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Instagram-Themed Graduation Party {In a Box!}

The inspiration behind an Instagram-Themed Graduation Party {in a box}! via thinkingcloset.com

This May 29th is a very momentous occasion.  My sweet sister Lisbeth will graduate with her Master’s in Counseling from Westminster Seminary in Pennsylvania.  And since I cannot be there in person to hoot and holler as she crosses the stage to accept her diploma like the proud sister I am–I thought I would send some fun graduation party decor to do the hooting and hollering for me.  I give to you… Graduation Party in {read more…}

Chill Pills Gag Gift & Silhouette Giveaway

Chill Pills! A great gag gift idea and all you need is a glass jar, some candies, and the FREE printable labels from this Silhouette tutorial via thinkingcloset.com!

There is power in playing pretend.  Let me explain. This winter, when Mark and I started jokingly talking about needing “chill pills” when were feeling stressed out, I seized the opportunity to make a gag gift for Mark this Christmas: an actual glass bottle of Reese’s Pieces “Chill Pills” in a glass jar, old-timey drugstore labels and all. The front label reads: “Take two or more for instantaneous relief of stress and anxiety.  Side effects {read more…}

Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File

Ombre Paint Chip Earrings with FREE Silhouette cut file! Such an easy, inexpensive gift idea via thinkingcloset.com

For some women, their signature fashion piece is shoes.  For others, it’s bags.  And for me, without a shadow of a doubt, it’s big n’ bold earrings. And what do I love even more than big n’ bold earrings?  Well, big n’ bold earrings I made myself out of materials I got for free, of course!  Does it get much better than that?  I think not. I had been inspired by the paper earrings I’ve {read more…}

5 Tips for Your First Foray into Silhouette Stamping & Special Promotion

5 Tips for Your First Foray into Stamping with your Silhouette! {So you can learn from my mistakes.} via thinkingcloset.com

G’day, mates!  I hope your Friday is off to a fantastic start. Since I don’t want to enrage the northerners, I won’t mention what gorgeous weather we’ve been having down here in Orlando.  Won’t do it!  Nope.  I won’t even share an Instagram photo of my cousin, husband, and I on a scenic boat cruise this past Wednesday.  Where we didn’t need to wear jackets.  And even got a little sun-kissed.  Because that would be cruel {read more…}

Team Betty Tote Bag & Silhouette Winner!

DIY "Team Betty" Tote Bag: A Silhouette Tutorial via thinkingcloset.com

I can’t even begin to catalog the number of hours in my childhood that were devoted to reading Archie comic books.  Countless!  At bedtime, my parents allowed us to crack open the door of our bedroom, so just enough hall light could spill in to read by. With my sister Lisbeth on the top bunk and me on the bottom, we would stay up reading page after page of the exploits of the perpetual teenagers {read more…}

Oh Baby, It’s a Washi Card & Silhouette Giveaway!

New Baby Congrats Card with Washi Sheets! Tutorial and FREE Silhouette cut file via thinkingcloset.com

Okay, crafters, if you weren’t already obsessed with washi tape, you’re about to be. Did you know there exists a magical material known as Washi Sheets?  Pretty much no surface is safe around me now because I want to plaster this stuff ev-er-y-where.  It’s essentially washi tape in 12″ x 12″ adhesive sheets that you can cut with your Silhouette machine, similar to the look I was going for with my Washi Tape Gift Tags this past {read more…}

Have Tote, Will Travel & Silhouette Giveaway!

Farewell friends.

I still have such vivid memories of the TV commercial jingles from my childhood in the 80s.  Puppy Surprise, Connect 4, Toys R’ Us…and one in particular came to mind this past week.  Does anyone else remember “My buddy and me?” Well, as I took my Silhouette Cameo machine out-and-about with me this past week in my new Tweed Rolling Tote, I couldn’t help but sing to myself: My Cammie (my Cammie), my Cammie (my {read more…}

Receipt Organization with Free Cut File

Stay organized this year with custom labeled Receipt Organizers (with 12 month dividers inside!). Gotta love the $1 bin at Target!

It’s like there’s some kind of magnetic force field around the $1 bin section at Target.  It just draws me in like a moth to the flame, and before I’ve even begun to tackle my shopping list, my cart is filled with goodies.  It doesn’t help that it’s the first thing you walk by after grabbing your cart.  It’s like they’re intentionally trying to get you to buy stuff, or something.  {Grin.} But I’m not complaining because I’ve {read more…}

A Few of My Favorite Silhouette Supplies & Giveaway!

