Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas To Help You Earn Those Brownie Points

My kiddos are headed back to school in less than two weeks. Yikes! And I like to kick the year off with a great teacher gift, something their teacher’s can actually use. You know… not just a coffee mug pencil holder. {wink}

Teacher Gift Ideas | @kimbyers with #backtoschool ideas

So this year I grabbed some Minc materials… love the one that says HELLO… so perfect… I also picked up some chalkboard items, ribbon, frame and snacks. The big chalkboard is magnetic. I have a few for the kids and we love them. It, the frame and the ribbon are from Jo-Ann, along with the Minc supplies. And then I picked up a mini clipboard and darling milk carton box from Target (in the dollar spot section).

Now let’s get crafty!

Back To School Teacher Gift Idea |  @kimbyers

 

For the Heidi Swapp Minc foil items, you’ll need the Minc tags, banners and letters kits. And if you want the herringbone apples, I used the Minc paper pack and cut the apples out before running them through the machine. They might just be a fav! {grin}

Here’s a closer look at the milk carton with “for you” Minc tag and foiled apple. I filled each box (two teachers) with candies and OREOS. I should have filled them with brownies I guess… since I am looking for brownie points. {wink}

Back To School Teacher Gift | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to know more about the Minc machine?

  • Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00 & Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x 10’)
  • Minc Foil Applicator and accessories are available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops
  • The Minc is a fairly light weight and pretty enough to leave out on your crafting table!
  • It has the ability to accept a 12” wide sheets
  • It has adjustable heat settings that allows for foil transfer on sensitive materials like vellum, all the way to more robust chipboard and even thin wood veneer

And don’t forget to check out my other Minc projects. This is one of my favorites, foil butterflies for a It’s A Girl baby shower!

Vanilla Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Or if you’re just getting started and you’re curious how to foil, check out my introduction post to how the Minc works.

Heidi Swapp MINC | Kim Byers

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Simple Flower Cupcakes Dressed Up To Party

I love a cute cupcake. You guys know that right?! {wink} Just recently I was playing around with the new Cricut texture foam and whipped up these cuties! Nothing like a pretty flower cupcake for a summer party or baby shower.

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No special icing techniques needed, just a bright candy or gum ball to top a white cupcake, matching paper tins, and these bold and bright textured foam sheets.  If you have a Cricut Explore, just use my Cricut Design Space project to cut and you’ll be done in minutes. (Tip: I attached the leaves with glue dots.)

Flower Cupcake Coasters | @kimbyers

Did you see my fruit foam drink coasters and more of these darling mason jar lids over on the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog, Creative Spark? Hop over and see all the easy DIY plus get the links to my Design Space project so you can whip those up too. Here’s a peek at my fav fruit coaster of the bunch!

Cherry Drink Coasters For A Fruitful Summer | @kimbyers

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You’re All That And A Slice Of Pie!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EDWARDS®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EdwardsPies http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

I have this amazing neighbor. He did something for us recently that deserved more than just a simple “thank you.” He deserved pie! And that is where the EDWARDS® pie comes in. {wink}

You're All That And A Slice Of Pie | @kimbyers

My boys, Alex and Cole, have a deep love for sports and we pretty much play some type of competitive sport all year round. We all love it. They love playing and we love watching them play (and maybe cheering loudly on the sidelines). This said, we’ve always had a family policy to play only one sport at a time. It’s hard, but we feel that they need that balance and focus to really enjoy the sport.

Well, this spring my boys both had a fantastic baseball season. They both were chosen for All Stars and my youngest, Cole, even won the gold in the pitching competition. Typically Cole plays football in the fall while Alex takes a break before basketball season, but this year we looked into fall baseball… and that is when it got complicated. Cole wanted to play both football and baseball. Eeek!

It was extremely tough on him and on me. He was so torn and I almost broke. Those beautiful blue eyes staring up at me… my heart melted and I almost… almost… gave in and doomed our family to three months of constant practice and games. We would have only had Sundays off!

