Friday, May 31, 2013

It's Graduation Time at Little Scrap Pieces

Hello Crafty Friends,
Today was a somber day for many people in our school district. We are facing severe budget difficulties and the future is looking glum as layoffs must be made. Unfortunately, the people that live in my community are not always supportive of education. They feel taxes are already too high or they don't have children in the system any more, so they shouldn't have to pay. Remember...I live in Florida and this area is retirement city. The current students must suffer the consequences.
Althought the budget is a depressing topic, graduation is right around the corner. Seniors last day was today and graduation ceremonies are next week. Yeah!
Little Scrap Pieces wants to honor all those graduating!
Here is my Design Team project...
 The sketch I used
 My husband gave this card to his niece since she graduated from high school this year. Her school colors were red, white, and blue.
Bo Bunny pattern paper
white and blue card stock
Happy Graduation Cricut cartridge ~ sentiment and cap
red ribbon
red and blue gems
Hope you will join us Little Scrap Pieces for our "Graduation" challenge.
Stay Creative,

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"Recycle It" at Whimsical Designs

Hello Crafty Friends,
Welcome  back for another Whimsical Wednesday.
Today we have a new challenge and it is a wonderful opportunity to reuse some of those old items you may have laying around in the kitchen drawers. I asked the other DT members what they were using and I was told...toilet paper tubes, bottle caps, coffee stir sticks, etc. Hmmm...that got me thinking...maybe I could use birthday candles or straws.
Here is my "Recycle It" project...
A little treat for someone so sweet! Just need to decide what type of treat.
Any suggestions on your favorite candies?
 Matching tag
I bought this container of black and white flowers the other day at Michaels since it was on clearance ($2.99 ~ regular $9.99).
I dusted the inside and outside of the container, and then removed the label. A strip of red card stock and pattern paper now decorate the outside along with a Spellbinders and apple.
The top is covered with matching pattern paper and a shadow lays underneath. Polka dot ribbon is tied to the handle.
clear paint container
red, black, and white card stock
school paper
Give a Hoot Cricut cartridge ~ apple
red and white polka dot ribbon
red and white twine
red and black inks
Whimsical Designs stamp

This Week's Sponsor...
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$10 gift certificate

Hope you will join us this week at Whimsical Designs for the "Recycle It" challenge. I am looking forward to seeing what you will reuse to reduce the amount of debris going into the landfills.

Can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

And the Winner is...The One With the Best...

Hello Crafty Friends,
Welcome back and thank you for visiting.
I hope you enjoyed my patriotic minis, sporty skunk, and firecracker Twizzler treats. I have a bunch of fabulous projects this week that I am looking forward to sharing. I sure hope you will join me each day.
Today brings a new challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas, so here is another opportunity for you to be creative.
The Challenge...Create a Shape Card
My Design Team project...
Trophy cards for my class. I thought it would be fun to do class superlatives and have the students vote for... The One With the Best...
 Materials ready for assembly
 I wasn't sure about this card at first because it opens from the top. I am using the back of the card as the base to allow the front to remain upright.
Students will vote for...Best Athlete, Next American Idol, Most Artisitic, Biggest Fashionista, etc. Each student will get to vote for anyone in the class and I will tally up the votes. Then a couple days later I will surprise the students with a trophy card. Should be fun!
I am thinking about writing the winner's name on the white rectangular base. What do you think?
red, blue, white, and gold card stock
Wild Card 2 Cricut cartridge ~ trophy (p. 67) cut at 4 3/4"
Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge ~ 2013 cut at 1/2"
blue ink
white Enamel Accents

This Week's Sponsor...
Hope you will join us this week at Die Cuttin' Diva for our "Shape Card" challenge. Be sure to check out the FABULOUS Design Team projects!
Stay Creative,

Monday, May 27, 2013

Thank You Patriots

Hello Crafty Friends,
Happy Memorial Day to those in the USA!
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
Here is a patriotic "Thank You"
 My minis are 3" x 3".
I finally used the sewing machine to stitch around the edges. Not perfect, but I am trying! Eager to trying some other types of stitches now.
 These flowers are layered with foam tape to give dimension.
kraft card stock
Bo Bunny pattern paper
All Mixed Up Cricut cartridge ~ Thank You (p. 127) cut at 1 1/4"
K&Company Americana stickers
red and white twine
brown cord
white ribbon
Singer sewing machine and multi colored thread

Happy Bank Day to my UK friends!
A bank holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries, other European countries such as Switzerland, and a colloquialism for a public holiday in Ireland. There is no automatic right to time off on these days, although banks close and the majority of the working population is granted time off work or extra pay for working on these days, depending on their contract. Many large shops open on bank holidays, when many people have a day off for shopping.
Enjoy Shopping!
Coming Soon!
 Stay creative and enjoy the rest of your day,

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Sporty Skunk

Hello Crafty Friends,
Thank you for stopping by today to see what new projects have been created. I have been enjoying making treat bags/toppers, but now I have some birthday cards that I need to make before the last day of school. One down...a few more to go!
Here is one for a boy who loves sports.
I am not sure what the birthday boy's favorite sport is, but I thought baseball was an all time favorite. My favorite sport...hmmm...I like to ride my bicycle.
What is your favorite sport? 
 I added the baseball bat and ball to the skunk's hands.
Red stitching added with extra fine tip marker.
I used the following sketch...
pattern papers ~ unknown
brown and cream card stock
Create a Critter Cricut cartridge ~ skunk (p.61) cut at 2 1/4"
Boys Will be Boys Cricut cartridge ~ baseball and bat
wooden buttons
brown and white baker's twine ~ Martha Stewart
wiggly eyes
brown ink
Happy Birthday stamp
Coming Soon!
Additional information will be announced next week.
Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend,

