Thursday, July 31, 2014

Teacher Chalkboard Clipboards

I'm always a little behind on the latest trends, so here is my first "chalkboard" project.

I painted the clipboards with the chalkboard paint.  The ledges are made from Scrabble tile holders that I stained using some walnut ink, then glued to the clipboard.  Then, using white ink, I stamped the Emma and her Backpack image on the clipboard.

A simple tag was made using Papertrey Ink's Teacher's Apple Set and Nestabilities.  I altered a mini note pad with a few more stamped apples.  I think my favorite part of this is the altered clothespin.   I cut an apple using the Preserves Cricut Cartridge and embellished with some paper punching, a button, and a half pearl.

Stamps:  Papetrey Ink-Teacher's Apple and My Favorite Things-Emma and her Backpack
Ink:  Memento, Versafine, Stazon, Heidi Swapp, Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Bazzill, Recollections,  Sn@pp Simple Stories
Misc:  Clipboards, chalkboard paint, chalk, mini note pads, buttons, clothespin, fabric, baker's twine, half pearls, Cricut Preserves Cartridge, scrabble tile holders, paper punches, ribbon, Nestabilities

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Teacher Test Tube Treats & Tutorial

It's that time of year again, back to school!  I love looking at all of the school supplies in the stores.   Since I have been late with every other gift, card, and project this year, I thought I would get started on my Teacher Appreciation/Back to School goodies.

I have had these Martha Stewart Test Tube Favors in my stash for some time now.  I am trying to re-organize and weed out my stuff.  I'm getting very close to being featured on an episode of Hoarders!  So, with some scraps of leftover paper, one of "my favorite" stamp companies, and some candy, I set out to start my first teacher project.

This is the inside shot of the card.  

Of course, a tutorial is in order.  The base is 6 1/4 inches by 11 inches.  You are going to score at 4 1/2 inches, 5 1/2 inches, and 6 1/2 inches.

Fold it together along the 5 1/2 inch score line.  Now, you are going to cut out the "holder" for the test tube.  From one end, you are going to score at 1 inch up to the 6 1/2 inch score from the previous step.  Measure 1 inch from that score mark, and score again.  Do this on the other end.  Cut away the section that was scored on each end.  

I have three packages of these test tube favors!  So, I will be posting them in my Etsy Shop.  I had a hard time finding them on-line, so I am not sure if they can be purchased anymore.  I have had these in my possession for awhile now, so some of the packaging is a little dog eared.  But, the actual tubes are in great shape and come from a smoke free home.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things- Talk Nerdy To Me
Ink:  Mememto, Close To My Heart
Paper:  Recollections, Bo Bunny, Best Creations, Inc
Misc:  Scor-Pal, Copics, pop up dots, washi tape, mini clothespin, star paper punches, test tubes,  Papertrey Ink  Apple Fruit Fusion die, ribbon, buttons, baker's twine, candy

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


Finally, I have my Pail O'Fun Cover done and up for sale via digital download in my Etsy Shop!  I have absolutely not good excuse for while it took me so long or why I haven't posted in 3 weeks!

So, if you would like to purchase the pattern, you can find it here.  It costs only $3.00 and you can use  scraps of fabric to make this cover.  Get a jump start on your holiday gift giving with an awesome Pail O'Fun Cover!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pail O'Fun!

Hello everyone!  I've been spending a lot of time lately with my sewing machine.  I was thinking about making some more Buckets O'Fun.  So, Laura and I went over to the Home Depot so I could get an empty bucket to make the covers, but then we discovered this small metal pail.

It is called the Leaktite 2.5-qt. Metal Pail.  

You can find it on the Home Depot website here.

So, after much trial and error (a lot of error!), this is what I came up with:

It comes on and off the pail with ease, so you can change your cover when ever you please. 

Inside view

You can fit quite a bit in this pail.  There are eight pockets in total around the pail, perfect for holding small dies, buttons, glue sticks, or anything else you want at easy reach.

Here are some more that I made, and I will be posting them in my Etsy Shop today.

I am also working on pattern that will be for sale via an instant download.  I'm very excited as this is the first sewing pattern that I have designed.

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