Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Beauty Queen of '09

Isn't she a riot! This is another Rubbernecker image. The inside of the card says, If You've Got It, Flaunt It! How true. The paper is SU, the ribbon is from Michaels. I colored her in with my Prisma pencils. When I saw her I just had to have her. So we're down to the end of '09. I sure hope 2010 brings good things for everyone. I think we are planning on staying home for New Year's Eve. I think I would rather be at home then out somewhere and have to drive home with all the crazies on the road (plus, sometime I can't stay awake late, lame, I know!). So, have a great New Year's Eve and enjoy the night. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I Don't Do Mornings!!

I just love this image from Rubbernecker stamps. She's such a happy person!! If you haven't checked out their stamps you'll need to. I colored her in with my Prisma watercolors. The paper is SU and the floral paper is from my scrap drawer. the sentiment inside says, I don't do mornings, heck I don't do afternoons, either!
By the way, I did try pumpkin pie. You should have seen it. My aide set up two chairs in front of the class, one for me and one for the kindergarten teacher (who also hasn't tried it). We each had a forkful and chased it down with pop. The kids were histerical watching us. It wasn't a pretty sight and by the way, neither one of us liked it. I let one of the little girls come up and try it and when we gave her a forkful she held her nose. It was so funny to see a 6 year old holding her nose and trying to eat pumpkin pie. What a sight! Needless to say we have a ton of fun and laughs in our classroom (and yes, we do get work done)!
So, I hope everyone has a great holiday and as always, thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, December 21, 2009

Woo, hoo!!

Believe it or not, we have one more day left of school before 2 weeks off. Woo, Hoo!!! I know, most of you are probably off by now and I am jealous. Don't ask me why we are still in, I don't know. However we dont go back until Wednesday the 6th. That's the good part. Anyway, here is another Christmas card very much like the last one. I really liked the paper and the stamp so I thought I might as well make all my cards with this paper. I really hoping to get alot of stamping done over break. I have quite a few orders to fill.
Okay, want to hear a good one?! The kids in my first grade class all agreed to try to eat something new at Thanksgiving dinner. I also agreed to try pumpkin pie, I have never even tried it because I think it looks just gross (I'm sure it's not). Well, the day came and went and I just couldn't come to taste it. Being the honest teacher I am, I admitted to my class that I didn't try it. So today one of the kids asked when I will try it and my most WONDERFUL aide and very dear friend offered to bring some pumpkin pie to school tomorrow for me to try in front of the class. I think I feel the flu coming on. What do you think?! So I'll let you know whether I tasted it, liked it or was grossed out by it. It should be an interesting day in first grade tomorrow.
So, that's it for the week. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Birthday!!

Here's a cute little card for any little guy who loves baseball. I'm sure everyone knows someone like that. It was very simple to make. The image is from TAC. So, tomorrow is Polar Express day at school. We have several great activities planned for the kids. They are all (and so are the teachers)wearing the p.j's to school. That should be interesting. I'll have to post some pictures afterwards. Anyway, have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy Holidays!!

I know, I know! You've seen this layout already. This is the same layout as the last Christmas card I posted but I really like the layout, it was an easy one to do and it's going to be my Christmas card this year. So all I did was change the paper and it gave it a whole new look. I say it's going to be my card for the season, that is if I get on the ball and make a bunch of them. My scrap room is in my basement and these days it is freezing outside therefore, the basement is also freezing. I need one of those snuggies to stay warm down here. That's another excuse to go to Target, don't you think. Anyway, thanks for checking in and have a great weekend, I know I will.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Here comes the Snow!

I thought this card would be appropriate for todays post. We are at the beginning of the first major snowstorm of the season. Although it is always beautiful to look at it really stinks to drive in. Anyway, have a snowfilled day, I'm off to school.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ho, Ho, Ho!!

