Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunshine and Smiles needs handmade cards....

Our logo got a little facelift...
But we still do the same thing...
 If you do not know what Sunshine and Smiles is, it is a project set up to give cards to kids who are in the hospital to bring them some sunshine while they are there. We hope each card brings at least one smile to the faces of those kids who are in the hospital for whatever reason. So the cards should be FULL of bright sunny thoughts, try and take all of the happiness that you have and SQUEEZE it the card.... 

Any person can send us a request for cards to take to your local children's hospital.
Over the past 4 years we have collected over 28,000 cards for kids in the hospital.
This cannot be done on its own. We need your help.
Do you have tons of hand made cards and you don't know what to do with them?
We would love to have them.
If you love to make cards or love to bring sunshine into a hospital or a
smile to a child's face who has a health concern....
 Then send us a request and we will get some cards out to you.
I currently have about 400 cards waiting for requests.
Some answers to some questions from the past are...
 YES you can make duplicates,
You can make them with whatever you would like,
They do not need to be Cricut created,
They can be made by kids as well,
No envelopes are needed. (unless they are Mother's Day or Father's Day cards.
Please write a positive message inside the card for a child in the hospital.
A new request has been made for cards (with envelopes) for the kids to give to their parents. I love how this project has grown. With Mother's Day and Father's Day coming up those would make some great cards for kids to give to their families. (no messages needed in these. That way the children can fill in their own message.
If you make cards for the kids to give to someone, Please include an envelope.
This will help our sorting process. Thank you in advance.
We don't usually collect birthday cards, just a general everyday happy card that can be given on any normal day
There are kids of all ages, including teenagers.... so the sky is the limit as far as rules go. 
We try to NOT remind them of their illness, some are cancer patients....
so just lots of positive messages to encourage them no matter WHY they are the hospital..... 
***NEW RULE.... These MUST be from a non-smoking home.
I had a hospital reject a small batch of cards because they smelled of smoke
and were a health risk to the children. ***

If you have a local Joann fabrics near you... great place to set up FOR FREE and make some cards with your friends.
 Thank you in advance!
You can send all of these cards to
Erica Smole
1757 Liberty Dr
Akron, OH 44313

Please send any questions or requests for cards to 

Also feel free to comment here with any questions.
All requests for cards to be sent to you MUST be emailed.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cricut Cartridge giveaway and Design team call


Giveaway and Design Team Call!!!

We are looking for you!!!

Yes YOU, we love great talent but we also LOVE beginners.
Everyone loves to come here and find projects that they feel like they can do it. So we like to offer a variety of talent levels,
If you are an expert crafter, we are looking for YOU,
If you are a moderate crafter, we are looking for YOU, 
If you are a beginner, we are looking for YOU.
We want a diverse team of various talent levels
and various crafting styles.
Even if you have never shared a project before...
Now is your opportunity.

Would you like to show your amazing (or even simple) projects to almost 25,000 Social Media followers and over ???

Over 1,106,545 Blog Views

and over 540,000 MONTHLY Pinterest views
Over 20,000 video tutorial views

1,907 Mailing list subscribers,
 1,405 blog followers
282 Blog Lovin' followers  
457 Twitter followers
YouTube coming soon!

What is your commitment??
A term of 6 months- during which you will create only two projects a month. 


 If you don't have a blog? We will help you set one up in 5 minutes... that is all it takes.

To submit for the design team call
please do the following....

Email to
With the subject line DESIGN TEAM CALL

Before Monday May 4, 2015...


1. Your name
2. Blog Address if you have one
3. Social media sites, pinterest, twitter, and any galleries where your work is.
 ( If you don't have any that is ok. )
4. Any design teams that you are on or have been on (No experience needed) 
5. Why you would like to be a part of this design team?
6. Attach 3 of your best projects showing your style of work. You can post a link to your project if you have posted it somewhere.

Love free SVGs and FREE Cricut Design Space files???

Here is the group for the file download...

Here is a sample of one of the FREE files in the group...
You can cut the Frozen images with your
Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space.

