Wednesday, May 25, 2011

You make me MELT!

I just love this week's sketch at Peachy Keen Stamps!

And I couldn't wait to pair it with my brand new Scrappy Mom's summer stamps!

I used my Simply Charmed cartridge. I just think it screams summer! Which is great because tomorrow it is supposed to be over 90 degrees here and it's our first grade FIELD DAY!

Yes, we'll be melting.. lol.

Oh! and I wanted to announce the winner of my blog hop candy!

Blogger Mihaela said...

Such a nice project!
May 21, 2011 7:43 PM

Congratulations, Mihaela! Please email me at with your snail mail address :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

{{Blast Into Summer}} Blog Hop!

Good Saturday morning and welcome to the {{Blast Into Summer}} blog hop!!!

Get ready to..

If you are stopping by from Sue's blog - you are in the right place!  If not, you will want to start back at Wendy's so you're sure not to miss a thing.

As a teacher counting down the days ((okay.. hours)) until summer vacation, I am so excited to be a part of this fun hop!

We are celebrating the end of the school year by showing our appreciation to fellow teachers, colleagues, volunteers, students and parents! Well, everyone who touches the lives of children ;)

This is such a busy time of year, so I decided to make a 4 card set of thank you cards to stash in my desk when I need them the next couple days!

I'm so thrilled with how these turned! I've been in a scrapbooking funk - hoping summer was going to turn things around for me. Luckily, this hop inspiration brought it back a few weeks early! :)

I used my favorite DCWV Grade School stack and choose 4 colorful school word patterned papers. I stamped the notebook paper in white and layered an apple on top. I love how those pop off the black!

I used a fine tip red sharpie to pen the outline and tied a green satin ribbon around the card. The "With Appreciation" is a Scrappy Moms Stamp! Love them!  Here is another picture of the set..

I plan on writing a note of appreciation for my principal and PTO at my school, among others. Both have been such a great support system as our district is going through lots of changes!

And now, a blog candy giveaway!! I have a DCWV Grade School mat stack to gift to one lucky follower who leaves a comment :)

You will love the fun, bright and glittery papers in this collection! Perfect for school projects.

Time to {{blast off}} to the next blog -->

You have until tomorrow at midnight EST to complete the hop! Be sure to stop back at Lynda or Wendy's blogs to see the grand prizes.

Remember to become a follower ((if you aren't already!)) and leave a comment for a chance to win my blog candy.

Have a great weekend! :)


PS - also linking up to the Wee Memories stamping challenge :)

Positive Thoughts

The Cricut Cartrdige Chaos Challenge (CCCC) this week was to use the Give a Hoot cartridge. I don't have that one ~gasp~ but I used my favorite Create a Critter owl cut for this card.

It's for a colleague at school "hoo" is going through some rough times. Hope it brightens her day!


Clean and Simple!

I tell my students you learn something new everyday - even when you are out of school. Today I learned that CAS stands for clean and simple ;)

And CASual Fridays is having a "bling" challenge. I paired it with Paper Trail's doily challenge to create this classy, clean & simple thank you card.

The sentiment comes from my Sweethearts cartridge - I just love the font! The bling are red gemstones.


Pool Volleyball

I'm so glad I was able to complete a 2 page layout for my Hawaii album! Scrapbooking (layouts, anyway) time has been few and far between these days!

I used 2 sketches from Artful Delight to bring this spread together.

The first page, uses one of Sketch #11 from Leanne's 14 Days of Sketches challenge.

I used specialty paper from my LSS paired with bright colored pink, blue and yellow cardstock. These are photos of me playing pool volleyball on our cruise ship :)

The second side of the layout uses the May Monthly Sketch.

As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew my LSS had shaped sports ball paper and hoped they had a volleyball. Yah! for a plan coming together. :) That's me serving! 

Here are the pages together.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fun Father's Day Card :)

There is a fun challenge at Fantabulous Cricut this week to create a card that uses a square and a triangle. I new I wanted to use the pizza cut on the Simply Charmed cartridge - I haven't yet and I think it's super cute!

So, I cut him at 3 3/4" and added it to a 4 1/4" square card mat/base.

I was so tickled to look through my stamps and find this Studio G Father's Day set! It's golf themed, but the one sentiment is perfect for this card. :) I love when that happens!

Hope you're having a great weekend! The sun is FINALLY shining on the East Coast! :)


I'm also linking this to More Than Favor's "Anything Goes" Wacky Wednesday challenge :)

Beary Happy Birthday!

I was inspired by the latest challenge at Birthday Sundaes to create this beary special card :) The challenge was to make a birthday card with at least 3 circles. I love this balloon cut on Create a Critter!

