Friday, March 31, 2017

Pencil Day

Hi everyone,

Apparently the 30th March each year is National Pencil Day, to celebrate the day Hymen Lipman received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil in 1858, making the eraser-tipped pencil 159 years old today ... wow! (Technically for me today is the 31st, but it is still the 30th up in the Northern Hemisphere so that's ok).

For some reason I must have discovered this piece of news last year when I was looking up days of the year which I often do for challenges as I found it written in my to do list. So for want of something to blog today I figured why not celebrate the pencil.

Another piece of news I discovered when reading about Pencil Day is that the most common color of pencil in the USA is yellow, no idea why. So I decided to make my pencil today yellow too.

As you can see I created a Pencil shaped card and decorated the front using MFT Stamps Ala Mode Talk Nerdy to Me stamp set, this stamp set has long been retired but it worked well for my card today and it is good getting older stamps out and inky!!!!

I thought I might as well make use of this card as a teacher thank you for one of my Grandchildren's teachers for the end of the year. I normally need a few so might as well make one while I have the opportunity. I just need to make sure I put it in a safe place so it doesn't get lost by December haha!

For the inside of the card I decided to use one of the sentiments that is included in the stamp set, I thought this sentiment went well with National Pencil Day, obviously Hymen Lipmen had a dream when he invited the eraser-tipped pencil!  Whether it works for a Teacher's Thank You I am not sure, but I think it does.... Teachers help shape the dreams of our kids by teaching them.

The pencil on the inside is one I have had for years and hardly used, it didn't want to be left out!

Stamps: Ala Mode Talk Nerdy to Me - MFT Stamps: Sentimental - Avery Elle; Pencil - A Stamp in the Hand
Paper: White; Kraft; Pink; Silver; Happy Tails Spots DP - Bo Bunny
Dies: MFT Die-namics Chevron Stripes; Sentimental - Avery Elle; Wonderful Words Teacher - PTI; ModaScrap Stitched Fishtail Banner - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Copics


Karen Aicken said...

Oh, this is so fun!

Joanne Grzelak said...

that sentiment is so very it