{etsy store}NEW in the Etsy store

Well, hello 2013!  It’s off to a bit of a slow start at this house.  I did manage to finish and upload a new printable calendar to the shop!  It’s a 4×6 size, perfect for these cute IKEA frames.  Easy and inexpensive gifts for teachers, coworkers, neighbors, and friends…makes a great January birthday gift! You can find them here.


{freebie} NEW! TEA-riffic Staff water bottle labels!

It’s almost Teacher Appreciation Week!  This year we’re doing a little treat for the whole staff each day, ending with a big catered lunch on Friday.  One of the little treats the staff will be getting are the water bottles.  Remember these?

Except I needed one that said ‘staff’ to include everyone in the building.  So…TA-DA!  New and improved water bottle labels for ya!  And 4 to a page for easy printing for multiple pages.

You can find the DOWNLOAD HERE

 

{roundup} Welcome, February!

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It’s February…already.  And we’ve had unseasonably warm weather around here, which makes me bittersweet.  I love the weather (and not freezing to death), but it makes we think that Mother Nature has something coming.  My friend predicts a March blizzard.  We’ll see.  I’m all for blizzards when they have chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in them :)

Since it is February now, I thought I should get out some of my February stuff…

Groundhog Day Pudding Cups

The Valentine Wreath

those cute leopard print bags

And to decide what Valentines we’re going to make this year…will it be

or these (or maybe both?)

And don’t forget to grab this one, too!

I’ve got lots of great things planned for February, so be sure to sign up for email updates, subscribe in a reader, check out FB, and follow on Twitter!

 

{valentine’s, freebie} can you handle s’more Valentine printables?

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Remember these?  I’m guessing you probably do.  It’s been, by far, my most popular post.  Thanks again to Jeni for suggesting it.  I recently had a comment on that post from  Jen, suggesting a Valentine themed s’mores printable.  I thought it was a great idea.  I tweaked the design a little…and just happened to find white and pink marshmallow hearts at Walmart!  Perfect!  Pink toppers with little white and red hearts on them…too cute!  But I have a son.  The printable is pushing it for him, period.  A pink printable with pink marshmallow hearts would put him over the edge.  So I made one in blue too.  I used the pink marshmallows with the pink printable and white marshmallows with the blue printable.  The front says ‘I need s’more friends like you’ and on the back are the directions on how to make a quick microwave s’more treat. I added a little space to write a ‘to’ and ‘from’ also.

 

The download is a two page pdf file.  When you click the link, it will pop up on your screen.  You can either print it right there (print both pages or just the one you need) or save it.  I printed mine on white cardstock that I bought at Walmart. Cut out the toppers, score them down the middle and fold over a clear cello bag.  I used a 4×9 inch clear Wilton treat bag that I also found at Walmart (can you tell which store is closest to my house?).  Staple the folded topper over the folded cello bag.  You can grab the download here.

 

Enjoy!

p.s. I already sent them to Jeni and Jen…they got first dibs on the new printable for their awesome ideas!

p.p.s. I love when you guys leave comments on the post saying that you downloaded :)  It gives me an idea if they are really usable…and cute.

p.p.p.s Just a little reminder that these are for personal use only.  I design them so that I can share with you.  You may make them for others, but please don’t share the file (just send them over, they can download for free, too!) or sell it.
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{valentine, freebie} QR code? more like QT code!

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Ok, so the idea for this one hit me last night. I was working on some other stuff and happened to be using my QR code. QR codes are those little black pixely boxes that you can scan with your smart phone and it brings up a website, text, etc. I made one for this blog and I try to include it on the printables for download. These little codes are popping up everywhere…magazines, at the mall, I even saw one on the garden stake in my last batch of potting flowers I bought.

So bear with me on this idea. It combines the cute printable subway art idea with the qr code idea with a Valentine’s Day theme. With me so far? This may be totally out there, but I decided to give it a try. It appeals to my geeky side. I can picture it framed on someone’s desk at work…maybe a teacher’s or the school secretary’s, maybe even the dentist’s front office desk…for all to see. If someone is curious (I would be), they can pop out their smart phone, scan it with an app like QRReader (that’s the one I have), and a cute little animated message will appear. It’s a secret message, hidden in cyberspace for your friends to find.

Fun? Wanna try? Try scanning this to see the secret Valentine message….

I made both a 4×6 inch and 5×7 inch size. I framed them in inexpensive frames I found at Target this morning.

Let me add a little disclaimer…I tried this many times. I scanned from my phone, from the computer, from the printable. It works for me. I can’t guarantee that it’s gonna work for everyone and every phone out there. And I did try a red heart, but it seems that my scanner didn’t like the red. Pink works much better.  If you’re ready to give it a try, here is the printable.

