Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Road Trip Challenge

Our Circle Challenge this month was to create something "road trip" worthy for the car. We are going on vacation this year, but not a road trip, so I made my sister a goody-bag of items she can take on her road trip she's taking with a friend. It includes a notepad/pen for writing down thoughts or directions, hand-sanitzer for the restaurants along the way, lotion, chapstick, tissues, a nail file, a little card reminding her to be safe and have fun, and a travel-size container of Mace Defense Spray on a keychain (you know, just in case!) I used Doodlecharms, one of my old favorites, for all of the cuts. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day Cards

Although my dad passed away in 2000, I've got a couple of special guys in my life that get Father's Day cards. The first is for my mom's SO... we all chipped in to get him a new refrigerator so I used Kate's Kitchen and my Imagine to make him a themed card.

Inside: (Left blank spaces for everyone else to sign)

And this one is for my husband's father.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

More Cards

The June Little Red Scrapbook Kit had mostly Sassafras papers and such, so I decided to sit down as soon as I got it to make a dozen cards for various occasions. I think most of them turned out really nice! They all have coordinating envelopes. 

This "love grows" stamp I got from my bff Kymberlee... she's so sweet!

This one DEFINITELY looks better in person. The black velvet ribbon doesn't show up in pictures.

This blue ribbon was my favorite. I would love an entire roll of this stuff!

And now I am FINALLY caught up with all of my postings.... of things that I remembered to take pictures of! lol Now if only I could find my camera charger cord... I had to use my cell phone for the last month's worth of photos.

Transportation Diaper Cake

One of my husband's co-workers is expecting a new bundle of joy in August, and since we've known them for awhile I wanted their gift to be special. After browsing the baby selection at Target (not one of my favorite places!) I found the cutest little transportation-themed items from Gerber.

To make the cake, I rolled up about 90 diapers (I didn't put rubber bands around every single one like youtube videos suggest, however, because I think if I were a new mom who was in need of a fresh diaper, the last thing I would want is to unroll 50 rubberbands to get one) and put them on a cardboard cake plate. The bottom level of the cake was covered with a hooded bath towel, a couple of bibs, a zippered play outfit and a matching hat. 

 The third layer is a hooded towel folded around the side with 3 washcloths on top (as frosting), and then I used party ribbon (I had NO red ribbon on hand, and it was 2 am... ugh!) to tie on some items around the side, including baby shampoo and linky toys. I also used pop-up neighborhood to make a police car that I attached to a mini clothes pin to tack on a pair of baby mittens.

The second level is almost impossible to see from any of these pictures, but I used a couple of washcloths to wrap around the diapers, then added more bibs, hats, a teething ring, and a tow truck clip for more mittens (they were just too cute to not buy!) I also found a school bus toy, which was almost perfect (I wanted a police car since mom is a trooper, but couldn't find one) because dad is a teacher.

The top layer is one washcloth, with more ribbon and a bus clip, and more goodies for mom and baby. I added some red curling ribbon on top.   I still need to make a card for them, but I'm already happy with the way the cake turned out.

Birthday Card Book

After visiting the new Joann's in Roanoke (Not as magnificent as I was hoping...) I decided to actually use the paper I bought from a store (shocking, I know!) I thought if I made a birthday card book (complete with cards) it would use it, since I have NO where to put it, but honestly I've still got half the pack left! I'm just too conservative with my paper usage, lol. I did take a break from my Cricut with most of this, although I used Designer's Calendar for the title and the months on each page. I cut out one flower from Home Decor, I think, and that's all. I made the book (2 pieces of chipboard and 4 sheets of paper) with 6 folder pages to hold cards (6 sheets of paper), and 12 birthday cards (scraps and 6 more sheets of paper). The only thing I don't like about this, is that the binding ring (1.25") is too small. I don't think Cinch or Bind-it-All makes anything bigger, though. :-/ 

May Cards

I joined Little Red Scrapbook Co.'s monthly club for some fresh ideas and inspiration on cards. My first month's kit was super cute, although they left out the ribbon :-(. Luckily June's kit came with everything I needed. Anyway... back to May. I made thank-you cards for the kids in my class who brought me treats on the last day of school, but of course in my hustle and bustle I forgot to take pictures of them. They were adorable, though... and a little bit smaller than the average card, which is perfect for a quick "thanks!"

Here are a few other cards I made with the paper from the kit.


It's not very often I make "Congrats" cards, but I've got a few things going on this year. My husband's step-sister graduated college a few weeks ago, so I used my Imagine to make a unique card for her. I think I used the Imagine More Cards for everything, except the "Congratulations" stamp on the front envelope, which I got from... who knows where! 

I also made certificates for each student in my 2nd grade class, along with 2 ribbons for the students with the highest accelerated reader points, and highest percentage. One of my academically-gifted boys earned the percentage ribbon, and one of my star students won the points. She love monkeys, so I used browns and yellows for hers. I cut out the A+ from Pooh Font, I think. The kids really loved them, but I actually had a couple others cry because they didn't win :-(.

I got the inspiration and directions from Circle Nadia's blog post, which I love to visit. She is seriously one of the most talented people I've ever (not) met. :-D

Happy Birthday to Ewe!

One of my favorite girls at our church celebrated her 16th birthday a few weeks ago, and here's her card. It reflect's Kari's fun personality perfectly! I used Birthday Bash, and hid the inside of the saddle so I could add '16'.