Thursday, May 26, 2011

Teacher's Apple

Tomorrow is the last day of school for my kiddos! I still don't have a "crafting space" but I needed to get the teacher's cards and gifts done regardless. My daughter has two teachers; one for the morning and one in the afternoon. On Friday's, one of them doesn't come at all, so I had to make sure I sent everything today. After all of my careful planning, my daughter told me that the other teacher wouldn't even be there for the last two days! Oh well! I told her to stick it on her desk and pray that she comes back to clean upI wanted an "Americana" theme for the cards since I had purchased the new "Apple Pie" hand soap and sanitizer from Bath and Body Works. I thought it worked nicely for a teacher. I am so proud of myself that I didn't use Olive and Red this year, like I usually do!

I used this month's SFYTT sketch and some left over Graphic 45 paper from this project. I had just enough to get the three cards done with a few scraps to spare. This month's sketch is sponsored by Your NExt Stamp and I think you still have time to take advantage of the 10 percent off sale. Check my last post for more info! I chose to use "Teacher's Apple" from PTI. It is the perfect set to have on hand when you have little ones going to school. I have used it every year since I bought it and have loved having it!

Everything is pretty straightforward, but I did use some super thin cork paper for the scallop around the focal image. It is super easy to punch and I love it. All of the buttons and ribbon are from PTI as well. I hope you get a chance to play this month; you still have a few days left.

The construction projects are taking much longer than expected. The sheetrock is all done in the bedroom, but it still needs to be taped and mudded (that doesn't sound right)painted, electrical finished, carpeted and then the fun part; moving all of my son's stuff downstairs! I can't even begin to work on the baby's room until all of that is done! This baby is coming whether we are ready or not! I am feeling great right now despite a big belly that makes it hard to bend over. We have had a ton of rain so the temperatures have stayed cool which has been a benefit for a pregnant gal! Once the heat hits, I think I will swell up like I did with Emma. Once all of the construction is done, my son is moved and the baby's room is done, I can focus on getting my space put together. Right now my crafting is on the "way" back burner. Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Cute as a Button *SFYTT*

I can't believe it is already May! I think I say that at the beginning of every month, but seriously...where does the time go? I am happy that it is May and the flowers are blooming and the weather is warming up (at least some days here in Utah) and school is almost out. I can't believe my kids only have three more weeks! Well...since it is the first Saturday of the month, you know what that means....another great SFYTT! I really love this month's sketch and I think I will be using it often. For some reason I really like it when the sketch involves some sort of circle. This month's sketch is sponsored by Your Next Stamp. I love their sweet, fun and whimsical images. As you can see, they are offering a discount to all of the SFYTT particpants so you will definitely want to check it out.

I was in need of a baby card so I chose to use my go-to baby set from PTI, "Baby Button Bits". If you read my last post, you know that I have been in "stamping limbo" which is still the case. It took me forever to get all of the supplies to get this card done and I even simplified it. I can see why people don't stamp if they don't have a "space" to do it. I know that my situation is only temporary, but if it was going to be like this forever, I think I wouldn't stamp as much. So...for those of you crafters who don't have your own space, I feel your pain!!!!
For my card, I started with a Kraft base and used kraft for all of the mats and the focal image. The pattern paper is from My Mind's Eye and is quite old, but I love it and it worked out perfectly for the look and feel I was going for with this card.

I stamped the image using white ink and then colored the snail using a copic marker. I used my PTI die cut to make the ric-rac border and used the scraps from either side to add to the left edge of the card as well as the opening, too. Since my "supplies at hand" are limited, I opted to stretch what I already had, and I think it turned out great!

This is the sketch for May. I hope you all get a chance to play along. It's not too late to sit down and make a card for Mom! This sketch would be perfect! By the way, Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mother's out there!

You won't want to miss the other designers:!Jen Del Muro and New Guest Designer

We are proud to welcome Jen Tapler as the newest SFYTT sister!

Susan Liles ,

Amy Sheffer

Jodi Collins

Kerry Johnson Thanks for fluttering by!