If anyone is interested in a custom qr code that goes to a personalized, animated Valentine’s message?  I’m thinking these would be cute as Valentines for classmates, too….hmmmmm.  Email me or go to the ‘contact me’ button at the top of this page. Have fun with this! Happy Valentine’s Day!

{new} (etsy} Owl be your Valentine…

…if you’ll be mine!   New in the etsy shop is the Owl candy bar box for Valentine’s Day! These are quick and easy for teacher, neighbor, and co-worker gifts…and would be great little treats for school!  These little boxes hold a full size Hershey’s chocolate bar.  yum!

The download is available in the etsy shop.  It comes with an instruction sheet, too, with several photos.  But, just in case, I even did a little video to show you how easy these are to assemble.

{freebie} Lollipop Wraps for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I can be all pink and red and sparkly and cutesy…and it’s totally acceptable!

You know I’ll all about cute, easy, and cheap.  Here’s a project that fits all three.  And it’s the cheapest kind of cheap…free!

Allow me to introduce…lollipop wraps, or lolly wraps for short.  Little lollipop tents that require no glue to stay together!  Easy for little hands and bigger hands, too :)

Just print, cut, score, and punch a hole.  A lollipop fits right in and it’s done!

You can grab the printable here

I even made a video to show how to assemble them…

Enjoy!  As always, I love to see pictures of the printables you make from my site.  You can upload your photos to our Facebook page!  (plus I have exclusive freebies on the FB page)

{etsy} cute little ABC book

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These little books were an idea that came to me a long time ago.  My kiddos were barely starting to trace letters; they’re 8 and 10 now.  Badge books were big then…business card little scrapbook pages that were slipped into plastic badge holders and tied together with ribbon.  I had made some for family and friends, one that was even in Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine {I’ll have to find a photo}.  One day someone, somewhere said something about them and it sparked an idea.  Those little plastic holders were almost like lamination…I bet those write-on/wipe-off crayons would work on them.  They do and so do wet erase markers.  And they can be attached to the binder rings with a little ribbon so they don’t get lost.  The little ABC book was born!  Since then, we wore a few of them out and we’ve shared them with friends.  I even had a friend comment on a Pin of these that her kids loved them.

I decided last week to offer them in the Etsy shop.  It’s a 7 page pdf file with all 26 letters in both upper and lower case.  I also included a cover page card, 2 blank cards, and 13 sight word cards to practice.  It’s easy to make…plastic badge holders and binder rings can both be found at Walmart in the office supplies or any office supply store…and it’s a great size to stick in your purse or the car to keep little ones busy.  We used ours a lot riding in the shopping cart at the grocery store and at baseball practice for big brother.  I used them in my preschool classroom, too. And if you wear it out or mess it up…just print another one!

These books make really cute gifts, too, for little friends.  If you’re interested in looking, you can find the book here in the shop.

I’m a Tip Junkie…free educational, printable cards

I’ve been writing some articles for Tip Junkie and sharing some of education background, too.  I’m loving it!  I’ve done three articles so far…be sure to check them out (and download your freebies)! The pictures are linked.

My next article is coming on Wednesday, so stay tuned!

Christmas Countdown…a FREEBIE!

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WOO HOO!  I’m getting this up before the first of December…I feel like that’s a major accomplishment :)  I just wanted to share something that I think y’all might like!  An easy, cute, and FREE Countdown to Christmas.

Here’s what we’re making…a Countdown to Christmas frame

You’ll need…

Picture frame with the glass taken out

Decorative papers

Brad or glue

A binder or bulldog clip

24 tags with the numbers 1-24 (print them out here)

ribbons, decorations, or stickers

 

I found a frame I liked and took out both the glass and the paper insert from inside the frame.  I used the paper insert as a pattern and cut some decorative paper to the same size.  You might consider using some cardboard (I used a cereal box that I cut to fit) behind the paper for added support.  Using a brad or glue, secure a small bulldog clip to the decorative paper.  Place the paper and cardboard backing inside the frame.

Here’s the easy part…download your tag freebie.  Then print and cut out the tags.  All that’s left is to add some embellishment.  I simply stapled some ribbon scraps to my tags.  You’re ready for the countdown!  Cute, right?  I made the tags kinda plain so that it would go with just about any colors you decide to do.  And I love how they’re kinda vintage-y.

Ta-daaaaa!  Great as an early gift for neighbors, co-workers, and teachers, too.  Kids love ‘em too!

 

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