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Monday, August 27, 2012

Back to School projects

If you haven't entered our current "Back to School" challenge at My Grafico, you still have until Friday August 31st:)
Remember to link a new project and to only link your project, not your whole blog.

 .Here is the set we used for this week's challenges:

Isn't this an inspiration in itself? I have thought of many, many items I could make using this set.
First I made a card, for a very special young lady who will begin second grade this year. She is also my crafting buddy!
Now just pull up on the ribbon:
Her mom uses these cards on the kid's scrapbook pages too:)
I am sharing this card with:
MCreative Stamp Friends: Special shaped cards
eureka stamps: Anything Goes
fashionista challenge: A card for a child
lollipop crafts: Back to School
make it monday: Anything Goes
paper pretties blog: Back to School
squigglefly: Falling into fall/Back to school
tammy scrapin corner: Lots of Layers
totally stampalicious: Anything Goes
cute daisy may: Two patterned papers
scrap-creations1: Back to school
Wdigi stamps 4 joy: Back to school
inky impressions challenges: Back to School
the paper shelter: Anything Goes
Next I designed a post it note holder using an acrylic photo frame from the Dollar Tree, for her teacher.
The pen is also from the Dollar Tree. I unscrewed the bottom and inserted a small piece of the paper from the above image.

Then I designed a magnetic holder for post it notes. A teacher can never have enough post it notes!!

Finally, an altered composition book for my "Peace Lovin" Second Grader.
The name and subject tag is from the above images.

I had so much fun with this set. The best part of digital stamps is that you can make them any size you wish, alter them using names, words etc., and this set does not even have to be colored!

Materials Used:
Image: My Grafico
DP: Recollections from Michael's
Adhesive: Modge Podge
Embellishments and ribbon: Michael's

Thank you for stopping to visit today. I hope that you have enjoyed my paper craft projects and that you will leave a comment to tell me what you think. I would love your ideas on how you will use this Back to School set. Please feel free to follow this blog.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to School

Are you ready for the Back To School Race? ... school supplies, new clothes, lunch boxes etc. Ready or not the time is getting close or for some of you, school may have already started.Our challenge at My Grafico, for the next two weeks is: Back to School. 

 I am now a retired teacher. You will think that I am nuts but I miss the beginning of the school year. It is a crazy but fun time - a chance to become acquainted with a new group of youngsters and help them develop into confident students. I sometimes go into friend's classrooms and help them organize for the first week of school. Occasionally, I substitute teach. Once a teacher, always a teacher by heart!
Now, I enjoy making the grandkids back to school cards. Their mom uses them in their scrapbook pages. This week, I used the following set for my projects:

Along with the accessories is a template for this cute box.
Here is the view from the top. I love the small cork circle that I attached. Any note could be tacked to this center.

I am sharing this box with:
trimmies craft challenge: Box
moving along with the times: Anything but Square
my heart pieces digital stamp challenge: Favorite color: Red
paper play challenges: Recycle: The cork in the middle of this box was a coaster
patties creations challenge: Anything but a card
card makin mamas: Try something new: new image, new shaped box design
stamping with dragon: Anything but square or rectangle

The next project is a card for my grandson:
I love how one of the clock hands looks like a face...cute!!
The background paper is also part of this file. I chose not to color it and use is as a background.
  inside the card

As I have mentioned before, the SVG files can be cut by hand. Someday I would like to have a machine to cut them but for now, my scissors work just fine!

Materials Used:
Cardstock: Red- CTMH, brown- Kraft 
Cork sheet: hardware store
Burlap: fabric store
Sticker: 8th grade-EKsuccess
Images: My Grafico
Ribbon: Martha Stewart
Sentiments: Computer generated

Using My Grafico files made these projects very easy. All I needed was the inspiration and the time:)

Thank you for stopping to visit. I hope that you enjoyed seeing these paper crafts. Would love to have you leave a comment and tell me what you think. I hope that I have inspired you, in some small way. When your "Back to School" paper project is complete, just click HERE.  As always, please feel free to follow this blog. More back to school inspiration coming ...hope to see you next week!

I am sharing this card with:
pennys challenges: Back to school
whimsy inspires: Lots of Layers
aud sentiments challenge blog: Must use a number in the sentiment (number is on the inside sentiment.)
raise the bar challenge: Back to school
simply create too: Back to school
created with love challenges: Use 3 of something-3 gear images!
fashionista challenge: Card for a child
make it monday: Anything Goes

Monday, August 13, 2012


Challenge #134
The current challenge at My Grafico Crafts is:
 Beach Time! 
You have until August 17th to enter.Just click HERE when you are ready to enter.

