Create Custom Party Favors with the New Cricut Maker Bundle on HSN

Hang on to your hats because there is a new Cricut Maker bundle premiering on HSN July 11th! With an exclusive rose gold color and ALL of the adaptive tools this just made my heart go pitter patter, so I grabbed my Knife Blade and Scoring Wheel bundles and created these easy custom party favors perfect for any occasion.

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Custom Party Favors with the Cricut Maker

Already have a Cricut Maker? On July 11th HSN will premiere a Scoring Wheel bundle and a Knife Blade bundle for those of us who already have a machine and are ready to take the next step in our creativity. I used the embossed foil papers and metallic gold leather to create these party favors, and I am loving the results! Custom leather initials and custom box sizes and shapes? Yes please! {FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. This means I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you if you make a purchase.}

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Cricut Maker (exclusive Rose Gold bundle on HSN)
  • Design Space project
  • Pink and White Foil Embossed Paper (from the Scoring Wheel bundle)
  • Gold Metallic Leather (from the Knife Blade bundle)
  • Single Scoring Wheel
  • Knife Blade
  • Fine Point Blade
  • Strong Grip Mat
  • Light Grip Mat
  • ribbon

HOW TO MAKE CUSTOM PARTY FAVORS WITH THE CRICUT MAKER

1. Select "customize" when you open the project in Design Space, This will allow you to change the size of the box and select the initials you want to use. 

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2. Hide the initials by clicking on the eye next to the images in the box. This will allow you to cut multiple boxes.

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3. Lay your embossed paper face down on the light grip mat and select mirror image in the mat screen.

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4. Insert Single Scoring Wheel (it has 01 on the tip) and follow the instructions on the screen.

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5. Once the Maker is done scoring, you will be prompted to switch out the Scoring Wheel with the Fine Point Blade.

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6. Once you've switched out the blade, complete the cutting process, then repeat for as many boxes as you need.

7. When you are ready to begin cutting your initials, replace the Fine Point Blade with the Knife Blade.

8. Hide the box image in Design Space and unhide the initials, then change them if desired.

9. Place the leather shiny side down on the Strong Grip mat and select mirror image in the mat screen. NOTE - you MUST cut one inch off of the leather so it will fit under the star rollers.

10. Select 4-5 oz Tooling Leather as your material in Design Space (the setting for Metallic Leather currently still defaults to the deep cut blade).

11. Cut the letters and remove them from the mat.

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12. Fold the box edges in at the score marks.

12. Thread ribbon through the holes in the box and pull taut - that will close the box.

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13. Tie the ribbon in a knot, then thread the ribbon through the leather letter and tie in a bow.

create custom party favors

I hope you'll join us on July 11th on HSN for a day filled with gorgeous projects, great deals, and tons of fun! I'll be taking over Cricut's Instagram Stories to show you what it's like behind the scenes as we get ready for the big launch - come hang out with me and get in on the fun!

WHY DO I NEED THE CRICUT KNIFE BLADE AND SCORING WHEEL?

If you already own the Cricut Maker you know that the creative possibilities are endless. From the thousands of images available in Design Space to the hundreds of different materials it can cut, your imagination is the only limitation. Now with the Knife Blade you can add even more materials - including thick chipboard, balsa wood and mat board. Think of the project possibilities!

The Scoring Wheel gives you extra deep, clear scores on a variety of materials so you can create everything from custom gift boxes to three dimensional art. It will take your paper crafting to a whole new level!

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

Wood Spoon Garden Markers

This post first appeared over at The Crazy Craft Lady where I'm a contributor. With some inexpensive spoons and acrylic paint you can create colorful wood spoon garden markers for your garden that are practical as well as pretty!

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

WOOD SPOON GARDEN MARKERS

These wood spoon garden markers are the perfect way to bring a little creativity to your garden! I love color - and this was a great way to use some of my "leftover" paints.

Want an inexpensive way to store those acrylic paints? We turned a cabinet door in to the perfect paint shelf. {FTC disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you.}

SUPPLIES NEEDED

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

HOW TO MAKE WOOD SPOON GARDEN MARKERS

1. Wrap washi or painters tape around the base of each spoon.

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2. Use a foam brush to paint each spoon (I chose the paint colors to “match” the vegetable/fruit).

