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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

End of the Year Teacher gifts

"Teacher Cube with Note Cards"

Ok so I was totally inspired by a blog post the ohter day. You know how when you see something that you love you have just got to go make one for yourself???

This post over on Julie Griffith's blog really inspired me ... I added my own twists and used a different line of TAC paper ... and I LOVE the outcome!

This is a great way to use up those extra coasters that you have lying around and don't know what to do with! I use Mia's Cottage Paper from TAC to cover them. The sides are punched with my Bind-it-All and then tied with ribbon. For the bottom I used another coster (up about 1/2") and ran a bead of Diamond Glaze around the bottom to hold it in.

Front - Used the Sizzix to cut the "H" and stamped name with TAC's Simple Bet Alphabet.

This side has a transparency over it ... the teacher can use a dry erase marker (I included one) to make notes and then use a Kleenex to wipe them off. I used Just a Note from the Friendly Note set and the Apple is from For All Seasons set.

This side had a pad of post-its on it with a little note!

This side had a transparency over it as well. The teacher can slip a photo in it and it's protected. I could find my "place photo here" GWP so I stamped it with Simple Bet.

One dozen note cards with envelopes placed inside for the teachers to write those special notes home. I printed the cards on the computer and then accented with more coordinating Mia's Cottage paper and flowers from the Mini Occasions set. Did you know that in the TAC Catalog next to the papers it tells you what the best colors of inks to match the papers are?? Well this worked great for me .. I picked a blue, green, and pink Palette ink to stamp the flowers on the cards. These were so simple to whip a dozen up!!!

Back side.

All wrapped up and ready to give!!!

I took them in to the teachers this morning and they LOVED them ... I loved them too ... so simple and easy to make! Thanks again Julie for the idea!

Sunday, May 18, 2008
Getting Inky with Friends!!!

What could be more fun that getting together with friends and getting inky??? Not much.

Last night my friend Kim Hutchinson and I got together at her house and oh how we got inky!!! We watched a Gina K technique DVD and then made cards with the techniques we just learned! There are 3 DVDs in this set ... we only made it through 1 ... (woo hoo that gives us plans for 2 more nights!!). Here are our creations:

Rubber Band Technique

Add rubber bands to a brayer and ink them up. Make a very interesting background. I used Palette Inks on this - Lavender Sachet, Giverney Green, Beaux Arts Blue. Stamped image is by Inky Antics and colored with colored pencils and OMS. The sentiment is from the TAC Tag Tidbits stamp set. Added green ribbon and a blue brad (thanks Kim for the embellies!).

Direct to Paper

With this technique we used cats eye ink pads and just randomly stamped them on the cardstock. I used green, purple, yellow, and copper. The stamp is another Inky Antics stamp colored with colored pencils and OMS. The saying is from Inkadinkado. Matted all images on brown cardstock and added a leather cord and 3 copper brads. Congrats to you was pop-dotted.

Direct to Paper

This was another version of direct to paper using larger ink pads. I used Palette inks again for these - Sunflower, Orangerie, and Claret. The butterflies are from the June TAC Stamp of the Month. I colored them with colored pencils and OMS and then cut them out and matted on orange. I used the just a note from the Tag Tidbits and added 5 nickel brads to an orange strip of cardstock.

Direct to Paper

Here I stamped this flower image (retired from TAC) on glossy cardsock with Versamark ink. Then we brayered the sheet with Kaleidacolor (Autumn Leaves). I colored the main flower with colored pencils and OMS and added string that I dyed with brown ink. Added 3 large copper eyelets and then put 3 orange brads in the centers of those.

Watercoloring with Ink Pads

Here we smeared the Palette ink pads on a Craft Sheet and then used a water brush to color in the image. This image is by Magenta and it was very fun to watercolor. I added green ric rac and purple primas. I added lots of bling to this card with little gems that Kim had - she picked up a huge sheet of them from Staples for 60 cents!!! - they were to decorate your cell phone with. Great find Kim ... Had she picked these up in a craft store that would have easily been 5 times that much!!! The card was matted on purple cardstock and wound up to be 5" x 5".

Pullin' and Poppin' Pastels

It's hard to see here but look closely on the black background ... see color and flowers? That is done with a fun technique called Pullin' Pastels. You color the black cardstock with chalks and then stamp an image with Versamark (pulling the chalk off of the cardstock). Then I stamped more of the image on the white with Versamark and then colored with the chalks (Poppin' Pastels). I added fun glittery blue brads and ribbon that I added chalk to as well! Sentiment is from Tag Tidbits and the flower is from a retired TAC set.

Baby Wipes

Here we made the plaid background by applying reinkers (I used Pallete reinkers) to a baby wipe and wiping across the cardstock. Then we created an ink pad with more reinkers on baby wipes and stamped the stamps in the ink. It's a quick and economical way to make an ink pad! Added green snaps and a corrugated piece of green cardstock to finish off this card. Used a retired stamp set from TAC for the flowers and Tag Tidbits.

Thanks Kim for such a wonderful night!!! Thanks for all of the embellies and all of the yummy goodies (especially that ice cream pie!) I had so much fun! We need to plan another play date soon!

Sunday, May 11, 2008
Partner Kit Challenge Swap

These cards were made with kits that were sent to me in a swap for the Stamp Shack. The embellishments, paper, stamped images all were sent to me in kits and we were supposed to make cards out of them. My partner was 5 treasures.

Flowery Thanks

I was sent these flower images. I colored them with my colored pencils and blended them with odorless mineral spirits (OMS), I then added clopper stickles to the centers. I matted them on the green cardstock that I was provided. I punched the green strips with an SU punch. I stamped thanks on the lower one and added pink brads. The pink cardstock was included in my kit as well as the patterned paper. The brown ribbon was also included and I tied it and added it as well.


I was sent the ship, cloud, and sentiment images. I colored the ship with my colored pencils and blended it with OMS. I punched "friend-ship" with the SU window punch. The green cardstock was included in my kit as well as the patterned paper. The orange ribbon and hardware (brad, loop thingy, and spiral clip) were also included.


I was sent these girlfriend images. I colored them with my colored pencils and blended them with OMS. I matted them on the brown cardstock that I was provided. The bown and white cardstock was included in my kit as well as the patterned paper. The clear button was also included and I placed the pattern paper behind it to match and "threaded" a thin strip of the brown paper through the button. The rhinestones were also included and I used them on the flower in "girlfriends" and added them to the lower right corner.

Thanks 5treasures .... this was fun!

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