Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Wishes Treat Containers!

Good morning! I can't believe it is Friday already! It has been a busy, crazy week at my school. The kids have been practicing for their Christmas concert next week and the teachers have been having a "Grizwald" decorating contest. We have a little competition between the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers on who can decorate the most. My 5th grade cohorts and I cut, laminated, strung, and hung about 100 paper snowflakes in our hallway yesterday! I think I may have developed Carpal Tunnel. ; ) It's all in good fun and seriously our school, kids and teachers, feel like one big family. It is a wonderful place to work and learn.

I have been busy making gifts for teachers, bus drivers, and co-workers. Something small, not expensive, but something that took time and care to make. I had these test tubes from Halloween that were unused. I pondered whether or not they would be appropriate to use for Christmas. Sure! Why Not? Christmas and test tubes goes together like peanut butter and jelly...........right? OK, so maybe it was a stretch, but I think I made it work. ; ) (Or the teachers are gonna think I've really lost it.......we'll see!)

I used my Cricut Winter Frolic cartridge to cut the trees. Glitter was added to the trees. I used Echo Park paper, Papertrey paper, some Magic Scraps red twine, a jingle bell, and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink. The tag was cut using my Cricut Sentimentals cartridge. (I actually cut the tags in bulk and leave them in a bucket to grab whenever I need one quickly!) The test tube was covered with a piece of vellum to soften the look a bit.

I have a busy, busy weekend ahead of me! Lots to do! Hope your weekend is fabulous! Thanks so much for stopping on by! : )

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Crafty Secrets and a Few Family Photos

Good morning to you! I have a Crafty Secrets card to share with you today that uses the new set, Angel Blessings. I colored the image with my Copic markers and added lots of glitter to their wings. I cut out the image and placed it on foam squares for dimension. I used Artsy Banners for the word, Joy, which was printed from my computer. I added a couple of pearls to the banner and tucked it under the angels. I layered various papers in my stash and added glitter to the edges. I tucked a doiley under all of it and some seam binding.

If you are here only for crafty reasons.....then feel free to click outta here! ; ) For my family and friends who enjoy coming here to see my little family every now and then feel free to stay a spell. I have just a couple of pictures from our little jaunt downtown this past Sunday. I kindly asked a stranger to take a family picture of us. Unfortunately, my girl has her eyes closed.....but at least there is a smile on her face! ( I probably should have taken her bib off too.........oh well!)

My little photographer, Kyle, took this one of Brian and I. Pretty good for a 13 year old!

And last but not least, a picture of Chicago's "Bean." It looked beautiful reflecting the city in front of it. : )
Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit!! Have a wonderful "hump" day! : )

Monday, November 29, 2010

Altered Memo Board

Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was a busy one! Saturday we had lunch with my aunt who was in from out of town, did lots of Christmas shopping afterwards, and yesterday my little family and I went downtown to walk Michigan Ave. We saw the lights, walked tons, visited the LEGO store, ate at the Cheesecake Factory, and enjoyed being together.

I have an altered memo board to share with you today. It was a little cheap one dollar magnetic thing from Target. I used October Afternoon papers and my Cricut George & Basic Shapes cartridge to cut the various sized circles. The smallest yellow circle and large cream circle were hand stitched. The word "Love" was cut using the Sweethearts cartridge using cream paper and glittered. And last but not least, the large flowers were cut using the Accent Essentials cartridge. I cut it twice, inked the edges and layered them on top of one another for dimension.

I altered some clips I had in my stash with smaller flowers cut from Accent Essentials, buttons, and lots of glitter! I love that the clips stay in place and all I have to do is swap out the photos.
Do you think they have a self-help group to help me combat my obsession with glitter? ; )

The 3 buttons were threaded together......I was way too lazy to do each one individually!
Hope y'all have a great day! I am off to work! I was a bit spoiled having the last week off.......back to reality! : )