Thursday, May 31, 2018

Blast Off on Your Birthday

Hello everyone! 
Welcome to my new crafty followers. I am thrilled you have stopped by again. 

Carri (from DoubleClick ~ AKA ABusyBee) and I have been chatting has been months since we have really had any time to catch up. So glad we are reconnecting and crafting across the miles. We decided to look at the challenge list and find a few we could enter. 

Today's project...
I suggested birthday and pattern papers, and she wanted aliens. We combined and piled on the challenges. I wanted a green alien, so I found colors that would coordinate together.

The rocket ship and alien are from Miss Kate Cuttables ~ Space Invader set. The stamped sentiment is from my hidden stash; therefore, it is an oldie. I think it is by Recollections. It works!
Other Materials:
black, grey, white, orange card stock
Black Soot distress ink
Frosted Lace Stickles
Versafine Black Onyx ink
MFT stitched rectangle dies
MFT scalloped oval frame

It's Almost Time...
Stay Creative,

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Flowers at Pause Dream Enjoy

Happy Wednesday! 
The challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy begins today. 

This Week's Challenge...
~ Flowers ~
My first thought was April showers bring May flowers. Our April was quite dry and May has been super wet, but my flowers are blooming. I just wish I could be outside more to enjoy them.

Here is my Design Team project...
I pulled out my Rubbernecker Stamps ~ Flower Group #922 and new Caribbean Brights Color Burst powders (Fuschia and Orchid) to create this trio. The cardstock is by MFT ~ Razzle Berry and Grape Jelly and the watercolor paper is by Canson. It is not my favorite because it is not pure white, but it is thick and works well.

The MFT Stitched Rectangle Frame gives the card a more elegant, finished look. The MKC butterfly was cut on my Cameo. The stamped sentiment is from MFT ~ Tickled Pink set.
Other Challenges:

Hope you will join us at Pause Dream Enjoy this week for our "Flowerschallenge. Be sure to check out the other DT projects.

If you like what you see, please become a follower. Leave me your blog name and I will stop by to see what you have been making! Since I am off for summer vacation, I have plenty of time to visit. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Puppy Sends Birthday Wishes at Die Cuttin' Divas

Happy Tuesday!
Today I am sharing the new challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas.

This Week's Challenge...
~ Anything Goes ~
No excuse for not joining us since it can be anything you are working on.

Here is my Design Team project...
I am a major dog lover and will probably be one of those crazy old ladies that takes her dog every where. She is quite the spoiled pooch now and loves to go for long walks or take a ride in the truck. 

I used the following sketch from Viva La Verve.

The puppy is from Miss Kate Cuttables.  Woof was cut on the Cameo from brown card stock.

The stamped sentiment is by Jaded Blossom ~ Dog-Gone Awesome set. It was stamped with Vintage Photo Oxide Ink by Tim Holtz.
Other Challenges:

Hope you will join us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week for our "Anything Goes" challenge. These are the BEST! You can crate anything you want. Our sponsor this week is Stamp Simply.
Stay Creative,

Coming Soon...Help me celebrate!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Thinking of You and a PDE Birthday Winner

Happy Monday Fellow Crafters,

Looking forward to not having to get up and get ready for school for a month, so I can rest my aching neck. I have been experiencing excruciating pain again (happened about two years ago too) as a result of stress, and I am hoping having some time off will be the cure. Just having positive thoughts is already making me feel better. : )

Today's Project...
I logged onto Paper Playfulwhich happens to be my favorite website for challenges and I wrote down a list that I wanted to participate in. I enjoy combining a few of the challenges together for maximum creativity.

I used the following sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday and the photo inspiration from Your Next Stamp ~ Color Challenge. Such a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

The flower is from Miss Kate Cuttables and I only cut three of the rose layers on my Cameo. I used MFT dies, Paper Studio pattern papers from Hobby Lobby, and blue gems from Want 2 Scrap. The sentiment is by Cardz TV Stamps ~ Encouraging Thoughts.
Other Challenges:

PDE Birthday Winner...
Woohoo! It's time to announce the winner...
Send me an e-mail at coachfans at cox dot net and I will mail your package this week!

Coming Soon...
Hope you will join me and some of my crafty friends. LOTS of prizes!

Until next time,

Friday, May 25, 2018

Pause Dream Enjoy 10 Year Blog Hop Celebration

Today we are celebrating 10 years of Pause Dream Enjoy blog postings. Janis and I have been crafting buddies for many years and we have chatted, crafted, shared, and planned LOTS of projects over the years. I am so happy to be able to celebrate with Janis on this special day, which is also an amazing accomplishment. I have even told Janis on numerous occasions how jealous I am that she has the time to make such wonderful and creative projects. One day I will too!

Here is my project...
I started with a Jaded Blossom clear gable box and then selected a few of my new MFT dies to create the scalloped oval frame. I cut the linked chain oval frame and congrats with my Cuttlebug. The sentiment is computer generated. The purple ribbon is by Melissa Frances.