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

3. Let dry. A tall cup easily fit six spoons at once! Paint a second coat if necessary.

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

4. Cricut has a cartridge called Freshly Picked that has over a dozen different plant names ready to cut - so it took me less than five minutes to create these. Don't have a Cricut? Stickers would work just as well.

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

5. Remove tape from spoon and add plant names. PS...normally I would use transfer tape for vinyl, but these were small enough that I just peeled them right off and applied them to the spoon.

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

5. Add a layer of outdoor Mod Podge to each spoon.

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

These colorful wooden spoon plant markers will help you identify the plants in your garden and get you ready for the riot of color that your fruits and vegetables will bring! Happy planting!

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IF YOU LOVE ACRYLIC PAINT THEN CHECK OUT THESE PROJECTS:

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath

This post first appeared over at The Crazy Craft Lady where I'm a contributor. Looking for something to do with that leftover ribbon? Grab a hot glue gun and a foam wreath to create a DIY rainbow ribbon wreath - perfect for birthday parties, kids crafts, classroom decor and more.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

DIY RAINBOW RIBBON WREATH

I am a ribbon hoarder. There. I said it. So when I had the chance to make a "rainbow something" I knew it would involve ribbon. I had a foam wreath left over from this project and in just a few minutes was able to create this fun rainbow ribbon wreath!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

HOW TO MAKE A DIY RAINBOW RIBBON WREATH

1. Use the knife to cut the foam wreath in half. Note – a craft knife is too small to give a clean cut, so be sure to use a large kitchen knife.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

2. Use a pen to mark five lines evenly spaced across the foam - that will be the color sections on your wreath. These are just to give you a rough idea of where to stop and start.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

3. Start at one end of the rainbow and hot glue your first color to the back of the foam. Don’t worry about trying to get the ribbon exactly to the edge – both ends will be hidden by the paper clouds you are putting on at the end.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

4. Wrap your ribbon around the foam several times (amount will vary depending on the size of the wreath). Make sure that the ribbon overlaps itself and pull tight as you go.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

5. Once you get close to your first pen mark, make your last wrap around to the back of the foam and hot glue the ribbon down. Trim the excess.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

6. Overlap your second ribbon color on the edge of your first ribbon and adhere with hot glue.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

7. Repeat the steps until your rainbow is complete.

8. If you’ve got a die cutting machine or large die you can easily create paper clouds with white cardstock. I used my Cricut! Don’t have a machine? You can free-hand cut a cloud or there are plenty of free images available on line that you can print out and use as a template.

9. Use glue dots to adhere the clouds to the wreath.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts
DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

IF YOU LOVED THIS FOAM WREATH CRAFT THEN I THINK YOU'LL LOVE THESE PROJECTS:

Customizing Wood Easter Eggs from Michaels

The time right before any holiday is very dangerous for me...because the craft stores discount all of the holiday stuff and I must buy ALL of it and frantically make a bajillion projects!!! Last night it was a bunny wreath for my front door, today it is these wooden eggs from Michaels that will look perfect on our mantle! {FTC disclaimer: I received some of these items for free, and this post contains affiliate links. So I might make a few pennies if you buy something!}

SUPPLIES:
Cricut Explore Air and Design Space
Light Grip Mat
Basics Tools Set
Cricut Vinyl - Linen
Transfer Tape
Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint - Titanium White
foam brush
washi tape
Michaels wooden egg easels

Remove the stickers from the wooden eggs and wrap the edges with washi tape.

Paint the edges of each egg and let dry, then repeat with a second coat.

In Design Space, type "easter egg" in the search bar and you will find TONS of options! I just picked my three favorites - one for each egg.

Resize the egg images to fit the eggs, then "attach" the images (they will turn the same color) so you can cut them all on one piece of vinyl.

Cut the images and weed out the excess vinyl. Apply the transfer tape to the images, then the images to each egg. And voila!

Need more Easter decorating ideas? Check out these fun projects!

Michaels Bunny Banner Tutorial

Last week I hosted my first Facebook Live tutorial - and in addition to sharing a glass of wine with everybody we created this fun (and easy) Bunny Banner using a few supplies from Michaels and a Xyron Creative Station! I've shared the video below and am including the supply list and a written tutorial here. The best part about this? You can take these same techniques and create a banner for any theme! {FTC Disclaimer: there are some affiliate links in this blog post - which means I might make a few pennies if you buy something!}

Michaels Bunny Banner

Join us for our Michaels Stores Bunny Banner Tutorial - just in time for Easter!

