Thursday, July 21, 2011

Another Birthday Card!

I am on a card-making roll. Here's what I made today:

I used the Birthday Bash cartridge for all of the cuts, including the card shape. I am still using up that super-old Provo Craft paper, so that's what I used as the background.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Birthday Turtle!

I made this card for Robyn's design team call at My Pink Stamper. The guidelines were to use the colors orange, turquoise, green, and brown, as well as another color of choice (I chose yellow.)

Here's my recipe:

Cut turtle from Create-a-Critter at 3"
Cut party hat from Create-a-Critter at 4"
Cut "Happy Birthday" from Birthday Bash at 1.25"

I used chalk on the edges of the die cuts and a white Uniball Signo pen for highlighting the "Happy Birthday" die cut.

I used a corner rounder punch on the card edges.

The patterned paper is by Creating Keepsakes.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Year-End Teacher Cards

Hooray! We have just finished up another successful school year. Yesterday, I sent my daughter to school with gift cards for her teachers in home made cards. Here are two of the cards I made. These were for her science and social studies teachers. I used Locker Talk for the images, Hero Arts stamps for the sentiments, and some old Christina Cole patterned paper. Her teachers were impressed with their cards. I'm not crazy about how the stamping came out. Any suggestions for a good brown ink? I think I used stuff from the dollar bin at Michael's. It turned out a little light and uneven.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Birthday Card

Here's a card that I threw together late one evening last week when I realized that I needed to mail a card to my husband's Grandma the next day. I used the Birthday Bash cartridge and some old Provo Craft paper. I guess that's a trend for me, huh? Normally I would have used a little chalk or some ink on this thing, but I was under some serious pressure to get it (and a dozen other things) done. I think it turned out pretty cute, though.

The Storm before the Calm

Finally back, after a long hiatus. The school year is finally over for both my daughter and me! We have also had spring concerts, dance recitals, final exams, and a family wedding. Whew! Today was my daughter's last day of school and we can finally relax! I am looking forward to lots of scrapping in the next few months! I'll be posting a few new projects later this afternoon.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

An Easter Layout

I have finally finished a layout. It's been a really long time. The pictures are from 2002 in this one, if that tells you anything. Anyway, it's a nice feeling to have a layout complete.
I used Pooh Font, cut with my Cricut , for the title. The eggs are from Doodlecharms, I think. The arrow is hand cut and the small eggs and grass are punched using old-fashioned punches. The border on the bottom is a punch, too. I think it is a Fiskars one. Apron Lace, I believe. The background paper and the plaid is Doodlebug paper from...around the time that the pictures were taken. So glad I finally got around to scrapping these pictures. They are from my daughter's first Easter Egg Hunt. She only wanted the orange eggs. By the time we convinced her to take other colors, there were barely and eggs left. Happy egg hunting tomorrow!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Cricut 2

The new Cricut Expression machine is soon to be available on HSN and Robyn over at MyPinkStamper is giving one away! I don't think I'll be purchasing one of these, but it sure would be fun to win one! You can post over on her blog for your chance to win.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Llama Card

Hooray! It's Spring Break week for me and I have finally had a chance to sit down and do some crafting. I made this llama birthday card this week.

Here's the recipe for the llama card:
Birthday Bash cartridge
Offray ribbon
Jill's Paper Doll World patterned paper (ancient paper, I know, but I'm using up a very old stash!)

More to come this week!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Got Followers?

Welcome to my blog! If you didn't arrive here via Momo's site, be sure to go over and check it out. She has lots of blogs linked to her site that, like mine, could use some new followers. I promise that I do occasionally update it with completed craft projects. Sadly, there haven't been too many of those lately. Here's a project that I did back in September and never got around to posting. It is my daughter's science binder. I used a regular three ring binder that allows you to slip in a pieces of paper on the front and back covers as well as the spine.My daughter chose the images she wanted and I put the covers together. I used Create-A-Critter for the monkey, clouds, and volcano. I used Locker Talk for the test tubes and I used the Sesame Street font for the letters. I am working on a scrapbook page that I hope to have posted by the weekend! Please become a follower and come back to check it out!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Eau de Doh

Seriously, there is a cologne that smells like Play Doh. You can pick up some for yourself at I feel so trendy, as I often smell like this stuff already (usually because I sat in some or stepped in some and it is stuck to my butt or shoe!) I knew there were some hidden benefits to teaching preschool. Clearly, smelling like Play Doh is one of these. I actually prefer the smell of crayons, though. Are you listening, Demeter?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Blog Award!

