A+ Teacher Card

After laundry, cleaning and dishes I finally got to get my craft on – My first card is pretty simple!!

Here is my card for an A+ teacher:


It is a kraft card base and I used the images from a My Favorite Things  set that is called LLD Document It – School Days – I stamped the images in Real Red, Summer Sun, Brilliant Blue and Basic Black!  I wanted to make the letters stand out more so I traced them with a black pen!

Linking up this card to the following challenges:

Sunday Stamps – SSC # 106: Let’s Get Sketchy!!


My Favorite Things Sketch ChallengeWednesday Sketch Challenge # 240


The Kraft Journal Challenge # 235: Back to School


Well, I think this will make any teacher feel really good – maybe I will give it to my son’s teacher with a treat at Parent Teacher Conferences in October!! Tell her she is doing an A+ job!!

Thanks for looking – Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Guest Designing at 4 Crafty Chicks – week 1

Well, Hello to all you fabulous folks!!!

I have some fun news – I am Guest Designing for 4 Crafty Chicks this month!!


For this first week of August the Challenge is # 258 Back To School – It will run for a week!! And Leanne is our host

It would be so great if you came over and joined us!!

Here is the card I made for this challenge:


It was made using a set from My Favorite Things that is called LLD Document It – School Days – I used circle dies to cut the green circle and the apple circle!! I used twine and wrapped it around the card – I used 2 colors: red and green!! The apple did not stamp very clearly but it says Back to School on it!! Sequins were added and I was done!!

I also want to link up to this challenge:

Viva La Verve SketchesJuly 2015 Week 5 Sketch


I used the twine to create the horizontal lines!!

This was a fun card to make and I think it will be for my son’s new 6th grade teacher for the first day of school!!

Thanks for the visit and we would love for you to join us over at 4 Crafty Chicks for the challenge over there!!

Have a wonderful day & make something BEAUTIFUL!!

Thanks Teacher!!

Here is another card I made today:


I needed a Teacher Thank You so I pulled out my Doodlebug Back to School Collection and made some banners with the pattern papers in this collection – added a notebook background, and used a pencil sticker and a pencil sprinkle!!

Linking up to these challenges:

Always Playing with Paper The Challenge # 36 {Theme Challenge – Celebrating Teachers}

May Theme Challenge

I used the pencils in the picture as the focal point for this card!!

Get Creative ChallengesChallenge # 15 Ingredient Challenge –

Using 1 printed paper, 1 fiber, and 1 sticker! I hope my twine counts as a fiber – then I have got printed paper and a sticker!!

SSS Simon Monday Challenge Challenge: Thank You


So, there it is, another product of my creative time for today!!

So glad you came by!!

DoubleClick Skittles – You’re the Best!

Welcome to the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! We are in week 2 of our current challenge! Just a few days left to join the fun!
Come Join in with us for challenge #20 over at DoubleClick!!

Dates: April 15, 2015 – April 28, 2015

Challenge: For a Teacher or Thank You!

Have you checked out all the Skittle Color choices? You can view them all HERE!

Here is the card I made for this post:


Frosty Kisses, Citrus, and Clover Skittles by DoubleClick

Used Stampin’ Up! Crayon Kids stamp set and watercolored in those crayons!!

I hope you will come and join us for this challenge!!!


Skittles are not required to enter this challenge

One entry per person
No back linking
Must follow theme
When linking up use your project link not your blog link
Must Link back to this challenge and reference DoubleClick Skittles
Be A follower of DoubleClick and leave a comment after linking up
Visit and Comment on the Guest Designer post
Prize is open to US residents only but anyone can enter

 Prize winner will receive:

Winner will be announced: May 2, 2015

I would like to thank Abusybee for having me as her Guest Designer for April – I HAVE HAD SO MUCH FUN!!!! So thanks!!!

That is it for me for now – I will be making another post later today!!

I hope your day is glorious and full of sunshine!!!




Light It Up Blue Blog Hop – Winner from my blog

~ DoubleClick Skittles post is here ~

~If you missed DAY 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 of  the 12 Days of Doodlebug – click here or here or here or here or here~

I am popping in this morning to announce my winner for the

Light It Up Blue Blog Hop


My winners have been chosen by random.org – There were 53 comments  – So I decided to do 2 winners!!!

