Thursday, December 1, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD: Free Printable Service Ornaments

One of the neatest things about participating in the #LIGHTtheWORLD initiative was seeing what other designers did with the same challenge. I was lucky to get a sneak peek of 8 great kits.


I was immediately drawn to Neisha Sykes kit. The colors are so fun, the typography is beautiful, and her photos are perfect! Check it out on the Redheaded Hostess's site or Hang a Ribbon on the Moon.

I knew I wanted to use the kit. But, wasn't sure how to fit it into my schedule. Saturday my family was getting ready to head over to my parent's house to help. Suddenly, I realized I don't have to schedule a special service project, I can make a service we already do a little more fun for my kids instead!


Before we left I told my kids that we were going to do something special that day. Each of them could color an ornament. Then, they should look for something they could do to help and leave their ornament after they finish the project.

We decided to keep it a surprise and let grandpa and grandma find the ornaments without pointing out the service. The kids were really excited and all wore their Santa hats! (This cute little guy just got braces Monday.)


As soon as we got there, my kids were looking around for things to do. My 7-year-old found some old fruit in a basket. He threw it away and excitedly asked if he could leave his ornament. Of course! Everything "counts", big or small!


My 9-year-old went outside to play. After a while, he came in and asked where he should leave his ornament for raking leaves. We decided to hang it on the front door (looks like it needs a coat of paint.. another day!). I wish I would have taken time to tie a ribbon around the top, like Neisha suggested. That would be cute!


Our 5-year-old helped decorate the tree. Decorating the house was one of the fun projects we got to do, even though grandpa was quite particular about how it should be done. ;)

So, after all was said and done, my kids enjoyed helping a little more Saturday than usual. Success! But, guess what? To my surprise so did I!


Sometimes when I go help my parents I leave feeling like I didn't accomplish anything. They are getting into their late 70s and there's always way more to do than can ever be done. But, this time I left some ornaments around the house too. It was fun for me to look around and see that I had in fact made progress!

We had so much fun with this, I decided to print off enough for all the kids in our neighborhood to do at our church's Christmas party this Friday.

I hope you will take time to serve and pass along some adorable ornaments Neisha designed, along with some holiday cheer. Download her service kit here and check out more ideas on the Redheaded Hostess's site. Happy Worldwide Day of Service!!

Friday, November 25, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD: Free Printable Kit - Garland, Recipe, Gift Box

I'm so excited to finally share the special project I've been working on! It's a service kit I designed for the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign! Learn about my kit, two more kits, and other ideas of how to use them on The Red Headed Hostess.



Special thanks to Made by Madie for filming my video! She's amazing. I edited it myself. It was my first time using the software and it was actually kind of fun. Thank you, Kristie for letting me use your lovely new home to film in. (She put up her Christmas decor early, just for me!)


The purpose of the kit is to help families follow Christ's example of service this Christmas. It doesn't take a lot of time, just pick one night to do this with your family. The kit I designed has 4 main parts:


PART #1: FAMILY DISCUSSION & GARLAND ACTIVITY
The first part is a discussion paper and gingerbread garland. Print out all the printables. Then, sit down together and talk about how Jesus served His loved ones. Think of your own examples, or use the examples from the discussion paper.

Have each family member share ideas of how they can serve. Each person can choose a gingerbread person from the kit, cut it out, punch holes in the hands and string them together with string, ribbon, or brads to create a cute garland.


My kids like to design their own. So, we printed the blanks ones and had each person color their own. It's fun to see their personalities shine through! Even me and my hubby got in on the fun. The only one missing is our 10 month old. He doesn't color yet. He'd probably eat the crayons! ;)


PART #2: GINGERBREAD COOKIE RECIPE
My photographer friend, Sarah, made these cookies for a Christmas party several years ago. They are so soft and yummy, I had to ask for the recipe! They are one of her family's specialties, she got the recipe from her mom, Linda. They like to put raisins on them, which is quite tasty.


My kids love to eat and decorate cookies. So, I knew I had to incorporate this into the kit. My kids are usually so excited to make some special cookies for themselves. But, this time I asked them to make some for someone else. They loved it! It made me so happy to hear them talk about the friends and cousins they were making them for.


If you haven't made these before, don't be intimidated by the fact that it starts out a little different than other cookie recipes. You boil the molasses and shortening together. Then, add baking soda dissolved in water. It's not hard! After that, it's just like any other cookie recipe. If you have helpers, like me, they are really fun to roll and cut out too.



