Giant Pantone Wall Swatch

We’re back with our favorite babes from across the four corners of the Internet for our quarterly color challenge! We’ve already done orchid, gold, and hot pink, but today it’s all about that sunshine yellow! We love the iconic and graphic look of those Pantone Color swatches. Why not have some giant ones hanging on the wall? This little project is so easy it’s silly, but we love how it packs a big punch of color you’d get from painting a wall, while still having that modern and graphic element. Here’s how you’ll do it:
Make your own giant Pantone Color Swatch

Supplies:

White Poster board (or foam core if you don’t intend on framing it!)

Color poster board – we showed yellow and red in this post!
Chartpak 2 Inch Black Vinyl Letters if you want to add the color name below the Pantone logo Chartpak makes 1/2 inch letters that would be perfect, too!

Glue stick or double sided tape

Make your own giant Pantone Color SwatchSteps:

1. Trim. Start by trimming your board for the frame. Then trim the color poster board to fit over the white leaving about 8 inches of white space for your letters.

2. Stick. Glue the colored poster board onto the foam core. Then, on the white board right underneath where the colored board meets the white, use the letters to spell out Pantone. They are vinyl and came off nice and easy if we misplaced so don’t be afraid!

3. Hang. It’s easy as 1,2,3. Hang it up and enjoy your easy masterpiece!

Make your own giant Pantone Color Swatch

And now for our friends!

Color ChallengeClick on each project to see how our friends’ interpreted the color challenge!

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flag towel DIY

Maybe the 4th of July has come and gone, but it’s one of our favorite holidays collectively, and the valley we live is the best celebration around. We couldn’t get enough of our painted patriotic wear from last year, so we kept the theme rolling for two more ideas to add to your 4th of July attire! (We’ll be wearing ours all month long!) The first is this distressed black and white flag towel DIY, here’s how you’ll do it:
Flag Towel DIY

Use that Frog Tape we love so much to tape off stripes and a box for your stars. Take your acrylic paint in red and blue or black as shown here, a foam brush, and start painting in between the tape markers. The cool thing about towels is depending on how many dabbing coats you do you can have a really bold vibrant hue, or you can go the distressed route, but dragging the paintbrush. Dabbing = vibrant, Dragging = distressed.

Then take a finer tip paint brush for the stars, using the same techniques above:

Flag Towel DIYThen let it dry completely, and hit the pool!

Flag Towel DIYWe shared the second idea over at the awesome Paging Supermom this week. It’s a simple dollar store trucker hat DIY – find it here!

Flag Hat DIY

Popsicle Garland

It’s raining garlands hallelujah (or we’re really sorry, depending how you feel about garlands!) We whipped this garland up for a BBQ we had all together this past week and Cal can vouch for it’s authenticity as he tried to lick one. They couldn’t be easier, and definitely doable without a Cricut, but with the Explore this only takes a few minutes!

Here’s how you’ll do it:Popsicle Garland

Gather 12×12 craft foam sheets in multiple colors (we used 7 here repeating them each twice) The project page has both bitten and whole popsicles so as you make each color you’ll have lots of options! We alternated every three or four with a bitten one stuck in there!Popsicle Garland

After you’ve run each sheet through the machine you’ll arrange them in the desired pattern, the hot glue the popsicle sticks onto the backs of each one. We glued it with about half the stick showing. Popsicle Garland

Once they’ve dried you can attach the string or twine of your choice to the backs. We wanted to be able to use the popsicles on their own or on a garland multiple times so we just taped them to the neon string! Then display at your next get together and watch some eyes light up (or some tongues come out, depending.)
Popsicle Garland

Find this project sized and ready to cut right here, and find all of our projects for Cricut on our Design Space homepage.

Guiltless Summer BBQ

By Jenna.

