Monday, August 8, 2011

Back to School Blog Hop Winner!

smyiow from my-o-scrappin 
"Those look like great gifts! I am sure everyone loved them! Good job!"

Please email me your information so I can send out all your fun scrappin' goodies! You will have one week to contact me before I choose another winner. Also, I submitted Tanya from Scrappin' KY Momma to Queen of my Craftroom for the drawing for the sponsored prizes.
(Both names were picked from

Thank you to everyone that participated in my very first blog hop. I enjoyed reading everyone's comments. Also, welcome to all my new followers!! I hope you enjoy my blog and get some inspiration from my layouts, cards or projects.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Back to School Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of the Back to School Blog Hop! You should have come from Andrea's Coffee Time. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, then head over to Queen of my Craftroom and join in the fun! We have 3 sponsors: Karbar Digital Stamps, Jen's Digi Stamps, and Hambo Stamps. Each sponsor is giving away a digi stamp. Details on how to enter for the drawings from our sponsors will be on Queen of my Craftroom's blog.  There will also be blog candy along the way, so sit back and enjoy all the creative ideas that these talented ladies are sharing!

My project today is one of my favorites! It is an altered notebook. This time of the year you can pick these up for next to nothing. I think I paid 25 cents for mine at Walmart!!

I've made several of these in the past as gifts, but I decided to make one for myself to have at the beginning of my school year. They are so simple to do and depending how elaborately decorated you want it, they are relatively fast to make. The black printed paper is from the Grade School paper pack from DCWV. I used Hello Kitty Greetings for the stack of books cut at 5 1/2 inches. I added a white shadow, but made it about a half inch smaller and inked the edges so it didn't look so huge!  I used the Hello Kitty Font for my last name cut at 1 1/4 inches. I used my Gypsy to weld the shadow feature in the same light blue cardstock as the middle book. The top letters are in the same yellow cardstock as the top book. I used the Cuttlebug folder Polka Dots to emboss the apple and red mat under my name. I used green cardstock as the bottom mat that matches the bottom book. I added some doodle dots with my black gel pen on my name and a little bit of lime green stickles on the leaf of the apple. I used Stickables Franklin sticker letters to add titles to my books. (These are the subjects I teach.) My favorite part of this notebook is the cute ruffled ribbon I found in my stash. I used glue dots along the seam of the paper and edge to add the ribbon. I used my iRock to add big rhinestones to the side and teeny tiny rhinestones on the red background paper. The back of the notebook is just a printed paper from the same Grade School paper pack, but no other cuts were added to the back. (I forgot to take a picture of that.) This project will also be My Sheri Crafts Back to School Challenge.

**Blog Candy Giveaway**

I will be giving one lucky person some crafting goodies! Included are 2 alphabet label stickers, journal tags, decorative sticky notes, fun fibers, beach themed paper stack, a set of scalloped cards with envelopes, a heart stamp, a Star Cuttlebug folder and a Creative Memories Mini Parfait set. All you have to do is leave a comment on both of my posts for this blog hop (Saturday and Sunday). I will use to select a winner on Sunday August 7. You do not have to follow my blog, but I encourage you to browse my blog and if you like what you see, I would be happy to have you as a follower! Thanks for stopping by! Now, hop on over to Kimberly's Crafty Spot.

Back to School Blog Hop Line Up:

Stephanie ~ Always Crafting
Mila ~ Milamemories
Bobbi Jo ~ Sweet Sassy Diva
Kerri ~ Cares of Kerri ****you are here****
Kimberly~ Kimberly's Crafty Spot ****next****
Jamie ~ JME Creations

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Back To School Blog Hop - Day 1

Welcome to my very first blog hop! Since I am a Fourth Grade teacher, I thought it would be fun to do this Back To School Blog Hop hosted by Michelle at Queen of my Craftroom. Both of my projects are for my classroom, but can be adapted to any child that is going back to school.

