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Cancer Free Party Decor


5 years ago my mother found out she had cancer. They were confident they had caught it early enough, and after one (rather grueling) surgery, and several weeks of radiation she found herself in remission. 

My mom and I a few years back on the Oregon coast,

This year, we were so ecstatic that she was finally able to say she was CANCER FREE that we threw her a fun little celebration. My Sister, Beckie, texted me one evening, and pitched the idea that we make her some fun decorations, that sorta say, Eff you cancer. You suck. I truly feel like even if you aren’t big on cussing… in this situation, the “F” word is appropriate. Fuck cancer, in every form. It’s the worst. I truly do not believe ANYONE deserves to go through any type of cancer.

We got to work immediately. I whipped out my Cricut, and got to work. We decided some Uterine shaped confetti, a sassy tumbler that says “Cancer Chose the Wrong Bitch” and some fun banners would do the trick.

Uterine shaped confetti

I’ve decided to share some of the things we made with those of you that might have a cricut, but aren’t sure how to create things, or maybe you just don’t have the time. Over the next two posts, I’m going to share the templates to make the OMG you’re cancer free card pictured below, and the tumbler that says “Cancer Chose the Wrong Bitch.”

“F” cancer banner with the “Cancer Free” banner

You’ll need to have a cricut cutting machine. Anything in the cricut family that works with the online Cricut Design Space. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2. An Explore Air, or Maker would work too. You’ll also need your preferred color of permanent Vinyl. I used off white and Navy.

To Make the Cancer Chose the wrong Bitch Tumbler:

In my next post, I’ll share the rest of the photos from our celebration, and the template to make the card and envelope pictured below!

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DIY – Zojirushi Mug Customization


I’m back! Not only that, but I have a new DIY project to share with you!!

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Mitchell’s mom’s birthday was this month, and one of the things she asked for was a pretty Zojirushi mug. So we with the help of his sister (she pitched in and paid half for the gift) we picked out the mug we thought their mom would enjoy the most.

We went with the Champagne Gold. I picked it up from a local store, Uwajimaya.

This craft does require a cricut, so if you don’t have one, you may have to look on pinterest for a different tutorial.

You will need:

  • 2 different colors of vinyl. We chose navy blue and orange
  • Zojirushi travel mug
  • Cricut
  • Cricut cutting mat
  • Transfer Tape
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush

Step 1:

Choose your design. I made ours — and will happily share if people are interested. You can buy one on Etsy, or make your own using cricut design space. Below is a sample of the size of the cut file.

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Step 2:

Send the cut over to your cricut, make sure to turn the knob to vinyl and follow the usual instructions to cut. We cut the blue first, then the orange seastar.

Step 3.

NAVY BLUE:

With your vinyl now cut, peal off the excess vinyl, and weed out the middle of the a, s’s and y. Attach some transfer tape. This part can be time consuming if you aren’t use to using the cricut, so take your time and use your scraper tool. We used the small one, but this one would work too. Once all the writing is attached to the transfer tape, you may now carefully line it up on to your mug and place it. To get the vinyl to stick you’ll need your scraper tool. You’ll know it’s all ready when the lettering is no longer stuck to your transfer tape.

Step 4.

ORANGE

Follow the same instructions as above, but with the seastar.

Step 5.

Once all your vinyl is stuck to your mug and has no air-bubbles… (if you did a good job removing the transfer tape, you should not have any air bubbles.) You’re now ready to seal.

Step 6.

Squirt a small amount of your Mod Podge onto a plate or washable surface.  Take your paint brush and paint a LIGHT layer of Mod Podge over the vinyl on your mug. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes and come back for another light coat. I repeated this 3 times.  Typically Mod Podge needs to cure for several days before submerging your mug into water so please be careful!

These mugs, are always hand wash only, wash at your own risk 🙂