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August 24, 2011

SNR magazine feature & FREE school printables!

Happy Wednesday!

Totally excited about this...I'm the Scrapbook News and Review magazine Featured Artist!

I feel honored to be included with such a talented group of crafters!!  Thank you SNR!!  And now I know why I've never sent in any of my creations for publication...I was seriously stressed out trying to think of a project worthy of the magazine!  Seriously!!!

Here's some of my featured article....

When thinking of a project to share, my thoughts went to the upcoming school year.  Teachers are such an important part of our children's lives and I know many of us try to help them in whatever way we can in providing an excellent educational experience for our children.  Therefore, I decided to create a card set for a teacher in my clean and simple style.

This set consists of four cards in a simple card-wrap holder tied with twine, using cardstock, design paper, die-cuts and stamps. 

I specifically created this set for a teacher to have thank you cards available to send out when needed. However, you can easily see the versatility of this set by simply changing the stamped sentiment.

The children can even help in the mass production process, depending on their age!  These are standard size card bases in Kraft cardstock with one layer of solid cardstock and one of designer paper.  The die-cut can be whatever shape is appropriate to your theme.  Apples and teachers seem to go together!  
The wrap is just that, cardstock wrapped around the set of cards. From a 12x12 inch piece of cardstock, cut a stripe 5.75 inches wide. Score at 4.50, 4.75, 9.50 & 9.75 inches.  You can add a decorative edge on your flap if you like.  I've added a button to the twine for interest; it isn’t attached to the card-wrap.  
Stamps: SU! stamps
sentiment - Verve stamps
Paper: SU! kraft cs, BasicGrey dp
Ink: Memento black, SU! Classic pads
Other: button, twine,
piercing tool for faux stitching,
Cricut (Plantin Schoolbook-apple)
And that's it!  Hope you like it!!!

Are you creating back to school projects too?   I would enjoy seeing them, be sure to share them @ my linky party, Inspire Me Fridays!

And to keep the school spirit going, here are some fun FREE PRINTABLES to check out!

  Rebecca @ simple as that, shares this fun Back 2 School photo checklist!   FREE Download HERE!

Melissa @ Sweet Coconut Lime created this one using the School Days kit by Zoe Pearn!  FREE download HERE!

Or how about these fun Lunch Box love notes from Darling Doodles?!!  FREE download HERE!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today & sharing my happy news!

I shared today's creation with -

**Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes
Die Cuttin' Divas - For A Special Teacher
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations -Back To School
Paper Take Weekly - Dies To Die For 
Use It Tuesdays - Back To School...hoarded BasicGrey Oliver dp!
Crazy Challenge -Back to School
Creative Stamp Friends -School
Make it Monday -Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us -Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Back to School
Designed 2 Delight -Anything Goes
Fairy Tale - back to school
Stamp Something - thank you
Do You Stack Up? -  Thank You
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes 
Penny's Paper-Crafty - Back to school
Your Next Stamp Challenge - fruit
and the parties!

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Post ANY handmade projects
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K. Joy said...

Wow, congratulations, Maria!! :) How cool!! :)

Courtney said...

This is gorgeous Marie!! Congratulations and thanks for joining us this week at Penny's. Good Luck!!


Anonymous said...

Congrats to you girl!! ;) The cards are gorgeous and yummy!! LOVE the papers!!

Pop's Cards said...

Wow sweetie these are gorgeous x x x

Lori said...

Congrats!!! Great teacher gift, for a man or woman. Thanks for the printables!

Susan said...

How wonderful to be published, congrats Maria! Your projects are always so lovely and I'm so happy so many others will get to see your beautiful work!

I'm so proud of you! :)


Carol L said...

Congrats on your great news! Your cards are so cute and TFS those great freebie links too! Thanks for joining us at Stamps R Us!

Beth aka BR-T said...

Man I am gone for a week and amazing things happen! How wonderful Maria you deserve nothing but the best!

