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This post is sponsored by American Crafts. All opinions are my own.

I'm Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

I’m Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

I’ve been playing around with the Heidi Swapp™ Minc™ machine and I’m in love with it! It is so much fun! My girls watched in amazement as I would place a piece of paper covered in foil in the sleeve, run it through the machine and voila! A beautiful foiled picture would emerge! Too fun!

I decided to make a temple print for my daughter’s rooms so they can see it everyday.

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I found a clipart silhouette of the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple. I then added the “I’m going there someday,” to the bottom in a script and also a fun block font.

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It was tricky to decide on the foil color so I did a few different ones and ended up loving them all but the silver with the turquoise stole my heart.

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Block Font Script Font

 

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I Whale-y Love You Notebook

I think I’m in love! My daughter was wearing some whale pajamas this week and I kept saying, “I Whale-y Love you!” We both laughed and then I had to do something about that cute little saying. So here you go. My answer is this “I Whale-y love you!” notebook.

I used my Cricut to cut out the vinyl and it was so super easy. I’ll even share the Cricut file here for you so you can jump in your Cricut Design Space and make one too.

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First off you’ll need to snag a cute notebook with a plan cover.  I found these cute craft paper ones at Michaels. They came in a 3 pack so you can make some for gifts.

Next, I used the Brights Sample pack of vinyl from Cricut. I loved the Teal and Pink together. Such fun bright colors.

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Use the Cricut to cut it all out. Use some transfer tape to place the vinyl on the notebook in the way that you like. I would like to mention how much I LOVE my Cricut Tools especially the weeder tool. It’s my favorite.

Whale-notebook

And there you have it. A cute notebook dressed up with a little vinyl. Ready to write in or gift to a friend.

If you have been wanting a Cricut now is the time! Make some eggnog and hang some lights because it’s Christmas in July at Cricut! In addition to great sales on Cricut Explore machines and digital items, it’ll make you very merry to know that Cricut is also re-releasing retired cartridges in limited quantities, including: Songbird, Very Merry Tags, Christmas Cards, Dinosaur Tracks and 50 States.

They are also offering an  extra $10 off Cricut Explore Air Everything Set with code EVERYTHING10 and an extra 20% off any digital item with code 20DIGIT15.

Take advantage of this huge sale today and have all your crafting projects ready to go in time for the winter holidays! Plus, you’ll get free shipping with the code JULYSHIP!

Happy crafting!

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Keep your little monsters busy on a rainy day with this easy Monsters Inc. inspired play dough.

Monsters Inc Play Dough Tastefully Frugal for The Crafting Chicks

Hey crafty readers! It’s Sydney from Tastefully Frugal here again to share another fun activity to do with your kids. Last month we celebrated my baby’s second birthday (seriously where does the time go)! I wasn’t planning on having a party for him but two weeks before his birthday he started saying he wanted a “Mikey-owski” party; in two year old language that meant he wanted a Monsters University party. They’ve seen both Monsters movies but Monsters University is definitely their favorite.

Only having a few weeks to plan I decided to go with super simple ideas for the food and treats. I’m not a big fan of sending home goodie bags filled with candy and cheap toys; kids are already on a sugar high from the party itself and the last thing parents need is for a melt down when their $.25 toy breaks. As a thank you to our guests I like sending home one treat and one toy or game. For our Star Wars Party I made Death Star Oreo Truffles and Pool Noodle Light Sabers. For our Monster Party I opted for Monsters Rice Krispie Treats and play dough.

Monsters Inc Play Dough Tastefully Frugal for The Crafting Chicks

Both of my boys love playing with play dough and it’s so easy to make it fit perfectly with my stress free party plan. I used a basic salt dough play dough recipe and added neon blue and green for the colors. I will tell you you are going to use a lot of food coloring to get the bright colors. Between making these and the Monster Cupcakes I used almost an entire bottle of both the blue and green (but it was totally worth it)! If you have a rainy day (or super hot day) in your forecast make a batch of this play dough ahead of time; your little ones will love it!

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1/3 cup salt

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 cup water

1 Tbsp. oil (I used coconut oil but you can use canola oil too)

neon food coloring

Directions:

Add all of your dry ingredients (flour, salt and cream of tartar) to a medium sauce pan. Stir to combine with a wooden spoon.

Add water and oil and turn heat to medium-low.

Continually stir until it starts to get thick (about 1-2 minutes).

Before it starts to get really thick add your food coloring. For Mike Wazowski I used 44 drops of neon green food coloring (I added drops 10 at a time until I got the desired col0r) For Sulley I used 32 drops of neon blue, again adding drops 10 at a time.

Stir, stir, stir. You want to make sure you’re constantly stirring so the color gets spread evenly.

When the dough starts to not stick to the side anymore you are done.

Let dough cool on wax paper or foil for 30 minutes.

Knead a few times and store in an air tight container.

