Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Hi crafters,

Just a couple of quick cards for you all.  The first one is an engagement card. I just think this silhouette of this couple is so sweet.  This is for a co-worker who got engaged a few weeks ago.  I added a bling for the ring and embossed it with the cuttlebug.
As I was working on this card I was also inspired to scrap a few pictures from my proposal spot as well
My husband proposed at my childhood home.  We had moved and he made arrangements to borrow the dock from the new owner.  It was a perfect night. I went back later and took some pictures across the lake of the dock.  This sweet little couple is from Sweethearts, as is the heart.  The font is Lyrical Letters

This sweet shoe is from Gypsy Wonderings.  I used the black currant stack from DCWV.  The gray is embossed with swiss dots and then punched with a MS edge punch.

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Scrap Challenge

Hi Crafters,
I was on a card making roll today! I would like to get another box off to Operation Write Home in September because they are having a Birthday Challenge in honor of their "birthday" in September and want people to make and donate cards!  There are events going on all over the US if you are interested go check them out.

I pulled out my big folder of scraps and was determined to make ONLY scrap cards today.  I did not use any cricut on these but did lots of dry embossing with my cuttlebug, picked some great patterned, and used stamps for  my sentiment.  I came up with some great cards, but because I had so many I didn't set up my make-shift formal photo station (ie cream pillow case with a small canvas easel and blinds open on the floor by my sofa).  I did snap a few pictures of them "tucked" the proper way into their envelopes.  I was so excited to get my very own Operation Write Home stamp so I could help the lovely shippers save time and do what I could to help out.

Please be sure to click on the pictures so you can see them up close and get a better idea of the embossing.

The little bunny card that has the purple and gold card was inspired by my little sister. She just started her senior year at college and these are her university's colors (I made one for her too).  I think the sentiment for that cards is adorable, "Sending you sunshine and laughter".

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Baby Payton's Shower Follow up

Hi crafters,
The shower was a great hit.  We had a great time and the parents to be got some wonderful gifts!

If you remember my video from a few posts ago I showed you how to make these cute onesies for the banner with This Video. I should have closed the blinds so you can see the letters better but it says, "Welcome Baby Payton"

I made this card for the gift as well.  The blue background and the sentiment are both cuttlebuged.  The background is embossed with spots and dots and done with the core-dinations paper and sanded.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Few Winter and Christmas Layouts

The weather has finally started to cool off a bit! I must say I am really looking forward to fall in the mountains!  I created a few wintery layouts in the past weeks. They turned out really cute!
The font from this is from Storybook I combined two of the features on this and welded on the gypsy.  The gingerbread house is from Stretch Your Imagination.  I used stickles along the icing and the gumdrops.
The next layouts are pictures from last winter.  We had an INCREDIBLE amount of snow!  We had two large snow storms in our area within a month of each other.  The second one put us out of school for almost 2 weeks.  We typically get less than 10 inches on average in a year...this past year we had almost 50 inches of snow.  It made for some great pictures!

The heading for this page was cut from the Gypsy cartridge. First I outlined the headings with cricut markers in blue, then I ran it through upside down and then put white Martha Stewart glitter.

The word winter is from Stretch Your Imagination and the numbers are from A Child's Year.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's a Boy!

Hi Crafters,
I made the final touches on my "sneak peak" project at the end of the baby banner video.

I made this using New Arrival for the animals (the giraffe also had the spots cut out of it with the gypsy using squares and triangles).  The palm tree is from Life is a Beach.
I also made a diaper cake for the shower.  This cake has about 50 diapers in it.
The ribbon is from the dollar bin at Michael's.  The onesie is from New Arrival and also uses the cricut markers.  The shower is coming up soon and I hope she will like the gifts!!

Happy crafting,

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bulletin Boards

Hi Crafters,

I wanted to post some bulletin boards I've been working on the past few weeks.  If you saw my previous entry with my bulletin board video you may recognize one of these

I used Give A Hoot for all the cuts on this board.

This was all done with Plantin Schoolbook using a variety of the feature keys.  This is probably my favorite board this year.

This is the board I dread every year because of its location!  It has two water fountains and requires an 8 foot ladder to complete (I always end up wet in some way and this year was no exception).  This one gets changed one time a year so the quote has to be a good one!  The font is A Child's Year. Are you noticing that is is one of my favorite fonts?

Happy crafting,

Friday, August 13, 2010

Baby Shower Banner using Cricut Markers

Check out my MANY other baby shower banners here...

Hi Crafters,
I made the beginnings of a Baby Shower banner today.  I picked up some mini clothes pins from Joann's so I should be able to snap some quick pictures this weekend so you can get the whole picture.  I used New Arrival for the onesies and A Child's Year for the font.  I used the blue marker from the primary color pack of cricut markers.  I'm really excited to see how this turns out!

Happy crafting,

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It's that time of year again....

Okay okay, it's this time of year that many a teacher dreads to hear the "s" word shhh you know :whispers: school :shudders: hehe I kid I kid.  I do get excited about going back to school.  Once August hits my brain starts to whirl with ideas for bulletin boards, new lessons, getting to see all my teacher friends, and meet the students.  Last year I bribed convinced my principal to purchase me a Cricut Expression to keep at school in exchange for doing most of the hallway bulletin boards (this is truly my elementary teacher background coming out from behind my middle school teacher mask).  She excitedly and happily agreed so I have a pretty expression that lives in my lab closet for those days when my inspiration hits.  I must say that between teaching and being an RA for 2 years my bulletin board skillz have greatly improved.  I can put up a long bulletin board all by myself with no one to hold the other end of the paper.  I made a quick and VERY simple bulletin board yesterday at school.  Take a look if you have a chance...

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Halloween Cards

We just got a new video camera so I'm trying it out.  It was surprisingly easy to record and get it uploaded to the computer.  It was easier than using my built in camera on my computer that's for sure!

I know it's a bit early for Halloween but I made these cards for Operation Write Home and they need to be mailed out soon for the soldiers.  The Ghost is from Paper Doll Dress up.  The pumpkin is from A Child's Year.  The trick or treat ribbon I found in the dollar bin at Michael's.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Black Currant

I try to stay away from buying paper stacks because they take up so much space and I always forget to use them.  I got the Black Currant paper stack from Joann's the other day because it just SCREAMED my name.  I card lifted this flower off of the DCWV blog.  All of the printed cardstock is from this stack.  The ribbon is from Michael's.  This card did not require any cricut just some creative cutting.

I used pop dots in-between the layers of the cut flowers. This stack has metallic accents that are raspberry colored and just add the perfect touch.  I used an EK Success edge punch on the side.

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Just BEEEcause

Hi Crafters,
This adorable little bee is from Give a Hoot.  The green is embossed with spots and dots and his wings are also embossed with the cuttlebug as well.

I made several of these cards to send off to an organization called Operation Write Home they take homemade cards and soldiers use them to write home to loved ones.  This is my first time working with them and look forward to continue making cards for them.

Hopefully I'll have some more videos in the next couple weeks.

Happy crafting,

Monday, August 2, 2010

How to post a picture on thenest.com

This is how you post a picture on thenest.com.  I hope this helps if you have questions let me know.