Matching card with some alternating colors/patterns.

Leave a comment on all 10 hop stops (9 more including mine). Be a FOLLOWER of all 10 blogs. Winners announced on each blog for their prize on Monday, May 28th.

Prize for this blog...
A 6x6 paper pad by PhotoPlay and a MFT hooray die.

Be sure to stop by and see what everyone else on the hop created to help celebrate Pause Dream Enjoy's 10th birthday. You are sure to be inspired. Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog.

Here is the Blog Hop Line-up List...

Janis, Pause Dream Enjoy  
Amy, AO Creations 
Georgiana, Carson's Creations  (you are here)
Ginger, My Sister's Scrapper 
Lee-Ann, Snappy Scraps 
Lisa, A Mermaid's Crafts 
Michelle, Purple Monkey Moments 
Migdalia, Crafting with Creative M 
Jackie, Get the JC Look 
Mary, Cardz TV 

 Thank you so much for hopping along with us and celebrating Pause Dream Enjoy's 10 year birthday! 

Your next stop is...Ginger.
Stay Creative,

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hurry! Go Find a Basket

Hello Everyone,
It's Hump Day...otherwise known as Wednesday. 
It is our last full day of this school year and we have planned some Summer Fun activities. The students need to stay busy to prevent chaos, so I am doing a Sunglass project and the other two teachers are making ice cream and 5th grade reflection wheels. Tomorrow is a Picnic at the Park. 

The challenge at Craftaholics R Us also begins today.

This Week's Challenge...
~ Basket ~

Here is my Design Team project...
I searched through my Cameo's svg library for baskets and mostly Easter ones popped up. I thought about choosing one and filling it with flowers, but I didn't like how it looked. THEN, I found this cutie! I am much happier with this picnic pup by KaDoodle Bug Designs.

The pattern papers are from My Favorite Things and the stamped sentiment is by Lawn Fawn ~ Scripty Sayings.

I inked all the edges of the pup with Tim Holtz brushed corduroy distress ink. The red gems are from my stash...evens pups need a little bling.
I am sending this card to my daughter at college along with a Publix gift certificate. I may not be able to send a picnic basket filled with food, but I can still feed her another way.

Hope you will join us at Craftaholics R Us this week for our "Basketchallenge. Be sure to check out the other crafty creations.

Stay Creative,

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Turtle Day at Die Cuttin' Divas

Happy Tuesday!
Today is our final Awards Assembly for Fifth Grade and my last one too since I will not be in the same position next year. I recently read this quote...

“Changes are inevitable and not always controllable. What can be controlled is how you manage, react to and work through the change process.” 

Today I am sharing the new challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas.

This Week's Challenge...
~ Turtle Day ~

Here is my Design Team project...
I created an alcohol ink background to look like water. The sunny turtle is by Little Scraps of Heaven Designs.

This stamped sentiment is from a retired set by K. Andrews. You just never know what you will find in your stash.

My hubby said he really like the sunglasses on the turtle. Makes him look pretty cool. 
Hope you will join us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week for our "Turtle" challenge.  Our sponsor this week is My Scrap Chick.
Stay Creative,

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sending a Butterfly Thank You

Happy Sunday Everyone,

It's been raining most of the day, so I didn't get my 3 1/2 mile walk in this morning but I was able to finish this set of thank you cards. We also went to the movies to see Deadpool 2 before Kels went back to college. If you don't mind is a funny movie. Of course, anything with Ryan Reynolds is good to watch...even if it is Green Lantern.

I used my Color Burst powders on watercolor paper and butterfly 8 from Rubbernecker Stamps to create this bundle. I like that the colors and designs are always different. It is all in the way the colors blend after you spritz a bit of water. 

All the stitched rectangle dies, zigzags squares, fishtails, and the wonky oval are by My Favorite Things. The larger "Thank You" stamped sentiment was a free gift from a magazine subscription and the small "Kind Thanks" is from Jaded Blossom.
I watched another video and it talked about blurring parts of your photo. I guess I got it, but I didn't really try. Now I need to figure out the wide screen feature and how to change the focus squares. I shall keep experimenting!

Summer vacation starts at the end of the week. I know the students are SUPER excited.
Have a great week,

Saying Thanks with Alcohol Inks

Hello Everyone,

It's been a week since my last post, but it is not because I don't have anything to's because I have been learning about my newest toy. My hubby surprised me with a new Nikon D3400 for Mother's Day and I have been watching videos and practicing using the settings. I am getting closer to finding the right ones with my light box, but I am not quite happy yet. I shall continue today since I am determined to find the right lighting!

I wanted to share a few thank you cards I made for my students for the teacher appreciation gifts. I have one more bundle that I will practice photographing today and share them next.

I used a variety of Tim Holtz alcohol inks on glossy paper. Then they were cut to size with MFT stitched or scalloped rectangle dies. Lastly, the Paper Smooches thanks die was added with some Tombow mono multi liquid glue (sticks to the glossy paper perfectly). 

