Thank you gifts

The school year ended a couple of weeks ago and I did get my butt in gear and make cards and gifts for the classroom teachers and learning assistants who help my kids out.  Everyone got a variation of the teabag holder that I showed in an earlier post, Tea Time.   The cards were inspired by something I saw in the Sale-A-Bration brochure in the spring but I mucked about and made them all my own.

More another time – the kids need milk!  Like what you see?  Let me know!

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

~Author Unknown


C the card?

With three kids in school there at a lot of invites to birthday parties.  I love to send the girls to parties with a nice card to give the birthday person.  When I was little I loved  birthday parties and now I want to help make the big day a bit more special for the little monkeys.  Each card, if I have enough prep time, tends to have a personal touch to it.  Usually it is as simple as the addition of the kid’s initial but I have made ones before with the child’s picture.

This one is another variation of the card I saw in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue and CASEd in my last post.  But this time the birthday party was for a boy, so I changed it up a bit.

That’s it for now but I’ll soon get to a digital page!

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.
Enjoy the trip.

~Author Unknown

I’m so challenged

As a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I have the pleasure of having the best upline in the whole world – not sucking up – it’s true.  Okay, you sideline girls rock too.  My direct upline is one of my best friends and her upline is a star in the stamping world.  One day, we all hope to be a quarter as good as Carrie is!  She inspires us to create and every once in a while challenges us with a new project.  It’s a love/hate thing when she does this though.

Last meeting, she gave all of us a lovely rectangular, clear topped tin and challenged us to make it into something other than just a tin.  That’s where the love/hate thing comes in.  I can get creative with paper and ink but throw in a tin and I’m hooped.

My inspiration came from another demo in Carrie’s downline and her awe inducing 3D scrapbook page that she housed in a shadow box picture frame – yes, Carol, you!  After some thought, I decided to create a tribute to my mom that I can keep on my desk at the library.  Mom is a breast cancer survivor and a hero to all in my family.  Especially appropriate is the stamp set that Stampin’ Up came out with recently for their Strength and Hope campaign where $2 from each set goes towards breast cancer research.

Want to help kick breast cancer to the curb?  Don’t forget to cope a feel and check for lumps, ladies!  Or click on the link to my Stampin’ Up site and buy this beautiful set.  Take a look at this great site, one of my hubby’s faves (he’s made some purchases on it, too):

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

John Diamond

Scrapbooking and stuff

As May is National (or as some sites are billing it {inter}National) Scrapbooking Month, I’ve managed to venture to the basement to scrap a bit.  One page that I’ve finished was one that I started years ago as a simple 6×6.  Finally it’s a 12×12 which is my preferred scrapping size.

In paper crafting there is a saying that there are no mistakes just opportunities for embellishments.  Soooo true!  In this next shot, my orange butterfly didn’t stamp dark enough on the one wing, so I added a cute button.  Then I journaled inside the card and slipped it into a die cut envelope that had been run through my Big Shot inside an embossing folder.  Too cute.

Remember when I was working on the mini album to put my girls’ school photos in?  Well, I did a bit more work on it (but haven’t put pix into it yet!).

The plan is that I can put a photo of each girl from preschool to Gr. 12 is this sweet book.


Life is just a scrapbook waiting for us to put it on acid free paper

Author: Unknown

If you can’t embarrass your kids….

That’s right, I’m about to create future embarrassment to my wee monkeys – well, one at least.  Ah yes, it’s one of the benefits of parenting in this digital ages.  Here goes… H is in grade one therefore, she is learning to read.  A while ago when we were still early in the process, I pulled out a magnet board and began to spell simple words for her to sound out.  As most kids do at one point in their early lives, she needed to go to the toilet but refused to go without me.  I’m a bit sick of this request from any of them after all these years so mean, old mommy refused.  She then refused to go, so I used the magnet board to communicate with her as she sat crying and wouldn’t talk to me!

Yup, now she’s scarred for life!

But enough about how mean I am to my kids, let’s see what I made instead.  I pulled out something I bought on sale ages ago and have finally decided what to do!  It’s a Bitty Board Book and it’s just the perfect size for all of those little school photos.  Once I decorate it and actually put photos in it, I can keep it at my desk at work.

Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.

Ogden Nash

Post dating my blog

I’m sitting at the kitchen table, with the laptop, eating a yummy cheeseburger (apologies to vegetarians, Orthodox Jews, and Tim).  It’s Sunday, April 17th and I thought I’d dabble in advanced blogging.  There aren’t a lot of opportunities when I have computer access AND feel the need to do something other than play Bejeweled Blitz (curse you, Reanna & Stephen) or browse Facebook.  So, I’m seeing if I can get the deferred posting option to work for me.  I’ve tried it before to no avail, but I think the problem with my blogging was pure operator error!

Anyhoo,  I said that I had indeed done some crafting before so here is an example:

First up, the hybrid scrapbook page I made.  It is not pure Stampin’ Up as I am quite happy to look about online for free digital elements and even have a few delivered to my inbox daily.  But all of my digital work is created in My Digital Studio and with the exception of not being able to use the freebie alpha sets from some sites, I have no complaint what so ever!

My parents have (so far) been blessed with an even dozen grandkids.  I say so far, ’cause we are hoping that at least one or two more will pop out – and no, not from me!  Three is just right.

Heather was invited to a party a couple of weeks ago, so, of course, I made a card.  The little birthday girl really likes Hello Kitty 😦  So trolled online and found another SU demonstrator who had created a Hello Kitty card and I copied here!  Thanks to I found her and was able to create this little item in spite of my intense dislike of all things Hello Kitty.  However, at this point, I can’t mention her name as my stupid browser won’t open the site!  But, if I have success with advanced blogging, you will never know as I can go in and change this info!!

It’s nowhere near as good as the original that inspired it, but not too bad considering I made it in 20 minutes without following her instructions to the letter.

(I’d did manage to look her up and her name is Lynn Pratt – she’s pretty awesome)


The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

Albert Einstein

Tea time

Recently I made a little gift for a friend who is moving on to other things in her life.  I wanted her to have a small reminder of some lovely times we had together over a cuppa.  When it comes to creating 3D craft items, I’m usually stumped.  Fortunately there are a mess load of ladies (and a few guys) who excel at this kind of thing and happily share with others.  So, thanks to Andrea Walford and her lovely sister, Sophia Landry at, I was able to create a very pretty teabag holder.

All you purist demo types out there, please disregard the retired papers and flowers and just accept the teabag holder for the loveliness it exudes!

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time

the comforts of solitude

and the pleasures of company.

~Author Unknown