PART #3: COOKIE OR GIFT BOX
This little cookie box was so fun to design! I knew I wanted to make a cookie box. I was trying to decide what it should look like. Then, it hit me! It needs to look like a gingerbread house, of course. Gingerbread people would live inside a gingerbread house. Ok, maybe I'm cheesy. But, I thought it was clever.


It's really simple to make! Just follow the directions on the sheet (print, cut, fold, glue & attach your ribbon). When you're done, you'll have a cute little box to put your cookies in to deliver. Really, you could put any gift you want inside.


PART #4: CHRISTMAS TAGS
Add a tag to your gingerbread cookie box or if your kids want to deliver their special cookies individually, you attach the tag to a little sandwich bag.

After you share your cookies and serve others, you can add more gingerbread people to your garland and see how long you can make it. I'm so excited to see what everyone does with this kit! I hope it will help other families serve this year.


Don't forget, to get 2 other service kits and ideas of how to use this kit, hop over to The Redheaded Hostess's site. More kits can be found on Sugardoodle and Lolly Jane soon. I hope you enjoy my gifts to you this year. Merry Christmas!!

*UPDATE: You can now download the files directly from my site, using the individual links throughout this post or DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE SERVICE KIT HERE. Thanks for your patience!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Free Christmas Subway Art Printable - Names of Christ 8x10

I have some special Christmas gifts for you this year! First, I designed this printable with names of Christ for my church group to do a simple Christmas decoration for their home or gift. Now, I'm giving it to you! It comes in gold or silver (gray) so you can pick which works best with your decor.


DOWNLOADS:

Click on one of the links above to download the file you want. Print out the pdf from your home printer or send the jpeg to your favorite photo lab. Then, place it in an 8x10 inch frame (you can even find them at the dollar store!). Voila! You've got a pretty reminder of the reason for the season. These also make great Christmas gifts.

The next Christmas gift I have for you is a special surprise I will share on black Friday. I'm really excited about this one!

Please remember my freebies are for personal use only. Do not share, sell, or distribute my files. I retain all copyright. If you would like to share these, please link to this post, not the downloads directly.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Free TMNT Inspired Ninja Turtle Party Printables Download

I reached 3,000 sales on my Etsy shop! So, I want to celebrate by sharing a special freebie. I have a complete TMNT inspired party set for you today. I hope you enjoy it!


I designed these for my son's birthday party a few years ago. He wanted a ninja turtle party. So, I designed my own decorations and accented them with some specific things like napkins and balloons I found at the store.


I had a lot of fun designing this set! I tried to keep everything clean and simple while using a lot of green and hints of the bright red, blue, orange and purple that go with each turtle.


The different weapons are really important to little boys apparently. So, I made sure to include them on the cupcake toppers.



My favorite was the pizza "cowabunga" banner and favor tags. We attached them to homemade sugar cookies. We used white frosting and cinnamon candies to make them look like mini pizzas.


So, here you are! There's no charge for this party set. But, it would make me so happy if you left a comment about how you use them and share the love with a link on your facebook, pinterest, blog, etc.

DOWNLOADS:
Welcome Sign: "WELCOME TO THE PARTY, DUDE!", hang or trim for 8 x 10 frame
Pizza Banner: Spells "COWABUNGA", about 3.5 x 4 inches each piece

Party Circles: Decor or cupcake toppers, "PARTY", "DUDE", & weapons, 2" each
Labels: Great to label food, fold in half to stand or cut in half

Thank You Cards: You or your child can fill in the name & gift, 4 x 6 inches
Invitation: Blank lines to fill in your information, 5 x 7 inches (or trim to 4 x 6)

Favor Tags: Add to goodie bags / party favors
3 Patterns: Green speckles, green pentagon & multi-colored stripe

Please remember my freebies are for personal use only. Do not share, sell, or distribute my files. I retain all copyright. If you would like to share these, please link to this post, not the downloads directly.

Thanks for your support and remember to check out my shop here! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Free Scripture Printable with Black, White and Gold

Nearly a year ago I created this printable for The Aqua House and I still love it! It's such a great reminder that all things work together for good to them who love God. I'm so glad that Sara allowed me to design it for her.


Please only use this for your own personal projects (nothing commercial) and give credit where credit is due. Get your own 8x10 printable here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Christ-Centered Easter Activities for Kids with Free Printable Downloads #Hallelujah

Hi, Friends! Our little boy arrived in January! He is a sweetheart. I am trying to savor every moment! Having a newborn in our home again is so neat. But, it's also an adjustment. :)

I was so sad last Sunday when I realized I haven't put up any spring or Easter decorations yet. So, I was really excited to be invited to join with some amazing designers in sharing some special Easter printables to help us remember Jesus Christ.