Posted by Beth Kingston - Kingston Crafts on Thursday, April 6, 2017

SUPPLIES:
one package of foam bunny shapes from Michaels - there are so many great colors in the pack this year!
one multipack of 1.5" pom poms from Michaels  - two different color choices available
Xyron Creative Station with 9" Permanent Refill
two yards of ribbon
liquid adhesive

Divide package of foam bunnies in to two equal piles - making sure there are the same number of each color of bunnies in each pile.

Run one pile through the Xyron Creative Station. Set aside.

On your work area lay the bunnies out about 2" apart.

Lay the ribbon on top of the bunnies across the ears. Make sure you've left a 6-8" "tail" of ribbon on both ends of the banner.

Peel the Xyron adhered bunnies off one at a time and match them to the same color bunny, then press to adhere. Repeat until the banner is finished.

Use liquid adhesive to adhere a pom pom to each bunny and allow to dry.

Need some other ideas for your Easter festivities? Check out these fun projects!

FREE Easter Printables and How to Adhere Them (as seen on HSN)!

If you've seen me on HSN recently you know how much I love printables. They are everywhere and everything these days - and with just a pair of scissors and some Xyron adhesive it is SO easy to create fun and fast projects for the holidays. BUT...there are lots of printables that aren't free, or require you to sign over your first child to be able to access. Who has time for that? So I've compiled a list of free, fun and easy to access printables from around the interwebs just in time for Easter. You'll find the links to each project below - and I've saved these (and a bunch of other fun ideas) on my Easter and Spring Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Not familiar with printables? They are downloadable images (or sheets of images) that you print out on your computer, cut or punch out, then add to your projects. Today is the day you're gonna get hooked! :)

All of these are projects I've put together on HSN - check out the end of the blog post and I'll tell you which Xyron adhesive I used for which project. And if you live in the local Bowling Green, KY area I'll be sharing a few of these projects on WBKO at Midday on Thursday!

Tip - for the bunny bubble gum DO NOT download the image, simply go to the 2nd page and click on the picture of the printables and you can print them out that way.

Some Bunny Loves You Tags from Reasons to Skip the Housework

Some Bunny Loves You Tags from Reasons to Skip the Housework

For the bunny bubble gum, daffodil cups, butterfly favors and easter bunny tin (I used a paper cup instead of a tin) I used the Xyron Mega Runner. This work horse is a staple in our house - I have one in my craft room and one in our kitchen! It comes with 100' of dot matrix adhesive and is perfect for small projects like these.

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For the treat bag toppers, paper tulips and the some bunny loves you tags (which I put on packages of Peeps) I used the Xyron Creative Station Lite. This beauty turns anything up to 5" wide in to a sticker! It has a million uses and a variety of refills available and I use it every.single.day.

For the Hershey's Kiss bottoms I used the one and only 1.5" Sticker Maker! This is probably the Xyron tool most people are familiar with. It also turns everything in to a sticker (up to 1.5" across) and is AMAZING for kids crafts, tiny embellishments, ribbon and SO MUCH MORE. Love this so hard!

Already got a Xyron machine but don't know how to use it? Or looking for tips and tricks and project ideas? The Xyron YouTube Channel has TONS of videos to help you make the most of your tools. Enjoy - and Happy Easter!

How about even more free printables??

Repurposed Rake Spring Decor

A $1 yard sale rake (and its pitchfork buddy) and a few 40% off stem bundles from Michaels make the EASIEST Spring decor project I think I've ever done!

SUPPLIES:
rake/pitchfork
glue gun
stem bundles from Michaels (see below)
scissors
6' of ribbon

Why buy the stem bundles instead of loose floral stems? Flower arranging is not my strength, so picking up a few of these pre-"assembled" bundles saves me a TON of time. They are also cut shorter so I don't have to trim anything before gluing them on to the rake!

And just so you don't think I am getting too fancy...this in-process photo epitomizes my creative life. I haven't showered in two days (I mean - look at my hair!), I am still wearing my pajamas, I am trying to hold the rakes still and stay out of the way so Don can get the photo, and Bizzy Bee is supervising the whole ridiculous mess. This is classic Kingstons!