My Office, My Cricut Explore Air, My New Found Freedom To Create On The Go

Have you heard of the Cricut Explore Air? It’s the newest member of the Cricut family and it’s opened the door to truly being creative on the go. I personally get inspired in the oddest places… like the grocery store… but I also get inspired when I run across a beautiful fabric at my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.

In either case, the new Cricut Design Space app for iPad® and the Cricut Explore Air, allow me to design on the go. I can whip out my iPad, which is almost always with me, quickly pull ideas onto a new mat, hit save and finish the project when I get home. No more forgetting that amazing craft idea that popped into your head while buying pineapples. {wink}

Meet Cricut Explore Air with Kim Byers

This is a quick shot of a corner in my office. Doesn’t my Explore fit right in?! I mean, functional and pretty!

What’s different you ask? If you’re familiar with the Cricut Explore, just know it’s the Explore, but better. The Cricut Explore Air™ still precisely cuts a wide variety of materials from paper to iron-on to adhesive vinyl—even thick materials like leather and burlap! But this machine features built-in Bluetooth® for wireless cutting, a dual carriage to cut and write in just one step, and free cloud-based design software for your computer and iPad®. YIPPEE!

Why should you care about the iPad app and wireless? Well, there is always loving not having more cords to hide. {grin} But in my opinion, I’m much faster from design, to cut with the iPad app. Let’s face it, we love touching screens over moving mouses, don’t we!

For instance, I whipped this fun “hello” vinyl wall decal up in about 10 minutes. From setting it up, to cutting it out, to using transfer paper to attach it to the wall above one of my craft tables! Yep… 10 minutes! (Make this HELLO wall decal now in Cricut Design Space!)

Can I start on my iPad and finish on my computer? Absolutely! The easy-to-use Cricut Design Space software system gives you access to all of your images and projects from any compatible computer or iPad®. It’s cloud-based, so your projects are always synced across all your devices.

Do I really design and set up projects on the go? I do, I truly do. If your family is anything like mine, you’re always on the go. I personally have two boys and we stay in sports almost all year round. Admittedly I love watching them play sports so it’s not as painful as it sounds, but there is a lot of down time at practice. Now, with the new iPad app and my Cricut Explore Air, I can design my next project while away from home and cut, write, score and print when I get back home. I feel productive and I don’t miss a moment of my boys!

I’ll be creating some really fun projects with my Cricut Explore Air over the next few weeks and showing you just how easy it is.

Cricut Explore AirI’ll also be hosting a few fun giveaways so make sure you stick around. I’d love to put a Cricut Explore Air in your hands!

Or, you can hop over to your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and pick one up along with Cricut vinyl, pens, iron-on goodies and more!

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

The Celebration Shoppe receives a form of compensation for ideas, styling and photography from time to time. All opinions expressed are genuine and not that of the sponsor. Kim would have it no other way!

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Easter is just a hippity hop around the corner and these bunny tail treats are just too cute!

Easter Bunny Tails Free Printable

Perfect for little Easter basket or party treats!

Hop on over to Frog Prince Paperie to download this darling free printable and have your little cotton tails hopping for joy! Let’s face it, who can resist a marshmallow! {grin}

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

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Easter Snack Station – Treats, Egg Carton Backdrop & Gable Box Favor Craft

Easter is a really BIG DEAL for our household. Hi there! It’s Christina of Something Chic.

Easter Snack Station with Something Chic

Having a “traditional” Easter Sunday is always top of our yearly holiday list. One creative tradition that stays is our “Easter Snack Station” which was the biggest inspiration for our party decor this year. From early Easter morning breakfast, to our family dinner later in the day, each Easter element is enhanced by our Snack Station’s wowing visual appeal and tasty snacks.

Easter Snack Station with Something Chic

Design details include a collaboration of classic + chic. I’d say starting with the backdrop the chic vibe takes place. I took bakery size egg cartons that I have been collecting for a while and strung them together creating a full 6’x7′ portrait tall backdrop. The natural egg carton color worked lovely with the white ruffle table cloth giving the snack table a chic look. Of course the accent color palette ties in the classic Easter feel (light blue, green, and yellow). The classic colors really stand out because of the neutral tones surrounding the featured items.

Easter Snack Station with Something Chic

Easter Snack Station with Something Chic

Easter Snack Station with Something Chic

Easter Snack Station with Something Chic

Easter Snack Station with Something Chic

So, you want to know the inside scoop behind the design accessories and props? Oh yes! Well first I must mention that I always get to work with the most amazing vendors – which makes my styling extremely easy! Starting with the paper accessories, Paper Acorn provided the fun banner, cupcake toppers and custom “Easter Snack Station” sign. Again, the color selection is key to how well the items complement each other. For example, the cupcake toppers work perfectly with the Carrot Cake cupcakes by Abby Girl Cupcakery. Notice the intricate detail of the icing + pecan then the yellow topper. This allows each detail to really stand out and is the same for the fun Lemon Poppy Seed cookies I ordered from the Bonbonerie bakery.

