Sunday, March 30, 2014

Coffee for a Month Birthday Book

One of my mom's friends just celebrated a birthday and was looking for something unique to give her since she has EVERYTHING. She came up with a great idea that I was able to turn into a {great ;-)} project!

I used the same process to make this Coffee for a Month book as I did to make these Birthday Card books forever ago. 

There are 5 pages and each is listed with a day of the week. The green color is hard to see here, but in real life it pops! She put enough money to buy coffee for 4 Mondays in this pocket. She then did the same with Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday... a month of coffee money!

Since the back of each page has a pocket too, I made little tags that will pull out. On each tag my mom wrote a special quote, memory, or thought to share with her BFF. This way as she flips through the book she'll have something to make her smile.

You can see with having only five pages the book isn't thick at all! I love that. I used the 1" cinch binding in red and tied it up with cute ribbon that matches the birthday themed paper. I (of course!) used my new Cricut Explore to cut the word "coffee," the phrase "love you a latte" and my very own favorite KB font welded to write each day of the week.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hydrangea Birthday Card

Using my new Cricut Explore and the svg files from Just Rite Papercraft I made this card for my little sister's birthday earlier this week. I stamped it with my JustRite stamps I recently bought, and colored it with my copic markers. 


We also got a special treat (though schools weren't closed) on Thursday. The weathermen were forecasting "less than an inch, turning to rain by noon" but it turned out to be "more than 3" all freaking day long." :-) I thoroughly enjoyed it, but we didn't get much done in class. I had several little boys who kept their eyes peeked through the blinds more than they looked at their work!

View from our classroom windows:






Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Another Birthday Card

Here is another birthday card I made while playing around with my new Explore today. The downside is going to be that I click on images I want now without having to consider what cartridge it came from.. hmmm.... So here is a pretty flower and pretty floral background. :-) I used the birthday stamps from Papertrey Ink, and I have no idea where the cool ribbon came from. I've had it forever.



Birthday Card and a New Cricut!

My mom's best friend is having a birthday next week, and she's had a really rough last few years. I made this sweet card for her, even though she says that she's not celebrating anymore birthdays. She needs to know how much she's loved!

The inside:

And the back:


On another note, I bought a new Cricut Explore machine back on Launch Day in February (backordered so I didn't get it until the 11th!) It's SO awesome because now I can not only use cartridges, but I can cut svg files, jpg files, and ANY font that's on my computer. Oh my goodness I'm in Heaven! lol I've been SO happy we've had snow/ice days lately because there never seems to be enough time to craft.

Here is my name I cut with pink vinyl and added to personalize my new machine. I think it turned out super cute!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

More cards

"The key to a happy life is laughter, friendship, and love"



This one is simple and elegant.





A thank you card...


And I bought this cutie-patootie door decoration at Joann's with a gift card I had received for Christmas. It matches my room perfectly. Love it!