Friday, December 31, 2010

Gift idea for Guys

I rescued the little ice chest for our storage building and added some vinyl as a personal touch for my brother.  He loved it!.  It was a really simple process I used my Gypsy and School box for the lettering, and My  Community page 44 oil derrick and pump jack.  The lettering is red vinyl (cut at 3 inches) and the oilfield equipment is black vinyl (cut at 4 inches).  It made a great gift; my brother was impressed with the project.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New toys are a lot of fun!

I got a Your Story Photo for Christmas.  This is my first project using it.  I used a Creative Memories cutting die to cut a window out of the front cover.  Dd1 loves to look at the horse she got to ride last yer.  I added a title using Gypsy Font for the words, Gypsy Wandering for the heart and My Community for the road and the horse.  I matted the photos and double sided the paper so the mini album would have the look of a storybook.  Dd1 really loves her book!! 

I found the Your Story Photo very easy to use.  The instructions were well written and the machine performed as expected.  After using the Your Story it cooled quickly so I could put it back in my scrapbook tool box.  If you do not have a Your Story Photo I highly recommend you get one!! 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Gift box for Magizine Challeng

I made this box to hold a special gift for my DD.  I used Tags Bags & Boxes for the box.  I used Christmas for the tree branches and the red ribbon; My Community for the doll; Celebrations for the presents; 3 Birds for the lights and Very Merry Tags for the candy canes.  I cut about 50 branches at 3/4" from 2 shades of green and glued them to the box base on 3 sides.  I left the back plain so I can add a tag.  I cut the lights then colored them with markers and added Glassy Accents to the light bulbs.  I then cut and colored the doll and presents.  I glued the lights, ribbon, doll and presents to the tree then added I-rock gems to the tree for a touch of bling.  Finally I tied a gold wired edge ribbon through the hole in the top so I can hang the box from the tree.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Home Decor project

I made this project over the summer then added some accents to meet contest requirements.  The project is almost 2 feet tall.  I bought the letter from JoAnns, then painted it red with craft paint.  The back is covered with scrapbook paper.  I matted the photos with scrapbook paper from my stash.  I used Schoolbook to make the letters from self-adhesive glitter paper.  (I had to remove the release paper before I cut the letters).  I cut the accents from When It's Cold Outside, Snow Friends and Very Merry Tags.  I used Fiskars texture plates to emboss the large ornaments (I have a cuttlebug under the tree....come on Christmas!).  The stickers and the felt snowman are from my stash.  I made "Ks" for my DDs to hang in there room.  This projects WOWs people when they come into out living room.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Vintage Christmas

This is my entry for a Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge.  It was very difficult for me to pull off the "vintage" look. I used Christmas for the wreath and candle and Calligraphy Collection for the "Merry Christmas".  The ribbon (Ivory Crochet Lace) came from Scrapgoods.  The paper is from my stash. 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nov. Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge

I had a difficult time deciding what type of ornament to make then I saw an kids' craft catalog and knew just what to make.  I used Christmas for the window and its shadow and Snow friends for the snowman and hat/shirt.  I used a mini Nifty Knitter for the scarf.  I used some left over yarn to make the hanger.  The picture is from my college graduation ceremony last Dec. when I earned my Master's degree.  I am very pleased with my project and had a great time learning to use the Nifty Knitter.  DD1 enjoyed playing "teacher"; she has used the Nifty Knitter for several years.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas with a Twist

Welcome to our "Christmas with a Twist" blog hop.  If you are just checking my latest designs or found my site from another site start your holiday blog hop at Jennifer's site (  Have fun and enjoy some creative holiday ideas with a creative twist.

