Friday, May 21, 2010

Congratulations Sign

We were asked to make "secret locker signs" to congratulate our fifth graders for completing elementary school.  The signs will be hung during the last week of school.

My daughter has a very bright and sparkly personality, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that in her sign.

The colors are not nearly as bright and vibrant in the photos.  The background is a neon green mounted on black and the graduation cap is hot pink with black flocked zebra stripes.

  • Cardstock (neon green and black)
  • Glitter chipboard letters (DCWV)
  • Assorted adhesive "bling" (The Paper Studio)
  • Paper flowers with gem centers (Flora Doodles by Petaloo)
  • Embroidery floss (tassle)
  • Large rhinestone brad (The Paper Studio)
  • Flocked cardstock (The Paper Studio)
  • Cricut
  • Wild Card cartridge
  • Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz
  • Foam squares (under graduation cap)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Art in 3-D Girl Scout Badge

As promised....

Here is the only crafting I accomplished this week.  These are some of the 3-D art projects (in various states of completion) my Girl Scout troop made to put in their shadowboxes.

Some used items cut from the Cricut, others used items the art teacher had left for us.  They all turned out great and very unique.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 14, 2010

New Friend Friday

Check it out!  It's New Friend Friday over at The Girl Creative.  You can check out her blog for the details and go make some new friends and find some great new blogs.

The Girl Creative

I'm Still Here - With a New Winner (see bottom of post)

Have you ever had one of those weeks????  Mine started last Friday evening - I chaired an event for 300 six - nine year old Girl Scouts in our school district.  I made my daughter come help me pull it off. :-)  I was so exhausted by the time it was over, but they seemed to have a good time, learned something, and I pulled it off in less than a month (the previous chairs backed out at the last minute, so I stepped in so the event wouldn't be cancelled).

When I got home, I was babysitting my niece the rest of the evening and next day.  I forgot how much energy it took to keep up with a two-year old.  Luckily it was bedtime when she got there, so her parents put her down before they left.

Sunday was Mother's Day.  I had a fabulous day.  I made "noodle lasagna" in my slow cooker to take up to my mom's house.  We spent most of the afternoon visiting with her and then my grandmother.  My kids gave me just what I asked for (of all things, I wanted a whisk and a potato masher - don't ask), and hubby ordered Chinese take-out for dinner.  I got to relax in my PJ's the rest of the evening.

My daughter came home Monday with the bridge of her violin broken, and, of course, her final concert was this week.  I spent Monday trying to find an instrument shop that could repair it "in house", so she would have her violin back before the concert on Thursday.  I did find one, and the concert (and her trio) was wonderful last night.

My Girl Scout troop had a meeting on Wednesday.  We are finishing up some badges that we had started and not ever finished before we move up to the next level.  Our art teacher was going to work with the girls to make 3-D paper art (to be placed in shadowboxes), but she cancelled Tuesday afternoon.  CRICUT TO THE RESCUE!!!  My co-leader and I are both pretty crafty.  I brought my Cricut and she brought some items, and we pulled it off.  My troop was being honored in the evening for earning their Bronze Award this year, so we took the girls out for pizza and then headed to the ceremony.  Whew - what were we thinking???

I will post some pictures of some of the girls' creations this weekend.  It's the only crafting time I've had this week, and I spent all of it cutting things out for the girls.  I do have some projects I need to "get hopping on" though, so I'll be back to posting soon.

I hopped online this morning and found out that I was the winner of a Cricut Expression from Joy and Melanie at Everyday Cricut!  A big thanks goes out to both of these talented ladies, as well as ProvoCraft for the great prize.

FINALLY, I still have some blog candy looking for a new home.  I chose a new winner this morning.  The winner of my blog candy from this post, chosen by is:

paperscissors said...

i became a follower after checking out your creations! i love the cleaness of the designs and how you decorate the envelopes and the inside of the cards!

I will try e-mailing you.  You have 2 weeks to contact me with your mailing information, so I can get the blog candy out to you.  Congratulations!

Hopefully, life will start to calm down a little ~ not likely though until school's out.  It seems like the end of school is a "see how much we can pack in" time of year.  Hope life is treating you well and you have time to enjoy all the fun things going on around.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

And the winner (still) is....

I'm still waiting to hear from the winner.  Check THIS POST to see if you won.

You have until May 13 to claim your prize by e-mailing me your mailing address.  I will choose a new winner on the 14th if I haven't heard from you.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cherry-O Workshops on the Go

I have to say this is one of my favorite papers in the new Idea Book.  I will get "my versions" of this month's workshop once I get them completed (sorry, new consultant here and couldn't purchase everything I wanted all at once).

While you wait, here are the marketing materials for this workshop.   You can order this kit from me directly, or you can set up a gathering/workshop if you would like me to walk you through creating either the cards or scrapbook pages.

Here are the cards you are given instructions to create:

Here is the layout you can create with this kit.

If you are interested in purchasing this kit from me, here are the links:

If you really want to make your projects shine, consider adding the following items:
Z1088 Chocolate Waxy Flax ($3.95)
Z1274 Colonial White Designer Brads ($3.95)

Here are the inkpads/colors used in creating these projects:
Z2111 Chocolate
Z2153 Sweet Leaf
Z2166 Tulip

Hope you are having a great week!  I'll be back with another post soon.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Birthday Card

I don't know who will be the lucky recipient of this birthday card.  I'll put it in my card stash for the summer; there are a lot of birthdays during the summer months in my family.  This card qualifies for My Pink Stamper's NSD challenge #12 to create something with a "critter".



