Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wish Big

Here's a card I made for my BIL's birthday a while back. I used Rustic Cream for the card base, Smokey Shadow for the squares, and some unknown dark orange cardstock. Star Prints was used for the sentiment and the stars and then Background Basic: Retro was used to create the stripes on the card base. You can see that I boogered on the stripes - the stamp slipped and I was in too much of a hurry to redo it. Oops!

Hope you're enjoying your Father's Day! Here's a couple pics of DH with the two kids in his life that call him "Dad." They were taken at the pumpkin patch last year so a bit old but not too bad. Guess I better get some more pictures of them together!

Until next time...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Teacher Gifts

Holy cow! It's been a long time. Funny how life has a way of prioritizing itself for you, isn't it?! We've been so busy lately with ball games (soccer, t-ball, and softball) and I've been working most Saturdays so all that seems to push blogging right down to the bottom of the priority list. I have managed to get some crafting time in though.

I know the end of the school year has passed for most folks but I wanted to show you the gifts I made for my kids' teachers. I took this idea directly from Betsy's blog. I loved the idea the moment I saw it and I must say they turned out quite darling. I'll definitely be trying this one again - so cute for holding gift cards! Even DH said they were neat, which is much higher on the compliment list than, "that's nice, dear." lol

I used the PTI large glassine bag and folded it in half. Then I measured the tag that my gift card was going to be on and sewed two straight lines so that they form a pocket on the front of the card. I then cut a piece of paper for the front; this ruler PP is from Cosmo Cricket. Seemed appropriate for a teacher card. :)

Here you can see how the card looks from the "back" (this is the other style I made.) You can also see the stitching on this one a little easier since I used red thread.

Here's a close-up of the pocket for the gift card to slip into. I used Top Note and Text Style (you can barely see it but it's there on the bottom of the circles.) You can also see a bit of the inside of the card.

Here's the inside of the card. I had some leftover "school" PP so adhered that to the inside and had the kids write a note to their teacher. We were in a hurry and against my better judgment I had my kindergartner just start writing without thinking it through and writing it on scratch paper first so that he could just copy it. This is what I get - lots of scribbles! :) Hope his teachers don't mind!

Lastly, I put the card inside a large glassine bag, topped with a scalloped strip that had been stamped with arbitrary letters from Outline Alphabet. Doesn't that look like chalk on a chalkboard? I know teachers don't use chalkboards anymore but, alas, I don't know how to make it look like a "smart board." :~) A pretty gingham ribbon and it's good to go.

I don't know if anyone is still checking my blog since it's been so long but, if you do, thank you so much! I hope to post again soon - many cards and even a few scrapbook pages I'd love to share with you. Have a great day!