Monday, 11 June 2012

End of term ....

... One thing that is really difficult to get used to here in the States, is just how early the schools close for their summer break.  I know that it is because American schools have shorter holidays during the school year, but it's still hard getting used to the idea of a 2½ month summer break!!!  What am I going to do with Kathryn ? :) :)  The school closes on Thursday, but I think most of this week will be quite relaxed and today all the 5th Grade kids are off to a local sports centre for fun and games!!

It was so hot here yesterday (32°C) that we had a quiet day in the house - in the air conditioned cool!!!  Kathryn asked me to make a couple of cards for her teachers, which I was delighted to do.

For my first card I used the One Layer Wednesday - OLW91 challenge to make a card for a teacher.  This week the challenge is being hosted by Jennifer at Styles Ink.  I made an ultra clean and simple card.  I stamped the rectangle, greeting and apple directly on the card base and coloured the apple with Promarkers.  Well, you have to have an apple on a card for the teacher!!


Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Frame It, Peace and Plenty
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Promarkers: Apple, Meadow Green, Cocktail Pink, Walnut, Warm Grey 1

For the second card I've used a couple of challenges:
The school pledge at Ridge Wood Elementary is:

As a Ridge Wood Rocket,
I promise to do my best,
Show compassion,
Keep a positive attitude,
Be respectful and responsible
In every way.
Go Rockets!!!

So it was very easy to come up with a design for this card - Kathryn wanted me to use the sweet rocket from the Half Pint Heroes set.  As the school colours are red, white and blue - I decided to print off some polka dot paper and paper piece the rocket.  I stamped the frame directly on the card - this time with the gap at the top.  Using my stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped the rocket flying out of the frame - moving on up to Junior High!!  I coloured the rocket fins, window frame and flame with Sakura Stardust pens to give a subtle shimmer.  I made the sentiment on my computer and cut it out with Spellbinder, adding shading around words. I finished off by stamping some stars around the rocket and the moon.  Kathryn was so pleased with this one!  This one is for her class teacher, Mrs Zane, who is a fabulous teacher.


Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Half Pint Heroes, Frame-It
Inks:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress - Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire
Spelllbinders: Petit Ovals Lg (S4-138) # 2
Accessories:  Sakura Stardust pens

Just in case you're worried - Kathryn has lots to do over the summer break.  She will be going to some summer camps and my Mum and Ben are coming to stay with us for a month in July - we are all so excited to have them here.  That's all for now, see you soon.

21 comments:

Ardyth said...

Love both these cards! And..... I'm sure they have summer day camps - that's what I do with my kids for about 6 out of the 10 weeks - they love it - keeps them busy but still gives them some 'free time'.

Craftilicious said...

Fab cards Deborah - I particularly like the rocket - it works so well in your paperpieced patterns.
2½ month summer holidays! That's unbelievable - I didn't understand why so many US bloggers were talking about breaking up for summer I assumed it was just for students taking exams like our A level and GCSE students didn't realise it was all of them - that is a different system to ours!

Tara
x

Kim S said...

I've raised my kids here and I STILL cannot deal well with summer break!!

Her teachers are very lucky to get such sweet cards!

Eileen said...

I really like both cards. Her teachers are very lucky!

Jeanne J said...

Oh Gosh Deborah! You made two fantastic cards - your apple looks just yummy and your little guy in the rocket is just OUTSTANDING! You made me smile. Love the clean graphic look of your cards and how you placed the color just so for the right effect! (I'm with you 2 1/2 months is a LONG time - by the time you figure it out it's back to school! - Enjoy all the festivals and carnivals!)

M said...

These are both brilliant - love the apple! M x

Stamps and Paper said...

Two super cards especially love your first one....gosh that is a long holiday but I am sure find plenty to do...

Anne

Monika/Buzsy said...

Sweet cards Deborah! Love the images, the coloring... the frames look fabulous! Enjoy your summer! I know how it gets with the kids home from school. :o)

Jackie said...

Two fabulous cards, that apple looks great :o)
Jackie xx

Vicky Hayes said...

I love the simplicity of the one layer card and I like to use apples for teacher thank yous too! The rocket image is perfect for Kathryn's school too. I only wish we had 2 1/2 months of summer holiday - 6 weeks just whizzes by! Vicky x

Gayatri said...

Both the cards are awesome, Deborah! Love the polka on the rocket. Great Job! Thanks for playing with us @ CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog :)

Cheryl said...

Hi Deborah! Super apple card. I like the frame around it. I have to go check out that stamp. I like the school pledge and how you made that darling rocket card to go along with the theme! Just adorable! Thanks for playing the OLW challenge this week Deborah!

Mynnette said...

LOVE the apple card--and both of these are fabulous! I'm sure you'll find things to do with your daughter--maybe she'll practice her stamping and start her own blog! ;D

Mary Jo said...

Both are fab cards! Great paper piecing on the cute rocket card! Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

Deanna said...

Great Cards! love the paper piecing on the rocket card-cute!

Virginia L. said...

Love the rocket card, Deborah! The dots on the rocket are perfect! So glad that you join the fun with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Debby said...

Two fabulous cards Deborah! I thought we had a long break this year with 8 weeks, but you are topping that - best of luck LOL. Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays this week :)

Jenny said...

Two brilliant cards Deborah, I just love how the rocket is flying out the gap in the frame!
That's one long summer break....still you have lots to lore out there :0)
Thanks for linking up to CASual Fridays :0)
Jenny x

Marybeth said...

Both cards are super sweet. Love the shading on the apple one for the teacher. The rocket is adorable and colored perfectly. Sorry to hear you are or were in pain. Hope your on the mend.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Deb, Both of these cards are lovely! You did a terrific job coloring that apple and I love the little rocket!

Stephanie Washburn said...

SO CUTE! I love that Half Pint Heroes set- one of my favorites! LOVE how you framed the scene- just perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays! ;)

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