How fun! I am a winner (not the Charlie Sheen kind!)

Rachel, over at Live, Laugh, Craft has given me the Stylish Blogger Award! I am so excited and honored that she chose me. Be sure to check out her cute blog!

I need to share 8 things about myself and pass the award on to 8 others.

Here are 8 things about me:

1. I teach a class of 14 adorable Pre-K students.
2. I have a daughter who is in sixth grade.
3. I am addicted to Cadbury Mini Eggs (it's a very good thing that these are not available all year!)
4. My husband and I got married on a Wednesday.
5. I love to bake. Rolo cookies are my current favorite recipe.
6. I have been to Disney World many, many times.
7. I never learned to swim or ride a bike.
8. I was Valedictorian of my high school class.

Now I'm off to find 8 blogs to pass the award on to! Hopefully, I will have a project or two done by the end of the weekend and I'll post them, too.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A New Challenge Blog is on the Way!

I found this today:
Birthday Sundaes
I'm looking forward to their first challenge. I could really use the motivation to build my card collection. I usually end up making cards at the very last minute.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Feathered Friend Challenge

Here's a card I made for Robyn's feathered friend challenge over at MyPinkStamper. I used the Simply Charmed cartridge to make the chick at 3.75 inches. I chalked his edges because I have discovered that I am really bad at inking. Everything I edge with ink looks dirty. I need to work on that. I'm not sure I am crazy about the patterned paper I used here. Like most of my patterned paper, it is super old. I think it is from a Cuttin' Up kit. I made seven of these chicks, so I think I will experiment with different papers tomorrow until I find one that I like better.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


I had a little extra time today to make a card for Robyn's Pinkalicious Blog Hop challenge. Here's something that uses black and some of my favorite colors (pink and turquoise.)

I used the Paisley cartridge that I picked up at the Michael's sale a few weeks ago to make the cute zebra. I used Birthday Bash for the word celebrate. The patterned paper is yet another piece from my old, old stash of Jill's Paper Doll World papers. I think I have enough of those to last me forever!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Gearing Up for the Second Biggest Holiday of our Preschool Year

Valentine's Day is a huge big deal at my preschool. Our school has a long-standing tradition of a big, fancy Valentine's Day Brunch that the parents attend. The children work for weeks with the music teacher learning some love-themed songs to sing for their moms and dads. The children also make gifts for their parents and the parents give a class gift to the teachers (usually something fabulous that is handmade by the kids.) Then, we do a class Valentine card exchange. In class today, we made the bags that will act as our Valentine mailboxes next Monday (I will hopefully have some pictures of those to post later in the week...they are really cute!) This weekend, I made the goodie bags for my students. I used the Slumber Party Lite Cricut cartridge to make the scalloped edge polka dot hearts. I used regular sandwich sized Ziploc bags to hold the mini cans of Play-Doh and the animal finger puppets that I picked up at the Target Dollar Spot a while ago(this is the monkey, but there are also lions, frogs, and elephants.) I think they came out really cute. I can't wait to hand these out next week! I hope the kids like them. They tend to get a lot of Valentine cards with candy attached, so hopefully these will be something a little bit different.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Aardvark Card

