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October 23, 2020
Perfect Pumpkin Paper Projects

A Pair of Perfect Pumpkin Paper Projects! You might say I picked a pair of perfect pumpkin paper projects!  Go ahead and say it, it's kind of fun. 🙂  Today's post is all about these two super-fun Cricut projects, the pumpkin pie slice placecard and the filigree pumpkin lantern. You might be saying to yourself […]

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September 18, 2020
Making Tiny Bows - Cricut Tutorial

Cricut Design Space Bow Designs Today, I'm going to teach you how to make tiny bows using two of the bow designs in Cricut Desk Space.   I don't ordinarily think of myself as dense (even though we all have our moments), but when I first got my Cricut and saw some of the files for […]

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August 29, 2020
Milk Carton Gift Box Tutorial

I'm A Sucker for Containers that Look Like Other Things... I don't know what it is about containers that look like other things, but they are the cutest!  For Mother's Day, I made a gift box that looked like a little spa (to house some bath bombs), and while I didn't specifically have a purpose […]

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July 17, 2020
Make Custom Cupcake Picks Using the Cricut Design Space Slice Feature

Learn to Slice, and Then Slice Confidently! This tutorial is going to be a 2-for-1.  First, I will show you how to use the slice feature (or slice tool) in Cricut Design Space.  Then, we will apply your newfound knowledge to make our own custom cupcake picks! Cute, right?  They took literally about 30 minutes, […]

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April 23, 2020
Cricut Tutorial: Mother's Day Gift Box

Is This Not the Most Adorable Gift Box You've Ever Seen? In this Cricut tutorial, I will show you how to make a few adjustments to turn a Cricut file for a sweets box, into this Mother's Day spa gift box!  You could really adjust this design to any number of purposes, but I have […]

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April 17, 2020
Cricut Tutorial: Paper Tealight Holder (Free SVG!)

Perfect for Mother's Day: A Handmade Gift Using a FREE SVG File From Dreaming Tree! I would say most Mom's appreciate a homemade gift, generally speaking, but if there is ever a year not to go out shopping for Mother's Day gifts, it's this one.  Instead, I offer you this tealight holder tutorial, so you can […]

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April 6, 2020
Cricut Tutorial: Bunny Treat Box

Bunny Treat Box, How Sweet! I love putting together little treat boxes for Easter for each of the kids that join us for our celebration.  I put a treat box out at the table setting of each kid.  This year's bunny box is the sweetest thing, and this Cricut tutorial is a breeze.  Let me […]

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April 1, 2020
Make FREE 3-D Paper Easter Decorations

Need to Add Some Pizazz to Your Easter Decor? Make Some Paper Easter Decorations for Free! If you have been following my blog or YouTube channel, you will have seen the growing selection of free paper animals I've been making.  These are done with the free designs on the Canon Creative Park website. The site is […]

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March 24, 2020
Make FREE Paper Animals With Your Home Printer

Need a Fun Project While You're Stuck at Home? Make FREE Paper Animals With Your Home Printer! I'm at home.  You're at home. The KIDS are at home.  This feels like a test....how much do I love my spouse/children? We're going to get through it, we will, but if you're like me, you need some […]

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I’m Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun). I run a blog, A Mandatory Activity, focused on baking and crafting for gatherings and gifts.

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