Sunny Smiles...

 I made this project for my son's first grade teacher to hand up in her classroom for the new school year.   A student is chosen weekly as the classroom "smile" and gets to have their picture and favorite things displayed for the whole class to see.  It's a BIG deal for a 1st grader!


After searching through all my cartridges for a sun die cut that was larger enough, I just ended up  cutting a large 12 inch circle from the George and Basic Shape cartridge. I then hand-cut the sun beams and embossed the irregular shapes. 

I used the Speaking of School cartridge to cut the fun font  "Smile of the Week" at 3 1/2 inches.  I then enhanced the letter layers with markers, inks and chalks.

I'll admit, this project took a little longer than expected due to the fact that it was a time consuming figuring out the correct font sizes. 
 Overall, I'm really happy the way it turned out and I'm glad that I'm able to make something cheery for the classroom walls.  It's also fun knowing that my son will get to see something his Mommy made hanging up on his classroom wall.

Wishing you many Sunny Smiles!
Linking with:
My Sheri's Crafts Challenge #66- Back to School.
Celebrate the Occasion- Challenge #25- Back to School
Abby Challenge #11- Back to School

Just a Note........

Handmade note cards are such a easy gift and fun to make.   I've given these note cards as a holiday, birthday or just for fun gifts and the recipients are always so surprised.  Notecards can also be a great gift for teacher's!
 This card box is cut from the Wild Card Cartridge using the Fit to Page button on a Cricut Expression.  This box can hold 5 note cards along with 5 envelopes.

The cards are cut out of 4 x8 1/2 cardstock stamped with various sentiments and decorated with brads, die-cuts, ribbons, stickles and texture.

I think a note card should always have a coordinating envelope.  These 4" envelopes were cut from the Sweetheart Cartridge and then lined with coordinating cardstock. 

I also lined the opening of the box with a clear transparency sheet.

A little hint:  When I make small envelopes like this, I actually just use white copy paper so there is less bulk in the envelope.

Enjoy making notes!

The love of summer flowers.......

Design Challenge # 8....Something Summer

I made this card from Life's a Beach Cartridge.  Since I live in the desert, I miss the tropical flowers and the rain showers of Florida.  I love Hibiscus because they always have new blooms waiting.  I added some texture, chalk and stickles to make my Summer flower bloom.

My Little Tiger Cub....

Pink Stamper Design Challenge #12....Kids Theme

My son loves being a Boy Scout Tiger Cub.  I created my little guy with the Everyday Paper Doll cartridge to personalize the Tiger Cub Motto "Do Your Best"

Everyone loves a Jumbo Cupcake.....Yum!

My Pink Stamper Design Challenge #1 ......Cupcakes

I made this Jumbo 7 1/4" Cupcake card from the Sweet Treats cartridge using the Fit to Page button on my Expression.  Such a large card wasn't my first intention this morning but instead of starting over and wasting my precious cardstock, I decided to see what I could make out of it for the challenge.   I used texture embossing for the frosting and wrapper, gave the cherry some shine with crystal clear embossing powder, added a cute stamp sentiment and of course some bling with red stickles, I think it turned out pretty fun.  Great card to give to any cupcake lover!


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