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway at The Thinking Closet! 1/11 - 1/13.

Sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from the classic musical, The Sound of Music: Heat transfer vinyl and rhinestones for onesies, Printable foil in gold: also fun-sie. Tattoos to print out and cut ‘n any size, These are a few of my favorite supplies! (Rogers and Hammerstein are rolling in their graves right now, so we’ll stop there.) The reason for my lame attempt at a song parody?  Well, one of the most frequently {read more…}

Personalized Insulated Mug Tutorial & Silhouette Winner

InsulatedMug-Square

For Christmas this year, we had a Secret Santa gift exchange among the adults in Mark’s family.  I drew my SIL Ashlee’s name, and one of the items on her wish-list was an insulated travel mug.  Naturally, I snatched up one of Pick Your Plum’s daily deals on stainless steal mugs and immediately started scheming how I might decorate it.  (They’re the nifty kind of mugs where the bottom unscrews so you can insert a {read more…}

8 Vinyl Projects & Silhouette Giveaway!

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway (valued at $180) at The Thinking Closet 12/26 - 12/29

I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas yesterday had a joyous day! We spent the day up in Ocala with Mark’s family.  It was chock full of hugs… …unexpected gifts… …childlike wonder… …and thanks to my MIL, lots of good eatin’. We even had a Secret Santa gift exchange among the adults in our family.  In fact, I’ll share a sneak peek at my Secret Santa gift for my SIL Ashlee shortly. But first…I am giddy {read more…}

The Mother-Lode of Beginner Silhouette Tutorials: A New Gallery

The Mother Lode of Silhouette Tips & Tutorials for Beginners!

Isn’t the term “the mother lode” just so evocative? For some reason, whenever I say it, I think of a climactic moment from my favorite 80s movie, The Goonies. SPOILER ALERT:  The kids have barely escaped capture by the criminal Fratellis and nearly escaped death by booby-trap as they follow where the treasure map leads them through the underground tunnels.  They reach some natural water-slides, which they of course slide down (wouldn’t you?), and they’re spit out {read more…}

(Rein)Deer Head Holiday Banner & $155 Amazon Giveaway!

Rudolph! The star of the Deer Head Holiday Banner featuring Santa's Reindeer. Tutorial and FREE cut file at thinkingcloset.com

You know how deer heads are all the rage these days? Well, I thought it’d be fun to play on that trend with a holiday twist…with a Deer Head Holiday Banner featuring everyone’s favorite deer…Santa’s Reindeer!  Ahem, cue the music: “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer), had a very shiny nose (like a lightbulb), And if you ever saw it (saw it), You would even say it glows (like a flashlight)….” Well, I whipped up this {read more…}

DIY Washi Tape Christmas Tags

Christmas Gift Tags with Washi Tape! {Free cut file included.} Via thinkingcloset.com

Happy Sunday, everyone!  How is everyone faring after the eating extravaganza and whirlwind shopping sprees these past few days?  Well, if you’re in need of some craft-therapy like I am, then I’ve gotcha covered.  It’s a holiday project featuring everyone’s favorite craft supply: washi tape! I was a wee bit late to the washi tape party…kind of like I am to most parties!  It has been all over Pinterest-land for forever-and-a-day, but it was only {read more…}

Instagram Advent Calendar

DIY Instagram Advent Calendar. Such a fun way to look back at highlights from the year while counting down the days till Christmas!

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgivukkah yesterday and that you are on the way to recovering from all that good eatin’.  Perhaps you’re working it off by dodging and weaving through the Black Friday crowds today?  Well, for those of you who are home and looking forward to some down-time to dive into Christmas crafting, boy do I have a project for you!  {And I also have the Silhouette Black Friday & Holiday Sale to {read more…}

The EPIC Silhouette Holiday Sale & Cameo Winner!

The EPIC Silhouette Holiday Sale is here! 11.28 - 12.8 at thinkingcloset.com! Stop on by for the best Silhouette sale in the history of sales.

It’s here!  It’s here!  The epic Silhouette Holiday Sale is finally here!  Silhouette America is kicking things off a day before Black Friday, and I’m here to tell you all about it.  {Grin.} Seriously, this is the biggest sale they have ever offered EVER in the history of Silhouette sales, and you had better be sitting down because you are not going to believe it. Are you ready?  Are you in a sturdy four-legged chair with a {read more…}

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway (And I Made You a Music Video)

Watch out, YouTube!