You should have come from Andrea's Coffee Time. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, then head over to Queen of my Craftroom and join in the fun! We have 3 sponsors: Karbar Digital Stamps, Jen's Digi Stamps, and Hambo Stamps. Each sponsor is giving away a digi stamp. There will also be blog candy along the way, so sit back and enjoy all the creative ideas that these talented ladies are sharing!

My project for today's is a class set of bookmarks. My theme for my classroom this year is Hollywood: Lights, Camera, Action!.

I made these personalized bookmarks by using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. Using my Gypsy, I welded a 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 rectangle and star together in black cardstock. I added another rectangle cut at 5 3/4 x 1 1/2 out of red cardstock. (To save time, I just used my paper trimmer to cut these out.) I added the 3 x 2 3/4 yellow star to the top of the bookmark. I used the Cindy Loo cartridge to add the words You're a star! The letters were 3/4 inches in height. Again, I used my Gypsy to weld the letters together. I used my while jelly pen to add dots to the phrase and personalized the stars using a black gel pen for my students' names. Lastly, I trimmed the star with gold stickles. Once I'm back to school I will laminate these and hand them out the first day of school.

There are so many ways you could do different bookmarks for you own child. Throughout the school year I will make more bookmarks using seasonal cartridges, Locker Talk, and my favorite cartridge, Create a Critter just by changing out the star topper. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see my next project! Now, hop on over to Kimberly's Crafty Spot.

**Blog Candy Giveaway**

I will be giving one lucky person some crafting goodies! Included are 2 alphabet label stickers, journal tags, decorative sticky notes, fun fibers, beach themed paper stack, a set of scalloped cards with envelopes, a heart stamp, a Star Cuttlebug folder and a Creative Memories Mini Parfait set.  All you have to do is leave a comment on both of my posts for this blog hop (Saturday and Sunday). I will use to select a winner on Sunday August 7. You do not have to follow my blog, but I encourage you to browse my blog and if you like what you see, I would be happy to have you as a follower! Thanks for stopping by!

Back to School Blog Hop Line Up:

Susan ~ It's Me Susan P 
Jill ~ The Scrapoholic 
Lynne ~ Her Craftiness 
Tammy ~ The Purple Muse 
Anita ~ Anita and Bugs 
Stephanie ~ Always Crafting 
Berenice ~ Karber Digital Images 
Kristen ~ My Fantabulous Life 
Mila ~ Milamemories
Bobbi Jo ~ Sweet Sassy Diva 
Kerri ~ Cares of Kerri  (you are here)
Jamie ~ JME Creations
Misty ~  The Daily Scrapper

Friday, July 22, 2011

Birthday Girl Layout

Today I was lucky enough to get about 4 hours of crafting done. Karli was at mother's day out and a friend came over to crop with me. We talked a lot and stopped long enough to have lunch so I only managed to get a 2 spread layout done and a birthday card (post & pics coming soon).  I know, I know, you are thinking 4 hours and that's all you got done! Yep! I'm slow and still trying to learn my Cricut Expression 2. 

Recently I came across 4x6photosketchblog that has tons of great layout designs, all using 4x6 pictures. I really hate cutting pictures down so this was an exciting discovery!  This is a blog I will be visiting a lot when I am scrapbooking.  I went back to a post on March 13 to find a layout that I wanted to use. I changed up the second page layout a little bit since it had 2 verticle pics and I only had one I wanted to use. After taking this picture I realized I had forgotten to journal in the empty pink space. I was too lazy to take another picture after I had journaled! :) TFL

click image for a closer look

2 green 12x12 cardstock
1 printed cardstock cut in half
2 coordinating 8 1/2x9 cardstock
stacked gifts on the left - Just a Note pre-loaded cartridge on E2
single gift on the right - Cricut American Alphabet pre-loaded on E2
Title - George Font (shadow was welded w/ Gypsy)
Stickles for a little bling

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Moooving card

I made an adorable card for our neighbors that are moving to Colorado this weekend. I am submitting it for My Pink Stamper's Design Team. She asked us to create something using our favorite Cricut cartridge and using the colors turquoise, orange, brown and green.  This was the first time I made a longer card of this type. I loved how this card turned out (and my play on words)!! TFL

