Make Canvas Factory Your Personal Artist!

A few weeks ago we went to Duke Farms in NJ to take in all of the beautiful scenery. There were so many awesome photos taken with my cell phone, especially in the Orchid Nursery that I had to make a photo out of it for my home.

I had ordered with The Canvas Factory before so I knew I wanted to go right to them to get the job done. Check out my previous post about them with the family image I did.

So here is the original photo I took with my Galaxy S9:

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And here is what I had made and shipped to me by The Canvas Factory:

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Look how vivid the colors are, with NO FILTER on this image! Their tag line is “bring your memories to life” which is so fitting. I cannot believe how amazing this came out at such a large size straight from my phone. This one I chose is the 18 in. x 12 in. (45×30 cm) which is only $24.50 + shipping. I got the “gallery wrapped” style, so the image wraps complete around the sides of the canvas.

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If you are felling artsy, but do not want to make your own image on a canvas, they have many styles of stock images you can have made. I prefer to take my own images though, so they’re one of a kind. I am so excited with how this came out, I am going to get 2 more of the exact same size of the other orchid images I took. I am sharing my other photos from the awesome Orchid nursery below, let me know which other 2 you think I should get printed to hand along with this one.

I have not hung it yet since I am waiting for the other 2, but this is how the size is, and also and up close of the canvas to see the texture (it is in a different lighting, but still looks awesome!).

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Up close: Look at the detail of the water that came through! It actually looks really wet but it is not.

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Which other 2 should I chose to display on my wall with this one?

 

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Last Minute Easter Deals and Activities!

I love Holidays, and Easter is no exception. I usually have all of my shopping and planning done months in advance, but this year I’ve been slacking and am finding myself running around last minute to get stuff. A few years ago the adorable Easter Baskets  I created were a big hit!

The only place with enough time left to get in those Last Minute Easter Deals! I LOVE the basket stuffier ideas that Amazon has, from pre-made baskets, to Easter Sunday attire, I’ve rounded out the favorites for you below! Check them out;

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You may want to check them out and go for something easy and crafty this year, there is still time. There are some “Out of the basket” ideas you may find inspirational as well, and some easy-to-throw together recipes to enjoy in the upcoming festive weeks.

Have a ‘Hoppy’ Easter!!!

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Cricut Halloween Flash Sale – features 50% off materials!

Starting today through 10/30, Cricut is launching the Halloween flash sale! This sale features 50% off materials, accessories, and more. In addition to this, Cricut is featuring great machine deals such as EasyPress for $139.99, Maker bundles for $379.99, and Explore family bundles starting at $279.99. Be sure to tell your readers to take advantage of these great offers before they end.

Cricut.com is offering Free Economy Shipping on orders $99+. Use code FREEOCT. Here are some of the best deals!

Halloween flash sale! 50% off materials, accessories, and more! Valid 10/24-10/30.

Cricut Maker bundles only $379.99. Valid 10/24-10/30.Shop new arrivals from Cricut!

Cricut Explore family bundle, starting at $229.99. Valid 10/24-10/30.

Cricut Explore family bundle, starting at $229.99. Valid 10/24-10/30.

Cricut EasyPress only $139.99! Valid 10/24-10/30.

Free Economy Shipping on orders $99+. Use code FREEOCT.

New Arrival Cartridge

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The Canvas Factory Review and GIVEAWAY!

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The holidays alre coming and custom gifts are always a favorite from the creator and the receiver. There are many different custom companies out there to choose a custom gift from like canvas companies and Etsy.

So how do you choose one that is right for you?

If you’re like me, you want the best service to be sure your product comes out exactly like you envision it.  That’s one of the hard parts about ordering online is you’re dealing with a computer program in most cases instead of a human being who actually cares about how your order turns out.

That is one of the biggest upsides of The Canvas Factory and it separates them from all of the others.

I know from personal experience that they will make sure your custom item comes out no less than perfect.

Most of us take our most important photos with outlr cell phones and do not own an expensive professional camera, or even those who do, sometimes you do not have that camera on you when a special time happens and you find yourself using your cell phone anyway to capture that special moment.

I wanted to see if they could make a larger canvas out of my cell phone photo come out just as if I had taken it with a professional camera or if they’d be like the others and just let me upload a sub-par photo that would come out blurry, yell at me that it isn’t great quality and ask if I still want to continue placing my crappy photo order just so they can get the money for my order.

Well to my surprise, I uploaded a photo from Facebook, a photo of me and my siblings that I love, but the quality was not very good due to the size even though I had changed it into the recommended size in the paint program to try and force it through… it went through.

However! I was contacted within 24 hours by a real person via email stating that they are working on my order and they found it to be more blurry than I’d probably like.

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They actually attached 2 photos to the email as well to specify why they didn’t think the quality would be good and even though I still told them to put it through, they asked one last time because it was that important to them that they provide a quality product.

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They explained to me that using a photo from new cell phones was perfectly fine in most cases as the cameras on the phones were actually almost equal to the correct size they needed, however that when uploading that same photo from the cell phone to a picture saving website or to Facebook drastically reduces the size of the photo by the program which reduces the pixels and quality for printing which I did not realize since to me the photo looks the same quality when I view it in Facebook.

