Sunday, August 30, 2009

Apple Gift for Parents

Well Tuesday is the first day of school, so I have put together a little gift for the parents. This is their child's first year of school and I thought the parent's needed a little something.

I had hoped the card would have been smaller, but by the time I made it cute it was a little bigger than anticipated. Oh well. The child can eat the apple and the parents can keep the cute little reminder that they are just as much as a teacher as I am

Apple from SU Tart & Tangy
Paper: U Real Red; green scraps; DSP (SU)
Ink: SU Real Red; SU Old Olive
Accessories: ribbon; buttons; embroidery floss; circle punch; binder clips

Friday, August 28, 2009

A little look at one of my classrooms

Welcome to my classroom: "Jump On In"

A look at my desk with my "Filed with flair" and my assessment folder, along with a pencil holder and paper trays that I continued the punched circle look.

My first theme is apples...of course. Here is my thematic table.

The bone of contention in my classroom. The play structure!!! It takes up a huge amount of the classroom, but is loved by the students in all 3 of the Kindergarten classrooms.

Well I think I am ready for next week. I start gentle entry with my JK students so I meet with 6 students and their families on Tuesday...they then come that Thursday. Then the week after I meet another 6 students and their families. That Thursday I have 12 students (both groups of 6). Then the third week I meet the last 6 students and their families, and that Thursday I will have all 18 students in my class.

As for my Core French...we are jumping right into curriculum.

Wish me luck!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Another back to school gift for me

Well I finally took some time to make a few more things for my desk at school. This time around I used Lauren Meader's My Timeless Templates "Filed with Flair". I plan on putting my assessment folder I made the other day in one pocket, note cards in another, and envelopes for sending notes home in the last.

I also covered a little jar in dots and ribbon to put all my binder clips in that I use regularly.

Side view:

Back view:

Other side view:
To create the dots I pulled out all of my scraps and used four different punch sizes. 1 3/4"; 1 3/8"; 1 1/4"; and 1/2".

Paper: SU Basic Black; PTI Lemon Tart; PTI Raspberry Fizz; PTI Plum Pudding; Blue (can't remember)
Accessories: 1 3/4"; 1 3/8"; 1 1/4"; 1/2" punches; Black Grosgrain Ribbon; PTI Plum Pudding Vintage Button

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Birthday DH!!!

Well it's my DH's Birthday today and I specifically bought My Favorite Things "Maid For You" stamp set just for today.

I just love how it came together, especially how the swiss dot embossing matches the ribbon. I coloured in the image using copics, but used chalk to colour in the back wall. Inside I mimicked the front panel layering the black, red and white paper, and also adding the ribbon.

Stamps: MFT Maid For You
Paper: SU Basic Black; SU Whisper White; SU Real Red
Ink: black; Copics (B set)
Accessories: Cuttlebug; Dot embossing folder; ribbon (Micheals); button; black embroidery thread; SU chalks

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August Papertrey Bloghop

Hello Everyone...time for another Papertrey Bloghop. Thanks for stopping by!! While you are here why not check out the rest of my postings. Unfortunately I cannot post to the PTI Gallery. I don't have a photo program to resize my pictures, so the gallery wont let me upload any. :(

My inspiration for fall was a kraft gift bag and remembrance of twig frames created as a kid.

The sentiment reads "Nuttin' is better than saying thanks so much".
All I did for this gift bag was cut the DSP down to size; Stamp the PTI Guide Lines background stamp in Chocolate Chip ink; stamp the tree then cut it out; stamp the images and cut them out; punch a fence; print off the sentiment; find some twigs and twine the ends together and voila my simple yet cute fall gift bag.