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I used Ashlyn's Alphabet for the title, Stretch Your Imagination for the palm trees, 3 Birds on Parade for the lights and Celebrations for the presents.  The inks are from Stampin' Up.  I added Glossy accents to the lights and jewel stickers from my stash as accents on the palm trees.  The pictures are from a Spring Break visit to the beach.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October Cricut Circle Blog Challenge

I found these pictures of my DDs first craft projects.  The pics are about 10 years old  but they certainly fit the theme of this month's contest.  Sometimes you just need to let pictures sit until the right reason comes along for scrapbooking.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Red Ribbon Parade

This is the journal box for my Red Ribbon Parade page.  I think it sums up I, a teacher and a servant of God am called to do.  I really wanted to go to the Houston Circle Meet-up but one simple question changed my plans.

You never the choices God will asked you to make. This year’s Red Ribbon Parade was the same day as my much anticipated Houston Cricut Meet-up. I had everything packed and ready to go when one of my special needs students asked me if I was going to the parade because he wanted to walk in the parade with me like he did last year. Well needless to say I went to the parade and my special needs student was able to walk in the parade instead of watching his classmates walk. I know God is beside me and will take care of my needs.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thank you card

A very dear friend gave me "All Mixed-Up", just for the heck of it.  I used it to make her a "thank you" card.  I chose the fall colors to celebrate the fall season and so I could enter in the week's Circle Blog Challenge.   I used "All Mixed-Up" and "Celebrations" for the card.  To add texture to the orange panel I used my Fiskars texture template.  I don't have a cuttlebug so I had to get creative to add texture to texture to my project.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Album Covers

I am teaching DD2 photography.  I loaned her my old Canon SLR (film type).  I am using my Canon Digital SLR.  I downloaded a 12 photography lesson program from 2 Peas in a Bucket a couple of years ago.  I downloaded the photography lessons but didn't have time to complete the lessons.  Now that DD2 wants to learn to use a "real" camera  I have a perfect method to teach her how to use a camera while learning a few things myself.
I am also teaching DD1some basketball fundamentals.  Basketball try-outs will be happening in a couple of weeks and DD1 needs some coaching so she will be ready for try-outs. 

I decided to make mini albums for our photography and basketball adventures.  The albums are standard white cardstock.  I used 3 Birds for the basketball player and Every Day Paper Dolls fro the photographers.  I used a variety of fonts fro the titles.  I will use metal binder rings to for the binding when we have finished our "camp".

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Haunted Halloween Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog! If you're here for the Haunted Halloween Blog Hop you're in the right place! But if you just found us hop on over to the Cricut Confessions ( to get started.

I used Happy Hauntings for the lettering and French Manor for the door.  The "door" is actually the armoire.  I used the "hide" feature on the Gypsy to delete some of the cuts then squared-off the sides to make a door shape.  I used Cricut markers to create the door framing.  I printed the party information on my printer then cut and glued  the text box behind the door.  The bat and witch's hat are stickers from my stash.

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Have fun and enjoy our Halloween Blog Hop!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sneak Peek (30 Day Challenge)

This is a sneak peek of my project for the "Halloween Blog Hop" starting Saturday morning.

My Tags for the Christmas Tag Swap (30 Day Challenge)

These are two of the five tags I am sending out for the Tag Swap.  I made a couple of extra tags as samples/practice.  I really enjoyed the project. 

30 Day Challenge

I am determined to catch up on my 30 Days of Creativity challenge.  I finished 3 projects today one was start to finish the other two were cuts that needed to be glued.

This is my start to finish project.  My brother took my DDs to the Valentine Father-Daugther Dance.  It meant so much to my girls to be able to go to the dance.  I am a single mom with 10 years of "experience" so this was a very special evening for my girls (my girls carry a wallet sized picture with them.  My brother had a great time too.  I (we) are so lucky to have him. 

Thursday, September 30, 2010

30 Days Creativity PUMPKINS

One of my coworkers ask if I could make pumpkin cut-outs for her calendar.  I told her that would be a very easy project.  I used Designer Calendar and paper from my stash.  The pieces were cut at about 3".   The co-worker will write numbers on the pumpkins then laminate.

