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No Candy Crafty Valentine Ideas for Kids

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So my kids get a ton of candy for Valentine’s Day so I went on a hunt for some fun Valentine’s Ideas that don’t include candy or sweets.  I got all the ideas from Pinterest and you can click through each one to get directions to make them yourself. [Read more…]

DIY EOS Lip Balm Valentine’s Day Cards with Free Printables

EverydaySavvy DIY Valentine EOS Lip Balm Card with a Free Printable

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you will love our cute free printable cards, made to hold those cool EOS lip balms. My tween loves to collect different EOS lip balms and these make fun Valentine’s Day treats for kids, tweens, teens or adults. These are so simple to make and we have created two different printable cards. One is Valentine’s Day themed and the other, you can use to give these fun lip balms as small gifts, all year long.

You can buy EOS lip balms just about everywhere. They sell them at Target, Walmart and at most drug stores for around $3-4. I sometimes buy them with coupons at Ulta stores too. CVS and Walgreens carries the Beauty 360 brand, made by Revo, which is a similar size to the EOS lip balm brand. You can also buy the Revo brand at the Dollar Tree, under the name Chap Ice for just a dollar! It is about half the size, but at a better price. I have included smaller printable cards to fit the smaller Dollar Tree Chap Ice/Revo lip balms.

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DIY Rainbow Loom Charm Valentines with Free Printables

Easy DIY Rainbow Loom Charm Valentines with Free Printables. Easy to make and fun for kids!

My tween daughter recently started making all sorts of charms with her Rainbow Loom with the many tutorials online. Over the holidays, she made me a cute snowflake charm and I attached it to the pencil that I keep at my computer desk. My daughter makes these charms and since they stretch and loop around just about anything, she has charms attached to her backpack, her purse and her pencil case. She also makes them for friends at school.

I thought that Rainbow Loom charm valentines would be a cute idea for tweens since most are no longer buying the character valentines. There are many different types of Rainbow Loom charms and some are easy and others more complicated. If you are making them for the whole class, I suggest choosing an easier design or your tween can make them for siblings, neighbors or just for their close friends as something extra special. Some of the fun ones that I have seen are flowers, hearts, mustaches, animals. [Read more…]

DIY Spa Sock Cupcake Tutorial with Free Printable Cupcake Wrapper Template

DIY Spa Sock Cupcake - Super cute idea for Valentine's day or a spa party!

 

I just love making these spa sock cupcakes and who doesn’t like warm fuzzy socks? I wrapped this sock cupcake for my daughter’s teacher for Valentine’s Day, but you can make these for any holiday or occasion. These cute treats make great, inexpensive gifts for your kids’ teachers, for friends, bridal or baby showers, or even inexpensive party favors for your tween or teen’s birthday party. They are quick and easy to put together and I just love how they look wrapped in cellophane and tied with a pretty ribbon. If you are using these as favors, these would also look adorable if they were set up on a tiered cake plate or on a cupcake tree. [Read more…]

Easy Halloween Party Ideas For Even a Last Minute Halloween Party

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Need some easy Halloween party ideas?  Well you have come to the right place.  These ideas can help you plan the perfect Halloween party.  There are easy  Halloween recipes, decorating ideas and even free Halloween printables. With some of these totally cute ideas, you can plan a last minute Halloween party in no time! [Read more…]

Halloween Recipes, Treats, Decorations and Pumpkin Carving Stencils

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Halloween is coming up soon. Here are some great links with pumpkin carving stencils, fun Halloween themed recipes and treats, and Halloween Decorations. I love that many of them are so simple but would make a big impact in your home and would be a nice treat to take to a Halloween party.  Check out all these fun Halloween themed recipes, decorations and even pumpkin carving stencils and directions! [Read more…]

Easy Fall Decor Ideas With Tutorials and Directions

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Easy Fall Decor Ideas

 

Are you looking for some easy fall decor ideas to update your home or office for fall?  Be sure to check out all these great ideas with tutorials on how to make them yourself. Many of them are very easy to replicate and are fairly inexpensive. I hope that these easy fall decor ideas will inspire you! Be sure to let me know which one you try. [Read more…]

Silhouette America Birthday Sale with 40% Off Just About Everything

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If you own a Silhouette electronic cutting machine, what a great way to stock up on your favorite Silhouette supplies and products. Last month, they introduced a new Pixscan mat that looks really fun and a vinyl roll feeder that helps feed the vinyl to your machine easily. I needed a replacement part for my machine, so I was happy to see the 40% off sale! Just about all products at Silhouette America are 40% off now through October 1st, 2014. This does not include cutting machines, but there are lots of great deals to be had! Click below to be taken to the Silhouette America store and once you sign in, you can use coupon code BIRTHDAY at checkout.

