Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue...Here is a Card, Just for You!

My friend Yvette (The Little Things) and I held a Cricut 101 training afterschool today to show all the interested teachers how to use the new Cricut Expression that our PTO purchased and after that I was eager to come home and create something. I first started with making a no-staple no-glue mini album, but got distracted with all the great challenges that were posted. I decided to make this card instead and will work on the other project tomorrow. It is very simple and the students love it! Be sure to check back later on how to make your own.

Metal Brads

Black, White and 1 Other Color

The Challenges are:

Alphabet Challenge Blog: Roses
Paper Cutz Challenge: Metal
Made by Momo: Black, White, and 1 other color

I used the Potpourri Basket cartridge to cut both the rose and the sentiment.

I hope you will leave a comment so I can come and visit you. I love to share ideas and hope you do too.

Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Paper Playtime Challenge #13 - Anniversary

 For Challenge #13 make a Card, Layout, 3-D Project or any other Paper Craft Project inspired by this theme:
Our 17th anniversary is in Novmeber and my husband wants a camera, so when I saw this image on the Heritage cartridge I thought it was perfect for him. I want to add one of our wedding pictures to the frame (once I get it duplicated for cropping).

Hoping to hear from you.
Stay Creative,

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sports Card (Yes! This was a Challenge!)
The challenge is anything sport related! It can be anything! Any Project, Any Size and any color.

I remember how Carri at DoubleClickConnections said she dislikes sports and how challenging it was to make a sports themed card...well, I do understand! I am not a sports-liking person either, but I thought I was up for the challenge too. After staring at the Basketball cartridge for quite some time (I still haven't used it) and then I searched for a trophy image, I decided to make a 1st place ribbon with Plantin Schoolbook.
My son is going to particpate in cross country beginning Monday and then Varsity wrestling. I created this card to give to him when he wins either a race or a match.  I thought I should be prepared rather than wait until the last minute (like his birthday).

On the top of my page it says...where creativity and frugality meet...well, check out these deals.

Paper Pad by We R Memory Keepers (clearance at TJMaxx)
red and blue cardstock (on sale at Joann's for $1.99)
black stickers by EK Success (40% off at Michaels)
black gems (40% off coupon at Michaels)

Hope to hear from you! 
Stay Creative,
Georgiana : ) 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Two Questions...Please Give Feedback

My birthday is approaching within the next month and I am hoping to get some birthday money. If I do I want to buy a new cartridge or two. The problem I have though is it is like the cereal aisle...too many choices. I would love to have some input to make my decision easier.

Here is my first question...What is your favorite cartridge (and maybe you could tell me why)?

Here is my second question...What are your thoughts on ads on your blog page? The reason I ask is because I recently went to a a page or two of favorite sites I like(d) to visit and there were ads ALL over it. What happened to sharing your love of crafts and projects you make? These pages were covered with ads from Amazon, Google, Oh My Craft, etc. I understand they make you some money (right?), but isn't there a point where there are too many?

PLEASE SHARE! Tell me your thoughts.

I am hoping to be able to do some crafting tonight. The card I made last night was a quickie and defintiely not my best (too much back to school work to do - but it is up-to-date). It was my son's 16th birthday yesterday! Kids sure do grow fast...where does the time go?!?!

I used the Wild Card cartridge for the base and inside sentiment and Plantin Schoolbook for 16. I used black gems to add some flair.
Stay Creative,

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yeah! I'm So Excited and I Just Can't Hide It! (Wait, isn't that a song?)

After school today I checked my comments (as I do everyday now that I am back in class - oh yah, I have 23 students with a new one coming tomorrow. Remember all that school "stuff" I made for the Back to School blog hop - it wasn't enough! I have making lots of crafts for every student for the last two to three days which is why I haven't been posting other projects) and I was extremely surprised to find a message from Scrappy Scavenger to check out her blog. Of course, I did like she asked and I found this. YEAH! : )

Ok, so on to the Award Rules.

