Monday, March 29, 2010

A gajillion cards coming soon...

I've been working on sets of cards for gifting over the past couple of weeks. Once I get a chance to photograph/scan those cards, I'm going to be doing several multi-card posts. I've been playing with Copics the last couple days, too -- I bought four coral/red markers for blending together the other day. I'm definitely having fun with them, but I'm not having much luck with stopping the stamping ink from bleeding. I don't really want to heat emboss it, as that would probably cause some resistance to the Copics. Any ideas?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

365 Cards: #6 Brittany's Birthday Card

Supplies: Paper - KI Memories, Cardstock - Paper Studio, Ribbon - Martha Stewart, Stamps- Studio G, Ink - Stampabilities

Our dear friend Brittany, of the adorably cute couple Michael & Brittany, turned 26 this past Monday. Here's the card I sent to her...a little late!


I realize I'm now 8 cards behind. I've got to remedy this in the coming days! Life got a little busy this past week, with my sister and her friend Erica coming to stay with us! I spent about a week putting away the boxes left from our move last summer, cleaning up my scrap space, and doing laundry. On Saturday night, Nicole and Erica were here and on Sunday, we drove to Tuskegee, Alabama to meet their friends Katie and Jared, who would be hosting them for the rest of spring break. The last couple days have just been unwinding and running errands. Now it's finally back to reality!

I'm also working hard on my December Daily so it will be finished before the Week in the Life next month! Hopefully I can post that soon, too!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Why I Support National Educational Standards

  1. It ensures that every child, everywhere, is learning the same basic ideas to prepare them for life after school.
  2. It ensures that textbook writers and editors are creating material that matches educational standards for everyone (not just Texas, one of the largest textbook buyers in the nation).
  3. It eases the transition for students who move from one school or state to another because the curriculum will not be vastly different.
  4. It helps ensure adequate preparation for college. I had a good education, but professors assumed I'd read books I hadn't -- such To Kill a Mockingbird.
  5. It still leaves room for schools and teachers to go above and beyond, but ensures that students are learning certain basic skills before they enter the world.
  6. It allows for a national standardized test, ensuring that state achievement scores are reported fairly and accurately, as opposed to the current system, where each state has individual tests and individual standards, making comparisons unfair and inaccurate.
  7. It simplifies the process for teachers, allowing them to collaborate with other instructors in their building, district, state, or anywhere in the nation, to find the best practices for teaching the subject matter, and to share ideas and resources with each other -- something that cannot necessarily happen if each state or district has different standards in place.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

365 Cards: #5 "Plane Card"

Supplies: Card - Archiver's, Cardstock - unknown, patterned paper - American Crafts, Embossing folders - Cuttlebug (argyle) and QuicKutz (striped), sticker - American Crafts, Punch - Paper Studio

Sort of busy this week -- having my sister and a friend stay with us Saturday night & I've been busy trying to make my scrapbook room become a guest room. We'd been using the room sort of as a miscellaneous storage space, which isn't exactly ideal or working well for us. I'm trying to do this so it's a permanent fix, not a temporary solution. It's certainly a daunting task, so I'm going to be devoting a lot of time to it this week. It's going to be so nice to finally have it looking perfect!

Monday, March 8, 2010

365 Cards: #4 Thanks

Supplies: Cardstock - Wausau (white) and DCWV (blue), Patterned Paper - DCWV, Stamps - Hampton Arts/Studio G, Embossing folder - Cuttlebug, foam dots - 3M, Slice design cards - Animal Crackers (onesie) and Noteworthy (chevron)

It isn't often I receive one of my own creations returned to me. However, in December, I sent my friend Katherine (mother to baby Emmaleigh, recipient of the Easter card I posted this weekend) a set of 65 handmade notecards as part of her baby shower gift. It was definitely more than she needed, but a number of them are without the sentiment, allowing her to use them for baby cards in the future.


Spending the day catching up on the clutter in my office & prepping the room for my sister's visit in about a week. She and a friend will be staying with us for a night on their trip to Fort Rucker to see a couple friends stationed there. I'm so excited to see the girls -- I haven't seen my sister since January, and it's been nearly a year since I saw her friend Erica. It's going to be their first trip to the South, so we'll be hitting up Chick-fil-a and Sprayberry's BBQ if we've got time.

365 Cards: #3 With Sincere Sympathy

Supplies: Cardstock - DCWV (Blue) and Paper Studio, Ribbon - KI Memories, Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug, Stamps - Studio G, Die - QuicKutz, Stamping Markers - Marvy (Brown) and Crafts! ETC (blue)

A friend's wife just lost her father to a heart attack rather unexpectedly. I had made this card literally two days before I found out about her father. I'm not sure what else to say about it because I hate having to send sympathy cards.

In the technique range, this is probably the first card I've made that I've been happy with the results of hand coloring on the stamp. Just stinks it's a sympathy card. :(

Saturday, March 6, 2010

365 Cards: #2 Thanks So Much

Supplies: Card - Archiver's, Cardstock - Bazzill (yellow) and American Crafts (blue -- reverse of Everyday line's "What's up?" pattern), felt flowers - American Crafts, button - Making Memories, Ribbon - KI Memories, Stamp - American Crafts, Ink - Stampabilities, Embossing Powder - American Crafts,

I made this card earlier this week for my friend Dani, who was gracious enough to drive me around and let me stay at her apartment last month during a visit to Grand Forks. Her roommate, Kristen, will also be getting a similar card, but I had already stamped and sealed Kristen's envelope when I got the idea to scan the cards. ;)

Cool thing about this card: the ribbon cost .25 a roll at Joann's on clearance, and it's adhesive backed, making it super easy to adhere, as well as a super cheap embellishment. It also happens to match my husband's brown fedora, so I'm saving some for a scrapbook page about the fedora.

Friday, March 5, 2010

365 Cards: #1 "Happy Easter"

Supplies: Felt eggs - American Crafts, Cardstock - Paper Studio (yellow), Wausau (white) and American Crafts (blue - reverse of Everyday line's "What's Up?" pattern), Rub-ons - Martha Stewart (Happy) and American Crafts (Easter), Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots", Edger Punch - Fiskars "Threading Water"

Earlier this year, I resolved to make and send a card a day this year. I haven't been so successful so far, despite a good effort. So, I decided to make myself accountable by posting the cards here.

So, here's the first one. I made it from things lying on my desk, for the most part. I did have to dig for the rub-ons, but the felt eggs were on my desk already. The blue one began as a raindrop, but I traced an egg on it and cut it out to create a blue egg.

This card will be mailed to my goddaughter, Emmaleigh, in celebration of her first Easter. It's going to arrive with a Benjamin Bunny book, a Peter Rabbit book, and two Precious Moments books I found at Target, all for $1 a piece! Her mom and I are both avid readers, so I feel obligated, as her godmother, to help make her love books as much as Katherine and I already do. :)

PS: Apologies for the ugly scan. I didn't realize that using foam dots would cast such a yucky shadow when I put it on the scanner bed. Hopefully I'll be photographing those sorts of cards from here on out!