I also embossed the background patterned paper with my "Seeing Spots" cuttlebug folder.

Love the dimension! I'm also linking this up to Cooking With The Cricut's "CeleBEARation" :)

Be sure to check out the blog hop I'm in today for a chance to win lots of candy!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Star Studded Challenge!!

Welcome to another challenge at The Paper Variety! I had so much fun looking at the movie themed projects last week. You girls bring it every week! Whether you are faithful follower, just stopping by, or new to our blog - welcome to another fun challenge! ;)

You have until next Tuesday at noon to link up your project below:

We will draw one random winner to receive this week's prize - sponsored by Technique Tuesday!

I just ordered this all occasion Hero Arts stamp set and had to use the July 4th sentiment a few months early! I just love this patriotic silhouette.

We can't wait to see what star-studded project you create this week! Whether you use patterned paper, die cuts, stamps or other media - link up your paper project below for a chance to win.


Cricut Cardz Challenge #75!

There's a new challenge up at Cricut Cardz and this WAS a challenge!!

Create a masculine birthday card that includes wheels. I struggle with masculine cards; but to try to find a "manly" cut with wheels was like a treasure hunt!

I finally decided on this golf cart from Everyday Paper Dolls :)

I really like how this card came out! And since my hubby and his friends golf often; this will come in handy someday I'm sure :)

I'm also linking this up to Alex's

Have a great day!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Love to Learn

The "Throwback Thursday" challenge a My Creative Time this week is to use the Doodlecharms cartridge.

I used Sketch #5 from Artful Delight:

I made a layout for my school album. Because I won't post pictures of the students in my classroom, I left out the 5x7 picture and journaling of their names :)

The school bus is my favorite cut on this cartridge!

I'm also linking this up to Amanda's "Getting Scrappy" challenge!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! :o)


Princess Sparkle ;)

The challenge at Scrappy Mom's this week is to use a princess cut; challenging for me because I have no 'girly' cartridges LOL. Go figure!

But I found this lil princess on my favorite A Child's Year... and used one of my fav color combinations pink/yellow.

You probably can't tell, but there is a lot of sparkle on this card! I used gold and yellow stickles on the wand and also sprayed the mats with golden sunshine glimmer mist. Not my usual style, but I like it and I'm sure one of the little girls in my classroom will too. 

The "best wishes" stamp is from Scrappy Mom's Everyday Greetings.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Things NOT To Do Before A Cruise.

#1 Watch Poseidon in the movie theater. LOL.

Yep, 2 weeks before my first cruise around Hawaii - my friend, also going on the cruise, took me to see Poseidon. Insert nightmares here!

I started scrapbooking in 2006, after returning from that once-in-a-lifetime trip and "back then" was more about the memoriabilia than the photos/stories. I cringe every time I look at those pics - 150 total from 10 days in paradise. I imagine that I could snap that many in 10 minutes today, given the chance to go back.

Thus, that album looks a lot different than my pages now. But, I am still working on that album, every summer I make the promise to finish it and every fall comes and I've lost interest.

But, I'm off to a roaring start this year. I already completed 1 double page layout with my new Pack Your Bags cartridge. And last night, completed a second set.

The current challenge at The Paper Variety inspired me to scrap this "horror" movie.

The prize is sweet!!

The left side of the layout, feature sketch #8 from Artful Delight.

Like I said, I saved a lot of memorabilia. This is the People Magazine article comparing the original to the remake. Since then, I've seen both and really enjoyed them {now that I'm back on land}.

The cruise ship is cut from the Pack Your Bags cartridge at 2 1/2". Love the layers!

The second page, features sketch #10 also from Artful Delight.

I saved the newspaper movie listings (lol) and of course my tickets tub. The funniest thing was getting off the plane in Honolulu and seeing the billboard with the movie advertisement! So funny!

Love the mixed alphas in the title (same cut as above, different feature key).

Here are the pages together:

(click to view larger)

Thanks so much if you stuck with me this long! :) I was going through Blogger withdraw last night wanting to share this and everything else.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sunshine card :)

My friend, Sue, recently sent me these goodies to create a card! It took me a few days (okay a week lol) to decide what I wanted to do with them...

I just love the quote I used in my header for my spring/summer blog design. I incorporated it into an easel card. Doesn't the blueish purplish layer remind you of a sunset?

I printed my sentiment on my computer, right onto the solid colored paper and popped it up so the card front could be propped up.

The only thing from my stash was the yellow thread which I used to stitch my rays. I just love how it turned out!

With everything going on in my life, I'm trying really hard to face the sun everyday and think optimistically and positively :) So far, so good!

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