Okay… so the pie. My neighbor happens to run the football league in our area. He’s this really jovial guy, an awesome dad of two happy kids, kind hubby according to the Mrs., and just all-around fun. He knows how much Cole loves football so when the application didn’t come in he checked in on us. Cole was so torn and I was so torn that my neighbor extended the deadline by two days to give us time to fret over it more. And fret we did! In the end, we settled on no football for this season. We both feel good about the decision to focus only on baseball now that it is finally over. But I really appreciated that kind gesture of giving us the extra time. And in my house, that appreciation called for Edwards pie!

You're All That And A Slice Of Pie! |

So, I hopped over to Walmart and picked up a pie… okay… two. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what kind to get him. I mean, there are just so many flavors and all for about $5! 

    • EDWARDS® HERSHEY’S® Chocolate Crème Pie
    • EDWARDS® Key Lime Pie
    • EDWARDS® Turtle Pie
    • EDWARDS® New York Style Cheesecake
    • EDWARDS® Lemon Meringue Pie
    • EDWARDS® Cookies and Crème Pie
    • EDWARDS® HERSHEY’S® SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Crème Pie
    • EDWARDS® REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUP® Crème Pie
    • EDWARDS® Strawberry Crème Pie

I ended up grabbing the EDWARDS® HERSHEY’S® SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Crème Pie and EDWARDS® Cookies and Crème Pie and keeping one for the family. I mean… we deserved pie too… right?! {wink}

All That And A Slice Of Pie | @kimbyers

I whipped up a little card and a little pie food pick. I wanted him to see right away that I think he’s “ALL THAT AND A SLICE OF PIE!”

All That And A Slice Of Pie | @kimbyers

He was so funny, as always, when we took it over. I’m so glad we stopped and took a few minutes to put it together for him and his lovely little family. Gift giving and saying thank you doesn’t have to be hard. As a matter of fact, it can be sweet. {grin}

Now I know you want to try one of these amazing pies! Well, guess what?! You can save $1.00 on any ONE (1) EDWARDS® Whole Pie by taking advantage of the Walmart EDWARDS Ibotta digital rebate (while supplies last).

And make sure you visit EDWARDS® and start following EDWARDS® on Facebook for more offers and more flavors!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Lemonade Cupcakes & Free Mini-Lemonade Stand Printables

Oh I have a fun project for you today! If you visit me often you know that I love to play with my food. {wink} And today is all about the cupcake. These are a perfect summer treat, super easy to make, amazingly yummy and your friends will leave saying “how adorable are these cupcakes!”

Lemon and Lemonade Cupcakes + Free Printables  | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And not only am I going to share how to make both lemon cupcakes and lemonade cupcakes, but I also whipped up some fun free mini-lemonade stand printables. That is how much I adore you guys! {grin}

I started by making the lemon cupcakes and then I thought… why not also make lemonade cupcakes and style them as a little lemonade stand. My kids were in heaven. One, they got to eat yummy lemon cupcakes… and two, they got to have a little lemonade stand for family and make a few bucks. My kids are all about earning money. A conversation for another day, but they would sell the shoes off their feet if someone was willing to pay for them. Yep…  I gave birth to two tiny entrepreneurs. Some days it drives me crazy because they want me to put things on Craig’s List for them, and other days I marvel at their genius. {wink}

Okay… back to the cupcake!

Lemon Cupcakes | Make them with @kimbyers

Let’s get crafty with our food and start with the lemon cupcakes. You’ll need:

  • Lemon cupcake mix (I used Duncan Hines. Yummy and moist. Plus, it’s dairy-free which is a biggie for my family.)
  • Lemon frosting (I used Duncan Hines again. Lemony… but not over the top.)
  • Yellow crystal sugar sprinkles
  • Tootsie Roll
  • Green starburst
  • Tools – shallow bowl, sharp knife, butter knife, wax paper and rolling pin

Make Lemon Cupcakes  with @kimbyers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Simple steps to make lemon cupcakes:

  1. Bake – when you bake your cupcakes, make sure that you fill the liner 3/4 full so you get that nice rounded top. You don’t want the cupcake to muffin top, just a nice rounded top.
  2. Ice – Ice each cupcake generously with a butter knife.
  3. Roll – roll each cupcake in yellow crystal sprinkles, coating the entire top.
  4. Heat – heat a green starburst for six seconds in the microwave, roll it out on wax paper and cut into the shape of a small leaf. Place one or two in the center of the cupcake.
  5. Cut – cut the ends off of Tootsie Rolls. You don’t want the middle, just the ends. Place one end in the top of the cupcake hiding the base of the leaves.

