Sunday, November 27, 2016

Teacher First Aid Kit

I love to scour Pinterest and look at all the cool teacher gift ideas! I know your thinking, Karen your a teacher, don't you get all of those cool things as gifts? The answer is unfortunately, no:(  I am not complaining, I love teaching and do not do it for the gifts.  As a 5th/6th grade teacher even crafty parents have run out of ideas by the time they get to me.  Sooo I scour looking for ideas to give my teaching friends a little something.

This year I was walking down the isle of Dollar Tree when I thought to my self, maybe I can find a little tin box, and I could make a little first aid kit like we had the cub scouts make when my boys were little.

I had a Pinterest worthy plan of my own brewing!  Well no tin boxes were to be found at Dollar Tree, but I found some little stack-able plastic drawers.

The top of the drawer measured 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches.  So using Design Space 2 I created a basic canvas square which I colored a light green so I could see the space I had to work with (a canvas is used to "work on" it will not cut out).

I then made a text boxes to place my words in. I used the Cake Basics font. I started with #WeAreCrew, which is a saying we use at our school, meaning we are all in it together, I have your back.   I did not pay particular attention to the font size, but changed the length to 4 inches, so I knew it would fit on my canvas (upon looking back at the file, they all seemed to be about 50 font).  I did the same with the line Teacher and First Aid Kit. I placed them on my canvas to check size, and then highlighted all of them and clicked on align- center horizontally to line up the words.  I made sure to leave enough room between my first and second lines to add the band aid.  Then I clicked on attach while all of the text was still highlighted, so it would all cut together.

I clicked on add images and searched band aid.  I found Band-Aid (#M3FA55) from the Indie Art cartridge.  After inserting it, I hit ungroup and removed the second color from it. I clicked on edit and entered 2 in the height box and then moved it onto the canvas to make sure it would fit.  

Once I had finished designing, I sent it to the Cricut to cut.  I made sure I set the dial to vinyl, and waited while the Cricut did its magic.  

I carefully weeded the unwanted vinyl away from the design, then used Cricut transfer tape to transfer the design to my box. 

Now on to filling the box... what does every teacher need a stash of? I decided on Kleenex, Chapstick, Vitamin C drops and drink mix (something we all live on the minute someone sneezes on us!) and of course some chocolate!

I was rather impressed with my creation, I think my co-teachers will love it. If you have design space you can use this file to get you started.  If you do not have Cake Basics (the font I used) or the Indie cartridge, you can delete or change the picture.  Have fun making it your own. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #187

Recently a costumer purchased the Oh Deer! Paper pack from me.  It is such a pretty pack of paper, I couldn't resist buying a few for myself.  This sketch challenge was a perfect place to use it.

Using the stamp set Hello Winter, I stamped the sentiment and skates in archival ink, so I could use my Zig watercolor real brush markers.  I used oatmeal and brown markers to color in the skates, and used some of the gold and white twine to accent the cards.  

To create some texture I embossed a sheet of the slate paper using We R Memory Keepers Woodgrain Goosebumpz Embossing Folder.  

Please get out your favorite stack of paper and use this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #187  to create your own awesome card.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #185

Good Morning World!

Here we are at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #185.  I loved this sketch and had a great time planning this card.  I had seen only a few card made with the Close to my Hearts November Stamp of the Month, but wanted to use it to create something different.

Every time I look at my You Tube feed someone is making a shaker card.  I was ready to try making my own.

I started with the Oh Deer Paper stack and cut a circle out of the front paper using  a stitched oval die from Simon Says Stamps. I heat embossed  the glasses, starbursts and sentiment  from the November  stamp of the month titled: New Year's Cheer.   

As a teacher I have load of discarded overhead sheets, so I cut that using a larger oval and glued it to the back of the paper using Art Glitter Glue from . I placed foam all around the oval making a little fence to hold in the sequins ( a clearance find at Hobby Lobby).  I used additional foam to cover the entire back of the card, adhered it to a solid sheet from the fundamentals pack (designed to coordinate with the Oh Deer paper pack.  

