You’re A Star

So we are down to our last week at school starting tomorrow. The kids will be finished on Thursday, but it will be like everyone is on vacation already because half the school will be out on a field trip on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday are half days. I have to say that this is “The most wonderful time of the year!” And y’all thought it was Christmas! ūüôā You haven’t taught middle school for the last 17 years, have you?!¬† Seriously, I love all of my students and there are many that I will truly miss.¬† I wish them all much luck as they move on to high school next year.¬† Some will need it more than others!¬† But I love them and I wish them luck.

Speaking of students, on their last day this coming Thursday, we will have our annual awards assembly and since I have the privilege of teaching the Advanced Eighth Grade Language Arts class, I also have the privilege and honor of presenting the Outstanding Language Arts Student Award to the…yup…you guessed it…outstanding Language Arts student.¬† The student will receive the standard award certificate, but I also like to include a small gift card to a book seller in the area.¬† Nine times out of then, the student spends it on music instead of a book, but that is okay.¬† After reading 100 persuasive essays last week on why students should be allowed to listen to music at school, I am convinced that music is an important part of life.¬† And part of being awarded is getting something you want, right?¬† So, I made this card to give to the student with the gift card inside.

I cased this card from my up line, Kimberly VanDiepen, only I left off the frilly stuff and changed up the colors¬†because the award recipient is a guy and I know he will appreciate that I did that.¬† ūüôā

You're a Star

Here’s what I used on this card.

Whisper White Card Stock  100730

Real Red Card Stock  102482

Basic Black Card Stock  121045

Neutrals Designer Series Paper Pack   117157*

Bombs Away Birthday (Photopolymer Stamps)  133411

Workshop Words Stamp Set (Not Available)

That’s the Ticket Stamp Set¬† 128075/Clear or 131946/Wood**

¬†7/16″ Trim Ribbon¬†¬† 129287**

Ticket Duo Builder Punch 126883**

Real Red Classic Ink  126949

Black Stazon   101406

Rhinestone Basic Jewels  119246

* Retiring on June 3rd

**Available June 3rd

So there you have it.¬† Hope you like it.¬† Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

Josie

Birthday, Thoughts of You, Best Friend and a Sneak Peak!

I have been a busy little girls this week.¬† I managed to crank out three different cards…I am so proud of myself! ¬†One of them features some of the new stuff from Stampin‘ Up! that will appear in the¬† Annual Catalog¬† that goes up and running on June 3.¬† I can’t wait for that!¬† There is soooo much in that catalog, I think I want all of it!

This first card is one I made for my mom.¬† She is a lucky girls because she gets to celebrate Mother’s Day and her birthday in the same month.¬† As my mom says, “Every day should be Mother’s Day.” I agree wholeheartedly!¬† We should treat our mom’s with all of the love and respect they deserve EVERY DAY!¬† I hope I have done that for her, because she deserves it.¬† But, I can’t let Mother’s Day go by without a card.¬† So, I sent her the card that I posted a few weeks back.¬† You can see it on my April 20th post. This card is the birthday card¬†I sent. Here it is.¬† This card also gives you a little sneak peek¬†at one of the stamp sets, embossing folders, punches, and dsp that will be in the new catalog

Birthday

Here’s what I used on this card.

Island Indigo Card Stock  122923

Daffodil Delight Card Stock  119683

Whisper White Card Stock  100730

Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper (New)*  130141

Label Love Stamp Set (New)*  130622

Petite Pennants Builder Punch  122361

Artisan Label Punch (New)*  130920

Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons  127555

Pearl Basic Jewels  119247

Rhinestone Basic Jewels  125577

Daffodil Delight Seam Binding  125583

Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder (New)*  129984

Island Indigo Classic Ink  126986

* Not available until after June 3rd.

My next card is cute and simple and took about 10 minutes to create!¬† Sounds like my kind of card!¬† ūüôā

Pennant Thoughts of You

Here’s what I used on this card

Very Vanilla Card Stock  101650

Calypso Coral Card Stock  122921

Tea for Two Designer Series Paper   129311

Soft Suede Classic Ink  126978

Mini clothespins  (Retired)

Pearl Basic Jewels  119247

Linen Thread   104199

Loving Thoughts Stamp Set  125845

Petite Pennants Builder Punch  122361

And finally, this last card also gives you a sneak peek of what is to come as of June 3rd.

