Thursday, December 17, 2009

The BEST things come in small packages...

...and 'tis the season to remember this, indeed!

Well, it's official.  One week from tonight is Christmas Eve...the start of all the festivities for our family, going to church, setting out the cookies for Santa...etc....hard to believe it will be here and gone so soon.  I want to relish in it this year because it might very well be the last year that our oldest DD thinks that guy in the red suit is someone OTHER than well....you know.   Such a heartbreaking, bittersweet milestone that will be....

Speaking of DD and the kiddos, this is a busy, busy time for school.  We have a LOT going on the next two days.  I will be helping 26 4th graders make hand-stamped Christmas cards this afternoon, and then tonight is the BIG production of "A Christmas Carol" put on by the school.   My girl has been going to play practice 2x a week for the last 2 months and last week was awarded a SOLO during the performance!   I am sure that I will be a puddle when I hear them sing.   Even when she practices I get teary-eyed....oh man...wish me luck for SURE.   I grew up my WHOLE childhood through high school singing....so not only is this nostalgic for me, I couldn't be MORE beaming with pride.  I will try to post pics of tonight during the coming week!


Another big project this week is the finishing up of teacher gifts.   I can't stress enough how WONDERFULLY BLESSED we have become this year with not only the wonderful school, but the teachers the kids have.   To have three kids in three different classes and love ALL the teachers as much as I do is a beautiful, beautiful thing.  They have not only made the transition of our move better for the kids but my children are flourishing this year in ways they weren't able to last year because of the difference in the education here.   I am just overjoyed, and wanted to put a lot of heart into our teacher gifts this year.


So here is one of the card boxes I made (boxes are available at Taylored Expressions!) for this year's teacher gifts.   I absolutely ADORE the December KOTM from UNITY Stamps!   I am so stoked to be the Guest Designer this month because this kit is seriously  one of my FAVES!  This SUPER sweet kit, called {Delightful Moments}, is as you can see, full of awesome sentiments and images that are right up my alley!


I took the hot air balloon image from the kit and stamped it onto cream cardstock, but then I stamped it again onto this DARLING COSMO CRICKET "Girl Friday" DP that is actually part of the UNITY SCRAPBOOKING Kit for DECEMBER!  Have you guys seen it?   LOVE me some Cosmo Cricket!!!   I cut out the flowers from the balloon and popped them up onto dimensionals to give it some texture, cuz yanno the buttons weren't enough, LOL!!!!

I did make some cards for the inside of this card box, but you'll have to come back tomorrow for Friends with Flair FRIDAY to see them ;)  For now, if you haven't yet checked out all the PERKS of becoming a Unity KIT CLUB member, check them out HERE!  A few of my friends signed up and have been really happy so far and I know you will be too!

Check out what the rest of the UBER fab Unity DT gals has to show you today:
Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out the UNITY BLOG cuz there's a GARAGE SALE TODAY!!!  Lots of select sets at 50% off AND a free gift for signing up for the Dec. Kit today!  So, if you're thinking about it, now's the time!!!  Treat yourself, it's Christmas ;)

We'll see you back here tomorrow....HUGS!

31 comments:

Randi said...

This is soooo cute Jess!! I love all the buttons!! What an amazing gift!! It will be so loved!!!
Those dimensional Cosmo flowers on the ballon look amazing!!! LOVE this project!

Elena said...

Gorgeous box, Jessica! I love all the buttons and how you paper pierced the flowers!
I'm going to Sergei's concert today. He is participating in some action there. I'm sure I will be crying, I just can't stand it, so touching...
:)

Cindy Haffner said...

What fun Jess, I love all the buttons on your FABULOUS box. Have fun today!!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Beautiful, Jess!! Love those popped up flowers!

scrappypug said...

absolutely gorgeous! what beautiful gifts!

Leann said...

This is GORGEOUS Jessica, love all the buttons!
Have a great time stamping with the kids - how fun!
Hugs x

Kris said...

Yay!!! Congrats to your DD on landing a solo... she'll be great Jess! it's okay to puddle... this is just another PROUD moment...

Love the box... great paperpiecing and layering on the air balloon... the teacher's will LOVE this... so sweet of you to do that... Have a fabulous day and can't wait to her about tonight... =D hugs, Kris

Kathy said...

Love that box. Your teachers will adore them, I am sure. Every detail is such a treat to the eyes!

Hope your Christmas is a very blessed one. Like you said..soak it up!!:):)

62 Cards - Sammye Jo said...

GORGOEOUS! OH- SEND ME MY INVOICE ALREADY :) lol.

margie c said...

Adorable! I love all those buttons!!! You've inspired me to pull out my huge pail of buttons hidden under my bed, lol!
TFS! ~ margie

Amy Sheffer said...

This is totally enchanting! Love those sweet buttons, all the colors, and the beautiful sentiment. The teachers are going to be thrilled with these! Enjoy tonight's performance!

Jen Shults said...

This is really cute Jess! I know the teacher's will love this!! (I know I would if one of my students brought me one!) I love that dp... you used it really well with the piecing. Have fun today with the kids and enjoy the performance... such a magical experience!! :D

Maren said...

This is absolutely ADORABLE!!!!! :) Love the colors, buttons & how you highlighted the sentiment. Super sweet! Merry Christmas!! :)

Renee' Dezember said...

Congrats to your DD!!! ...and your project is just amazing, I love all the BUTTONS!!! Hope you have a super Holiday too :D

PaperCrafty said...

Gorgeous project Jess!! I love all the buttons!!

WickedPixie said...

What a darling box! I love the buttons and you have used some of my all time favorite paper!! So cute!! :-)Traci

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

Wow! I love this box! I'm so glad that your kids are happy at school. That makes life so much sweeter! These boxes will make their teachers very happy. Yay!
~ky

Rachel said...

what a great box!

Lisa H. said...

fun and fabulous. we are blessed with a wonderful school and teachers too. love your gift!

Sparkle said...

This is darling! Love the buttons.

Gwen said...

Great project, love what you did with the hot air balloon stamp!

Marcy H. said...

Love all the buttons on your box!! Beautiful!!

1CardCreator said...

What a wonderful teachers gift, I'm sure it will be appreciated! ~Diane

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

What a beautiful box Jess!!!!

Amy said...

What a wonderful and really personalized gift for the kids' teachers, I just know they are going to love getting these! Gorgeous work as always Jess!

MicheyMoo said...

This is soooo cute Jess.....very whimsical. I love those papers!! And the buttons - gorgeous!!

If only I had enough time in my day to make everything I see and love.....might have a go at this on my hols though - then I'll be ready for the next birthday that comes along or something. :)
Hugs, Michey xxx

stampjourney said...

What a beautiful gift! Can't wait to see what's inside during FWF Friday!

Kim Y. said...

This is a beautiful box, Jess! I love how you added all those buttons! They make the whole box stay out so much more! Awesome job!

Javablustamper said...

YAY!! How AWESOME that she got a solo!!! I LOVE your box, Jess!! It ROCKS!! OK.....can't wait to see pics!! Have a WONDERFUL night!!



Take care!
Miss ya!
Jacquie/Javablustamper!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

I know exactly how you feel... every time one of my boys was on stage for any reason, I would bawl and snap pictures.

Shesjetlagd said...

The box is bootyful! ;)

I wish I coulda heard M sing!! What a proud moment for you! I'm sure it was amazing - esp w/ all the singers in this family! You'll have to tell me how beautiful it really was when you have some time. :)