Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CardMaker Halloween Blog Hop

 Hello Friends! 

Welcome to the CardMaker Blog Hop!

I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful Blog Hop!

For my project, I wanted to do a box filled with some little note cards for a friend.  Halloween and cards just go together if you ask me!  I used Glue Dots® Glue Lines, Glue Dots® Mini Glue Dots, Glue Dots® Permanent Glue Dots and Glue Dots® Craft Dots along with some black, green, purple, orange and white cardstocks.  Of course I had to use some black and white twine too.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut some cute Halloween elements and a darling Frankenstein Box. I changed the size a bit so it would hold six note cards.  I used the We R Memory Keepers  Envelope Punch Board  to make a custom size envelope.  That is an essential tool for card makers!

After I cut my Frankie Box, I used Glue Dots® Lines and Glue Dots® Permanent Dots to put him together with the handle and set it aside.  I then cut my six 3 1/4" x 6 1/2" cards with white cardstock. Using my Cricut, I cut the 6 silhouette images I was going to use on my cards.  I cut the coordinating color blocks for each die cut as well. I glued each silhouette image to the square with Glue Dots® Mini Dots.  

After I had the images on their colored squares, I cut random lengths of twine to add some patterns around the colors, in a line, or doubled up or however!  I just wanted to add a hint of dimension to these cards.  I put a Glue Dots® Glue Line on the back of my colored square and stuck twine into it and wrapped it around here and there on each card, adding another Glue Dots® Glue Line to the opposite side.  I did this for each of my 6 cards. 

After I had twine around all my colored squares, I put them on my white cards.  I adhered them with a combo of Glue Dots® Glue Lines and Glue Dots® Craft Dots.  I made sure they were super sticky to hold the twine in place once it was on the card.
Once all the cards were put together, I made the envelopes.  Since my cards were sized at 3 1/4", I needed to adjust the size to use on my envelope punch board to a beginning size of paper at 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".  My "Start Line" was at 2 3/4".  Once I figured out the correct size, I punched and scored all my envelopes.  After I used the reverse punch on each one, on the opposite side of the now rounded edge, I cut a small bit of the pointed flap so it was straight rather than pointed. 

To assemble my envelopes, I used a Glue Dots® Glue Line on each of the two sides that fold in.  I put the flap that I trimmed the point off right on top of the Glue Dots® Glue Lines.  I wasn't planning on using these right away, so I added one Glue Dots® Mini Glue Dot to the middle of the cut flap and put a film over it so it wouldn't stick together until I had the card inside, ready to give someone!  At this point, I was just about done.  I just needed to put them in my Frankie Box. 

I now have a cute little box of cards to give to my friend, and it's more the cute side of Halloween.  Just what she likes!  Thank you so much for visiting today and hopping along with us!

Here is the a list of the blogs that are hopping today in case you get lost along the way:

Amanda Tibbitts:

Danielle Hunter:

Kelly Gettelfinger:

Grace Tolman:

Catherine Scanlon:

Shannon Morgan:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

End of Year Teacher Gifts

Hello Friends!

Today I wanted to show you the End of Year Teacher Gifts my daughters and I made for their cute teachers.  It's so hard to believe I'm going to have a Second Grader and a Fifth Grader!  They really need to slow down on this growing up business! 

I have wanted to do a little gift basket for their teachers that wouldn't be too spendy, but would look cute.  Enter, an ice cream care package where they only have to add the ice cream!  My little one was SO excited to give this to her teacher.  I had to use my Cricut Explore to make the tag and my little poem was just the perfect touch and my oldest daughter said it said everything she could want to say to her teacher, so she just said "From, Shelby".  HA!  She cracks me right up.  Her teacher had planned a root beer float party for his class and forgot a scoop!  So glad we gave him one!   Thank you for visiting today!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day for a Dog Mom!

Hey There!

