House. I love how our Easter Peep Houses turned out.  They are so cute to display through the month.  Or to use as a centerpiece.  I love seeing their little creations around my house.  Add the Easter Peep Houses to a cake stand…and place on your counter. What you will need to make Easter Peep Houses: -Graham Crackers (5 halves per house-look at picture below) -Paper plates (I like colored ones…green or yellow…or pink) -Peeps  (We used bunnies and chicks) -Edible Easter grass (Found near the Easter candy in the grocery store…just learned of edible [Read More…]

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Easter Basket Cupcakes

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Sharing adorable Easter Basket Cupcakes today!  These were simple to make and turned out so cute.  A fun treat to add to your Easter celebrations. These Easter Basket Cupcakes are also fun to make with your kids!  They really took minutes to make after the cupcakes were ready and frosted.  Place them on a cake platter for an adorable centerpiece.  Or take them on a pretty tray to an Easter celebration. Grab some edible easter grass (I just learned of this!), mini egg treats, fancy cupcake wrappers…and you can make these sweet Easter Basket Cupcakes. What you will Need to make Easter Basket Cupcakes: -Cupcakes frosted (You don’t have to frost them fancy…you will be adding grass & eggs) -Edible Grass in pink and green (I found this in the grocery store by the Easter candy) -Cadbury Mini Eggs -Fancy Cupcake Wrappers (I found pink and white ones at Michaels) -1/2 in x 8 1/3 in strips of paper in [Read More…]

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A Personalized Easter Basket *Free Printable Easter Egg Coupons

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This post is sponsored by Personal Creations. All opinions and the download designs are mine.   Today I’m sharing how to assemble a Personalized Easter basket.  Plus…I have an adorable free printable too! We are huge fans of Personal Creations.  Everything is better personalized Right?!   Personal Creations offers everything from beach towels…to Easter baskets…to holiday items, home decor and more!  I had fun looking through all of their items.  A monogram or name on anything you can imagine! Each item they offer would make THE cutest gift for a loved one!  They offer gift ideas for everyone…not just kids. I knew my kids would love having their names on their Easter baskets this year.  I found these Chevron Striped Easter Totes.  It was hard to choose which basket/tote to get…I love them all. With each basket/tote, you can add item packs to fill the basket.  Stuffed animals, candy, chocolate bunnies, and more!  Perfect idea for the busy mom.  One [Read More…]

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Pot of Gold “Lucky” Coin Printable

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Pot of Gold “Lucky” Coin Printable Last year I shared these lucky shamrock free printable notes…and my kids loved them.  I was sneaky and added them to lunches and backpacks the week of St. Patrick’s day. This year I’m sharing a sweet Pot O’ Gold free printable…just add a lucky chocolate coin. After printing the 8.5 x 11 sheet, cut out the mini notes (4 per page).  Using a sharp cutting blade, cut along the top of the pot.  Add your coin in the slit and tape on the back. Surprise friends and family members with these sweet little notes! PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE!  All Images and Downloads are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP.   Pin It

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St. Patrick’s Day GREEN Scattergories *Free Printable

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St. Patrick’s Day GREEN Scattergories *Free Printable This year we’ve loved sharing these fun Printable Scattergories games.  We are excited to share our GREEN St. Patrick’s Day Version!  A great game for those St. Patrick’s Day Class or Family Parties, or just Family Home Evenings. Thinking about all things GREEN…from A to Z! (Personal Use Only Please-Download property of Crafting Chicks LLP) To play Valentine’s Day Scattergories, set a timer and work as fast as you can to list a Valentine’s related word for each letter before the time runs out. When scoring, you get 1 point for every word that no one else chose for that letter. Highest score wins! Pin It

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Don’t Eat the Shamrock! St. Patrick’s Day “Don’t Eat Pete” Version *Free Printable

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Don’t Eat the Shamrock!  St. Patrick’s Day “Don’t Eat Pete” “Don’t Eat Pete” is a favorite game at our house!  We love playing it for family night.  I made a “St. Patrick’s Day Don’t Eat Pete” version to play this week!…Don’t Eat the Shamrock! Sharing a free printable for you!  Print (8×11.5). Directions: Place one piece of candy (green m & m’s, & skittles are good ideas for candy) in each square of the “Don’t Eat the Shamrock” Sheet. Send a child away from the room and have the remaining children choose which Shamrock will be “Pete”.  Have the first child come back and begin eating the candy on each shamrock, one at a time. As soon as the child tries to pick up the candy that is on the “Pete” Shamrock, everyone yells, “Don’t eat my Shamrock!!!!” Let each child have a turn and refill the game board with treats.  Repeat this again and again! This is also a [Read More…]

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Paris Inspired DIY Cupcake Stand & Tray

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Paris Inspired DIY Cupcake Stand & Tray We love being on the Michaels Makers Team!  We have loved all of the themes/challenges so far.  This month’s challenge was “Springtime in Paris“…creating a Paris inspired DIY project, craft, or treat.  I had so much fun making these DIY Paris Inspired Cupcake Stands and Trays to go with this awesome theme. When I think of Paris, I think of fancy baked goods.  These DIY cupcake stands/trays could be something found in a little Parisian Bakeshop. Our Readers…YOU…can participate in this challenge too…for a chance to win a trip to PARIS!  Details at the bottom, you won’t want to miss. To Make the Paris Inspired Cupcake Stands You will Need: -Fancy Shaped Plaques (These are pretty new to Michaels, and I found a big selection)  I used the smaller ones for the cupcake stands (5×7 and 8×10) -Pretty Candlestick (Silver ones from Michaels) -Acrylic Paint (I chose light pink and blue because that [Read More…]

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Dr. Seuss Green Eggs Tag *Free Printable

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  Dr. Seuss Green Eggs Tag *Free Printable Sharing a free printable treat tag to go along with Dr. Seuss’s book “Green Eggs & Ham.” Grab some green Mint M&M’s and add this cute tag…the kids will love it!  Place the treat in your child’s lunchbox for a fun surprise. Happy Dr. Seuss week! PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE (All downloads and printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP) Other fun Dr. Seuss Printables: “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” Truffula Tree Seeds   Pin It

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One Fish Two Fish Dr. Seuss Tags *Free Printable

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One Fish Two Fish Dr. Seuss Tags *Free Printable Sharing a fun “Seuss-Tastic” Free printable tag to go along with any sort of fish treat or snack!  Just in time for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday this week! It is always a tradition of ours to eat green eggs and ham for breakfast and read Dr. Seuss books at bedtime each night.   What are some Dr. Seuss activities you do with your kids? Print this fun tag and place in a lunchbox….or hand out to friends this week! PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE!  (All downloads and printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP.) Other Fun Dr. Seuss Printables: Green Eggs Truffula Trees     Pin It

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True Happiness Quote *Free Printable

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True Happiness Quote *Free Printable Sharing a little Sunday Goodness today!  I love this quote from LDS President David O. McKay.  I truly believe it too!  I know I feel happiest when I am serving others or striving to make those around me happy. You can download the free image with this great quote.  (PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE) Just a couple of Goodness quotes below: Lil’ Luna Motherhood Quote Somewhat Simple Atonement Quote  

Youth Infinity Scarf in 15 Minutes!

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I’m so excited to be sharing inspiration for Youth Infinity Scarves today using Riley Blake’s knit fabric!  We love Riley Blake Designs…the fabric & the people.  We love being a part of their design team. I could not wait to make something using their adorable striped knit material.  My little girls and nieces are loving fashion scarves right now…especially in this winter season.  I made the cutest infinity scarves.  I’m not lying when I say they literally took 15 minutes!  I can’t believe how adorable they turned out…these are my beautiful nieces modeling them! First, cut your material.  You will need two strips of knit fabric.  10 in x 56 inch (for a wider scarf) and 6 in x 56 in (for a thinner scarf-better for smaller girls). Next, place the right sides together and pin along the edges.  You will now sew along both long edges making a 1/2 seam. This is the next part…a little tricky but after doing [Read More…]

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Canvas Photo Wall

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We are so excited to be apart of Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke’s 5th Installment of Decorating with Pictures!  We love her ideas…especially for photography & photos!  I’m excited to share my Canvas photo wall as part of this series. When I was re-designing my front living space, I knew I wanted a photo wall.  I love to decorate with photos!  I have a big wall with vaulted ceilings and knew how amazing big canvas wraps would look.  So I planned out my gallery wall!  I can’t wait to share how it turned out!  I LOVE it!  I wish you could see it in person.  These photos do not do it justice:) I chose recent photos of my children with blues and grays, which tied perfectly into my new room colors and decor. I ordered my canvas photos from Black River Imaging…they are amazing!.  You can order one of their Gallery Wrap Clusters, or make your own wall using their [Read More…]

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Love Letter DIY Envelope

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I’m excited to share these adorable ‘LOVE’ Letters with you today!  Every year I make valentines for my kids…but this year, we got out some paper and I let them make valentines for our whole family.  I taught them how to make DIY envelopes. You can find these Creative Collection™ Valentine’s packs at Walmart.  I love the colors and designs…but the best part of the Creative Collection™ packs…they include templates!  This makes it so easy to create with paper.   There is just something therapeutic about “hands on” paper crafting.  These packages make it so fun and easy to personalize your Valentine’s Day. The kits included letter and envelope templates. To make DIY envelopes: Trace around the template with a pencil on your paper.  Cut out. Next, fold along the fold lines in the template. Last, glue the bottom and side diagonals.  So easy and quick! & cute! Don’t forget to add a sweet note! Creative Collection™ banner flag packs can also [Read More…]

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Valentine Cootie Catchers & Free Printable

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I’m planning my twin’s class party this week for Valentine’s Day.  I made these cute “Valentine Cootie Catchers” for the kids to fold and make for one of the activities…and I’m sharing my free printable with you today! The kids are going to love it!  Just print out on cute “valentine” colored paper.  Cut off the bottom 2 1/5 inches, this will make the paper a square shape. Next, you will fold the paper into a “cootie catcher.”  Here are some great tutorials for How to fold a Cootie Catcher, & a Video for Cootie Catchers, & a great Cootie Catcher Folding diagram. Such a fun activity for LOVE day!  You can download the free printable below.  PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  Downloads & Printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. Pin It

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7 “Must Have” Hair Accessories for Girls

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Girls are so much fun!  I love doing my girls hair but not spending hours on it.  The best way to add that touch of cuteness…and dress up any hair style is to add cute accessories.  We have loved getting to know The Sunshine Shoppe Supply!  I am in love with their hair accessory supplies.  The best part…you can create your own with the many lovely bits and pieces.  Here are some of my favorite “must have” hair accessories for my girls…ages 5 & 8!  My 8 year old agreed to model…she’s a gem. We are also thrilled to be giving away 4  $25 gift cards to the Sunshine Shoppe Supply !  Don’t forget to enter down below! 1st “must have”-  Headwraps: Right now we are loving headwraps.  These are so great for a quick on-the-go look, especially early mornings.  My daughter also loves to wear them to dance or other sport activities.  They also look really cute with a top [Read More…]

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Valentine Version of Don’t Eat Pete

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“Don’t Eat Pete” is a favorite game at our house!  We love playing it for family night.  I made a “Valentine Don’t Eat Pete” version to play this week!…Don’t Eat My Heart! Sharing a free printable for you!  Print (8×11.5). Directions: Place one valentine candy (mini conversation hearts, m & m’s, & skittles are good ideas for candy) in each square of the “Don’t Eat My Heart” Sheet. Send a child away from the room and have the remaining children choose which Heart will be “Pete”.  Have the first child come back and begin eating the valentine candy on each heart, one at a time. As soon as the child tries to pick up the candy that is on the “Pete” Heart, everyone yells, “Don’t eat my Heart!!!!” Let each child have a turn and refill the game board with Valentine treats.  Repeat this again and again! This is also a great game for Valentine class parties, family parties, or [Read More…]

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Valentine Mantle Inspiration

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Sharing lovely inspiration today for Valentine’s Day Mantle Decor Ideas.  I love Valentine’s day…and my kids love it when we decorate. I found this mirror at Hobby Lobby (use that coupon)…and spray painted it white!  (It was black) I made this heart felt wreath a few years ago!  I love the tutorial on the Idea Room.  Amy is a craft genius!  It was therapeutic to make…and I love all crafts with felt, easy to cut! I found this sparkly tassel garland on Oriental Trading…and I made an XOXO banner to go on top with my Cricut Explore.  I found sparkle paper from the Target One Spot to use for the banner letters. I don’t discriminate against cute! Where do you look for Valentine mantle inspiration? Next…I added a gold foil heart into a red picture frame…And, some glitter & sequined hearts in a jar! I made little red felt poms to add to the top of my silver candlesticks.  Love [Read More…]

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Valentine’s Day Scattergories

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We’ve shared these fun Printable Scattergories games this year and we are excited to share our Valentine’s Day Version!  A great game for those Class Valentine Parties, thinking about the month of LOVE…from A to Z! (Personal Use Only Please-Download property of Crafting Chicks LLP) Rules: To play Valentine’s Day Scattergories, set a timer and work as fast as you can to list a Valentine’s related word for each letter before the time runs out. When scoring, you get 1 point for every word that no one else chose for that letter. Highest score wins! Pin It

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Valentine Cupcakes

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Sharing some yummy Valentine Cupcakes today! I love cupcake toppers…such an easy way to add some spice to holidays and parties.  These mini chalkboard tootpicks are from Target’s One Spot…for a dollar!  So cute! We wrote on each mini chalkboard with a chalk marker…and added little Love quotes. Just add pink and red sprinkles! If you aren’t able to get to Target – or they are out – these would be so easy to make. Just cut a square out of black paper and hot glue onto a toothpick and decorate with a chalk marker! Pin It

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Valentine Class Party: 10 Center Ideas

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Are you in charge of the Valentine Class Party this year?  Today I’m sharing 8 Party Center ideas that kids will love ages pre-k & Elementary. 1.  Valentine Bingo– This is always a hit at any party and the kids will love this “Conversation Heart BINGO” for your Valentine Class Party.  Bring bags of mini conversation hearts, m & m’s, skittles…or other mini Valentine treats to use as markers. 2. Valentine Heart Match Game– My kids LOVE memory matching games!  This heart one is adorable.  I love the big…chipboard patterned hearts.  This is a fun game to have in a Valentine Class Party Center. 3. Heart Ring Toss– 4. Conversation Heart Twister 5. Dart Board   6. Valentine Holder Craft 7. Don’t Eat Pete 8. Valentine Hedbanz 9. Valentine Scattergories 10. Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe

Don’t Stress Valentine! *Free Printable

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Sharing another great idea for a non-candy valentine today – it’s a Don’t Stress Valentine!  And the cute free printable too! Attach these cute Valentine Stress Toys with my tag that says “Valentine…Don’t STRESS!  You are the BEST! Add some Hershey’s Kisses for XOXO and you have a very cute valentine to share! PERSONAL USE ONLY.  All downloads & printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. Pin It

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Let’s “CONNECT” Valentine! *Free Printable

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How adorable are these mini connect 4 games!  I died when I saw these and thought…hey that would make a cute valentine.  (only for older kids, little ones can choke:)  I added a striped tag that says “Valentine…Let’s CONNECT” My daughter is so excited to give these to her friends this month! Personal Use Only.  All printable downloads on this site are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. Pin It

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Leaping Lizard Valentine *Free Printable

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Right now my son is loving all things Lizards!  So we went with these cute valentines this year….”LEAPING LIZARDS!” I found these mini Lizards at Oriental Trading.  They were perfect for this! A fun Non-candy Valentine too! PERSONAL USE ONLY.  All images and printable downloads property of Crafting Chicks, LLP. Pin It

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You Make My Heart “Soar” Airplane Valentine *Free Printable

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Sharing a fun “non-candy” valentine idea today with Mini heart Airplane Gliders.  Attach my free printable tag that says “Valentine…You Make My Heart “SOAR!” I found the mini heart print gliders at Oriental Trading.  Attach the tag with cute red and white twine.  A very cute non-candy valentine.  xo PERSONAL USED ONLY PLEASE.  Printable Property of Crafting Chicks, LLP. Pin It

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Love Letter Station

I’m pretty sure I’m OBSESSED with the Target One Spot…like seriously addicted.  If you follow @craftingchicks on Instagram, you can see us post a lot of our Target dollar finds.  And for some reason this month…things have even been cuter!  Are you in love too?:) I found these mini mailboxes at Target (in the One Spot) and couldn’t wait to set up a little “LOVE LETTER STATION” for my kiddos!  They were so excited about this! With the help of the adorable American Crafts Embellishments, Stickers, Pens, Chalkboard clips, & washi tape, we were able to create the cutest little station.  All of these Items can be found at the Dollar Spot and range from $1-$3….BUT hurry fast and get to the nearest Target…this stuff goes quick! Here’s how we set it up our Lovely Letter Station! Using a chalk marker I added monograms to these mini chalkboard clips.  I added these to each of my kids mini mailbox with [Read More…]

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DIY Photo Album Cover *Life is A Beautiful Ride

Add this image/quote to any photo album or scrapbook! It is the perfect quote to go with documenting your sweet life! This is also a great gift idea for loved ones.  I made this in Cricut design space and cut out the vinyl with my Cricut Explore. LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE (Cricut Design Studio) Materials: -Cricut Explore Machine -Cricut Design Space software -12×12 standard grib cutting mat -Vinyl (your choice of color) -Mini Photo Album -scoring blade Prep: Find your album and decide on the size for the front. My design is 6×6 inches. Load your vinyl onto the cutting mat and into the cricut explore. Cut: Cut the vinyl using the appropriate settings. Assemble: Remove the vinyl lettering and image and place on the front of your album. Pin It

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DIY Adventure Quote Tote

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This is the perfect tote for any book lover! “Adventure is out There” A perfect quote to go with any book tote to carry your favorite reads.  Or make a library tote!  Sharing how I made this adorable tote using my Cricut Explore. Materials: -Cricut Explore Machine -Cricut Design Space software -12×12 standard grib cutting mat -Gold Iron on Transfer Material -an Iron -A 11×13 white Prep: Add the gold iron on material to your cutting mat. Choose the appropriate setting on the dial. Cut: In design space, pull up the “Adventure is out There”. Load the cutting mat and cut. Make sure you select “mirror image” before you cut. Assemble: Iron over your tote…get it really hot. Place your image on top of the bag. Iron over the plastic. Be sure to get the tiny details with your iron. Gradually and slowly peel off your plastic top. I also like to place a thin towel on top of the [Read More…]

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Safari Party Game Printables…Safari Ranger Certification

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Our Safari Ranger Certification Games were so fun as part of my boy/girl twins Safari Birthday Party!  Sharing today how it was organized and each detail!  The kids loved this.  You can find other details and more inspiration in the following links.  I have also included the “Safari Ranger Certifications Sheets and Badges” as a free download below. Safari Party Decor & Inspiration Safari Party Games, Ranger Certification *Free Printables Safari Animal Cupcake Toppers *Free Printable Safari Birthday Party Banner *Free Printable Safari Party Trading Post   Each child received a Safari Ranger “Passport.”  As they went around to each “animal” station, they received a stamp or sticker.  I found these Adorable Animal Stickers at Oriental Trading. After their sheet was filled up, and they had been to each station, they received the “Certified Safari Ranger” Badge The Lions Den… At this station, we had a few relay races…including a tunnel or “den” to crawl through.  We also had some [Read More…]

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Safari Party Trading Post

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This was the biggest hit of our Safari Party….  After the kids became Certified Safari Rangers, they were able to go to the “Safari Trading Post” and shop for all sorts of fun Safari/Animal Trinkets.  I found all of these items at Oriental Trading!  Such great finds  I will list the specifics below each picture of the items, so you can find them too!   Here are the other links to the Safari Party! Safari Party Decor & Inspiration Safari Party Games, Ranger Certification *Free Printables Safari Animal Cupcake Toppers *Free Printable Safari Birthday Party Banner *Free Printable Safari Party Trading Post Animal Print Friendship Bracelets & Animal Print flexible Bracelets Zoo Animal Bubbles Zoo Animal Note Books Jungle Animal Finger Puppets Zoo Animal Kaleidoscopes They were able to store their Trading Post purchases in these cute Animal Paper Sacks. Pin It

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Safari Party Birthday Banner *Free Printable

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Sharing the Safari Zebra Happy Birthday Banner to go along with a Safari Girl/Boy Party.  This was such a fun party! Check out other links for more inspiration. Safari Party Decor & Inspiration Safari Party Games, Ranger Certification *Free Printables Safari Animal Cupcake Toppers *Free Printable Safari Birthday Party Banner *Free Printable Safari Party Trading Post   (Personal Use Only Please.  Property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP.) Pin It

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Safari Party Cupcake Toppers

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Giraffes…monkeys…& Tigers…OH MY!  Sharing my cute free printable Safari Party Animal Cupcake Toppers today…just add a cute straw.  Download Link Below. This goes along with the following Party Ideas: Safari Party Decor & Inspiration Safari Party Games, Ranger Certification *Free Printables Safari Animal Cupcake Toppers *Free Printable Safari Birthday Party Banner *Free Printable Safari Party Trading Post   (Personal Use Only Please-Download property of Crafting Chicks LLP) Pin It

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Winter Time Scattergories *Free Printable

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We’ve shared these fun Printable Scattergories games this year and we are excited to share our Winter Time Version!  A great game to play during January!  While cooped up in doors!  Ha!  January isn’t my favorite but you can have fun brainstorming all the winter good, bad and ugly…from A to Z! (Personal Use Only Please-Download property of Crafting Chicks LLP) Pin It

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Safari Party Decor for Boy or Girl Party

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I’m so excited to share my Safari Party with you today!   My boy/girl twins turned 5 this past fall!  We celebrated with a “Safari” themed Birthday party!  Stay tuned for all of the details this week as I share free pritnables, and fun ideas to go along with this party theme! Many of my party supplies were found on Oriental Trading…they had the cutest safari products!  If you are looking for a fun gender neutral party theme, this is a great go-to! Safari Party Decor & Inspiration Safari Party Games, Ranger Certification *Free Printables Safari Animal Cupcake Toppers *Free Printable Safari Birthday Party Banner *Free Printable Safari Party Trading Post For the party, we had a dessert buffet with cupckaes, frosted animal cookies, popcorn and more! These bright colored animal pattern balloons from Oriental Trading were a hit, and a perfect addition to the party. The buffet table… add a Happy Birthday banner, bright poms, a zebra table cloth, [Read More…]

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Quick New Year’s Banner Free Printable for 2015 & 2016!

