Friday, December 21, 2012

December Daily Updates

I've been busy since I finished the iPad case.  I have managed to catch up and stay caught up on my Daily December/December Daily. I'm finding that I'm enjoying the idea of doing everyday life pictures.  I'm going to start on Project Life next week after Christmas I think.  I'll get some of the pages laid out so all I have to do is insert the pictures for the most part. I'll do a weekly page/pages though.  Recap the weeks events. There's no way I have time to do it daily once I'm back at work.  Anyways.. below are some of my pages.

Monday, December 10, 2012

iPad case via Laura from 'Following the Paper Trail'

I was doing some blog hopping the other day.  I honestly was bored and just not feeling in the mood to make the things I 'need' to make.  One of my favorite blogs to check in on is Laura from Following the Paper Trail.  She designs some phenomenal projects.  She's on the Graphic 45 design team and I'm not sure what all else. Anyways, she designed an iPad case using chipboard and scrapbook paper. I am ALWAYS changing my iPad covers for various reasons.  Gotta love ebay! :) Anyways, I thought why not try this for fun.  I watched her UStream video which gives all the details of how to make one. It's also on her blog.  I went ahead and bought the pattern as I can see myself using this to make seasonal ones etc. I happened to have almost everything already on hand (I sew also so had velcro).  The only thing I didn't have that I need to find something to work is the Graphic 45 door pulls she uses.  I want to go to Lowe's/Home Depot to see if I can find anything there that might work too. Anyways. this is my first try. I'm amazed how STURDY it is.  More heavy duty than some of the ipad cases I've had.  I used Teresa Collins 'Now and Then' paper.  Laura's site:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cricut meets Minecraft

lol.. don't you love that title? Anyways, the kids are all into this game called Minecraft. It's not too bad a game as they get pretty creative with it. To me it looks like an Atari version of Lego's or something. The graphics are very blocky, but I guess that's the way it's supposed to be. My older daughter loves the 'Creeper' that is in the game. She's put a bunch of Creeper items on her Christmas list. Well, the actual items are ridiculously expensive. If you look at it, it's just a green square with this black face. Talk about EASY to make on the cricut. So I used CCR, welded a bunch of squares together to make the face.. and here we are. One cheap ipad case (I go through these all the time as I get bored with the color etc so buy them off ebay etc) and some black vinyl equals one creeper face case. I'm happy to export the file for anyone that happens to want it. Just let me know.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December Daily

Well, I'm only a few days behind on posting this.  I'm trying to keep this fairly simple. My goal is to keep up with this along with everything else. If I can give up the super embellished, all the cuts on a page, etc.. then I may be able to try Project Life. I bought the stuff for that mid year, but haven't started it.  My goal is to start that so this is a great trial run for me. :)

I bought a Simple Stories binder and covered it with paper. I used glimmer mist to mist what was white rosettes and used a glue gun to put them on. I haven't decided on putting a title on it or not. There is a thing on the side I can slip something into so may do that. We'll see.  Simple Stories also had a calendar page. I am writing a sentence on each day of what I did. By the end of the month I thought it'd be a fun overview to look at. I do have more journaling going onto the tags and pages.

Friday, November 30, 2012

December Countdown, December Daily, Journal Your Christmas, etc.

So I have recently been exposed to this thing called 'December Daily'.   I had never heard of it until this year.  It is very similar to the ProjectLife and all the other daily type scrapbooking, albums etc. you may have seen.  There are various ways to do this.  Since Christmas is my favorite season (even with all the stress etc :) at times around it), I though it would be fun to do.  You can use what you have to do this. Some people are using a SMASH book, some the Recollections type smash books, the ProjectLife pages, etc.  Use what you have.   So tomorrow is December 1st. I am going to *try* to do mine everyday if not every few. I kind of have to get through to next Wednesday before life settles back to it's usual craziness for this time of the year so I may be delayed the first few days.  I have already covered my album, minus the title.  I've also done the tags up through Dec. 25th.  I have not decided if I'll do the whole month or not yet.  We'll see.   So, follow along, share what you're doing, etc. 
Saturday, November 10, 2012

Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids BLOG HOP, November 10-12, 2012

Back in October, I stumbled somehow across a wonderful blog hop hosted by Ellen (CardMonkey) that was occurring in which all of the banner's were going to a hospital for children with special needs to make it festive for Halloween as there are children that wouldn't be out trick or treating.   You may know that I teach children with special needs and so they all hold a special place in my heart.  Having spent my own time in a hospital for surgeries on and off growing up,  I know how 'sterile' a hospital can be and it can leave a very lasting impression. Even though people were friendly and nice, it's a place that I don't care to go to if at all possible.  Even driving by one brings memories up.  So, when I saw this hop I wanted to participate because the positive memories I do have are of places that were bright, festive, fun looking, etc.  and so what a perfect opportunity to hopefully make a child and their family smile while they are in the hospital during the holidays.  Children love decorations and children don't have expectations of 'it's not perfectly lined up on the page' usually. (I'll say usually as I do work with some that do :) )  So, if you enjoy making banners or like this idea, then make one and donate it to a hospital. Get a few crafting friends together and make a couple.  I'm sure they would be received with love.

With that said, I tried to think of a neutral holiday banner so it wouldn't be too religous, but I just couldn't get away from the idea in my head.  I did put Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.  I have all this great glitter paper that I bought at Joann's.  I love it because it doesn't get ALL over the place and cuts nicely.  It goes on sale every so often so I just stock up then.  I made this banner heavier duty than I usually make my own banners so it would last. These also have chipboard as one of the layers. 
Cricut Cartridges used:  Christmas Cheer and Sophisticated Font 2
The bulbs were cut at 5.15" wide / 6.5 inches high (I used my gypsy)
My letters are 3.6" high (Used Cricut Craft Room)
Eyelets set with my Big Bite tool

This will be sent to Madison Womack in order to go to the children at the 'Children's Hospital Central California'.  As I said, inspired?  make one and donate it too.

Here is the Hop line up for Saturday, November 10:
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Jessica -
  3. Lezlye -
  4. Edwina -
  5. Jenny -
  6. Shawnee -
  7. Scrappin Madge -
  8. Jeannie D. -
  9. Jessica E.~
  10. Kimi ~
  11. Janet ~
  12. Theresa Neubaum ~
  13. Khrista -   <-- currently="currently" here="here" li="li">
  14. An'Jenic -
  15. Jennifer R -
  16. Gloria W.
YOUR NEXT STOP is:  An'Jenic -

Thank you again for visiting us here for a beautiful and worthwhile endeavor. God bless all the little children wherever they spend their holidays!

Sunday and Monday's line up you can come back to as a reference:

For Sunday, November 11 (Thank you to all our Veteran's!):
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Jessica S -
  3. Lezlye -
  4. Lori -
  5. Jenny D -
  6. Lissa Marie -
  7. Robin -
  8. Scrappin Madge -
  9. Jeannie -
  10. Rebecca T. -
  11. Lisa T. -
  12. Kimi ~
  13. Beth~
  14. Dena ~
  15. Patricia ~
  16. Robin L -
  17. Jenny -

For Monday, November 12:
  1. Ellen ~ CardMonkey -
  2. Marianne -
  3. Beckie ~
  4. Tami -
  5. Heather D. -
  6. Jearise -
  7. Susan B -
  8. Jamie M.
  9. Linda Simpson -
  10. Theresa ~ www.thescrapbookingqueen.com_
  11. Vicky -
  12. Debbie T-
  13. Pam Funk -
  14. Shelly -
  15. Alina -
  16. Lisa L. -
  17. Nancie -
  18. Dorcas -
  19. Debbie _
  20. Rexann -
Sunday, October 14, 2012

Imagine - Word of Mouth Card

This particular cartridge has lots of quotes on it.  I chose this one and cut it at 4".  I did the layers and used Glossy Accents to put a sheen over the words I pop dotted up.  I added some yellow and red Stickles on top of the yellow/red spots on the background.  I then printed some coordinating paper out and used a Martha Stewart punch to go around the edges.  I used Tim Holtz 'peeled paint' Distress Ink to ink the edges some.  Thanks for looking!