I am not one for parties so I thought I wouldn't like using this set, but I think I could easily make many of these cards just to spread New Year joy to my family and friends.   

Pleas join me and make something using the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #185 this week.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #181

Happy fall everyone!

The temperature here is dropping! Fall is in the air, apple picking and pumpkin painting has commenced...and I created a bright cheery card!  I must have my seasons mixed up in my craft room.

When I looked at this weeks sketch challenge I thought ohhh good I can make a Halloween card! I changed my mind while looking for a sentiment. I found this Abraham Lincoln in one of the CTMH business builders stamp sets (consultant exclusive sets) titled Opportunity. The bold feel of "create it" made me reach for the Adventure Fundamental Pack.  I pulled in the Emerald and Lemon card stock from Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack.  I love these new colors.

I cut the sentiment from watercolor paper, and did a wash with my new Zig real brush water color markers.  They are so much fun.

Thanks for stopping by.  Visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge look at some of the other fabulous artists cards, and enter your own!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #179

With a full calendar it makes my heart happy to "have" to sit down and craft.  This week Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge was a little bit of a challenge for me.  I wanted to stick as close to the sketch as possible.  I wanted to add a stamped image to the bottom left section, but limited myself to just the 3 small embellishments called for in the sketch.  

All the materials I used were from the Simon Stamps August Stamp Set. I have been looking at it in the corner of my craft room, waiting to use it.... So I jumped right in.  

The rectangles on the top are actually stitched banner dies, I turned upside-down and cut off the points.  I have been experimenting and spending too much money on making a good white embossed impression.  No matter what white ink or embossing powder I try, it is always splotchy.  I have heard Hero Arts is good, but haven't found it anywhere yet.  

Here is a shot of the die I used inside...  a really fun die from the kit. 

Use this weeks sketch to challenge yourself and post on this weeks challenge. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!!!

I am so excited to join the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for the second time.  I enjoyed visiting everyone's site this summer.  What a great group of papercrafters.   So talented and creative.  Visit this page to start your voyage on the sea of creativity. 

For my card this Fall I once again used the Treats of Friendship stamp set from Close to My Heart.  It is now retired, so no longer available, but I have one new set ready to giveaway to a lucky blog hop winner!  

The winner of the stamp set will also receive My Favorite Things Stitched Basic Edges from Die-Namics.  

I stamped the to go cups on CTMH Whisper White paper with archival ink.  I then rubbed it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (vintage).  I watched a youtube video sometime ago and they taught me you can use water to remove some of the ink.  I dipped the rim of a glass in water, then applied it to the card.  I gave it a minute to lift the color and then gave it a shot of the heat gun to stop the "bleaching" process.  

I then used the die that stitches both sides of the paper as it cuts it in half (SOOOO Cool).  I placed a piece of goldrush paper behind the split card.  It reminds me of Fall and pumpkin spice. Yumm!

I purchased the sentiment from Darcies Heart & Home #POL74  at a local stamp show.  This was the first chance I had to use it.  It is embossed with black ink and clear embossing powder on New England Ivy CTMH Paper. 

I hope you enjoy the card, and be sure to visit all of the other websites connected to the blog. 

Blog- Drink Coffee- Repeat!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #177

Here it is.  Time for the next AHSC.  As a teacher in New York, September is a busy month.  I am often overwhelmed with back to school duties, family, church, committee, and  family obligations.  As draining as all of that is, I love the smell of concord grapes and fresh tomatoes cooking down into sauce to can for the winter.

It was the anticipation of fall that inspired the colors to this card.  I have had a love affair with the bold reds and blues as of late.  I headed for Gold-rush, Saffron and Cranberry ink pads and stamped the Lovely Leaves Stamps onto some whisper white card-stock that I had layered on Chocolate and Saddle cardstock.

