Monday, August 8, 2011

Back in the saddle again...

Good morning everyone! It's been a long time since I've been able to post anything- moving does have a way of getting in the way of crafting! We are finally settled in our temporary home in Atlanta, where we will be for the next year, and have begun the search for a permanent home. The boxes are unpacked, we started back to work and we have made lots of new friends in our neighborhood.

The momentous part of the move came today with the start of school (way too early for me, but probably better to get the kids jump started making new friends). My middle schooler forbade me from bringing a camera to school (mother!), so I quickly snapped one of her in front of the house. I walked my my little guy to school, which is a unique experience for us coming from Houston- it reminded me of walking to school as a kid- crossing guards, 5th grade school patrol and all! There were nervous smiles all around, but I'm sure they will be real smiles by the end of the week.

As a back-to-school tradition, I usually make a nice card and little treat for the teacher (goodness knows they probably need more than chocolate by the end of their first day back-lol!).

I found the perfect back-to-school image from Meljen's Designs, appropriately named "Apple for Teacher"- such a cute digi! I re-sized the image to fit my card in Photoshop, printed in onto Whisper White CS and colored it with Copics. I dug through my stash to find school themed papers from various packs and scrap piles- I am trying to be good about not buying new supplies, especially since my temporary scrap room has no closet-yikes! For those of you who sew, you can see the awful stitching on the card- after I was done with one side card I realized that the bobbin must have come unseated during the move-oh well, too late for this one!

This is the first time either of my kids have had a male teacher for their main homeroom, so I tried to steer away words that were too feminine or sweet and this quote seemed to fit perfectly.

To go with the card, I made a couple "special" pencils which are made with a pack of Rolo candies and a Hershey's kiss for the point (see my "No. 2 Pencils" post from last year for directions). I made a quick little tag using the coordinating "Checkered Apple Frame" and some black gingham ribbon. My son was so proud to give his new teacher such a cool little treat today:))

That's it for my first post from Atlanta- come back around tomorrow to see the card I sneaked into my daughter's lunch bag...


Stamps: Meljen's Designs (digital)
Ink: none!
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, School Days DP (DCWV), scraps
Accessories: Copic markers, sewing machine, silver brads, black gingham ribbon, notebook edge punch, Modern Label punch, Nestability dies, Sizzix Big Shot, Crop-a-dile, stapler, dimensionals


  1. Oh my . . . what a fun idea for the teachers. They should love it. (Especially the Rolos.) Thanks for sharing it with us at Catered Crop.

  2. Fabulous projects! The teachers are sure to love it.

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