Teacher Time – Day 5

HELLO! Day 5 of Teacher Time is here! 

First, my girl, Jennie has BIG NEWS TODAY! She's the guest designer for Paper Smooches this month. HOW COOL IS THAT? Way to go, Jennie!

In honor of her news, our theme today is Paper Smooches Day! Make anything with paper smooches stamps! Okay, go…

Well, I think little notes are important to have on hand. I find that my son's principal can really use these to brighten up a teacher's day. During the year, I try to give her a set here and there so she has some to pass out when she needs them.

I'm experimenting with business card size… I think it's a perfect little note size. So i made a bunch and packaged them with envelopes in groups of 6 cards. Just a little something to give out to some people at school.

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You can write a quick note on the back, stick it in the envelope and you're good to go. Or just punch a hole through one and you've got a tag! I love this size of card!

Hope you are enjoying our teacher time this year. Only one more on Friday! But before then, head on over to see Jennie and also check out her work on the Paper Smooches Blog today! WOHOO!

All stamps by Paper Smooches

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Teacher Time – Day 3

Today's theme for Teacher Time is a pack of thank you cards. Who doesn't like thank you cards? Oh, my boy's don't like to write them. We are still (STILL!) working on that. Anyway, it's day 3 of Teacher Time, where Jennie and I show you some of the fun stuff we've made for our teachers. She's smarter than I am, she keeps these gifts for later during the year and has them ready for whenever.  I can't do that. I make. Then I give. Immediately. Day of.  I'm horrible at keeping gifts for holidays or birthdays too. I want to always give them RIGHT away. 

My oldest started 5th grade this week. And he has 3 teachers that he switches between each day. They are trying to prep the kids for Middle School. MIDDLE.SCHOOL!!!! ACK. Anyway, so now I make 4 gifts just for the primary teachers (3 for him and 1 for the other). And this year, both my boys have DIFFERENT special area teachers… so that's 6 more. I haven't done anything for them yet. Soon…

My made 4 packs in a jiffy last night (because soccer started this week too! x 2 boys). I'm ready for summer vacation ;).  Jiffy will be my new word this year…

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I thought the lady bugs were cute. They have diamond glaze/crystal effects on them to make them a bit 3-d and shiny.

Head on over to Jennie's blog and see what she's come up with for Teacher Time. Cute stuff!

We are going to do 3 more days of Teacher Time (M, W, F) of next week. See you then!

Stamps by Paper Smooches, lady bug retired from A Muse Artstamps

Teacher Time! – Day 4 (even though it’s day 5…)

OOPS. I'm a big loser. I didn't get around to posting yesterday. SORRY JENNIE! I'll make up for it. Today I'll post day 4 even though technically it is day 5. And I'll post day 5 by Tuesday (maybe even this weekend if I get my act together!). Be sure to check out Jennie's blog for our week of teacher time ideas! She's so clever!

Well, my day 4 project is really fun and I loved putting it together. I hope the teachers liked them. The are Survival Kits for their classrooms. I used these bead organizers from Michael's and filled them with all sorts of goodies. Used my Silhouette SD to cut the vinyl out!

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They include: highlighters, personalized pencils (with "from my son's name" on them from Oriental Trading), wipes, sanitizer, advil/tylenol, mints, cotton swabs, paper clips, binder clips, mini stapler with staples, bookmarks, liquid paper (does anyone use this anymore?), mini post-its, CHOCOLATE (of course!), pencil sharpener, band-aids, floss, and a Listerine pocket pac.

Fun, eh? I will be back with one more teacher gift sometime soon! Thanks for checking in!

Soccer, Soccer, Soccer!

Both boys played soccer this Spring. It was the first time our youngest, really got to do anything but be the tag-along. He really enjoyed it. And even scored a couple of goals last week! They are all so cute at the age.

My older son played when he was 5 (like his brother is now) but then stopped because he really didn't like it. Well, he wanted to try it again now that he's 8. And WOW, has his tune changed since he was 5. He loves it so much that he has taken it upon himself to regulate all his homework and chores and other activities just so he doesn't miss soccer practice. Wouldn't have guessed that 8 weeks ago. He's a different kid now. The whining about doing anything stopped. ??? Okay, I'll go with it.

