Teacher Apprecation Gifts

Well this week I caught a bad cold and my head is so stuffed up I feel like it is going to explode! I can't take very many medicines since I'm still nursing, so I just have to tough it out and lay in bed all day while my play peacefully on the other side of the house. Ha! Life goes on even when you're sick, eh?

I did manage to sit down last night and make some teacher appreciation gifts and cards since today is the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week. I chose a monochromatic scheme of soft sky for my oldest's teacher and barely banana for my kindergartner's teacher. I embossed the heart and thank you saying from Simply Said in white and added some ribbon.

I also made these cute little post it note keychains that I saw on Angie's blog chick n' scratch. She has a great tutorial on how to make them. I personalized them by stamping a letter from Lovely letters on the front. I love monogramed gifts!

I decided to make one of them a little different and used my current favorite set, Live Your Dream. Have a great weekend everyone!


3x3 Card Box

When I saw the cover of this month's Stampin' Success, I knew I had to make the creation pictured there! I love the Ginger Blossoms dsp and the Embrace Life set. So I changed it a little and came up with this.

I started with 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of groovy guava cardstock to create the box. I scored at 1, 4 1/4", and 5 1/4" lengthwise and 1" widthwise. Before assembling the box I used the 1" circle punch to punch out half a circle on either side of the box. I embellished the box with a strip of dsp from Ginger Blossoms and watercolored the large flower from Embrace life and then stamped the large flower with river rock on river rock cardstock to create the leaves behind the flower.


Card Organizer

I haven't had much stamping time this past week because I've been working out in the yard. Spring is here and we finally have the budget to do a little landscaping. Well, a little turned into a lot! But I'm looking forward to seeing my roses, wisteria, and jasmine grow! And I can't wait to eat some mandarin oranges and lemons from our own trees!

But now, back to stamping! We had our monthly meeting last week and we made this great card organizer as one of our projects! I think this would make a great gift for birthdays, teachers, friends, etc.

We started with one piece of so saffron cardstock 7 1/2" x 5 1/4" and scored it at 2 1/2", 5" and 10 1/2" lengthwise.

Next we took another piece of so saffron cardstock 7 1/2" x 8" and scored it at 2 1/2" lengthwise. These two pieces create the outside of the box.

For the sides we took 2 pieces of so saffron cardstock 6" x 5 1/4" and scored them every 1/2" lengthwise. Then we accordian folded them and used the crop-a-dile to punch holes in the tops and bottoms so we could string some hemp through.

We attached the pieces together and added some Le Jardin dsp layered with always artichoke.

I added a ribbon handle on the top and some dividers with tabs for birthday cards, baby cards, thank you cards, and other misc. cards.

Edited to add: My upline did a tutorial! Check it out!


A Winner!

Thanks for sharing your favorite stamp sets with me! It looks like a lot of people really like Lovely as a Tree. Now for our winner for the blog candy (drumroll please)

Congratulations to bunny b!

Congrats on your 100th post! :) And to many more to come! My fave SU stamp set is Bunny Hugs because of it's adorable bunny! :)

Email me your address and I'll get your candy right to you!


Blog Candy

I realized a little while ago that I past my 100th post! This is my 115th! So to celebrate I've got some blog candy! I've assembled some Rebecca dsp 6x6, some assorted ribbon, regals beads, and Birthday Whimsy. To win, leave a comment telling me your favorite Stampin' Up! stamp set and why. I will draw a random winner on Friday. Good luck and thanks for all your kind comments and support!


Ribbon Sampler

I just had to share this awesome idea from my friend, Mary. She made this great ribbon sampler! She set eyelets in all the ribbons and then strung them on safety pins according to each group: ginghams, grosgrains, wide grosgrains, striped grosgrains, and taffetas. Then she put all the safety pins on a key ring and added a cute Stampin' Up! tassel. She made it as the door prize for one of our last meetings. Lucky me won it!!