Sunday, January 30, 2011

Spelling BEE....What's all the buzzzzz about?

Jana came in 2nd place in our school district's Spelling Bee. She is a 7th grader at our school and we are most proud of her. To thank her for an outstanding accomplishment for herself and our school...THANKS JANA!!!!

Love the Cricut cartridge
 "Create a Critter"
Isn't the she bee just the cutest?
eyes and yellow flower
brad from some sale or other

zebra ribbon from bow
on flowers hubby sent me

red silk flower from an
arrangement I had

stickles gold and red
silver gel pen for doodleing
around bee body (yellow)

Stampin' Up! vellum, cardstock,
black satin ribbon and dimensionals

Cuttlebug embossing folder used on white layer

Don't forget to check out my Stampin' Up! website.     Order $50 in merchandise and get FREE items !!    

Thursday, January 20, 2011

SSC#032 with FREEBIE!!!

Dawn over at DoStamping inspired me with SSC#032.

And, then? I got FREEBIE from Stampin' Up! with my last order!

Card attached to front of freebie states "Enjoy this sheet of Rub-Ons included in every first Demonstrator Order from December 1 - January 31." Now how great does that tell you Stampin' Up! is to their demos?

What do the FREE rub-ons look like? See for yourself...wayyyyyyyyy pretty!

So what do I (who can't stand to file13 anything) do first? Make a card from the card on top of the freebie!

SSC#032 Challenge
DSP "LOVE" #124156
"Filled with Love" Clear Stamp Set (used "Thoughts of You Warm My Heart" on inside of card) #121154
Heart Pinking Border Punch #117649
Some bling from don't remember where which are all same color but light makes them look light/dark
Stickles for heart on "belt"
Grey "sharpie" to put "xoxo" across white band made with border punch
Cuddle Bug folder to emboss the diamond pattern on the printed paper
The beautiful BIG heart? cut out from the card on freebie as well as the Happy Valentine's Day!

We have babies!!!

 Our new babies! 21 days on the dot :-)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Blog Find

Just a quick post to identify a blog I ran across with a cricut card made from Stampin' Up! cardstock...LOVE it...hugs S (click on "blog" ^ and you'll head there)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stampin' Up! First Order of Year...It's HERE !!!! Wanna see?

WOOHOOOO order arrived! Thought I'd show you...
step 1...the box OPENING...

Step 2: The GOODIES :-)
Aviary Stamp Set #120462
Birthday Bakery "hostess" Stamp Set #120115
Delightful Decorations Stamp Set #116517

Beautiful Wings Embosslit #118138
Scalloped heart of Hearts Embosslit #117332
Bitty Buttons #118761

Pinking Hearts Border Punch #117649
Circle Punch XL 2-1/2" #120906
Snowflake XL Punch #119852

LOVE Designer Series Paper #124156
Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper #117353
Filled With Love Clear Bundle #124381 
FREE!!! 1 sheet of Rub-on Samples! yeahhhhh!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Nancy Lovelace Johnson

Tonight, (well this morning, since it's after midnight) I depart from the usual and dedicate this entry to Nancy Lovelace Johnson. There are no words to describe the loss Prentiss County School District and the students we strive to educate and love were dealt today. Nancy went to be with Jesus this afternoon. It was not expected nor was it planned. However, MANY times Nancy told me, "when it's my time, I'm ready, and until then I will do all that I can for the kids." She was without doubt, one of, if not THE most dedicated persons I know in my profession. She was one of the best Christian women I've had the pleasure of knowing in my life. She has been there for me as a co-worker and a friend more times than I can count. All she ever said was, "If it's the best you can do, that's all I ask." Whether she meant me or someone else in the county. She was THE most organized, color coded, detail oriented person I have EVER known. She loved me and shared a friendship with me that allowed either or both of us to cry at times, fuss at times, vent at times, or just pass looks we understood without ever having to say a word. She loved me enough as a friend to always be honest with me, even when it hurt. I am a school administrator and she the school district's curriculum coordinator. If I called her and asked, Nancy, "Am I crazy for feeling that way about _____?" sometimes she would say, "Yes, you are." Sometimes I'd ask, "Nancy, am I being fair? or am wrong?" She would answer honestly. Sometimes what I wanted to hear sometimes not. But, ALWAYS what I needed to hear and honest. Friends and co-workers like are a rare treasure. Nancy I love you, respect you, honor you, and God knows....I will miss you. There is no replacing you. However, I will never have a day, as long as I live, that I will not think many times, Nancy, would want me to do this for the was and is ALWAYS about the kids.

How does this apply to your life?

Every day, I try to pray for someone I know, for another Gideon, for Prentiss County Schools and for our first priority, our students and our children. Many of you have heard me say, the one thing we can NEVER make a choice about is who our parents are. I challenge myself and you to consider that. When you have a child in front of you, in your thoughts, in your prayers, in your classroom, in the booth next to you crying/screaming your entire meal, picking their noses, throwing up in your classroom, or just being difficult to get attention, even negative attention just so he/she can have someone prove to them they care, remember that and then? pray for that child and for me. I have many contacts, tonight I wish to let you know, I picked you, you are not a generalization. I value you and I pray for you. Prayers said for you and thanks from my heart for all you do for any child you encounter. And remember, Nancy would want you to.
If you will notice, these children are praying and READING the Bible. If you knew Nancy you know why I selected this picture. Her faith in God, her children (her own children and grandchildren, as well as, those of Prentiss County), and education (read, read, read....)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Color My World

I do NOT believe it!!!! First, we get a "White CHRISTmas" for the first time in my life and now.....we have MORE big deal, right? WRONG!!! Folks, this is M I S S I S S I P P I...we don't get snow...we get mud ! Not only is the snow beautiful but it gives me the time to do a card :-) yippeeeeeee

Check out Dawn's site for some of the most beautiful inspirations you could ever find. Her talents are incredible... Anywhoooo (since I love owls) on to what her card and challenge insired me to do...
What happens when you pull the heart tab out?

and last but not least you open the card to find out "the ways"

So we have our blushing bride, chocolate chip and whisper white cardstock accompanied by crumb cake ink colors over the embossed (#119277) with same embossing folder used on scrap piece of cardstock which is then covered with crumb cake ink on raised impression and transfered to whisper white and chocolate chip on inside of folder by using that scrap piece of cardstock for the stamp ;-) The flower tab is raised by stampin' dimensionals (#104430) and the inside "how do I love thee, let me count the ways" is printed on my computer in brown on Stampin' Up! vellum (which I use a lot).

Well the kiddos want to play in the snow and it's too cold and too late (I sure sound like old foggie) for me but I sure am going to watch the laughter....hugs ya'll