Guest Blogger — Halloween Sugar Skulls

I have had a packed schedule lately and have reached out to other crafters to keep this blog hopping while I am away…  please welcome our first Guest Blogger, Megan and show her some love!  I love the idea of supporting other crafters and getting new ideas!  I am hoping to make the Guest Blogger a regular feature!!  If you would like to be featured on this blog, please send me a quick message here or on my Facebook page.

~Jacquelyn


 

With Halloween rapidly approaching I wanted to take this opportunity as a guest blogger here at A Crafty Cupcake to share my very own SVG Sugar Skull Bundle as an early Halloween Treat.

I’d like to take a quick moment to introduce myself. I’m Megan, aka Lovebird from ​Lovebird Heartworks​. Crafting since I can remember and addicted to Cricut since Christmas of 2016. Here’s a little behind the scenes peek of my “Creation Station”.

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The sweet bundle shown above is in SVG/PNG format and can be used with most cutting machines. Created as a Mix & Match Bundle, you can use these files to Build Your Own Custom Sugar Skull as simple or intricate as you’d like. With 22 different features and 2 skull bases there are THOUSANDS of possibilities to play with! I have even included a few finished examples. ​

 

Here is a tank top I created using just a few of these designs and some Black Glitter HTV from B-Flex America​ (ps. Use the coupon code LOVEHTV for 5% off your whole order).

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These Sugar Skulls can be used to create all sorts of designs with HTV, adhesive vinyl, paper decorations, coloring book pages and so much more… I’m so excited to share these with you and I hope that you have as much fun playing with them as I had creating them!

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Create An Amazing Day!

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SVG Round-up: Camping

Our family has recently found a love for camping.  Getting away from home and work life has been very beneficial and has provided us with some much needed time to unplug.  I have put my crafty skills to work and made a tonne of fun things to assist us on our trips.  I love all the camping themed SVG’s I have found online and have a Must Make List about a mile long – it’s not just me, right?!

Today, I have taken the work out of searching for camping related SVG’s for you… below I have assembled some of my free favourite cutting files.  Be sure to read the creator’s terms of use prior to downloading any of these; most of the files are for personal use only.  All links were working at the time of posting and I receive no commission for these links or downloads.

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CAMPING CREW

CAMPING THERAPY/ HAPPY CAMPER SET

 

Until next time… Happy Crafting!

 

 

Back to the Grind

Is it just me, or is it insanely difficult to get back to the grind after a vacation?

camping3July 1st is Canada Day in Canada (obviously) and my family decided to take a much needed camping trip.  It was wonderful getting all the children unplugged and having some real family bonding time.  As much as they complained about the idea of camping beforehand, I really do think they enjoyed themselves – other than the car ride, during which we were packed like sardines.  Three kids plus two adults and two of our three dogs makes for a tight squeeze!

Being that this was our first family camping trip, I really embraced my craftiness and organizational skills and made many things to assist us on our trip.  after a quick trip to Dollar Tree, I was ready to begin.

As per my son’s request, the first thing I made was a first aid kit.  Although I could not find the carrying case I envisioned, I was quite happy with the choice I finally made – just a simple clear kitchen stacking container.  In addition to the basic contents for the first aid kit, I also grabbed a weekly medication divider to store all our medications in, rather than taking full bottles.

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And then it was time for my favourite part… using my Cricut to create designs to complete my crafts.

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Red vinyl seemed like an obvious choice for everything related to first aid.  I used Oracle 651.  I prepped and primed all surfaces using rubbing alcohol prior to the vinyl application.  Although it seemed like I was using my Cricut for a glorified label machine, I was so happy with how everything turned out.

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Since returning home, I have made labels for all of my essential oil roller-bottles since I loved the look of these ones!  In the next few weeks, I will add roller-bottle labels to my SVG freebies page.

~ Happy Crafting ~

Father’s Day: A Success!

Birthdays, holidays and special events are the perfect time to give the gift of homemade items.  During these times you can practice and really perfect your craft before selling things to the masses.  I always struggle with gifts to make for my father, but with the aide of my new Cricut Explore Air 2, I feel like I really knocked it out of the park this year!