I cased this layout from a card at Archivers. I've been known to take pictures of layouts at Archivers and Casey is totally mortified when I do that and she is with me. I just love embarrasing her. Tee, Hee!! We just came back from the Ronald McDonald house, here in the neighborhood. It was built last year and is just opened one year ago. It's such an awesome place, beautiful, warm and inviting for those families who stay there because they have a child at the hospital. I would love to work there. Casey's history class wanted to do something for them so 8 girls, their teacher and myself went and baked all kinds of goodies. The whole house smelled delicious. Every night they have someone who volunteered, to come in and cook dinner. They are booked with dinners until June. Isn't that awesome. We plan on going back again to bake in the spring. The girls had a great time and the people there so appreciated it. That's my plug for the Ronald McDonald house. So the next time you see a donation box for the house please don't hesitate to drop some change in. Every little bit helps. Anyway, have a great rest of the week and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Merry Christmas

So, here's my first holiday card of the season. I used all scraps I had in my scrap drawer (or should I say drawers). The Christmas tree image is from a dollar stamp from Michaels from last year. Those always seem to be the best stamps. Anyway, did everyone put up the holiday decorations this weekend? We put up the tree and a few lights outside. I somehow seem to accumulate more and more holiday items every year. That is par for the cours being a teacher. We tend to get quite a few decorations every year as gifts. Back to school tomorrow for 3 1/2 weeks and a lot of activity going on. That always makes the weeks go faster. The children as very wound up this time of year but we always manage to make it through. So have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Warm Hugs, Anyone?!!

Well, I'm back. As you probably noticed I haven't posted in quite some time. For two reasons, I think I lost my mojo for stamping and I had alot going on. Last weekend I scrapped with my wonderful scrappin' buddies and that got me back in the swing of things. Now I plan on doing more cards and pages. Here is one I whipped together yesterday while we were waiting to go my brother's house for some turkey. Planning on doing more today. Yes, I am NOT going shopping, on this busiest shopping day of the year. The crowds are way too much for me and I'd rather pay the higher price than fight the crowds. So, off to enjoy the few days I have off school, put up some Christmas decorations and get some stamping done. Have a great weekend !!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Just a quick post today. I started out with the background paper cut into strips and taped down. Then no matter what I added to it I really didn't like. I'm still not too fond of this card but I didn't want to waste the paper (you know what I mean). So this is what I came up with. Oh well. Anyway, I'm off to the LAST graduation party so have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ride'm Cowgirl!

Here's another great MFT stamp set. I've used this one quite a bit. All the paper is from SU and I used my paisley Cuttlebug folder for the background. So, I'm off to make more graduation cards. Yep, the parties haven't stopped yet. I think I only have 2 more to go. By that time school will start again. Oh, well. I try not to say that 6 letter 's' word to much during the month of July.
Now, I'm off to drop a friend off at the airport and on to a day of errands. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Coffee, Anyone!!

... it's going to be a two cup day!! These stamps are from Stampendous. I purchased them quite a while ago at Archivers and waited until now to finally use them. I'm sure some of you can relate to this sentiment. I know I can and I don't even drink coffee!! Oh Well! So, I've put my stamps aside these days and have been scrapping. As soon as I get the pictures of the pages downloaded I will post them. Now off to do more surfing. Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It's Raining Again!!

Yep! Once again it's raining here in ChiTown. I thought this card would be appropriate for a day like today to post. We haven't had a great summer so far. It has either been raining or chilly. Now, I don't mind the chilliness but I'm sure the pools are hurtin' around here. Watch, it'll be scorching hot in August when we go back to school with no air conditioners. That's Murphy Law for you!! Anyway, this card is made all from SU paper, even the polkadot paper. The image is MFT and the flowers are Primas. I tried coloring in her raincoat but that didn't work out so well so then I paper pieced it together. It looks much better. You would think being a first grade teacher I would be good at coloring but I'm not with all these fancy markers and colored pencils I have. Maybe I should take Coloring 101 at the local college!! Well, I'm off to accomplish something today (maybe some scrapbook shopping). Have a great , nonrainy, day and thanks for stopping in.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Hang Ten, Dudes!!

I have been trying really hard to use the stamp sets that I have and not buy any new ones right now. These surf boards are from TAC (which I had this set and haven't even used yet). It's a great stamp set for a boys card. The paper is all SU and I used my Cuttlebug to make the waves and the ribbon is from Target. Anyway, I'd love to be out catching some waves right now but we have had nothing but cool weather around here. Yesterday it rained all day but managed to stop for the fireworks. Yippee!! Back to some normalcy around here now that the holidays and graduation parties are all over. Before you know it school will be opening. I'm sure we'll start to see school supplies any day now on sale at the stores (I try to avoid those aisles as long as I can). So, have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Make a Wish

Happy 4th of July eve! I feel like our 4th is over because the parade and fireworks were last night. We couldn't have had better weather. It was in the low 70's and NO humidity. Yippee!!
So today I am planning on scrapping all day. Let's see if that happens! Anyway, I can't remember where I saw this layout, so sorry. The cupcake image is a clear stamp from Inkadinkado. The paper is SU except the pattern paper is from my scrap drawer. This is a short post but I'm off to clean up from the party last night. So have a great holiday weekend!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Big Girls!

