Friday, May 29, 2009

A Source of Inspiration

Since I've began my obsession with card making I have also started to follow many of the blogs of other card designers. There are a few ladies particularly whos work has always filled me with inspiration. One of those people is Beatriz Jennings, her cards are amazing and you can have a look for yourself over at her blog Iralamija. She is currently offering up some blog candy in honor of her 500th posting.

Have a great day,

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Latest Edition to My Etsy Shop; Teacher Appreciation Cards

Just a quick post tonight. I wanted to share a few pictures of my latest editions to my Etsy shop; IndigoWings. They are all very similar to the cards that I recently made for my son's teachers.

The tags are actually magnets, so each one is a greeting and a gift.

The next one is actually a book mark card. I made a similar card a few months ago for a birthday and when someone saw it they gave me the idea that it would make a great card for a teacher-- so I put one and one together--and here it is.

Both the bookmark and the tag are attached to the cards with magnetic tape.

I hope you enjoy,

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Time for Reflection

Just a few cards to share this week. Since this was my first week back home since I stopped substitute teaching I actually had time to participate in Dawn McVey's weekly color challenge. I admire Dawn's work so much and her blog, My Favorite Things, is always such a great source of inspiration. It's really worth checking out.

I also based this card on sketch #15 at the Card Patterns Blog.

The sentiment on the card is from Papertrey Ink's Out on a Limb Sentiment set. I love this set for cards. The sayings are so meaningful and reflective.

I guess I am feeling a bit reflective myself as I start yet another new role,although stay-at-home-mom is not exactly a new one for me--I definitely feel as if I have to start fresh. I've already started to check off some of the things on my 'to do' list--cleaning out closets and organizing, those kinds of things, as well as thinking and planning what I would like to achieve for myself over the next few months--spending more time with family and friends , participating in more card challenges and making more time to craft.

It's also my birthday this week--yet another reason to prioritize and reflect. Although I have a lot of plans for my son for the upcoming months, I also need to make a bit more time for myself. I already started by getting out of the house on Monday night to make a yoga class at the gym. That was one of the best birthday presents I could have given myself, not only did my body feel great my mind felt completely rested. I guess, like many women out there, I put a lot of pressure on myself to do everything and be everything--a wife, mom, friend, daughter--and although all those things are wonderful, it's important to do something for yourself now and again.

The sentiment on the second card is also from that same Papertrey Ink set.

I hope you enjoy,


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day--what a wonderful day to celebrate. I feel so fortunate to be a mom, although it is one of the hardest jobs that anyone could ask for, there are so many wonderful rewards that go along with it.

I spent a wonderful morning with my little guy and hubby at a local zoo. He had so much fun feeding the animals. My little guy's enthusiasm for the world around him never ceases to bring a smile to my face. I love to experience things through his eyes! I am truly grateful for him.

Tomorrow we will be spending part of our day with my mother and my grandmother, two wonderful ladies who have always been there for me throughout my life.

Just wanted to share the cards I made for the wonderful mother figures in my life.

I hope everyone has a truly wonderful and relaxing mother's day.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Today's The Day; Guest designer spot at 365 Cards Blog

I am extremely excited and privileged to be today's guest designer on the 365 Cards Blog. Click on over for a complete look at the card I was asked to put together, here's a hint "Think Pink". It was great fun to be a part of this, thanks again Pam for the opportunity. 365 Cards is a great blog and if you haven't already been over there to check it out, you definitely should do that. Everyday they offer up a unique card challenge and everyone and anyone can join in the fun. What a great way to get your creative juices pumping!

Friday, May 1, 2009

An Apple for Teacher

Now that I have decided to stop working for an indefinite period of time--I will no longer be needing daycare for my little guy. I have very mixed feelings about this--I absolutely love our daycare; the teachers are wonderful and my little guy has so much fun at school. Daycare has really helped him develop in so many ways-- he learns from the other kids and he interacts on a social level with children and other adults. All of those things are so important for toddlers. On the other hand I am going to be happy to have him home again and not have to rush him off to school three days a week so that I can get to work on time. Regardless, we will miss the center and all of the friends we have made there.

I have been working on a few thank you cards for his classroom teachers. How can you really say thanks to someone who has taken such good care of your most valuable possession? Well, I'm sure there are better ways, but a handmade thank you is a great way to show that I am truly grateful.

What I love the most about these cards are the sentiments, which are just so heart rendering and meaningful. The stamps that I used are Papertrey Ink's Teacher's Apple set. I bought this set a few months ago knowing that it would be one that I would return to again and again, especially when my son is in school. Instead of just simply stamping the sentiments on the inside of the cards, I created a magnet that was part of the cards design and which included the sentiment. A few of the magnets fit inside of a pocket, while the third is attached by another magnet that I placed under the patterned paper.

The magnet simply offers another way for the teacher to enjoy the card. Hopefully, the teachers will put it up in a place where they can see it everyday. Not only will it remind them of my little guy, but just why they were drawn to teaching in the first place.

The gift box is actually a re-purposed cigar tin. My hubby likes to indulge in the occasional cigar, so it's not too often that I get my hands on one of his empty tins. I've never actually re-purposed a tin before, so I would like to think of it more as an experiment than something I will actually be giving to the teachers. The main reason for this is that I went a bit crazy with the Modge-Podge glue. Not having experience with it, I laid it on a bit too thick-- a mistake I won't make next time. Otherwise, I am happy with it and it's perfect to adhere the magnet to and a gift card fits perfectly inside.

I definitely plan to list similar cards and gifts in my Etsy shop sometime by the end of the month, just in time for the end of the school year. I am also planning on putting together a few book mark cards, using the same stamp set and patterned papers.

Some of the other supplies used on this project are; Cardstock- Kraft (Papertrey Ink) Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up!); Patterned Paper- Bella Rose Collection (Stampin' Up); Stamps- Polkadot Patterns (Papertrey Ink); Fibers-Pink Satin Ribbon (Papertrey Ink) Red Saddle Stich Ribbon (American Crafts). Ink- VersaMark, ColorBox White Pigment Ink; Other-Buttons (Making Memories). Border Punches (Martha Stewart).

I hope you enjoy,

Happy May Day

I woke up this morning with a renewed sense of hope. May is here -- and with it come so many wonderful things. This May represents a time for me that I will once again be adjusting to a new routine and emerging to a different way of looking at life. My last day of work will be May 13th--it has been a great experience for me, but it is time to focus on some other things that have been a bit neglected during the past eight months. I am both excited and apprehensive to return to my role as Stay at home mom -- will my little guy enjoy being home with me? How will I handle the stress of being home again? Will I be able to strike a balance between my needs and the needs of my son? Well, all the normal questions that we mom's ask ourselves. So instead of dwelling on the what ifs, I've decided to meditate on the hear and now and share some beautiful images of the many wonderful things that are sprouting up in our yard;

A bouquet of beautiful Lilacs, filling the house with their Spring fragrance.

Tulips, in a few different shades.

Our beautiful flowering Dogwood trees.

Grape Hyacinth and Columbine in shades of purple.

And our most precious flower of all, who is certainly growing like a weed!

This post was definitely heavy with pictures. Thanks for taking a look.

I hope you enjoy,