Today was the first day of school here in our neck of the woods. And let me tell you, it was a day for me. It’s a long story but I’ll try to keep it short. My youngest son started school when he was 3 1/2 yrs old. Which was in May of 2007. I was devasted that he needed to do that. I had left my job when he was born to stay at home to care for him and then at 3 1/2 the doctors tell me early intervention is the key. My son has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS. He has a mild form of autism. So with all my fears I meet his new teacher and two teachers aides and find these three people are the most amazing people. I liken them to my angels. I am so very thankful that they are teaching my son. So at the end of the year last year they tell me they want him to start Pre-K. They think he is ready to try. So all summer I work on preparing myself for this new part of the journey. And so I enter into the Pre-K orientation today prepared to handle this like an adult and end up crying like a big ole baby. Did I embarrass myself or what! Oh by the way my son was very happy and excited to go back to school today. Yes he was up at 4:30am this morning talking to me. It seems that I was the only one with issues. And for the record I do like his Pre-K teacher and teacher’s aide. He still goes to his other class in the afternoon so I think all is well. But it took until 10:00pm for me to decide this. AND now he wants to ride the bus!!!
So with all that said, I try to make a little something for the teachers throughout the year. So I decided to alter some notebooks for them (all 5 of them) to start the year off. I made all of them using the Simply Scrappin’ Kit Primary Colors. Yes, it’s retired. I know. I know. If you haven’t noticed the pattern, I have a hard time letting go. And of course I used my new Big Shot. Yes, I love that thing. I made them all different but the next one was CASE’d from a card on the front cover of the Cards magazine Aug 2007.
If you notice, I didn’t do any stamping on any of the notebooks, so this project turned out to be really quick and easy. Well if you set aside the time that my brain was burning and hurting trying to come up with an idea. I made all of these with just one kit and a few extra embellishments (brads, buttons, ribbon, kite string and metal tags). And I have a whole lot of the kit left.
Well it’s starting to get late and I need to go dream about my son riding the bus! I hope that everyone’s day ended as good as mine. My son was happy when I put him in the bed!
Thanks for listening.
And if anyone wants to leave any comments with ideas for the next round of teachers gifts, I’d be thankful. It looks like Halloween will be up!
Well if this isn’t the most amazing thing! Now, I know to some it might not seem like alot but I can’t believe it. I started this blog in February of this year and I was wondering who might want to look at the things I was doing besides close friends and family. I just want to say thank you to everyone that checks out my blog and yes even to those that check it by accident, thank you too.
Tangerine Tango! I love this color. It’s one of the new colors in the Stampin’ Up! In Color line. I really was skeptical of the new In Colors. They seemed so..different. And I’m one of those people that just have difficulty with change but when I got my hands on all of them, Oh my, I just love all of them. Now, I haven’t parted with last years In Colors yet and I can’t say if that will ever happen.
So I needed to make a birthday card and really wanted to use the Tangerine Tango. Did I tell you that I just love that color? So I checked out some of the new color combinations of the new designer papers and I really liked the colors of the DSP Haiku. So that is where I started.
First I stamped the background for the petals using Tangerine Tango ink on Tangerine Tango card stock. Then I stamped the petals (and flower center) with Basic Black ink over the Tangerine Tango background and cut them out with scissors. Then I stamped the petal for the leaf on the Old Olive card stock and cut out. I punched the photo corner out of So Saffron card stock. I stamped the stem in Basic Black ink directly on the textured card stock. Then I assembled everything. I used a dimensional under the flower center. Super duper easy!
Stamp Sets: Pick a Petal, Stem Sayings and Polka Dots & Paisleys (retired)
Inks: Basic Black and Tangerine Tango Classic inks
Papers: Textured Old Olive, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango and So Saffron card stock
Accessories: Rich Regal Buttons (So Saffron), Vintage brads (black), linen thread, Photo Corners punch and Stampin’ Dimensionals
Don’t you just love the colors on this card? I made this card with one of the new Simply Sent Card Elements Kits in the new Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog. It’s called Flower Power. It comes with everything you need to make cards. It includes photos and instructions.You can also purchase the coordinating Wow Flowers stamp set. I think it’s just so …. happy.
Now I did not follow the instructions when I made this card. I really wanted to use my new scallop punch and I like to sew on my cards if I can. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was a little girl and I really enjoy it but don’t really have time to make anything so if I can sew on a card or scrapbook, I do. So ta-dah!
I hope you like it.
Stamp Sets: None
Paper: Whisper White card stock
Accessories: Simply Sent Card Elements Kit (Flower Power), Circle Rhinestone brad, Earth Elements brad, scallop punch, 1/16" circle punch, sewing machine and thread.
Even though you won’t be able to get the Carousel Notes in Groovy Guava any more, the word from 08 Stampin’ Up! Convention is that the Carousel Notes will be returning in brand new colors…Ruby Red, Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze! Yeah!
This is one of the girly birthday cards I promised. And as usual I was just getting around to using things that are retired. But Lo and Behold, it didn’t turn out so bad this time.
I cut a circle out of the Afternoon Tea Designer paper using the Coluzzle circle template, then I roughed up the edges using the cutter kit and lightly inked the edge with chocolate chip ink. I attached the circle to the carousel note and sewed three wobbly circles around it with white thread. Then I inked the edges of the carousel note with chocolate chip ink. I attached a torn piece of chocolate chip card stock to the left side and sewed it to the card. Then I stacked the flowers and attached them using a rhinestone brad. I inked the edges of the card stock flowers – I used Soft Sky ink on the Groovy Guava card stock and Chocolate Chip ink on the Soft Sky card stock. I stamped, punched and attached the celebrate label (I inked the label with Soft Sky ink) , then I added the small flower with a silver brad. Then finally I stamped the butterfly with Groovy Guava on Whisper White card stock and cut it out. I inked the edges of the butterfly with Soft Sky, too. I glued the clear micro beads from the Pink Duo in the middle. After the glue dried I attached it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I made the antenae out of silver wire and attached them with a mini glue dot. After everything was complete I attached a Soft Sky Carousel to the back to cover up the brads and threads on the back side.
I hope you like!
I haven’t made the other girly birtthday card I have to make yet…OK BELATED birthday card! I have been so busy trying to catch up from being on vacation for a week!
In addition, I have been extremely busy trying to decide which Sizzix Big Shot package I was going to buy. The one WITH the doctor’s bag or the one WITHOUT. And which dies I wanted to go with it and so on. Naturally I decided on the one WITH the bag. I really, really needed it! Hopefully it will be here in time for my Open House/Pick Up Your New Catalog event on Saturday! I’m going to keep my fingers crossed.
To read more about Stampin’ Up!’s new Sizzix Big Shot die cut machine click on the photo in the upper right corner!
Stamp Sets: Priceless, Labelicious
Inks: Groovy Guava, Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip Classic inks
Papers: Carousel Notes Groovy Guava and Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White card stock and Afternoon Tea DSP
Accessories: Pretties Kit (large & small flowers), 5-Petal Flower punch, flower punch (ret), Designer Label punch, Fire Circle Rhinestone brad (small), silver brad, Pink Duo beads (the clear ones), silver wire (ret), Stampin’ Dimensionals, mini glue dots, Coluzzle Cutting System, Cutter Kit, sewing machine and white thread.