Birthday themed challenge card

Stampin up celebrate today soft sky crushed curry

This is only my second ever crafting challenge – here for the Girls Gone Wild Weekend Challenge. Here was the sketch

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which is quite a classic. I liked that the post encouraged you to think about what you saw in the circle – they had a rabbit in one of theirs. I decided it made me think of a balloon (not terribly creative, but not exactly a circle either) and this cheerful card popped out while my little ‘uns were sleeping (a coordinated nap time – I couldn’t believe it!). I didn’t have long as we had to wake them up early for a 5 pm showing of ‘Peppa Pig Live!’ – UGH. While it was fun to see my toddler get really into the show, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Away from the screaming (excitement) and crying (tantrums – not my son thank goodness) and high squeaky voices and back into my very peaceful craft room. Phew.

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I am also pleased that I used my aqua painters for the first time – it was really easy to get a watercolor effect with no skill. I had hoped to create something reminiscent of sky… not sure I did, but glad I tried because I liked the end product.

The cleaning lady comes in tomorrow instead of her usual Tuesday spot – this means NO CHORES tomorrow night. If the kiddos comply (Yes, I am still wrapped around their schedules a bit, but that is because Caroline is only 4 months!) I might get to participate in “Make it Monday”. Keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂

Tool box (less the Best day Ever DSP which is retired):

 

Teacher Valentines Card

A nice cuppa stampin up

I had planned a crafty evening, and my three-year old complied by going to bed early without a fuss… my 3 month old is going through a growth spurt and had other ideas. She’s a great sleeper, just not when she is hungry. As I try not to give her bottles when she is with me, and my milk supply isn’t great, the upshot is that feeding can take a while… cutting into my precious crafting time :-0

I finally sat down at 8.15 pm, and I pump milk at 9.30, so Sam’s teacher Valentines had to be quick and easy… For Christmas the teachers got a mixing bowl with muffin mix, a whisk and the sign “We whisk you a Merry Christmas”. I thought the Cake Boss bowls were the cutest so I am giving the teachers a matching Cake Boss mug filled with teabags and a sign “I love my “tea”cher”. [geddit]. So for the cards, “You are “tea”riffic” seemed cheerily appropriate.

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Plus, I am British so it works. And I made 10 cards (2 children * (3 teachers + 2 morning supervisors)) in an hour. Nice. The pearls are my favorite part 🙂

Supplies:

Toolbox:

OK, it’s 11,44 pm and Caroline generally wakes to feed at 1. Boy, am I going to be tired tomorrow. She’s too cute to be mad at though.

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Easy Class Valentines

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My wonderful upline had a wonderful idea! The quickest and easiest class Valentines treat ever. Just take a piece of paper 6″ x 1.75″, and score vertically at 2.5″ and 3.5″.

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Fold up, add a bow – et voila! A candy holder. I made a little matching tag with “Love from Sam -x-” on the back. 21 Valentines day treats, waiting to be stuffed with candy, in 35 minutes, for less than $4. Not bad, and fun to make!

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Check out my upline’s series of other Valentines candy holders here! She even gave me the ribbon, and someone in the class “loaned” me their Valentines paper stack as I had forgotten to order any. What a lovely group.

 

Supplies (with a different stamp set which came from paper Pumpkin in January 2015!).

Paper Pumpkin June 2015 redo

June 2015 Paper pumpkin redo

 

 

 

June 2015 Paper pumpkin redo

 

I didn’t love the June 2015 paper pumpkin, but I quite liked my redo. Especially as I made the friendship one for a very dear friend, all the way over in Old Blighty.

Balloon birthday

Balloon Bouquet, balloon celebration Stampin' UP! melon mambo

 

I am so in love with these pieces from the new Occasions Catalogue – I have wanted this style of balloon since there was one in Paper Pumpkin a few months back, and of course, bundling with a punch ensures I will use it forever (I can’t resist using cut out and stamp bundles!). I also love that the ‘It’s my party’ DSP uses two of my favorite colors: Melon Mambo and Mint Macaroon with a black background to really make it pop.

By the way – my adorable newborn and equally adorable 3 year old are frying my brain and my time. That is why my writing is so short and why all my cards are “quick cards” right now – but hey, at least I am still creating.

 

Energy zapping munchkins
Energy zapping munchkins

Celebration card

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A quick and easy template – like a 3D tag on some DSP – is good to have as a go to. Here the bold colors make it stand out a little, and the bling made it feel a little more special. I love Rich Razzleberry.

Two quick and easy cards 


Quiet crafting time is a rare entity these days – it requires coordinating 2 nap times and then ignoring everything that still needs to be done after a hectic week (I’m back at work full time after dropping off Sweet Caroline at daycare – sob). So when I found a quiet hour today I poured myself a huge cup of the in my Emma Bridgewater teapot, lit a scented candle and got down to it. These two cards were super quick and easy to make, but they are some of my favorites of late. I bought the bicycle stamp set off my upline – think she’ll regret selling it now?

It was a lovely break in the madness

Teacher gift 

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I was pleased when I stumbled upon this pintrest idea. I did not want to do gift cards for the teachers – too impersonal – but I wanted to get something that I thought they had a shot at actually using. Who couldn’t use a cute mixing bowl somewhere at home? Add in muffin mix, a balloon whisk and a little cheesy joke and I think it’s cute.

An easy gift to make!

Fall thank you card

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I had an amazing thanksgiving this year – a friend in Houston took in me and my two kiddos and served up a feast – we’re talking turkey, ham, prime rib and Cornish hens! The sides were too numerous to mention… We all waddled home (even 6 week old Caroline who got the benefit of a boost in milk supply). I wanted to make a fall themed thank you card, and found the perfect DSP… Added in a retired stamp and die set (Fall Fest, given to me as a prize by my upline) and supplemented with Paper Pumpkin stamps from September 2015 (dontcha love it when you reuse your PP stamps? I feel like I’m getting a freebie set!).

 

Festive baby ;-)
Festive baby 😉
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