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“Our Friendship Makes Me Glow” Printable Valentines

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
 Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away already!
I have teamed up with other bloggers to give you lots of fun ideas for Valentine’s Day.
If you have young kiddos, they probably still have parties at school or like to pass out Valentine cards to their friends. 
Today, I am sharing a simple Valentine card idea that is perfect for boys and girls!
 These are so easy to put together. 

 You can download your copy of the cards to print off below then just cut them apart. 
I printed the cards off onto thick white 8 1/2x 11 card stock so they’d be sturdy.
I bought the thicker glow sticks that can be a necklace so they already had a hole so I just punched a hole into the corner of the card and tied the two together with some twine. 
If you buy the thin glow sticks you can punch two holes in opposite corners of the card and weave the stick through the holes. Place a piece of tape on the back of the card over the glow stick to keep it from slipping out and you are done! 
What little kids won’t love to get this cute Valentine?!
I know my girls were super excited to get the glow sticks after I popped them for this picture! haha
Grab your copy of the Valentines below.
If the widget isn’t working you can also download them here.


I have also teamed up with some other bloggers to give you a fun Valentine’s Day roundup.
Be sure to check out all the amazing ideas below!

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Simple Vinyl Silhouette Ornament

I am pretty excited about today’s post. I have teamed up with some fellow bloggers to bring you an Ornament Blog Hop. Just in time for you to get crafty!


I have been wanting to do something with the girl’s silhouettes for some time and I thought this was the perfect opportunity.

These were really pretty easy and don’t take a lot of time to complete either.
Here’s how you can make some for you tree.
Supplies:
-Clear Ornaments that are round but they have flat sides and are more slender (I got these at Michael’s)
-Acrylic Paint (optional)
-Glitter (optional)
-Pom Poms (optional)
-Vinyl (I used Black glitter vinyl from Expressions Vinyl)
-Cutting Machine
-Computer
-Camera

I began by filling my ornaments with acrylic paint and coating the entire insides. I then flipped them over on an old egg carton to drain the excess paint and let dry.

You don’t have to use paint. You can do glitter or a mixture of glitter and paint. You can use pom-poms, buttons, beads, fake snow, whatever you’d like inside the ornament. I just chose to do paint and kept it a solid color so you could see the silhouettes clearly.

While your ornaments are drying, take the profile photos of your children. Tip: I suggest making sure they are in dark clothing because it helps when you edit it to the black and white version.
I then used this tutorial from Loo-la-bee Simplicity to convert the photos. In her tutorial she uses Picnik.com that is no longer a website so instead I used Ribbet.com which you can follow the same first steps but then I had to switch to ipiccy.com to finish with the filling in section,

Once I got the photos all set, I loaded them into my Silhouette software and converted the silhouettes to be a cut file. You can check out this tutorial on Silhouette to learn how to do this step if you aren’t sure. It is so easy and I wish I knew earlier! 
You should be able to do this if you have a newer Cricut as well.

I sized down the silhouettes and cut them out on the black glitter vinyl.

I carefully applied the silhouettes to the ornaments pressing down slowly starting at the head and working down the the hair and torso. I just smoothed it well with my fingers.

Next, tie some ribbon around the top of the ornament to dress them up a bit and that’s it!

I currently hung them on a small tree I had out but they will make their way to our large tree once that is fully set up.
I love how they came out!
I do think I am going to add the year and maybe their names on the back but for now they are good! 

I now want to make all sorts of fun silhouettes of the girls!

Be sure to check out all the other awesome ornaments!

allison

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USA Patriotic Star Decor + The Ultimate Blog Hop

The Ultimate Blog Hop is back and we are back with some great Red, White, and Blue ideas perfect for the upcoming holiday! After checking out what I created, be sure to check out all the other ideas linked up at the bottom of this post.

I created something a little patriotic that you can use as decor any where in your home.

 It is an easy project and here is how I created it.

Supplies:
-3D wooden star (bought at Hobby Lobby)
-Wooden USA letters
-Patriotic Paper
-Mod Podge
-Ink (optional)
-Stickles (optional)


Begin by tracing the star on the back of the scrapbook paper and then cut out.
When you cut out the paper star, it will be the width of the entire star and not the inner portion. So measure the with of the edge of the star and then trim the paper down to that size. You could also place the paper inside the star and using a bone folder, press the paper into place, then pull it out and cut along the creases.

Paint the wooden star and let dry. I chose white because I wanted that paper to stand out.

I then used a dark brown ink and a red ink along the edges to antique up the star a little.

Mod Podge the scrapbook paper into the center of the star and let dry.

White the Mod Podge is drying, paint the USA letters. I went with red to pop off the white.

I decided to use some blue stickles to create some dots on the letters.

Once the stickles is dry, use some hot glue and glue the letters to the star.

And that’s it!!

Place it on a table, use as a centerpiece, or you can even attach some twine to the back and make it for the door or just hang it on the wall. Whatever!