When I saw this stamp set at Archivers I just had to get it. I thought it was a riot. The set is from a company called the craft lounge. They had some other really cute sets, maybe I'll have to get them on my next visit. That's an excuse to get back there. I hope everyone enjoys the fourth of July weekend. We have a neighborhood parade and fireworks here on the 2nd of July. Can't figure out why the 2nd but will have a good time anyway. The fireworks show will be directly across from my house so everyone and their brothers come with their chairs, blankets, coolers and snacks just for a good seat. It's a blast! So have a great holiday weekend and as always thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Your Wish...

...is my command. Isn't she adorable?! I made this card for my neice's birthday.However, I have a problem with it. I'm stuck. I think the card looks awfully plain on the right hand side. I tried putting flowers, more bling, sentiments and ribbons down that side but I just didn't like it. It takes away from the genie. Anyone have any suggestions of what I can do to it? Maybe just leaving it alone should be fine. Did you ever get stumped like this before on your cards? It's frustrating, isn't it? Anyway, I'll still play around with it before I have to send it out and see what I can come up with. Wish me luck. Well, off to more baseball games today. It's only going to be 90 today, that should be lovely sitting at the game. I feel bad for the boys with their uniforms on (but I'm glad it's not me). So, have a great day and thanks for any suggestions and for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Swimming, Anyone?!!

I just love this little guy! I made this card for my nephew's birthday, which is today. When I remembered I had this water paper I had to use it. I had better get on the ball and get it over to him. Well, today is going to be another hot and muggy day, 93 degrees they are saying. A great day for the pool. My son just went to football camp for a few hours. I don't know how they can do it in this heat. But he loves it. When he gets home then he has a baseball game tonight. Go figure! At least it keeps him out of trouble and with his friends. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and have a "cool" day!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Father's Day! (A day late)

Here is the only father's day card I had a chance to make. Nothing fancy, just simple. This handsome guy is a Beerafella from Bella (if you couldn't tell). The paper is night of navy and the polkadot paper is from DCWV.
We spent our father's day cleaning up after a graduation party. It was a blast but I AM glad it's over. Now on to other important things, stampin' and scrappin'. So have a great warm and dry week (thats a little hard around here in Chicago, we've had a ton of rain). Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Biker Chic!

I know this is an unusual card for a get well, however, the person I am sending it to likes to wear her Harley Davidson sweatshirt to school when she subs in the upper grades just to scare the kids into behaving. Smart move huh?! I hope she likes it. The stamp is a Hanna stamp, the red paper is SU and the patterned paper is from a DCWV packet. The coloring isn't the best but the card turned out fine so I'm not going to worry about it.
Well, we had ONE good day around here and now it's back to raining. It just better not rain on Saturday. We are have a graduation party here and my house doesn't fit everyone if it does rain. So pray for sun. Anyway, thanks for checking in and have a great week!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Graduation Invites

Here are two different graduation invitations I made for Danny's party. His school colors are green and gold but to me those colors are so bright I decided to use these colors. The stamp set is from SU. It's so nice to make your own invitations. Some of my friends said they went to buy them and the store was already out of them. They must not know my little secret. Well, tonight is grad night and its going to storm any minute now. The wind is unbelievable and the humidity is unbearable. Great day for a graduation, huh!! So, thanks for checking in and have a great day!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Yippee, Skippee!!!

