‘Christmas in July?’ w/ SU!

Hello!

Yes, I am back and it hasn’t been months! Just a couple days! Time to start sharing some of what I have been working on this summer. First off, we’ll start with an oddly typical July theme…nope, not patriotic. It’s Christmas! I wasn’t sure when it started being a thing so I looked it up on Bing. I am so shocked that it is not such a recent thing! Who knew?

“Christmas in July started 84 years ago on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girls’ camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina.” (must have been a question from last year because now it would be exactly 85 years)

How weird is that? I never knew! I thought for sure it was just in my lifetime and more likely of my adult lifetime. I was wrong…and I am a-okay with that! 

Anyway, I made a Christmas card with the new DSP (Designer Series Paper) from Stampin’ Up! that is on sale right now. What?! You didn’t know that Stampin’ Up! was having a DSP sale? Crazy! Although, I guess it is my fault since I haven’t been blogging…let’s remedy that!

DSP is on sale! Buy 3 Get 1 FREE! Yep, that lovely 4 letter word is back in play! You can click on the blue words now, or later, and I will leave an attachment at the bottom of this post that you can click on as well.

Back to the card…

This card layout came from a sketch challenge put on by Sketch Saturday. It really inspired me to use the Christmas paper from the DSP Sale! Actually, it screamed at me!

Christmas in July was fun and I am so in love with the paper. The paper is called Under the Mistletoe and I really felt inspired by many of the sheets in this set. You can see all the different patterns really well in this picture. So much versatility. It’s double sided and you get 2 of each sheet! This one with the bells is my favorite! I’m using this card for a class this weekend. Wanna come?

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For the card I flip-flopped the sketch and used Real Red card stock as a base and a strip of Old Olive card stock along the left side instead of the right. I used the Stitched Shape Framelits for my circle and oval. I like using them because they give it a border and finished look. Yes, I also changed it up by using an oval instead of a circle for the sentiment, but that is okay! I need to learn to slip out-of-the-box a little more often! It’s a healthy thing to do, especially in crafting! Then I used my dauber and Old Olive ink pad to distress the edges of the sentiment oval and the Old Olive strip. I also used clear rhinestones and a red Sharpie to give them color since my son and I agreed that you really couldn’t see the clear ones very well. I love the little sparkle they gave the card. Since I was keeping the card simple, the sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set suited it perfectly.

It’s simple yet striking, I think. Tell me what you think! I’m truly curious to know!

On to the next card/blog…

Enjoy your day! Keep on crafting!

Blessings, June

PS. Here is the promised link for the DSP Sale in case you don’t want to scroll back up…

Challenges this card is entered in:

Sketch Saturday – Week #523 with Kitty Bee Designs

Hiding in My Craft Room – HIMCR #362 – Christmas in July!

Through the Craft Room Door – TTCRD Anything goes challenge, week of July 24

Materials used for this card:

Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper
Price: $11.00
Stampin' Trimmer
Price: $30.00

 

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

Price: $30.00
Big Shot
Price: $110.00
Magnetic Platform
Price: $40.00
Standard Cutting Pads
Price: $11.00
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Price: $5.00
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Where have I been?

Hello Out There!

I trust all of you have had a wonderful year full of blessings!

Yes, I have been out the blogging habit for almost a year! I looked back at my last post – September 1st of last year! Has it really been that long? Hard to believe! I do have a very good reason, though. Want to hear it?

I was turning in my substitute papers for the school year the Friday before school was going to start. I then went to the middle school to re-introduce myself (my son went there the last quarter of the previous year when we moved to town) to the ladies up front and was asked if I would be willing to do subbing for longer than a day or two. I said sure, being in the same class for a few days would not be a problem. She asked if I would do longer than a few days. I said that I probably would. Then she asked if I would like to sub starting on Wednesday of the next week. I said that school started on that day! She said that they had a teacher in the hospital and had no idea how long she would be there and that no other subs would take the job, would I be willing to do it? I was in shock…starting the first day of school?! I had been subbing in Colorado Springs for the past year, but those were classes already set up and with lesson plans. This would be from scratch. I told her I needed to discuss it with my husband (really, I needed to wrap my head around the whole idea and calm my beating heart and knew that he would help me reason it all out). We talked about the students and how they would feel on that first day of school and not have their teacher. And maybe how they would have different subs in there until the teacher returned. We talked about how we would feel as parents if this had been our son’s class. We talked about how I would have to put my SU! business on hold or attempt to work it in when I could. Mainly, it was about the students. Then I called to tell her yes. Two hours later I got a call from the principal, who I had yet to meet in person…and the deal was made! I showed up on Monday for the Back-to-School teacher breakfast and ID card pictures (was not told about that) and felt like I had slipped back in time to 1991 when I began teaching in Nogales, AZ!! Holy Cow! It had been 16 years since I was in my own classroom! I had Meet the Teacher that night and the Principal was there to explain to the parents and students who I was and why I was there. I had a deer-in-the-headlights look, I am sure! 5th graders coming in to Middle School all nervous and their substitute was too! YIKES!!

