Time for a celebration of Simon Says Stamp’s newest product release! I created 3 cards and videos for this hop. However, I had some family stuff to take care of and only have one of the cards and videos for you today. But I will share the other two soon! There were so many great products in this release – you can see them all HERE.
I am thinking this will be a great card for our Kay… who graduates from high school next week. Eek!
Next, be sure to continue on the hop to my bestie Kathy Racoosin. (She is soooooo good at using stamps in unexpected and fabulous ways – wait til you see what she has created!) If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, you can start at the SSS blog.
Giveaway time! The folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a grab bag filled with stamps, paper, and embellishments to one randomly selected commenter on every blog in the hop – including mine! Just leave a comment here by 6/6/13 for your chance.
As I am sure many of you were, I was horrified watching scenes of the destruction caused by the tornadoes in Oklahoma last week. I was most upset seeing the school torn apart. But from every horrible story comes a bit of hope or a hero. I was so impressed to hear stories of teachers taking action to protect their students. They saved many lives.
And if you have been to my blog before, you know that I am a huge fan of teachers. After volunteering many times in my son’s classes, I know these teachers work VERY hard and make a true difference in our kid’s lives. They have my compete admiration.
So when watching the news, I struggled to figure out what I could do to help those in Oklahoma. After all, I just make cards. So… I decided to create printable teacher cards to give here as downloads. I was going to collect the money and donate it, but feel it is easier for everyone if I just offer the download for free and ask that you donate to the Red Cross directly. So this is kinda like an “honor system” – I hope you enjoy the download and donate as a thank you.
Isn’t that apple the cutest? A big thank you to Hero Arts for letting me use the image for this download.
These printable cards are super easy – just print, cut, fold and color. There is a faint grey line that you cut along with a trimmer and then just fold it in half. I rounded the corners and punched three holes to make it look like notebook paper. (You can skip this if you want.) It also prints “made with love and appreciation” on the back. You can either color the apple directly on the card… or color the extra one, cut it out and pop it on the card for dimension. I colored mine with Copics and covered with glitter marker…
I have four printable card options. One is blank so all of you with a bit of computer experience can add your own teacher’s name…
Don’t have a printer? That’s easy. Go online and load the file to Kinkos. They will print as many copies as you want and you just pick them up!
I am sure school has ended for many of you, but you can always save this download for next year. And if you don’t have kids, you can still use this! Give it to a local school to thank them for taking care of kids in your community. Or take it to a Sunday School teacher. You could even surprise your favorite card making teacher. In fact, the “apple of my eye” card could work for anyone.
Here are the downloads. Just open, right-click and save…
And, please… please donate to the Red Cross to help those folks rebuild in Oklahoma. It is easy to do! In fact, you can even just text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief immediately. So easy. (And if you have already donated, thank you! Enjoy the downloads.)
Have a great week. Oh, and big hugs to those of you in Oklahoma… and all of you teachers.
I, like many of you in the US, am excited about the fact that I have a three day weekend with my family. But MUCH more importantly, Memorial Day is about remembering those who lost their lives while serving our country… and praying for their families who have sacrificed so much. I know I am thankful and have great admiration for our country’s heroes.
Soooooo… I am honored to once again be part of the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop. (Operation Write Home collects cards for soldiers to send home to their loved ones. You can find more info HERE.) To see the MANY people playing along today in honor of our heroes, head HERE.
Here is my card. Perfect for a hero or any man in your life…
Here is a closer look at the kit I used. You can also get the stamp set separately…
To see the rest of the folks celebrating our heroes today in this OWH Blog Hop, head HERE. Lots of great talent and good people!
How about a giveaway as a thank you for stopping by today?Just leave a comment here by 5/29/13 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win the June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp like I used above! Good luck. (Thank you SSS.)
You gotta move quick on this first one… and it is a good one! Check it out…
YES! You could win free spots in ALL future classes! All you have to do is subscribe at Online Card Classes HERE. (If you are already subscribed you will be eligible. But if you aren’t sure, go subscribe again. If you have taken a class before with us, it does NOT automatically subscribe you. So you may want to again to be sure.)
So today I am giddy to be over on the Mama Elephant blog. (If you have never been there, I highly encourage you to do so. Kryssi and her design team always have fabulous card ideas!) I am talking about my love of summery sherbet colors and used them to create a couple cards with new Mama Elephant stamps. (For more info on these cards, head HERE.)
Sometimes you just need to surprise your kids and make them smile.
And that is what I was going for when I put this into my son’s lunch. (He never has a treat in there, so I am sure he was thrilled.)
The best part? This was so easy to make. (For more information on it, you can head over the the Paper Crafts Connections blog. There are some other kids ideas there, too.)
Start with a 10 ¼” x 4” piece of cardstock (I used Bazzill) and add score lines at 2”, 2 ¼”, 6 ¼”, and 6 ½”. That is it! Just fold it up and you have a cookie holder. I also added a die cut window with the new Lawn Fawn Puffy Star die to the front panel so you could see the cookie inside. Here is what it looks like unfolded…
After I put a cookie in, I used an old Thicker letter sticker to hold it closed.