I was inspired by the printables provided by Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts. She designed an Easter week advent with something special to do each day that focuses on the Savior. I love that everything is all planned out and ready to go... plus adorable!



If you would like to create your own, you can download the overview of what to do each day here. Next Sunday, March 20th will be the first day (#8). You can put little strips of paper into each egg that give the specifics for each day. They are all ready to go! Here are the first 4 days instructions and last 4.

I love that she has some adaptations for younger children and even provides a chronology activity, journaling sheet, and recipe. She thought of everything!



I wanted to share a printable too. So, I designed one that could be used to decorate an egg carton to store your advent in. Download it here. You can begin your tradition this year and reuse it next year too! There will be 4 extra egg compartments where you can store your recipe, chronology activity, etc.



With a new baby and lot's of deadlines at work, I didn't feel like I could commit to following the advent this year. But, I decided to try her resurrection rolls for a family night treat last night. The recipe is really simple and the kids had so much fun making them! My oldest understood the symbolism too.





The hardest part about the recipe is sealing up all the "cracks" in your dough so the marshmallow doesn't run all over your pan. We are sugar addicts here. So, we added a little glaze (powdered sugar and milk). They were a big hit!

A few years ago I helped the 8 to 12-year-old girls in our congregation with an activity. The leaders invited me to take some of the leftover supplies home to make my own Easter story with visuals. Here is a similar one from the Life Your Way blog.



I have to give Mandy credit for inspiring our lesson too. Seeing how adorable her advent is, I just knew I had to finish putting my Easter story together. Above are the supplies I used: papers with scriptures, items to fill the eggs, plastic Easter eggs, my printable to decorate the egg carton, egg carton, marker to label the eggs, and scissors to cut out the printable pieces.



This is how it turned out after I attached the printables. The long skinny pattern fits just right on the back of the carton. My kids were really excited to see what was inside!



After I printed everything out, I noticed there was text inside the egg carton too. But, a quick search on lds.org helped me find some great art to cover that up too.

The kids really enjoyed the activity. Taking turns letting them open the eggs to see what was inside and trying to guess how it applied to the Easter story kept their attention really well. It was a neat lesson and I just wish I would have started this tradition sooner!



Last, but not least, I printed out this pretty "He is Risen" decor. Download the large image here or smaller pdf. You can frame it, put it on an easel, scale it down to use as a tag... I love having a little Easter decoration up now!

I hope this post will help you get some ideas of how you can celebrate a Christ-centered Easter. I would also like to invite you to view this Easter video on Mormon.org. For more ideas, check out Sugardoodle.net!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Three Free Inspiring Printable Download Quotes

Please excuse the lack of posts lately, I am actually expecting a baby this January! We are really excited and busy. :) This pregnancy feels different than my others after miscarrying twins about 1 1/2 years ago and another little angel last January.

Needless to say, we've been through quite the roller coaster. I think it's fair to say this has been the most difficult time in my life so far. I'm grateful to have a loving Heavenly Father, Savior, & Husband who are there for me always. Maybe I'll share more on my experience later, if you're interested.


One of the other things that helped me through this time is listening to inspiring messages, including those by Dr. Paul Jenkins. He has so many great thoughts and amazing guests. Seriously, go check it out! You won't be disappointed.

So, today, to celebrate good news, including my pregnancy and selling my 2000th item in my Etsy shop, I want to give you a gift... 3 free 8 x 10 inch printables! Each of these quotes are something I heard on Dr. Paul's podcast that inspired me. I hope they will inspire you too!




Go ahead! Print them out! Hang them up! Be inspired! But, please remember these are Dr. Paul's intellectual property and my creative designs. They are intended for your own personal use. They should not be sold, shared, or distributed. Feel free to link to this post.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gray Painted Cabinet

I stopped by one of my favorite and most inspiring blogs today and saw this fun mystery thrift-off application. I just love this idea! Go check out the Better After blog for details.

Anyway, I started to fill out all the entry info and when I got to the part about entering your blog address I kind of cringed. I have been such a slacker here since I started my Etsy shop! So, I'm going to start going through all my pics today and actually posting those DIY projects I've been working on over the past couple years. :)


First up is this corner cabinet I did last fall. My hubby brought this beauty home from the thrift store one day because apparently the hutch I painted before wasn't sturdy enough "in case of an earthquake".

This thing sat in my kitchen like this for probably a year! I hated it. But, I just couldn't decide what to do with it. This thing has wood mixed with some kind of MDF type stuff and it just wasn't working for me.

