Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Festive and Fun Challenge

The Cooking With Cricut challenge has a new name.  It is Crafting With Cutters.  The change is due to PC having an issue with the use of their product name "Cricut".  For the rest of this post, I will just call the challenge CWC.  The challenge this week is called Festive And Fun with BINGO.  Make a project using three items on the card to create a BINGO.

The pumpkin is a cut from the October 31st cartridge.  The pumpkin was inked with a little tan and brown ink from Colorbox.  The kraft paper was embossed with a cuttlebug folder and then inked in brown.   

I completed the card with a bow made of sheer tan and olive ribbons.Attached to the ribbon is a small tag with the sentiment Give Thanks.  The sentiment is from  the Joy's Life stamp set,"It's All Fall Puns".  And a few olive green gems were added from Recollections.

Come join our CWC challenge this week at My Paper Crafting World.  I look forward to seeing your Festive and Fun BINGO!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Cards For My Kindergarteners

Many of you know that I teach kindergarten and have for over 30 years.  That would probably explain my sanity or lack there-of.  I wanted to share a few cards I made for the children in my class.

These card were so easy to make.  They all have a black card base.  All of the papers are from a Recollection stack and a K & Co stack left over from last year.  I added a little black in and some recollections gems and tied a tulle bow on each of them.  

Here are a few of the cards shown separately. 

Tomorrow is going to be a wild day at school, full of excitement and fun.  But I will miss it.  I will be at   the Teaching Education 1963 Symposium.  This is a symposium for educators about the Civil Rights Movement here in Birmingham 50 years ago.  It promises to be a wonderful event full of information and great speakers.  I was a small child in 1963 in elementary school.  It was a scary time in our city with the bombings of homes and churches.  I have some vivid memories and still question now as I did then why people can be so cruel.

I remember the Sunday that the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was bombed and the three little girls
were killed.  We were eating lunch at my grandparents.  And I kept asking why anyone would kill little girls in church?  The answer I got was "We don't know".  I think my parents and grandparents were so stunned about what happened that they really could not answer me.  I still ask the same question today.

Well, I wish you all a Happy Halloween!  Be safe and have fun!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Colors of Fall for My Sheri Crafts

It is time for a new challenge at My Sheri Crafts and it is all about the colors of fall with three embellishments.

My Aunt Catherine turned 90 this past Wednesday and I used fall colors for one of her cards.  The papers are from a Recollections stack.  The labels were cut and embossed from Spellbinders dies and then inked in brown and gold.  The sentiment si from Just Rite Stampers.  I added a little glitter glue to the label and then embellished it with gems from Hobby Lobby.  The ribbon I got last year after Christmas at Michaels.  I loved the color of it and especially the glitz it has.

Come join us for another challenge at My Sheri Crafts and show us those beautiful colors of fall.

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's That Spooky Time of Year!

I love Halloween!!  It brings out the creativity in everyone and is just such fun!  I guess that I just love it  so much because I teach kindergarten.  My class is so hyped up today because last night was the Halloween carnival at our school.

I left the carnival early to take Jack and Ruby to their training classes.  Both are training to be therapy dogs.  Ruby and I have our final test on November 3rd. The classes are held in a local church gym.  The gym was all decorated for a festival this weekend.  I just could not resist taking advantage of the decorations.

Never mind my looks after a day at school and dog training classes.  I think all of my makeup was long gone and the contacts had come out of my eyes.  I look as pale as a ghost, so I guess it is fitting for this scene.  Ruby is so tiny and sweet.  And Jack is Mr. Personality.  If there was a fraternity for dogs, he would be the president, carrying the keg to the party!  I've never known a happier dog in my life!

Thought I'd share a card with you today.  

I used paper from K& Company.  The mummy is a cut from Happy Hauntings.  I thought he would be perfect to lead the parade.  I cut him out with two different shades of tan paper and then inked him with gray.  

I used the Autumn Celebrations cartridge to cut the trick-or-treaters.  I just think this is such an adorable cut.  It is as if you can just hear the children laughing as they are running from house to house.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a good weekend.

My Craft Spot   Little Monsters
4 Crafty Chicks   Spooktacular
Everyday Is An Occasion   Sunday Funday Link Party
Little Scrap Pieces   Halloween
More Than Favors   Halloween
Party Time Tuesdays   Trick or Treat
Cut It Up   Eek! Boo! Ahh!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

So Boo-tiful!

I have made a Halloween card for my friend, Nancy, who keeps my sweet little Ruby when I travel. I have three little dogs, Jack, Magnolia and Ruby. My parents usually keep Jack and Magnolia for me, but my friend Nancy keeps Ruby. If you visit my blog you can see their photos. Ruby comes to school with me a good bit and that is where Nancy fell in love with her. Nancy also works at my school. Here is Ruby on one of her stays at Nancy's house. She just gets so spoiled by their whole family.

