Saturday, December 20, 2014

Santa Kisses for Kids

For you teachers out there, we made it through our final week of school before Christmas break.  Olaf was hidden in our room and each morning those darlings looked for where Olaf was hiding.  As they gathered in circle, the teacher read which student Olaf noticed in class with with good behavior.  It helped maintain the number of meltdowns to Christmas with the kids.  What a fun idea and it held the attention of the students.

We also had special treats when they came in from the last recess of the day….the anticipation in their eyes as they came through the door…..priceless!

I love the Santa Kisses poem, so it was an easy choice for me to decide what to contribute to this group of little people. 

Santa Kisses

The snowflake jar filled with kisses was for the teacher who contributes so much to her students.  Parents, volunteer at your school to understand how much work is involved with your child.  It really takes a village to educate our children.

Here is how I created the treats,


Red label to hold the printed poem with Santa picture (I used a label but a Santa boot or sleigh would be fun!)

Santa List picture printable by Sarah Bailey at Silhouette online store here

3 x 5 Jewelry bags

Variety of Kisses 

I can report to you that the kids were estatic with the Santa kisses and perplexed as to who delivered the goodies????

I’ll never tell!

To the teachers – THANK YOU for all you do!!!

Have a safe and festive Christmas and fantastic New Year!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Money Card Holders

The countdown to Christmas  is here.  The store bought presents are wrapped and under the tree….check!

There are many reasons why cash and gift cards work well for some people.  We have  friends and family members who like gift cards they can use for date night,  a deserved pamper day,  and some who just love to shop.  Have you noticed the cost of postage to ship can cost more than the gift?  And what teenager doesn’t like CASH? 

So today I made a few cash and card holders to put under the tree.

Money Cards

Simply cut a 7.5” (W) x 7” (L) piece of cardstock.  Score line at 1” and 4”.  Once you are finished decorating the cardstock, add tape on both sides of the 3” area to form your envelope.  I used removable glue dots for the top fold over edge.  The ribbon works too.

If you are making a gift card holder (Santa suit), cut cardstock width to 5.5”.  The belt on Santa slips on and off.

This next week is all about the homemade gifts and baking.

Stay calm and Christmas on!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Santa Christmas Cards

As promised, today I want to share with you my “Santa” cards.  Really, they are all things Christmas, but you get my drift.  I must admit I was having a hard time pulling together ideas for cards this year.  Thanks to Michael’s 70% off Recollections Christmas paper and 22 kindergarteners, the creativity began to flow.  

I work with a classroom of excitable kindergarteners who are already amped up for Christmas.  When asked  their favorite memories about Christmas (in their 5 years of life), it was stockings, making Santa’s nice list, playing in the snow and PRESENTS, of course!

This is what I created around those memories:

Fireplace Stockings: White and Teal paper.  Mantle - SU Adorning Accents Edgelits, Fiskars - Seasons Greetings stamp set, Inkadinkado -  Dot Flourishes stamp set. Stockings - Recollections Stickers.

Santa’s Naughty or Nice list:  Paper – Recollections Sugar Plum, Madison medium window die, Santa’s list – Silhouette printable file, and naughty and nice with check box – created in Silhouette.  Ferns cut from Silhouette file and holly red – small punch.

Fireplace StockingsNaughty 1

Santa Window & Sled: Darice brick embossing folder, Madison medium window die, Santa, sled and holly - Silhouette files.

Let it Snow:  Teal and white paper, Cuttlebug embossing folder, sled – Silhouette file and stamp is Fiskars - Seasons Greetings stamp set.

Santa & SleighSnow Sleigh

Presents:  White card stock, Recollections Sugar Plum paper, white ribbon and tag – Silhouette file.

Snowflake Present Card

If you lack inspiration for a card, ask a 5 year old, they got Christmas!  To my little friends, thanks for putting joy in my Christmas season and filling my heart….love you!


Christmas Cards

The Christmas rush has begun!  The plans are in place, some presents have been bought and received and this past week has been getting my cards ready to mail. 

Pinterest was my inspiration for these cards:

ApronPresent Card 1


xmas ballSanta


xmas ornaments

Tomorrow I will post cards Santa cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thanksgiving Cards

Do you have those days when you feel organized, have a plan in place and envision the day going smoothly?  Well, I got to the store with coffee in hand at 6:00 a.m. shopping for Thanksgiving.   You would think I would be the only one at the store, but it was quite busy with everyone moving about (also with coffee in hand) filling their carts, chatting about recipes, which brands were best and so on.  Who knew you could meet such nice and cheerful people so early in the morning?  I headed home to feeling pretty happy about the people I had met, that I had stayed ahead of the crowd and would now be able to finish the last of my Thanksgiving cards.

Yes, I know it is after Thanksgiving, but later that day when I wrote the post, my computer locked up and I lost the post.  When frustrated I have learned to walk away.  That is what I did and moved forward with Thanksgiving prep etc.   Who said posts need to be on time anyway.  Having said that, here are a few of the cards I made:

Birdnest  Leaf Tree

Embossing folder: Darice, Stamp set: Fiskars Build-a-Tree, Leaves cut from Silhouette file.  Love the birds nest with this stamp set!

Turkey 2

The turkey is a Silhouette print file and the leaves are a SVG file as well.  Note the cowboy hat on the turkey?  Well that card is for Cowboy Mike!

Sister L CardSister S Card

These were cards I received from my sisters.  Love the use of ribbon and score lines on the first card.  The second makes me smile as I am a country girl at heart!  Thanks Linda and Sheryl.

Hope your Thanksgiving Day was filled with love and great food!