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Hello 2015 -or 2010 (for next year), Banner!  Fun to display through January!  A great reminder of a new start and new year! Free printable download below.  Just print, cut out around the circles and string on favorite ribbon, or I used silver beaded string to fancy it up!  Print the “6” too…you can just switch out that last number next year! Happy New Year’s! Pin It

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New Year’s Eve Gift Basket

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Sharing a fun New Year’s Eve gift idea!  Just add fun hats, horns & other New Year’s goodies (I found these at Target).  Attach my free printable tag “Happy New Year!” (below).  Its a fun gift to take to those New Year’s Parties! Happy New Year!  (Personal Use Only Please…copyright The Crafting Chicks, LLP.)   Pin It

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Top 9 Craft Gifts for Girls 8-10

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Today we have rounded up 9 great craft gifts for girls…age 8-10. 1.  Singer Kid Sewing Machine 2. Monster Tail Loom 3. Alex Knot a Quilt 4. Easy Knit Fashion Accessories 5.  My First Sewing Kit 6. Loopdedoo 7.  Pottery Wheel Kit from Creatology 9. Quick Knit Loom 10. Rainbow Loom These can all be found at Michaels Craft Store.  We love their Make it Merry Holiday Gift Guide… Check that out for other great ideas! Pin It

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Chapstick & Kisses Christmas Gift Idea

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Every year my kids love to give little gifts to their friends. This year…chapstick and kisses…just add my free printable tag. (below) I found these sparkly topped chapsticks at Nordstrom Rack & paired them with Hershey Kisses (I love their mint truffle & candy cane kisses!) Personal Use Only Please.  Copyright The Crafting Chicks, LLP. Pin It

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Holiday Greetings with Adobe Voice

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We are loving the new FREE app from Adobe.  Adobe Voice!  My family has had fun telling stories this week, especially my kids!  They love hearing their voice. I thought this would be the perfect way to share a Holiday message with friends and family.  Sharing our Holiday Christmas Greeting below.  It took just minutes and is something friends and family will love seeing, but more importantly will be a little treasure for our family.   The possibilities are endless when using Adobe Voice.  Some great ways we have thought of are:  a grandparent reading a story to a grandchild, a year in review, school projects, craft tutorials, and many more ideas!  Adobe Voice would also be a great tool for educators or business owners as well! When my sister and I were little, we loved recording our voices on our pink “Ghetto Blaster’ (remember those children of the 80’s!)  We would listen to it over and over and thought [Read More…]

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Have Yourself A “Crafty” Little Christmas *Free Printable Gift Tag

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Last month we shared this at Tatertots and Jello!  We love Jen and her amazing site. Today I’m sharing a free printable gift tag for you!  A Christmas gift tag to go along with any crafty gift.  You can attach this to a kid craft, diy kit, or craft supply, etc.   You can download my printable tags below.  Personal use only please:) This tag is fun to tie onto washi tape too!  I have some creative friends who would love a gift like this. Some of the best kid gifts are ones that promote creativity!  Another cute idea is a gingerbread craft kit…add to a mini stocking.  Thanks for letting me share this fun gift idea with you today!  Merry Christmas! Pin It

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DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments

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My little 5 year old boy loves Ninja Turtles.  For his playgroup this month, we had to make some Ninja Turtle ornaments!  It was so easy and fun! Supplies you need to make Ninja Turtle Ornaments: Green ornament balls (I found a big plastic tote of them for 4.97 at Walmart!) Ribbon 1/2 in wide in Blue, Red, Orange, & Purple (Found at Michaels Craft Store) Hot Glue or Elmer’s Glue & Google Eyes (ones that fit inside your ribbon) If you do Large ornament balls, you will of course want wider ribbon and bigger eyes:) Just string glue around the middle of the ornament ball.  Slowly add your ribbon leaving a 3 inch piece on each end.  Tie the two 3 inch piece ends together  in a double knot.  Add google eyes! You have some adorable Ninja Turtle ornaments & a happy little boy (or girl!)  We even made a mini tree for my little boys room!  Such a [Read More…]

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Christmas Festive Ice Cream Bars

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Target and Magnum are celebrating the chocolate lover in all of us this season.  Forget cookies this year…Santa is getting these this year!  Festive delicious ice cream bars!  I’m excited to share how easy it was to whip up this fancy treat! What you need: Magnum White Bars (these are so beyond delicious by themselves) Festive toppings: Peppermint candies crushed up Candy Cane Candy Melts Green Food Coloring A pastry bag to pipe on the chocolate Melt the candy cane candy melts in your microwave (checking and stirring every 10-15 seconds).  Add green food coloring and blend thoroughly.  Place this in a pastry bag…or ziploc bag and cut the tip.  Using the bag, create green stripes on each bar.  Then…sprinkle on the crushed peppermint.  Delicious!  This would also be a perfect treat for any holiday party!  Keep these babies frozen until your are ready to enjoy!   They also look so pretty on a festive Christmas plate. This is the season [Read More…]

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Fancy Glitter Tree Mason Jar Gift

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We have loved being apart of Michaels’ Makers this year!  We have loved all of the creative challenges.   We’ve LOVED seeing what the other Michaels’ Makers have created.  Such a fun team to be apart  of!  Thank you Michaels! The December Challenge was making a Creative DIY Gift!  Including the wrapping or presentation.  I was excited to come up with a pretty neighbor gift…that not only has a treat…but the “gift wrap” can be used as a Christmas decoration.  Loving Mason Jars…I came up with these Fancy Glitter Tree Mason Jar Gifts.  A beautiful way to share a treat with a neighbor or friend! Supplies to make the Mason Jar Trees: (All Supplies from Michaels Craft Store) Mason Jars…Various sizes White Plaster Trees (came in a set of 3, A Large, medium & small tree) White Spray Paint Creatology White Glitter (Looks like snow!) Hot Glue Various festive Christmas Treats for the jars Twine “Sugar & Spice” Free Printable [Read More…]

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Service Christmas Countdown Instagram Challenge

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We are so excited about our Service Countdown and want our readers to join in the fun!…and spirit of Christmas.  Our Service Christmas Countdown was shared a few days ago. We challenge our readers to follow along with us and share!  We have made a service countdown guide to follow, but please feel free to share your own ideas!  We can’t wait to see! How to follow along!! 1) Post a picture on instagram each day December 1st-25th of an act of service…even the small ones count and make a huge difference.  You can follow along with our days of service or use your own ideas. 2) Tag @craftingchicks (so we can see your posts) and use hashtag #CCServiceCountdown to each photo…each day. We can wait to see how our readers use the Service Countdown with their families and kids!  Let the good work begin! Oh and just for fun, we will randomly choose a few participants…and send them a [Read More…]

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Christmas Stocking Garland Advent Calendar

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Sharing our Stocking Christmas Garland Countdown/Advent Calendar today.  I found these adorable mini stockings at Target last year and knew they would be perfect! Supplies for Stocking Advent Countdown: Numbers Tags  (I cut mine on silver sparkly poster paper using my Cricut Explore-it was like magic cutting them out! Twine Stockings (various patterns look best) & a fun place to hang your Stocking Garland! After I cut out the number tags on my Cricut, I added a red cardstock to the back to help the numbers pop. In each stocking, we added our CHRISTMAS SERVICE COUNTDOWN strips…we are so excited about our service centered countdown to Christmas! Using the twine, tie numbers on each stocking 1-25. Then hang your garland…this would be great on a mantle, staircase, door way, etc.  It looks great hanging on green Christmas garland.   Pin It

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Tis the Season to Serve…A Christmas Service Countdown

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I am so excited to share our Christmas Service Idea today!  I really want my family to get in the spirit of what Christmas is really about this month.  I want my kids to feel the “True Spirt” of Christmas…not getting gifts (they don’t need), eating candy, elves, etc…all the cute stuff that is fun (and they will get a little of that), but focusing on helping and serving others will help bring “Christ” into our home. Each day we will be choosing a “Service” idea out of our advent calendar.  I’m sharing my ideas with you (28 ideas) but you can make this work for your family/community needs.  I knew we needed this when I kept hearing “I want” & “I need.”  I realized that this is a good year to teach my children to think more about our Savior and his example for us…& why Christmas is important to us. Sharing my free Service countdown printables today.  You [Read More…]

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Chick’s Picks Black Friday Deals!

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This post may contain affiliate links We are rounding up amazing Black Friday deals on some of our very favorite things!! So sit back in your comfy clothes and shop away! This is the best Cricut Deal!!! Kiwi Crates! We are huge fans…crafty fun learning activities for kids right to your front door…they do all the work, and you can just sit back and play with your kids!   Our World Boutique Lots of fun creative finds in this deal site.  You’ll be coming back for more after seeing this Cyber Sale they’re having! You know we love Michaels! There are some great deals each day!   Black River Imaging has a fun promo! Order between Dec 1-12 and you are entered to with a Black River Imaging goody bag!! Cents of Style Another great deal site that sends you free surprises!  Like this incredible Cyber Monday Deal!  T-Shirts 60% off & FREE SHIPPING w/ Code CYBER, +FREE Bracelet   Chat [Read More…]

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Thankful Tree with Silver Leaves

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This year…our family made a thankful tree.  I love how is is displayed on our mantle and can’t wait to show you how we made it! Using my Cricut Explore, I cut these tiny intricate silver metallic leaves. Aren’t they adorable!  I watched in amazement!  That machine is brilliant! Using a thin point permanent marker…each family member wrote what they were grateful for on 5 leaves.  I loved hearing what each of us were grateful for.  Love how this time of year helps us remember that.  We displayed it on our mantle this month as a reminder to continue on with gratitude…”in all things” You can download my free tree printable below…and add thankful leaves!  This was such a fun family activity! Personal Use only Please.  Property of Crafting Chicks LLP.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Pillow

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  I Love to add a cute Christmas pillow each holiday!  I love the Silver Sparkly Iron on vinyl from Cricut…and knew it would help make the cutest festive pillow around! Here’s How I made this lovely “Jingle All the Way” Pillow! What you need: Cricut Explore Machine Cricut Design Space Cutting Mat Silver Iron on Heat Transfer Material 1/2 yard (I like twill fabric) Sewing Machine Four Large Silver Bells 12-22 Pillow insert I always use this tutorial when making pillows… EASY SLIPCOVER PILLOWS. In Cricut Design Space, use the font tool to write “JINGLE ALL THE WAY” (you choose your font) Make sure your mirror image your image before cutting. Cut Fabric: Front 14×24 inches (you need one front) Back (2 pieces) 9×24 inches Back Pieces:  Fold over a horiz. edge and iron to make a hem.  Sew both of these.  Do this on both halves. Pin right sides together (with edge pieces of back inside) with the [Read More…]

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Thanksgiving Thankful Scattergories *Free Printable

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We’ve shared these fun Printable Scattergories games this year and we are excited to share our “Thankful” Thanksgiving Version!  Last year we played this with the whole family before the feast…it was fun to see what everyone was thankful for…from A to Z! (Personal Use Only Please-Download property of Crafting Chicks LLP) Pin It

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Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

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I’m sharing my Michaels Craft Stores inspired Mason Jar Lid ornaments.  There are so many possibilities for these! Last year I shared my Blue, silver & white Dream Tree.  I was excited to make a few more ornaments for it this year. To make these you will need: (all can be found at Michaels Craft Store) Mason Jar Lids Creatology white glitter (looks like mini snowflakes:) Hot Glue Mini Bird clips Silver Berries Ribbon First, tie ribbon around the lid circle. Using your hot glue gun, glue around the edge of the can top and add the lid liner.  Let dry. Rub glue around the inside of the lid liner …make sure to smooth to the edges.  Sprinkle your glitter.  Let dry… Now just glue on your birds and berries adding the hot glue…or any other little treasures…make them work for you tree:) This was such a fun project….can’t wait to add these to our tree this year.   Now [Read More…]

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Bow Napkin Rings *Cricut Explore

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Sharing these pretty Metallic Bow Napkin Holders today!  These were so easy and fun to make using my Cricut Explore!  Can’t wait to fancy up our Thanksgiving table! Using metallic cardstock…I cut out the bow pieces from the Pretty Packages line in Cricut Design space.  Folding the bows was super easy and just used adhesive along the way. After the bows were made, I added black ribbon around the middle to give it a pop!   LOVE how these turned out!  SO fancy and Pretty!  You can make these…with the link below (and your Cricut Explore!) Metallic Napkin Bow Holders-Cricut Design Space Pin It

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Mini Nut Cup Boxes Place Cards for Thanksgiving *Cricut Explore

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The chicks are huge Cricut fans…for too many reasons to count!  Today is a big day…we are excited to be apart of Cricut Design Space projects this month.  We love using our Cricut Explore machines and want to help others get excited about creating with this amazing tool! Today I’m sharing an adorable idea for your Thanksgiving Table Settings..or any table scape.  These mini treat box/name place cards will personalize and fancy up any table setting. I used bold black and white patterns to cut out the mini Pretty Packages boxes. The boxes were so easy to fold…look at how tiny and cute! I also cut out mini “give thanks” tags on my Cricut Explore using the cricut black fine point pen. Add some metallic tissue paper, nuts or mints, and tie up with a sparkly ribbon and give thanks tag. You can personalize these mini gifts by adding your guests’ names to the tags.  Your guests will love these [Read More…]

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Christmas Cards Black River Imaging


We are huge fans of Black River Imaging…and the quality, uniqueness, and creative designs of their products. If you love to infuse your own designs..or just love the creative look of their unique products, you will love using Black River for your photo printing! Some of our favorite items are their thick loft Greeting cards.  They also offer shaped greeting cards…that are amazing.  Bi-fold and Tri-fold cards as well.  You can even choose your finish.  There are so many possibilities when designing your card/invite/announcement. Below we are sharing our designs this year and a few favorite ones from the past! And…we have a coupon code for our reader’s below!!!   I chose to use the Loft 5 x 7 Greeting Card.  These Loft cards do not disappoint.  I receive several comments each year asking about my Christmas cards. I love the thickness and the amazing colors that show through.  Black River Imaging does an amazing job. This year…I was excited to [Read More…]

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Pumpkin Playdoh Mat *Free Printable Halloween Game

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Hours of Halloween fun for little ones with this pumpkin playdoh mat.  You can use it for preschool/class parties too.  Just download, print and laminate (or place in a page protector).  Grab some black or yellow playdoh, shape cookie cutters, and let the kids design their own playdoh jack o’ lantern.   PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  PROPERTY OF CRAFTING CHICKS, LLP.   Pin It

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10 Beautiful Thankful Buntings

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A Bunting is always something sweet and simple to add to any Holiday decor.  We are rounding up some of our favorite “Thankful” banners today.  Which one will you make? Thankful Bunting @ Landeelu Give Thanks Bunting @ A Pumpkin & A Princess Give Thanks Fabric Bunting @ The Lily Pad Cottage Amazing Thanksgiving printables @ TomKat Studio Give Thanks Leaves @ Just a Girl Blog Thankful Bunting @ Simple Fresh Vintage Colorful Give Thanks Bunting on Thankful Banner Free Printable on Shanty2Chic Thankful Instagram Bunting @ A Night Owl Blog Framed Give Thanks Bunting @ A Pumpkin & A Princess Pin It

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Halloween Porch Decor

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Sharing some Halloween Porch Inspiration today!  Love October! So much fun…especially for my kids.  This year we made a spider porch!  Full of all sorts of fun spiders! Wreaths:  Floracraft styrofoam wreaths Ribbon: Michaels Silver sparkly spiders & Sparkly web: Michaels Craft Stores Bendable furry spiders:  Various Places!  These are so fun to attach to any railing, wreath etc. Jute Letter Tutorial Fabric for Pillows:  IKEA For more Halloween Porch Inspiration, click on the last photo:) Pin It

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20 Halloween Party Games

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Pin the Bow on Mr. Bones from the Crafting Chicks Poke a Pumpkin from Project Denneler Don’t Eat Pete Halloween Version on the Crafting Chicks Halloween Bingo from Artsy Fartsy Mama Pop Goes the Pumpkin from Martha Stewart Pumpkin Bowling from A Girl & A Gluegun Witch Pitch from Chica & Jo Roll Mr. Bones on The Idea Room Pin the Eye on the Monster from Amanda’s Parties to Go (Lil’ Luna) Boo Bowling from It’s Written on the Wall Make A Felt Jack-o-lantern from the Crafting Chicks Spider Splat from the Creative Orchard Cupcake Walk Kit from Paging Supermoms Pumpkin Toss Game at Lil’ Luna Ghost Detective from Delightfully Noted Grab the Ghost from Spoonful Halloween Shadow Puppets from the Crafting Chicks Mummy Game from Classic Play Skeleton Game from Activity Village Witch Hat Matching Game from Boy Mama Pin It

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Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe with Cricut Window Cling

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I’m having so much fun with the Cricut Window cling material!  My kids are loving it.  We made this window Halloween Tic Tac Toe.  (sorry for the dirty windows!)  My kids don’t care they are having too much fun playing tic-tac-toe:) You can even play this on a tray…frame or other solid surface.  It would be fun for a Halloween Party! What you will need: Cricut Explore Cricut Window cling in white, black and orange In Cricut Design Space, I added Halloween images.  I made sure I had 3 of each…spiders, pumpkins, ghosts and bats.  To make the tic tac toe grid, I cut 0.5 x 12 inch strips with the black window cling.  You will need 4 strips. If you are a Cricut fan…you will have so much fun with the new window cling material! Pin It

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Window Cling Halloween Advent Calendar with Cricut Explore

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It was so fun to try out Cricut’s Window Cling Material with my Cricut Explore Machine! We made an interactive Window Cling Halloween Advent Calendar!  My kids love it!  The plan is to add a new sticker to our framed “spooky” tree each day until the 31st! What you will need: Cricut Explore Cricut Window cling in white, black and orange A frame -Mine 11×14     In Cricut Design Space, I added Halloween images.  On the black window cling, I cut out bats, and the large tree.  On white, spiders and ghosts, and on orange…pumpkins and witch hats.  Just mix it up! Add the spooky tree to the glass from your frame.  We put the frame on an easel to display this month.  There were a ton of adorable halloween images to choose from in Design Space.  Such a fun activity and way for kids to Count Down to Halloween! So many fun ways to use this Window Cling…sharing [Read More…]

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Ikea First :59 & Morning Motivation Solution


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from the Mom it Forward Blogger Network & IKEA. All opinions ideas are 100% mine. Last week I posted about Ikea’s First :59 Campaign and one of our morning problems.  I shared how our mornings have been so crazy and chaotic.   I wanted to find a way to motivate my kids to accomplish their morning tasks quickly so that we can have smooth mornings and make it to the bus on time! I also wanted to be able to motivate my kids to get certain tasks accomplished in the morning so that our afternoons aren’t so crazy full!  I am excited about our new plan! With the help of some of Ikea’s awesome organizational items, I created a little nook in our mudroom!  I call it our “Sanity Station.”  The kids are already loving it. I bought these Magnetic Boards for 4.99 each!  They were the perfect size for the individual job charts! I [Read More…]

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Halloween Bucket List *Free Printable

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I love Fall…especially October.  So many fun family things to do.  I created a little Halloween bucket list…some simple ideas mixed with fun outings.  You can download my free printable chart below.  You can print 16×20 (if you want it large) or 8×10.  And add your own fun Fall/Halloween ideas! Happy October! (Personal Use Only Please…Property of Crafting Chicks LLP)   Pin It

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13 Fun & Frightful Halloween Porches

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We are rounding up some of our favorite Halloween Porch Pictures!   Loving all of these clever ideas!  Be sure to click through the links for tutorials and more festive fall inspiration! Raven Inspired Porch from Create . Craft . Love Batty Front Porch from Martha Stewart Kirsten’s Festive Halloween Porch on the Crafting Chicks Spider porch on All You Magazine Becky’s Fall Porch Decor on the Crafting Chicks Halloween Porch from Pottery Barn Black Fabric & Banners from Creatively Southern Arachnoporch from Bower Power Spooky Tree from Blissful & Domestic Bat Attack from Hi Sugar Plum 5 Tips for Halloween Porch Decor on Tatertots & Jello Burlap & Broomsticks from Gallamore West Ghostly Draperies from HGTV Pin It

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Halloween Scattergories

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We have some Halloween goodies for you today!  We have teamed up with some of our favorite friends to offer 8 free Halloween Printables!  I love them ALL! I’m sharing some Halloween Scattergories fun…a free printable game for everyone.  Details below.  Links for each of the printables below as well…be sure to check them all out! 1. Kiki & Company: Every house needs a little “BOO” for Halloween. Use this garland to give any little area a little festive flair! 2. Simple As That: Add some retro flair to Halloween gifts, party favors or memory keeping projects with these printable tags. 3. Eighteen25: Your Halloween Table will look spooktacular when you put these Eat, Drink and Be Scary Prints to use! 4. Paging Supermom: Use this “Monster Meal” oatmeal can wrapper to create a fun gift for neighbors and friends. 5. Whipperberry: This frightfully geometric sign is ready to frame for your mantle or entry table. 6. The Idea Room: [Read More…]

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Lunchbox Laughs Halloween Version-“Ghost Giggles”

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Sharing a fun free printable today.  Ghost giggles…fun little lunchbox note cards. Just in time for October!  My kids love getting little notes in their lunch boxes.  Especially jokes!  Just print the 8.5×11 inch ghost joke sheet, cut them out, and add them to your kids’ lunch boxes.  A fun way to kick off October. *Personal Use Only Please.   Property of Crafting Chicks, LLP. Pin It

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Ikea First :59 & Morning Motivation

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from the Mom it Forward Blogger Network & IKEA. All opinions ideas are 100% mine. Don’t let these sweet back to school photos fool you…our mornings can be quite crazy!  Every year I try to think of ways to improve our week days.  This year one of my goals is to get more accomplished in the morning, so that our after school activities and evenings can go smoother.  Also, my kids are getting older and more capable of chores.  I think they feel better when they leave their rooms and spaces tidy.  We can also accomplish a few activiiteis in our morning, like reading and piano.  The goal is to check these off our list before our crazy afternoons.  Plus my kids are more alert and eager in the mornings (I’m the one who needs to work on morning alertness, oh to have their energy!) Being an educator and mother, I know that kids [Read More…]

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Photo Story Template with 9 Photo Squares

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Photos make me so happy!  I maybe take too many but I love capturing each stage of my little ones.  After a photo shoot, I love to make a Photo Story with some of my favorite photos.   I made this easy photoshop template that you can use too!  You can print any size up to 20 x 20.  I love the ones especially of babies.  You can change the border to black, white or even a color. First download the template below.  (Personal Use Only.  Do not share or sell….copyright Crafting Chicks) When you open the .psd file in Photoshop, and your other photos  (choose 9 of your favorites)…the next steps are easy. Drag a photo onto the file.  You will want to move the picture in your layers bin to just above the square layer you want your photo to be in.  When the photo is directly above that square, hit ctrl g.  That will make the photo [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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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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DIY Je T’aime Graphic Tee *Cricut Explore

