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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

End of the Year Luau

Although Thursday is the last official day of school for us, we had a special celebration today. There are some of my students who only come to school Mondays-Wednesdays, so we wanted to share our end of the year party with them. One of our families brought in decorations and we set our room up with a Hawaiian theme. There were leis, hats, sunglasses, tattoos, limbo dancing, refreshments, and even a coconut-monkey with a guitar. Here is a photo of Peter and I.
HUGS!!!



 



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Monday, May 25, 2009

Stop and think about them today

Memorial Day is not just a day to hang out with friends by the barbecue, it is not just the 'official' start of summer activities, it is not just another day of no mail or no banking. Memorial Day is a time to reflect upon the men and women who have served in the military of our country. As you enjoy this day with family or friends, take a moment to think about those who have sacrificed so much for our great nation.


Having a Magnolicious Weekend

Finally got in some major crafty time this weekend! The boys took off for a movie and it is amazing how much I can get done without any interuptions! Here are some more samples of the types of cards that I got done....I actually got about 40 done between Sunday and this morning. There is something to be said for mass production and peace and quiet. I used an entire package of Raspberry Tart paper, assorted embellies, and of course some assorted coordinating cardstock.It was great fun to roll nestabilities through the big shot to get funky mats for my images to sit on. With summer vacation arriving next week, I am definitely looking forward to more play time.
Thanks for stopping by to look!





 
 
 
 


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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Saturday craft time

Happy Sunday everyone!
Last night while we were watching Kung Fu Panda, I figured it would be a good time to get some cards made. With the end of school, there are lots of people that we all want to give cards to--graduates, teachers, and people who have gone out of their way to help us out in one way or another. Soooooo, I came up with a fun card with one of my new images from the Butterfly Collection (this is Tilda the dragonfly). I was able to whip out 12 of these cards during the movie, and will make tags for the insides with appropriate sentiments. The Raspberry Tart designer paper from Stampin Up works great with this image ( kiwi kiss, cameo coral, rose red, and pretty in pink were used as accents) and the bling is provided with stickles.
The boys are heading out now to see the new Terminator movie, and I am going to take advantage of the quiet to make more cards and watch more True Blood on HBO on demand!
Hope to be back later with some more cards to share.



 



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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Happy Birthday MOM!!!!!

I made this card for my mom, whose birthday is May 22. We recently went on a trip together and it was wonderful to get away and see some family that is in Massachusetts. The best part of the trip was spending time with my mom when neither or us had to work, cook, or take care of our hubbies or kiddos! We need to take these little trips more often.


 


This card was made with the Stampin Up hostess set called 'Dream a Little' and the paper pack from sell-a-bration called Delicate Dots. I added various embellies, and used my nesties too. Hope you like it!


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Quilt Cards

Have you seen all the quilt cards that are being done? They looked so nice that I decided to try them myself. I got some free time this morning and made a whole lot of these little cuties! These are made with Rainbow Sherbert paper from Stampin Up and the Top Note die that I ran through my big shot. These make fantastic cards for almost any occasion, depending on what papers you choose. Using the stampin up designer paper packs makes it easy to coordinate your quilts.
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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Late Night Stampers Blogging Stars

I am a proud member of the Late Night Stampers group, which is an excellent source of support for those who love Stampin Up. Lots of us are SU demos, but not everyone is. We share ideas, techniques, cards and talk about our stamping world. The friendships we make there are amazing. Mary Jo Price has come up with a fantastic plan that will help us support and encourage each other even more. There are "teams" of bloggers who have pledged to visit each other regularly. If you look in my side-bar, you will see my group and the blogs listed there. If you are looking for inspiration and fun, you are more than welcome to hop over to some of these blogs with me. Sometimes when I don't feel like being creative but want to work on my crafting, I go blog hopping for inspiration or just to see what other crafting friends are up to. If you haven't tried it---go ahead and give it a go. You might be pleasantly surprised!



Saturday, May 2, 2009

I have been busy....sorry

Thor's head
Balloo
Pete
Ben and a giant cheese ball








OK everyone, spank me with a wet noodle. Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, and it has been a busy few weeks. With the school year winding down, I have lots of 'stuff' to be working on. The kids have all been getting assessments and I have been scoring them at home, where it is quieter than at school. This has been taking up lots of my time. The boys have been keeping me busy, too. Although I have been telling myself for some time that I am going to set aside time to read every day, I had not been successful until January this year. Give me a round of applause--I have been able to read 12 (yes 12) complete novels (no...not kiddie stories)--adult novels since the end of January!!! HIP~HIP~HOORAY for me. Most days when I get home from school, I change into comfy clothes and head outside to my swing. There I sit and relax for at least an hour before coming inside to get started with dinner. Setting aside this time for myself has really made quite a difference in my evenings at home. I feel calm and ready to face the family after a day with my students. It has been a fantastic transition for me. You should really try it yourself!
Anyway...now that the temperatures here have been steadily in the 80's, our pool is nice and comfortable, even for us adults! This past week, I have found it is wonderful and even more relaxing to come home, get into my bathing suit, and do my reading while floating in the pool in my inner tube thing! Getting home by 3 it is still delightful in the pool. Peter and his friend Liam have even been kind and swim without even getting my book wet!
I realize that many of you who stop by to read my blog live in areas where it is still too chilly to think about getting into shorts, never mind going swimming, and I apologize for teasing you. I am still not convinced that Florida is the best place for me to live, but it does have it's advantages!
Anyway...as for my crafting time, I have been doing some cards. I apologize for not posting them though...I will try to pull them out and take photos to post. This past week, we had a baby shower for 4 of teachers at work. I made the most adorable (if i do say so myself..they came out better than I expected) cards in the shape of baby onesies. Dummy me forgot to take photos before bringing them in for the shower. I will make at least one more for my sample book, and will take photos to share.
I cannot believe that it is May already---time sure has flown by.
HUGS to all my friends....





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