Here are the images we used this week:

I love all of these pictures. Being born and raised in Rhode Island only a block from the ocean, I LOVE the ocean, rocks, shells, everything about the East Coast of the US!!
A shadow box was used for the current challenge. 
First. I will show you a close up of the beach scene.

Notice the cute little cottage nestled in the woods. Wouldn't you just love to be there now?
Here is the seascape in a shadow box. It was the perfect place to add our treasured shells collected from past vacations.

I used copic markers for most of the coloring but did use some prisma pencils near the bird's feet.
The sand is salt! that was glued on after coloring.
I purchased this shadow box at our local Veteran's of America Store for only $3!! Quite a bargain. I covered the two inside mats with some designer paper.  As you can see, I popped up the wooden posts as well as the birds.

 This is the first time I have designed a scene and found it quite relaxing...almost as much as reading. Thank your for stopping to visit. Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog. I hope that I have inspired you, in some small way. Have a wonderful week: Hugs

I am sharing this project with:
crafts and me challenges: Use a digi stamp
belli challenge: Vacation/travel
4 crafty chicks: Up,up and away
digi doodle: Things with wings
moving along with the times: Summer
my heart pieces digital stamp challenge: Use DP(Used on the two mats)
paper-crafting journey: Anything Goes
scrap it with a song: John Denver's "I'm Leavin on a Jet Plane"I'm so lonesome I could die! 
southern girls challenge" Water Play
clearly i stamp: Things with wings
joyful stamper: Anything Goes
totally paper crafts: Add a Frame
simply create too: Anything Goes
pan pastel uk: Create a Scene
challenge up your life: Everything Goes
craft a scene: The Great Outdoors
kennyks krafty krew: Sun, sea and sand
the crafty pad: All About Summer Vacation
diekreativenstempelfreunde: Create a scene

Sunday, August 12, 2012

220 Follower candy

Alethea won the draw for my 200 follower blog candy. Hope that she enjoys her new stamp set and embellishments. The Close To My Heart Stamp Set was donated by my daughter. She is a CTMH consultant. You can find her blog on the sidebar. CONGRATULATIONS ALETHEA!!
 I had fun making the crocheted flowers and butterflies:)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Beach Time

We have a new challenge at My Grafico Crafts.Challenge #134
theme Beach Time!

We have a really cute beach set from Clemetine that we are featuring for this challenge You can read all about it and see the wonderful Design Team projects by clicking the purple line above. We would love for you to challenge yourself and enter our newest challenge. Remember, you can fancy cut the images, as I have done. No coloring or shading required...that is a blessing. The images are so bright and cheerful.

This is a new venture for me: SCRAPBOOKING! I have dabbled at this before but never really felt comfortable. This time, I just did it and liked the results. Of course, now that I evaluate my work, there are a few things that I would change....Isn't that the way we learn?
I used this cute set from: My Grafico Crafts
There were so many images to choose from:)
My daughter gave me several pictures, of my Granddaughter, I decided the following pictures told the story from that vacation: She did not like sand, on her hand, between her toes, anywhere on her body!! We were at the beach!!! You can tell by her face that she was just getting used to it. I was surprised that 4 years had passed since this beach trip! I was glad to help my daughter 'catch-up' on her scrapbooking pages.

The last picture shows her in awe at all the sand everywhere!!
This picture is a close up of the bottom of page 1

The second day, she was a little more tolerant of the sand and began to enjoy the beach. She was trying to help her brother built a sand castle. I added the bucket and shovel for journaling.The best part is that both KT and mom loved the layouts!!! Job Well Done.

Materials Used:
CS: Michael's(Recollections)
DP: Cosmo Cricket
Images: My Grafico Crafts
Sentiments: Computer Generated

I hope that I have inspired you to create a scrapbook page, paper craft project, and/or card. Perhaps you will enjoy crafting something with a summer theme? Would love to have you enter our current challenge HERE.  Would enjoy seeing your newest paper craft project. Just leave a comment so that I can visit:) Have a wonderful week. Enjoy the gorgeous weather...we finally have received some much needed rain. It is HOT but it is Summer:)

I am sharing this with:
craft your passion challenges : Anything Goes
paper make up stamps: Keep Cool
make it monday: Anything Goes
stamp with fun: Summer
creative card crew: On the beach
die cuttin divas: anything Goes