Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Simply for Grammy

Hi ya friends,
Here are the last 3 "simple" cards I made for my Grammy. Besides the flower pot card, the ornament card is pretty easy- so I went with it for the last three.
Here's the first:
 This card uses the layered poinsettia & fancy tags dies. The sentiment is Signature Christmas by PTI & the paper is 25 days of Christmas by Simple Stories.

Número 2:
Same ingredients as the first plus add a smidgen of the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder by SU. (i've always thought they made the perfect poinsettias :) I highlighted the pattern paper design by going over it with my Viva pens :) :) :) The sentiment is from the Holiday Greetings set from Amy R.

and number 3:
I used the Anyday Bingo & Crossword stamp set by Emma Aguilar to create the bingo card. (This is a reeeeally fun set!) and peeking from the side is ...
A T!m Holtz ticket from the 100th collection set.

Well, this is my attempt at simple :)
It's my last week at school & I feel like it's the slowest week of my life! Everyone is antsy for winter vacation to start---> especially the teachers! Haha!

Now, one thing I truly miss about teaching elementary is reading aloud to my kiddos. One of my favorite quotes is "Readers are made on the laps of their parents" and I think that's very true. I miss sharing all the wonderful stories with them, but if you're looking for some fun reading with the kiddos, I'd like to recommend these great reads:

1. Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
 Maria tries on her mother's wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together. Panic ( & fun) ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.

2. How Santa Got His Job

 Oh I luuuv this book! Now if you've ever wondered how Santa became Santa, this book will explain it all in a clever & funny way!

3. The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman
This is a take on "The Gingerbread Man" but instead of a gingerbread man, it's a runaway latke :) Younger kids really like the repetition.

4. Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
When Olive the dog hears the phrase from the popular Christmas tune "all of the other reindeer," she concludes she is "Olive, the other reindeer" and heads to the North Pole to join Santa's team then the doggie adventure begins!

5. Merry Un-Christmas by Mike Reiss
Do your kiddos wish it was Christmas everyday? Well, in Christmas city they welcome one special day of the year- but it may not be what you think ;)

There are loads more books, but these are the ones I remember off the top of my head that my kiddos enjoyed & they may not be ones you might have heard of. Any fav's you'd add to the list??? Let's hear it!

Thanks for peeking today!

Gotta Go!


  1. Love your "simple" cards. Granny is going to be a very popular lady giving these out to her friends. The ornament shape is so cool and love the poinsettias and classy papers.

  2. I wouldn't say the ornament cards are simple, they are gorgeous!

  3. Hi Karli,
    Your Grammy is a very lucky lady to have you in her life -- love these cards.
    I agree that reading to children is one of the nicest parts of being an elementary teacher. So many wonderful books to share and enjoy again!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy your break from school!

  4. So beautiful Kari! Your simple cards are more extravagant then my "all dolled up" cards :) I just love visiting your blog for card inspiration. I think that's something my DT blog has been missing *hint hint (and to add a little more sugar topping, you should know that we carry Tim Holtz, Ranger, Sizzix products now) Just in case you'd like to come back for the Designer discount ;)

    I hope you and your family has the most wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year!



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