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Graphic Tee’s are all the rage!  I am loving them.  There isn’t a huge selection to buy for my little girls…and of course I have Cricut Explore fever…so put the two together and you get graphic tee magic! We decided on Black & White with pops of gold.  I love French saying and my 7 year old was super excited about je t’aime because she is learning french in school.  Je t’aime means “I Love You.”  We wanted the word cut out of a large gold heart. You guys…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 heart and words.  Once it looked good…I loaded my gold glitter iron on vinyl…sent it to my machine…(CLICK MIRROR IMAGE), and then hit cut on the machine! So simple!  & adorable. Using [Read More…]

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“School is Cool” Back to School Breakfast

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This post brought to you by American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine. Every year before school starts we have a special “Back to School” breakfast.  My kids love it and look forward to it.  This year we are having a waffle & smoothie “SCHOOL is COOL” party! You can download my free “School is Cool” printable (8×10): Being a busy mom…I love being able to make quick, healthy meals.  Choosing frozen waffles, breakfast foods, and frozen fruit help make preparing healthy breakfast easier. Top reasons I love using frozen foods…frozen foods are made from real ingredients, and really are fresh food…paused….How fresh stays fresh:)  Locking in the flavor, freshness & nutrition.  I think it is great that consumers are being informed about the quality of frozen foods.   This can make life much easier, especially when throwing parties , or cooking for your family.  It’s so important to eat together each day as [Read More…]

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Spruce up your Master Bedroom

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Why is this always the forgotten room???  At least for us it has been.  I’ve finally taken charge and decided to spruce up our Master Bedroom.  It now is a happy haven.  Here are some of the best things to add to your master to spruce up that space! My husband added board and batten behind our bed.   The bed is so dark and the white trim behind adds light and air.  This was made using 1×4’s and a nail gun.  This has made the most impact. Pillows!  I love Pillows and these bright happy cheerful pillows add so much to the space.  Such a big impact when designing on a dime.  I found all of the throw pillow slipcovers at LACEY PLACEY on Etsy.  Such a fan of the colors, designs, and most importantly the quality.  Each one has a zipper for easy cleaning ..and amazing seamstress work.  Right now Lacey placey is offering Art prints but will [Read More…]

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Dates to Remember Print *Free Template

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I’ve been sprucing up my master bedroom and had a perfect space for this “Date to Remember” print.  I’ve seen these around the web and love that these date signs have special meaning..and a perfect reminder of those happiest of days!   I included the day my husband and I met, our wedding date, and other very important dates.  You can choose which dates to include.  I love it hanging next to our family photos. I’m sharing my free template below…for those who would like to make their own in photoshop.  You can download the template, add your special dates &  tag lines, and use the fonts you love. Pin It

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Back to School Scattergories Free Printable

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My kids love playing Scattergories…but this little twist is a fun version, especially for smaller children and larger groups.  We are playing this version at our Back to School family night.  How to Play! Set the Timer…choose a time (we say 10-15 minutes because our kids are small) But for older children you could set it for less time. For pairs and older children, 3-5 minutes is fun…then they have to think fast!  Or work in pairs!  Pairs are super fun in this game.  So in 10 minutes you have to write down as many school words you can think of A-Z.  Ex. A…apple, B…Bus (but you want to choose unique ones…that other players might not think of)  When the time is up, each player shares what word they chose for each letter.  If no other player used their school themed word, they get a point!  No points for blank lines.  Add up the points and see who wins. I [Read More…]

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Summertime Scattergories Free Printable

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My kids love playing Scattergories…but this little twist is a fun version, especially for smaller children and larger groups.  We are playing this tonight for family night.  Perfect time to share my summertime version.  I will be sharing our other theme scattergories throughout the year. How to Play! Set the Timer…choose a time (we say 10-15 minutes because our kids are small) But for older children you could set it for less time. For pairs and older children, 3-5 minutes is fun…then they have to think fast!  Or work in pairs!  Pairs are super fun in this game.  So in 10 minutes you have to write down as many summer words you can think of A-Z.  When the time is up, each player shares what word they chose for each letter.  If no other player used their summer word, they get a point!  No points for blank lines.  Add up the points and see who wins. I love games that [Read More…]

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The Perfect Art Supply Caddy

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We are getting our ART on this summer.  My kids love to create and I love having supplies readily available.  I love being able to turn off the t.v., pull out our art supplies and let them get creative! This week we created a special ART SUPPLY caddy.  This has made clean up a cinch and our supplies super easy to find. I was able to get a sneak peak of Michaels new Raw Bar line coming this August.  These chalkboard front galvanized totes are part of that new line.  I thought this would be perfect for our art supplies.  This also a great way to get those homework bins ready for back to school! I also found these Chalkboard Table Picks at Michaels to use for supply labels.  I used some small galvanized buckets I had on hand…to hold crayons, glue, markers and paint in our bin. Have you guys ever tried Chalk Markers?  I love writing with these. [Read More…]

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20 Delicious Summer Recipes


We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite recipes we have found around the web.  I love summer…grilling…yummy cold drinks…and the heavenly desserts!  What are some of your favorite summer recipes? Strawberry Lemonade @ the Frugal Girls Berry Recipes @ Thistlewood Farms Cherry & Coconut Milk Pops @ White on Rice Strawberry Salsa @ Six Sisters’ Stuff Pizzas on the Grill @ The Crafting Chicks Island Chicken Marinade @ Healthy Seasonal Recipes Spinach Tortellini Salad @ The Crafting Chicks Steak Skewers @ Julie’s Eats & Treats Pineapple Raspberry Trifles @ The Crafting Chicks Pina Colada Poke Cake @ Kitchen Meets Girl Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers @ Foodie Crush Grilled Halibut Tacos @ Domesticate Me  Grilled Chicken Mango Salad @ Maggie’s Kitchen Strawberry Brownie Kabobs @ Our Kitchen Counter BBQ Pork @ Oh Sweet Basil Triple Berry Salad @ Iowa Girl Eats Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad @ Budget Bytes BLT Chopped Salad @ How Sweet It Is Strawberry Julius @ Town [Read More…]

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10 Camp Kid Crafts & Top 5 Reasons to Camp KOA


K-O-A  All the Way!  GO…Camping! Today we are rounding up some of our favorite camp kid crafts and sharing why we love camping KOA.  Kids love camping and it is always fun to bring a craft or two with you when you go!  Plus there are many fun “Craft Supplies” you can find in nature…like pinecones, rocks, leaves etc.  Here are some kid approved camp crafts! Summer Walking Sticks @ the Crafting Chicks Paper Lanterns @ the Crafting Chicks Homemade Musical Instruments @ the Crafting Chicks  (How fun to make music around the campfire) Pine Cone Animals @ Crafts by Amanda Wind Chimes @ Fun Family Crafts Rock Art @ Aesthetic Outburst DIY Bug Catcher @ Somewhat Simple A God’s Eye @ She Knows DIY Scavenger Hunt @ Nest for Less Paracord Bracelets @ The Crafting Chicks I had the opportunity to take my little family KOA camping at Lava Hot Springs, ID.  We had a great time!  I Loved [Read More…]

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Fun & Simple Toy Car Play Mat

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We created these simple car mats for my 4 year olds playgroup.  I am telling you…they were a hit!  I mean hours of fun for these little boys.  Such a simple and fun craft for boys. What you need for the car play mats: Large pieces of black foam sheets White crayons (we tried sharpies, paint markers, and crayons-they worked best) Foam sticker traffic signs (You could make these as well) Lots of little cars to play with:) I just made a quick road design… a straight and curvy road and then some parking spaces going down the side.  You can let your kiddos get creative with their road design. My little guy was in car heaven!  This is a fun craft to make this summer…or on a rainy day!  Pin It

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4th of July {Featured Pinterest Page}

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We are excited to share some of our favorite 4th of July ideas today!  I love the many fun ideas can be found around the web and on Pinterest.  I can’t wait to try a few new traditions with my family this year.  What are some of your 4th of July traditions? Here are some of our favorite ideas below…you can also find out more Fabulous 4Th of July ideas on our Pinterest Page. 4th of July Printables for Kids @ 30 Handmade Days Sparklers Printable @ The Idea Room 12 Free Patriotic Printables @ the Crafting Chicks 25 Patriotic Party Ideas @ Spoonful 4th of July Treat Cartons @ Somewhat Simple Patriotic Treat Round up @ Ciao! Newport Beach Pin It

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Swim Tote for Kids

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Ahhh….Summertime!  WE love it!  I love swimming with my kids and all of the fun summer days and activities. One thing I don’t love is packing all of the pool stuff…and forgetting things…being in charge of 4 kids and their swim gear is quite the feat! My friend shared an idea with me.  She has a swim bag for each of her kids.  Brilliant!  And I love that it teaches my kids to keep track and be responsible for their swim belongings. Each just has a small bag to carry with the following: Beach Towel Flip Flops (if they aren’t wearing them already) Sunscreen Cover up or tshirt for the boys Sunglasses We make sure to fill their bag and have it ready to go after each swim.  We have the swim totes in the mud room…so much better than me packing all of the goods!  They love it too! I found these adorable pink “jelly” totes at H&M for [Read More…]

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12 Free Printable Father’s Day Gift Ideas


We are rounding up 12 of our favorite Father’s Day Free Printable Gift Ideas from around the web!  Some from our very favorite blogs!  Father’s Day is just around the corner…and we hope this gives you some fun ideas of ways to celebrate the men in your life! Father’s Day Super Hero Package @ Alpha Mom Father’s Day Cards & Cupcake Toppers @ Catch My Party Daddy Ties @ The Crafting Chicks Dad’s Stash @ Print Your Party Father’s Day Soda Bottle Covers @ The Idea Room Father’s Day Printables @ Ham & Pea Father’s Day Card Printables @ Sarah Hearts Super Father’s Day @ Piggy Bank Parties Father’s Day Coupons @ Parents We Love Dad Printables @ I Heart Naptime Father’s Day Questionaire @ The Crafting Chicks A Book For Dad @ Eighteen 25     Pin It

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Plant Teacher Gift Idea *Free Printable Poem

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Another teacher gift idea to add to a pretty plant, or flower bouquet.  Teachers are the best! You can download my free printable poem tag below to go with this plant teacher gift idea.  The gorgeous succulents below are from Home Depot. Succulents are great for a class room because they don’t have to be watered often! If succulents aren’t your thing, add it to a beautiful orchid to show your appreciation. (For personal use only, not for resale. Copyright by Pin It

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Ultimate Summer Camping Giveaway!

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If you love SUMMER, INSTAGRAM, & CAMPING – then this post was written for you! We are so excited to offer this giveaway to our readers and Instagram followers!  We love being inspired on IG and love being able to share our latest posts, printables and inspiration with all of you! So today we have a fun giveaway for you!   ARE YOU SITTING DOWN?? Because……   We collaborated with some of our FAVORITE peeps on Instagram to completely outfit one family with everything they would need for the Ultimate Summer Camping Experience!   One LUCKY Family Will Win….   THIS INCLUDES: A 6-person/2-room TENT, 4 Sleeping Bags, 4 Air Mattresses, 4 Camping Chairs, a Camping Grill, 2-Burner Griddle, a Portable Cooler, a Coleman Lantern, a Camping Fold-able Table, 4 Flashlights, a 5-Gallon Water Jug, a Waterproof Tarp, a Tent Kit, & a Camping Horse Shoes Set!   BEST. GIVEAWAY. EVER, RIGHT?!? Are you jumping up and down yet? Because [Read More…]

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Lantern Teacher Gift Idea *Free Printable

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Sharing a little teacher gift idea today!  I love these lanterns I found at Ikea…and made this little printable to go along with it.  “Thank you for being a light in the life of a child.” I also always love to include a gift card for each teacher…I {heart} teachers.  You can download my free printable below. (For personal use only, not for resale. Copyright by Pin It

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Aloha…”Make Your Own Lei” Kit *Free Printable Sticker

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Summer is such a fun time to throw a Luau party.  I have one in the works soon and I thought this would be the cutest idea for guests as they arrive…a little kit to make their own Paper Hawaiian Lei. For the “Make Your Own Lei” Kit, you will need, Avery (Print to the edge Round Labels… I used glossy white 2″ diameter circles #22807 (I loved the idea of closing up the little sack with these sticker labels)  I use Avery products for many different kinds of labels but this was a fun way…and I love using the circle shape.  I was amazed at how many labels are available in different sizes and shapes. Twine (I like the thinner twine for this) Paper or plastic straws cut in 1 inch pieces Paper flowers with a hole in the center (I used my Cricut Machine) Paper Sacks (My polka dot yellow ones are from Pick Your Plum) This is [Read More…]

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Sweet Mother’s Day Handprint Poem *Free Printable

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  Sharing an adorable last minute gift idea for moms!  Who doesn’t love those sweet handprints…along with this poem: “I made these flowers with my hand, & for gratitude they will stand, You’re my mom and I LOVE you. Thanks for all the things you do… For helping me to learn and grow, and teaching me all that you know” You can print this 8.5 x11 page below…just add those sweet handprints. (For personal use only, not for resale. Copyright by Pin It

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Easy & Simple Scripture Bag or Mini Tote

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We made these mini totes/Scripture bags for our Activity Day girls at church.  The girls loved making these bags.  Simple, easy, & cute! I found the mini totes at Hobby Lobby.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut out each girls name using the sparkly silver Cricut iron on vinyl.  (I love the iron on vinyl!) After cutting out the names…I first ironed the bag (to make it hot) and then placed the name on the bag.  I ironed over the name and peeled off the plastic.   Such a fun way to personalize the bags. We made Fabric Ruffle Flowers and added them to the bags with hot glue!  So easy! My girls love these totes! Pin It

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Easy Ruffle Fabric Flowers

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These fabric flowers are so fun and easy to make. I have used them on my mini Bakeshop Aprons and many other things. My 7 year old can make them and she loves it.  Here are the quick and easy steps! What You’ll Need to make the Fabric Flowers: Material (12 in x 3 in strip) These fabrics are from Riley Blake Designs (Love the happy colors!) You can cut your fabric longer for more ruffles:), Thread & needle, and something for the center, (jewels or buttons) Step 1: Cut a 12 x 3 in strip from your fabric.  Iron the strip folded in half the long way.  Fold right sides up. Step 2: Thread your needle.  Double knot at the bottom.  Then sew a straight running stitch (not on the folded side)  along the strip…You can begin to pull and ruffle as you go.  Don’t pull too hard or it will break your thread.  Just pull slowly. Step 4: Keep [Read More…]

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Easter Basket Name Tags

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Sharing some Easter Basket Name Tag printables today.  Just print, cut, add a fluffy bunny tail (pom pom) and attach to your child’s Easter basket with pretty ribbon!   Download below. My bunny tags & cards match these too! All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Green & Blue Tags: [wpdm_file id=130] Pink & Purple Tags: [wpdm_file id=129] Pin It

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Spring Windsock Kid Craft

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I have 2 little ones at home during the day and we love to have a “crafternoon” at least once a week.  I love to just sit with my kids and let them get crafty.  I love watching their little hands work.  They make funny faces when they concentrate hard on their coloring…and I love it. This week we made spring windsocks.  We used the amazing Painters Markers from Elmers, spring colored tissue paper, and Elmer’s Craft Bond spray adhesive for this project. Using an 8.5 x 11 piece of white cardstock, we created a pattern using the Painters Markers.  They loved drawing zigzags and polka-dots.  These markers are amazing…you can paint on pretty much anything!  They are permanent so pull out those paint smocks! After the paint dries, we used the Craft Bond spray to attach streamers of tissue paper to the back of the picture.  Staple the windsock into a cylinder and add a handle at the top [Read More…]

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Bloggers’ Best RIDE & SHOP Giveaway!


  We are thrilled about this giveaway!  We have teamed up with some of our favorite bloggers and are giving away a bicycle built for two and a shopping spree! So…tell all of your girlfriends, sisters, and whoever to enter!  You could be cruising around on this lovely ride!!  Imagine riding a FREE tandem bike with a friend and shopping with $250 pre-paid Visa gift cards! What a fun giveaway to welcome in SPRING! Enter in below. It’s quick & easy! Click on the words “Ride and Shop Giveaway Below to enter: Ride and Shop Giveaway! Thanks to all the sites below for making this giveaway possible!  WE love these bloggers…you will too! Mod Podge Rock Crafting Chicks Make It and Love It Skip To My Lou The Idea Room Today’s Creative Blog Tatertots and Jello U Create How Does She Dollar Store Crafts Pick Your Plum Pin It

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Sweet & Simple Bunny Banner

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Sharing this sweet & simple bunny banner today!  I am in love with my new Cricut Explore!  This machine is amazing! I just simply used the Cricut Explore to cut out mini bunny shapes (these bunny shapes are free in the Cricut design space). String the bunny shapes and sparkly styrofoam eggs using a needle and thread. Such a sweet banner to hang on your mantle or I love to hang it in front of a mirror. Pin It

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Spring Garland from Lolly Jane {Spring Fever Series}


So lucky to have our favorite Twin Sisters guest post today!  We love everything about these two girls! Hey there all you crafty chicks! We are twin sisters Kelli & Kristi of Lolly Jane and we are pretty excited to be back with our fav chickies to share an easy (and super inexpensive!) spring garland that you can whip up in 10 minutes or less… and for under $5. Holla! To get started you’ll need 2-3 packages of egg vase fillers, a sewing needle and thread. (Psst! We snagged our glittery eggs at Dollar Tree for $1/package- there’s 35 cute little eggs in each pack. Hello smokin’ deal!) We tried to string it with bakers twine buuuuut didn’t have a big enough needle on hand. Boo. #craftfail LOL! Making these is a cinch! Thread your needle then string through each egg lengthwise. Repeat 29 more times (we have 30 eggs per garland but how many you use depends on how [Read More…]

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Easter Gift Tags *Free Printable

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Sharing mini “Hoppy Easter” tags today.  Just print the download below on standard paper.  Cut each tag 2 x 2.75 in and add mini bright colored pom-poms for tails.  Perfect little tags to attach to a bag of goodies, or Easter basket. Easter Tag Download [wpdm_file id=128] All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Pin It

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Easter Card *Free Printable

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Sharing a cute Easter card printable with you today.  We will be taking little neighbor, teacher gifts next month with this cute attached card. Just print my printables below…8.5 x 11 in (standard paper) and then cut the paper in half width wise…fold over and you have a very cute card.  I let my kids add pom pom tails.  I found these bright pom poms in the Target dollar section…the perfect colors.  I used Elmer’s quick dry glue to attach the “tails.” You can print them in all four colors.  Download below:) Easter Card: Pink & Blue Light Pink & Green  All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Pin [Read More…]

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Sew an Egg from Paging Supermom {Spring Fever Series}


Brace yourself for some amazing free printables from these two Supermoms at Paging Supermom.  We love them!  Thanks Aimee & Bettijo! Hello! It’s Aimée and Bettijo here from On our blog we like to share lots of family fun ideas and loads of freeprintables. We can’t wait to share this fun Easter games with you today. We are always on the search for simple, quiet activities to keep little hands busy, and these colorful lacing eggs fit the bill quite nicely. When we were kids we both had wooden lacing toys that were various shapes. Bettijo really only remembers the pony one because it was her favorite, and as a kids we just thought these toys were a lot of fun.  As Moms now we can appreciate that lacing toys encourage little ones to exercise fine motor skills and they are a great way to practice patterns. Show your little one that they need to sew up, down, up, down and so forth — a simple, AB pattern. [Read More…]

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Perfect Picnic Sandwich from Or So She Says {Spring Fever Series}


Welcome Mariel!  We love Mariel and all of her amazing ideas!  She is one amazing mama and blogger!   Hello, lovely Crafting Chicks readers! I’m so thankful to my blog buddies for letting me share over here today. I was trying to think of something springy (or is it spring-ish?), yet easy. If you’re anything like me, spring time means busy time, and I only want to hear about EASY. So, I thought… picnics… spring… 5 minute meal… spring… happy kids… spring… oh, our favorite picnic sandwich! I’ve got two grocery stores right by my house… a Fresh Market and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. I think we all have the list of things we buy at one store and not the other. For example, most of my produce I get at Fresh Market, although it’s not anything too special. I LOVE the produce at Harmon’s… but, it’s a drive. However, if I need avocados, I go to Wal-Mart, because I [Read More…]

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DIY Polka Dot Shorts from Brassy Apple {Spring Fever Series}

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We are thrilled to have beautiful, tall Megan from Brassy Apple sharing this fun DIY idea…to help us get ready for warmer weather! From colored skinny jeans to polka dot shorts! BrassyApple is my name and Refashion is my game! This tutorial is great for jeans that have gotten to short for your kids (any age!) and if you are wanting to give new life and wear, to a pair of jeans! These skinny’s had such a narrow ankle opening I found myself not wearing them as often as I’d like. SO I  solved that problem and refashioned them into something I will WEAR – shorts! When the lengths of your jeans starts to get shorter and color reappears in fashion, you know Spring is coming! Supplies: Jeans Scissors Measuring tape Bleach Small container Paper towels Cardboard/wax paper/newspaper round sponge or cotton swab ruler or yardstick MEASURE: Find the length you want your shorts or capris to be. 1) Use [Read More…]

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Spring Printable from Carina Gardner {Spring Fever Series}


Welcome Carina to our Spring Fever Series!  Carina has mad talent…we love her designs! She’s amazing!  So lucky to have her as our guest today!  {Don’t forget to check out her Glamper-“Fancy Camper”} Hi there! Carina Gardner here and at my house, I’ve been re-decorating, re-organizing, and spring cleaning. Especially now that my glamper is completely done, it’s time to turn to my house. So in honor of spring, I have a fabulous printable for you! This pdf is set up with a 1/2 inch white surround for your printer as well as a full bleed version if you have a printer that can print the full 8.5 inch x 11 inch size. As always, use the version that works best for you or shrink to fit an existing frame in your house. Happy spring! Carina Gardner Pin It

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Little Girl Room Reveal from My Mommy Style {Spring Fever Series}

We are so excited to have Camille from My Mommy Style guest post today.  I LOVE this room she is sharing!  It is beautiful and HAPPY {just like the pillow says}, and reminds me of all the colors of spring!  What a lucky little lady! Thank you Camille! Hi there! My name is Camille and I blog at, a blog dedicated to sharing different styles in food, fashion, family, and fun. It is such an honor to be guest posting here for The Crafting Chicks. I admire their craftiness and can tell you they are beautiful women inside and out. When they said they wanted a guest post revolving around “Spring Fever” I knew I had to share my daughter’s recently finished “big girl room.” We recently added a third baby to our family and it was time to move her out of the crib and into a room of her own. You could say I’ve been planning her [Read More…]

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Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs {Spring Fever Series}


