Sunday, September 2, 2012

Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children

Welcome to the annual Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children!

I am delighted to join with more than 3 dozen other women who have each made at least one Halloween-themed banner that will be donated to hang in the room of a medically-fragile child at Pediatric Specialty Care in Pennsylvania.

Our Hop Hostess (Ellen CardMonkey Jarvis) works at PSC’s Bucks County site as Admissions Coordinator. The Banner Hop starts there, so please be sure to circle back to the beginning to see all of the terrific banners have been made for these very special children.

Ellen shared this information with us about Pediatric Specialty Care: “PSC is a very special place where children stay either long- or short-term, typically after hospitalization.  Most are dependent on ventilators and other technology to survive. Some have been born too early or with genetic diseases or birth injuries.  Other children suffer injuries later in life that require constant care later, including brain injuries from trauma or loss of oxygen (from choking, suffocation or drowning) and spinal cord injuries.

These children and their families -- and PSC’s staff -- will be thrilled to receive the Halloween banners, to help brighten the season when their friends and siblings will be out trick-or-treating.”

Here is the banner I am sending to a child at PSC

I created this BOO banner using coasters.
 Close Ups
 I used dimensionals.
Materials Used
Cartridge: Hello Kitty Font (letters cut at 2 3/4 inches)
Paper: Halloween by We R Memory Keepers
Ink: Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink by Ranger

To make the rosette, I first cut a 12x12 sheet into 2 inch strips.
I then cut 1 of them in half and taped them together to make a longer strip.
I then used a punch and I only punched out 1 side.
I used my score board to score the strip.
I scored the strip on every inch.
I then cut out 3 squares measuring 3X3 because that's the size of the coasters I used.
 I glued them to the coasters and cut out the edges.
I then used distress ink on the edges and glued the rosettes and letters on them.

This Hop is two days (Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2), and on each day you will see different banners. Be sure to visit on both days to see the truly inspirational work of these generous bloggers, and leave some love (comments) on as many sites as you can – because if you do, you can up your chances to win some Spooktacular blog candy.

Thanks for hopping by and your next stop is Jamie.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pink By Design 2 Year Extravaganza Challenge #4 ~ Silhouette Shape

Challenge: #4 Create a project with a silhouette shape in it

I am so happy that they didn't say to use the silhouette machine. lol Hopefully I can buy the silhouette machine in December. It will be my Christmas present :D

I had more time to create these cards, so I created a gift set. I just love how girly the Forever Young cartridge is.

Materials Used
Cartridge: Forever Young (silhouette cut at 2 3/4 inches)
Paper: Safari Untamed by the Paper Studio

Pink By Design 2 Year Extravaganza Challenge #3 ~ Embossing

Challenge: #3 Embossing
I love my Cuttlebug and I love how the embossing makes a card pop.
Materials used:
Cartridge: Life’s a Party (monkey cut at 3 ½ inches)
Stamp: More Punny-licious by My Pink Stamper
Other: Spots and Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder

Pink By Design 2 Year Extravaganza Challenge #2 ~ Favorite Holiday

Good Morning everyone!!! I am excited about Pink by Design's challenges today. There will be a challenge every hour.

I woke up a little bit late today, so I missed out on the first challenge. I wish that I could participate in all of the challenges today, but I have to go to Lakeshore and laminate a lot of things for my classroom and buy a few more things.

I am super excited because I can start fixing up my classroom on Friday!

Challenge: #2 Favorite Holiday
I love Valentine's Day, so I made this card. 

Materials Used
Cartridge: Sweethearts (cupid cut a 2 inches)

Paper: Best of Damask by My Mind's Eye

Stamp: Love Always by Pink by Design

Monday, July 23, 2012

1st client :D

Funny my brother told me one night, "I will pay you all of the money in the world to make me a card." Lucky for him, I don't sell my cards, so I told him that I would make him one. Plus it was for one of my sorority sisters :)

I asked him what my sister liked and he said, "Pink and Zebra Print."

This is what I came up with...
Materials Used
Cartridge: French Manor (chandelier cut at 2 3/4 inches)

Stamp: 4 My Friend by Close to my Heart

Paper: Safari Untamed by my Paper Studio

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cheer up

I used the Princess Face Assortment set by Peachy Keen Stamps to create this card. I always love using these faces on my projects because they are just too cute!
Materials Used
Cartridge: Create a Critter (octopus cut at 2 3/4 inches)

Stamps: Princess Face Assortment by Peachy Keen Stamps
            4 My Friend by Close to my Heart

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Spring Card ~ Speed Racer

I created a Spring Card because they are so fun and easy to make. I also fell in love with this cute little alien.

Materials used:
Cartridge: Life’s a Party (alien cut at 3 inches)
Paper: Party Time by My Mind’s Eye
Stamp: Boy Crazy by My Pink Stamper

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Mom!

I created some birthday decorations for my mom's birthday. She purchased her own tablecloth for her birthday dinner and it had a lot of martinis on it. The colors on the tablecloth were also neon, so my ideas came from that.
Materials Used 
Cartridges: Art Philosophy (labels cut at 4 and 4 1/2 inches)
                 From My Kitchen (martini cut at 3 3/4 inches)
                 Sophisticated (font cut at 3 inches)

Materials Used
Cartridges: Art Philosophy (label cut at 4 1/2 inches)
                 From My Kitchen (martini cut at 4 1/2 inches)
                 Sophisticated (font cut at 3 inches)

Her birthday card.
Materials Used
Cartridges: Art Philosophy (label cut at 4 1/2 inches)
                 From My Kitchen (martini cut at 4 1/2 inches)

Thursday, June 28, 2012


I have wanted to use this image from the Destinations cartridge for the longest time. I bought this cartridge a few years ago just for this image, so that I could add it to my Brazil scrapbook that I haven't even started working on. lol.