Colorful Owl Clock

Happy Sunday Everyone!  I've been working on multiple small projects today.  One I've had sitting around is one of those cheap Walmart clocks.  I found this owl paper that went with my craft room that I thought would be cute in the clock.  So I just quickly put this together.  The letters I cut with my Cricut Mini at 1.1" using the Craft Room Basics font.  Some Washi Tape around the edge and some bright trim to finish it off.  Kind of funky I know, but it works and is better than the boring white it was :)  I'm working on a card now and so will post that when it's done.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Blog Candy Winner :)

Thank you all for participating in the hop this weekend and thank you for all the wonderful, kind compliments to my projects. I appreciated every single one and have read them more than once.  I printed off the comments, cut them apart, and had my daughter draw one out of a hat (ok, old fashioned but I haven't looked into how to use that random thing yet as this is the first time I've done this :) )  The winner of the blog candy I got just for the hop is.....

SherryL - Scrapluv
I'll be emailing you. Congratulations!
Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day Two of Blog Hop!

Welcome to day TWO of  Falling for Halloween Blog Hop!!

Thanks for joining us to enjoy all the wonderful crafty inspiration for the fall and Halloween season. You should have arrived here from
Debbie @

If you missed the beginning of the hop, please go to Maria's blog to start so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects.

I'll be giving away some fun Fall/Halloween blog candy too! You just need to leave a comment so I can randomly pull a name to win on Monday. You don't have to be a follower.

For my second project, I created two Fall cards.  All of the papers I used are from the SEI 'Field Notes' stack. I know Michael's carries it.  You might not think Fall when you first see it as it has butterflies etc. too.  For this project I utilized my cricut mini and also my Gypsy.  I first had to weld the maple leaf font together with the Gypsy.  I found the leaf font on the 'Go Canada' cartridge. Can't get a better maple leaf than that one :)  The other card is identical except I 'hid' the letters.  I decided to use the leftover letters that came out of the one cut for the other card. No waste! :)   For the shapes they are on, I used the Art Philosophy cartridge. This has some great shapes for frames I think.  Add some pop dots, and these thin gold sticker strips (my friend Adele in England sent them.. I've yet to find them around here) for a little elegance and two finished cards.

Thanks so much for joining in on the hop today! Please be sure to check out all the participant's wonderful projects. I've posted the list below in case you've missed anyone. The next blog you will be visiting belongs to the very talented Angela @

Here's the entire list of participants:
Maria @
Michele @
Paulette @
Cindy @
Beth @
Renee @
Debbie @
Khrista @
Angela @
Nadia @
Donna @
Diane @
Sara @
Michele @
Saturday, October 6, 2012


Welcome to the Falling for Halloween Blog Hop!!

Thanks for joining us to enjoy all the wonderful crafty inspiration for the fall and Halloween season. You should have arrived here from
Debbie @

If you missed the beginning of the hop, please go to Maria's blog to start so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects.

I'll be giving away some fun Fall/Halloween blog candy too! You just need to leave a comment so I can randomly pull a name to win on Monday. You don't have to be a follower.

For my project, I created some artwork to hang up for Halloween with my Gypsy and Cricut. I love cute owls, which is also what my craft room is decorated in for fun. I found this adorable Halloween owl paper and based my project around it. I used the Hoot N' Holler cartridge to create the four owl's (one for each member of my family). They're approximately 3"-4". I used my Gypsy to hide the faces so I could use the Peachy Keen 'Critter Faces' stamps (x-large and medium sized ones). I then used the 'October 31st' cartridge for the fence. I stretched that out to be about 10" long. Then I created the banner by using just a basic font and a pennant for the letters to go on. There's a few different cartridges with the pennant shape on it. The edge was done using the Martha Stewart spider web punch. Some foam dots for depth, and trendy twine for the banner. I think it came out pretty cute. 

