Cookie party favors made with Cricut Explore.

10 years ago I learned just what chefs mean when they say, “The Presentation is as important as the meal itself.”
As brand new parents, just home from the hospital with our new babe, we were so blessed to have friends and church members bring us meals for about a week as we adjusting to life with a newborn.
Let me tell you, a meal to a family with a brand new baby just might-as-well be a winning lottery ticket.
The meals were gratefully received…but there was “that one meal.”
Honestly, it looked like Halloween on a plate.
Presentation was a serious fail.
“That one meal” has now become an inside joke that when said, with making invisible air quotes of course, we know exactly what month, year and meal is being referred to.
Folks it was not good.
Suffice it to say, Pizza Hut stepped in and saved the day.
The presentation really IS as important as the food itself.
Let me explain…stay with me…

As you know my fabulous Cricut team 7 and I are striving for World Cricut domination one project at a time…mwahahah!
(BTW, Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a chance to win your own Cricut machine here).
This month our team voted on creating Halloween party themed paraphernalia.
Here’s what I came up with:

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It’s always a thoughtful idea to give your guests a little thank you-sumthan, sumthan for coming to your party as you’re sending them out the door.  But I’m always stumped as to what to give.
Then I asked myself, “Self, what would you like to receive as a parting gift”?
Heck, “A COOKIE”, by gollie!
Am I right?
Who doesn’t love a cookie?
Make a couple dozen cookies. Eat a dozen, give a dozen.
It may seem like a super cheap-o thank you gift (because it totally is) but when wrapped up and labeled it goes from cheap-o to yum-o to thank-o (I mean “you”).
The presentation is what makes it a hot commodity.

I started this favorite recipe of mine.

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Then bagged them on up.

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So here’s what I did:
I simply opened up the software called Design Space that available free online.  Then I just typed in “ENJOY”.
Hit “go” and my Cricut cut it out for me.
I backed it with orange for a Halloween flair, folded the card and stapled it together.
Easy-peasy!

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Plus, they’re not just party favor-thank you’s but a great centerpiece display as well.
Yeah, it’s just a cookie, but it’s all about the presentation people.

After eating 6 too many cookies I knew I had to get them hence away from my presence lest I eat every last one.
For real, no one is gonna balk at a paper plate of cookies but why not up the ante  and really make people marvel at your Martha Stewart greatness when you present them with this:

PicMonkey Collage

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I actually picked up one too many boxes at a salad bar (oops, wink) so I decided to use one as a cookie gift box and add some embellishment.  The Cricut Explore isn’t just for cutting.  Oh no, stick a pen in and watch it draw your design!

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*I received a Cricut Machine to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Cricut Explore giveaway.

Hi friends! I’ve been sharing a bunch of fun projects over the last few months all using my new favorite craft machine. The new Cricut Explore that just launched this year. It really is a crafter’s dream. I’m thrilled to be able to give one away to one lucky reader!

If you are not yet familiar with all the neat things the Cricut Explore can do, you can read all about it in this post.

Cricut Explore giveaway

I’ve been working with a team of talented bloggers over the last few months as part of a competition Cricut is hosting called Design Space Star. We have an amazing group and each month we pick a theme for our projects for the competition. I’m excited to show my latest project for the competition tomorrow. Together we are giving away this awesome machine to one lucky reader!

Be sure to visit all of these talented bloggers of our team:

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Lori with A Cowboy’s Wife
Lindi with Love The Day
Michelle with 4 Men 1 Lady
Kami with NoBiggie
Amy with Pink Parlor Designs
Rebecca with The Crafted Sparrow
Kim with Today’s Creative Blog
Crystal with A Pumpkin and A Princess

Win a brand new Cricut Explore Machine!

Use the widget below to enter! Good Luck to you all!

Cricut Explore Giveaway

Chatbook photo albums.

Once in a while I get head over heels obsessed with something.
Chairs, drink carts, Ben and Jerry’s…
My latest obsession is a “Why didn’t I think of that?” idea.

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Before I start to gush let me first start off by saying I am in no way affiliated or sponsored by them in any way.
Now that I’ve made that disclaimer, have you heard of Chatbooks?
They are the most quick and easy way to make a photo album EVER!

Back in the day, 9 years ago, I got bit by the scrapbooking bug big time.
I would paruse scrapbooks stores and buy pretty paper, tools, stickers, you name it. I even subscribed to a scrapbook magazine and would study page layouts till the wee hours of the morning. The funny thing is it would take me an hour to complete one page. To this day I have 11 pages made of my first son. I didn’t even make it to his first birthday before I realized how impractical it was for me to scrapbook.  The time, the mess, the storage space.  Meh.  I have no photo albums made of our family or my kids.

Until now.

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I made these Chatbooks completely with my cell phone.  All the photos came from my Instagram account (which if you aren’t following you should).  The Chatbooks app pulled photos from my Instagram account then I selected which ones I wanted to be printed in each book.  It literally took me less than 10 minutes to compile and order 4 books.

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These books landed at my doorstep Monday and my little men haven’t put them down since then.  They have loved looking through the pages and reminiscing.

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And get this…each book is only $6.00!

I’m thinking about ordering a set for each son to take with them when they leave the house (when they are 40).  Or, how cool would it be to use as a portfolio of all your projects?

Each Chatbook is $6.00, 60 pages, 6″ x 6″.
How can you say no to that?