30 Days of Creativity Flat StanLEE

DD2's 6th grade World History class is making Flat Stanley's to send to pen pals in Japan.  We worked together to make some designer clothing for her StanLEE.  I used 3 Birds for the shoes and Everyday Paper Dolls for the shirt;  she used sixxiz for the paw print.  The paper is  from my scrap bag.  This was a quick fun project.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

30 Days of Creativity

This is the title for this year's back to school photos.  I matted the pics and will add them after I finish this post.  I really do not like posting current pics of my kids.  I guess I'm a little paranoid.  I do believe I am caught-up once again.  I really need to post as I craft.

30 Days of Creativity

This is part of a "Thank You" book I am making.  I finished the pages today and have most of the accent pieces added. I have to make a few butterflies and flowers for the last four pages then I'll mail it off.

30 Days of Creativity

This is a copy of the award I am giving to my students with the higheset averages in each grade level.

30 Days of Creativity

Here is one of my Christmas pages from last year.  (I'm a little behind on my scrapbooking.)  I used a Creative Memories kit for the pages and cuts from Christmas Solutions and When It's Cold Outside.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

30 Days of Creativity

I made this card using French Manor.  I used the Cricut markers for the lettering.  Most of the cuts were from white paper which I colored with chalks.  I added flock as an accents to the chair seat and the table.   I have no use for this particular card so i might use it as blog candy for an upcoming Halloween blog hop.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

30 Days of Creativity

This is the photo frame I am going to use for my school kids.  DDs want to have a Halloween party so I will make photo frames for the party that I will "bling out".  I am working on some embellishments but haven't found anything I like yet.  I used some yellowish stickles on the purple part but not sure I like it.  I'll post pics tomorrow, if the stickles dry. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

30 Days of Creativity

I made this card from some scrap cuts.  I keep cuts I do not use in a plastic school supply case.  Sometimes I give these pieces to DD2 to use.  The buttons came from my stash and the circle are left overs from a "long ago" project.  I guess you could call this a scrap-happy card. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

30 Days of Cretivity (Sun)

This is the poster I "helped" DD1 make for Social Studies class.  We learned a lot about an archaeological site in South-western Texas.  I used Schoolbox for the letters.  This was my first time using Cricut transfer tape.  I really liked how fast and straight I was able to apply the lettering.

30 Days of Creativity (Sat)

This is the project I created for the Cricut Circle Sunday Challenge -- Use stickers.  DDs want a Halloween party so I am practicing the coffin making.  My next challenge is to make a big 3d house.  I'll post those pics next week.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

30 Days of Creativity

I'm am getting things ready for my October "Good Work" bulletin board.  Tonight I made the "Dracula" character and the saying.  Tomorrow I'll build a witch.  My students look forward to seeing their papers displayed for all to see.  I also have to help DD1 build a Science poster.   Have a creative weekend!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

30 Day Creativity Challenge


I went the DD1 and the "Choir Kids" to the beach today.  We didn't take a camera so I am making a photo-less LO.  My journaling talks about DD2 and I making a sand castle playing in the water and SIMP.  We had a great time and really enjoyed the outing but at the end of the day we all had SIMP (Sand In My Pants).  I used Ashlyn's Alphabet for the title, Everyday Paper Dolls for the sand castle, and Splish Splash for the other page accents.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

30 Days of Creativity Challenge

I made these cuts so I can help my students learn how to make an organized list.  I have a large set to use as a whole class demo.  The smaller sets will be placed in a center for independent practice.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

30 Day Challenge


Now I can relax and have fun  again.  I am caught-up with my 30 projects in 30 days.

I made this little Spring sign to go with some pictures I took at the Botanical Gardens over Spring Break.  I'm a little behind with my scrapbooks.  I'll finsh the LOs and post them later this week.

30 Day Challenge

Almost Caught-up

I made these bows so I can tease one of my co-workers.  I used Ashlyn's Alphabet then ran the cut out bows through my xyron to magnetise/laminate. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

30 Days of Creativity

Catch-up Post for Sunday!!
This is a LO I was going to enter for the Cricut Circle Weekend Contest but changes my mind.  I used 3 Birds on Parade, Gypsy Font, Designer Calendar and Sports Mania.

