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Elf on the Shelf Yoga Poster – Free Download

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I’m at it again with another yoga poster. This time it’s an Elf on the Shelf version! Whether an elf visits your home or not, this is a fun activity for the entire family.

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Make your Elf Bend:

Does your Elf on the Shelf bend and hold its poses? If it doesn’t, there are a bunch of tutorials online to show you how to make it bend. I used bailing wire my husband had, and poked it through the bottom of each leg all the way up through the torso. I did the same with the arms. It was a little tricky to get the wire past the shoulders into the torso, but with a little maneuvering it can be done. Some of the tutorials have you cut a stitch to get the wire in, but I just threaded it through in-between stitches. I also found that it was helpful to have the hips and shoulders have wire run through them, that’s why I didn’t end it there like most tutorials, and had it run through the torso. It takes just a few minutes and opens up so many more poses and options for your little elf.
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The Elf on the Shelf Yoga poster is available for free download here. Just send it to your local copy store and have it printed. The poster measures 20×30, but can be printed smaller too if you would like.

Costco does 20×30 photo prints for around $10. You can also have it printed at Office Depot and other large office supply stores. My local Office Depot offers colored engineer prints (lower quality than photo) for around $7. I also found a few local copy stores that print posters this size for around $7 also.

If you’re printing this last minute, you can always just print it at home on an 8.5×11″ paper. That seems about the dimensions for an elf-sized poster anyway. :)
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elf-yoga-corpse-pose I have to share this funny story about our elf. Last year was the first year with the elf and it lasted all of 30 seconds before the elf was held by one of my boys, and had to go back to the North Pole. When it miraculously disappeared, my kids said they didn’t want an elf in their house anyway. Little stinkers.

This year I thought I would give it another try. I hid the elf in my room while we decorated for Christmas so the kids wouldn’t see it in the box of Christmas stuff. My little boy Jax comes out of my room holding the elf, looking at me like I’m so pathetic and says, “Remember when you tried to tell us this was a real elf last year and it’s just a toy?” WHAT??? Who is this kid? He is only 4-years-old!!! I was trying so hard not to laugh. Needless to say, we don’t have an elf visiting us this year either. Haha!

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Thanks for stopping by to grab this free download during your busy holidays. I have loved sharing these yoga posters with you this year. You can find my other skeleton one here. Don’t forget to share this link with your friends so they can enjoy a little elf yoga too.

Christmas Advent Calendar

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Yesterday was a busy and exciting day for us. The kids put on their new Christmas pajamas and we went and did our annual Santa pictures. Each of the boys asked for a BB gun, which they have been asking for all month long so there was no surprise there. When Santa asked Reese what she wanted, she confidently exclaimed “A SHOTGUN!”. A what??? I didn’t even know she knew the word “shotgun”. Like any good mother would, I quickly shot the idea down and told her she wasn’t getting one and to try again. She then asked for a shelf. A shelf? Haha! This girl kills me. All of them were so good the entire time and I just wanted to cover them in kisses. I really lucked out with these kiddos.

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When we got home everyone got to color their own Santa advent calendar. I even let them use glitter, so they were definitely loving life. While they were coloring,  Jax said with a smile, “I love this day!” The rest of the kids agreed and started talking about how much fun they had had doing Christmas activities all day. It’s those kind of moments that just make my heart so happy!santa-beard-countdown-2

Don’t forget to blow off the extra glitter!

santa-beard-countdown-kidsWe set up a card making station in their playroom to leave up during the holidays. I’ll share more about that later, but it made the perfect spot for today’s fun. There are two versions of this calendar. One that is colored and ready to be hung, and a black and white coloring page.

santa-beard-countdown-hatAlthough the file says “print and cut”, you don’t need to cut anything out. You can simply print the page and you’re done. The Silhouette designing software is FREE. So even if you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo, you can still use it to design cards and other projects, then print. Or in this case, you can just download the Santa advent calendar and print it out. Add a cotton ball each day of the month, and when Christmas arrives, Santa will have a nice fluffy beard to keep him warm while he delivers presents.

santa-beard-countdown-tableIt’s never too late to make an advent calendar. In fact, the further into the month you make it, the more days you get to fill in right away. It’s like making a to-do list and checking off half of it instantly. So satisfying.

You can find both versions of this advent calendar, by clicking on the images below.

