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Neglected Blog – Blame The Cricut!

Since receiving my wonderful Cricut Maker in February, my blog has been very neglected! I’ve hardly done any recipes, I’m behind on my reading so I’m behind on my book review posts and I’ve gone days every week without posting. For someone who usually blogs daily, it’s been a little strange not blogging. However, I love being creative with the Cricut and I just want to be making things all the time!

I spent all day yesterday making my lovely mother-in-law some pictures to hang on either side of her bathroom door.
I purchased SVG files from one of my favourite websites, Dreaming Tree and made six 6×6 inch box frame pictures.

Butterfly paper sculpture box frame made with the Cricut maker

Love heart paper sculpture box frame using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

Hummingbird paper sculpture box frame using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

Set of 3 paper sculpture box frames using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

mermaid paper sculpture box frame using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

Seashell paper sculpture box frame using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

Star fish paper sculpture box frame using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

Set of three paper sculpture box frames using Dreaming Tree SVG files

I’ve also made a cute paper bunny rabbit that can be filled with Easter goodies!

paper Easter bunny

I’ve made cards and box frames for mother’s day presents and I’ve bought loads more files from Dreaming Tree and SVG Cuts that I can’t wait to make!

Rolled Roses Box Frame Cricut Tutorial #Ad

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

We’ve just celebrated Mother’s Day here in the UK and this year we made my mum, Ant’s mum and Aiden’s step mum a rolled roses box frame. We used the Cricut Maker to cut the roses and vinyl for the front of the frame then personalised them for each person, like the one below.

to the world you are a mother but to your family you are the world. Box frame with paper roses

We loved how nice they looked so I decided to make a small one for us, to celebrate the coming of Spring. The following tutorial is picture heavy to make it easier for beginners to follow along.

Rolled Roses Box Frame Cricut Tutorial

You will need:

A Cricut Maker – here’s mine on my shiny new trolley from Hobbycraft! The super wonderful husband added the storage baskets on the side for my vinyl rolls and we’ve ordered a magazine rack for the other side that will store my 12×12 papers 🙂

trolley on wheels from Hobbycraft with my Cricut maker on

  • A box frame. I used a 6×6 white frame from The Range.
  • Medium Cardstock in your choice of colours.
  • A glue gun and glue sticks.
  • A quilling tool.
  • White vinyl
  • Cricut transfer tape.

box frame, glue gun, yellow card, cricut tools

Design Space

Open Design Space and click on Images. In the search box, search for #M3D7E1.
This file is free for me because I have Cricut access. I’m not sure if you have to pay for it if you don’t subscribe.

Design Space - file for creating rolled roses

 

Click on the image of the spiral and click on Insert Images.

The image will open in Design Space. Click on Duplicate and move one spiral underneath the other.

files opened in Design Space

While holding the Shift key, click on each layer so that they’re both selected and click on Attach at the bottom of the layer palette. This will keep your images in the right place when you click on Make It.

Selected layers in Design Space

Click Save and name your file.

save project in Design Space

Cutting The Roses

Click Make It. Design Space will prepare the mats and you can change some options here before starting to cut.

Design Space prepare the mats

I wasn’t sure how many copies I would need but I estimated around 30-36 should do. Set the number of copies you will need for your frame and click apply.

Design Space select project copies

Click Continue. Design Space will work out how many it can fit on a 12×12 sheet of card and will tell you how many mats you will need to cut.

 

Design Space prepping mat for multiple copies

I wanted to cut mine on A4 paper because I didn’t have enough of the same colour sheets in 12×12. I went back to Design Space and duplicated the image until I had 6 flowers and arranged them vertically rather than horizontally.

When you’ve set your number of copies, click Continue and select your material type. I’m using a light cardstock. I’m using the green mat throughout.

choose your material

The Load button will start flashing on the Cricut Maker when your material type has been selected. Hold the mat and apply gentle pressure while pressing the Load button then let go and let the mat load.

