2015 NY Airshow Highlights

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NY Airshow, Jones Beach, NY

Welcome back!

My family and I returned this Memorial Day weekend to the 12th annual NY Airshow at Jones Beach on Long Island, NY, where thousands of guests gathered to see spectacular aerial performances and military tactical demonstrations while paying tribute to our United States Service Members, past and present.

The talent and bravery represented in these performances reflect immeasurable strength and breathtaking creativity.  And while the blog subjects in my creative world are usually quite still, I assure you, these were positively mobile in every way!

Enjoy, and may these photos fill you with pride for our heroes who give so much for us, every day…

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A member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team skydives to deliver the American Flag to the event:

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Everyone knows that little red biplane is Sean D. Tucker…

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Air National Guard…

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Breitling Jet Team

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GEICO Skytypers and Miss GEICO Speedboat:

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Legends of WWII Airpower

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 We salute our Military…

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United States Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 Aerobatic Team

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United States Army Golden Knights

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With honor and tribute to our fallen Service Members and their families…

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Please remember to thank a Service Member.  Freedom isn’t free…

Until next time,

~ Linda ~

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Easter egg holders

Welcome back crafters and HAPPY EASTER!!

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Put those brightly colored Easter eggs on display!

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Coloring Easter eggs is a Springtime favorite in our house… So today I’ve created some fun egg holders to display the Easter eggs we colored this weekend.  And it couldn’t be easier!

Simply punch cut a strip of green cardstock with a grass border punch.  Wrap it around the egg and secure paper with glue dot.

Adhere punch-cut mini flowers adorned with self-stick gems.  For added fun, die-cut some bunnies, color & adhere!  Done!!

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Have a wonderful Spring and a very Happy Easter!!

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Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda~

Supplies used:   Tools: Sissix Big Shot,  Stamps/Dies: Lawn Fawn “Snow Day”;  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black;  Craft punches: Fiskars grass border punch, Stampin’ Up! floral trio;  Misc: self-stick gems, glue dots, pink markers

Flying by…

Flying by…

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Welcome back crafters!  Today I am showcasing the simple but sweet birthday card I created for a very special boy in our family.

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I wanted a kid-friendly image so I went right to my Lawn Fawn stash and chose this adorable paper airplane set.  I created the semi-solid sky background by direct-to-paper inking with Hero Arts cornflower ink on some heavy weight white cardstock.

I then stamped the paper airplane image separately with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with copics before trimming it out and popping it up on foam squares.  I followed up by adding the stamped trail image in Versafine Black Onyx ink.

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I created the cloud line with one of my favorite Mama Elephant steel dies, adhered with some more foam squares, and stamped my sentiment again with Versafine. I blocked off the “hi” portion with a post-it beforehand, and replaced it with three Sharpie pen dots to create some anticipation for my inside message…

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For the interior I stamped another airplane and added a kid-friendly Happy Birthday sentiment (also by Lawn Fawn) followed by a super cute exclamation point.

 Ready to fly for an adorable nine-year old!  Happy birthday Matt!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Linda ~

Card-Making for Kids Photo Gallery: St. Joseph School 2015

Card-Making for Kids Photo Gallery:  St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY

Winter 2015

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So grateful for another successful winter season of Card-Making for Kids at St. Joseph School!  

Below are the projects created by the children this session…  Click on the links to see photos from class-time, project directions, supply lists and more.  Enjoy the gallery!

January-February 2015

Snowman winter card: http://wp.me/pHTe1-2ax

happy birthday glitter balloon card

pink & glitter balloon birthday:  http://wp.me/pHTe1-2bj

washi pencil cup

washi tape pencil cup: http://wp.me/pHTe1-2bM

glitter cupcake

glitter cupcake card: http://wp.me/pHTe1-2cE

valentine boxes layers of hearts

Valentine storage boxes: http://wp.me/pHTe1-2ef

Happy St. Patrick's Day Card

St Patrick’s Day card: http://wp.me/pHTe1-2eR

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Card: http://wp.me/pHTe1-2fw

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Many thanks to St. Joseph School for welcoming my program back to their winter mini-course line-up!  It is always great fun!

