Monday, December 22, 2014

Bus Driver key rings

Every Christmas, I try to give all they teachers and school staff a little something.  So many times the bus drivers and other support staff are missed.  I like to give the drivers something small like a coffee gift card.  This time, I found these cute little key ring/gift tag cards from Starbucks.  I picked up a pack of rings from Hobby Lobby for under $3 and pulled out the shrink plastic and some jump rings.  I used sharpies and metallic pens to make the little school bus, then shrunk with my heat gun.
I also made cute little tags from the SU Endless Wishes sentiments in silver embossing powder and a sponged in Lost Lagoon snowflake using the waste from the November My Paper Pumpkin snowflakes.  Thanks for looking!  April

close up of gift tag

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cheeky Teachers

I made similar frames for teachers a few years ago.  They were such a hit, I decided to do these for my youngest child's teachers.  (Sorry for the reflection and slightly blurry pics.  They didn't look bad on the camera screen.)  The image is TGF's Cheeky Geeky, colored in copic and paper pieced.  The coordinating papers are from Bo Bunny's Shabby Princess Pep Rally line.  The chalkboard is made from kraft and basic black.  To make the woodgrain, I used my wood embossing folder, inked it then closed and rubbed firmly.  It's light, but leaves a nice grain.  I forgot to rub the "board" with my white ink, but the writing is done with a chalk writer.  The banner is made from SU Banner Blast in Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Grey and Daffodil Delight.  I punched them with the coordinating punch and mounted them on a string of baker's twine, attaching them to the frame with micro glue dots.  Thanks for looking!  April

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reindeer in the Dark card

This card is a CASE from one I saw on Pinterest and I am using it for this months stamp club swap.  I admit, I copied the card fully, only adding the sentiment from SU Endless Wishes in Whisper White craft ink.  The question mark is from a dollar alphabet set from Studio G.  The base is kraft with a layer of Basic Black.  I used a white gel pen and a score board to make the lines.  I thought the sentiment was cute and a bit quirky.  Thanks for looking!  April

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Warm Wishes Minty Kisses

Several years ago, I found these adorable glass milk bottles in a grocery store in Iowa.  The kids got a kick out of how milk used to be delivered, and I loved being able to recycle them as gifts.  This one is filled with Candy Cane Kisses and decorated with Stamps from The Greeting Farm's Keep Cozy set, SN@P papers, baker's twine, and Stampin' Up markers in Baja Breeze, Red Riding Hood, and River Rock.  Thanks for looking!  April

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday tags gift set

I love the November My Paper Pumpkin kit.  I wanted to make the kit into a couple of cute teacher appreciation gifts.  I stacked the finished tags into two equal sized piles, then measured.  Four tags, if finished by kit instructions, measure just about an inch in thickness.  Measure the tags (around 4"), and give a tiny buffer (between an 1/8 to a 1/4" should do fine), then add an inch all the way around to account for box depth.  I made a divider piece, for inside the box, by adding 2 inches to the length, scoring in the middle and 1" from the center on both sides.  Before assembling the box, I stamped it in the background stamp from the kit and used the stamp-over technique, so it leaves a lighter impression to fill in the gaps.  Once stamped, I cut a notch at each corner, adding adhesives to the corner tabs.  Pop the center divider in, then start the top.  The lid is made the same way as the base, but out of a clear window sheet.  It's a bit stiffer to score, but works well.  If you want a bit more flexibility, you can use an overhead transparency film too.  Seal it with a ribbon and you are done.  Thanks for looking!  April
box top view