Thursday, May 23, 2013

Last Day of School 2013

The last day of school in our family is always bittersweet.  We look forward to spending the summer together most of all but it's also nice to have a break from the school routine!  The sad part is missing friends, teachers, and all the changes they will encounter with the next school year.
This year was a little more momentous for our family.  Keara graduated 8th grade and was promoted to 9th grade.  Today was her 8th grade promotion ceremony and of course lots of tears were shed. We are so proud of her!  We are also a little nervous and a lot excited for what's in store for her in high school and all of the new and exciting adventures she will experience.

Today was Shaylin's last day of 4th grade but was only able to attend the first hour of school before I had to check her out and head over to Keara's promotion. 

The gift we decided to give on the last day was *CHOCOLATE!*  We tucked it inside of the Mason Jar I featured in a post on Feb. 8, 2013.


Thanks for being such a GREAT teacher, Mrs. Elizondo!  We will miss you!!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Another Teacher Gift

Yippee!  I remembered to take pictures 2 days in a row!  LOVE this gift because teachers can never have too many pencils! 

Just punch a shape then punch a 1/4" circle punch in the center.  I had to push something through the hole to make it slightly bigger for the eraser to fit but actually Shaylin did most of this project.  Punched the flowers, holes, etc... really, the only thing she didn't do was cut the florist foam for the tin and glue gun to secure the *grass* to the foam.  Very easy!!!

Boo hoo and yea, only one short more day of 4th grade left!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Last Week of School (already)!

I can't believe it's the last week of school here in AZ!  My girls and I look forward to the summer all year and I can't believe it's finally here!  We have lots of activities planned, we'll see how many we can enjoy in this short time.

I love to spoil the girls teachers but now it's only Shaylin's teacher that actually gets anything.  Keara is in 8th grade and isn't in the *giving teachers gifts* mood a lot of the time.  Soooo, anyway, we come up with a gift for each day of the last week of school.  This year we have been very inspired by Pinterest. We've tried to switch it up or combine ideas but you might recognize some.

I forgot to take a picture of yesterday's gift but it was a box of Lucky Charms with a bow and Shaylin wrote a note on a tag that said *I'm LUCKY to have you as my Teacher*.  Just search Lucky Charms on Pinterest and you'll see how easy it is.

Today another quick and easy gift!  A simple cup with lid and straw and filled it with Smarties. 


Hope her teacher likes this one, too!  :o)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Way too long!

It has been way too long since I've sat down and posted here on my blog!  Doesn't mean I haven't been crafting, creating and all that fun stuff!  Just wanted to say Thanks for hanging in there with me!

I wanted to share the Mother's Day card my Paparazzi customers got to make last night when they purchased 2 or more items.  Not familiar with Paparazzi?  Check it out HERE!  Every item is only $5.00!!! Contact me if you have any questions, would like to have a Party (in-home, bag, or online) or would like to know the benefits of joining!

Ok, back to this sweet and simple card.

Just spelled out *Mom* with an alphabet stamp set, cut a doily in half and glued that below mom and tied some twine with tags stamped with *love* and *4 U* from the Tiny Tags stamp set and Jewelry Tag Punch.  Ink used was Regal Rose and card stock colors were Whisper White, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette and Lucky Limeade.  The scrunched flower was made with all 3 pink colors and the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch.

 You might notice that some of these items/colors are retiring so get them while you can!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

I know it's been a while since I've posted but just wanted to share these cute Sweet & Korny Easter Treats we made this week.

Happy Easter from the Parker Family!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Perfect Day

A fun card using a few items from the Spring Catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Got dots?

I don't have many background stamps but I have to say, I LOVE the Distressed Dots background stamp!  I could use it on almost every thing I create but I do control myself.  You'll notice I manage to sneak polka dots in here and there on a lot of my cards/projects, whether it's designer background paper or an embossing folder. 
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE polka dots!  ;o)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Time for another *quick and cute* card!  I love this simple layout!

The *Celebrate* stamp came from the Feeling Sentimental stamp set that you can earn for FREE! Right now it's Sale-a-bration time at Stampin' Up! and for every $50 worth of Stampin' Up! merchandise you order (before shipping and tax) there are 19 FREE products to choose from! 
You can view the Sale-a-bration brochure HERE 
Don't miss out on this great opportunity, the Sale-a-bration Party ends March 22nd, 2013!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Presidents Day

Another quick post today!  This is an easy card to create just by using some punches and stamping a saying.

Happy Day to You!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine Kisses

Another fun Valentine Treat I found on Pinterest.  Perfect gift for anyone!

You can find the how-to's HERE
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine Treat Box

Just a quick post today!   I found this cute treat box on Pinterest.  It was made using the Scallop Square die and the flower is made with the Mixed Bunch punch.

Hope you can view the video on how to make this sweet box: Youtube Video

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentine Marshmallow Yummies

Sticking with the Valentine projects, I wanted to share this yummie little treat that anyone would love to receive!  Now, I don't like marshmallows myself but LOVE these!  Maybe because they are dipped in chocolate?!

Anyone can make these delicious nuggets.  My girls make them all the time. 
Just melt some Almond Bark (vanilla or chocolate), dip the marshmallows in it and set them on wax paper to dry.  Then, melt a different color, (I used the Wilton Candy Melts in Pink for these and poured it into a baggie after they were melted and snipped off a small bit of one corner) and drizzle on top.  Before it starts to dry, you can sprinkle on any topping you'd like.  I LOVE sprinkles so that's what I usually choose.

There is a lot going on with Stampin' Up! right now, so I thought I would reshare all the specials so you don't miss out on some great opportunities!

Sent With Love

131847 Sent with Love Stamp Set (clear-mount; English only) $17.95

132182 Sent with Love Designer Series Paper $10.95

132851 Pretty Bundle $25.50 (20% off retail value!)
Includes the Sent with Love Stamp Set, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, and Calypso Coral Baker's Twine

See the flyer and order yours HERE

Available now through April 30th AND... until March 22nd, you can also get Sale-a-bration benefits with this in a $50 purchase!

Paper Pumpkin

Have you signed up to receive your Paper Pumpkin delivered right to your home each month? I have and would like you to join me. Click HERE for all the Paper Pumpkin details and please choose me, Jill Parker (El Mirage, AZ 85335) as your demonstrator. After you sign up send me an e-mail so I can send you a thank you card!


Whether you are stocking up on basics or ordering lots of fun things from the Spring Catalog all add up to FREE products! With every $50 purchase you can choose a FREE item from the 2013 Sale-a-bration flyer shown HERE.

And...when joining the Stampin' Up! family, you get an additional 25% worth of products added to your Starter Kit as we celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary! What a great time to join!
Starter Kit is just $99 and you choose $158.50 in products.
 Thanks for stopping by!
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