burlap and glitter thanksgiving placemats – cricut design space star

October 23rd, 2014

*This post contains affiliate links and is part of the Design Space Star contest by Cricut. All projects and opinions are 100% mine.

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The thing that I love most about my Cricut Explore is that it cuts everything I give it. Usually I’m doubtful going into the cutting, and every single time the explore comes through and cuts even better than I imagined it would.  Cutting burlap was no different. I found this awesome Laminated Burlap and I thought it would work out great because it’s already backed with a laminate that would keep it from moving on the cutting mat.

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It cut my placemats like a dream!

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To complete the placemats, I cut some heat-transfer glitter vinyl (mirrored the image first).

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And then ironed it on to the center of the placemat.

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I cut two different shapes of placemats and two different sayings – Give Thanks and Thankful so I could use these on my thanksgiving table. 
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The glitter is awesome, and the placemats turned out so pretty.

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Here you can see the cut edge and how nice it looks:

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LED Pumpkins – Trick your Pumpkin Halloween Sweepstakes

October 11th, 2014

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Are you ready to Trick Your Pumpkin??! Michaels.com is hosting a pumpkin decorating sweepstakes – to enter instagram a picture of your tricked-out pumpkin and hashtag #trickyourpumpkin #sweepstakes and tag @MichaselsStores. Visit their website for more information.  Now check out my tricked out pumpkins!trick-pumpkins-theprojectgirl

LED pumpkins Supplies: 

Craft Pumpkins from Michaels

LED Lights (I got mine in the Christmas Section of Michaels)

Template ( just print out whatever letters you want to spell, however big you want them to be)

Tape

Artificial Pumpkin Carving Knives

Awl (or drill with small drill bit)

My pumpkins were about 6″ tall, so I printed letters that were 3.75″ tall. I tore them out of the paper fairly close to the edge of the letters. I positioned them onto pumpkin where I wanted them to be. 
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Then I taped around the letter to keep it in place. I had to fold a few areas of the letter to make it fit with the pumpkin shape.
trick-pumpkins-paper1-theprojectgirlThen I used a piece of chalk to map out where the lights would be. The lights I bought had 20 bulbs per strand. So I aimed for 2o holes. If you are using bigger pumpkins, you can get a strand with more bulbs, or use multiple strands.
trick-pumpkins-paper-theprojectgirlOnce I  had the template ready to go, I cut out a large circle from the bottom of the pumpkin. You’ll need it large enough to maneuver your hand around to insert the lights.
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Then I punched holes through each of the dots and removed the template. I recommend an Awl for this, or if you have a drill with a 3/32″ or 1/8″ bit, definitely use that! I used the little artificial pumpkin carvers, but ended up with some rough holes.

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Once your holes are all punched through, just gently insert the lights by pushing them through the inside of the pumpkin. I didn’t tape them or anything, they are just held in place because of the tension of a slightly smaller hole. led-pumpkins-inside-theprojectgirl

And here’s what they look like all inserted. I think using a drill would make for the most clean looking finished product.

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All turned on they look amazing!

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Remember to enter the Michaels.com Trick Your Pumpkin Sweepstakes by October 31st, 2014 for a chance to win a $250 Michaels Gift Card and Plaid products each Friday in October!

Minted Thanksgiving & Halloween Card and celebration round-up

October 7th, 2014

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There are so many gorgeous card, invitation, and party decor designs at Minted.com this season. I know I tend to think of Minted for just Christmas Cards, but they have so much more including fathers day cards, gorgeous wall art, and even fabric! Here are my favorite picks for Fall (links at the bottom)

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 Use Coupon Code TRICKORTREAT14 for 15% off Halloween Cards, or GIVETHANKS14 for 15% off thanksgiving cards

1. Hand-lettered Thanksgiving Card

2. Hand-lettered Thanksgiving Photo Card

3.Thankful for Everything Photo Card

4. Pause and Give Thanks Photo Card

5. Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation

6. Floral Menu Card (with foil!)

7. Custom Thanksgiving Party Decorations

8. Floral Place Card (with foil!)

9. Chalk Menu

10. Chalk Backdrop 

11.Spooky Halloween Photo Card

12. Halloweenie Roast Invitation

13. Create a Costume Photo Card

And while you’re at Minted.com, check out their NEW amazing printed envelopes for your Holiday cards.

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 *This post contains affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission off purchases made at minted.com.