School Jitters

Well, DS2 has survived two whole days of kindergarten.  The first day, I could tell he had butterflies in his stomach as he faced the unknown.  We'd told DS1 to look out for his little brother a bit and he did, other than running for the bus and leaving DS2 standing there!  LOL!  They both came home happy and that makes me happy.  Yesterday, DH told me that he had to run back to the house to get DS2's name badge, leaving both boys with the neighbors at the bus stop just in case the bus came while he was gone.  It did.  DS1 got on and DS2 stayed behind, missing the bus.  Oh, the drama!  (I'm actually laughing as I type this!)  It's a good thing we're only about five minutes driving time from the school!  Here's hoping the next few days go smoothly for our little kindergartner!

This week over at Splitcoast Stampers, the Clean & Simple Challenge is a theme challenge based on "school."  How appropriate!  Since I always seem to be lacking thank you cards for teachers during the school year, I was more than happy to make one to have on hand!

Stamps:  SU (School Lines), Paper Trey (sentiment)
I hadn't used my notebook punch for a very long time, but remembered it as I was wracking my brain for ideas!  I added the thin line of black cardstock at the very end, wanting to dress things up a bit!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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It's time for some lucky green!  It's challenge #7 over at CASology and the cue word for the week is GREEN!  You'll want to be sure to play along this week as participants will be entered into a drawing to win a package of 40 sheets of good quality white cardstock!  You know, so more "white space" can be created on those Clean & Simple cards!

For my card, I started thinking about the color swatches you get at the paint stores.  I need to paint a few rooms in the house this fall, so I'm starting to think about colors!  Since this week focuses on GREEN at CASology, I used three different shades of green on my card to create a very simple design!

The sentiment is one from a Paper Trey set.  Other than that, this card is all cardstock!  I rounded one of the upper corners for a little added interest & popped up the greens with some foam dots, but added no embellishments!

Be sure to visit the other design team members' blogs and leave them some blog love and don't forget to link up your own creations to the challenge blog by Sunday at noon (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Going Batty

A weekend of birthday fun has come and gone and now it's on to the first week of school!  A bit hard to believe, yet, isn't summer always this way?  Full of fun and seeming too short!

For today's Prickley Pear creation, I made a Halloween card.  My second for the year!  With September just around the corner, I can't help but think about cooler autumn days and all that comes with them!

The bat image and die will both be in the Prickley Pear store soon!
I started out with just a single bat in the middle of the card and then my brain wouldn't budge.  I abandoned the card on my work table and went off to do other things.  When I came back, I just started playing around with different arrangements, not really satisfied with anything!  All of a sudden things snapped into place and I came up with this card.  Funny how that happens!

It's off to classroom orientations now!  Hoping DS2 warms up to the idea of going back to school.  Ah, kindergarten.

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Dynamic Duos #16

Are you ready for a color duo challenge that includes the color black?  Then, this week's color duo is for you over at Dynamic Duos!

River Rock & Basic Black are getting together this week with some gorgeous results!  There is also a dessert option to use brads, so dig out those neglected embellishments (at least mine tend to be...) and put them to work for you!

Here's how I put things together:
1.  The floral images & sentiment were stamped with Basic Black ink on River Rock cardstock, trimming the panel and rounding two of the corners.
2.  This panel was layered on top of a piece of Basic Black cardstock, rounding the corresponding corners.
3.  After tying a piece of black grosgrain ribbon around the lower portion, the layered panels were popped up with foam dots.

Don't forget to leave some blog love for the other design team members if you have time!

Have a very happy Saturday!

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Elephants in my Head

I am seriously thinking about elephants too much this week!  With tomorrow's elephant themed birthday bash nearly here, that's where my mind wanders a good portion of the day!  I thought I'd share the simple birthday invitation I created for the occasion.  Simplicity is a good thing when multiple copies are needed!

The little red balloon is popped up with a foam dot for dimension and the grey is actually brushed silver cardstock from StampinUp!  The elephant is a Martha Stewart punch and the balloon is simply a circle punch!  I'll create a little tutorial for this when time allows under the Tutorials tab above.

Have yourself a fabulous Friday!  I'll be back tomorrow with a post for CASology!