Lemonade Cupcakes | @kimbyers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now let’s make the lemonade cupcakes. It’s so simple, but they’re so cute! You’ll need:

  • Lemon cupcake mix
  • Lemon frosting
  • Yellow cupcake liners
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Paper straws
  • Tools – Sharp scissors

Whip these lemonade cupcakes up with these simple steps:

  1. Ice – fill a resealable bag with lemon frosting, cut an X shape in one corner and pipe in a circular motion from the outside in.
  2. Cut – cut a paper straw in half and insert in the top of the cupcake.
  3. Add – add a second yellow cupcake liner to the cupcake just to make it pretty and to hide any discoloration from the cupcake liner you baked the cupcake in. Sometimes the baking process drains the liners of all color… and we want color! {wink}

Lemon and Lemonade Cupcakes + Free Printables | @kimbyers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now that you have lemon cupcakes and lemonade cupcakes, you want to make a mini lemonade stand!

Mini-Lemonade Stand Free Printables | Kim Byers

DOWNLOAD Free Lemonade Stand Printables NOW! And I’d love for you to follow me on facebook, pinterest and instagram. If you hang out with me you won’t miss a thing! {grin}

Wanna style your lemonade stand like mine? Here are my sources:

  • Melamine berry baskets – World Market
  • Yellow stripe napkins – Target
  • Yellow cupcake liners, yellow sugar crystals and mini wood crate – Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

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Burlap & Mason Jar Crafts For Rustic Farm Parties

Burlap is such an easy craft supply. Did you see my mini burlap banner? So easy to make. And today I’m sharing how to style it on a simple wooden crate for a mini farmer’s market. As well as how to embellish Mason jars with burlap and twine. I know it’s still July, but these cute ideas are perfect for rustic farm parties and weddings, as well as harvest parties this fall. {grin}

Harvest Party - Mini Farmer's Market | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For the mason jar, you’ll need: burlap ribbon, twine and hot glue.

To make: just cut the ribbon to length, attach with a dot of hot glue and tie with twine.

Crafting doesn’t get any easier!

Farm Party Supplies

As for the rest of the party decor, I have a darling set of farm party printables in the shoppe including an invitation, thank you note, cupcake toppers, cupcake wrappers, beverage wrappers and more. 

Harvest Party Supplies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And this is one of my favorites, my fall harvest party printables supply set.  It includes many of the same elements as my farm collection but in adorable aqua blues and oranges. You can also find it in the shoppe.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and oh yes, celebrate! {grin}

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Easy DIY Chalkboard Gift Wrap Ideas

Easy DIY chalkboard gift wrap ideas. Paint right on the kraft paper, or make a quick tag.

Chalkboard Gift Wrap | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I created four chalkboard crafts for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ latest Idea Market Lookbook. The Lookbook is online and in stores so make sure you pop in and grab a copy. My projects and my face are in stores too. Eeek! {grin}

Let’s get crafty!

Chalkboard Gift Wrap & Tags | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

Super easy to make. And you can skip right over to Jo-Ann for all the details and a list of materials, plus you can purchase all the supplies right there online and they’ll ship to your house! Love that feature!

By the way, do you know how to transfer your own designs over to chalk? If not, check out my step-by step pictorial!

Chalkboard Crafts | Kim Byers for JoAnn.com

You can see all my projects in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Summer Lookbook AND in stores. This is just a little peek. Most stores even have an isle dedicated to chalkboard project supplies, along with bigger images of these projects. It’s a bit surreal and I’m so thankful. Okay… one last look!

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Did You See? Cricut Design Space Is Now On iPhone!

Hey all my Cricut friends! Did you see the news? Cricut Design Space is now on your iPhone!

Cricut Design Space on iPhone

I already use my iPad more than my computer, and now I’ll be designing in the aisle of the craft store! {grin}  The best part to me is that you can take a picture of where the project will be and the app will overlay it so you can “see” it before you make it. Cool huh?!?!

Cricut Design Space on iPhone

Check out this video.

