Friday, July 29, 2016

All-Star Teacher Appreciation Week




 With the new school year about a month away, I thought this post was a bit overdue! ha ha! I've been meaning to share all of the things a LONG time ago...better late than never, right?

Our school had a sports theme going this past year so I decided to use that as our Teacher Appreciation Week theme as well. I like to put a fresh spin on things and especially a sports theme. It just seems so "done" if you know what I mean. I knew that I would be changing the "sport" for each day so I decided to keep things neutral and easy to switch out. I wanted to incorporate gold, kraft and green so those were my main colors throughout the week. It was super easy to add pops of color throughout the week which you can see in the pictures....and there are A LOT!





 My budget it very minimal so I just "shopped" my house for all of the decorations. I did buy the mini trophies that I used here and there for a little shine and detail. I thought my star marquee looked perfect! I turned it off at the end of each day and I arrived early each morning to switch out themes and treats so I just switched it back on.




 Being in charge of the entire week AND getting gifts done for my son's teacher was crazy, but I had fun spoiling her. On the first day, the kids were supposed to wear their teachers favorite sports team's colors. Well, my son's teachers favorite team is Real Madrid and their colors are white and different one each year....2016 happened to be silver. What? Are you kidding me? Not fun, but I made it work and decided to make a little jersey tag attached to some Herhey's Hugs.
 I also switched out the chalkboard each day. I would grab it at the end of the day and quickly get the new one created. This is the first day's design. I searched for sports quotes on pinterest for most of my chalkboard designs.






 We were super fortunate to get Little Caesar's Pizza to donate lunch on the first day so I got super cheesy and made a little sign to put up by the pizza. Get it...pizza and crazy bread? Ha ha!





On the second day, we provided a yogurt buffet, cereal and granola bars so Wheaties were a MUST. See how nicely the orange fits in and gives it a nice pop of color?
 I found this awesome Wheaties metal sign at Hobby Lobby and I thought it was the perfect touch to the buffet table. We were able to keep the yogurt cold by putting ice in aluminum roasting trays and filling them with ice.






 This is the card my son gave his teacher the second day with a basket full of her favorite goodies as well as a gift card. I didn't get a picture of that because I was a mad woman! LOL! I used the bubble gum die and coordinating stamp set from MFT. I thought the sentiment was absolutely PERFECT for the theme!






The sports ball "gum balls" are buttons that  I snipped the back off with scissors. I thought it turned out so cute! His teacher's favorite sport is soccer so I made sure that the soccer ball was coming out of the gumball. The background paper is textured to look like a basket ball which I just love. It's the little things, right?
 The 3rd day I put together an all-american baseball concession stand for the teachers filled with patriotic candy, popcorn and more. It was so fun to put together. The chalkboard I created for the day was the famous "take me out to the ballgame" song.



 The funny part is that I didn't actually provide and cracker jacks. LOL! I did, however, attach their invitations to Friday's luncheon to a box of cracker jacks. They turned out super cute, but I didn't take a picture. My good friend from the PTA did an awesome job making the invites on her computer.


I printed this famous quote out onto kraft cardstock and put it onto my decorative bulletin board for some extra inspiration as well as a fun baseball touch. You an see I added the glove and ball to keep the theme cohesive.






The next day the teacher's got hydrated at the powerade "hydration station". The local grocery store donated all of the powerade as well as tons of nutrigrain bars for the whole staff. It was awesome! You can also see the chalkboard that I created for the fourth day.

