Sunday, February 5, 2012

Valentine's Day Goodie Bag Toppers

Love is in the air! I feel like we just finished Christmas and New Year's yesterday and here we are getting ready for Valentine's Day.  I guess I need to run out and take down my Santa Claus yard flag. I can't believe I haven't gotten that down yet. Anyway, I spent my morning making my daughter's Valentine goody bag toppers for her class. She had a specific request that it have a cupcake with a heart on top. The Cricut Expression 2 anniversary edition came with the Cricut American Alphabet cartridge downloaded inside. It's a cute cartridge and I absolutely love the font. It also had the image that would make the 5 year old very happy. I cut the cupcake at 2.25 using Reflections red card stock for the base and a pink card stock for the frosting. I used the Cricut Imagine to cut a fun tag using Bubblegum Stripes to fill the tag. This is another cartridge that became a favorite quickly. The paper on it is perfect, especially for girly type projects. I cut the tag at 2.7. Once that was all cut out and cupcake assembled I cut the bag topper at 5 1/2 by 4 1/4. Fold it in half and begin by attaching the patterned paper tag and cupcake. I used the You're Sweet! Stampin' Up stamp from the Mini Mates set with CTMH black ink. The To: and From: is also a Stampin' Up stamp. I'm off now to fill bags with candy and attach them to these cute toppers. I'll be sure to post a pic soon. Get crafting!

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Busy Crafter...: Make A Wish Birthday Card

The Busy Crafter...: Make A Wish Birthday Card: Skill level: Easy I am very excited to share this card. Monday was my birthday and my husband surprised me with a Cricut Imagine. A...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Make A Wish Birthday Card

Skill level: Easy

I am very excited to share this card. Monday was my birthday and my husband surprised me with a Cricut Imagine. At first sight of this machine it was not one on my wish list. Now that I have one I don't know how I created without it. It's a bonus option for making cards and scrapbook layouts. It also makes making cards with many layers fast to craft and put together. I started out by cutting and folding to make a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 card. I layered a slightly smaller brown piece of Reflections cardstock on top. I cut yet another slightly smaller rectangle using Reflections cardstock Cool blue and using my Sizzix Texture Boutique embossed the Happy Birthday images onto it. I love the Yummy Imagine cartridge. Using it I chose the Make a Wish banner and the birthday cake. Using the layer function on the Make a Wish banner I changed the color of the E and I to orange. (See, great options) This card is for my nephew and he doesn't want any part of the color pink so orange was a better fit here. I cut it at 1.5 and the cake at 2.5 on the Imagine. I used pot dots to attach both cut outs and tada! The inside sentiment says, " It's your birthday CELEBRATE" using Close to my Hearts Card Chatter stamp set. Happy Sunday everyone!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday!

Happy New Year everyone! In our family we are starting the year off celebrating two big milestones birthdays. We have a combined first and 50th birthday party to attend this Sunday. I had some free time this evening so I figured I throw together a quick card for the littlest birthday boy. If you know me then you would know that I usually wait until the day of the party to make a card so I feel very proud of myself for getting this done today. I enjoy doing kid cards the most I think so I chose to do this one first. I will post pictures the one I do for the 50th birthday later. I started by cutting the background paper for the card. I have a 12x12 stack of various birthday themed papers. I next cut the solid piece for the center band. I love my Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge and use it probably most often for parties. I cut the cake layers at 3.25 along with the number one. I quickly assembled the layers. After I took this picture I used pink chalk to highlight the cheeks on the cakes face. I used a Close To My Heart Stamp sentiment on the inside that says Have a Happy Birthday using teal ink from Stampin' Up. I can't wait to attach it to the present a give this little card away.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mommy-to-go Breakfast Boxes

I made these cute Mommy-to-Go Breakfast Boxes for my kindergarten students to give to their Mom's for Mother's Day this year. (I'm a little late on posting I know) They were fun, cute and the Mom's loved that they got to grab, go and take them to the office in the morning. I picked up these Chinese carry-out type boxes from my local dollar store. (Great deal!) I put some tissue paper in the bottom then added some goodies for Mom to munch on. I put a banana, Nutri-grain bar, a homemade blueberry muffin, a chocolate chip cookie pop, a to-go coffee cup with lid, a hot chocolate packet and a tea bag. At school I had coffee,sugar, creamer, hot water and orange juice set up in the classroom. The Mom's could put whatever they wanted into their cup on their way out of the door. My students loved handing their Moms the boxes in the morning. This type of room event worked out well.Its hard to get away from work these days. It didn't take anytime from class or from Mom's work day. I lost a little but of sleep having to get to work at 6:00am but it was well worth seeing the Mom's excited and feeling well appreciated.

A Seuss of a Shower......

When my cousin emailed me and asked for some help planning her baby shower I couldn't have been more excited to say, YES!!! Her theme was Dr. Seuss. As a kindergarten teacher Seuss' birthday is our favorite celebration on the year. All of Seuss' zany brainy rhymes and adorable color schemes had me feeling creative. I wanted to share some pictures from the day. The Diaper cake was made by our cousin's wife and she did a phenomenal job on it. It was a perfect addition to the party. The food tags were embossed using the Sizzix Texture Boutique. The cookie pops were simple to make. I used Nestle Cookie break and bake cookies and baked them according to the packaging. As soon as I pull them out of the oven I immediately insert long lollipop sticks which I found at Michael's next to the candy melts. After they have cooled they will be stuck to the stick. I also picked up a pack of  25ct. clear treat bags (found next to the sticks at Michael's. I put the bags on upside down so that I can tie the bottoms. I cut a scalloped tag and a round circle using the Cricut. I stamped the white circle using a Stampin' Up stamp. Have a Seussical day!

Gift Bags and Matching Cards

If you are like me I hate spending money on those decorative gift bags and cards. They are way to over priced if you ask me. I love just buying the plain colored bags and decorating them to match a card. I have been doing them for birthdays and recently a baby shower. The kids love that their bag and card go together and I try to coordinate with the theme of their party to make it extra special. My son was invited to his friend bowling party. Using my Cricut and some card stock I was able to put together this themed card. Unfortunately, none of my cartridges had a bowling pin so I had to cut that by hand. The next gag and card I did was a for a baby shower. This baby shower was a Seuss Theme party but Cricut has not come out with a Dr. Seuss Cartridge yet. I am really hoping its in the near future. My last bag and card combo I'm posting was for a friend of mines daughter who was turning 1. When using the Cricut to make the bigger bags I usually make the images fit to size so it will use the whole 12x12 paper to make my cuts. The cards I typically cut at 5 and 1/2 inch and size my other cuts to fit accordingly. In my future posts I will post specifics in case you'd like to make your own.