I hope all my American readers are enjoying the Memorial Day weekend.  Today, I’d like to memorialize some unsung heroes… teachers.  Teachers go through so much to help us learn to be good, responsible citizens, as well as teaching us the usual school subjects.  We’ve all had some excellent teachers and some not-so-great teachers, but I honestly do believe that everyone who goes into the teaching profession does it because they want to help children learn and grow.

Anyway, enough prosey mushy stuff.  The card I’m sharing today is one I made on behalf of the PTA executive board for a teacher who’s retiring at the end of the school year.  I apologize for the poor lighting, but it was the best I could do on a cloudy day.

retiring-2009.jpgI got the idea for this card from one I saw posted by Wendy Price in the Lizzie Anne Designs sketchbook.  Thanks for the inspiration, Wendy!  I stamped the pencils on a scrap strip of cardstock and colored them, and then cut them out and adhered them to the card.  It may be difficult to see in the photo, but there are three horizontal scored lines between the pencils and the sentiment.

Stamps: School Days (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: white Paper Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: watercolor pencils (Stampin’ Up!), blender pens, Fiskars trimmer for scoring

Simple Sympathy

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May 202009

I know I’ve mentioned that on behalf of the PTA executive board, I send cards to the faculty and staff at my son’s elementary school.  Usually I just send birthday cards, but I’ve also made cards for the retiring teachers and teachers who have had babies.  I recently needed to send a sympathy card to one of our male teachers, but I didn’t have a lot of spare time to make a card.

tate-sympathy.jpgI had just received the Branch Out stamp set from Stampin’ Up, and it seemed to be calling for some ink.  I had been browsing through the list of color challenges at Splitcoaststampers and particularly liked the look of challenge #53.  So I ended up creating a scene with those colors, added a sentiment, and ta-da… a quick and easy card that doesn’t look feminine was created.

Stamps:  Branch Out, Always in My Thoughts (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up!); Paper Basics white (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery (Stampin’ Up!)

It’s been a very long and tiring week for me.  However, I did manage to make time to create a birthday card for a longtime family friend of ours.  How long is “longtime”?  Well, I knew her parents before they had any children.  I used to babysit her when I was a teenager, and then she used to babysit my boys.  Now she’s married and become just a really delightful adult.  I wish her all the best!

monica-2009.jpgHere’s her birthday card.  I used Lizzie Anne Designs‘ weekly sketch #78 for the layout and their Party Animals set for the stamps.  The “extra twist” to the challenge was to go eclectic – so I used colors that I wouldn’t normally put together, which just happened to be the weekly color challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week!  Also, I used VersaMark to stamp a squiggly design on the green square.  I usually don’t think about stamping on designer paper.

Stamps: Party Animals (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Summer Sun, Only Orange, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!); Magnifique Moss from French Floral paper pack (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark
Other: orange gingham ribbon (Offray); Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Stampin’ Up!); Window & Frame Making dies (Sizzlits)

May 052009

Birthday wishes are the order of today’s post.  Two of my friends will be celebrating on Friday – Helen at All Things Stampy and Elizabeth at Shadow’s Stamping Spot.  I hope both of them have a wonderful day!

helen-birthday-2009.jpgFirst, here’s the card I made for Helen.  I made this for one of the Mini Virtual Stamp Night Challenges at Splitcoaststampers two weekends ago.  This is a flap card.  The part you see with the polka-dotted paper folds up from the bottom, and the solid pink curved flap folds down from the top.  It’s secured with magnets concealed by the oval panel and the designer paper.  This was a fun one to make! It’s also the first time I’ve attempted doodling a border.

Stamps: Cheers to You (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Rose Romance, Whisper White, Tea Party designer paper (Stampin’ Up!)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Watercolor pencils, Rose Romance marker (Stampin’ Up); magnets (Basic Grey); mega scalloped oval punch (Marvy); oval die (Sizzix)

elizabeth-birthday-2009.jpgThe second card in today’s post is what I sent to Elizabeth.  She’s a big fan of Shiner Bock beer so it seemed natural to use a Shiner label as the focal point of her card.  The layout for this card is a slight tweak of Lizzie Anne Designs’ Weekly Sketch Challenge #77.  I changed it to a rectangular format.  This is the least amount of stamping I’ve gotten away with on a card in a long time, but I enjoyed making it because I think E will really like it!

Stamps: Cheers to You (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: More Mustard, Basic Black, Real Red (Stampin’ Up!)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: label from Shiner Bock beer; circle cutting system (Creative Memories)

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