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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hawaiian themed card

Have you ever met someone that you hit it off right away. When everything you say or she says you find yourself saying, "me too". I call that being separate at birth. A girl I work with is like that. We are so alike that we have decided we are sisters who got different moms. This card is for my "sister's" mom. My friend is having a Hawaiian themed birthday party and asked me to make her a card. Blogger is taking F O R E V E R to load and it doesn't look like it is going to upload tonight. Oh well, I will save this post and publish at a later date.
I'm back, a day later.
I couldn't believe how long it took to load these two photos.
I took the card to my friend at work this morning and she loved it. Kept taking it out to look at it and show to everyone. Several times she had to fan herself to keep the tears at bay. I love it when some one really appreciates my work. She asked me to put world's greatest mom , but I didn't have a stamp for that. I did have World's Best Dad so I used that stamp and masked it. All the names inside the card are the children and grandchildren. There are 5 children and I used the pineapples with the rock & roll technique, then I used the poinsettias for all the grands. The poinsettias are a border stamp so in some areas I had to cut pretty close. I printed the names out on white card stock and sponged them before I cut them out. This is the moon doggie paper pack, one of my faves.
My hours during the summer are 7-5:30 Monday through Thursday and I am off on Friday, wo0 hoo - tomorrow is Friday. This morning I woke up at 6:56, had 4 minutes to get across town, not to mention shower, dress, fix breakfast, brush teeth and drive 30 minutes. When I called my boss, she was so understanding. She calls herself the "queen of sleep throughs". It is a good thing she is the boss. AND, I had 334 composition books in my car that I had to unload. Our Target and Wal Mart stores are selling composition books for $0.25 each. That is $0.53 cents less than what our storeroom has them for. I am 300 shy of our goal to purchase 1000.
Since tomorrow is Friday, I hope to sleep in. What do you want to bet that I wake up at 5:45 or earlier?
Well folks, that's all for tonight.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

A cute little set of thank you cards in a drawer

Katie Renz is always coming up with great projects. Today I found a tut for a cute little drawer full of 3x3 thank you cards here. Check it out.

This set uses Magic Moments, a paper packet of which I have tons. I love all these colors but find sometimes this paper is difficult to work with. It doesn't go with everything, know what I mean? From start to finish it only took a couple hours. The cards of course go together quickly.

Now that I have it put together I don't know what I am going to do with it. That happens a lot when I see something I like, I just HAVE to make it, then it sits around and collects dust.

I do have more accounting work to do, so I will sign off, again.

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The card and gift bag

This is the card and the gift bag to go with the album posted on June 13th and the box posted on June 27th.

We were supposed to go to a friend of our daughter's wedding last weekend, but that didn't happen since I ended up with a killer migraine and had to go to the ER. I had intended to pick up a gift bag that Friday, but when plans changed I put the gift aside and figured I could do it later. Later finally happened. The top photo is the front of the bag which matches the card and box and album. I stamped blue and green flowers that you can see on the front of the bag on the edges of the tissue paper just to add some interest. No photo - sorry. Not THAT interesting. - grins -

That's it for today. Oops, one more thing:I had a very nice comment on my patchwork pumpkin card with a question about what papers I used. I hope I made it clear that the one card I made and the other was a photo of the card from the magazine. Below is a list of the papers I used to make my card.

All the papers are from Close To My Heart.

It's a Guy Thing - off white
Back Country - Strip and the barn red color
Evensong - Green swirlies
Harvest - stem and yellowish part of pumpkin - long since retired
Country - B&T background - goldrush color - also long ago retired.
Cardstocks are Olive, goldrush & colonial white

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Copy of Cindy Baird's Patchwork Pumpkin

I found a darling card in the September 2010 CardMaker Magazine by Cindy Baird called Patchwork Pumpkin. I had to try to CASE it. The top photo is my attempt, the bottom photo is so you can decide if I got anywhere close. Cindy's card used embossed card stock for the pumpkin. I didn't remember that until I was half way through cutting out my pieces of B&T - ooopppsss! I didn't have any raffia so I used DMC floss in multi colors. I really am quite pleased overall. I think I might like pumpkins.
I am sitting here yawning and I can feel a headache coming on. I am going to get some excedrin and go to bed.
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Friday, July 23, 2010

School uniforms thank you card

The other day out of the clear blue in walked a couple of people from a division of DCF - Department of Children and Families. They meet with some of our students during the school year. They realize that getting a huge grant next year means that our students will be required to wear uniforms. So they brought us two large boxes of brand new uniforms: some kahki and some navy dockers, you know the nice heavy duty ones with double pleated fronts, some Land's End blue oxford shirts, some NIP yellow oxford shirts by George with matching ties and a few various other items and said they could do this about once a month. Can you imagine?

We have a vendor who is selling our parents jersey polo's with the school name and mascot screen printed for $6.00 each. You can buy polos at Target and Wal-Mart for less, I am sure, but they won't have the school logo. That reminds me, I need to mention to our vendor that we have a tax free week in August.

