Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Just Monkey-ing Around at Die Cuttin' Divas

Happy Diva Tuesday!

Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new project.
Our challenge this week is...
Anything Goes
Don't you love these weeks when you can create whatever you like?!?!
Here is my Design Team project...
 I wanted the sentiment over the monkey's head, so it looked like he was throwing it up in the air. The edges of the Spellbinder and the grass were inked in brown.
I added the butterflies to make it more whimsical.
My Mind's Eye paper ~ Lime Twist
brown, green, and cream card stock
Nate's ABCs Cricut cartridge ~ monkey ( p. 57)
Kate's ABCs Cricut cartridge ~ butterflies (p. 55)
blue crinkle ribbon ~ Karen's at Little Scrap Pieces
brown button ~ Martha Stewart
cream embroidery floss
My Pink Stamper stamp ~ That's Punny-licious
brown ink
Spellbinders ~ Beaded Ovals
wiggly eyes
scalloped edge punch ~ EK success
Looking forward to seeing all those projects you create this week.
Stay Creative,

Monday, July 30, 2012

Dreaming of Disney Challenge at Exploring Cricut

Hello Crafty Friends and Cricut Lovers,

Today happens to be a Marvelous Monday. It is not because I only have one week of summer vacation left or I can't stop saying...
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E.

Actually, the reason is because there is a new challenge at Exploring Cricut.

Here is my Exploring Cricut project...
We use to have Disney passes when the kids were younger and we visited all the parks (except the water ones). My favorite was Epcot since I could travel to all the countries around the world and never had to leave Florida. There would be characters at all the parks and we worked hard to get as many autographs as we could.
Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge ~ movie frame, characters, and font
black, white, red, and golden yellow card stock
striped pattern paper
white pearl

Now it is time for you to share your favorite Disney character. Is it going to be one of the princesses? Maybe you like Mickey Mouse just like me! How about a classic character like Peter Pan or Alice? Who ever you choose, I am looking forward to seeing what you create.

Be sure to stop by Exploring Cricut to see the other Design Team projects.

Stay Creative,

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Thanks for Using Docerela's Sketch

Hello Crafty Friends,

I found a challenge to work on and I am quite pleased I was able to use some of the new paper I received from my papercrafting magazine. The sketch (see below) is from Docerela Creations. She has some neat stamp sets and they apply to the paper very nicely. I purchased Summertime and won Mix and Match III in the past. I sure hope I can win a new set!   
The butterfly wings appear to be fluttering and the Lacey Circle is adhered with pop dots.
Raspberry Road Designs paper
cream embossed paper  ~ K&Company Elegance stack
Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circles
Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge
"Just Because" Cards Cricut cartridge ~ sentiment
Kate's ABCs Crciut cartridge ~ butterflies
red brad
cream ruffled ribbon

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for Exploring Cricut's new challenge.

Stay Creative,

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chugga Chugga...Choo Choo

Good Afternoon,

This morning I shared a layout for Exploring Cricut, and last night I shared a cute elephant card for Little Scrap Pieces. Now I have a card for numerous challenges.   I am thrilled since I haven't had the opportunity to enter too many recently.

This card would be perfect for any little man. I don't think I know any boys that do not like trains.
 I used the card layout from the "case it" challenge at Allsorts.

My Mind'S Eye paper ~ Lime Twist pad
grey and white card stock
Nate's ABCs Cricut cartridge ~ train (p. 23) cut at 1 1/2"
Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge ~ sentiment (p. 68) cut at 2 1/4"
star buttons
brown ink


Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Stay Creative,

Happy Trails at the Horse Ranch

Good Morning Crafty Friends,

Today is my Exploring Cricut Design Team day. I decided to create a layout rather than a card and I used some pictures I had printed out about two - three weeks ago. Do you have tons of pictures saved on your computer and never do anything with them? Well...that is me! I decided it is time to start selecting, printing, creating, and sharing. The family seems to enjoy them too, especially sinced they don't have to do any of the work!  :)

