Back to School

I know that some students down in the States have been back in school for a couple of weeks now, but here in Alberta, students do not start back until next week.  Having said that, the summer is over for us teachers, and I am in full “Back to School” mode.  So the timing with My Whimsical Little World‘s new Back to School release is perfect timing!

Paola has put together an awesome assortment of “Back to School” images for any type of project you might have up your sleeve.  I started with a card with an educational-themed quote, which I thought would be a great way to encourage a teen or tween in your life to make the most of their experiences this coming year.

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This card was created with a digi called Olivia and I think she is so cute!  I loved colouring up her hair.

My favourite project for this release was a set of cookie treat bags that I thought would be a great surprise in a lunch kit.  These two treat bags use digis called Supplies in a Mug and Alarm Clock.

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These are amazingly easy to make. I simply added the cookies to a sandwich bag and folded over the extra plastic and taping it in place.  I then grabbed some cardstock that was 3″ wide and as long as the diametre of the cookie, and then folded it to create a tent that was 1.5″ wide.  I coloured up my images and fussy cut each, embellished the paper and glued everything in place.  I then added some double sided adhesive to the back inside of the tent and placed the cookie bag on top.  Voila – it’s that easy (maybe this would be a good video tutorial for the coming months)!

Paola has been releasing new images over in her Etsy store every week, so make sure you take the chance to stop by and see what is there!  You might also want to pop by Amanda, Martha and Kimberly’s blogs to see the great projects they created with the release as well!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Beachy Keen!

Beach-cup-fullIt’s day two of the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps MAY previews, and we have some great new Moonlight Whispers stamps to share from a set called Beachy Keen!  This set includes two fun images and three great sentiments to get you stamping and creating fun summer project!

Beach-cup-closeupToday, I decided to colour up this cutie and use her on a teacher appreciation gift.  I found these some fun plastic glasses that are supposed to look like mason jars at my local dollar store and filled them with summer themed goodies, including some individual drink crystal packages and a couple of coconut chocolate bars.  I added a bit of chalk paper, some ribbon, and this great new stamp!  I think it’s a fun way to send anyone away on a vacation – teacher, coworker, student, etc.

Below you will find all the Krafty Girls who have goodies to show you today and while you’re visiting their blogs, be sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky stamper is going to WIN a package of today’s stamps, and you do not want to miss out on that opportunity!

Happy hoppin’ and thanks for stopping by!

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Flower Tutorial – Pansies (Part 2): Teacher Thank-you

Cup-with-lidEarlier today, I shared a little tutorial I put together on making paper pansies.  If you can cut out a heart shape, you can handle these!  I also wanted to share with you a project that I actually used one of the pansies on – because the only thing more fun than making a paper flower is putting it to good use!

As a school teacher, I am often asked if I actually like receiving homemade appreciation gifts.  My answer is always the same – absolutely!  I truly appreciate any gift (homemade or other) that I receive from the families that I work with!

This year, one of my students noticed that I liked a particular kind of coffee and took some time before school to pick one up for me.  That gesture meant a lot, and I used it as an inspiration for this project.

Cup-fullAs fun as it would be to drop off a cup of coffee one morning (or an empty cup with a little gift card inside), I love the of embellishing the cup with a custom coffee sleeve to give it that “homemade” feel.  To create this one, I simply took an actually sleeve from a coffee shop, opened it up and used it as a template.  I grabbed a piece of paper from DCWV’s Chalk Fun Stack (because really – is there a better stack than this for a teacher?), some of the corrugated stack (because having that air pocketed paper is not only functional but really cute), and then traced the sleeve onto them, leaving one slightly wider than the other so I could create a layered look.

Because I wasn’t actually sure what size the cup would be, I didn’t glue the sleeve together. Instead, I simply waited until I had the cup and then tied a piece of May Arts ribbon the pieces of cut paper it to hold then in place. Finally, I added a little banner sentiment with a chalk pen, and added one of my paper pansies.  It’s like a bouquet of flowers and a cup of coffee wrapped into one!

If you haven’t checked out the tutorial for the flower on this project, I hope you’ll stay and check it out!  Thanks for stopping by today, and pop back soon – I have another flower tutorial in the works!

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Don’t feel like bringing a cup of coffee? Use the cup as a container for a gift card instead!

 

Craft your stash time!

It’s Saturday, so it’s krafty time with Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!  This week our hostess is STEPHANIE and she has a fun challenge – Stash It UP!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp that uses some leftover stuff in your stash!

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For this challenge, I decided to work with a set of pencils that I found in my crafty stash.  I have been hoping to use them for an altered pencil holder for awhile now, so this was the perfect opportunity! I thought that the little nerdy boy from the Smarty Pants set was perfect (really, all of the cuties from this set would be great), and I also decided to mix and match some leftover bits of two different Doodlebug stacks (I know – shocking right??!!).  All in all, I love the way this project turned out!

 

Now check out the wonderful creations by our Krafty Girls and special Krafty Guests featuring this week’s challenge!! We’re sure you’ll be inspired!! Then join us, play along and you could WIN!!

And don’t forget to check out all the great things that Kim has going on right now – challenge sponsorship on the Kit and Clowder community, Frugal Friday specials and more!

Thanks for stopping by!

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