Thanks so much for joining in on the hop today! Please be sure to check out all the participant's wonderful projects. I've posted the list below in case you've missed anyone. The next blog you will be visiting belongs to the very talented Angela @

Here's the entire list of participants:
Maria @
Michele @
Paulette @
Cindy @
Beth @
Renee @
Debbie @
Khrista @
Angela @
Nadia @
Donna @
Diane @
Sara @ 
Michele @
Monday, September 3, 2012

Teacher's Survival Kit

I have two new teachers that I am mentoring this year. Tomorrow is our first day back with the kids and so everyone has been busy setting up classrooms, etc. All three of us teach special education in specialized programs. I've seen this idea on the Cricut Messageboard, various blogs, etc. Just google 'Teachers Survival Kit' and you'll get various ones. I combined a few sayings for mine. What's great is that it is a relatively inexpensive gift. Some stuff I had (paperclips, rubber bands, etc) and then I bought some stuff. I think overall the split cost is *maybe* $10.00 and that includes the container. The container I picked up at Joanne's on sale. This particular one is one for embroidery floss. I used my Gypsy to weld the letters. I used the Imagine cartridge 'Enjoy The Seasons' for the apple with the worm in it. Then I just typed up the saying using Word. I'll drop them off tomorrow as a surprise (one work in a different building). I'll try to get some pictures of things I've done in my classroom this year also to put up. I've been on a blah crafting funk and of course when work starts up, the creativity starts! Figures! :) Thanks for looking!
Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer Projects

I have not had much time to craft yet this summer. To many other projects that have needed to get done. Painting one daughters room, reorganizing both daughters rooms, yard stuff, teaching summer school, helping my mom and sister move down to the town I live in, etc. etc. I finished this and just now finally getting it posted. :) I have a digital SLR now that I love using. I should have bought one years ago because the pictures you can take are so much better. I take it whenever we go to the park etc. and practice with all the various settings and use it in manual mode. I happened to catch this series of pictures of my daughter and just liked them. It doesn't seem like there is much 'Cricut' here, but I cut the paper to fit over the mat frame. Definitely a trial and error process. It would have been easier to use an xacto knife, but I wanted crisp rectangles. Add a little bling, and there's one picture series to hang. :)
Saturday, June 23, 2012

Simple Layout

I started this a while ago, but never finished it. It's a simple gift that I'll put into a frame for my father in law. He came to show us this truck one day and I snapped these pictures that all came out pretty good. The truck cut is from the Nifty Fifties cartridge. I altered it by putting the black around the wheels as I wanted it to match the actual truck.
Friday, June 15, 2012

One more day!

The last few weeks have been very hectic for me so I have not gotten much done at all in the way of crafting. The end of the school year is always busy just in general. This year I said I'd write the master schedule for next year. Then I decided to put in for a possible new position (didn't get that one) just because it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. There's another one I'm waiting to hear about still. I love where I'm at though so I'm fine either way. I now have a nasty head cold. I live in Washington and when they say it rains, it pours.. sometime's it just true! :) So, after Monday life should in theory start slowing down. Those that know me are probably laughing, so I'll add.. slow down maybe by 1 mph :) So, anyways, I should have some new things to post as soon as I get through my last day of school (at least for a few weeks as I'm doing ESY for our district which is like a summer school).
Monday, May 28, 2012

