sunshine yellow and summer love

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What is it about childhood that moves so quickly? Matilda is the same age and size that Parker was when she was born. She wears a lot of his old t-shirts to bed, including the shirt he met her in. I know how lucky we are to have each other and yet, it is still so hard for me not to get caught up in the everyday grind.

But, I don't want to miss this. I don't want to miss that summer love of running through the grass, riding bikes until your bum hurts, and watching fireflies dance in the backyard after dark.

So, when Cricut asked if I wanted to participate in their Summer Love campaign the first project that came to mind was to make something to capture that summer love - those moments we hold on to forever. I figure that we can each take turns putting something that sparks summer love into the container and share it with the rest of the family.

I went first and filled it with ice cream before telling the kids that on really hot summer days, if we were really lucky and well-behaved, my mom would take me and my brother Sean to TCBY for dinner. I will always remember my mom's hair in a pony tail, my brother making me laugh, and the cool breeze of air-condition as we walked through the door.

Here is how you can make your own:

Materials: Cricut, vinyl sample pack - brights (my favorite is Sunshine Yellow), transfer tape, mat, and a container.

Process: Search Summer Love in the design space image catalog, then select the image and adjust the size to fit your container. Load the mat with Sunshine Yellow vinyl, and press GO after turning the dial to the vinyl setting. Next, using the weeding tool, pull away the pieces of vinyl you won't be attaching to your container. Peel the backing off of a cut piece (about the same size as the vinyl) of transfer tape and place the sticky side down onto the vinyl and smooth it down with your finger or a popsicle stick. After a few moments it should lift the vinyl right off of the backing, at which point you can place it directly onto the container. Once you have found the perfect spot, press down and rub as you did before. Starting in a corner slowly peel off the backing.

Time: Because I used an already designed project in the design space, this project took me less than five minutes to make.

The best part is that three other bloggers (Kristi Murphy, Sarah Desjardins, Katie Waltemeyer) and myself are teaming up to give one of our readers an awesome prize! The giveaway includes a Cricut Explore One machine, a $100 gift card to Jo-ann’s, and an awesome prize pack full of Cricut tools and goodies. So head on over to the official Facebook page of Cricut and enter to win!

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