Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Going Buggy at Whimsical Designs

Hello Crafty Friends,
Welcome back for another Whimsical Wednesday.
 This week's challenge...
Going Buggy
You may use an insect or animal.
Here is my final Design Team project...
Since I recently used a butterfly I decided to use a ladybug...actually a "love bug".
I used the following sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.
This ladybug was cut from "Just Because" Cards.
 Whimsical Designs stamp ~ "With Love" set
Other Materials:
Basic Grey papers ~ Serendipity stack
red, black, and cream card stock
pink pearls
pink liquid pearls
Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circles
wiggly eyes
This Week's Sponsor...
5 digital images
Thank you Stephanie for allowing me to be on your Whimsical Team. I have enjoyed the challenges, fell in love with your stamps, and I will miss sharing with the other DT sisters. They are such a creative team and I look forward to seeing future projects.
Hope you will join us this week at Whimsical Designs for the "Going Buggy" challenge. I am looking forward to seeing your projects. 
 Stay Creative,

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Crafting with Blue Birthday Hop

Happy Happy Birthday Rhonda!

Rhonda asked a special group of scrappy friends to join her in celebrating her birthday with a blog hop. You are going to find a ton of inspiration among this talented group!
She is celebrating another birthday and turning a year older. I don't know if that is a good thing or not, but let's help her celebrate and enjoy the day. Can you hear her singing now..."It's my birthday and I'll scrap if I want to, scrap if I want to. You'll scrap too when we're all thru."
If you came from Marji then your in the right place. If you happened to stop by, please start at the beginning with Rhonda, so you don't miss a thing.
Here is my birthday project...

I used the following sketch from Sketch Saturday

I cut my butterfly from the Serenade Cricut cartridge at 1 3/4" and adhered it to a Lacey Circles Spellbinders. All pattern papers are My Mind's Eye.
This is also my Die Cuttin' Diva Design Team project since both events fall on the same day. This week's challenge is "Anything Goes".
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work. Please head on over to Sher, so you can see what she has made.
But before you go please finish reading so you know how to enter for the prizes. Please stop by the sponsor's pages and let them know you appreciate their generosity.

First AWESOME sponsor...Lisa from Scrapping with Lisa designs. She is going to be giving away a $25 gift card to her store. You can get tons of awesome svg files with that gift card. If you sign up for her newsletter you will get a free file weekly. She's also having a DT call going on. Check it out.
Second AWESOME sponsor...Treasure Box Designs. She will be giving away a $10 file from her store. If you sign up for her newsletter you will get a free file weekly.

Final AWESOME sponsor...My Scrap Chick is giving away a $10 discount code for one time use. If you sign up for her newsletter you will get a free file weekly.

To be eligible to win, please follow all blogs and leave a message on each one. Rhonda will be announcing the winner on August 1st.
Here is the blog hop line-up...

Monday, July 29, 2013

Milk It on the Farm at Exploring Cricut

Hello Crafty Friends,
Today brings a new challenge at Exploring Cricut.
The Challenge..."Down on the Farm"
Today, the average U.S. farmer feeds 155 people. In 1960, a farmer fed just 26 people. Want to know more about the American farmer? Check out this link. Lots of interesting farm facts, videos, and recipes.
Here is my Design Team project...
Did you know...There are about 920 different breeds of cows in the world. Until the 1850's, nearly every family had its own cow. Well...this is the closest I am going to get to owning a cow.
Today, farmers use machines to milk more than 100 cows per hour. Before milking machines were invented in 1894, farmers could only milk about 6 cows per hour.

It takes about 350 squirts for each gallon of milk from a cow.
K&Company paper
brown, tan, and kraft card stock
From the Kitchen Cricut cartridge ~ cow (p. 75) cut at 2 1/2"
Create a Critter Cricut cartridge ~ milk (p.60) cut at 1"
My Craft Spot stamps ~ Down on the Farm set
brown ink
 brown liquid pearls
pink skittles
pink and brown craft thread
Hope you will join us at Exploring Cricut for this week's challenge. Be sure to stop by to see the design team projects. 
  Looking forward to seeing your farm project.
Stay Creative,

Sunday, July 28, 2013

"Pile It On" at Whimsical Designs

Where did last week go? In fact...where did summer go? I can't believe that it is almost time for school again (I have training next week and then teachers report back the following week.). Each week seems to blend together, which is why I am posting this a bit late for Whimsical Designs. Sorry! I did not want the opportunity to pass since our sponsor, Paper Parade, was so generous and provided these fabulous papers.
This Week's Challenge...
"Pile It On"
 Create a card with three or more layers and two or more embellishments.
Here is my Design Team project...
I layered three pattern papers and black card stock. I even added faux stitching with my white gel pen to match the dashes in the arrows.

 Inside of card...blank to write a personal message
I used the following sketch from The Sweet Stop, but omitted the sentiment since the quote was perfect.
black gems
orange crinkle ribbon
black card stock

Kaiser Craft Party Collection paper

Just For Fun...
Betsey Johnson Zoo jewelry
My daughter and I purchased a few new Betsey necklaces when we went school shopping yesterday.  We didn't get these, but they are now on the wish list. She did get a crab, a frog in a basket, and a tennis racquet. Super fun charms!

