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Minecraft Birthday Party

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Jalapeno Jelly Cream Cheese Dip

Today is the big game and while we aren’t doing much other than gluing our faces to the TV, we will be enjoying a few snacks. I recently purchased some jalapeno jelly from a farmers market and they had mentioned it was a sweeter type of jelly with a savory base.  I thought instead of eating this on the typical jelly bases like toast, I could make this into a dip! This dip only takes about 5 minutes to make so if you are in a hurry and need something quick, this will be perfect.

You will probably have dip leftover but don’t throw it out! You can use it in your next dinner. Simply put chicken breasts in a baking pan, pour the cream cheese mixture over it and bake for 45 minutes for a creamy chicken dinner that was easy to make!


Jalapeno Jelly Cream Cheese Dip Recipe


  • 1 cup of jalapeno jelly
  • (2) 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 small can of diced chilis


  • Cream the jalapeno jelly and cream cheese together with a mixer on medium for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Fold in the diced chilis with a spoon. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip


If your cream cheese doesn’t have time to get to room temp, put the cream cheese (out of the package) in a glass bowl and place in microwave for 30 seconds.

You can find jalapeno jelly at most grocery stores. If you can’t find any and you are planning on making this for a party, check out the choices for Jalapeno Jellies on Amazon.

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Jalapeno Jelly Cream Cheese Dip Recipe



Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of Fiskars and Champions for Kids. All opinions are my own.

Teacher Gift Basket

Every year I donate school and art supplies to the kid’s school. Since a lot of the supply responsibility falls upon the teachers, I want to make sure they have everything they need. I actually found out last year that while the parent’s list seemed to get slimmer, it wasn’t because those supplies were replaced. They took supplies off because they didn’t want to burden the parents. I personally don’t think it’s a burden as I love getting a good deal on supplies and usually stock up when I can so we can share them with the school. I usually check in with the teachers about every quarter to see if they need anything. This past weekend we had a crafty get together and I asked friends to bring crafty supplies to donate to the Clever Guy’s school.

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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 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).

You have until September 30th to enter.  What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to to enter today.

Don’t have a Cricut? I love the Cricut Expression, you can find out more about them here:

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


Pirate Treasure Cupcakes AKA Pinata Cupcakes ~ An Easy How to!

We recently had a Pirate Birthday Party for the Clever Guy. Nothing too fancy, I didn’t have a lot of time but I tried to do some clever things like these Pirate Treasure Cupcakes AKA Pinata Cupcakes. These are actually extremely easy to make. When I share how easy, you are going to wonder why you never made them before!

Pirate Treasure Cupcakes

What you’ll need:

  • Your favorite white cupcakes, plain (not frosted)
  • Candy ~ I used Zours, Skittles and Nerds. I will say, the Nerds kept the best and the others sorta melted inside.
  • Frosting

Pirate Treasure Cupcakes AKA Pinata Cupcakes ~ An Easy How to!

How to:

Cut a circle about 1 inch wide in diameter and about 3/4 inch deep into the cupcake. Carefully pull the center out of the cupcake but put to the side to assemble.

  • Pour candies in, then put the center back on the cupcake. It will be raised a bit and that’s okay!
  • Frost as normal and have them sit out. It’s best to do this right before the party and not refrigerate so it doesn’t melt inside.

Pirate Treasure Cupcakes AKA Pinata Cupcakes ~ An Easy How to!

Done! That is really how easy it is, the kids were surprised and they ended up being a big hit! Kids could even help with this recipe!

I made blue frosting to represent water and topped with some gold colored sprinkles along with pirate flags and mustaches. Because a good pirate loves a good mustache.



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