8"x9" sheet of turquoise paper (folded in half)
Green grass cut at 8 3/4" (used Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge)
Cows cut at 3", 2 3/4" and 2 1/2"
Orange font was cut at 1 1/2" (Gypsy Font & Mickey Font....welded w/ Gypsy)
Pop dots for the cows
Black gel pen for stitching
Green gem on little cows bow (from CAC lamb)

Lamb cut at 3"
Font cut at 1 1/2" Gypsy Font.....welded w/Gypsy)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wedding Tri-Fold Card

It's not real often that my hubby, Marcus asks me to make a special card for someone. So, when he asked me to make a wedding card for a co-worker I knew just the cartridge to use.....Sweethearts!! I love the look of Tri-fold cards so I went to creating a special card for the bride and groom.  I used the same color pink that was on their invitations, black cardstock and shiny silver cardstock for this beautiful card. I used the blackout feature to cut out the bride and groom. The groom was cut at a height of 5 inches and the bride at 4 1/2. I did have to change the width on my Gypsy to get her and her bouquet to fit properly on the back section. I used a few more icon cuts from this cartridge including the rings, a gift, the hearts and the words Love and Mr. & Mrs . I made a pocket from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More to hold the gift card. I used My Pink Stamper stamps for the Congratulations and On Your Wedding Day. Pop dots were used to add dimension to the word Love, the bow on the gift and the wedding rings. Of course I had to add diamond stickles for a little bling on the diamond ring. I also added pink stickles to make flowers on the bride's bouquet and diamond stickles for the ribbon hanging down.  I used a white jelly pen to add our sentiment and names. TFL!!

Directions for a Tri-Fold Card

1.  Cut a 12x12 piece of card stock in half.
2.  Score at 2", 4", 8" and 10".
3. With a paper trimmer, place paper at 1 1/2 and cut from the 2" to the 10" score lines.
4.  Flip your paper and do the same on the other side.
5. Follow the picture below for the folding.....not sure how to explain it in a way that people can understand! :)

6.  I cut all my top paper 1/4 inches smaller than each section I am putting on the base.

I hope that is clear enough for everyone that wanted to know how to make a tri-fold card. It's really not as difficult as it looks. Once you make one, you will be hooked!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Swim Lessons Layout

I just discovered the blog for Pagemaps. (Maybe a little late, but I'm glad I discovered it!)  Becky Fleck is the designer of the page maps and blog. She has some really great stuff on there! Also, she just happened to have a Best Creations Sketch Contest. I loved the layout and had some pictures on my desk for I don't know how long that I NEEDED to get on a page! Here is the sketch for the contest:

Since these were of Karli's first swim lessons, I knew I didn't want to use birds, but I could use fish. I went to my all-time favorite cartridge (Create a Critter) and decided to use, not only the fish, but the whale and the darling sea horses. Here is my creation based on Becky's sketch:

I can never just do one page because I think a layout consists of two pages that share a common interest. I just so happened to have a 5x7 of Marcus's favorite picture (that he took himself) of Karli at swim lessons. I used a cute mat from Once Upon a Princess and added an extra fish and a momma sea horse with her two baby sea horses. Here is the other side of the layout:

And here is the completed DOUBLE layout together.....journaling and all!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Graduation Cards

So, I'm a little late on making my graduation cards, but they are now done!! I am sure the kids will appreciate a little extra $$ even though it's been a month since graduation. Both cards are the Z Fold cards which were super simple to make. I just cut 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in half, folded it in half and then folded the front flap back in half again. On both cards I used My Pink Stamper's Happy Graduation Stamp from the Happiest Moments stamp line.

For the Hello Kitty card I used Hello Kitty Greetings and usedthis weeks Peachy Keen Challenge as my inspiration. I cut Kitty at 5 1/2 inches (it may have been only 5). I added the silver paper cut at 1/4 inches smaller. I used the Martha Stewart Bubble Punch on the inside silver paper and added a silver ribbon to the front flap. There is a pocket behind the Hello Kitty to hold the money. Of course I added a little stickles for some sparkle and called it done!

