Saturday, November 24, 2012

Owl Baby Shower

I know it's been forever since I have posted and I don't want to bore you with all the excuses as to why I haven't blogged in a few months, so...... My sister welcomed her second child into the world in October. She is a precious baby girl and we are all enjoying every bit of her! I hosted a baby shower for my sister back in August (the weekend before school started!! I know I'm crazy!!). Here are some pictures from that!

Lets just say that since my discovery of pinterest, I have way cuter projects!!

Pinterest inspired favor owl boxes and an owl paper lantern
The beautiful cake
Another pinterest inspiration.  A mobile made with cricut cuts
Elegant diaper cake
Hospital door wreath.  (We used a paint pen to add the details after Abby was born)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you have any questions, please let me know! Thanks

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Still Here!

I know it has been forever since my last post but I promise I'm still here!! I have been very busy in my scrapbook room and I haven't had time to blog about it. I have lots to show you. Check back soon for some "hoot" inspiration!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Power Ranger Birthday Card

While walking through Joanns one day I saw an new product called Honey Bee honeycomb paper by Colorbok.  I've been wanting some of the Honey Pop paper that you can buy at Archivers for a while.  Since Archivers is over 2 hours from my home, I haven't gotten any.  I was really excited when I saw this at Joanns!!!

This is a paper that is "honeycomb" like and when opened creates a 3-D image.  I freehand cut a candle and flame from the honeybee paper and placed in inside the card.

I've been seeing a lot of cards lately that are created with digi stamps.  I'm a red rubber stamp girl myself, but I have seen many very cute digi stamp images colored with copics.  I did a youtube search and found that I can print the images with my inkjet printer and color them with my copics the same as using momento ink!!!!  I thought I'd give it a try on my nephew's birthday card!

For the outside I found a Power Ranger image and printed it onto Neenah card stock and colored it in with my copics.  It was really fun and my nephew really enjoyed it. I used a Stampin' Up! set for the birthday greeting and background paper was also from SU!

If you have any questions, let me know!! Thanks for looking!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

CKC Scrabook Convention 2012

I'm off to the CKC Scrapbook Convention in Houston for the next few days.  My two best friends and I have made this a yearly tradition!!  It's a blast and we have an all girls weekend.  I'll post my goodies when I get back!!  I can't wait!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Power Rangers Birthday Shirt

My nephew turned 5 this year.  :(  I can't believe he's gotten so big!  I decided to make him a shirt for his birthday this year.  This year it was all about the red power ranger samauri.  I had to paint the front of it using the Tulip Soft fabric paint and the freezer paper stencil technique.  It is really easy, just takes some time.  I found an image online and printed it onto white copy paper.  I then used that and traced the image onto the freezer paper, cut it out, and adhered it to the shirt for painting.

On the back, I went easy....Heat Transfer Vinyl!!  A friend introduced me to that stuff last year and I love it.  It is so easy to use and apply!!  I cut out my nephews name an age and applied it to the back.  I ordered the blue vinyl from H & H sign supply and it is a really nice quality vinyl.  The red is from and it is nice too.

Check back later this week for the birthday card I made for him.

If you have any questions, let me know!! Thanks for looking!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Caterpillar Card

As you may know, I'm a first grade teacher.  I love my job and my students are always very special to me.  This is my third year to teach and every year I send a card to my students in their final report card.  I don't tell them about it so I never know what they think of it.  I had a student come up to me about three weeks before school was out and tell me that they still had their card from last year and that they kept it in a special place and looked at it often.  That sure did make me feel good!!!!

Anyway, I do a different card every year for my students.  This year, I used the caterpillar from Create a Critter cricut cartridge.  I also used Locker Talk and hid some of the outer shaped from the first grade sign cut and welded it into a rectangle.  This was one less layer I had to cut by had b/c the cricut did it for me!!!  The letters are not make to cut out completely on this image so I took a silver sharpie marker and traced them in.