I still do exist out here in blog country. School is over and I THINK I might have some more free time. However, I do have a graduate this year so we are planning on a party for him. That means painting, planting and lots of cleaning up of the house. Danny graduates from 8th grade this Monday, June 8th. I think I am more excited for him than he is. On to bigger and better things for him. My school year ended wonderfully. I had the best class ever this year and was sad to send them on. Our 8th graders at my school was my first class at this school and because of that I went to all their celebrations and had a blast with them. This is a fun time of the year.
This graduation card I made is for my neice who also graduated from 8th grade. Her school colors are purple and yellow so that is where I came up with the color scheme. Don't you just love the graduation Bella?! Now I have to get busy making thank you cards for some of my students.
Anyway, have a great weekend and thanks for checking in on my blog. I trying to post more often these days.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thank You!

I made this card a while ago and I'm just now getting around to posting it. I don't even know where the circle paper came from but it's one of my favorites. I just came in from a nice dinner up at my school. You see, our faculty hosts a thank you dinner to all the moms who volunteer at school. We make all the food and serve them. It's a nice night and they really appreciate it. Thank God for them. We could not do it without their help around the building. Did I mention 20 of the lunch mom volunteers just won the BIG raffle our school was having. They won $75,000!! How awesome! It was split 20 ways. It was nice to see the money spread out even though it would have been nice to win the whole thing (I tried, I bought several raffle tickets). Anyway, have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I'm Baaaack, For Just a Little While!

I know, I know! I haven't been around lately. I haven't had much time for stamping. I'm really hoping once school is out in June I'll get my mojo (and some time) back. This is a card I did manage to put together many weeks ago. My son will be graduating from 8th grade and we are planning a party for him so I browsed splitcoast for some invitation ideas and this is just one of the ones I found. I can't even remember who I cased it from (sorry). Anyway, I'll try to be back soon with some more creations. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Prom '09

Here's the prom pictures I promised. Casey is wearing the red dress. She went with my dear friend's son, Matt, who Casey grew up with. They had a blast. I'm the other one in the red (I'm partial to red). They were going to hook up with a big group of friends for group pictures but the other girl in this picture was so late they couldn't do that or they would be late and not let in to the prom. The pictures we took and theirs at the dance turned out great! Remember your prom days? Except for the clothes I think the rest of prom traditions have stayed the same. Anyway, thanks for looking and listening to me ramble on. Have a great week !

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thank Ewe (again)!

One can't have enough thank you cards on hand. I like to have a supply of them at school because once in a while I get a little gift from my little darlings (no I don't mean my own two kids) and this way I won't forget to thank them if I have these cards on hand. So, I think winter has returned to Chicago. We are supposed to get another 3 inches of snow tonight. I'm praying real hard the weather man was wrong. We haven't had snow for a while now and it's been great. But this is normal for this neck of the woods. One day it's in the 60's and the next day it's snowing, go figure!
Last night was prom night around here. Casey went to her junior prom and had a blast. As soon as I get some pictures on the computer I'll post one. I know it was early for prom but it was just a junior prom. The girls (and guys) looked so nice, but boy have the dresses changed since I went (as Casey say, "back in the day"). So this past week we had prom and we also got our drivers license. What a week! I don't know if I like this driving business yet. She seems to find any excuse to go out just to drive. Casey even offered to drive her brother to his friends house.
Before she didn't even know he still lived with us. Teenagers!! What do you expect! Anyway, have a great week and thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thank You!

So, last night I found my mojo (finally). I had to make a bunch of thank you cards for my kids to send out. They each just had birthdays and Dan made his Confirmation ( I didn't expect him to receive any gifts). Now that the cards are made the next task is to get them to jot down a note in each one and send it out. That'll be the hardest part. Oh well! Now I'm off to my second job these days, bingo. I help out at a school that does bingo. We have alot of fun. High School tuition has to be paid somehow!! So have a great day and Happy Spring!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Get Well (yes, again)!

Another get well card. Just a quick post for now. I am in the middle of making cards and had to check something out on the web first so I thought I'd post this one and run. Once I get my mojo going I can't stop for even a minute. Lately it's taking a lot to find it. So, have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thank Ewe!!

Here is one of my favorite thank you stamps I have. I've used it quite a bit. The patterned paper is from Archivers (and my scrap drawer) the rest of the paper is SU. So, this is a big weekend here in Chicago. We have a huge Irish population here in Chitown so needless to say Let the Parades Begin!! Casey is in one of the parades with her marching band. Now all we have to do is pray for nice weather and I mean temps above 50. Otherwise it's a cold day. This is just a short, quick post. Have a great weekend and TOP OF THE MORN' TO YA!!