When the machine is ready, the Go button will start flashing. Press the Go button and let the machine do the job.

load mat

Assembling The Roses

When all the spirals have been cut, it’s time to start assembling the roses.

spirals ready to roll

Using a quilling tool, slide the outer end of the spiral into the tool.

rolling paper rose

Roll the spiral gently and try to keep the edge of the spiral lined up.

rolled paper rose

When it has all been rolled, slowly let go and let the flower unroll until it’s the shape you want it.

rolled paper rose

Hold the flower and turn it upside down. Apply hot glue to the last circle of the spiral.

using hot glue to glue the flower together

Press the circle onto the bottom of the rolled rose.

glued paper rose

Your first flower is now finished. Only another 30 or so to go!

finished flower

When all the roses have been made, cut a piece of white paper to the same size as the inside of your frame. Attach the roses, using hot glue, in any design you wish. We did 3 lines of different colours on the first ones we made for Mother’s day, but this time I wanted it to look a bt different so I placed them on randomly.

framed paper roses

Cutting The Vinyl

It’s now time to cut the viny for the front of the frame.

I used a free download from lovesvg.com for the spring vinyl design. Download the file and unzip it.
In Design Space, click on Upload file.

upload image

Click on Browse and browse to the folder where you unzipped your file.

choose file

Click Save

click save

Select the file by clicking on it and then click on Insert Images

load file onto canvas

The image will open on the canvas in Design Space.

svg file opens on canvas

You can resize the image by clicking and holding the circle with the arrows and dragging it to the required size.

change size if needed

Make sure all the layers are selected and click on Attach at the bottom of the layer palette.

select all layers and click attach

The image will turn to all the same colour. Clicking Attach tells the software that you want it to keep the image as it is. If you don’t click Attach, the software will rearrange the image on the mats to save materials.

image will change to all one colour

Click Make It.

prepping the mat for cutting

If your laptop is still connected you can just choose Vinyl for the material type. If not, connect your laptop or phone to the machine.

select vinyl

Follow the instructions to load the mat and start the cut when the machine is ready. There’s a progress circle to show how much cutting is left to do.

cutting in progress

Attaching The Vinyl

Unload the machine when the Load button starts to flash again and remove the vinyl from the mat.

cut vinyl

Peel away the excess vinyl.

removing excess vinyl

Weed the tiny areas in the letters with the weeding tool or a pair of pointy tweezers. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that I missed a bit in the F on Life. Don’t worry if this happens, you can weed it using the weeding tool of tweezers once it’s been applied to the frame glass.

weeded vinyl

When it’s all weeded, cut a piece of transfer tape big enough to cover your design.

using ransfer tape to transfer vinyl onto frame

Stick the transfer tape to the design and rub over it using the Cricut scraper tool.

transfer paper attached to vinyl

Remove the backing from the vinyl and place the design on the glass.

sticking vinyl and transfer paper onto frame

Using the scraper tool again, rub over the whole design. Whilst you need to apply pressure, make sure you don’t apply too much and break the glass.

I’ve found the easiest way to remove the transfer tape is to pull it back on itself, keeping it flat on the glass. Go slowly and use the scraper for any stubborn bits that didn’t stick.

rub over design to ensure it has stuck to the glass then peel off the transfer paper

And that’s it!

 

Your new rolled roses box frame is ready to hang where ever it will give you joy 🙂

Christmas Craft Ideas For Children Of All Ages

We’ve rounded up some Christmas craft ideas for children of all ages from the craft advent posts we did a couple of years ago.

KayCee and Ella had great fun making all these crafts and did an excellent job.