From there, the days slipped into a routine and I discovered that lesson planning, teaching, grading, teacher duties, parent meetings, discipline, teacher meetings, and everything else that teachers do is like riding a bike! It all comes back to you when you are thrown into it. The love of teaching does too! I was happy! I mean happier than I had been in a while! Totally fulfilled and feeling blessed that my husband and son were so supportive! Ron ended up home a lot for awhile and he became the house husband. I didn’t have to worry about food or laundry. He did it all so that I could figure out what I was doing as a 5th grade teacher! It was glorious! I felt right at home and had wonderful people around me helping with all my questions and giving me ideas. After 16 years of being at home and working in our roofing business, I had forgotten a few things. Other teachers were there to give suggestions and remind me of things that were new to teaching. The internet became my new BFF! Who knew that there were more than just crafting blogs out there!?! Hahaha! Oh, and I even used stamps and fancy duct tape to make my own Hall passes and Nurse pass on 5×8 cards! The kids liked them and even the principal commented on them when he did my evaluation! Cool, huh?!

So, this was how my life went…for a few weeks I spent days teaching, nights and weekends lesson planning and grading. And then my students started asking me what would happen to them when the original teacher didn’t come back and a Long Term Sub came? It broke my heart to think of someone else teaching “my” kiddos, as I had come to think of them. So, to be a Long Term Sub, you had to be state certified. I needed to take a test…a BIG test! It was about K-8th grade Content…not about teaching. Do you know the last time I studied for a test??? YEARS!! I studied my butt off! I used Kahn Academy and I read text books and I did math like it was my favorite subject. I had help from Ron and Kitar and some others! I had 2 weeks and I needed to pass that test the first time!!

We drove to Missoula and made a day of it…my test was first. It was tough! None of the practice test info was on it, of course. I got about half way through and almost broke down. I started to panic. I wanted to get up and walk out. I thought that there was no way I was going to pass this crazy test! And then…I heard a voice in my head that told me to pull up my big girl panties and get this done because all ‘MY’ kiddos were counting on me to be there for them! I wiped my eyes, blew my nose, and got back to my test! There was a time limit after all! When I finished I was afraid to click the “Get score” button!! Then I finally did with my eyes closed. Slowly I opened my eyes and saw a wonderous sight…I passed. I don’t remember the actual score number now, but suffice it to say it was above the score I needed to have and I cried with relief! This time, I got up and walked out, got my stuff, and proof that I could take back and show my kiddos. I then got my state certification, did my interview with the school, demonstrated a math lesson (it was the lesson I was going to teach in Math that day anyway) and found out a few days later that I got the Long-Term Sub job of the position I had already been teaching for a month. My students and I were so happy! My paycheck jumped to teacher salary status and my husband was so happy! Hahaha! They accepted all 10 years of my previous teaching experience…made more money “starting” my 11th year of teaching here in MT than if I had been teaching all these 23 years in AZ. How sad is that?!

So, at my age, I restarted my teaching career and had a blast doing it! However, that was all I had time for, besides the mom and wife duties. My husband started working on the RR more and so I had to start thinking of food for my son and I and doing the laundry and housecleaning on the weekends! So glad my son is old enough to share in the duties!

