Sunday, July 25, 2010

A+ Bookworm

This past year, I volunteered at my girls' school with the reading program. I spent Friday mornings reading with 5 students (the same ones every week), and over the course of the year, I got to know them. I was very fortunate to have great kids who were sweet, and I was sad to say goodbye to them at the end of the year. I gave them each a book to read over the summer, and this card to go with it. I loved the idea of giving them a card that said "bookworm" on it, and I explained what it meant, and that they could each consider themselves a bookworm, since each of them had advanced their reading by several levels. It was great to see their faces light up when I explained the bookworm idea to them. Isn't it great that a little card like this could bring so much happiness? Making cards seems so worthwhile when they have a happy ending like that, doesn't it?
Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Little Birdie on My Easel

Something wonky is going on with my Blogger. Instead of pictures, all I see is a bunch of computer "talk", and I can't choose my font. I can spell check though, which I don't really use. (watch, now I'll make spelling mistakes everywhere, just because I said that! LOL) Hmmm...I sure hope this is temporary.
Anyhoo, I wanted to post this picture of my little birdie easel card. I used the Friends 24-7 set for the bird and the background. If you look at the band across the bottom of the picture, it looks like a piece of paper that is folded accordian-style. But look closely:

Isn't that neat?! It's actually little mini tiles, that I painstakingly sorted out by colour and then put one grey, one black, etc until I reached the other side. Neat effect, eh?
I love the colour combo for this card. I think black looks great with most colours, and when you use Olive, which is a bit darker, using white as well just makes it pop! I left the bottom empty so I can use the card for whatever occasion I may need it for. I will probably find a sentiment that will fit in an oval punch and then mat it with the scalloped oval and center it on the bottom piece.
Are you watching The Bachelorette? I can hardly wait to see what Frank tells her in Tahiti (or is it Fiji? Somewhere dreamy and warm, anyway) next week. And how disappointed am I in the Canadian guys they had on the show this year? Geesh, talk about bad representation! The first one was a bully with a I'm-a-hot-guy complex, and the second guy was on the show to advance his career. Jeepers, are these the best Canadian men they can find? I could find them better, if they're interested! LOL
Have a great week! I'll be back with some more stuff later this week!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Season

When I was young and still living at home with my parents, the birthdays we celebrated were concentrated in the spring and summer. We started with Mother's Day, and then we had almost all the family birthdays (both grandmothers, aunt, cousins, uncles etc) and come September 4th, my sister's birthday marked, for the most part, the end of the birthday celebrations. Now, my sister, cousins and I have children and I have my husband's family to add to our birthday collection. My birthdays start in February and don't end until the end of the year! If I'd have been a stamper as a child, I would have only needed birthday cards for 4 months! But now, I have to make sure that I constantly have plenty of cards all the time! Yikes! There has been more than once, where I've had to dive into my stash to pull out a birthday card on a moment's notice (ok, some of that is mommy brain where I forget to make one in advance!) and been grateful to have a choice of cards from which to choose!
So, when I make a birthday card I like, I will often make more than one and in different colours, just in case family members are comparing! LOL This card, was no exception!
I loved the olive with black, and was fortunate to have some black bling to throw on the flowers:

Here it is in Pretty in Pink and Olive:

The dsp is Cottage Wall, in case you didn't recognize it. The polka dot was definitely not the side I saw first because there were so many pretty, fancy sides in the collection. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a Sale-a-bration set that I am now kicking myself for not having ordered it when I had the chance! I love the swirly-fancy part, and the simple part that offsets it. It's perfect for a semi-fancy card!
Have a great day!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Birthday Hugs

Hello! Happy Friday! I thought I would give the lunchbox love notes a break, and show you a regular birthday card today. This one uses the Parisian Breeze dsp, the same dsp I used on one of my lunchbox lovenotes in an earlier post. My friend Tami and I saw this card somewhere and decided to case it. It uses Baja Breeze and Pacific Point paper, which were once In Colours, but as of yesterday, are a part of the regular colour collection! I am pretty happy about it, because as you can see, these two colours look great together! Not bad, considering this card is covered with hearts, that the main colours are blue and brown!
This picture shows the pretty bling at the bottom of the card...the jewels are all the same colour, but it's neat how they each look a different colour in this picture.

This picture is supposed to show you how some of the hearts are popped up for more interest.
The card itself was simple enough to make, but cutting out the hearts was a bit of work, I'm not much of a cutter...unlike some people (Hi Jacqui! yes I mean you! LOL)...
Well, I'm outta here! DH and I are going out to a restaurant to celebrate our anniversary, and then we are going to watch Eclipse! Ooooh, I can hardly wait! Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope you have fun too! Come back soon!