I was lucky enough to go to Brazil with my mom for my 15th birthday. I decided not to have a Quinceañera because I never liked celebrating my birthday, so my mom and I went to Brazil, Argentina, and Costa Rica for two weeks.

I fell in love with Rio de Janeiro and I hope to go back soon. I am hoping to go to the World Cup in 2014 because I love soccer and it's going to be in BRAZIL!
Materials Used
Cartridge: Destinations (Christ cut at 3 1/2 inches)

Paper: Best of Damask by My Mind's Eye

Some Pictures from my trip back in 2004 :D
Rio de Janeiro
Christ from the view of Rio
Iguassu Falls

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Under The Sea Blog Hop

Welcome to the Under The Sea Blog Hop! 

I just love the sea, so I was excited to create something for the hop. You should have arrived from Gill, if not feel free to start from the beginning.

I  created a Welcome banner for my classroom for the first day of school. I am going to be teaching PreK, so I wanted the students to walk in the classroom and feel welcomed. I decided to have an ocean theme in my classroom, so I am excited that I got to create the banner. I still have a lot more things to create. Who said teachers don't work in the summer? :D

I am hoping to hang my banner in front of the dry erase board in the classroom, so since I made a huge banner, I couldn't find a place to hang it in my house. I had to take two pictures to show the whole banner. Sorry!
Close Ups

Mini Tutorial
Before I start a banner I always like to cut out the letters first and then I decide which cartridge to use for the rest of the cuts.
Materials Used
Cartridges: Hannah Montana (letters cut at 6 inches)

Create a Critter(Crab, Jellyfish, Octopus, and Whale cut at 4 inches, Fish cut at 3 inches, Sea Horse cut at  4 ½ inches, Starfish cut at 3 ¾ inches, Sea Shells cut at 2 inches)

Paper: Spring and Super Paper Pad by American Girl
           Forever Fruity by me & my Big ideas
           Uptown Flair by the Paper Studio

Thanks for stopping by!!! 
Your next stop is Lisa.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Friends Fur-ever

As I was looking through my cartridges I came across a Yorkie. I just had to create the cute Yorkie from the Four Legged Friends cartridge. I hope to some day have a little Yorkie!
Materials Used
Cartridge: Four Legged Friends (Yorkie cut at 3 inches)

Stamp: Furry Friends by Pink by Design

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Glossy Accents

I just had to use the hamburger from the Simply Charmed cartridge because it reminded me of my sister. She just loves hamburgers!
I used Glossy accents by Ranger on the tomatoes to add gloss.
Materials Used:
Cartridge: Simply Charmed (hamburger cut at 2 ¾)

Paper: Jung-a-low, Bung-a-low BABY by the Paper Studio

Ink: Worn Lipstick Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger
Stamps: Critter Faces by Peachy Keen Stamps (size Large)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June's 100 Cartridge Blog Hop

Welcome to June's 100 Cartridge Blog Hop!

You should have come from Erica's Project.

I am excited to get back to blogging because I have missed crafting and sharing my creations with everyone. In the beginning of May I was preparing for my brother's graduation party and then started going to job interviews.

On Friday I got a call from Human Resources letting me know that I am the new PreK teacher at A.W. Jones EC/PK Center. I am SUPER excited!!! I subbed in that school for about a month and I fell in love with the school and with everyone there. I wanted to be part of that school and I am super blessed for getting my dream job :D I can't wait to start my first year as a teacher on August 27th!

Now on to my creations...I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More 2 cartridge to create these crackers (that's what they are called in the booklet). It took a lot of trial and error until I finally figured out how to do them. I made 30 of them so it took a lot of scoring and folding since I don't have the scoring tool for the cricut. Luckily I have an awesome boyfriend who helped me do a lot of the folding.
My sister created the logo and I printed them out and used a circle punch. I also used Ribbons & Rosettes to cut out the label behind the logo at 2 inches. I put Jolly Ranchers inside them, since the party was going to be outside and I didn't want anything to melt.
As you can was A LOT of scoring and folding, but I loved the finished product.

I also created these treat bags that I got the idea from Robyn, My Pink Stamper.
I used Lacy Labels for the labels behind the circles. I cut them at 2 inches. I also made 30 of these.
I placed them on all the tables.

I told my boyfriend to take a few pictures of my decorations and he took some really good ones.
 I love decorating!

I am so PROUD of him :D
My parents did a great job raising me and my two siblings because all 3 of us are all college graduates now!

Since I was subbing the same students for a month, I wanted to make them some goodie bags. They graduated from PreK on May 25th. The kids loved them!!! I can't wait to make lots of goodie bags for all of my future students.
I used the Locker Talk cartridge to cut out the caps at 2 inches.

I stamped Celebrate on the front and Best Wishes on the back using the stamp set called Spanish Sayings by My Pink Stamper.
Here are all 28 of them.

I also had the students create a cute little art project.
I used the Mickey Font cartridge to cut out the letters and numbers at 2 1/2 inches.

The students also purchased bears and all of the students got to sign each others bear. Super cute!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my graduation post.

Your next stop is Shelley.