Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy 30th Birthday to my Sister!

Hello everyone!  I am back again with another card!  Can't believe I'm actually crafting and posting again...  So fun!  The card I made today is for my sister.  Her birthday is actually on Saturday, but I wanted to enter this in some challenges, so I'm posting it early.  Now, this birthday is not just any birthday...  It's her 30th birthday!  Hard to wrap my head around the fact that my one-and-only little sister is entering her 30's!  She's such an awesome person, and I hope she really likes this card! 

Pause, Dream, Enjoy- Linky Party #1, use balloons
Die Cuttin' Divas- use something old (paper, twine, etc.), use something new (embossing folder)
Bitten by the Bug 2- birthday, use numbers
Sentimental Sundays- more than 3 layers, use a sentiment
Keep it Simple- use text
Seize the Birthday- anything goes birthday
Freshly Made Sketches- use the sketch

Alphalicious- "30" cut at 1.47"
Hannah Montana- star cut at 2.76"
Cuttlebug- zig zag (Lifestyle Crafts)
My Creative Time stamps- Wow! So Many Candles
Glossy Accents
White gel pen
Hope you enjoy!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Reading Incentive Bucket for the Classroom

Hello everyone!  I hope you're ready for the 3-day weekend...  I know I sure am!  I don't have a card to share today, but I do want to show you a project that I did for my classroom.  This is an idea I saw on Pinterest, and I just had to make it.  I use it as an incentive to get my students to achieve more Accelerated Reader points at school.  They have a goal of making 4 points a month, and if they reach the goal they get to "pick" a sucker from the READ bucket.  This has been a major hit in my classroom!

Here's a picture of mine, and my friend Sarah's.  My sister also made one, but she made it after this picture was taken.  :)  We have all found this to be very successful for us!

The letters on this one were cut using white vinyl, on the Cricut using Doodletype- size 2".  I then embellished it with some blingy flower stickers I had in my supplies.

The letters on this one are 1.5".  We glued the letters down onto a layered rectangle with rounded corners.  Then we mounted it to the metal bucket using foam tape.  Added some bling, and it was done.

I just put a Styrofoam ball inside my bucket (just kinda wedged it in there), then I stuck the suckers into the ball.  You can see that the ball is just sitting in the top of the bucket, and can be lifted out (no adhesive holding it in there).

Now for the super fun part!  When the students come over to "pick" a sucker, they have a chance of getting one with a green stick.  If they get a green stick, they will ALSO get a prize from the treasure box.  Everyone holds their breath when someone is picking their sucker, and they all cheer if it has green on the bottom!  :)
I think this would be a hit with many different grade levels.  My friend Sarah and I teach 2nd grade, and my sister teaches Kindergarten.  All of the kids love it!  Hope you can use it in your classroom too!  Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Popping By to Say Hi Card

Hello everyone!  Well, I am officially back at work after having 3 weeks off for Christmas vacation.  I wanted to feel sorry for myself, but then I realized that I had just had 3 weeks off, so I needed to just focus on that!  :)  As it turns out, I'm having a lot of fun showing off my engagement ring, and my students love looking at how "sparkly" it is!  I also missed my co-workers and students, so it's definitely not all bad... :)  I made another card for some challenges.  I was bummed that this one didn't photograph very well.  The popcorn kept looking washed out on camera, and I couldn't change it so I'm rolling with the punches!  Hope you enjoy!

Sister Act Card Challenge- anything goes, but must be a card
The Paper Players- use the chalkboard technique
Fusion Card Challenge- use the sketch and/or the picture

A2 sized card
George and Basic Shapes- I welded together some circles and shaped them with my scissors to make the popcorn
Joy's Life Stamps- Yummy Puns
Red paper strip cut at 3 1/2 x 5 1/2"
Black paper strip cut at 2 1/2 x 5 1/2"
Colored pencils/chalk (to give texture to popcorn)
Foam tape
White ink

That's all there is to it!  Thanks for "popping" by!  :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Thank You Card & Some Exciting News!

Hey everyone!  I am so excited to be posting on my blog again, and I made a card for some challenges!  You know how I love me some challenges!  This card is just one that I wanted to keep simple.  It's always nice to have thank you cards on hand.  Okay...  I'm going to show you the card, and then at the end of this post I will share my exciting news!

Dynamic Duos- color challenge, yellow and green only (neutrals are also okay)
Keep It Simple- anything goes
Paper Smooches- anything goes (must use one of their products, so I used a digital stamp)

A2 sized card
Florals Embellished- medallion cut at 3"
Cuttlebug- perfectly paisley 
Sentiment- FREE digital stamp from Paper Smooches
Stickles- star dust, lime green
Decorative brad

Okay, okay here's my exciting news...  On Christmas Eve, I got engaged!  It was totally unexpected and it was so sweet!  So exciting!  Well, thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!  :)