Monday, August 30, 2010

Back to School with Mary Margaret

First, I wanted to give everyone an update on Chelsey's condition.  She is still doing well in the hospital except for being tired of being in bed already.  She did have another minor setback last week...the doctors informed her that she has gestational diabetes on top of her other pregnancy problems.  Now, she is learning how to count her carbs and other diet issues with the help of the dietitian, so hopefully she won't need insulin.  She wants to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers.  My nephew came to visit us from North Carolina, so he is going to see Chelsey with another nephew and his wife today.  I'm sure that will help cheer her up!
Since school started last week for my grandkids, I thought I would make their teachers a card.  I wanted to use this image from Michelle Perkett Studio called Mary Margaret, and Michelle's challenge this week is a back-to-school theme.  As usual, I colored the image with colored pencils and blended the colors with tortillions and baby oil.  Mary Margaret is cut out and then popped up with foam adhesives for dimension.  Since this is for my DGD's teacher, I thought it would be good to make her a bookmark to go with the card, so I added a pocket to hold the bookmark.  The image originally got lost in the DP, so I backed her with some cardstock to make her stand out better.  The apple on the image and on top of the pile of books on the bottom right corner by children's author, Elizabeth O. Dulemba, both have Glossy Accents on them which doesn't show up to good in the pictures.  To finish off the front of the bookmark, I used a star eyelet to hold the cording from my stash that has a cute little pencil and ruler metal charms that are also a stash item.

The DP is the Classroom Collage and Stripe by daisy d's.  I've been hoarding them for a while, so I don't know if they're still available.  I've been dying to use my new little craft sewing machine, so I finally got it out of the box and used it on this card.  I'll need some more practice, but I'm sure I'll use it more in the future.  All of the edges are distressed with an emery board and inked with Distress Inks.  After distressing all of the edges this way, I think it's time to invest in the distressing tool.  The ribbon was from my stash and the rub-on that says, "thanks so much" on the top left is an American Crafts mini marks. 
The inside of the card has another digi of a set of books and apple from Elizabeth O Dulemba.  Her images are fabulous, and even better is the fact that they're free!  Just go to her site, Coloring Page Tuesdays, and you can choose from tons of fascinating images.  I've been coloring some of her Halloween images and I can't wait to make some cards with them.  Elizabeth is a accomplished children's author and a big supporter of libraries.  Since I volunteered in the children's library and at my kid's school library, I applaud her dedication to promote reading.  I was very lucky to be one of two Elizabeth's Coloring Page Tuesday supporters that recently won some autographed books.  My grandkids absolutely LOVE them! 
The thanks so much phrase and the dots are another American Crafts rub-on and the sticker is from my stash.  This goes to school with Chloe tomorrow, so I hope her teacher likes it!  Only two more cards to go!

~~  Lee  ~~

Michelle Perkett Studio:  Back to School
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges:  Anything Goes
Cupcake Craft Challenges:  Let's Get Digital
Incy Wincy Designs:  Back To School
Little Red Wagon:  Back to School
Fussy and Fancy:  Back to School
Simple Doodles:  Back to School
Stamp Somethings:  Back to School Somethings
Crafty Hos Challenge:  Use Your School Supplies
Bee Crafty:  Anything Goes
Stampin' Sisters in Christ:  Use Metal
Paper Cutz Challenge:  Use Some Type of Metal


Marilyn Webb said...

WOw Lee, this card is gorgeous, lucky teacher to be getting it!! You do an amazing job with colored pencils, love all the details, and the dp's. So glad to hear Chelsey is doing better, we still hold her in our prayers! Thanks for joining us at MPS this week.
hugs Marilyn

Georgia Ehrmann said...

such a wonderful creation! I love all of your attention to detail!Wonderful coloring too!

Michelle said...

Lee, this is such a gorgeous teacher card! I love all the detail and the rich fall colors! Just beautiful! So glad Chelsea is doing better!:) Hugs for you both! Thanks so much for joining us this week at MPS, Lee!

Tammy said...

WOW Lee this is absolutely gorgeous! Your coloring is beautiful!! I love all the details and your distressing! So glad to hear that Chelsea is doing better! Thanks for joining us at MPS this week!
Hugs, Tammy

ileana said...

Hi Lee! this is gorgeous!!! it´s amazing the amount of details you added, all gave your card a unique completeness. Love how you colored the image, I´m not able to give my images that vintage look I like so much. The stitching is great as it is, with all the distressing you added a neat stitch would look off, I LOVE it!
Have a wonderful day, hugs!

Marion E. said...

What a magnificent card you made!!!!
I love it so much!!!! Fabulous job!!!
Thanks for joining us at MPS this week!

Lovely Linda said...

Wow Lee - this is amazing! I love all of the detail and the distressing! Your colours are perfect too! love it! Thanks for playing along with us at the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge - we love to have you join us! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team

Becky said...

This is gorgeous Lee, great colors and wonderful details. Thank you for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

Liza said...

Gorgeous work, I love the images you have used. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

Rae Anne said...

O. . .M. . .G!!! This just takes my breath away!!! I love Michelle Perkett's digi images, and you did them some serious justice!!! WOW!!! Thanks so much for working the corner with The Crafty Hos! :D MWAH!

Tammy Miller said...

How cute I love it! thanks for play along with the Crafty Ho Blog!

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

Such AMAZING work Lee! That image is FANTASTIC and just love all the details of your project. Thanks so much for playing along at CRAFTY HOs' this week:)

helloholley said...

WOW.WOW,WOW!!! This is soooo beautiful and full of textures and demension!!! AWESOME JOB!!!
Thank you for the update on your DD and her little one!!! ;)
I'm still praying for them both....Godspeed on her recovery!!!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

oh my word! this is absolutely fabulous! FAB-U-LOUS!!!!

thanks so much for stopping by my blog. glad you like the freebies!

hugs :)

Inger said...

Wonderful work Lee!!! :)


Rhonda said...

Great Card! Thanks so much for playing with us at Daisy Doodles.

Juanita said...

Gorgeous card, your coloring is perfect. Love the bookmark, ribbon and pattern papers. Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy.

Joanne Gilch said...

Mary Margaret is so cute and love that she 'pulls' out of the card pocket.
Thank you for joining the challenge at Daisy Doodles. Hope you come on over to the forum to show us what you can do with a DD image.

Tip Top said...

Lovely card! Thanks for joining in at Simple Doodles - hope to see you again next time!


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