Cre8tiveVet said...

Your CAS cards are great! Thanks for joining us at DCD. -Yvette

Deb Neerman said...

What a wonderful teacher's gift, Maria! Love at first sight!!

So nice to hear from you, Sweetie ... hope all is well with you and your wonderful family!

Sending hugs!!

Cheryl said...

oh wow massive congratultions hun no wonder you are in there as your talent hun is just amazing just love your creations hun each one is just stunning hugs cherylxxxx

Debbie said...

Well done you.Really pleased for you.Your cards are lovely.Thanks for showing us these fab printables.Love Debbie x

Jenni said...

These are wonderful! I'm a kindergarten teacher so I know any teacher would love to have these thank you cards on hand! Happy to be your newest follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments.

Hugs, Jenni

Audrey Pettit said...

Yay, Maria! Congratulations, Girl! What a fabulous article, and lovely set of gift cards. Just a perfect idea for this time of year. I really like that you used a non-traditional color palette for a school project. Great paper and LOVE those paper pierced apples. Fab!

Laura /sandytoz said...

Maria, this is such a beautiful set!
Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Crafting Journey!

Laura PCJ DT

ps thanks for all the extra links !

Michaela said...

Maria, this is such a beautiful set!
Thank you for your participation at Creative stamp Friends.

A nice greeting Michaela

Alanna said...

What great cards and box Maria. I just love them. And congrats on being the featured artist.

Creative Diva said...

These are stunning cards. Love the box.Thanks for joining us in DCD.


The Stamper's Touch said...

Wow, what a stunning set Maria!!

More congrats coming your way, you are a winner of our Clear Dollar Stamps blog hop!!!!! Email Lori, the owner, to claim your prize - lori@cleardollarstamps.com


Kathy D. said...

Congratulations!! You won over at Clear Dollar Stamps blog hop!!

oh and great school projects. Check out my teacher coupon box i made this past week.

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great gift. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Use it Tuesday!! - Heather B

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Maria

Fabulous set of cards and card wrap too just love your design and well worthy to be featured in the SNR magazine.

Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Creative Inspirations and good luck.


Bianca said...

Your set is so stunning! Realy perfect for a teachers gift! Thank you for let me know about the lovely downloads and thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

Beccas pysselparadis said...

Lovely card :) Love the stylish look! Thanks for paying along with us at The Crazy Challenge hugs Rebecca

Haven_mom4 said...

WEhat a great gift. Thanks for joining us at Use it Tuesday- Haven UIT DT

CAS said...

Congratulations on the feature! That is so awesome! Those cards you made for a teacher are adorable.
:) CAS

Elena said...

Congratulations on being featured, Maria! :)
Love the gorgeous set you created! What an inspiring idea!

Maureen said...

So gorgeous and elegant! What a fab set! Thanks for playing along with us at Your Next Stamp!

Anonymous said...

Hello a very beautiful card, the design is gorgeous.

Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

Nela said...

Totally adorable!
Thanks for playing along with us at Fairytale Challenge
xx Nela

Jane Izumi Matsumoto said...

Congratulations, Maria! Well deserved... without a doubt!! The card set is fabulous! Thank you for the links to the free downloads. And thank you for playing along with us at Use It Tuesday. :)

Julies Crafty Creations said...

Congrats Maria, your card set is lovely, Thanks for joining in with our challenge over at Pennys this week and good luck. Julie DT

Kristen said...

Fabulous card. Thanks so much for playing in this weeks Going Grey with Scrap-Creations Back to school challenge!

Sweet Magnolia Rose said...

What a beautiful way to thank your teachers!!! I love the color combo here...Thanks for sharing your project with us this week at DCD!!!

Die Cuttin Diva

papillon said...

what a gorgeous card and what a great idea! a perfect entry for our Use It Tuesday challenge! thanks for playing along :)))

PokSa said...

Such a beautiful work. Fantastic style. I love it.
Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.
xx Sandra