If you’d like to schedule a Card-Making for Kids Workshop at your school, troop event, library or community center, please contact me at linda@itsfromme.com.  I would love to bring some paper-crafting fun to your students!

Until then, stay creative,

~ Linda ~

Happy Easter!

Card-Making for Kids ~ St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY ~ Feb 28, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

Welcome back crafters!

Today’s Card-Making for Kids project is a celebration of all things Spring!  Blue skies, green grass and Easter bunnies!  The perfect finale to our chilly but creative 2014-2015 winter session at St. Joseph School!

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We started our card by creating our background scene with blue cardstock and polka dot design paper pieces:

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Next, we die-cut our super cute bunnies with my Big Shot die-cutting machine and Lawn Fawn dies:

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We then created our own “easter eggs” by adhering our squiggle strips onto punch cut ovals, and trimming around the edges:

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We assembled our cards and added punch cut mini-clouds with a simple Happy Easter sentiment!

Happy Easter clouds and sentiment

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For added fun, some of the girls decorated the inside of their cards too!

Happy Easter inside!

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Super cute and ready to give to someone special for Easter!!

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Thanks so much to St. Joseph School for welcoming me to craft with their students again this year!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our fun projects this season and decide to give them a try some time!

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 Until next time, keep crafting… and Happy Easter!!

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~ Linda ~

Supplies Used:  Paper: Recollections, Stampin’ Up!;  Tools: Sissix: Big Shot, Fiskar’s scallop scissors;  Craft Punches: Fiskar’s jumbo oval, mini cloud, EK Success: mini oval;  Stamps: Lawn Fawn: “Snow Day”, Stampin’ Up!: Teeny Tiny Wishes;   Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Up!: Regal Rose;  Dies: Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts: “Snow Day”, Small Stitched Rectangle;  Mama Elephant: “Landscape Trio”;  Misc: Self stick pearls, pink marker, foam square adhesives

St. Patrick’s Day card

Friday, February 20, 2015 ~ Card-Making for Kids ~ St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY

Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Happy St. Patrick's Day Card

Welcome back card-makers & crafters!

Today’s Card-Making for Kids project featured this festive and bright St. Patrick’s Day card.  It showcases a beautiful combination of textured and patterned papers with simple complimentary accents and a hand-stamped sentiment.

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The students began by creating their own textured cardstock by embossing with a floral embossing folder and The Big Shot die cutting machine.  This is a simple paper-crafting technique that places a pattern onto ordinary flat cardstock:

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Next, the girls prepared their “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” sentiment accent by using a clear stamp, padded acrylic block and bright green ink.  They centered their image and punched it out with a label-shaped craft punch:

Stamping and craft punch supplies

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stamping with padded acrylic block

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We then adhered our papers together onto our cardfront and added a thin dotted scallop border piece in between.  Borders do magical things in paper-crafting.  While separating two very different patterns, they can also tie them together visually:

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Finally, the students chose their favorite paper flower embellishments and added them to their card along with their sentiment and glittery shamrocks:

green embellishments for St. Patgrick's Day project

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Happy St. Patrick's Day card embossing

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Until next time, keep crafting…

Happy St. Patrick's Day flat

~ Linda ~

Supplies: Tools: Sissix Big Shot;  Cuttlebug embossing folder: “Floral Fantasy”; Paper:  Recollections heavy weight base cardstock, Recollections Bright & Jolly paper pad: green polka dots; Stampin’ Up!: So Saffron;   Craft Punches:  EK Success dotted scallop border, Stampin’ Up! Decorative Label;  Stamps: Recollections “Handmade By“; Hero Arts “Happy St. Patrick’s Day“;  Ink: Stampin’ Up! Gumball Green;  Misc:  paper flowers, self-stick gems, shamrock glitter foam stickers, foam dimensionals