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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Halloween in August!

Ok so I'm a little early but I'm procrastinating... School starts Tuesday and I need to plan but I can't wrap my head around starting school already!!
Instead I went Pinterest browsing and saw a picture of a googley eyes frame and since these were materials I already had in my craft room, I couldn't help but start this project!
I took a wooden frame I had from michaels (got it on sale for $1), painted it black and started glueing the eyes on. Not that it's the hard part, but it's tedious and annoying! I found green ribbon and cut out the boo from cricut craft room on white paper and sprayed it with Heidi swapp Georgia peach spray to give it a glimmer! I adheared it all together and voila! Not sure if I want to stamp the middle or put a pic but we shall see!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Meet the Teacher Blogger

My name is Ashley and for those of you stopping by, I am not a new blogger but because school gets super busy, this is the first thing to not update.  My goal is to do more and gain some more blogger friends from all over to chat with etc.  
As the topic of my blogs, I love to craft.  I never just do one thing. I constantly think of new ideas or see other ideas that I want to try.  I go out and buy the materials but never have the time (or maybe I'm scared to fail!) Needless to say, I am trying to use materials that I already have and come up with my own ideas.  
I live in Newmarket, Ontario.  It is about 40 minutes from Toronto on the highway.  I love going downtown for the hustle and bustle but also the lights and signs.  Something about a busy street makes me happy.  I love love the Blue Jays.  They are my team.  I also play softball usually 2-3 a week in the summer and volleyball in the winter.  
I have been teaching for 4 years and before that, I taught abroad for another 2. It was my most favourite experience and if I got paid more, I would have stayed for sure!



 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

Crafting, Home decor DIY, Big Brother, Pizza, Reese's products (especially the Oh Henry one), photos, cards, cricut, Pretty anchor charts, organization, shopping, fleur de lis, Anything Paris related, Close to my heart, stamping, purple coloured things, baseball, Blue Jays, JP Arencibia


 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
If I weren't a teacher, I would probably focus 100% on my crafting and DIY furniture making and decorating.  I always wanted to work at the UN so that was always my dream until I didn't take the right courses and fell in love with the French language.

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Social.  Driven. Deal finder 

 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"I can't wait to have maximum capacity of students in my class, said no teacher ever!"
 

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING? 

Channing Tatum... just to look at. Angelina Jolie to have an in-depth conversation with and Adam Sandler to provide the humour!

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE? 

Crafty's Ashley's Nifty Life... this was difficult...

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT? 
  
I would love to freeze time so that I can do things and still have enough time to accomplish others.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING? 

 Apparently I use a lot of expressions my students tell me.  They have made a list but it is too long to mention. 

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

 "Breakfree" by Ariana Grande (I've practiced a lot!)

 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

Night owl for sure! I can't function in the mornings (and I don't even drink coffee!) I do my best thinking at night before bed!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP? 

 I don't use TPT but my favourite cards that I have created are my Canadian Thank You cards.  




Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 
My house colours have all variations of grey in them.  I love grey, its becoming one of my new favourite colours or shades.  



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Inspired by Brandy!

So tonight my dad left. He was visiting from Ohio for the week and helping me around the house with handyman things.  I didn't know what to do with myself and was still not ready to get started on school stuff (it's coming soo soon!!!).

Anyway, I went online to look for Halloween cards because I have a lot os sentiments cut out from the circuit that I wanted to use up.  Well.... you know how we get when we go on youtube...... You start clicking video after video and end up with something totally different than what we were looking for.  That happened to me today and I came across Brandyscards.com where Brandy shows you how to do 10 cards in 20 minutes.  This intrigued me as I am trying to get out some cards on etsy to get a fair amount out of the way once school starts (and hopefully gain some more income!).

Brandy is a stamping up demonstrator so I did the same idea but with Close to my heart stamps.


What I did was use 4.25 by 5.5 black card stock as the background.  The white cardstock was roughly 8 by 5.25 which I folded in half for the card.
I cut the following scallops from my circuit and alternated paper
2 3/8, 1 3/4, 1 1/4, 7/8.  On the white cardstock, I stamped the "Cricut bundle sweet and lovely" and "Art Philosophy seasons stamp set". Both came with the circuit cartridges and can not be purchased by themselves.  I stamped them in black ink and layered them with foam dots.
I stamped the "thank you" sentiment which I love and not from CTMH.
Lastly, I took scrap white paper and stamped the same stamp on it to create the "ribbon" effect on the side of the card.  I topped the middle with a crystal and Voila!
I think they are super cute and love how I can assemble them in no time!  Thanks #brandyscards for your idea!

See you later!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cricut Craft room

I have recently noticed (don't judge me!) that circuit craft room is the most amazing thing ever! How did I use the circuit without it? Oh thats right, my circuit was collecting dust because it was so difficult for me to be creative! 

Anyway in an effort to make items for every season, I focused on Halloween today and made a pillow box and some cards!  All are using regular card stock that I had laying around and the circuit craft room.  
This pillow box was made with the stamp of the month "What a hoot" stamp set from Close to my Heart and the art booking circuit cartridge.  The pillow box itself I think was from Life's a party cartridge but you can get it from a lot of them.  



This card was made solely from the Artbooking cartridge.  The web is an overlay that i just used as the background!

This card was attempted by using the negative space from the previous card  but on the card it looks more like a skeleton which is halloweeney too! The blue square was just Outdoor Denim ink rubbed on white card stock.  I am really loving this technique!
Who gives out halloween cards? I am curious!