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It is the last week of school before summer vacation starts, so I have been cranking out a LOT of teacher gifts and cards!  Here is the card I made for each of my daughter’s teachers – I love this flower pot card design, so great for this time of year.  A shout out to my fellow demonstrator Allison Nolan who shared this design with me last year, I have just changed it a bit here by using In colors and a new stamp set.  If you wanted to use My Digital Studio you could probably come up with some cute text to use on the front specifically for teachers, like “Thanks for helping me grow this year!”

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Curly Cute,Bright Blossoms (sneak peek from the 2012-2013 annual catalog!)
  • Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple (more sneak peek of the new 2012-2014 In Colors!)
  • Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Simply Scored tool, 3/8″ Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon

Here is a super quick tutorial on how to make a flower pot card:

1.  Cut a 4 1/4″x11″ piece of cardstock and score at 1″, 5 1/2″, and 10″:

2.  Fold cardstock in half along center score line

3. Measure in 1/2″ from each edge along the fold and make a mark.  Trim the cardstock to form the angled edges as shown:

4.  Fold down the edges along the remaining score lines to form the top of the flower pot.  Tie a ribbon around the top of the card to hold it closed, and add a stamped image and sentiment to the front as desired.

 

 

 

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Nursery Nest

A couple of good friends just welcomed their third child (and first son!), Nathaniel, on Friday.  I know they are overjoyed about this addition to their family, but they have a lot of challenges ahead before they can take him home.  A few hours after he was born, he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that is going to require open heart surgery.

I wanted a card that our whole Sunday School class could sign to let our friends know that we are all praying for them, and one of the pastors at our church will bring it to them at the hospital the day of the surgery.  Here is what I came up with using my favorite of the current DSPs, Nursery Nest, which is so perfect for baby cards.  Pear Pizzazz and Marina Mist are great for a little boy, but if you are in need of a card for a girl, this set of designer paper also includes sheets with pink and purple colors.

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  A Word For You
  • Ink:  Basic Gray
  • Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, Nursery Nest DSP (retiring May 31!)
  • Tools and Accessories:  Pear Pizzazz 1/2″ stitched poly ribbon (retiring May 31!), Subtles designer buttons, white baker’s twine, glue dot, sponge dauber

Prayers for baby Nathaniel, his family, and all the doctors who will be taking care of him for the next few weeks!

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I have two precious preschool age children who I think are more excited about Mother’s Day than I am.  (I am thinking I had better savor this stage while it lasts, before they are embarrassed to be seen kissing me…or even to be seen with me…)

They have both been working really hard on all kinds of Mother’s Day projects for me at school this week.  On Friday, my 5 year old daughter’s class hosted a “Moms and Me” party after lunch, so I got to go visit her class and have lemonade and cookies with all the other moms and kids and receive some lovely Mother’s Day gifts.  She is SO excited about the card she made me and wants me to post it here for everyone to see:

Love the stamp camp reference.  🙂  I am glad to see that I am perceived as being super tall and skinny…but maybe I have overdone it on the dinnertime acting when I tell my kids how YUMMY their vegetables are.  And lucky me, my husband saw that suggestion about going to Bridge Street and thought it was a great idea!  I think we are going out to eat instead of a movie, but I am looking forward to it!

Each mom also received a vase with two roses.  You may not be able to tell in the picture, but that vase is LOADED with glitter.  After carrying it out to the car I was quite sparkly (but I love it!)

Caroline confided to me after school that the vase was made from a beer bottle.  She assured me that it had been washed out and the label had been removed (“so you can’t tell there was BEER in it, Mom.”) but stickler for details that she is, she felt she had to disclose that little fact.  I now have an image in my head of her two sweet preschool teachers getting together one weekend to drink 14 beers so that all their little students would have materials for this week’s art projects.  Who knows, maybe they NEED 14 beers to face the ordeal of turning 14 preschoolers loose with glue and glitter?  They do a fantastic job and we love them so much – I will share all the goodies I make for end of the year teacher gifts next week.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and enjoy some great family time!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I am going to assume that my mother-in-law doesn’t actually read my blog for the purposes of today’s post.  I mean, I’d actually love for her to read it, just not the post showing her mother’s day card before she actually receives it!  But if I wait until after Mother’s Day to post it, then no one ELSE will want to read about it.  The rest of you want to see it now when you have three days left to use this idea for your own cards.  So Dee, if you are reading, spoiler alert…sorry!  It should be in your mailbox soon.

Because the 2010-2012 In Colors are retiring at the end of the month, I am seizing any opportunity I have to use them before they are gone. I am really, really going to miss Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz in particular.  I pulled out my trusty old Blossom Petals punch and my Build a Blossom stamps and had fun making a slightly 3D card.  This set will be carrying over into the new 2012-2013 catalog (hooray!)