Ladies and germs, it’s a red-letter day here at The Thinking Closet.  I have the opportunity to give-away to one lucky Thinking Closet reader the powerhouse of crafting tools…the Sultan of Slicing…the Queen Bee of Cutting.  That’s right, a Silhouette Cameo machine! Yup.  This is the big time, folks.  These Cameo giveaways don’t come around everyday.  But we are gearing up for a huge Black Friday sale next week, and our fine friends at Silhouette {read more…}

Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial

DIY Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial via thinkingcloset.com

So, I’ve somehow managed to keep this a secret from you guys up until now, but we are in the midst of our biggest d.i.y. endeavor yet: a total master bedroom makeover! I guess you could say the ball started rolling over the summer when we conquered our IKEA Wardrobe Hack.  The rest of the room was looking pretty ho-hum next to our newly done-over wardrobe, so we’ve been busy the past several months, working {read more…}

Glitter Glam Pumpkins & $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Glitter Glam Pumpkins & D.I.Y. Pedestals using supplies from...wait for it...Dollar Tree! Crazy, right? via thinkingcloset.com

Sometimes, stubbornness is a good thing. I refuse to pay an arm and a leg for something that I know is not worth an arm and a leg.  Take faux pumpkins, for example.  I’ve been like a cat on the prowl looking for some faux pumpkins to add to my fall decor for over a year now.  You’d think they were solid gold with the price-tags they boast!  So, I held out for that deal {read more…}

Tattooing My Nieces and Nephews: A Silhouette Tutorial

Temporary Tattoos!

My nieces and nephews entered into their tattoo phase a bit early.  They’re 3, 4, and 5-years-old…but these are different times we’re living in people.  Annnnnd, I just may have had some Silhouette Temporary Tattoo Paper just begging to be turned into some gifts for my favorite little ones. The occasion?  Well, my niece Reagan and nephew Jeremiah enjoyed their birthdays earlier in the month, and this past Saturday, the whole family got together for {read more…}

DIY Photo Booth Props & Silhouette Giveaway!

Create your own photo booth props!

When planning our Costume Party for this Saturday, the idea just seized me: This is the perfect opportunity to create my own photo booth! I mean, who doesn’t love a photo booth complete with goofy props and cliche Charlie’s Angels poses? And then, when I received a most-amazing-package-of-goodies from Silhouette full of their specialty media, I thought: this is fuel to my photo-booth-creating fire!  And I set to work to DIY my own props. Here’s {read more…}

Halloween Party Treat Bags & Free Cut File

Halloween Party Treat Bags & Free Cut File for Custom Labels via thinkingcloset.com

I’ve never been a huge fan of the sinister side of Halloween.  And I blame it all on October 31, 1990. Although we had just moved in to our new house earlier that day, my sister and I begged our parents to take us out trick-or-treating.  Despite his utter exhaustion, my Dad conceded, and as we roamed our new neighborhood collecting candy in our plastic pumpkins, I noticed that our new neighbors took Halloween to a whole {read more…}

“Happy Fall” Banner Tutorial

"Happy Fall" Banner...one stop on the journey of the Choose Your Own Adventure Fall House Tour at thinkingcloset.com

We had a bonfire last night, which means at long last, fall has come to Orlando, Florida!  Now, it’s still a sauna during the daylight hours, but it’s finally cooling down enough at night to merit use of the fire-pit.  Which means…I’m a happy camper! And what better way to express my happiness than through a “Happy Fall” banner?! You caught a sneak peek of this banner last week, when I declared Lime Green as {read more…}

Personalized Etched Glass Bakeware Tutorial & Silhouette Winner

How to create Personalized Etched Glass Bakeware! Tips, tricks, and a step by step tutorial. Christmas gift-making, here I come! via thinkingcloset.com

Okay, so my long-awaited Glass Etching Starter Kit arrived on Thursday, and I pretty much spent the entire weekend playing with it!  The verdict?  Well, I’ll let this photo speak for itself: Pretty snazzy, right?  4 of my most frequently used bakeware items are now etched using 3 unique designs (I’ll be offering those up as free cut files in this post, don’t you fret!), and I already know what my Christmas gifts will be {read more…}