Countdown To The Last Day Of School

Are your kids as giddy as mine about the last day of school?! Bring on SUMMER! {wink} You can all count down to the big day with a super easy to make Chalkboard Countdown Calendar!

Chalkboard Countdown To The Last Day Of School | @kimbyers

Here’s what you’ll need to make a chalkboard countdown to the last day of school … or to the first day of summer… and you can find it all at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores:

  • Chalkboard 12×12 (this one is magnetic for my next chalkboard project!)
  • Frame 12×12
  • Cricut Explore Air (or Cricut Explore with bluetooth adapter)*
  • Cricut Design Space app for iPad® (or you can use your desktop/laptop if you don’t have an iPad)
  • My Countdown graphic in Design Space (personalizing, resizing, etc. is so easy!)
  • 12×12 Cricut Mat
  • Cricut Vinyl Stencil
  • Cricut Transfer Tape
  • Chalk marker, fine tip
  • Optional: Tape, Ruler

Now for the super simple tutorial, just hop over to my latest post on the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog, Creative Spark. You’ll get the full written tutorial as well as a pictorial. I’m personally visual so the picture by picture helps me craft it the first time! {grin}

Countdown to Summer and the Last Day of School | @kimbyers

By the way, did you see that Cricut just came out with the Explore One? It’s the same great machine, but a bit less expensive than the Cricut Explore (one step cut & write) and Cricut Explore Air (one step cut & write plus wireless). It’s the perfect starter machine because you can upgrade it if you want those other features. Compare all three machines and let’s get crafting!

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

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How To Foil Paper – Introducing Heidi Swapp’s Minc

The trend in paper crafting is to foil paper, but it wasn’t easy to do it yourself until Heidi Swapp created the Minc. Have you seen it?

How To Foil Paper | Kim Byers , TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 It’s truly as simple as one-two-three.

  1. Select a paper or chipboard - Use one of the Heidi Swapp papers, diecuts, cards, tags (and so much more) OR, laser print your own design like my polka dot pattern above,
  2. Cut - trim the foil slightly larger than the design and place in the sleeve (foil up),
  3. Foil - run it through the machine.

The Minc machine comes with a sleeve, foil and gift tags. Enough to get a taste of how fun it is!

Heidi Swapp MINC | Kim Byers

Here are just a few more key details:

  • Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00 Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x 10’) and Minc accessories MSRP from $2.99 to $12.99
  • 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 compact. It measures about 19.5” x 5” so it doesn’t take a ton of storage space.
  • Minc features:
    • Ability to accept a 12” wide sheet
    • Four pressure rollers (most laminators have two) to evenly distribute pressure across a 12×12 surface
    • A heating element that covers the entire 12”, as opposed heat focused at the outer edges (also common in every day laminators)
    • 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

By the way, you’re going to want ALL of these colors! I used silver on my frame art (above), but I think I’m going with the teal for my next project. {wink}

Heidi Swapp Foil

So if you love shiny crafts and girly things, you’re going to want one of these lovely little craft accessories! Just think of all the beautiful things you can personalize.

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

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Weekly Family Movie Night & How To Style A Bar Cart

I’ve hosted a weekly family movie night since my youngest son was old enough to sit still, which is about six years now. It’s every Friday night and we all look forward to it each week by voting on our feature presentation. Good thing I like action movies, because I’m often overruled! {grin}

Movie Night Bar Cart

Recently Kohl’s invited me to share how we set our big night up in my house!

Since this is not just a time to watch a movie together, but has almost become a celebration to kick-off the weekend, we save our sugar calories (or at least I do) for our family movie night! Hence the bar cart full of donuts, chocolate, popcorn, soda… all those things that you would find at a real theater (but for a fraction of the price mommas!). And what’s also great, my way you can pause the movie if you need to run to the restroom. {wink}

Family Movie Night Treats

So let’s talk about what we need to set up our family movie night bar cart! I find that even though this is a family event, by having a specific day each week, allowing the kids to pick their favorite goodies, and making it super fun by setting up the “party” bar cart, the kids really look forward to it and actually don’t ask to do other things on “our” night together.

Shop this look at Kohl’s:

Movie Night Bar Cart with Marquee Letter

Marquee Letter, battery operated – this was a must. No one likes to turn the light on during a movie and this fun little marquee letter allows just enough light to prep your popcorn or grab a drink without turning on the overhead light.

Family Movie Night Ideas

Bobby Flay aqua rim cups and Bobby Flay aqua plates – I choose melamine because my kids are still… well… kids. And since I love the red and aqua color combo, I was immediately drawn to the Bobby Flay line of summer plates and cups

Vintage Style Popcorn Maker

Popcorn maker - I love the old fashioned look of this popcorn maker. Plus, it sits nicely in a small space, is easy to clean, and the kids can operate themselves.

WIre Basket Movie Night Treats

Red and aqua wire baskets - these are perfect for extra treats… I mean… you gotta make room for the chocolate!

Chalkboard food labels – and although it’s obvious, these are just darling ways to say SWEET and SALTY! And since they’re chalkboard you can change them anytime to say something like DON’T TOUCH… or MOMS ONLY! {grin}

I love styling a bar cart because you have build in dimension, you can move it around and you even have a few different surfaces to hang things from. 

How To Style A Bar Cart

So let’s talk how to put it all together:

  • Top level of bar cart - this is where you should place anything that you need to “make.” Meaning if you have to do more than just grab the item, it needs to be on top. And I strongly suggest leaving a little open space for people to sit things (like that soda your kiddo grabbed before making his popcorn).
  • Bottom level of bar cart - this is where you place things that can be easily grabbed, like sodas, cups, and oh yes… donuts!
  • Spill over onto the floor - I see no need to keep it contained to the cart, these super fun baskets are easy to place and easy to move. Fill them full of goodies and set them in front. And if your kids are anything like mine, you might find your basket sitting next to them during the movie. I don’t allow them to go “overboard” on treats. I mean they do have to pick one or two things (and the rest is safe until next week), but that doesn’t mean they don’t try!
  • Go up - we often leave our cart out, so I added more permanent decor to the wall, including this fun chalkboard ticket (that I made). The kids love to write the week’s movie title on with a chalkboard pen. Just another way to keep them excited!

DIY Chalkboard Movie Ticket | Kim Byers

Here’s a closer look at the ticket. It was super easy and lots of fun. And I simply love that my kiddos can write the feature on themselves with chalkboard markers each week. I’ll show the easy DIY on the blog next week.

Movie Night Family Fun with Kim Byers |TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Family time is so very important to me. I need that scheduled time, something we can all look forward to. And I love that my kids are excited about it each week. What will I do when they’re old enough to date… Eeek! I have a few years… like six… or twenty… so I guess then I’ll just have to invite their dates. {wink}

Movie Night Ideas with Kim Byers

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By the way, my kids are wearing Kohl’s too, the Tony Hawk line. They love his style!

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From my family to yours, I hope you have a special night of the week, or month, whatever works into your schedule, just make time to be together. And don’t forget to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Build A Gift Basket for Mother’s Day + $6,000 Giveaway

I’m so very blessed to have an amazing mom. She has been there through ups… downs… and sideways… {grin} And now with Mother’s Day just a few short weeks away, I wanted to build the perfect gift basket for her.

Mother's Day Gift Basket for the baker in your life! Tutorial with Kim Byers.

A huge thanks to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring today’s tutorial.

We’re southern and food is our language of love, so I decided to build a basket full of baking tools and goodies from World Market, plus some lovely personalized treasures from Shutterfly. Not only will she love it, I bet she bakes me something! {wink}

Build a baker's gift basketShop this gift basket:

And then hop over to Shutterfly for a personalized iPad cover so she can have her favorite recipes at the ready, a personalized cookie plate and a Mother’s Day card featuring her favorite people!

Cookie Jar Gift Idea | Kim Byers

In addition to all the goodies in the basket to help mom bake, the kiddos and I thought we should kick start her gift and bake something for her. I fell in love with this lovely aqua blue jar and don’t you know that World Market had the perfect whisk shaped favor tags to go with it!

We baked, stacked the cooled cookies in cupcake liners, sealed the jar and tied it with a sweet message from my boys. I mean, what grandma doesn’t love to see her grandkids’ handwriting on her gift.

Shop this gift:

  • Mason jar shaped cookie jar
  • Aqua blue glass jar with airtight lid (in stores)
  • Whisk “homemade” gift favor tags with aqua baker’s twine (in stores)
  • Cupcake liners (in stores)

I also picked up a clear cello bag and twine to finish the gift off. It makes it easy to carry with no worries of losing treats along the way!

Rather see a quick video of how it all comes together?

 

Want more Mother’s Day Gift Ideas or other Gift Basket goodies? World Market has tons!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter World Market and Shutterfly’s #MyAmazingMom Giveaway. You could win a $5,000 World Market gift card and a $1,000 Shutterfly gift card to treat themselves to the ultimate shopping spree! {So wish I could win!!!}

 

#MyAmazingMom Giveaway with World Market and Shutterfly

 As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy early Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day Brunch in Soft Pinks & Bright Yellow

Host a Mother’s Day brunch this year with these lovely ideas from Christina of Something Chic. I’m just in love with the yellow tulip centerpiece!

Mother's Day Brunch

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Christina created an intimate mother daughter brunch using inspiration from Tiny Prints Pretty Wreath stationary collection.

She tells me that she normally plans a large brunch, but chose to focus on hosting an intimate gathering this year with lots of personalized touches. Isn’t the color palette darling and just perfect for mom! Soft pinks with bright yellow, and the complements of pastel green and purple to visually enhance the style, perfection. These colors are even the focal point of the gifts. Notice the Forever Dots: Goldenrod pillow, perfect for any mother. Also, the khaki on khaki Herringbone full name throw (my personal favorite gift!).

I’m a fan of using things in new ways and Christina didn’t disappoint. Filling the birdcage with fresh blueberry muffins and butter croissants strategically worked perfectly for the design. And what about those darling pastel mini cakes from Maribelle Cakery topped with wood cake topper sticks with personalized labels.

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Boy Bedroom Idea: Easy Personalized Baseball Vinyl Decals + $100 Giveaway

My boys’ bedroom needed a little freshing up for spring and as they are little sports fanatics they wanted something that would reflect their current sport, baseball. And with the Cricut Explore Air from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, I was able to whip up these vinyl baseball decals in no time!

Boy Bedroom Ideas - Personalized Baseball Vinyl

See… they play all sports. Or at least it feels like it. Thank goodness God blessed me to enjoy watching and attending sports when my children are involved. In all honesty, I actually get really into it. Always in a positive way, but I am that mom that claps, cheers and yells encouraging words on occasion. They’ve not asked me to stop yet. {grin}

Baseball Boys

So you guessed it, I was inspired by my boys. Watching them play, in-between taking pictures of them with my iPad, I was looking at Cricut Design Space app for iPad® and pulling in images that might work for their bedroom. So easy to do and with the app and you never have to lose that moment of inspiration! By the way, you don’t have to be a designer, or even have your own images to upload, Cricut Design Space has thousands of things to choose from. Yep… thousands. {grin}

Baseball Bedroom Vinyl with Cricut Explore

So I finished my baseball design in just a few clicks on the Cricut Design Space app for iPad®. And what was best, my boys were able to get involved and tell me what they liked and didn’t like before I spent too much time crafting! {fist bump}

Baseball Designs on Cricut Design Space

From there, it’s super easy. You’ll need a few things and it can all be found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores):

And for the super easy steps:

  1. Design – Open my project in Design Space. Customize it any way you like. Change the colors, make it longer, resize it. Edit the child’s name. Add their team name or jersey number. Then send it to your Cricut Explore Air to cut.
  2. Transfer – Using transfer tape, gently peel the design off the mat.
  3. Apply – I used a ruler and pencil to mark placement on the wall before applying. Once I had my spots, I gently applied the tape to the wall, stood back and made sure it was just where I wanted it. Now gently peel from one corner, smoothing out an bubbles as you go. Not extremely comfortable with Transfer Tape, read on for a few tips and tricks! {wink}

How To Use Vinyl Transfer Tape

Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape is just a few dollars is worth every penny! It will save your patience, especially when there are multiple elements and small cuts. Trust me. I speak from experience. {wink} But if using it makes you nervous or you have questions, I’m your girl!