We are thrilled to have Emily guest post again!  We love her and her recipes!  These delicious eggs are on my list to make!  Thank you Emily! Hi! This is Emily from is this REALLY my life? Before I share these homemade Reese’s peanut butter eggs, a recipe that is sure to become an Easter tradition in no time, I need to thank Crafting Chicks for giving me another opportunity to guest post on their site. I simply adore every single one of these amazing women. By the way, don’t you LOVE the new design? Fabulousness in a website! But let’s get back to the subject at hand: homemade Reese’s peanut butter eggs (i.e., peanut buttery goodness wrapped in a creamy chocolate shell). Here’s what I learned about these homemade Reese’s peanut butter eggs: They are delightful and you can eat a half dozen before the sugar coma kicks in. (I’m talking about the mini size. You can only eat [Read More…]

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Lucky Coin Printable

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Sharing a little “LUCKY COIN” printable with you today!  These have been so fun to surprise my kids with this week.   I’ve been hiding them in lunches, rooms, backpacks, etc.  They love it! Just in time for St. Patrick’s day next week!  Print a sheet, grab some “lucky” chocolate coins and hide the little “lucky day” notes for your kids! All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Pin It

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Cookie Box Quiet Book Page *Riley Blake Fabric Series

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We love being a part of the Riley Blake Design team. They are having a great series this year and sharing inspiration for Quiet Book pages. I was so excited to share my Cookie Box Quiet Book page design on Riley Blake!  I had fun making this little gem…it’s not just any cookie box because these are specialty cookies…LOOK how cute those button cookies are!  I’m excited to share with you how I made this! I chose bright fabrics from Riley Blake…they are so bright and happy…gingham and stripes are my favorite!  Kids will love the bright colors and happy patterns. Fabrics & Sizes used: Blue gingham square approx. 5 x 5 in Pink stripe rectangle (box top) 2.5 x 6 in Metallic material (I had in my craft stash) 5 x 8 in. I used the baby pom pom trim throughout my pages using hot glue.  How cute is that trim!!!!! Riley Blake’s large buttons are so stinkin’ cute! [Read More…]

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13 Dr. Seuss Crafts You Will LOVE

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We’ve rounded up some very adorable Dr. Seuss Craft Ideas from some of our favorite sites on the web!  Dr. Suess Day, March 2nd is such a fun day to celebrate reading!  We love all of these colorful, creative & crafty ideas!! 1. Large Truffula Trees from Surviving a Teachers’ Salary 2. Lorax Puppets from Make & Takes 3. Pom Pom Bookmark One Krieger Chicks 4. Cat in the Hat Pencil Toppers from Mom Endeavors 5. Lorax Felt Storyboard from Modpodge Rocks 6. Truffula Trees from Craft Jr. 7. Fox Mask Inspiration from Cricut 8. Thing 1 & Thing 2 Push Pops from The Country Chic Cottage 9. Cat in the Hat Puppets from Stuff By Ash 10. Dr. Seuss Activity Blocks by Sugar Bee Crafts 11. Green Egg Cookies from My Paper Crane 12. Felt Fish Puppet at Parenting Fun Everyday 13. Sneetch Art From Tippytoe Crafts Horton Hears a Who from Jill Dubien (and one more photo…this Horton is adorable!)   Pin It

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Truffula Tree Seeds *Free Printable

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Just in time for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!  Truffula Tree Seeds for your little one, to go with Dr. Seuss’s book, The Lorax.  I am sharing my free printable tag today.  These were a hit with my little ones! I just filled my adorable chevron striped Pick Your Plum bags with colorful mini jellybeans…an adorable treat for Dr. Seuss Day!   {Remember, all printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to send your friends and link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.} Other fun Dr. Seuss Printables: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Green Eggs Pin It

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St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Free Printables

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Every St. Patrick’s Day my kids look forward to our Lucky Breakfast…or lunch!  Or sometimes dinner.  They love to eat the green foods…or Lucky Charms.  Kids make everything more fun! Today I’m sharing my St. Patrick’s Lunch Printables with you.  These fun and bright printables coordinate with the Lucky Cupcake Toppers & Lucky Treasure hunt that I have posted previously. Don’t forget to add the green leprechaun feet! {Remember, all printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to send your friends and link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.} Pin It

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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Toppers *Free Printable

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Sharing some lovely St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake toppers with you today.  Perfect for a “lucky green” lunch or breakfast!  I added these toppers to green muffins for breakfast!  They were a hit! These cupcake toppers also coordinate with my Lucky Treasure Hunt and Treat Bag Toppers. {Remember, all printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to send your friends and link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.} Pin It

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17 LUCKY St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

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WE are early birds!  Today we are rounding up 17 fun ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities next month! Inside BruCrew Life Rainbows and Gold Boxes Catch My Party Rainbow Jello Dessert Kara’s Party Ideas : St Patrick’s Day Gift Ideas   Lucky Pops from I Heart Naptime Jamie’s Lucky Treasure Hunt Anti-Pinch Polish from Eighteen 25   Busy Budgeting Mama’s St. Patrick’s Day Party Picky Palate’s Lucky Green Velvet Cupcakes Shamrock Heart Clips from Sugar Bee Crafts Kirsten’s Lucky Gift Tags Hoosier Homemade Leprechaun Cupcakes Libby Lane Press Lucky Charm Squares   Lolly Jane St. Patrick’s Day Oreos Love From the Oven St. Patrick’s Day Bundt Cake Creative Juice Streamer Rainbow   Sister’s Suitcase St. Patrick’s Breakfast Idea Life in Wonderland Ombre Shamrock Display   Pin It

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You Knock My “SOCKS” Off Valentine *Free Printable

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I found these adorable Valentine Socks at the dollar store…I’ve seen similar ones at Target’s dollar section.  I had to make a cute valentine printable to go along.  This is a fun “no candy” valentine idea. All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Pin It

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Slinky Valentine *Free Printable

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Grab those mini spring “slinkys” at the store and attach my “YOU ARE THE SPRING TO MY STEP VALENTINE” free printable…the KIDS will love it!  My little boy can’t wait to give these to his preschool friends. All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Pin It

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Little Love Notes *Free Printables

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February is such a fun month to show our family how much we love them.  I know my kids LOVE writing notes to family members…and each one is thrilled when they get a note in return. I made these printable “LOVE NOTES” for my family this month…we will be giving and receiving little notes before Valentine’s day.  I’m sharing the printable download below too! To add some fun to our notes, I discovered these little mailboxes at Oriental Trading.  They are perfect for this activity.  I also had to get some for my kids’ classes!  How cute are these for Valentine holders?! All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. [Read More…]

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Sugar Rush for my Valentine Crush *Free Printable

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Another little Valentine Printable for you…Just add a sweet treat! All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.  Pin It

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Let’s “STICK” Together *Free Valentine Printable

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Just add stickers to this Free Printable Valentine…”LET’S STICK TOGETHER!”  This is a great idea for a non-candy valentine:) All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.  Pin It

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It’s Time to Be My Valentine *Free Printable Valentine

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I found these adorable candy watches at the dollar store…so cute!  I had to make a little valentine printable to go along with them…Sharing it with you today! Boy Version Girl Version All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.  Pin It

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Sugar & Spice Valentine *Free Printable

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These cinnamon hearts are my favorite v-day candy hands down…I love them!  SO…I had to make a valentine printable to go with them…you can download it below. xoxo [wpdm_file id=99] All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.  Pin It

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“Extra” Awesome Valentine & Free Printable

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  Sharing a free valentine printable today!  Grab some mini packages of extra gum and add it to my printable that says..”You are “Extra” Awesome Valentine! I just used double sided tape to affix the gum to the valentine. All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.  Pin It

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Ten Clever Valentine Ideas *Free Printables

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1.  Valentine….you a “MAZE” ME  2. Valentine…You are really SHARP! 3.  Bouncy Ball Valentine:  You Make My Heart Bounce 4. Don’t Burst My Bubble…Be My Valentine 5.  Have a Very “Hoppy” Valentine’s Day (Frog Valentine) 6.  Read My LIPS Valentine 7.  “SUPERSTAR” Valentine 8.  Iphone Valentine 9. Put A Ring on it Valentine 10.  Favorite Fish in the Sea Valentine  11…and one extra on for fun…add some google eyes to your child’s picture! Pin It

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10 Quick New Year’s Eve Party Ideas & Free Printables

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   1. Countdown to New Year’s Numbers 2. The Idea Room’s Photo Booth Props 3. New Year’s Hat Printables At Snap Creativity 4. Thirty Handmade Days Printables (TO DIE FOR ADORABLE) 5. Paging Supermom’s Stylish New Year’s Party Printables 6. Dreams for 2014 on DIO Home Improvements 7. New Year Photo Props on I Heart Naptime  8. Adorable Clock Toppers at No Biggie 9. Party Favors on the Idea Room 10. 2014 Printable Banner on Today’s Creative Blog  

New Year’s Eve Countdown Number Banner

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  This year we plan on counting down each hour in a fun way…to the new year 2014!  I made this little banner to help us out!  Each hour we will have a fun game/activity until we get to Midnight!  The hourly countdown begins at 6pm! You can download my free printable numbers below.  I glued the numbers on adorable polka dot sacks…and just folded them over (I still need to fill them with our activity ideas), and pinned  them up like a banner with some thick, jute string.  This will be so much fun! Check out my post tomorrow sharing the fun ideas I have rounded up for our New Year’s Countdown! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Countdown Number Download All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to [Read More…]

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Top 10 Posts of 2013 & Giveaway!


We are so excited to share our Favorite posts of 2013!  We had a fun year sharing tutorials, DIY projects, free printables, and more with you!  Welcome 2014! To make this post more fun for our readers, we’ve got a $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway for you at the end of today’s post.  AND… we’ve rounded up a bunch of our blog friends to feature THEIR top 10 posts of the year and host their own $50 gift card giveaway!  So be sure to check out the links and enter the giveaways!  You can enter our giveaway in the rafflecopter box below. 1. Becky’s Bathroom Makeover   2. Becky’s Adorable Dish Mat   3. Jamie’s Tooth Fairy Pillow & Tooth Fairy Stationery     4. Jamie’s Girl Bedroom Makeover 5. Kirsten’s ADORABLE Bench 6. Kirsten’s Doll Quilt 7. Nikkala’s Charger Teacher Gift 8. Nikkala’s Window Pelmet Box     9. Brooke’s Sewing Table Makeover 10. Brooke’s Knit Maxi Skirts Here [Read More…]

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Wishing You a “CRAFTY” Christmas Gift Tag Free Printable

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This is a perfect little gift for a family with little kids or a friend who loves to craft.  Just attach the “Wishing you a “CRAFTY” Christmas” Gift tag to any craft kit, kid craft set, etc. and you have a very cute gift. I love these “Creatology” foam kits found at Michaels Craft Stores.  They are perfect for a neighbor gift to families with little ones. Just download and print the tag (below)  I used pinking shears to add a fun edge of the tag.  Tie it up with some baker’s twine too! Crafty Christmas Tag All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Pin It

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Mistle “Toes” Christmas Socks Gift Tag & Free Printable

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  I found these adorable festive Christmas socks at Michaels and could not pass them up!  Such a fun idea for a little gift! I made this gift tag to go along with the socks!  “Hope your Mistle “Toes” stay warm this Holiday”  I was inspired by Nikkala’s’ “Mistle “toes” nail polish kit.  You can download the free printable tags below. Mistle “toe” sock Gift Tag All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.     Pin It

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Gingerbread Houses {A Christmas Tradition} & Free Printables

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  A favorite family Christmas tradition of ours is to make Gingerbread houses.  My kids look forward to this every year…and we’ve made great memories!  Below I am sharing pictures of some past gingerbread houses as well as tips on how to make your gingerbread house making experience great!  (we’ve learned what works best!) Tip 1:  You can choose a boxed house but before the kids begin to decorate it, it’s a good idea to put it together beforehand so it can set before you add your goodies. I LOVE individual mini houses with graham crackers.  AND my secret….HOT glue them together before.  Ha!  It works like a charm and prevents frustration.  Kids love decorating the best, so if the houses are ready, and sturdy, it’s much more of a success.  Plus…they don’t really eat it right, except maybe picking candy off:) Tip 2:  I love having each house on a plate (a festive one) and HOT glue the house [Read More…]

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Monogram Snowflake Stocking Tags

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  I made these snowflake monogram stocking tags last year.  They turned out so pretty and were super simple to make!  I love how they add a little pop of sparkle and color to our mantle. Supplies you need: -Snowflake ornaments (I found mine at Taipan Trading) -Pretty Ribbon -Metal Juice tops (or you can use wooden circles-similar to my snowflake ornaments) -Hot glue gun and glue -Printed monogram  (I made mine in photoshop)  I just used the type tool and fancy fonts to make mine…super simple  (you can even use word) Cut out your Monogram circle and glue it in the juice can lid.  I also modpodged over my Monogram to seal it.  Hot glue on your snowflake ornament and that’s it! They are so easy to hang or tie on your stocking.  Add a festive ribbon and you are set! Pin It

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Snowflake Photo Ornaments

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  This is one of my very favorite traditions.  Each year I make homemade photo ornaments with pictures of my children and family.  I also add little snippets on the back of what each child is up to…and on the family one, our years’ hightlights.  This year I made snowflake photo ornaments.  I love them.  Simple sweet & silver.  I love how they look on my tree. My children love to read the past years’ ornaments.  Supplies you need: -Snowflake Ornaments – 2.75 inch wooden circles (I found mine at Michaels) -Glue gun and sticks -Photos and wording printed (I printed mine at Costco) -Beaded ribbon or string -Modpodge (I used matte) Steps to make these Snowflake Photo Ornaments: 1.  Print photos and journaling circle (cut out in circle shape, I used the wooden circle as my pattern. 2.  Use modpodge to attach the photo to the wooden circle.  I used a thin layer of mod podge on the top [Read More…]

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Put a Wreath On it! 7 Places to Add a Wreath this Holiday

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  I Love wreaths! Especially around the Holidays!  Today I’m sharing 7 places I love to display wreaths during the holidays…or anytime of year..soooo PUT A WREATH ON IT! 1.  The Mirror Wreath:  I LOVE a good wreath hanging over a mirror!  This is a wreath (that I got from a dear friend) that now hangs happily over my silver round IKEA mirror.  I love it! 2.  The Chair Wreath:  Can you get more festive?  These wreaths make me happy.  I use the two green larger wreaths on the end chairs and the red berry wreaths on the others. 3. The lantern/candle wreath:  I love mini wreaths around candles.  I used berry garland for this. 4. The Lamp Wreath: Mini wreaths hung on lamps are adorable! 5. The Kitchen Window Wreath:  Why not have something pretty to look at while doing those dishes:) 6.  The Window Wreath: I love these two symmetrical wreaths on my front window.  I love how [Read More…]

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Twine Monogram & Burlap Wreaths (Porch Decor)

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  I’m excited to share my Twine Monogram & Burlap Wreaths I made for my porch a few months ago.  I designed this for our fall  Command™ Brand project. Supplies: Scissors Thick twine Burlap ribbon (plain or patterned) Styrofoam wreath forms Ribbon Straight pins Fabric Hot glue Tacky glue Large Paper mache Monogram Command™ Brand Hooks and Strips (I used clear outdoor and a Metal on for my Door) Step 1:  Wrap you Monogram letter with thick twine.  I just went around and around the letter using hot glue.  Pressing the twine strips together as you go…be patient.  This takes some time…but comes together great! Corners of the letters are tricky.  I cut strips a few inches long to glue down on the corners and around the sides. Next:  Wrap your styrofoam wreath with the burlap ribbon…this is quick and makes up for all the hard twin work on the monogram! Now for some fun and color…take material of your choice (I used blue, [Read More…]

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Cinnabon Copy Cat Cinnamon Rolls from Somewhat Simple {Christmas Tradition Series}

Hi guys! I am Stephanie from Somewhat Simple and I am excited to be here today. When I was a kid, we lived right around the corner from my grandma, so every Christmas morning we would open our presents at home, then head to grandma’s house! We’d spend the day playing with our cousins and eating delicious homemade cinnamon rolls! My grandma always made enough to feed an army, so I have fond memories of eating her cinnamon rolls pretty much all day long. We’d eat one, play for a bit, eat some more and then play again! (Oh to be young again!) We’ve carried on this tradition of Christmas morning cinnamon rolls with my own family- it is definitely one of our favorite traditions. I love baking them on Christmas Eve with my kids… and indulging on 1 or 2 before bed is always a bonus! I found a recipe for Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Rolls that I’ve now made [Read More…]

Self Esteem Gift Books from Over the Big Moon {Christmas Tradition Series}

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Lisa from Over the Big Moon is sharing the best gift idea today!  I love these books that she makes for her children.  Thank you Lisa! ************************************************************************************************ Hello Crafting Chicks readers! I’m Lisa from Over the Big Moon and I am so excited to be part of this series! Christmas is a huge deal in our house! My Mom loved Christmas more than anyone I know and even though she has passed away the traditions she established continue to bind us together. The tradition I am sharing today started 3 years ago. I was in the midst of buying presents for my 3 boys and started feeling strongly that I was just buying “stuff.” I longed to give my kids something more meaningful that would last beyond the current stage they were in.  I wanted to give them self esteem and self confidence. I decided to make them each a book all about them and how special they are and [Read More…]

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Sunburst Mirror Ornaments

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I made these little gems as part of my Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge.  I have to say…I love how they turned out.  I love sunburst mirrors and how these mini mirrors reflect the light on my tree.  So pretty! Today I will share my tutorial with you on how to make these Sunburst mirror ornaments.  All of the supplies are easy to find at any Michaels Craft store. Supplies you need: Mirrors (Mine were 3 inch round) Wood backing circle (3 inch round, found in the wood/wood shape aisle in Michaels) Decorative beading (you choose!)  Found near the ribbon and trimmings 1/8 inch craft sticks (the extra long ones, I think they come in yard strips) They color code the sticks, the 1/8 inch are green (I would get a couple of sticks per mirror:) Saw to cut the sticks ( I used a miter saw) Hot glue gun and glue sticks Step 1:  Cut your stick strips into 3 [Read More…]

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Teacher Love from Thirty Handmade Days {Christmas Tradition Series}

  Welcome the amazing Mique from Thirty Handmade Days!  We love Mique’s printables, recipes and party ideas!  I love this idea (I {heart} teachers)  I know they will love this idea…the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year! ************************************************************************************ Hi everyone! I’m Mique from Thirty Handmade Days and the Queen Bee Market. I love sharing printables, recipes and gift ideas (like this Anniversary On the Hour– still one of my favorites!). Let’s talk traditions…… We have lots of traditions in our family for the holidays. Pjs for Christmas Eve, an orange in a stocking, opening presents oldest to youngest, food, and lots more. But last year I started a new tradition with my kids that they want to continue this year. Yay! This new tradition has to do with a gift. I love giving gifts to people who are a positive influence in my kids lives. Last year I came up with the idea to do Dessert of the [Read More…]

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Meaningful Ornaments from a Girl & a Glue Gun {Christmas Tradition Series}


  Welcome KIM! from a girl and a glue gun.  This is such a fun tradition for kids!  I love how this captures the memories each year! ****************************************************************************************** HI! I’m Kimbo and I blog over at a girl and a glue gun and i’m super excited to be here (big puffy hearts the crafting chicks) and I like big run on sentences. One of my most favoritest traditions is one my mom started! Each year in your stocking we got an ornament. Something that represents us for that year. If we did volleyball that year…or got our drivers license, I have a telephone one (I was 14!) After we got married my mom packed up all those ornaments and gave them to me to decorate our first little tree. and I knew that looking at that little tree with all those memories on it would be a tradition that i would FORCE onto my kids! So each year I get [Read More…]

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Gingerbread from Tauni at SNAP {Christmas Tradition Series}

  This Recipe from Tauni looks delicious!  What a fun tradition to make this each year!  Thank YOU Tauni! ******************************************************************************************** HELLOOO holiday friends! My name is Tauni, I run a website and conference for DIY and craft bloggers called SNAP! as well as a fun craft competition site called SYTYC. Today I am smooshing a few of my FAVORITE holiday snacks together and sharing them with you! We’re making GINGERBREAD POPCORN! Before I get my store started and dive into the recipe though, I want to let you in on a little something… I am so excited to be visiting the Crafting Chicks today! It’s such an honor to be guest posting here. I don’t just like these girls. I ADORE them! Anyway, I could go on, but you’re here. You get it. You know how amazing they are! It seems to me the holiday traditions that really endure are typically the most simple ones. There are few things more [Read More…]

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Saint Nicholas Day from One Charming Party {Christmas Tradition Series}

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I LOVE this tradition that Brittany from One Charming Party is sharing today!  Can’t wait to start this fun new tradition with my kids.  You have to check out Brittany’s party ideas…AMAZING! ********************************************************************************************** Do you leave your shoes out for St. Nick? December 6th is the feast day of the saint, St. Nicholas. My ancestors are of Scandinavian descent so every Christmas when I was growing up, we had a fun tradition that none of my friends celebrated. On the night of December 5th we shined our best Sunday shoes and put them by the front door with our Christmas list tucked inside. When we woke up the next morning St. Nicholas had taken our Christmas list and left us a few treats and surprises in our shoes. My kids love this as well and remind me about it every year. Do you celebrate this tradition? See more Christmas ideas at Brittany’s blog One Charming Party. Pin It

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Classic Spinach Dip from Is this Really my Life? {Christmas Tradition Series}


Welcome Emily from Is This Really My Life?  Emily is an amazing cook…and so fun to be around!  We love the recipes and ideas she shares on her blog.  This dip looks delicious! ******************************************************************************************** Hi! This is Emily from is this REALLY my life? Before I share with you one of our family’s favorite holiday traditions, I must thank the Crafting Chicks for giving me the opportunity to guest post on their awesome site. Though our family tradition of spinach dip in a sourdough bread bowl is far from crafty, it’s sure to become one of your family’s favorite holiday tradition (if it isn’t already). … … I make this spinach dip—and yes, it’s the classic Knorr spinach dip—every year, sometimes two and three times depending on how many family parties we hit. Even though it’s one of the easiest appetizers to make, people absolutely love it. And when they ask for the recipe, they’re kind of floored it’s from [Read More…]

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Christmas Recipes & Traditions from Today’s Creative Blog {Christmas Tradition Series}

Welcome Kim from Today’s Creative Blog!  These Christmas recipes look delicious.  Kim is so creative & full of crafty inspiration. **************************************************************************************************** Holiday Traditions make the holidays more exciting, don’t you think? Some of the best traditions are ones that form themselves, the unplanned ones that find a place year after year. I’m sharing 3 holiday traditions that happen year after year that make our season more special, these are the traditions my son will remember. When I got married, I was excited to start new traditions as well as blend in a few from my childhood. Especially after we had our son, it was all about making holiday memories. 3 Holiday Traditions 1. When my son was 2, I informally invited 3 of my girlfriends and their children over to decorate cookies one afternoon. We gathered the kids around the table with a bunch of cookie decorating supplies and decorated as many cookies as possible before the kids lost their [Read More…]

