May 8, 2015

Theyyyyy're Baaaaack!

Yesterday I set my feeders out for the season and within twenty minutes look who was already visiting!


Wow that was fast.

My feathered babies are back and oh how I missed them over the long, cold winter we had.  So now we can say that Spring is finally, really and officially here.

Ahhh...


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May 7, 2015

Teacher Name Tags

I noticed that my daughter's two main teachers did not have a name tag next to their classroom room numbers outside their doors, so I made them one!



I used a split title design by Megan Hardy Designs, customized the blackboard text, and then I added the teacher names using the Branboll NY font.

Of course I wanted to be sneaky....um....I mean to surprise the teachers (heehee!), so I taped up the name tags when they had their classes out of their rooms.  I waited for them to come back and see their reaction but with the hustle and bustle of a typical 4th grade day they didn't notice.  I couldn't help but giggle thinking of when they did finally see them, especially since their rooms are directly opposite each other.  I had imagined one walking out her door and seeing the other's tag and commenting at the same time the other did the same back, and then the two of them laughing.

I guess it took them a few hours after school and going through their doors a dozen times til they finally saw them - and they loved them, yay!  They were pretty sure who put them there, but I just smiled at them and shook my head when they asked the next day and said that I was certain that I had no idea what they were talking about.  Lol!  I love these ladies.  And I'm gonna miss them next year soooo much.



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May 5, 2015

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

To all you teachers out there I send a sincere and heartfelt Thank You!  I truly appreciate your dedication and every little caring thing you do for our little ones.  **Muah!**

A friend recently showed me a new and fun little gatefold shutter card design she tried.  Have you seen these?  If you haven't tried one yet, you need to!  I made a dozen of these for the teachers  using Lori Whitlock's A2 Gatefold Shutter Card design from the Silhouette Design Store.




I didn't use the belly band in the file but instead made a print-and-cut of a vinyl phrase by Kolette Hall and then matted it with one of her Chalkboard Labels.





Isn't that fun?!  I LOVE how it opens up to reveal a little message.  Interactive cards always make me smile and I think the teachers will smile too when they open these.

Enjoy your day teachers - you rock!!


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May 4, 2015

#1 Teacher Card

Tomorrow is the big day!  I can't wait to watch the kids give their teacher the shadow box frame. And to go with it, the kids signed a large 8.5"x11" shaped card that I made using a title design by Miss Kate Cuttable.


I love turning things into shaped cards - so much more fun than an ordinary rectangle, don't ya think?!!


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May 1, 2015

It's Teacher Appreciation time again!

I've been busy, busy, busy!  We went to Disney World for spring vacation.  Ohmygosh what fun we had!  It was much hotter than I expected but after the long, cold winter we've had in the Northeast this year it was a welcome change.

And now that we are back I know the rest of the school year is going to just fly. Teacher Appreciation Day usually creeps up on me fast and I usually find myself scrambling to put together a crafty little something for the staff.  But this year it didn't. I actually started my sneaky planning a month ago when I was inspired by a fun idea on Pinterest.

I volunteer in my daughter's class every week and a couple weeks ago when the teacher asked me to help the kids with a Mother's Day project in the next classroom I found my opportunity to also kickstart my project!  I snapped pics of each child's hands in the heart shape sign, then used Photoshop to add each child's chosen color for the background.  I placed them as a border around a quote design I found in the Silhouette Design Store by Kolette Hall.  (the text is cut from a gorgeous shimmery Creative Memories cardstock that cuts like butter in my Cameo)  I placed it all inside a Shadow Box Frame by Lori Whitlock (also in the Sil Design Store).




My daughter's teacher is the best.  The absolute BEST.  She truly loves working with every child and you can see it in her eyes and her warm smile every day as proof.  I'm really going to miss this amazing lady next year.

The kids are excited to give this gift to her, and they have been able to keep it all hush so far, even the boys who look like they are about to explode because they are so excited to be doing something sneaky too, lol!  I can't wait for Tuesday to get here, it is going to be so much fun watching the kids present this to their teacher.


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