Thursday, November 14, 2013

Support Staff Thank-You Cards

Each year we have an event at work where we thank all of our support staff - Teacher Assistants, Student Helpers,  etc.  Without them, our job would be even harder!

This is part of my contribution to the group we were assigned to.  Turns out this year, I work with all 5 ladies, two of which I work quite closely.

Each of these cards uses the "new" Thinlits Flip card die;  labels, and circle.  I did make one big change.  I thought the cards were way too small until I found THIS video which shows how to extend the cards to give you room to write on the inside flap!  {Sorry about the ads at the beginning of the video - they are so annoying!}

Card 1
 Here's a view of the unfolded flap with coordinating paper decorations... and lots of room for my team to write messages.  YAY!
Card 1 inside view

Card 2
Card 2 inside view

Card 3
Card 3 inside view

Card 4

Card 4 inside view

Card 5

Card 5 inside view

The entire set of 5 cards came from one paper stack:  Gingham Garden with the main colors of:  Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, and Whisper White.

I also got out the chalks, and used complimentary colors to chalk the flower embossing on the front and inside views.

Please enjoy!
Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dad's Birthday

While Mom and Dad were still out and about traveling they drove down into Texas for a few days to spend some time with my cousin, and stopped back for an overnight on their way home.

In addition to spending time with them on their anniversary, they were here over Dad's birthday too!  What timing!

We went to Dad's favorite place, Billy Simms for barbecue, and then came back to the house.  Mom and I spent some time talking, and Dad watched some sports.  While Mom and I watched a movie, I made this card, and gave it to Dad right before they left the next morning, which was actually his birthday.

Please enjoy!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mom and Dad's 50th Wedding Anniversary!

This past summer the entire family was together at home in Wisconsin for an entire list of celebrations:  nephew's graduation, our anniversary, my parent's anniversary, niece's birthday brother-in-law's birthday... there were a few more, but I just don't remember right now!

Almost the entire family went up to Door County for 3 or 4 days.  We stayed at a resort, had the days to sight-see, and spend time with the family in the evenings.  It was wonderful!  Since I moved out of state right after college, this kind of family time just doesn't happen very often.

Well,  after all that, my parents were in town Friday through Sunday - and Saturday was the actual date of their 50th Anniversary!  My husband and I were thrilled we could spend it with them.

This is the card I made.
We went out to one of our favorite celebration restaurants, Carrabba's and had a wonderful dinner and some quality time grilling my parents about their wedding.  My husband loves all the little details.

This card features lots of gold embossing powder - the En Français stamp, and the 50 then crumb cake in for the sentiment and the edges on the punches and doilies.  Love the effect the doily folding gives!

I told Mom later in the evening - if they wouldn't have been on the road traveling during their anniversary, we'd have made a quick trip home to surprise them!  This was an important anniversary, and I'm just so happy we could spend it with them.

Please enjoy!

Friday, November 8, 2013

My Friend Melissa.....

Hey!  Today I have something VERY different from my regular craft style - a project my dear friend Melissa made on one of our Saturday crafting days.

She needed a retirement gift (I should say 'wanted to make') for a close family relative.  Just as the flip flop wreath, we had lots of opinions and placement suggestions to help make the project even better.

 You know how it is when you're crafting - so many ways to place something, and lots of trial and re-trial to get it just right.
 So many little details!  Here you can see the first 3 panels.  Clips, ribbon, hairpin, brads, stickers, etc. etc. etc. 
And here's a view of the last bit of the project - the flower is so beautiful! 

Please leave a comment below and send my friend some craft love!  Her creations are always fantastic!

Please enjoy!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2013 Christmas Cards - November

Wow!  We made it to another November!  This is the last month in the Christmas Card making for the year since at the end of November we have to get them signed, addressed, and sent out to arrive at the beginning of December (or at least the 2nd week of December).

I wanted to center my design around the sentiment this month, and once I started playing with ideas, it got to be a much more detailed (though not difficult) card by the time I was finished.

I started with the Merry Christmas at the top, and used the striped embossing folder for the bottom half and covered the edge with the Cherry Cobbler seam binding and a bow to show off the mug.

Then I stamped and die cut the mug in Smoky Slate,  the candy cane in Cherry Cobbler, and the gingerbread man in Chocolate Chip.  I colored the rhinestones on the mug with a blue Sharpie and added pearls on the gingerbread man's buttons.

 Here's a shot of all three:  the front, the sentiment, and the stamped envelope.

I hope you've enjoyed all my Christmas cards this year.  Since I changed the rules to include the stamped sentiment on the inside and the stamped envelopes, I'm so much further ahead of where I was last year!  It will be so easy to include a note, and signature to finish each of them quickly at this point, and sent out some really beautiful Christmas Cards!

Last year (2012) with all the challenges and extra cards I made, I had 72 to send out to friends and family.  This year since I made one card for each day of July, I have 112 cards in total to send!  My list has expanded, and I have more co-workers this year as well so having the extra 40 cards will definitely be a good thing.

Please enjoy!