A Book Box of Treats for Book Club

May 29, 2017

Good Morning,

I am in the middle of my kid’s school year wrapping up along with my parent classroom job, book club.  I love it, it’s a great excuse to indulge into kids books while getting to know the kids in my son’s class.

Last Tuesday afternoon, I enthusiastically arrived to talk about our book only to be met with exhausted kids. The end of the school year has brought State testing as well as deadlines for a number of projects, by the time they see me after lunch they are exhausted.  Wanting our time to be enlighting but fun, I asked what I could do to help pep them up, cookies were promptly requested. To which, I was given various options given allergies and preferences.

With the cookie idea percolating in the back in of my mind, I came home to work on the more pressing need of family graduation cards. In looking for a caps and gowns, I came across these fun Book Boxes. I thought, what a cute idea to bring cookies to book club.

Of course having more luck figuring out the book club solution, I abandoned graduation for this cute cut file by Lori Whitlock.  I used an older Basic Grey  “hipster” collection to make all three “books” and the sticker sheet but for the bases, I used a Kraft paper. The cut file breaks down pretty easy with opportunities to do multiple pieces on one mat. The boxes do take a bit of folding on score lines as the spine is meant to be rounded, but overall it is easy to assemble.   The opening and depth of the boxes are pretty generous so I am sure I will have enough to make five happy, cookie-eating, book club kids.

Oh but wait, it’s for school, I have to share to with the whole class, I better get baking.

Untile next time…..

If you’re interested here is my supply list based on doing all three books:

  • For the Box and cover base – 4 sheets of Kraft Cardstock (or black, white or cream)
  • The Spine, Front and Back Panel – 3 different 12×12 double sided pattern paper (One sheet for each book)
  • Decoration accessories:  alphabets, flowers, sticker sheets etc.

 

 

**While I seem to be on a Lori Whitlock cut file kick lately I am not affiliated with her just love her designs and file set ups.

Valentine’s Cup of Sweetness

February 10, 2017

Good Morning,

 

 

Today I am sharing this tea cup I found on my Valentine’s Day quest for my son’s school. When I spotted this cut file in the Silhouette Store I knew I wanted to make it. It is actually considered a box (lidless) designed by Lori Whitlock.  While it may not work for the kids I think it strikes just the right tone for a teacher and staff gift.

Let’s get into it……

The completed tea cup measures approx. 2 5/8 (across the base) stands at 3 5/8 tall with an opening of 2 1/8. There is plenty of room to add a generous portion of treats. This cut file was relatively easy to put together. For the cup itself, you will need one sheet of 12×12 paper. It cuts two large pieces to form the base and sides of the cup. Then for the decorative layer (included in the file)  you could use either a 12 x12 patterned paper or a 6×6 pad would work as well.

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Bo Bunny’s “Head over Heels” collection  (circa 2013) has been hoarded in my stash since it came it out.  I finally decided it was time to break into it. I used it to cover the front and back and keeping things simple I used a flower piece from the 12×12 chipboard sheet. It was tempting to want to put a lot of embellishment’s on it but since I am giving out about ten and make something for the classrooms, I decided to be easy on myself and keep it simple.

As the title says this is a generous cup of sweetness as it can easily hold 20 to 30 pieces of Hershey Kisses. I could also see it holding cocoa packets, coffee or maybe a gift card with some other small items. OOOH! Bath crystals or heart shaped soaps would be nice too, then again chocolate works nicely. 🙂

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post of what I finally decided to make for the kid’s classrooms.

Are you making anything this Valentine’s Day?  Please feel free to share in comments about your crafty project.

Until next time……

 

 

 

Doodlebug Autumn Scrapbook Page

November 15, 2016

Good Morning,

This past week I have been in a serious creative mode so I am excited to share my latest projects with you. However, I am not so eager to clean up the huge mess I created in the process.

Today I am sharing a 12×12 scrapbook page I created with the new Doodlebug Fall Collection “Flea Market”. I love the bright clear colors as well as their new cut files for Silhouette.

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This collection reminds me of farms, the countryside and of course treasures found at a flea market. The image of the old truck is one my favorites, to me, it embodied the whole feeling of the collection.  When the truck was included in  new cut files for Silhouette, I knew I wanted to build a scrapbook page  around it.  The Doodlebug files are very user-friendly with the right amount of layers and details to customize the cut.   The file has a shadow layer which I used to cut chipboard. (I like the stability chipboard adds to larger die cuts.)  Aside from the truck and the road, the rest of the papers, embellishments and die cuts are all Doodlebug. I filled the truck with die cuts from the “odds and ends” pack. (I think these packs are the best deal in town. 78 pieces for a few dollars) I poured all the die cuts on my desk then had fun trying different options to fill up the truck bed.

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The hills are cut from the” Petite Prints Gingham and Linen” collection.  I think the gingham is perfect for the countryside feel. The trees are all a part of the “odds and ends” pieces.  The “apples” in the tree come from the new matte enamel dots.

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I used the small frames (odds and ends pack)  to use cropped Instagram photos or for journaling.  The large sticker sheet perfect size words to embellish the frames.

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Finally, I created the photo mat from my favorite pattern paper of the collection, the plaid. The design looks good with every color plus I like how it easily ties all the colors on the page together. The embellishments on the top and bottom are adhered in a way to allow for a photo slide under them.

I have more to come from Doodlebug’s Flea Market collection. There is a sneak peek on my Instagram if you are curious.

I always appreciate the visit and welcome your comments.

Until next time……

Fall Card using Simple Stories “Hello Fall” Collection

November 9, 2016

Good Morning,

Today I had a chance to play with the new Simple Stories Collection “Hello Fall.”  I have managed to get my hands on the 6×6 pad and the little bits and pieces to create this card while I wait for my larger order to arrive from Steals.com . (They had it for roughly 50% off last week.) This collection’s hues and colors will work perfectly for my scrapbook layouts of the pumpkin patch from last year. However, I love this collection so much I couldn’t wait to create something with it hence my card.

As I went through the 6×6 pad, I immediately fell in love with the plaid and the darker steel blue for a base. I choose the multicolored word strip for the sentiment and the way it tied all the colors together. However, once I had it adhered to the left, I wondered if I had worked myself into a corner.  Enter the fabulous Bits and Pieces pack, 62 die cut pieces to save me. Working with the pieces decision making did get a little difficult with so many options but, I like what I came up with in the end.

If you’re interested here is the supplies list:

Hello Fall by Simple Stories

  • 6×6 pad – plaid, steel blue, and the word block
  • bits and pieces cardstock die cuts- multiple pieces
  • your favorite liquid glue for putting the cluster together
  • the card base is white card stock cut to 6×12 (larger card)

Thank you so much for visiting today, as always your feedback in comments is appreciated!

Until next time….

*My disclaimer, I am not compensated to talk about this collection I just loved it and thought to share it! 

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