Easy No Sew Paper Garland

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I will put a garland on anything that isn't nailed down. Including my Heidi Swapp letterboard and especially because these garlands are SO easy to make! Just a few scraps of paper and your Xyron Sticker Maker and you are ready to go! {FTC Disclaimer - this post contains affiliate links so I might make a few pennies if you buy something.} 

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SUPPLIES:
patterned paper (I used the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall collection)
Xyron Sticker Maker
twine
trimmer
scissors

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Trim paper to desired length and width (length should be about twice width). I wanted a tiny garland so cut the paper to 1.25 x 3. Fold each piece in half and then unfold. Cut twine to desired length.

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Run each piece patterned side up through your Xyron Sticker Maker.

Peel paper from backing, place twine in the crease of the paper, and fold over. The paper will adhere to itself. Use your scissors to cut a notch in the paper to create a banner. Repeat until the garland is the desired length.

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24 Hour Craft Day on HSN - October 3rd!

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HSN 24 Hour Craft Day is HERE!!! Tune in starting at midnight Eastern October 3rd for 24 hours of crafty goodness, including the Cricut Maker Bundle that everyone has been waiting for - Anna Griffin will be launching it at midnight! I've got some AMAZING new holiday products from Diamond Press to share and much much more...I hope you'll join me at 8am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm and 11pm for some crafty goodness and lots of laughs! {FTC Disclaimer - this post contains affiliate links which means I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

The Cricut Maker bundle is $399 and comes with TONS of freebies AND has an Auto-Ship option!

The Cricut Maker bundle is $399 and comes with TONS of freebies AND has an Auto-Ship option!

The Xyron 5" Creative Station bundle comes with $50 worth of adhesive refills and the machine...all for $39.95! The machine by itself costs $50!

The Xyron 5" Creative Station bundle comes with $50 worth of adhesive refills and the machine...all for $39.95! The machine by itself costs $50!

The NEW Diamond Press Holiday bundle is so so good! You can order it with the machine (above) or without (below) - and Diamond Press has new machine colors for the season! GAAAAAHHH!!!

The NEW Diamond Press Holiday bundle is so so good! You can order it with the machine (above) or without (below) - and Diamond Press has new machine colors for the season! GAAAAAHHH!!!

These Diamond Press Nestable Tag Dies are PERFECT for your gift giving this season!

These Diamond Press Nestable Tag Dies are PERFECT for your gift giving this season!

These Nestable Word Frame Dies are SO intricate and incredible - you won't believe how easy they are to use!

These Nestable Word Frame Dies are SO intricate and incredible - you won't believe how easy they are to use!

The Diamond Press Border Dies always sell like hotcakes - and we've got a special holiday set just for you!

The Diamond Press Border Dies always sell like hotcakes - and we've got a special holiday set just for you!

Letterboards? For $29.95?? Yes please! Urban House has vertical and horizontal boards in white and blue - and they have THE cutest holiday images and gold letters available as well!

I hope you'll tune in and join us - we've got a great day of crafting ahead!

Trash to Treasure: Yard Sale Pinata to Fun Home Decor!

Yes - I know it is Fall. But I also know it is 90 degrees outside AND I found this amazing pinata at a yard sale so I COULD NOT HELP MYSELF!!! Check out how I created this fun wall hanging in just a few minutes with my Cricut and Xyron machines. {FTC disclaimer: I received these machines for free, but was not paid to write this post. This post contains affiliate links which means I may get a few pennies (at no cost to you) if you buy something!}

SUPPLIES:
pinata ($3 at a yard sale thank yeeewwwww very much!)
Cricut Explore or Maker
glitter cardstock
patterned paper
Xyron machine - I used the Creatopia (see notes below)
white pen - I used Bic Wite Out
assorted embellishments

Measure across the pinata, then size the phrase and circle to fit and cut using your Cricut.

Doodle around the outer edge of the circle. If you - like me - do not have a steady hand, go around the circle several times with the pen. It looks like you meant the lines to be "artsy"!

Run the circle and the phrase through your Xyron. I used the Creatopia because of the size of the project - it was a limited edition machine that does 12" across. If you ever see one for sale - GET IT! They still make refills for it but the machines are not available at retail. The size is PERFECT for large projects or doing multiple projects at once.

Adhere circle to the BACK of the pinata (the stickers on the front were too big and I couldn't get them off without ruining the surface), then add the phrase and your embellishments. 

Hang that baby and enjoy the sunshine!

Create Custom Home Decor with Cricut Adhesive Foil!

Cricut has hundreds of different materials and colors to choose from - and one of my all time favorites is Adhesive Foil! It comes in a variety of colors and finishes and is the perfect material to add a little extra glam to your project. Today we're turning a plain wood lid in to a custom hostess gift just in time for Thanksgiving!

