November 30th, 2014
I created those adorable Let it Snow banners for my Michaels Dream Tree this year. I’ve had quite a few people ask about how I made them so I put together this quick tutorial. They are really easy to make if you have the new Cricut Explore which cuts glitter cardstock like it’s well, regular card stock.
White paper – 12″x18″
Large Cricut Mat
Cricut Deep Cut Blade
Ad tech Permanent Glue Runner
Step 1: Use Cricut and Large Cricut Mat to cut banners. Mine are 3.75×17.5. You can also cut these by hand because they are such a simple shape.
I get 3 banners from one sheet of 12×18 paper.
Step 2: Lay out your phrase in Cricut Design Space to fit on your mat size. You can cut any of your own fonts. Just make sure they are sized to fit your banner. My phrase is 14″ long.
Step 3 Cut glitter card stock. I use my deep-cut blade, but I’ve never tried it any other way, so you may be able to use a regular blade.
The glitter card stock cuts perfectly every single time, even in the tiny detail areas.
Step 4 Apply glue to the back of the phrase. I use the Ad tech Permanent Glue runner because I like how the adhesive just adheres to where the paper is.
Step 5 Stick the phrase on the paper banners!
And then just decorate your tree!
November 26th, 2014
These chalkboard place cards are super easy to create. I found chalkboard coasters at Michaels and knew right away they would make the perfect placecards for my thanksgiving table.
Chalkboard Coasters (I found these at my local Michaels)
Mini Wood Spool
Ad Tech Hi-temp Glue Gun
Basically you just need to glue the spools to the back of the coasters. I HIGHLY recommend a full-format high-temperature glue gun like this one from Ad tech. If you don’t have one, you should definitely get one. It has quickly become my favorite crafting tool. You have to be a little more careful with high-temp, but it adheres to pretty much everything, but you get less strings, and you have a few more seconds to reposition items before the glue hardens.
Glue on one mini spool to each corner…
Your place cards will stand up just perfectly, and all you have to do is write names on them!
I also found cute chalk banners at Micheals and just had to get them. I love a few little chalk accents in my fall decor. Also did you spy my burlap placemat?
If you don’t want to glue spools to the backs, you can just leave the coasters flat and prop them against other decor on the table. You could also turn these into a banner by stringing them and writing what everyone is thankful for etc. So many possibilities!
October 31st, 2014
Just a quick last-minute halloween project this year. I was creating my glitter snowflakes this week and it had me wishing I had some glow-in-the-dark glue sticks. Well low and behold I found some in my glue stick stash and went to town. After creating a few random ghosts, I saw my boy’s candy buckets, and decided to do a little personalization.
Using my Ad Tech High-temp Project Pro Glue Gun and their Glow-in-the-Dark glue sticks, I wrote out their names…
And a skull and bones.
They turned out super cute! If you have a little Elsa you could cover her bucket with lots of glow-in-the-dark snowflakes. Really the possibilities are endless, I’m super excited to use this glue to make lots of fun crafts!