Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Seize the Cake Birthday Card

Hello everyone!  I am so proud of myself for posting during the school week!  :)  I am going to have to keep this short and sweet, seeing as I am already about 1 hour past my sleepy time!  Before I show you my card for today, I wanted to say THANK YOU to all of my crafty friends who gave well wishes for my mom...  She is doing great (she's tough), she had her surgery on Thursday and was discharged Saturday!  :)  She loved her cards and she got teary eyed (which made me teary eyed)...  My dad is an RN, so he is taking care of her at home... :)  I also wanted to say thank you to Pam @ http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/ and Karen @ http://craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com/ for passing the Butterfly Award to me!!!  :)  You guys are awesome and I always love looking at your blogs!  Thanks again!  Okay, onto the card....

Peachy Keen LFIF- use an animal
Fantabulous Cricut- use the color yellow
My Craft Spot- use stitching (faux stitching)
Birthday Sundaes- photo inspiration

Sweet Treats- cupcake cut at 4.25"
Simply Charmed- chick cut at 2.41"
Everyday Paper Dolls- flag cut at 5.12"
Sentiment- Hero Arts Birthday Messages
Peachy Keen Stamps- Critter Faces SET A Medium
Stickles- yellow, star dust
Glossy Accents
White gel pen

There it is!  Hope you like it and I hope everyone is having a good week so far!  Now it's time for bed!  See you soon...  :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Get Well Soon Card for Mom

Hello everyone!  I am so glad that tomorrow is Friday!!!  Woo hoo!  I am also relieved because my mom went in for surgery today and it went very well!  Her surgery took place about 45 minutes away, so my sister, niece and I are going to drive up there tomorrow to visit her in the hospital.  She had to have surgery on her knee (I believe it was a complete knee replacement)...  Luckily my dad was able to be there for her (check her in, wait with her, see her when the surgery was done)...  I whipped up this little beauty to give to her, and I had to incorporate crutches since that is how she will be getting around for a while! 

Celebrate the Occasion- any occasion (must be circle shaped)
Paper Playtime- anything goes

Mini Monograms- card base cut at 5.47"
Walk in My Garden- flowers cut at 1.47", 1", 0.76" (I just layered them on top of each other)
George and Basic Shapes- plaid circle cut at 4.06", green circle cut at 3.47"
Everyday Paper Dolls- crutches cut at 5.59"
My Pink Stamper Stamps- Spectacular Sayings
Button brads
White gel pen

There it is!  I kept this one nice and simple...  I wanted it to have a cheerful feel...  My niece also wanted to make a card for "gagga".  She came up with all of the colors, cuts, sizes, and the sentiment inside.  She even used the Cuttlebug all by herself (well, kind of by herself)!  We wanted to see what this little Kindergartener would come up with, and the result is so cute!  Here is a picture of what she created....  :)

Enjoy!  :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Butterfly Award

I can't believe I went an entire week without posting, and now I'm posting for the second time today!  :)  I am so excited to be receiving an award from Peggy @ http://repeartreedesign.blogspot.com/.  Her blog is really great and I hope everyone takes the time to stop by and take a peek!  :)  Thank you Peggy for thinking of me!  :)  This is an award I've never receieved before.... 

To receive this award, I need to: answer several questions,
award this 'Butterfly Award' to 10 other bloggers,
contact the 10 bloggers to let them know they have been
 given this award, and  I also need to show a link to the
 person who gave me the 'Butterfly Award'.  So here goes...

Q1) Name your favorite colour?
Q2) Name your favorite song?
I'm a huge music fan, so I really can't choose!  I do love Journey...

Q3) Name your favorite dessert?
 Ice cream

Q4) What wizzes you off at the moment?
I think "wizzes" means upsets me, so I would have to say this summer heat.

Q5) Your favorite pet?
My two dogs, Bella (a lab mix) and Maddie (a German Shepherd)

Q6) Black or White?
Q7) Your biggest fear?
Spiders and heights
Q8) Best Feature?
My sense of humor

Q9) Everyday attitude? 
I'm trying to be better about getting over things that are out of my control...

Q10) What is perfection?

Q11) Guilty Pleasure?
Snacks and reality television!

Q12) When you're upset you?
 I get really quiet.

