Friday, June 26, 2009

Gingham Ribbon

Have you been playing along with the A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA challenges? This week's challenge is "RIBBON". Since I am a survivor that word means more to me than an embellishment so I decided to make a pink ribbon card for a fellow gives a whole new meaning to pink gingham ribbon *wink*. (paper,stamps and twinkle stickers are A Muse, embossing folder and die are Sizzix)

Be sure to add your guess in the "How Many Yards of Ribbon?" contest to be entered to win a fun prize too!

13 more days to go!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day

I've seen some cute shirt & tie cards for Father's Day but the guys in my life don't really wear ties so I decided to make some shirt cards that more reflected their lifestyle. These cards also qualify for the challenge in the A Muse Lounge "It's a Guy Thing".

I would SO buy this bamboo shirt for my hubby if I could find it. Actually, my son has a blue one that's similar which is where I got this idea. This is more of the "snappy casual" kind of shirt that most of they guys I know wear. I scored a line down the center of the shirt and added some brads for buttons.

My Father-in-Law is a golfer and we get him golf stuff for every holiday so I thought this golf shirt was perfect. The shoe is a little big for the shirt emblem but it's the concept that counts! I combined a wood mounted sentiment with "DAD" from the Mainly Men Clear Set.......perfect!

My sister and I are cooking up a yummy BBQ meal for our dad tomorrow. I've got a margarita cake cooling as I'm typing this. I guess I better go work on his card........

Friday, June 19, 2009

Last Day of School!!

Today was our last of school! The past few weeks have been crazy with school projects and activities so it's a big relief to have it all be done! I've known for quite some time what I was going to make for the teachers as end-of-the-year gifts but between being too busy or tired and a little procrastination thrown in, I didn't start them until last night. This picture shows the backpack boxes and matching cards I made for Sam's teachers. He's in a multi-age class so there are 3 grades and 3 teachers. I simplified the original design for this backpack by making the flap out of patterned paper instead of adding a layer of patterned paper to accent the base color. A Muse Petite Gingham is so cute on these and there are so many colors to choose from. I enclosed the little cards (quick and easy) along with a Barnes & Noble gift card. Kayla is in middle school so we only gave one to her advisor and I added a little chocolate as a bonus. I also made "happy summer" cards for the bus driver and Kayla's aide at school and gave them some tasty treats.

Sam is moving up to intermediate next year. He'll be "low man on the totem pole" in the 4th-6th grade classroom which will be an adjustment but I know he'll do well. It seems like it wasn't that long ago that he was in Kindergarten. Kayla will be in 8th grade next year which will be her last year at this school and then on to highschool....yikes!

Now that we'll have more free time I'm hoping to play in some of the A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA challenges. If you don't know what I'm talking about, hop on over to the A Muse Blog and join the party!! There are challenges to inspire you, games to play and prizes to win!

Happy Summer!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Teachers and Copics

I had a fun weekend teaching classes at the A Muse shop. Thank you to all the fun gals that came to play with me!

Saturday we made some Terrific Teacher Treats just in time for the end of the year. What are you giving your teachers this year? I think I'm going to make them all backpack treat bags and enclose a gift card to a bookstore and a cute bookmark. I think I even have a head start on them!

Sunday afternoon we played with Copic Markers. I took some pictures but they didn't turn out very well since we were sitting next to the window. It was a nice, sunny day too! Here are just a few of the gals that were there.

This is Rachel and Saille. Rachel is a regular in the shop and brings her son in on Wednesdays to do the make 'n take. He's quite a good little stamper and always gets a sucker and a balloon too!

These 3 ladies are Paulette, Sparkle and Victoria and they are busy coloring away! If you could see Victoria's face, you'd recognize her from the A Muse blog. She was the honoree for A Muse's calendar project for 2009 and how cute is she in her A Muse t-shirt?

My next class is called "Getting Punchy" and we're going to make some fun things using edge and shape punches from several manufacturers. Please call the A Muse shop to register.