Thank You Teachers

If there is one profession out there that I am forever in awe of, it is teaching. There are people out there who love spending time with other people’s kids and who help grow their minds in amazing ways. They are always doing work in their off hours and I’m sure they spend countless hours thinking and worrying about the kids in their care. It takes a special kind of person to be a teacher and I am so grateful that both of my children have exceptional teachers to inspire them. Their teachers encourage them to learn, have fun and express themselves in creative ways, and I can’t thank them enough for all that they do.


Here are cards I made for my kid’s teachers this year. Each of my children have two teachers, so I made these in duplicate. Supplies used are listed under each card.

Supplies used:

  • Sunny Studios ‘School Time’ stamp set. I used my Brother Scan N Cut to cut these out
  • Altenew ‘Thank You Builder’ stamp set for the sentiment
  • Brutus Monroe Glitter Glaze in ‘Unicorn Horn’ (with a patterned stencil)
  • Gina K ‘Kraft’ card stock
  • Green adhesive gems as accents (I think these ones were from Stampin’ Up)
  • Glossy accents on the apple
  • Copic markers for coloring
  • Gina K Amalgam black ink for stamping

Supplies used:

  • Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Apple Frames’ dies
  • Lawn Fawn ‘Outside In Stitched Apple’ dies
  • Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Rectangle Stackables’dies
  • Lawn Fawn ‘Scalloped Rectangle Stackables’ dies
  • Hefty Doodle ‘Teacher’ die
  • Lawn Fawn ‘So Owlsome’ stamp set for the ‘Thanks’ stamp
  • Green adhesive gems for accents (from Queen & Co.)
  • Craft Perfect ‘Red Velvet’ mirror card
  • White card stock
  • Gina K Amalgam black in for stamping
  • Distress Oxide ‘Antique Linen’ on the apple
  • White paint for highlight accents on the apple

Snowy Forest

A large background can make a quick and easy card. This card features Brutus Monroe’s “Forest Background” stamp. It was colored with Copic markers and accented using Gelly Roll Pens and Stickles glitter in “Frosted Lace”*. The “may your days” sentiment is from Lawn Fawn, as is the banner die cut it is stamped on. … Continue reading “Snowy Forest”

A large background can make a quick and easy card. This card features Brutus Monroe’s “Forest Background” stamp. It was colored with Copic markers and accented using Gelly Roll Pens and Stickles glitter in “Frosted Lace”*.

The “may your days” sentiment is from Lawn Fawn, as is the banner die cut it is stamped on. The “Merry & Bright” are dies by Xcut. Everything was trimmed and matted on Craft Perfect ‘Mirror Card’ in satin finish scarlett organza (what a mouthful!). Finished size: 5.5″x5.5″ square.

*Next time I make this card I plan to try using white acrylic paint or Snow-Tex to add the snow details to the tree. The Stickles did what I wanted but it is a little more glittery then I intended.

Bun in the Oven

Okay – I love making baby cards! This one went out to a friend of mine who is expecting her second child soon. (UPDATE: my friend had a beautiful and healthy baby girl). Most of this card is Lawn Fawn stamps and dies except for the Congrats (Hero Arts). It was colored with Copic markers … Continue reading “Bun in the Oven”

Okay – I love making baby cards! This one went out to a friend of mine who is expecting her second child soon. (UPDATE: my friend had a beautiful and healthy baby girl).

Most of this card is Lawn Fawn stamps and dies except for the Congrats (Hero Arts). It was colored with Copic markers and yes, the oven door really does open and close.

 

Moose for Dad

Quick moose card I made for my dad. The moose stamp is from Stampin’ Up and the birds are Dark Room Door. The border die is Lawn Fawn (of course!) and the trees I cut using the Brother Scan N Cut. I stenciled the clouds using cloud stencils I made myself.

Quick moose card I made for my dad.

The moose stamp is from Stampin’ Up and the birds are Dark Room Door. The border die is Lawn Fawn (of course!) and the trees I cut using the Brother Scan N Cut. I stenciled the clouds using cloud stencils I made myself.

Finding order in the disorder

I’ve mentioned before that I like to organize, and specifically, I like to organize my craft supplies! Organizing supplies is just as much of a hobby to me as crafting itself. When it comes to ink pads, paper and coloring supplies, I like to keep things consistent to make it easy to find coordinating products … Continue reading “Finding order in the disorder”

I’ve mentioned before that I like to organize, and specifically, I like to organize my craft supplies! Organizing supplies is just as much of a hobby to me as crafting itself. When it comes to ink pads, paper and coloring supplies, I like to keep things consistent to make it easy to find coordinating products to use in my project.

To accomplish this, I put everything in the same general color order using this chart (above).


My ink pads are first sorted by brand and then by color (on the shelf I keep them on). I use this handy ‘color swatch’ album (above) to see all my inks by color, which helps me find the right color ink pad out of the many that I own. Since I often color my stamped images, I’ve coded the book to know what kind of markers to use with what inks. If the name of the ink is in ‘blue’ pen, that means I can color my images with water colors or water based markers. If I used a ‘purple’ pen to name the ink swatch, it means that particular ink is Copic friendly and won’t smudge if I color over it with alcohol markers. An asterisk indicates I own the re-inker. <<Credit to Jennifer McGuire for the ink swatch book idea>>


Paper is also sorted by color, followed by metallics, glitter paper, and prints.


I even use my color order system to sort paper scraps in this handy Cropper Hopper storage folder (above). I only keep scraps that are big enough for a card mat – pieces that are smaller than 4″ x 5″ get recycled. I make an effort to use some scrap every time I craft – even if I cannot use it in my project, surely there is a piece that I can use to sketch a design on, or to stamp extra ink onto while cleaning my stamps.

Update June 2019: I’ve moved my scraps to a filing cabinet but they are still in this order.


Lastly, my beloved markers! I keep my Copics and Zig Real Brush Pens out in the open where I can grab them quickly. They are also organized by color and I keep color charts of both sets to help me decide what colors to use in the moment. I keep all my color charts in the same binder I use for my ink pad color swatches, so it is right at my fingertips every time I craft.


How do you organize your supplies? Does it work well for you? If not, try putting everything in the same color order and the next time you are trying to find the perfect ink color, I’m betting it will be easier to find!