I made some quick centerpieces for each of the tables in the teacher's lounge. The glass jars are from the Dollar Tree and I filled them up with green spanish moss, peanuts and a baseball on top. I also did some stamping (of course) to create the cute little pennant, apple and mitt and ball attached to skewers. I also added a sprinkling of star confetti for a little sparkle and shine. I didn't get a chance to photograph the last few gifts for Rowan's teacher. I  was burning the candle at both ends that week as you an imagine. I wanted to share a few details that I did not include in any photos;
MONDAY: Pizza luncheon             Gift:luncheon invitation attached to a box of Cracker Jacks

TUESDAY: Yogurt Buffet and Breakfast            Gift: Caramel Apples from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

WEDNESDAY: Concession Stand         Gift: Skor bars with quote

THURSDAY: Hydration Station            Gift: Handmade lanyards with quote

FRIDAY: Staff luncheon                         Gift: Freebie Certificates donated from the community

It was a great week and the teachers LOVED it! It makes it all worth it when they come up and tell you how great the week was. Thanks for fluttering by!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Thinking tropical thoughts

I received some fun goodies in the mail today and I couldn't wait to play. I needed a card and today is HOT so it was perfect! My daughter is going to be having a luau in August to celebrate her birthday and these fun new stamps and dies will DEFINITELY be used. Stay tuned for more fun projects using "Some like it Hot". Today's card also uses "Graceful Greetings" and I used the "thinking of you" sentiment and embossed it in gold onto Hawaiian Shores cardstock. The pineapple and flamingo were diecut once and everything else was die cut multiple times for a fun, full arrangement!

Also, I shared some felt baby booties on Thimbles and Thread if you'd like to check those out. They were so much fun to make! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A trio of greetings

 I wanted to share a few more cards that I made for the bridal shower a few months back. I had so much fun making them! I decided to make three cards using PTI's "Graceful Greetings" with a similar feel and color scheme.  The first card was made using a Kraft  card base. I stamped polka dots using white ink and PTI's "Polka Dot basics onto the lower portion of the card. The focal piece was diecut using a spellbinders nestabilities scallop rectangle die. The "Hello" sentiment was stamped using grey ink and then I had fun adding the flowers here and there. I never seem to use ribbon on cards anymore so it was fun to add a pink taffeta ribbon on the side.





I added a few clear sequins for some shine and detail. I also like to add a bit of black ink to the centers of the small flowers which I did with a black Stampin' Write marker. I just feel it gives them a bit of depth.
The next card, which is one of my favorites, uses the same scallop focal piece. I stamped the sentiment in white ink onto kraft. The flowers were diecut out of blush cardstock and rolled up. I just love how they turned out. The "dearest friend" sentiment was heat embossed in gold for some fun shine. The gold glitter paper strip in the background ties it all together.






 The final card uses the same focal piece, of course. Both sentiments are heat embossed using gold embossing powder. The picture is blurry but you can see the shimmer and shine on the next picture a little better. They are all very simple and very straightforward. Thanks for fluttering by! Follow me on Instagram @kellylunceford

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Birthday {Hope your day is Fabulous}

 Happy July! Where is the time going? I can't believe how fast the summer is slipping by. I just got back from spending a few days at camp with the young women from our church. It was so great to be in nature and away from the noise of the world. I thought I'd share another card from the shower gift I made back in May. This was one of my favorites. It isn't any secret how much I love using the PTI set "Rosie Posie". I just love the 2 step stamping and making fun flower arrangements on cards.




 I also used the "Boutique Borders: Birthday" for the sentiment and also the coordinating die. The flower arrangement and sentiment were all adhered to a beautiful gold doily. I really like the luxe feeling it gives the card.







 Everything was layered onto some black and white striped paper for a fun and modern feel. I added a bit of black and white twine to finish it off as well as a few clear sequins.






You can see it here with the gift sack underneath. This particular bag didn't have any words on it for a particular holiday or celebration so I just decided to make a coordinating birthday card. Thanks for fluttering by!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

That was {so} sweet of you

 I made this card back when I first got this adorable bubblegum machine die cut and coordinating stamps. I was a little obsessed so I didn't want to bombard you with lots of bubblegum cards. I do have another one to share, but I'll wait until I post everything I did for Teacher Appreciation Week...one of these days! LOL! I made this card for a friend after she lent us her garden tiller. I gave her the card and a box of chewy Sweetarts and it looked so cute together.




