Saturday, December 31, 2011

Love Notes

I don't do vintage very often, but I did for my dearie Kelli Jo.  She is hosting a vintage Valentine ATC swap over on Splitcoast.

Colored image is from a blog I found after Googling "vintage vanentine digital."  It was free, and adoarble, so I snagged it, printed on cardstock, coated with shimmer spray and set to the side.  I layered SU cardstock, printedd paper from Colorbok, and some vintage looking sheet music from Lindsay's Stamp Studio at My Grafico.  I distressed the sheet music, piled on the shimmery heart image, used a "Love" stamp that I heat embossed, then finished with embellishments of red sting and clear gems.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Casting Spells with Cutie Smiles....

How cutie-patootie is that smile!  This is the scrapbook page for October 2011.  What an adorable witchy-poo for Halloween!

The page is 12 x 12 adorned with a handmade tag using $1 stamps from Michael's, black glittered cardstock cut with my Cricut (words and 2011), finished up with 3 gem stones on the bottom left corner.

Thanks for hanging in there with me for another year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

For My Volunteers...

How cute are these mini paint cans????  I made these for my parent volunteers at school.  They really do spoil me by helping out with copying, cuting, laminating, stuffing folders & mailboxes, helping with reading & math groups, just about ANYTHING I ask!  As a thank you, I decorated these mini cans (Target $1 Spot on Black Friday), then filled with scented lotions, peppermint foot rub, lip balm, etc.  I am really so lucky to have these parents in my class!

I will attached a tag with the following note:

You are so sweet
To "pamper" our class
With all your help.
Here's a little treat just for you.

Thanks for being a "Scent" sational volunteer!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wrap it Up in Style!

This first scraf is a polar fleece scarf that I snagged at Old Navy on Black Friday for a buck.  I added the crystal monogram iron-on (at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents!).  This gift was quick and easy to make, and so pretty in real life!

Here's the same idea, basically, except I bought the pill free polar fleece for $5.25 at Hobby Lobby (on sale, 30% off!).  I bought one yard of it and was able to cut it into 4 strips.  Each scarf measures 60" long by 9" wide.

These babies are so EASY to make and look like a million bucks (well, almost... $10 at least!)  Don;t forget to snag coupons and use them to help lower the costs too.  Next year, I think i might be a bit more adventureous and make these wraps from crafty and cooking momma.

Coupons Links:
Hobby Lobby (they ONLY accept their own coupons)
Michaels' (they do take competitor's coupons, but it is only 1 coupon per person per day)
JoAnn's (visit their website and submit your email address to get coupons; they do take competitor's coupons)

Monday, November 28, 2011

monogrammed candle

I know monogrammed items are a b-i-g thing again this year, so here is what I've got-- take a 16 oz. jar candle that I picked up for $1.97 on Black Friday, added some wire mesh as a wrap, embellished with green ribbon and a monogram.  This gift looks like it is worth WAY more than the actual price!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Another use for the cricut and vinyl!  I  L-O-V-E my reusable plastic drinking cups with straws, and since everyone seems to have them these days, how cool is it to personalize one for a friend or teacher for he holidays.  The only thing I caution you about is the cup is no longer disherwasher safe after it has been altered.  I typed up a little note to let the recipent know the cup must be hand-washed with a damp cloths only.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Oh, just a side note, these clipboards are a bit more expensive ($2-$3 each) versus a buck a piece for the mansonite boards, but I will pay the difference as long as I don't have to layers on tons of Modege-Podge!

Clip This!

Are these not C U T E?!?!?! I remember using the masonite clipboards, pattern paper and layers upon layers upon layers, and a few more layers of Modge Podge. I hate that! It was so messy and gooey, and gah-ross! Now, with these clear plastic clipboards it is easy-schmeasy with some Cricut self-adhesive vinyl stuff or Core'dinations self-adhesive cardstock.
Ok, since these cuties are gifts for Karsyn's teachers, I wanted to make them adorable! I mean, really, what teacher does not need a clipboard? (I have 3, and the buckeye one above is for me too, making a current total of 4 clipboard for me!) I chose the image I wanted to cut out, selected the color of self-adhesive cardstock or Cricut vinyl, and programed the ole' Cricut to cut. I simply did the peel-n-stick, and VIOLA! The images are on the back of the clipboard and show through, but the names are on the top near the bottom. Goodness knows I didn't want to deal with letter reversals!
Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Let's Write

Here's another handy use for those Pretzle rod cello bags I picked up for $2.48 for 375 of them! Woohoo! These pencils were stuffed in the goodie bags I showed yesterday.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Gifty Bags

I know, can you say C-U-T-E! I got this bags eons ago, actually totally forgot I had them til Karsyn was playing with them one day, but anyways, loaded up the bags with some goodies for the fellow teachers' kids who play with Karsyn in the mornings. I LOVE this stamp, the girlies get witches, the fellas have the mummy. I stamped each kid's name onthe back of the tag, too.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Just PEEP-ing In!