Now I have to pass this award onto 10 other friends...  This is not going to be an easy decision, but here it goes!  (I'm passing this along to more than 10 because I can't help myself)  All of these ladies have amazing blogs, they leave really nice comments, and they are just all around great, encouraging crafty friends!  :)  I could have kept going, but I am trying to at least stay close to the rules...  

Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks again Peggy!  :)

Cowgirl Birthday Card & Link Up Love Party

Well howdy y'all!!!!  Oh my goodness, it has been a busy first week back at school!  The first week is always a tough one, but the kiddos seem to be adjusting to first grade pretty well...  My bookmark was a big hit with all of them, and they are loving the chapter books, so it turned out great!  :)  I can't believe it has been a week since I posted anything!  I was finally able to sit down and make a card, and one of the challenges I wanted to enter is now closed... :(  I am still going to enter it into a couple of other challenges that I came across, though....  Hope you have all been doing well, and I hope to stop by and see you soon!  :)

Whimsical Wednesdays- use 3 cuts, 3 colors, 3 of the same embellishment
The Paper Variety- use twine
Birthday Sundaes- use at least 3 brads

A2 sized card
Country Life- guitar cowgirl cut at 4.18"
Storybook- denim piece cut at 3.35"
Gypsy Wanderings- music notes cut at 0.65"
Sentiment- K. Andrew Stamps:  Positive Thoughts
DCWV paper- The Lodge Stack
Star brads
White gel pen

I am also going to enter this into the K. Andrew Link Up Love Party!!!  This is so much fun and it really does help you meet a lot of new crafty friends!  :)

Link Up Party Every Month!

Start at http://www.gettingcricky.com/ for all the details on how to join in the fun!  :)  One of the rules is to name something you are grateful for....  I am grateful for all of my friends and family, and a job that I really do enjoy! :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Nuts About School Bookmark

Well hello everyone!!!  I am so glad that I am finally able to post something today!  As you can see, I survived the first two days of school with my new kiddos....  The first two days actually went pretty well, and I seem to have a pretty good bunch, and I'm excited that they seem to know all of their letter sounds already.  :)  I've had so much on my mind (I can't imagine why), I forgot to take pictures of my classroom again.  I will definitely be doing that soon...  For now, here is something I made for a few challenges...  :)  I decided to make a bookmark, and I will actually be using this in my classroom.  Every afternoon I read 1 chapter from the Magic Tree House book series.  It is a really fun series, it's perfect for a 1st grade read-aloud chapter book, and my students think they are so cool because they are listening to a chapter book (just like the big kids)!  :)

Celebrate the Occasion-  Back to School
Bitten by the Bug 2- use Locker Talk
Whimsical Wednesday- Back to School (something other than a card)
Scrapalicious USA- any project (not a card)
My Sheri Crafts- Back to School
MPS Pinkalicious Blog Hop- use products you love (I love Stickles, Glossy Accents, twine, & CAC)
Cards by Jovan- Back to School Blog Hop

Bookmark measures about 2" x 5"
Create a Critter- squirrel cut at 1.94"
Locker Talk- apple cut at 1"
Sentiment is from my computer: Kristen ITC font at size 18
Chalkboard paper is from Provo Craft
Grid paper is from DCWV "Dots, Stripes, & Plaids Stack"
Bakers twine
Stickles- Christmas red
Glossy Accents
White gel pen
Corner rounder

Okay, I hope you enjoy!  I can't wait to start visiting your blogs again too....  See you soon!  :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Blog Awards! :)

Hey everyone!  Just a quick post before I go to bed (it is a school night)...  I want to thank Diana from http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/ for passing along some blog awards to me!  I truly feel so special, excited and honored when any of my crafty friends think of passing awards to me!  So thank you again Diana, and if you haven't checked out her blog, you really should!  I also won a giveaway on her blog a couple of weeks ago, and I received my prize (a set of K. Andrew stamps) yesterday!  I can't wait to use these stamps, so thank you for that too, Diana!  :) 

Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far....  I will be spending my last day alone in my classroom tomorrow (the kids show up on Thursday)!  I am getting excited, hopefully I will remember to take some pictures!  :)  See you all later! :)

Use it Tuesday Guest Designer!!! :)

Hey everyone!  I am so excited that I was asked to be a Guest Designer over at Use it Tuesday!!!!  This is a really fun blog that challenges you to use hoarded crafting items you have in your stash...  I know I am notorious for buying paper packs, ribbon, bling, etc. and never using them!  This card uses a lot of hoarded items that I had never used before:  a new Cricut cartridge, DCWV paper, stamp, and ribbon!  I bought this DCWV paper pack because I love that it uses real photos, but it got pushed into the "paper pack pile" and never used....  I love the way the cartoonish die cut looks against the real horizon...  Anywho, here's the card...