Christmas Village

christmas-village-advent-calThis Christmas advent calendar started out with just the idea of making a Christmas house gift box. When I finished this first box, I thought a little village would be fun. From there it grew into an advent calendar. You can put treats or notes with activities in the boxes, under the trees and in the tiny gifts on the sleigh. Make more boxes and trees and you can do the advent for the whole month of December. Use less boxes and do it for the 12 days of Christmas. This design is flexible in how many days you will be counting down, so you can start it any time of the month.

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This little village would be so cute on a shelf or the centerpiece for a holiday party. You could even send the guests home with the little houses filled with party favors. christmas-village-from-abovechristmas-village-trees-and-snowflakes

There are so many fun details that make this little village magic. The lights on the houses, pine bough wreaths on windows and doors, and a peek inside each tiny home on every side of the box. The view of all the wrapped presents ready to be delivered to all the children on Christmas Eve is my favorite view into the Toy Shop. christmas-village-toy-shop-back-windows

When I think of elves, I think of them always having fun and enjoying everything around them. So I put a little snowman outside their house on one side, and a sled propped against the house and homemade snowflakes hanging in the window on the opposite side. And aren’t those itty bitty bows on the boxes just the cutest? christmas-village-toy-shop

The warmth of a fireplace with fresh cut logs on a sled outside, and the view of Santa’s coat, mittens and gloves hanging up in the back window are my favorite on Santa’s house. And that little mistletoe hanging above the door for when he greets Mrs. Claus looks so pretty. christmas-village-santa

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Everything about this Christmas village advent calendar is so fun, but I think my very favorite part is the special mailbox for letters to Santa. There is even a tiny envelope addressed to the jolly man with a teeny stamp. The mail box opens and closes too!

Does the Elf on the Shelf visit your house? Wouldn’t it be fun to cut a larger mailbox and some envelopes out for your kids to write mini letters to Santa that your elf can deliver? There are so many different uses for this Christmas Village this holiday season.christmas-village-2

I hope you enjoy it as much as my kids and I already have. You can find all files to print and cut each piece of this Christmas village advent calendar below. Happy Holidays!

 

Gingerbread House Decorating Party for Kids

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I hosted a gingerbread house decorating party for my twin boys and their friends. It was so fun and went so smooth I had to share my tips so you can host your own. Here are the details of the party and why it was the easiest and best party I’ve done with little kids. Once I showed the kids how to spread the frosting on the houses and put on candy, they didn’t need any help for the remainder of the party, and the majority of the kids sat there for 1.5 hours. Yep! Three-year-olds sitting there for 1.5 hours. It was a Christmas miracle! ;) The only time I was needed was to look and admire the wonderful job they were doing. It was awesome! Okay, so here’s the info on the party prep.

Gingerbread houses:

I bought these in a gingerbread village kit at target for $9. It includes 4 mini houses, candy and frosting. These kits are always stingy on the frosting and candy so I bought extra. The houses come with a base that’s about 3 inches. The perfect size for kids. Also the perfect size when you have to find a space in your house to display 3 houses your kids made. I would recommend putting them on a larger base so they can decorate a yard. My husband sliced up a log to use for our bases. My biggest tip for the whole party… ASSEMBLE HOUSES BEFORE THE PARTY! This made the party so much smoother than if I had to try to help each kid assemble their own. I used HOT GLUE to put them together. That saved so much time and made the houses very sturdy. After hot gluing, I piped along the edges with icing to make them look cuter and to fake the look of assembling with icing. These houses were strong and had no problem holding the 5 pounds of frosting the kids put on them.
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Candy and frosting:

I bought a variety of candy in addition to what was included in the kit and divided them into bags for each kid. I didn’t worry about using royal icing because the houses were already built and we didn’t need super strong frosting to hold any structures. The store bought frosting works great. I looked for smaller candy because our houses were so small. The kit also included sprinkles. I put these in a separate container from the rest of the candy to make it easier for the kids to use.

Hot cocoa bar and snacks:

We had a mini hot cocoa bar with just marshmallows and candy canes for toppings. A few years ago I did a larger hot cocoa bar with several toppings and the whole nine yards. It was a waste. The only items people added were marshmallows, candy canes and whipped cream. Lesson learned. The smaller hot cocoa bar for this party was the perfect size. I also had a little platter of crackers, cheese and deli meat to help balance out all the candy they were consuming. They gobbled it up. All of the kids left with a little chocolate snowflake my boys helped me make with chocolate molds. They love to help and it was the perfect little party favor.
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This party took less prep work than any of my others and was by far the funnest! I can’t even tell you how nice it was to be able to actually talk to the moms and chat while the kids decorated their houses. I’m sure most of it was the novelty that this is something we only do once a year, so it was extra special to the kids.
All of the cut files for placemats, food labels, and party favors will be available in the Silhouette design store soon. I’ll be sure to post here and let you know when they’re ready. I hope you found these tips helpful in planning a gingerbread decorating party of your own.