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Cinnamon Vanilla Milk from Craftaholics Anonymous {Christmas Tradition Series}

  Welcome Linda from Crafaholics Anonymous!  We love Linda!  Not only is she beautiful and sweet but she has amazing craft ideas!  She is an inspiration to us! ************************************************************************************************** Hi Crafters! Its Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous® here today and I’m excited to share a Christmas tradition with you. A good friend shared her amazing Cinnamon Vanilla Milk recipe with me a few years ago and I fell in love with it! So each year, I make up a big batch of this easy drink mix and we sip it through the holidays. Its rich, creamy, and cinnamon-y. Its the perfect warm drink for cold winter nights! Oh and we have been known to give it out as Christmas gifts on more than one occasion Cinnamon Vanilla Milk And for a fun twist, sometimes I add a dash of caramel syrup to it. Yummm! You really need to try this recipe! Everyone who tries it, loves it and asks for the [Read More…]

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Coconut Hot Chocolate from The Crafted Sparrow {Christmas Tradition Series}

Welcome Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow.  We love Rebecca’s blog.  Her pictures are beautiful and she is such an inspiration for crafty goodness!  Can’t wait to try her delicious Coconut Hot Chocolate! ***************************************************************************************** Hi friends!  I’m Rebecca and you can find me over at The Crafted Sparrow where I’m sharing all the fun things I love and create daily. I’m so honored to be here today and excited to share a little Christmas tradition that my family enjoys every year.  When I was a kid my mom would load me and my brother in to the car around Christmas to drive around the nearby neighborhoods to enjoy all the Christmas light displays.  This is a tradition I have held on to and continued with my boys.  On Christmas Eve each year we wait for Santa & his Elves drop of the boys Christmas pj’s on the front doorstep.  Then they get dressed and we all load in to the car with [Read More…]

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Christmas Countdown from Lolly Jane {Christmas Tradition Series}

  The Crafting Chicks are thrilled that the beautiful twin sisters from LOLLY JANE are kicking off our Blogger’s Best Series: Christmas Traditions today!  We love these girls.  Not only do they have the best style and ideas, but they are truly kind and so much fun!  Welcome Lolly Jane!  What a great way to kick off this series…with an adorable countdown to Christmas. ************************************************************************************************* Hey all you chicks that craft out there… get it? Heehee! 😉 We are twin sister Kelli & Kristi of Lolly Jane, our eclectic DIY/craft blog, and we’re thrilled to be here kicking off this sweet series by 5 of our favorite girls! Christmastime is so much more fun now that we have littles and all 6 of them can hardly wait for St. Nick to come… which means we here a lot of, “When is it Christmas, Mom?” “How many more days until Santa comes, Mommy?” It’s cute that they ask every. single. day. [Read More…]

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Bloggers’ Best Series {Christmas Edition} Sharing Christmas Traditions

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We are excited to have our first ever Bloggers’ Best Series on the Crafting Chicks!  We have invited some of the most amazing bloggers to share a favorite Christmas tradition with our readers. I love hearing about family traditions and starting them with my own kids.  December is such a great time to begin those fun holiday activities with your family.  We hope you will be inspired this month as we share over 40 traditions with you! Christmas Countdown by Lolly Jane Coconut Hot Chocolate by The Crafted Sparrow Cinnamon Vanilla Milk by Craftaholics Anonymous Peanut Butter Fudge by Today’s Creative Blog Classic Spinach Dip by Is This Really My Life? St. Nicholas Day by One Charming Party Gingerbread Popcorn by Tauni Sugared Nuts by Design Dazzle Story Books starring the Receiver by Over the Big Moon The 3 Gifts by Entirely Eventful Day Advent Activities by Kirstin Gentry Meaningful Ornaments by A Girl and a Glue Gun Dessert of [Read More…]

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Michael’s Dream Christmas Tree Challenge 2013 *Reveal!

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   AFTER:  (This 7 foot beauty got quite the makeover!) I’m so excited to reveal my Michael’s Dream Tree!  We loved being able to participate again this year.  I found all of my items for my tree at Michaels Craft Stores.   I love homemade ornaments & below I will share how I made 3 different ones for my Dream Tree. I LOVE how the blues, silver & white in my new tree design tie into our family room.  Sharing all of the details below! First I started decorating my tree using shinny silver mesh ribbon, silver beaded garland, & blue shiny ribbon.  I took each one and wrapped a layer on the tree.  The key is to push the ribbon into the the tree.  This will give it depth and allow space for ornaments. I found these adorable frames…just $2 a piece!  I LOVE frames on trees but since I didn’t need pink for my tree…I broke out the [Read More…]

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Halloween Class Game Printables

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  “Don’t Eat Pete!” is always a huge hit with kids.  Today I’m sharing two Halloween versions with you.  “Don’t eat the Jack-o-lantern” & “Don’t Eat the Ghost.”  Such a fun game for those Halloween class parties. Here are the directions for how to play: Here are the directions for “Don’t Eat Pete.” How to Play: Place one M&M on each square of the game board. Send the first child away from the game board, then have the remaining children choose which photo will be “Pete” for the round. Have the first child come back and begin picking M&M’s from the game board. As soon as the child tries to pick “Pete” everyone yells “Don’t Eat Pete!” But for the family edition, yell out “don’t eat a and then your last name.” The child keeps all the M&M’s picked up before trying to get Pete. Refill the game board and play again with the next child. Have Fun!!! (Replace Pete with [Read More…]

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Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge 2013

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  We are so excited to get to participate in the Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge this year! I’m excited to get to design a “dream” tree this year.  It will be hard to fill Brooke’s shoes from the 2012 challenge.  Her tree was amazing! I think going to craft stores is therapeutic for me.  I loved to wander the aisles (at night while my husband had the kiddos) and think of the possibilities.  I fell in love with the silver, white and gold Christmas line at Michaels.  (pictured above) Everything was so pretty.  I especially loved the little ceramic white birds.  They will be finding a home in my tree.  With all this pretty stuff in mind, I have decided to design a “pretty” and “fancy” tree this year!  I’m especially excited for the ornaments I will be making!  Can’t wait to share!   (Look at the gold sunburst mirror below…to die for) Michaels has gorgeous ornaments this year! And [Read More…]

Girl Bedroom Design

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  Girly Room Design…all the details today! I am so excited to finally finish this room for my little girl!  The problem is…I want it for my room now:) Design Inspiration: The Family Room Design Studio (Love Sita’s designs & her girls’ rooms are to die for) Headboard:  Wayfair Sunburst Mirror: Hobby Lobby (Spray painted silver) Hanging Pom Pom Tutorial Pillow Fabrics from Riley Blake Design The Details: Frame & Alarm clock: Target Orchid Plant & Pot: Ikea Eiffel Tower: Hobby Lobby (Spray painted coral) Frame display: Riley Blake fabric on wood frames Design Inspiration:  Becky’s Happy Girl Wall & Becky’s I’m a Child of God art Paint Color: Color Match. Sorry I don’t have a name for it. I bought the end table from a friend.  Sorry…I know many have asked.  I have seen some similar ones at and Polka-dot sheets:  Home Goods White pic-stitch duvet: Target Gray polka-dot coverlet: I made it using Riley Blake polka-dot [Read More…]

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Girl Bedroom Design Part 2-Pillows!

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  Today I’m sharing part 2 of my little girl’s bedroom design.  You can see I went with the colors blue, coral, gray and white. I love decorating with pillows.   I will show you how to stagger different pillow sizes/patterns to get that designer look. Pillow Layer 1:  I love sheets that have patterns.  I was searching forever for sheets with a coral pattern.  I was beyond excited to find these coral polka-dot sheets at Home Goods.   I love these polka-dot pillow cases at the base of my layered pillows. (standard pillow case size) Pillow Layer 2:  I made coral chevron euro sized pillows.  I love these big pillows!  I used my easy slipcover pillow tutorial and just sized my material to a euro size pillow insert.  (I found these at IKEA)  The fabric is Riley Blake. Pillow Layer 3:  18 inch pillows.  I love mixing stripes with floral.  I found this floral Riley Blake material and fell [Read More…]

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Girl Bedroom Makeover Part 1- DIY Hanging Satin Pom Pom

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  I am excited to share my daughter’s room design that we have been working on this year.  I’m falling in love with it each step of the way.   I’m sharing it in parts over the next week.  While on Pinterest, I found this adorable room with hanging pom-poms.   How clever that Jessica used paper lanterns!  I love the 3 pom poms in the corner of Jessica’s room. After finding these two pom poms (one gray and one teal) at Hobby Lobby (pic below), I thought I would make a coral one to tie in all of the colors in the room.  I made mine a bit different and I’m sharing it with you today:) Supplies needed for your DIY POM POM: -Material in texture & color of choice (any will work!)  I needed about 1 1/2 yards for the larger ball -Circle template pattern (I just traced a glass top) about 3.5 inches -Fabric scissors -straight pins [Read More…]

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Project Life:Just Add Color


I’m falling in love with Project Life by Becky Higgins…I first began using Project Life this year.  It’s a great way for me to scrapbook memories/photos quickly and still add all of the cute goodness!  I love the new Just Add Color kit.  What excited me the most about this kit, was the new square format, perfect for those square instagram photos.  Since my instagram account records my day to day memories, I couldn’t wait to print the pictures and add them to our photo albums. I wanted to make a few pages of our Summer instagram photos.  I love the square cards, and the happy, bright colors! The stickers included in the kit are “to die for” as well!  I loved using the pennant stickers! I made my layouts using mini instagram pictures printed 2×2 and larger ones printed 4×4.   I focused these layouts on our summer events and adventures. I used some of the 2×2 cards to [Read More…]

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Top 10 Fonts for Halloween

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    Today we are sharing some of our top fonts for Halloween.  These are great to use for invites, banners, Halloween decor and more!  Just click on the links below to download! Big Top A Gothique Time Cast Iron Dracula Black Knight Halloween Spider Beyond Wonderland 4 Yeo In Showboat Spooky Magic   Pin It

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Glammed up Pumpkins

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  It’s time to start thinking about fall decor!  I LOVE fall…and my kids can’t wait for Halloween.  When I received these pumpkins from Michaels, I knew I wanted to get a little fancy.  I decided to get some fancy trimmings from Michaels to glam them up a bit.  I love spending my time decorating these foam pumpkins (they look so real) because they will be good next year and the next!! On my list:  Ribbon (with glitter polka dots). web coasters (to die for cute), sticky rhinestones, other ribbon, fancy webbing runner for my table (found by the baking section of Michaels), sparkly spiders & rubber bats (a touch for the kids!) Below I will show you how I glammed up my 3 pumpkins! PUMPKIN 1:  Black Pumpkin.  Using a clear adhesive runner, I applied ribbon to the sided, following the pumpkin creases.  And using the self-stick gems (above) I made jewel lines in the creases alternating big and [Read More…]

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4 Notepads to Have

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  When we found out that Black River Imaging was now printing notebooks, we were thrilled!  Each chick took on a design challenge to create some great note pads that everyone could use! Especially Moms!  So today we are sharing our favorite notepads to have!  We are including free downloads of our images so that you can order the same ones at Black River Imaging. AND…they are including a special discount code for all of our readers. Check it out at the bottom of our post near the download link. The one below is adorable!  Love those flip covers!  These notepads would make great gifts! 1. For the LIST MAKER I’m a huge list maker.  I love the feeling of crossing tasks off my list.   I love Becky’s simple 4 x 6.5 blank list…great for groceries…to do lists…and even notes.  I love how Brooke divided her task list into different sections of her life.  A great way to organize [Read More…]

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1st Day of School Signs & Free Printables

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  Last year I sent these little love muffins off to Kindergarten!  It was a big day…but this year on to 1st grade.  Everyone says it all the time but, I cannot believe how fast time flies.  I feel like I just brought them home from the hospital and here they are off to a whole day of school…very bitter sweet.  But I’m so excited for their 1st grade adventures.  I used to teach first’s my favorite. I made these signs last year for our annual first day of school pictures.  I couldn’t wait to share them with you.  I just printed off a first grade one and preschool one for my littles. You can download these signs, and add the year.  I left the year blank so that these printables will be good for years to come.  I used the font “Allstar” for the year.  Or if you want, just print them out and use a white chalk [Read More…]

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Individual Pineapple Trifle Dessert

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  Today I am sharing a family summer favorite dessert!  Pineapple Trifles.  They are a delicious hit in our home.  We have already made them twice this summer!  They are easy and quick and the kids can get in on the action. Pineapple Trifle Dessert You will need: 1. carton (a small one) heavy whipping cream (When making this I only added a small amount of powdered sugar) 2. 1 jar marshmallow cream 3. 1 can 20 oz crushed pineapple 4. 1 box cake mix (yellow, vanilla, or white)  Make cake following directions 5.  Berries, strawberries or blueberries for color and flavor Make box cake mix following directions.  After cooled completely, cut in miniature squares and set aside in a bowl. Make your whipping cream (add little powdered sugar), mix in the marshmallow cream and pineapple chunks There are three layers to the mason jar trifles. 1.White cake/Vanilla cake/or Yellow cake….you choose 2.Whipped cream, marshmallow cream, & crushed pineapple (mixed [Read More…]

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“Extra” Special Teacher Gift Idea

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Sharing another teacher gift treat idea today! Grab some EXTRA gum and add my free printable! Click on the download button below to get the free printable:) All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.   Pin It

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Teacher Emergency Kit & Free Printable

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The countdown is on!  Back to school in under 2 weeks!  Today we are rounding up some awesome teacher/back to school printables to help you and your kids get off to a great start! Here’s a recap of our previous month’s posts: We already featured our 12 FREE Spring Themed Printables, 12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables,12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables, and now we’ve paired up with some talented ladies to offer you… 12 FREE BACK TO SCHOOL THEMED PRINTABLES! Today I’m sharing my “Teacher Emergency Kit” Printable. Add hand sanitizer, chapstick, mints, and tissues to a cute container and your have a great gift for any teacher to keep at his/her desk. Click on the link to download:)  It is a zipped file.  You will have to download it, right click on the file and hit extract all…the charts will be ready to go! All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please [Read More…]

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Living Room Makeover-Adding Key Pieces to your Space

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Some items provided by Pottery Barn for this design.   We have been in our home for almost 6 years and my front living room has been forgotten.  It seems like it’s the last room I think about but it is the first room a guest sees.  Since adding a piano to that space, I’m happy to say that this room is much more welcoming…and used!  When choosing my room for the Pottery Barn Re-design series…I knew this was the room. Here is my ispiration design board for my space: After talking with my dear friend Sita (everyone needs a designer friend), and getting tips, I was ready to go.  I knew I wanted this space to be a little bit “fancy” with a little glam.  I wanted this room to flow better and wanted to add white and grey with pops of black and blue. I also loved using Pottery Barn’s Design studio for tips, advice and inspiration to [Read More…]

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Silver Painted Piano

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  Painting a piano has been something I’ve wanted to check off of my DIY/(I’m so crazy for doing this) list!  I LOVE the look of painted pianos.  With my kids beginning piano, I wanted an inexpensive piano they could learn on until getting serious…someone has to play well in order to spend that kind of money:) After pinning many Painted Pianos, I got up the courage, found one on the local classifieds and the rest is history! The piano I found…well let’s say…was VERY loved…and used.  I honestly think the children must have hammered it or something…it looked as though it had been through a war!  But since it sounded well and had a cute shape to it…I could see the good in it. Before & After…     I had the piano delivered and had the movers place it on a drop cloth in my living room. I needed to be able to paint this piano in my [Read More…]

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Pottery Barn Re-design Series

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  Pottery Barn and 3 of the Crafting Chicks have teamed up for a “Re-design our Space” series of posts this month! We will be sharing our before and after photos in the upcoming posts, along with some DIY projects!  We will be sharing which key pieces we added from Pottery Barn to make over our spaces! Here’s a little Q & A to get you excited for our upcoming posts! Becky’s Bathroom:   Why did you choose this space to make over? Becky:  We finished this bathroom almost 4 years ago and it has been overlooked when it came to decorating.  I love everything about this bathroom from the floor right up to the paint color.  I wanted to make this room be everything that it could be.  I loved looking at Pottery Barn’s inspiration pictures for bathrooms.  This gave me tons of ideas of what I wanted to do. What colors would you like to add to your [Read More…]

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Gallery Wall with Canvas Wraps *Black River Imaging

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  We are huge fans of Black River Imaging!  When I was re-designing my front living space, I knew I wanted a photo wall.  I have a big wall with vaulted ceilings and knew how amazing big canvas wraps would look.  So I planned out my gallery wall!  I couldn’t wait to share how it turned out!  I LOVE it!  I wish you could see it in person.  These photos do not do it justice:) I chose recent photos of my children with blues and grays, which tied perfectly into my new room colors and decor. Black River Imaging has different options.  You can order one of their Gallery Wrap Clusters, or make your own wall using their canvas wrap dimensions (they have many sizes to choose from. I love the options.  You can choose which kind of sides your Canvas has… I chose a light gray around mine.  They had many colors and options. I also LOVE their Split [Read More…]

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“All You Need Is LOVE” free wall art printable

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  I made some wall art for my home and I would love to share it with you today! It says “All You Need Is Love” I love how it turned out with the light yellow and white chevron…It makes me happy.  The printable is a 16 x 20 but you can print it as a 8 x 10 as well:) I found a perfect spot for it in my hallway! All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Pin It

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{Chicks Picks-Summer Music}

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  Red (Taylor Swift) Sara Bareillis (Brave) Mirrors (Justin Timberlake) I Need Your Love (Clavin Harris & Ellie Goulding) Sondre Lerche Ingrid Michaelson   What are some of your favorite summer songs…we would love to download some new ones!  xo Pin It

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{Giveaway Thursday-Sage & Harper}

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  It’s Giveaway Thursday! Today we are highlighting the beautiful SAGE & HARPER bags.  When I first discovered Sage & Harper’s site, I loved to read the creator, Ali’s story and how it all began.  I love that she turned her passion of creating and design into this amazing business. I love the bag I chose at Sage and Harper. (the Larger Bag below).  I love the design, mix of fabric and textures.. Here are a few of our favorites: Larger Bag  Leather Flaps   Sage and Harper is giving one lucky Crafting Chicks reader this bag!  The same one I got! Entering is simple, follow the directions using the Rafflecopter box below! Also, if you want to buy a bag, (which who doesn’t right?!?), you can use code CraftingChicks30 to receive 30% off your purchase. a Rafflecopter giveaway Winner will be notified by The Crafting Chicks via email and will be announced in the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck!!! Pin [Read More…]

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{Job Charts + Free Printable}

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  Hello!  Hope your summer is in full swing!  WE are just beginning to enjoy our summer! I have felt like we needed more structure this summer…at least during our mornings.  I made these simple job charts for my kiddos to hang in their mud room cubbies.   I am hoping that it will help our “summer days” be a little less lazy and more positive! My kids love going on special dad and mom dates!  I thought for these charts, they could earn points for each job/task they do and redeem them for minutes with mom or dad!  They are excited and a little competitive to see who can earn the most points:) You can download my charts below!  Just add your child’s name and tasks/jobs you want them to do.  I added a Mom’s Choice, Dad’s Choice, & Child’s Choice on the bottom 3 lines.  It’s great to give your child an option to choose a job they [Read More…]

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{2013 Summer Fun Journal}

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  A couple of years ago, we added photos and details about our “summer fun” in a journal.  I made the cover to match the 2011 chart.  It is so fun to look back and see the memories we made during the summer, and how much my kids have grown. I made a new cover to match the 2013 Summer Fun chart.  (Download Below) Download Link: [wpdm_file id=36] All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Just a reminder…this is a a zipped file.  To unzip…right click on the file and click on extract all.  You can then open the file and use the image:) Pin It

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{100 Ideas for Summer Fun}

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  Last month I shared my 2013 summer fun chart… It’s not too late to print one and add your ideas for summer!  Today I’m sharing 100 summer fun ideas you can pull from and add 50 to your chart.  We always get so excited to do these fun activities when summer begins…most of the time we don’t make it through our list, but it’s good to have goals right?!  Stay tuned for the summer fun journal cover this week! What did you add to your summer fun list this year?   Pin It

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{Chick’s Picks-Summer Salads}

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      Spinach Tortellini Salad     Chicken, Spinach & Bow Tie Pasta Salad Harvest Chicken Salad at Mom What’s for Dinner?  Applebee’s Knockoff Oriental Chicken Salad at Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad  Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing Pin It

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{Ten 4th of July Ideas}

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  Old Glory by Nikkala Festive Paper Lanterns for the 4th  by Jamie 4th of July Cupcake Gifts  by Brooke 4th of July Wordart  by Jamie 4th of July Treat Bags  by Jamie Festive Cupcakes for the 4th  by Nikkala  Patriotic  Flag Cake YUM!  by Brooke    Remember your 4th Scrapbook Inspiration  by Jamie  Fireworks’ Photo Tips  by Kirsten Red Velvet & Cream Cheese Cupcakes  by Becky     Pin It

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{“Tote”-ally Amazing Teacher Gift Idea}

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  I can’t believe the school year is wrapping up…it seems like I just sent my two kindergartners off on the bus that first day. This year I am helping with some teacher appreciation gifts for my kid’s school.   I remember teaching 1st grade before I became a mom…and absolutely appreciating little gifts and thoughtful notes…I know how HARD teachers work and how much HEART they put into it.  I love to give teachers gifts…. I LOVE teachers…and nurses too!:) Teachers tote a lot of papers/work back and forth and I know they could all use a cute, new tote.  I made a cute printable to go with a canvas tote or bag.  You can download it below:) You could even fill the tote with some treats, a gift card, book, or things your child’s teacher loves.  I just printed the tags…cut around them…and attached them to the totes with baker’s twine.  You can use a chalk marker or [Read More…]

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{Summer Fun Chart 2013}

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    Dun..ta..da..da!…today I’m rolling out the annual SUMMER FUN chart!  We’ve had several requests for a 2013 summer fun chart and I am happy to share it with you today!  You may remember the 2010 Summer Fun Chart, 2011 Summer fun chart, & 2012 Summer fun chart. It’s fresh off the press..aka Photoshop.  I haven’t even printed mine yet.  I plan to upload it to Costco tomorrow.  (size 16×20)  My kids look forward to this every year. When we hang it up…I will share some photos as well as a list of our family’s ideas for SUMMER FUN in 2013!  Only one month until Summer begins…are you ready? I made both a horizontal and vertical version…take your pick:)  Download link below! PS…What are some of your fun plans this summer?  Leave a comment:)     All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This [Read More…]

