Friday, May 28, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Gift Set


As promised, here is the project that took 50 shots and still didn't give me a decent looking picture. I made this little gift set for my son's Kindergarten Teacher for Teacher's Appreciation Day on May 5th - yes, I'm a bit late posting. Inspiration for this gift set came from ACOT's Creative Team Member Miranda's(LoveMyBella) Teacher Gift Set. When I saw this cute gift set I knew
it was exactly what I wanted to make for DS's teacher and the added bonus was I already had the KI Memories School Days Collection. My set varies a bit from Miranda's, but I really love the way it turned out.

The photo frame came from the Dollar Tree and was decoupage using 3 different papers from the KI Memories School Days collection, Imgaincse Let's Pretend Polka Dots, and a Cricut Doodlecharms Apple.

The Clipboard came from A.C. Moore and was decoupage with School Days Test Form and Daydream papers. I found a teacher definition online, typed and printed it out on School Days Test Form back side and added a notepad.
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What teacher doesn't need a bottle of hand sanitizer? I took the School Days Daydream paper and wrapped around the bottle. Punched two strips of yellow cardstock with EK Success Binding Edge Punch, cut out a backpack and apple using Cricut Doodlecharms and tied a floss around the neck of the bottle.

The name plaque came from A.C. Moore and I painted it a light green and decoupaged it using School Days Teacher's Pet and Imaginsnce's Let's Pretend Polka Dot paper. Added a misc. piece of yellow ribbon and a crayon cut-out from the Cricut Locker Talk cartridge.

And to finalize the gift set, I CASE'd a card I saw on Whimsie Doodles by Joni. I missed out on getting Whimsie Doodles' Back to School Digital Stamps, so I resorted to what I know best - using my Cricut.
I used quite a few carts to re-create this card.
The stars and smaller apple come from Plantin Schoolbook, the pencil from Locker Talk, the apple from Doodlecharms, the scalloped oval from Alphalicious, and the 'thanks' from Don Juan. A total of 5 carts! For the base I used Grafix's Clear Craft Plastic - it's just like acrylic sheets.

I had lots of fun and stress doing this gift set, I hope you have enjoyed seeing this little project.
Thursday, May 27, 2010

How Many Pictures Does It Take?

Am I just the World's Worst Photographer or does it really take 20 pictures to get a semi-nice shot of your project? If its not the lighting, its my shaky hands, the disorganized background, the darn camera who freezes, etc. It just seems I can't get a good shot of any of my projects. This one particular project took about 50 shots - no kidding - and I still didn't get a GOOD picture. But then again, that's what happens when you wait until 7:45pm to take the pictures. I had 5 minutes before the sun set for the night. If anyone has any good tips on how to photograph projects, layouts, cards, etc, they are more than welcomed. I can take all the help I can get.
Now, if you're interested in the complete project of the pictures above, stay tuned for tomorrow's post.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Older Layouts

Here are some older layouts I've done, in no particular order.

Got Syrup?
This layout was done for an Imaginisce Sketch Contest using this sketch as inspiration, but I didn't win. The layout uses an older Imaginisce collection called Let's Pretend, which I believe was only available thru QVC. For more detailed pictures, please visit my ACOT Gallery.

Supplies: Imaginisce April Sketch, Imaginisce Let's Pretend Papers, Misc Buttons, DMC Floss, $1 Thickers, ZIG Black Pen, Fiskars Threading Water Punch
It's SNOW Fun
This layout was done using Let's Scrap Sketch 4-14-10 and LOTS of Cricut cuts and Cuttlebug embossing. For more detailed pictures, please visit my ACOT Gallery.

Supplies: Let's Scrap Sketch 4-14-10, Misc Papers, Cricut Doodlecharms Cart – Snowman, Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up - mittens, scarf, hat, Cricut Accent Essentials - Snowflakes, journaling spot, Cricut Pooh Fonts - 'its' & 'fun', Cricut Sesame Street Font - 'SNOW', Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - swiss dots, d'vine swirls, Fiskars Threading Water Punch, EK Success Binding Edge Punch
Mommy's Little Helper
This layout was done for Magpie's Club sketch contest where again, I didn't win.
more detailed pictures, please visit my ACOT Gallery.
Supplies: Magpie April Sketch, Basic Grey Marrakech Line, Bazzill Mango Cardstock, Bazzill Blackbird Cardstock, Bazzill Avalanche Cardstock
Basic Grey {un}dressed Chipboard (Green Painted Heart), OTC Chipboard (Title), Making Memories Tina Alphas, Quickutz Frankie Die, Making Memories Brads, Delta Acrylic Paint, Cricut - Don Juan & Accent Essentials(Hearts); Plantin Schoolbook({ Border), Misc Floss, Misc Button

Pre-K and Beyond
This layout was made for a Creative Imaginations Sketch Contest using a sketch they provided, but I didn't win. Pictures are of DS#1 on his way to kindergarten. I made the stars myself, by scoring at all points and folding.