Hop on over to the app store and download yours! And by the way, they’re working on the Android version. No date yet, but it’s coming! {wink}

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Oh My Stars! – Free Printable Cake Topper

Two things I do a lot. One, say “Oh My Stars!” And two… eat cake! So in honor of this amazing holiday, Independence Day, I designed a pretty little cake topper just for you guys!

Free Cake Topper - Oh My Stars!  | @kimbyers and @joann_stores

And, since I had to show it to you on a cake… I made cake. {grin} My kids actually said this was the best cake I’ve ever made. I’m not sure exactly how to take that since there was no actual baking involved, but then they clarified that I make the best Rice Krispies Treats ever. {wink}

Hop over to the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog and download yours! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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4th of July Picnic And All The Fixin’s with Hebrew National

Consideration was provided by Hebrew National.

Picnics every 4th of July are a family tradition around here! We go to the parade in a.m. and grill in the evenings. And since we can watch the fireworks from our yard, we pull up a blanket, prep picnic goodies, grab the sparklers and enjoy the show!

4th of July Ideas | @kimbyers

This year will be no different and my kids are already excited to play Frisbee, throw the football and smack the badminton around. Yes… I do all those things with my boys. I AM that mom running around the yard chasing them with water guns and I would have it no other way. {grin}

And so when we picnic on the 4th they expect fun mom. And that means less time in the kitchen and behind the grill. So we keep it easy with good food like Hebrew National All-Beef Franks, and fresh toppings.

4th of July Picnic | @kimbyers

To picnic our style, you’ll need:

  • Hebrew National All-Beef Franks
  • Top-split Coney buns
  • Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup
  • Gulden’s Mustard
  • Fresh veggies: tomato, pickles, red onions

Picnic with Hebrew National | @kimbyers

4th of July picnic | @kimbyers

There is nothing more important to me than my family and caring for them. That’s why I choose to feed them foods like Hebrew National. Do you ever wonder what makes Hebrew National kosher hot dogs premium? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). They’re choosy about what goes into their franks – using only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by-products. When your hot dog is Kosher, that’s a hot dog you can trust! I’d have it no other way for my family!

4th of July Picnic Ideas | @kimbyers

I hope you enjoy your 4th! I know on the 4th of July, for us, it’s all about family and being thankful for this amazing country that we have the privilege to enjoy because of all the heroic and brave service men and women out there.

For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit them on Facebook.

Hebrew National

By the way, a few of our favorite songs for the 4th are: 

  • Beastie Boys – Fight for Your Right
  • Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World
  • Jimi Hendrix – Star Spangled Banner
  • Pearl Jam – Fourth of July
  • Manowar – Warriors of the World
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
  • Tom Petty – American Girl
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Critical Acclaim
  • Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town
  • Guess Who – American Woman
  • Bruce Springsteen – Independence Day
  • AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

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Foil 4th of July Utensil Holders + Free Printable

With only a few days to our big 4th of July celebration, I created some fun utensil holders using my Heidi Swapp Minc. Super easy to use and I love the way the foil makes them shine!

Free Printable Utensil Holder | @kimbyers

Thank you to Hiedi Swapp Minc  for sponsoring today’s ideas!

Here’s a quick pictorial of how to make your own with my “Home Of The Free Because Of The Brave” free printable and the Minc machine:

Make A Foil Utensil Holder

You’ll need:

Easy DIY:

  1. Foil – dot and stripe papers with royal blue on heat setting 3
  2. Trim – trim dot paper to 6 3/4″ x 5″ and stripe paper 5″ x 5″
  3. Glue – using 4 glue dots each, secure corners and middle (don’t glue at top, about 3″ from bottom allows you to insert utensils and napkins)
  4. Insert – insert napkin and utensils
  5. Clip – clip free printable to front (which you can also foil!!)

Want to know more about the Minc machine?

  • Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00 & Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x 10’)
  • Minc Foil Applicator and accessories are available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops
  • The Minc is a fairly light weight and pretty enough to leave out on your crafting table!
  • It has the ability to accept a 12” wide sheets
  • It has adjustable heat settings that allows for foil transfer on sensitive materials like vellum, all the way to more robust chipboard and even thin wood veneer

And if you don’t have your Minc yet, you can still use my free printables to make your own!

Free Printable Patriotic Utensil Holder

Just cut along the thin outline, score at the bottom of the design and secure into pocket with glue dots.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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