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{12 Free “Cinco de Mayo” Printables}

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Super excited to be part of this printable collaboration for “Cinco de Mayo”…check out what our talented blogger friends have to share! xo #1) {The Dating Divas} – Darling “Cinco De Mayo” Printable Photoshoot Props that will keep your whole family entertained! #2) {Somewhat Simple} – Adorable Mini Pinatas – perfect for decorating or using as placecards, invites or party favors for your next Cinco De Mayo party! #3) {Whipperberry} – A festive sign to welcome your guests to your Cinco de Mayo FIESTA! #4) {Crafting Chicks} – Printable Place Settings for your Cinco De Mayo family dinner party. #5) {Tatertots & Jello} – Colorful square pennants and flags to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. #6) {L’il Luna} – Super cute and colorful Cinco de Mayo subway art. #7) {My Sister’s Suitcase} – Fresh & easy guacamole recipe. #8) {I Heart Nap Time} – Darling “Fiesta” banner for your Cinco De Mayo party! #9) {The 36th Avenue} – Have a FIESTA this Cinco de Mayo with these Party Printables! #10) {Paging Supermom} – Uno, Dos, Tres… count in Spanish with these [Read More…]

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{Cinco De Mayo Place Setting Printables}

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    My husband’s birthday falls the same week of Cinco de Mayo.  He LOVES mexican food…we plan to throw him a “FIESTA” this Friday.  We love Mexican food too!  We have sombreros, mustaches, and yummy food ideas!  Details to come:) Here are some cute printables I made for part of the table setting.  Below are napkin rings…just print, cut out attach the sides to make a ring…then slide through your napkin. Also sharing cute Cupcake Topper circles (below).  I plan on making “Tres Leche” cupcakes…then adding the cute circle toppers with a striped paper straw:) Click on “download” below to download these printables.  Can’t wait to share the party with you this weekend! {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you [Read More…]

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Chicks Picks – {Make up}

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      Garnier BB Cream “I have dry skin and love the creamy feel of this on my face.  It also has light coverage so I don’t feel over done with heavy foundation.” Bath & Body Works Lipliscious Lip Gloss “I LOVE this stuff.  I think I have about 20 different lip glosses floating around my house.  My addiction is so strong that now my girls beg for a tube everytime we go into the store.” Buxom Lip Gloss–“This has been my favorite lip gloss for a few years–I love how it gives my lips a little tingling feeling, kind of like a minty zing each time. My favorite go-to color is Dolly.” Cover Girl Invisible Concealer–“I really like this stuff for brightening under my eyes and for covering up blemishes, plus it is really inexpensive. The coverage is creamy and just the right thickness for my skin.” L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara “LOVE this mascara…always has been my favorite…always [Read More…]

10 Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

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  1.   Silhouette Tutorial & Silhouette Wall Hanging   2.  Mother’s day Questionnaire for Mom & Grandma 3.  Colorful Photo Display   4. Kids Craft-Handmade Card   5.  Father’s Day Tree with Hand prints.  How cute would a mother’s day tree be? 6.  Sweet Letters in a Book 7.  Handmade Photo Jewelry 8. Photo Wreath 9.  Mini Chipboard Photo Book 10. Brooke’s Mini Album & Paint Can templates   Pin It

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{Toddler Incentive Charts *Free Printables}

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  I am always trying to find new “positive” ways to encourage my 3 year olds to “be good.” This is one thing that has worked for my 2- three year olds. (boy/girl twins).  I often find that some things are a battle…getting dressed, putting shoes on, picking up toys, etc. Toddlers are the cutest.  I love my little ones’ age right now…not only do they say the cutest things…but they are so stinkin’ adorable…most of the time, but boy can they give me a run for it. I try and remember that each day they are learning, and patience on my part is important, even though it is a challenge. When taking child development & psychology courses in college, one thing I learned has stuck with me when raising toddlers…Discipline stops behavior, but Positive Reinforcement changes behavior.  I try to remember this when I’m helping my twins learn and grow.  If I use positive ways to help them learn…it will last. [Read More…]

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Chicks Picks- (Books)

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  The Book Theif   To Kill a Mockingbird   The Traveler’s Gift “Super Inspiring!” Getting Thing’s Done “Productivity awesomeness.  I love that this book shows you ways to optimize your time and energy, and set up systems that really work.” A Mother’s Book of Secrets “This is my very favorite book about being a mother.  It’s real.  It’s inspiring.  It gives you excellent tips and it fills your soul with the desire to be the very best mother that you can be and have it be a fulfilling experience for you in the process.  LOVE IT.” Ender’s Game (Not usually into Science Fiction but Fell in love with this in Jr. High…love the twist at the end…love any book/movie with a twist at the end)   A Couple of Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo   Adventures of Huckleberry Finn       The Hiding Place   Corrie ten Boom tells her amazing story of surviving the Holocaust. While [Read More…]

{Tooth Fairy Stationery + Free Printable}

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Last month I shared my Tooth Fairy Pillows and Pattern.  Today I’m sharing my Tooth Fairy Stationery with you! When I was little…the Tooth Fairy left me blue heart shaped notes every time…with fancy writing and cute pictures showing how she had used my teeth to make jewelry…(talented mom)  I still have these:) I made these printables for two reasons… -easy to write a quick note…I printed a bunch at once and then hid them away with our $2 bills…The Tooth Fairy also likes to write fancy…if only she had practiced her cursive better like her mom!! -I added the teeth picture at the bottom so the Tooth Fairy could circle the lost tooth with the date…then I can add these little notes to my kids’ memory books. See how cute it looks tucked in the pillow!  Sharing the printable with you now!  I hope Tooth Fairy’s around the world find this helpful:) {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are [Read More…]

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{Project Life Special on HSN}


  I have been wanting to start Project Life for some time now.  I need to simplify my photos/scrapbooking/journaling.  I have always been inspired when looking at Project Life posts on other blogs.  In paticular, Rebecca at “Simple As That“…she is my inspiration for getting started. The Project Life system, designed by Becky Higgins, is an ultra-simple solution to help memory-keepers get those pictures into albums without draining their time, energy and wallets. I will be using the Jade core kit (image below) this year.  I LOVE the happy colors and space for journaling.  I think it is great for my kids to see their “mom’s” handwriting.  Not always journaling in type.   With 4 little ones, I don’t have much time for scrapbooking…I need something simple and quick…but CUTE! I think I’m in love…pretty darn sure!  Here is the page layout I put together in LITERALLY 5 minutes!  I was amazed.  I had fun coordintating the color cards and adding [Read More…]

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{The Chic Orchid}

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    I am so excited to introduce our readers to The Chic Orchid.  It’s a new online store that offers daily deals on stylish clothing for women/teen girls. From their ABOUT site:  ” Our logo is the rare ghost orchid. Capturing it’s uniqueness and rarity, we offer our customers “chic looks at amazing prices…one deal at a time”. Our products are the same high-quality items you’d find in stylish boutiques across the country – without the high-end price tag. Our goal is to bring you the latest fashions at the lowest price! A new deal is posted daily Monday – Friday at 6 am MST. Limited quantities are available which guarantees you a one-of-a-kind wardrobe, but also means you better grab it before it’s gone!” Pin It

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{Tooth Fairy Pillow and Free Printable Pattern}

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  The CHICKS are so excited to be part of the Riley Blake Design team.  I shared this tutorial on their site a couple of months ago.  We are huge fans of Riley Blake fabric, crafting and sewing.  We look forward to sharing some of our sewing tutorials with you using the amazing Riley Blake Fabric! Today I am sharing my tooth fairy pillow tutorial with you.  I have 2 six year olds that are just beginning to lose their teeth.  I’m sure by next Christmas, they will be singing “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” When I was little my mom made me a tooth fairy pillow.  I still remember it and hope it is safely in my keepsake box.  It was a blue pillow, the shape of a tooth with a mini pocket on top.  I LOVED my little pillow.  I knew I had to make one for my little ones one day.  So [Read More…]

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{PEEPS Bunny Bouquet *Free Printable Easter Tags}

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  Peeps!  Not only are they sooooo cute…sweet and sugary but they can be used to create some great treat crafts…not just for the Easter basket anymore! Today I’m sharing my Peeps! Bunny Bouquet.  I have seen these before and always thought how cute they are…even for an Easter centerpiece! Pin It

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{Frog Valentine & FREE Printable}

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Little ones will “leap” for these Valentine’s!  Frogs can be found here!   {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.} Frog Valentine Printable         Pin It

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{Valentine…You’re my favorite fish in the sea!}

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  Sharing my fish valentine printable today!  I bought Swedish Fish and these plastic capsules from Bake it Pretty!  (I LOVE Bake it Pretty-cutest online party/baking supply shop!) The capsules resemble little fish bowls for the red fish!  So cute! LOVE how it turned out.  Link for my printable download below:) Valentine Fish Printable {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}     Pin It

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{Valentine…You A”MAZE” Me! & Free Printable}

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  My little boy will be giving these to his friends this year. I found these little maze games in the party section and then made the circle “amaze” Valentine to go with it.  I thought the saying was pretty darn cute:) VALENTINE “MAZE” Download {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}   Pair it with a little treat sack, some conversation hearts and tie it up with twine…and you have a very cute Valentine. Ps…I left space at the bottom of the circle for you to add the name.  I love it when my kids sign their own name, rather than having it typed.     Pin It

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{Valentine “You Are Really SHARP!” & Free Printable}

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  This week we are making our annual homemade valentines…I am excited to share them with you…along with free printables! I love how this one turned out.  Below is the link for the Valentine download of the above image. {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}  “SHARP!” Valentine Printable I found valentine pencils and heart sharpeners to add to this valentine that goes along with the quote…I think you are really “SHARP!”  I made these to look like mini chalkboards.  So after printing, I left a small white border when cutting out the valentines. After printing the valentines, I punched a hold on the top and bottom of the side [Read More…]

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{Valentine Bingo & Free Printable}

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  Valentine bingo for you today!  Bingo is always a hit at the class parties, family get-togethers, or family nights!  Today I’m sharing my Valentine Bingo download with you.  Grab some conversations hearts, or ju-ju hearts and let the fun begin.  Enjoy! PS…What’s your favorite valentine treat/candy…I’m in love with the gummy cinnamon lips…can’t go wait to grab me a few bags! Download Link: Valentine Bingo {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}     Pin It

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{Praying for Connecticut}


  We have all been holding our little ones tighter this week and thinking about those sweet families in Connecticut.  Our prayers and thoughts will continue to be with that community and the families who have lost their loved ones. XO  The Crafting Chicks

{Polar Express Printables}

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  My good friend Beth planned an adorable “Polar Express” street party on Monday!  The kids were in heaven….with the story, hot cocoa, pajamas, treats…and even a mini train (like the little tractor barrel trains you see at a carnival).  We loved it! I made some printable tickets and bell tags for the event.  I would love to share these with our readers.  I love the book “The Polar Express.”  It is such a fun theme for a Christmas party…You can even just pretend you are on a train, or use the tickets to watch the movie! I used the talented Crystal Wilkerson’s bracket shape for the bell tag and ticket shape for the train ticket …she is amazing! {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to [Read More…]

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{Homemade Photo Ornaments 2012}

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  Time for my annual homemade photo ornaments!  I have loved this tradition.  I love looking back on past year ornaments-such a great keepsake. This year, while shopping at Poppy Seed Projects, I found their mini photo ornaments…and thought how perfect they would be for the 2012 ornaments on my tree! I love Poppy Seed Projects and all of their creative ideas/crafts you can use with photos.  I could think of many ways to use these mini photo plaques…they are adorable. I ordered 4×6 photos in black and white of each of my children and our family.  I also made a little digital design for the back sharing our highlights of 2012 and milestones of each kid. I spray painted each plaque with Kyrlon’s Silver Foil Metallic.  I Love this paint…remember the pumpkins I transformed. After letting the squares dry, I drilled a hole at the top-to string ribbon through. I then cut each photo down to the right size [Read More…]

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{Black River Imaging-Crafting Chicks’ Christmas Cards}


  One of our favorite sponsors is Black River Imaging.  We fell in LOVE with their shaped business cards last year and now we’ve fallen in love with their Christmas Cards…actually I am drooling over all of their customizable photo books and gifts too!  We are not only impressed with the premium quality they offer, but for their amazing customer service.  We have loved working with this company…great people!  If you are a photographer…or if you just love photos…you will want to browse through their site and see all they have to offer.   Their LOFT line of cards is amazing, offering 5 different shapes to choose from.  You can also find adorable and customizable greeting cards.  I love these folded ones below.  A few of us went with the LOFT shapes.  Below are the Christmas cards we chose from Black River Imaging. We just downloaded their Photoshop card file and then added our designs in the shape.  Their site explains [Read More…]

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{Pick Your Plum-Gift Basket Giveaway!!}


If you are readers of our site, you know how much we love Pick Your Plum!  We can’t say enough good things about this site and their amazing products each day!  I look forward to their daily emails to see what cute item they have up for grabs. Today, I’m sharing some of my recent favorites from PYP! I just bought these owl hats (below) for my boy/girl twins.  How cute will they look in these?!  Can’t wait to seeing my little “owl” running around in the snow. And if you remember my Paris Bakeshop Party and Spooky Banner, you will know how I loved using these adorable paper sacks below to create pennants for my banners.   When I spotted these polka-dot leggings on Pick Your Plum, I had to snatch up a few!  They were around $2 a pair!!  Can you tell how much my little girl loved them?…look how creative she got, even using them as arm warmers:)  This one is [Read More…]

{Paris Bakeshop Party- Grand Finale}

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{Abby’s Paris Bakeshop Party} I have been sharing parts of this bakeshop party this week and here is the grand finale with all of the details:)  I LOVED this party…a ton of work…but probably the cutest party I’ve thrown…the little girls were adorable and loved the fun activities and decorating their mini cakes.  Plus, they looked so cute in their mini aprons and chef hats.  Such a cute party idea for little girls! I received a ton of inspiration from PINTEREST!  Who doesn’t?!  Here is my Pinterest Page:  Crafty Jamie’s Pinterest Page  I added a lot of pins to my party section including ideas I used for this party.  I have to give credit to the amazing sites that inspired me!  Particularly ONE CHARMING PARTY…LOVE Brittney and her amazing site.  And this BAKING PARTY….AMAZING! Hopefully these photos help you get a good idea!  It was a blast…I was one tired mama!  XO {The Invites} I made the invites in photoshop…used turquoise, pink and black…the colors [Read More…]

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{Baking Bingo- Paris Bakeshop Party Part III}

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  I have now shared a few other parts to my Abby’s Paris Bakeshop Party…tomorrow will be the grand finale! Here are the past posts: EASY BANDANNA APRONS MINI CAKE STANDS AND MINI WASHI TAPE CAKE BANNERS Today I’m sharing the baking bingo I made for  the party…and also sharing a free download:) Bingo is always a hit at parties…the kids just eat it up! I found these adorable images online to go with the baking theme…and used my colors of turquoise, hot pink and black to make the cute bingo cards. I picked up these adorable little paper cups at PICK YOUR PLUM!  How cute are these.  They were the perfect blue and pink…and the scalloped edges are to die for.  I thought they would be a perfect holder for the bingo marker treats.  Next time these are on PICK YOUR PLUM, you will want to grab a few…they are adorable for parties! I filled them up with colored mini [Read More…]

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{Mini Cake Stands and Washi Tape Mini Cake Banners- Bake Shop Party Part II}

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  Paris Bake Shop Party- Part II MINI CAKE STANDS: I used these little 7″ plastic plates (from Walmart), and dollar store glass candlesticks (spray painted blue) to make my mini cake stands for the bake shop party.  I just used hot glue to attach the plate.  They turned out so cute. When spray painting the candlesticks, I used a primer before the blue…that way the paint sticks much better.  It took about 2 coats of paint:) These little stands fit a mini cake just right.  Each cake was 6″.  I found my mini cake pans at Orson Gygi.  I will tell more about this amazing store in the following posts. MINI CAKE NAME BANNER PENNANTS: I found the cutest selection of washi tape at Downtown Tape.  Only 1.99 a roll!  Huge selections of the cutest patterns and colors…I also love the other ideas on how to use the tape.  You must check it out.  I {heart} this tape…gingham, polka-dots, stripes… I [Read More…]

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{Easy Bandanna Mini Aprons-Paris Bakeshop Party Part 1}

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  Oh my goodness……..I CANNOT wait to share my Abby’s Parisian Bakeshop Party with you! It all began with these little aprons.  I love how they turned out.  I will be sharing other parts of the bakeshop party early next week…so stay tuned! I found these bandannas at Hobby Lobby.  They are located near their canvas bags, aprons, etc.  Only $1 too!  I was so excited when I spotted these pink polka-dot and turquoise blue ones…the colors I was already planning on using. The first step was to cut down the bandanna to an apron shape.  I held it up to my little girl to get the right size.  I just sort of cut out an “A” line pattern.  Very basic and simple…so you can add some pizzazz later:) The top and bottom seams were already sewn and ready.  I just had to sew a quick seam up each side.  Make sure you save a side strip of the bandanna for later…for [Read More…]

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{Halloween Owl “Free Printable”}

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  Just a quick little post today to share a free cute “Owl” printable I made. I love owls…probably because they remind me of my sweet grandma Pearl.  She loved to collect owls.  Whenever I see one, I think of her…plus she loved to stay up late-a night owl!!  I miss her. Here is the link to download it: OWL Halloween Printable {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.} This file is compressed.  After you download it, you will need to right click on the file and select ”extract file.” It is sized to print 8×10 or 16×20.  ENJOY! (Frame from POPPYSEED PROJECTS)   My dear friend Andrea gave [Read More…]

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{Silver “Pottery Barn” Style Pumpkins}

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All Posts I Pottery Barn-ified my (ugly) ceramic pumpkins into gorgeous silver ones!  I love how they turned out! SOOOO easy to do…literally minutes and it made a huge transformation.  I love my two shiny silver pumpkins sitting on my mantle. I used Krylon’s Premium Silver Foil Metallic spray paint.  I was sure I would have to use a primer…but nope!…it went on amazingly! I placed the pumpkins in a box while spraying…just a little tip. So go grab any ceramic pumpkin (the ugliest one you can find) and spray it gorgeous silver…it will look like you bought it at Pottery Barn.   Pin It

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{Keep Calm & “SPOOK” On}

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  I am finally getting to my “Halloween” decorating…I have to get in the mode if you know what I mean.  I wanted to change out some of my Halloween decor, especially for my mantle & for a large frame I have in my hallway. You can find the famous “KEEP CALM” signs all over the web and Etsy…some are so clever.  I’m sure this one is out there too….”KEEP CALM and SPOOK ON.”  I made one for my home and would love to share it with our readers. I made an orange one for my mom and a gray one for my hallway.  I love how it turned out and how it looks hanging in my hallway. I would love to share my printables with you today.  {LINK BELOW} {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, [Read More…]

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{Chevron Spooky Banner-Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper}

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  {CHEVRON SPOOKY BANNER} I was excited to try Silhouette’s printable sticker paper.  When I found these adorable mini paper chevron sacks at PICK YOUR PLUM…I immediately thought “how cute would these be for halloween.”  So…I made a spooky banner to get my mantle ready for Halloween using these adorable sacks and stickers! (that I made!) I followed the directions on the back of the printable sticker paper pack (I love that it has the directions right there).  I found a circle shape I liked in their online store.  I decided I liked the font printed and not cut out.  I had the machine just cut out the circles.  It amazes me how the Silhouette machine can read the “registration marks.”   Once I printed it, the circles were ready to cut out!  I then fed it through my Silhouette and watched the cutting take place!! It was so much easier sticking the labels on my banner penants…much easier than [Read More…]

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“Smart Cookie” Back to School Treat *Free Printable

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  I wanted to take a little “good luck” treat to my former preschoolers (two being my own) who are moving on to kindergarten.  I found these adorable apple cookies at a local bakery and made some “smart cookie” tags to go along!  I can’t believe my 5 year olds are going to the big school this week.  It is bitter-sweet.  I will miss them being home, but I’m excited for their adventures in Kindergarten.  They grow too fast!   You can download my free printables here.  I made a circle for Kindergarten through 6th grade… PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE!! DOWNLOAD “SMART COOKIE” CIRCLES HERE   So grab some cute cookies (or make your own)…I wasn’t that ambitious:) and package them up with the “smart cookie” tag and you have a very cute “back to school” treat!   Pin It

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{Days of the Week Outfit Tags for Back to School & Free Printables}

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  Next month I send my oldest twins off to kindergarten!  AHHHH!  I am excited and a bit nervous too.  I have been Pinning a lot of “BACK to SCHOOL” ideas…there are so many great things on PINTEREST…You can follow me here, CRAFTING JAMIE’S Pinterest Page .  I would love to follow our readers back:)  I need to start making more and pinning less…:) In my attempt to get “back to school” organized,  I created these Days of the Week tags to clip onto their outfits for the week. The plan is to pick out all 5 outfits on Sunday night, clip on the tags and store them in their closets…ready to go!  Wish me luck!   I thought this could help some of you as you are getting ready too! Not only will they help with organization, the cards can also help your little one learn Days of the Week words!:)   I made these tags in Photoshop.  You are welcome [Read More…]

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{Poppy Seed’s New Calendars & a Giveaway!}

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  I am excited to share with you today Poppy Seed Projects new Calendars, Menu & Weekly Planners.  I will also be sharing these and some other back to school organization ideas on KUTV channel 2’s Fresh Living today at 1:00 MST. When Kim and Holly from Poppy Seed Projects came to me and asked me to design some calendars, menu planners and weekly planners for them, I was thrilled.  I love that they keep coming up with new ideas and fun ways to use their amazing wood shaped frames.  I also wanted to design some calendars that I would love to have in my own home. Kim, Holly & I  have worked hard to come up with the new calendars and organizing planners that you will LOVE! Pin It

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{Kindergarten Countdown-Back to School}

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Today I am sharing a fun craft to do with your kiddos to get ready for back to school!  I have 2 kiddos starting kindergarten this fall…we are getting excited, but a bit nervous too.  I thought it would be fun to make a countdown to get ready for the big day!! Pin It

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{Kiwi Crate…Crafting with the Kids}

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I feel like a pretty cool mom this week…and I don’t usually feel like that.  We’ve been able to do some fun things this past week including crafting together…thanks to these little boxes from Kiwi Crate!  My kids were so excited when these were delivered to our door…they wanted to open them immediately. If you are like me, I always have the best intentions to get crafty with my kids, but it isn’t always easy to throw it all together.  Kiwi Crate makes it easy for you with their monthly project box for kids, that include creative and hands-on learning activities and crafts!  These crafts for kids come ready to go! Each box includes a set of instructions that go along with your box and supplies. As an educator myself, I love how the Kiwi Crate boxes integrate science, math, and arts & crafts.  I loved the little information tidbits I could talk with my kids about while they were engaged [Read More…]