Stamps: PTI My Punny Valentine; PTI Guide Lines; PTI Mega Mixed Messages; SU Season of Friendship
Paper: SU Kraft; SU Chocolate Chip; Martha Stweart fall DSP
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip; SU Summer Sun; SU Pumpkin Pie; SU Really Rust; SU Ruby Red; SU Old Olive; PTI Lemon Tart; PTI Fresh Snow
Accessories: Martha Stewart Fence punch; kraft gift bag; twigs; computer font sentiment; twine

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A little back to school gift for myself; MTTC05

A special back to school gift for myself:

Lauren Meader has posted her newest Timeless Template Challenge. She has challenged everyone to make a gift using one of her templates with a back to school theme. Well since I am a teacher I thought I would make myself a gift for going back to school. I am hoping to get done a few templates to use on my desk this year using Filed with Flair and Perfect Match Box, but we are headed camping this weekend....and all the packing has been left up to me as my DH is working till 430pm. So instead I quickly put together an assessment folder using All Boxed Up. I always use cue cards to keep track of my anecdotal assessment notes. I thought why not put it into a cute little folder that also has sticky notes to use.

(Click on the photo for a better look)I teach Junior Kindergarten (4 year olds) and throughout each school term (there are 3) I will constantly make anecdotal comments and notes to be used later during report card time. To ensure all the comments are in one spot (my sticky notes use to end up all over the place) I started using cue cards. As you will notice I only used one pocket on the right hand side which houses my cue cards that are alphabetic and hole punched to fit a ring. On the left hand side are some sticky notes to use as well.

Stamps: SU Tart & Tangy; PTI Simple Alphabet; letter A
Ink: Black; SU Pink Passion
Paper: PTI True Black; PTI Raspberry Fizz; SU Whisper White
Accessories: Lauren Meader's My Timeless Template "All Boxed Up"; Circle Punch; Saddle Stich black ribbon (Micheal's); cue cards; ring; pen

Friday, August 21, 2009

Life is good at the Lake

Sorry the blog has been so quite. Can you believe that it is almost the end of August? I have been really busy getting my two classrooms ready and meeting with other teachers to plan our french program. Also my uncle and his family came through for the weekend, and now we are headed off for a weekend of camping. The weather has been so crappy this summer, but it looks as if this weekend Mr. Sun is suppose to come out and visit for a change. Since it is suppose to be sunny we are bringing out cat with us. Yes a cat camping. PC loves camping. We have a zipline set up for her so she can walk around on a leash, and she also uses a dinning tent, where she lies in her carry case watching the birds, squirrels, and what not. People always give us funny looks, but she loves it.

We are headed to Blue Lake Provincial Park. It has a wonderful lake where we normally go windsurfing; however this weekend we have decided not to bother with loading it up in the truck. Here is a scrapbooking page of my DH out windsurfing a couple of years ago at the park.

Here is us at the Park a couple of years ago.

Our annual Scrapbooking Convention here is town is coming up the end of September. The theme for this years Page-Layout Contest is "Life is good at the lake". Now we live on Lake of the Woods, which is Northwestern Ontario's Muskoka. Our Lake spans all the way down to Minnesota and is home to hundreds of island with thousands of "cottages" aka Mansions. If you live here you have to love fishing, boating, swimming, anything water related. Anyways, as a result, I am sure everyone is going to have a good entry this year. I haven't entered before, but since we love the lake and doing things I thought I would try this year. So camera is charged and multiple pictures will be taken this weekend. Wish me luck that I actually capture some good shots.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Another Colour Challenge

So today we had yet another thunder storm. The thunder and lightning has been crazy the last 3 days. The amount of rain that has been pelting down is just drenching. It's been really hard to get errands done, and tomorrow we are suppose to be having a BBQ with family that has driven from out of town. It seems as if we have only seen the sun for about 4 days the last two months. It's been so dark and dismal these last few months that I decided to add some cheer to the day by completing another My Time to Colour Challenge from Lauren Meader. This week I used the colours Lemon Tart, Ocean Tides, Plum Pudding and Berry Sorbet from Papertrey Ink, along with Whisper White from SU to match the inspiration below. (A reminder of summer....something I haven't seen in over a year) Nice bright colours.