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Silhouette America 40% Off Designer Edition Software, Plus Discounted Machine Bundles

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If you have been thinking about taking the plunge and buying either a Silhouette Cameo or Silhouette Portrait electronic cutting machine, Silhouette America is offering some great machine and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software bundles at a discount. If you already own a Silhouette Machine, they are offering 40% off their Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software.  The upgraded designer edition software usually is priced at $49.99 and with the coupon code you will get it for just $29.99. Use Coupon Code BARGAIN to get the Designer Edition software at this price from July 22-31st, 2014. [Read more…]

Getting Started with Vinyl for Electronic Cutting Machines: Vinyl Graphics Supplies, Tips & Tricks

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Tips and Resources for Creating with Vinyl with Electronic Cutting machines

 

Crafting with different types of vinyl in my electronic cutter is one of my favorite things to do. Vinyl is so fun to work with and I have created lots of cute personalized party favors, teacher gifts, straw cups for sports, t-shirts and more. My kids and their friends love to receive their own personalized items with their name, initials or favorite characters on them. Soon you will find yourself personalizing anything with a blank spot on it!

I have used many different vinyl products and a few different cutting machines. It took me a while to figure out what products and machines work best. I am sharing my favorite tips, tricks and resources below on vinyl graphics supplies to use with your electronic cutting machine.

 

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Adhesive Vinyl

You can buy both removable/indoor and permanent/outdoor adhesive vinyl. Temporary vinyl can be removed easier than the permanent variety and works great for walls and other items that will remain indoors. I actually prefer permanent or outdoor vinyl for things like car decals, straw tumblers, water bottles, decorating my kids’ school supplies and more. It holds up well through washing. Once your item is cut, you will need transfer tape to apply your vinyl. You can buy either paper tape or clear transfer tape. I prefer clear so I can easily see where I am placing my design. Once your design is cut, remove the negative of your design and cover the top of your design with transfer tape. Peel off the backing and apply your vinyl.

Craft stores do not sell the quality of vinyl that I like to work with. It is best to order your adhesive vinyl graphics supplies online. My favorite brand of vinyl is Oracal Vinyl made by Orofol. There are also a few other brands that work great like Greenstar, which is similar to Oracal quality. If you are in a hurry to get started, I highly recommend the outdoor vinyl variety pack in the links below. Oracal 631 is the most popular indoor or removable vinyl. Oracal 651 is the most popular permanent or outdoor vinyl. I love my 100 yard roll of 6 inch transfer tape. The clear is easy to use and it will last a long, long time. Once you invest in your transfer tape, there is no need to constantly purchase more.

 

Monogramming with Silhouette Frosted Glass Vinyl

 

Some of my favorite vinyl resources:

1. Expressions Vinyl – Oracal 631 and 651

2. MyVinylDirect.com for Affordable Vinyl by the Sheet

3. H&H Sign Supply-  Rolls of Vinyl   (Use coupon code TENOFF for 10% off your first order of $50 or more)

4. Variety Pack – 12 x 24 inch – 30 Sheets of Assorted Glossy Colors of Permanent Adhesive-Backed Vinyl for Craft Cutters  (ships free and fairly quick from Amazon)

5. Large Variety Pack – 12″ x 24″ – 40 Sheets Assorted Glossy Colors of Permanent Adhesive Backed Vinyl (ships free and fairly quick from Amazon with an order totaling $35 or more)

 

Transfer Tape

1. Expressions Vinyl – Transfer Tape

2. H&H Sign Supply – Transfer Tape

 

Heat Transfer Vinyl

For t-shirts, you need something called heat transfer vinyl (HTV). HTV can be applied to shirts or other fabric either with a heat press or with a home iron and comes in many different colors, metallic and even prints. If you are using a home iron, be sure to use extremely firm pressing (not gliding) motions with your iron and make sure you have a very hard surface underneath, like smooth tile or a metal cookie sheet.  HTV comes on its own carrier sheet (like transfer tape). When cutting HTV, make sure you put the shiny side down on your mat and mirror your design, so the writing or design appears flipped or backwards. After you remove the negative part of your design, place the whole carrier sheet on top of your t-shirt or fabric and press or iron according to the product directions. It is also recommended that you place a Teflon sheet on top of your carrier sheet to help the heat to be evenly distributed on your design.

Heat Transfer Vinyl is very expensive and hard-to-find in the craft stores. Also, many brands will not last through a washing, so it’s best to order quality HTV online. My favorite brands of HTV are Siser Easyweed or Thermoflex. They are the easiest to work with and give the best results.

