Friday, October 29, 2010

Ghost treats for your students!!


**Don't forget to leave a comment and/or submit a project using something that you have recycled to be eligible to enter the drawing for the Teacher Says stamp set from Peachy Keen Stamps!!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Hello everyone!  Who is up for a challenge and a Peachy Keen giveaway?

Here are the requirements for the challenge:

You must link your project up to "Mr. Linky" -see the link below and then please leave a comment.

You must use something that you have recycled in your project!

It can be a project for the classroom or any kind of project that you would like!

Use any Cricut cartridge of your choice!

The project cannot be previously posted on a blog or another blog contest.  This must be an ORIGINAL project made especially for THIS challenge.

Please only enter one project for this challenge.

The Deadline for entering your project will be Friday, November 5th, 2010 @ 9:00pm EST

Good luck everyone and please have fun with this challenge.  Thank you Peachy Keen for sponsoring this fantastic stamp set!

Monday, October 25, 2010

We met Wendy Vecchi with Ranger Inks....Studio 490 Style!!

On October 16th, my girlfriend Carol and I went to a wonderful stamping store called The Queen's Ink.  It is an incredible hideaway located in Savage, Maryland.  If you are ever in Maryland,  you will want to check out this creatively filled world of art that will consume not only your bank account but fill your head with incredible, colorful ideas!  When you enter The Queen's Ink-you want one of everything!  They take stamping to a whole new level that I could not even imagine.  Carol and I took two classes with the wonderful Wendy Vecchi.  She works for Ranger Inks and collaborates head to head with the one and only....Tim Holtz!  Wendy taught us how to utilize the blending tool, mini mister tool, and work with Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, and several other new products.  I was even able to create a tag using the inks to illuminate a watercolor masterpiece!  This was the most fun I have had in a while.  The techniques we learned were in the same format that was used at Ranger U.  To top it all off,  we left with complete instructions on how each technique was done for future use.  This was certainly a few of the best classes I had ever taken.

Me (left) Wendy Vecchi (center) and my buddy Carol (right)

 I think I was so nervous standing right next to her (notice me biting my lip LOL)  Here are just a few of her masterpieces she has designed using the inks, grunge board, and grunge paper.

......and to end a fun filled day on a great note....we found the new Hobby Lobby located in Laurel, Maryland!!!!!!!!!!!!....we were so broke by the time we stepped out of the car LOL!!! 
Carol posing in front of the new store!!!! ;)  We were like two kids in a candy store LOL

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teacher spotlight!!

I wanted to shine the spotlight again on one of the fantastic teachers that I have the privilege to work with. This teacher is also a crafter and she used the Cricut in her classroom to create some very cool bulletin boards.  I want to spotlight Lynda Hamm who teaches the first grade at the school where I teach.  She is a teacher who is very creative and loves to find ways to make her students feel appreciated.  I love talking with her about the Cricut because she is always finding opportunities to bring it into the classroom.  Thanks Lynda for sharing!!!  You totally rock! ;)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Indie Art Cartridge

I wanted to share a poster project that my 14 year old had to do for his Biology class.  We looked through many cartridges and then I decided to search my Gypsy for some symbols that would go with Toxic Waste Disposal and Air Pollution.....well we were in luck!  The Indie Art cartridge had the perfect images.  After a short and quick training session on how to treat Mom's Expression with a gentle hand-he was off and running!  He really liked how he was able to print out whatever image he wanted and could control the size of the image as well.  I don't know if I have created a monster or not!  He loves looking at the scrapbook pages and paper craft projects that I make but he never could understand why I sit in my dungeon (basement) and Cricut away until now.  I think he has a whole new respect for my hobby!!  Have a super weekend everyone. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Paper clip container

Not sure what to do with those plastic icing containers?  Recycle them!  Here is a video on how I turned an icing plastic container into an organizational paper clip holder!  I hope you enjoy the video.  Please feel free to leave comments! Have a wonderful day everyone :)   

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Goodie Treat Pails for students!

Sorry for the blurry photos....I still haven't replaced my camera that was lost while we were on a family vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I am using a not so great camera these days.  Hopefully Santa will have one under my tree this year.
  I found these cute little orange pails at JoAnne Fabrics for $1.00.  I bought every one that I could find!  I was also able to use my 15% teachers reward card which helped!!  The ghost, spider, and monster were all cut from the Mini Monsters cartridge.  I purchased the "crinkle"paper from Michaels-this made a great filler for the pail.  The faces were stamped using Peachy Keen stamp sets (Monster Mash face assortment, and Make a Monster face assortment)  Added some highlighting with a white gel pen and they are done!  This is an inexpensive, quick and easy project for you to make for your students!  Happy Halloween everyone. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Teacher spotlight!!

I wanted to shine the spotlight again on some of the fantastic teachers that I have the privilege to work with.  These teachers are also crafters and have used the Cricut in their classrooms.  This week I wanted to spotlight Madison Mogan.  She teaches third grade at the school where I also teach.  She is a teacher who is creative and loves to find ways to save our sea turtles and creatures who live in the ocean.  I love the bulletin boards and posters she created for her classroom this year and I wanted to show off her creativity!  Thanks Madison for sharing!!!!   You rock!

Friday, October 1, 2010

And the winner has been selected from!!

The winner is...........

Yvette!!!!! and she said....

I love all the stamps that they have. I really love these stamps because I will be a teacher soon in a year.

Congrats Yvette!!! Good luck with teaching.  I am sure you will find many ways to put this stamp set to use.  A huge thank you to Danielle Clark for sponsoring this week's giveaway.  Check out her site:

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the giveaway.  There is more to follow!! Have a fabulous weekend and remember to craft something fun!!!!