Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Learn About The Cricut Explore Machines

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Cricut Explore One™ 

Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. It’s versatile, easy to use, cuts very precisely, and is also incredibly affordable. With its irresistibly low price and limitless cutting potential, the Explore One is perfect for a new or beginning crafter. Here are a few notable features of the Explore One: 

Materials – All Cricut machines can cut an unbelievable variety of materials, for example:
  • Paper
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on
  • Craft materials
  • Upcycled materials
  • Fabric
  • Plastic
  • Thick materials
Precision - Features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall. 

Smart Set® Dial - Each machine features a Smart Set® dial, which sets your settings (e.g. speed, pressure, etc.) for you so you don’t have to keep track of them. You just select the material that you're using on the Smart Set® dial and the machine's Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut. 

Images and Fonts - You can upload your own images and fonts for free on all three Cricut cutting machines. 

Cartridges - Both machines work with any Cricut cartridge and have the capability to hold all of your cartridges “virtually” in the cloud within your Cricut Design Space online software. So once you’ve loaded a cartridge, you’ll have it everywhere you go. 

Cricut’s Design Space™ and iPad® app - All Cricut Explore machines work hand-in-hand with Cricut’s Design Space™ (for PC, Mac®, iPad®, and iPhone®) that you get access to for free. 

Cricut Explore Air™

The Explore Air is the whole kit ‘n caboodle. It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:
  1. It has a dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step. If you do a lot of paper crafting, this is the machine for you!
  2. It has built-in Bluetooth® capability. You just use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.
Now that you know a lot more about how Cricut Explore® machines work, I’ll focus next week’s post on how you can design here, there and everywhere with Cricut Design Space. You’ll be blown away by how easy it is.

Until then … Happy crafting! 


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jet-Setting to Kenya with Little Passports

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Have you thought about purchasing Little Passports but want a better idea of what’s inside each monthly package? Little Passports, the award-winning subscription for kids, has sent us a sneak peak into one of their monthly packages- Kenya! 

In a recent blog post, Jet-setting to Kenya with Little Passports , they talked to a mom who writes about her kids’ adventures. She shares how her family “travels” to Kenya with Little Passports. From dedicated reading and activity time, to a casual chat around the kitchen counter, this mom really uses the subscription to its fullest! 

Find out more about what is inside the Kenya package and how Amanda gets the most "miles" out of Little Passports: Jet-setting to Kenya with Little Passports 

To check out other great tips on using Little Passports this summer, read more from the Little Passports Blog!

Want to travel to Kenya?!? This country package is included in the World Edition (ages 6-10). Other subscriptions include the Early Explorers (ages 3-5) and the USA Edition(ages 7-12). 

To purchase this award-winning subscription for kids, click below.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What is Cricut? Get to know more about this crafting partner!

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If you’re reading this post, chances are, you’re a creative type. You like to craft, explore your creativity, and share your creations with others. And it’s for people like you that Cricut created their line of personal electronic cutting machines. 

A little known fact about Cricut is that they’ve actually been in business for over 50 years, and their primary purpose has been to develop tools that inspire creativity in people. 

Today, millions of people use Cricut’s award-winning products to create beautiful, inventive, and personal projects. 

So, what is Cricut? Cricut is actually a family of electronic cutting machines that make it possible for you to easily create amazing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Well, not totally DIY because Cricut’s incredible machine’s do a LOT of the heavy lifting. 

The two machines that Cricut offers are:
To give you loads of creative freedom and versatility, Cricut developed the Cricut Design Space™, a cloud-based software that works seamlessly with the Cricut Explore® family of machines. 

Design Space gives you access to all of your images and projects from any compatible computer or iPad, so you can design just about anything, anytime, and anywhere. 

Once you’ve uploaded your design (or pre-designed image) to your Cricut Explore cutting machine, you can sit back and watch it magically bring your design to life. 

There are so many interesting things you can make and do with Cricut – which we’ll be sure to cover in a future post. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, it’s best to go over each of Cricut’s machines, what they do, and how they are different. And since I’ve given you quite a bit of info already, we’ll pick up on there in next week’s post!

