Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Creative Challenge-Teacher Appreciation

Welcome to our monthly DT Creative Challenge.  This month we are prepping ahead for Teacher Appreciation in May....so we have put together some crafty teacher themed projects.

I did up a sweet little gift pouch, card, and matching Award for your Favorite teacher(s).

I mixed and matched a couple of stamp sets and used lots of die-namics to pull this project together. I just love the WTG-Teachers Pet stamp set....it's a beautiful image and FULL of wonderful sentiments.  Of course, I couldn't make the Award Ribbon without my FAVE FIRST PLACE AWARD RIBBON stamp set and matching Die-namics.

The little gifty is an easy to make pouch, that was inspired by Lesley Langdon.  I used some linen fabric from my stash and stamped a  few sentiments all over it.  I used my sewing machine to make this and it was really quick.
Here's how:

1. cut a long strip of fabric (or tear it), keeping the edges frayed. 

Make it long enough, so when you fold it over you have a good sized pouch to fill.  I did not measure this, just eye-balled it.

2. Sew up both sides.  A sewing machine makes this go quick, but you could hand stitch if you don't have  a machine.

3. Pick your stamps and add your sentiments.  Since this was a one-time gift, I wasn't worried about ink choice. If this was something you might wash, then make sure you use a permanent ink.

I filled mine with Jelly Beans and tied it up with some twine and a gorgeous plaid ribbon bow.  I also decided it would be fun to give our favorite teacher an Award Ribbon to wear....so everyone else will know what a top-notch, #1 teacher she is.

 I had fun with the FIRST PLACE AWARD RIBBON DIE-NAMICS and matching stamps.  I cut the base of the award from some corrugated cardboard. The papers are Jillibean soup.  I added a mat to the smallest circle with the SWEET STACKS Die-namics.

I added a Basic Grey magnetic snap to the back, so our teacher could wear this proudly and not put a hole in her shirt.  I used the magnet to hold it in place on the pouch.

We couldn't give a gift without a matching card.  I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch for this card.  I used the MIX AND MATCH BANNER DIE-NAMICS, to keep with the flow from the AWARD RIBBON.  

I wanted the sentiment to really stand out, so I chose to not color my image, other than the apple and her skin. I added a few touches of school-themed product with the staples, and NOTEBOOK EDGE DIE-NAMICS (in the background).  Some stitching and buttons, finish it off.
I also wanted to added one more sentiment (I had lots to say...to praise this teacher) so I carried over a similar layout to the inside and this time added another thank-you to a stack of LAYERED LABELS DIE-NAMICS.

I am really loving (and have loved) the MFT cardstock.  I used Fossil, Hot Fudge, Gumdrop Green on today's projects. You can see all the cardstock in the Boutique, here.

Thanks for stopping by. Follow me over to Kim's Blog for the full list of DT members joining me for this month's challenge.

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  1. LOVE the gift bag and how you stamped all over it - so perfect! And the card and ribbon are so super cute! What a sweet set.

  2. wow, you rocked this challenge, these are all super cute.

  3. Great set! Love your card and the bag is so adorable!

  4. Love this!!! The stamped bag is awesome!! Your card is wonderful - love how you only colored the apple and the paper is perfect!!!

  5. That little burlap bag is FABULOUS!!

  6. Awesome project, Lisa! LUV the bag!

  7. Very cute! Love how easy you made the bag!!! Love seeing the ribbon die being used like this! I bought mine recently and so far just using it for banners but LOVE seeing it all together!

  8. Oh my gosh girl this is amazing. I love the way you stamped on the bag. It is awesome. Great teacher gift set.

  9. Love the bag and medallion. Cute card too!!!


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