top 10 father's day crafts



Looking for some Father's Day fun?!
Here are some of my favorite Father's Day Crafts!  These would be fun to create using the Silhouette Cameo or the Cricut!

1.  DAD sign

Create a simple DAD on a board, add clothespins & your kids' pics!  So simple and so adorable!



2.  SUPER DAD matching shirt and onesie!

So easy to create with the Silhouette Cameo or Cricut!  Then use the Cricut Easy 
Press to iron it on. 





3.  WE LOVE DADDY shadows 

How fun to make shadows and a picture at the same time! 



4.  WE LOVE DADDY feet

I love this one!  Just color on the bottom of your kids' feet with markers!  This is our yearly tradition at my house!


5.  I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON & STARS 

Cuteness with a pic of your kiddo pasted on some Popsicle sticks to look like they are climbing for stars!  Love.




6.  SUPER HERO DAD

Super adorable super heroes made out of Hershey's bars!  So fun!



7.  5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT DAD 

Special card made out of tongue depressor sticks! 



8.  NECKTIE CARDS

Fun cards made to look like a necktie!


9.  SUPER HERO SIGN 

Special sign for a "super hero" dad!


10.  DAD GLASSES 

Glasses made to spell "DAD" - I did this as a class present when I taught art in my son's kindergarten! I took a pic of each child wearing the glasses and put it inside of their Father's Day card. 



And...
BONUS - here are some special signs and shirts I had my friends create during my DIY wood sign workshop!  




some t-shirts I helped the mamas create...







Happy Father's Day to all the AMAZING daddies out there!!  Hope you found something fun to create! 



Happy Crafting! 






  



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cricut chronicles 2



I'm discovering the differences between the Cricut and the Silhouette machine.  Today I wanted to make a simple picture frame made out of cardstock with a rectangle inside of a rectangle.  When I made it I needed to slice the inside of it so it could cut.  So that was an important word to look up what I was trying to do!  Took me a bit but I figured it out!

I really like the way the Cricut cuts (side note: I need a new blade on my Silhouette!).  It is fast and sharp and very quick. 

Also my machine was cutting super LOUD and I thought it was broken or going to explode or something but then I read an article that said if you use the wrong cord (I was using the Silhouette one since it fit) then that is the cause of the sound because it's the wrong voltage!  True!

So now my machine is cutting smoothly and quietly, I figured out slicing and I'm on my way! 

Happy Crafting!

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end of year preschool gift


End of Year Preschool Gifts

Here's a video of the gifts and celebration:

My little Logan just graduated from Pre K!  He had such a sweet class this year.  





Here are the top 10 items for our end of year gift:

1.  Bubbles!


2.  Pencil Boxes 
I picked these up at Michaels for $1 and put the kids names on them with my Silhouette machine. We wanted to create a fun box to encourage drawing and creativity for the summer! 




3.  Pencils 

4.  Note pads from the Dollar Store 


5.  Funny sunglasses 


6.  Fun pen! 


7.  Crayons 

8.  Stickers! 


9.  Necklaces with their names on them


10.  And BALOONS!  This always makes for a fun and festive party! 








I also cut out the letters on the sign "We love pre k" to make it bright and festive!

Love this sweet group!

Happy Crafting!





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the cricut chronicles part 1



As you all know I LOVE my Silhouette Cameo but I also love learning!  So this week I tried something new.  I opened my Cricut to be able to compare the two!

This is what I found...

  • The software is A LOT different. 
  • Silhouette software is on the desktop whereas the Cricut software is on the web.  Anyone interested could log in to Cricut.com to start up an account and see what it's all about.  
  • I find that with Cricut - there are lots of options and TONS  of premade kits ready to go...IF you want to purchase them...whereas with Silhouette there are some but the focus is more on designing things. 
  • At this point I am still partial to my Silhouette but....you never know!  


I wanted to use the "trace" feature to take a design from the web and save and outline it.  I know how to do this easily with the Silhouette software, so I watched a youtube tutorial on the Cricut from Ken's Kreations that was very helpful!

I outlined and cut this Transformer pretty easily since it was a png file without a background! It will be for t-shirts for my friend's birthday party.

I'm not sure how cutting more delicate designs would go - not as many options on the trace feature as the Silhouette.

Anyway, it's fun to compare! 
Happy Crafting! 


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great aunt jean's eclair ring

Great Aunt Jean's Eclair Ring 


This is an old family recipe & I wanted to share it with all of you! I remember the many special occasions my grandma and mom would make it for our family.  I decided to share it with my family for my father-in-law's 70th birthday.

Here's a video of the process:

Ring 

boil water, melt butter, add flour to form a ball on the stove

beat eggs with a hand mixer one at a time



spread out into a ring

   




Filling 

add milk, instant pudding, vanilla to whipped cream






my taste testers!








Topping

melt chocolate, butter, milk, then add powdered sugar







drizzle!


add sprinkles and a sign...ENJOY! 



Eclair Ring Recipe 

Ring: 

1 c water
1/2 c butter
1 c flour
4 eggs

Bring butter and water to rolling boil.  Stir in flour over low heat until it forms a ball.  Remove from heat.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, using electric beater.  Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet (shape - round, oval, individual or tiny for appetizers with filling)
Bake 400 for 40-45 min.  Cool away from draft; slice through middle.


Filling:  

Mix 2 small packages vanilla instant pudding and 2 1/2 c milk.  Fold in 1 c whipping cream (2 c whipped or use 2 c Cool Whip).  Add 1 tsp vanilla.  Fill bottom of ring; replace ring.

Topping:

Heat and mix 2 sq unsweetened melted chocolate, 2 T butter, 2 T milk.  Add 1 c powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla.  Add milk to thin if necessary.  Drizzle over top.  Refrigerate & enjoy! 


Happy Baking! 



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