Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Final Teacher Thank You

Although I had started this card a couple of weeks ago, I finally got to finish it last night.  It is the final "Thank You" card for my son's teachers.  You can read about how awesome they are here.

Luckily, this card also applies to the latest Young Crafters Unite! Challenge.

What did I learn?  How to color!  Very appropriate for a teacher thank you don't you think?  This is my first attempt at coloring with Copic markers.  I liked the way it turned out, but I do have two wishes.  One, I wish the image was a little larger.  Two, I wish I had more skin tone markers to give him more depth.  At least now I know what to put on my wish list!  So how about I show you the card finally??

Supplies: Patterned paper (Recollections), Recess stamp set and twine (SU), Copic markers, Blue pen (CM), foam square adhesive

I wrote a note to each teacher thanking them for all their help so far and included a Starbuck's gift card.  When we dropped Timothy off this morning, he gave each teacher their card.  They were surprised, like no parent had done this before - which surprised me and makes me a little sad.  I am sure all the other parents appreciate them too, but just like in every job, it's nice to hear it. 

Anyway, what do you think?  Not too bad, but you can see what I mean about the image needing to be bigger - especially if I want to practice my Copic coloring skills! 

TFL and keep creating!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What's Black and White and Neon Pink?

Why, the card I made for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge!

I'm also entering it into the Focal Point Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

I've been looking for an excuse to play with my new neon inks from Hero Arts.  What goes better with black and white than neon pink?

Supplies: Black cardstock (Recollections), white cardstock (Neenah), Zig Zag stamp and pink neon ink (Hero Arts), Happy Birthday stamp (PTI), tuxedo black ink (Memento), black rhinestones (Kaiser Craft)

TFL and keep creating!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fluttering By to Say Hello

While I was watching football yesterday (Yea Texans!  Get 'em next week Saints!), the CAS-ual Fridays challenge was on my mind.  A card idea came to me and right after I put the boys to sleep, I was able to quickly create my card (and not miss too much of the Sunday night game). 

The challenge this week is to create a clean and simple card using embossing.

I decided to go with dry embossing, using a Tim Holtz texture folder and some distress ink.  I did a trial run with distress stains, but that didn't work out as well as I liked. 

Supplies: white note card and envelope, foam square adhesives (craft supply), scoring board, Elementary Elegance stamp set (SU), Fountain Pen ink (Jenni Bowlin/Ranger), Squeezed Lemonade distress ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger), Springtime Background and Borders texture fade (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)

I typically like to create matching envelopes as well.  For this card, I embossed the back flap with the same butterflies.  As simple as it may be, it is one of my favorite cards.

As always, TFL and keep creating!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Thank You Teacher #2!

Another card for the second teacher

Supplies: Pattern papers (Michaels), stamps - alphabets and apple (Lawn Fawn), glaze pen (Sakura), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Distress Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger)

This cards will also fit into a couple of challenges - CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Back to School

and the Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

I've got one more card to make for the third teacher, which I'll finish up and post later this week.

I hope they like them as much as I liked creating them.

TFL and keep creating!!

Thank You Teacher! (With the Potty Training)

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!  It was nice to have the extra day off to spend with my boys.  The hubby came back from a week long golf tournament and it was nice to have him back.  Timothy really missed him!  Speaking of which, I *think* we had a major break-thru with potty training.  Going #1 hasn't been an issue (although on Friday it was - pretty sure he was acting out because he was missing Daddy).  On Sunday, we thought we were going down a disastrous road of hiding accidents (going #2 in the potty hasn't been so easy).  He turned it around on Monday morning.  I went upstairs to gather clothes for everyone for the day.  When I got back downstairs, Timothy was not in the living room where he had been playing and it was quiet - too quiet.  I thought I was in for some trouble.  I called out for him and he yelled back that he was on the potty.  I found him and he was finishing up his business.  He had gone all on his own!  I was so excited!  We did a celebration dance and made several phone calls.  It was an exciting moment!!   There were no accidents for the rest of the day.  Crossing my fingers it continues today.

While we have been going thru this process, I have been very thankful for his teachers at daycare.  First, they have carried the brunt of training.  Second, they have been encouraging us when we get frustrated.  (They do have way more experience than us.)  Third, they put up with a lot.  I mean, when I drop off Timothy in the morning, I get surrounded by crying kids asking where their mommy/daddy is.  It's enough to drive me a little bonkers for the 10 minutes I'm there.  And they handle it all with ease - calming the children, distracting them, and not getting flustered - every day.  I imagine they get paid less than or equal to teachers and they are excellent with the kids. 

So I decided to make each teacher (there are 3 for his room) a "Thank You" card with a gift card included.  I plan to give them cards periodically just to let them know that this particular parent recognizes and appreciates their hard work.

As an added bonus, these cards will fit into a couple of challenges - CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Back to School

and the Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog 

Here is the first card...

Supplies: Pattern papers, badge (Old School by Pink Paislee), Thank you rub-on (craft supply), alpha stickers (Cosmo Cricket), corner rounder (CM), adhesive (Bazzill)

TFL and keep creating!