Hi Cutie Card

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 in DIY | 0 comments

Hi Cutie Card

 

If there’s one thing this winter has given me (besides dry skin and a burning desire for sun), it’s gotta be the abundance of time indoors to get my creative juices flowing. Although I love all kinds of crafty inspired endeavors, like this version of DIY chalkboard art, sometimes its just enough to make a simple card.  With Christmas and Valentine’s Day over and done with, I found myself wanting to work on a card just for the sake of cuteness. And what could be more cute than this precious Doodle Owl design from Miss Kate’s Cuttables?

 

Hi Cutie Doodle Owl Card

Doodle Owl was offered as a free shape of the day and I scooped it up just as soon as I spotted it. Ha, ha… I guess that makes it a “spotted owl”- lol! (don’t judge my humor, I have been cooped up waaaay too long)

Hi Cutie Doodle Owl Card

 

I used the print and cut method with this design, using the PNG file and my Silhouette Cameo. (Miss Kate Cuttables designs come with PNG, JPEG and SVG files which makes them easy to use in a variety of ways!)

 

Hi Cutie Doodle Owl Card

 I also broke out my other favorites like my scalloped punch, baker’s twine, Stickles and heat embossing tool; finishing off the edges with some ink.

Hi Cutie Doodle Owl Card

Oh, and I can’t forget my wood grain embossing folder… I use that EVERY. CHANCE. I. GET.

Hi Cutie Card w/ Doodle Owl

All this was accomplished while watching Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor. I’d say this turned out way better (& cuter) than the relationships on this show so far. Just my opinion… I’d love to hear yours ;)

*not affiliated with Miss Kate Cuttables in any way, just really like her designs as well as the free shapes and inspiration she provides*

**there are affiliate links on this page. Shopping through affiliate links costs nothing more to you however I do get some commission from the sales which helps support my habits of crafting and blogging- so THANK YOU if you click through them :)**

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DIY Chalkboard Art for Artistically Challenged

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 in DIY, Home Decor, Tutorials | 0 comments

I have been itching to make my own chalkboard art, just like the kind you can spot all over Pinterest these days, however my artistic ability (or lack thereof) has delayed this project from actually happening. {more about that in this previous post that also involves stenciling ;)} That is until today, when I spotted this great design from Lori Whitlock over at the Silhouette online store. I immediately knew this was the perfect design to achieve the look of hand drawn chalkboard art.

I had already purchased the chalkboard at Kohl’s a while back.

chalkboard

I started out by “seasoning” the board, rubbing the whole thing with the side of chalk and then wiping it away so it looks like it’s been used a bit.

I went on to measure the area inside the frame and created a rectangle shape in Silhouette Studio using those dimensions. Then I opened the file and sized it to fit within the rectangle.

Screen shot 2014-02-16 at 8.52.39 PM

The design was then cut out of vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo which I then weeded to keep the negative space so that I could use it as a stencil. (Meaning I removed the vinyl that was the actual lettering)

Using transfer tape, I applied the vinyl stencil to the chalkboard and rubbed it thoroughly to get it to stick. Peeling the transfer tape off took a bit of patience but was definitely doable. Peeling at an angle from the corners helped.

DIY Chalkboard Art

I then used a chalk marker to fill in the letters. With the bigger letters, it helped to outline them first and then fill in the middle. For the shadow outline, I later took a cotton swab and removed some of the chalk so it was a lighter shade and more shadowy looking.

DIY Chalkboard Art | Any Given Day Inspiration

As a final touch, you can spray with a light coating of hairspray to help keep the chalk in place. When you want to redo the chalkboard, just wipe with a damp cloth and start all over again.

This is a great alternative for anyone who just can’t hand letter themselves but still wants to create their own “art”. For my first time around using this method I think it turned out pretty decent. I am definitely keeping my eye out for any other designs that I may be able to use in the future. Let me know if you try this yourself… I’d love to know how it turns out!!

DIY Chalkboard Art | AnyGivenDayInspiration.com

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Artifact Fall Dazzle Event

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Fashion | 0 comments

It seems as though the Fall/Winter weather has finally set in around here with the first snowflakes of the season touching ground this morning. In spite of that, I ‘m going to think warm thoughts and share a pic of an event I attended back in August at Artifact Boutique…

Modeling chevron dress from Artifact Boutique in West Chester, PA

 

Artifact is a women’s clothing boutique in West Chester, PA which has the latest fashions all for under $60. See that cute chevron dress? Yep,  got it there and although it’s a bit too cold to wear now they have plenty of gorgeous items for this season as well. Here’s some of my current favorites from their online store.

Milly Bow Trim Boat Neck from shopartifact.com

Milly Bow Trim Boat Neck Top

Penny black Midnight Blazer

Penny Black Midnight Blazer

Sadie Striped Pinned Sweater from shopArtifact.com

Sadie Striped Pinned Sweater

And that’s just a glimpse of all the fashionable yet affordable clothing that they have to offer! Not only can you get cute clothes like the dress I’m wearing in the pic but this Wednesday you can also get a tan to go along with it. That’s right, Artifact is partnering with Arabella Sunless, a local sunless tanning company, for a night of discounted shopping and sunless tans.

From 4 – 8 pm at Artifact we’ll be offering 20% off the ENTIRE STORE! After you finish shopping, you can get your glow on in their private tanning office. Tans will be offered at a discounted rate – under $35.

All the details…

Artifact and Arabella Sunless Fall Dazzle Event

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

4-8 PM

200 W Gay Street, West Chester, PA

So, can you guess where I’ll be Wednesday night? Hope to see YOU there! You can RSVP to the event HERE.

