Sunday, May 1, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Idea

A little snack for the teacher.

I saw an idea earlier this year where the blogger had used a Stampin Up door hanger as a drink hanger.  It was such a cute idea, but she said that Stampin Up had discontinued the door hangers.  Now that I have my Gypsy, I decided that I could make my own and use the idea for teacher appreciation week.

First, I welded together three rectangles and a circle to make the appropriate shape.  Then I cut it out and used my Martha Stewart board to score the six folds.  You can see here where I folded it.  I decorated the front panel at this point, before putting it together.  You can also see in the picture where I put my adhesive on the front two tabs (Look for the red arrows.)
Here are three of the twelve I made.

I used the frog from Create A Critter because the mascot at my daughter's school is a frog.  The 'Enjoy!' stamp is from My Pink Stampers Everyday Life set.  Once it was together I tucked in a Lemonade drink packet, a Diet Green Tea packet, and a pack of Lance cookies.  We made enough for both my daughters' classroom teachers and their music, gym, and art teachers too.  I think sometimes the other teachers get forgotten.  Hopefully they will feel appreciated this week too.

If you're interested in the cut file, let me know and I'll post it.  Have a great day!

I've shared this at Tip 
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Some Decor for One of My Girls and a Little Card She Made

I saw a beautiful banner that a crafter made for her daughter which inspired me to create this for my daughter's room.  I tried hanging it just as a banner, but it just didn't have enough impact on a big wall.   So, while I was at Ikea last weekend, I picked up these 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch shadowbox frames.  I mounted each of the letters in a different box and was very pleased with the result.

I used my Gypsy to design the project.  The background is a Decor Tag from Gypsy Wanderings.  The circle is from George, and the letters are from Base Camp.  Using the layer feature on my Gypsy made it a lot easier to choose sizes for each piece.  The idea came from the Love 4 Stamps blog.  There you will find a link to directions for how to make the 'fan' that is under each letter.

This is a little thank-you card that Emma made to send to her great-aunt after Christmas.  She's five and would love any comments that you might have for her.  :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

MPS Blog Hop Project

Robyn, aka My Pink Stamper, is hosting a blog hop {here} and given us all a chance to join in.  Since I love to see what everyone else is doing and have people visit my blog, I decided to join in.  (I also love to read comments, so please feel free to leave one.)

This morning I used the Wild Card cart to make this little round card.  I cut the card once at four inches in white cardstock and then a second time in the printed paper to make the cover.  Then I cut it at 1 and 1/2 inches in cardstock to make a place to stamp the sentiment.  The second card is just paper on an A2 size card.  Both are stamped using MPS's Everyday stamp set.  (I love the fonts she chose for the sentiments on the stamps.)  The sparkly paper is from the DCWV Glitter Sweet Matstack.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Quick Baby Shower Card

Thanks for all the wonderful comments you've been leaving recently, and welcome to my new followers!

So, this has been a crazy week in my little section of the world!  In between preparing my 6th grade students for the state US History test yesterday and taking care of my family, I needed to make a baby shower card.  On Wednesday night (yes, I waited til the last minute, the shower was on Thursday) I started to pull out my Gypsy and the four new carts that my wonderful friend at craftymrs helped me find for $10 each this weekend.  But then I spotted a  Creative Memories Baby Boy and Baby Girl Photo Album Kit and inspiration struck.

I found the star paper and realized my new My Pink Stamper "Welcome Baby" stamp would fit perfectly inside the large star.  Then I matched the paper up with a second coordinating sheet from the same pack.  I cut the background plaid at 5 1/4 x 4 and mounted it on an A2 size cream colored card.  Then I cut the blue star paper at 4 X 4 1/4.  I mounted it  with the brown ribbon hiding the right edge of the paper.  I stamped it, and I was done!  It turned out really well and it was so easy!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Using my Gypsy to Make Cuts That I Don't Have

Hello everyone!  I hope that you enjoying a wonderful holiday week.  We recently went to stay overnight at my parents' house, and, like every good mom, I made sure that we had everyone's clothes and pj's.  However, just before we left our house, the DirectTV guy had been late for his appointment with us and it was a little crazy at our house to say the least.  So, when we arrived at my parents, I realized that we had everything except my pajama's and change of clothes.  Ooops.  So I borrowed a pair of my dad's pajama pants and a white tshirt.  So I wanted to send them a quick thank you note for still taking care of me, even at 38.

I looked through all my cartridges, and I have about 15 great cartridges, but I couldn't find a tshirt and pants.  So I used my Gypsy to create them.  I found that the pants could be from a scarecrow on my Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cart and the shirt from a dress on my Paisley cart.  But hide contour didn't work, so I ran the scarecrow off the mat so only the pants were showing, and then used hide contour to get rid of the buttons on the pants.  For the shirt, I ran the dress off the side, and then used hide contour to get rid of the heart.  (Ignore the other paisley shapes on the mat, I was working on two projects at once.)

A double mat under the shirt and pants finished off the card.  I've been so impressed about what I've been able to do using my Gypsy.  If you haven't checked out Emma's blog at, she has a lot of fantastic gypsy videos.  Have a great day!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Finishing Up the Last Homemade Gift

I hope you are all enjoying holiday festivities.  I've finished wrapping everything except the seven gifts which haven't yet arrived from Amazon.  (Yes, I'm very worried about this.)  But my two little elves were wonderful wrapping helpers today.

My last homemade gift for this Christmas has actually been in process for several months now.  Thanks to some time to work on it early this week, it is now completely finished.  It's an ABC album for my youngest daughter who just turned three.  I made one for our older daughter several years ago and she still loves looking at it.

I used a retired Creative Memories 7x7 album along with my CM 1 1/2 inch circle and square punches.  The stickers are from the CM Primary Power Palatte.  Once I decided on which pictures to include, putting it together went very quickly.  I do recommend laying everything out before you begin though.  That was how I realized that I was missing two of her uncles for the letter U page.

I will be entering the 'W' page in the My Pink Stamper challenge.  It's a bit of a stretch since the only brown I could put on the page is in the leaves, but I thought I would go ahead and share.  I'm also sharing it on the Fantabulous Cricut blog.  If you are visiting from either site, I would love to have you as a follower and/or read your comments.  Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 10, 2010

A New Twist on the Sock Cupcake...a Cherry on Top!

I love to look at the ideas other bloggers share on their blogs. In several places, I've seen sock cupcakes. They look so cute that I kept thinking about making some, but I wanted them to have a little something extra on top. After mulling it over, I came up with the idea of wrapping a tube of lip balm in the middle. And it turns out that Carmex makes a cherry flavored tube with a dark red lid. Perfect! It adds to the gift as well as making the cupcake look more authentic.

I don't own a cartridge that has a cupcake wrapper on it. But, after much trial and error, I discovered that I could use a rectangle and two triangles from George and the trees from the Christmas cart to create one. The actual cut file has been improved from the one in the photo. The edges are now angled to make it easier to wrap. Using the magic of the Gypsy to weld the shapes together, I was able to create my own wrap. (I just love my Gypsy!) You could also cut a sentiment or use a punch in place of the trees.

Once the wrap was cut, I rolled up the sock with the lip balm in the middle. A tight wrap seemed to work the best.

Then I wrapped the paper around the base. Wrapping a little more tightly at the bottom gave the cupcake a more realistic look.

A clear celophane bag from Michael's with a little curling ribbon finished the gift. I'm planning on making them for the wonderful ladies who help take care of my girls at preschool and afterschool.