101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things


 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including the 5 Minute Pirate Costume. I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

5 Minute Pirate Costume

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Visiting the Grand Canyon with Kids

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Churro Cupcakes

If you had to ask me what my top 5 favorite desserts are, I would say: Chocolate, pie, cupcakes, ice cream and churros. Yes, churros are one of my favorite treats. There was actually a churro restaurant that opened near us where we used to live that was hard to resist. Of course it’s also the treat I get every time we go to Disneyland (and sometimes maybe I’ll get more than one).

While I love churros, I have never made them from scratch. Honestly, the process scares me. So for my most recent cupcake recipe, I created a delicious churro flavored cupcake which combines two of my favorite desserts.

These are actually really easy, just modifying your favorite white cupcake recipe!

Churro Cupcakes


  • Favorite White Cupcake Mix  (or box mix)
  • 2 Teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Replace 1/4 cup of granulated sugar for 1/4 cup of brown sugar


  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg


  • Brown Sugar

Mix together your white cupcake mix, add in the brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Once baked, allow to cool.

For the frosting, mix together all of the ingredients until creamed into a frosting. This is more of a glaze than an actual frosting. The humidity was also against me so this came out a little runny but still tasted delicious.

Top with sprinkled brown sugar.

Churro Cupcakes







Happy Birthday to me! To celebrate, I am giving YOU a chance to win a $25 Amazon Giftcard! Not sponsored, not partnered in any way but its’s just a thank you for being a Clever Pink Pirate fan!

Here’s the catch, if you win you have to spend the giftcard on yourself!

So what would I buy? Wellll here are a few things!

Women’s Mid Calf Combat Boots


I found the lighter color was only $16.99 (winning!)

Wilton 2105-3646 Non-Stick 12-Cavity Delectovals Cake Pan


Maybe because I am not into Twinkies but the fact that I can make my own really prompts my desire for this pan.


SHANY Bamboo Brush Set 

I have a severe obsession lately with makeup brushes, this one has pretty good reviews!

So there you have, a few things I may be purchasing for my birthday. Tell me what you would buy and enter to win this giftcard!

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Roarin' 20's Birthday Party

It’s my birthday weekend! Coincidentally, it’s also time for another Cricut Design Star post! This weekend I celebrated my birthday with a fun Roarin’ 20′s Themed birthday. I actually love this decade and was in fact a Flapper for Halloween one year. I did struggle though with what I could come up with for this party setup.

I centered the party around metallic colors and of course creations made from the Cricut. One of my favorite features of the Cricut Design Space store is all of the images. Have you ever come across a Cricut cartridge that you needed for just one event but couldn’t justify purchasing it? This store takes care of that! I found the Art Deco Cricut cartridge that would of course be perfect for this party setup, well I looked in the store and I was able to get the images I wanted there!


Roarin' 20's Birthday Party


These headbands were easy to make! I used a gold vinyl and cut the back layer on a silver cardstock. I took my crop-o dile and cut two holes on each side. I then tied small elastic through it to complete the headbands.

Photo Props

Photo props for Roarin' 20's Birthday Party


These mustaches, bowties and fan were easy to make into photo props. I secured skewers onto the back of them with tacky glue.

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Curious about how to weld all the shapes into one so they cut onto one mat? Just select them all and then click on weld on the right hand menu.

Celebrate Banner

Roarin' 20's Birthday Party Celebrate Banner made from Cricut

One of my favorite creations from the party was this banner. The banner itself was just a banner I found in the design space store. Then the letters are a faux gold foil vinyl.

Cupcake Toppers

Roarin' 20's Birthday Party Birthday Cupcakes

The cupcake toppers are simply triangles cut out of different metallic card stock papers. I glued these onto tooth pics with tacky glue.


Diamond confetti made with Cricut

The confetti was made out of silver and gold cardstock out of a diamond background I found in the store.

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Coasters made from Cricut and Vinyl

For some reason I have an abundance of plain coasters. I bought them on a whim one day a looooong time ago. I was excited to take a few and do something with them! I painted them with a bronze metallic paint then covered them in an art deco image from the Cricut store.



This is a champagne bottle cut out of thick glittered cardstock. This was the first time i used the coloring feature with the Cricut and I LOVE it! It’s simple, you just put the pen in and it does the work! It was hard to adhere the vellum so there is a good amount of tape under there. Next time I would probably staple it.

On the back would be where the actual information for the invitation would go.

Well there it is, simple and elegant thanks to the Cricut. What have you made lately with the Cricut? Did you know YOU could win a trip from Cricut?

Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!

To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team.  Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.

The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cricut will even help with your publicity.

To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).

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Disclosure: I have partnered with Cricut for the Design Star contest. All opinions, photos and concepts are my own.


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