Monday, August 30, 2010

Classroom project

My boyfriends mother is a school teacher for third graders. I occasionally help her out with projects for her classroom. Today I worked on apples for her students desks and lockers. She will hand them out tomorrow, the first day of school, and the children will write their names on them and place them accordingly. I made 25 of the 5" apples and 25 of 3" apples. I really enjoy using my Cricut to help Mrs. A. decorate her classroom. Last year I made her leprechans and their matching attire and the kids put them all together. She told me the kids loved making them! I was very happy to have cut them all out - even if there was 50 little pairs of shoes to cut! There are upcoming school projects in the works. As soon as I get the go ahead my Cricut will be getting a work out again!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Throwback Thursday Challenge - Episode 81 ~ Princess theme

Here is my entry for this week's TT from My Creative Time w. Emma. This card was definitly a challenge for me. I dont own the Tinerkbell cart so I had to think of another idea using the princess theme. I started this card on Friday evening and finally finished it today. I ended up using the Hannah Montana cart for the crown and used my Stamping cart for the butterflies. Not sure if you can tell from the pic but i had used a really pretty shimmer paper from TCP Studio called Pink Paradise Shimmer. The shadow is cut from a shade of pale pink non-shimmer paper. The butterflies - cut at 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 inch are from a Fiskars papers that i have had. The background paper is DCWV Nana's Nursery - baby girl 8 x 8 stack. This is layered  with a light green paper and narrow greenish ribbon. I used a ton of white pearls and little tiny pink stones and one heart shaped bling in the center butterfly. I think I will keep this for my nieces upcoming birthday - since after all ~ she is our little princess!  Hope you like it!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

To Japan with love...

My younger brother Ed, lives in Osaka Japan. He works as a teacher and a percussionist in a band. He has been there for 5 years now. I have only seen him two times in the last 3 years and our family misses him alot. My mom sends him care packages occasionally and for his upcoming birthday ~ 29 years!!!! i made him this cool card using Pagoda. I found this great (background) paper in my stash that is made by DCWV - it works so well with the Koi cut. The Kanji cut means : Fun.
I am really proud of this card and I know my brother will love it too. He will be coming home again this Christmas and I cant wait to see him again! Im also adding a pic from Christmas 2009 of my siblings & myslef. Enjoy & thanks for visiting my blog!

                                                    Me (Diane), Brenda, Ed, Amy & Liz

Saturday, August 14, 2010

throwback thursday challenge #9 ~ "Back to School" Paisley

Here is a cute little back to school card for Emma's throwback thursday challenge - using Paisley. The pink on pink elephant is cut at 2.5" i used some polka dot ribbon (Target dollar)on the bottom edge above the Fiskars Scallop edge punch - green foil paper is from an un labeled stash- sorry (geez, seems i am pretty bad at not getting product names!? lol) anyhow- i used some cool prism blue paper for the lens on the sunglasses - think that paper was a from a dollar pack at Target long ago- and used some red making memories "chunky red wagon" alpha stickers. The little apple was cut @ 1.75" - a little larger than i wanted but still i went ahead and used it. Put that through the Swiss Dots folder and the edges were inked - Colorbox Warm Red. The little bees are from the new summer line of EK stickers ( Sweet Treats), i found mine at good ol' Walmart - TFL.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


this is a special shout out to ebay seller - jlovesuso125 - you are fabulous! I orded 2 Cricut carts from her on TUESDAY Aug. 10 and i got them TODAY! I got Pagoda and Paisley (to use for Emma's challenge) Susan is a super seller with super prices too! I got both carts for  under $46 total!!! including the shipping. Check out her other auctions for some great deals. Also a big thank you to the USPS for helping to get my package here so quickly! Thanks again!

Yay!!! and Ney!

Yay for:

I placed my very first order with Papertrey Ink late Friday night and got my package today at noon! I am not only impressed with how quickly my order was shipped - but such fair prices and super quality paper - now I know why they say - once you try their papers - you will be back! Wow, great stuff! The 3 packages of cardstock are : Stampers Select White, Paper Basics Kraft and the Paper Basics Rustic (off white color with specks) I also got the Bakers Twine in Pure Poppy and New Leaf and also four lovely yards of Leaf Ribbon.  I am looking forward to crafting with my new papers, ribbons and twine. I will definitly be ordering from them again!

On another note.....a big NEY to Custom Crops. I placed an order with them for the Pink Scotch ATG on June 16. Yes, this was pre-order - but it should have originally shipped first week of July. I just got it on August 10th. That is a total of 56 days from order placement to delivery. I sorta feel like i never should have ordered it. Too much money and took forever to get here. Also it was mailed in a bubble envelope in which the corner was smashed in. I also got a few email "updates" claiming warehouse issues and adhesive issues? I wonder about that. This is not my first order with them - i think maybe my fourth? but the last before this also took very long to get. The web page states "orders ship in 3-5 business days". That being said along with the fact it was a pre-order - i figured I would have to wait a little extra for it to ship out, but 56 days? I am not sure how i feel about ordering from them again anytime soon. How do you girls feel about delayed shipping???

Dad's B-day owl

Here is a birthday card i made for my Dad. I used the Cricut Stamping cartridge. (I love this cart ~ so many cute occasions and sayings!) I cut the owl at 2.5'' and the Happy Birthday was cut at 1.75. I used a plain grassy green color for the background and used my "new" MS paper punch (and of course i threw out the package in my excitement of a new toy and forgot to write down the name) on the bottom edge. Ribbon is called Grateful Squared by KI memories - its from a while back - maybe Joanns?? As you can see, I went a little overboard with the gel pen...i had meant to only dot in the corners and messed that up and just went for broke with the dots! oh well ~ still looks cute. For the last little touches - i used some little star blings (Michaels) and some clear blue "rain drop??" dots on his eyes. Edges are done with Colorbox Chestnut Roan. Anyhow,  hope you like it and heres to wishing my Dad a very happy birthday!!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

wow ~ another great deal today!

For any of you who have Keurig coffee makers - today @ Staples i found 18 pk boxes of coffee for only $2.50 each!!! After all the medical expenses I have had to pay out this week, i have been so lucky to have found both of these deals this weekend coffee for only $ 2.50 a box and a Cricut cart for only $2.00 (previous post). I have made one card this weekend for my brother in law who had surgery. ( I will add the pic ASAP.)

Slideshow of Cards