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

  • Price: $29.99
What’s even better? Already have a cricut machine?

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.

Christmas in July

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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Zazzle is the never ending vortex of stuff – in a great way!

20160907_184758Sorry to do this to you. I really am, but have you seen the face lift zazzle.com had? I remember zazzle being one if the first online personalization sites and it was really cool, but also really boring at the same time. It had basic “add your own image” options and sold sub par coffee mugs and basic t-shirts. Now, it is anything but basic.

I don’t think you should do it to yourself, but if you feel like you have hours to get sucked into the seemingly never ending site of goodness, then be my guess. Head to zazzle.com and I’ll talk to you in a few days when you’re done browsing the first category and planning your home redecoration strategy.

Not only did they step up their game hard core on the personalization items, the also added a “sell your own”tour feature that is almost like etsy. I say ‘almost’ because, wait for it…… You DESIGN IT and then they produce and so it for you. Pure genius. No hassle with creating and then boxing and shipping. None of that. You submit your own personal designs and ideas, and if it sells, you get a portion of the money. It’s that simple. Obviously there are copywrite laws you must abide by and all of that fun stuff, but I thought it was pretty cool and made the new zazzle.com that much more awesome.

It was so hard for me to pick only a few things to review for you guys because they gave so much to offer and so many categories. Those cool prescription mugs you’ve seen in memes on Facebook? Yes they sell those. Portable phone charging banks? Yup. Even cute photo cardboard cut outs? Sure! Why not. I’m serious, they have em’.

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I opted for a customized family photo calendar because I get one ever year, usually from shutterfly with their “free” deal they offer around the holidays, but I figured I’d give zazzle a chance. Boy am I glad I did! The picture quality is AMAZING!  And I’m not just saying that for the sake of the review. See for yourself. Keep on mind these photos were taken and uploaded via a cell phone, so you know they’re usually pixelated when blown up to an 8×10 or larger. These aren’t at all! They’re even better then they looked on my cell phone. What’s even better is that the quality is so amazing, that after the year is up, I can cut out the photos and frame them if I want to.

Here is an extreme close up of the photo. See any pixels?

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I also got a large 20×30″ poster of a beautiful butterfly that I thought would match my new living room decor colors. I didn’t realize how large it really was because the price was so cheap, that I can’t really figure out where I want to hang it once it’s framed because it’s so huge. The quality is excellent though and it shipped in 1 day.

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Don’t mind the creases, it came in a tube but I had folded it after. Silly me, probably not the best idea.

Lastly I ordered a dog bowl with my furry child’s photo on it. I’m still waiting for it to show up because it came on the manifest with the poster the day after ordering, but it still hasn’t shown up at my house so I can’t take a photo of it. I’ll need to contact then in regards to that, but I’m sure it’ll be really cute. They have different styles of dog bowls, pet beds, ornaments, you name it, they have it.

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You don’t have to personalize anything either if you aren’t looking to do that. If you’re someone who just looks for cool things and likes them as they are, they have that too. And tons of it. Artwork from famous artists, as well as designs by other shoppers as I noted above. It’s really an endless vortex of stuff, and I mean that in the best way possible. The only thing I couldn’t find on there, and I was suprised, was the large “Instagram” cut out people use at parties and stuff. I thought for sure they’d have those for sale, but maybe I just didn’t search correctly for it. And large bulky puzzles. They have personalized puzzles that are like 150+ pieces, but nothing floor size or 20 pieces or less for young kids. I know my kids would absolutely love doing a puzzle of a picture of themselves but they’re still not into the really tiny piece ones just yet.

The best part of all of this is, they’re still zazzle. So when you sign up for their emails you get tons of offers daily on items like 50% off flash sales or even up to 80% off of certain items!

*Disclaimer; This is a sponsored post and I have been provided with products to review for this post. All opinions are my own.

Merry Little Christmas Sign

I love making crafts that are simple and can be done fairly quickly.

I came across a sign i loved on Pinterest, but my relationship with Pinterest is not always a good one. I’ve tried numerous things that just wind up overwhelming because either something was left out of the steps, or it looked a lot easier then it actually was.

I figured I’d give it a try and with imperfections and all, i really love the outcome!

These steps can be done for any sign you’d like to create from scratch. Here are are steps;

I was able to get a thin piece of plywood from a box at work. It is about 2′ x 3′ which was just the right size I wanted. I lightly sanded the sides of the plywood because it was splintering all over.

Next, I took some white acrylic paint I had on hand and just lightly coated the board.

Then I added some text from my “Phonto” app on my phone, and then sent them to my computer to print and printed and taped them where I wanted then on the board.20151214_104411

After that, since I didn’t have any carbon paper, I added led to the back of the printouts, and then traced over then to transfer the lettering onto my board how I wanted it.

 

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The tracing takes a little bit of time, bit it’s worth it to get the font you want looking nice and neat.

My issue is, with the next step, which was using the black & red acrylic paint, I didn’t have a small square tip paint brush on hand, so I used a small rounded make-up brush I had laying around (yes I did). It worked great except it was hard to square my letters like I wanted and they came out a bit rounded and no longer perfect. I figured it was OK because I’d be sanding it next to give it a vintage/rustic look.20151215_112402

 

^ This was before sanding and you can see how my painting didn’t go so well.

To sand this, you can do it by hand with sandpaper but I had a small orbital sander on hand and used a 60 grit paper on it. I did a little deeper sanding in some areas and lighter in others to give it the look I wanted. You can see where it’s just about down to the plywood. It also allowed me to make my letters look a little better and the imperfections to almost disappear.

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The last step I did was add a light gray stain. I used “classic gray” from Minwax, it’s only $4.50 for a tiny jar that’ll last forever for craft projects.

I almost want to say I could’ve done without this step. I feel like I looked the white a bit brighter and I might sand it down a little to take some of the stain off, but I’m torn. I do like the way it turned it more rustic looking and I don’t have to work about it getting dirty since I’m using it as a holiday decoration on my front porch.

Let me know what you think and if you wind up trying this project!

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