Thus the card. Obviously our school colors are blue and gold so I went with that. I saw this card design on Stamp TV with Gina K and you know how I am, when I see something I like, I have to try it.

The little girl has a sparkle in the center of her hair bow and there are blue sparkles all around the border of the scalloped circle. I can only see a thumb print size photo, so I don't know if you will be able to see those minute details on screen. The one detail I don't want you to look closely at is my coloring. I am BAD, just flat out bad at it.

I finally got some Memento ink to stamp with when I am going to use my copics. WOW what a difference an ink makes. I was ready to stick my Copics in a drawer and let them dry out when I was, again, watching Gina K and saw her stamp with Memento's Tuxedo Black and immediately start to color with a copic and it didn't bleed. Oh my gosh, I had to try it. I was pretty certain it wasn't speeded up photography and I was right. IT REALLY WORKS. I thought that Staz On was supposed to do that, but NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOO, not like this.

I have got work to do, so I will say bye for now.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

mid week post cards 072110

I had a card to make for a lady I work with and wanted to get that to her before I was off on Friday. Her daughter turns 24, obviously, and she is going to be a teacher, thus the apple. I wish I had used sparkles on this rather than the pearls. Oh well, next time.

This next card is one I found the recipe for on SCS yesterday. or earlier this week. I wanted to give it a try. Once I got the card made, but not decorated, I didn't know what to do with it. Then I remembered my friend, Faye has a granddaughter who is 4. Her grandchildren all call her Nan. You know how 4 year old's like googly eyes and things that are interactive, so I put the owl together and viola.

I really need to turn in early tonight, after I take some Motrin. I worked hard today moving supplies from one room to another one, closer to the main office, that is lined with shelves. I am so proud of my new supply room and will even more pleased when everything that shouldn't be in there is finally moved out, like tomorrow!!!!!! I am hoping the principal will jump on the band wagon once she sees what I have accomplished. I did have a lot of help today from Sara's mother. She was waiting for her room to be completed by the painters so she helped me a great deal.
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cards 7/17/10

I know that is not a very creative or catchy title. I just can't think of anything else.

This first card, I guess you can tell, is for Amme who is turning 19. Her mom is one of my best card purchasing customers, this summer anyway. Amme's favorite color is pink and she likes fashion. I hope this fits the bill.

This second card is for my friend and her family. It doesn't exactly do what I want it to do and that is to convey my sympathy. This girl is the biggest dog lover I know. Hands down, bar none. She is a huge contributor to the animal rescue shelter here in town. She has two dogs right now, but one of them has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. The doctor says Leah only has about a month to live and my friend and her family is devastated. I have tried several times to get my friend interested in paper crafts and she does try, but she hates it. She loves my cards though and she knows how much work goes into one of my cards. I hope she will appreciate it.
The card design is one I found on the internet by Sally Atkins. She gives directions on how she makes the card. Check out her blog it is fantastic.

As you can see I got a new punch to play with. This last card for today is for my aunt. She is recuperating from a fall and hip surgery.

Yesterday, I had hopes of meeting my daughter for lunch and some shopping, she is in town for a wedding, but I woke up with a migraine that was so fierce I finally called my husband home from work to take me to the ER. I was home in about 3 hours with very minor pain. Going from "just remove my head", to about a level 3 in that short of time was wonderful. I was told to stay in bed and given a prescription that I had never taken before so I didn't know how I would feel today, so I missed the wedding, missed seeing my daughter IN the wedding, missed seeing the beautiful bride. Bummer.

I can't help wondering if my day at work on Thursday could be the cause of it. The people who prepared the computer for payroll of the summer school teachers and various staff members, got it so screwed up that they set up what they called "Triage" for the manual checks that had to be printed. I had nothing to do with any of it, but sending in the time sheets and I got the brunt of the flack. I had the time sheets signed and sent in to district in plenty of time. I had 4 teachers and paraprofessionals that didn't get paid. I talked to the executive director of the summer school program and told her if she had left the work in the hands of the bookkeepers in the schools, that none of this would have happened. I have a feeling I know what I will be doing next year around the end of May. We'll see.

We are having boiled dinner tonight so I have got to run to the grocery. I haven't had any ill effects from the new meds so I think I will be okay to drive. I took it at 10:30.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

July birthday cards

I sat down to make cards for the people I work with celebrating their birthdays this month and my daughter texted me to make a card for the party she was going to for Tiffany. She said Tiffany turned 21, her favorite color is pink, she loves giraffes and flowers. I think I covered all the bases here. Apparently the card was a big hit.
I just love this hat card. Quite pleased with my self. This is for a special lady whom I shall consider a customer. I made the rehearsal dinner favors and the wedding gift for her son and daughter in law.
A card for my son-in-law, the student. My daughter and he moved to Tampa so he could finish school at USF. He and she were going to UNF, now they will be going to USF. I miss having my baby girl right down the road where I can run down to her apartment to take her out for lunch or shopping or whatever. She will be home this coming weekend for a wedding though. She is a bridesmaid for one of her bridesmaids.
Sounds like the rains are coming back, I will need to cut this short. I am so afraid of losing my computer to a lightning jolt. We lost our townhouse to a summer storm about 11 years ago.
Sorry I can't clean this up abit, but I am sure you can tell which card is which.
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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hey guys, let's take a walk . .

