Happy First Day of PreSchool

So today, I was able to get into my craft room for a card making session!! I made 2 cards for my granddaughters who both start pre-school in a few days!!

This is my first card:

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Kraft card base, a scrap of school themed paper cut into a triangle and a chalkboard die cut went into the making of this card!! I also used a small piece of Doodlebug Design’s Apple A Day washi tapeUsed a white pen to write on the chalkboard and a marker to put her name on it!!

I am linking this card up to these challenges:

Tuesday Morning Sketches – Sketch # 313

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I don’t have a way to cut out an oval so I used this chalkboard diecut in the oval’s place!!

Crafty Creations Challenges# 295 Chalkboard

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And here is my second card:

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This card was also made with a kraft card base and red cardstock, die cut circles, Doodlebug Design‘s Tape Measure washi tape and school icons from SU! sets (old ones)!! Letters are from various dollar store abc stamp sets I had!!

I am linking this card up to these challenges:
Mojo Monday # 410 

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The Kraft JournalChallenge # 236 Take Your Pick

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I used Ruler, Washi Tape, Red, Apple and Die Cut!!

CropStop BlogLinky Party # 7 

I used products from Doodlebug Design which has products in the CropStop Shop

As always I am so glad you came – please leave me some love – it makes me SMILE when you do!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Enjoy Today – A card for the First Day of School

Yes, I played for a little while in my craft room today – it was quite dreary here – liked it, but that is because I like the rain. But it was definitely a stay home and be in your PJ’s all day kind of day for me!!

I was playing around with some challenges and came up with this card for my granddaughter on her First Day of school –

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I will have her parents give it to her on the morning of that much longed for First Day!!

I created this card with washi tape from Doodlebug Design – all 4 of them are part of the Back to School Collection! They are called Apple a day, Tape Measure, School Stripe, and  Colored Pencils!! Aren’t they all adorable??!!!!!!!

For the stamping on this card I used A Penny Black set called Sweet Wishes – it is primarily a Birthday set but I used the 2 sizes of stars and the Enjoy Today sentiment for this card!!

I colored the stars in with a Prismacolor yellow marker and then I added some bling – gems,  by my stars!!

I want to link up to the following challenges:

Clear It Out ChallengeTheme: One Layer / Stash: Washi Tape

Shopping Our Stash# 212 Diamonds’ are a Girls Best Friend (use bling)

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Crafty Creations Challenges# 294 Four (use 4 of something)

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I used 4 different Washi Tapes, I stamped 4 stars and added 4 gems!!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeAnything Goes (showcasing Penny Black products)

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I used the Penny Black set called Sweet Wishes for my sentiment and the stars!!

I am so excited to give this card to my granddaughter – she is adorable and such a sweetheart!! She AND her sisters add so much wonderful-ness to my life!!!

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Have a BEAUTIFUL day!! Hope you find time to make something one-of-a-kind, super special for someone you care about!!

Stenciling & Blending Challenges – Card 2

Shh!! The girls are napping – so I am rushing in with one more card for 2 challenges!!

Here is my card:

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Using the same stencil as before I created another masculine birthday card!!!

It is going to these two challenges:

# 1 One – Layer Simplicity ChallengeOLS13: You Blend! Since I blended, and sponged on the colors I think this fits!!!

# 2 Craft Stamper Magazine – Take It Make It Challenge: February (Stenciling) This card is ALL ABOUT the stenciling!!

So sorry about the super quick post but the cute girlies will be awake soon and ready for some more Nana time!!

Thank you for dropping by and I will see you all again SOON!!!

Stenciling & Blending Challenges – Card 1

I am sneaking in again while my cute little girlies are sleeping!! At the end of this post there are two pics of some things we have done while my son and his wife have been gone!!

But for now here is my Stenciled & Blended card:

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I used a stencil given to me by a friend and a Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze inkpad!! This was a fun guy card to do –

It is going to these two challenges:

# 1 One – Layer Simplicity ChallengeOLS13: You Blend! Since I blended, and sponged on the colors I think this fits!!!

# 2 Craft Stamper Magazine – Take It Make It Challenge: February (Stenciling) This card is ALL ABOUT the stenciling!!

So now for the pics I promised – we decorated doors for each of their parents!! Daddy’s office door and Mommy’s bedroom door! Here are pictures:

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Mom door – it says “My Mom is Marvelous and Magnificent”

The m & m’s were cut out by the oldest granddaughter and I drew m’s on them and the two littlest ones had so much fun taping them on!!

