Category Archives: My family

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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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 😉

Paper Pumpkin July 2015 redo

My baby girl has been keeping me busy! I have found a lot of time to craft (even to hold my first class) but not much time to blog. But I am getting caught up now. Up first is a paper pumpkin redo from July 2015 “Thanks a Latte”. I was not very keen on the sample provided, but I am pleased with this adaptation. I added in some tangelo twist butterflies – they made it an elegant thank you card. I am excited that there is a tea stamp and die set in the new occasions catalogue. I am getting it right at the beginning of the next quarter!

Tool kit (all available from my Stamping’ Up! store):

Bitty Butterfly Punch

Tangelo twist ink

Papillon clear mount set

Thanks a latte kit (while stocks last!)

Back to this little thing – more projects to come soon

Birthday card for a 2 year old.

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This weekend my son was invited to his friend’s second birthday party – he definitely had an awesome time at her ‘Bubble Guppies’ themed do and enjoyed playing with a whole new set of toys.

Off to the party - my son in his snazzy hat
Off to the party – my son in his snazzy hat

I made a very simple card for her birthday – making something ‘child friendly’ (especially so young) was new to me, but I figured it would be a fun challenge. I am trying to challenge myself to a card a week!

Tool kit (all available from my Stamping’ Up! store):

Other tools:

Assembly:

Stampin up stars little buddy birthday card

 

Again, super easy assembly, all you need to know is that my two pieces of DSP were cut at 4.5″x1.5″ and 3.5″x1.5″; and the DSP was cut at 1/2″ bigger all around (5″x2″ for one piece; 4″x2″ for another).

The basic card is, as usual 8.5″x11″ paper, cut in half (8.5″ x 5.5″) and folded at 4.25″ – final card size 4.25″ x 5.5″.

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As ever, if you don’t want to make it, you can always pick it up from my Etsy store.

Now, I although I followed my last goal and went for more color, I still need to break away from 2 dominant colors… next time perhaps.

Happy Stamping!