Redbox Neighbor Gifts | Free Download

Still trying to get last minute neighbor gifts made? Here is a very easy gift that your neighbors will actually like. Did you know you can give Redbox movie rental codes? It’s so easy to do and I even made a gift tag for you to write the codes on. Just print and cut out the gift tag, write down your Redbox codes, and tie to some popcorn or boxed movie theater candy. Read below to see how to purchase your codes for your Redbox neighbor gifts.

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How to purchase Redbox codes:
1. At the bottom of the Redbox home page, select “Redbox Gifts.”

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2. Select “Promo Code Bundles”

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3. Select the item you would like to give and the number of codes you wish to purchase from the drop-down menus. Add to cart and complete your purchase.

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Merry Christmas!
-Amy

Easy Christmas Ornaments and Tags

I have been dying to show you all these easy Christmas ornaments and tags I made this year. They are a great way to personalize your tree and gifts this holiday season. I used the adorable Felicity Jane | Fa La La kit and whipped these babies up in minutes. Head over to the Craftsy Blog for more detailed pictures and instructions to make your own.

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Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | FREE Download

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One of the favorite projects at my advent workshop was gold foiling tags. Everyone couldn’t believe how easy it was. I have a gold foil printing tutorial for you today showing how you can make your own gold foil prints at home. Professional printers charge a lot to gold foil, but for a tiny fraction of the cost you can do it yourself in only a few minutes. The key is using laminating foil (available in a variety of colors) and laser prints. Download your FREE tags and follow the instructions below to create your own gold foil gift tags.

Supplies Needed:

laminating foil
laser printed tags
laminator or iron
text weight paper
scissors
twine

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Instructions:

  1. Place laser printed tag with design face up.
  2. Place gold foil on printed design. Gold side up.
  3. Keep the foil in position and place in between a half sheet of text weight paper. Cardstock is too thick and won’t allow the gold foil to get hot enough to adhere to the printed design.
  4. Set your laminator to the highest setting. If using an iron, set to the highest dry setting.gold foil tutorial 2
  5. Send the half sheet of paper through the laminator, folded end first.
  6. If using an iron, place on a hard surface and press down firmly on the half sheet of paper for about 30 seconds. Make sure to iron over the entire area of the printed design inside the paper. You may have to test out different times with your iron. Be sure to protect the hard surface you are ironing on with a thin cloth, while still keeping the surface firm.
  7. Peel off gold foil.
  8. Finish your tag with a string.

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You may have tiny flecks that don’t completely transfer to the printed design. All of the tags are printed in gold to help mask the little imperfections that come with doing it at home. This technique isn’t perfect, but for the price and convenience, you can’t go wrong.

Advent Workshop Photos

The Advent Calendar Workshop a few weeks ago was so much fun. It has made me even more excited for my next workshop in January. I was surrounded by family and friends, both old and new. We all had a great time creating our Advent Calendars while mingling and eating some yummy treats. Take a look at all the fun that was had crafting with new tools and winning some pretty awesome prizes.

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Photo Credit: Just Izzy Photo

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Silhouette BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Black Friday deals are upon us. I love being able to share Silhouette’s amazing sales with you. You all know I’m a huge fan of Silhouette and can not live without my machine. I wish I were kidding. My Silhouette CAMEO is amazing and I use it all the time. I find myself using it more and more as my kids are getting older. We love it for school and holiday crafts and projects. It makes everything look professional, but with very little time and effort. You better believe I’m on board with that. :) This is the perfect Christmas gift!

Check out this short video to get a tiny glimpse at what this incredible machine can do. The sky is the limit.

Let’s get to the good stuff. Can you believe the prices? Look how much you’re saving with each bundle. You must use discount code ROBISON at checkout to receive sale pricing.

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Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop

My Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop is just over a week away. I’m so excited to teach you all fun, new techniques and introduce you to tools that will make crafting a breeze. Today I wanted to give you a little overview of the workshop and what we’ll be doing. You do NOT need to be crafty to come to this workshop. Hopefully as you read through this, you’ll see just how easy this advent calendar is. The easier the craft, the more time you have for chatting. My favorite part. :)

The advent calendar has five different styles of paper ornaments that hang from the pine bough or elk antler. You will make five of each kind, totally 25. The gift card envelopes will be made using a tool called an envelope punch from We R Memory Keepers. It is so simple and easy to use, it’s genius.

