As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been making cards for the faculty and staff of our elementary school and sending them on behalf of the PTA executive board.  Here’s the birthday card I sent to our principal earlier this month.

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I’ve had the Stampin’ Up Bali Breeze designer paper pack for about a year now, and I have to admit I’ve had a hard time using some of the papers in it.  I challenged myself to use some of the pink designs for this card.  I matched the lighter pink to some Bazzill cardstock I’ve been hoarding, and added some Purely Pomegranate ink and ribbon to the mix.  The layout is a complete CASE of this card that was made by my friend Victoria. 

I’m happy to say that the principal thanked me for the card (she knows I’m doing this for the PTA) and said I was “always so creative.”  Um, maybe not always…  (insert angelic looking smiley here, lol). 

Supplies:
Stamps: Birthday Whimsy, On Your Birthday (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Bali Breeze designer paper (Stampin’ Up!), pink Bazzill Basics from an old monochromatic pack
Ink: Purely Pomegranate (Stampin’ Up!)
Other: Purely Pomegranate ribbon (Stampin’ Up!), corner rounder, sponge

I have not dropped off the face of the earth.  It’s just been a very busy month.  What’s been keeping me busy?  Let’s see… I was out of town for a few days, I’ve been trying to get rid of a nasty cold, and I’ve been doing a LOT of substitute teaching.  I also put in a day of volunteering with the fourth grade classes when Children’s Art Network came and did a super fun and fabulous program.  So all of that has not left me with much time nor energy for stamping.

I have created a few cards, though.  For the last few years, on behalf of my son’s elementary school’s PTA executive board, I’ve been making birthday cards for the faculty and staff members.  So I’ve had to create five cards this month: for two homeroom teachers, a special education teacher, a custodian, and the principal. 

I realized last school year that in order to make this easier, I should just use one or two layouts and change the colors, designer papers, etc. to suit the recipient.  So I have one layout for homeroom teachers and one layout for the various other faculty members.  Then for the principal I do something more unique.

borden-2008.jpgHere is an example of what I’ve been doing for the “miscellaneous” faculty and staff.  This is the card I used for the school secretary.  I dressed it up a little bit with some sponging and with the Prima flower and the brad.  I figured she deserved that for all the stuff she has to put up with from the teachers, parents, and students.  (Let’s just say that I do not envy her job.  And she truly does a great job of learning all the students’ names and remembering which class they are in, and knowing which parents match up to which students.) 

I’ll share the principal’s card and the layout I use for the homeroom teachers in later posts.  But before I forget, here’s the supply list for today’s card:

Stamp: “Birthday Bloom Wishes” by Stampendous
Cardstock: Blush Blossom, Cool Caribbean (Stampin’ UP!); “Patchouli” from Romani 6″ x 6″ pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cool Carribean (Stampin’ UP!)
Other: Prima flower, Making Memories mini flower brad

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