Sunday, October 23, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Today I am sharing a card I made for a friend's daughter who just had her baby this week. This is the same girl for whom the butterfly card box was made a few months ago. She delivered a beautiful little girl named Madison Kay. I also made a flip book for her but haven't taken any photos of it yet. I need to get busy so it can be mailed off!
Besides the flip book, I spent a full weekend at a crop and actually scrapbooked!!!! I finished about 20 pages during the weekend. I also got to take Michelle Zindorf's advanced brayer class.....woo hoo!!!! What an amazing technique she has developed and she is an amazing teacher!
Here's hoping that I get back here again soon. I just started a professional development book study to fill up that five minutes of spare time I found. Thanks for stopping in!!
Stamps: SU! Occasions alphabet
Paper: Kraft, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Charlie's Ark card toppers, Copic markers, ribbon, embossing folders, sponges, punches.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
The library cards were obtained from our wonderful Foundation for Education. They run a store where everything is free for teachers. The supplies and funds come from business and individual contributions from the community. Of course, we have limits on how much we can take each month to ensure there is enough to go around. It doesn't supply all my needs, but it sure helps and I'm am so grateful to have this resource available to me!
I made a little folder just a bit bigger than the cards, then added a little pocket to hold the cards. Each student will have a card for their check outs to be recorded.
Hopefully, I'll get a little creative time in today before I head back to work tomorrow!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Anyway, this project was over a year in the making. Getting the image, blowing it up, and getting it colored was the easy part. When that was finally done, I realized I didn't have a frame to fit it after all. But I remembered that the LSS had exactly what I was looking for on their clearance rack....so off I went to get it. Well, not exactly. It was more like trying to remember to get it when I was in the store which is harder than you might think! You see, I have a little problem with follow-through unless I write it down. Anyway, by the time I remembered, the store had put away the items on the clearance rack to make room for more new stuff and an up-coming move. They were sweet enough to dig it out of the store room for me and I finally had the frame at home.
Of course, because I have follow-through issues, the frame sat untouched for almost another year before I got it out and got it painted. From there it was pretty quickly accomplished. I layered the image on some retired Tango Tangerine dsp and finished it off. I even managed to get it delivered within the week and she loved it! In fact, even though she is sure it will get her in trouble, she says it will proudly hang in the computer lab. She says her kids will totally get it.
Well, I had fun making this little project even if it did take me forever to complete. Hope you liked it too!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Stamps: La La Land
Paper: Bazzil card stock, Whisper White, Basic Gray Eskimo Kisses dsp
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: ribbon, half pearls, translucent glitter, pop dots, colored pencils and Gamsol
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The first thing I grabbed was the 6x6 stack of Basic Gray Kraft dsp that I just had to have and never cut into. I love the look of black and kraft together, so I didn't even have to think about my second color. I dug through my stash of colored images (just love to sit and color some days) and the rest just came together. I really had a great time creating this card, so I hope you like it too! Thanks for stopping in!!
Lucky Stamper, in which Kathy made a long card. I really got the urge to make a card in that size and here is the result of my efforts. I used a hostess set from SU! and some old dsp in chocolate chip and pink pirouette. I even got into my stash of buttons and used them for the flower centers. Definitely not a card that will be mailable without a bubble envie, but I'm happy with how it turned out. Thanks for the inspiration, Kathy!!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Right on the top was a pad of Kaiser Craft papers with an abandoned card attempt on top along with some other assorted paper scraps from that attempt. I remember putting it together and just not feeling the love. It looked like it just might work for this image.
So this is what I ended up with. I even used some of the fibers I found earlier this summer. The label the sentiment is stamped on is part of the paper stack. This is going to be the perfect birthday card for one of the sweetest ladies I know. She is most definitely well-behaved, but has a wonderful sense of humor and I think she will love this card. Today is her birthday, but we will be celebrating at the LSS later this week.
Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping in.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
A friend of mine requested a card box for her daughter's baby shower later this month. The theme for the baby's room and the shower is butterflies, so this is what I came up with. I used an empty box that I found in my closet (had a bunch of coffees and cocoas in it originally) and covered it with pink butterfly papers. The butterflies were covered with a two sided adhesive and then cut with a Spellbinder's die. After cutting, I removed the top layer of adhesive and covered the butterflies with micro-fine glitters in pinks and greens. Strips of acetate allow the topmost butterflies to "hover" over the box.Here's a close up of a couple of the butterflies so you can see the glitter effect.
Now that I can smell the books and dry erase markers looming on the horizon, I am going to try to make the last couple weeks of summer vacation more productive. Off to create!!!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The dsp is a safari stack from DCWV. Card stock is early espresso and more mustard. I dug into my stash and found these African style beads and some fibers to dress it up a little. Some dark brown square brads were also in the stash of neglected supplies. I remember using these fancy fibers a lot. I'm thinking they need to make a comeback! The image layer was cut with the Wonky Nestabilities die. It's in a more squared shape, I just cut a second time half off the paper to get the rectangle shape.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Some of the products absolutely amazed me! Thousands of scents and flavors are made from the turpenes in pine trees (turpentine). Ya know that burst of minty freshness in your gum, mouthwash, or toothpaste....turpenes. And the lavender scent in your fabric softener....yup! And so many others. The screens on many of our tvs, cell phones, and computers are made from a form of cellulose, another bi-product of the timber industry. And the list goes on and on!
Besides all the learning and riding around in a bus to all the different sites, they kept us in a most amazing style. The food was incredible!! Various companies sponsored the meals that were served each day. Seafood, BBQs, and so much more it would take too long to describe. I felt totally pampered in my hotel suite...king size bed (just for me!!!), big screen TV, fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher (not that I needed one!). We didn't spend much time in our rooms, but it was oh so comfortable for the time I was there.
So....the mission is to send thank you notes to the various entities that sent representatives to be a part of our tour and open their facilities to enhance our learning experience. I have twelve thank yous to send out and these don't even include the numerous companies and individuals that sponsored each of us to be able to go on the trip. A shout out goes to Georgia Pacific who sponsored me and two other teachers on this trip. I can't begin to imagine how much it cost them to pay my expenses! Besides all the different state and national forest groups that we visited, we also owe thanks to Rayonier, Rock Tenn, Renessenz, The Weeks' Family Tree Farm, Dee Dot Ranch, and West Fraser Saw Mill.
The card above is the card I mass produced to send as my thank you. What other choice did I have than to use Lovely As A Tree? Use the baby wipe technique to make a variegated ink pad for the pine tree image. Card stock is crumb cake, early espresso, and garden green. Gold Krylon paint pen adds a faux layer.
I didn't really mean to bore you with so many details about my trip....it really was one of the most interesting trips I've ever been on! Most of you probably stopped reading long time ago. But if you're still with me, thanks for stopping in and happy stamping!!! BTW...did you know that the labels on cardboard boxes are done with GIANT rubber stamps?
Monday, July 4, 2011
Totally Stampalicious. Their challenge this week is to make a card with stars and stripes in honor of July 4th. Red, White, and Blue was completely optional, but I used plenty of those colors and lots of glitter, too. Breast Cancer Stella's sign was the perfect place to add a small message from a little dollar set I've had around for ages. Had red and blue sparkly papers, but had to make my own white....well, I hadn't found the stuff I had in the stash when I decided I had to make my own sparkly white. The blue striped glitter paper had its own adhesive, which made it super easy to make a striped background for my card. Thanks for the great challenge, ladies. I've missed playing along with ya'll on Mondays!
