To My Favorite Student

Hi all!  It’s Back to School week here for us {kids start on Thursday} and it is looking to be a brutally HOT start to the school year.  I’m thinking cool thoughts and going with another adorable snowman from From the Heart Stamps.

 Isn’t this little guy cute?  I colored him up, using fun mostly primary colors.  Since I’m going to stick this in a backpack or lunch box on Thursday, I wanted to keep it on the smaller side, so this is a 4.25″ square card.  I cut him out with MFT’s Tag Builder Blueprints 3.  I wanted the sentiment to pop a bit more than just on white card stock, so I printed it on some bright green card and cut it with a small Pierced Traditional Tag STAX die.  To provide even dimension to the tag, I cut a piece of green fun foam with the same die and put that on the back.  Love using the fun foam now for larger sections of dimensional coverage!  Finally, I added some googly eyes and Glossy Accents to his glasses and some rhinestone buttons.  Super cute!!

Challenge Submissions
Lacy Sunshine Challenge — Back to School
A Gem of a Challenge — Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

To My Favorite Student: From the Heart Back to School Snowman, MFT Tag Builders Blueprints 3, Pierced Traditional Tags STAX, Kraft card stock; Doodlebug Take Note paper; Glossy Accents, googly eyes, Copics, rhinestones

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MIM #209 Planted…

Hi all!  Happy Sunday!  I have a rare PTI card to share with you and a first for participating in their Make It Monday challenges.  I’m trying to make up a bunch of teacher appreciation cards to sell and of course, I’m behind on things.  I thought this week’s challenge was quite cute and it worked well with some of their recently released teacher themed products.

So the challenge this week was to use white on white die cuts with a pop of color.  The Seeds of Knowledge set they released had some sweet sentiments and images, although not my typical style.  The watering can worked well with this technique.

I cut my watering can out three times and one water flourish.  I stamped the can only once in MFT Banana Split and the water in Blu Raspberry.  I glued two of the cans down to a piece of Neenah Solar White cut with Blueprints 13.  I then stamped a sentiment from the Teacher’s Apple set, highlighting teacher in Blu Raspberry.  I then popped up my watering can on dimensional and put it in the middle.  This makes for a really pretty CAS card!

Challenge Submissions
Make It Monday — #209 White on White with a pop of color

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Cherry Blossoms

Happy Friday all!  It’s been a busy start to July around here.  We’ve had birthday parties out the wazoo and I’m in the midst of planning my son’s 6th birthday party.  It’s been very hot, so we’ve spent a ton of time at the pool.  Add in the time spent refereeing kids and they are full days!
I have managed to get some time in my room — I have a bunch of things to share with you.  Actually, I finally figured out an easier way to print on my computer, which means I can print my digital images again.  It came at the perfect time — just in time for Bugaboo’s Christmas in July festivities.  When I received my newsletter earlier this month, I decided it would be fun to do the challenges.  What’s even better is that I was able to complete all 7 — so you’ll see me posting each day over the next week.  It’s odd that I seem to work better with deadlines than without.  
Today I have the card I made for my daughter’s teacher.  We were presenting her with a gift card, so I opted for a gift card holder.   I inked up Sweet Stamp Shop’s Cherry Blossom set for a simple and quick card.  

I’ve been trying to use up some of my older paper pads — I’m sure there will be a dozen more that I’ll just have to have with CHA around the corner.  Since I was dealing with cherry blossoms, I pulled out the Basic Grey Bittersweet to match up with chocolate and rose.  Since I was making the gift card holder and needed 12 inch paper for the inside, my color choices were somewhat limited.  The front was kept very simple — the card is 4×4 — I stamped the branch of cherry blossoms and cut it out with Nesties.  I rimmed it with pearls and added in some stitched ribbon.

Inside is the gift card holder — I had found a tutorial HERE a few years ago and I really like this format.  I dressed up the inside with some more Bittersweet papers and added a sentiment from the Cherry Blossom set.

Challenge Submissions
Sister Act Card — #15 Anything Goes

Cherry Blossoms
Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop Cherry Blossoms
Paper: Dark Chocolate (PTI), Regal Rose (SU), Cryogen, Basic Grey Bittersweet
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Copics: RV00, RV10
Other Stuff: pearls, ribbon, Nesties

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MFTWSC121 Teacher Appreciation

Happy Tuesday!  We are in the last week of school here and I think we are all looking forward to a break.  Things have been busy, busy!  My son graduated Kindergarten on Friday — he still has school this week, but they graduate a week before.  My daughter’s class picnic has been moved 3 times due to weather!  Hopefully, it goes off without a hitch on Thursday — otherwise they are out of time!

I have my teacher appreciation cards I made for my son’s teachers.  Of course, I used An Apple for Teacher a la mode from MFT.  It’s probably one of my favorite a la modes and teacher stamps.

The layout is an older MFTWSC sketch.  I have yet to get back into the groove with completing all the sketches.   I have to get back on them so I can make my goal of doing all 52 sketches this year!  Anyway, I paper pieced the apples with fun school themed papers.  Each teacher received the card and a little scalloped treat box.  I filled them with skittles and then packaged them in a cello bag.