In mid-January the teacher was well enough to start working part-time in the afternoon and I did the mornings. That left me free to sub in the afternoon at either the middle school or the elementary school. I did lots of kindergarten! I was in that 5th grade classroom until mid-term of the 3rd quarter.  The teacher came in on a Friday afternoon after a Dr. appointment and said that I didn’t need to come in the next week. She was back full-time. So, I packed up the stuff I still had on the desk and in the classroom and stayed until after lunch to say goodbye to the students. It was a sad and teary good-bye for me and many of “my” students. Sadly, I never subbed in there the rest of the school year. I did however sub in other classes at the middle school and therefore saw “my” kiddos and also many of the classrooms at the elementary school. I finished out the school year subbing at the middle school on the very last day of school! Started and ended my year there. Not a bad year at that!

So, now, being on summer vacation, I have had lots of time to craft again! It’s been lovely! Started the summer making 44 cards for a swap, then working on my dad’s life album, playing with Paper Pumpkin, and making cards for Card Classes. I am back in the SU! swing of things and figured I might as well get back to blogging.

Will I be teaching next year? I don’t know. I plan on subbing at least, and any days I don’t sub will be my SU! days. So far, no teaching positions have opened up that I am qualified for, so we shall wait and see. I am open to it. I am also open to subbing. I am also open to working my SU! full-time if that is the way it is meant to be. God knows best, so I will leave it in His hands and go with the flow…just like last year!

Get ready, because I have lots of crafting to share with you and I am ready to blog my booty off!

Blessings to you! Enjoy your day!

June

 

 

 

Bloghop 13 – SU! Colour Challenge

Hello! TGIF!

I have been working on my second Blog hop, ever. It’s a very fun thing to do! This one is from a facebook group I found called Global Stamping Friends. People from all over the world participate and I am honored to be one of them for this Colour Challenge! (Love the English spelling of Colour, so fun!)

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So, let me tell you the details…

Here are the colors I needed to use. And they are perfect for the card I needed to make for my brother’s birthday coming up in September! A nice masculine assortment, if you want it to be. I did!

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So, I have my colors, now what? Well, since it is his 50th, I have to use the Large Number Framelits and Number of Years stamp set…just in case he doesn’t know how old he is turning, right?!? Hahaha!

And, since it is birthday, I have to pull out my new favorite stamp set, Happy Birthday Gorgeous! I love the balloon stamps in this set! I also pulled out some Whisper White Baker’s Twine for the balloon strings.

I used the Smokey Slate as my card base, and ran it through the Big Shot in the Softly Falling embossing folder! It really needed more back ground texture and that is a favorite of mine as well. I put it in sideways, so it isn’t really falling. Yes, I have a lot of favorites when it comes to Stampin’ Up! stuff! Can you tell?

I used Pool Party, not a favorite for a change. I am not a big user of Subtle colors, yet I like how it added some pop to this card. The Layering Ovals Framelits came in handy for the the background for the numbers. Night of Navy is a popular color for me to use and helps to show off the Pool Party.

I kept this card simple and to the point! My brother is not really into fancy crazy stuff unless it is food. He is a food photographer, and loves to eat and cook! If you are interested you can find his work at Shoot What You Eat. You’ll need a cloth to clean up your drool from seeing all the yumminess! LOL!

Anyway, back to his card, I got sidetracked and I am not even hungry!

I love the Balloon Bouquet punch and Large numbers framelits for birthdays from Stampin' Up!

I am pleased with how this turned out. I am also very excited to be part of this blog! Thank you to the Global Stamping Friends for including me in this blog hop! I look forward to more in the future!

Thank you for “hopping” by! Enjoy your journey!

Blessings, June

Next, you will get to see the lovely work of Jan Musselman.

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Blog Roll Call

  1. Courtenay Heuston
  2. Stephanie Nash
  3. Anita Wifladt
  4. Tricia Butts
  5.  Sharleen Luciano
  6. . Kimberley Anne Morris
  7. . June Olsen
  8. Jan Musselman
  9. Anastasia Radloff
  10. . Rachel Macleod
  11. Ellen Woodbridge
  12. . Karie Beglau
  13. . Lisa Ann Bernard
  14. Marieke Bart
  15. Christina Walker
  16. Angelique Stempelkeuken
  17. Sarah McDermott
  18. Amanda Bates
  19. Jenn Curtis Charles

 

PS. To find any and all of the supplies that I used, you can find it all Here on my Stampin’ Up! website.

 

 

 

Creative Juices are flowing SU!style

Good Afternoon!

