Hallowe’en Treats

I love, love, love Hallowe’en.  The kids look so darned cute in their costumes and get so excited about begging door-to-door!    Ever since S started preschool, I’ve been trying different ways to package treats for classmates.  Now that all three girls will be sharing, I set up my trusty assembly line in the basement and mass-produced over 90 little bags.  Yeah, I know that was overkill but I’m always paranoid that I won’t send enough.  Last year, H didn’t get one and was in tears that she had to give all of them away!

So, I pulled out my Big Shot, loaded up the Top Note die with a bunch of retired cardstock and got to work.  Then I pulled out an embossing folder and back into the Big Shot the Top Notes went.  Once I scored them and folded them over, I stamped the girls’ names on most of them and attached a cute little stamped pumpkin (from a retired set).  I put two pieces of candy in the Summer Reading Club medal bags that I’ve been collecting and stapled the decorated Top Note to the bag.

So what am I going to do with the other dozen that aren’t heading to a classroom?  Well, for you VPLers, I’m pulling an Eric Smith!  If you’ve read to the end of the post and come down to see my display table during lunch at the Staff Conference, let me know and I’ll give you a little treat!

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I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween. 

Author Unknown



Party on!

The season of birthday parties is in full swing!  While I work tomorrow, Pete will once again perform the parental duty of dropping a kid and presents off and keep his fingers crossed that she doesn’t melt down when left with a crowd.  Like her dad, Heather is not a big fan of gathering with large amounts of people and gets rather emotional – as you can see in the previous post picture.  Oh well, que sera, sera.

Here are the cards I made for her friends’ party tomorrow.  Yes, my punctuation is correct there – the birthday party is for twins.  So, as they were at her party last week, I happen to have pictures of them which I used on their cards.  Not that you will see their faces.   They aren’t my kids, so I’m not posting them without permission.  And just to prove that Heather did enjoy her party, I temporarily stuck her happy, shining face over those of the twins.

As the twins are not identical, the cards aren’t either.  Actually, I wouldn’t have made matching cards even if they were identical!  It’s okay for me to dress my girls the same as they aren’t the same ages (and they like it) but I suspect (hope) that parents of identical twins try to assist them in becoming unique individuals?!  Anyone care to comment?  Anywho, back to the cards.  Here they are individually.

Not only are the cards not identical, one is pink based & the other is blue.  Yup, you guessed it!  The twins can’t be identical ’cause they are not even the same gender!  Fortunately, their mom doesn’t dress them the same – the school tunic wouldn’t look as good on the little guy as it does on his sister.

I used some retired Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up (of course), Old Olive ink. chipboard that I made to look like faux metal and a mini library clip.  Can anyone tell me why they are called library clips??  I’ve worked in a library for almost 12 years now and never, ever has anyone here used a clip so tiny, teeny nor ever referred to the big black bulldog clips as library clips.  Anyone?

Th’ first thing to have in a libry is a shelf.

Fr’m time to time this can be decorated with lithrachure.

But th’ shelf is th’ main thing.

~Finley Peter Dunne

Farewell to fine folks

May marks the beginning of a major change in my workplace.  Our Children’s Librarians, who job-share, are being moved to another location.  We are sad to see them go but wish them loads of luck.  To see them off in style, we are having a nice dinner and presenting them with a token of our appreciation.  So, of course, I made cards! 

My Stampin’ Success magazine, sent to all SU demonstrators, arrived the other day and had some amazing cards in it – as usual – but one in particular that I knew I had to CASE.  Both cards are based on the same template but as both ladies are unique, so are their cards. 

I’ve also made special medals for them.  Each year they encourage hundreds of kids to read and participate in the Summer Reading Club.  The kids are rewarded for their efforts with a nice medal at the end of the summer.  Our branch supervisor mentioned in passing how nice it would be to give the departing Children’s Librarians a medal each for all of their hard work over the years.  So I rose to the task.  What follows is called faux metal.  It involves chipboard, Versamark, silver embossing powder and a couple of stamps!

I borrowed  the branch name stamp on the weekend to make these and after a bit of trial and error, I’m quite pleased with the result.  Unless the ladies take a hairdryer to them, these medals with hold up for years to come.

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“How did it get so late so soon?”  Dr. Seuss

You’ve worked here how long??

February marked the 30th anniversary that my co-worker Sue has been working at our branch.  She has been working Tuesdays and Thursdays since the branch opened in 1980.  However, she originally started in the system in 1965 when she was still a high school kid.  Since some people change jobs like the rest of us change underwear, 30 years in one location is a huge  milestone.  She has seen some amazing changes in the library world over the years.

As many of the branch staff that could make it had a lovely dinner out to honour her contribution to our lives and our workplace.  And, of course, I made a card!

This is what I created using My Digital Studio.  The template was for a Hallowe’en card.  I loved the layout and the colours but clearly the time of year and occasion just didn’t fit.  So I tweaked it to my liking.  (Confession time:  the blue paper is not SU, it’s a freebie download I found online that just was too perfect to pass up.)

I printed it onto 4×6 photo paper, trimmed it slightly, added a button, a pretty flower, a strip of Whisper White ribbon through a ribbon slide and mounted it onto some cardstock to produce my first attempt at a hybrid card.  I’m quite pleased at how it turned out!

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