I am a first grade teacher and I teach the intensive reading group at school. The intensive reading group is comprised of children the furthest behind in reading; because of this, behavior can sometimes become a problem. They loved it when I called them "Smart Cookies" and I kept referring to this imaginary cookie jar. Well, one day while teaching I thought of the idea of making a "Smart Cookies" Cookie Jar and then making paper cookies to fill it with. When the cookies are all in the jar, then the reading group will earn a "cookie party!"
I love how this turned out! I didn't have any of the cartridges with a jar, so I used George to make a rounded corner rectangle and then I welded one parenthesis from Gypsy Wanderings (I think). They come in a set, so I hid the other one and then rotated it to make it look like a lid! I cut two cookie jars, one in patterned paper with the words Smart Cookies cut out and then one in maroon that is just the outline. I used George again to make the stripes across the jar and the knob at the top for added decoration. I pieced it altogether and then decided it would be too flimsy as is, so then I adhered it to a piece of cardboard from an empty cereal box. Now it doesn't flop and curl and it's a lot sturdier!
Well, you can't have a "Smart Cookie" Cookie Jar without cookies, right? I used George again and make 1.75 inch (or so) circles. I used the triangle feature and overlayed the triangles and then rotated them in different directions so it looked like chocolate chips. I cut these out in cream paper. I then cut the same circle size out of brown paper and layered it behind. I though layering a circle was easier than gluing 4 chocolate chips per cookie! I then cut as many as I could on a 12x12 paper and I ended up with 49 cookies! I then inked the edges with dark brown to make them look more realistic! Once again, George was the best investment!
Bosses Day October 16th, 2010
AAAKKK! Bosses Day falls on a Saturday this year and I totally missed it on Friday. My Principal is fabulous and he loves a strong cup of coffee. He even hosts "A Cup of Joe with Joe" parent meetings, so coffee is his thing! I used Gypsy Wanderings and cut out large coffee mugs and then Sweet Treats font for the phrase "Thanks a Latte Mr. Galati!". I inked all the edges with chestnut brown for some definition from the white poster board. Normally I would have decorated his door with this, but he gets to work about the same time I do, so I put it all on 2 pieces of poster board so I can literally slap them up and be done in case he's a little early!
"Too Cute To Spook"
Made by my 7 year old daughter!
We found glittery foam at the Dollar Tree and she just had to think of something to use it for. She was clicking through scrapbooking/card making blogs that I had left open on my computer and she found one she liked that featured a Penguin, fangs and the phrase "Too Cute to Spook." She found the cat on Paperdolls Everyday. We cut it at 4 inches and used the #5 on the blade and max pressure. We cut it twice and it was still not a clean cut, but we were able to see where to punch the cat out! She added a hand cut witches hat and a pink nose. The googly eyes and hand drawn mouth and whiskers truly make it too cute! She mounted it all on yellow paper and then adhered it to a piece of patterned paper with a Halloween design!
The easiest cards in the world! (Cricut not even needed, but shhh! Don't tell anyone!)
I cut double sided Halloween paper to 9 inches long by 4 inches wide. I folded it in half, and then folded down a 1 inch flap. I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the flap and adhered it and the flap down. I used a very thin piece of adhesive to glue the edges of the folded "envelope" on each side. I then cut a 3.5x4 inch square of patterned paper to slip inside the "envelope" and voila! a quick and adorable Halloween card!