Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Magical Dreams

I was so excited to use this stamp...I got it from Unity Stamps Kit of the Month and haven't had time to play with it. I decided to get the kit because of this image. Isn't it just the cutest?

Melissa's sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches was a challenge, if I may say so. I guess that's why I like her sketches, because they do challenge one's artistic ability. I hope that you'll want to play along with us.

Here is my imitation of the sketch. Head over to TMS to see the sketch.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

My Oh So Late Monthly Card

I am late with my monthly card swap. It was due to be mailed on the 20th...but probably won't make it to the mail until the 31st. I don't know the name of the image, but the host for the month threw down the challenge of making each card different. I don't know that I'll get that far considering I can't manage one card, let alone 6 different designs. I had spent my Christmas day going through 2 entire blogs, one being Jessie Rone. They were on my list of wishes this year. I just love her style - she makes layering look easy. Well, I found one card that I thought would be a great fit for my monthly swap (click on Jessie's name and you'll see her original).

The host sent 2 images, I'll work on my design for the other one later, and 6 different DPs. I love the DP for the card posted, the other DPs (too me) are not that attractive, so this card I'll keep!! The other DP is fine, this one just happens to be my style.

I hope you enjoy!
p.s. - the dark layer is a very dark blue, the photo looks black!

Friday, December 25, 2009

A Special Thank You!

The week we went on winter break my students and I were the recipients of a very fabulous donation. I needed to make a very special thank you card (even though the company did not want thanks...how could I not??) Let me tell you how this gift began....

One of my favorite shows is Unwrapped on the Food Network. The episode I was watching was on Christmas goodies and one of the segments was on Color-A-Cookie. It was just like stamping only on a cookie!! They provide edible markers so that you can color the image - it's totally cool! I contacted the company and for my budget it was out of the question. Well in conversing via e-mail with one of their representatives, Jordan, he was so kind and decided to not only donate the cookies to my classroom, but to the entire 2nd grade class (77 students). How could I not thank him and this wonderful company.

For Christmas today, I spent the day surfing blogs and came across two amazing cards and I just had to CASE them. I'm still working on the second, so I'll post that tomorrow. For the thank you card I took inspiration from Senior Trendsetter, Faith Hofrichter. I just purchased the Act of Kindness and Birdie Wishes from There She Goes and was all too happy to ink these sets up. Now that I've made this card...I don't want to give it away. I hope that Jordan likes it as much.

Well, have a wonderful day and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Taking a Twist on Challenges

I decided that I wanted to take a twist on this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches and I wanted to join this week's There She Goes #34 - Baby It's Cold Outside! Challenge - along with a twist too.

Melissa and I were talking and I was going on about Jessica's Stampbook Saturday and how I was making two amazing 12x12 layouts of me. I told Miss I didn't want to make a card-I had spent the week making stockings for my students and just couldn't muster up another "holiday" card. As I was reading the There She Goes challenge I decided to make TMS a scrapbook layout and use it for my submission to TSG. I love the idea around TSG's Stampbook Saturday since many of my 12x12 layouts I use my stamps - it adds such a unique touch and doesn't make the album thick.

Of course as I got into creating, I ended up making two layouts - one 6x6 and one 8x8. I love them both! They follow the theme of the sketch and I hope that I meet the challenge for TSG. Their challenge was to create a non-holiday winter card - I know it's not a card, but the 6x6 could be a large post card!

Well, either way I love the layouts and I hope you do too. The children are my neice and nephew out playing with their Anky Karin in the 2005 winter blizzard in West Virginia.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tuesday Morning Sketches

Okay, so it's not Tuesday!!! In Denver we have had freezing temperatures. I mean freezing. Well, my craft room does not have heat and I can't work in the room. I am about to switch my living room to my craft room since I basically live in my craft room. I haven't been able to go in my craft room because it's like being outside and yesterday's high was 2 below. I woke up to 15 below weather. To make my sad story short - I haven't been able to walk in the room and use the computer. So I brought my camera to work and I am loading my image here (on my lunch time).

This digital image is darling. I am a sucker for penguins. I really enjoyed making this non-traditional colored holiday/winter card. I plan on giving it to my sweetie!!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday Morning Sketches & Monthly Exchange

I am so glad that I have participated in the last 6 month card exchange. I have had to really challenge myself with some of the images that I have received...this image being the most challenging. The 6 months are up and I plan on taking a break so that I can put together all the projects needed for me and my classroom.

I am not really an animal person, and having to come up with a card with the horse and the cowboy I kept putting it off. Well, with the Thanksgiving week and having had 5 days off from school - I got my mojo going. As I was working on my submission for Tuesday Morning Sketches I also began to color the western image. I was stressing!!! Then I looked at this weeks sketch and my image and viola the two were made for one another.

I have to admit...I like this card. It's not one I'll be giving away anytime too soon. I want to sit and look at all my hard work for a while. Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to hear your opinion.