Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wedding Card Box

This is my first wedding card box.  One of my former students approached me about doing it.  I'd never done one before so I Googled it and got some inspiration from one of the posts.  I would love to link you to it, but I didn't save it (just a picture that I will share at the end when I figure out which computer I saved it on). I'll try to get pictures of it set up at the wedding with the d├ęcor and everything.

I used my Eclips to cut out a free font I downloaded from the Internet.  The swirls, I believe, came from

Not bad for a first attempt.  The boxes came from Hobby Lobby and were very hard to cut with my hobby knife.  My husband is buying me one of those little handheld rotary saws.  There is a sanding attachment, too, so I can whip through my wood projects easily as well.  :)

I'm linking this to D. L. Art's Linky Party.  Visit to check out some great projects that link to some really great craft blogs.  :)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pearls? Nuh uh!

 Some of you probably already know about this trick, but the rest of you should probably sit down.  This is mind-blowing!  :)
See these pearls in this picture?  Well, those aren't pearls.  They are hot glue dots covered in PearlEx Powered Pigments.  Yes, I said hot glue dots.  Watch this video for the details.  I don't have a fine tip on my glue gun like she does, but I think I will get a glue gun that has a tip like that.  I had a lot of trouble controlling the "glue webs" and you can see the irregularity of the 'pearl' on the right.
Whoever discovered this for the first time, THANK YOU!  :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friendship Card

I have been away too long.  I have missed coming here and sharing my fun projects.  I have a lot of them still to share, but I just haven't made the time to sit down and get them posted.  Tomorrow is my monthly crafty day so I'll work on getting my projects organized and getting some pictures taken to share.  In the meantime, I found this recently in my blog photo collection.  Honestly, I don't remember all of the details.  I know the punches came from Stampin' Up! as well as the paper.  The ribbon, I think, is from Michael's.
I cut the card base as a normal A2 card and then trimmed about half an inch off make room for the scallop border.

Update:  Guess what I stumbled upon in my craftroom first off today?  You're so good!  You're right!  It was this paper.  It is from Stampin' Up!, and it's called Springtime Vintage.  All Stampin' Up! Papers are two-sided and this is the front and back of one sheet.  The stamp is from a Stampin' Up! set called Wings of Friendship.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Katie's Candy Bar Tower

I know I said I would be posting more often.  I'm sorry.  It's been kind of tough waiting for my son to finish up training, then going to get him up in Missouri and then taking him back to get on a plane for Japan.  Yes, Japan.  That hit me like a ton of bricks, which is why he probably waited until two days before we went to get him to tell me that was where he was being stationed.  Stinker.

Anyway, I've been deep cleaning and purging as well.  Both are things I never get to during the school year.  Summertime is my catch up time for cleaning.  It was supposed to be my catch up time for crafting........grrrrrr.


This project is an older one.  My daughter got a job about three months ago that she just loves.  I made this to celebrate her first paycheck.  It's called a "cookie tower" and can be found here.  This lady is an svg box genius, ya'll!  

My daughter loves Payday bars so it worked out perfectly.  Paydays for payday.  lol  I put 5 of them in there and had room for another 1 or 2 more.  It's designed to hold about a dozen standard-sized homemade cookies.  Isn't it cute?


My daughter is a true country girl and will probably wear a denim wedding dress. lol  Maybe not.  She loves denim and bandanas and anything rustic so I used a chocolate brown paper I had gotten from Michael's during one of their 8 for a$1.00 sales.  It's finely textured and gives a little bit of an elegant-rustic feel to projects.  I usually snag every bit of it they have.  Sorry!  The patterened paper and the ribbon also came from Michael's.  The paper is just off their racks-no kits or paper packs.  The twine came from a military surplus store my son loves to visit when he's home.  It was much thicker than what you see so I just pulled the fibers apart to make it thinner and easier to manage for a small project.  The tag, I think, came from my eCAL software.  I'm not a hundred percent sure.  If it didn't, then it was a free download from someone's blog.  I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but when I got my Eclips the Christmas before last, I was so happy and taken with it, that I barely slept for three days, searching for free downloads, perusing, and downloading tons of free svg's.  Then I cut all kinds of templates that I keep in a storage container so that I can look at them to visualize future projects and get ideas.  My husband had to put me on lockdown so that I could go back to work after Christmas break and be able to function.  It was worth it!  Anyway, I could have gotten that tag from anywhere is what I was trying to say.  lol

To make the frame, I cut the tag regular size and as a shadow from the bandana paper.  I used the cut-out from the brown paper to make the tag.  I also cut it from denim and bandana in the same size and then trimmed down to fit on the tag itself as a simple embellishment.

The window is plastic cut from Cricut cartridge packaging.  I just cut out a small rectangle and red-sticky taped it on the inside.  I do have transparency sheets, but I tend to keep plastic packaging for stuff like this, where I only need a small piece and need it to be sturdy.  Waste not, want not!  (You can clean it so food can touch it.)

Quick tip:  Cut another cookie tower out of wax paper (swipe your blade with Goo-gone before cutting to avoid waxy residue building up on your blade) and then glue to the inside of the box before assembling.  That way, oil from the cookies doesn't seep through and ruin your design and you can still see the delectable treats inside the box.

By the way, I'm linking up over at D.L.ART.  Go on over and check out all of the cute projects and link up one of your own.  :)  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

School Bulletin Board

Here is the bulletin board I did for the end of the school year.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.


