Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ornaments for the Dance Team

After discovering how easy it was to make glitter ornaments, I decided to make them for the dance team that I coach. 

I purchased 24 clear ornaments from Michael's.  I used Pledge Floor Cleaner with Future Shine to coat the inside, then used red Recollections glitter to fill the inside.

I cut the silouhette of the dancer from Shall We Dance at 2 1/4".  I cut dance from Twinkle Toes Lite at 3".

The ribbon on the top is from Michael's as well. 

The girls really loved them!  Have a very Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My first glitter ornament

Recently I was in a Secret Sister Stocking Swap through the Cricut Circle.  I did this last year and I loved it so much!

Here is a picture of the ornament I made for my person.  It is my first ever glitter ornament!  Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures before I sent it so this is the only picture I have.  Thanks got2bcrafting for taking a picture!

I am also entering this into the current Circle challenge.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sophie card and winner!

Hello!  Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the Sophie hop this past Saturday.  I really appreciate you taking the time to hop along with us and to leave such nice comments!  The winner of the KaiserCraft blog candy is...

Joydee, I will be emailing you!

I have another Sophie project to share with you.  I made this card for my mother's birthday. (The glitter paper made a glare on the camera.)

This is the card feature of one of the birds on the Sophie cart.  The card is cut at 5".  In the picture below, you can see I also cut a circle to cover up the inside.  It was the backside of the glitter paper and I didn't like how that looked.  I used the same paper as the card base. 

I took part of the negative from the front cut of the card to make a little flourish on the inside.  I think it looks beautiful when it is opened up with that in there.  The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up set.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sophie Blog Hop

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the Sophie Blog Hop!  This hop will feature projects made using the Cricut Circle Exclusive cartridge Sophie.  This is the first cartridge of the Circle's second year!  All of the bloggers today are Cricut Circle members.  Interesting in learning more about the Circle?  Click HERE (  

The Sophie cartridge comes with many features including cards, bookmarks, and doilies.  Hop along with us to explore the Sophie cart and gain some inspiration!

Cart photos from

I made a card to share with you today. 

This card is 6"x6" and opens at the bottom.  It is made entirely with KaiserCraft's Be Merry collection (out last year).  The doily feature was cut at 5.5".  The circle to complete the inside of the doily is from Plantin' Schoolbook, cut at 3.75".  That is the one thing about the Sophie cart - I wish the shift key of the doily would cut out a circle to go in the middle.  I inked the circle with a Brilliance eye drop pad.

The tree was cut at 3.5" with the shift layer as well.  I added a yellow skittle at the top to add that special something.  It's hard to tell in these pictures but the background paper is actually velvety, which gives this card a great texture and feel when it's in your hands.  I added some white ribbon as well across the back.

Before you move on to our other bloggers, leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a small pack of things from KaiserCrafts other Christmas line from last year, 'Tis the Season.  

You do not have to be a follower of my blog to win but I would sure love it if you were!  Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you if you are the winner!  I will announce the winner on Monday evening.  At that same time, I will also be posting another Sophie project so you may want to stop back anyway! 

Please go to Tammy's blog next.  Have fun! 

Here is the entire hop line up for you: 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hippo Birthday

My neice recently had a birthday and this is the card I created for her:

The hippo is cut at 3.5" from Birthday Bash.
The paper and ribbon was from my stash.
The sentiment is My Pink Stamper.

I added stickles to the cherry on the ice cream cone and to her toes to give a girl a little nail polish! 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Me and Mickey Blog Hop winner

Hello everyone! selected comment number nine to be our blog candy winner! surfnfroggie said... Your layout is awesome Michele! I love giving Birthday cards that I make along with the gift itself! All my friends and family now expect them! Happy Birthday to Rexann! I get to celebrate my Birthday on Thanksgiving this year too! surfnfroggie at aol dot com November 19, 2011 10:42 AM Surfnfroggie, I will send you an email after the holiday! Happy birthday to you tomorrow too! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Party Goers - Mickey Layout 3

This is the last layout in this birthday series.  I think it is important to document who came to the party too! 

For this layout, I used the ticket feature on the Mickey Font cart.  (I really used a lot of this cart in this layout series!  It was fun re-acquainting myself with the features.)  Both tickets were cut at 1.5", then split down the middle where the pages adjoin.  

The Mickey heads around the page are 1.5" and the Mickey Ears at the bottom of the journaling block are 1".

Be sure to leave a comment on this post for another chance to win the Mickey blog candy from the HOP.  If you comment on all three layouts, you will have three chances at winning!  I will choose a winner tomorrow - a fun announcement that you won something before going out and spending all your money on Black Friday deals!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Oh Boy! Mickey Layout

Hello!  I have another Mickey Mouse birthday party layout for you! Yesterday I shared the layout of cupcake time for the Me and Mickey Blog Hop.  Today's layout is more of the party and opening gifts.  So without further adieu... here it is! 

The left side:

Mickey is from Mickey Font, cut at fit to page on a 12x12, which came out to 10.75". 
Oh Boy is a phrase on the cart (also the phrase I used for the party invitations) cut at 1.5".
I'm 2! was cut at 1". 

The right side:

The birthday girl's big sister dressed up as Minnie Mouse to surprise her sister.  It was very cute! 
Some details: 

The Mickey heads were cut at a variety of sizes from 1-2".  I like the silhouette cut on this cart!

