Wednesday, May 25, 2011

This is another wedding card.  Family, my hubby will take this when he leaves tomorrow for the wedding in Minnesota.  I have really struggled with this card.  I wanted something elegant and all white, but it just wouldn't come together.  Finally, when I saw the new release "Cinderella" from A Day for Daisies, I thought I could make it work.  Purple wasn't at all what I expected.  Funny, isn't it how sometimes your creations aren't really yours at all, but have a life of their own?  Anyway, I'm very happy with it, though I'm still wondering whether I should havew added the swirl at the bottom...  I just loved it so I put it on, and now I'm not sure whether I should have, or maybe I should have put it below the digi...  Guess I should quit second guessing it.  Anyway, the swirl is from pebbles.  I don't remember who made the lace, isn't it beautiful?  I love it. 

As with the rest of you, I am concerned for so many people who have been affected by the storms this week.  Every night the national news has a story about new tornado caused death and destruction, and our state news has stories about flooding caused by a combination of melting snow in the Rocky Mtns. and heavy rainstorms.  I hope we can all agree to pray for an end to the horrible weather and a return to more pleasant summer weather.  I wish the best for everyone out there.


Monday, May 23, 2011

The Reader

I needed a card to send to my sister today.  I remembered that I have colored a few digis and put them in a file for "just in case."  For once I had a great idea!  I whipped this up in about 15 minutes after I got to work!  I just grabbed the digi, papers and ribbon along with the base card to use, then headed out.  It was a great chance to demonstrate how I put a card together for my student, and I ended up with this pretty card.  The butterfly paper came from WalMart, the ribbon was in a package of ribbon pieces, the teal paper was from the Taj Mahal mat stack that I picked up about a month ago.  The white base card is from a pack I got quite a while ago on sale, from K and Co.  Really handy to keep around.

I had a great time coloring this, think I'll try it out again because it's going to be one of my favorites.

Thanks for looking!

I love it, love it, love it! I finally got some time to play, now that graduation is over. Update for anyone who cares, all four seniors graduated! Hurray!!! And a total surprise to me, three of them were awarded Heisey Awards for improvement. I've only had one or two who got that in the last eight years. You can imagine how happy I was for them, that the rest of the faculty noticed what I had been seeing...

So this is the first card I made with the Gypsy. It took a while, had to watch several videos, but I did it! And I love it. Can't wait for one of our out of town trips this summer when I can take it with me, that's why I bought it, but I don't think I'll be doing much without it now unless I'm using MTC. And I'll make a couple more cards like this, now that it's all laid out for me. What a treat!

I used: Winter Woodland, base card (with envelope) from K and Company, other papers from a pack of scrap I picked up at a small store in Billings, MT called Sisters. Fun place to wander!

I'm going to enter this in a challenge, I think. Fun to see what others think!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Hello friends!  I'm really excited to be participating in my first-ever blog hop.  I couldn't resist when I saw the call for participants.  I always like to do something to send my students off into the summer with a good feeling about the last year.  After all, I will have them again in my classes next year, so it really is a good idea.  

Choosing a project is always a challenge.  I'm teaching high school so my project can't be too "cutsie" but  it has to be a little bit cute or it isn't worth bothering with.  I decided to make boxes to put treats in and cut them on my Expression using an MTC file.  Then I decorated four boxes for the boys, bet you can guess which ones?  Of course, the tape measures with eyes...  I had picked the tape measures up at a dollar store in the teaching area.  They're intended to be calendar markers, but I really like the way they turned out.  The boys will get a kick out of them.  The girls boxes are all different.  I couldn't decide on one design, so I just used whatever I found in my stash left-overs.  Actually, kind of fun, because I had forgotten that I had chipboard butterflies!  Will have to see what else I can do with them.

I hope you're enjoying this hop.  Have a great weekend!

If you got here by accident, please click on the button at the right, which will take you to the beginning.

Here's the line-up for your next stop:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Baby Album and Amazing Giveaway!

I don't usually do this, but this is too good not to pass along.  Melissa, from Creating from the Heart, is having the most awesome giveaway, a Martha Stewart punch around the page set along with a $100 gift card to Michael's!  (Yes, that IS $100, no mistake.)  So is you're into crafting, head on over there, if not, sorry for wasting your time.

Now, this is the first album I have made.  I'd welcome comments.  I bought a chipboard album ready-made to decorate, but almost wish I had not.  I wanted to put so many things into this.  It is for my friend who is a first AND second time grandma, twins, a boy and a girl.  How perfect is that?  tried to put a tag on almost every page to give more space for photos and journaling, and I used almost all freebies.  There are so many great things being shared.  Seems that many, many talented people are very generous!  Luck for those of us who are less gifted...  definitely me!  I cannot draw at all!  But I surely have a great time coloring...  I'm sorry that the pictures are out of order.  I'll have to work on that next time I make a multi-page album. 