I used the Stampin' Up! In Color 12 x 12 paper pack 12-14 for this project.  All the colors went nicely with the background paper and color of the frame, I think.

I cut the crabs out at 3" from Create a Critter.  I think the shells were cut at 3" as well, but since they are an accessory they cut out just right for the crab to hold.

I used my Gypsy, and I have many fonts.  I can't remember which one I used right at the moment, but I'll look it up when I get back from New Orleans and let you know.  :)

On one side of the sea shells was the number of days left of school.  On the other, is a yellow layer that makes it look pretty.  As each day ends, I removed a sea shell from a crab, turned it over and stapled it at the bottom with the sea weed.
You'll never know how happy I was to take that last number down!  lol  I loved my students this year for sure, but it will be so nice not to have to be "on" all day 5 days a week (and when I see them outside of school in the afternoons and weekends).  I can relax a little and not have thoughts of lesson plans, tests/quizzes, missing homework, etc.  Oh yeah, and I can clean my house and bake something yummy.  I have time for Pinterest again!  Wow!  This is getting exciting thinking about it all.  lol

I'm including this on D.L.ART's page for the SPLASH Challenge.  The challenge implies anything "wet" so I think my bulletin board fits since the crabs are under the water.  :) 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

End of Year Cards for my Students

Just wanted to post really quick to share the ADORABLE cards I made for my students for the end of the year.  I decided to dust off the ol' Cricut Expression for this project.  I have decided that I don't use it enough and need to start exploring my cartridges to see what I can make from them.

The cards are 3.5 x 3.5 using white cardstock from Walmart.  The paper is from my stash of "ugly" papers (the papers that get set aside because no one can think of anything to do with them).  These particular papers, I am embarrassed to share, have been in the back of my van for over a year, where they were placed in a box and left there.  That box is kind of an island of misfit scrapbook papers for me.  Although, I must admit, ugly paper isn't so ugly when you find the right project for it.  :)

The hippos were cut at 2".  I used the accessories as well (puddle and grass).  The inside of the card said, "Hippo Hooray!  We've had a great year.  Have an awesome summer!"  All solid colors came from Walmart textured paper packs.  The bling is from Stampin' Up!.

The monkeys were also cut at 2".  The green and black are from Walmart.  The brown was from Michael's (Recollections), and the tan is Creamy Caramel (retired) from Stampin' Up!.  The inside said, "It was fun hanging out with you this year.  Have a great summer!"  
The only thing missing is a stamp or printed sentiment of some kind.  I didn't have a stamp that would work and didn't have time for printing this time around.  I'll keep that in mind for next time.  

By the way, speaking of time, one thing I learned is that when making cards with layered designs, Xyron is the way to go.  I used 2 way glue for the monkeys and it took FOREVER.  I used my 5" Xyron for the hippos and saved tons of time.

The cartridge is Create a Critter.  I love how they turned out so much that I just bought Create a Critter 2 to play with as well.  By the way, keep on the look out for my next post, which was a bulletin board for the end of the year using the Create a Critter cartridge as well.  I'm going out of town-to see Wicked in New Orleans with my best friend-but I will try to post while I'm there if we have some downtime.

I'm linking this to Use it Tuesday for their Anything Goes Challenge.  Head on over there now to see other fun projects!  :) 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Thank You Cards for my Nieces

I'm so far behind in my posting.  I'm so sorry for that.  That last 9 weeks of school was a killer!  We did two major projects and then the end of the year crunch is always time consuming.  I'm going to be working on my crafting and blogging steadily over the summer, though, so that I can get into a routine that can carry over into the next school year.  I have been making some things and then saving them as drafts to post later so I'll have a lot of posts this week for you.  :)

My sister and I recently did the Expedition Everest Challenge 5K and Scavenger Hunt down at Animal Kingdom.  It was a blast!  We're both working on getting healthy and improving our lifestyles and doing fun runs like that turns out to be a great way to get motivated to do that.  Plus the sister bonding has been great.  :)  Anyway, she lives about an hour and a half away so we don't get together often to train together.  The first time we got together for training, my daughter came with me to watch the little girls and we stayed the night before the practice run so we would already be there the next morning and wouldn't have to get up and drive.  I am so not a morning person.  The little girls said we were having a royal sleepover and thought it was all about them, which was totally adorable, and partly right.  lol

These are the thank you cards I made for them for letting us come and have a royal sleepover with them.  The oldest one's nickname is Lilybug and the little one is the "Silly Little Monkey."  

I used a variety of Stampin' Up! paper and Walmart patterned paper.  The red is Cherry Cobbler from Stampin up!  The red polka dotted paper is from one of their Christmas collections.  I don't think they carry that one any more, though.  The black and white patterned paper is from Walmart's black and white 8.5 x 11 pack.  The black textured and white textured papers are both from Walmart.


The lavender and yellow papers are both from Stampin' Up!  The green polka dots are from Hobby Lobby and the patterned paper at the bottom is some I had in my stash from forever ago.  I probably got it from Michael's, because that's the only craft store I got patterened paper from back then.  

The lady bug and monkey are both blingy stickers I found at Hobby Lobby.  It was so perfect that they had something there for both girls at the same time that I just had to get them.  The cards were made around the stickers. 

I was hoping they would love them!  Look how happy they are!  My sister said she is going to frame them and make them part of their room decor.  Great idea!  I'll get pictures and add them when I go see them in a couple of weeks for our next practice run.  We're doing the Happy Haunted 5K in October.  Woot woot!