Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tons of thank yous

I can hardly believe that summer is officially here for me. Today is my first official day of no work for 2 1/2 months. For those who don't know, I work at the local high school, and yesterday was the last day of school. I cannot tell you how nice/wierd it has been being home all day knowing that it will be like this for over 2 months. At first I didn't know what to do with myself and then I just started doing all those "fun" things I don't do while least not very often. I cleaned out the refrigerator....took over an hour and a half....ugh. I washed dog nose marks off the windows. I cleaned off the ceiling fan blades and all their million layers of gross dust....that at any minute was going to go flying through the house when the fan was turned on anyway....maybe I should have just waited to see how far it would have flown....hmmm.
But I wanted to post some cards that I made for one of the dear teachers that I worked with very closely. She retired after working as a teacher for over 14 years....her second profession. She is one of the nicest ladies I have ever met....funny thing...her last name is Nice...fits her perfectly. She loves getting cards from me that I have made, she also is one who it is very important that she give thank you cards in a timely manner. Knowing that she was going to be given many gifts for her retirement, I thought it would be the perfect gift to make her "LOTS" of thank you cards that she can personally send out to all those who will/and have showered her with gifts of love.
I made her 6 cards each, of 8 different designs. So in total, she was given 48 thank you cards. I was very busy for a while....but I LOVED it.
These are only 6 of the 8 designs....I guess I was so tired after making the last 2 different designs I didn't think to take pictures of them....oh well.

Some of these cards I cased off of some very talented card makers out there. I love making cards, and it was even more fun when I was making them for someone else as a gift. She loved them, so it was worth all the time and effort.
I also made some really fun and cute party favors for her retirement dinner last night. I wish I would have taken a picture of them. They were jars full of m&m's with a bow and some fun embellies I made with all my punches from stampin up. Those were a hit too. It was a great time....I'm so glad it's all over and I can just play with paper now. I have some scrapbooks I need to finish up.....ahhhh the sound of paper is calling my name.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A couple of blog awards.....

I am embarrased to admit this, but I got these awards over 2 weeks ago and am now just getting to them. I am so sorry Jenna. Life at my house was crazy busy for a little while. My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary, and my daughter had a birthday... not to mention that school is winding down and co-workers are retiring and I had to make them that said....THANK YOU SO MUCH JENNA!!!
This little bear with his bouquet of flowers is so cute. He is the Gift of Love Award. There are no requirements to receive it or give it away, so I was deeply honored to get this from Jenna when there are so many others out there. This next award was also given to me by Jenna. Again, no requirements I just have to list 10 honest things about myself. So here goes nothing.

1. I have been married for 30 years.
2. I have 5 children, 2 daughter in laws, and 4 grandchildren.
3. I love all things chocolate.
4. I hate shoes.
5. I can't wait for summer.
6. I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years and still love it.
7. My husband is making me grow my hair out and I HATE IT!!!
8. I need to lose 50 pounds or more, but #3 keeps me from doing that. ha ha ha
9. Did I mention I love all things chocolate???
10. My family is my pride and joy!!!

So those are my 10 things. Now, I get to pass these awards on to some other wonderful deserving blogger.

And the lucky winner is Tanya.
Tanya especially deserves the Gift of Love Award, because she is always leaving me "love/comments" on my blog.

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Our Creative Corner Challenge

I keep trying different things on my cards lately. On this card, I decided to ink my colors directly on my stamp instead of stampin it in black and then coloring it in. I decided it worked well for this card because it looks distressed. You might not be able to see the background paper, but it is distressed, so it went well together. This was a fun sketch that you could definelty use again and again and again.
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2 challenges in 1

I tried two new challenges this week. Sometimes it's really nice to have a sketch challenge, and a color challenge, and just combine them into one card. It almost takes all the decision making and stress away.....almost....but it's good stress.This was the sketch from stamping411 and then I combined it with Stacey's Jewelery Challenge. Stacey's colors were Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, and Whisper White. I took the butterfly wings and curled them around a pencil to give them a little lift. It is almost a Stampin Up only card except for the pearls down the butterfly, but I thought it really gave it the pop it needed.
I know putting challenges together must be a lot of work, so thank you ladies for your time and efforts so we can play.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mojo Monday Fun

On Saturday I went to a Stampin Up Upline meeting, and we learned how to make these ubber cute pop up flowers. They were so cute and so much fun to make that when I saw the circle on the Mojo Monday Sketch, I knew exactly what was going to go there.....I love them. The above photo is so you can see how they pop up.
I love these challenges, because I never in a million years would have put this card together like this....but I love it.
I think the card is simple but fun. I really am happy with how the whole card turned out.
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Hope your day is blooming with love

I'm so excited that I finally got to play with paper again. I haven't been in my stampin station in forever it seems like. I took with me about 6 different challenges and just started playing. The first one I played with was Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch. I wanted to do something different. So, my sentiment was stamped and punched out with Stampin Up's Curly Punch. Then, I punched out 2 more in Riding Hood Red and cut them in half. Then, I just attached each half on each of the four sides. I think it turned out cute. I was even more excited because I had never seen that done anywhere else, it very well could be done by someone out there....I just hadn't seen I was excited to think outside of the box on my own....I don't do that very often....ha ha ha
So, here is what the whole card looks like finished. This is a great sketch for using up scraps. I will be using this sketch again and again.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Heaven Sent/Mojo Monday

I haven't made a baby card in forever. I thought it would be fun to add a few to my collection.
This card was made from the Mojo Monday Sketch. I thought it would make a perfect baby card.
I busted out my Technique Tuesday stamps and stamped this sweet little image for the card.
This card is so much cuter in real life....I just don't take good photos of my cards....someday...maybe...
Anyway, it has been a busy crazy week and I am so tired. I was just glad to get one challenge done so far this week. I have many more sitting on my desk in my craft space, but just no get up and go right now. I also have been given two awards and need to get those posted and passed on....soon Jenna I promise.
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