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Friday, September 20, 2013

Owl Bags

Hi Everyone!

There's no question about it. Owls are most definitely "in" this year.  The back to school card I made for Marie has owls on it.  Some of the notes I've written to Annie were written on owl cards.  I have owl salt and pepper shakers that Robbie gave me last Christmas sitting on the dining room table.  There are 3 owls displayed on the 3 tiered basket that hangs over my kitchen sink.  Diane gave me the felt one.  Robbie gave me one of them and I bought the other one myself. 

The door of my classroom is decorated with owls to welcome students to our classroom.  Each year I give them a box of 24 crayons, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick to keep at home to use for their family engagement activities.  This year I made each of them an owl gift bag for those supplies so that they can find them when they need them. 

I used a scalloped die to cut the white circles around their eyes and then added large googly eyes to the white.  The googly eyes have eyelashes on them.  The beaks are made from scraps of yellow tag.  I gave each owl 2 real feathers to add texture to the bag. 

Have a great day!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thank you cards

Hi Everyone!

I needed to write a couple of thank you notes and realized that I didn't have any thank you cards.  I decided to make myself a dozen of them.  I dug into my paper stash and pulled out an 8" x 8" paper pad that Angela gave me for my birthday.  It's called "New Leaf" and is made by First Edition .  To help limit my paper choices I chose to work with just that one pad.  I tried to use my "scraps" as I worked.

My wooden "thank you" stamps are displayed together on the shelves that are just above my work table.  All of my clear "thank you" stamps are stored together in a cd case.  I put all of them on my desk and got to work.  The papers and my photographs are a little dark, but I wanted to share the cards with you tonight so here they are.

The "thanks a bunch" sentiments on the first 2 cards were created with a Lockhart stamp.

I used a die to create the "thanks" sentiment on this card.

I cut 5 white sentiments and a pale orange one for this card.  I used my Xyron X runner to add adhesive to each of them.  Then I layered them on top of each other. 

I used my Standard Circle Nestability dies to cut the circles for this card.  The sentiment was created with a wooden Penny Black stamp.  The layering paper is much prettier than it looks in the photograph.  There are tiny button brads on the circle that has the sentiment.
I used my Standard Circle Nestability dies for this card too.

The sentiment on this card was created with a Judi Lynn wooden stamp.  The orange flower is a brad.
The sentiments on the next 2 cards were created with a wooden stamp from A Country Welcome.

The sentiment on the next card was created with a wooden Stampendous stamp.

Not sure which company created the clear stamp that I used to create the sentiment on this next card.

I used a clear stamp from the Hero Arts Sending Smiles across the Miles clear stamp set to create the sentiment on today's last card.  The sentiment is adhered to the card with foam tape.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch to cut the edge of the floral paper. 

As you can see each card was created with patterned paper and just one sentiment stamp so they came together fairly quickly.  It was a great way to make myself 12 cards in one afternoon. 

Have a nice night. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Note Cards

Good Morning Everyone!

Not sure why I got up so early, but I did and that means I have time to write this post before I get ready for work.  I am going to share a few of the note cards that I made for my sisters.  I recreated a couple of cards that I made years ago.  First up, "just saying hello".

The telephone was created with a Lawn Fawn stamp.  I cut the receiver off of the phone and added a jewelry wire cord to it.  The phone and the receiver are attached to the card with foam tape.  I store all of my clear "hello" stamps together in a cd case so I don't have to search through my clear stamp sets to find that sentiment. 

Years later this Hero Arts frog still makes me smile.  I stamped and fussy cut him.  I used a gold and a white Uniball pen to color in his spots and flowers.  I also used the gold pen to color in the tops of the DRS Designs cattails.  The cattails stamp is tall.  I stamped 3 times to create the cattails in different heights.  I used foam tape to adhere the frog to the card so that it looks as if he's sitting in front of the cattails.
When I saw the Paper Smooches "Squeaky Clean" clear stamp I HAD to buy it.  So many times my friends have shared one story or another with me and when I thought about what had happened to them I said to myself (or to them), "That sucks!"  Admit it.  Doesn't that card make you smile!  The chandelier was created with a stamp from Lawn Fawn's "How Delightful" clear stamp set.  I used Versa Mark ink to stamp it and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

The humidity doesn't seem quite as bad today.  There wasn't even a puff of air outside yesterday.

Have a great day!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Paula and Pam

Hi Everyone!

Today is officially the 50th birthday of my sisters, Paula and Pam.  I talked with Paula earlier today and learned that their package arrived safely and they loved the paper crafts I sent them.   Since it is their birthday I will share a couple of other birthday cards with you.

I used a rub on from SEI for the "life's a party" sentiment.  The balloons were created with a Lockhart stamp and the paper is from DCWV. 

"It's your day" is another rub on from SEI.  The bird and the balloon were created with clear stamps from the Hero Arts "Wonderful Birthday" set.  I added some pink polka dotted Washi tape, a cupcake brad from Eyelet Outlet, and some confetti stickers to the card. 

Please post some comments to wish Paula and Pam a Happy 50th birthday.

Have a great night!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Black and White Note Card

Hi Everyone!

I've written about my 92 year old friend Annie many times.  We have been friends for 38 years.  Annie prefers snail mail to email so we write letters to each other and mail them!

Today a store bought note card arrived from Annie. 

I really liked the look of that note card and decided to create something similar for Annie.

I used a Denami Design stamp to create the card.  Before I started to stamp I pounced an Embossing Magic Pouch across my card.  The powdery substance prevents stray embossing powder from sticking where it's not wanted.  I used my Versamark Ink Pad to stamp the image on my card.  There's no pattern to the stamped images. I just played with the stamp.  The little lizard sticker is covering an OOPS!  (Don't tell Annie!)

Have a nice night!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Good Morning Everyone!

I love the owl trend that seems to be happening in every kind of business.  I decided to use that theme for a couple of the cards I made for Paula and Pam.

The owl buttons on those cards are from Favorite Findings.  The papers are from Lawn Fawn.

Marie heads back to her last year of graduate school today.  I couldn't be prouder of her.  I picked her up a couple of gift cards and made her this card.

I hope that you have a nice day!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Calendar for Paula

Hi Everyone!

This Sunday my twin sisters, Paula and Pam, will celebrate their 50th birthday.  I decided to make them some cards and other paper crafts for their gifts. 

Paula told me that she uses the desktop calendar that I created for her for 2012 every day so I decided to make her a 2013 calendar.  The calendar will be stored and displayed in a cd case.  I removed the cover to the cd case and reversed it so that it can stand. 

Here are a few of the pages from the calendar.

Have a great night!