Where has this chich been? Oh my word, just starting school again this year has taken my time, oh, yeah, and I have a school-age kid now too who has homework each night, dance once a week, creative art club once a week, and more stuff that just pops up in life!
But anyways, I have been working on some Halloweenie treats for Karsyn's kindergarten class (12 kids) and my own homeroom (17 kids). I went big this year, as there are just a few kids in each class.
Ok, here's the recipe:
1 Ghost Peep
2 Pumpkin Peeps
1 Wooden skewer
Skewer the Peeps on the skewer. Insert completed skewer into long skinny cello bag (for dipper pretzles), tie closed. VIOLA!
Oh, and the cutie-patootie tags was made using $1 stamp from Michael's. Colored in with Copic Markers.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Trick & Treats!

These are all ABAC (Anything But A Card) items for Kate's Annual Halloween Swap. She has the best Haloween Swap! I have three spots for ABAC, and one spot each in the full cards and 3x3 cards. The items below are for the ABAC spots. Thanks for stopping!

As the sun begins to fade, keep away the ghosts and goblins with a little "Ghoul"-ade! Inside each pouch is a drink mix to carry with you as you are out haunting on Halloween Night!

Ghost Writers
I LOVE giving my students pencils for holiday treats, and they love he special holiday packing and cute names I give the pencils. I call these ghastly tools "GHOST" Writers!
Boo Chew

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cards for Kelli Jo

All of these cards are for my friend Kelli Jo's Cops for Kids swap over on Splitcoast Stampers. Thanks for stopping by, and I will see ya soon!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

FALLING for you!

The colors of autumn are so rich and bursting with life, I am so excited to use them in cards! This card is for an atumn themed swap, so the retired DD Leaves set from Stampin' Up! is perfect. The sentiment stamp is from studio g/ditto cling stamps.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 1, 2011

A simple Christmas

This little lovely is for a CAS Christmas swap. I love the simplicity of the CAS cards! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

All About Babies!

These two cards are a welcome baby swap over on Splticoast. I wanted to remain neutral with both cards, so I used fairly simple stamps and generic color schemes. White is such a clean, crisp color to use when making cards for little ones, and ofcourse the scallop edges are just darling, as well!
Upper Card:
SU CARDSTOCK: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, and Taken with Teal
STAMP: duckie trio by Suzie's Zoo
ACCESSORIES: 7/8" white grosgrain ribbon, mini silver brads, dimensional tape
Lower Card:
SU CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz
STAMP: Stampin Up! Love Bugs (hostess set)
ACCESSORIES: 5/8" brown ribbon, mini crystals, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder

Friday, June 24, 2011

Butterfly Love

This card was CASE'd from stampmontana's design I found in the SCS gallery for Stampin Up! Dreams du Jour set. I absolutely love the quote from van Gogh, and colors are so soft and comforting.
Cardstock from SU: pear pizzaz, whisper white
Ink: pear pizzaz, peach parfait, so saffron
Embellishment: mini crystals
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


These cards are for Kate's annual Spoktacular swap. I picked up the pattern paper at JoAnn Fabric for 10 cents a sheet on clearance, and fell in love with it immediately! I use SU! Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, and So Saffron. The digital stamps are freebies I found on a blog (sorry, I cannot find the link now, but if these are yours, PLEASE let me known and I will post proper credit.). Accessories are ribbon and dew drops on the full cards, and crystal and ribbon on the 3 x 3 card.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hey Peeps!

This card is for an assorted holiday theme swap. I selected Easter, and absolutely love this stamp from Whimsie Doodles. The paper is from SU!, image by Whimsie Doodle, and various accessories.
Thanks for stoping by!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tall & Skinny

This card is for Splitcoast Stamper's weekly Clean and Simple Challenge. The challenge, or theme, this week is to make tall and skinny cards. This card measures 4" x 9" and will fit into a business-sized envelope.


SU! Cardstock-- whisper white, pacific point
Accessories-- clear embossing powder, 7/8" red grosgrain ribbon

Father's Day

I wanted to make a card for my dad for Father's day, and really wanted the card to be clean. He likes the classic cars, so I pulled that out, and went from there. I used basic colors (SU! Whisper White, Real Red, Night of Navy, and Basic Brown), then embellished with 3 silver brads and some texture lines at the top. The image is from Fiskar's Clear Stamps "Twist 'n Shout."