Wow. What amazing service, seriously!

I was able to provide a different photo for them to use via the email they sent, directly from my cell phone, in which they showed me what the quality of the end result would be and I was happy with it.

Within 4 days (standard shipping) I received the package. Here is how it shipped to me;

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I couldn’t wait to see how this turned out as I wanted to give this canvas as a gift to my mother and it was an important picture to me.

Here is the final result! What do you think?

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I LOVE how this came out.

Even the back is different then others.  Much more study and closed in.

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And you are in luck! The Canvas Factory stands by their mission statement “We want to make online photo printing easy and affordable for everyone.” and want you to see for yourself so they asked me to do a GIVEAWAY for my readers!

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The winner will be able to create their own custom canvas in the standard size of their choosing – 50x40cm (20×16 inch) amounting of $32.25 value OR 18x12inch (45x30cm) amounting of $24.50 value both will include FREE SHIPPING as well.

Take note this giveaway offer is open only for USA and Canada residents.
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But why wait?

Go and order your custom canvas from the Canvas Factory with the link of http://www.canvasfactory.com/ if you are from USA and use this link http://www.canvasfactory.com/ca if you are from Canada.

These make an EXCELLENT gift for friends, family members, and even teachers!

Let me know if you have ordered anything from them before and what your experience was!

Have a Holly July Christmas with Cricut!

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This week, Cricut is launching a Digital Mystery Box for Christmas in July! In addition to the Christmas in July Mystery Box, enjoy great deals such as buy two, get one free on mats, EasyPress starting at $149.99, and Explore bundles as low as $279.99.

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Cricut.com is offering Free shipping (US & Canada) on orders of $99+ with code: JULYSHIP.

Check out the following Christmas in July Deals;

Digital Mystery Box: Christmas in July! $26.99. Limited Availability. 

Mats Buy 2 Get 1 Free – this week only! Valid 7/25-7/31.

Cricut EasyPress starting at $149.99. Valid 7/25-7/31.

Cricut Explore machine bundles as low as $279.99. Valid 7/25-7.31.

Free shipping (US & Canada) on orders of $99+ using code: JULYSHIP
Shop new arrivals from Cricut!

Introducing the all-new Cricut Maker.

It handles fabrics, leather, paper, and balsa wood with effortless precision. Cuts sewing patterns in just a few clicks. And places more creative possibilities than ever at your fingertips. Meet Cricut Maker – the ultimate smart cutting machine.

Shop Cartridges & Images at Cricut!

Want to see what others are cooking up? Check out Cricut’s inspiration page.

The lightweight, low-profile BrightPad makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain.

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Bendy and the Ink Machine Birthday Party

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Anyone else have a child who picks the most odd themes that they want for their birthday party?

My son dropped on me that he really wants to have a Bendy and the Ink Machine birthday party in our yard this year for his birthday next month.  And guess what,  there aren’t any party supplies at all for it at retail stores.

I know that he loves it,  and he watches the videos on you tube,  so guess what? This mommy has to do what mommy has to do to make it happen! Make it!

I decided to do like I did last year when he wanted to have a Five Nights at Freddy’s themed party and the were limited decorations to choose from.  Large cardboard cut outs! Very simple and the best part,  the kids can do most of the work. It isn’t child labor if they request to do it right??!? LOL. Just kidding.  He was so excited to get to work on it.

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The first step we did was getting the images to print out in a larger then one paper format. We used a free site called blockposters.com which helps you convert the images easily to multiple pages to create a poster.

Then we cut each piece of paper out and organized them together. 20180421_091641.jpg

Look how great my little boy was doing. Yes, he really did this all himself!

Then, we used anything we had around the house that can act as a sturdy back for the image. We had one piece of a gift box,  and some previously used shipping boxes that we cut to lay flat.

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Then you just glue each piece on order,  let them dry, and cut them out on the box.  We also cut eyes holes out so that the kids can use them as masks.

For the happy birthday banner,  I used my cricut explore and downloaded the banner file I liked for .99 cents.

I already had some cool vintage looking card stock on hand so it worked perfectly for this theme.

Also,  to make it more fit the theme, I printed some of the images I found online of the characters and cut them on sticker paper that you can get at any craft store.

I have added the Bendy & The Ink Machine Birthday Party Invitation to my Etsy Store if you’d like to order! Digital File will be personalized for you! Click the image below!

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It was a little time consuming,  but fun to put together.

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Here are some pictures of the FNAF them cutouts and party we did last year!

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Candy Easter Baskets Tutorial

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These Candy Easter baskets are a cute addition to any Easter decor, or they can be the main basket if you add additional boxes of candy to make it larger.
I went to the dollar store to pick up the boxes of movie theater boxes candy, they were each $1 and the laffy taffy ropes, which I used 2 of each basket, were only 25 cents each. I chose Sweet Tarts, Mike & Ike, Jolly Rancher gummies (this box is a tad bit bigger), and Nerds. The cost totalled just under $5 to make each of the baskets and with 4 boxes, the measurements of the inside is about 6×4″.

The process of making the basket is simple. Here are the steps broken down.

1. Grab any card board box that you have, just writing doesn’t matter. Line up the candy boxes in the form in which you plan on…

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