Monday, June 24, 2013

Footloose Swap Item

For one of my swap items, I made a little bag using the retired footloose paper pack from CTMH. I used the stamp sets surfs up, kick back, and the footloose workshop set. I then filled them with gummy candies that are in the shape of sliced lemons and I put a Crystal Light packet in each of them. I also found cute flip flop key chains that I attached to the handle.

Here are the instructions for creating the gift bag: 

Cut your card stock to 10 1/4 x 4 1/4

Score the bottom at 1in. 

Then turn paper and score at 1in. and 4 5/8.


Then turn again and score at 1in. and 4 5/8.

Fold on all score lines and cut the lower left corn square completely out. Then cut all bottom score lines to the top score lines. Where the X's are shown, that's where you place the adhesive. 

Then you fold and put the box together. 

Set a side and cut your designer paper to 3 1/2 x 3 (that's for the front of the bag). For the handle cut at 5/8 x 9 1/2. If you'd like a shorter handle just cut it shorter than the 9 1/2. 

Attach the designer paper to the front of your bag. Then take your strip of paper for your handle and attach it to the sides of your bag using brads.

And your done! Now you can add stamps and embellishments :) Hope you enjoy! Thank you Chic n scratch for the tutorial. 

Baseball Bags

A friend and I made these cute bags for our sons baseball team. We filled the bag with goodies that you might take to a ball game. We found popcorn boxes from a seller on Etsy along with the peanut bags. Only for the peanut bags we didn't fill them with peanuts because one of the kids is allergic to them, so we filled them with the candy circus peanuts. It all turned out so cute!


Beach Cup Cakes

To kick off the summer the kids and I decided to make these ADORABLE cupcakes for my 4 year olds preschool class. These were super easy to make and the kids and I had so much fun doing it. I just made the cupcakes using the easy boxed yellow cake mix from Pillsbury. I colored the Pillsbury vanilla frosting sky blue using the Wilton's icing color paste. I used a large star tip to frost the cupcakes. That way it looked like water. We bought Graham Crackers for the sand, Teddy Grahams for the little bear, Fruit By The Foot for the beach towel and to top it off used the cocktail umbrellas. The kids in her class loved them!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Vacation Buckets

I picked up a few beach buckets from Party City and I thought it would be a cute idea to surprise the kids with them and fill it with things for their summer vacation. We're going to Florida this summer so I put some things in there for the beach and some things for them to do on the plane.

I used my cricut to cut out some vinyl in their names and for the decal. I used the Life's a Beach cartridge for the names and the Car Decals cartridge for the images under their names. 

Picture Frame chalkboard

I've been wanting to try and use the Krylon Chalkboard spray on some projects just to see how well it works. Well I did and I LOVE it!! Super easy and your projects turn out so cute! Here's a picture if the picture frame chalkboard I made. I just picked up a wood picture frame from Walmart and a can of the Krylon chalkboard spray.

Steps: Remove the glass from the frame. Be sure to wipe the glass clean. 

Place the glass on a sheet of cardboard and spray your first coat in a sweeping motion. (Be sure to do this outside)

Let that sit for a few min then go over it again with the chalkboard spray. I did this about 2-3 times until I was happy with the coat. 

Be sure to let the paint sit and dry for a full 24 hrs! I was a little impatient and started to doodle on it after 8 hours and when I wiped the chalkboard clean it left scratches. Oops! So be sure to let it sit for the full 24 hours. 

I then painted the wood frame of the picture frame in red. I just used acrylic paint and after it dried, I sprayed a coat of Mod Podge sealer on it. 

Once your 24 hours is up you put the glass in the frame and your done! I can't wait to try this spray paint on more projects. I have a few ideas already so I'll be sure to post them once I've finished :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

End of the year teacher gifts & autograph books

For the teacher gifts this year I painted $1 wood bags or purses that I found at Michaels & covered them with DCVW Grade School paper. I also used the CTMH stamp sets School Rocks and A Little Thanks. I also stamped "School" on the ribbon using white daisy ink and using the School Is Here stamp set.  In the bags are a travel size lotion and body spray from bath & body.

For my daughters male teacher I used the CTMH pillow boxes and filled it with a Starbucks gift card, some Starbucks candy, and a 3x3 card. I also used the stamp set School Rocks and A Little Thanks

I felt so bad when I forgot to order my kids a yearbook this year. Things just got so busy that it slipped my mind...Oops! So to make up for it a little bit I made them autograph books. I used $1 mini notebooks that I purchased from Artco. I covered the books with paper from DCVW, the Grade School stack. I also used the circut cartridge Locker Talk. On the back of the book cover I added the year and the names of their teachers. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mother's Day Gifts

For Mother's Day this year I found this really cute idea off of Pinterest. The kids and I made a flower pot and we put pictures all around it. We purchased all the supplies at Michaels and Lowes.

terracotta flower pot
white acrylic paint
liquid mod podge
mod podge gloss finishing spray
sponge brushes
Planting soil
Pictures (I printed mine in black and white from Costco)

First painted the pot in white. Inside and out. Let that dry then used the liquid mod podge to glue your photos in place. Once your photos are glued on take your sponge brush and paint a coat of the mod podge on top of your photos. I did this twice. Let the first coat dry then apply the second. Once that is done and dry spray the pot with the mod podge finishing spray. Let it sit for a few hours and then tie your ribbon onto the pot. All you have to do now is transfer your flowers to the pot and your finished :) 


Father's Day Baseball Pillow Boxes

I made these baseball pillow boxes for a Father's Day theme swap item. They're filled with peanuts and some candy. I found some mini chocolate baseballs that I thought were so adorable, so I added those in there as well. I used the CTMH pillow boxes, the CTMH stamp sets Perfect Fit- Dad Holiday and the Blue Ribbon stamp set. I used the CTMH exclusive ink pads cranberry, moonstruck, and brown bag. I cut out the baseball using the circuit cartridge sports mania and put them on some pop dots. Then I just added some baseball ribbon and tied them closed at the top of the pillow boxes.