Did you all get to see…or somehow see…the eclipse? We ended up going to brunch and the folks at Buffalo Cafe had the CNN on to watch it. Our son went outside and used his cell phone on selfie mode to take a look, but without the right filters, it just looked like the sun. Kinda cool how it got dim outside! I saw one when I was in elementary school through the pin hole technique.

Anyway, had some creative juices flowing this weekend, so I figured I would the cards posted today!

This card began as a sketch and then also became part of a color challenge! I really love it when I can make one card fit into more than one challenge…and it wasn’t an accident! This was on purpose.

Here is the sketch from Try Stampin’ On Tuesday Challenge #335 I debated on flipping it on it’s side or upside down…but in the end, it just seemed to work better this way.

So, for the actual card, I ended up using the Happy Birthday thinlit instead of a shape. Using this thinlit has become my favorite way to make birthday cards!! I have made many…although I think I still have a few to post about. You’ll see this often on my birthday cards! It is so versatile! Good things, since I have so many birthday cards to make! Lots’ of birthdays at this time of year! Are winters cold or something that folks need their snuggle time? **wink, wink**

Here is my card…

I just love this Happy Birthday thinlit! It is so versatile!!

The other Challenge that is responsible for inspiration of this card is the CAS (Clean and Simple) Colour & Sketches Challenge #236. When I saw the sketch, I needed a color combo and these colors looked very fun! Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral…not a color combo I would have put together on my own. I am not a huge yellow user. I struggle with it, so it is nice to have a challenge that makes me use a color I am not used to using! It becomes a real challenge!! Haha! Pun intended.

Anyway, obviously baby steps with the Crushed Curry…I used it for the sentiment and around the edges of the Whisper White card stock…it really needed a border! I did the Happy Birthday in the Bermuda Bay, which is one of my favorite colors. And, the base is in the Calypso Coral, another color that I don’t use much! Heck, I only have a few sheets of the paper from combo sets and the marker. I don’t even have the ink pad…yet. Again, orange is kinda like yellow, not a color I think to use often! Although, I have to admit that the Calypso Coral is a really nice orange and I am beginning to think I may need to get the ink and more paper! I am drawn to it more than the Crushed Curry.

I used the Falling Snow embossing folder to add some simple texture. This embossing folder is a favorite of mine as well! You’ll see it on many of my cards. It gives great texture without being over bearing! Oh, and I used the retired Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine up top. It was the only “ribbon” of sorts that I had in any of the colors. Needs to get used, right?

Overall, I like how this turned out, especially because it isn’t a color combo I would have thought of. That is the exact reason I tend to enjoy the color challenges! What do you think of the card?

I trust you enjoyed the card! If you like any of the supplies, you can hop over to my website to check them out or place your order HERE.

Psst…if you really must have some of the Bermuda Bay baker’s twine, shoot me a comment or email me at junebugcreations29@gmail.com and I will send you some. There is still plenty on the spool to share!

Happy a crafty sort of day!

Blessings, June

 

Other Challenges this card was suitable for:

Brown Sugar Challenge #264 – Anything Goes

Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog #342 – Anything Goes 

SU! Sealed with Love

Hello! TGIF!!! (almost)

Wowza! What a crazy week this has been for me! I haven’t worked out once no matter what great intentions I had! I am short on sleep, water intake, and my house is a bit of a disaster! BUT, I have blogged this week! Crazy, crazy!

This is the last of the newest cards from this past weekend that I made. I trust I will be able to get some more done this weekend before my In-Laws come for a visit next Tuesday. Our son is in a 6th grade Musical called “Grunch” next week and they are driving from Canada to see it! Should be a fun time! Will be getting house in order, planning meals, and make cards or scrap pages this weekend!

So, on to the card!

This one started as a sketch challenge for another new blog that I found. It’s called Try Stampin’ On Tuesday. Cool name, right?! Anyway, here is the sketch…

And her is my card…

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I used the Playful Palette Designer Paper Stack that I have been working with lately! Still have not braved the super-duper crazy patterns, but I will.

The card base is Very Vanilla and I adhered the Playful Palette paper over the complete front of the cardstock and then edged it with the Emerald Envy dauber. I used a strip of Sweet Sugarplum across the bottom part of the card and stamped it with a line of hearts from the Sealed with Love stamp set out of the current Occasions catalog. The Hello Love and the decorative swirl above it are also from that stamp set and stamped in the Sweet Sugarplum as well. Then it is backed with the Emerald Envy cardstock. The tag is from a Paper Pumpkin kit and was a left over. The Emerald Envy swirl is an innard of one of the swirls from cards shown here from the Swirly Scribbles Framelit set.