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‘Ello Love

The Olympics are over, but I still love to hear an English accent!  Always have.  I spent a couple years in New Zealand when I was between the ages of six & eight.  Amazingly, I actually picked up that beautiful English accent and, if I didn't also have a steady supply of American slang words and mannerisms, I may very well have blended right in!  However, I still remember one of my teachers sternly correcting me for saying, "What?" to her when I didn't hear what was said!  She said (very curtly), "It's pardon!"  I wonder if I was trying her patience?!

A Muse Studio has a fun stamp set this summer called British Invasion that totally grabbed my attention!  I love the little double-decker bus!  So fun!  I decided to use it to make a little card to slip into DH's lunchbox this week...

I stamped the adorable bus, cut it out, added black gemstones for tires and then popped it up (a little off center) with a foam dot.  I stamped the sentiment and then added a single heart-shaped gemstone to bring things back to center.  The gemstone was actually a clear one that I colored with a Copic marker.  I finished things off by rounding the two lower corners of the card.  Easy and fun!

Tomorrow family begins to arrive for a certain (soon-to-be) 2-year-old's birthday party!  With her, my mother is bringing our "new" (it's used) four-wheel drive Jeep.  According to DH, that is my birthday present since my birthday is this Sunday (shhh...that's a secret)!  I'm not complaining!  Anything to keep me from sliding backwards down a hill this winter.  Twice in a lifetime is enough...

Have a terrific Thursday!

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CASology #6: SCHOOL

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This week's word...


I feel like I still have a lot to learn about Clean & Simple design.  Let's face it.  Life is about learning and as soon as you think you know it all, you've stopped living.  I don't ever want to lose the desire to learn.  To improve.  To refine.  That's what makes life interesting.

For this week's word, I created a card for a teacher.  I'm thinking I'll send one of these with each of my sons on their first day of school next week!

Stamps:  SU (A to Z), Unity (To the Core!), Paper Trey (sentiment)
Just for fun, did you know that some think the practice of giving a teacher an apple originated as a simple gift of food for poorly paid teachers?  I love little tidbits like that.  I think it would take a bit more than an apple to support our poorly paid teachers of today!  LOL!  So thankful for our teachers!  I think they have one of the toughest jobs out there!

It's off to more birthday planning here at this household:

The invitations were sent out.
The cake is ordered.
The birthday party supplies are purchased.
The guests have submitted their rsvp's.
I have somewhat of an idea as to what to present to our little birthday boy (simple is good).
I have plans in place for making elephant cut out long as time doesn't get away from me.
Sleeping arrangements are figured out...17 people will be present.
The kids are getting excited.
I am too.

I think the hardest part of planning any special occasion is just making myself focus!  That said...

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Prickley Pear:  Hibiscus 2 clear set (sentiment), Pumpkin Clear Stamps Set 2 (leaf), Pumpkin Die (leaf)
I've been veering off into the land of Pinterest more often the past week or two.  It seems like I go days without visiting that place and then, all of a sudden, I'm visiting daily!  Fall colors are beginning to surface and, I must say, I am loving teal and brown together!  So much so, that I had to use it on today's Prickley Pear creation!  Yes, summer isn't over yet, but I'm beginning to see an occasional brown leaf tumble down around here!  I'm not quite ready to say I'm in the mood for autumn, but I have to say I'm enjoying the cool nights we're having right now!

I embossed the Chocolate Chip cardstock (SU) using a Sizzix embossing folder by Tim Holtz & layered it on Island Indigo cardstock (SU).  I stamped and die cut three leaves and then popped them up with foam dots.  A fairly simple card.

I spent Saturday going through two bookcases full of papers, books and other miscellaneous.  I still need to take photos of the boys' art work, but I'm feeling pretty good about what I accomplished!  Our office/four-seasons room now looks like it of clutter & organized.  Just in time for a new school year to begin!

Have yourself a very happy Monday!  I'll be back tomorrow with CASology's new cue word and corresponding card creation!

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Happiness is…

 ...a game of tic-tac-toe

...fond memories.

...fresh peanut butter cookies.

...the quiet stillness of a sunrise.

...a cool breeze coming in the window.

...a fresh start.

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