Saturday, May 28, 2011

High School Graduation

This past week has been full of graduations and celebrations.  The first graduation I went to was for my former 3rd grade student, Monique, who is now a high school graduate.  She graduated top of her class.  I am sure something from 3rd grade must have stuck. 
I used a sketch for these cards from Mystery Mondays on The Greeting Farm - Farm Fresh Challenge.  For her card, I used the girl from "A Little Dreamer" by The Greeting Farm.  The papers were some Daisy D which I had for a while.  (I must admit, purple is not my favorite, but it is the colors of her school so I went with it.)
The second card was for Ryan, our neighbor whom I have known his whole like.  For his card, I used the little boy from the same stamp set.  I colored them both with Prisma pencils that I blended.  His papers were from Scenic Route.  The colors also matched his high school, my former alma mater too!  Hope your weekend is also full of celebrations, no matter how big or small they might be!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy Graduation

 This is the week of graduations for me.  Here is a gift I made for a fellow teacher's daughter.  Now granted, she only graduated from 8th grade, but I still wanted to do something. 
The picture frame is a basic wooden frame that I covered with paper.  I inked the edges in brown.  Then I added the flower with a brown brad in one corner and layered the word "Together" with brown and green in the other corner.  The word was cut from Graphically Speaking. 
The card is a basic square card that I again covered in similar green paper.  I cut the word "original" from the same Graphically Speaking cartridge.  The stamp is Ebony from The Greeting
Farm.  (She is so cute and tough at the same time.)Then I had some extra rhinestones that I tried to make an arrow out of to point to the girl.  What graduation gifts are you working on this week?

Friday, May 20, 2011



Do you need lots of gifts in a hurry? Why not try these?  I bought canning jars from Michael's and filled them with 2 cups of pancake mix.  I glued some paper to each lid and shut them tight. Then I made tags and used a Maya Road stamp called Smarty Owl.  (If you don't like the owl, you can remove him and put your own image.)  I colored him in with some markers.  Then I wrote some quick directions on the tag with a note on the back.  I stapled some ribbon and tied each tag to the jars with twine.  Now they have a gift they can use and fill again.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

More Thank You Notes

Our PTA President has done a lot for us this year so I made her this Thank You card and the teachers all donated money to buy her a massage gift card.  The papers and most of the embellishments were from the Dear Lizzy line at American Crafts.  I love the colors. The products are simple but colorful.  The basic card design was from A Card A Day by PaperCrafts magazine.  Sometimes I get stuck and cannot think of an idea, so this book has cards for everyday of the year.  I chose one of their ideas and made it my own. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thank Ewe

It is no secret that I think Thank You cards are so very important.  I was taught that when someone does something nice for you or buys you something, you write them a thank you note.  This has become a lost art so to speak.  Well, as a teacher, it is my responsibility to teach manners to my students so whenever they give me something, I write them a note.  For Teacher Appreciation Week, I received lots of goodies.  I made these "Thank Ewe" notes for each of my students.  The lamb is a stamp from Sandylion.  I wrapped some green eyelash yarn around the bottom of the card to make grass.  Then I glued on the lamb and stamped "Thank Ewe."  My students were happy to find them on their desks.  (I have to warn you though - my 8 and 9 year old boys proceded to tear off the yarn and put it in their hair to make green hair for the day.  I had to turn away.)  It's the thought that counts, right?!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I know Mother's Day was yesterday but I was busy with my wonderful mom.  Here is the card I made for her.  I got the idea from PaperCrafts magazine.  All of the paper I used was from the Dear Lizzy collection by American Crafts.  I have had these supplies for a while and finally decided to use them.  First, I made the base of the card. Then I cut out many different size flowers with the Accent Essentials cartridge.  The button on each flower is also from the Dear Lizzy line.  They have just a touch of shimmer to them.  I glued the flowers over the top of some leaves in random places.  I drew the lines of the flowers and then printed out "Happy Mother's Day" and attached it with some pop dots.  Now my mom has a bouquet of flowers she can keep for a long time.  My mom is the best and I hope she enjoyed her weekend! Enjoy your week!