Ginger Snap Crafts: June 2011

take a look at you {summer fun}

Take a look at just some of the fun link ups
we had at last week's {wow me} wednesday link up party.
{This week I went with the theme of summer fun.}
Love all of these {fabulous} ideas to do with the kiddos! :)

from Capital B

Patriotic father's day gift sun dial finished

from Fakin' It

Jam lid checkers8

from Yesterday on Tuesday


by Sweet Peas and Bumble Bees

Thanks ladies for linking up. :)
If you were featured please fill free to grab a button.

Ginger Snaps
Remember there is still time to link up to this week's party!
Just click the link at the top of my blog!

{Thanks, everyone!}

{wow me} wednesday #5

Don't forget to enter the {Shrinky Dink Monster Lab giveaway}.
Two lucky followers will win!
{Enter here.}

Welcome to
{wow me} wednesday.
Last week was amazing.
We had over 275 link ups!
I had a blast co-hosting with
{Thanks again, Melanie!}

Congratulations, Lisa!  You've won a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels from my etsy shop!

{This is the LAST party in that makes this party the last time
the most viewed link will receive a set of fancy chalkboard labels.}
So make sure you link up!

I'll be featuring more of your fabulous link ups
at take a look at you on Thursday.
So make sure you check back to see if it was YOU who made me say {wow}.

The rules are simple.
Follow Ginger Snap Crafts.
{Grab a button or add a link.}
Link up something YOU
have made, done, whipped up or created.
Please no etsy shops, giveaways or advertisements.
{Link up to your post, not your main blog.}
Visit some of the other links.
Leave comments, make new friends
& most of all have fun!

Ginger Snaps
Let's get this party started!

monday's mom {review & a giveaway} CLOSED

A few weeks ago I was asked if I would
like to review & host a giveaway for
 Creativity for Kids' 
{Winner of The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval
& FunFare- All Stars Award}
A $19.99 value!
I couldn't e-mail back fast enough with a "YES, I'd love to!"
{The BeSt news of all, TwO lucky Ginger Snaps followers will be receiving one, too.  Wahoo!}

{Just so you know, I was given a Shrinky Dinks Monster Lab to review,
I was not compensated in any other way & all opinions are completely mine &/or my kiddos. :)}

Yes, my kiddos were super excited when this box arrived in the mail. 

It was stuffed full with the following:
50+ pre-cut Shrinky Dinks
assorted chenille stems
craft glue
assorted foam character stands
clear plastic character stands
wiggly eyes
jump rings
double-sided foam squares
double-sided sticky dots
Faber-Castell color EcoPencils
pencil sharpener
3-D pop-up playscape {measures 16" x 7 3/4" x 6"}
& very detailed instructions

As most of you know I have 5 kiddos.  Ages almost 2 to 14.
This was a good nap time project to do while my little man was asleep.
As the box states it's for ages 7 to 97. So not a good project for the little ones,
but perfect for my 4 older kiddos age 4, 8, 10 and 14. :)
Love that there were plenty of shrinky dinks to go around.
{I even got to color some.  Wahoo! :)} 

My kids laid out the kind of monster they wanted to make.
Then they colored, colored, colored. :)

Now the fun part!  Little man was even awake for this!
We put them in the oven & watched them shrink!
So cool!  They even saved one to shrink when Dad got home. ;)
We didn't want him to miss out!

Here's our finished Monster Lab.

This was an {awesome} summer time craft project to do with the kiddos.
Loved, loved, loved it!  So fun!

Are you ready for some extreme Shrinky Dink fun?
Are you ready to color, bake and shrink the most creative {& cReEpY} creatures ever?

To enter:
Be a Ginger Snaps follower, old or new. :)

1,  Visit Creativity for Kids, and come back here & leave a comment telling me which of their products you'd love to try out. :)
2. Like Creativity for Kids on facebook, leave a note that Ginger Snaps sent you, then come back here telling me that you did.
3.  Follow Creativity for Kids on twitter.  Then come back here telling me that you did. :)
3. Blog, tweet or facebook about this giveaway.  {That's up to 3 entries!}  Leave a comment for each way you spread the news. ;)
4. Answer this question:  Did you ever make Shrinky Dinks when you were a kid?  If so, what kind was your favorite?  I did!  I remember turning my Shrinky Dinks into necklaces.  :)

Remember leave a separate comment for each entry!
This giveaway is open to all US and Canadian addresses.
Giveaway winner will be announced next Monday, July 4th.
{Please leave your e-mail address with your comment(s).}
Remember TWO lucky winners will be chosen!

Good luck!

{and the winner is}

Stevie@themoorebabies who said: For the 4th we are heading up to my parents house on a lake in GA. It will also be the first time meeting my niece.

Sounds like lots of fun! Congratulations, Stevie.
{I'll be contacting you soon!}

Another giveaway on Monday.
Make sure you check back! You don't want to miss out!