Circle Monthly Challenge

I don't think I've done a Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge until now. This is a two page layout of my daughters first ever swimming meet. I used the cartridge 'Sport Mania' for the swimmers. I used my Gypsy to weld them together to make it 12" long. I utilized the 'Birthday Cakes' cartridge for the letters. I didn't like the '1st' and so ended up using the 'Cricut Font and Basic Shapes' for the 1st. I'm really happy with how the team name came out as I wanted letters as close to the actual logo as I could get. Technically the red letters should be black, but I decided I wanted a litle more color to help remember their team colors are red and black. Their logo has an unusual 'R' and the Birthday Cakes font was very close. Most people probably wouldn't pay that close attention, but since my DH is one of the coaches and I have the actual logo on my computer, I was being very picky. :) Edited note - You should always double check your layouts for personal information. Thankfully I looked at it again after I posted and had missed that there was personal information on the card. So, it's obviously strange looking there now as I messed with it so that information wasn't showing.
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pirate Gift

As many of you know, I'm on the Cricut Messageboard. If I wasn't on there so often, I'd probably have a whole more more crafting and quilting done. :) Oh well, must be the teacher in me to help others with the Imagine etc. and then there are just so many darn ideas and of COURSE, lots of great people. Well, NewbieCrafter is on the messageboard and was having a birthday. You can find his blog here: He's quite creative and funny. Some of us thought he needed to get some mail. :) Who doesn't like getting mail and packages? I know I sure do! :) Unfortunately, and hopefully he forgives me :) , I somehow thought his birthday was Friday so ended up getting what I made out a little late. Being more a card maker, I was going to send a birthday card but just wasn't in the mood to make a card and the ideas I had were just too blah in my head (have I mentioned how critical I can be of my own work?) Now I gain information from observing, listening, chatting, etc. At one point, he had a Pirate theme going on with his work this year so I thought .. hm... I have 'Buccaneer' that I could come up with something. I've seen this idea in various places (not a pirate one though) and so went with it. My two lovely daughters thought I needed to make a ship and didn't understand the 'house'. I could only explain that I didn't have a 3-D cartridge and not the part that was in my head of thinking 'pirate tavern'. lol. Anyways, I almost forgot to take a few pictures. I added in a few small goodies and a battery tealite thinking it could be used for a candle holder if he wanted. For my first time, was kind of fun. I used Buccaneer for all the paper etc. I put some images inside the house looking through the window. The house itself is from Sweet Tooth Boxes. One of my favorite things is that I took some plastic acrylic and ran it through my cuttlebug (idea I had seen Nadia do on a project recently as seen here ) and used it for the 'window'. I LOVE LOVE how that came out. Reminds me of old fashioned window panes. I recently purchased this wire kit thing and had the idea of adding wire to the sign. It was a little heavy on the paper so I double cut the sign. Not sure if the sign made it still in tact. I shipped it in a box with those popcorn thingies. I hadn't posted it yet as I didn't want it to be seen until I know he received it. Thanks for looking! :)
Sunday, May 20, 2012

Grand Cayman Layout

This was my favorite stop at the Grand Cayman's. I would go back to the Cayman's. Friendly, friendly people. Someone told us there's only one road all around the island so you can rent a jeep and go all the way around it to see it. The Turtle Farm was great. I never would have imagined being able to even hold one, let alone a couple of them. The little baby feels like leather and is very soft. Fragile little creatures. They quickly get heavier though. I thought Crush was perfect to add to the page. I actually used my own pictures to get RGB codes for what colors to use. I then inked him some to give a little more depth. The Grand Cayman title is from Wizards laser diecuts. I bought one for each of our stops when I was at CKC as they seemed perfect. I had not seen or worked with laser die cuts before and WOW. The percision of the tinies cut is amazing. :
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sisterly Layout

The only thing 'cricut' in this layout is that I used Elegant Edges to cut the floral background. I went to CraftWarehouse recently and really loved these colors. They happen to go well I think with the picture too. Helps that one of my favorite colors is red. See, lots to like about this layout. Michael's now carries what I guess could be called 'bling tape'. I used that around the edge and learned that it does not curve very well. I had to go back and glue the curves down. It's fine now, but if you ever use the stuff, just know that it will pop up around curves without some extra adhesive. I used some flowers I have and glimmer misted them. They were white before. They're great as you can ink or glimmer mist them to get whatever color you want. My best friend took this picture of us when he visited in December when we were on the ferry. It's a really good one of my sister and I. :)

