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I love Vinyl September 12, 2011

Filed under: Cricut,vinyl — aliessa @ 5:32 am

I know it can’t just be my children that have to pushed every step of the way from the moment I get up each morning until we finally pull up at school, right? It’s not just me is it? Over the years I’ve made various charts to encourage the kids to move a little faster and they’ve all worked for a period of time – ususally until the chart won’t stick to the wall anymore or it’s torn or crushed or peices are missing. So, I was sitting at my kitchen table a few weeks ago, contemplating a new chart. I had watched my daughter that morning perform her usual stall tactics until I gave her a firm “this is what you need to do”, which she then made herself a checklist for. She moved much quicker then and enjoyed ticking off each task as she completed it.

This gave me an idea! As I sat looking at our pantry cupboard and it’s dirty front, I thought, “why can’t I clean that front and use my cricut to cut out vinyl words for a chart?” Why not indeed! So I got to work. I cleared off the cupboard front of the various papers that were blu tacked there, wiped it over and dried it. Then I made a list of tasks I wanted the kids to¬†complete each morning and afternoon. Next I measured the space I had to work with and worked out how big the lettering would need to be.

As you can see, I seperated it into morning and afternoon (because afternoon’s are possibly harder than the mornings as far as homework goes! ūüôā ). Then I have each child’s name with a red dot for each task. I am yet to make their faces to move from one dot to the next as they progress through.

The kids have been super excited about the prospect of the chart – just need mum to get moving on the last little element!

And just so you know – it took qute a long time to get all those words burnished on to the cupboard doors. So if you plan to do anything like this yourself and you have a few kiddies, leave yourself plenty of time. I did it over 2 days, because I was so knackered after one side!

What works for you to get the kids moving? I’d love to know, maybe other’s would too!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Crafting!




More from the school fete September 5, 2011

The School fete is this weekend! Come along and see all the exciting stalls and rides. All the classes will be performing a dance, then there is the orchestra and bands, the choir and other arts. It’s sure to be a fun day!


 11am Р4pm, Mansfield State Primary School

Ham Road, Mansfield

On the school ovals.

So we’ve been busy making plenty of craft items for the arts and crafts stall. I have had a few serious health problems in the last 2 months (which is why I haven’t blogged in so long). As a result I’ve had a lot of time at home without being able to do much. Sitting for too long hasn’t been very comfortable, so I’ve had a bit of time to make some items for donation, but not as many as I had planned. Oh well! Here are some piccies of what I did get through…(I’ll give you warning, it’s a rather longish post)

flower peg magnets (18 sets of 4 of these)

Some Christmas tags in not-so-traditional colours of cream and chocolate brown. Each pack contains 4 tags…


To make these I¬†started with 4 cream tags cut with my cricut, stamped some swirls/stars/snowflakes¬†directly on to the tag. I added a bit of glitter to the swirls.¬†I then¬†added a 1/4 of a parisian lace doily (die cut with PTI die and big shot), and topped it with one of three things – a stamped christmas tree or flower from SU Season of Joy, or a snowflake cut with my cricut. Add a pretty bow and they’re done. The fourth tag was the same, just without one of those three things.

Some home baked goods tags. Each pack contains 4 tags for different home made treats. This design I CASED from Besty Veldman

So, for these tags I again used¬†a cream tag cut on my cricut. I stamped the background image with the beautiful motif in the SU SAB (retired) Bliss set. The middle layer is PTI mat stack 1 stamp¬† (hand cut – I don’t own their die), and the top layer is a 1 3/4 ” circle stamped with an image from PTI Everyday treats set. I used a few different images, and mixed them up in the bags.

Some more traditional coloured Christmas tags. Again, 4 in each pack, I made these sets in 3 different colours

To make these I die cut the cream tag base with PTI Mat stack 4 die. I then stamped a Mat Stack 4 background image in one of three colours, SU Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake or Pear Pizazz. Next I added a length of ribbon looped at the top and cut into tails at the bottom. I topped that with a circle of coloured cardstock (RH red or Old olive green), then another circle in cream stamped with a snowflake from SU Snow Swirled (in the co ordinating colour). Just for a little extra sparkle I adhered a small diamonte in the centre.

Baby tags – 4 in a pack. I love these, so, so cute!!

Again I started with a cream tag cut with my cricut. I used PTI Baby Button Bits stamp set to stamp and embellish. I stamped the tag with the swirl and the sentiment, then I stamped the pea pod, rattle and cup cake/pie on another piece of cream and cut them out. I used foam adhesive to stick them on the tag. Lastly I added some buttons in the right places, adds that extra bit of something! Each pack has 2 pea pod tags and 1 of each of the other 2.

And lastly some notebooks

The background is the lovely swirl from SU Baroque Motifs, the little butterfly is from PTI Postmarks, and the flower embellishment I made by die cutting 3 flowers in 3 sizes then layered them, holding them together with a brad.

The background for this one¬†is PTI Background basics:¬†Sheet Music. The sentiment is PTI Postmarks and the embelishment is a scallop¬†circle topped with a cream circle stamped with SU Cheep Talk’s birdy¬†.

Same as above, only the embellishment is 2 die cut butterflies.

For this notebook I used PTI Button Boutique stamp set. I made a button card by stamping button images and the price stripe on the left. Then I adhered it to the cover and stamped above it the Quality buttons.

¬†For this one I’ve made the background with PTI Background Basics: Newsprint. Then I stamped a few different images from PTI Postmarks to make the smaller rectangle.

And the last notebook! I’ve used PTI Mendhi Medallion to stamp the background then used the faux silk technique. I saw this on a card that Betsy made and couldn’t wait to try it myself! The “sentiment” is from PTI Button Boutique. I think this one is my favourite ūüėČ

So that’s all that I have to show today. I did make a number of packs of embellishments (butterflies, birds, scallop circles, etc), but I neglected to take photos. I do apologise, as always, for the horrible quality of the photos. Today’s excuse? I was forced to take the photos on a rainy day.

I hope you can see them ok anyway. Real Life is much nicer, but that’s the way it goes ūüôā

The craft stall at the fete will have a great variety of goodies on sale, not just paper craft. The talented mum’s, grandma’s, Aunties and friends of the school have been busy making hair clips, head bands, scarves, hair clip holders, crocheted top hand towels, embroidered tea towels, hand made jewellery (earrings, bracelets, necklaces), washers that look like handbags, christmas decorations, kitchen scourers that look like houses, beaded book marks, and so much more!

Thanks for stopping in, happy crafting!



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