You can leave a comment on this post for a chance (or another chance) to win the blog candy from yesterday!  I'm sure the other ladies in yesterday's blog hop would love it if you visited their blogs today if you did not yesterday! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Me and Mickey's Birthday Hop!

Hello and welcome to Me and Mickey's Birthday Hop!  Today we are celebrating a fellow crafter's birthday, along with Mickey Mouse's birthday! Rexann's birthday is today, November 19!  Mickey Mouse's birthday was yesterday, Nov. 18th.  We have a great line up of bloggers for you that are all going to share projects relating to birthdays and Mickey Mouse.   These ladies are great crafters!  I hope you will join us for the hop and leave comments for everyone with your thoughts about their project!   This is the first stop on the hop.  The birthday girl is stop #5 so be sure to stop there!

Rexann loves Mickey Mouse and it just so happens that my daughter does too!  For her 2nd birthday party, we celebrated using Mickey as our theme.  I posted about the birthday projects I made in these posts.  I hadn't gotten around to scrapping her birthday pictures so this was the perfect opportunity!  I created this 12x12 two page layout to share with you today:

The left side:

The right side:

And a few close ups:

Mickey is from Mickey Font at 4".  The cupcakes are all from the Cupcake Lite cart at 1.5". I added stickles to the frosting area to make it cuter. 

The title is Mickey Font cut at 1.5".  All of the patterned papers are from American Crafts Travel paper pack.

I am hoping to have the other completed layout of her party ready for you tomorrow. 

I also have some blog candy for you!

To thank you for visiting, I am giving away this Mickey scrapbooking pack to one lucky person who leaves a comment on this post telling me a birthday present they loved giving.  While I love to receive presents, I love giving them even more!  Tell me what you loved giving to someone!  Please also leave a way to contact you.  It is not necessary for you to be a follower of my blog but I would absolutely love it if you decide to become one! 

Be sure to follow along the hop by going to Rebecca's blog next!

Here is the complete blog list for you:

  1. Michele @  <------- You are HERE! 
  2. Rebecca @       <----- Go here next!  
  3. Missie @  
  4. Shirley @
  5. Rexann @    <----- The birthday girl!
  6. Paulette @
  7. Laura @
  8. Allison @
  9. LaShavia @
  10. Elizabeth @
  11. Kristen @
  12. Sue @
  13. Tamara @
  14. Leah @
  15. Rosewise @
  16. Nancy @
  17. Susan @ 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Reading is out of this world!

The Scholastic Book Fair is always an exciting time of the year.  This fall the theme was To the Book Fair and Beyond: Reading is out of this world!  I had a good time decorating for it.  Check out some of the pictures of my library:

As you come up the stairs, this is the first thing that you see.

Then it is time to enter the book fair ---

The UFO is made from an old plastic swimming pool. 

Look at the top of this picture, you will see mini UFOs hanging around.  Those are made from styrofoam plates and bowls. 

The main desk.  All of the silver mylar was donated from a local company.  It is the lining you see inside potato chip bags! 

 This is outside in another part of the hallway.  We had a rocket building contest for the kids.  There were tons of entries! 

I love getting everything ready for the Book Fair and the wonderful feeling it gives kids to shop at their library.  It's their own personal little store!  ...and since I work in more than one building, I get to move all of this from one school to the next and do it again in the coming weeks!

*Most of the ideas here are taken directly from the company.  I made them and gave them my own flair but the originality of most things I cannot claim as my own.*

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

WI mini album and blog hop winner!

Hello all!  Thank you so much if you were one of the people who stopped by my blog hop this weekend!  The ladies in the hop sure had some awesome projects to share!  I've selected a winner for the blog candy.  It is...

Mona, I will send you an email!  Be on the look out!

Today I would like to share with you a mini album that I completed last week.  I recently hosted a Flat Stanley project for a fifth grade student.  He sent me a Flat Collin and I was to share Flat Collin's adventures in my state!  Here is what I created:

The entire book was cut with chipboard first, then covered with paper.  I used a 12x12 paper and did fit to page on my Expression.  WI, from 50 States, cut out at 8.5" if I remember correctly... :)  The state flag is cut at 5.5".  I am SOOO happy with the way this cut turned out.  For such an intricate cut, I was amazed at how well it came out.  I put it up on pop dots so it sticks off the front.  Tucked in behind is Flat Collin - more on him below. 

This is the book spread out a little so you can see the whole thing. 

This was the first page where I listed the state bird, tree, etc. and described where Flat Collin had been visiting! 

WI is definitely known for agriculture and with that, corn!  Collin had fun hiding in the corn for some pictures.  The cheese piece is cut from Create a Critter at 1.25".

This page explains education in WI.  Hey, most of you know I work in a school! :)

I added some fun clips with our state abbreviation. 

This page explores the state teams and fun things to do around the state. 

From the back, here's how it looks. 

Here is Flat Collin!  He came to me wearing blue jeans and a red hoodie sweatshirt.  He left WI dressed as a Packer player.  Hey, we are the current Super Bowl champs you know!  His clothes/helmet were cut at 5" from Everyday Paper Dolls.

I was planning this out as the Cricut Circle Blog challenge came about - to create a mini album.  PERFECT!  I've entered this in that contest.  I've also shared it on Made by You Mondays.

Thanks for stopping by!