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


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.


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.


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 🙂



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.


Easy Class Valentines


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!


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



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.

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