For the second card, I went with a simpler approach. I cuttlebugged the top part of the card using the stars and inked them. I used the Wild Card graduation cap card for the front but cut off one side of the card so it was no longer a card. (Did that make any  sense at all?!) I used Tags Bags Boxes and More for the tag on the front and stamped Congratulations from the same stamp line mentioned above. I attached the tag with brads. On the inside I cut the round star shape using the icon function of the graduation cap card and added the phrase function that reads Class of. For the inside I made a simple pocket to hold money using Tags Bags Boxes and More. Since this card is for a young man, I left off stickles! :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Wearable (and Edible) Bouquet of Flowers!

Karli had her big dance recital this weekend! She preformed two dances and did a fabulous job. She danced one ballet routine and the other was tap. Of course when there is a dance recital there are always flowers! I knew her Grammy and Aunt Kimmie would bring her flowers, so I wanted to do a more creative bouquet of flowers. I remembered making my neighbor girls all silk rose hair clips for Christmas and how easy they were to make. I ordered some clear tubes for Skittles and M&Ms and went to making 24 silk rose flower clips for all the dancers in Karli's class. I had some willing fourth graders cut out lots of circles of fabric for me the last week of school, so putting them together was a cinch! Another mom has been making other flower clips for her daughter and agreed to make another 24 for the dancers. (She did the zebra & pink leopard print flowers) We tied 4 candy tubes with the flowers clipped to the top together with a simple bow and I added a Dance Recital tag from Twinkle Toes Lite Cartridge. These were a little less than $1 each to make and they turned out adorable!!

These are Karli's favorites! She loves pink and purple!

And now for a couple of pictures of my Tiny Dancer!!

Getting ready for her ballet dance!

Karli is back row center line.

Karli is front row, just right of center line.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

National Scrapbook Day - MPS Challenge #4 Mother's Day

Happy National Scrapbook Day! I didn't get much accomplished today, but I did manage get a couple of challenges done! I should have updated my new Cricut Expression 2 before I started, because I spent half the night battling with my cuts and then spent the other half updating my Gypsy and new E2. 

I made 73 explosion purses last week with my fourth graders to take home to their moms for Mother's Day. These little purses were found at Qbees Quest. By Friday I was about to pull my hair out, but when I saw them all completed I knew the moms will LOVE them!! So, when Robyn, aka My Pink Stamper, had a Mother's day challenge today, I knew I could make a couple of these super quick.  We took lots of family pictures on Easter so they worked perfectly inside the purses. I got to use Robyn's Happiest Moments stamp set for the sentiment on the front of the purse. I added some embellishments, pictures and of course a little bling and called it done!

Here are the two I made today for this challenge:

Here are one class set of purses made last week:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

100+ Followers- Paisley Cartridge Winner!!

I've finally selected a winner from for the Paisley Cartridge! Thanks for all your comments. I enjoyed reading all of them! Hopfully I will be doing another giveaway soon when I reach 200+!!

Congratulations NUMBER 16!!

Lisa said...
Love your blog! Congrats on reaching over 100 followers. Hoping I can make it to that bench mark soon enough!
Thanks for the oppertunity to win a cart I don't already have!

Lisa, I will be contacting you to get your addy to get your new cartridge out to you next week.

New the Cricut Expression 2 is coming soon!!

As a preamble to the big 5th anniversary release of the Cricut Expression 2, a couple of my favorite blogs are giving away this super machine!! Robyn, at My Pink Stamper and Everyday Cricut are having a UStream the night of the big release and revealing the winners.  Go check them out by clicking on their names above.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Best Fishes Card

This card really makes me laugh. I told a friend I would make her a fun card to give away to someone. I hadn't used the Smiley Card cartridge yet so I picked out this funny kissey fish. The fish was cut at 4.5 inches wide.  I cuttlebugged the light blue background paper as well as one part of the fish. I stickled the lips with diamond stickles, eyeliner with black diamond and added a little sparkle to the fins with a light blue.  The fish was attached with a action wobble and the MUAH was popped up with small pop dots.  The inside sentiment is from My Pink Stampers line of stamps called More Punnylicious.  I love this card because it makes me laugh!!