This was a fast card to put together and I really like how it turned out. Like I have said before, this paper stack is really a challenge for me and I am glad that I am using it to show others that it really does make some pretty cards! Oh, and I did give this card to my 2 special Loves of my Life! Hubby and son!

Enjoy your weekend! I trust you have fun things planned with family and friends besides crafting!

Blessings, June

Challenges this card is entered into:

Materials used to make this card:

Sealed with Love Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $21.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock
Price: $9.00
Stampin' Trimmer
Price: $30.00

Spread the Love SU!

Happy ‘Day after Valentine’s day!’

Do you have a chocolate or sugar hangover today? Not me! I was good! Kept it out of the house, other than what my son brought home from school!

Here’s another Valentine’s Day card I made. This one was for my sister and her family. And another entry for the Pink and Pearls challenge that I missed as well as the Sketch Saturday challenge. Darn it! I gotta get better at getting on the computer after I make these things for challenges!!

Here’s the sketch.

I used the Playful Palette Designer Paper Stack that I have been challenging myself to work my way through. It’s some serious patterns and patterns have always been a struggle for me, mostly for card making, but sometimes even with scrapbooking. I am getting better at it, but this paper stack has really been a challenge for me.

Overall, I like how it turned out! It was my first time using the Jars of Love stamp set. I need to do a lot more playing with that stamp set! I am thinking of taking a stamp set  each week and making as many card variations as I can with it. But, that is for another blog post.

I snuck some Rich Razzleberry into this color combo, even though it is not in the paper stack colors. I felt like it needed a dark color and I did not want to use black. The other colors are Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Basic Gray, and Very Vanilla.

I did do the distressing on the different papers to ground them or frame them. Not sure what you would call it really. When I use light colored paper I like to edge it in a darker color to show off the edge…then it seems to keep it from just floating into the other papers. Does that make sense?

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I added the pearls in a triangle style just because that is what it seemed to need. I also “stamped off” some of the hearts to give it all more colors and shades. The hearts floating out of the jar was a bit of a challenge. I should have done some masking, I think. Like I said earlier…I need to play more with this stamp set…

Enjoy your day and Happy Stampin’!

Blessings, June

Materials used to make this card:

Jar of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $27.00
Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack
Price: $10.00
Playful Palette 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock
Pearl Basic Jewels
Price: $5.00
Sponge Daubers
Price: $5.00
Stampin' Trimmer
Price: $30.00

Happy Birthday! SU! style

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

I finally had a chance to play with my Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies! WooHoo!! I saw this card on Pinterest from Closet Stampin’ with Jayme Ziemer. I can’t seem to find the picture of the card because it was from way back in May of last year. Found it on the challenge site, just not on hers. I saw the card through a challenge group she participates in called Try Stampin’ On Tuesday  and thought it was a perfect jump-start for me to get a feel for this thinlet set! I have been pinning all kinds of cute cards for this set and really hadn’t jumped in yet. This was my first attempt.

I did end up altering colors a little bit and used a different sentiment as well. I also used the Stitched Shapes Framelits. LOVE< LOVE< LOVE those framelits for sentiments!!! As I look back at these cards…I am being critical here…I see that lighter colors on the pink background paper were not the best way to go! I was attempting to conserve paper and sometimes that makes me do too many of one color/size and not enough of the other. I just really dislike wasting paper! I really need to challenge myself to use up all my dang scraps that I refuse to throw away! Haha!

Back to the cards…the sentiment was from a Paper Pumpkin box and was part of the free Everything anniversary set last March. That’s a great one I should play with more, too!

Overall, I have some very nice Birthday Cards to send out and am happy for the inspiration to use that Swirly Scribbles set!

So, what do you think? Be honest! I can take it! I already was critical myself, so you can make suggestions as well!

Happy stampin’ and crafting! Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

Blessings, June

PS. I will be checking out the challenges on Try Stampin’ On Tuesday! They look fun! Stayed tuned to see what they inspire!

Materials used for these cards can be purchased  HERE or