Take a minute to check out their website and leave me a comment with your favorite product… I’d love to see what you find :)

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Our Mighty Adventure to Adventure Aquarium

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 in Family Life | 24 comments

Sporting Mighty Mike tattoos from Adventure Aquarium

Recently, the kids and I were invited to Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ with a group of bloggers for a complimentary early morning visit featuring Mighty Mike. Nope, get your mind out of the gutter, not that Mike… MIGHTY Mike, as in, America’s BIGGEST alligator ambassador. Weighing in at about 800 pounds and measuring almost 14 feet, this guy is a site to behold.
Can you imagine what the person who discovered him thought?!?

Mighty Mike Alligator at Adventure Aquarium

The kids had fun “measuring up” to Mighty Mike.

Kids Measuring Up to Mighty Mike at Adventure Aquarium

And were treated to a  personal photo op with him!

In addition to getting to meet Mike, we were also able to explore the other exhibits offered at the aquarium. There is so much to see at this place and plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiences. We were able to touch sharks, stingrays AND starfish just to name some of the fun.

Touching a Shark at Adventure Aquarium

All this exploring and “doing” leads to my favorite part of the whole place… the spot in front of the giant aquarium where you can just relax and watch the fish swim by.

Adventure Aquarium

I could seriously sit here all day…

That reminds me… another nice thing about Adventure Aquarium is the fact that there is plenty of space to spread out and places to sit.

Critter Courtyard at Adventure Aquarium

There are also some really nice touches like hand washing stations and even a room for nursing mothers.

Adventure Aquarium Nursing Room

To be honest, my family has been to the aquarium in the past but not recently, at least not in the last seven years or so. It’s one of those places I mentally checked off as “done” in my book of things to do. This visit has me convinced that I was so wrong in thinking that way. There is just so much to take in and they seem to be constantly updating and expanding exhibits. It was also really fun to see the kids explore things at a more mature level.

Stingray at Adventure Aquarium

In fact, they were the ones who gave me a mini-lesson on symbiotic relationships when I remarked about this fish we observed swimming right above a stingray. We will definitely not wait seven years to return this time!

If you haven’t been to Adventure Aquarium, I highly recommend you check it out! And even if you have, make sure you don’t wait too long to return. Just to make things a little easier, Adventure Aquarium has a four pack of tickets for one lucky blog reader. Want a chance to win? Here it is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Oh and just so Dennis didn’t feel totally left out of the adventure we brought home a Mighty Mike tattoo for him and then proceeded to have some fun with it. Yeah, we’re pretty silly…

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for the purposes of this giveaway however thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

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A.C. Moore and Alex’s Lemonade Stand | Summer Fun Wednesdays Kick-Off

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 in Family Life | 26 comments

Summer is officially here and with it comes the yearly challenge of making sure the kids have something to do. Although I have my crew signed up for a couple of weeks of camp there’s still the dilemma of what to do with them all the other days that they’ll be home. Ideally, I try to find inexpensive or free activities to entertain them. In the past, we’ve done activities at places such as the library, mall and movie theater. It’s amazing what resources are out there once you start to look.

Imagine how excited I was when I was at A.C. Moore for a Girls Night Out and found out about their Summer Fun Wednesday Make & Takes. Every Wednesday, starting June 26th, you can stop by A.C. Moore from 1-3 for a FREE in-store craft activity-just another excuse for me to spend more time at one of my favorite stores!

A.C. Moore is kicking off their Summer Fun Wednesdays with a focus on an all-time summer favorite- lemonade stands. But not just any lemonade stand, Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a foundation whose focus is:

  • To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures.
  • To encourage and empower others, especially children, to raise money for childhood cancer by holding their own Alex’s Lemonade Stands.

I was even MORE excited when I found out I was going to get a chance to share a preview of the first project with all of you here on my blog. It’s a fun one, let me tell you.

Summer Fun Wednesdays at A.C. Moore

 

This Wednesday, June 26th, shoppers can purchase a $1 tote bag which kids can then decorate using Simply Spray® to create a special citrus design for free while learning more about holding their own lemonade stands in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and pediatric cancer research. All monies raised through the sale directly benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Here’s a peak at the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Simply Spray Citrus-Y Tote that will be featured at A.C. Moore this Wedneday…

 

All three kids LOVED getting to work with the Simply Spray®. It was like handing them a little can of spray paint and seriously, who doesn’t like spray paint?!? Best part is, if you take them to the Make & Take, you don’t have to gather any supplies or clean up afterwards… summer fun doesn’t get much easier than this and all while supporting a wonderful cause, Alex’s Lemonade Stand!

 

A.C. Moore Summer Fun Wednesdays Sneak Peak

 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Summer Fun Wednesdays which run through August 14th:

June 26- Simply Spray® Canvas Bag project

July 3- Orb Factory Sticky Mosaics®  Bling Stickers

July 10- Crayola® Model Magic Owls

July 17- Schur-Tech Duck Tape Duckling™ Frames

July 24- Karmin International™ Design a Puzzle

July 31- Melissa & Doug Scratch Art® Tube

August 7-  Fashion Angels® Tapeffiti™

August 14- Polyform® Eraser Clay Sweet Treats

 

You can find more Alex’s Lemonade Stand themed projects over at the A.C. Moore blog by clicking here.

I hope you’ll check out this awesome program A.C. Moore is offering this summer. Make sure you leave a comment and let me know if you plan on going so I can keep an eye out for you when I’m there!

 

**This is a sponsored post written on behalf of A.C. Moore for which I was sent product and information to share and was compensated for my time to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

 

 

 

 

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