1.Thank the person you rewarded it to you.
I would like to send a big THANK YOU to Scrappy Scavenger. I am super excited and very appreciative. Yeah again!
2. Copy award to your blog.

3. List 3 things you love about yourself.
a. I am super organized (some would call it obsessive, but I like to know where everything is).
b. I am extrememly motivated to help all my students reach their highest potential. I always ask for the ESE students and the most challenging students.
c. I found a hobby that I enjoy and I love all the projects, the comments, the people, the sharing, etc.

4. Post a picture that you love on your blog.
Kyle and Kelsey in front of the Music Hall of Fame in Georgia
5. Pass the award on to 5 other inspirational people.
e. Carolyn at

Thank you again and I hope all the creative crafters I selected for this award are just as surprised as I many wonderful ideas and projects to share.

Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

I always knew that I wanted to be creative, that I wanted to create something.
~ Maynard James Keenan

Sunday, August 22, 2010

It's Clear for a Challenge

We are still working on the bedroom, so I decided to use the same color palette and create this layout. I love this clear transparency we found at our local scrapbook store yard sale. They were 5 for a $1.00 with all types of designs. I plan on taking lots of pictures and mounting them on each space.
Lime Green clear overlay

Matha Stewart Playful Blue paper and black cardstock

The two pieces will fit nicely together.
Now do not forget about our Bedroom Color Challenge. We are looking for cards, layouts, and projects using the same color palette...Morning Glory blue, Limolicious geen, white, and black. Click Here to get back to entry page.

We are off to Joann's to get the prizes this morning.

I also am entering this layout in the "Anything Goes" challenge at Paper Cutz Challenge. The only other feature I am going to add is a title..Bedroom Makeover 2010.

Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bedroom Color Challenge Update

First, I want to send a huge THANKS to Carolyn at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamper for being the first person to post a picture for me. I asked her to test it out, so I knew if I correctly attached the Link feature (Can you tell I am a newbie?).

 It worked! YEAH!

THANK YOU again Carolyn.

Here is the update...We started off at Lowe's this morning buying the paint (Limolicious and Filoli Morning Glory) and picking up few blue and green storage containers. Then we came home and moved all the furniture...that was lots of fun. Then the taping around edges came next. Finally...PAINT TIME!

While my husband is painting our daughter's room, I decided to make a card using the same colors. I used the Martha Stewart Playful Blue paper pad that I won at More Than Favors. The dream bubble was cut a 2 1/2" using the Potpourri cartridge.

Please join us with this bedroom color challenge. Be sure to click here to get back to the link to enter your projects.

My daughter is super excited and she is looking forward to shopping for the prizes. Let me tell you...when she is spending someone else's money...she has extremely scrumptious taste in goodies.

Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

Happiness... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
~ Vincent Van Gogh

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bedroom Color Challenge

My daughter, yes that wonderful 12 year old of mine, has decided she wants to redo her bedroom again...this usually occurs at least every other year. She gets all these great ideas, creates floorplans, and then mom has to buy the "stuff" and dad has to paint for the entire weekend.

 I thought it would be fun if we asked for your help. She needs some creative ideas for pictures for the walls and shelves. We would love if you would participate with us and use the following colors as an inspiration. She chose: Filoli Morning Glory and Limolicious. The base boards are white and the furniture is black. Here is a picture of the bedding.

I will allow my daughter to choose her favorite submissions and then she will get to go shopping again for some goodies for the winner. Please have all projects posted by Monday night. Winners will be announced on Tuesday after my daughter comes home from school and has a chance to preview all the projects.

Thank you in advance for helping. She LOVES the creative blog world!

Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Anything Goes with "Three Layers"

Challenge #12: Three Layers

I created two layouts this evening for The Craft Den Anything Goes Challenge

This first one I had planned on finishing before school started.  The students do not officially start until Monday, so I am going to say I met this goal.  The has taken me a few years...better late than never...right? All the pictures are framed in multiple layers.
My daughter found this paper at a yard sale our local craft store held a few weeks ago. It belonged to a Creative Memories kit and we purchased it since she loves horses. I used the Old West cartridge for the letters...Flourish and Flourish Shadow at 1 1/2".
This second layout was just created although it says 2006. I purchased the Coca Cola paper after visiting the museum in Atlanta, developed the pictures once we returned home, and then put it in a scrapbook that I had good intentions of creating. Well, it never happened until now. It was a good thing the date was on the back of the pictures or I would have never remembered the year.

Stay Creative,
Georgiana  : )

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
~Ayn Rand

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's Party Time

Please join the design team in celebrating a very special day & challenge...Happy Birthday Kristie!

In honor of Kristie's birthday, we are celebrating with an "It's My Birthday Color Challenge"! The challenge rules are to create a card using Kristie's favorite colors: pink, brown & white. Don't forget to have a birthday greeting/sentiment on the front of the card!

I have had this hiedi grace designer paper for a little while and thought these colors were absolutely perfect when I bought it.
Hope you enjoy!
Stay Creative,
Georgiana  : )
I love being creative.
~Joanna Noelle Levesque

Monday, August 16, 2010

12 Year Old Has Creative Bug

Just For You

My daughter (who happens to be 12) has asked numerous times if she could have a blog to post her cards and I have repeatedly told her, "No". I do not feel she is old enough (since it says 13 years old) and I want to remain protective just a little longer. Therefore, I am posting some of her cards on my site so she will not feel left out.

PLEASE feel free to let her know what you think. She would LOVE to read some comments...any comments...even one...about her cards. I do not help her. I have informed her she must make them or they are no longer her creations.

Although I am her mom, I think they came out pretty good. : ) 

Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
~Albert Einstein

Gotta' Love a Deal

My daughter and I went shopping before I head back to school tomorrow and we found some GREAT deals.
Disney paper at Joann for 10 cents each and Disney stickers were 99 cents at Michaels
6X6 designer paper stack on clearance for $1.00 at Marshalls

Target's dollar section had yellow dot items for 50% off (My friend said they are now 75%.). These will be perfect for the scrapbook club for school.
I am ready to start creating projects for Halloween now. I even bought a stamp (not pictured) and used the 40% off a regular price item at Michaels.
Halloween stack was 40% off and individual sheets were 5 for $1.00 at Joann
Teacher Appreciation at Joann's was this past Saturday and Sunday and teachers received another 20% their total purchase.
Joann's Scrapbooking section had super deals if you were willing to take your time and look. The best buys were the 1/16" hole punch for 97 cents and the edge punch for $3.97 which was regular price $14.99. YEAH!
Hope you find some fabulous deals too. Be sure to share what you found and where.

Stay Creative,

“Questions are the creative acts of intelligence”
~Frank Kingdom

Ring...Ring...Ring... The Winners Are...

The winners for the Back to School Hop are...

The Appreciation Gift Winner of  Learning Curve is....

Carolyn Ruiz said...

The cards are great and I am really liking that paper stack! Who knew that you could find stuff like that at TJMaxx?! I sure didn't. I'll have to look for that kind of stuff next time I go. TFS

The Weekly Hop Winner of the School Life paper stacks and stickers is...

Got2BCrafting said...

That's awesome you were able to get a grant and then to do the scrapbooking club.. sounds like a wonderful program. I have loved all your projects. TFS

tahoe_luvr at yahoo dotcom

Carolyn and Lori ~ Let's make contact so I can get you your goodies! You can e-mail me your address at your earliest convenience. Thanks!

Thank you for being a part of our First Annual Back to School Hop. We hope that everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. Be sure to stay posted for more projects, hops, and goodies.

Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
~ John Cleese  

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Camp Out Word Wall

Day 7
Final Day for the Back to School Hop

I finally finished one of the two projects just in time for the last day...26 images, 26 shadows, and 26 letters later...