I apologize for the dark photo. With the crappy weather we have been having there isn't any natural light to help with the photo.
It is hard to see but the Plum Pudding layer has been embossed using the damask template. The scalloped oval is a Big Shot die from SU that I used on my cuttlebug. I decided to punch some holes in the scallops for some added decoration. The stamps are from Botanical Blooms and the sentiment is from Nature Silhouettes, both SU.
Stamps: SU Botanical Blooms; SU Nature Silhouettes
Paper: PTI Lemon Tart; PTI Ocean Tides; PTI Plum Pudding; PTI Berry Sorbet; SU Whisper White
Ink: SU Mellow Moss; SU Perfect Plum; PTI Lemon Tart
Accessories: Lemon Tart Silk Ribbon; Scalloped Oval Die (SU)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Quick Post

I have a quick post today as I was at my other school getting my other classroom ready. Also had to finish cleaning up my scrap room. Last night I decided to move everything around.

Here is a card I made last night for Matt. A girl that works for him made a pancake breakfast for everyone and he wanted to give her a thank you.

Stamps: PTI Guide Lines; SU Botanical Blooms; thank you sentiment; PTI Holiday treats (dots on circle)
Ink: SU Rose Red; SU Bashful Blue; SU Perfect Plum
Paper: SU Hostess DSP; SU Lovely Lilac; SU Kraft
Accessories: button; ribbon; embroidery floss; pinking shears

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Food Only Challenge

Thanksgiving Food Only Challenge:

The Limited Supplies Challenge on Splitcoaststampers is to create a Food Only card with both images and ink. Here are the rules:

First: Your card or project needs to have food/beverages as its main theme. You know, pretty tea cups, yummy cupcakes, tangy citrus. Or maybe a scene with friends sitting at a café, or your favorite grill-meister in his element. Just think food!

Second: The real limit for you today is in the COLORS. You must only use colors that have “edible names”. Such as certainly celery, pumpkin pie, barely banana, creamy caramel.

Check out the end of the post to see what yummy ingredients I used to make my cards.

I also decided to try out Michelle Wooderson's idea of mass producing cards assembly line style. I cut all my strips up, stamped food images onto them (creating my own DSP), altered their order on each card, and then assembled. I added the circle "let's eat" stamp to the front, along with some Lemon TART ribbon.

Inside I added the sentiment "Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, Happy Turkey Day!"

And now I am finished my thanksgiving cards....hehehe. This will give me enough time to get all my Halloween cards done. I always find there isn't enough time between Canadian Thanksgiving and Halloween. I only need a handful of thanksgiving cards, but for Halloween I always put together a little treat for my students, as well as a few family members. But I really shouldn't be thinking about October now...I still have a Birthday card for my DH and an Anniversary card for my Aunt that need to be finish in like a weeks time. Yikes!!!

Ingredients "Thanksgiving Food Only":

Stamps: G Studio; SU Dotted Autumn; SU Tart & Tangy (apple); PTI My Punny Valentine; Martha Stewart Monogram Collection
Accessories: PTI LEMON TART ribbon; circle punch

Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge 14

I recently was in Italy where bottles of wine accompany both lunch and dinner. There also is the popular phrase "Ciao Bella" which I even have a shirt to prove it. So to reminisce on my trip I decided to go Italian for this weeks Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge 14. Just don't look too closely the script is actually SU's En Francais.
This week Dawn came up with quite the colour palette. I currently am out of Cream cardstock, and I don't have the new PTI Scarlett Jewel colour, so had to add lib when putting the card together. I was able to combine two copic colours to come up with my version of scarlett on the grapes.

Ingredients "Italian Wine":
Stamps: Grapes (Micheal's); SU En Francais; Sentiment MFT; Scalloped circle Martha Stewart
Paper: PTI Raspberry Fizz; PTI Plum Pudding; SU Whisper White; Cranberry
Ink: SU Perfect Plum; SU Rose Red; Copics R59 & BV04; SU Chalk
Accessories: Circle Punch; ribbon; embroidery floss; eyelets; crop-a-dile

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Win some free Copics

So I just came across this blog where they are giving away COPICS.....isn't that awesome????? All you have to do is upload a card where you have coloured in the image with copics. Well I thought I would repost my very first card using copics.

I tried to stay very masculine with the colour combination of browns and blues, and I used up some scrap lined paper and argyle ribbon. I was thinking patterns on men's ties, shirts, and sweaters when I was putting this together. Clean lines, patterns, and neutral colours. I think it turned out quite well considering I rarely make masculine cards.

