Adventure Awaits

One of my office mates retired. The social group put together a little scrap book for her. This was my contribution (I wrote a little note for her in the center):

Adventure Awaits | by karen h @ carefree creations

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Adventure Awaits
Stamps: Topography (Neat & Tangled); Happy Travels (Paper Smooches); Big World (Altenew); Road Trip, Destination, Retro Style Graduation, Pack Your Bags, Ahoy, Postmarks (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Soft Pool, Soft Purple (Hero Arts); Powder Pink, Hello Honey, Gumball Green, Sweet Sugarplum, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (Stampin’Up); Vintage Photo, Antique Linen (Ranger Distress); Tropical Teal (My Favorite Things); Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

Teacher Gift

I’m finally getting around to posting my final teacher project. This one was for my youngest’s teacher. I made a gift package with her favorite candy, a bookmark (which I forgot to photograph), and a photo frame with matching card.

by karen @ carefree creations - Teacher Thanks

I don’t think there is anything tricky or special about making the card, so I’ll move on to the frame.

by karen @ carefree creations - Family Photo Frame

I started with a plain wooden frame (got it for a buck or two at a craft store). I painted it with white paint that I tinted with Tempting Turquoise ink refill. After that dried, I used the frame to trace the inside and outside edges onto some pattern paper. Once that was cut out, I used modge-podge to glue it in place. I wrapped the frame sides with yellow ribbon. I pulled out some paper flowers from my stash, die cut some leaves – adhering them in place with glue dots. To do the ‘family’ letters, I backed some black paper with sticky paper then die cut the letters.

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Stamps: Beautiful Blooms 2 (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, Black, White (PTI); Tempting Turquoise (SU); Gumdrop Green (MFT);
Other: Lemon Tart ribbon, Beautiful Blooms 1 die, Happiness in Bloom leaf die, Buttoned Up 1 die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Quote Tag die (Paper Smooches); Flamingo DSP (SU);
family Photo Frame
Stamps: none
Ink/Cardstock: Gumdrop Green, Sour Apple (MFT); Black (PTI);
Other: Lemon Tart ribbon, Script Alphabet lower, Happiness in Bloom leaf die (PTI); Flamingo DSP (SU); paper flowers (stash); copic-colored Rhinestone (stash);

Gift Card Slider

The clinic aid at our elementary school is moving to another school. She is such a wonderful person – funny and caring. I wanted to give her a little token of thanks. I haven’t had a lot of stamping time this week, but today I had to get this card done now (since today is her last day, eek!). She loves Starbucks, so that is the gift card inside of this:

by karen @ carefree creations - Gift Card Slider

I used a bit of cardstock and pattern paper to make a faux tissue box for the front. I punched a little slot in the “top” and stuck a piece of facial tissue through.

Here it is “open”:

by karen @ carefree creations - Gift Card Slider (open)

I really love making these slider cards as gift card holders. I do have to alter the dimensions just as smidge to accomodate the gift card (and because I write on the slider panel) – the small slider panel is a 2 1/2 square.

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All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Congrats All Ways, Fruit Frusion: Apple, Mini Book Tabs, Movers & Shakers Sentiments;
Ink/Cardstock: Royal Velvet, White, Pure Poppy; Lucky Limeade (SU);
Other: Royal Velvet pattern paper; Fruit Frusion: Apple die, Tab die; Notch tool (Basic Grey); lots of adhesive (glue dots, foam dots, sticky strip); tissue;
Technique: double slider card (tutorial at SCS);

Opposite Seasons

The fifth, and final challenge, for the VSN Mini is to create two tags – one with a summer theme, and the other a winter.

Here are my tags:

by Karen @ carefree creations - Opposite Seasons

For the summer tag, it was an easy choice – sunflowers. Those are my favorite flowers (well, at least in the top 5 – I love all flowers so it is hard to pick a favorite). To ink the flowers, I started with Harvest Gold then inked the middle with Summer Sunrise and then went back over with the gold. The leaves are stamped off first to keep the muted colors.

For the winter tag, since I was keeping the same base color, I thought a snowman would be a perfect image.

I didn’t “finish” the tags (i.e., add ribbon or other embellishment) because I’m sure these will eventually make it onto a card (I don’t need tags). So I’ll wait until I know what I’m doing with them before they are done done.

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Stamps: Simple Sunflower (Papertrey Ink);
Ink/Card Stock: Soft Sky (SU); White, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Other: Simple Sunflower die, Tag Sale #3 die (PTI);
Stamps: Warm Hearts, Hang Ups, Forest Whimsy (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Card Stock: Soft Sky, Soft Suede (SU); White, Pure Poppy (PTI); London Fog (memento);
Other: Tag Sale #3 die (PTI); Stickles (Ranger);

Gift Ensembles for the Teachers

The end of school has come and gone. It was quite busy as my oldest “continued” from elementary school. And I was room mom for my other kiddo – so I helped with the end of year party. I’ll just say I’m glad (as always) that May is over! Of course, so much got pushed off until after school – that this week feels like just more of the same!

Enough whining. On to the good stuff – the photos! This year I did acrylic sticky-note pads, favor bags filled with chocolate, a paper clip bookmark, and a Starbuck’s gift card.

I snapped photos of the individual pieces of one of the sets, and the other sets are photographed as a group.

Here’s an “open” shot of the card. I used the Double Slider Tutorial at SplitCoast for creating the cards.

Here is another ensemble. I do believe that PTI’s Wisteria is now my favorite color!

My final ensemble. This teacher has a “wild animal” theme in her classroom, so that is why I decided to do her gifts with animal patterns.

