Thursday, May 14, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Door 2009 - TREASURE THEME

This year our Elementary chose HOLLYWOOD WEEK for a theme and so I went along those lines with the movie National Treasure. I decorated the door and said, "Mrs. AUlt is our NATIONAL TREASURE." On the door I copied The Declaration of Independence onto cream cardstock and then I wadded the paper up into a ball a few time , burnt the edges and chalked and inked it. For the all seeing eye and torch, I printed those off of the internet and added chalk, glitter and clear, liquid dimensional embellishment called glossy Accents. Then I put together a scrapbook that contained pictures of the class, a sheet filled out by all the students... The top 10 things I TREASURE about Mrs. Ault and also a thank you note from the parents. Then I found a small treasure chest and made a satin pillow and filled it with gold dollar presidential coins. I just picked them up at a local credit union. Here are some pictures of what it looked like. Just click on the picture to see it larger. :)

I also included some of her favorite quotes in the book, such as "To teach is to touch a life forever."

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Gift

I found a wonderful idea for a teacher gift here. This is what we gave to her for "Wonderful Words Wednesday." I got the board from Roberts crafts. Next time I will just have my husband cut them out. :) I used the Alphalicious and Stone Script cartridges. And light tan paint. Just click on the picture to get a closer look.

The quote says: "To the world you may be one person,
but to one person you may be the world."

Friday, May 1, 2009

Glass Etching - First Try

Finished Project

My husband and I had seen a commercial using the cricut and glass etching cream and so we decided to get some and try it. Today was my first attempt and it was a quick and easy project. Here are some simple steps to try.

1. Cut out a design on the cricut. Now I just cut it out normal not reversed, so if you look at the bottom of my pan it reads TYCKSEN. If you look from the top it is backwards. So, that just is something I will try different next time. You will need to reverse and FLIP the letters. :)

2. Place stencil you just made from the cricut onto the glass. I found that using transfer tape, helped it go quicker.

3. Brush on etching cream according to directions, which is brush it on left to right and top to bottom, be careful not to get etching cream anywhere else...besides your stencil.

4. Let sit 3-5 minutes and wash off with tap water. Thouroughly wash off all the cream.

5. Peel off vinyl and clean with glass cleaner. When it gets wet it looks like it did not work, but, it quickly dries....and there you go. I have included a few pics.

I bought the cream at Roberts. You can find it at any craft store.
Note: I have read that you can also use contact paper for stencils.
Cricut catridges used: Doodletype and Home Accents.