Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Learning..Having a blast!

I have had one week of summer vacation. I did a little visiting, a little swimming, a little reading and now I am on to learning!  HSN ( and Maymay) convinced me I needed a Brother Scan-n-Cut 2. I bought it before school let out, but haven't spent a lot of time with her.

So today I watched videos, and started to play! First I watched Maymay's note card video to start my creative thoughts flowing.  But I needed to learn more so I visited fellow Crafty You Family member Georgia Ann Gibbs' you tube channel, Georgia's Crafty Creations. I watched a few, but  Cutting Designs from Cardstock inspired me to take out some of my stash and create.  

I loaded  paper from DCWV The Doodlin' Around Stack into the Scan-n-Cut.  The machine scans the paper and finds shapes to cut out.  I highlighted what I wanted to cut out and hit start.  Say goodbye to fussy cutting!  This machine is amazing!   My mind is reeling with the endless possibilities. Fortunately my friend Lisa  encouraged me to participate in another  Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge  (# 166).  I stopped myself from spinning and set my mind on using the challenge to harness my Scan-n-Cut adventure.  


I choose the large sentiments to cut out, but the Scan-n-Cut also highlighted the small bits on the cardstock.  It cut everything so beautifully.  The elephant and his little tail were so adorable I had to add him to the smile card...doesn't he make you grin?

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 20, 2016

A Nautical Theme

My daughter's best friend is getting married.  Since my daughter is the giving and creating type her initial reaction was to offer up our services for invites.  I had made a nautical card to send to my aunt in honor of the Blaschka exhibit at the Corning Museum of Glass.   I have been sending her, my father, and 2 grandmothers a card every two weeks or so, and she had been writing me back, so wanted to send her some note cards with a matching card. My daughter shared this card with her BFF, she loved it.

The googly eyes were added for a craft challenge from the Facebook group: Cricut Explorers Craft Adventurers.

The original card  used image #M1317A1 to create the card.  It is from the soon to be discontinued CTMH cartridge Artfully Sent.  After choosing the image I clicked on edit and changed the height to 7 inches.  I ungrouped the image and deleted the wreath.  I followed the measurements on the retired  Beach Days stamp set (D1684) to cut out the octopus (#M41204D) and the sentiment (#M4165CB) from the Artistry cartridge.  

Both the original card and the bridal shower invites were created using Sapphire or Pomegranate cardstock for the background and the retired CTMH Regatta paper.  I used the included zip strips to accent the top of each card.  

The only change I made for the bridal shower cards was to add the text to the sentiment space.  I attached a text box to the image.  The font is Straight & Simple.  

If you already own the cartridges this file has the card planned out for you.  If not, consider buying one or both cartridge.  The Artfully Sent cartridge will  be retired July 31, 2016 and supply after that may be limited.  

Thank you for visiting.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Welcome to my blog!  
Thank you for joining us for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  If you would like to visit all the blogs please start here.  

The sun has arrived in the Northeast and school has let out.  Now its time to sit on the back patio, sip a cup of coffee and plan for the next school year!

I recently learned how to ink the depression of an embossed image.  I had practiced inking the honeycomb folder with honey ink and then placed my attempts in the "you should use this someday" pile. 

Today was the day.  

I absolutely love the Close to my Heart Artistry cartridge.  I cut the Coffee Mug (#M40FC2A) at 3 inches (height) and made a shadow by duplicating the Coffee Mug and sizing it at 3.1.  I wanted to play on the honeycomb theme so I used  the Cuttlebug 'Sentimentals' embossing folder, to emboss bees onto the mugs.  I inked the mug sleeves (seen here in saddle) with chocolate ink, placed a shadow behind them and placed the mugs on a circle made of the retired CTMH Georgie paper.   I added  a stamp from the 'Life is Sweet' Cricut Collection stamp set (D1680) using the chocolate ink again.  I wanted it to remind you of steam rising from the mug.  Finally I  added a few drops of Studio G  'Glitter Glue' to add a little bling.  If you own the cartridges here is the design space file to make your own. 

I hope this card brightens your day a little.  I am heading out into the summer sun to read everyones blog posts.   

​Thank you for visiting my blog. ​

Thursday, June 16, 2016

June is birthday work!

As a teacher in New York the month of June is always busy.  On top of that my principal, and the two teachers I work with the most all celebrate their birthdays in June.  I used to find this stressful.  Now that I have decided to use creating as stress relief , I am all set.

The cards I have made using the Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge Artfully Sent have been getting lots of ohhs & ahhhs from my co-workers so I decided to use it again.  

Two resources I have found from other bloggers have helped me immensely.  The first is from Narelle at the Non Crafty Crafter who has shared the Cricut cartridge handbooks with the Design Space codes for each card.  The second is from Joy at Obsessedwithscrapin who has an awesome video titledArtfully Sent Cricut Cartridge - How to Size Cards in Design Space and the Explore.   The video shows you how to size each style of card in Design Space.  


The Happy Birthday card was made using Close To My Heart paper Kaleidoscope.  The Design Space file is code #M1316F9  titled Happy Birthday Scene Card.  I adjusted the height to 7 inches to make a 5 X 7 card( keeping the lock symbol on so it adjusts for height and length).  

The Happy Birthday Wishes card was made using Close To My Heart papers Kaleidoscope & the solid color Pixie.  The Design Space file is code  #M13173C titled Happy Birthday Wishes Scene Card.  I adjusted the height to 7 inches to make a 5 X 7 card.  

The hot air balloon card was also made using Close To My Heart papers Kaleidoscope & the solid color Pixie.  The Design Space file is code #M1314C5 titled Hot Air Balloon Scene Card .  I adjusted the height to 7 inches to make a 5 X 7 card.  I used the stamp sets  Holiday Tags Occasions (D1560)  & Just To Say Cricut Collection (D1629) to make this a birthday card. 

I hope you enjoy making the cards as much as I did! 

Why do I create?

My google calendar will tell you I am very busy.  It notifies me 1 week, 1 day and 1 hour before I need to do something (or I will forget).  A new feature of this app also lets me set goals.  It asks me what goal I have, how many times a week I think I need to do it and then finds cavities in my schedule and tells me to do it.  "Create something" is one goal I do not have to defer.  

Why do I create?  I have a few reasons.  The gratification of completing a challenging task is one of them.  I teach in my day job and although that comes with awesome rewards, it often isn't until years later when students return that you realize you have made a difference.  The gratification of working hard and seeing results is not always there.  Another reason I create is to share.  I make my cards and papercrafts to give to others.  Knowing that what I create will someday be sitting on my grandmothers mantle or coworkers wall and that each time they look at it a smile will cross their face makes me smile.  Finally I create to learn.    I learn  new techniques, I learn about new products.  I learn from other crafters... I love to learn.  

I would be lying if I didn't add I create to keep sane.    It gives me a problem I can solve while removing the stress of the day.  

Join me as I  share my creations.