I know you’re reading that title and thinking two things: 1. Cool, I’ll pin this, I’m trying to eat healthier! or 2. UGH I’M SICK OF TALKING ABOUT BEING HEALTHIER I WANT A DOUGHNUT.  Honestly at any given day I’m somewhere between those two options several times. But before you give up on me, trust me on these few little changes in your regular summer BBQ, they are not only delicious, but they will help health-ify America’s favorite Summer past time.
sweet potato burger bunsFirst up. Sweet Potato Buns are one of my FAVORITE carb-swap-out staples. I learned this trick from a healthy Instagram account, @amazon_ashley. It sounds strange, but trust me it works every time and you won’t even miss the bun! It adds a sweetness to the burger that I love as well.

Directions: First off cut your sweet potato, skin on, in 1/4 inch slices. Generously cover each side with coconut oil. Place evenly on a tin-foil lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until soft. The outside will get a little bit crunch which helps hold the burger together!

sweetpotatobuns2 My favorite no-guilt condiments are these McClure’s sugarless (and better than ANY) pickles, cherry tomatoes and avocado of course. I also slather mine with a yellow mustard and avoid ketchup since most have lots of sugar.condimentsWhether or not you are in to grass fed beef, I recommend buying this pack from Costco at least once this Summer! You might actually find that the meat is SO delicious and never go back. Since these sweet potatoes are smaller than a bun you’re going to want to make your patties smaller too. Then they become mini sliders and we all know everything tastes better when it’s tiny. Cook your beef and you’ve got one amazing burger that will have you celebrating our country’s freedom and the shrinking of your waistline. (Grass-fed beef is typically lower in fat and higher in Omega 3s)
sweet potato burgerLet freedom ring.

Next up on our family favorite BBQ menu is the traditional Hot Dog, except we take it next level AND it’s for sure guiltless.

bunless hot dog

For the dog we use Applegate Beef Dogs which you can find at Target, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. No more silently wondering as you’re eating your dinner “What exactly IS a hot dog?” This dog has no nitrates, chemicals and is FOR SURE made of beef. I don’t know about you but that just makes me feel better about life, especially when it’s such a Summertime staple for the boys.

For the “bun” we simply use a romaine heart, I never miss the bun anymore and that’s what happens when you eat REALLY good meat. For the condiments we use traditional mustard and then we make a relish out of Trader Joe’s Broccoli Slaw. Over a stove top I warm it up until it’s tender with 1 T rice vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt, and it’s real delicious.

watermelon on a stickLastly this delicacy: the watermelon on a stick. Before your mind gets blown on how in the world we concoct such a complicated food, it is in fact as stupid easy as it looks. I don’t know why the crowds go wild for something on a stick but trust me your kiddos will eat ten more of these then if they were OFF the stick. Ya it makes no sense to me either, but just go with it.watermelon on a stickTaking a knife carefully cut a small slit in to the rind of the watermelon, and stick a craft stick in to it. Did you get that? Okay phew!

Hope you enjoyed just a few of our summer guiltless BBQ favorites! Our family certainly indulges in all that summer has to offer, but I love the idea of making these summer favorites just a touch healthier while still YUMMY!

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We always joke that if we ever have girls they’ll probably dress much like our boys do with an accessory or two added. So for styling Ruby Blue, we decided why not play a little real life dress-up? We love how these ultra feminine bows look paired with unisex basics! Allow us to demonstrate:

Striped tees and cut-offs:

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A baseball tee via Paper Doll Clothing Co.

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Breton Stripe:

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And a favorite graphic tee:

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One thing we love about these soft and stretchy headbands is that they’re super comfortable! As adults headbands can be problematic so we can only imagine how they feel on a tiny gal’s head. The stretch makes them fit for years on end, even adults can toss one on! These are just one of many styles Ruby Blue carries, check them out here! Also, if you head to our Instagram @smallfryblog you can enter to win $150 credit toward their shop!

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Thanks to Paper Doll Clothing Co. for the darling shirts for this post!