Monthly Archives: December 2007

Christmas presents….

Teacher Notecards 1

Teacher Notecards 2

Teacher Notecards 3

So this is my first year with a child in elementary school and I was feeling a little pressure to come up something cute and useful for my son’s teacher. We are giving her a gift card to Borders, but I wanted to make her something as well. And it absolutely could not have anything with apples on it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’ve never been a teacher 🙂

I came up with this after seeing it on a blog somewhere. I am usually pretty good about remembering to give credit to someone if I was inspired by them, but in this case I can’t. So if you happen to be reading this and you are the person who had these on your blog…. thank you!!! And if you contact me, I’ll make sure you get credit!

Now you all know how much I *heart* my Stampin’ Up! products. And you know that since I’ve become a demonstrator, I use SU! in almost all of my projects. Well, this time I used a stamp set from Papertrey Ink. They make the cutest stamps and I’m not ashamed to say it. The projects that Nichole and her team come up with are awesome and their products are high quality. Yes, I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, but I am also a realist. I know that my customers spend their hard-earned money with many different companies, not just SU! I don’t even spend all of my hard-earned money with SU! exclusively. Now, I did use SU! paper and SU! inks, AND SU! punches…. so that made me feel better 🙂

I made one set for my son’s kindergarten teacher and one for his Sunday school teacher. They are both really wonderful teachers and have been so good to Justin.

The Details:

Ink: Cool Caribbean, Purely Pomegranate
Stamps: Borders & Corners Monogram Edition (Papertrey Ink)
Ambassador Monogram Alphabet (Papertrey Ink)

Paper: Whisper White, Cool Caribbean, Purely Pomegranate
Punches: SU! Scallop Punch, SU! 1 3/8 Circle Punch
Other: Plastic card boxes (Papertrey Ink)

I am working on Nugget Tins, too, as soon as they arrive from Mr. Brown today!! Woo Hoo! Also, I’ve seen many things from the new catalog that is coming out in about two and a half weeks and I cannot wait to see the whole thing. They have some amazing things in store!!!!



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Time Well Spent….

Time Well Spent

Stamps: Time Well Spent, Sanded BG
Ink: Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories: Dimensionals, White Taffeta Ribbon, Signo White Gel Pen

Stampin’ Up! demonstrators received a surprise in the mail from our company! It was this Level 3 Hostess set Time Well Spent from the new catalog, which will be out on January 2nd. I used this set to make this card for my BFF Shannon. Since Justin has started Kindergarten, we haven’t been able to get together as often as we did when he was in preschool and I wanted her to know that I miss her.

This is a really fun set to color. I used my SU! markers to do all of the coloring on this card. The sayings that go with this set are so cute!

Speaking of time well spent….

Tile backsplash

Tile backsplash 2

***Edited to add:
I have had a number of people email me to find out where I purchased my tile. To make it easier for those of you who may also want to know, I’m putting the information here. Here is the link to the site I purchased from:

The tile I selected is the Giorbello Tesserae Blends (Amber Glow) and the item number is G2733. Here is a direct link to the tile:

I tiled my kitchen backsplash!! Ok, I have to give a HUGE shout out to my tiling mentor, Eric, and his lovely wife Shannon. Shannon helped me find the tile online and was nice enough to spare Eric for an evening after work so he could show me how to do this. Thank you both SO much!!! I also have to thank my mom who set me straight on choosing grout color. Thanks, Mom, for always having the best ideas. And of course, I have to thank my husband who was my assistant while I was grouting and helped me clean up everything. I absolutely *love* how it turned out. I am really proud of myself for tackling this. I know to some people it would be second nature, but not to me. I am NOT a handy type of person. I’m also a perfectionist, which prevents me from doing things like this myself because I know I won’t do it as well as a professional would. It’s amazing what needing to save a little money can do for that problem, though! I couldn’t be happier with it. Oh, and grouting is a yucky, messy job!

I am sure by now you’ve all seen the retiring list from Stampin’ Up! (especially if you are one of my customers, since I sent this list out to you on Saturday), so I am not going to post it here. I was a little surprised by some of the sets on the list, Bundle of Joy and the alphabet sets in particular. I am also very sad to see Frosty go. He’s such a cutie!

I hope you all have a chance to have some time that is well spent this week! And by that, I mean playing with your stamps, ink, and paper!


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