I think my tags are probably too big...  I was trying to give as much space as possible.  Hope she covers them with pictures soon, they'll look much better.

Hope you all have a great week planned!  I'll be back on Saturday for sure, as I'm joining a blog hop for the first time.  I thought that would be a great way to celebrate the end of a good school year and the beginning of a great summer!  See, I'm think positively!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

An Apple for the (Student) Teacher

Tomorrow is my student teacher's last day.  I've used Locker Talk and Cricut Classic Font cartridges  to put together my card.  The colors are terrible, don't know why.  Should be tan paper with black and red!  My students would really hoot at the pink letters.  The sun over the school represents our town name, Sunburst.  I cut the tall school from Locker Talk, then cut it down because it really does resemble our building this way.  Have I said I live in a very small town, about 400 residents?  This should give you some idea of how small we really are.

The inside of the card has lots of room for students and teachers to write notes on, it is one 12x12 piece of paper.  There is no sentiment because I plan to have another teacher hand letter the apple with "An Apple for the Teacher" tomorrow morning.  I do NOT do hand lettering myself (I love my Cricut!).  I think it will serve the purpose anyway, and the kids will enjoy it.  That's really all I care about.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I've been out of town, so haven't had any time to craft or post until today.  I'm sorry!  I can't believe how hard it was to be away from my crafting.  We went to a wedding in Sidney, MT, which is about a 7 hour drive from here.  It was nice to go because we used to live there and 50 miles east in Watford City, ND.  We visited some friends there whom we haven't seen in 15 years and were amazed by the changes in the area.  There is a big oil boom going on and there are people and vehicles everywhere.  It's amazing to see so much activity in a rural area.

The wedding was beautiful, although it was rainy and the power was out during the ceremony.  Fortunately there was a small generator, enough to run the little white lights they had decorated with, so the wedding went through without any other problems. The bride and groom look very happy.

And as soon as I got home, I finished the third of the wedding cards I need for this month!  I really wanted to do something different, and you'll have to agree it is that!  No wedding couple, bells, etc., just the statement.  I actually like it, and it should stand out in the crowd, which makes me happy.  The quote is one that I really like.  I used Microsoft Word to print it. The cardstock is AC and the patterned paper Colorbok. 

Now, really, really great news!  It has finally turned warm, expected to be 70 tomorrow!  Hurray!  Hope things have settled down in the southern and central states and we can all begin to enjoy the weather for a change.  We have commented over and over that at least the cold and snow were all we had to contend with. 

Have a great day,

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I just finished these two wedding cards.  The first was a digital that I printed out, background paper, digi stamp and sentiment.  I printed 2 copies so that I could cut the bride out.  I ran the ribbon under her, inked her edges ( rose red) and then but crystal stars on her headpiece. 

The second card was cut in two layers.  I really tried to keep both of these cards simple since they have to be mailed.  Some of the lovely layered and embellished creations I see would be very difficult to mail, and I suspect that in some cases would not arrive in good condition unless they were packed into a padded mailer.  I just do not have the patience for that.  

I have seen a lot of wonderful creations on your blogs lately.  Wow!  I am amazed at all the talented people out there.  Thank you to everyone who posts things so that the rest of us can learn from you!

Challenges the first card may have been entered in:
Make it Monday (anything goes)
A Spoonful of Sugar (white and one other color)
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central (anything goes)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hello.  I'm sorry to say that after a week I still don't have any work to share.  I ran out of adhesives last weekend, only Scotch tape and Duct tape left...  Not okay!  My order arrived (thank goodness for internet) in record time, only 3 days from Custom Crops.  I also ordered some punny sentiments and a new cartridge, Paper Doll Cress Up.  I'm going to have SO MUCH FUN this summer (only 4 more weeks).  If you need me I'll be in my craft room...

I had to chaperon Prom this weekend.  We spent Friday and a good part of Saturday decorating,  opened the school in the afternoon and didn't get home until about 12:30, far, far past my 9:00 bedtime. LOL  The kids had so much fun, I don't know how they keep it up for so long.  And they looked amazing, guys and girls both.  Awesome.  Today was clean-up, and as expected most of the kids didn't show up, so it was myself and 5 students for an hour.  Thank heavens 2 parents showed up at that point and we were done in another hour.  And now I've (again) misplaced the memory card for my camera.  So you won't see anything for a day or so.  Hope I find it soon!

We had snow again this week, but it got warmer again much more quickly and it really seems like spring is here.  Hope you get a chance to enjoy it!