Challenge Submissions
Hiding in my craft room — #102 Die Cuts
Creative Corner Challenges — Girly Girl

Teacher Appreciation
Stamps: MFT a la mode An Apple for Teacher
Paper: Black Licorice, Electric Red, Certainly Celery, Recollections and DCWV patterned papers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other Stuff:  ribbon, die-namics medium scallop, mini wavy pennant, red delicious, scalloped treat box; Nesties

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MFTWSC113 You Are Appreciated!

Hi all!  Happy Tuesday!  This week hasn’t started off with the best record — my son’s been home sick both days.  It’s just a cold, but the poor kid is exhausted from coughing fits that wake him up.   Hopefully, he’ll back to full throttle tomorrow!  Just in time for us to get some rotten mix of weather tomorrow night! YUCK — I can honestly say I’m over winter.  March was always my cut off — even growing up in Wisconsin.  

My card needs always step it up in March — my sister, her boyfriend and my mom all have birthdays.  April I still get quite a few birthdays.  May brings teacher and nurse appreciation days.  I decided to get a jump on Teacher Appreciation with this week’s MFTWSC sketch.

I really loved this sketch.  I loved the simplicity of it.   This will be for my daughter’s teacher.  She’s a veteran teacher and is known for being tough, but preparing the kids very well academically.  She is also known for being very stylish and dressed to the tee.    When I sat down to color my a la mode, I actually pulled out my papers first.  I knew I had school themed papers in my stash and these fun ones are from Fancy Pants.  I love the pale blue-green with the red.  They work perfectly together.  My a la mode is colored with Copics and cut out.  I deviated slightly from the sketch to add in a sentiment.  It’s stamped in Memento Ladybug and cut out with a Fishtail Flags STAX.  The little tag features an apple from the Tag, You’re It! set and is cut out with the Dog Tag die-namic.

Inside I stamped the a la mode again in Memento Rich Cocoa with an additional sentiment from the set.

Challenge Submissions
Created with Love – CWLC31 Anything Goes

You’re Appreciated
Stamps: My Favorite Things a la modes – An Apple for Teacher, Tag You’re It
Paper: Ocean Tides (PTI), MFT red, Cryogen, Fancy Pants Off to School
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Ladybug
Copics: R29, R27, R24, E74, YG63, YG67, E00, E51, E09, E57, E55, E08, BG10, BG13, BG11, E53, E07
Other Stuff: die-namics Dog Tag, Fishtail Flags STAX, Nesties, ribbon

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First Day of School

Hi all!  Happy Tuesday!  I have another MFT card today, using the MFTWSC85 sketch and I’m really happy with how it came out.  I’d love to have this be a springboard for getting a bunch of past MFT Wednesday Stamp Club sketches done.

Last week I had stamping play date with my friend Michele, while our kids played and I colored up the sweet a la modes An Apple for Teacher image.  When I picked the blue of her shirt, I knew I wanted to paper piece the apple and thought it would go really nicely with the red.  I used the medium simply scallop die-namic and the dainty lace border die-namic for the bottom.  The school papers are from Recollections — I loved that I was able to get 20 sheets of each print.

Challenge Submissions
MFT Wednesday Stamp Club — MFTWSC85
Lexi’s Creations — #72 Back to School or College
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge — #176 Let’s Hear it for the Girls
Raise the Bar — #109 Back to School
First Day of School
Stamps: My Favorite Things – a la modes An Apple For Teacher
Paper: Pure Poppy (PTI), Blue Raspberry (Gina K), Neenah Solar White, Recollections dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other Stuff: button, twine (Twinery), Die-Namics — Dainty Lace border, Medium Simply Scallop and Oval Tab

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Pencil Vase

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  I’m starting my last full week of radiation and I am so looking forward to being done.  I definitely am feeling the effects on my skin and a pretty good amount of tiredness to boot, so I’ll gladly take a bit less of each.

Anywho, I have a sweet teacher appreciation gift idea for you today.  We have a lot of teachers, aides and nurses to appreciate between our two kids, so having relatively reasonable gifts is a necessity.  I found this idea on Pinterest.

This is a tin can — in my case, from canned pumpkin — rinsed and bleached to make sure it was clean.  Now, getting the pencils to stick to the can is a bit tricky.  Due to the ribbed indentations in the middle of the can, there tends to be a gap.  The original idea I saw called for using hot glue.  Hot glue didn’t work at all — the glue dried and didn’t stick.  I was about to give up and had an idea — dimensionals They worked great — I put two at the top and two at the bottom, all the way around.  I think I used about 30 pencils to surround the can.  Now, this wasn’t as reasonable as I would have liked as our dollar store didn’t have plain pencils so I had to get them from Staples.

In order to keep the pencils from slipping, which they did slightly, I added two rows of ribbon — hidden behind Ava.  My Ava School Sign It is personalized with my daughter’s teacher’s name and the apple is paper pieced with a really adorable paper from Recollections.  I was so happy to find a 100 sheet pack of school themed paper at Michaels the other week — 5 patterns, 20 sheets each, which will be great with multiple teacher gifts.

Challenge Submissions
Come and Get It Challenges — Anything but a card

A Pencil Vase
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Ava – School Sign It
Paper: Neenah Solar Crest
Other Stuff: pencils, tin can, Nesties, ribbon, dimensionals

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