  • Applying tape to vinyl - start at one end. Peel off an inch or so. Apply to vinyl corners. Start slowly pushing transfer tape off the roll onto vinyl using the wooden tongue depressor included in the kit.
  • Peeling transfer tape off mat - go slow! If the vinyl pulls use the hook tool (or your finger) to gently pull the vinyl from the mat.
  • Getting wrinkles during application – gently rub them out with your fingers or the included depressor. Go slow and don’t crease. Vinyl peels up and re-sticks easily. Just be patient and go slow.
  • Sticky mat causing problems - use an older mat for intricate designs if you have one. And if not, go slow so you don’t wrinkle.
  • Small vinyl details came up with tape - most of these will come off when you apply to final finish. If not, use a small hook tool to scrape them out.

One of the things I truly love about vinyl is that it’s an inexpensive way to personalize a room (or phone case, coffee mug, gift wrap, etc). So when baseball is over and we’ve moved on to football in the mid-summer, I can simply peel the baseball off and update it with a football scene. You can even save the vinyl for the next season if you’re really careful. (Just save the vinyl backer that you peeled it off of.)

Cricut Explore Air Giveaway

Want $100 in Cricut Accessories for your Cricut Explore Air… or the one you’re hoping to have soon!? And maybe to have your idea published on Cricut’s social media channels?? Just tell me what your favorite Cricut project has been or would be. Or, you can tell me what you love about Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. {grin}

Just leave a comment below!

Giveaway ends April 21, 2015 so hurry!

AND THE WINNER IS: LIZ

Winner

Make sure you hop over to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and see what all the Cricut Explore Air  has to offer. You know, it doesn’t just cut… it writes, it scores and so much more! {smile}

Did you miss seeing a bit of my office and lots of talk about why the Explore Air? Make sure you check out the post before you go!

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

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Earth Day Crafts With Kids

Earth Day is April 22, only a few short weeks away, and these are some of the adorable Earth Day crafts I’m thinking of trying with my kiddos.

Earth Day Kid Crafts

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a tree hugger {grin}, but I do love all things God made, all natural elements of this world. We live in Ohio and spend much of the winter hibernating… or throwing snowballs and sledding down hills for fleeting moments in a four month abyss. But the rest of the year, we’re hiking, biking, running, walking, swimming… and on and on in this big beautiful outdoor world of ours.

These are just a few of the Earth Day projects I’m considering. I think we’ll start with the simple paper mache earth… but the terrariums will be a close second.

This Earth Day I hope you’ll take the time to share with your littles the importance of loving God’s amazing Earth. It’s not just beautiful, our protection of it is our future.

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Personalized Easter Egg Pails In Just 10 Minutes

My kids have the pretty wicker Easter baskets that the Easter Bunny pours sweet treats and a little gift into. But honestly, I don’t want them dragging it around the yard all day and getting it dirty while hunting eggs. {wink}

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So I picked these simple pails up from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and used my Cricut Explore Air to whip up some personalized Easter pails! What’s best, my boys got to have input. They could actually play around with the Cricut Design Space app for iPad® and add different design elements they liked.

Personalized Pail | Kim Byers

I also made a general one that said “HOPPY EASTER” in case anyone forgets theirs. Or if I want to hunt a few eggs. {wink} It might just be my favorite.

Personalized Easter Pails | Kim Byers

And if you have a child with an “O” in their name the ears work great there too. Or just add the ears to another letter in their name.

