Easy Teacher Appreciation Week

This coming week is teacher appreciation week at my daughters school. Lucky for me my new Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge (Artfully Sent) came in and it has just things I need to make quick and easy cards for all of my daughters teachers. Did you also know that you can grab this cartridge for half off by hosting your own CTMH party. For more information on how to grab this cartridge all you have to do is click here.  When you are a teacher yourself that has been working 6 days a week, quick and easy is exactly what I needed.

All I had to do was search through the cartridge and pick a design for each teacher. I picked some cute cards that were really simple to put together for each of my daughters teachers. Monday she is supposed to bring a homemade card and the Artfully Sent cartridge was perfect for this. I made the cards larger then I normally do so that my daughter had plenty of space to write in them. You can grab the cut file for these cards here.

thank you cards ctmh artfully sentThese are the cards that I chose to make and I cut them all out with Close To My Heart’s White Daisy cardstock. I know I have mentioned it before but I am going to mention it again, CTMH cardstock cuts like a dream in my Cricut Explore. I also have to say if you have the Cricut Explore, the bluetooth device is a must because it makes life so much easier. I love being able to create on my iPad and then open the same project on my computer at home or cut directly from the iPad. I have manged to create more then I have in the past by dragging my iPad back and forth to work with me.

After I cut out all the cards I got to work on this adorable make it now project because Tuesday is the day that my daughter is supposed to bring a snack for her teacher. I thought that it was only fitting that I make something St. Patricks Day related.

Have you tried any of the make it now projects in Design Space? I think they are great and some of them are really easy to make. Any who I fell in love with this little cauldron with the pinwheels and I thought that it would be perfect for snack day. I did have some issues with putting the pinwheels together and gluing this thing together.

I am starting to think that a low temperature hot glue gun is the way to go when putting 3D projects together. I started out with Scotch quick dry adhesive but it was taking me forever to get the pieces to stick together. Towards the end of putting the cauldron together I knew that I was going to have to switch to the hot glue gun so that I could put it all together quickly and properly without cussing my paper out in the process!

cricut explore make it now

I used 8.5×11 black cardstock for the cauldron and then I used some 12×12 green paper for the pinwheels and for the little belt that is wrapped around the cauldron. I had a very old piece of yellow scrap cardstock that I used for the buckle of the belt. As usual these projects take a lot longer to put together then they do to cut out.

I had some wood pieces that I wrapped some green washi tape around and then I hot glued the pinwheels to them. I used some old brads that I have had forever as well for the pinwheels. After I glued the pinwheels to the wood I then put hot glue on the bottom of the wood sticks and stuck them inside the cauldron so that they would stand up straight and they wouldn’t move.

My only regret is that I should have cut the middle one down a little more before I stuck it in the cauldron. I meant to spray some color shine on to the pinwheels but completely forgot before I glued them intocricut explore make it now

the cauldron. I still might attempt to spray them with some color shine before Tuesday morning, which is when I have to give this adorable little cauldron up.

All in all I am quite happy with this little cauldron and I know that the more I practice with putting these 3D projects together the better I will be. Which is why I grabbed some new files from SVG cuts as well over the weekend that I can’t wait to get my crafty little hands on. I will be sharing these projects with you soon as I get the chance. I have a whole week off next week for Spring Break and I am looking forward to some much needed crafty time.

Do you have a Cricut Explore machine? Let us know in the comments.

Now it’s time to check out the other ladies projects for the Make it Monday blog circle.

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Something’s “sketchy” in this week’s Monday Mojo with Lisa @kwitekreative.


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Close To My Heart Artfully Sent & a Free Cut File

I am super excited that in a few more days the Close To My Heart Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge is going to be at my door and in my crafty little hands. I think this cartridge is not only going to make my card making life easier but also my pocket card making. I love to make my own pocket cards as much as I love to buy project life kits!

You can see a few things that you can do with this awesome cartridge by watching this short video below.

thank you cardsNow that you have seen how amazing this cartridge is, you can grab it in my shop by clicking HERE. I can’t wait to share with you all my creations that I make with this cartridge but for now here is a free cut file for these adorable little cards that I just made last night. Click HERE to grab the design space cut file. If you need the Cricut craft room file just let me know and I will create it for you.

What do you use your Cricut machine for?


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Teaching & Crafting Can Go Together


I haven’t officially announced that I have become a 7th grade teacher in a very short time! My hiring process went very quickly, at least it did for my family. The plan was never for me to go back to work so soon after having the baby but when opportunity knocks you have to take it. Any who, now I am a 7th grade Language Arts teacher and I am finally getting into the swing of things. I have only been teaching for about 3 weeks and I have some major work to do to my room.

First up on the agenda for me is creating a word wall! I figured the best way to make this happen was to get my Cricut involved. I have been wanting to design a banner for the longest time with my Cricut and figured this would be the perfect opportunity for me, plus what better way to bring my two loves together, crafting and teaching.

I created my word wall banner using my Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge and the newly released Fontastic Font, you can grab the cutting file for it Here. This file is for design space but if you need a craft room file just let me know I would be happy to make it for you! I originally used the canvas feature in design space to plan out my letters and to get the right sizing of the banner.

word wall banner

Word Wall Banner in Design Space

I really enjoyed putting this banner together and I can see myself making many more. The Cricut cut all the pieces out beautifully and I really enjoyed this new Fontastic Font that just came out this week. I embossed the doilies that I cut out with a new Anna Griffin embossing folder and I fell in love with how they turned out. I cant tell you enough how well Close To My Heart paper cuts in the Cricut and then you add in the white core that shows through when the paper is embossed and I am in love! Yes I am in love with paper and I feel that I must have every color of Close To My Heart paper that is available.

Embossed Doilie for the banner

Embossed Doilie for the banner

I did have a travesty that has occurred in my house, after making this beautiful banner I realized that I have absolutely no ribbon to go with it. I am currently working on crocheting something so that I can string this banner up in my classroom this week. I am hoping to finish that task this week but you never know, life may just get in the way of that happening.

Completed Banner

Completed Banner

Here are all the pieces of the banner that is currently just waiting for a crocheted ribbon so that I can hang it up in my classroom. I am so pleased with the banner and I think the embossed doilies are my favorite part of it! I am sure I will be finding other ways to bring my crafting techniques into my classroom before the school year is over. Do you have any suggestions of other things that I can make for my classroom?


make it mondayNow check out all the other wonderful posts for this Make It Monday!

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Alice will help you scrapbook a teenager.Which can be a challenge!

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GinaZee has been MIA until MIM. What has she been up to? UPcycling for sure, but what else? I made a card for my Valentine out of bits and pieces. 

Does your household have a “Birthday Season”? Alison is getting ready for hers with these cute Flip Flip Invitations.

Lisa’s sharing a “love-ly” project in this week’s #MondayMojo post.

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