Monday, June 28, 2010

End of year Teacher gifts

I can't believe it's the end of the school year already. Last day of school is tomorrow so this past weekend was a flurry of trying to finish teacher gifts. Thank goodness for my friend Jacqui who let me crash at her place all weekend. It's so much easier to get stuff done without kids and cats getting in the way. It was also great having someone to bounce ideas off of. I'm really pleased with how both of these gifts worked out and Jacqui definitely deserves part credit.

I purchased a couple of these wooden boxes/bags from Michaels and altered them using paper, chipboard and stickers. This box is covered with Basic Grey "Green at Heart" papers (the red floral on front & back with the dotted on the sides). All of the edges are liberally sanded to smooth the edges and give a worn/shabby chic look. The flowers on the handle are thicker stickers with coloured brads in the centres. The rest of the embellishments, including the tag, are from the "Green at Heart" thicker sticker set. The tag is attached with a scrap of twine from Jacqui's amazing ribbon stash. I will be filling the box with tissue paper and candies.
This box is covered with Basic Grey and Imaginesce "Teacher's Pet" papers. The front & back is covered in the orange/red paper with a strip of a second pattern on the sides. I'm in love with the flowers and very pleased with myself as this was a first attempt at quilling. I used the brand-new Cuttlebug quilling set (carnation). What a cool set - I used the dies to cut 3 quilling strips from the striped Imaginesce paper. I wasn't sure how it would look but I'm quite pleased with the final result. My only mistake was using a white-cored paper for the inner core which meant the flower centres were white. I tried using a yellow Copic marker to colour it in but wasn't impressed so I ended up adding a yellow pearl to each centre. The tag is a recycled tag from a purse that I bought this weekend. I simply covered it with matching paper (the same paper used for the flowers) and re-punched the hole.
One or both of these boxes are being entered into the following challenges:


  1. Totally ADORABLE!!! Thanks for sharing with us this week at PIO!

  2. Oh wonderful adorable bag Shelley.

  3. Just totally beautiful! Thanks for joining us on TG

  4. These are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Love 'em both but the owl on the first one is fantastic. Great job!!!! Thanks for playing along with PIO this week!

  5. these are so sweet :-)..thanks for joining us at TG this week...Debs x

  6. I bet these were loved :)

    Thank you so much for joining us at Incy Wincy CHallenge this week

    Would love to have come over and visit my own blog

    Heather and the DT at Incy WIncy

  7. Great gifts! Thanks for joining us at Pile It On.