So the winners are –

# 23  Viki B 

# 28 Michele K Henderson

Congratulations Viki and Michele!! Please send me an email soon with your mailing address so I can get your prize mailed out to you!!

Thanks for coming by and Thank you ALL so much for the great hop and all the fun and sweet comments that you left here on my blog!!!

Have an awesome day!!!


A “Happy September” Chocolate Cozy

Sometime ago I saw this idea at my Card Club that I attend at my friend and SU! demonstrator’s house!  She called it a chocolate cozy and she had gotten the idea off of SplitCoastStampers in the gallery!! Here is a link to it!  The link tells you to go to this site PrettyPaperCards.com for a tutorial on how to make it!!

I decided that I wanted to make some of these for the office ladies, Principal and my son’s teacher at our elementary school.  I decided on the # 4 because that is how many cozies you can create from one 12 by 12 piece of patterned paper!

To make mine I cut a piece of Doodlebug Design paper that had apples on it – it was from the Fruit Stand Collection.  It was perfect for this project.  I also had an apple tag and a Doodlebug stamp set with an apple in it that I used in my decorative process. So I cut the paper into 4 – 6 by 6 squares, scored them according to the decorations in the tutorial listed above. Then folded it up the way it said to. I picked ribbon to match my paper and twine to tie it off with.  Added a stamped apple to either side and added a “Happy September” tag when I tied the twine!!

Here is a pictures of the front of my chocolate cozy’s:


Here I have given you a view from the side:


And then, finally a line-up of all 4 finished cozy’s – all ready for delivery:


They were pretty easy to make – the hardest thing was the scoring but after doing one I got the hang of it real quick – I did use my Martha Stewart scoring board for that!!  I suggest practicing on a spare piece of 6 by 6 paper so you get the hang of it and then you will always have a pattern also!

I gave these away this week and hope my recipients enjoyed them!

It was fun to add some chocolate to something beautiful and say “Happy September” to some ladies who do so much for our school!! They are always so awesome and helpful!!

Hope you will give these a try  – they really are fun and I have given you the places to go to understand how to make them!! So, please Go Forth – create beauty and share it!!!

An Apple for the Teacher

This card was made specifically for some challenges – I will list them in a minute!

I think this card will be for my son’s teacher!! Here is how it looks:

An Apple to say Thanks to your Teacher!!

An Apple to say Thanks to your Teacher!!

To create this card I used the Fall Fun set, yet another old set from Stampin’ Up! I had some red 3/4″ grosgrain ribbon and this burlap trim that I won in a giveaway that I used.  Came together very easily after I fussy cut the apple and the leaf!

I based my card on this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch # 91 –


And I am entering  this challenge over at The Card Concept – Challenge # 18: Back to School

I feel like my card fits the Classy & Elegant style as shown on the blog!!


Cupcake Inspirations is having a challenge # 277 – Here is the photo:

CIC277 (1)

ETA: I was part of the Sweet Six over at Cupcake Inspirations!! Here’s my badge –

Sweet Six

Another challenge I am entering is Docerela Creations Blog – Challenge # 69: School

I am linking this up to the Simply Create Too blog- challenge # 69 Show Us Something New – what is new about my card is the burlap trim that is featured under the apple!

I am really happy about being able to join so many challenges!! And to boot, I already have a great thank you card for my son’s teacher!  How fun to create beautiful things for people!  Have a wonderful day!!

I will be back tomorrow showing you something I made for some ladies at my son’s school!!

See you then!

Teacher Appreciation Doors

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up — May 5th through the 9th! I thought I would share a bunch of Doors I decorated during a Teacher Appreciation Week a few years ago.  I did the door for my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher and then I made posters for the many other people who help out at the school.  This was the tradition at my children’s school that every teacher and worker at the school be recognized during Teacher Appreciation Week.

For my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher I went with an artist theme – using a palette and a paintbrush.  Here is how it looked –

Mrs Belliston has "painted" a love of learning in us!! She is the "Artist" -- we are her "Masterpieces"!

Mrs Belliston has “painted” a love of learning in us!! She is the “Artist” — we are her “Masterpieces”!

I wrote punny sayings on each color – here is what they said –

  • Purple – She adds “color” to our life in every way!
  • Orange – “Orange” you glad she loves all of us!
  • Yellow – Her smile is as bright as yellow Sunshine!
  • Blue – We’d be so “blue” without her!
  • Red – She is always “red”dy to teach us!
  • Green – Other school’s are “green” with envy that she’s our teacher!!
  • Pink –  We are tickled “pink” that she is our teacher!

