Sunday, February 28, 2010

Scrapbook Sunday #24: sisters

Happy Sunday! How is your weekend going? Mine is going by fast and I still have tons to do. I was supposed to crop last night, but couldn't make it, so sad. They were texting me from Scooter's (the bar next door!)...just to let me know much fun I was missing! I actually went to bed at 9:00! Who am I?! lol!

Since I showed a page last Sunday of my sister's wedding, I thought I would share another page from her wedding, this one of the sisters. I look at this now and think why on earth did I wear large-scale polka dots?! What was I thinking?! Actually the timing was crazy (pre-TAKS test), so we flew out on Friday and back on Saturday night, AND I waited until I got there to go shopping for something to wear. I will never do that again!

For page details, it's hard to see in the photo but the paper is a beautiful, palish pink damask. That paper is adhered to black 12x12 cardstock, it's hard to see in the photo. Most of the embellishments are from an old Jenni Bowlin kit.

Well, back to intermittent stamping, lesson plans, and laundry. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Splitcoast VSN Winter Olympics Challenge: Red Mittens

Happy Saturday! Hope you are having a good weekend! I'm buried with schoolwork, but I took a few minutes out to play with the VSN Winter Olympics over at Splitcoast. If you haven't been, go check it out, there are all kinds of cool challenges!

This card was for the Red Mitten challenge, using red and white and wool or yarn. Hmmmm, just as I started writing this, I realized I had not used wool or yarn for my card, doh! So I stopped the writing and went back to the stamp table and made this card, using red wool for the letters:

Okay, back to work now! Hope you have a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Congrats: you look marvelous!

Happy Thursday! It's almost Friday, thank goodness! This has been a rough teacher week, dealing with some unpleasant things. But the kids are awesome, always entertaining me. I had a cold last week and was coughing and one girl asked, "Do you have boogers in your throat?" Hmmm, never thought of it quite like that...

While I was getting some students ready for after-school tutoring last night, that same girl asked, "How do you get picked for tutoring? Why I never get picked for tutoring?" I said, "It's just my favorites." She's thinking hard and says, "Oh, okay" very seriously so I have to say, "Do you believe that?" She did, so I had to explain that I was just joking, etc. My humor and jokes don't always work with the 2nd graders! lol!

We did have a fun night Tuesday at our Nachos and Numbers Math Night. Kids and parents played math games, then they earned a punch on their punch card. Once their punch card was filled, they got free nachos. Then they got to take copies of the games home. They also estimated the amounts of objects in jars and the closest estimate won the jar. They all stayed until the very end to see who won, so that was cool. I didn't get home until 8, so it made for a very long day, but it was good.

Okay, I'm quite the chatty Cathy today, sorry about that! This is a little card I made over the weekend. I came across some 7 Gypsies flash card things and some Tim Holtz old image things and thought they would be fun to use. I could not get an unblurry picture of the inside of the card, sorry about that!

Better dash, thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it! Hugs and happy stamping!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fox & Friends: thank you owlie

Happy Tuesday! How has your week started?! Dallas predicts a little more snow and the way media reports it, you'd think Armageddon was coming! It was supposed to start at midnight last night, but nothing has happened yet...

I pulled this Old Olive card base out the other night and it had this brown polka dot (from retired Bella Rose or something like that) scallop strip already attached, so I decided to use it. I decorated the front and all and then noticed it was upside down with the way the strip was attached, yikes! Easy fix, just cut the Old Olive front piece off the card and attached it to a Chocolate Chip card base. There's always a solution, right?!

Hope you have a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Fox & Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes.
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White, Welcome Neighbor & Sweet Pea DSP, Bella Rose retired DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown, Pumpkin Pie marker.
Accessories: Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie flower brad, Scallop Edge punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Janome Sew Mini.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Mark the Date: February 15

Happy Monday! Thought I would share a card I made for my sister-in-law's birthday, that was one week ago today. She checks the blog so I didn't want to post it before she got it. I used Mark the Date (I seem to go to this one a lot for birthdays, maybe I need to *shop* some more!) with a Sweet Pea Stitched Felt flower. Hope you had a great day, even if you were chauffeuring all day, Amy!

