Saturday, July 23, 2011

Classroom Decorations, Part One

So, I am so thrilled to have my own classroom and have been hoping for this for a number of years!  However, also being crafty I have always known that I wanted my classroom to have some of my own crafty, creative flair. I have been battling for the last few weeks on what type of theme I have wanted in my classroom.  Yesterday, I was in Dollar Tree rummaging through their classroom decorations and wanting just a simple border for my white board.  This was when I came across a cute Robot border.  At first I thought about how that was not my theme, but then I realized it would be perfect.  After all, I do own the Robotz cartridge and there would be so many possibilities. 

The first project that I completed was a color chart.  I created 5" cuts of 12 different Robots and each of them focused on a specific color.  I then also cut out the color name and glued it below the corresponding Robot.  I am so excited to see how my classroom will end up.

Happy Creating!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Rooster Wine Markers

So, I finally got my first ever 1 cent item at Michaels.  A co-worker of mine just recently had a birthday and I asked her good friend what she liked and she told me roosters.  Well, of all the stamps that I have, I was almost positive I didn't have a rooster.  So,  I stopped at Michaels and saw a stamp but it was $8.50 which I didn't really want to spend on a stamp that I may not use again.  After searching for a bit I saw a bucket that said $3 and under.  In there I found a worn rooster so I decided to get it and that the price would be better.  I went up to pay and surprise, 1 cent!

Well, I have made wine markers before but this time I did it slightly different.  Rather than using ear wires I just formed them using wire and pliers.  I then used some white shrinky dink material and stamped the rooster using Staz On Ink.  I then used CTMH colored pencils to color in the watering can and parts of the rooster.  After hole punching the plastic I then used the plastic I then used my embossing gun to shrink it up.

Next, I decided to make a holder for the wine markers.  A good friend of mine got married a few years ago and made wine markers in a case as her favor.  I used that wedding favor as an example to create my own.  I used Autumn Terracotta CTMH paper and scored it in 3 places to create a sort of matchbook.  I then also used my Gypsy to create the holder to insert the wine charms into.  Finally I stamped and colored a rooster on Colonial White paper and added on some distressed ink to add dimension and glued it onto the front.