{FTC disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for this post, which contains affiliate links. So I might make a few pennies if you order something - at no extra cost to you!}

SUPPLIES:
Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker
Standard Grip Mat
Adhesive Foil (I used Gold)
Weeding tool
Transfer Tape
XL Scraper
Mod Podge Furniture Satin
ceramic jar with wood lid

Measure your lid, select an image in Design Space and size to fit. I selected two images (circle wreath and thankful) and "attached" them so they would cut as one single image.

Once you've cut and weeded your image, apply transfer tape and place image on lid. The XL scraper is perfect for projects this size because you can cover the entire area in just a few strokes.

And voila! A customized gift in no time. I brushed a few layers of Mod Podge Furniture Satin to the lid for a little added protection from wear and tear.

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Wood lids are "in" this season - I also found these cool concrete candles at Target and decorated the lid with white vinyl and this wreath image. So many possibilities!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut . The opinions and text are all mine.

Great Deals on Craft Items at HSN!

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Hey gang! I'm heading to HSN on Friday (if that darn Irma steers clear) for some craft hours on HSN's sister station - HSN2! Wanted to give you a sneak peek and a chance to grab them first...quantities on some of these goodies are super limited! Even better news - if you scroll down to the bottom of this post I've copied a note from HSN - you can get $5 shipping on almost all of your crafty items in September! I also did a Facebook Live to show you all of the products "in person" and have shared that at the bottom of of this post. {FTC disclaimer - this post contains affiliate links so I may make a little money if you buy something.}

A 48 pack of WOW glitter and tinsel??? Yes please!! For $29.95 that is less than .65 per bottle - just in time for your holiday projects. You get 35 fine glitters, 6 chunky glitters and 7 tinsel glitters. So good!

Letterboards are SO popular right now (but are hard to get your hands on)...and you can get this Heidi Swapp 12x15 letterboard AND a set of 1" black letters AND a set of 2" black letters for $50.95. That is a screaming deal! ORRRRRR...for just $6 more you can get a 16x20 letterboard with gold letters! They've also got some fun Party Words/Icons and a Pink Letters/Words bundle that would be perfect for your craft room!

Speaking of Heidi - she'll help you get a kick start on being more organized with these undated planners available in striped and gold! These normally retail for $35 and are on HSN for $19.95 - I don't know about you but i could use a little list making/calendar keeping as the holidays get here - since these don't have dates you can start today!

Ummmm...40 ROLLS of coordinating Heidi Swapp Washi Tape for $19.95????? This was a definite yes for me. Each package has different widths and patterns - and did I mention that each package also has two rolls of glitter washi? Yay!

This Knock Outs holiday punch set from American Crafts retails for almost $50 - and HSN has it for $16.95! It has its own carrying case for easy storage, PERFECT for your card making and decorating this Christmas. Love it!

Last but not least...100 sheets of BAZZILL cardstock for $16.95. I REPEAT!!!!! 100 sheets!!! For $16.95!! We all know how expensive Bazzill cardstock is (at LEAST .40-.60 per sheet) and it is such great quality - this has got to be the best deal of the day. We ALL need cardstock!

Ok...below is the blurb about saving on shipping. I did a practice run and put everything in to my cart, then when I clicked "checkout" the shipping had already been reduced to $5. Perfect! Happy shopping my friends...and I hope to see you on Friday!

Limited Time Offer:
$5 TO SHIP YOUR ENTIRE CRAFTS ORDER
*excludes sewing, irons, and clearance
On 9/1/17-9/30/17 only pay $5.00 in standard shipping and handling charges for your Craft purchases in one day, and you will not have to pay any further standard shipping and handling charges on any additional Craft items you purchase that same day and have shipped to the same address. Offer may be combined with a non-shipping and handling coupon. Each item ordered requiring air shipment will be charged an additional fee. Offer pertains to purchases initiated on HSN.com or via HSNtv. To qualify for this standard shipping and handling discount, all purchases must be made on either HSNtv or HSN.com. TV and online orders cannot be combined. Offer excludes Clearance, all sewing machines, sewing accessories and tools, irons, steamers and steam presses. We authorize the full amount (including S&H and tax) for each item at the time of purchase as you shop today before any discounts are applied. These charges will be adjusted with your financial institution at midnight on day of purchase. HSN reserves the right to change or terminate this offer at any time. Offer starts 9/1/17 at 12:01am (ET) and ends 9/30/17 at 11:59 pm (ET).
— HSN.com

Trash to Treasure: Turn an Ashtray in to a Side Table!

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We love a good flea market find - and this might be our favorite/most practical yet! We found this old metal ashtray for $5 and it sat in our garage for a looooooong time. In fact, it went from our garage in Washington State to our garage in Kentucky before we found a use for it - as a side table in our guest room!

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We removed the lid, hosed it off to remove the dirt and dust, and we were ready to paint. Note - if you find something with lots of rust give it a quick sanding before you start the painting process.

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This Rust-oleum Universal is pretty darn amazing. No priming and the paint goes on thick, smooth and easy. We did two coats and it was fully covered! We used Satin Nickel but it comes in a TON of colors and finishes.

