Thursday, July 29, 2010

Make sure you sign up for your 15% off Teachers Reward Card!!!  Plus this year you will get 20% off of your purchases when you shop on August 14th and 15th!! Remember to take advantage of this when you are buying that fabric for your bulletin boards or any craft supplies for your classroom.  I love that JoAnn Fabrics has this program for teachers!!!!   Have a great day everyone.  

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More Door Hangers !!

Materials used for project:

Locker Talk cartridge-Door hanger, page 68-cut at 11 inches
Lunch bag and milk cut at 3 inches
Makin the Grade-used for font
DCWV paper pack
pop dots
black getl pen
CTMH brown stamp pad
Gypsy-was used to weld the letters together 

For this project I wanted to change it up a bit.  I used a different style door hanger and made it a little "less cute" for the older grades.

Materials used for project:

My Community cartridge-door hanger, page 101-cut at 11 1/2 inches
Going Places cartridge-stop sign, page 101 cut at 4 inches
Makin the Grade cartridge-used for font (I used the Gypsy to weld the letters)
Hope you like them!  Have a great day :) 

Monday, July 26, 2010

Where are we? Classroom door hangers

Ever have the school secretary wonder where your class is?  You can solve this problem by creating your own door hangers.   Save those cereal boxes!  I cut out a door hanger from this cereal box.  I used a deep cutting blade-speed medium-pressure maximum.

Materials used for this project:
Locker Talk cartridge-door hanger, page 68 cut at 11 inches, stack of books, page 47 cut at 4 inches
Makin the Grade cartridge-apple, cut at 2 1/2 inches, font for words welded the letters using the Gypsy
Create a Critter cartridge-worm, page 65 cut at 2 inches
Materials used for this project:
Plantin Schoolbook cartridge-grass, page 69 cut at 2 inches
Locker Talk cartridge-slide, page 45 cut at 4 inches
Create a Critter cartridge-sun, page 58 cut at 2 1/2 inches
I would recommend using a light weight paper to cover over the cardboard.  I really like this project because I can use both sides of the hanger for different purposes.  I have more to come!  I am in the process of making them now so I will post them this week.  I hope you enjoy these!!!!  Have a fantastic day! ;)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Welcome your students back to school with this treat!

On the first day of school I like for my students to have a little treat or surprise waiting for them on their desk.  I usually fill these with 2 pencils, a bookmark, and some Smarties candy.  One word of advice, if you have the Gypsy USE IT!  I don't know why I didn't use mine!  ;)  Weld the letters together and add the word welcome prior to cutting it out.  It becomes a little painstaking trying to glue each and every letter down onto the apple LOL!  Another thought-you could also put "Welcome to Ms./Mr. _____ Class!" on the apple.

Materials used for this project:
Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cartridge for the pocket (listed on page 113 -cut at 8 inches)
Makin' the Grade cartridge for the apple (listed on page 120-cut at 2 1/2 inches)
Locker Talk cartridge for the words "Back to School" (listed on page 35-cut at 2 1/2 inches)
DCWV Grade School paper pack
Close to My Heart-black inkpad
2 pencils
pop dots
ATG gun

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mickey Font Cartridge and Locker Talk I must be on a reduse, reuse, and recycle kick this week!  My husband and I love cashews, nuts, etc., and I buy them frequently.  When I went to throw away the can I realized that I could use it to store glue sticks.  It is the perfect size!

Materials used:
Mickey Font Cartridge (font cut at 1 1/2 inches)
Locker Talk Cartridge (glue bottle cut at 3 1/2 inches)
DCWV Grade School paper pack
black gel pen
Diamond Stickles
blue, white, yellow, red, and black cardstock
ATG gun
2 way glue pen

Monday, July 12, 2010

Teacher Fridays at Michaels!!!!!