And now here is the card I have made using the Grand Madison Window die with shutters and a flower box.

All of the papers I used to make the card are from my stash.  i did a little inking to distress the window and shutters.  The pumpkin is a epoxy sticker from Hobby Lobby.  I used two Martha Stewart punches for the leaves.  The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and the sentiment stamp is from a Scrappy Mom's Stamp set.

I found these adorable moon,star and bat gems at Hobby Lobby and just had to have them.  Aren't they just adorable.  And I think they added the perfect touch to the card.

The bat is just so adorable, and I love that the stars are purple.  

Now I am back to making more Halloween cards for my friends and the children in my classroom.  Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you come back soon.

Paper Playtime   Welcome to Boo-ville
Die Cuttin Divas   Use Pumpkin
Shopping Our Stash   Trick-or-Treat

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

It is time for Charlie Brown to find his pumpkin.  So all the designers at Cooking With Cricut want to have a challenge to help Charlie Brown find the perfect pumpkin.  This week the challenge is to create a project with a Cricut pumpkin cut.

This card is made with papers from Recollections.  The pumpkins are cut and embossed with
 a Spellbinders die and then inked with a little Tim Holtz Orange Marmalade ink.  The phrase is a cut from the Cricut cartridge Mini Monsters.

I added pretty glittered Halloween ribbon and some sparkled spirals and dots from Hobby Lobby.

Come join the  pumpkin challenge at Cooking With Cricut.  It will be lots of fun.

DL Art   Pumpkin
Die Cuttin Divas   Use Pumpkin

Saturday, October 13, 2012

It Is All About Halloween

The new challenge at My Sheri Crafts is all about Halloween.  We are making projects with a Halloween theme.  Halloween happens to be one of my favorite holidays because it is just so funny!  I think it also challenges people to be creative who otherwise would not.  I think it is good for all of us to step outside our comfort  zone every once in a while.

This week the theme in my kindergarten class has been pumpkins.  So of course, that is what came to mind when I started to do my project for the challenge.

I went to one of my favorite pumpkin cuts for the card.  It is on the Holiday Cakes cartridge.  I just love these fun pumpkins and the flourishes.  The paper is all from a Recollections stack I bought last year.  I did some inking with gold, bronze, black and green.  The stamp is from Joy's Life and the ribbon is from JoAnn's.

Come join us with your Halloween project this week at My Sheri Crafts.  It is going to be such a fun challenge!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I Feel The Love Thanksgiving Cards

it is time for another I Feel The Love Project.  The design team members of Cooking With Cricut have a challenge for you to make Thanksgiving cards for the residents of  Surrey Place, a skilled nursing facility in Live Oaks Florida.

All of the paper I used is from K & Co.  The turkey is cut from the Cricut Thanksgiving cartridge.  The leaf flourish is a die cut from Cherry Lynn Designs.  It is one of my favorite die cuts.  It is just so versatile.  The sentiment is from a Joy's Life stamp set.

I downloaded this sweet little image last year and printed it, just knowing I would have the perfect project for it.  i love all of these vintage images for holidays.  

Take a moment and check out the projects at Cooking With Cricut .  I hope you will join in the challenge and link your project up at I Feel The Love Project.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I hope you will return. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall Out My Window

Hi everyone, and welcome!!  This week the challenge at Cooking With Cricut is a color challenge  with the addition of string, twine, hemp, etc.  I just love these beautiful fall colors and was so excited to use them in a project.

I made a card using these colors and some baker's twine.  

I created the card with the Grand Madison window, shutters, and window box.  I just love these dies.  They cut pretty and can be used in so many ways.  I inked the shutters with tan and brown ink to give them a distressed cottage look.  The window is inked with a little tan and bronze ink.  All of the solid paper is from my stash and the patterned paper is from a new Recollections stack called "Night and Fall".  The little white mat and window shade were cut with Martha Stewart border punches.  

The window box is full of pretty fall flowers from my stash, with leaves cut from Martha Stewart punches.  And the little pumpkin was created with circles cut with a punch and inked with bronze and copper.  The pumpkin stem was hand cut.  

The sentiment is from Just Rite Stamps, Nature's Nested Sentiment set.  I inked the edge of the label with copper.  The little leaves hanging from the window are cut from the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge. They are attached to a little yellow and white twine.  

And there you have it, my color challenge card using twine.  

I just think that when you copy someone's project that credit should be given.  So I want to say thank you to The Bug Junkie for sharing such a beautiful card that has provided great inspiration for my project.   

Please join us this week at Cooking With Cricut  for this fun color challenge with string, twine, hemp etc.