We had our party a month ago and my boys play with their dough every few days and it’s still soft and squishy!

Monsters Inc Play Dough Tastefully Frugal for The Crafting Chicks

If you want to print your own labels for the dough click here for Mike Wazowski and here for Sulley.

Monsters University Party Ideas www.tastefullyfrugal.org

To check out all the rest of our Monsters University Party details click here.

See you next time!

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I miss you candy grams at GingerSnapCrafts.com

Hi! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com, & I am so excited to be here at The Crafting Chicks. How’s your summer been so far? Ours has been busy & fun! My hubby has actually had to be out of town a few times this summer already. It’s always crazier than normal when he’s gone. Annnnd boy do I miss him a ton! That’s why I decided to sneak some I Miss You Candy Grams into his suitcase the last time he left! I thought these candy bars with cute notes turned out soooooo cute! So today I’m sharing the free candy bar printable so you can make these, too!

candy bar love notes at GingerSnapCrafts.com

For this project you will need:

candy (Reese’s, Kit Kat, Almond Joy, Pay Day, Mounds & M&Ms)

white cardstock

ribbon

distressing ink (optional)

hole punch

ribbon

glue

candy

I cut out all my candy gram tags, & then I distressed the edges with some distressing ink.

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Then I glued each one onto a matching piece of scrapbook paper.

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 Next I punched a hole & tied each one onto the candy bar with some ribbon.

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The only thing left to do was hide these in different spots of my hubby’s suitcase!

candy grams from GingerSnapCrafts.com

These would also be cute for kids away at college or summer camp.
I bet grandparents would love these, too from the grand kids!

You can print out these labels right {HERE}.

candy bar love notes at GingerSnapCrafts.com

What do you like to do to let that special someone know you are thinking of them?
I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below! Thanks so much for having me over! :)
Be sure to visit my blog for more fun ideas like this one! I’d love to have you over!

I miss you candy grams at GingerSnapCrafts.com

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Hi everyone! I’m Kiki from Kiki and Company and am so excited to be here this week for Fairytale Week. Growing up, I LOVED Fairy Tales. I loved to be read to, love to read them myself and eventually loved watching them as movies too! This summer, I am trying to add to my collection of fun things for my kiddos to do inside and thought this would be a perfect time to make a fun Fairy Tale Match game so that we could review them together!

Fairy Tale Match from kiki and company.

 

Playing this is a really fun way to involve kids of all ages, but also a great time to share some of your favorite Fairy Tales with them too! I had my 3 year old, 6 year old and 9 year old all playing at the same time…and it was FUN.

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To make this game is SUPER simple.

SUPPLIES

  • free printables at the end of this post
  • glue (I used a spray glue)
  • scissors

DIRECTIONS

  • Download, Print and Cut out free printables
  • Spray glue on wrong side of patterned side and place red polka dot paper on back
  • Smooth out any bumps quickly and make sure to seal sides well
  • You are done!

Fairy Tale Match from kiki and company. LOVE it!

 

To download these freebies, click on the link below:

Fairy Tale Match

I hope you have the happiest summer and make amazing memories with your kids!

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I’d love to see you over at Kiki and Company where you can find some other summer posts:

Summertime Activity House

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Father’s Day Superhero Printables

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DIY Summer Matching Game

DIY Summer Matching Game. Perfect for car rides!

 

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There’s a whole week all about Fairy Tales, be sure to check out the other posts in this series!

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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.

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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.

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Here is the before and after (adding the foil) of the pinwheel designs.

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Fold the corners in and make the pinwheels.  All the instructions are in the kits.
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I found pretty herb plants at Home Depot.  Cilantro, Sweet Basil, and Oregano…my favorites.  I potted them in silver pots from Ikea…the darling blue rectangle tray is from the Dollar store!

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Now add your fancy pinwheels and gift tags!  Such a cute indoor herb garden gift!  And the Minc machine helped me take it to a new level! sm herb garden 2

Here is a great video from Heidi Swapp on how to use the amazing Minc Machine!

*This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% mine.
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Thanks For Being Awesome Gift Tag

You know all those awesome people in your life? The ones that didn’t give you a gift, or even bring you dinner, but they’re still awesome! Maybe they saved your bacon and drove carpool when you forgot. Or stopped to chat and brightened your day. Yeah, they’re all around us! So here’s a happy gift tag to give to all those awesome people. It would also make a great gift tag for teachers at the end of the year, just saying…

Thanks For Being Awesome Gift Tag

This Thanks For Being Awesome Gift Tag has a lot of colors in it so it will go well with all sorts of gifts. These sock and lip balm combo are going to some friends that kindly watched my kids while I attended Snap Conference. There’s really no other word to describe a mom of 7 who takes on 3 more for a day except AWESOME!

Thanks For Being Awesome Gift Tag

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When printing from home I recommend printing on matte photo paper for best results. It will give a more vivid color than regular cardstock. For more tips printing free printables, checkout this post for printable success.