So, this season of soccer ends today. And both have told me not to forget to sign them up for the Fall. Uh huh. Got it on my list of things to do, boys.

With the end comes coach's gifts. There are 5 coaches between the 2 boys. Team gift cards to the sporting goods store always make an easy and usable gift. But they have to presented in something, right?

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Five gift cards means five cards and envelopes. Simple, simple, simple. And quick thanks to that Accucut die because it's a busy weekend!

Hope yours is a happy one!

images: retired a muse artstamps

Kid craft class!

Back in March, my son's elementary school had our Spring Carnival. This year, I helped out with the Silent Auction by soliciting faculty donations and also by assisting classes with making some "AWESOME" art to auction off. I say "AWESOME" because the kids did the art and it looks amazing!

In addition to that, I made a bunch of stuff to auction off: a school scrapbook (just fill in the photos!), an elementary school frame (place for wallet size photos of each year) with our school logo on it, various grade level collage posters, a mosaic of this year's student body, and even 2 card/craft classes taught by me. One of the classes was a kid class and we had it today, after school. It was so fun! The kids were awesome – LOVE how they are so creative and free spirited. When do adults become those "perfectionists" types? 

So, we made 4 things – a personalized chalkboard for notes, a mother's day present, a mother's day card and finally a teacher's gift. Can't show you the mother's day stuff yet because some of the receipants may be watching…

But here is the teacher's gift…

It's a matchbox with 5 Hershey's nuggets in it. We covered the nuggets with stamped address labels.

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The box is another Accucut die, called Matchbox #1. I used to make these by hand and cut and score everything. This is WAY easier. 😉 Cut and put together, lickety split.

We stamped the labels and the white cover with retired A Muse stamps.

Three of the girls in the class today are in the same class (which happens to be the same class as my son!). That teacher is going to get A LOT of chocolate :)!

Happy Weekend!

The Oak Hill Fires & Our Teacher.

You may have seen this on the national news. Wildfires spread very close to home last Sunday. In fact many of my son's school community was affected. It is a sad, sad event. My son's 3rd grade teacher lives in that area. Her garden was lost by flying embers. Luckily, her husband saw the fire and caught it before it took their house. Had they evacuated (as they were supposed to), they would have lost their house. Anyway, our class loves our teacher and decided to get her some plants and new seeds to replant her garden. Some of us decided to get her a gift card to a local nursery (the Natural Gardener) because some of us (ME!) are not gardening types and wouldn't have the first clue as to what to get her that is in season, that she likes, that works in our climate, yadda yadda yadda. Now, being the paper crafter I am, I *had* to present the class gift card somehow, right? 🙂 Here it is… another Accucut die to make this card (card and envelope). I swear I do use my Accucut everyday. Well, everyday that I craft. The flower is the flower die (#28) I used the other day.

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Glad that the fires are out. Thankful that no one lost their life. Thoughts are with those families that lost their homes and those that have so much to deal with. Be careful out there. It is mighty dry.

Why are baby things SO cute?

A dear friend of mine that I met the seven years ago when my oldest started preschool is pregnant with her third child. She and I have been pregnant at the same time and both sets of our kids are just weeks apart. She has girls though. Well, this time around I'm not pregnant at the same time as her. (phew).In fact, I won't even be playing catch up with her! 🙂

Her baby shower is this weekend so I wanted to make her a little something.

Which brings me to the title of this post? What is it about baby things? I have this thing for onesies. And well baby feet. A while back I got this Accucut onesie die. Isn't it cute? And again, I made a set of 8 thank you cards & envelopes housed in the Accucut portfolio. I even used the onesie as a tag for the outside (where I tell her "sorry, by design, I'm not prego with you! HA!).

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See that little teddy bear on the front? That's piece of a May Arts Ribbon! I'm telling you, baby stuff is cute. Glad she's having the baby 😉

This set happens also fits the Moxie Fab challenge: "The Card Sets Challenge". Please join me in playing along!

Supplies: Images by Saavy Stamps; Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder, Accucut dies, SU! ribbon, Memento Inks