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{Jamie’s Shaped Photo Frame Wall & Poppy Seed Projects}

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  Jamie’s Shaped Photo Frame Wall Using POPPY SEED PROJECTS frames. I am excited to share my Shaped Photo Frame Wall with you today!  As you can tell…I LOVE photo walls.  I shared my other PHOTO WALL last month.  I love photos and love to have them displayed throughout my home…I love being surrounded by all of those great memories and reminders of my sweet family and how important they are to me. Poppy Seed Projects has adorable shaped frames.  When Holly & Kim first added these to their shelves and their online shop, I was thrilled.  I knew I NEEDED a wall with these frames!  I love the selection….circles, rectangles, brackets, & scallops! The first step was to paint all of the frames.  I wanted to stick with neutral for my living room but I also love the walls I am seeing with the bright pops of color!  I used white, silver and black spray paint.  I sanded in between painting for a great finish, [Read More…]

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{Ten 4th of July Ideas from the Crafting Chicks}

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  Today we are sharing some past 4th of July ideas to kick off your festive Independence Day Week! Happy Birthday America (on Wednesday)! Old Glory by Nikkala Festive Paper Lanterns for the 4th  by Jamie 4th of July Cupcake Gifts  by Brooke 4th of July Wordart  by Jamie 4th of July Treat Bags  by Jamie Festive Cupcakes for the 4th  by Nikkala  Patriotic  Flag Cake YUM!  by Brooke    Remember your 4th Scrapbook Inspiration  by Jamie  Fireworks’ Photo Tips  by Kirsten   Red Velvet & Cream Cheese Cupcakes  by Becky     Pin It

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{Photo Wall Layout with Monogram}

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Hello All…Hope you are all enjoying your summer! Today I want to share my new Photo Wall with you…I am loving it…it makes me happy! I have been changing some things in my house and I am loving neutral creams and whites with pops of color (blue and yellow)…but who isn’t right now.  I’ve decided that these lighter happier colors…really do make me happy. I found this 16 in. B at Poppy Seed Projects.  They have the best wooden letters…they look like Pottery Barn. I used a chevron vinyl stencil from Poppy Seed Projects to paint the Yellow Chevron stripes on the B.  I just used a sponge brush and acrylic paints from Deco Art. I forgot to take photos along the way…darn.  But to figure out the layout was not so fun.  I first made a paper template of each frame and used painters tape to attach them to the wall.  I moved them around several times…and over a few hours…about [Read More…]

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{Father’s Day Questionnaire & Free Printable}

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Since the Mother’s Day questionnaire was a huge hit…I couldn’t leave out the guys in our lives right?!  So today I am sharing the “Father’s Day” version of the questionnaire with you today.  One for dad & one for grandpa!   EDIT** This link will download a PDF (Personal Use only Please)   Pin It

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{Summer Fun Chart 2012 & Free Printable!}

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  Fear not…the annual SUMMER CHART is back by Popular Demand!  We received some requests for the new 2012 Summer chart and I can’t wait to share it with our readers today! For the past couple of years, I have been sharing my family’s SUMMER FUN CHARTS (2010 Summer Chart & 2011 Summer Chart). I am not going to lie, we don’t finish all of the activities every year-we extend into fall, but it is a great way to stay motivated with family fun!  The kids won’t forget about the chart-believe me!  So be careful what you choose:)  For family home evening, we sit down as a family & brainstorm some fun ideas & activities to do together over the summer.  Remember that these summer activities can be easy and free, like a backyard swim party, a picnic at the park, ice cream or snow cones together, a trip to the library, a family movie night, or a backyard camp [Read More…]

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{Mother’s Day Questionnaire & Free Printable Download}

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Last week, I shared my Mother’s Day Cards-Kid Craft with you and told you I would be sharing something today to add to these cards…well today I am sharing my Mother’s Day Questionaire Printable!   We filled out mother’s day questionnaires in my preschool class last year…Hilarious!  I love the funny things kids say (especially preschoolers!) You can download & print my free Mother’s Day Questionnaire *one for mom & one for grandma (below). Personal Use Only Please. Mother’s Day Questionnaire–click here then right click to save to your computer. I asked my kids each question and filled in the answer.  My mom will appreciate the fact that they think she is only 35!  Kids are the best! We then glued these into our Mother’s Day Cards.  Kids crack me up!…if you fill these out with your little ones, you will have to leave me a message with the funny things they said! I think Grammy’s gonna love it!  I plan on adding their [Read More…]

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{Mother’s Day Card & Kid Craft}

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  {Mother’s Day Cards…with the kids} I love handmade cards…espcially ones my kids make.  Since Mother’s day is right around the corner, my kiddies and I had a crafty afternoon making these cards for their grandmas.  I have seen flowers made from cupcake liners and thought this would be a perfect place to make and use them! I am sharing this today on Elmer’s new Facebook CRAFT IT! Community.  Elmer’s has set up a great place for crafters to share their projects & tutorials with others! Elmer’s also has a Craft It! Club where you can sign up for special offers & newsletters about craft products. Supplies you need: -Cute scrapbook paper (sized 8.5 x 11) -Paper cutter/scissors -Elmer’s Glue Spots or Dot Runner (I LOVE these, espcially the dot runner) -My free mother’s day wordart download (below) -Cupcake liners –Elmer’s Decorative Masking Tape   How to make : We started with a regular 8.5 x 11 sized scrapbook page & folded [Read More…]

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{DIY Moss Letters}

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My dear friend Lindsay, shared this clever idea with me!  Her sister had made one with an S and when she was explaining it, I just had to make one too! I have seen the moss letters from Pottery Barn…but they are $79!  Wow…a bit much I would say.  Especially when you can make them for MUCH less!   Lindsay and I ordered our Large Paper Mache letters (approx. 24 inches tall) from JoAnn Crafts.  You can only find them online. Besides the letter, you will also need: 2 packages of Moss  18″ x  16″  (I used SuperMoss Mats) A Glue Gun Scissors It was really easy to glue on the moss.  I only covered the front and sides (since the back is not seen:)  It was a bit tricky to cover the insides of my B.  The best way to tackle it is in sections.  I did the top part of my B and then the bottom part (so one moss sheet for the top and the [Read More…]

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THE ABC’s of ME {an “all about me” digital ABC book}

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  I made these ABC books for my 5 year olds last fall.  I wrapped the books up for their birthday.  I cannot tell you enough how much they love these books.  It was a great way for them to feel special, and have a book written just about them! I needed happy digital kits & papers for the pages of the book, so of course, I had to use the digital designs of CRYSTAL WILKERSON!  Her designs, colors, & patterns are bright and fun…just perfect for these ABC books. I used many of her kits, papers & elements:  Her polka-dot, quatrefoil paper designs are some of my favorites.  I also loved here Sweet Summertime kits & elements and Oh Boy paper packs.  I used some elements from her ABC Elements.  (I used these for my ABC posters for my Preschool Classroom too…Love those!) I loved her LABELS….I used these to write on…the labels gave the book a clean & simple look and made the [Read More…]

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Easter Art & Free Printable

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If you’ve been looking for a great Easter Printable, you don’t need to look any further!  I made this Easter printable for a blogger craft night at Poppyseed Projects.  We will share about that fun night soon! I wanted to make sure that none of you missed out on this printable as well.  It adds a little spring and color to my coffee table.  I used a 5×7 bracket frame from Poppyseed Projects.  Since the print’s background is white, it looks great in a colored frame.   I love having this frame out year round and just switch out the print for each holiday or season.  It’s a great  and easy way to add a special touch a this coffee table in my home. Easter Printable All you need is a fun frame, this printable, and you’ve got a piece of art in your home.  This would also make a great gift idea for this Easter season. All printables are property [Read More…]

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{Spring & Easter Flashback}


Yesterday my kids ran inside to tell me our trees are starting to get little blossoms!!  SPRING!  I love it!  I love the smell of grass that was in the air today as we were playing outside!  Hope you all are enjoying the beginning of Spring. Here is a little flashback of some of our Easter/Spring past projects to jump start your week! Easy & Tasty Easter Gifts Felt Easter Egg Placemats DIY Spring Treat Stands Treat Tags & Mini Bird Nest Treats Foiled Eggs Easter Garland & Decor Ideas Easter Buckets Spring Cake Pops Mini Easter Basket Place Card Holders   Pin It

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{St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Treasure Hunt, Treat Toppers & Free Printables}

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This week we will be sharing many free printables for all of your St. Patrick’s Day festivities!  Stay tuned for more! Our Brooke will be sharing this Treasure hunt and a few other goodies on Fresh Living today. Since I teach preschool to the most adorable 4 & 5 year olds, holidays are always so much fun.  This year for St. Patrick’s day, we will be celebrating with a “green” lunch (I plan on sharing this week), and of course we have to go on a Leprechaun Treasure hunt! I bought Rolos, Skittles & green beaded necklaces to use for our “Treasure.”  I designed a rainbow tag treat topper that says “You are my Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow.” My kiddos LOVE a good treasure hunt, so I made a “LUCKY” treasure hunt to share today…with 8 “generic” clues so that you can use it at home with your little ones. I also included 2 blank circles, [Read More…]

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{St. Patrick’s Day LUCKY BINGO & Free Printables}

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Lucky Bingo for you! Just in time for all of the GREEN festivities this week! Check back Monday for FREE printables and Ideas for a LUCKY treasure hunt for your little leprechauns! Click on the link below to download the bingo cards and the calling cards. When you download the files, they are zipped files. So once you download the file, you will need to right click on the file and select “extract file” in order to access them or print them. You can print them at home or at any photo printer. {Remember, all printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to send your friends and link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}   Pin It

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{St. Patrick’s Day Flashback}


Today we are featuring 5 Crafting Chicks crafts from last year to get you ready for St. Patrick’s Day!  Can you believe tomorrow is March! Below you can find great links to printables, and other cute ideas to make St. Patrick’s Day fun! xoxo The Crafting Chicks {St. Patrick’s Day Gift & Treat Tags} {Easy St. Patrick’s Day Banner} {Leprechaun Treasure, Leprechaun Foot Prints & St. Patrick Gift Tags} {Leprechaun Trap Ideas from Nikkala} {Leprechaun Treaure Hunt Shamrocks-Follow the Rainbow} Pin It

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{A Ballerina Party-for your little dancer}

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I can finally dig through my October 2011 photo file and post this party!  I really haven’t wanted to re-live it all…until now.  October is quite a crazy month to say the least…4 birthdays in 2 days…need I say more!!  At the end of October, I always tell myself…NO MORE PARTIES!  and then April hits and I already have fun ideas for the next parties!  Why do I do this?!  (my husband would like to know!)  I do have so much fun planning parties, especially for my kids and their adorable friends. My little Abby loves ballet and was so excited to have a “Ballerina Party” for her 5th birthday.  I’m excited to share all of the details in photos today. {THE INVITES} I usually make digital invites, but went a little crazy with the paper (and tuling this time).  I printed out the invite wording (font: LD Adornment) on pink paper and then cut out little leotard shapes.  I [Read More…]

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{Felt Heart Valentine Holders}

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I have been wanting to make Brooke’s FELT VALENTINE ENVELOPES for forever…I {heart} them… I decided to take a little spin on them and make felt heart pouches…I love the ones at Pottery Barn Kids that hang on the chairs… They have been a hit this week, my little ones have loved getting little notes and surprises in their hearts and writing little notes for each other.  They were pretty simple to make.  Felt is so easy to cut and sew.  Here are the steps if you want to give it a go!!! Materials you need: Ric-Rac (1 inch wide) I used light pink and white Red Felt (Lots of it) Stiff Red Felt sheets (I got 1 heart and 2 pockets per large sheet) Paper to make heart template Step 1:  Cut out a heart template using paper…I cut out a few different sizes to find the one I liked on my chair. Step 2:  Cut out your hearts.  [Read More…]

“SUPERSTAR” Valentines!

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 I made these “SUPERSTAR” Valentines for my little girl last year.  They were a hit! We found some “shape” sunglasses in the party section of a store and made the Valentines to go along…I think homemade Valentines are so much fun!  First we took photos of Abby in the shape sunglasses…here are some out-takes…As you can see she didn’t mind posing for the camera in “Superstar” fashion!   Then, I created this mini card in photoshop….I added an 80’s twist with “BROADWAY” font and bright pink and teal!  I also added random stars to match her sunglasses! We tied the little notes to the sunglasses.  Abby loved writing on all of the cards and handing out the Valentines to all of her “SUPERSTAR” friends!  Now for this year…there are so many fun ideas I’m thinking of…we shall see! Pin It

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{9 Valentine’s Oldies…but GOODIES!}


We have some {Crafting Chicks} OLDIES but GOODIES for you today… now that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Nikkala’s {HEART} Chocolate Covered Oreos Kirsten’s Clever Kid Valentines Nikkala’s EVIL treats Brooke’s IPHONE Valentines Brooke’s DIY (Potter Barn Kids Style) Felt Envelopes for VDAY! Kirsten’s Vintage Chandelier-{Valentine Style} Jamie’s Valentine Centerpiece “LOVE TREE” Jamie’s Valentine Word Art Kirsten’s Silly Valentine Cards for Kids

{Thank You Santa Stationery & Cookies for Santa Tags ****Free Downloads}

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What a week!  We have been busy getting ready for Christmas!  I have to say I am very excited this year…my kids are at such a fun age and I am really looking forward to all the memory making moments this weekend.  I can’t wait for my little girls to see the doll beds under the tree, to witness the dysfunctional Manger scene on Saturday with my kids and their cousins, and to just relax and spend “quality” time with family.  We are cranking up Christmas music today and wrapping presents! A couple of weeks ago, I shared my Letter To Santa downloads. Every year, we leave a thank you note to Santa along with our cookies and milk.  I made some “Thank You Santa” stationery this year, and a “Cookies for Santa” tag. But…we couldn’t leave out our Elf “Franklin.”  He has been with us each December and has definitely earned some cookies too.  He may have forgotten to go to the North Pole a few [Read More…]

{Christmas Bingo *Free Printable Download}

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  Time to share my Christmas BINGO! I shared my Halloween & Thanksgiving bingo using Brooke’s Template….NOW it is time for a Christmas version! ENJOY! I thought of a fun gift idea using these BINGO games….You could print all cards and calling cards…laminate and wrap in a box for fun family BINGO! Stay tuned for my Valentine Bingo…coming the end of January! Download links below:)  Personal USE only please! [wpdm_file id=80] PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE! {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}{All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended [Read More…]

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{Adorable Doll Bed & Bedding}

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I shared my beds/bedding on the Wood Connection blog yesterday but just had to share it here for our readers too.  I must say…this might be one of my all time favorite things I’ve made…I had so much fun making the bedding! Santa’s bringing a set of Boy/Girls twins to our house on Christmas Eve!  We love girl/boy twins at our house.  My 2 and 5 year old little girls will be so excited to see these beds and new babies under our tree this year. I wanted to get bigger doll beds (the ones that fit most sized babies/doll).  They fit American Girl dolls too!  When I called the Wood Connection, I was thrilled to find out they had unfinished wooden doll beds.  I immediately had to grab two (for the twins).  The Wood Connection is located in Salt Lake City, UT. I love the Scalloped headboards! I spray painted mine white (using a paint and primer-satin finish).  I wanted [Read More…]

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{Your Creative Lens on Life: Creating a Snapfish Photo Book}

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Hopefully you all commented on the last Snapfish post.  We loved all the fun ideas you gave us.  I chose comment #29, Kari who suggested we put together an “I Spy” book.   I have always wanted to make an “I Spy” family book using family photos throughout the year.  My kids love the “I Spy” princess and cars books we have right now.  I thought it would be a fun way to look back on 2011 and all of our fun memories we made throughout the months. Snapfish has many options for building a photo book.  I love that they have already designed pages and layouts. I love that they even have themes to create custom books to celebrate birthdays and weddings, vacation journals & scrapbooks, recipe books or just everyday photo books. The easy-to-use book tool lets you customize every photo layout, background design and caption.  I chose to go the “create my own” route.  Snapfish allows you to create your own [Read More…]

Handmade Photo Ornaments-Fancy Bangle Style

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It’s time to share my annual photo ornaments.  I have been making these for the past few years…with photos of my little ones and family.  My kids love seeing their photos on our tree…my little 2 year old walks by and points to her ornament with excitement!  They have been a huge hit! I think this year’s might be my favorite…I love that they turned out so pretty…. I purchased shiny bangle bracelets from the store (you can find them anywhere…forever 21, charolette russe, etc.)  I chose gold, silver, simple, fancy, and even ones with a bluish finish. I also used little wooden circles (you can find at most craft stores in their unfinished wood section). The wood circles are 2″ x 3/16″  (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)   Here are the steps to make these: Drill a hole in the wood circles.  (I had my husband help with this part…)  My holes were pretty small (like the size of [Read More…]

{Photo Memory Game}

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 A few years ago I shared my Family PHOTO MEMORY GAME.  It was a huge hit and a great Christmas present for my little ones.  I wanted to share this again for a great gift idea!  Now that we have two more members of our family…it is time to make another one.  I am thinking of using metal juice tops or circle chipboards for the next set…I will post when I make it!  My kids have played this over and over again and they love looking at past photos!  Here are the instructions for any of you who want to give it a try. Things you’ll need: -Bazzill chipboard squares, (2 inch)-you can find them online or at most craft stores They come in packs of 20 and I used 2 packs-so I had 20 pairs of photos. -20 photos-2 of each printed 2×2 inches. -Scrapbook paper for the back-digi paper is best to print and use because you need the backs [Read More…]

{Letter to Santa Free Printable Download}

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My kids were so excited to write a letter to Santa this year!  In fact they have written a few.  I made a cute Santa Card for their letters…. and wanted to share!  (Stay tuned for my Cookies for Santa sign and Thank you note next week) I made a version for both younger and older kids.  Since little ones write using pictures, I made one with a place to draw a picture.  I also made an older kids version with more lines for writing. To download the letters, here is the link: (Personal USE only please)  The Label at the top of the letter came from the talented CRYSTAL WILKERSON Big Kid Letter   Little Kid Letter   {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back [Read More…]

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{Thanksgiving Bingo *Free Printable Download}

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Last month, I shared my Halloween Bingo using Brooke’s BINGO TEMPLATE.  I decided to make a Thanksgiving rendition and share it with all of you! How cute would this be on the kiddies table, setting on their plates when they arrive.  You could play the Thanksgiving Bingo game as the food is getting prepared to serve.  I thought using mini pumpkins, Bugles (remember those!), or m & m’s as bingo markers would be cute…I still haven’t printed or laminated mine yet, but wanted to share so you all could use it!  The big day is this coming Thursday! Hope your little ones enjoy! To Download My Thanksgiving Bingo, click the links below (Personal USE only please!) [wpdm_file id=79]

{Thanksgiving Place Cards-Mini Mayflower Nut Cup Ships *Free Download}

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Last year a friend made these for our thankgiving preschool feast and I about died!  They were so cute!  I knew that the following year these would be on my list to make!  & since my mom’s (adorable) turkey name tag nutcups have seen better days, I offered to make some new one’s for our families Thanksgiving feast. To make these cute “Mini Mayflower Nut Cup Thanksgiving Place Cards” (that’s a mouth full!) You will need: -My download, or you can cut shapes for the sails. -Large nutcups -paper strips (2 inches x 5 inches) staples the sides together and slip the nutcup in. -stapler, scissors, and hole punch -treats and nuts for the cup -Sucker sticks from the craft store (the longer ones) Steps to make these: Cut out your paper strips and staple the edges of two together for the boat around the nut cup.  Cut out your sails and add the names.  Hole punch the top and bottom of [Read More…]

{Chocolate Covered Pilgrim Hats- A Sweet Thanksgiving Treat!}

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I made these little Chocolate covered pilgrim hats last year with my kids on Thanksgiving day!  They were a hit.  I am definitely not a chocolatier, that’s for sure…in fact I could use some classes, but these were really fun to make and turned out pretty cute.  Maybe this year they will look even better, since I have had some practice. To make these mini pilgrim hats, you will need: -Fudge striped cookies -Large Marshmallows -Chocolate Chips (I like milk chocolate) *I always add a 1/2-1 tablespoon of butter or butter crisco to my chocolate so that it is easier to dip my strawberries, marshmallows or whatever I am trying to cover in chocolate. -Frosting gel or tubes…black and yellow First, grab a cookie sheet and layout the fudge striped cookies, stripes down. Next, melt your chocolate in the microwave or using a double-broiler.  Then dip your marshmallows.  You can place a marshmallow on top of a cookie and then use a [Read More…]

{Mickey Mouse Cupcakes *Free Mickey Mouse Cupcake Topper Download}

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M-I-C-K-E-Y  M-O-U-S-E!!! October is a busy birthday month at our house…to say the least!  My little boy/girl twins turned 2 last week and we celebrated with a Mickey Mouse family party! I kept it pretty simple but had to share the cupcakes that I made…I thought they turned out pretty cute.  I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and topped some off with “mini oreos” as Mickey Mouse ears. My little boy LOVES Mickey Mouse and was excited to see the cupcakes.  I found the black and white/red and white cupcake liners at Michael’s craft store.  I even made some Minie mouse and Mickey mouse headbands instead of birthday hats.   If you would like to download my Mickey toppers, you can use this link. This is a jpeg version you can either open in photoshop and type on or print blank and write on. (personal use only please)

{Halloween Bingo & Free Download}

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I made a Halloween bingo game for my preschool class and wanted to share.  My little ones will love it!  It is a simple one, probably for smaller kids, but even older ones will enjoy it too!  I love how it turned out…kind of “retro” halloween bingo game. I used fellow Crafting Chick Brooke’s template from her Valentine bingo to make my Halloween cards.  Brooke is one clever cat and I love her Valentine bingo cards!  She made it so easy to make any bingo game! I used a few things from the amazingly talented Crystal Wilkerson….the blue striped paper and the green quatrefoil paper…also her bracket tag!  I LOVE HER STUFF!!!! I posted a few things last year to do with your little ones at Halloween you may want to check out as well:  {Halloween Fun for Your Little One} Some of you are planning Halloween parties and maybe these ideas will come in handy! Here are the links to download.  Personal USE [Read More…]

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{Painting Pumpkins-Martha Stewart Style}

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I had some fun painting pumpkins.  I couldn’t wait to use my Martha Stewart Stencil kits (pictured below) from her new paint line.  (Available now at Michael’s Craft stores–see my back to school projects using Martha’s new line HERE)  I love the damask patterns and monogram stencils.  The polka-dot pumpkins were the easiest and turned out super cute! To add the letters BOO on my big pumpkin, I first traced the letters onto the pumpkin and painted them in.  You could even use a sharpie marker if that is easier. To add polka-dots, I used Martha’s new pouncer sponges….this took merely seconds and I love how they turned out! For a spooky touch…I glued on sparkly spiders…My kids LOVE this! I also used the stencils to make a Monogram pattern on my white pumpkin.  I love white pumpkins! And my most favorite would have to be the two damask white pumpkins that sit on either side of my bench in the planters. What [Read More…]

{Starting the Year off on the right FOOT-New Balance Giveaway}


*This Givewaway is now closed* We hope your kiddos started the year off on the right foot!  Which leads us to this GIVEAWAY!  The Crafting Chicks were lucky to get to sample some NEW BALANCE kids shoes to begin the new school year.  Becky’s little girl got these beauties (ABOVE) in black, pink and silver.  I love that they come in bright, fun colors that kids love!  Since kids are constantly on the GO-why not give them some great shoes to run circles in!  My little guy gets to sport these cool gray and green ones…I think he likes getting new shoes almost as much as me!  So it’s a win-win…great shoes for their growing feet and a cool, sporty look they will love! Here are some other details of these shoes…. New Balance 688 – Perfect for the active kid on the go, the New Balance 688 offers the support, comfort and cushioning Moms and Dads look for, in a [Read More…]

{Halloween Felt Countdown Calendar}

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We are excited to share some of our Halloween ideas this month and next…so look for our “Trick or Tweet” sign at the top of our new Halloween Posts and you can always click on “Halloween” in our archives to see some oldies but goodies from last year. Today I am sharing my Felt Halloween Countdown with you today!  I made this last year and don’t have step by step instructions for you…It was quite the process…coming up with the design…so taking pictures along the way would have been a nightmare! I saw a similar one from Pottery Barn a few years back and Loved it.  I love the retro feel and the home made feel…something my mom would have made for us as kids.  And my kids love it! The key to working with felt is a good, sharp pair of fabric scissors.  Felt is so easy to cut, but with these scissors…even easier.  I am a crazy cat and [Read More…]

{NEW Martha Stewart Decorative Paints by Plaid Crafts} Back to School Crafting Fun!