You can find links to all of the Countdown To Christmas 24 advent Crafts on my Pinterest board

Christmas Craft Ideas

Paper Plate Angel

Paper plate angel

Cinnamon Dough Tree Ornaments

cinnamon dough tree ornaments

Scrabble Christmas Tree Ornaments

Let it snow Scrabble tree ornament

Toilet Roll Christmas Trees

toilet roll Christmas trees

Embroidered Snowflake Card

embroidered snowflake card

Folded Book Art Christmas Tree

A Christmas carol folded book tutorial

Paper Star Chain

paper star chains - craft ideas

Candy Cane Reindeer

candy cane reindeer

10 Things To Do On Rainy Days

We had the hottest Summer this year than we’ve had for a long time. Just about everyone loved it. I didn’t. I’m not a Summer lover and have to say I was glad when Autumn arrived!
Autumn, however, brings with it rainy days and if we don’t have some ideas to keep everyone occupied, we all end up watching too much TV.

Here are some things we enjoy to do when it’s rainy outside.

Activities For Rainy Days

  1. Family Board Game Day – KayCee collects Monopoly games so we have plenty of different kinds to choose from.
  2. Design A Family Board Game – KayCee and Ella had great fun making a Very Hungry Caterpillar board game when they were younger. It’s a great way to spend a rainy day and at the end, you can all play the game together.
  3. Make Your Own Moon Sand – I’ve never tried this, but I really want to. I think I’d have as much fun playing with this as Ella would!
  4. Baking – A rainy day activity list wouldn’t be complete without baking of some sort, whether it be cakes or cookies.
  5. Rock Painting – We did this last year and everyone enjoyed it, including me. We still haven’t varnished our rocks yet so we’ve not been able to put them in the garden. We’ll have to do it soon because they’re too nice to be stuck in a box!
  6. Indoor Treasure Hunt – Ella and her friends often make treasure hunts for each other. They choose a prize and hide it then write a series of clues for the other one to follow. You can also get loads of printables from Google if you wanted to create one for your children but didn’t want to write all the clues yourself.
  7. Washable Stained Glass Window Painting – The lady who writes this blog put the tape on the outside but obviously, that won’t work if it’s raining. This can be done indoors as long as you protect the floor under your window.
  8. Make Gloop – Cornflour, water and some food colouring can keep children entertained for hours with homemade gloop.
  9. Make Some Story Sacks – Ella loved bringing home a story sack when she started nursery. I’d never heard of them before, but thought they were a brilliant idea.
    You can make them for all ages and stages of development.
  10. Get Outside & Play In The Rain – When I was a child my friend and I used to go outside in bare feet and squelch our toes in the mud when it rained hard! We loved it when the rain was pounding so hard it bounced when it hit the floor!
    A rainy walk in the woods can be great fun for all the family 🙂
Ella loves rainy days
We got caught in a downpour on the way home from school. Everyone else was running, we were taking our time and enjoying the feel of the rain on our skin 🙂

 

What kind of things do you like doing on rainy days?

I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

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Top 5 Craft Ideas For The Family

DIY craft ideas are a wonderful way for the families to bond well and enjoy some fun time together. Whether it is about making voguish decorations for celebrating Christmas, renovating your kid’s room or learning a new fix, craft projects pack in a lot of thrills and excitement for kids and parents alike. Use the following interesting project ideas to engage your spouse and young ones in a fantastic art session where you will enjoy unleashing your creative potential and aesthetic prowess.

Fun Snowman From Plastic Cups

Have fun building a snowman with only plastic cups. This DIY activity is even more fun than creating customized family photo albums through Mixbook.com/Photo-Books or planning a road trip to one of the exotic beaches in the Caribbean. You do not really need snow to make your own personalized artful snowman. It is an easy-to-do craft project, which only requires inexpensive plastic cups. You will need some glue, a stapler, coloured paper, and some clear plastic cups. Use these materials and a little bit of your creative prowess to create splendid snowman decor with your loved ones.

plstic cup snowman
Image Source & Tutorial

Peppermint Christmas Ornament Candies

Did you know that peppermint could actually be used for making your own customized peppermint candies? These candies will have just the perfect flavoring to spice up your noshing or binge eating sessions. Use some nice candy brand and peppermint for this amazing DIY activity to create sweets that you can use as birthday embellishments, Halloween giveaways, or party decor.