To make this easy 10 minute craft you’ll need:

And for the super easy steps:

  1. Design – Open my project in Design Space. Customize it any way you like. Change the colors, make it longer, resize it. Then send it to your Cricut Explore Air to cut.
  2. Transfer – using transfer paper, apply the design to the pail. It’s as easy as putting on a sticker with transfer tape!
  3. Play – add grass, and eggs and play.

It’s that easy! {smile}

Personalized Easter Pails | Kim Byers

Did you see the Easter chick bunting I posted yesterday?

Easter Chick Banner with Kim Byers

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

Fuzzy Easter Chicks | Easter Inspiration with Kim Byers

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Easter Chick Bunting & Capturing Inspiration In The Moment

Where do you find inspiration when you craft?

Fuzzy Easter Chicks | Easter Inspiration with Kim Byers

I personally can see a lovely fabric pattern and start wondering how it would look painted on Easter eggs. Or, I can be wandering the isles of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and see fuzzy little Easter chicks and start dreaming about how they would look as a garland on my mantel. {wink}

Designing Easter Chick Bunting | Cricut Air with Kim Byers

Which is by the way exactly what happened. My kids love to paint Easter eggs. You know… the old fashioned way with paint brushes and craft paint. It’s a long story but we have this old fairy-tale book and the bunnies paint with brushes. {grin}

That same afternoon we ran into Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to pick up a few things for a project I was planning and I found these darling fuzzy little chicks in the holiday isle. I love bunnies for Easter just like the next girl, but there was something about these little cuties that inspired me.

Know what I did… I pulled my iPad out and searched the Cricut Design Space app for iPad®  for Easter chick images. I carry my iPad around with me most of the time and within seconds I had some fun ideas to pull into a new project mat. I hit save and finished it up when I got home, but the best part is that I didn’t lose the idea. You know those times when you have great ideas, but by the time you get back to your laptop you’ve forgotten part or all of it… Yep. It’s happened to me a bunch too.

Easter Chick Bunting Inspiration | Kim Byers

Easter Chick Banner Inspiration | Kim Byers

So now back at home I was able to sit my little chicks around with the sweet eggs my babies painted and from those two things I was able to finish up my Easter chick bunting.

And because the Cricut Explore Air is is bluetooth capable I never went to my computer. I created my entire project, and sent it to the machine to cut, right from my iPad. It may just be me, but for some reason it feels more organic and less like work using my iPad. Maybe it’s because I associate my laptop with work… or maybe it’s because I never had to sit down. {wink}

Easter Chick Bunting with Cricut Explore and Design Space App

So let’s get crafty and making some Easter chick bunting!

You’ll need (everything can be found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores):

And for the super easy steps:

  1. Design – Open my project in Design Space. Customize it any way you like. Change the colors, make it longer, resize it. Then send it to your Cricut Explore Air to cut.
  2. Assemble – using glue dots, or Zots, and foam adhesive squares. I like to use the foam because it gives paper a 3-D feel.
  3. Hang – attach your chicks and eggs to ribbon with more Zots and hang.

It’s that easy!

Easter Chick Banner with Kim Byers

I couldn’t stop there though. After whipping out my Easter chick banner in a matter of minutes, I decided to start work on some new Easter pails for my kiddos. Again… inspiration struck while in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and I picked up these sweet little metal pails. They have tons of colors. I personalized some and made some general ones. Here’s just a glimpse of what I did. More detail along with the Design Space inks to create your own tomorrow!

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Make sure you hop over to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and see what all the Cricut Explore Air  has to offer. You know, it doesn’t just cut… it writes, it scores and so much more! {smile}

Did you miss seeing a bit of my office and lots of talk about why the Explore Air? Make sure you check out the post before you go!

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

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Decorating Easter Eggs With Paint Pens

Are you decorating Easter eggs yet? Have you tried paint pens?

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I fell in love with these pens last year at SNAP. I started out with silver, then I picked up gold and aqua and white… they’re just too much fun and the colors always pop. On a side note, they work great for class projects. My sons have ran a few of them dry.

But this is all about the egg.

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No template, just scribbling, but it’s lots of fun, super easy and the kiddos can get involved. 

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

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