 

Regular HTV:

1. Expressions Vinyl – Siser HTV

2. H&H Sign Supply Siser Easyweed 5-pack, 1 foot each

3. MyVinylDirect – HTV  Vinyl by the Sheet

4. 4 Yards Siser Easyweed, Mix and Match Pack  4 Yards Siser EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl (Mix & Match your favorite colors) ***FREE Shipping***

5. 6 Yards Siser Easyweed, Mix and Match Pack 6 Yards Siser EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl (Mix & Match your favorite colors) ***FREE Shipping***

 

Glitter HTV:

1. Expressions Vinyl – Glitter HTV

2. H&H Sign Supply Siser Easyweed Glitter HTV by the foot

3. 3 Yards, Siser Easyweed Glitter, Mix and Match pack 3 Yards Siser Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, Wide 20″ (Mix & Match your favorite colors) ***FREE Shipping***

 

Teflon Sheet

1. Heat Press Teflon Sheet 15×15

 

Heat Presses

If you plan to create tons of t-shirts, personalized bags or other designs on fabric, you might consider buying a heat press. Heat presses use an exact temperature and pressure to set your HTV easily. There are several smaller machines that work for home use.

 

Heat Presses with good reviews:

 

1. PowerPress Industrial-Quality Digital 15-by-15-Inch Sublimation T-Shirt Heat Press

2. GECKO 15×15 T-Shirt Heat Press Machine

 

Electronic Cutting Machines

 

I personally have own several Cricut machines and a Silhouette Cameo. My Silhouette Cameo is my absolute favorite crafting machine. I am able to design all of my vinyl cuts right on my computer and then easily cut them out. The original Silhouette Cameo was released a few years ago and recently, Silhouette released a slightly updated Cameo 2. The updates were small and I would recommend both models. The Sizzix Eclips 2 is another new electronic cutting machine on the market for home use that would work great for vinyl cutting. It’s features are similar to the Silhouette Cameo and this new and improved model has gotten excellent reviews so far.

Cricut has a new Cricut Explore machine that is computer-based. Although pricier than the Silhouette, it’s worth checking out. Keep in mind that you will need internet access at all times to use this machine. I love that my Silhouette machine works without Internet Access.

 

Click to See Any of these Machines:

1. Silhouette Cameo 2 Electronic Cutting Machine Starter Bundle

2. Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit

3. Silhouette Portrait (smaller cutting area)

4. Sizzix eclips2 Starter Kit

5. Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine

 

 

Tools for Vinyl

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If you are planning exploring vinyl cutting, you will need just a few simple tools. If you are cutting adhesive vinyl, you will need transfer tape to easily transfer your design from the carrier sheet and place your design on your item. For example, if you are cutting a name, the transfer tape keeps it straight or just as you designed it and you are able to transfer entire names, words or phrases all at once. Other tools include a hook for “weeding” out the negative vinyl around your design or those little shapes inside letters like “A and R”. I also own a great scraper or squeegee tool to help stick the vinyl to my transfer tape and to the item. After placing the transfer tape on top of my decal, I go over it with my scraper to make sure it picks up every detail of my design before I peel off the backing paper to apply it.

 

Some of my favorite tools for vinyl

1. 3M Vinyl Squeegee

2. Silhouette Hook Tool

3. Silhouette Digital Cutter TOOL PACKAGE

4. Transfer Tape

 

 

Tips for Using Machine Mats and Blades

It is best to make sure your mat still has plenty of adhesive to hold your vinyl in place to avoid sliding. Your mat should be free of paper debris so it will cut properly. Be sure to start with a new blade for vinyl for a clean cut. To prolong the life of your blade, keep a blade specifically for cutting vinyl. I mark my Silhouette blade with a metallic sharpie with a “V” for vinyl and save it to only use with my vinyl graphics supplies. I keep a blade for every type of medium that I cut whether it’s vinyl, paper, stamping material or fabric. I find that the best prices for mats and blades seem to be online.

 

Mats

1. Silhouette Cameo Replacement Cutting Mat

2. Silhouette Portrait Cutting Mat

3. Sizzix eclips Cutting Mats

4. Cricut StandardGrip Adhesive Cutting Mats

 

Blades

1. Silhouette Replacement Blade

2. Sizzix Eclips Blades

3. Cricut Replacement Blade

 

 

Machine Cut Settings for Different Types of Vinyl

Different types of vinyl require different cut settings in your machine. Below are some guidelines for cut settings, but it is always recommended to do a test cut before wasting any of your precious vinyl. Also, machines may vary, so use these settings as a starting point with your cutting machine.

 

1. Silhouette Vinyl Cut Settings

2. Silhouette Version 3 Software Cut Settings

3. Cricut Vinyl Cut Settings

 

Affordable Vinyl For Craft Cutters

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Quick Easy Father’s Day Gift -Free Printables Necktie Bottle Tags & Cupcake Toppers

Father's Day Free Printable Bottle Tags from BargainShopperMom

 Father’s Day is coming up soon. It isn’t too late to make these cute printable ties!

Are you looking for a simple way to make Father’s Day special for the Dads in your life? Then check out these adorable, free printable necktie-shaped bottle tags and cupcake toppers . I included four different tags. Some are more elegant and some are more playful and you can choose which ones fit the Dads in your life. These are so easy to make that even the kids could help cut these out or help assemble them. Plus, you probably already have most of the supplies to complete this project at home! [Read more…]

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