Supplies used:
Cardstock from my stash
Say it with Bling from Want 2 Scrap
Black Diamond Stickles from Ranger (for the pupils)
Turquoise ribbonFX from Hobby Lobby
Paisley Cricut cartridge (the frog is cut at 3" with shadow and layers)
3D Foam Square (adhesive)
Black pen

Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday Card

This card is for my husband's birthday later this week, so hopefully he's not checking in my blog this week. :-)  This card is also for My Pink Stamper's NSD challenge #7 to make something masculine.

This project also showcases Close To My Heart's stamp of the month for May.  Check it out on My CTMH website.



Now, I am a self-confessed paper addict.  I love to purchase, hoard, and never use paper.  I am trying to get better.  I raided my stash and ended up using paper from a set I purchased in 2007 (gasp!) and hadn't used at all.

Supplies used:
CTMH Serendipity Heart of Winter Project Pack (papers and "dot" die-cuts)
D1421 Cherish the Moment ~ May stamp of the month

Thanks for stopping by!  E-mail me or stop by my website if you are interested in purchasing the May Stamp of the Month.

Teacher Appreciation Card

This was on my list of things to make this weekend.  It just happened to end up being part of My Pink Stamper's NSD challenge.  This is for challenge #5.



Supplies used:
Cardstock from my stash
Paisley Cricut cartridge (the cat is cut at 4-1/2" with shadow and layers)
Cuttlebug machine
Spellbinders Labels Eight
Jet Black StazOn Ink
Yellow Stickles by Ranger
Frosted Lace Stickles by Ranger
Computer and printer for inside sentiment
Dashes, Dots and Checks ribbon from Michael's

Thanks for stopping by!

Mother's Day Card

Here is the last of the Mother's Day cards I need to make.  I am also entering it in My Pink Stamper's National Scrapbook Day challenge #1.  It is an A2 sized card.



Supplies used:
B1338 Follow Your Heart stamp set (exclusive Veranda Workshop on the Go stamp set)
Star Dust Stickles by Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

You're Going Places, Baby

I have to say, I love this award.  I LOVE classic movies and have drooled over this award on other blogs.  So, when greenbean at Greenbean's Crafterole decided to hand this out to all her followers, I gladly accepted.

Okay, rules for this award are:
  • Link back to the person who gave you the award (greenbean at Greenbean's Crafterole)
  • Post where you would like to be in 10 years
  • Give this award to 10 awesome bloggers
In ten years, I would like to have one child through college and a second one nearly done.  I would like to have more time to craft (I might still be catching up on scrapbook pages from the kids' childhoods at the rate I'm going).  I would like to finally have the time/money/energy to complete some of the home improvements we would like to make.  Finally, I will be looking forward to being an "empty-nester" with my husband and having more "us time" to travel and enjoy life.

Now, I would like to pass this award on to the following wonderful bloggers (in no particular order):
  1. Teresa at Enjoy the VA Sunshine ~ I have recently found her blog and love it
  2. Crystal at Crafting for Caitlyn ~ I love seeing her beautiful scrapbook layouts and reading all about what she's doing at tot school
  3. Flowerdisco at Flowerdisco's Scrap Hut ~ she always has something new and creative on her blog yet she takes time to leave the sweetest comments on my blog
  4. Penny at Light Whimsy ~ she made the most FABULOUS Mother's Day gift the other day, leaves wonderful comments, and was my first CTMH customer
  5. Samantha at Scrapmaster's Paradise ~ love her blog, she always has something fun going on
  6. Sheila at She's A Sassy Lady ~ she's leaves me wonderful comments and posted a wonderful wedding gift box idea recently (the story behind it will bring tears to your eyes)
  7. Britten at Two at a Time ~ I love reading her stories about life with twin toddlers
  8. Tracy at Craft Junkie Too ~ I just like all the cards she's been posting lately using the Create-a-Critter cricut cartridge
  9. Karli at Crafting with Class ~ she makes the most beautiful cards and made a simply stunning flower
  10. Michele at Scrap and Dance ~ her projects make me smile
I guess that's it.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Please take a moment to visit some of these wonderful blogs; I'm sure they would appreciate it as well.

Expression Giveaway

Everyday Cricut is giving away a Cricut Expression machine.  Check out their site for all the details on entering.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!!

Today kicks off National Scrapbooking Month.  It's also the first day to order from Close To My Heart's new Summer Idea Book.  I've had a chance to look through it, and I LOVE some of the new products!  The new papers are wonderful; I can't choose a favorite.  There is also an adorable recipe card kit.  And the new stamps.....  I can't even put it into words; you'll just have to check them out for yourself (and some sets even have newly reduced prices!).
If you haven't gotten your hands on one of these books yet, e-mail me today to get yourself a copy.  You're going to love it, too ~ I promise.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The May Stamp of the Month is Cherish the Moment.  It is only available during the month of May.  You can purchase it alone for $22.95, but you can get it at a discount with only a $25 minimum purchase ~ the more you buy, the bigger the discount.  It is a very versatile set.  Check it out on my website.
Can't wait to see what everyone's creating for National Scrapbook Month.  I'll be checking all your blogs to see what you're up to.  Have a great day!


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