Now be sure to check out all the other great Red, White, and Blue ideas below!

allison

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Jelly “Popper” Cookies + The Great Cookie Exchange Party

Party season is here and with that normally comes the favorite- Cookie Swap Party. 
I have teamed up with some fabulous blogger friends to throw the Great Cookie Exchange Party!
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I have a recipe for you today that is a family favorite but I warn you… you can’t eat just one!!
Hence the name… you just POP them into your mouth and they are gone in one bite.


Did I mention they are SO easy and super fast to make?
No? Well, it is true!!
Ingredients:
-1 cup All Purpose Flour
-3 oz Cream Cheese, softened
-1 Stick of Butter, softened
-Jelly, flavor of your choice
-Powered Sugar

Place flour, cream cheese, and butter in a bowl and mix.
Mix until a soft dough is formed.
I actually mixed it until it was mostly combined and then used my hands to knead it into a good ball.
Place some flour on a surface and roll out the dough to about 1/8 in thick.
Use a shot glass or a really small round cookie cutter, to make the cookies.
Dip the glass into flour before cutting the dough.
  Cut the cookies with the glass across the dough.
When you finish cutting the cookies, peel up all the extra dough and knead it back into a ball and roll out again. Continue doing this until all the dough is used.
Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and then press your thumb into the center of the cookie.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
Once cool, top with a dollop of jelly and the sprinkle with powdered sugar.
These cookies are so light and airy and the touch of sweetness of the jelly is so addicting.
They are so yummy and perfect for a holiday party.
If you make and store these cookies before your party, you will want to resprinkle the powered sugar before serving. The moisture that occurs when they are covered makes it absorb into the cookie.

ENJOY and pray you can eat just one! 😉

Jelly “Popper” Cookies

Ingredients:
-1 cup Flour
-3 oz Cream Cheese, softened
-1 Stick of Butter, softened
-Jelly, flavor of your choice
-Powered Sugar

To Make:
-Mix flour, butter, and cream cheese in a bowl until a soft dough forms.
-Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/8 in. thick.
– Use a shot glass or small round cookie cutter dipped in flour to cut the cookies.
– Place on baking sheet and press a thumb print into the center of the cookie.
-Bake at 350 degrees or 8 mins.
-Let cool. Then top with jelly and powdered sugar.

I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite food blogging friends today to bring you a virtual Christmas cookie exchange. 
We all love Christmas Cookie Exchange Parties because you go to the party with one kind of cookie, but come home with dozens of cookies to taste! There’s nothing better than seeing all of the cookies out on all of their plates and getting to go around and fill up your bags with other people’s delicious recipes. Here are 40+ delicious cookie exchange recipes so you can find the perfect cookie to take to the party this holiday season!
Be sure to follow along on the Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for year round cookie recipe inspirations!
 

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allison

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Easy Glitter Wood Monogram Ornament #Creative Buzz

Ready for more ornament ideas!? 
I hope so because that is the theme for this month’s Creative Buzz! 
I have a super easy one for you again today. 
Again, it is so easy so here is how you can make one for your tree. 
Supplies:
-Small wood plaque and wood letter (bought at Michaels but can be found at other craft stores)
-Acrylic Paint
-Paint brushes
-Glitter in the same color as your paint
-Glitter glue
-Hot Glue Gun
-Ribbon
-527 Glue or another Strong All Purpose Glue

Begin by giving the wood pieces a coat of paint in the same colors, or close, to the color glitter you will be using.
While your paint is drying, cut a small piece of ribbon and create a loop by using hot glue on the ends. This will be how you will hang the ornament.
Once the paint is dry, coat the letter and plaque in glitter glue and sprinkle the glitter onto each.
Let dry and then use …. glue to glue the pieces together. 
Place something heavy on top and let dry to make sure they glue together because the glitter can cause some problems.
Ho glue the ribbon loop in the center of the back and it is ready to hang! 
I am starting to bring in some non traditional colors at Christmas so I chose to do hot pink and bright green but you can do any color combo you want.
I love how it came out and it was so fast, easy, and cheap too! 
Can’t go wrong with little handmade touches! 

Check out the other handmade ornaments from my fellow Creative Buzz friends.

6 Handmade Ornament Tutorials
 Glitter Wood Monogram Ornament by A Glimpse Inside
 Dried Fruit Ornament by All Things with Purpose
 Mod Podge Nautical Christmas Ornaments by Crafts by Courtney
 Stamped Ornaments by One Krieger Chick

Pokemon Pikachu Ornament by seven thirty three
 Pinecone Kids Ornament by Made to be a Momma

allison

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Embossed Wood Bird Ornaments + Trim the Tree Blog Hop

Christmas is around the corner and with Thanksgiving next week already, time to decorate your Christmas tree, or trees, is around the corner too!

I have teamed up with a ton of other bloggers for a Trim the Tree blog hop!
There are over 35 different ideas to add some fun homemade items to your tree this year.

But before you check out the blog hop at the end of this post, here is what I created for you.