I used the Peachy Keen Stamps critter XL face stamps for the caterpillar.  I thank ran the caterpillar through my big shot with the Tim Holtz notebook embossing folder to give the caterpillar some "wrinkles."  I used SU! red dazzling diamonds glitter glue on the nose and orange stickles on the antennae.  I decided to glue on some google eyes to make it more fun for the kids.

If you have any questions, let me know!! Thanks for looking!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Retirement Crayon Card

This has most definitely been a VERY busy school year and I haven't had much time for crafting.  I did have a few projects that I needed to get completed the last few weeks of May.  Now that summer break is officially here, I have time to share them with you. 

One of my fellow teachers retired this year after 36 years of teaching!!  I wanted to make her a card that would be very special and memorable.  At our school, our Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade classrooms are on one hallway and we always do things together.  I knew that the card needed to be big enough to have lots of room for everyone to write. 

This card is an entire sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 card stock and folded in half.  I needed plenty of room, not only for the inside comments, but I needed it to be large enough to make the crayon pack work on the front.  All of the first grade teachers doors are marked with a colored crayon that hangs from the ceiling in front of our doors.  This helps students get to the correct room for various activities throughout the year.  Since there were six of us this year I thought it would be cute to put all of our color crayons in the pack on the front.  I used Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cricut cartridge for the crayon box and I used A Child's Year for the crayons themselves. 

I decided to make the crayons note cards for each of us to write on. I welded two crayons together with my Gypsy to make a "card."  I then cut out two white inserts that were just smaller than the shape itself to make it easier to write on for the darker colors.  All 5 of these were removable and only the purple crayon (the color of the retiring teacher) was fixed to the crayon box.  After I put them together they looked really plain so I pulled out my Peachy Keen Stamps face stamps and my white gel pen and made them look much cuter!!!  (love those PKS face stamps!)

To finish the crayon box I used the first grade sign from the Locker Talk cartridge and cut it out twice, once in black and again in pink.  This cut is designed to not cut the letters out completely so I took my craft knife and got after the pink and layered it on top of the black. 

I used various Stampin' Up! stamps, punches, and DCWV paper to finish off the card.  If you have any questions, let me know!  Thanks for looking!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cupcake Baby Shower

My latest baby shower was cupcake themed.  If you've followed my blog for some time, or if you know me personally, you've probably guessed that I take the theme and run with it.  This time I had two other sweet friends helping with this endeavor.  Here are some pictures from the party. 

This was a Pinterest idea.  A 100 ct. light string with colored strips of tulle tied onto it:

Tissue paper pom-pom balls:

The cupcake diaper cake:

Cupcake liner topiary.  We did 4 total of these:

Of course cupcakes for the sweets!  I made the cupcake picks:

Another Pinterest idea.  The baby's name is Mollie so we made a letter "M" from cupcake liners with some added embellishments:

If you have any questions, let me know!!  Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Copic Coloring

Ok, so I know I've been a bit MIA on the blog world for a few weeks.  Projects and life have gotten in the way, but I'm back on track. 

If you've followed my blog for a while, you know that I was the VERY lucky winner of two sets of Copic markers back in May of last year.  Thanks to Peachy Keen Stamps for their very generous gift!!  Needless to say, I haven't played much with them.  :(  I am by no means an artist of any official kind.  I hold degrees in Surgical Technology and Elementary Education and I only took two art classes to get them (Art Appreciation & Art Basics).  Needless to say "I don't know much about being an artist!"  In fact, in high school I took Theatre Arts to earn my "art" credit to graduate distinguished because this girl cannot draw!!! 

I said all of that to say I was really, really excited to get them, but really, really intimidated by them.  Luckily I am an avid YouTube watcher so I have been watching TONS of videos over the last month in preparation of using them.  I made my first purchases from Simon Says Stamp and bought some Neenah Solar White cardstock and a cute stamp from C.C. Designs and from Two Peas in a Bucket to add to my marker collection in a few hues I was missing.  My orders came in and I was anxious to play with all of my new goodies.  Of course I "needed" to buy a new set of Spellbinders dies to highlight my adorable new stamp.  Well, what do you think?

