Saturday, May 17, 2014

Fiesta Book Fair Fun

Hello crafty peeps,

Last week was the kids' book fair and I was lucky enough to co-chair the event with my dear friend, Pernille.  There is so much planning and time spent before, during, and after the event but seeing the sheer joy in the eyes of the children, as they stream in and peruse all the colorful books, make it all worthwhile.  Here is a few things we did to decorate it.

The tissue paper flowers were easy to make and you can find the tutorial here.  The paper chain was created with paper from the school and a stapler.  I die cut letters with my Cricut to spell out the quote, "A book is a gift you can open again and again. Garrison Keillor".  We had the kids color the guitars at the book fair, then we cut them out and taped them up around the quote.

We put up flyers of all the kid prizes on the wall.  I added some paper rosettes (tutorial here) and die cut a few scalloped circles with the letters for "Prizes" on my Cricut.

Our teachers put all the books they would like to have in their classrooms in these magazine holders.  I got these for a steal at Ikea (5 for $1.99).  I also die cut the "Teacher Wish List" letters and Pernille made the cool sombrero in the top left corner.  My kindergartner and I also made about 10 tacos made out of tissue paper, paint, and paper plates.  You can see one peeking out right above the parrot in the above picture. You can find this easy tutorial here.

This cactus was my labor of love that took me weeks to make, though it was very easy to do.  I would add tissue squares to the cardboard as I watched TV in the evenings.  I used about a bottle and a half of Elmer's Glue.

This faux piƱata was also created by Pernille using paper that the school had.  I just thought this was such an awesome addition to our walls and added a lot of ambiance.

She also made some huge peppers to randomly hang around the book fair.

This is Pernille's AMAZING entrance. She is so talented!!!

 I think her sun medallion is my favorite decoration.

We had a table out where the kids could read, color, and write down their scavenger hunt answers.  It was a very popular place, as you can imagine.

We tied these cute tags to water bottles and gave them to everyone who came to the Teacher Sneak Peak.  We had another tag attached to water bottles for all our volunteers that read, "Thanks for helping our children quench their "thirst" for reading."

Here's a photo of the main area of the the book fair.  I loved the bright, cheerful colors :)  You can also check out my Pinterest Fiesta Themed Book Fair Ideas board, for more ideas.

Now that the book fair is over, we are focused on the end of the year and our 5th grader's "promotion" to middle school.  I can't believe it's gone by so quickly.  I feel so lucky to have been able to have been a part of it and am so blessed that I get to do it all again with my kindergartener. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Plant Smiles

Hello, crafters. I'm back today with another card I created for the Watercolor for Card Makers online class.  The blue background was created with an acrylic block and a Twinkling H2O watercolor.

The main part of my card was made with Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink blended with water, the Close to my Heart Treasure Life stamp set, Wink of Stella brush (white) for sparkle and Memento Tuxedo Black ink (sentiment).  

I am really enjoying this class so much.  My only complaint is that I don't have enough time to watch all the videos and play with all the techniques in depth.  I am helping out a lot at school right now with a book fair (which is really fun, too, since I love books) and I just don't have as much leisurely time as I'd like.  I think I will "retake" this class over summer :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A note for my fabulous mother

Good evening folks!  I have another Mother's Day card for you today, using watercolor pencils.  The inspiration for it came from the Online Card class Watercolor for Card Makers.

I love the soft gradiated effect of running a wet paintbrush over the watercolor pencils.  The stamps "A note for my fabulous Mother", is from the Crafter's Companion Frou Frou Love Letters stamp set, while the die cut is from a Spellbinder's die.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!


Monday, May 5, 2014

Watercolor backgrounds

Hello friends,

My bff, Stacy, and I are taking the online class Watercolor for CardMakers class over at  She bought the class for me for my birthday last month.  How's that for sweet?!

Today (day 1) was all about Watercolor Backgrounds.  There were three videos today by the talented Jennifer Rzasa, Laura Bassen, and Kristina Werner.  I only had time to watch and try out two of the videos today and they were awesome!  Even better, the technique were easy and didn't take up too much time to do.  Since I made them in the last hour, the pictures are a bit dark and hurried.

Here's most of the supplies I used.  The heart was left over from another project and was cut with my Cricut.

My other card was super quick.  It's hard to tell in this picture but there is a bit of texture in the upper right hand corner, created by a stencil.  The "Thank You" sentiment was a left over rub-on.  I'm all about using up my stash these days :)

If you are thinking about taking this class, I totally recommend it.

Enjoy the rest of your night!