Saturday, February 18, 2012

Up, Up, and Away

Ashley over at Welch Creations has posted a challenge to make a shaped card. I decided to join in by creating this hot air balloon card for my sweet cousin.
The balloon is from LD Balloon Craze. I used Make-the-Cut to import the file straight from my LD library. For the card base a made a shadow layer with blackout slightly larger than the balloon itself. I copied the image, reflected it vertically, then welded the two shadows at the top.
The pattern paper is from DCWV Nana's Kids Stack. I used stickles to accent the ribbon and small gems for a little bling. I embossed the basket using the Diamonds in the Rough folder and popped it using foam pop dots.

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Projects

This first project Fisher and I worked on for a few days. One night we unwrapped a bunch of old crayons from the "crayon box" (If you have kids you know that box I'm referring to. It makes me wonder if anyone has actually completely used up a crayon?) Anyway, we broke the crayons and put the pieces into mini silicone heart cupcake cups. We baked at 230 degrees for 15 minutes.

I printed the sentiment from the computer and used my markers to color the word COLOR. The hearts were simply cut using my Cricut.
Since the Valentine included a crayon I thought it only fitting to provide a picture to color. I googled valentine coloring pages and Fisher picked out the images. My favorite is the dinosaur.

This second project uses Lettering Delights Animals Boxes and Bags. I love the convenience of LD and MTC. I simply purchased the files and downloaded them. Within minutes I was cutting this adorable little alligator bag. I put some Hershey chocolate kisses inside the bag and place in Fisher's lunch box this morning as a little surprise.

Two weeks ago I transitioned into a new position at work. I have been teaching high school math for about 14 years. I was offered a position as a high school math coach and after much thought decided to make the change. I now provide staff development and assistance to high school math teachers in my county. Today was my first day going back to the school that two weeks ago I was teaching at. I made these little gifts for the teachers there.

I found these little blocks of Belgian chocolate on sale at the local discount grocery store. I used DCWV Sweet stack for the cupcake paper which I wrapped the bar. The Lacy Circle from Spellbinders Nestabilities has quickly become one of my favorites. The stamp is a Studio G from the $1 bin at Michaels.

At the end of last night I still wanted to make something for Fisher's teachers and the ladies in the front office. This is another file from Lettering Delights called Conversation Hearts. Inside the small boxes are some Hershey's chocolate kisses.

Well, that's it. Actually that's all the ones I have pictures of. I also made a card for my DH, a card for my mom, and a box to hold some candy favors for Fisher.

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Child of God

When the Stampin' Sisters in Christ set the challenge to create a project that showed who you really are I thought about how I got started. About 14 years ago a small rubber stamp store opened up not far from the school I was teaching at and some friends and I went to check it out. We signed up for a class and from there I was hooked. This hobby had a simple beginning: a shoe box with some ink and stamps, a file folder with paper, and the kitchen table. In Corinthians 9:7 we are instructed to "give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." I found joy in giving cards to others. My hobby has greatly expanded over the years to encompass an entire corner of my livingroom.
Although I now scrapbook and make other crafty gifts I consider myself a cardmaker. I stamped this little girl. Doesn't she look like a great friend? Ready to listen and talk all night? I embossed her with clear embossing powder and then colored her with Bic Mark-It markers. I did purchase a copic blending pen which has made a difference. I still continue to work on coloring with the markers. The phrase is from My Pink Stamper. Here is a closer picture of the little girl. I just really like this stamp.

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!