Friday, May 24, 2013

Red, White, and Blue at Little Scrap Pieces

Happy Friday Crafty Friends,
We had no school today since it was a weather make-up day (no hurricane days missed this past season) making this a four day weekend. Yeah! I went to the flea market this morning and found three new sizes for treat bags and then the AC repair man installed a new part in our unit. Now I need to plan a few projects. Looking at current challenges, DT commitments, and card orders. Might be a busy weekend!
Friday's also bring a new challenge at Little Scrap Pieces.
This Week's Challenge...Red, White, and Blue
 Here is my Design Team project... 
Twizzler Treats
 Materials are prepared for assembly
The Twizzlers are packaged in 2" x 10" zipped bags. I found them at the flea market the last time I went...100 bags for only $2.99.
Here is my first bunch. Still have another set to make. 
 Treat Topper...2.5" x 2.5"
red, white, and blue card stock
Bo Bunny pattern paper
Independence Day Cricut cartridge ~ firecracker cut at  2 1/2"
red and white twine
Whimsical Designs stamp ~ Whimsical Fun Set 1
black ink
white Enamel Accents
 Hope you will join us at Little Scrap Pieces for the "Red, White, and Blue" challenge.

Stay creative and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend,

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Let's Go for a Bike Ride

Hello Crafty Friends,
Welcome back and thank you for visiting again. I sure hope you enjoyed the Here Comes Summer projects at Exploring Cricut yesterday. There were lots of fun in the sun projects...cups, layouts, birds in swimmy tubes, and tiny bathing suits.
Today brings a new challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas, so here is another opportunity for you to share your newest creation.
The Challenge...Use a Bike
May is National Bike Month and the third Friday of May is Ride Your Bike to Work Day. I live a little too far to ride my bike to school, but I sure am going to start using it in the morning before it gets hot.
My Design Team project...

K&Company paper
kraft paper
B is for Boys Cricut cartridge ~ trike cut at 3 1/2"
Creative Cards Cricut cartridge ~ base cut at 5" 
brown buttons
black cord
Glossy Accents
Hope you will join us this week at Die Cuttin' Diva for the "Bike" challenge.
This Week's Sponsor...
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Here Comes Summer...Enjoy!

Hello Crafty Friends,
Today brings a new challenge at Exploring Cricut.
The Challenge...Here Comes Summer
Here is my Design Team project...
I decided to make treat bags for my students for the last day of school. I had asked to loop with my group, but I was told the other day that I will be staying in 4th grade. Not a problem! The next group will be a challenge, but who said teaching was easy? I will be able to "Enjoy Summer" before worrying. 
The perfect candy for summer...Sour Patch Watermelons and Lemon Heads. Time to pucker up those lips! Found them at Walgreens.
 Each bag has at least an individual serving (15 - 20 pieces). Time to get some more of these bags since I have been making treats for my students. A trip to the flea market will be planned next weekend...100 bags for $2 - $4 depending on the booth that is open.
 Busy cutting out all the pieces and adhering them together.
 Shining Suns
pink, green, black, yellow, and white card stock
Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge ~ watermelon (p. 98) cut at 2 1/4"
Create a Critter Cricut cartridge ~ sun (p. 52) cut at 2 3/4"
Docerela stamp ~ Summertime 
black ink
candy (as shown above)
plastic zip bags ~ 3" X 4"
Hope you will join us this week at Exploring Cricut for our "Here Comes Summer" challenge.
Stay Creative,

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

It's a Graduation Celebration at Exploring Cricut

Hello Crafty Friends,
Today is my day to share at Exploring Cricut.
As you see I have been very busy making a variety of graduation cards. It is that time of year and everyone has put in their request. There may be a few more during the next two weeks. Each one is a different layout, school colors were used, and they are personalized. 
I personalized this one after the picture was taken. Christine was added in blue across the bottom strip.
For a music lover
Virginia Tech
Gainesville High

Forest High School

North Marion High School
Happy Graduation Cricut cartridge ~ caps and sentiments
Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge ~ font
Quarter Note Cricut cartridge ~ music notes
blue buttons
black ribbon
Skittles by Carri ~ Currant color
purple gems
gold gems

Bloggers Challenge ~ For the Grad

What are you making with your Cricut?

Stay Creative,

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I'm a Skittles Designer at ABusyBee

Hello Crafty Friends,
Today I am a special Guest Designer at ABusyBee. Carri asked me to showcase her skittles and I jumped at the chance to share. I have been using Carri's skittles since she created them and I have truly enjoyed the variety of colors and flare it adds to my projects.
  Here is my Skittle's project...
I used Rudolph Red glitter skittles around my Vintage Lace Spellbinder, which is adhered with Zip Dry to the front of my boutique (treat) box. This would be perfect for an end-of-the-year teacher gift.
 I cut out circles (cut at 3/4" which fits the bottom of the Hershey Kiss) and then stamped each one with A+. A glue pen was used to adhere each circle to the bottom of the Hershey Kiss. I used crimped red scrap paper to fill the bottom of the clear treat box.
 The twine bow secures the top flap.
white, red, and black card stock
Spellbinders ~ Vintage Lace Motifs
Give a Hoot Cricut cartridge ~ apple (p. 35) cut at 2"
Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge ~ circles cut at 3/4"
Pink by Design stamps ~ School is Cool set
skittles by Carri
red and white twine by American Craft
Hershey Kisses
Now...onto the fun part!
Followers that comment on both Carri's Guest Design post and this Guest Design post will be entered to win skittles!
What are you waiting for...leave a comment today!
To view other skittle projects use the search feature on the right side bar.
Other Challenges:
Stay Creative,