A close up look at my copic colouring. I am still learning and playing around with shading and highlighting, but think I did a pretty good job for my first time working with the copics.

Stamps: Hana Stamps "Campfire Riley"; PTI Men of Life; PTI Simple Alphabet
Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate ;SU Creamy Caramel; SU Whisper White; lined scrap paper
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories: brads, copics (B); argyle ribbon; pop dots

MTTI05- Apron Inspiration

Well it's that time of the week for another of Lauren Meader's My Time to Create Inspiration Challenges. This week she provided us with the photo below. I instantly thought of my Grandmother and all her aprons that she wears. I decided to simply use the colours and the idea of an apron for my card.
Here is my take on the challenge.

I thought about the ruffles and lace you often find on the bottom of aprons. So I used one of my Martha Stewart's punches to create my frill at the bottom of the card. I then covered the seam with some scrap ribbon I had in my bin. I then decided to cut a top note die in half to represent those little pockets you often find on aprons. I lined the top of the top note using some thin pink ribbon. I used PTI's Guide Lines to create a pattern on the pocket, added some buttons and a sentiment from MFT and there you go.

Ingredients "Apron Inspiration":
Stamps: PTI Guide Lines; MFT sentiment
Paper: PTI Spring Moss; SU Tempting Turquoise; (Top Note was some blog candy I won, so not sure the paper colour)
Ink: SU Rose Red
Accessories: Martha Stewart Punch; scrap piece of ribbon; thin pink ribbon; buttons; embroidery floss,

Friday, August 7, 2009

Simply Summer Sunrise!!

This week on SPCC the Finally Friday Host Robbyn has challenged us to make something that uses one colour; a monotone challenge. So I headed upstairs and pulled out my PTI Summer Sunrise paper, ink, and ribbon and this is what I came up with. It is hard to see the sentiment, and wish I had embossed it or done something to make it pop just a little. The sentiment reads 'for you' and is from the PTI Men of Life stamp set. Every layer is raised on pop dots to help visually see all the elements. Thanks for looking!!

Stamps: PTI Men of Life
Paper: PTI Summer Sunrise
Ink: PTI Summer Sunrise
Accessories: PTI Summer Sunrise Grosgrain ribbon; pop dots

Lauren's Sketch and Dawn's Colour Challenges

With all my time devoted towards getting my classrooms ready for September my mojo kinda vanished. I started playing along with Dawn McVey's Colour Challenge 13 and Lauren Meader's Sketch Challenge last week, but I just stuck and never finished them. I thought I better finish putting them together today. I am not in love with them, but they are alright.

Lauren's Sketch:

Dawn's Colour Challenge:

Hugs & Kisses:

Stamps: Stamping Bella, heart stamp
Paper: PTI Berry Sorbet, PTI Spring Moss; PTI Pure Poppy; SU Whisper White; DSP
Ink: Copics (Set B)
Accessories: Buttons pin, ribbon, label punch; embossing folder; cuttlebug

PMS Bella:

Stamps: PMS Bella Stamping Bella; Sentiment Stamping Bella
Paper: PTI Berry Sorbet, PTI Spring Moss; PTI Pure Poppy; SU Whisper White; DSP
Ink: Copics (Set B); black
Accessories: Flowers, button, scrap ribbon

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It's going to be quite!

Sorry my blog has been quite the last few days. I currently am in school, AHHHH, yes school, working on setting up one of my two classrooms. I am working at two different schools this year. I am teaching JK French Immersion this fall at one of the schools, and it is a brand new class, so there were no supplies in the classroom. We had some families donate some toys so I've been cleaning and organizing them, along with getting my bulletin boards done. I still have another classroom to set up along with the other Core French teachers, and I need to make my schedule around theirs. Plus, I am trying to enjoy the end of the summer...despite all our rain, and we are suppose to be going camping the end of the month. So it looks as if my scrappin is going to be pushed to the side at the moment. In the meantime you should follow along Nichole Heady's blog for this month's sneak peaks at Papertrey Ink.