Use it Tuesday- Indian summer & use a hoarded item
Cricut 360- refreshing
Paper Playtime- water
Scrappy Moms Stamps- Pack Your Bags cartridge

A2 sized card
Pack Your Bags cartridge- girl cut at 3"
Making Memories Passport stamp set
DCWV The Photo Real Stack 3
Corner rounder

I kept this card very simple... Hope you enjoy!  :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Santa in the Chimney Card

Hello everyone!!!!  I can't believe it, but I actaully made a card today!!!!  YAY!  It was really nice to get back into my craft room again....  I have some more cards in mind, hopefully I can get into this craft room more often!  Anywho, I am feeling quite jolly after creating this card.  Can't wait for Christmas to get here!  :)

Jingle Belles- shaped Christmas card
Woodware USA- anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges- shaped card
Peachy Keen LFIF- shaped card using a PK face stamp

Simply Charmed- chimney cut at 4.18", Santa cut at 3.24"
Freshly Picked- sack cut at 4.65"
Cuttlebug- Tim Holtz Sizzix bricked embossing folder
Scrappy Moms Stamps- Winter Wishes
Peachy Keen Stamps- Everyday Character Face Assortment
MS crystal fine glitter
Bakers twine

There it is everyone!  Hope you are having a great weekend, and that you're being nice, not naughty....  Hee hee!  :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blog Awards! :)

Hello there!  I feel like I have been removed from the crafting world completely!  I was doing so good about posting everyday, but since I've been back at work it's been very difficult...  I already feel exhausted and the kids aren't even back yet!  :)  I guess that's what I get for sleeping in for about a month now....  :)  I've been feeling excited, moving furniture, creating seating charts, changing bulletin boards, chatting with teachers, etc., etc.....  My classroom is coming along, and I plan on taking pictures as soon as I'm finished....  I have felt bad that I haven't even been able to visit all of my bloggy friends and see their beautiful creations, and I haven't been able to play in my craft room at all...  I am going to make sure to set aside time to craft and visit! :)  For now, I want to send out a big THANK YOU to Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/ for passing some blog awards back to me!  I feel so honored and special any time someone shares a blog award or a kind comment with me...  You are all so positive and encouraging, and I really appreciate it!   :)  Pam actually passed along all of these awards with me at once!!!  I want to thank her again, and I want all of my friends to pick up all/some of these awards and post them on your blog....  You are all special people and you all deserve these awards too!  So take them and enjoy them!  :)


Thanks again to Pam!  I hope to be visiting all of you soon, and making more projects to share!  See you soon!  :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

And the winner is.... :)

Hey everyone!  I have been super busy today because it was the first day I was allowed back into my classroom....  I may take some pictures of my room and post them (if I remember)!  My head is absolutely swimming with worries, excitement, etc., etc., etc....  This will be my 7th year as a teacher!!!!!  That sounds insane to me!  I taught Kindergarten for 2 years, and this will be my fifth year in 1st grade...  WOW!  Anywho.....  It's time to announce the winner of my first ever giveaway!!!!  YAHOO!!!  This giveaway was so fun, and I know that I will be doing more of them...  Okay here it is.... Drumroll please......

Number 27:  Carla @ carla-writes.blogspot.com

YAY Carla!!!!  Just e-mail me your mailing address and let me know which gift card you would like:  JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels!  My e-mail is redheadedcrafter@hotmail.com.
If I haven't heard from you in a week, I will choose another person...

P.S.  If anyone knows how to copy and paste the random.org box... I would love to know how!  :)

Keep on the lookout for more giveaways, and again thanks to all of my followers!  You're the best!  :)