Wednesday, December 29, 2010

In time out over the holidays

Probably my most important Christmas project this year was the creation of some special cards for my kids' teachers and daycare staff. These men & women work so hard that I really wanted their cards to be extra special. With that in mind, I chose a set of images that I purchased from Mo's Digital Pencil Too and an idea that I scrap-lifted from one of Mo's faithful followers (whose name I unfortunately can't find so I can't give her credit).

I took all four images from Mo's Time Out set and merged them in Adobe Photoshop. This made for a long card so I ended up hand-making the envelopes as well. Both teachers are at the same school so I although the colouring of the images are similar, the cards themselves are very different in colour and paper. As usual all my colouring is done with Copics (including the brown ribbon on the first card - it started out as white) and the papers are from Basic Grey.

For the daycare I made a more elaborate card since it was being shared among a group of people. Instead of merging the images, I printed them off separately and made an accordian card with one image per panel. I decided to add one line of the song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" on each panel because the words really go well with the "Time Out" images.

In making this card I was absolutely thrilled to find a metal slider/buckle with the words "Time Out" engraved (you can see it on the first panel). How perfect! Otherwise the embellishments are made with scrap paper, a bit of cord and ribbon.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas break.

All Sorts Challenge - anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year - Santa image or word (see final panel of last card)
Digital Tuesday - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - be thankful (thanks for hard work of teachers & daycare)
Crafts and Me - anything goes
Winter Wonderland - thank you (thanks for hard work of teachers & daycare)
Stamping Vacation - embellish with a buckle or slider
Top Tip Tuesday - get embellishing
Little Red Wagon - leftovers (the buckle/slider is leftover from an old embellishment pack; the borders on card #3 are all scraps)
Anything Goes Challenge - "C" is for "Christmas" and "Children"


  1. Such a wonderful idea to share these fun cards. I am sure all the teachers appreciate the work of these.
    Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this week.

  2. What an awesome job! I love these little fellas from MO's and youve done a terrific job with them!

  3. Hi there

    I am thrilled you have joined in my "Free and Easy" theme at Allsorts this fortnight and confess to being astounded by the huge response - over 600 so far !

    I usually like to visit every entry and say a few words about their creations, but the sheer volume so far along with the holiday preparations we all have to juggle means this is a "copied and pasted" message, for which I apologise.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

    B x

    Have you entered my new candy

  4. Great job on the thank you cards and just perfect for our challenge at Winter Wonderland this week
    Hugs and Happy New Year to you
    Kate xx

  5. Great card project, lovely!
    Thank you for playing with us
    at Papertake Weekly this special week,
    happy new year;-))m

  6. Wow what a stunning selection of cards each and everyone is fabulous I have so enjoyed looking at these thank you for joining us at Digital Tuesday this week.
    Lorraine x

  7. Mo Manning images are just THE best and ideal for so many cards. Your colouring is impressive too, your skills with the copics are amazing!

  8. Hi I love Mo's images too! I found you through Feline Playful, this is an amazing project! I am a new follower TFS

  9. Your cards are adorable. Great blog! Happy New Year. I am becoming a follower.

  10. Great cards, those images are perfect for a teacher. The accordion fold card is my favorite, love the way you put the words to "Santa Cause Is Coming ToTown" on each panel. I'm a new follower from Feline Playful, can't wait to see more of your work.

  11. Oh I love how you put all of those images together Hugs from the Feline playful blog share.

  12. Coming over from Feline Playful... I think that might have been Jak Heath. I like what you did with her idea and with the Santa Clause... card. Great stuff!

  13. OMG, what adorable cards...your coloring is outstanding and I love all the cute details!!! thanks for playing in the Creative Belli challenge!!!

  14. so sorry ive not been round sooner,wow great entry thanks for joining us at anything goes x sue x

  15. Fantastic thank you card! Thanks for joining in the Winter Wonderland Challenge this week.
    Hugs Lynsey x

  16. Great creation! Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday @

    Join us again today! There's a brilliant altered tin tutorial!!


  17. Your card is lovely. Thank you for playing along with the Papertake Weekly challenge.

  18. So cute!
    Thanks for playing!
    Dee - LRW