It has been a crazy few weeks here. There has been snow, snow, more snow, ice, and the forecast for plenty of additional snow. We have had four snow days and three delayed openings in the past three weeks. These days off are in addition to two days off for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday. With all of that time off from work, you'd think I'd have done more in my craft room. Sadly, I made very little last month. Here's a birthday card I made this week with the Birthday Bash cartridge and more really old paper I have been trying to use up. The blue is from a Provo Craft Bitty Pad and the gray patterned paper is from Jill's Paper Doll World (does anyone remember that? it's been a while!)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Pink Stamper's First Blog Hop Challenge

I had a great time last night checking out the My Pink Stamper Design Team's first blog hop. I collected all of the words from each of the blogs to find out what the challenge would be. The phrase was "Do you want to join in the challenge? Make a card, scrapbook page, or something fun with my pink stamper stamps or the color pink." I decided to use the challenge as inspiration to make a card for my friend's birthday next month. She loves hedgehogs so I'm pretty sure she'll like this.

Here's what I used:

hedgehog cut using the Create-A-Critter cartridge
sentiment cut using Birthday Bash cartridge
pink, brown, black, tan and white cardstock
Provo Craft patterned paper in azure blue
EK Success border punch
Cotton Candy Stickles

You can check out the rest of the challenge participants' work here:

I'm looking forward to participating in some more challenges soon!

Monday, January 10, 2011

My trip to Michael's...and a card

I went to Michael's this weekend to take advantage of the amazing sale on Cricut cartridges. I was able to really build my cartridge collection. I picked up
Mickey and Friends
Lyrical Letters
From my Kitchen
Wild Card
Stretch Your Imagination
Winter Woodland
Pooh Font
A Child's Year

and...a Gypsy!! I didn't really think I wanted one, but the price ($49) was too good to pass up, especially given the current deal of 5 free downloadable cartridges.

Sadly, my Gypsy does not work at all and needs to take a trip back to Provo. I couldn't wait to get it out of the box (by the way, why is the box so darn hard to open?) and I followed the only set of directions in the package and tried to turn on my Gypsy and....nothing. The blue light came on to indicate that it was turned on, but the screen remained totally black. I followed every set of troubleshooting suggestions I could find on-line with no luck. So sad that my new toy does not work!

So, while I had fully hoped to be posting my first Gypsy project today, I am posting an old card that I made a while back instead. For this card I used:
Doodlebug patterned paper
Create-a-Critter for the giraffe and the sentiment
Cuttlebug Traffic Jam Embossing Folder
ribbon from Michael's
pop dots

I made this card to fit inside a business sized envelope.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Owl Notebook

The week before Christmas, my daughter came to me and told me that she and her friends were doing a Secret Santa and she needed a gift in 2 days for one of her friends at school. Of course, I had just been shopping that day and I could have easily bought something, had I known that a gift was needed. My daughter told me that I didn't need to worry, because she had bought a few things at the school store that she knew her friend would like, including a composition notebook. "I figured you could decorate it with some Cricut stuff, Mom." So off I went to the scraproom to do some last-minute gift making. As it turns out, her friend Kristen loved her owl notebook. I thought I'd post it here, because I think it's pretty cute, too.

I used some old patterned paper for the background. I'm not sure of the manufacturer. The owl was cut using Create-A-Critter and the letters were made using the Mickey Font cartridge.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Pink Stamper 2011 Design Team Challenge

One of my resolutions for 2011 is to work on adding some content to this blog. I was excited to see that Robyn at is looking for a few new members for her design team. The challenge that she posted was just the thing to get me excited about posting some of the things I have been working on.

For this challenge, I needed to use Robyn's favorite colors (green, brown and pink) and another color, to make a project using my favorite cartridge. I chose to use Birthday Bash, which I just got as a Christmas gift. I also used Design Studio for the first time! It would be so exciting to be chosen as a member of Robyn's design team. Her videos were the reason I purchased my Cricut in the first place!

Here's the recipe for this 5.5 inch round card:

cardstock (brown, green, light and dark pink)
Uni-ball Signo white pen
Offray dark pink gingham ribbon
pop dot
clear adhesive dot

Birthday Bash Cartridge
p.31 snail
p.38 scalloped card base
p.67 "It's Your Day" sentiment