Supplies: Creative Imaginations>Art Warehouse>Class Act Collection, Bazzill Red Devil Cardstock, Bazzill African Daisy Carstock, Cricut Opposites Attract Cart - 'to' & 'and', $1 Thickers - 'pre-k' & 'beyond', Prima>Say It In Crystals>Fanciful Black Swirls, EK Success Binding Edge Punch
'Son'shiny Day
I'm not completely satisfied with the outcome of this LO. I feel like something is missing, but don't know what. I wanted to go for a whimsical feel, but don't know how to get it. I also made this LO for a PageMaps/Cardstock Couture contest, but never submitted because I didn't like the way it came out. I picked up the 'ruffled lace paper' technique from Katie at

Supplies: Becky Fleck/PageMaps Sketch, DCWV PP, Bazzill Avalanche Cardstock, Bazzill Pollen Cardstock, Making Memories Little Alpha Stickers, American Craft Thickers, MS Doily Punch


If you're still with me…that's it for now…see I do scrap.
Monday, May 24, 2010

Teen Queen Card

As we all know I'm a very bad blogger and so, today I have a birthday card I made for DH's niece about a month ago. She turned 13 and I knew exactly what card I wanted to do for her - Donna's Teen Queen Card. I love all the details and layers that Donna adds to her cards and projects. If you haven't seen her blog - Popsicle Toes - which I'm sure you have, you really should stop by. You'll be amazed by her work.

I really like how my version of the card turned out. I did have to tweak around with the design a bit, as I didn't have all the carts it required. I replaced the Hearts with those from Plantin Schoolbook and the crown for one found on the Paper Dolls Dress Up cart. And added Dew Drops/Skittles instead of pearls.
I used Doodlebug SugarCoated Cardstock to cut out the crown - which I'm surprised that I got a nice and cleaner cut with it than regular patterned paper. The background and hearts were cut using Basic Grey Urban Prairie and the 13 was cut using Frances Meyer Small Dots - Pink paper. The base and mats were cut using Bazzill Guacamole Cardstock. I also used EK Success 3-D Dots for the layers and dimension, but next time I will follow Donna's advice and make my own pop-dots using 1/16" foam and my xyron. Just look how horrible the white pop-dots look with the green and pink layers.Photobucket

I'd like to thank Donna for creating such a great card and file. If you'd like to get the .cut file, please visit Donna's Blog - Popsicle Toes or her projects on Custom Crops.
Supplies Used:
Teen Queen Card .cut file, Bazzill Guacamole Cardstock, Basic Grey Urban Prairie, Doodlebug SugarCoated Cardstock, EK Success 3-D Dots, Dew Drops/Skittles
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hard Hat Area

Remember I told you I was looking into a new adventure and to be in the lookout for a few changes around here? Well, look at the banner above. Yep, this blog is UNDER CONSTRUCTION! I wanted to give this blog a more unique and cute look. I searched for days for a cute blog design, but they all come with a high price quote. So I've decided to learn how to make my own blog design and I'm very excited. Everything seems to be going smoothly right now. Its not as hard as I thought it would be. So, for a few more days or weeks this blog is a HARD HAT AREA!

Let me tell you a bit about the 'Under Construction' Banner I designed. I used the a digital kit called Diggin Dirt by Kristmess Designs found at the GottaPixel store.
Friday, May 7, 2010


OMG! I can't believe I won! I'm on a roll this month. I didn't get any layouts done, but I managed to enter few blog hops, comment giveaways, challenges, etc and was randomly choosen to win 2 of them!

My first prize comes from Scrapbook & Cards Today - where I won a ONE YEAR subscription to their paper magazine! I LOVE thier blog and magazine. They offer soo many ideas and techniques. Thank You for such an awesome prize!

My second prize comes from Whimsie Doodles - where I got a $5 coupon code to use towards any digital stamp in their store. I just LOVE their stamps - they are soo cute.

I can't believe how lucky I am. I'm soo excited! I can't wait to get my prizes in the mail.
Monday, May 3, 2010


OMG! I can't believe I won! Pebbles Inc and American Craft teamed up for an awesome week of projects using both manufacturers. The projects were so inspiring and creative, I enjoyed every bit of it. And to top it all off, Pebbles Inc randomly choose one of my comments to win a fabulous prize package filled with goodies from BOTH Pebbles Inc and American Craft!

A very special THANK YOU to both manufacturers!