I thought about staining the wood a little darker, painting the outside white, adding stripes, trying wallpaper inside... Finally, one day I decided enough is enough. I'm just going to paint it and replace the hardware.


So, there you have it. Sometimes you just need to go for it! I love how it turned out. I think the gray makes it more timeless and sophisticated. It's not the wowzy piece I had in mind at first. But, I didn't necessarily want it to steal the show anyway. Besides, if I decide I don't like it, I can always change it later, right?



One of the biggest changes was cleaning all the dishes and re-arranging them. I grouped them by type of dish and color. Isn't it great how simple changes can make a big difference?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Free Printable Download: DIY Christmas Ornament Gift

Yay! I made it to 1000 sales in my Etsy shop! To celebrate, I designed a free printable.

I've been trying to find ways to keep Christmas focused on Christ. This year I want to do things that bring me closer to Christ rather than just checking off a long to-do list. So, I hope this little ornament printable might remind you and I of the Savior.



This project is really simple, easy, and inexpensive. It would make a fun gift topper, neighbor gift, or gift for the children in your church.



To create this ornament, gather your supplies. You will need: free printable download (4x6 jpeg or 8.5x11 pdf), juice lids, mod podge, a paint brush, a hammer, little hole poker tool (or nail), a piece of scrap wood, scissors, and thin ribbon.



First, poke a hole in your juice lid toward the top. I used a hammer, this little tool, and a piece of scrap wood. But, you could also use a drill. I poked the hole on both sides.



Second, cut your circle printables out. I designed them to fit in a juice lid. But, I printed mine at a photo lab and they got scaled up slightly. So, I had to trim them a tiny bit to fit.



Next paint one side with Mod Podge. Place your nativity circle on the Mod Podge and let it dry. Repeat on the back side using the scripture circle.


Once your Mod Podge is dry, you can poke a hole through the paper. Make sure to line the hole up with the hole you punched in the juice lid. I could feel a little bump where the hole is.



Finally, string your ribbon through the hole. That's it, you're done!

Once again, here are those printable files: 4x6 jpeg & 8.5x11 pdf. Here's a special thanks to this site for providing the lovely nativity image by Gerard Von Honthors.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Free Home Decor or Gift Printable Download

Yay! I sold the 500th item in my Etsy shop this week! To celebrate I'm giving away a free printable. I designed this one to remind me of this fabulous talk by President Dieter Uchtdorf. He is one of the  leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


Here is the download link. Please use and enjoy for your own personal use. Don't share sell or distribute my file. I retain all copyrights.

I hope you will use this design for your home, as a gift, scrapbook accent, or scale it down for a card. Don't forget, you are loved and God has not forgotten you! I promise. :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Great to be 8 LDS Baptism Party Printables

Summer is here! My kids are out of school - I'm not sure whether to be scared or excited about that. :) I'm loving the sunshine. My freckles are proof! So, I thought it would be a great time to show this bright and cheery party I designed.


This set is designed for an LDS baptism celebration. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aren't baptized until they're 8 years old. So, I thought it would be fun to design a party set based on the "Great to be 8" theme.


The little party favor baskets I made are my favorite part! I tied the favor tags that come in the set around a simple paper basket. The baskets are so adorable and easy to make! I used this great tutorial. But, I adjusted my overall paper size to 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches and folded every 1 1/2 inches.

I love how they turned. It shows a great way to use the printable patterns that come in the party set.


I have to give my sister credit for the idea to make this banner a flower one! The trick to stringing them is a hot glue gun.


Isn't this sign so fun? When my daughter turns 8, I might hang it on her door for her birthday. Then she could keep it in her room that year too.


These cupcake toppers are 2 inches in diameter, like my others. But they seem bigger because the cupcakes are mini. I was thrilled to find the store happened to have the perfect yellow and turquoise frosted cupcakes for sell. Yum!


All my party sets come with fill-in invitation cards. Sometimes I have people request custom text on these and the food labels. Of course, that takes longer. So, I charge a customization fee. But, did you know you can do it yourself? This website makes it possible. Just upload your photo, add text and save. I think it's a great tool for those who don't have Photoshop.


Here's all the files that come in the set. I try to cover everything you might need. But, I still get requests for things. So, I plan to do some posts showing how to use the kit contents for some different things, like the favor baskets.


I also have a coordinating printable baptism memory book that's been pretty popular in my shop. I would make a great gift or keepsake. So, what do you think? Would you ever throw a "Great to be 8" party?