Peppermint candy Christmas ornaments - craft ideas
Image Source & Tutorial

Stylish Candy Sleighs

Your kids will absolutely adore this amazing DIY craft featuring vibrant candy sleighs, which you can easily use as Thanksgiving souvenirs or New Year decor accessories. While you might find these cute little candy sleighs with colourful ribbons tied around a bit hard to build, they are actually easy to design. Just use a handful of kit kat or Hershey’s chocolate bars and a few multicoloured decorative ribbons to create your own handy sleighs. Apt for a Christmas giveaway as well, these will need candy canes, some glue, and a few candies.

candy cane sleighs
Image Source

Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

Are you thinking of getting a bit creative this winter season? How about some cool handprint ornaments made right out of salt dough? You will need some flour, water, and salt. Put them together in a bowl, make cute shapes and decorate them using good quality acrylic paint. Think of nice colourful patterns to paint on your salt dough accessories. Do not forget to cover them up with a sealant. It will allow you to use these as decor items for a long term.

salt dough handprint Christmas ornaments from Olive Juice Mama
Image Source & Tutorial

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

You may like eating Cinnamon doughnuts but know that you can create marvellous decorative cinnamon accessories with only these four ingredients: flour, salt, cinnamon, and water. Your kids are sure to have a great time making these fancy ornaments that require no cooking. This kid-friendly craft project keeps you engaged for hours of creative play while you think of artistic patterns and shapes for these cinnamon embellishments. You will enjoy the fragrance once these ornaments are done. You can show this decorative artwork to your friends and relatives and I am sure they will definitely appreciate your creative flair.

cinnamon dough tree ornaments
Tutorial

This is a collaborative post

Homemade Father’s Day Gifts

It’s Father’s Day here in the UK on Sunday, June 17th. Ant prefers homemade Father’s Day gifts so I’ve picked out a few ideas from Pinterest that the children can make for him.
If you’d like more ideas, I have lots of pins on my Dad Gifts Pinterest board.

Father’s Day Card

First up we have a fun Father’s Day card. It’s from HomeSchoolPreSchool.net

KayCee and Ella love making their own cards and there are loads of ideas on Pinterest.

homemade Father's Day gifts - Dad, You're the Coolest card

Check out HomeSchoolPreSchool’s Pinterest boards.

Nuts About You, Dad

Ant loves all kinds of nuts so this would be a great gift for him. If you can’t find a big tub of nuts like this one, you could buy a cheap Kilner jar and fill it with his favourite nuts.
The tutorial and a link to the printable label can be found on Don’t Waste The Crumbs

homemade Father's Day gifts - We're Nuts About You, Dad

Here’s Don’t Waste The Crumbs Pinterest profile

Lolly Stick Pen Holder

We have different coloured lolly sticks that we got from The Works so we wouldn’t need to paint them. It’s quicker but less fun for the children!
Ella would love making this because she likes being able to use the hot glue gun!

Lolly stick pen holder

You can find the tutorial for this craft on Mama Of Many Blessings.

My Dad Rocks – Paperweight

KayCee and Ella love rock painting. This is an easy one for little ones to do.

We did loads of rock painting last summer. We planned on putting them around the garden. Unfortunately, we never got around to coating them with varnish so they’re still in a box somewhere.
I really must get that sorted because they’re too nice to be hidden away in a box!

homemade Father's Day gifts - My Dad Rocks paperweight

Visit Our Family World for the tutorial

We Love You To Pieces

Finally, we have a cute little bottle filled with Reece’s Pieces. Mind you, if the children made for this Ant, I don’t think he’d see many of them…..Reece’s Pieces are my favourite!

homemade Father's Day gifts - Reece's pieces in a bottle - We love you to pieces

You’ll find the printable labels at Nothing But Country

I hope you have fun making a gift with your children, however, if you just don’t have time to make a gift this year, I’ve seen some great gifts at places like Argos and B&M.
Before buying from Argos I always check online for promotions and discount codes. Usually, you can save up to 25% or £50 off.