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Build a Blossom, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Tulip Frame Embossing Folder, Blossom Petals Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Bone folder (to curl flower petals), Glue Dots, Chocolate Chip corduroy buttons (retired), white baker’s twine.

Tips:

  • When using a builder punch like that Blossom Petals punch that has four or five different images all in one punch, it saves a lot of cardstock when you just need one of the images if you cut it in strips before stamping and punching.  I cut about a 2″ wide strip of Whisper White and stamped five petals in a row on it, then punched them all out.  Similar strategy for the Pear Pizzazz leaves.
  • To curl the petals with your bone folder, think about how you could curl ribbon with scissors.  Hold the tip of a petal in one hand and pull the rest of it between your other thumb and the flat side of your bone folder.  I adhered each petal near the “inside” tip with a glue dot and then adhered the button with its own glue dot.

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Yesterday I mentioned that it is always nice to have a stash of cards on hand for when occasions that call for a card pop up.  It is nice to not have to rush and make one under pressure for each time I need to send one, or have to run out and buy one (who am I kidding, I haven’t been to a card store in years!)  I do try to keep at least birthday, thank you, and sympathy cards on hand at all times.  Because my birthday was last week and I was lucky enough to get some fun gifts, this week it’s time to write those thank yous!

This card that I’m sending to my parents is one from my stash that happens to feature Awash With Flowers, which is one of the stamp sets from the current catalog that is retiring at the end of the month. If you like it, get it now!  It is actually two stamp sets in one, designed for two step stamping.  You stamp once with the solid stamp and then again with the outline stamp.

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Awash With Flowers, A Word For You, Punch Pals (SAB 2011)
  • Ink:  Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Old Olive (stems), Basic Black (flower outlines)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Top Note Die, Butterfly Punch (Retiring this month, get it now!), glue dots

Tip:  I used the Top Note die twice – I trimmed the white one down along the little perforated line using my paper snips, and adhered it on top of the Rose Red one to achieve that nice little border.

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As we are in the middle of a transition from the current Stampin’ Up! catalog to the new one coming out in June 2012 (I just looked at it online  and there is SO MUCH fun new stuff in there!!!), I am glad to see that some of my very favorite products are sticking around.

The very first Stampin’ Up! punch I ever purchased, before I became a demonstrator in 2010, was the Bird Builder Punch.  I just love how versatile it is, I find myself using it all the time for things that are not even birds – the wing shape makes a great flame for a birthday candle or a flower petal!  And similarly, the first die I purchased for my Big Shot (also before I even became a demonstrator) was the Lattice Die.  I really love these two products and although they are among the oldest products I have that are still in the catalog, I never get tired of them and use them all the time.  Spoiler alert – I see that there are going to be multiple stamp sets in the new catalog that coordinate with that punch!  It just keeps getting better and better.

This is a great card that I first made at a class at my upline’s house a couple years ago, but it is one that I will still occasionally make a pile of at a time to keep on hand for when occasions pop up that I need a card for.  Yesterday was one of those occasions – the assistant director at my kids’ preschool turned 50!  On Friday they sent home a note asking each child to bring in a flower today from their yard and they would put them all together in a big bouquet as a surprise for her.   What a nice idea!  However, after a very busy weekend spent outside in the sunshine, when Monday morning rolled around and I remembered in a panic as I was packing lunch that we were supposed to send in that flower, I was glad to have a card on hand so my daughter could write Ms. Marlee a note at the breakfast table and bring it in along with a couple hydrangea blooms off the bushes in our yard.   Always a good idea to keep a stockpile of those birthday cards (and thank you cards and sympathy cards…)!

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Brights Patterns DSP Stack
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Lattice Die and Little Leaves Sizzlit Die, Bird Builder Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Oval Punch (retired), Stampin’ Dimensionals

You could make this card in just about any color – it is a GREAT one to use up scraps of DSP!

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My birthday was this past weekend!  I had a really nice time, it was a beautiful day and my husband secretly arranged for a babysitter for our kids so he could take me out for a surprise fancy birthday dinner (ooh la la….)  Last year on my birthday we were on day 3 of a six-day power outage after the tornados that came through on April 27th, so I was extra appreciative of my fancy night out after the PB&J sandwich and granola bars I enjoyed for my birthday dinner last year.  🙂

I am constantly making handstamped birthday cards for other people, but I never receive them myself…until this year!  My super sweet downline Caren met me for lunch and gave me this beauty she had made for me.  It’s so pretty, and uses some of my favorite Stampin’ Up stuff. (I might have to borrow your design, Caren!)

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Fresh Vintage (Sale-a-Bration 2012)
  • Ink:  Lucky Limeade
  • Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment DSP (from Sale-a-Bration 2012)
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Adorning Accents Edgelits and coordinating embossing folder, Labels Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, 8mm pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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