TGIF!! Teacher Fridays at Michaels! :)

Teachers will receive an additional 10% off their entire purchase including sale items at Micheals every Friday.  Just present your educator ID every Friday from now through September 24th.  Also if you purchase a Cricut Expression or a YUDU machine, Provo Craft will donate one to the school of your choice plus have an opportunity to win a classroom makeover!  Run to your nearest Michaels store this coming Friday!!!! ;)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Locker Talk Cartridge

Doesn't it always seem like your students never have a pencil handy?  Well I have a solution for you!  I keep two pencil containers by my classroom door close to the pencil sharpener.  One container reads "Please sharpen" and the other one reads "Sharpened and ready to go!".  I like to reuse, reduce, and recycle so I use the Crystal Light, or off brand name drink containers. They are the perfect size for pencils! 

2 empty drink mix cans
Locker Talk Cartridge
DCWV Grade School paper
ATG 714 gun
2-way glue pen
Pre-made colored tags (you could also use the Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cartridge for these)
Computer (I used the Comic Sans font to print the words for the pencils)

If my students do not have a pencil for the day, they may use one from the sharpened pencil container but they must sharpen a pencil at the end of the day to replace the one they borrowed.  I also have a student check the pencil containers daily to make sure we are ready to go for the next day.  I hope you like them.  Have a great day!!! ;)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mickey Font cartridge, Locker Talk cartridge, Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge

Not sure how to organize classwork assignments and important information for students who are absent?  Take some file folders (with or without tabs or pockets) and create a "While you were out" folder to help collect missed classwork and information for students.  When my students return back to school they collect their missed assignments and place it into their homework folder.  They have five days to complete the missed work.  This simple tip has helped save me a lot of time!  I laminate my folders so they last longer.

Materials used:
Mickey Font cartridge
Locker Talk cartridge
Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge
DCWV Grade School paper pack
ATG 714 gun
2 way glue adhesive
Close to my Heart black ink pad
Peachy Keen stamps
Doll images were cut at 4 inches

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Locker Talk Cartridge

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Not sure what to do with those large empty coffee cans?  Well, recycle them!  I used the Locker Talk cartridge to help me create this ruler container.  I think it turned out really cute.

Locker Talk cartridge
DCWV Grade School Stock
Large coffee can
Diamond Stickles
Zip Dry adhesive
Close to my Heart black ink pad
Black gel pen 

I plan on using this to store all of my classroom rulers.  I think this is a much easier storage solution than putting them in a drawer.  Students will have easy access for their tools.  Hope you enjoy it!!  Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!  Have a great day ;)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Teacher Rewards Card at Jo-Ann Fabrics

2009/2010 Jo-Ann Stores Homeschool Discount

Jo-Ann Fabrics offers a Teacher Rewards discount card to all certified teachers.  You recieve 15% off of every purchase you make (total sales purchase) at both the store and online.  The rewards program offers the following:
Free discount card for 15% off every purchase* from September 1 to August 31

Bonus coupon for 20% off any one total purchase when you enroll or re-enroll in the program

More of our popular, money-saving coupons as a Jo-Ann Preferred Customer.

Personal notice of the latest sales offers, crafting trends & inspiration.

*Excludes remnants, gift cards, and previous purchases.

I can't tell you how many times I have used my card!  It  comes in handy when purchasing anything at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  They also allow you to use a 40% OR 50% off coupon in addition to the teacher rewards card.  It truly can save you money.    

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Thursday everyone!!

Hello everyone!
This is my first blog entry on my newest blog site and I am very excited about sharing some ideas and projects with other educators!!  I love my Cricut Expression not only for card making and scrapbooking but I use it even more when it comes to my classroom.  I am not a patient person and when I want to start decorating my classroom I don't have to wait to use the school's die cutting machine.  I love having the tools to help enhance my classroom environment.  Provocraft has provided cartridges that contain a wide variety of letters and shapes that I can use for my bulletin boards and classroom decorations.  I have posted a few pictures of my classroom from last year to show how I have been able to create titles for just about anything!  I hope you enjoy this blog and please feel free to join and/or leave comments!  Have a great day!!!!