I'm still working on techniques and I'm thinking about buying the Copic Coloring Guide book.  Do any of you have it?  What are your thoughts on it?

Well I hope to be back really soon to share more of my creations.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Baby Cradle Favor

Ok, so I think it was Cricut's January's Hello Thursday release that I really loved.  I have become a "shower queen" and when I saw this cartridge, I knew that I had to have it.  I totally could have used the Bridal Shower cartridge about a year ago when I was doing my sister's wedding shower, but anyway I just stuck with the baby shower one. 

As I said in my Sunday post, I'm helping host a baby shower for a friend at church.  I played this past weekend with a few options and this is another option that I came up with.  This cut in itself is why I bought the cartridge.  I know it's a bit silly to buy a cartridge for really one cut, but I'm in love with this cut for real!!  I know this is not the last baby shower I will be crafting for!!!!

The nursery colors are lavender and coral mainly with accents of chocolate, bright pink, bright yellow, and a pool blue.  I really like how this cuts out and how cute it is.  I still don't know what to put in it though.  Maybe a nice pouch of Hershey's dark chocolate Kisses (because they come in a dark purple wrapper???)

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks for looking!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cupcake Favors

I am helping host a baby shower for a sweet lady in my church along with a friend of mine.  Of course we are making everything that we can and only buying things that we cannot make!

I got into my scrapbook room this weekend (for some much needed therapy) and came up with a couple of ideas for shower favors.  The baby's room will be done in cupcakes which is why our theme for the shower is cupcakes.  The main colors are lavender and coral.  I bought the sweet tooth cricut projects cartridge several months ago and this is my first time to play with it!


So, what do you think?  I think this is my favorite option so far.  I still don't have a clue what to put in it????  Later this week I'll post the second favor item that I made. 

Check back over the next few weeks.  I'm sure that I'll have many more fun projects for this shower to show you.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lots of Love Cricut Card

I had the idea for this card in my head for a while.  I finally found some time to put it all together.  I wanted to use the jar from the Doodlecharms cartridge.  I punched out several small hearts with a small heart punch in various shades of pink and red.  I then cut out the jar on white card stock, silver card stock, and then with a transparency.  I cut off the lid and accent from the silver piece and layered them on top of the transparency.  I glued all the hearts down to the white card stock piece and then used a 2-way glue pen to attach the transparency to the white card stock. 

For the sentiment, I used THIS set from Martha Stewart to create my exact phrase.  I topped it off with 2 more hearts covered in glossy accents.  I used the Elegant Edges cartridge to cut out the pink heart background piece.  If you have any questions, please let me know!

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Valentine's Day Banner

I wanted to create a Valentine's Day banner for my mantle this year.  I started out with my trusty, well used banner cut from the Tie the Knot cartridge. 

I layered it up with lots of sparkley goodies and pretty cuts.  I used SU!'s red glitter paper and one of their new sizzlits dies to create the doily (so much prettier in real life).  I used the Tim Holtz rosette die for the center and the Storybook cartridge for the lettering.  

I also used black glitter on the hearts on the ends.  I embossed the pink layer with the cuttlebug houndstooth folder.  If you have any questions, let me know.

Thanks for looking!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Canvas and Vinyl

A friend of mine came up with this project and asked for my help in making her canvases.  After we finished her's I thought...."that would be great for all my nieces and nephews this year!" 

All the canvases are 11"X 14" (except for the family tree)  I started by painting all of them with regular acrylic paint and a sponge brush.  I then designed all the images on my Gypsy and cut them out using my cricut and matte vinyl.  Many of the images I did have to use my craft knife to get the layering just right, but it wasn't too bad. 

My sweet husband then sealed all of them with a Krylon clear gloss sealer.  In all I created 15 different canvases. 

I created to of the tractor canvases.  On the sports ball canvas--after it was sealed with the sealer, the layers under the football were not nearly as harsh.  In fact I think that was the best one of all. 