Love how all the colors blend together. So much fun and a different look every time!  
If ANYONE has a Nikon camera and a light box, PLEASE let me know what settings you use! I am looking to save some time and start taking fabulous pictures.

Happy Sunday,

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Thank You Students

Hello Everyone,

Happy Mother's Day to all! You deserve a special day to relax and be pampered. Hubby and I started our day off with a trip to Joann Craft Store (in another town about 45 mins away) to pick up some Yupo paper I thought I had ordered last night. When we got there they said they didn't have any...even though their inventory said they had 4 packs in stock. I was told the system is always 48 hours delayed. Hmmm? How does that help the company or customers? That is very frustrating! I was told by a manager they would look through a truck load that arrived on Thursday to see if they could find any. About 45 minutes later, they found one. Well, I bought it since my original on-line order was cancelled by them without notification (no e-mail was ever received), which will hold me over until I can get some on-line. The rest of the day has been smooth sailing...Olive Garden for lunch and then craft time!

  I started to make some thank you cards for my students for all the wonderful teacher appreciation gifts I received last week. I decided to use our classroom colors...yellow, green, and black. The goal was to keep them simple since many kids don't appreciate the handmade gesture and half may not even make it home to their parents. 

Tim Holtz alcohol ink colors: Lemonade, Sunshine Yellow, Citrus, and Limeade.

The stamped sentiment is by Bo Bunny and the sequins match the ink colors.

I did case this card by Michelle. She has beautiful cards using alcohol inks. Since I am still exploring different techniques, I was looking for some ideas and her blog popped up during my search. Be sure to check out her wonderful creations!
Only two more weeks left in this school year and about a month till my summer cruise. I'm so excited! Looking forward to some R & R.

Stay Creative,

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Flashback to the 80's

Happy Saturday!

Finally received some good news last night, so as I tell my students " I am a happy camper". Looking forward to enjoying this Mother's Day weekend with my hubby and making a bunch of thank you cards for my students. They were so thoughtful last week for Teacher Appreciation week. Friday was Spa/Pamper Day and I sure needed the stress relief lotion, Burt's Bees lip gloss, and lovely smelling soaps. The Bath and Body Works gift card will go to good use too getting all the new summer fragrances.

We took a "Getting Ready for Grade 6" math test yesterday and my students wanted to know when I was going to grade it. I told them at night or early Saturday morning. They were the cutest telling me that I should not be waking up early on the weekends (they know I am an early bird). Made my heart happy knowing they cared (even though they really just wanted to know their grade).

Today's project...
A co-worker asked me to make an 80's theme birthday card. First The 80's was known for boomboxes, big hair metal bands, Madonna, Flashdance, roller skating, and Thriller. I knew this radio would be safe for a masculine card.

The radio is from Miss Kate Cuttables and it is part of a bundle called I Heart The 80's. After taking the picture I did add a few more elements. I personalized it with the recipient's name, added a floating music note in the upper right corner, and placed two black gems on the antennae. It looked sharp.
Hope you enjoy your weekend. We may go pick peaches, moves some of my classroom to a storage unit, go out for lunch, watch a movie...who knows...just enjoy our time together!

Stay Creative,

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Congrats Grad

Hello Everyone,

Up a bit late tonight since I am working on getting caught up. I have graded some math and science papers, then I started to plan my 8 Year Blogoversary which will be June 2nd, and finally I am sharing this graduation card. Always busy! And my mood is starting to turn around. I am accepting whatever happens...just happens. A few colleagues made some comments today which cheered me up. Keep them coming! I sure need to hear more.

Today's project...
The Seniors last day is tomorrow, and most of the ceremonies will be next Saturday, May 19th. I made this for a co-worker. The colors represent one of our private schools.

I used the following layout from Sketch Saturday.

I cut the cap, letters, and numbers on my Cameo. The circle dies and fishtail are from My Favorite Things. The stamped sentiment is by Jaded Blossom ~ Simple Sayings 3.
Hope you enjoy your's almost here!

Stay Creative,

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Shades of Blue at Craftaholics R Us

Hello Everyone,
Yesterday was Teacher Appreciation Day and my students sure did spoil me with some sweet treats...cupcakes, brownies, cannolis, M&Ms, and a box of chocolates. One of my students said my sweet tooth was going to be hurtin'. I surely didn't disagree! : )

 The challenge at Craftaholics R Us begins today. 

This Week's Challenge...
~ Blue ~

Here is my Design Team project...
Blue is one of my favorite colors, and since I have been collecting these alcohol inks I figured why not combine the two together. I love the results!

I used a MFT scalloped rectangle along with a MFT stitched rectangle. The Tim Holtz ink colors are: Sailboat Blue, Cloudy Blue, and Turquoise. I cut celebrate and the balloons out of white card stock. The final touch was adding a twine bow in blue. 

Just as easy...same color inks but used a different technique. I cut the THANKS with my Cuttlebug.
Hope you will join us at Craftaholics R Us this week for our "Blueschallenge. Be sure to check out the other crafty creations.

Stay Creative,