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Dad door – it says “Our Daddy is Dino – Mite”

The girls colored dinosaurs and we cut them out and then taped them all over daddy’s door!!!

So, we have been doing letter days since I have been here –

the first day was K for Miss K girlie- we made paper kangaroos with a pocket,

and then we did P for Papa – this day was super fun, we had a pizza picnic at the park,

then came B for Butlers – we made little books about bears for this day,

We had an N for Nana day – and we Had a Nana Night and all slept together in Nana’s room,

next was D for Daddy – and this was when we decorated his door,

and today is M day – that is when we added m & m’s to mom’s door!!

Tomorrow is L is for Miss L girlie, and then on Tuesday we will do S for Miss S girlie!!!

We have just been doing so many fun things together – love my girlies!!!!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit – I am really glad you did!!!

Fun with the Granddaughters

I have been Missing in Action here on my blog and the reason why is because I spent several days with my three beautiful granddaughters.  I was babysitting them and we were having as much fun as we could.  I really did try to make life beautiful for them and me.  We painted…

 

We enjoyed an afternoon of painting!!

We enjoyed an afternoon of painting!!

And we played Play-Doh…

Some beautiful flowers we crafted from Play-Doh

Some beautiful flowers we crafted from Play-Doh

We drew pictures with sidewalk chalk…

We made lots and lots of rainbows with chalk!!

We made lots and lots of rainbows with chalk!!

Then we put together lots of puzzles…

This is only one of about 10 different puzzles we did together!

This is only one of about 10 different puzzles we did together!

And last but certainly not least we painted Rainbows on our fingernails and toenails…

We painted the colors of the rainbow on their fingers and their toes!

We painted the colors of the rainbow on their fingers and their toes!

We had lots of fun together and made many beautiful memories, in the next little while I want to make mini albums for each of them of all the fun we had together.   But now you know why I have been missing from my blog – I haven’t had time with all this fun I was busy having!! I am very grateful for the time I had with them so we could create beautiful memories.

Hope you have a Beautiful day!!

Grandparenting is Fun!!

Good Morning and Welcome to April!!

There’s no “fool”ing around on this blog, just ideas to inspire you to make beautiful things!!

So, I am the lucky grandparent (Nana) to 3 beautiful girls and a little boy. A year or so ago –  my son, his wife, and the 3 girls moved away from where we live to another state.  A couple months after they had moved, I planned a trip to spend time with them and spoil them and whatnot.

I knew that I wanted to make meaningful, beautiful memories with them so I carefully planned some activities to do and treats to have.  I started with a theme – crayons and colors.  I started by making a chart that had crayon stickers on popsicle sticks which the girls would pull out of the crayon box one at a time when it was activity time. We did them typically mid-morning, after nap, and after dinner.  Each color crayon corresponded to a color activity package to open.  The chart is pictured here:

Pick a crayon and open an activity package featuring that color!!

Pick a crayon and open an activity package featuring that color!!

And here are the color packages wrapped and ready to go:

Color packages - to be opened when the corresponding colored crayon is pulled from the crayon box chart. Also pictured is an ABC sticker book to be made with my girlies!!

Color packages – to be opened when the corresponding colored crayon is pulled from the crayon box chart.
Also pictured is an ABC sticker book to be made with my girlies!!

One of the funnest thing about these packages was coming up with colored treats to match!  Here is what I came up with :

Colored treats -  to go in the coordinating color package to open.

Colored treats – to go in the coordinating color package to open.

In each package I tried to include something we could do together – a puzzle, a folder game, a sticker book, pictures to color, bubbles,a matching game, sorting games and so on.  Many ideas I adapted from ones I had seen on Pinterest and also I scoured the Dollar Tree and the Target Dollar Spot for fun items to put in the packages.

I am thrilled to say that the girls had fun with all that we did and I feel blessed that I was able to make beautiful memories with them.

I am off to visit them next week so I am coming up with a new theme, a chart, and matching treats and activities to do with them this time.  I hope that they feel special and realize how much their Nana cares for them.  I plan to do a post next week of whatever fun & beautiful times we have.

Happy Tuesday and Welcome to April!!

I am thankful for all of you and that’s no “fool”ing!!!

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