My SIL adopted the cutest little puppy I've ever seen and I'm truly smitten!  Mother's Day was coming up and I thought we should at least give her a gift card to Petco because that Ella is the cutest puppy!  And wow is she full of energy, too!  I was trying my best to design a cute gift card holder with my Cricut and only have one dog on it, but as I got into it, we needed to have all sides of Ella that we could.  I used a white gel pen to add the fluffy fur to the silhouette images and I had a cute little gift card holder and I was super excited to give it to my SIL.  That dog has added so much to our family and my girls cannot get enough of her!  Thank you for visiting today! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Teacher Appreciation Gift

I love Teacher Appreciation Week!  It's my favorite time of year, and our school each year sends home a little list of things we can do for the teachers each day of the week.  A thank you note, a treat, a chore, etc.  It really is a great time!  My little one gets into it BIG!  She wanted to get her cute teacher a notebook, some pens that matched and some dry erase markers.  Done, and done!  I of course had to make a silly tag for the girls to sign.  I had my Cricut Explore write the lines on the tag in the bluebonnet pen from the Wildflower Collection and then it wrote the "Just Write" sentiment in black pen.  Done!  I was in a rush and just had to tie it super quick but it worked out and my little first grader couldn't wait to give it to Ms. Chesnek!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Posters

Hello friends!

I signed up way back in August to do the Teacher Appreciation doors this year.  I love making posters and was happy to do it.  As the year went on, I had zero clue what to do for Shelby's male teacher.  Guy things are so hard for me to make cause I'm all about the frills, ya know. Ha! But as the due date was quickly approaching, I was hit with some much needed inspiration.

I used a rectangle and some lines from a ruler image in Cricut Desgn Space and had these cute rulers  to paste on this poster!  I'm feeling very thankful for my Cricut and Glue Dots! 

Now on to the first grade teacher!  I love this poster, and rolled flowers are my favorite so it only felt natural to put them together!  She loved her poster and so did I!

Thanks for visiting today, and thank you to all the amazing teachers who  have helped my kids grow!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cricut Cards

Hi Friends!

I wanted to show you some cards I made for a birthday gift. I love to make a box of cards for my friends and add a book of stamps and a fun pen. #longlivesnailmail right?! Anyway.  It makes a great gift and with my Cricut Explore gifts have never been easier!

This card was a fun one to make. Those balloons are from the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge but I didn't want to use Hello Kitty.  I cut the shadow and then snipped her off with scissors and put the banner over and had a cute lil' card!

 This one may be my favorite of the group: I had the Cricut cut the "thanks" on a rectangle and then I did some back stitching through the holes and had a way cute sentiment!

This card looked like a cupcake from the beginning to me and I felt that it needed a topper! Those flags from Party Picks and Pennants Digital Set are so fun to use.  You can change the size in Design Space and have a sentiment in no time!

This card was probably the easiest for me because I just had to choose paper and have the Cricut cut it!  It is from Creative Everyday Cards and it was done! 

This card was one I wanted to be simple but have a little texture to it.  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the background and added some enamel dots in the corner and had a simple little card.

This card was from Classically Modern cards. Not the most fun to glue but it looks cute anyway!

This is from Deorate! Celebrate! I added a sentiment from Walk in my Garden and that was a super cute thank you card!

This card was a Make it Now project in design space.  Easiest ever! 

Here is the packaging for the gift.  I used a cupcake I had made long ago for the tag and it was the perfect finishing touch!

Thank you for visiting today!

Burlap Flowers? YES!

Hello there!

Today I want to show you these amazing flowers that my Cricut Explore cut for me with the Deep Cut Blade.  I had watched a video from the super fun Country Charm by Tracy and I just had to try my own.  I love burlap so much, but the messy factor of it almost always makes me choose a different material to work with.  Tracy's blog has been a place where I can always find inspiration.  You should check her out!  I mod podged my burlap a bit too heavy so when these flowers were all rolled and set they were a bit hard and since I was making them for a wedding I thought they should be a little softer.  I don't have a ton of die cuts for my  Cuttlebug but after this project, I will be getting so many more! Rolled flowers are my favorite things to make with my Cricut so it seemed as natural as Burlap to make some! Thanks to Tracy for being my inspiration!

This is the card I ended up using.  The wedding colors were cranberry and gold with burlap. It was a very beautiful reception and I loved those burlap flowers with rolled ones!

Thank you for visiting today!