Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Not a card but...

I took this pic of a gorgeous rose at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. We took a day trip down there and the rose garden is just lovely!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pick me!!

Teaching heart is giving away some more goodies!
I really need to win this cause I inherited limited supplies from the previous 2nd grade teacher
for me to use with this years class.
Check it out here:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Baby Gift card(top note)

I had seen these on SCS so I finally got around to making one!!! Super easy and very cute effect.
The Pea is from a SU set... can't remember now what it's called. Ovals from my Nesties.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Well I've been a 2nd grade teacher for 6 weeks now. I'm adjusting to the curriculum and the kids. After being in 1st grade for 20 years, it's been challenging for me to say the least.
My kids are great, but I feel like I'm trying to fix some bad habits that have been formed academically. The change has not left me much time for stamping but I'm trying to find time!!
Hopefully I'll get my christmas cards done in the next month!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Hula Thanks

I made this for a coworker Dad who bought the whole team "Lei's" for our back to school night.
We wanted to welcome the kids with Lei's as a way of saying welcome to our classes.
This may have been the 1st time I inked up this set (Do the Hula - SU) I really like it!!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A few projects for school

So since school has started I've had very little time for anything else!! But I knew I wanted to use my SU Top Note for a few projects for school.

The 3rd pic is for Open House when the kids come to meet me. The poem I found online, and we are going with a 'Star" theme this year so everything worked out perfect. The paper I got at

The project was to make new book basket labels. I teach 2nd, and in the K-5 classes we put books of similar genre or author or reading level, together in one basket on the bookshelves. So each basket needs to be labeled. I decided to make new labels this year and the 1st and 2nd pic show those.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

giveaway #3

I love baskets filled with goodies!
Maybe i can win this one!
Plus I would love to win the reading and lit CD
wish me luck!

Giveaway #4

this is the one i want!! Wish me luck!
Primary Teacher Timesavers For Teaching Reading & Literature find it at this site!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Walmart GC 4 me!!

Teaching Heart is giving away a 25 GC to walmart. Woo Hoo!
i would use it it buy supplies for my class. Like handsoap, hand sanitizer, etc.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The attention span of a ...

So I was suppose to be reading over a teacher's manual for a training day on monday.
Instead i found myself making this!!!
I've seen them all over splitcoast, and even though i have tons of these a school, I've never decorated one.
This will come in handy during my training.

Monday, July 27, 2009

It's the best time of the year...

Remember that ad that Staples did about back to school time? by this time in the summer i really am ready to go back to work/school and start a new year of teaching.
I know I might not feel that way by october LOL!
Teaching Heart is hosting a week of give aways starting on the 10th. I'll be checking in daily to see what goodies are to be had. I won a give away from them last year and got some awesome stuff!!!
Teaching Heart Mom

Friday, July 24, 2009

Stampin’ Up! Big Shot”

Stampin Addicts dot com has tons of ideas using the Stampin’ Up! Big Shot and is giving away a Big Shot Die Pack as part of the Stampin’ Up! summer celebration. To enter, all you have to do is write about it. This is my entry. Now give me my dies!!! go here to check it out: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/
This was the suggested text, I like the last line so I used it!!!
since I just upgraded to the Big shot, got a good deal on Joann's.com, I need some awesome dies to go with it!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Christmas in July

I've been trying to get a headstart on my Christmas card this summer. I had cut the Joy and Noel last year with my Slice but hadn't made a card with them, they just sat lonely like all my other wonderful Christmas stuff in a tub waiting for me to get of my butt and start creating!!
the background papers came from a cardstock stack i got at Joann's last year after christmas too!
I have no idea why the computer decided to put the one card sideways!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Disney thanks

We spent a few days over at Disney with some friends. They got us a really good deal on the hotel! so I made this little card to say thanks!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Congrats to a coworker

A friend/coworker was voted PE assistant of the year, so I made this little card for him.
I made the apple with my Slice and the paper somewhat ripped on the solid green apple so i had some patterned scraps so i made just the top and put it together to hide the rip. Waste not want not!!!
Not sure why my pic is sideways!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

golfing bday card

I made this for some friends little boy who is really into golf. He is just turning 4!
I saw some card similar to this on SCS and thought it would be perfect for him.
Notice my watermark is getting better? I spent some time searching for directions using PSE 7 and am getting closer to what I want it to look like.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

My car got a Boo Boo

I was in a minor fender bender this afternoon. A young girl, totally not paying attention got my in the backside. I've not been in a car accident in at least 10 years! Luckily no one was hurt, except my babycar. So now we start the fun of getting it fixed and dealing with the insurance.
Great way to end my week off!!! :-(

Friday, March 27, 2009

Top note bday for Mel

Whipped up this bday card for my SD's bday.
I love Scenic route paper, it takes the guess work out of mathing up papers.
I am a bit frustrated with my watermark, I got PSE 7 and I've not found a good tutorial yet on how to make my watermark looked pretty!!!
But I think I'm getting closer! LOL!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I became Irish 12 years ago!

I married into being Irish, got the Mc... last name to prove it!!

So for this week I'll go with the St. pattys day theme. and put my sicilian/finnish roots to the side for a week. LOL

Sunday, March 8, 2009

2 Quick Bday cards

I needed to make 2 quick birthday cards for some male coworkers.
I already had the Top Note sections cut and put together, from last week when i was playing with the top Note Die. All I had to do was grab some ribbon, some self adhesive buttons from my stash and stamp the image.
Quick and easy!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Baby duckie

I created these for a coworker expecting a baby boy soon. I used my Slice to make the duck and the word baby for the card. I made a few duckies so I used one on the inside too!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Happy mail day!

I got my SU paper and SU embellishment share in the mail today from Nancy R at
She was doing a paper and embellishment share and I joined in! The paper is all so gorgeous in real life!! I may need to order all of it again!
I also joined her embellishment share, I was not thinking that the corduroy buttons would be so cute in real life! I think the pic in the SU catalog doesn't do them justice!!
Now lets see how long i let this paper just sit cause it is too cute to use!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Yippee Yahooooo

I created this card for a Slice swap I joined, it is on it's way to Australia!
I love my Slice but I totally have not had time to play with it, but i had to make time to do this card.
I also finally got Photoshop elements so I can make my own watermarks, do you see it there on the bottom corner?? YEAH!! It's pretty plain and simple for now, but I'm just happy it worked! it took me 20 minutes just to do that much! LOL!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Who says money doesn't grow on trees?

Well in this case it's a gardenia plant, but you get the idea! LOL
One of my coworkers is battling cancer and winning!! We all pitched in close to $500 to help off set her medical bills. I had never done a money tree before and it was fun! After folding all the bills in the accordian fold, though, my fingers are a bit sore! I can't wait to see her reaction when we present it to her next week. This counts as my creation for this week cause folding all that money took up most of my 'free' time this week.
Oh and I used some wide ribbon that had been sitting in my stash and some SU rub ons to fancy up the pot.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Check out my new Jacket!!!

I have been watching this jacket at Coldwater creek for about 2 months now. I just love it and it was originally priced at $79.50. I got it today for $19!!! Yum!!! They are having thier big winter clearance, even though it is still winter, but they are making room for spring stuff, so I scored some great deals today!
Now it the weather will just stay a little chilly ( in the 60's) for a bit longer so I can wear it!!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Can't Resist!!!

this one reminds me of my resolutions only substitute basket for PANTS!!! LOL

I won more Blog candy!!

check out this sweet little kitty set i won on her blog! Woo Hoo!
Again i say why can't I get this lucky and win on PowerBall lottery!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Scrappy valentine creation #3 in 2009

Here is my creation for this week
I used scaps of fabric and paper and I had the hearts left over from last year.
Luckily the were just sitting in my scrap bag waiting to become a card!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I am...

LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?
I used my Maiden name which is way less popular than my married name. still amazed that there are 3 of us out there!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

My 1st big coupon save!!!

I got a 6 oz bag of these for .24cents each!!! I am relatively new to the fine art of couponing. but i have been studying a few blogs and learned that many stores will let you 'stack' coupons. So here is what i did, went to Target and they had the 6oz bags with a manufacter coupon for $1 off a bag, each bag was 2.24 minus $1 left me at 1.24 , but I had a sunday insert coupon for $3 dollars off 3 bags, basically another $1 off each bag left them at .24 cents each!!! These are for my furry sister Millie, she eats way too many but it makes her and my mom happy!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

wide open space cards

I created some really simple cards today. I think this was a challenge on SCS a while back and it was stuck in my brain so I gave it a try. Plus I had made a card with this basic layout a while ago at a Make and take at my local scrap shop.
I even dug into my stash for the little "hugs" embelly up in the corners, and into my scrap stash for the deco papers, yeah!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Free Suave day 1/14

go here to get a coupon for free Suave product up to $3.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

I would love to win this...

and maybe i can from this blog http://www.5dollardinners.com/2009/01/designer-lunch-tote-giveaway.html
she's giving away one of this bags and or a %50 off coupon so i can be one stylish 1st grade teacher!!!

I won some Sweeeeet Blog candy!!!

Check it out! I won this sweet valentine set from Tori's blog.
Woo Hoo! this is like the 3rd time I've won blog candy in the last year!
Lucky me !
Now lets see how I did on last nights Powerball numbers! LOL

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

card creations #1

Ok so I actually made some cards this week and it's only tuesday! Woo Hoo big pat on the back to me!

I dug deep into my stash for the paper and the embellishments, I would be afraid to estimate how long those little vinyl embellies have been sitting in my stash!
Oh and I saw on someone's blog that they chalked thier cuttlebug die before running the paper thru, so I tried it and I like the results, it's very subtle you can sort of see it in the pics.


If youre an 'ELK'...

Big Hugz to you!Our local chapter of "ELKS" donated $500 dollars to our school and in turn i get $125 as a classroom adoption!!PTA sponsors 'classroom adoptions' where companies can donate monies to the school and it will be passed down to the classroom teachers to use in thier respective classes.This year I will use the money to buy books on CD for my kids to listen to during work/group time.I am so excited! I think I will be able to get 8 books/CD's with that amount of $$.So if your an ELK or you know one, let them know that thier fellow ELKs in Florida made a public school teacher very happy in this new year!!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

15 hearts?!

How many heart stamps does one really need? i have 15! I guess there might be stampers who have more but for me this was an eye opener that i just have too much stuff!!! Plus it's been years since I've sent out many Valentines cards! other than for my students.
I am trying to go with more organization in the new year, so I am pulling stuff for VDAY and then trying to see what comes to me.
Hopefully I will create something with my 15 hearts this week to share with you!

Friday, January 2, 2009

starving artists blogcandy alert

go here for a chance to win some super cute stamps, just in time for Vday!