Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Teacher Gifts

Holy cow! It's been a long time. Funny how life has a way of prioritizing itself for you, isn't it?! We've been so busy lately with ball games (soccer, t-ball, and softball) and I've been working most Saturdays so all that seems to push blogging right down to the bottom of the priority list. I have managed to get some crafting time in though.

I know the end of the school year has passed for most folks but I wanted to show you the gifts I made for my kids' teachers. I took this idea directly from Betsy's blog. I loved the idea the moment I saw it and I must say they turned out quite darling. I'll definitely be trying this one again - so cute for holding gift cards! Even DH said they were neat, which is much higher on the compliment list than, "that's nice, dear." lol


I used the PTI large glassine bag and folded it in half. Then I measured the tag that my gift card was going to be on and sewed two straight lines so that they form a pocket on the front of the card. I then cut a piece of paper for the front; this ruler PP is from Cosmo Cricket. Seemed appropriate for a teacher card. :)


Here you can see how the card looks from the "back" (this is the other style I made.) You can also see the stitching on this one a little easier since I used red thread.

Here's a close-up of the pocket for the gift card to slip into. I used Top Note and Text Style (you can barely see it but it's there on the bottom of the circles.) You can also see a bit of the inside of the card.


Here's the inside of the card. I had some leftover "school" PP so adhered that to the inside and had the kids write a note to their teacher. We were in a hurry and against my better judgment I had my kindergartner just start writing without thinking it through and writing it on scratch paper first so that he could just copy it. This is what I get - lots of scribbles! :) Hope his teachers don't mind!


Lastly, I put the card inside a large glassine bag, topped with a scalloped strip that had been stamped with arbitrary letters from Outline Alphabet. Doesn't that look like chalk on a chalkboard? I know teachers don't use chalkboards anymore but, alas, I don't know how to make it look like a "smart board." :~) A pretty gingham ribbon and it's good to go.

I don't know if anyone is still checking my blog since it's been so long but, if you do, thank you so much! I hope to post again soon - many cards and even a few scrapbook pages I'd love to share with you. Have a great day!

20 comments:

Gayatri said...

Very Clever, Jennifer! Love the idea. Nicely done. Love it.

Chere M. said...

Very clever idea. Always looking for something new to try. Thanks for the idea

Laurie said...

OMG I love this! So cute! And it is so fun to have them write inside! Glad to see you are back! I have missed your posts! (But I totally know how T-Ball, swim lessons, library day etc can fill up the schedule!) :)

Nadine said...

Welcome back Jennifer, I've missed your posts! Your project is absolutely darling…I missed Betsy's post of this so it's all brand new to me. Im always looking for new ways to present a gift card and this is just sooooooo kew-ute!!! Only thing is that I don't have a sewing machine so I'll have to figure out a way to create the pocket…hmmm….

Sue Ann said...

Jenn this is so cute and I have to say I have missed your posts too because they are always so great and inspiring ....... have a great day Jenn and I LOVE this project!!!

Melissa said...

These are so beautiful and fun! I love this idea and hope to remember it in the future for gift cards! Love how you used outline alpha for a chalkboard look!

Amy said...

Very cute project idea Jennifer! I love the chalkboard look of those letters on black. As moms, we all understand how busy life can get!! Glad you are back!

Mariana said...

What a lovely present and so special with their handwriting!! Love it!

Emm said...

So very cute!

Sara Mac said...

Glad you've posted again. We all understand the priority thing and yep, blogging is not at the top of the list (especially for us mommies).

The teahcer gifts are so cute. Great idea. Love the pocket you created by sewing.

Jackie Pedro said...

I just love this, so cute!!

resmith said...

How wonderful are these!! Great job. I am sure the teachers are going to love them.

Barbara said...

There are just darling, Jennifer! I love every little thing about them--and I know the teachers did, too!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

SO clever and so unique! Fabulous idea and I bet the teachers loved this!

Diane Jaquay said...

What an awesome job you did with the teacher's gift, very creative, and I'm sure the teachers will love it!

Kara said...

These are so sweet! I know the teacher's will love it!!
Kara

Nerina said...

Jennifer!!!! This is one completely and totally AWESOME card! WOW! I can't believe how many details you've put into this! Shape, colour, texture! Your 'teacher' details are so cleverly thought out - and that gingham ribbon is gorgeous! Fabu -lissimo all the way!

Cathy Weber said...

I like all of the projects, but my favorite was the one with the outline alphabet. I loved how the white letters just popped out on the dark background. Your kindergarten son will laugh at that picture later on in the future!

Jessica said...

What a cute way to give a gift card! Great job.

Angy said...

Super cute and a fabulous idea! Love it, thanks for sharing.