30 Days of Creativity

Catching -up on Saturdays missed post!
Here is a encouragement card I made for my brother.  Since he is in the petroleum industry I used an industry related phrase.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

30 Days of Creativity Challenge: Day 5

I'm a few minutes late.  My 2nd Friday crop went a little long.  I made this practice cut of the 3d coffin from Happy Haunting's.  I'm going to make these with black caardstock for my kids teachers.  I'll post pictures of the finished projects later.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

30 Days of Creativity Challenge: Day 4

This is quick post to share my "Cricut Circle" head.  I used my Gypsy to design this cut.  I an having a great time trying to make and post things to my blog.  Boy, my work (teaching) gets in the way of my crafting, blogging and message board activities. Smiley

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

30 Days of Creativity Day 3

Just a quick card I made for my brother's birthday.  I used My World for the pumpjack and Easter2010 for the grass.  I used multi-colored foil, silver foil and red embossing powder to color the pumpjack and outlined the letters of the title with a black marker.  I outlined the grass with a green marker.  My bro loved his card!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

30 Day Challenge Day 2

I normally don't scrapbook yard work and major clan-up projects like the one we did over Labor Day weekend but this was an entry for a Provo Craft contest.  Knowing I was going to scrapbook this project made the job much more fun. 

I used Ashlyn's Alphabet for the title and Everyday Paper Dolls for the rest of the cuts.

Monday, September 6, 2010

30 Day Challenge: Day 1

My Expression Saves the Day

My DD1 comes in my craft room about 7 this evening and asks "Are you finished with my map?"  I calmly ask WHAT MAP (OK not so calmly).  We quickly use my "Gem" cricut markers and my Expression to make the necessary building and paper from my stash for the roadway.  Glue the stuff down and label the streets add and a map key and we are finished. 
I just hope I can get my craft project finished before contest deadlines. 

Friday, August 27, 2010

French Manor BLOG HOP!
This is a layout for my daughter's birthday.  She will be turning 13.  Here's the "recipe" for my LO.

Cartridges used:
French Manor
Gypsy Font
Ashleyn's Alphabet
Cardstock colors:
Black, White,  Brown, Patterned cardstock border is from my cardstock stash

Bazill ink Juneberry
White ink
Silver metallic ink
EP 101 embossing powder Vivid Violet
Zig 2 way glue
Silver foil
Clear iridescent glitter embossing powder
Inkssentials glossy accents
Letters for Title
Cut letters at 3 inches from white cardstock.  I used my Gypsy to weld the letters together.  I then covered the letters in with the Juneberry ink then used 2 coats of Vivid Violet embossing powder.  Once the embossed letters cooled I coated them the glossy accents.
I cut the crown at 2.5 inches from white cardstock.  I used Zig 2 way glue to apply the silver foil.  I cut the accent pieces at 2.5 inches from white cardstock.  I used the white and silver ink and the clear embossing powder to add dimension to the crown pieces.  I attached the accent peice to crown base then outlined the entire crown with the glossy accents
I cut the chair at 4.5 inches from brown cardstock.  I used adhesive to attached purple flock to create a cushion for the chair.  I then coated all other parts of the chair with the glossy accents. 

I cut the border at 1 inch from the frame on the second row using the border and the shift key.  The patterned cardstock is from cardstock stash.

I attached the title, chair, crown and border to the black scrapbook pages.  I will add pictures in a couple of weeks when my daughter turns 13. 

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Final touches for Back to School

I just wanted to share my final projects for school.  I created the paw prints using my Gypsy and Schoolbox cart.  The birds are from 3 Birds on Parade.  I then used my cmputer and construction paper to make labels for the passes.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Projects for my Classroom

These are some of the new projects I have created using 3 Birds on Parade.  I had to create a cut file for the penguin because I did not have one.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Contest Entry


Project Directions:

Turkey (makes 1 double sided turkey)

My Community cartridge

1. Cut one basic turkey shape from heavyweight light tan cardstock using My Community cartridge. Set image size to 10”, speed to low, pressure to medium, multi-cut to 2 or 3 (depending on the thickness of your cardstock). This cut will form the base for the turkey.