About 7:30 Saturday morning my husband asked me to come look at the scene outside. These guys usually fly over on their way home from a visit to the lake, but this morning, I guess they decided to walk it. How funny to see these 14 geese walking up the street. My husband ran out with the camera to get pictures for me. He was too late to get in front of them for a head on shot. It was about that time they decided they were tired of walking and would fly the rest of the way.

Usually on my way to work about 6:30 I have to watch for the ducks that decide they want to cross the street. Why do the ducks decide to cross the street? To get to the other side, of course. This is the first time I have seen the geese do it though.

Is anyone else having trouble with their computer? Mine takes minutes to load a page. It is the most frustrating thing. I keep switching from Mozilla to IE and back thinking it will make a difference, but nothing is working. Usually I can't get a complete sentence keyed before a photo has uploaded, not today.
I was trying to pay some bills online and it was taking so long I was afraid the bank would time me out.
I think I had overloaded my computer with photos. Photos of my work and others that I save and it had b - o - g - g - e - d me down something fierce.
It looks like I am back to somewhat normal. I have another post of the cards I made yesterday so I will sign off and go load some photo. in my next post.
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Monday, July 5, 2010

my entry at unscripted sketch #62

This is the second post of the evening. I wouldn't want you to miss the dozen or so cards I posted a few minutes ago.
Here it is in all its glory. I used Blue Ribbon paper pack from CTMH. I loosely followed the sketch. Hmmmmm Seems like I have been doing a lot of loosely lately. Anyway, this is also my fourth of July recognition.
Like I said in my previous post I really do have work to do, so I will say good night.
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My AP is now a P

This is the card for the office chicks to sign for Ms. S. Story below . . .

Gift box that says on the top - Congratulations. I guess I could have taken a photo of it. It is very pretty in a very elegant font from the stamp set Gracious Greetings.

I would tell you to check out Faith's blog, but then you would see how very bad my imitation of her card really is. - grins -

Just my own playing around with paper and stamps and a couple brads and dew drops.

Okay, Mary Engelbreit I am not.

I love the saying on this card. Actually out of the stamp set of about 18 or so stamps this is the only thing I like about it. The black and white papers are from The Paper Studio.

I tried to make this card without the ribbon, I really did, but I am just not there yet.

You have probably seen the one similar to this that I made a few weeks ago. I liked everything about it so I made it again.

New stamp set called Candlelight from CTMH. Love it.

This stamp set is Gracious Greetings. This is the font that the Congratulations on the top of the box is stamped in.

Another Gracious Greeting Stamp. The corners are from Flower Soft and the design is from one of the magazines I either get in the mail or pick up at the store. I don't remember who made it or what magazine it is in. I have showcased it a few times before though and I have given credit to the designer and the magazine. You'll just have to go through my blog and find it. ha ha

Another Gracious Greetings stamp. Can you tell how much I like that set?

I know most of you are asking what is an AP and what is P? Is that a good thing to be? Well, let me tell you. An AP is an Assistant Principal so a P must be a Principal. I personally wouldn't want to be either one, but this lady does, and now she is one. Ms. S found out on Friday that she was getting her own school. She has to report there tomorrow. She started packing up her office on Friday afternoon. She has been at our school for 3 years so she has stuff to pack. Of course, I made her a card, but I also put together a gift box of cards. Just for the heck of it and cuz I am such a nice, sweet person.
I actually had made the box some time ago and it was just hanging around my scraproom so I thought I would put it to good use. The recipe for the box came from Vicki Wizniuk. Vicki is awesome when it comes to patterns for boxes and card holders. She also makes great cards. check out her blog and see, you will agree.
I have found another blog that I just love to visit. It is called Simplicity. ew of the cards I made today are based (loosely) on her designs. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO MAKE A "SIMPLE" CARD? Try it sometime and see for your self. I cannot believe it. To look at a simple card that has maybe two or three pieces of card stock, you would think it was easy. NOPE!
Do you know who Markie's Mom is? Faith Hofrichter is Markie's Mom and that is her blog name: Stamping with Markie's Mom. I have admired Faith's cards for several years now, and found out she used to be a Stampin' Up rep, but left them to pursue her dream of owning her own company. It is called Mark's Finest Papers. Mark is her husband, Markie is there son and Speedy the cat is their emblem. Oh the stories she tells about Speedy on her blog. You would think her is human. But then, a story for another time. I am fortunate enough to live in the same town with Faith. The other day I placed an order and rather than pay shipping I called her and she met me at a local store so I could pick up my products. How is that for service - with a smile - no less? Anyway one of the cards in today's batch is again (loosely) based on one of her cards.
Anyway, there is a good variety of cards here. Hopefully, she can use them.
It has been three days of scrappin' fun and it has to come to an end. I have work to do. I do have another card to post. I think it is too late to post on the challenge blog, but I don't want to waste a good card and not post it. I guess I need to let you be the judge of whether it is a good card or not.
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