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Our last (and hardest) step was finding the glass top! We ended up buying ours on Amazon, but they are also available at Walmart and a variety of other retailers in a bunch of sizes so you can find exactly what you need for your project. Adhere it to your table with clear Gorilla Glue and voila - you've got a side table!

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If you love a makeover like we love a makeover check out these other fun projects!

Easy Customized Hostess Gifts - Monogrammed Tea Towels

I am a gift "hoarder" - meaning I will find inexpensive gift ideas throughout the year and hoard them in my closet until I find the perfect occasion/person for it. Thanks to my Cricut Explore Air I can customize almost anything in just a few minutes - and these clearance tea towels from Jo-Ann were no exception! {FTC disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links which means I might make a little money if you buy something.}

A few tips about monograms:

Single letter monograms take just a few minutes (literally!) - the hardest part is deciding on your font!

Monograms are also a great way to use your scraps...I used scraps of Cricut Iron-on Lite in Pink and Glitter Iron-on in Kelly for my monograms.

I was able to use the same mat for both monogram cuts because you can move items on your mat prior to cutting in Design Space (see below - I moved my "K" all the way to the right side of the mat in Design Space before I hit continue to cut). I didn't have to look for a second mat or remove the first monogram before I cut the second one. Time saver!

Last but not least - when using iron-on DO NOT forget to click the "mirror" tab on the left side of the screen before cutting!

And voila! In just a few minutes you've got fun custom gifts that would be perfect for any occasion.

Easy Patterned Paper Wreath

With just a few sheets of patterned paper and those "leftover" embellishments we never know what to do with you can create a fun and easy wreath that is perfect for any season!

SUPPLIES:
styrofoam wreath
Xyron Creative Station with Permanent Refill
3-4 sheets coordinating patterned paper (I used the Jillibean Soup Chit Chat Chowder collection)
coordinating embellishments
trimmer (I tried this Swingline Guillotine Trimmer - see below)
scissors
assorted adhesive

{FTC Disclaimer - this project and these opinions are mine all mine! I received some items used in this post free of charge, and this post does contain affiliate links...so I may make a few pennies if you buy something.}

Cut patterned paper in to 22-24 1.5”x12” strips. *As you may know, Xyron was recently purchased by Acco Brands, which owns a bunch of office supply companies - including Swingline. They sent me a guillotine trimmer which was perfect for this project because I was able to cut three sheets of patterned paper at a time! Gotta love a time saver!*

Run multiple strips side by side through the Creative Station (note: the pattern you want to see on the wreath is the pattern that should be facing up when you put it through the machine).

One at a time, remove the strips from the backing and loosely loop around the foam wreath.  Line up the ends and press them together BEFORE pressing the rest of the strip to itself.  The adhesive will hold the strip to the wreath.

Repeat with remaining strips, slightly overlapping each strip at the base (the part that touches the wreath). 

Once the wreath is completely covered, trim the edges of each strip at a "V" - aka banner cut, fishtail, dovetail, notch, etc. TIP: cut up the middle of the paper, then cut in at each side to make the V cut.

Embellish as desired!

This is a great project for a girls' night - let your friends go through your stash of paper and embellishments to create a wreath they love!

American Crafts Patterned Paper! Who Knew?

If you follow me on Facebook you know I came home from a work trip earlier this week to a WONDERFUL surprise from my friends at American Crafts...a HUGE pile of patterned paper!

I have sort of been "out" of the patterned paper game for the last few years (since I mostly do home decor and kids crafts and such) and I have always thought of American Crafts as a "big box store" company, so I was BLOWN AWAY by all the gorgeous collections they've got out on the market these days. I shared a few of my favorites in this quick video (please note - the contest was hosted on IG and Facebook but if you follow me there I have great giveaways pretty often!)...

- and THEN I found all of the papers (and the MOST stinkin' cute embellishments ever) on scrapbook.com! And so...I give you my weekly dose of crafty enabling - cute projects and all! :) Find something you like? Click on the photo and it will take you to the entire collection on scrapbook.com. Wahoo! {FTC disclaimer - these are affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

Introducing the Cricut BrightPad!

Meet the newest member of the Cricut family! The new Cricut BrightPad will change the way you create. Do you hate weeding? Resist doing more complicated projects because it is too hard/time consuming to weed? Wait until you see what the Cricut BrightPad can do! I created a Facebook Live video to show you first hand how easy it is to use and what a difference it makes!

Head on over to the Cricut Blog for a tutorial on how I created the mirror and a link to the project in Design Space!

The BrightPad is $79.99 and comes in four colors - Mint, Rose, Blue and Lilac. No charcoal - even though you can see it in the photo - ha! The Mint BrightPad is available at a variety of places including cricut.com, JoAnn and Michaels. The Rose, Blue and Lilac colors are more difficult to find so if you see one snap it up!