2. Cut one basic turkey shape from light brown cardstock. Set image size to 10”, speed to low pressure to medium and multi-cut to 2. Flip the light brown cardstock and cut the second basic turkey shape from the light brown cardstock following the same machine settings.

3. Glue one light brown basic turkey shape to the light tan heavy-weight turkey shape front to back. Glue the second light brown basic turkey shape to the other side of the heavy-weight turkey. This makes a turkey with 2 front sides – no one wants to look at the back side of a turkey during Thanksgiving Dinner.

4. To form the turkey feathers cut (turkey cut with layers button lit) burgundy, dark green, tan, dark orange, red and orange cardstock. Set image to 10”, speed to slow, pressure to medium and multi-cut to 2. Set aside the dark orange and tan pieces. Cut the feather pieces apart. This will result in a stack of multi-colored feather. Using the long pieces alternate feather colors in a visually pleasing manner, matching the feather size to the tan turkey basic shape. Be sure to place feathers on both sides of the turkey. The short feather tips (the dark orange and tan that were set aside) are formed using the same procedure, cut the feathers tips apart, match sizes and glue to tan turkey. I left some of the small feather tips light brown. Be sure to place feather tips on both sides of the turkey.

5. Cut two more layer pieces from dark brown (to be used for turkey neck). Follow settings as above. (If you have the Gypsy you can use the contour feature to block the feather pieces)

6. Cut two yellow triangles for the beak.

7. Attach a brad for the eye then glue the neck and beak to the turkey body.

8. The assembled turkey is attached to a circular piece of foam that was covered in scrapbook paper from my stash.

Napkins rings (makes 1 napkin ring)

Gypsy Wanderings cartridge

Cut one piece of burgundy cardstock 6” by 1 1/2”. Cut pumpkin shadow from green cardstock. Set image size to 2” speed to low pressure to medium and multi-cut to 2. Cut pumpkin base from orange cardstock. Set image to size to 2” speed to low, pressure to medium and multi-cut to 2.

Overlap short ends of burgundy cardstock to form a circle then glue. Glue orange pumpkin base to green shadow, when dry place pumpkin over the overlapped burgundy ring to cover raw edges.

Place cards (makes 1 place card)

My World and Stretch Your Imagination cartridges

I used the Gypsy to weld the pilgrim/Indian couple and the card foundation to form the top card image. The card front is 2” wide and 5” high; cut is the foundation cut from Stretch Your Imagination. The place card back was cut from Stretch Your Imagination (foundation cut with the card feature lit) image size 5.40” wide and 2.25 high” on dark orange cardstock. The pilgrim/Indian couples (from My World) were cut at 1.38” wide and 1.75” high. I cut the Indian couple from dark tan cardstock and the pilgrim couple was cut from light cream cardstock.

Wine Charms (makes 2 charms)

3 Birds on Parade

I used my Gypsy to weld bird base, bird base shift and layer 1 (cuts are row 1 image 1 and row 3 image 1. Trade the cricut blade for a green marker then ”cut” the birds. Wait an hour or so for the marker to dry then cut around the bird shapes. Leave about a quarter inch extra space around the bird outlines to make them a little sturdier. Color each of the birds with your favorite colored pencils and follow your favorite method to shrink the birds. Use memory wire, glass beads and jump rings to make the charms. Matching the birds’ wings with the beads is a fun touch!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

getting ready for school

This is a pic of the calendar numbers I made for my classroom calendar.  Our school mascot is the wildcat.  I used my Cricut Gypsy to design the paw print because I don't have a paw print.  I then cut the designs and glued the numbers to the paw print back.  I'll laminate them and have things ready for school.