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.

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?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Good Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle

It's been a yucky, sicky winter for me. Just recently I thought I might need my gallbladder removed. Luckily, that's not the case! But, it has gotten me thinking about health and nutrition a lot. I'm reminded that when I don't feel well, everything in my life suffers.

I realize that although I took a nutrition class in high school... forever ago :) that doesn't mean I always remember what I learned or know how to apply it. So, I did a bit of research to help me plan a healthy diet and lifestyle. Here's what I found...

1. Help Guide Article on Healthy Eating: I love this article! It has tons of great tips. It shows a graphic of a "healthy eating plate" that is great for me as a visual person. The suggestion to "think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness" is also great rather that counting calories.

2. Six Rules of Good Nutrition: This article is by Men's Health, but I actually really thought each tip was great. They were good reminders for me and another encouragement to "start small".

3. Motivation to Exercise: This article explains how exercise benefits the body. It's not all about weight-loss! It also gives a few tips of how to move your body more.

4. Ten Relaxation Techniques: These techniques from WebMD can help you reduce stress. If you don't think reducing stress is important, check out this list of problems chronic stress can cause from the Mayo Clinic.

5. Get Enough Sleep: Sleep is one thing that suffers for me with little kids at home. Sometimes I stay up late to get projects done. My kids wake me up in the middle of the night too. But, getting enough sleep is important for health. Gina Shaw explains why in this article.

I hope these links will be helpful reminders to you to take care of yourself. It's like they say, "if you don't have your health, you don't have anything." Don't wait for problems to arise to remember to eat & drink healthy, exercise, relax & care for yourself mentally, and get enough sleep.

One more tip I want to add is have some fun! Sometimes we get so busy working and caring for our families that we forget to have fun. I think doing my favorite things with my favorite people rejuvenates me.

After reading all of these great articles, I plan to start small by drinking more water. What are your tips for a healthy lifestyle?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ahoy, It's a Boy Baby Shower

Hello, Friends! I'm so excited to finally share some pictures from a baby shower my co-workers and I threw last summer for our dear friend Wendy.

She was one of the cutest expecting mothers I've ever seen! It was so fun to surprise her and it gave me a good excuse to design a new baby shower set for my shop.

I thought we were pretty awesome with our pool-side lunch and fancy cake. Well, until Lydia from Sculpted Sweets shared images of what she did with the party set.

Wow! This woman is amazing! She has far more patience and party-planning skills than I can ever hope to possess. Go check out her website or facebook page if you can handle staring at delectable desserts you can't eat. :)

You can find these "Ahoy! It's a Boy" baby shower printables in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Free Holiday Tags Download & Winter Party

Hello, Friends! I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet. But, please forgive me for posting winter projects today. :) I feel like I always have to be one step ahead with my Etsy shop.

I designed these special holiday tags just for you! I figure if you take time to stop by my blog, you deserve a little freebie now and then. Print this file on white cardstock, cut, and attach to your holiday gifts. Enjoy!

The tags coordinate with the winter party I designed for my Etsy shop. I've been thinking about it for a long time and working on it all week. I'm so glad that it turned out how I imagined.

I thought it would be fun to have the welcome sign say, "Baby, it's cold outside." It's kind of fun and different. It works great for any winter occasion. But, wouldn't this sign be perfect for a baby shower?

I love the font on this banner! It's so pretty and elegant. I used shimmery silver ribbon to string my letters. I also added a little silver glitter glue around the oval. I chose the phrase "Winter Wishes" because it's versatile for a birthday party, baby shower, bridal shower, New Year's party...

It's seems like you can't have a party without cupcakes these days. Each cupcake topper is unique, just like every snowflake. :-)

For refreshments, s'mores are a great winter treat -- or anytime really :-). Roast your marshmallows by the fire, candlelight, or stovetop. I wrapped the chocolate covered graham crackers in strips of snowflake paper.

Is there a more perfect drink than hot cocoa for a winter party? I don't think so. Make it gourmet with fancy marshmallows, candy canes, and whip cream.

I decided just to wrap the favors in white tissue paper. Maybe it's a little cheesy. But, I thought having the tags say "Thank you snow much" was cute. I was super excited to find the pretty white ribbon with elegant silver accents at the dollar store.

I've noticed most printable party sets don't include the invitations. But mine do! I think it's cool to have everything you need, including thank you cards all together. So, go check out my shop and tell you're friends.

Special thanks to the Graphics Fairy for the pretty snowflake shapes! She has tons of free graphics. So, go check it out. :) I'm also linking up to Skip to My Lou's Made by You Monday.