Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Happy Trails Teacher Gifts

 Last week my twin girls started 8th grade.  There are more teachers, teacher assistants, and other personnel than in elementary school.  I've given a few bags away to the bus drivers and the bus driver assistants, but here is what I will take to school today:
I made 27 in all.  I did make an extra in case I forgot someone!

When I was teaching I had so many parents who were wonderfully supportive and thoughtful, and it is my turn to pay it forward for my children's teachers.

I used up these fun K&Co. 3D leaf/tree stickers that I purchased years ago.  I just had to have them, but I don't think I ever used them.  And there were exactly 27, so they were meant to be on this project to hide one of the staples.  My Cricut Campin' Critters die covers the other staple (cut at 3.25").  I used snack-size Ziploc baggies.  I also used up some really old stash of Sharon Ann papers (from Michaels) for the toppers (cut @6.5"x5").

Now to plan for the Halloween gifts...any ideas?

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Sports Die Cut Challenge @ Cut It Up

Echo Park's "Lucky You" isn't just for St. Patrick's Day projects!  I really like it as the background for this soccer layout I made for my friend.  (Her daughter is #12!)

I Cricut cut an 11" circle in white card stock, then the 11" layer in black card stock.  I moved the pictures underneath to figure out the placement I wanted.  Then I placed the black hexagon cut out pieces back in.  I picked up one hexagon piece and photo…careful not to move the position of the photo, and trimmed the photo to the hexagon shape.

This ties in perfectly for the current challenge at Cut It Up: Sports
 Enter your sports-themed card, layout, or project by September 16th at Cut It Up for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to One Happy Cut:
Happy Friday!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Old School Die Cut challenge

It's time to get out your die cuts for an Old School challenge at Cut It Up.  You can use old supplies or an old technique.
My pink polka dot paper and tea pot die cut were purchased eight years ago.  When I was purging my craft stuff earlier this year, I came across both of these gems...I almost donated them, but I saved both at the last second to create a card.

The stamped sentiment and edgelit border are both three years old, the washi tape (yellow gingham) two years ago, and the stitched border die is from last year.

Now it's your turn...unearth your old school crafty supplies and create a card, layout, or project including a die cut and link up at Cut It Up for a chance to win.  You have until September 2nd to participate.

Happy Friday!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Animals die cut challenge

Happy August!  When I saw the "Animals" challenge at Cut It Up, I knew it was time to dust off my BasicGrey "Max & Whiskers" 6x6 pad and coordinating 3D stickers.  I included my favorite stamped sentiment, "Never trust anyone without cat hair on their clothes."
I purchased the "Max & Whiskers" collection years ago at my local stamp store.  I needed a little kick start to my mojo, so I headed over to Julee's Mojo Monday sketch for inspiration.

I have been following Julee's sketches for years...even before she started the Mojo Monday blog.  I am a huge Julee fan!
I am also entering my card at Shopping Our Stash.  This week's challenge is "Snark."  I don't usually create snarky cards, and I'm not sure if my cat sentiment is snarky enough.  My lovely friend Leslie creates fabulous snarky cards, and ironically I bought the "Max & Whiskers" collection when out shopping with her...and it would not surprise me if she chose the "Snark" theme at Shopping Our Stash this week.

You have until August 19th to link up your "Animals" card, layout, or project at Cut It Up for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to As Cute as a Button.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit - June 2015

This summer has been so much fun.  My step-sister and her family were visiting from Ireland for the past two months.  We have had one party after another; four birthdays, the 4th of July, and weekend trips to see a pro baseball game, play Glo Golf (glow-in-the-dark miniature golf), pool parties, etc.  They left for Ireland last night and arrived safely this afternoon.  I have not had time for crafting, so I have fallen behind with my monthly Simon Says Stamp card kits.
Last Christmas my wonderful husband gave me a subscription to the monthly Simon Says Stamp card kit.  It is a nice way to purchase new product without having to buy an entire collection.  I already have a SABLE amount of supplies (an acronym coined by my lovely friend, Leslie; Supplies Available Beyond Life Expectancy.)  After my major craft room purge last March/April, I don't want to lose what little wiggle room I now have putting away leftovers from the monthly kits.  I make it my goal each and every month to try to use up all of the consumable parts.

I have not been photographing my cards from previous kits, but I will share how I demolished the June 2015 kit these past two days.

First I made these two summer birthday cards using Pebbles card bases from my personal stash: 
Secondly I decided to CASE a few of my favorites from the Simon Says Stamp gallery before I used up any supplies I might need to create them:
 (Top left, Vicky Papaioannou; top right, Yana Smakula; bottom, Debby Hughes)

Thirdly I had three glittery DCWV card bases in my stash I wanted to use up and I wanted to finish off the package of epoxy stickers, so I drew inspiration from Lucy Abrams (the left card is similar to Lucy's card):
 Feeling quite pleased with my nine cards (my goal is to create a minimum of eight cards with each kit...I usually manage 10+), I drew inspiration from Kristie Marcotte's most recent video.  These were made using sketches from My Favorite Things #227 and Operation Write Home #154:
 These pretty floral scraps and two rectangle strips looked so nice on the red card stock also in the kit, so I eked these two cards out adding buttons from my stash:
 I was ready to pack it up, but then these squares wanted to be used:
 After fifteen cards all I have left is one full sheet of 6x6 grass tone-on-tone paper and a little bit of green card stock:
I kept the 6x6 grass paper and the green card stock, but I did through away the itty bitty pieces.  Next up, July 2015 kit :)

Happy Thursday!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Numbers Die Cut Challenge

When I saw the Numbers challenge at Cut It Up, I knew it was time to dust off these vintage Jillibean Soup papers.  From my newer stash I used a Simon Says Stamp balloon die, an edgelit border die by Stampin' Up, twine, and an Echo Park enamel dot.
Enter your numbers-themed card, layout, or project by August 5th at Cut It Up for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to One Happy Cut:
Happy Friday!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Word! Die cut challenge

"Word!" is our next challenge at Cut It Up; a word or sentiment must be the focal point of your project.  Don't forget to include a die cut!  My stitched base is the Top Note Die by Stampin' Up and the "love" is a die by Lawn Fawn.  Other supplies:  Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls embossing folder, black seam binding, and a glazed brad.
You have until July 22nd to link up your card, layout, or project at Cut It Up for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to As Cute as a Button.
Happy Friday!