The sentiment and hearts are from the Happy Hearts stamp set.  My aunt Joan has been sending me bookmarks for my students and now that school is back in session I am sure she will send  more of the homemade creations from her seniors group.  I wanted to have a card ready when they arrive.

I hope you find a little inspiration here.  I am ready to put down the dry-erase marker and just sit at my craft table!!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 175

I have the habit of making A4 cards all the time.  When I saw this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge I thought to myself, this calls for a 5 x 7 card.

Every blog I read lately has stitched die cuts.  I of course was not immune to this and had to buy some die cuts so I could be part of the in crowd.  I bought some  My Favorite Things dies from Simon Says Stamps, and honestly have used them almost every time I make a card lately!

I made the card using the Florence Paper Packet and coordinating solid papers Ruby & Saffron.   The sentiment is included in the Cricut® Flower Market Collection.  I used it because at my last card gathering, it was hands down everyone's favorite sentiment collection.  I have an entire organizer filled with sentiment choices, and when I looked around, almost everyone had chosen stamps from this set.

The circle accent is from the Ornate Blossoms stamp set.  It is currently in the Going Soon portion of the Close to my Heart website.  If you love to color, I would rush out and get this one now.  I have so much fun embossing and coloring these with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

I hope you enjoyed this week's challenge  card.  Head on over to the web site and enter your own creation.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #173

I can't begin to tell you how much I love this card.

What I love about the Altantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is how it inspires me to create.  We can all become burried under all the fantastic cards we see on Pinterest.  Many we just pin, some we recreate, others we just sigh and think I could never do that.  The sketch challenge makes me step away from others ideas, look through my stash and create.

I had no idea what to do when I saw this sketch.

Then I walked past my "Together Teacher" binder and saw the scrap of paper I had stuffed into the cover to remind me to decorate the binder with my personal touch.  I had recently taught a class at The Sweet Spot, and the owner had shown me what she had created since our last class.  She had used the C1619 So Many Smiles Occasions stamp set to make tags for the jewelery she was selling.  
When I got home, I used the same colors (Gypsy & Cotton Candy) on a scrap.  

I decided to use this "scrap" as my background pattern paper.  I cut the banners from the Artiste Cartridge (#M46A23) and the 2.75 circle from Art Philosophy ( #M458E2).  The sentiment and the pattern on the .75 banner were from the D1530 Cricut Artiste Collection Kudos Cricut Collection. Both cartridges have been retired and are no longer available. 

I cut the Scallop Twist Circle (#MD71E91) from the Flower Market Cartridge and embossed it with Echo Park Embossing Folders, Random Dots.

I hope you like this card as much as I do.  If you already have the cartridges you can use this file to create your own version.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #171

Welcome to this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

For this week's sketch, I wanted to use the large Hibiscus flower from the  Close to My Heart stamp set Hawaiian Hibiscus Occasion stamp set.  The flower is perfect for using watercolors and I have been using it to teach myself how to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I enjoy them so much and have found blending  much easier then alcohol markers.  Once I stamped and colored the image, I cut it on my Brother Scan and cut.  I have fussy cut the previous images and the Scan n Cut made it much easier.  

The green background paper is one from the new Adventure Fundamentals in the NEW 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  I used the Cricut to cut the scallop ( #M4047F) and pennant ( #M41727) , both images are from the CTMH Art Philosopy cartridge.  

I am so excited to be part of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Design Team, I hope you enjoy my work and I look forward to  growing  as an artist.  Stop by the Atlantic Hearts blog and use the sketch to play along.

Thank you for visiting.  

Friday, July 8, 2016

Color My Heart Color Dare #200

The Color Dare blog is celebrating their 200th challenge.  I have participated in a few and this one begged me to join in. The colors I had to use were: Ruby, Sapphire, and Colonial White.   My daughter and I used these colors while making the bridal shower invites for her friend so I had plenty of scraps to incorporate.  