Saturday, June 18, 2011

CAS 123

This card was made to Splitcoaststampers' CAS 123 Challenge. The challenge posted was an inspiration challenge based upon a card posted. I was inspired by the window-frame looking design, and used it on the image above.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wild Love

Valentine, you make me WILD! This card is for a holiday assortment swap, where each person in the group selects a holiday and makes card for the holiday, then in return eah swpper gets one card for each holiday in the group.
Thanks for stopping!

Monday, June 13, 2011

All American Red, White, Blue

These cards are for an Americana swap I joined this summer. Both cards use stars, and a variation of red, white, and blue

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I Scream U Scream...

We all scream for ice cream! This is a card is for a summertime themed swap, borrowed from an idea over at Better Homes and Garden. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Oh, So Punny!

The theme this week over on Splitcoast Stampers Clean and Simple Challenges is to have a play on words, and being an english teacher, I absolutely love puns! So here goes:
This first photo is the "treat" my daughter is passing out to her classmates on the last day of school. On the front of the tag there is a a sunshine from SU! Crayon Cuties (i think!). On the back side it says, "Have a SUN-sational Summer!"
Next up is the card I made for her teachers. on the outside is a simple flower blooming from a heart. The inside reads, "Bloom where you are planted." The stamp is an old one from Heidi Grace clear stamp set named "Tag Time."
This card, along with the next two, are digital stamps from Pink Petticoat stamps. So many of their sets are pun related, but these animals really get me. As a teacher, I love to keep several TY and get well cards on hand to use as needed. These were SUP-AH simple to make, so I will probably make up a few dozen to keep on hand next year. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Celebrate the Summer

I am back in the card making mood once again! Summer is almost here, I am creating like crazy, and in love with stamping again! This card was inspired by cards at Better Homes and Gardens. The reds and greens remind me of picking strawberries with my DD.

Monday, May 16, 2011

CAS 118

This card is one I designed for the parent helpers of my daughter's soccer team-- GO CREW! We have so many parents who have stepped in to help keep team running and snack-filled.
Cardstock: SU! Whisper White, Yo-Yo Yellow; Soccer Green Grass Recollations @ Michaels
Stamps: Recollations Sports Collection; A-Muse Sports Cling Set
Accessories: Yellow satin ribbon; Dimensional tape; Toothpick

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

These are two different cards I made for our retiring staff memebers at work. Since they are close friends and the retirement receptions will be held together, I thought it would be fun to make coordinating cards for them. I was so fortunate to teach with them, I immediately fell in love with the stamp from Stampin Up! It reads:


...and lucky me for knowing you!

Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging with me as I went through a very long and cold winter, wet spring, and a drought in the crafting area.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Z-fold card for Z-graduate!

This z-fold card is for a dear girl who is graduating form high school. I really wanted to use her school colors, red, black, and white. They are known as the pirates, and I hide some lively little pirates on the inner fold of this card.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Official Visit

I nabbed these wedding favor tins at a local Dollar Tree on clearance-- 4 tins for 25 cents! They are a little old looking, worn, but perfect for this project! I removd the clear insert from the lid and added a 2" cinlce cut from cardstock, then a scalloped punch circle, finally finished with a 1 3/8" circle stamped with the Tooth Fairy stamp from Stampin Up! This is a darling in as we begin to talk about the tooth fairy and


It was our turn to take treats for the soccer team last week, and since I like to go over the top, I ordered special cookies that were decorated like a soccer ball and each cokie has the player's name on it. I stamped a topper for each cello bag and added it before distributing them to the girls. GO CREW!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


My daughter and I made these ATC's (artist trading cards, that is) for her to pass out to her preschool class on Valentines Day. The size is perfect for little hands, and the design was so simple, I turned out 15 in no time!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Vials of Love....

My neighbor works at The Ohio State Univeristy Medical Center in a pathology lab, and was kind enough to bring home this vials (sterile, never used, of course!). They were just going ot toss them out in the trash, but you know my crafty brain got to thinking, and here is what I came up with... Love Potions!
M & M minis and Nerds candies fit in here perfectly! The digital stamp is available here. Flavored drink packets would be nice in here too!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Peek-A-Boo! Here I am!

Most of you probably thoughts I vanished off the face of the Internet, but nope! I'm here, barely hanging on, though. First it was soccer season, then the holidays, and now we have a dog and I an teaching a class at a local university in adition to my regular job as a teacher. PHEW! Anyways, I have been working on some new stuff, and I wanted to share with you all.

Here is a treat bag-a-lope that I made for the children at the babysitters. My daughter goes to a sitter in the afternoons after preschool, and the kids range in age from 6 mo. to 9 years, plus the sitter three own teenagers. I always try to send special treats for the holidays and birthdays, and I thought this was darling! Inside the package are animal crackers, wild animals, that is!

You can get the digital stamp here.

Stop by tomorrow for another valentine treat