How could the weekend be over already?! I stayed up too late again...I was thinking around 10:00...wasn't there something else I was supposed to do? Ack, make swaps for an Artisan Swap that are due the 26th! Double ack! So I made the prototype, just need to tweak it some, then mass production tonight, not a big mass, just ten.

The kids have a half day of school today while the teachers have In Service training, guess that will break the day up some. We have a LOT of training. DH likes to ask me frequently if I'm trained yet, apparently not! lol!

Thanks so much for coming by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Mark the Date, Full Calendar.
Cardstock: Kraft, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Pea and Tall Tales DSP.
Ink: Basic Black.
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Ribbon, Dimensionals.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Scrapbook Sunday #23: Karen and Steve ever after

Happy Sunday! How is it already 3:30?! Yikes! I had way too much school stuff to do and that has left me feeling a little crabby! lol! I'm pretty much finished now, so finally, some creative time! Yippee!

Time for Scrapbook Sunday! This is another page I made from a weekend crop some time back (using mostly goodies from an old Jenni Bowlin kit) of my sister's wedding. You may remember her from this page and her wedding and church from this post. She's having a baby boy this March, so I'll have a new nephew to scrap soon! One of these days, I keep telling myself, I will do some new scrapping!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

p.s. Thanks for ALL of your super nice comments (except you, Savitri! HA!) and for reading that super long post yesterday! You really are troopers!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sweet Pea Thank You

Happy Saturday! Hope your weekend is off to a great start! This is just a simple dimple little card I made the other night after I finished up this card, had some leftover parts laying around, ya know! I'm loving all the Stampin' Up! Sweet Pea felt and designer series paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog, it sure makes cards come together quickly!

Okay, so the post office story...I probably shouldn't have built it up that much, because it's not that great! ha! I have learned, however, that anytime you go to the post office, you will come back with a "post office story", it's inevitable! A couple of weeks ago an older man went off on a younger man for talking on his cell phone in line, then he went off on the clerk because that self-serve machine only took debit cards and he didn't have one. Note to self: when I get old(er), try to stay up with technology, no matter how hard it is!

So Monday I was at the teacher workshop and we get a long break for lunch, so I decided to go to the post office to mail two packages, even though it was President's Day, figuring I can use the self-serve machine. I get there and, of course, there are no priority boxes at all (that could be a separate rant!). I decide to go to the store and get some mailer boxes/envelopes and go back since I have a lot of time.

I get back and there are now 3 people at the self-serve machine, and the couple using it have a LARGE trash bag filled with padded envelopes to be mailed. They take them all out, there's over 30! (Yes, I count, I'm anal!) I realize there's no way I have time to wait now, but the two men waiting in front of me only have envelopes, and I'm feeling really badly that they have to wait. I'm thinking maybe they just need stamps and I have some in my purse, so maybe I should help them out. So here's how it goes:

Me (to the first guy in line with a business-size white envelope): Is that all you're mailing? Do you just need a stamp?

Guy #1 (looking at me surprised): Yes.

Me: I have a stamp I can give you, if you don't mind it being a Christmas stamps. (I never sent Christmas cards, you know.)

Guy #1: I don't know, it may be too thick and need extra stamps.

Me: Let me see it. (He hands it over.) I think one is enough, but here, take 3 stamps, just in case.

He's grateful, offers to pay, I say no, blah, blah, blah, he leaves.

Now the next guy has a large manila envelope, but it looks pretty thin. He never looked at me or the other guy during this last transaction of mine. So I'm going to leave, but I still feel bad leaving him standing there waiting.

Me: Do you just need some stamps?

Guy #2: Yes, but I don't know how many I'll need for this.

Me: Let me see it. (He hands it over.) It's pretty light.

Guy #2: That's what I thought, but last time it was like $4.00.

Me: Well, I have 7 stamps left. That's like what, $3.00. (I'm not even sure how much a first class stamp is right now!) You can have them if you want to try it.