Leah's canvas was covered in layers, and layers, and layers of spray glitter.  this picture does not do the glitter justice.  I also attached some pink rhinestones onto the crown.  She is the only girl in a house of 3 brothers.....she was in love with her princess canvas!

For the sister and brother-in-laws, I created a family collage canvas.  In the one above, I used a gold metallic acrylic paint to create the fleur-de-lis.  In the one below, I used a copper metallic paint to create the star atop the base taupe layer.  The canvas above is prior to sealing and the canvas below is after sealing.  You can tell how much more "finished" the canvases look after being sealed.

For my twin nieces, I created mirror canvases for their room.  I also sprayed them with the spray glitter, but their coats weren't quite as thick as Leah's.

My nephew LOVES Transformers.  Oh how I wish that Cricut would have come out with a Transformers cartridge.  I used metallic vinyl and hand-cut this image.  I found a .jpeg online and used adobe to create two layers of the image (the black background and then silver layer).  He loved it!!!

For my mom and my mother-in-law I created family tree canvases.  These canvases were 16"X 20". I cut the leaves out and layered them on one by one.  I then used timber brown stazon to add some dimension to the leaves.  On the second one that I made I randomly layered a darker green leaf to add more contrast.  The hearts are red vinyl layered onto cardstock and then popped up on top of the canvas so the family can be easily expanded!!

If you have any questions, let me know!!  Thanks for looking!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Classroom Valentine's Day Treats

I'm always thinking of something special to make my students for the holidays.  I know that they will probably rip into them and tear them up, but maybe one of them will remember how special they were to them.  I loaded up some small cellophane bags with the all time favorite conversation heart candies.  I used the Doodlecharms cartridge to create the letter die cut and used a white gel pen to accent the die cut.  I cut a pink heart and popped it up onto the die cut.

My students always love pencils and erasers.  I also used Doodlecharms cartridge and my gypsy to create the holder.  I designed the scalloped heart in one layer of my gypsy.  I used the oval shape from George and created the holes for the pencil.  I then created the heart (red) later in a second layer in my gypsy.  I grouped the holes from the scallop heart and then copied and pasted them onto the second later with the red heart.  I lined them all up on top of the scallop layer so that when I cut them both out, they would line up perfectly!  I then stamped a sentiment and used metallic pencils to color the hearts in.  I then attached a heart eraser above the sentiment with a glue dot!

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks for looking!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012


In honor of tonight's game, I'm sharing with you a shirt that I made to wear to the LSU homecoming game this year.  It was my first applique shirt to make.  After much youtube research, this is what I came up with!!

The silver is a lame fabric.  I cut the heart and letters out on paper first with my cricut and the attached heat-n-bond to the back of my fabric. I then traced and cut out the patterns.  I ironed them onto my shirt but it still needed something.  I then pulled out the sewing machine, experimented with a few stitching options and then started sewing the mess out of it!!  I had so much fun I plan on making more of these in the future.  I paid $2 for the cotton t, the silver fabric was about $4/yd and I only used a 12"X12" square piece and the sequin dotted fabric was around $1.  Shirts like this sell for $25-$40 at boutiques and I made mine for less than $5.  It was a lot of work but I saved a TON of money!!!

Thanks for looking!!!  GEAUX TIGERS!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

It's Been a While.....

Yep, it's been a while since I've posted.  I'm sorry.  Life has gotten a bit busy for me lately.  I spent some time in my scrapbook room this weekend and I'll have projects to show you later this week.  I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year and is enjoying some crafting fun!!!  One of my goals this year is to get back on track with my scrapbooking.  Weddings, showers, weddings, showers, and more showers have put my scrapbook stories on hold for the last year and a half.  Yes, I said a whole year and a half!!!  I always date the back of my pages as to when I complete them and while looking through some of my scrapbooks today, I noticed the last one that I completed was in July of 2010.  That's WAY to long!!  That means that I have a LOT of memories to catch up on!!  I hope to get a great deal of that accomplished this year.  I have the pictures and the if I can just find the time!!!!!

Until later....happy crafting! :)