Be sure to leave me a message on my previous 100+ Followers Giveaway post. I will be selecting a random winner from the comments in a couple of days!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

100+ Followers Cartridge Giveaway!!!

As a special thank you to the 100+ followers on my blog, I am giving away one of my favorite Cricut cartridges.....PAISLEY!!! I fell in love with this cartridge when I first saw the little zebra driving the car. And if you know me at all, I have loved paisleys since I was in grade school (I think it's because I love Prince).  So I have a brand new, in the clamshell Paisley cartridge to give away to one of my followers. You have to leave me a message on this post and be a follower of my blog. Feel free to share the news with your friends! And again, thanks for helping me hit this milestone. I promise I will have some great things in store in the months ahead!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

100 Followers Giveaway....Coming Soon!

Yahoo! I am so excited to see that I have over 100 followers now! Thank you so much to all of you that continue to check out at what I create. I love reading all your sweet comments. As summer fast approaches, I will be more active in my Craft Room and have more and more posts for you. Hopefully I will get better at putting my "recipe" for my creations. I have a cartridge to giveaway, but I haven't decided which one. I will decide this week and post the giveaway by Friday or Saturday. STAY TUNED FRIENDS!!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Doggone Cute Card!

A friend asked me if I would make her a card for her vet. Her dog has been under the weather and her veterinarian has been really gone out of her way to help them out. I was excited to use my FAVORITE cartridge, Create a Critter for this card. While browsing some blogs during the weekend I came across a "Love Your Pet" blog hop at Scrapbookaholic by Abby. Did you know that the month of April is the "month against animal cruelty" and ASPCA encourages to "Go Orange" to show your support. So this was my inspiration for her card. I am submitting this card for Abby's challenge #3.

I used a brown base cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. The orange background paper is cut at 4 x 5 1/4 and the dog was cut at 3 1/2. I tied a little orange ribbon around the background paper and of course I added a little bling with my iRock on her personalized collar and word Ruff. I added Black Diamond stickles to her eyes and nose and donned her with a purple hair bow to match her purple collar. The inside sentiment comes from my newest stamp set Fabulous Phrases from none other than My Pink Stamper.

Thanks for lookin!!!

Also, it looks like I will be doing a giveaway real soon to celebrate 100 followers. As of today I am just one away!! Yippee!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My Pink Stamper Birthday Challenge - Karli turns 4!!!

My gal, Robyn, over at had a blog hop this weekend with a birthday theme. I never posted any of my daughter, Karli's 4th birthday pics, so even though I didn't do the banner and goodie bags over the weekend, my challenge was to get them up on my blog for my friends to see!! So here it is!!

I made this adorable banner using the Mini-Monograms cartridge. Poor cartridge hadn't been used in forever, but it was perfect for her ladybug themed birthday party!! I used Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for the popcorn box to hold party favors and used Paisley for the ladybugs.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Class Valentine Pillow Boxes & Upcoming giveaway!

I made 24 of these adorable pillow boxes for my class. It took me a little longer than I expected, but did them in stages. I started with a toilet paper roll.  I measured around it to cut my paper. I used the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder to emboss the paper then added it to the TP tube with my adhesive. (Maybe should have used hot glue because the paper kept coming off until I put ribbon around it.) I filled the tubes with some candy and heart-shaped erasers. I just folded in the ends and tied a cute little ribbon around it. Slapped a heart that was stamped with Happy Valentine's Day from the Happiest Moments stamp set from My Pink Stamper and called it quits! I did add a pencil that was disguised as an arrow, but forgot to take a picture of that. At one end was 2 hearts and the other end was the end of an arrow (both cut from the Sweethearts cartridge). Sad I didn't take a picture of the finished product. They turned out ADORABLE!!