Until then … happy crafting! 



Friday, June 19, 2015

20% Off Mabel's Labels Limited Edition Camp Label Pack with the Flip Flop Icon

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Did you know that today is National Flip Flop Day?! In recognition of this fun day, Mabel's Labels is giving you 20% Off Limited Edition Camp Label Packs with the Flip Flop Icon

No coupon code is required but this deal is only available through a special offer page. To access your 20% off, go to Mabel's Labels' Limited Edition Camp Label Pack special offer page today. 

Mabel's Label's camp label packs are filled with a collection of UV resistant, waterproof labels and personalized tags designed especially for everything that goes to summer camp. Identify clothes and footwear, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more with these summer essentials.

As always, remember - Mabel's Labels offers free shipping to the US on all orders! 





Thursday, June 11, 2015

Get 25% off Solid Color Party Supplies at Birthday Express

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solid color party supplies at birthday express


Perhaps you've heard of certain celebs throwing a "white party" where everyone comes dressed in white and literally everything - flowers, plates, napkins, glasses, chairs, table covers, candles, etc. - is white.

Or maybe you've attended a "pink party" in support of breast cancer awareness or for a friend's baby shower. But what about a yellow, blue, purple, or silver party? With solid color party supplies, the ideas are endless! 

And from now through Sunday, June 14th you can get 25% off Solid Color Party Supplies at Birthday Express! Just enter coupon code COLORS during checkout to receive the discount.

Here are a few "solid" ideas:
  • Silver - Know of anyone celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary? Throw them a stunning "silver party" with shimmering silver plates, cups, napkins, balloons, and more!
  • Glittering Gold - How about a lovely couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary? Go bold with a "gold party" brimming with gold-colored party supplies.
  • Green - Host a green-themed planting party! Use all green party supplies and give guests little packets of seeds and their own plant.
  • Red, White, and Blue - Okay, so it's not a one-color party, but these patriotic solid colors are perfect for a fun-filled Fourth of July party. Just mix and match them!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Throw a Dino-Mite Jurassic World Party

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jurassic world birthday party supplies

What better way to celebrate the sequel to Jurassic Park on June 12th than with a Brachiosaurus-sized bash?! Fossilize the fun with the Birthday Express Jurassic World party supplies! Birthday Express has everything you'll need to create an adventure to remember. 

• Jurassic World Party Decor - Welcome to the jungle! Decorate your party space with faux trees made out of cardboard, foliage made out of construction paper, rocks, and even dirt if you're feeling adventurous! Or, better yet, have the party outside! You could even make dinosaur "eggs" using styrofoam and paint. Birthday Express also has a dino-mite selection of party decorations, including Jurassic World glider planes, table covers and table decorating kits, hanging swirls, balloons, and even a roaringly fun birthday banner

• Jurassic World Food/Drink - Keep the herbivore's, carnivore's, and omnivore's happy by offering an array of good eats for your guests. Consider a delectable veggie tray filled to the brim with a variety of greens, including sliced cucumbers, broccoli, celery, and green beans. For the meat-eating species, you could serve deviled eggs and grill up some chicken or turkey legs. 

For dessert, you could make a delicious "dirt" cake, "fossilized" cookies, or serve cupcakes with candy eggs on top. And your guests are sure to love eating with their favorite dinosaurs, so be sure to get the Birthday Express Jurassic World snack party pack, which includes napkins, plates, cups, forks, and spoons. For drinks, you could make a big pitcher of mint or cucumber-infused water and label it "swamp water," or "the watering hole." 

dinosaur party supplies

• Jurassic World Activities - Fun party activities include sending the party-goers on a scavenger hunt to find an assortment of things that you've hidden, such as those styrofoam eggs and the items included in the Jurassic World favor box. And after the scavenger hunt, you could get the crowd roaring with the Jurassic World Pinata Kit

Not sure Jurassic World is the perfect party theme for your child? Check out BirthdayExpress.com - with hundreds of themes to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect one!