Best Friend

Here’s what I used on this card.

Very Vanilla Card Stock  101650

Crumb Cake Card Stock  120953

Calypso  Coral Card Stock  122925

Framelits Die Apothecary Accents  127003

Linen Thread  104199

Clockworks Stamp Set  127292

Label Love Stamp Set * (New)  130622

Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder* (New)  129984

Peal Basic Jewels  119247

Large Pearls  125577

5/8″ Crochet Trim¬† 118481

Soft Suede Classic Ink  126978

Simply Pressed Clay* (New) 130685

Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds* (New)  131272

Calypso Coral Re-inker  122934

Artisan  Label Punch* (New)  130920

 *Not available until after June 3rd.

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.¬† I want to wish all of you that qualify a Happy Mother’s Day.¬† Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

Josie

Crazy Like Giving a Cat a Pill!

So…this week has been crazy!

It has been so crazy, that last night summed it all up when we had to give our cat a pill.¬† Ever have to do that?¬†It ain’t easy, that is for sure!¬†¬†One of our cats has been having¬†“accidents” around the house for the last few months.¬† He’s a nervous cat.¬† He will go into the litter box to do number 1, but lately he’s been finding all kinds of places to leave little number 2 gifts.¬† Thursday morning, after finding it in a most inconvenient way,¬† (Yes, I stepped in it at 5:00 a.m. just after getting out of bed.) I decided we¬†were going to have to do what we said we didn’t want to do, and that is medicate the cat.¬† When we had a dog, we just wrapped whatever into a piece of balogna or¬†cheese or peanut butter when she was sick and needed medication.¬† Dogs will eat just about anything, for Pete’s sake.¬† But cats, they’re not as dumb as some dogs are.¬† (Sorry to all the dog lovers out there.¬† I mean no offense.) Cats know when you are up to no good.¬† We first tried crushing one of the pills and mixing it in with a little whipped cream.¬† Tiger loves whipped cream.¬† “No way!” he must have been thinking.¬† “You guys did something to my whipped cream!”¬† So then we melted one in a little water and tried shooting it into the cat’s mouth with a little medicine syringe.¬† I ended up squirting it all over the front of my husband’s shirt.¬† So on the third try, we did just as the vet recommended.¬† “Hold the cat by the back of his neck with your thumb and forefinger.¬† With the other hand, pry apart his jaws.¬† Finally, drop the pill into the back of his mouth.¬† The cat will automatically swallow it.”

What the vet doesn’t tell you is that you need four hands to do this.¬† The vet also doesn’t tell you the cat WILL NOT cooperate!¬† But, after dropping the pill twice and a few scratches, my husband managed to get the pill into the cats mouth and he finally swallowed it.¬†ūüôā ¬†Geeeee’s! And to think, we have to do this every day.¬† LOL!¬† Tonight, my husband is holding the cat or I am wearing a pair of leather gloves.¬† I love my cat, but some things are just R-E-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S!¬†Enough said.

Today’s card is one I made for our school secretary.¬† She is retiring at the end of this year after many years of working with our district.¬† Whenever some one retires, we try to gather a bit of memorabilia and put it into a scrapbook or box or something for them.¬† Someone else made a scrapbook for her, but I never got around to writing a congratulatory note for it.¬† So, I made this.¬† I think it’s pretty.

World Treasures Congratulations

Here’s what I used on this card.

Delightful Dozen Stamp Set   122652

World Treasure Stamp Set   126767

Midnight Muse Card Stock   126843

Summer Starfruit Card Stock 126839

Crumb Cake Card Stock   120953

Very Vanilla Card Stock   101650

Midnight Muse Classic Ink   126860

Summer Starfruit Classic Ink 126992

Raspberry Ripple Classic Ink   126859

Gumball Green Classic Ink   126861

In Color Dahlias   127556

Rhinestone Basic Jewels   125577

Linen Thread   104199

Scallop Edge Border Punch   118402

So, until next time…

Happy Stamping!

Josie