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These 3D ornaments will all be cut and scored ahead of time thanks to my trusty Silhouette machine. All you need to do is fold, fill and glue together. Easy right? Silhouette will have two machines there for you to try out and watch it cut like magic. These diamonds are cut from the most beautiful woodgrain textured cardstock from American Crafts. You’ll love it! I promise.

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This tag is something I’m dying to teach you. It is gold foiled and takes under a minute to make. It’s amazing and my only regret is that I haven’t shared this sooner. Once again, the tags will already be cut out, so you get to spend your time doing the enjoyable part.

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How cute are these gold polka-dot bags from Whisker Graphics?! I will provide a few tags you can gold foil and stuff inside before stapling shut with gold staples. You can also bring your own goodies to fill inside.

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Thanks to the Silhouette again, the reindeer is already cut out for you. You will get to use the Silhouette to cut out your numbers from sticker paper. Then just tie on a bell and you’re finished!

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When you finish all the ornaments, you simply tie them on your pine bough or elk antler with the amazing twine from Whisker Graphics, and it’s ready to hang in your home for the holidays. Sign up for the workshop today and join me for an evening of fun.

The workshop will be held:
Friday, November 21, 2014
6-9pm
Lehi, Utah (The address will be emailed to those attending.)

Purchase your ticket HERE.

Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop | Utah

The day has finally come that I get to share this huge project I’ve been working on. YAY!!! I am so excited to announce I will be hosting craft workshops every three months or so, and the first one is this beautiful Christmas Advent Calendar.

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Everything you need to make this advent calendar is included in the workshop. Each attendee will go home with a FINISHED project ready to display for the holidays. And don’t you worry, there will be plenty of time for chatting and snacking too! There will also be some fun prizes to win! Believe me, there are some good amazing ones!

The workshop will be held:
Friday, November 21, 2014
6-9pm
Lehi, Utah (The address will be emailed to those attending.)

Purchase your tickets HERE.

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There are two choices of advent calendars with the only difference being the live pine bough or genuine elk antler. I love the look and feel they both give to the holiday season, and the stability given to this whimsical calendar of dangling paper ornaments.

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Hosting and teaching workshops is something I have wanted to do for years. A few months ago I decide, there’s no time like the present, (3 kids under 3-years-old seems like perfect timing, doesn’t it?) and I jumped in with both feet and went for it. I have learned a lot and worked hard making a craft that is not only visually appealing and useful, but affordable too. We will get to play with some fun tools and materials at the workshop from these wonderful companies: American Crafts, Pebbles in my Pocket, Silhouette America, We R Memory Keepers, and Whisker Graphics. I can’t wait to introduce you to new tools and techniques.

Join me for some fun holiday crafting and grab your ticket today because space is limited. See you there!

DIY Silhouette Handprint Tutorial

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I wanted to add a personal touch from my boys on their grandparents gifts this year. I decided to go with handprint crafts on the gift wrap. Projects like this make me love my Silhouette even more. Rather than tracing and cutting out handprints for wreaths on several gifts, I just traced their hands in Silhouette Studio and cut them without taking up all my spare time. Jax and Mason’s handprints are in separate colors to make them stand out on their own a little more.

The handprint wreath is available in the Silhouette store. You can resize the handprints in the file to match that of your own child, or you can draw your own in Silhouette Studio. Here is a little tutorial I put together to show you how you can trace your own child’s hand in Silhouette Studio to use for handprint crafts too. Continue reading

Christmas Roundup

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Christmas is less than a week away. Here is a little Christmas roundup of quick and easy gifts that are perfect for neighbors, classmates and friends.

  1. Santa | Snowman | Reindeer
  2. Snowman | Reindeer | Santa
  3. Merry Kiss-mas! stickers
  4. Santa-tizer
  5. Don’t Open Until Christmas | Pinecone and bough | Wreath
  6. Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
  7. Lace-up Stocking Pocket

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Advent Tree Calendar Amy RobisonDecember is just around the corner which means it’s time for advent calendars. I love advent calendars! I created this one as a craft for my nieces and nephews to make together. I cut out all the ornaments in a variety of colors and let them mix and match to make their own special ornaments that hung on each family’s tree. I love little creative minds. They came up with more decorating ideas for each ornament than I did. I wish I had a picture of their trees to share. Take my word for it, they were adorable. Continue reading