This Week's Sponsor...
$15 gift certificate
Hope you will join us this week at Whimsical Designs for the "Pile It On" challenge. You still have a couple days to submit a card. I am looking forward to seeing your project. 
 Stay Creative,

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Thanks Sew Much at Exploring Cricut

Welcome back and thank you for stopping by on this smashing Saturday. 
We started some school shopping yesterday (found a new dress for a fabulous price and my daughter crossed off a few items on her list), so today is going to be a day at home...a little cleaning and lots of projects to get done for the class. My goal is to complete my school projects this weekend, set them up in my class on Monday or Tuesday, and then resume regular crafting time. I haven't shared as much or visited lately, but that will change soon.
Today is my day at Exploring Cricut.
Although I do not use the sewing machine often, I sure do like the effect the stitching leaves on a card. The biggest reason I do not use the sewing machine often is I feel I would have to change the thread every time I made a new card so the colors would coordinate. How do you handle that or is it not an issue?
This sewing machine is easy to cut...only two layers. I added craft thread and carefully wrapped it around the spool pin. 
kraft, cream, and burgundy card stock
pattern paper from scrap box
Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge ~ sewing machine (p. 22) cut at 2"
ribbon from Michaels
craft thread
 watermelon skittles by Carri at Abusybee
brown ink
computer generated sentiment
Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circle

Hope you enjoy your weekend and find some time to craft! Be sure to come back on Monday for the new Exploring Cricut challenge.
Stay Creative,

Friday, July 26, 2013

Christmas in July at Little Scrap Pieces

Hello Crafty Friends,
 Today brings a new challenge at Little Scrap Pieces.
The Challenge...Christmas in July
 The weather definitely doesn't feel like winter at 96 degrees, but if you go to Hobby Lobby you sure can get what you need for Christmas already. They even have gorgeous ornaments like this one. : )

Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge ~ ornament cut at 2 3/4"
Fancy Pants Designs paper ~ St. Nick pad
cream and burgundy card stock
cream ribbon
self adhesive burgundy pearls
burgundy button
braid cord
Fiskars stamp ~ Vintage Christmas
burgundy ink

Hope you will join us at Little Scrap Pieces for our "Christmas in July" challenge. It is much easier to make a few throughout the year rather than procrastinate until the last month.

Be sure to stop by and see the other Design Team holiday projects.

Stay Creative,

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Twice is Nice Fish at Die Cuttin' Divas

Welcome back and thank you for visiting!
Today brings a new challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas, so here is another opportunity for you to share your newest creation.
The Challenge...Twice is Nice
I may be a twin, but I'm one of a kind.  ~Author Unknown
Here is my Design Team project...
I made twin cards, but flipped the layout.
I used the following sketch from The Sweetest Thing.
Three Bugs in a Rug paper ~ Blast Off
kraft and white card stock
Boys Will Be Boys Cricut cartridge ~ fish cut at 2 3/4"
Plantin Schoolbook ~ circle cut at 3"
Inkadinkadoo stamp ~ Happy Birthday
brown ink
wood buttons
craft thread (green and rust)
Other Challenges:
Literature Link:
Since school will be starting in the next 3 - 4 weeks, I have been doing a little more work to prepare for the new school year. I thought some fish books would fit perfect with my card. Here are a few, but there are plenty more.
Interested in more?
Check out Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
Can't wait to see what you share at Die Cuttin' Diva this week! Now go check out the Design Team prepared to see doubles!
Stay Creative,

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Made It ~ AR Incentive Pins

Today I am sharing a project I made for my new AR Incentive chart. I finally decided to redecorate my class since I have used the same theme and colors for 5 years (I love moose and didn't want to change!), which means so much needs to be done in the next 2 - 3 weeks.
My new color theme is going to be black, white, yellow, and lime green with polka dots. Here is a piece of the BW set from Creative Teaching Press, but I am going to add a pop of yellow too. I need get all the materials (they have been ordered from my local teacher's store) and start hanging.
Monday Made It Project
First, I dyed my wooden clothespins black with Rit dye. I carefully combined the powder and boiling water in a plastic bowl. Then I soaked my clothespins for 15 - 20 minutes. Note...Allow them to dry for 24 hours.
Next, I covered the top of the clothespin with green polka dot decorative tape. Use Modge Podge to seal the tape (it adds a glossy finish too). I added a yellow bow to tie all the colors together.
Each clothespin will be personalized with a white 1" circle on top of the black scalloped circle (Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circles). I need to get a class list to be able to finish.
 Mine is done!
 The clothespins are going be added to the hanging points chart. I am still working on it, but here is a peek...
Each piece of paper is 8" x 8" and adhered to a polka dot ribbon. A large bow will be attached at the top for hanging.
Here is the inspirational pin from Head Over Heels For Teaching...
This is my first time linking at Monday Made It at 4th Grade Frolics. It is quite exciting to see all the inspiration being shared among educators. I am looking forward to visiting others and getting more fabulous ideas. 
Make it a marvelous Monday,

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WD ~ Favorite Color Combination

Hello Crafty Friends,
Welcome back for another Whimsical Wednesday.
 This week's challenge...
Favorite Color Combination
Choose your favorite colors to work with.
Here is my Design Team project...
My favorite colors (as many of you know) are brown and blue. I love earth tones and natural hues.
I used the following sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, but rotated the layout 90 degrees clockwise.
I stamped the hippo twice and cut his head from a solid piece of cream card stock and  then adhered it on top of the pattern one.
Authentique Paper ~ Hope Collection ~ provided by sponsor
cream card stock
Fancy Pants brown ric rac ~ provided by sponsor
KaiserCraft hippo stamp ~ provided by sponsor
Whimsical Designs sentiment
brown ink brown liquid pearls
This Week's Sponsor...
$15 gift certificate
Hope you will join us this week at Whimsical Designs for the "Favorite Color Combination" challenge. I am looking forward to seeing your projects. 

 Stay Creative,
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