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

fab friday {Where do I get my vinyl?}

I've been asked a few times
So, where do you buy your vinyl?

I buy all my vinyl that I cut with my Silhouette at USCutter.  {Love them!}
You could use this vinyl with just about any vinyl cutter out there!

The vinyl that I use most is Oracal 631.
It works awesome!
It's great for all of your indoor projects.
It has a nice matte finish & comes in a wide variety of colors.
I also used it on my front door, and so far so good.
{Love it!}

Welcome- door vinyl

The cast vinyl I use is called Oracal 751.
It comes in lots of fun colors, too.
Right now I only carry the white, but I'd love to try more colors.
This vinyl is awesome!  It's the one that can be run through a dishwasher.

Set of Personalized Cups

I use HEXIS Chalkboard vinyl for all my chalkboard labels.
I love it because it is thick, works great & cuts super easy.

Chalkboard Labels: Circles (6)

Now at the fancy craft places
you'll get vinyl cut in nice sheets for you.
But hey, I'm crafty,
& I'm pretty handy with a pair of scissors. :)
So I learned that if I buy it in bulk
& cut my own sheets I can save LOTS of money! Wahoo!
{And better yet make lots more stuff! Double Wahoo!}

I buy my vinyl in big rolls that are 24 inches by 10 yards.
{It will last}
Then I just cut my sheets as I need them.
You've probably noticed {if you used Oracal vinyl before}
that the backing paper has a grid printed on the back.
So this makes it super easy to cut a straight problems. :)
At USCutter you can buy a
24 inch by 10 yard roll of Oracal 631 for under $21{Wow!}

You've gotta love their flat shipping rate of
$9.99 on ground shipping to the 48 states, too.
{Double Wow!}

Go check them out!
{You'll be glad you did!}

{Just so you know, I was not compensated for this post.   These are my honest opinions!
I really do love USCutter,  and IF they wanted to sponsor my blog
or let me sample some of their fabulous vinyl I'd be more than willing. ;) hehe}

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for some super cute {USA blocks}.

4th of July Block Set (USA & flag blocks)

Today is the last day to enter!

Have a great weekend!

take a look {popcorn bowl}

I'm so excited today to be guest blogging over
on Made it on Monday for Jill
who is having a blast at vacation bible school right now. :)

I'm sharing my tutorial on how to make {personalized dishwasher safe cups} for your family.
So it you missed my post on that one head over to Made it on Monday & check it out. :)

Since I love cast vinyl so much I couldn't resist sharing one more of my cast vinyl projects with you!
{Remember cast vinyl is super cool because it can be run through a dishwasher.  Sweet!}
The possibilities are endless!

Here's how I made this {super cute, easy & cheap} popcorn bowl.

I got my bowl for a dollar at Walmart! {Didn't I say cheap!?} :)
Then cut the word {popcorn} in cast vinyl using my Silhouette.

Applied the vinyl.
Remember my tip when working with cast vinyl.
Let the vinyl sit for 5-10 minutes before removing the transfer tape.
It seems to stick better that way.
Then take the transfer tape off nice & slow. :)

There you go!
A very cute {popcorn} bowl.

Wait!  Something is missing!
There it is- the popcorn!  Yum! :)

OK...I've got a BoNuS idea for you today!
{Look at this super cute gift idea!}
Add some microwave popcorn, some M&M's, fun tissue paper and a movie.
Tie it up in a gift bag with a ribbon & a tag.

There you go {movie night in a bowl}.

{Since I had so much fun last week giving out some FrEe vinyl!}
The first 3 FoLlOwErs to comment on this post
{with their e-mail address so I can contact you!}
will receive the word {popcorn} cut in cast vinyl.
Then you can make your very own super cute popcorn bowl!

Don't forget!
Go enter my {USA block} giveaway.
Winner will be announced on SaTuRdAy!!!

Have a wonderful day!

take a look at you {organize it}

Take a look at just some of the lovely link ups
we had at last week's {wow me} wednesday link up party.
{This week I went with the theme of organize it.}
Love all of these {fabulous} ideas! :)
Ladies, do you make house calls? ;) 
I could use the organizing help!

I so need this.  I'm always losing my keys!
Laugh, Love and Craft's

Need something to help control the clutter?
You'll love Two Much Time on my Hands'

Need a summer calendar to organize all of your fun activities?
Then you'll love Simply Crafty's


And here's another {fabulous} calendar from
Preschool Alphabet by Linsy with her


Need a way to organize the kiddos this summer?
Check out Designer Garden's {chore sticks}.


Loving this {storage bin re-do}
by Welcoming Spirit.

How neat & organized this looks!
O. Alouette's


I saved my favorite for last!
This amazing {kitchen chalkboard}
from Libbie Grove Design.

Thanks ladies for linking up. :)
If you were featured please fill free to grab a button.

Ginger Snaps

Remember there is still time to link up to this week's party!
Just click the link at the top of my blog!

{Thanks, everyone!}