I knew I wanted to use last months CTMH's Stamp of the Month "The Long Way Home" and line up the cars, so I took out my MISTI

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My base is Sapphire cut at 5.5 x 4.25.  The Colonial White is cut at 5.25 x 4.  I placed the white card-stock on the bottom center edge of my MISTI.  After placing the stamp so the image would be centered on the bottom  third of the card I inked it.

The magnets included with the MISTI kept the card stable while I used the my overlays and the background grid to line up the car again. 

I used Sapphire to ink the center car and Ruby for the car in front of and behind the center car.  

The MISTI and grid made it easy to figure out where to to place the stamps on my top half of the card.  I cut the retired Regatta paper 2 inches x 5.25.  and placed it on the top half of my card. I found Tim Holtz Air Mail Paper String in my stash and glued it down with my Art Glitter Glue.

I hope you enjoy it, I had lots of fun creating it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #167

Just a quick post to show off my Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for this week.  

I am slowly relocating my craft room and have been bringing up old paper stashes and stamp sets I haven't used in years.    I bought Modern Homemaker, an October Afternoon  8 x 8 stack to make a recipe book.  The paper remnants of project have been sitting around in a pile, and I thought they would be perfect with this old Unity stamp.  

Nothing special, but a great chance to use paper & a stamp that I love (hence why they are still in my collection). 

Pinterest inspired me!

I am sure you have been down this rabbit hole.  "I am just going to look around Pinterest for a few minutes, pass a little time... " BAM, its 3 am.  Oh I was inspired all right! Follow me will you...

Bronwyn Eastley  of AddINKtive Designs wrote a post titled Morning Cup in October of 2010.  She was looking for inspiration to promote her Stampin Up stamp set titled Morning Cup.  She found Erica B. Cerwin's (Pink Buckaroo Designs ) blog post: Tutorial: Gift Pocket Wallet.  Erica's blog  gave detailed measurements and used punches and dies.  This may be where I became inspired. I thought..."I can use her measurements, and the Cricut to design a file that can be used over and over again."

Here we go!!

I used Erica's measurements exactly for my first creation.  I replaced her tab punch circle with a Design Space circle and found the best replicas of the pocket ( Envelope #M38270 from the Creative Holiday Cards cartridge which is included in the Access subscription) and notebook paper (Notebook Page #M3BA3B from the CTMH exclusive  Artiste cartridge).

I used the slice feature to make alternate fronts for the pockets and to a create the slit for the ribbon. The front panel is decorated with 1 piece of the Square Flourish Card # M37392 from the Creative Holiday Cards cartridge.

I used the Close To My Heart stamp sets C1616 Treats of Friendship and B1404 Cup of Cheer Everyday Life to decorate my prototype.  Mission accomplished! I now had a file that followed her design precisely.

The envelope felt a little too wide for me, if I was only putting a few tea bags in, why did I need and inch?  I decided to alter the wallet a little.  I narrowed the score lines to be 1/2 an inch. So now the score lines are at 3 3/4 and 4 1/4 (across the 8 inch side).  I also made the circles a little bigger (1 3/4 & 2")  to fit my stamp sets, the  notebook paper a little smaller (2 3/4 x 6), and lessened the pockets to 2 so I could stamp between them.

I used my newly purchased Unity Stamp Company stamp sets titled Indie Girl & Dream of Being.  After trying to use alcohol markers to color the ladies, I gave up and sprayed them with Tattered Angels (peach & copper).  The revised file can be found here. With the exception of the notebook file, every image used in the Cricut file can be found in access, so if you have a subscription you will be all set.  If you love the notebook image, it can be found on the CTMH exclusive  Artiste cartridge, which will not be in the new 2016-2017 catalog.  Orders will be taken until they run out, but if you are interested shop here:  

Thank you for visiting, and please share any pictures if you decide to make this.