5 Things To Do BEFORE Using Silhouette Sketch Pens

Recently, I’ve grown a newfound love again for my Silhouette Cameo. With all the amazing upgraded options they offer now and the ease of use in the software and newer machines, I couldn’t not divulge in the awesomeness while planning Kenedy’s fourth birthday which is, uhhh right around the corner!

One of my favorite things to use with my Silhouette Cameo is the Silhouette Sketch Pen Kit. Address envelopes, create coloring pages, wall art, and more with the touch of a button!

If I’m honestly speaking, the idea of using sketch pens in my machine really intimidated me for the longest time but, I couldn’t have been more wrong! It took forever for me to finally make the leap and just do it but, here I am *almost* a sketch pen pro sharing with you the 5 things I wish I had known before popping the pens into my machine!

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1. Check your new ink

Like any brand new pen, you need to give each of your pens a good roll before locking it into the cartridge of your machine. I made the mistake of not doing this and after several attempts finally realized that because the pens are just that: pens…not markers, they need to be tested first! Roll each pen along a piece of paper and then voila! Your pen is ready to go!

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2. Double, Triple check your cartridge placement

If you’re using a new Silhouette Cameo with dual cartridges, make sure to check the cartridge each of your pens are in before sending your project to the machine! There’s a blue and red circle on your machine atop each cartridge and in the send tab of your software. Make sure to double and triple check your marker colors and software before sending!

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3. Change your settings

Before officially sending your project to the machine, make sure to change your settings from “cut” to “sketch!” You can easily do this in the drop down coordinating with the “Action” and “Tool” selections.

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4. Reverse if need be

Reverse your project in Design before sending your project through when using vellum or a clear paper. Also, be careful of smearing with this paper, maybe stick to sharpies in a pen holder for this one!

5. Use the cut and sketch option together

Have a machine with dual cartridges? Make sure to put that to use! Save time and send your blade to cut immediately following your sketch!

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Well, there you go you crafty little thing you! Happy sketching + cutting!

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Mommy + Me Valentine’s Date

Last week, the boys and I planned for our Valentine themed play date but, unfortunately mama wasn’t feeling too great and many of our friends were down sick!

Rather than letting our cute set up and cupcakes go to waste, we decided to have a quiet little date just the three of us (since there will soon be one more babe in the mix!).

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Both boys received this little gift box full of everything they needed for our date. It included mini spice jars filled with pink and red sprinkles, candy hearts, bubbles, organic gummy snacks, Go-Go Squeeze fruit pouches, cute cups, and supplies to decorate their new slime!

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We decorated cupcakes;

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Made this super awesome glitter slime;

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Blew bubbles, and filled our bellies with a delicious, sparkled Strawberry Popcorn Mix!

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We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

DIY Valentine’s Day Slime

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You’ll Need:

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pour liquid starch and clear glue into your Ziploc bag (in that order).
  2. Shake, shake, shake your bag!
  3. As you’re shaking your bag, mush the glue to spread it throughout the liquid starch while the bag is still zipped.
  4. Open your bag, pull the slime out, leaving excess liquid behind, and start molding, twisting, and mushing it together. It will be super gooey and slimy but, the more you mush and twist it together, it will form into a not-so-sticky and slimy, slime! This could take a few minutes so, don’t get discouraged and DON’T wash your hands with water! As your slime starts to form, it will collect all of the goo from your hands! Adding water will double this process time because of the extra moisture on your hands!
  5. Once your slime has formed, add your glitter and sequin hearts!
  6. Store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. We found these really great small storage containers for all of the kids at our play date at Hobby Lobby! (I love to use plastic test tubes for our Halloween slime!)

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Strawberry Popcorn Mix + FREE Valentine Printable!

I’m SO excited to share this super scrumptious recipe with you guys today!

It’s easy, inexpensive, fun for the littles, AND as an added bonus I’ve included a FREE Valentine printable for you to use and send in with your sweeties for their Valentine’s Day party!

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Let’s get started!-You’ll Need:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Bag of Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn
  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Karo Syrup
  • 1 Box of Strawberry or Raspberry Jello
  • 1 Bag/Box of White Bark Chocolate Melt
  • Sprinkles, M&M’s, Glitter Sugar, etc.

SUPPLIES

  • Spatula
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Large Baking Pan
  • Large Bowl
  • Foil

PREP

  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Line pan with foil
  • Dump popcorn into a large bowl

 

  1. Bring your butter, sugar, Karo syrup, and gelatin to a boil for 4 minutes, Continue stirring until the mixture is no longer grainy.
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  3. Bake in the oven for 10 Minutes.popcorn 4.jpg
  4. Warm chocolate as directed and stir into popcorn.
  5. Spread your popcorn back onto the pan to add sprinkles, edible glitter, and valentine candies.
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We delivered our Strawberry Popcorn Mix in these fold down kraft bags with the perfect FREEE printable! Get yours HERE!!

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FREE Dinosaur Valentines

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Are you spending time stressing about finishing up your littles’ valentines this week?!

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Head to the Dollar Store, Amazon, Target, or your nearest toy store for a set of plastic mini dinos! Spend no more than $10 on this fun, one of a kind valentine that your sweetie is sure to feel proud of!

Just PRINT, tape, and sign!

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Grab your FREE set of DINO Valentines HERE!

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LEGO City Police Birthday Party

 

Our oldest little turned 5 and the one thing he wanted this year for his big day was a LEGO City filled day with his best buds! So, mama got to work on this Pinterest inspired LEGO City Police party with tons of inexpensive DIY’s!

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We opted out of a birthday cake for a donut tower this year, in honor of all those officers who love their holey powdered treats!

FREE Letter From Santa: You’re on the Nice List!

It’s soon to be December 1 & I can’t wait to continue sharing some of our favorite traditions and family past times with all of you!

I know that so many parents kick off the day after Thanksgiving, or soon after, by welcoming their beloved Elf on the Shelf! Hubby and I just haven’t found the time or brain space to introduce another day-to-day tradition to our little home! For those of you like us, this will be an easy, print + go option to keep the fun Christmas spirit alive without sprinkling Elf Dust and powdered sugar on the floors of your kitchen! And for the awesome parents who make the time every night to set up those adorable little scenes with your favorite elf, this will be an added bonus for your babes!

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The boys love receiving things in the mail so, we popped ours in an envelope to drop at the post office until it makes it’s delivery to our mailbox!

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Get your free Santa’s List Printable HERE!!

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Want to drop yours in the mail like we did? Print your envelope from Santa HERE!

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Thanksgiving Banner Printable

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What you’ll need:

  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Clothespins
  • Holepunch

Download here:

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Black & White Halloween Party Printables FREE

 

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FREE Halloween Party Printables

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