Also I wanted to tell everyone that I will do a giveaway once I hit 100 followers. Remember a great way to share my blog with your friends or blog followers is to grab my blinkie on the side bar and add it to your blog.  Thanks for looking and check back soon for my first *giveaway*!!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Strawberry Valentine Cupcakes

Strawberry cake is my favorite!! Recently I had THE BEST strawberry cupcakes (with strawberry icing) at a work luncheon. Come to find out, it was a Paula Deen recipe. So, you know I'm telling you the truth when I say it was the best!!! Well, since we were snowed in AGAIN today, I had plenty of time to make a delicious Weight Watcher's Potato Soup recipe and these amazing tasty treats. I did change it up a bit since I didn't have strawberry extract, but I used almond extract instead. (I usually add almond extract to all my cake batters to give it a little kick.) Also, I used frozen strawberries without syrup. I added a little extra strawberry puree to my icing and only used 4 1/2 cups of powered sugar. (I had TONS of icing left over after icing 36 cupcakes.) Before delivering the heavenly cupcakes to my neighbors, I cut out hearts and cupids from the Sweethearts cartridge (cut at 2 1/2 inches), attached them to toothpick and added them to the tops of the cupcakes. We enjoyed our strawberry dessert after our healthy dinner. YUMMO!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Create a Critter Valentine Cards featuring MPS stamps!

I am so excited about these great little Valentine's Day cards. I made them for Karli to take to her friends at daycare and a couple extra for my 2 helpers at school. I cannot take credit for the idea, so I will give credit where credit is due. Pam, over at P-Kay Sunshine Creations made the Cricut Chirp newsletter with her adorable creations. While she added ribbon and computer generated sentiments, I put my personal touch on mine by adding Stickles *my fave* and My Pink Stamper stamps *another fave*. Robyn has created several stamp sets that pair perfectly with the Create a Critter cartridge as well as other cricut cartridges. I used the Punnylicious, More Punnylicious, and Everyday Occasions stamps. Click here to see her retailers and product line. (If you click on a picture you can see them in more detail.)

Recipe for the cards:
  • The base (white cardstock) is cut at 4.25x5.5 (These cards will fit in a standard A2 envelope.)
  • The printed paper (K&Company Specialty Paper Pack) is cut at 4x5.25
  • All critter images were cut at 4 inches.
  • My Pink Stamper sentiments were stamped on scraps of white cardstock and cut down to fit the card.
  • Assorted Stickles
  • Pop dots

Hopefully I will get my class set of pillow boxes made in time for Monday. Oklahoma is forecasted to get another big snow storm on Wednesday. (boooooo!) That means I better hit Hobby Lobby & Michaels TOMORROW on my way home from work!!! Thanks so much for looking and I'd love to hear yoru comments or feedback.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Coming in April......Gotta have it!!

I just saw the new 5th Anniversary Cricut Expression 2!! I absolutely love it and gotta have it. I will be scraping my pennies (and selling my E) to be able to buy it the day it comes out. I'm also excited about the new Cricut Craft Room. Just what my husband to be on the computer more than I am now! (Did you hear the sarcasm?!)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A couple of Thank You cards

Last week I made 2 different thank you cards for a couple of my birthday gifts. The first Doily Card (pg. 52) is from the Wild Card cartridge. I selected my favorite colors for this card! I used Fit to page for the envelope which was 6" (I think!!). I set my dial at 6" for the rest of the cuts on the card. For the "Thanks" I used the phrase on page 42 and cut it at 1 inch (real dial size selected). This card was made for my sweet neighbors that brought me some Blackberry Wine for my birthday. YUMMO!

I made 2 of the next cards which were made from Create-a-Critter. I used a pre-made card and added the red strip (cut at 2 inches) and the lady bug cut at 3 inches. I love my Martha Stewart Loops punch so much that I had to use it on the top and bottom of the red strip of card stock. I added a little bit of stickles to the heart and spots on her wings. Her antennae was blinged up with my I-Rock. The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's Simply Sweet Occasions. These two cards are off to school with me. One is for the other 4th grade teacher I teach with. She got me a great canvas, monogrammed bag and the other card is for a student that brought me a cable-knit scarf and flowers for my birthday. I love my little ladybug card!! It turned out ADORABLE!!