I was really very excited that it turned out so well.  All of the components were drawn and cut out of colored butcher paper.

So next I did a poster for the teacher’s aide:

We are so "Grape"ful for Mrs Downs!!

We are so “Grape”ful for Mrs Downs!!

For the Principal of the School, I put this on his door –

We appreciate you!! Mr Carter is just our "Tie"pe!!!

We appreciate you!! Mr Carter is just our “Tie”pe!!!

For the lovely ladies that work in the school office — this went on their counter:

We're so glad we "picked" these Secra"cherries" for our school!! Without them our school would be the "Pits"!

We’re so glad we “picked” these Secra”cherries” for our school!! Without them our school would be the “Pits”!

Our Librarian’s door I decorated with a kite –

Mrs. Mauerman our librarian) helps our love of reading "Soar"!!

Mrs. Mauerman our librarian) helps our love of reading “Soar”!!

We could not leave out the 5 wonderful women who worked in our lunchroom. Here is their poster –

No "Beans" about it - our Lunch Ladies are the Best!!

No “Beans” about it – our Lunch Ladies are the Best!!

And last but not least some other helpers at the school – Speech Therapist, Psychologist, and School Nurse:

These helpers are so "Bloomin" Great!!

These helpers are so “Bloomin” Great!!

I enjoyed this opportunity to create beautiful posters to show my daughter’s teacher and other helpers at her school how much we care and appreciate the hard work they do every day in behalf of the children of our school.  I hope maybe this will inspire you in some way  if you are responsible for this kind of project at the school in your neighborhood.

And Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all you amazing teachers out there!!!

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Appreciation Matters! Day 6

You "Paws"itively make us "Smile"!

You “Paws”itively make us “Smile”!

When you are thinking up a fun way to express thanks individualize it to the person.  This treat here is an example of a treat made for our Educational Support Professionals (Aides) at our school.  Since it was for people at our school  I picked  blue & gold paper to craft this thank you out of since they are our school colors.  The play on the word “Paws” came about since our mascot is a Bengal Tiger and much of our school’s graphics displays paw prints.  I had found these simple bright yellow smiley face magnets and 2 of them fit very nicely in the paper pouch I made along with some scrunchies that were , yep – you guessed it yellow and blue.  Do you just love the wave of school spirit coming off of this here treat note?!?  By stamping a paw print and adding it as an accent I was then able to come up with my corny saying.  You “Paws”itively Make us “Smile”!!   Ta Dah a treat note with a double play on words!

Well, what you see here is what I call a “sour cream pouch”. They are really very easy to make – take a 3″ by 4″ piece of cardstock and fold it almost in half leaving about 1/2″ on one side to put adhesive on and then fold over.  Now you have a tube of sorts – at one end pinch it together and staple.   Put your items inside of stapled tube. Then take the other end of the tube and fold it the opposite way of the bottom and then staple there also.  I used my embellishments to cover up the staple.  I don’t know if these instructions make sense but soon I will do a little tutorial with pictures to show how to make it. I know sometimes it just helps to see it done to make sense.  This particular blog post is not so much about how to make this item as much as stressing the importance of a little Thank You cuteness!

Appreciation Matters! Day 5

"Pop"ping by to say Thank You!

“Pop”ping by to say Thank You!

Alrighty then, it is Day 5 of this series.  When I was preparing for our school’s Educational Support Professionals (Aides) Week I was in Pebbles in my Pocket trying to channel my creativity for this week of saying Thanks to some wonderful people!  I can’t say enough about spending time in this CUTE place – ideas are scattered all through the store and it really gets the “Cute” factor pumped up!  While I was there I came upon this project and the project I will be sharing tomorrow.  The design for the bag came from Pebbles but the corny saying I came up with. Popcorn sayings are among the highest used on treat notes. I have seen it used in so many ways so in this I wasn’t very original but I think the cuteness of the packaging helped it score points.

In doing this project I discovered a love for doilies – they “cute” things up very nicely.  In this case a button, and some twine didn’t hurt either, just added to the effect.  Taking some very simple elements and adding 2 or 3 of them can add up to a very cute, heartfelt Thank You!