To enter the giveaway,

just simply comment on this post

Winner will be picked from on

May 8 with the Design team announcement

Monday, March 2, 2015

My Crict Craft Room Design Team-- Monday, March 2, 2015- Spring


Rebecca from Mommiedom created this fun Spring/softball inspired
door hanger using the Team Spirit cart. You can check out how she created this at:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Frozen Cricut Design Space File to share!

Someone asked me on Facebook about a previous post
with the Frozen window decals.
Here is my Cricut Design Space File so you can cut the
Frozen images with your
Cricut Explore and Design Space.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A little valentine "Pin"spiration! New projects coming VERY SOON!!

A little valentine "Pin"spiration!
 New projects coming VERY SOON!! 
My Cricut Craft Room: 14 Days of Love Blog Hop Day ONE....
I remember making a valentine box when i was little for school. This would be cool to make if anyone has small kids in school.
Owl Valentine Box | Owl Valentine Gift Bag
Cute Valentine's Day Tic Tac Labels // FREE download--Not sure I would want the love bug poop one but you know . . . some people might think that's awesome.
The cutest #DIY #Valentine box #packaging let's make one PD
Valentines Day Party - Complete Collection - Toppers, Bunting Banner, Favor Tags & More - Customized Printable (Vintage Inspired) via Etsy
All Things Creative - Valentine Edition - the DIY village
Chocolate Valentine Kiss Cookies ... such a pretty Valentine sweet treat! #cookies #chocolate #Valentine
No-Sew Valentine Mail Bag : cutest thing I've ever seen!!! Perfect alternative to the traditional mailbox for valentines!
{10+ fun & creative valentine boxes}
Valentine lunch box love notes
Fun! Toddlers dig through the discovery box to find pictures of loved ones. Great Valentine's Day idea for toddlers.
‘I’m Stuck On You’ Valentine Tag
Cookies & Milk Valentines Printable.
♥ printable
Color Your Heart Out Valentines!
valentines just popping by
Valentines couch date by Eat Drink Chic
smores valentine
"S'more Kisses" FREE Printables
20 FREE Valentine's Day printables
Love card. One of the best I've seen.
FREE PRINTABLE from Making Life Whimsical.  So cute for your MAN!  Just add a Starbucks Card!
This site has TONS of ideas for the man in your life!
Over 125 Valentine's Day Recipes  |
20 adorably cute and super fun NO CANDY Valentines the kids are sure to love
GREAT free printables

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Origami Owl, Valentine's collection, now on sale!!!

Valentine's Day
SOOOO darn cute!!!

Order Code        EricaSmole585459
Crystals by Swarovski
Limited Edition Charms
Hostess Exclusive

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Thursday December 25, 2014 with My Cricut Craft Room and Design Team- Presents

Thursday December 25, 2014 with My Cricut Craft Room and Design Team-  Presents

Merry CHristmas everyone.  I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday filled with family anad friends.  For this project I will show you how I made this infinity light for my daughter for a gift.  They are very easy and fun to make.  This is a cheaper alternative to the expensive ones you find at the mall.
Materials Needed:
15 plastic file folders
Lamp pattern

I bought 15 plastic file folders from my local dollar store and cut them in half and cut out the pockets.

I downloaded this pattern I found in this Facebook group.  Go here to find the pattern.

I cut out the pieces in Design Space. You can fit 2 pieces on one side of each folder if you size each pattern at 6.5" width.  The length will automatically size along with the height when you size in Design Space.  This will make an 11.5" diameter lamp.   I cut out 7 in one color and 8 in another.
I then went to you tube and search for infinity lights to see a video on how to piece the lamps together.  There are many videos to choose from.  I followed along with the videos and put the lamp together.  It is easy once you get the hang of it.

I found a light cord at the local dollar store to insert into the lamp.  The instructional videos show you how to insert the lamp cord.  I replaced the bulb in the cord with a cooler night light bulb to prevent the plastic for getting to hot and melting.

I put this light together in less than an hour after I figured out how to piece it together.  It is totally doable with a little patience.  And it looks so awesome lit up.  My daughter loved it!

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Go On!  Craft On!