Happy Trails at Southern Cross Horse Ranch in Georgia.
Many years ago we found this "dude ranch" and have been back about 3 or 4 times. We like it because you get to ride twice a day for 2 hours at a time anywhere on the ranch. You can either ride on the trails or in the pasture. You can ride with a guide or without.
12x12 green card stock
pattern paper ~ light brown and blue plaid
brown card stock
brown ink
Old West Cricut cartridge (love the rope font)

I am hoping to continue working on some more layouts. I like that you have a larger space to work with than a card. Now I want to get creative with a sketch and design of the layout. I have seen some challenges, but if you can recommend some I would appreciate it!

Be sure to stop by Exploring Cricut on Monday for the new challenge. I have to tell you...I had fun with the challenge and I couldn't stop singing M-i-c...(hint, hint, hint). Come join the fun on Monday.

Stay Creative,

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Trunk Full of Happiness at Little Scrap Pieces

Hello Crafty Friends,

Karen from Little Scrap Pieces is a dear blogging friend and she asked for some guest designers, so I jumped at the opportunity to share. THANK YOU Karen for having me as a guest again!

Originally, I was going to use one of those bizarre holidays in July...have you seen the site? In July there was a lollipop day, cowboy day, moon day, Beatrix Potter day, and an ice cream day. I had plans to research all the days and create something unique. Then I got sick last week (that is why I haven't visited regularly) and couldn't do very much.

Within the last day or two, I have finally started feeling better and all these ideas are flowing again. Yeah! I decided to skip all those "holidays" and use Nate's ABCs Cricut cartridge. I flipped thru the booklet and this elephant stomped out. I couldn't resist!
 After sharing the final product with Karen, we decided the challenge this week would be... "Use an Animal".
 This is Karen's special ribbon. It is wonderful!

My Mind's Eye paper ~ Lime Twist
black and grey card stock
Nate's ABC Cricut cartridge ~ elephant (p. 33) cut at 3"
Tim Holtz embossing folder
orange crinkle ribbon (Little Scrap Pieces)
green button
orange craft thread
wiggly eye
My Pink Stamper stamp
black ink
Spellbinders ~ Beaded Ovals

Good luck with the "Use an Animal" challenge.

Stay Creative,

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Teeny Tiny Polka Dot Bikini ~ Summer Fun at CCR

Hello Crafty Friends,

So glad you stopped by today. It is Thursday, which means a new challenge at Creative Cutter Room (CCR). The chickie projects made me cluck with delight. They were all so colorful and creative. I am looking forward to seeing the winner posted.

Theme: Summer Fun
Not only do I think of sand castles, sea gulls, and crabs when I hear summer, but I think of bikinis. Not that I wear one any more, but I know my daughter would love to have a teeny tiny polka dot bikini. Did you notice I said...she would love to have one and not that she has one.

Here is my Design Team project...
Momenta paper ~ One Fine Day stack
yellow card stock
Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge ~ bikini (p. 63) and font
yellow ribbon
orange button
orange gems
yellow craft thread
Spellbinders ~ Lacey circle

Challenge starts today July 26th and runs until August 8, 2012.
Follow the rules then submit your new project over at the Creative Cutter Room!
Only entries that fit the challenge guidelines will be entered to win the prize!

This week's Sponsor...
Today we have a special sponsor! Catarina from Docerela Creations has donated a SummerTime Stamp set to the winner of this challenge!
Thank you Catarina!

Some rules to keep in mind while playing along:
Be a follower of the CCR
Project submissions must be new, no back linking
CCR must be mentioned in the description with a link back to here
Entry must fit theme to be qualified for the prize
Prize must be claimed within 2 weeks
Please link your project posting not just your blog
Please comment after linking
You have until August 8, 2012 to enter your project.
Here is the line-up for you to get some great inspiration:
Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

Stay Creative,

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

5 Months Till Christmas Hop

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today is the 25th of the month, which means we are counting down till Christmas. There are now 5 months until Santa visits. I have organized all my holiday cards in a Christmas storage box, so when November/December rolls around I will be be ready to address the envelopes and deliver. It should be a Happy Holiday!

