Welcome, welcome …. here we are again. It seemed like only yesterday I was participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlight for July and now here we are in August. Kylie sets a theme each month and highlights Stampin’ Up! demonstrator’s blogs from around the world. The theme this month is Teacher’s Gifts.
If you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you too can participate! All the details are on Kylie’s blog … this is also where the gallery of projects is today. And we are looking for your votes to decide who goes through to participate in a blog hop with Kylie in August. Voting will stay open for a week.
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Teacher’s gifts … now this is a theme that is sure to come up with some interesting gifting ideas. It has been a long time since my daughter was in school, and just thinking about what to create brought back memories of some of Joelle’s teachers who made an impact on her life.
In current day, I am seeing a wonderful relationship between my grand daughter and her pre-school teacher. Educators make such a difference in a child’s life and influence their life track from a very early age.
I thought about something that I could create and yet still had a personalised thank you from the child.
Cards are what I do … I am a card girl … I love 3d projects and gift bags, but cards are something I can put in a box, treasure, pull out years later and savour the memories. Oh yes, I am a “card hoarder”. So I created this little pocket card to carry a small personalised thank you from the child, or even a small gift card.
A Pocket Card using Painted Harvest Stamp Set
I have used an old favourite stamp set again this month … this time Painted Harvest is getting a run. The pocket is on the front of the card and for younger children, a personalised thank you or special drawing for the teacher could be popped inside the pocket.
Or for an older child, a coffee shop gift card is a gift the child could easily contribute to with their pocket money, and slips easily into the front pocket as well.
Diagonal Pocket – The diagonal pocket on the front of the card perfectly suits this long greeting stamp from the Floral Phrases stamp set and adds interest to the card front. Use the long edge strips from your Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the “pocket” to the card front at the sides and bottom edges only. I did find that the long Foam Adhesive strips, while perfect for the edges of the pocket, were a little too high for this purpose. A gift card would easily slip out, whereas the regular Stampin’ Dimensionals were a perfect height to hold a personalised note or gift card snugly.
Create your own Designer Series Paper – The Painted Harvest flowers and leaves are stamped directly onto the folded Whisper White Thick card front repeatedly to fill the area. Adding those little dots into the white spaces between fills in the gaps. Don’t forget to take the images lower than where the top of the diagonal pocket will sit, so it appears that the design goes all the way down the page.
Create a contrasting edge on the pocket – Adding a contrasting strip of card behind the diagonal edge on the pocket helps define that edge against the busy background pattern. I used Garden Green as this is not a colour I used to stamp the flowers and leaves with, so I knew it would stand out over any of the pattern.
Take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s toning colour palettes – The Stampin’ Up! colour palette includes “sets” of toning colours pulled from each of the colour collections. For instance, here I have used Pool Party as the light tone, Coastal Cabana as the mid tone and Bermuda Bay as the dark tone. Lemon Lime Twist is the perfect accompaniment for the leaves.
Had you forgotten how stunning this Painted Harvest Flower is? It is a stand out, that is for sure.
Another oldie … but a goodie
The greeting comes from the Floral Phrases stamp set, another older stamp set that needs to be aired every now and then. I love this greeting, but it is so long. This is the perfect way to use it.
Thank You For Voting!
A very big thank you to all who voted for me in last month in the blog Highlight. I was fortunate enough to be in the top 10. Here are the links to last month’s highlight and also the Blog Post I participated in with the other winners.
Voting for this Month
I am in spot 18 … my good mate Colleen Johnson is also participating this month and is in spot 8. If you would vote for us, that would be fantastic. I have had a peek at the gallery and there are lots of wonderful gift giving ideas for your child’s teacher, so please vote for your five favourite projects here.
The Horse’s Mouth
My good friend and fellow crafter, Jodie, is a teacher and I should have just asked her what she would like to receive as a small gift. Jodie creates wonderful gifting projects herself … and so I know she would love to receive anything hand made.
Here is an example of Jodie’s fabulous work … both of these projects would be ideal for teacher’s gifts as well.
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These amazing products are only available until 31st August OR WHILE STOCKS LAST.
The good news is that for every purchase of $90 during August, you will receive a $9 voucher to spend in September.
You will receive an Online Class featuring the Blended Seasons bundle from me for free. That is six PDF Tutorials and Videos.
You will also receive the card kits with all cardstock required to create these six projects.
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If you are in Australia and would like to purchase any of the products used to create this project, click on the thumbnails to go directly to that product in my online store.
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