Emoji Golf Balls

These very colourful and fun Emoji golf balls! are only £9.99

Emoji golf balls Argos

Nikon D3400 Camera

For something a little more extravagant, you can currently* get £50 off a Nikon camera using the following code:

DSLR50

Nikon DSLR

 

I have a Nikon Coolpix camera at the moment. I would LOVE this camera and it’s going on my ‘when we win the lottery wishlist’!

 

Whether you get homemade Father’s Day gifts or something picked especially for you from the shops by your precious little people, I hope all the fathers out there have a wonderful day 🙂

For more Father’s Day ideas, check out a post by Me, Him, The Dog & A Baby

* Correct at time of publication

This is a collaborative post

 

Diamond Painting – Another New Hobby

I stumbled across diamond painting on eBay while looking for some cross stitch kits. I’d never heard of it before and wasn’t exactly sure what it meant when diamond painting cross stitch!

Cross Stitch

YouTube showed me exactly what it was and I was intrigued. I’ve not done any cross stitch for a while and only recently started doing it again. I enjoy it but it sometimes feels like I’ve been working on it forever and not really getting anywhere.
Plus, the tiny chart with all the counting can be a bit stressful. I’m forever losing my place and having to count over and over to make sure I’ve got the right square.

Diamond Painting

Diamond painting has the chart right there on the picture. Basically, you stick tiny plastic, flat-backed rhinestones onto the chart. The canvas has adhesive already applied and the rhinestones are in numbered bags. Using the tool supplied, you pick up a rhinestone and stick it on the right number.

Diamond painting kit. Santa holding an owl - October 1 day 12 pics

Started my diamond painting kit - October 1 day 12 pics

Diamond painting Santa - October 1 day 12 pics

Diamond painting kit - Santa holding an owl

My next one is another Santa picture and I can’t wait to start it!

Santa diamond painting kit

I bought all my kits from the same seller on eBay. They were all less than £3 each with free posting. I did have to wait a couple of weeks to receive them because they came from China but it’s worth the wait.

I have lots more in my basket waiting for me to click the BUY button!!

I still have one of my miniature dollhouse kits to make but I’m taking a rest from them as they’re not as stress-free as the diamond painting!

Autumn Crafts Older Kids

Autumn Crafts

Kaycee and Ella love to spend time crafting so with the nights drawing in I thought they’d like some ideas of things to make for autumn.

Ella especially likes candles so with this in mind, I found a couple of crafts using candles. Last year she made some Halloween luminary jars and gave them to her sister, Kellyann. This year I want her to make some for me but I don’t want Halloween ones!
I love these autumn leaves luminary jars from Create Craft Love and I know Ella will enjoy making them 🙂

Autumn leaf luminary jar - Autumn crafts
This image is a screenshot from Create Craft Love and belongs to the owner of the site.

There isn’t a tutorial for this one because it’s really not needed! The photo is from the Instagram account of a very talented lady who makes art from natural resources.