Here are my Christmas projects...

~ Die Cut ~
I decided to start some holiday cards for my students. These are 3x3 minis. Each card is simple (but cute) since 9 - 10 years old are not extremely aware of the time it takes to create handmade crafts. Each card is stamped on the inside...Season's Greetings.
white, brown, and red card stock
K&Company paper ~ Secret Santa pad
Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge ~ reindeer (p. 126)
Gingerbread Cricut cartridge ~ candy cane

~ Digi/Stamp ~
I liked the triple time stamp technique so much I tried again with snowflakes. These are also 3x3 minis. 
white cardstock
K&Company paper ~ Secret Santa pad
Martha Stewart snowflake stamps
blue ink pads
blue gems

Christmas Goodies:
What is a blog hop without a special treat? I have a surprise gift for one lucky person. Be sure to include your blog name and e-mail address. The winner will be announced Wednesday, August 1st

Here is this month's line-up:
Georgiana ~ (That's Me)

If you are interested in joining next month, just leave a comment. You will feel quite relieved knowing you are getting your holiday cards done in advance and you can spend all that extra time with the family instead when it is most important.

Hop on over to Tara now. This is her first month joining our countdown. She ALWAYS has marvelous projects!

Stay Creative,

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer Fun

Happy Diva Tuesday!

Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new project.

Our challenge this week is...
Summer Fun
Here is my Design Team project...
I decided this week to design a layout. I have been wanting to expand and explore more creative options, so here is one of many more to come. Now I need to go back to the beach, so I can get some new photos. I am sure my daughter will not mind. : )
Dark blue (12x12) cardstock
Paper Studios beach theme paper (THANKS Carri!)
kraft paper
pink and white card stock
brown ink
Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge ~ sand castle, crab, and title
Dreams Come True Cricut cartridge ~ shells, star fish, and sand dollar
shell edge punch by Martha Stewart

Looking forward to seeing all those projects you create this week.

Stay Creative,

Friday, July 20, 2012

Back to School, Part III

Welcome Back Crafty Friends,

I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I appreciate you stopping by and checking out my school series. So far I have shared the WELCOME banner, a centerpiece, and the student cards.

Here is Day 3.
I created treat bags for each of the students using the same color scheme and the school mascot. Currently there are Smarties in each bag, but I am going to add a few other treats before the first day of school. I really want to get some Hershey kisses and add a school theme stamp to the bottom.
The 21 treat bags were cut from the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge at 5 1/4" using kraft paper. A few weeks ago I cut a variety of bags/boxes and this size was the most practical. 
I used the Picot Edge Circle Spellbinder just like I did on the pinwheels. The eagle was cut from the Wrap It Up Cricut cartridge. Each treat bag is closed with red raffia and a blue tag was glued to the handle to tie in the school colors.

I want to say Thank You to my children. My daughter helped cut out and emboss the Spellbinders, and my son even helped while he was home from college for the weekend by gluing the white circles on. Great team work!

Although I am not quite ready for school yet, I sure do feel good that I have a warm welcome planned for the parents and students. I have one other project planned, but I cannot complete it yet. I have a candy basket in my class that I need to retrieve when the custodians are done. I am going to decorate using the same theme. I will be sure to share once it is complete.

Thanks again for stopping by!
I will announce the winner of the Exploring Cricut Christmas in July hop tomorrow. Sorry for the delay!

Stay Creative,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Back to School, Part II

Welcome Back Crafty Friends,

Thank you for stopping by yesterday to see my Back to School projects.

 Here is Day 2.
First, this is a picture of the my school. My class is on the top floor just above the horse. (You can see a little bit of the windows.) It has a great view of the tree and the students enjoy watching the squirrels chase one another.

