Chalkboard Inspired Spring Block

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Hello! It’s Ginger from, & I am so excited to be here at The Crafting Chicks. I’m also excited to be bringing you an easy chalkboard inspired spring block tutorial. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for spring to be here! Even if it’s a little bit cold outside we can always bring a little bit of spring into our home. Hopefully the outside weather will get the hint & catch up soon. 😉 I also love the look of chalkboard but without the mess. So this project was perfect! Keep reading to see how easy this spring block was to put together. You’ll need a few supplies to get started: digital craft cutter (I used my Silhouette CAMEO.) vinyl lettering (I found this spring wreath image in the Silhouette online store.) chalkboard paint brush wood block (My block was about 10 inches by 9 inches.) This really is so easy to put together. If you [Read More…]

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Black Friday Sale: Silhouette


If a Silhouette is on your wish list, you might want to tip Santa off on this fantastic deal. Click on the button or this link to be taken to the Silhouette store for Black Friday pricing. Use code CRAFTINGCHICKS from now through Dec. 8th and get holiday pricing! Check these out: (1) A Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $229.99. Retail price for all of this would total $406.93 (over 40% savings!) (2) A Silhouette Portrait®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $129.99. Retail price for all of this would total $286.93 (over 40% savings!) (3) A Silhouette CAMEO®, a Silhouette Portrait®, and two $25 download cards for $299.99. That’s right: [Read More…]

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Halloween Plates

Halloween Plates

This was originally shared as part of Spooktacular September on eighteen25. My Halloween decor is black and white with a few pops of color here and there. I fell in love with Rhonna’s Insta Spooky font last year and knew I needed it in my house. Rhonna originally designed the font to use on Instagram, but since it is a true type font you can use it in your Silhouette Studio–which opens up all sorts of wonderful things you can do with it! And with 26 designs you can’t go wrong. So instead of buying the Halloween plates I’d been drooling over, I created my own. I started with 3 silver trays I picked up at Dollar Tree. And gave them a good coat of black and white spray paint. Because my kids are vinyl pickers I prefer to use the vinyl as a stencil, so I made sure my bottom color was the color I wanted my image to [Read More…]

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10 Minute Super Hero Costume

Super Hero Costume

My 4 year old was invited to a dress up birthday party a while ago. Although we have a drawer full of costumes to choose from, he wanted to be a super hero. A real super hero. No amount of talking was going to get him to go as a pirate or dinosaur. The instruction he gave me were, 1. An L on the back of the cape 2. A mask 3. Arm bands With these instructions, I did what any mom in a hurry would and I turned to Google. I found this instruction for a superhero mask, and this one for superhero arm cuffs, as well as this one for shoe wings. I pulled out some leftover orange Naugahyde (which was remnants of a Halloween costume years ago), silver iron-on vinyl from Cricut, and grabbed a cape that has been floating around the house and we set to work. Because I figured it would be faster (hello, no [Read More…]

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Personalized Bargain Backpacks


Our local DownEast has piles of name brand backpacks and luggage with names embroidered on that no one ever buys, because the who wants the wrong name stitched on their bag? The larger backpack has wheels and a pull out handle–perfect to use as luggage for trips to grandma’s house. Even little travelers can wheel it along. Here’s a quick way to take advantage of these mis-named bags and personalize them with the names you want. Step 1: Score some bags. These backpacks cost less than $15 for the two (together the retail price is just shy of $100). Step 2: Using your electronic cutter, cut out correctly spelled names using heat transfer vinyl. Remember to mirror the name before cutting. Step 3: Prep a piece of matching fabric. Cut to size, iron under edges, and stitch to prevent fraying. Step 4: Iron name onto fabric piece. Step 5: Use fabric glue to adhere the new name right over the [Read More…]

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Father’s Day Gift Idea: For the Geek


Am I the only one who has a hard time crafting up a gift for dads? Seriously, I love to give a handmade gift–but also try to give something they’ll like and those two don’t always go together when it comes to dads. They’re not really into the cutesy stuff like moms are. It’s not very often my husband gets excited about using supplies from my craft room! So I knew this was a success when I suggested it as a Christmas gift for my husband’s boss, and the husband was on board. And then he made more to give to co-workers and his dad. It’s a welcome mat, but instead of putting an initial or last name it uses the GPS coordinates to the front door. Let’s get our geek on: To find the GPS coordinates you can either sneak up to their doorstep with a GPS unit, or using Google Earth you can locate the house and the [Read More…]

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Colorful Framed Gallery Wall for Mother’s Day {with Martha Stewart Crafts}


Hey friends! Mother’s Day is coming up soon! So I am excited to be a part of a campaign with Blueprint Social to share some ideas for Mother’s Day using Martha Stewart Crafts products by Plaid. I like to give my mom personalized gifts and thought a colorful and whimsical framed gallery wall featuring her adorable grandchildren would be just the ticket to make her smile! I’ll tell you more about it . . . For this project I was sent a big box of Martha Stewart Crafts supplies to use—I honestly couldn’t believe the jackpot of goodies that was delivered to my door! Opening that box was like Christmas morning, or like Mary Poppin’s bag where you reach in and good things keep on coming out! The motherlode of crafting delight! Happy early Mother’s Day to ME, I say!  There were stencils, brushes of all shapes and sizes, a multipurpose heat tool, a ton of pretty paint in satin [Read More…]

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Last Chance Silhouette Heat Transfer Promo


Just popping in to remind you that today is the last day of the Silhouette Heat Transfer Promo, where you can score either the CAMEO + heat transfer kit or just the heat transfer kit for a great price! CAMEO + Heat Transfer Starter Kit $269.99   Heat Transfer Starter Kit $24.99

Silhouette Heat Transfer Shirts and Apron


Someone please stop me.  I think I am in love.  I knew that my Silhouette was amazing, but after trying out the Heat Transfer kit, I can’t stop thinking about it.  I want to put cute images on EVERYTHING!  I told Nikkala about it and she thinks it might be the hook that comes with the kit.  I have to tell you, that thing is so nice! So first off I wanted to make this apron for my husband.  He smokes meat and sometimes needs to wear an apron so he doesn’t get yucky meat juices on him.  Now as much as he likes to don my cute aprons, I figured it was time he had something that was more him. I hope he likes it.  It’s going to be a Father’s Day gift so don’t tell him. 😉 I had some room on my heat transfer sheet so I decided to make a Mickey Mouse shirt for my baby [Read More…]

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Silhouette Heat Transfer Promotion and CAMEO Giveaway

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•••Giveaway Closed••• Silhouette sent me one of their heat transfer kits to play around with, and even though I’ve used the heat transfer before I’ve never used the hook. It made a world of difference! Weeding was a breeze! I whipped this dish towel up in no time (the mixer came from svgcuts and the font is Folks) and love how bright it is! It would make for a fun hostess gift or part of a gift basket, especially if you have friends that are great bakers and you want to encourage them to share! Nothing like a not-so-subtle-hint, right? Right now Silhouette is running a promotion: 1 Silhouette CAMEO and 1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit for $269.99 (MSRP $340). This is $30 less than the CAMEO by itself! This is what you get: Heat Transfer Starter Kit + Silhouette CAMEO® You won’t be able to find this discount on their main site. To get the bundled discount use this link [Read More…]

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