October 29, 2012

cQc#160: halloween

The colors in cQc#160 at ColourQ were a perfect fit with the paper collection I used for my Halloween cards. The black sparkle of the background paper and diamond-shaped tape worked really well for the touch of tailored elegance in these cards. I’m not sure why, but my Halloween cards always tend that way rather than cutesy or scary.

The constant whistling of the wind through the trees today makes it feel as if Halloween is already here. Hope of all you on the East Coast make it safely through this storm.


paper:  rustic white c/s (PTI);  KP Halloween (K&Company); black c/s (Recollections)
stamps:  Month October (HA)
ink:  creamy brown chalk (ColorBox); pumpkin pigment (MS Crafts)
dies and punches:  Labels Eight and Labels Four (Spellbinders); spiderweb and bat (Martha Stewart Crafts)
extras:  vampire label stickers (MS Crafts); glitter on a roll (Recollections)

October 28, 2012

autumn wishes

While religious education classes are certainly no party, I still like to make little things for the girls in my class. In my way of thinking, this current item could fall under the category of party favor and fit Paper Nudge #3 at Creative Paper Trade.

Rather than hand out candy or anything else Halloween-related in RelEd this time of year, I made snickerdoodles for the girls and packaged the cookies in recipe card pockets à la Melissa Phillips.

Each time Michael’s has new recipe cards in their bins, I take a peak and see if there are any that can work as pockets. Because they area 4x6 inches in size, they also work great as journaling cards for Project Life.

There were a couple of extra pockets when I finished my assembly line. Rather than let them go to waste, I cut a piece of cardstock, stamped it, added a punched circle, and slid it into the pocket.

Now I have a couple of note cards for my stash and a few cookies to munch on, too.


paper:  rustic cream c/s (PTI);  KP Halloween (K&Company); recipe cards (Michael’s)
stamps:  Rustic Branches and tag-its #7 (PTI)
ink: rich cocoa, tangelo and rhubarb stalk dye (Memento)
dies and punches:  limitless layers (PTI); starburst (Martha Stewart Crafts)
extras:  key tags (Staples); baker’s twine (MS Crafts): ribbon (Michael’s); glass beads (Cousin Corp); cellophane bags (Michael’s)

October 16, 2012

a wonderful year

Our religious education program is held in the parish school, so we, the catechists, end up sharing rooms with the “real” teachers the 16 weeks we are in session. Inevitably, something gets returned to the wrong place or the last tissue is used or some other minor occurrence happens that can be blown out of proportion depending on the teacher's personality or how her Monday is going. With Sandy, my current roommate, I have not experienced any blowouts.

This is the start my second year in the room of a teacher who is very welcoming to my students and me. (I was so happy for this change in rooms last year.) To let Sandy know how much I appreciate her approach, I write her a couple of notes during the year. Here’s a picture of the first card that I left on her desk on Sunday.

PTI’s Teach & Inspire was the starting point for this card. As often is the case, I was inspired by Melissa Phillips, this time the fourth card down in this post. I am very pleased with how my card turned out, which is not always the case. The mix of colors and papers, the subtly embossed “Teacher,” and the little apple came together just the way I had hoped. And because this card was hand-delivered, I was able to add a bow and beaded pin without worrying about postage.

I hope that you have people who welcome you into their world.


PS – I am entering this card into the following challenges:
* The Play Date Cafe PDCC153  – my first time joining in, so fingers crossed that I did it right.
* Simon Says Stamp Challenge – use dies and/or punches 

paper:  rustic cream c/s (PTI);  This & That collection (Echo Park); Lost & Found Portobello Road collection (MME)
stamps:  Teach & Inspire (PTI)
ink:  simply chartreuse (PTI); rich cocoa dye (Memento); VersaMark
dies and punches:  heart border and journal tabs (PTI); apple (Martha Stewart Crafts)
extras:  ribbon (My Craft Spot); clear embossing powder (Ranger); mini paper clip (Tim Holtz); glass beads (Cousin Corp)

October 14, 2012

grateful for lauren

Challenges from Papertrey Ink and Creative Paper Trade gave the direction for this card, but its purpose came from Lauren, a high school freshman who volunteers as a classroom aide for religious education. Lauren was an aide in my fifth grade class last year. After a rocky start (Lauren’s sister and her friends were in the class.), Lauren ended up being a huge asset to me as an extra set of eyes and an organizer of supplies for our yearlong minibook project.

Because of the way our RelEd program is set up, I was certain Lauren would be volunteering somewhere else this year. August found me starting to panic and saying many prayers, trying to come up with a suitable person to be my classroom aide. Two weeks prior to the start of classes, my prayers were answered when I learned that Lauren was returning to me. I’ve already told Lauren how much she means to me, but I wanted to put it writing, too. Of course, I made a card.

The charge of MIM#86 is to decorate the inside of the card. Even if I’m keeping things simple, I usually add some little touch to carry the design inside. This card has the same pink heart border and a mix of sentiments from Autumn Acorns to tell Lauren what she means to me.

The pastel shades are from Creative Paper Trade’s second challenge, which includes color, sketch and shape challenges. The tag with its sweet sentiment is from one of Andrea’s digital tag collections.

I hope you have a Lauren in your life to make things a little bit easier.


paper:  rustic white c/s (PTI); rustic love and from the heart digitals (Creative Paper Trail etsy); paper heart collection (Crate Paper)
stamps:  Autumn Acorns (PTI)
ink:  dune pigment (ColorBox); tuxedo black dye (Memento)
dies and punches:  heart border and counting my blessings (PTI); standard circles large (Spellbinders); swiss cheese border (EK Success)
extras:  pearl stickers (Queen&Co); glossy accents (Ranger)