Saturday, February 26, 2011

FABULOUS & 50 BLOG HOP

Welcome! If you are here for Angie's Paper Passion's Fabulous & 50 Blog Hop and you have just come from visiting Marcia at www.scrappin-times.blogspot.com, then you are in the right place. 
If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our fun hop, you can go to www.angiespaperpassion.blogspot.com and start at the beginning.  







Veronica - http://www.iteachscraps.blogspot.com/ -- YOU ARE HERE!


I am so excited to help Angie celebrate her major milestone birthday with Cricut projects! My name is Veronica and I met Angie while we were training for a demonstration job with ProvoCraft last spring. 
Here is my birthday-themed project:



First, I used a purse template from the Bags, Tags, Boxes and More cartridge and cut it using my Gypsy. It is much bigger in the picture than it is in person. But I cut it as big as my 12X12 mat would allow. All folded up, it is only big enough to hold a gift card or some jewelry. But what a pretty way to give small gifts to friend. 
By the way, in case you forgot, you have until Monday, Feb. 28 to buy and register your Gypsy so you can unlock 5 free cartridges, including Bags & Tags. 
The paper I used for the bag was from a K&Company Valentine's paper pad that I got from Michaels -- on sale, of course! The words came from Gyspy Wanderings, one of the preloaded cartridges on the Gypsy.

Then, I pulled out paper flowers and bling that I've had laying around the craft room for awhile and I am very excited how it came out. 
Thanks for visiting my blog. Feel free to stick around awhile and take a look at my work. Email me any questions you have, become a follower and please leave a comment -- I will choose one random commenter (you also need to be a follower) to win a small prize pack including some clear stamps, paper, embellishments and some other goodies that I have laying around. 
Ok, have fun finishing the Blog Hop. Here's your next stop: TinaGale.

Monday, February 21, 2011

MY FIRST BLOG HOP COMING SATURDAY!

I love blog hops, but I have never helped host one before. That will change Saturday when I will participate in the Fabulous 50s Blog Hop. Check back for more details...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

HANDMADE INVITATIONS

Next weekend, my son celebrates his First Communion. He is very excited and we are planning a party afterward. So, you probably know me by now, I made his invites with my Cricut, my Gypsy and my new Inspired Heart cartridge. 
Funny thing, as I look at it now, I notice the word, "first" is crooked! Ugh!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

HOW I MADE VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL

We just finished another Valentine's Day, and this year I decided that I would go the extra mile to make sure my family felt special on Feb. 14. But I didn't want to do it with candy, chocolate and spending lots of money. 
I started by making the kids their own special cards using my Cricut machine. If I already have the paper, cartridges and the machine to do my own cards, why buy expensive cards they won't even look at twice? I made them to suit each child's personality. And you can't buy the extra love that went into these cards.


I used the Simply charmed cartridge for the hearts and the bug. Then, I used my Gypsy to weld Mackenzie's name and cut Bob out of Plantin Schoolbook. 


The inside of my daughter's card. I got these puffy conversation heart stickers from Michaels on clearance for 1.99!


I also found these adorable sock monkeys at Wal-Mart for $3 each. I used these cute new friends to wake each kid up on Valentine's Day. My daughter grabbed it and tried to go back to sleep. 


 Bob, Mackenzie and their new sock monkey friends! 

At the end of the day, I was blessed with a warm, fuzzy feeling and a very happy, content family. It was proof to me that you don't have to something extravagant to make your loved ones feel special -- but you should do something! 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

Greetings, Fellow Scrappers!

February is here again, and it appears that we will have a snowy start to the month! Please stay safe and warm.

HY-VEE CROP

The next crop at the Papillion Hy-Vee grocery store is Saturday, Feb. 12. As usual, it starts at 10 a.m. and goes until we drop or midnight, whichever comes first. And yes, it is still FREE!

We had a nearly full crowd last month, so please email me ASAP to reserve your spot. But I am going to ask that if you RSVP, and something comes up at the last minute, please try hard to let me know you can’t make it. My cell phone number is (402) 250-7633 and you can even text me. I realize that life gets in the way of our favorite activities, but I hate to turn away people because I think we are going to have a full crop, only to have three or four people not show up.

We will start having prizes again, so feel free to bring along any unused scrappy stuff that you won’t use to offer up for next month’s prize drawing. I also will accept $1 donations that I will use toward buying some really cool prizes down the road.

The next Hy-Vee crop is scheduled for March 12.

I CHALLENGE YOU

Last week, I was trying to design Valentine’s Day cards for my kids to take to school. I was stumped. I decided that I would just save myself some aggravation and buy some at the dollar store instead. But when I got there, a huge wave of guilt passed over me. If I have this amazing talent, and the supplies to do it, why would I spend my hard-earned money to buy something that kids probably won’t look at anyway? So, I went back to the drawing board and designed some very cool Valentine cards with my Cricut. Yes, it will take me more time and effort, but my kids and their friends will at least remember them. How do you feel about this dilemma?

Here’s a challenge: Consider skipping the store and making your own Valentine’s Day cards. They don’t have to be fancy or even made by a crafty machine. Use simple hearts or have the kids make them. Then, email me a photo of your handiwork. If I have more than 3 entries, I will pick a winner to receive scrappy goodie bag worth $10. Contest will close at midnight Feb. 28.

Email photos to me at iteachscrap@cox.net.


Welcome to the I Teach Scraps Blog!

Hello! I am excited to have my own blog site. This is way cool. I plan to use this site to promote my scrapbook instruction business, as well as pass on lots of scrapbooking tips and ideas to my family, friends and clients, both past and present. I'll also through a little of my personal life in for fun.Feel free to comment, ask questions, email me, ask me to post pictures of your projects, etc. Just let me know how I can help!