 

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A few more thank you type tags:

teacher appreciation

Teacher Redbox Tag

Simply the best

Simply the Best

Landee Thank You Note

Thank You Card

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Hi everyone! Kiki from Kiki and Company here and I hope your spring got off to a perfect start. There are so many exciting things that come with spring, but one of my favorite things is graduation for so many people. Whether from high school or college, what an exciting time of life it is! I remember my high school graduation like it was yesterday. I left home a few months later for college clear across the country. I was in for an amazing adventure, but I remember the nerves that came with it all! I love seeing all the great ideas for decorating those new college rooms, so I thought today I would help you out with some Graduation prints that you can give to those amazing grads in your life so they can stay positive and keep working towards their dreams.

Cute Graduation Prints from kiki and company

How great are those?! I love every one of them. Who doesn’t need a little positive in their life?!

LOVE these Graduation Prints at the crafting chicks

To give as a gift, simply download, print and tie with a ribbon.

Free Graduation Prints from Kiki and Company  for The Crafting Chicks

 

To download these freebies, click on the links below:

Be You

Live Loudly

Sparkle

Great Things

Wake up

Congrats Class of 2015!

 

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Graduation day is coming!  Let’s celebrate!

To help you get ready for this special day, we’ve rounded up our favorite Graduation Printables and Gift Ideas.  Everything you need to honor your favorite Graduate!

Graduation Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad! Congrats Grads!

Graduation Party Printables from Catch My Party

Graduation Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

Photo Booth Props from Coupons are Great

Graduation Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

Cupcake Toppers from Living Locurto

Graduation Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

Diploma Party Treats from Tatertots and Jello

Graduation Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

Graduation Cap and Photo Prop Printables from Tip Junkie

Graduation Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

Your Future Looks Bright Printable Tag from Love the Day

Graduates Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

Party Drinks from The Idea Room

Grads Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

Graduation Printables - Everything you need for your Grad!

Memory Wreath from DIY Beautify

Graduates Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

Mason Jar Grad Hat Gift with gift card holder from The Cards We Drew

Graduates Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

How to make Money Leis from Lil Luna

Graduates Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

Candy Bar Printable from Anders Ruff

Graduates Printables and Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

Graduation Gift Ideas - Everything you need for your Grad!

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Hello! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com. I am sooooo excited to be back here today sharing this fun birthday gift idea! Yay! I have loved my previous visits with the Chicks when I shared a colorful burlap wreath & an easy chalkboard inspired spring block. Over on my blog I love sharing easy, simple & fun projects, recipes & ideas. I’m also a mom to 5 kiddos, & they keep me busy! One of my kiddos is almost a senior! Gulp! How did that happen? It won’t be too long before he leaves the nest & takes off on his own. I’m not too sure I’m ready! ha! Today I am sharing this easy Party in a Can tutorial with you with FREE birthday printable! This would be the perfect gift to send to your college student or missionary on their birthday. You better believe I’ll be sending a gift just like this to my kiddos when they are older. You can’t have a birthday without a little party! This would also make a great gift for a neighbor or friend. So let’s get started!

Party in a Can #birthday #party #giftidea

 

birthday party in a can printable label

You’ll need a few supplies:

empty paint can (I bought mine for about $5 at Home Depot. Look in the paint section.)
3 12×12 pieces of scrapbook paper
white card stock
this printable
spray adhesive
ribbon

First, you will print out your label. Then I used the print & cut feature with my Silhouette to cut it out in a circle. You could also use a circle cutter or paper trimmer to cut it out.

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Next I cut 2 pieces of scrapbook paper the same height as my can. You’ll need 2 pieces of 12×12 paper to fit around your can. Be sure to measure & cut a little notch to fit around the handle on each side of the scrapbook paper.

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I also used my Silhouette to cut a circle for the lid.

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Next I used some spray adhesive to put the paper on my can. I love this stuff! It’s one of favorite craft products EVER!!! :)

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Now my can looked like this! Isn’t it cute? ha!

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Then using the spray adhesive I attached the birthday label right to the front of my can.

party in a can #printable

Now it was time to fill this baby up! ha!

birthday paint can

Some ideas for your party can >>>>> cake mix, icing, cupcake liner, sprinkles, confetti, candles, balloons, streamers, party favors, party decor, candy for decorating, notes & gift cards

easy birthday gift ideas

Then I put everything inside! It was pretty tight fit, but the mission was accomplished. ha!

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Then I put the lid back on, and then I sealed it with a rubber mallet. I added a tag & can opener on the side with some cute ribbon.

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I love how it turned out! This is THE perfect gift for someone far away. Pop it in the mail, and then just imagine their happy face when they open their package!

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easy gift ideas

Do you have a favorite go to gift for birthdays? What would you include in your can? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below. :)

Party in a Can #birthday #party #giftidea

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