Guy #2: Hmmm, thanks, but I better wait.

So I leave, but feel terrible that he's having to wait, that couple still has like 25 packages left. Anyhow, that's it. I was telling dh later and he's like "You're not normal, you know. I can't believe you asked people for their letters and they just handed them over to you. (He doesn't really talk to strangers, I do.) I guess that did seem kind of strange after I thought about it, I think it's just all my years in the retail/service industry before teaching. You know, move the line through, move the line!

If you read all that, you're a real trooper!! And now you know what my husband does, I'm not normal! But please come back anyways! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Kraft, Sweet Pea DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown.
Accessories: Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Glue Dots.

Friday, February 19, 2010

365 Cards: Day 351 Sketch "hi"

Happy Friday!! Bad news! I stayed up tooooo late working on lesson plans for next week...and I didn't even finish, ugh...I'm going to need a large coffee with an extra shot today! Yesterday the kids spilled my diet coke at lunch, and I almost had a melt down! You may remember we don't have a coke machine! Luckily my principal learned from the last time I didn't have a diet coke and now keeps an emergency stash in his office...he gave me 3! lol!

On to the card...I made this one last Sunday for the 365 Cards Day 351 sketch. They're having all-sketch challenges this week and my plan was to keep up every day...yeah, that didn't happen! This one uses all SU goodies except for the wool used to make the "hi" letters. One of my pre-paper-crafting hobbies (come on, I know you have some too!) was rug hooking , so I have a small stash of wool...along with the fancy rug hooking frame my dad made me with the rug still on it...left over. Score! Chance to use up my some OLD supplies! heeee!

Okay, I'm running late today so no time for the post office you're dying to hear it, ha! Thank for coming by anyways! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Vintage Labels.
Cardstock: So Saffron, Sweet Pea DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown.
Accessories: So Saffron 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button, Linen Thread, Glue Dot, Big Shot, Go Go Boots Alphabet Die, Circle Cutter, Wool fabric.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Kazan's Sketch #46: My Best Work

Happy Thursday! Friday is near!

Here's a little card I whipped up the other night for Kazan's Sketch #46 over at 2S4Y. I used some new Jillbean goodies that Cath sent me for winning the Moxie Fab Color Play challenge awhile back. Gotta love those free goodies! Isn't that little schoolhouse paper just perfect for me to share with a teaching friend?! I have to thank Heather for the inspiration for my pink background from her card here. Isn't the pink so unexpected and fun with the earth tones?

I finished my teacher workshop yesterday...after a rocky start. Two teachers at my table (not the good one who liked my poem!) got into a nasty fight at the beginning of class! They were seriously one step away from "Why don't you make me?" It was like being in school! ha! As for me, a person who does not like fighting and avoids confrontation if at all possible (see why I'm still happily married? ha!), I squirmed in my chair and rotated my head 3/4 the way around...think Linda Blair in the Exorcist...and tried to listen to the teacher. Yup, she was teaching. Crazy! I'll have to remember to tell you next time about my post office experience on Monday, yup, when they were closed for President's Day...

Okay, is it too early to start the Spring Break countdown?! I think not! 17 more school days!

Thanks so much for coming by...and listening to my rambling! Hugs and happy stamping!

Cardstock: SU Wild Wasabi (retired), Jillbean patterned paper.
Accessories: SU Linen Thread & Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, October Afternoon Report Card die-cut stickers, Basic Gray chipboard letters, Foof-a-La button, Janome Sew Mini.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jen's SFYTT: Oval All

Happy Wednesday! How is your week going? I'm off to the last day of my Six Traits of Writing workshop, wish me luck because I think I offended the teacher on Monday. We were focusing on word choice, and we had to write a poem on a topic we chose that had to do with "love". I chose a "non-traditional" topic (I just have a weird sense of humor!) and it seemed more original than all the "true love", "first kiss", "wedding day" topics that were going on all around me. I thought my poem was awesome, but the teacher didn't laugh and she didn't pick it to share with the class. Humph! One girl at my table really liked it and we couldn't stop laughing. I really liked that girl! =)

I whipped this card up last weekend for Jen's Sketch For You To Try! Jen's awesome and I loved this sketch and the whole card actually came together very quickly...which is quite unusual for me! lol! I used all SU goodies, I'm loving their new paper and accessories in the Spring Occasions Mini!

Hope you have a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Card size: 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Stamps: Oval All
Cardstock: Kraft, Sweet Pea & The Write Stuff DSP.
Ink: Rose Red & Always Artichoke markers (I meant to use Old Olive, oops!)
Accessories: Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretty In Pink 1 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Pop Up Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Moxie Fab: The Taintor-tude Challenge!

I'm back! While rooting through my supplies last weekend, I found this little chipboard beauty and realized she would be perfect for the Moxie Fab Taintor-tude Challenge! Tonight was the deadline, so I had to hurry home after my workshop and whip this up before the last bit of daylight was gone!

DH and I brainstormed to create our own saying. He felt like the crown was crucial, and he really wanted to get "drunk" in there. We thought of several options, but this one made us laugh the hardest, and I immediately thought of several friends I could send this to! HA!

If you haven't played yet, there's still time! Go check out this post at Moxie Fab World, there are great samples to inspire you! Mine's pretty simple compared to some of the real WOW cards you'll find, run over there now!

Thanks so much for stopping by...again! Hugs and happy stamping!

Clean & Simple FTL #78: Happy Mother's Day

Happy Monday and Happy President's Day! Hope everyone had a good weekend!

I'm really jumping the gun with Happy Mother's Day, right?! lol! When I went to look for a sentiment for this card, that one just fit so well, so I decided why not go ahead and be prepared for a change?! The super sketch is from the Clean & Simple blog, FTL #78. I love their layouts, so easy to work with! The patterned paper and die-cut pieces are from October Afternoon. The centers of the flowers were mustard and rust colored, but the trusty 2-way glue pen and red glitter fixed that!

What a great weekend of paper-crafting I had! Finished up some projects with deadlines and still had time to fun stamp. That snow day came in handy! I'm off to a teacher workshop today (and again Wednesday!), so I'm probably getting way spoiled! ha! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: SU All Holidays.
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, patterned paper from October Afternoon.
Ink: Basic Gray.
Accessories: Corner Rounder, 2-way Glue Pen, Red Glitter, Dimensionals, October Afternoon die-cut stickers.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Scrapbook Sunday #22: KT 1987

Happy Sunday and Happy Valentine's Day!

Since it's the day of celebrating love, it seemed only fitting to share this page I made of dh back in our college days. He would kill me if he saw this here, but luckily he rarely visits my blog! hee! hee! He hates having his photo taken, can you tell? That hasn't changed in 23 years either. I think he's still just as cute and am still crazy about him after 23 years, so that's a good thing!

I hope you have a wonderful day and spend it with someone you love...friends, family, pets...they're all good! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

365 Cards: Day 348-Keep It Simple

Happy Saturday! Hope you are having a great weeekend!

I saw this great card on Amy's blog for the 365 Cards challenge for Day 348-Keep It Simple and decided I had to play! I do like simple cards! The rules:

Start out with blank cardstock, stamp an image in one color and DO NOT color it in. Add one embellishment that coincides with the image. You may add any sentiment you wish.

Fun, huh?! I made the card above with the new Sale-a-bration set Vintage Labels because I noticed that the circle would fit perfectly around those new Prima Pebbles that were in my Scarlet Lime kit (I had left them laying out on my desk, for inspiration, you know!). Then I was thinking, man, I need a stamp that says "Thanks Dear" when I started to remember that maybe I did! Yup, I did, one I bought long ago from Pink Persimmon. Score! I was worried maybe I cheated a little bit since that Pebble had color in it, so I made one more just in case...

Remember this retired set from Stampin' Up!, Laundry Notes?! Love this set, so glad I kept it! And now I have a Valentine's day for dh, even if it is a lovely pink shade! I thought I would give him a gentle reminder earlier this week, so I say: "You know this Sunday is Valentine's Day and..." before I can finish, I get this response: "Oh, crap!" Nice, huh?! I informed him that really wasn't an appropriate!

Okay, toodles for now!! Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Recipe #1
Stamps: SU Vintage Label, Pink Persimmon Oh Dear!
Cardstock: SU Crushed Curry.
Ink: Staz-On Brown.
Accessories: Prima Pebbles

Recipe #2
Stamps: SU Laundry Notes (retired)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (retired)
Ink: Staz-On Black.
Accessories: Pretty In Pink Epoxy Brads (SU Occasions Mini)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Laura's Sketch #45: Fox & Friends

Happy Friday! Or should I say happy snow day Friday! It feels great today, but I'm sure I'll wish it wasn't so when we have to make it up on Good Friday now. A new snow record in Dallas, isn't that crazy! It was really fun watching all the people out playing in it last night, kids and adults both. I played plenty growing up with it in Missouri, so I stay snuggled up inside with my Bailey's and hot chocolate! hee! hee! As of this morning, we had lost two big tree branches that were blocking the street. The ones in back are hanging perilously close to the power lines, but so far, so good...we're keeping our fingers crossed.

Now on to the card, so nice having time to play with Laura's Sketch #45 today! I used all Stampin' Up! goodies, mostly from the new Spring Occasions Mini and the Sale-a-Bration Mini. I also used the wood sheets, this sketch seemed perfect for a tree with a hole in it, and Cath at Paper Crafts had mentioned the wood grain is still one of the top trends right now. I tried making the scallops on the left smaller at first, but then the super cute clouds didn't show up, so I free-hand cut some bigger scallops and glued it down over the first piece.

Okay, guess I'll sign off. I offered to make dh dinner tonight...breakfast for dinner, yummmm! It's my once a month dinner offering, hee! hee! The things we do for love...

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Fox & Friends, Woodgrain.
Cardstock: Kraft, Whisper White, Welcome Neighbor DSP, Wood Sheet.
Ink: Chocolate Chip.
Accessories: Big Shot, Go Go Boots Alphabet Die, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip & Old Olive designer series buttons, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Glue Dot, Janome Sew Mini.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

miss U!

Happy Thursday! I hope you are having a good week! Are you as ready for Friday as I am?!

Here's a little card I made for a special reason...and get ready for it...actually sent again! I made it for my niece and nephew and their parents after the holiday vacation. We always have SO much fun with them and it's so hard to leave them. I was really missing them when we came back to Texas, and I thought I should let them know. Again, I'm super blessed with my in-law family. I enjoyed reading some of your comments yesterday about in-laws...I'm dying to hear more about Heather's father-in-law! hee! hee!

Okay, I guess I should be getting ready and hitting the road early, because look what's going on outside my house:

Snow! Yippee! The kids will be so happy! They say it's the wet kind too, perfect for snowball fights! We usually just get a little bit, which is perfect. The poor East, I don't know how they are managing with all of that snow. So many people stuck at airports and can't get home. I hope all my readers there are staying safe and warm!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Admit It: HB2U Mom!

Happy Wednesday! It's Hump Day...we're getting there...

I made this little card Monday night for my mother-in-law's birthday which is coming up in on the 14th. I need to get it in the mail tomorrow, so no time to photograph it in the daylight with working late, sorry about that. I am truly blessed in the mother-in-law department, she is one of the best! She has always made me feel loved and appreciated, just like one of the family. She is truly the kindest, most giving person you'll ever meet. I don't know how I got so lucky with all my in-laws, but I surely did!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day and hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Admit It
Cardstock: Kraft, Naturals White.
Ink: Melon Mambo.
Accessories: Sweet Pea felt flower, Making Memories letters, October Afternoon printed number panel, Dimensionals, Glue Dots.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Happy Tuesday! Hope you survived Monday! Some of the kids have been really wound up. My new theory is that we have continually been having rain and mud and they are suffering from lack of outdoors recess. We have indoors recess in our classroom, playing games, etc, but between indoors pe and recess, they are not getting time to run around. That's my new theory anyway, ha!

Here's a simple little card using some more yummy October Afternoon Report Card goodies! I'm thinking my principal is going to get this card now. He's very supportive and patient and always in the same, even, temperament. That can't be easy working in a building full of women, especially when they (meaning me!) call him impatiently at times, ranting "If I have to plunge that boy's toilet one more time!" lol! Sorry, that may be TMI!

Hope you have a fabulous Tuesday! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: October Afternoon Report Card
Cardstock: SU Basic Gray & Whisper White, October Afternoon Report Card patterned paper.
Ink: More Mustard.
Accessories: SU Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, October Afternoon Report Card A+ sticker.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bling! Bling!

Happy Monday! What a fun weekend of paper-crafting I had! Hope you did too! Of course, it's back to school now...

Here's a little engagement card I made AND sent to my friend Lori awhile back. Wasn't this Cosmo image perfect?! Lori is the most amazing, strong, giving friend and I'm so happy that she never compromised and has now found Mr. Right. She truly deserves a world of happiness!

Okay, promised dh I'd iron a shirt. I know, who am I?! lol! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Cardstock: Basic Black
Accessories: Cosmo Cricket Bling Bling, May Arts ribbon.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Scrapbook Sunday #21: Emma in High School Musical

Happy Sunday! Hope your weekend is going great! Are you ready for the Superbowl?! We are having a party, so excited! DH and I are the only ones invited, that's our kind of party! ha! He's making homemade pizza for us, yummmmm!, AND he offered to watch it in my stamp room so I can keep working on my projects! Is he the best or what?!

It's time for more scrapbook Sunday! I have to admit...I haven't had time to scrap this weekend, which was my intention, oops! Luckily I have a number of pages made during past weekend crops that I haven't shared yet, schwooo! These two pages feature my darling niece Emma and let me tell you, she knows how to perform! Can you tell?! These pages came together pretty quickly with those printed die-cut shapes from My Little Shoebox. So cute!

Okay, so much more to do, and my creativity is not cooperating, and I still have to go to Wal-Mart, sigh. Wish me luck! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday Two-fer...Teacher Cards!

Happy Saturday! How is your weekend going so far?! I am off to a slow start, stayed up late last night stamping (after a long nap, ya know!) so I slept in a wee bit! Still need to get my coffee...

I got to play with my October Afternoon Report Card stamps last night, what teacher could resist these, especially one who loves vintage stuff?! I wanted to make a few cards for special people at school. The one above is for a kindergarten aide. She's the first one to school around 6:20 to get her copies made before the other teachers get there so they can use the copier. Then yesterday morning she was sweeping and cleaning the main hallway because our amazing cleaning lady Lupe had been off on Thursday and she didn't want her to come back to such a mess. I don't know her well, but I am very impressed by her thoughtfulness and dedication.

Thank you to the Clean & Simple blog girls for the layout on the card above! I love their layouts! Even though I didn't stick to the *scrolly* look at the right, their FTL77 made this card come together super fast!

The second card is for the ESL teacher who comes in and helps me everyday. Boy, was I blessed to get her help this year! She is an amazing teacher and does so much for the kids as well as for me! Her husband, along with her help, runs a non-profit organization that helps refugees coming to Dallas. They are so inspiring. She'll be gone in two weeks on a trip, so I wanted to make her a card that shows how much I appreciate her and will miss her!

Schwooo, that's a long post this morning! Well, it's no longer morning, I guess, oops! I'm off to work on a few top secret projects, hmmmmmm. I'm even going to have to turn off the tv and devote my entire creative concentration to them, intrigued?! lol!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Recipe Card 1
Finished size: 6 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Stamps: Report Card by October Afternoon, SU You Make Me Happy sentiment.
Cardstock: Whisper White, October Afternoon Report Card stripe paper.
Ink: SU Ruby Red, Staz-On Black.
Accessories: SU Kiwi Kiss cordury brad, Foof-a-La buttons, May Arts ribbon, stapler.

Recipe Card 2
Finished size: 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"
Stamps: Report Card by October Afternoon, Stamper's Anonymous sentiment
Cardstock: Whisper White.
Ink: SU Ruby Red, Staz-On Black.
Accessories: May Arts ribbon, Foof-a-La button.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Happy Easter! Is it too early?!

Happy Friday! Whoo! Hoo! I like the Friday!

I was trying to sleep at 12:30 (and finding it difficult after my 2 1/2 hour nap earlier, oops!) when it hit me that I had made this card earlier this year and hadn't shared it! It uses the new Eggcoutrements set from the Occasions Mini and I was asked to make a card using it for the December Stampin' Success (SU demo magazine) article about the Artisan Award winners. Well, I didn't read the details closely enough and I was *supposed* to use a certain color scheme...and this wasn't it! ha! So I quickly made another card and sent it off and ended up liking it even better than the first one. But bummer trails, since I was late by this point, I didn't have time to photograph it. You can see it...very small-like and kind of blurry...below here where I took it out of the magazine.

Let me know if you have any questions about either card!

Hope you have a fabulous Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Valentine Tic Tac Toe

Happy Thursday! That means Friday is near!

I found this little card to share with you, one that I made awhile back for a Kristina Werner challenge. I wasn't crazy about it, so I didn't enter it. The first problem, I'm out of brown thread so I used black, not so good. The second problem, after I made and photographed this, I saw this card from Winter, which was similar and SO much cuter. (Well poo! I thought it was Winter's card, but now I can't find it! It had a tic tac toe grid made with thin cardstock lines, then Xs and Os cut out and used. Let me know if it was yours, and I'll look some more after work tonight!) So I said forget it! ha! Now I'm running out of material *so* here it is! lol!

Wanna hear the good news?! I stayed busy the last two nights and I'm all caught up with grading (even entered into the computer gradebook!) AND I'm almost done with next week's lesson plans. Awww, yeah! I see lots of stamping in store for this weekend! Heeee!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Finished Size: 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Cardstock: retired Baja Breeze, retired DSP.
Accessories: Heart to Heart punch, Foof-a-La buttons, May Arts ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Janome Sew Mini.

Kazan's Sketch #45: happy 38

Happy Wednesday! I played with Kazan's Sketch 45 from 2S4Y the other night, yippee! Isn't this sketch great?

Monday was my sister Gala's 38th birthday, so I even made a card with a purpose, quite an accomplishment for me! I used the Big Shot and Scallop Circles #2 die, and the card turned out kind of small, but it will do. Less writing inside, right?! lol!

We had super fun yesterday for the 100th day of school. I just hope the kids can settle back down for the routine today. It's a long time until spring break! ha! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Cardstock: SU Basic Gray, October Afternoon Report Card paper.
Ink: Dusty Durango.
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallops Circles #2 die, Aquapainter, Jenni Bowlin happy face ticket, Pink Paislee chipboard bracket, Thickers, Circle Cutter, Linen Thread, May Arts ribbon, Foof-a-La button, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Moments: happy birthday!

Happy Tuesday! Hope your week is off to a great start! I stayed home yesterday, still recuperating, can't imagine how behind I am now when I get to work, sigh. But it is the 100th day of school, so we'll have lots of fun things to do and it should go by fast!

This is, gasp, the last of my SU Leadership samples to share! Some little girl needs to get to her stamp room pronto! lol! I have one small SU order arriving today, so that's good timing for some new inspiration. I was in pending in January and was saved by two of my long-time customers who placed large SAB orders, schwooo! I better get some camps or something planned soon! And just imagine, I thought getting into teaching was perfect because I would have more time with *nights and weekends off* to devote to my SU business. HA! Live and learn! =)

Thanks to all of you who stop by and for your sweet comments! You lift me up everyday! Hugs and happy stamping!

Finished size: 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Stamps: Happy Moments
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Pink Flamingo & Tall Tales DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Black, Tempting Turqoise & So Saffron markers.
Accessories: Aquapainter, Scallop Edge Punch, Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Tempting Turqoise Designer Button, Janome Sew Mini.