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.

Inside:

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.


Congratulations!

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'.