Sunday, February 12, 2012

Evan's Valentine's

Evan attends school for an hour or so twice a week.  He has some social time/free play with the kids in 4K and Early Childhood classrooms.  They have been so sweet to him. Evan is the only 3 year old attending school in our district so he gets a lot of attention from the little girls especially.  As a mommy is warms my heart when I bring Evan into the room and the kids turn around to greet him.   

I know he's not officially part of the class, but I couldn't resist making the kids a little Valentine from Evan.  I didn't use embellishments on the card, because there are a couple other little boys that have some sensory issues.  One of the boys sticks things in his mouth so I didn't want anything he could choke on---just in case. 

I set aside a couple hours this afternoon while Evan was napping to finish them.  They are 3 x 3.  I like this size-you can get 8 Valentine's out of a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.

I had a hard time deciding between the I Dig You set and Dinoroar....
I choose---
I Dig you!

I made 2 dozen Valentine's  for school. 

Card Recipe:
I Dig You stamp set
Real Red,Early Espresso and Whisper White Cardstock
Early Espresso and More Mustard Ink
Heart to Heart Punch, Ticket Card Punch, 2 way glue, snail, dimensionals.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Little Things...

....that make me smile. 

Evan has a new favorite toy. Yep, it's one of Terry's empty coffee containers. With all the toys that this boy has, this is what he is most apt to play with.  I gave him a measuring scoop and a plastic mug and now he pretends to make coffee.  Evan is autistic and imaginative play has been nonexistent so this is a HUGE development at our house.

Evan has also starting use more 'words'.  Evan lost his words at 13 months and has spent the last almost 2 years not using verbal communication.  He now knows over 30 signs and has started to verbalize some.  If you think it is exciting to hear your little one talk the first time, you would be amazed how easily tears of joy fall and your heart feels like it is going to burst open when they start to speak a second time.

Here's Evan taking a break from being naughty to be just a tad cheesy! ♥♥♥

Another thing that makes me smile....
when a card comes together!

Yesterday I stamped a bit and put the finishing touches (an antique brad and a pinking heart border) on this card that "looked naked".  I started it a couple days ago and had to walk away from it.  I didn't know what it was missing, but knew I wasn't happy with it.  I also changed the sentiment and I am so happy with the results.  The Perfectly Penned set had just the perfect sentiments for this card.  Perfect, eh?  LOL

Card Recipe:
Perfectly Penned (page 154) stamp set
Twitterpated DSP (Occasions Mini)
Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and Basic Gray cardstock
Cherry Cobbler Ink
Pinking Heart Border Punch, Dimensionals, Cropadile, antique brad

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Cheerful Treat Easel Card

 Here's another girly girl card.  It had been a long time since I made an easel and I thought Riley's friends would like this style of card. I figure I'm just a really old 'tween and I like them.  LOL  

I used the Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (dsp) for this card.  It is in the front of your Idea Book and Catalog (page 11) and can be bought w/ hostess dollars.  This is a real nice package of dsp--there are a lot of cute little prints for cardmaking.   

This sentiment is from The Nicest Things set (page 74).  I think this is one of my favorite sentiments that SU! carries.  I like the font.
Now that I have the card done, I'm not sure I like the pearls....  I think I should have went w/ rhinestones.  What do you think? 

The Nicest Things, Happy Greetings (retired--Summer Mini Catalog)
Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Whisper White and Concord Crush Cardstock
Concord Crush Ink
Perfect Pennants and Bold Butterfly Dies, dimensionals, pearls

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'tween Star Gift Card

Does anyone else have a daughter that gets invited to every classmate's birthday party?  Riley Kate is my 13 year old and she is always going to someone's house for a party.  Sometimes she doesn't let me know until AFTER I have gone into town that she needs a gift so often I make card with a gift of money enclosed.

This week Krista had a great sketch for these 'tween girls.

I went bold--Melon Mambo and Basic Black w/ a little rhinestone bling. 

I went right over top with the sentiment....

Inside there's a little pocket for money or gift cards with a Melon Mambo strip across the bottom.

Happiest Birthday Wishes set stamp (be a hostess and get this set using your hostess dollars)
Basic Black, Melon Mambo and Whisper White Cardstock
Staz-On Black Ink
Brights DSP stack
Neutrals DSP stack
Stars #2 die
Tasteful Trim die
scoring tool

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Somebunny Easter Bags

It's hard not to think that spring is almost here in Wisconsin.  This winter has been the mildest that I can remember.  Most days this winter, I have had to wear just a sweatshirt or a light jacket when I'm outdoors.  In fact, I think the animals think spring is here too. Our chickens are content to be out of the coop and on the way home Thursday night, there were two skunks along the road.  I'm so glad they stayed along the road--I didn't need any of their perfume on my car. Phew! 

Some of my favorite things about spring are the intensely green grass, chicks, and all the baby bunnies.  I think it may be a bit before any of these arrive on the scene, but it was a little like spring  in my stampin' room today.

Today, I  opened the white lunch sacks that I searched and searched for and FINALLY found them at a neighboring Walmart.  If you go looking, they are  in the aisle with the ziploc bags.   I know now that not all Walmart stores carry them so if you don't find them at one, you may find them at another.

Oh and after MANY years of stamping, I decided to try out Stampin' Up! Blender Pens.  I give them two thumbs up.  They are really very easy to use.

I made boy and girl Easter bunny bags.  I think little boys and girls will be excited to find these on Easter Sunday.

Here's the little girl bunny.  She's all decked out in her Pool Party and Peach Parfait dress.  I love her big feet! 

You can see how I cut down a lunch sack and sandwiched it between to pieces of cardstock. 
Somebunny Stamp Set
Pool Party, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake Cardstock
Peach Parfait, Pool Party, Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pads and Staz-on Black ink
Everyday Enchantment DSP (Sale-a-bration)
Pearls, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Dimensionals, Sponge, Blender Pen, Watercolor Paper, Perfect Pennants Die, 2 1/2" circle punch, XL oval punch, 3/16" Corner Punch, Sticky Strip and Lunch Bags

Here's one for the boys.  I think the little chick is so sweet.  :)

Again, just a cut off sandwich bag. 

Somebunny stamp set
Everyday Enchantment DSP (Sale-a-bration)
Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Poppy Parade Cardstock
More Mustard, So Saffron, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Crumb Cake Classic Ink and Staz-On Black ink
Pearls, Dimensionals, Poppy Parade Poly Ribbon, Sponge, Blender Pen, Watercolor Paper, Perfect Pennants Die, 2 1/2" circle punch, XL oval punch, 3/16" Corner Punch, Sticky Strip and Lunch Bags

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