Mother's Day Cards

I had a few Mother's Day cards to make. Some were traditional floral, ok most of them are. I forgot to take a picture of one of them, but it was similar to one of these. I love the site creativecritterzimaginations( ) and so one of the designers cards there (Pam) inspired me on the rose one. The one with the kitchen I made for my sister just because I thought it was cute. You can't see all the details well. I used the Imagine cartridge 'Kate's Kitchen' for this one. Then pop dotted the layers out. My sister has red hair. I used glossy accents on the entire floor. Reminded me of that 'retro' shiny floor so I HAD to make it shiny.

Cards for the Stash

I've always been more of a card maker. I consider myself a newbie when it comes to scrapbook layouts. They disney pages I did were my first layouts. Periodically I get in a crafting funk for lack of a better word. However, I want to craft and have the desire to make something. So, one thing I do is just make some simple cards to add to my stash. I always find myself needing a quick card for a thank you note, kids birthday, etc. I also have a daughter that likes to get into my stash and write little notes to her friends. They're usually pretty cute, but it makes me laugh as she often picks holiday ones. Recently she used a gingerbread one that was in my Christmas slot. I recently purchased the Wild Card 2 cartridge. I truly dislike the colors they used in the handbook. I sometimes wonder why they pick such strange colors sometimes. I've seen other people use the cart though with cute papers and colors. Mine were all made using the Imagine cartridges, Blast Off, Imagine More Cards, and Notebook Doodles. Nothing too fancy.
Friday, May 11, 2012

Owl Card (NSD Circle Challenge)

This is probably my final entry for the National Scrapbooking Circle Challenges. This one was to use a new cartridge and an older catridge. The new cartridge I used was Wild Card 2. You really have to get beyond the colors they used in their handbook. No idea why they used primary colors. The cards are all very cute though if you use other colors I think. Then I used Hoot N Holler for the saying inside. The paper I used was DCWV Coral Couture. I apologize for not having the great of picture on this one, but I couldn't figure out how to combine two pictures into one in a jpeg format. :)
Thursday, May 10, 2012

NSD - Circle Challenge Using Scraps

Another of the National Scrapbooking Challenges on the Cricut Circle Blog was to create a layout using scraps. You could use one full sheet of paper. I've been using Lori's Garden quite a bit as I've been making Mother's Day cards. Well, my Imagine was not aligned correctly as I had rearranged my craft room and moved my machine a few times which I'm guessing is what did it. Now why I always have to do an advanced calibration, I've no idea but that's what my machine likes to get it right. So I had a small pile of cuts that were off (if you look close you can see the white) so just scrap cuts to me. I printed out a coordinating yellow pattern from the cartridge for my backdrop. Add some stickles and pop-ups for dimension and viola! I'm actually surprised that 1. I was able to use the scrap cuts and 2. I like what I created with them! lol. I did cut some of the images apart to 'fill' in space. I used the cuttlebug to add some embossing to the two blue flowers with the swirls folder. Thanks for looking!

National Scrapbooking Day - Circle Challenge

For National Scrapbooking Day, the Cricut Circle blog had two days with various challenges for prizes. They had games, a chat and other things also. The challenges are all due tomorrow. This is what I came up with for the color challenge. There were two blues, a peach type color, green, and a darker color (couldn't quite tell if it was black or dark blue). You can't quite tell that the flowers on this layout are pop dotted quite a bit so they 'pop' from the page. I used Art Noveau for the vase. The rest was all done with my Cricut Imagine and the Lori's Garden cartridge. My interesting fact I had posted up on the messageboard I found was I printed some backdrop script paper to maybe use from the Lori's Garden cartridge. While I was waiting for things to cut etc, I was looking at it and reading it. It's part of the U.S. constitution. I ended up not using the script for this project, but thought it was interesting. :) Thank you for all your kind and wonderful comments. I enjoy all of them.