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We are thrilled to be able to introduce you to the NEW Martha Stewart Decorative Paint Line brought to you by Plaid Crafts!  YOU are going to love all of the options, tools, paint colors, ideas, and crafty inspiration that this new line has to offer! Some “BACK TO SCHOOL” crafty fun was happening at my house this week thanks to Martha Stewart.  I had fun making labeled storage cans for all my preschool supplies & I even made my kiddos special lunch boxes/supply totes.  Which they LOVED!  I am excited to share with you what supplies I used. When I recieved my supplies from Plaid Crafts, I was SO excited to get started crafting up a storm…the packaging alone would make anyone want to get  CRAFTY!  Here are some details about the Martha Stewart Paint Line that is exclusively available at Michael’s stores in the US and Canada starting the last week of August. There are 160 paint colors in 5 [Read More…]

Mixed Bags {Giveaway}


If you haven’t checked out Mixed Bag Designs…you must!  The Crafting Chicks were able to sample a few of these babies…and we LOVE them.  Not only do they have a great selection of different sized bags and totes but they also offer other goodies like ipad, phone and laptop cases.  And all of the bags/totes/cases come in the cutest selection of patterns and colors.  Brooke has loved the big beach totes for taking towels and swim gear to the pool.  She has also loved the insulated totes for lunches and grocery shopping.  Becky loves her new iphone cover and Jamie loved the ‘fold and go’ totes for storage…the possibilities are endless!  Mixed Bag Designs is giving away a set of 5 bags to 5 of our LUCKY readers.  To enter, just leave a comment and tell us which set you would choose if you won (the sets are pictured below).  This giveaway is valued at $95-$105!  (you must be a public follower of The Crafting [Read More…]

{Chicka Chicka Boom Boom-ABC Kid’s Craft}

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I LOVE Children’s books.  I collect them and get excited about buying them just like most ladies feel about shoes.  I never feel guily about buying them either.  One of my favoirte ABC’s children’s books is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault.  I teach preschool and it was our theme for the year.  I can’t think of a more catchy, fun book for kids-they LOVE it!  My own kiddos have it memorized and I love to hear them read it.  This book makes learning the ABC’s fun! I even have a huge Coconut tree painted on my wall in honor of the book and we add letters to it as we learn each one. Today I’d love to start a little “Book Nook” if you will.  I would love to share my favorite children’s books with you and fun activities to go with them…so here is the first one and stay tuned for more in the future.  After you read this [Read More…]

{Pearlie Girl Hair Decor-GIVEAWAY}

If you are looking for beautiful and unique hair accessories for you and your little ones, check out Pearlie Girl {hair decor}.   We are loving these!  Pearlie Girl has lovely hair clips, headbands, and bobby pins that are perfect for ‘decorating’ your hair.  This Etsy store offers flowers in all colors and sizes and sweet little bows for baby and little girl hair.  Pearlie Girl can also create something original for you.  Aren’t these flower clips the cutest?!!!  I can’t wait to take pictures of my little girls in the new pink one I just got! Pearlie Girl is giving away this prize package of hair accessories to one lucky Crafting Chicks reader! Prize package includes: -Cream colored hair flower clip -Set of 2 pink polka-dot mini bow clips -Circle fabric hair pin -Black & white circle headband   To enter this giveaway, check out the Pearlie Girl shop, then leave a comment letting us know which item you like the best.  Pearlie Girl {hair decor} is also [Read More…]

{Paper Lantern Kid’s Craft***4th of July Style}

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Here is a fun Kid’s Craft for your upcoming 4th of July Festivities-Summer Paper Lanterns, 4th of July Style. Supplies You will need to make the Paper Lanterns: -Cardstock in Red, White and Blue -A ruler -Scissors -Star punch or Star Stickers -A pencil -Glue Sticks -Festive Ribbon -Stapler Step One: Fold your cardstock in Half Lengthwise.  Then take your ruler and draw lines from the fold, leaving an inch from the end of your line and the edge.  Leave about .75 inch on each side. Step 2: Have the kids cut on the line, stopping when the line ends, not through to the edge:)  (This is great cutting practice) *Little brother had to join…this photo is so funny because he has been wearing that monster hat (we have a green and pink one) for days…he refuses to take it off, even during nap time! Step 3:  Unfold your paper and then with the folded bumps on the outside, tun [Read More…]

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{A Pink Princess Tea Party}


I could not wait to use this Pink Princess CookBook with my two little princesses.  My little girl earned a SPECIAL night and so we whipped out this cookbook and made a couple of the Princess treats for our tea party.  There were a lot of ideas to choose from and my little girl spent about 20 minutes just looking through the book, deciding which treats were her favorite.   For this tea party we made the “raspberry tea sandwiches” but used blueberries instead, and star shine strawberry muffins…but swapped out the strawberries for blueberries….and then of course…I let her decorate the sandwiches and muffins! The Pink Princess cookbook had such fun ideas, easy to make and fun to adapt to what you have in your home.  We will definitely be doing this again…and trying out some other treats in the book…We can wait to try the Pink Princess Pudding, Magic Princess Wands, and Enchanted Unicorn Horns.  If you are throwing a Princess [Read More…]

{4th of July Treat Tags and Cupcake Toppers***Free Printables}

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Today I am sharing treat Ideas for the 4th!  These would be fun to take to a family bbq or parade to share with your family.  The kiddos will especially LOVE them! Below are some fun ways to use these treat tags/cupcake toppers-But if you think of any other great ideas, Let us know!! Here is the link to download my 4th of July Treat Tags (PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE): Cupcake toppers…bake your favorite cupcakes or muffins, top with frosting add red sprinkles or red hard candy…add the topper and you have a very cute dessert to take to your 4th of July party! Have a “RED HOT” 4th!!  You can attach these treat tags to a box of “RED HOTS” or make mini bags of red hots and tie them up with the tag. I LOVE these red Cherry Sours.  These look so cute in mini baggies and I just stapled the 4th of July treat tags to the [Read More…]

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{4th of July Word Art***Free Printable}

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  Today I want to share my 4th of July Word Art with our readers.  Subway art is such a huge hit right now.  I love to make my own in Photoshop.   I am always inspired by the AMAZING ladies at Eighteen25.  They have the best Subway art printables EVER-you must go see! Click on this link to download the 4th of July word art (personal use only please): FOURTH OF JULY SUBWAY ART Edited to add: This is a ZIPPED FILE. Once you click on the download link, save it to your computer. Then you are going to need to UNZIP or EXTRACT the file (you’ll have to see how your computer does that, every computer is different) in order to have access to it. Once unzipped the file is a simple JPEG file (like a photo) and you can print it pretty much anywhere. You can print this subway art as large as 16×20. I printed mine 8×10 [Read More…]

{Sponsor Shout Out}


We’d like to thank Crafting Chicks’ May sponsors! Not only do they have great products, but they are really fun to work with and we know they would take good care of you as customers. Here are some things that caught my EYE from our fabulous sponsors! Cookbooks for KIDS!  Cannot wait to try out the princess one that I received.  Pocketdoodles for KIDS!  I think these are amazing….I love it when kids can use their imagination and these books are a must have for that. & check out their Rick Walton’s Language Arts Series. I LOVE House 8810!  They have some really great things for summer.  Check out this awesome car bingo , a must have for road trips!  I wanted to make a 4th of July banner this year but will probably just buy this one.  Their site makes me happy! Pixelbooking Patriotic Kit-This will get you ready for digi scrappin’ your 4th of July festivities this year! [Read More…]

{Homemade Hawaiian Leis-Kid Craft}


I am so excited to be part of Color My Summer on Delia’s amazing blog. I am excited to share my RED summer project with you!  I am a preschool teacher and in a couple of weeks, we are going to be having a Hawaiian Luau!  I thought it would be fun for the kids to make their own paper Leis.  I loved the idea of using bright RED paper flowers.  Here are some tricks to how we made these-so you can get ready for a LUAU party this summer! Let’s get started. Supplies you need to make homemade Hawaiian Leis: -Large Flower Punch -Thick Cardstock -drinking straws cut into 1 inch pieces -Paper Hole Punch -Yarn or Thick String -Floss Threaders (important for little ones) These floss threaders are a must if you are having kids make these leis.  Tie the yarn or string around the hole of the floss threader and your child will have a much easier time [Read More…]

{Silhouette Heat Transfer T-Shirts for Kids}

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I am falling more in love with my Silhouette every time I use it….I had so much fun making these personailized T-shirts for my kiddos this week. You should of seen me and my little ones looking down in amazement while we were watching the silhouette cut out these images.  Where has it been all of my life! I received these heat transfer materials in smooth and flocked.  I thought we could have fun with the flocked heat transfer material and make some cute t-shirts.  I figured it was a great beginning project…but the possibilieties are endless…pillows, lampshades, material designs on canvas, etc. Since my little boy LOVE dogs…we designed a shirt with a dog that says “TOP DOG”-random but he LOVES it… He loved the fact that the dog was “fuzzy” (white flocked heat transfer) and for my sweet Abby…She is in love with Tangled right now…she sings aloud to the soundtrack while we drive around town and since [Read More…]

{Summer FUN Chart and Photo Journal}

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SUMMER HERE WE COME!  I can’t wait.  I love lazy summer days…staying in pajamas until noon, swimming, popsicles, summer night bbqs, road trips, etc…and I know my kids can’t wait either. So…to kick off your summer, I have a Summer Fun Chart to share with you today.  It is great to have a list of fun ideas so you can make your plans and fill your family’s summer with FUN!  My kids are at a really fun age…they are so excited about everything we do.  Together we created a list of 50 fun things to do together this summer…50 sounds like a lot but really most activities are simple and quick like getting a snowcone.  I posted a similar chart last year, & Nikkala shared her awesome Science Camp idea.  This year I added PENNANTS to the chart…which I am LOVING! Here are some summer fun ideas from OUR list, but leave a comment if you have another fun idea-What is [Read More…]

{Cinderella Party-“A Party Fit for a Princess”}

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  A little while ago, I shared my little boy’s PUPPY PARTY & promised to share his sisters Princess Party.  My little 4 year old loves princesses-and I know this stage doesn’t last long, so we went all out with a Cinderella Princess ball & tea party for her 4th birthday.   Abby couldn’t wait to deliver the invites to her friends.  I found this idea online (i forget where) and thought it was perfect… Here Ye, Here Ye Calling Princesses one & all. It’s a Cinderella Party & We’re going to have a ball! A luncheon party fit for a princess, is awaiting you at the castle door. It’s a royal celebration because… “Cinder-Abby” is turning 4! {Please come dressed in rags, but bring along a dress whereupon you will be transformed into a princess befitting for this royal event.} When the guests arrived-we transformed them into princesses-make up, hair up do’s, sparkly spray and all the girls dressed up in a [Read More…]

{Mini Easter Basket Place Card Holders}

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Here is a cute idea for place card holders for any Easter party, brunch or lunch!  How cute are these mini baskets!  Your little ones will love them! You will need: -itty bitty mini baskets (found at any craft store) -Easter grass or straw -Ribbon or tulle -name tag -floral pins (floral section) If you would like to download my tags (you can just print and then write your own names on them) here is the link: [wpdm_file id=14] {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.} I just filled the mini baskets with Easter grass (I’m loving the hot pink and bright green!) and then added a tulle ribbon.  Then take [Read More…]

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{Easter Garland and Easy Decor Ideas}

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I saw this Easter garland in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and fell in LOVE!  I had to make one!  I love how it turned out, so simple and sweet.  You can make one too. You will need: -Die cuts of bunnies, eggs and chicks.  I used my Silhouette but you could also cut them out at your local craft store.  Most craft stores have die cut machines.  You could make the banner smaller (using smaller cut outs) or bigger ones. -Paper (I used the same paper for bunnies, same for all chicks, and had a few different patterns for the eggs.  You could also go plain pastel like Pottery Barn) -fishing wire -a tiny hole punch or needle -Pretty silk ribbon After choosing your paper, and cutting out your bunnies, eggs and chicks, you will string them together with the fishing wire.  You could do this two ways.  1) punch tiny holes on both sides of die cut and [Read More…]

{Inspiration Journals-the Cinch Binding Machine}

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Last week we teamed up with Robert’s Arts and Crafts for their Family Night Craft.  If you didn’t get a chance to make one, or if you don’t live near a Robert’s store, well here is the tutorial for you today-You can make one at home!   I bet you could even try out a Cinch Binding machine at Robert’s-to see if you like it, and believe me-You will LOVE it!  I LOVE the idea that Robert’s Arts and Crafts have to gather families for a fun craft.  I thought these journals would be a great thing for each member of a family to make. As a family, you could discuss goals or record keeping and then make these little “inspirational journals.” Supplies you need to make the “Inspiration Journal”: -the Cinch Machine (Robert’s will have some out ready for you to try out)  they are amazing and so easy and fun to use!! -the Cinch binding rings (1/2 inch) -Bo Bunny chip [Read More…]

{DIY Treat Stands}

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We shared these little gems on Monday’s Fresh Living. These DIY treat stands are so cheap & EASY to make, but look beautiful & expensive when finished. You could use plastic or resin plates for a more casual look or go fancy with some pretty ceramic or china ones! These would be perfect for any party or just to have on your kitchen table or island. Here’s what you need: Plates and bowls of your choice (a big one for the bottom, smaller one for the center and a bowl for the top) or you really could mix it up.) Candlestick holders (I used a larger and smaller one) Strong Glue like E-6000 or Gorilla Glue Then you just glue the plates and candlesticks together!  I applied a pretty thick layer of E-6000 around the rim of the candlesticks and just placed them on my plates.  I kind of just eye-balled it but you could get more exact and try [Read More…]

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{“TWEET! TWEET! YOU ARE SWEET!” Easter Treat Ideas & Free Tags!}

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Today we will be sharing these adorable treat ideas as well as some other “SPRING” ideas on Channel 2 Fresh Living today!  Kirsten and I have some crafty things up our sleeves for you! I know it is a bit early, but in every store, Easter candy is staring me in the face!  I love Easter candy, especially the mini Cadbury eggs!  I cooked up a few great ideas for treat holders, tags, and treats to share with others, or make with your little ones.  So let’s get started! To make these nests you will need: -1 bag of large marshmallows -2 cans Chow Mein noodles (in the Asian food section in the grocery store) -2 T. butter -cooking spray or shortening (to rub on hands to form nests) Just like Rice Krispie Treats, melt your butter and add marshmallows.  When melted,  carefully stir in the noodles (so they don’t break), kinda just fold in with a spatula.  Let them cool, but not [Read More…]

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{Robert’s Arts & Crafts Family Night-Inspiration Journals}

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We are excited to share that we will be working with Robert’s Arts and Crafts on a few upcoming projects. I created these “Inspiration Journals” for Robert’s Family Night on Monday, March 21st at all Robert’s locations throughout Utah. I LOVE the idea that they have to gather families for a fun craft. I thought these journals would be a great thing for each member of a family to make. As a family, you could discuss goals or record keeping and then make these “inspirational journals.” They will have all the supplies ready for you to make these, including the Cinch binding machine that you will get to try out.  You will love it! So…hopefully you and your families can make it to Robert’s for their family night craft next Monday, March 21st! You will get to make and take home a very cute inspirational journal where you can record your thoughts, lists, goals, or memories! This would also be a great gift to [Read More…]

{Leprechaun Treasure Details + Free St. Patrick’s Day Tags}

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  Last week I posted my Leprechaun Rainbow Hunt Shamrocks and wanted to share with you fun things I found for the leprechaun “loot” or treasure, as well as a fun way to make sneaky little leprechaun footprints. Since leprechauns are so tricky and sneaky how fun would it be for your kids to wake up to little green footprints.  You could also rearrange things, die the milk green, or use bistro markers to draw mustaches on family photos-silly things.  These all would make my little ones laugh! To make the little green foot prints, here are the steps: 1.  Get some green paint ready on a paper plate. 2.  Make a fist and with the outside of your fist, dip it in the paint (do you see the little foot?) 3.  Stamp your fist on the white cardstock or surface. 4.  And last, to make toes, use your finger tip and create 5 dots above the foot to make 5 tiny [Read More…]

{Leprechaun Treasure Hunt-Follow the Colors of the Rainbow + FREE DOWNLOADS}

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I am planning a “Leprechaun Treasure Hunt” using these shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day in my preschool class.  I will hide the clues (shamrocks) throughout the class, or in the backyard (depending on the weather).  The kiddos will follow the colors of the rainbow starting with the rainbow colored shamrock, then red, orange, yellow, green, blue & purple.  At the end of the rainbow, a treasure awaits!  I haven’t filled the treasure chest yet, but check back on Saturday and I’ll share my ideas for that as well as a sneaky way to make leprechaun footprints! If you would like to download these “Rainbow Shamrocks” and send your little ones on a leprechaun hunt, here is the link: ***After downloading the zipped file to your computer, right click on it and then select extract.  It should open the file and you are good to go! Remember, these downloads are for personal use only please*** For a fun twist, you could make Nikkala’s [Read More…]

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{Puppy Shop Party!}

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  I am soooooo excited to share my little boy’s PUPPY SHOP Party with you today!  I have been wanting to post it since last fall.  My little boy Bryson is in LOVE with all things puppies, especially polka-dot ones (dalmations).  So for his 4th birthday party, it was a must that we celebrated by having his friends come to his “Puppy Shop.”  It was a huge hit and Bryson was in heaven.  So many details to share…so let’s get started. (When the guests arrived, the door was covered with this “Puppy Shop” sign.  My mom makes birthday signs for all of her grand kids b-days-she is amazing!) First off, we made some very cute puppy invitations.  I folded white and brown cardstock in half and just kind of cut out the shape of a dog head.  Added some dark brown cardstock for ears, a brown circle for the spot, red felt for the collar, a brown pom pom for [Read More…]

{Valentine’s Day Word Art and Notecards + Free Downloads!}

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I needed a little something for my mantle for Valentine’s Day.  I had this red frame and decided to make some word art to go it it.  I LOVE how it turned out.  I made my word art in Photoshop using various fonts that I love.  I just played around with words, fonts, sizes and colors to make them fit together like a puzzle. I would love to share my word art with you.  Click on the link below to download a free one (personal use only please). Jamie’s Valentine Word Art & Note Cards {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to send your friends and link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.} I also used [Read More…]

{Beth’s ADORABLE Felt Book for Baby}

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I am excited to show case my friend Beth’s ADORABLE felt baby quiet book.  Beth is an amazing pianist and music teacher and has created an amazing program called Kid’s Rach that 2 of my children attend.  She claims she is not a crafter, however I have to disagree.  She caught my Quiet Book bug (quiet book 1,  quiet book 2), and went nuts, creating some of the cutest quiet books I have seen.  I will have to share another of her books soon. But today I wanted to share with you this cute book she made for her dear friend that was having a baby girl.  Wouldn’t you love to get this gift at your baby shower!!! She made a cover similar to mine.  For her pages she used approximately 10×10 sheets of felt and beautiful, bright fabric. Page 1-felt elephant attached to polkadot ribbon-baby can remove and attach to velcro Page 2-Clear vinyl sewn on hides bright fun little [Read More…]

{Valentine Flashback}

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We sifted through our archives and rounded you up some Crafting Chicks “oldies but goodies” for Valentine’s Day.  Enjoy! LOVE,  The Crafting Chicks Brooke’s Adorable Home Made Valentines Nikkala’s Evil Treats for the Sweetest Sweets Jamie’s Be Mine Banner and Felt Heart Goodie Bags Nikkala’s Be Mine Valentines  {directions to make these} Jamie’s Love Blocks  (block tutorial on “Boo” Block post) Brooke’s Valentine Templates, Bingo, Cutness, and Fun Galore! Brooke’s Rose Heart Shadow Box Becky’s Red Velvet Cupcakes Jen’s L.O.V.E. Canvas Wall Hanging

{Valentine’s Day “LOVE” Tree Centerpiece}

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I am excited to share my “LOVE” tree centerpiece with you today!  It has been quite the hit at our house.  My little ones have loved seeing their photo hanging from our “tree” and hearing me read the love notes on back.  So if you are looking for a special table centerpiece for this Valentine’s day, look no further!  Here goes! For the vase, I used a glass square vase filled with rocks.  I then wrapped some black and white damask paper around the middle and secured with adhesive.  I added a thick red satin bow, fancy and pretty!  I purchased some green flower branches from a craft store and snipped off the bottoms as needed.  I arranged them to stick out quite a bit-to make room for my ornaments.  This will also be great for a Spring centerpiece after Valentine’s Day. Photo Ornaments: supplies needed: -rectangle wood pieces (found at any craft store in the wood section) mine were 2 [Read More…]