They are so easy and quick to make too.
Here is how to make some for yourself.
Supplies:
-Wood Bird Cutouts (bought at Michaels but an be found at many craft stores.)
-Acrylic Paint
-Embossing Powder
-Embossing Gun
-Embossing Liquid
-Paint Brushes
-Ribbon
-Hot Glue Gun

Begin by painting the wood in the color of the embossing powder you are using. 
You don’t have to do this but I didn’t want to risk the plain wood color shining through the powder.
Using the Embossing Dadder, apply the liquid all over the birds and then sprinkle the embossing powder on top.
I chose to use embossing powder with glitter in it.

Using your embossing gun, melt the embossing powder.
The birds all shiny after I used the heat gun on them.
To hang them, take some ribbon and create a loop using hot glue to keep it together.
Then just hot glue the loop to the back of the bird.
And they are done and ready to hang!!
 Love me red cardinal.
I didn’t use embossing powder on the branch and leaves but did use some metallic paint to give it a little shine as well. 
Thought I would do a white one to represent a dove as well.
I even did the same thing with the wood word “family” and it looks great!
Here is the grouping all together!
Love how they came out!

Don’t have a embossing gun?!
No worries, just use glitter or you can even just paint the wood and add some metallic paint to it.


Are you ready to check out other great ideas to help trim your tree?
Here ya go!!
Trim the Tree this Christmas with more than 35 ideas to inspire from your favorite bloggers! #trimthetree
Have you started decorating for the Holidays?
Over 35 of your favorite bloggers have come together to share their fun and festive ideas.
From Ornaments to Tree Skirts,  you are sure to be inspired by all of these amazing homemade ideas to Trim the Tree! 

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allison

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“Autumn is a Second Spring” Printable + #FallHarvestIdeas Blog Hop

Happy Monday! 
Got some super fun stuff for you today! 
 Just like I did back in July, I am participating in the Ultimate Blog Hop but this time it is full of Fall Harvest Ideas! Whoo!! 
Today, I am sharing a fall printable I created just for you! 
 I saw this quote and loved it so I found some fun watercolor fall images to buy and designed the printable to share.

 I designed this as an 8×10 print.
When I printed it, I did choose the “Shrink to fit” option in my printer settings but mess with your printer since most are different.
Download your copy below! 
THEN be sure to check out all the awesome #FallHarvestIdeas in the blog hop! 🙂
I’ve teamed up with a group of 75 bloggers to share tons of Fall Harvest Ideas with you! 
From crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more…we have you covered for Fall inspiration!
75 Fall Harvest Ideas 
Check the gallery below and visit some of my blogging friends to see their awesome ideas!

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Fall Burlap Wreath

It isn’t too early to share fall inspired projects yet is it?! It will be September (HOLY COW!!) in a few hours so Fall is right around the corner so me and a few other bloggy friends have some fun wreaths for you to get you in the mood.

Fall Wreath Hop

Fall Wreath Blog Hop

 

I have another Fall Burlap Wreath for you today. 
I sure hope you aren’t tired of burlap yet. I still love it and I just think it is so PERFECT for fall.
This is a simple wreath and can be completely in a short amount of time. 
Here is how I created it so you can make one too! 

Supplies: (All supplies were bought at Michaels)
-Burlap Garland
-Accent Burlap Ribbon
-Floral Pins
-Burlap Bow (I bought a ready made one but you can make your own)
-Berry Picks
-Bird Pick
Start with the burlap garland and take a floral pin and push the pin through the end of the burlap. 
Twist the burlap and adds pin where you want to make a loop.
Continue around the wreath form.
I left an area open where I planned on adding the bow.
If you don’t like how your loops look, too big or bad placement, just remove the pin and change it! 
I changed mine about 3 times! 
Add the bow to make sure you like it.
Now it is time to add your accent burlap ribbon. 
Pin the end down and then weave, loop, and pin around the first burlap ribbon.
Again, you can change it around if you aren’t happy with their placement.
At this time, I added a few more floral pins around the edges where I wasn’t too keen on how large the loops were sticking out. Just play around with it until you are happy with the look.
 Time to add the berries and your little bird.
I found this little bird at Michaels and just had to buy it! I loved it! I found the berries and decided I wanted to throw them in the wreath as well for a little extra flair.
I added the bird on the top of the wreath with the berries behind it.
 I then add some berries by the bow to bring the shine down towards the bottom.
And once you are happy with the placement of the picks, you are DONE! 🙂 
I can’t wait to place this new guy outside in a few weeks.
Be sure to check out my other Burlap Wreaths as well.
Be sure to check all the Autumn Wreaths out from my other blogging friends to get inspired to make a wreath of your own this year.

Fall Wreath Hop

Fall Wreath Blog Hop

Be sure to click on each link below to get all the tips from each blogger! 

From left to right:
 

Wheat and Burlap Fall Wreath via Clean and Scentsible
 

Chevron and Posie Fall Wreath via Nest of Posies
 

Fall Hedgehog Wreath via Bombshell Bling 

Fall Bittersweet Wreath via The Lily Pad Cottage 

Fall Burlap and Plaid Wreath via A Glimpse Inside
 

Easy Fall Hydrangea Wreath via A Night Owl Blog
 

Burlap Flower Cone via Sweet C’s Designs
 

allison