It has been a while since I last posted on my blog and seeing as this is a place I get to express myself...
I know some of it has been a shift in jobs. I recently got my dream job and spent the summer preparing for the new school year as a full time Drama teacher. I get to teach drama to all 6th, 7th & 8th graders in my building and I love it everyday. The time to plan over the summer was very needed and enjoyed as I got to take some fun summer classes. The work I put in took me away from my memory making & crafting time.
My daughter has started middle school and has had some struggles adjusting and getting settled in. Any parent with a child who has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan for those who might not know) knows this can be a concern at times. It also has taken away some time.
The last thing was a lack of inspiration and desire tobe in my crafting space. I finished up working with Design Cuttin' Divas (who I love and say go see their weekly challenge it is a blast) and did not seem inspired to create things. I would sit at my desk and not know what to make - even with stacks and stacks of photos to work with.
I had the crafting blahs...BUT...
I am starting to make my way back into my crafting space and eager to work with the memories I have captured on film. I know many of my followers may not stop by for awhile, but I want to say thanks to anyone who does and let you know I so enjoy visiting different blogs and seeing all the wonderful love put into creating projects
As I know in the end that is the main reason most of us choose to create and share.
Sometimes I get asked to do such fun things that are so simple, but bring me so much joy. Over the summer I was asked by my school's secretary to cut out over 100 diamonds. I am so glad I had time between my summer classes to do this for her. This is what she created with the diamonds I cut out for her.
Is this not the cutest idea for a wedding shower brunch? The diamonds were a mix of silver and a cranberry color that the bridesmaids will be wearing at this upcoming wedding.
I asked her to share the final product with me because it was so so fun. Thanks for stopping by. I am in my 3rd week of school and my new job couldn't be going better. I will share some of the fun things I have created soon.
Supplies: - Hannah Montana Cricut Cartridge - diamond (minus back layer) - Hostess Mini Donuts - Toothpicks
A few weeks ago my daughter celebrated the end of another dance season. She loves competing so much and I wanted to make something special for her and her dance big sister, especially because we have made a change in dance studios so they will not be together anymore. I decided to make them matching chipboard albums.
The above is the final cover image. It features the only die cut I used for the whole album, a welded font from my computer.
This is how all the pages started - with me covering them with paper. All the papers are from the same paper stack, Pink Paislee, Memorandum. It was really easy to measure and cut the paper to fit the chipboard and a corner rounder was the perfect fit for the rounded edges. I mixed and matched different papers.
I also went into my stash and added washi tapes, stickers and print and cut items to complete the pages. The girls both loved their albums and their friendship will continue on no matter where they are dancing.
Supplies: - Tag chipboard album form Recollections collection Michael's - Pink Paislee Memorandum paper stack - all papers - Variety of stickers and ribbons form my stash. - Smoothie Shoppe font
I am so lucky this week. I get to rejoin the wonderful team at Die Cuttin' Divas as their guest designer for the week. It is the first Tuesday (first day) of August and that means a new sketch to work and play with.
I created this birthday card for my niece who just turned 4 with this sketch. I wanted something fun and this sketch worked great for that.
I started with this colorful paper and once I had found the matching solids I went to work. I love this cute cake cut from Smiley Cards but it only had 3 candles on it so I decided to chop them off and just use the cake.
I added some sparkly to the frosting and some glossy accents to the cheeks. My niece called to tell me she loved it - so it is a win!!
I hope you all get a chance to join the Die Cuttin Divas in their sketch challenge this week. Make sure you head over for more inspiration and check out the great design team projects.
I just wanted to pop in and say I am missing my craft space and blog a lot right now. I am very excited to get to work on some projects soon, but also very excited about the fact that I am changing jobs and taking classes this summer to be ready for this job come fall. The last few weeks of the teaching year and the first few weeks of summer have been hectic trying to get into a pattern for myself and the family. I am lucky to say I have had a few minutes to create and look forward to sharing soon and hope now that things are in a pretty good routine I will have more to share soon.
Who doesn't love the end of a month? Who doesn't love an Anything Goes challenge? I know I love letting my ideas flow. This week at Die Cuttin' Divas it is an Anything Goes challenge.
I created a fun gift card box for a friend of my daughter. She, like my daughter, is a dancer so my daughter wanted to include that on the gift box.
I started with a simple box cut from the Spring Holiday Cards Cricut cartridge. On this box it has built in slots to place a card so I created the card and it fit right in the slots to finish off my box.
I love making personalized gift boxes and bags and this one was a big hit at the party. Hope you can join us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week. Remember it is Anything Goes - make a project (featuring a die cut of course) and share it with us.