The first step to creating the perfect Cricut’d gift is to either create the perfect SVG or purchase one.  Caty Catherine is one of my favourite websites to visit for SVG files.  Great prices and excellent quality files will make this a favourite of yours as well.  I nabbed an amazing full alphabet file.  The possibilities really are endless with this one.  The first shirt I designed was relatively simple to create and adhere.

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I also purchased a file from Greedy Stitches on Etsy.  I just couldn’t decide on which design I liked best, so I made both styles.

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Celebrating Diversity

DIversity3As I am sure you are aware, June is Pride Month – a time for the LGBTQ community and their supporters to join together in a stance against discrimination and violence and a time to promote and celebrate equality and diversity.  The month of June was chosen to honour and remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots that took place in Manhattan.  These riots were a turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

Our family is from a very small Canadian community and up until very recently, my children did not know any members of the LGBTQ community.  I always taught them to be respectful, loving and show acceptance towards anyone regardless of their gender, race or who those people love.  Love has no boundaries afterall.  We are now proud to say that we have a cousin who is openly gay and one of my daughter’s best friends is transgender.

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Our school recently celebrated Diversity Day.  Each student was encouraged to wear rainbow colours and share how their family was unique and/or diverse.  Of course, being the crafty mama that I am, I had to make at least 2 of the children new shirts (my third is in high school and isn’t always a fan of shirts made by mom).  If you are interested in the SVG for these shirts, let me know in the comments and I will get them added to my freebies page. I attended the assembly at the elementary school and the video one student made was truly touching.  It was wonderful to see so many teachers and students supporting Pride.

I’d love to see your rainbow and Pride crafts – feel free to tag me on social media!

Happy crafting!

 

Friday Freebies: Father’s Day Edition

I am a crafty being — I prefer to make my gifts rather than purchase things.  Father’s Day has always been difficult for me.  Trying to find something that my father will appreciate AND use is sometimes very complicated.  This year, thanks to my new Cricut Air Explore 2, the task of gift making was slightly easier.  I will be posting a detailed entry about how I created a gift for my father early next week.

In the mean time, here are some great freebies to get you started if you are still searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift.  Simply click on the images to be taken to the original site to download the images.

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Poofy Cheeks is offering a large amount of Father’s Day SVG files for free!  Pop over the site to download these great files!

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These fun files are available from Caluya Designs.

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I love all the designs over at Burton Avenue!! Check out this Free for a Limited Time design!

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Another great SVG from LoveSVG.

 

That’s all for now!  I hope you enjoyed this Father’s Day round up!

I do not receive any sort of commission when you visit these sites or download these files.  Be sure to read the regulations set in place by each creator prior to downloading any files.  The majority of free files are for personal use ONLY (this means, you cannot sell items made from the files you have downloaded).

If you use any of these files, be sure to thank the original creator (if possible) and I would love to see your creations on twitter!   At the time of posting, all of these links were free and active.

Friday Finds: Mermaid Edition

To close off this week, I will be sharing some of my favourite mermaid files that I have found recently.  There are both crochet patterns and SVG files listed below.  I do not receive any compensation when you click on these links.  I am not affiliated with any of the sites mentioned below.  If you create anything from these files, I would love to see it!! Feel free to share your creations on social media with me.

SVG FUN

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Caty Catherine offers a super fun waterbottle SVG.  The drink chart is always helpful to ensure you are drinking enough fluids on hot summer days.

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I simply adore this saying!  I think I will create something with this file in the future.  The swirly font and the mermaid tail are my favourite aspects here.  You can purchase this file from the Hello Felicity Etsy Shoppe.

CROCHET PATTERNS:

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When my youngest was about 5, she was a huge Tangled fan.  I remember creating a crochet play wig for her that she spent hours wearing.  Little ones always love dressing up! If your child is a Little Mermaid fan, how about an Ariel play wig?  This pattern can be purchased on Etsy.

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Cuddler designs are so very popular right now.  This adorable mermaid pattern can be found at 3am Grace Designs.  And best of all, it’s FREE!

That’s all for now!  I hope you have enjoyed this round up!  At the time of posting, all links were active.  If you find an inactive link, you may report it to me using the Contact Me page.

Happy Crafting!!