And, because I felt so very clever when I thought of this…here is a closeup of the two sides to the bookmark for the ‘animal’ ensemble:

Below is a quick list of supplies, but if you have any questions, just ask!

Gift Ensemble 1
Stampin’Up! Notations DSP; PTI dies (FavorIt Box, Notched Flowers, TANL);
Gift Ensemble 2
PTI paper, ink, stamps (Sending You), and dies;
Gift Ensemble 3
Unknown animal print paper; PTI stamp (It’s a Jungle); PTI dies ;

Gift Card Gift

I picked up a gift card for my kiddo’s teacher. I wanted an interactive way to give the card. My kid helped me come up with this idea and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

My kiddo chose the colors – because purple is the teacher’s favorite color and yellow looks good with purple 🙂

You can’t see it in the photo, but the card base is embossed with PTI’s musical impression plate (again, the teacher likes to sing).

This was actually pretty simple to pull off.

The striped paper is popped up with foam tape (placed to just allow the gift card in – so that the top aligns as it should). The gift top is a folded piece of card stock with the gift card adhered to the inside back with repositionable tape.

Hopefully the second photo shows how the ribbon works. One piece is attached to the back of the present bottom, and the other piece is attached to the back of the present top.

I finished off the inside of the card with a little row of presents (because you know, kids don’t write a whole lot, lol).

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Gift Card
Stamps: Tiny Tags 1 & 2 (PTI); Holiday Sampler (SU);
Colors: Lemon Tart, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, White (PTI);
Other: Guidelines DSP (PTI); Plum ribbon (PTI); Tags die (PTI);

Star Teacher

My oldest kiddo has a wonderful teacher this year – someone who really looks out for the kid’s best interests. This past week was the end of a semester and I wanted to do something special for the teacher.

Our school is a PBIS school – where they focus on positive behavior. One of the elements is filling a person’s bucket with positive thoughts. The aforementioned teacher once mentioned to me she’d love for someone to fill her bucket with chocolate 😀 So naturally I needed to give her a chocolate filled bucket!

I found this awesome bucket in the Target dollar spot. Since it tapers, I could not figure out how to wrap paper around the bucket, so I just decorated it with die cut stars. I embossed the large star with the sentiment.

Of course I needed to add a card. I used more die cut stars. I recently purchased some good real sewing pinking shears. I used them to cut the mat. The main panel is old scrapbook paper that I have no idea where it came from. I stitched the two together. The sentiment is stamped on vellum. The final touch was spritzing the card base with Shimmerz.

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Back to School Gifties

Today was the first day of school. But a few days ago was “Meet the Teacher” day. I made these gifties for the girls’ new teachers.

I started with a cleaned-up hot chocolate can, covered it with paper and embellished it. I added some decorated pens & pencils. Since I sharpened the pencils (for immediate use), I wanted to protect the points in the can. Thankfully the interior circle of the can was a perfect fit for a Spellbinder die – so a quick die cut of craft foam and the inside is soft.

In addition to pens & pencils, I added a skinny note pad and a card. The card is a wacky size so it would fit in the can.

The final bit in the can is a questionnaire where I ask the teacher stuff like ‘what is your favorite color’, and ‘do you like apples’. I’ll use the information when making other gifts throughout the year. If you are interested, you can download the questionnaire (PDF).

As for supplies, the stamps are all PTI (except the frame on the card – that is MFT). The DSP is all retired SU stuff. If you want to know something specific, don’t hesitate to ask.

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Teacher Gifts

So last week my blog was pretty quiet. The reason was I was working on teacher gifts – the ones I needed to get into the mail to send back to our old school….before school got out for the year!

In that school my girls switched classes for different subjects, so there were many teachers. For one group I did note cubes with matching pens. For the other set I did acrylic sticky-note holders with matching pens. I kept it simple and used the same design for all of them.

Then for the card that accompanied the gifts, I continued the same design. I did break out the felt to create the flowers and then used the vine stamp from Background Basics for the leaves (because at some point I lost the leaf stamp that I was using, but PTI, being an awesome company, is replacing that image – for just the cost of a stamp!).

Stamps: Beautiful Blooms 2, Background Basics, Think Big #2 (all PTI);
Colors: Royal Velvet, Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz, Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse (all PTI);
Gifts: Acrylic picture frame, sticky-note pads, note cubes, Pentel RSVP pens;

Gift: Frame

This photo frame is for a friend back in Hawaii who recently had a baby. Since this was not her first child, I figured she probably wouldn’t need clothing. I decided a photo frame would be a great gift.

I started with a wood frame – something I’ve had in my stash for a long time, but I’m pretty sure I got it at Michael’s or a similar shop. It was plain wood. I painted the frame front and sides white. Then I covered the front with paper (some old KI Memories paper). You can’t tell it in the photo but the pattern paper has sheen to it.

Next I added a bit of ribbon. Then I finished it with the chipboard letters and felt flower accent. The insert to the frame had a generic advertisey look to it, so I painted that white and added a protective layer (with a decoupage-like glue).

Every gift needs a card, right? I made this one to match the frame.

I used the same supplies. This gift is for many reasons, so I left a greeting off the front and wrote everything inside. Since the gift is a wood frame, I used a wood embossing plate to texture the card’s background. The flowers on the frame are felt and have their own texture. The flowers on the card are paper and felt a bit flat. I added some white sponging to the centers, just enough to peek out behind the top layers.

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Leaf die (Taylored Expressions); Flower dies (PTI); Ribbon (PTI); paper (KI Memories); chipboard letters (?); button (stash); glue (PPA glue-mat finish);
Leaf die (Taylored Expressions); Flower dies (PTI); Ribbon (PTI); light blue/pattern paper (KI Memories); card stock (Baja-SU); button (stash); Impression Plate (PTI);