We did rock painting in the summer holidays and we all enjoyed it very much so I know this craft would be great for us all t have a go at 🙂

rock family candle holder
Photo Source

Glittery Autumn leaves hanging from the fireplace would be a great way to get us ready for all the glitz and glam of Christmas decorations!

glittery Autumn leaves
Screenshot and tutorial from House Of Jade Interiors

Kaycee’s and Ella’s Nanny loves feeding the birds so I thought they could make her some homemade bird feeders. It’ll be a nice surprise for her and the birds will be well fed now the weather is on the turn.

homemade bird feeders
Screenshot and tutorial from Growing Family

There are more Autumn Crafts on my Pinterest account

Miniature Craft Kits – My New Hobby

Miniature Craft Kits

 

A few weeks ago I browsing Facebook when I saw a link to some Box Theatre Kits on Amazon.
I’d never heard of them but I fell in love with them. They’re little tins with miniature scenes inside.
I headed over to Amazon and ordered 3 different designs!
Ant said I should have ordered 1 first to see if I liked doing them but I’m an impulse buyer! While waiting for them to arrive (they came from China so took a while) I saw some more on eBay that were less than half the price they were on Amazon.

I ordered 3 more and kept my fingers crossed that I was going to enjoy doing them!

Thankfully I love doing them, as does Kaycee! Ella wanted to do one so I said we could do one together. She did really well but she hasn’t really got the patience like Kaycee has and she said she’s not interested in doing anymore!

Kaycee did 2 of the kits. She did Forest Rhapsody

Forest Rhapsody miniature craft kits

Forest Rhapsody - miniature craft kits Kaycee making Forest Rhapsody - miniature craft kits

and In A Happy Corner

In a happy corner - miniature craft kits In a happy corner - miniature craft kits In a happy corner - miniature craft kits

Ella and I made Island Adventures

Island Adventure Box Theatre Miniature craft kit Island Adventure Box Theatre Miniature craft kit Island Adventure Box Theatre Miniature craft kit Island Adventure Box Theatre Miniature craft kit

and I made Snow Dream. I was supposed to be making it on my own but Ella wanted to help!

Snow Dream box theatre miniature craft kit Snow Dream box theatre miniature craft kit Snow Dream box theatre miniature craft kit

I have 2 more box theatre kits to do – Countryside Notes and Roam Around In Winter

Box theatre kits

I’ve also ordered some Christmas room dollhouse kits. I can’t wait for those to arrive!

Christmas room craft kits Christmas room craft kits

I’ve been using YouTube videos to help me if I got stuck. My favourite YouTuber for these miniature craft kits is Mimiyuu

Rock Painting & Daisy Made Ice Cream

Daisy Made Ice Cream

I think I can speak for us all when I say we love Daisy Made ice cream. They have different flavours every time we go and it’s always hard to choose 🙂
Daisy Made makes it on to every bucket list we make and it wouldn’t be the summer holidays without a trip there.

 

Daisy Made ice cream
I had a scoop of Cheeky Monkey (chocolate and banana) and a scoop of pear flavoured ice cream 🙂
Ant posing
Ant posing in his new Cool Daddy t-shirt!

We took Nanny to Daisy Made this week. She’d never been before and she now loves it as much as we do!
We didn’t stay long because the weather turned from lovely sun to chilly wind not long after we got there. The girls like playing crazy golf when we visit but I didn’t fancy standing in the wind for an hour while they played. I don’t play because I don’t really enjoy crazy golf!

Nanny and Ella at Daisy Made

Kaycee at Daisy Made

Rock Painting

While working at the charity shop I came across an unused set of acrylic paints. I didn’t have a use for them when I bought them, I just figured it would be good to have them.

While browsing Pinterest I saw some lovely rock painting designs. I knew Kaycee and Ella would love having a go at rock painting and I was right. We spent a really lovely afternoon together creating lovely rocks for the garden.

We just have to varnish them now so they’ll last for years outside 🙂

Rock Painting

Rock Painting

 

Rock Painting
Kaycee’s minion 🙂

Rock Painting

Rock Painting
My birdie 🙂
Rock Painting
Kaycee’s watermelon and my ice cream
Rock Painting
My mouse
rock painting unicorn
Ella’s unicorn

I think this is going to be one of our rainy day activities. We’ve got loads of rocks in the garden around the pond.
We’re hoping to go to the seaside soon as well so we’ll collect lots more rocks while we’re there 🙂

 

 

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