Next up are the fab goodies found at the TomKat Studio. I strategically selected dishes and props which add the wow factor to the table. Check out the wooden creates and shelf. Then paired with the Jadeite Milk Glass pedestal cake stands with a touch of the white makes a lovely display. Let’s not forget the clear drinking cups and bright yellow stripe straws with a white ribbon tied to each straw and a flower sticker added for a little accent. Trust me these cups are always a big hit!

A few more of my favorite details include custom mini water bottles with bright yellow ribbon and felt stickers I made using items found at Michael’s – really easy DIY. Also, the hurricane (a Container Store find) held our shimmery gumball tubes (by TomKat Studio) look so cute after adding a white ribbon, bow tied for extra garnish. I can’t forget how cool French Macarons are in the dozen egg cartons with a little candy accent!

Easter Favors with Something Chic

Easter Snack Gable Box with Something Chic

Easter Favors with Something Chic

Quick craft – Making a Gable Easter Box:

I adore working with gable boxes. They are great for any occasion and they are easy to customize/transition from one project to the next. If you order in bulk I promise you will use them. So here we go…

  1. Take any size gable box (shown is the large white style)
  2. Using stickers of your choice apply the stickers to designated areas creating a scene (shown are felt stickers found at Michael’s)
  3. Garnish the top handle of the box with a satin coordinating ribbon

Easter Snack Station with Something Chic

If I haven’t mentioned how much I love styling for Easter I must tell you that I do! I hope you enjoy this style lesson!

Please visit the vendors below for all styling items featured. Vendor Credits:

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20 St. Patrick’s Day Craft and Treat Ideas – So You Don’t Get Pinched!

There is more than one way not to get “pinched” on St. Patrick’s Day. Come bringing green treats and crafts! {wink}

20 St. Patrick's Day Craft and Treat Ideas #stpatricksday

Here are some of my favorite treat ideas for St. Patrick’s Day (I’m specially loving the rainbows):

  1. Bailey’s Irish Cream Cookies – Buttercream Blondie
  2. Green Velvet Cheesecake Cake – Something Swanky
  3. Lucky Cupcakes with Mint Frosting – The Celebration Shoppe
  4. Lucky Leprechaun Cookie Bark – Home Based Mom
  5. Rainbow Pudding – Good Life Eats for Makezine
  6. 4-Leaf Clover Cinnamon Rolls – The Celebration Shoppe
  7. Over The Rainbow Cupcakes with Gumball Clouds – The Celebration Shoppe
  8. Mini Key Lime Pie Leprechaun Doughnuts – Mirabelle Creations
  9. Lucky Charm Treats – Anders Ruff
  10. Leprechaun Trap Cake – Not Martha
  11. Rainbow Cupcake Toppers – Confetti Pop
  12. Leprechaun Mustache Lollies – Pink Cake Plate
  13. I-Rish You A Happy St. Patty’s Day Treat Tag – Piggy Bank Parties
  14. Simple Green St. Patty’s Day Cookies – Paisley Petal Events
  15. Rainbow Push Up Pops – Giggles Galore

Now that you have all the St. Patrick’s Day goodies, why not host a party with these fun craft and free printable ideas?

  1. Crepe Paper Rainbow and Clouds – Creative Juice for Bird’s Party
  2. St. Patrick’s Day Banner (free printable) – A Delicate Gift
  3. Pot O’ Gold St. Patrick’s Day Game (free printable) – Lizard & Ladybug
  4. Simple Shamrock Straw Toppers – The Sweetest Occasion
  5. DIY Leprechaun Photo Props – Paging Supermom

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

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Free St. Patrick’s Day Favor Tags – I’m So Lucky To Know You!

With St. Patrick’s Day only a few short week’s away it’s time to whip up a pot o’ gold for your lucky pals! {wink}

Free St. Patrick's Day Favor Tags

 

These darling FREE printable St. Patrick’s Day printable favor tags are from Every Day Cheer and are perfect favor toppers. Hop over to Lauren’s blog and DOWNLOAD your copy.

And if you need St. Patrick’s Day treat ideas, join me on Pinterest for lots of fun green, gold and rainbow recipes, crafts and more clever ideas!

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Holiday {St. Patricks Day Kid Crafts & Fun Food} on Pinterest.