I really like how my Word Wall turned out. I am going to laminate each picture when I get back to school on Tuesday so they will be more durable and then hang them up. I think the parents and students will like it better than just the individual letter.
I used the Camp Out cartridge and cut each image at 4". The white letters were cut from Plantin SchoolBook at 3".

Thank you once again for joining us during this past week. I will announce both winners on Monday, August 16th. Be sure to check the others (please see below) one last time for any last day projects!

Dorcas at 4 Crafty Angels

Cheryl at Cards by CG

Jen at Purple Scrapbooker

Carri at abusybee

Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.
~Bill Hicks

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Two Projects in Progress

Day 7
Back to School Hop

I have two projects started that I need to finish for the final day, Sunday. Wow! That is tomorrow already. It has been a pleasure creating, posting, sharing, reading comments, visiting your sites, and being able to give away goodies. 
  • The first one consist of 30 Teacher Name Plates for Meet Your Teacher. My friend, Yvette, at The Little Things, has been my partner for this project. Our principal asked us to make them since our PTO purchased the Cricut Expression (and 12 Cricut cartridges) thru a mini grant I wrote for us to use at our school and for the scrapbooking club that we volunteered to initiate as an after school enrichment program for the 3rd - 5th graders. We figured it was the least we could do to help. His only request was to include the image of the Cricut. That was easy!
  • The second one is my Word Wall. I am using the Camp Out cartridge once again. Since I am cutitng out 26 images and letters it is taking me a little longer than expected. I like how they are coming out so far. I plan on using about 6 different images and either black or white letters. I will post the final pictures on Sunday.

Be sure to check out Dorcas at 4 Crafty Angels and then the other ladies: Cheryl, Jen, and Carri. We are all starting to wrap up this amazing and creative week. We surely hope that you have been inspired to create and post your own projects. Be sure to leave a comment so we can visit you.

Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
~Albert Einstein

Friday, August 13, 2010


Day 6
Back to School Hop

  Magnetic Bookmark
Here are the supplies you need for today's project:
  • 1" strip of paper that is 6" in length
  • self-adhevise magnet
  • favorite Cricut cut ~ mine is a moose track cut at 1" from Camp Out
1. Fold piece of paper in half
2. Glue favorite cut on top portion of folded strip
3. Attach magnet to the inside bottom of each strip
I like these bookmarks because when students are walking around and holding their book sideways thier place will not get lost since the bookmark does not fall out.
It is hard to believe it has been almost a week. I hope you have been enjoying all of our projects. I know I have and I am looking forward to making some myself! It actaully will be very difficult to chose which one to do first. We LOVE the comments and checking out your sites. There are some really amazing projects posted!
Be sure to check on Dorcas at 4 Crafty Angels. I know she has not been feeling well, so she could use some get well wishes.
Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.
Tadao Ando

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Let's Go Exploring on Day 5

Camp Carson's Class of Learning

Anyone that has visited my class knows that I LOVE moose...there are pictures, stuffed animals, books, droppings (I did not collect these ~ students have brought them back from their vacations. You have to love 5th graders sense of humor!), etc. Therefore, all my students are introduced to my collection (obsession sounded just a little too strong) and they are more than welcome to become a part of it.

My project today is a Survival Kit for each student. Since students are going to be exploring a challenging curriculum this year, I knew they were going to need a few supplies. I created 18 of these bags (the maximum number of students allowed in grades 4 - 5 is 22 due to class size amendment)

I used the Camp Out cartridge for the moose, frame, and sign. The grass was cut from Plantin Schoolbook. The Survival Guide was typed on Microsoft Word.

I am going to include items such as: pencils, erasers, Smarties, a free homework pass (I am going to use the scrap pieces from inside the frames), and a bookmark (which I will be making this week).

I will be honest...I did not spend as much time on these bags as I did the cards because I knew kids would not save these. They are going to take the goodies out and cram the bag "somewhere". I am definitely going with "the thought counts" on this one.

Please hop on over to Dorcas at 4 Crafty Angels.

Stay Creative,
Georgiana : )

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt