Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Classroom Poster

I truly fell in love with this cake when I made it for the first time last week.  I thought that this image would be perfect for a birthday classroom poster.  

Materials used:
Simple Charmed cartridge
Cake on page 74-cut fit to page (11 inches)
**the cake slices are actually the pie slices found on page 43-cut at 5 inches -I also cut the cherry on top off of the pie slice to make it look more like a slice of cake ;)
Happy Birthday on page 74 was cut using the "word" feature in bold and also in the standard format to give it the background mat.
**I would recommend laminating the words "Happy Birthday" as well as the cake so that you could use it year after year.  You could also laminate the individual cake slices and use a dry erase maker to put each students name and birthday on them---or you could give each student their slice of cake on their special day.  Just remember that you will need to recreate the cake slices each year if you decided to do that.  I am in the process of creating my own birthday classroom poster for next year!  Have a wonderful day ;)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chipboard album

Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More and Sweet Treats Cartridge

This was a super fun project to make! I cut the tags out of cereal boxes and inked the edges prior to adhering the paper. I made this album for my niece who turned 18!

Materials used:

Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cartridge
Sweet Treats cartridge
Gypsy Font
Divine Swirls cuttlebug embossing folder
Prima flowers
Turquoise Stickles
Ki Memories Mosaic paper pack
Chocolate Close to My Heart ink pad
ATG gun
2-way glue pen

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Valentine's Day is right around the corner!!

I made this super quick and easy Valentine card using the Love Struck cartridge.  I like the simplicity of this card-it is straight to the point!  I love the look of cards that have more detail but as a wife, Mom, and teacher-time is not always on my side so it is nice to know that we all have the flexibility to create simple projects that still have enough pizzaz to please the eye!!  The weekend is finally here and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and craft with my besties this weekend.  What projects will you be working on?  I'd love to hear from you!!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

We HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!!!

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.Awesome! I Love the Cricut for beginners website..
I'm sure there are so many things that I don't know about my cricut.I have the create and now the expression. I love the expression for making cards and kids party projects, school projects.
Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Send me your mailing information via email Minta and I will ship out the DVD to you asap!!!  THANK YOU to everyone who participated!!!  I will have another fun give away soon!! 

Happy Birthday card :)

My sister who is the "baby" (sorry Dee!) in the family is turning the B-I-G 40 today!!  I wanted to make her this fun and happy card in hopes to put a smile on her face.  Happy Birthday Dee-I hope you have many more ;)  Eat some cake for me!

Materials used:
Simply Charmed cartridge (I just love this cart!!)cake was cut at 3 1/2 inches
Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder
DCWV cardstock
Martha Stewart punch
My Pink Stamper stamp sets

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thank you card

This is one type of card that I never get tired of making!  I had a fun time playing with the "rock and roll" stamp method and mixing the colors of ink.  It created a multi-color look to the words "Thank you".  I have many cards to make to let others know just how much I appreciate them!  Today is an official snow day here on the East Coast so I have decided to crank out some projects.  Hope you are staying warm and enjoying your day.  The weekend is right around the corner!! 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

While you were out folders for your classroom!!!!

I wanted to share with you some folders that I made over the summer.  I need to make more of them!!  I love having these folders available for students who are absent.  As work is completed throughout the day I place the activities into the folder.  Either at the end of the school day or when the student returns back to school, they have all of their missed work available at their fingertips!  Not only does this help eliminate the work load for us teachers but it also helps keep the students on track.  Parents love the fact that their work is ready at the end of the day waiting for them to pick up.  I will post pictures of the latest folder designs!!  Hope everyone is having a great day-we are getting sleet, ice and snow here in Maryland.  I cannot wait for Spring to make its appearance :) 


Monday, January 24, 2011

It's a Birthday Challenge card!!!

This is a super easy and simple card to make!  For this card I used the Mini Monogram cartridge to create the scallop. The card stock was from the Sweet DCWV paper pack, ribbon, brads, Martha Stewart border punch, and of course one of the "My Pink Stamper" stamp sets.  Have a super great day!!


First, I would like to say that I have owned a Cricut since 2006.  I originally purchased my "baby bug", then I purchased my Expression, then I had to have the Cricut Create, Gypsy, Design Studio software and now my Imagine.  After viewing this DVD my first initial thought was that I wished I had my hands on this informative DVD from the start!  It would have eliminated so much "trial and error" as well as frustration in the beginning. 

Maria and Natalie teach you in detail how to use the Cricut machines, how to use additional tools, and they go as far as providing you with Design Studio AND Gyspy cut files as well as all of the supply materials to make the project for your first lesson!  I was so impressed when I opened the DVD.  As I was watching it, I thought to myself-- I already know everything there is about my Cricut machines BUT low and behold I discovered many valuable and important information such as the Center Point feature.  This is one feature on my machine that I had not really used that often but after watching the ideas from the DVD I now have a few projects in mind that I am going to create!!  I also learned WHY you should not switch out your cartridges when the Cricut is on-this is a very important piece of information.  The list goes on and on...this DVD was professionally filmed, it has the Cricut owner at all levels whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced user in mind and I highly recommend it to anyone who owns one of these fascinating machines. 

 The DVD is powerfully packed with 18 lessons, over 50 projects and 9 bonus features and if that is not enough... they also offer a website so that you can ask questions!  I give it a five out of five star rating!! Here is the link-check out the site and let me know what you think!

I have a DVD that I am giving away just waiting for you!!  All you have to do is leave a comment stating why you love your Cricut, tell us which Cricut you own, and what you think of the Cricut for Beginners website in order to have a chance to win.  Good luck everyone!  The winner will be chosen this Friday !!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It's Love Hunny!!!

For some reason this card was not easy for me to create. I kept changing my mind on the color selections but finally ended up with something that I thought was cute enough to give to my "hunny" for Valentine's Day. I used the Pooh and Friends cartridge for the honey pot and Pooh. Home Accents cartridge for the scroll, and the words "It's" and "Love". I used a Fiskers border punch and added ribbon for an accent...oh and let's not forget the stickles for a little "bling"! I love how the colors came together. I hope you and both my "hunny" love it! Have a great day!!! 

"Throwing away ideas too soon is like opening a package of flower seeds and then throwing them away because they're not pretty." — Arthur VanGundy, Ph.D. (Idea Power, 1992)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

What's Brewin'?

I made this card last year for a friend of mine and I decided to post it on my blog today.  It is very cold here in Maryland and looking at this card makes me think of a nice hot cup of coffee!!  I used "From My Kitchen" cartridge.   (Honestly, I love the smell of coffee but I don't drink it! LOL-I prefer tea or hot chocolate)  Just thought I would share :)  Have a super great weekend everyone. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's another school poster project!!

My girlfriends daughter and her friend had a school History project they needed to complete.  In addition
to an essay they had to create a tri-fold poster.  They all came over and worked in the dungeon (my unfinished basement) and came up with this finished project.  I thought they did an outstanding job!  Good luck girls on the grade!!  I know you will do well :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's a Valentine's Card!

I had a lot of fun creating this card.  I just love the Simply Charmed cartridge-way too cute!!  Many more cards to come...I have been burning down the candle in the dungeon.  I think my Expression needs a break so I may be using my Imagine for some of the projects I will be working on.  What kinds of creations are you working on this week?  I would love to hear from you!!!!  :)

Materials used:
Simply Charmed cartridge
Large heart (page 30-cut at 2 1/2 inches)
Small heart (page 30-cut at 2 inches)
Martha Stewart punch
Sizzix "Love Set" embossing folder
Peachy Keen Stamp set (Critter faces Set A-Medium)
2-way glue

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Valentine Pencil Holders for your students

Make these quick and easy Valentine pencil treats for your students!  This is an inexpensive and easy project!!  I will be making some for my students and for my younger son's classmates as well.  It is a nice change from giving candy away all of the time.  I forgot to add the saying, "You are just write" on the heart itself but I can add that later.  I think I might type the quote on the computer and just adhere it to the heart.  It's never too early to start making these projects.......Valentine's Day is right around the corner!!  Have a super great day everyone :)

Materials used:
Love Struck cartridge
Hearts cut at 4 inches
pencils (I found these at the Dollar store and Target)
2-way glue pen
hole punch

Monday, January 17, 2011

I made another one!!!!

I made another ruler container for a teacher friend of mine.  These are super easy to make and come in handy in the classroom for organizing your rulers!

I used a Maxwell House coffee container (metal can)  and made sure that there were no sharp edges.   


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

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Well the weather outside is frightful......

I just love how this card turned out!  I love the Paper Doll Cartridge because it is so versitile and you can use this cartridge in so many ways.  I thought the Peachy Keen stamp set totally made this card!  Hope you enjoy it and I also hope that you are staying warm creating some cards or scrapbook pages as well!!!  Happy Weekend :) 

Friday, January 14, 2011

My Pink's Stampers first blog hop!

Well here is my entry to the My Pink Stamper's First Blog Hop contest!  I just love this Martha Stewart jumbo punch!!  Happy Valentine's Day and stay tuned for some more creative Valentine's projects  for your students, family, and friends!!!!  Now it is off to the dungeon to create!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A School project!

My son who is in the 9th grade-had to complete a poster project along with his essay.  He had to read the book "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and then also watch the movie.  The essay and poster had to reflect similarities and differences between the book and the movie.  He sketched out his poster and then asked good old Mom for some help with the Cricut.  I welded the letters for him on the Gypsy and he cut away!!  I think he was fascinated with the Gypsy and its features LOL.  Not too bad for a fourteen year old who thinks his Mom has a craft addiction.  I believe he now understands why I love my Cricut Expression, Cricut Create, Baby Bug, Gypsy and now the Imagine sooooo very much!!!  It truly comes in handy and its creativity is endless!