"I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small
tasks as if they were great and noble."
Helen Keller

Saturday, April 30, 2011

K is for Kindergarten


This coming week is Teacher Appreciation Week at my kids' school. So I wanted to come up with a gift for my two youngests' teachers. I found a tutorial at http://www.stampingschool.com/ for these cool notebook cases.

I used an empty plastic stamp case from Stampin' Up! The designer paper is from Creative Imaginations that I bought at either Joann's or Michaels. I used real Kindergarten writing paper and my Top Note die to create the "Notes" label on the front. Then cut out the bookworm from part of the designer paper and placed it over the Top Note Die. I used Real Red and Old Olive ribbon and my circle punches to cut out the apple and mount it to Real Red cardstock for the ribbon ties. The pocket on the inside is made with Summer Sun and Basic Black cardstock. Again, I cut out this fun image of the crayon from the designer paper to put on the front of the pocket. My Kindergartener will make a small thank you card to tuck into the pocket.

I found some small clipboards with note pads on clearance ($2 each) at Office Max. The note pad measures 5 x 7. And I used the note pad from the clipboard as it was the exact size I needed. Hoping to decorate the clipboards for another project some day. I also found some small, sleek pens at Office Max that fit at the bottom of the note pad and the case will still close.

Check out the tutorial. These were fun and easy to make. And what a great teacher gift. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April Calendar Girls Challenge

It's the 28th of the month and that means it's time for the Calendar Girls Challenge. Our hostess, Terry, knowing how tired we all are of winter and figuring we are all looking forward to spring SHOWERS that bring summer flowers challenged us to create a card using an image of a duck, puddle, umbrella or anything resembling rain or water. And secondly, we were to use a technique on our card that was water related.

Because my image was small, I used the Folded Paper Frame technique (found at Splitcoast Stampers) to frame my image. My image is from CTMH and colored with Copics. I used Taken with Teal, Basic Black, Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie cardstock. My designer paper is Funfetti Streamer from We R Memory Keepers. The splish splash sticker is from a scrapbook kit I picked up in the $1 section at Target. For my water related technique, I used Crystal Effects on the ripples around the duck and on the water spouting from his mouth.

Thank you for stopping by. To check out the other Calendar Girls' creations please see my sidebar. Have a great day!

Monday, April 18, 2011

April Mystery Image Swap

Today is the day to post our creations we made with the mystery image we received from Tami!

How cute is this image??!!!! She is from The Angel Company. Tami also sent us a piece of DP from Making Memories and the ticket embellishment from House of 3.

I saw a tutorial on SCS for a gift cardholder and really had been wanting to try to make one. So...instead of making the standard card I made gift card/money holders for my creation. I used Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Summer Sun cardstock. My DP is from Prima Marketing from the Umbrella Collection. I used Chocolate Chip ribbon to tie the holder closed. The sentiment on the oval punch says "for a rainy day."

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dueling It Out at the Movies!!!!

It's April 15th...and it's not all about taxes!!!!

But it is about the Dueling Darlings. We are dueling it out this month at the movies!!! Our hostesses for April came up with the theme of "Movie Night." Melina, the hostess for the Dazzler's team sent us a great kit to work with. And since her kids think there is no better movie than Toy Story....we received adorable stamped images by EK Success of Buzz Light Year and Woody. The kit also included designer paper from the DCWV Fall Stack and Toy Story DP from Creative Memories. Also in the kit were star buttons, silver brads, twine and a chocolate chip top note embossed with the Cuttlebug spots and dots folder.

So our goal for the duel is to use all or part of the kit to create a card.

I picked the Woody image because my youngest daughter is really into Toy Story right now and she loves Woody! I absolutely love the Toy Story paper and knew I had to use it. I used Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun and Brocade Blue cardstock. I colored Woody with my Copic markers and added the twine to the card and the star buttons. I adhered the buttons with glue dots and then added a few more paper punched stars (used the small star punch from SU) and put the silver brads into the middle of the stars.

Thanks for stopping by the duel and please check out all the other Darlings' creations (see my sidebar).