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

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Simple Fabric Punch Ruffle Wreath

Love a ruffle? Me too! Spruce up your home this Valentine’s Day (or if it’s too late for that), swap out the colors and decorate for spring. I can see pretty little bunnies hopping across the left side instead of XOXO (hmmm…. don’t be surprised if you see that version of this wreath very soon)!

Simple Punch Ruffle Valentine Wreath | @kimbyers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

This project is super simple to make. You’ll need:

• 1/2 stripe fabric
• 3/4 yard solid red (two-sided) fabric
• Straw wreath (keep plastic on)
• Sewing pins
• Fabric glue
• Screwdriver
Suggested crafting tools: Cutting mat, ruler, clear quilter ruler, roller blade, iron

And you can find all the step-by-step instructions in one of my latest posts on the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog. Go take a look. You’ll be surpirsed at how super simple this project is!

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

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Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and I have the perfect Red Velvet Chocolate Cake recipe to share! Plus, I whipped up a super simple ruffle apron for my latest project with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores so you can look cute while you’re baking it!

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

First, pop over to Jo-Ann and get the ruffle apron tutorial (you can see just a hint of it to the left of the cake). Then, gather your cake ingredients. You’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour, not self-rising (plus a little to coat your pans)
  • 1 teaspoon Crisco
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup red food coloring (you can add a bit more if you’d like the color to be more vibrant)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or you can use 3/4 cup soy milk if you have food allergies in your house)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 cups Dark Chocolate Duncan Hines Frosting (I know… but not everything has to be from scratch!)
  • wax paper

Now let’s get baking!

  1. Preheat and prep pans - Heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease (with Crisco… my grandmother preferred to butter) two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans. Sprinkle with flour, and tap out the excess and set the pans aside.
  2. Combine - In a medium bowl, whisk cake flour, salt, and cocoa; set aside.
  3. Wet ingredients – In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar and oil, and beat on medium speed until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add food coloring and vanilla, and beat until combined.
  4. Combine mixtures - Add 1/4 flour mixture and alternate with 1/4 wet mixture, scraping with a rubber spatula as needed to completely combine your batter.
  5. Add – In a small bowl, mix baking soda and vinegar until combined. Add to batter, and beat for 10 seconds.
  6. Divide – Evenly divide batter between the prepared pans.
  7. Bake 25 – 30 minutes –  bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean.
  8. Cool - place pans on wire rack for five minutes to cool. Then, remove cake from pans, place on wire rack and allow them to continue to cool completely.
  9. Ice and decorate – place small strips of wax paper around the edge of the cake plate and place the first layer on top. Apply a thin crumb coat. Add a generous dollop of icing on top and smooth to edges. Add the second layer of cake and apply another thin crumb coat. Allow the icing to set. With a spatula, generously apply a coating of icing to the entire cake. Pull out the wax paper and decorate with red gumballs or malted milk balls. Both can be found at your local candy store.
  10. Cake topper – for a simple topper, use a lollipop stick and Darice glitter tape (the glitter won’t fall away). Wrap the tape around the top of the lollipop stick and cut small triangles out of the ends. Done!

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

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Faux 5-Minute Cross-Stitch Cake Topper

I’ve been in love with cross-stitch projects since I was a little girl so it seemed fitting that I needed a cross-stitch cake topper. {grin}

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Only I was too impatient to actually stitch XOXO, so I used a gold Elmer’s Painter’s Pen and drew it on. (Note: Only the black is available online, but the store has tons of colors!)

Gotta love a shortcut. {wink}

Hop over to my latest post with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for all the easy step-by-step for this little project, as well as a no-sew ruffle wreath… plus tons more pictures. 

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Kid Craft: Valentine Card String Art & Heart Template

String art crafts are in right now and this simple heart string art template is perfect for Valentine’s Day cards.

Valentine String Art for Kids

Do your kiddos like to make their own Valentine’s Day cards instead of buying them? Real Simple has a super simple heart card template for download and they’re the perfect size for a fun class Valentine. 

You’ll need:

And now is the perfect time to get started. With just a few weeks away, you can make a few each day!

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

Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Morgan Levine

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I love a creative and clever paper craft! What do you think of these pop-up Valentine’s Day cards?

Easy Pop-Up Valentine's Day Cards

My friends at Martha Stewart Living magazine asked if I could share one idea for the February issue, what would it be. I passed up all the amazing recipes, home organization and decor ideas for these little lovelies. I’m smitten!

Easy Pop-Up Valentine's Day Cards

You can find the template download for this idea and several more pop-up cards on Martha Stewart, as well as a comprehensive list of materials and more pictures. You can also find this month’s Martha Stewart Living on newstands and in the Apple Store for iPad.

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