DIY Easy Teacher Gifts

School is out, I now have a 1st grader and a 10th grader. I can’t believe that school is over. School actually ended last Thursday for us and I quickly threw together a quick present for my daughter’s teacher.

To the rescue was my Cricut and the Art Philosphy cartridge. I decided to make my daughter’s teacher a small set of cards that she could use for any occasion. I cut this cute little bag with Skylark paper from Close To My Heart.

Skylark Cricut bag

The next thing I did was make up 3×3 cards and envelopes. I did this using all my scrap paper that I had laying around along with my Close To My Heart stamps. It truly is amazing how a stamp can dress up any project. The envelope punch board made it super easy to get the envelopes made as well. I came up with 3 different designs that I made to go into the little bag.

After I made these cute little cards up I also needed to make a thank you card for her teacher as well. I have been loving the Sun Burst Cards and had a bunch of scraps from the Free To Be Me paper pack. I used my stamp that came with my Cricut Art Philosphy cartridge and one of the matching chipboard pieces that came with it as well.

sun burst card

The last thing that I had to do was work on the pot that was being used to create a tree that the students were presenting to her. I used my Cricut once again and paper from the Free To Be Me paper pack. I have never had paper that cut better in my Cricut then the Close To My Heart paper and I am not just saying that because I am a consultant. It doesn’t matter if it is patterned paper or cardstock I do not get any tears or rips or have any problems getting my Cricut to cut what I need with this paper.

I cut out the words Sowing the Seeds of Learning on my Cricut and then mod podged them onto the pot with outdoor mod podge. I did 3 coats of mod podge and the paper held up perfectly. I was very pleased with the final product.

teacher pot


Did you make any teacher gifts this year?


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Why Are Pockets So Much Fun?

Lately I have had a thing for pockets. I can’t figure out what it is but there is something so great about having a pocket and a tag to go in the pocket on a card. Maybe it’s because the card then becomes interactive by having to pull something out.

I made two cards for some friends of mine recently. I’ve been in a card making mood. Now I have to give credit where credit is due. I didn’t come up with this card all on my own. Pinterest is my friend and when I saw this card I just knew I had to make it. You can find the directions on how to make this card here and you can follow me on Pinterest here. That way you can stay up to date about all the cool and fun things I find on Pinterest.

Now I have to say I don’t have the stampin up score board but I do have a Martha Stewart one and an envelope punch board which is what I used to get my score lines.

If you can believe it this card was made from one piece of 8.5×11 piece of paper. I scored the paper at 4.25 down the long side.

pocket card tutorial

The next step was to flip the paper and score it at 5.5.

pocket card tutorial

The next step is where the envelope punch board came into play. I placed the paper the long way on the punch board by the 4.5 mark and made a diagonal score line. I then flipped the paper 180 degrees and placed the paper at 4.5 mark and scored again.

pocket card tutorial

After everything is all scored it is about folding the card. First you will fold the corners that you scored down and then you will fold the paper in half.

pocket card tutorial

Fold the paper in half and then fold the paper over just like you would fold a regular card. Your pockets are already there and just need a little tape at the edges to seal them shut.

pocket card tutorial

After that it was all about folding the paper and decorating the card. Now that the tutorial part is over, let me share with you the cards that I made and sent out to my friends. Both of my cards were made from Close To My Heart paper. The first card used the Skylark paper and embellishments and the second card was created with the Free To Be Me paper pack and the May stamp of the month!

I created the tags using my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge and of course I had to distress them some. The Skylark tags were distressed with Lagoon ink and the Free To Be Me tags were distressed with Victorian Velvet.


There is a lot going on in the month of June over at Close To My Heart but I am really excited about the June stamp of the month. This stamp of the month is also compatible with the Art Philosophy cartridge, which means that all these images can be cut with your Cricut and then stamped. You can get this stamp set for only $5 with any order that total $50  in the month of June.

Do you enjoy making cards? Do you think you will give this one a try?

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OWH Memorial Blog Hop


I can’t believe that a year has passed already since the last OWH blog hop. The time sure does fly by. This year the theme was to use red, white and blue on our cards. Lucky for me this is also the month that we celebrate national scrapbooking day. I managed to score this awesome paper pack from Close To My Heart for only $5. The paper pack had the perfect red cardstock in it along with some pretty amazing vellum paper!

I made two cards for the hop. The first one I used a sketch from Close To My Heart and the second one was an OWH sketch. The first card was a little more detailed but I really enjoyed making it. I started out creating the pocket for the missing you tag. I used navy blue cardstock that I had in my stash along with the vellum feather paper that came in the paper pack. Next I got out my crop-a-dile and some buttons that I had to attach the vellum part to the blue cardstock.

I then adhered all of this to the base of the card and went to my Cricut where I cut a tag using my Art Philoshphy cartrdige. This Cricut cartridge has everything that you need to get creative with your Cricut. I then of course decided that the card needed a little oomph so I got out my walnut distress ink and distressed the edges of everything. I was very pleased with the end result.

The next card I made was a Thank You card that I used the OWH sketch for. I cut out the paper pieces and used the same red cadstock that I used for the missing you card that I created. I orginally was going to just use a plain piece of white cardstock but quickly realized that it needed a little more. I grabbed my faded jeans distress ink and distressed the edges. I stamped the Thank you sentiment with my Close To My Heart stamp that came with my Art Philosphy cricut cartridge and cut the shape with my Cricut.

Both of these cards were really easy and quick to make thanks to the card sketches. Enjoy the blog hop!

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