For today's project, I used the outline of our school as inspiration. I found the perfect cut of a historic school on the Heritage Cricut cartridge. I cut out 23 schools (and shadows). I used Kraft paper and put it through the wave crimper, so it would match the banner.
 I made a banner for each card shaped just like yesterday's WELCOME sign. The banners were cut from the April Showers Cricut cartridge.
 I used an assembly line format to create these cards.
I made 21 cards so far (with two on hold) since our numbers are currently 19 - 20 students per class. There are 3 different sayings on the front...
Welcome Grade 4
8th Street
Welcome Back
The inside sentiment reads: Happy 1st Day of School (Pink by Design ~ School is Cool set).

Are your kids ready to go back to school?
Do you teachers have a theme picked out for the year?

Thanks again for stopping by!
Please come back tomorrow for Day 3.

Stay Creative,

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Back to School, Part I

Hello Crafty Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. I have been enjoying my summer very much, but it is going to come to an end soon in a couple weeks. I actually have training the week of August 6th for a new program that I am piloting and then teachers report on August 13th. Students begin August 20th. I knew I could not go back to school without bringing a piece of my summer with me. I decided to share what I enjoy to do the most with my students, parents, and fellow teachers...crafting!

I have worked on Back to School projects for the past two weeks that I will be sharing during the next three days. I hope that you will feel inspired to create a project that you can share in your child's class or make for your students.

When my new students enter the classroom I want them to feel comfortable and at ease. I created this banner to hang above the doorway. (This was the first time I made a banner! I now want to make one for a teacher friend for her class.)
The colors are school colors and are used throughout all the projects. I used a raffia by Celebrate It Christmas that I happened to find in my stash to attach each pennant.
The banner pieces were cut from Birthday Bash (then I ran them through a wave crimper tool), the circles were cut from Elegant Edges at 5 1/2", and the letters were cut from Plantin Schoolbook at 3".

Once the students enter the classroom, they will need to sign in and collect important papers. I will have everything organized at a table along with a centerpiece.

I think the students will like these pinwheels. They were super easy to make (as shown above). The center was covered with a Picot Edge Circle.
 Our school is a historic 3 story building, our mascot is an eagle, I am teaching 4th grade this year, and our school name is Eighth Street. I filled the vase with white rock and blue gems (Dollar Tree) and tied a bow with raffia.

If you enjoyed these Back to School projects, here are some others.

I hope you will come back tomorrow to see Part II.

Stay Creative,

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pinwheel Flower and a Back to School Invitation

Hello Crafty Friends,

After creating holiday cards for the past couple days, I thought it would be fun to make a "summery" card with bright colors. Making pinwheels brings back memories of being a little girl and watching the wheels spin around super fast. I can remember blowing real hard so that wheel would just keep spinning and spinning. How fun!
(click to enlarge photo)

GCD Studios paper ~ scraps from a kit
lollipop stick
green embroidery floss
pink brad
Create a Critter Cricut cartridge ~ flowers and clouds
Drippy Goo Martha Stewart edge punch

Beginning tomorrow I am going to share my Back to School series. I have been working on these projects during the past two weeks and they are finally done! Yeah! There will be a variety of projects that will make the beginning of this school year memorable for each student that comes to my class.  You may even find some ideas that you would like to use in your child's class (or your class). I hope you will stop by and share if your child (or you) is ready for school!

Stay Creative,

Christmas in July with Die Cuttin' Divas

Happy Diva Tuesday!

Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new project.

Our challenge this week is...
Christmas in July
Let's get a head start on our holiday cards, layouts, and home decorations. I am extremely excited since I have never had a jump start on my holiday cards like I do this year. Family and friends will actually get cards on time this year!
Here is my Design Team project...
K&Company paper
dark green card stock
 Tim Holtz embossing folder
Gingerbread Cricut cartridge ~ holly cut at 1 1/2"
Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge ~ Joy cut at 1/2"
red gems

Other Challenges:

This week's sponsor...

Looking forward to seeing all those projects you create this week.
Stay Creative,