Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Welcome Baby

I am a part of our school's good cheer committee and wowza there have been a lot of babies born lately. Apparently we are running out of baby cards, so I thought I would whip some up. 

I used the very simple sketch from Cas(e) This Sketch Challenge #61

and a simple pastel color selection that would suit a baby boy or girl. I used the Dots embossing folder that I got free by spending $50 at Stampin' Up for Sale-a-Bration and the cute banner punch (which was also free.) I used the little ducky stamp from Embellished Events and some sweet words from A Word for You. 

I decided to make two cards so we had more in our card store for Good Cheer. More babies are on the way and we are going to need them. 

Stay warm today!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Here's to You

I don't love coffee, don't like the way it makes my mouth feel and taste after I drink it. I stick to apple cider and hot chocolate, but I am in love with this coffee cup from the Perfect Blend set. 

It made the perfect companion for the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge #189 this week

and Color Throwdown Challenge #276

to make a sweet little congratulations card. It reminded me a bit of raising a glass to someone for a job well done... well or a coffee mug!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Message Monday: January 20th

Every week I post a new quote on the board for students. This last week it went along with a video a student sent me to show during our homeroom time. The video focuses on bullying and how name calling can hurt even when people say brush it off. The video is spoken word poetry by Shane Koyczan from tothisdayproject.com 

The quote or message I decided to share with my students was this:

I cried throughout the whole video as well as after when talking about former students who came to our school because they were bullied, didn't fit in, or were dubbed the losers or nerds because they were good at school and technology. 

It kills me to think that other people's words and perceptions have the ability to change how we feel about ourselves. Similar to what Shane says in the video, but if you can't see your beauty and worth you need to get a better mirror! 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Color Block Globe

Ever since I bought the Love You More stamp set from Stampin' Up, I have been dying to use the cute little globe that says, "You mean the world to me." Well folks, today is that day!

and Colour Q's Challenge (#224) including Island Indigo, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Going Gray, and Whisper White

Gave me the inspiration to make this simple, yet cute card. 

I took the three pops of color and stitched them together with my sewing machine. Then I colored in the globe using Pool Party and Smoky Slate markers so I could stamp the sentiment on the image instead of below it. 

I think we might use this as a Valentine's card from Owen to Papa. I love that the colors aren't too girly, which Valentine's colors tend to be. 

Thanks for looking and happy Sunday!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Flower Power

I love how the color yellow has the power to uplift even your worst day. This sweet set of colors and inspiration from Fusion Card Challenge #2 was all I needed to make an uplifting little card. 

This time I didn't use their sketch, but the Very Vanilla, So Saffron, and Going Gray color scheme and flowers gave me all I needed for this little gem. Oh, and let's not forget the bit of woodgrain. I'm obsessed with woodgrain right now. 

I love the generally muted and neutral color palette for this simple card. No frills, no bling, just simple. I feel like a Florida Orange Juice commercial right now, but seriously, I didn't think this card needed any of that. Sometimes the best things are done simply. 

Thanks for stopping and happy weekend. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hooray for Today

So Owen and I ran some errands this morning. We went to the fabric store and I don't know what it is, but I just can't stop myself from buying fabric. I don't even know what I'm going to use it for. I think I also keep buying some of the same fabrics over and over again without realizing it because I love them so much. Owen is such a good shopper too. He helped put the bolts of fabric on the counter for cutting. 

We only went to pick up the fabric for the center part of the lap quilt I'm making for our house. I loved the ones I made for the boys so much that I wanted to make one for us. So much for that idea, because I walked out of Jo-Ann Fabric with 9 fabrics. Good thing I hide my fabric right away so my husband doesn't see how much I bought. ;)

It is another warmish day is WI and the roads were a mess because all the rain froze last night, but the mini relief of our inevitable cold winter has given me inspiration to make another card with a pop of color. 

This time Cas-ual Friday #125 and The Friday Mash-Up #142 both provided inspiration with the ideas One Word and the use of twine and a birthday theme. 

Fusion #1 provided a sketch and a picture containing a beautiful color selection such as Coral, Sky Blue, and Gray. 

My card came to life by using just paper and punches. A small scallop circle and a butterfly in alternating Coral and Silver foil cardstock create the stunning centerpiece. A bit of Coral twine and a sentiment from Stampin' Up's Geometrical set and we were on our way. 

Enjoy the weekend and find your little piece of sunshine. 

Friday, January 10, 2014


Today we did a little thawing out in Wisconsin. After 40-50 below zero temps this week with the wind chill a little rain and 30 degree weather is a treat. I don't like winter weather to begin with, but I had two less days of school this week, so this little lady isn't going to complain. 

Anyway, the heat wave (little winter joke) we are having this weekend really makes me want to have spring come even quicker. Unfortunately, I think winter is going to be hanging on for quite a while longer, so I did the next best thing...I made a bubbly and bright card. 

The bright color inspiration came from Colour Q #223

My very literal interpretation of the theme came from Cas-ology's Bubbly Challenge

I used Papertrey Ink's Sketched Shapes for the bubbles and Stampin' Up's Geometrical for the sentiment. 

Enjoy your heat wave!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winner, Winner

I am so thrilled to announce that this little lady received honorable mention at the Fusion Challenge for the red, white, and kraft card I made about a week ago. 


honorable mention (Mashup Glamette) for The Friday Mashup

Go me! Yeah, sometimes it is the little things!