 I totally love the addition of the glittery gold bow at the top of the bubblegum machine. I just couldn't resist; even though she doesn't love bows. She did forgive me, because after all, I gave her candy! The gumballs were all diecut and then I added a layer of glossy accents to give them the shine of a bubblegum ball. I loved how they turned out. I also added some crystal clear sequins as well for a little more sparkle.The sentiment was also heat embossed using gold embossing powder.





I grabbed a couple of bubblegum machine birthday gift sacks at the dollar store the other day. I can't wait to make some cards to go with those as well. Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, June 17, 2016

There's no place like home!

Before I begin, I wanted to let you know I posted a little project over on Thimbles and Thread if you're interested. I made it for a baby shower last month and never got around to posting it until now. If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen it.

Okay, on to today's project; A new family moved into our culdesac and I wanted to send a little welcome goody and card over to them. I had so much fun with the leaf garland on my last card, I thought I would use it again.  To begin, I created a card base using Kraft card stock. Then I created a wood grain background using the wood grain impression plate from PTI. I just love the look and feel it gives the card. Once I had that done, I got to work die cutting all of the other pieces. I also used the PTI set, Boards and Beams, which is one of my favorites but I don't have the chance to use it a lot.




 The leaf garland was cut using Sage Shadow card stock and then the flowers are Aqua mist, Cameo Corral and yellow. The house and topiary plants were cut out of white card stock. The house was colored using Prismacolor and Copic markers. The topiary plants were selectively inked using a sage shadow and chocolate chip Stampin' Write marker.





I really wanted to add this sentiment but didn't want to cover up any of the fun details. I chose to stamp it using StazOn ink onto a strip of acetate for a seamless look. I also added a bit of black baker's twine and some sequins.

For the goody, I made a quick box out of Kraft card stock. I stamped white polka dots over the front panel using Polka Dot basics from PTI. I actually used this set again on a cute summer banner I made the other day which I will be sharing soon. The bow....I just love the bow. I used the wood grain impression plate again on the bow to tie it in nicely to the card. Isn't that a fun touch? I haven't seen that done before, but I'm sure it has been and I am late to the party! Ha ha! The tag was heat embossed using gold embossing powder.  The "hello" sentiment is from Graceful Greetings and it has become a fast favorite. I stamped the flowers that also come in the set with the same colors I used on the card for continuity. I filled it up with yummy chocolate and got it over to them ASAP! Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The {wedded bliss} club

 Hello! I was super excited for some new goodies to arrive  in the mail this week. I really wanted to use this leaf garland and flower die.  I  found out that a sweet lady in my neighborhood wasn't feeling well, so I thought I would send her a little card to cheer her up. Once I was done, I set the card aside so I could mail it out. Well, Emma came home from dance and announced that one of her teachers was having a bridal shower at the studio the next day. Aack! I sat and looked at the card I had just made and thought how in the world could I make it into a bridal card..???...Hurray for super old SU! stamps that I just happened to use for the inside sentiment of my previous card. The "welcome to the wedded bliss club" sentiment was the perfect fit with the larger "Hello" that I had already embossed.




 I wanted to balance the blue color so I stamped the sentiment with versamark ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder to match the "Hello" onto Aqua Mist cardstock. You can also see that I added some white dots using a galaxy marker onto portions of the leaves.




 On this photo, you can see some of the flower centers a little better. I added some stamens to two of the flowers using some synthetic ones that I have had from Impress for YEARS. It is so nice to actually use some of the things I have been hoarding for such a long time.




After I had die cut the leaf garland, I thought the negative space looked like a monster. I cut two and let Rowan and Rhys decorate them with googlie eyes and pom poms. They had a lot of fun! Ha Ha!




I added a length of black baker's twine for the finishing touch. Emma's teacher thought it was adorable and asked if I had an Etsy shop where she could buy more cards. I guess I should look into that. Thanks for fluttering by!