Anyway, the pun that came to mind was "Beta you thought I forgot your birthday." To add to my inspiration, I decided to check out what the challenge was over at SCS today since I have no specific plans to fill up my day. Today's technique challenge was faux silk with a twist. I knew right away that I could incorporate this challenge into my beta card because I could make a background that looked like water. Here's what I came up with:
Faux silk with a twist is basically crinkled up tissue paper that is glued down to card stock. I used a pale purple tissue and attached it to my card stock with Mod Podge. I sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds glitter all over. The twist was to add some other kind of sparkly color to it, so I added a spritz or two of purple pansy Glimmer Mist. The fish, seaweed, and starfish were made using outline stickers and Glitter Ritz microfine glitter. A tedious technique, but I love it! Here is a closer view of the glittery fish:
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I've been really busy the past couple of days and while I've done some crafting, it's been more on the lines of coloring and Zentangle. So, I'm sharing a card I made a couple of weeks ago when I was playing with some Kanban images. Love the coffee/chocolate theme of this set. Almost felt like cheating because the images are all ready to go...just punch out. I added some gold Krylon paint pen around the edges of the layers and all the top elements are popped up. Have a great Father's Day weekend with your special guys!!!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Wow...posting two days in a row!! It must be summer! I found this little girl all stamped up and colored hiding in my stash of supplies. I had colored her for a particular project and ended up using a different image for the project. So here she is today. Magnolia image, SU! papers, sentiment and punch, MS border punch. Colored with Copic markers. Thanks for stopping in.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
My Father's Day card for my dad this year. The image is a digi from Mo's Digital Pencil. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. The paper with the tools on it is from DCWV but as yet, I have been unable to get my hands on a whole stack. One of my stampin' sistahs was checking out what I was working on while I was coloring and said she had the perfect paper for my image. Thanks, Penny!! My dad has always been one to tinker and do all the fix ups around the house. Even at 84, he is still quite the handy man!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
The refreshments were all sorts of junk food, complete with a chocolate fountain and lots of dippers. The lady in the black dress behind the table, is our fabulous art teacher and creator of the city skyline, Tasha Strigle!!
Here's the team, along with my granddaughter Kyli, who manages to find her way into most pictures...what a cheeser! From left to right, Verlinda Colding (reading para), Tasha Strigle (art), me (invites, tea light roses and general labor), and our leader Pattie Stanley (classroom sub doesn't even begin to describe her talents...she does it ALL!).
And just me! It was fun, but so glad it's behind us. Only three more days with the kids and one work day. The years just go by faster with each one. I will say good-bye to ten eighth graders this year from my class. They are a great group. Four of them came to the dance, the most ever from my class!
Well, the rest of my day is to be spent with granddaughter Kyli and maybe a little stamping later on. Have a great Sunday!
Saturday, June 4, 2011
The theme is "A Sweet Formal Affair" and everything is done in candy, cupcakes, and lots of formal black and white against a dramatic city skyline. I'll post more pictures of the decorating tomorrow. We were at the school until ten last night decorating the cafeteria and will be back up there in a few hours to put on the finishing touches, get the food ready, and, of course, get all dolled up ourselves to be ready by 7 this evening.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
I'll be teaching a class on how to make these two cuties at the LSS (Priceless Scrapbooks) in a couple of weeks. If your local, why don't you give them a call and sign up for the class? The link is in the far right sidebar. Here's a picture of the two pieces together.
Only two more short weeks and the summer vacation will begin....YAY!!!!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
My image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol and a the border punch is from Martha Stewart. Just a few of the remaining details that I hadn't mentioned.
Now I'm off to work on a gorgeous spring day! No kids today, so it will probably go by very quickly!!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
With my project in mind, I started looking for an inexpensive wooden tray in which to adhere my buttons. After attaching the buttons to the bottom of the tray with Diamond Glaze, I allowed them to dry completely. Then I poured a coat of casting resin over the whole thing so that the buttons were completely covered. I actually made two of these trays because I knew that if I liked the result, I would want one too. I will be taking one to my friend and co-worker who has a bit of a button fettish. I told her I was going to bring her some of my button collection on Thursday, she just doesn't know that they are attached to the tray. Here are a couple more shots of the trays.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
It was time to make another baby flip book! My dear friend Sue, who is also the teacher in the neighboring classroom from mine, will be temporarily losing her para (aide) for the rest of the school year as she takes her maternity leave sometime in March or April. She is such wonderful help to Sue and often lends a helping hand to my needs as well. She is expecting a boy, so I dug out a stack of Debbie Mum papers that I purchased years ago but had never cut into. Here are a few more shots of this book's inner pages: