Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Teacher Gifts

Well, it's that time of year again--teacher gift time! A month or so ago my women's group at church had a "bead party". The organization is called Bead for Life, and you can check out their website HERE. African women make jewelry out of paper beads and are able to support their families in this way. Anyway, these lovely bracelets were only $5 apiece, so each of the kids' female teachers got one. The male teachers got gift cards from Lowe's, my imagination failed me with them. But of course I had to package the bracelets in a cute little template from My Time Made Easy. This one is called Under Cover. Using my Sure Cuts A Lot I reduced the template size to 75 % and it is a perfect size for the bracelets. Main body of box is So Saffron, cover is retired DP by SU, tag is Nesties and "thanks" stamp is from Mega Mixed Messages by PTI.

Here is a pic of one of the bracelets and the little brochure that tells about the organization. All the bracelets are different, I figure their teachers can swap if they get a color they don't like. I made 9 of these guys in about 3 hours--I love SCAL! Hope everyone is doing well and stamping up a storm. Have a great day.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I just got Sensational Stems and and Sensational Sentiments from My Time Made Easy. I just love this little dragonfly image. I stamped it one time each in Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, and Orchid Opulence and outlined the wings and antennae in a glitter gel pen. I stamped the sentiment, punched it all out and used my Nestie scallop square dies to punch out the layers. The DP is some old vellum from SU. I mounted it on white with eyelets. Card base is Orchid Opulence, ribbon is from SU. This has to be quick as I'm on my way to a dinner mtg for work. I have been stamping all day, finished up one whole swap start to finish. I had so much fun! Hope you got some creative time today. Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I made this card for my mom. The stamp set is Lovely Labels by Gina K Designs. CS and ink are SU Whisper White, Baja Breeze, and Soft Suede. I used blender pens and my BB ink pad to add some color to the flowers. DP is ret. SU Parisian Breeze, ribbon is SU ret. There are pearls in the upper right corner, hard to see. I used Nesties for the mat. I sure hope she likes it!

It's a beautiful day here, very cool and windy but sunny. Hoping to get some more stamp time this weekend, but I'm on call so we'll see. Hope everyone has a great Mother's Day weekend!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Emily's Birthday Party Invitations

Okay, so my darling but high maintenance daughter informed me that she wants a costume party for her birthday. Well, I thought I'd put Lily by Pink Cat Studio dressed as a princess on the front of the invitations. But I worried that that would be too girly for the little boys on her list. Emily came up with the perfect solution--she was happy with the princess idea for the girls, but wanted a cowboy for the boys. Luckily I own almost all of the Billy and Lily stamps, so I was able to handle that without buying anything new--yay me! However, I'd already printed out all the card bases on Gable Green CS. It's retiring this year so I'm trying to use up my stash. The girls' invites have Pixie Pink layers, which is perfect with the GG. Anyway, I wasn't about to waste all those card bases, hence the unconventional color of cowboy attire on Billy. I also thought the Billy card looked better without the DP (you could make out the barbed wire accent--done with Cricut cartridge Old West--much better), but everyone else liked it better with. Stamp is from PTI's Anniversary set Round and Round. On the inside of the card I printed the details in "A Yummy Apology"--a great free font perfect for a little girl's party. Other colors used on this card are Taken with Teal, Green Galore, Pumpkin Pie, and cool Caribbean. As always, Blush Blossom is my go-to ink for Caucasian flesh tones, of course that's being discontinued too, and Barely Banana for his hair. I added the freckles with a marker. Image is stamped on watercolor paper with Palette Noir ink and watercolored. I learned something--if you color with markers on wc paper instead of regular CS, you get MUCH better results. I never used my markers much, but I'll use them more now--I guess you really do learn something new every day! Unfortunately I forgot to take a pic of the little girl version of this invite before I mailed them all off. Maybe I can borrow one later and get a pic--they were really cute! Thanks for stopping by!