End of School Teacher Gift Wrap Up

Hello! It's been awhile since my last post, but I'm continuing where I left off with teacher gifts. Today is the last day of school, and I'm happy (and relieved that I finished all 16 teacher gifts). Yes, you read that correctly... sixteen in all!

Earlier in the month, I made tags as part of the Taylored Expressions May release. I ended up turning those into cards for Brina's male teachers, then I enclosed gift cards inside. Here's a look at one of them.


These cards ended up pretty thick due to the inside, outside and lots of foam tape, so I packaged them in clear boxes since they were hand delivered.

For the female teachers, therapists and aides, I started this project last month. I wanted to create a set of personalized note cards for each. I was pretty happy with the end result.

I made 48 cards in all and could not have done so without the aid of the Mini Misti. I started with the Rosy Posey stamp set and stamped the roses and leaves several times (masking each step) onto watercolor cardstock.

Stamped first rose.

Masked first rose and stamped another rose.

Here you can see the masking above.

Peel off mask and the roses look like this.

Repeating this step a few more times, this was the end result.

To color the roses, I used Distress Ink Paint and a waterbrush to do some messy watercoloring.

Here are all of them layed out after watercoloring had dried.

For each card set, I created a Word document "from the desk of" and personalized them, then I printed them onto vellum using a laser printer. Using Thermoweb gold foil, I ran each through my mini Minc machine to foil the words. This would only work with a laser printer and not inkjet. The toner from the laser printer allows the foil transfer process to happen. I trimmed each piece of vellum so it was slightly smaller than the watercolor piece and stitched it on with my sewing machine.

Here are all the card fronts layed out and ready to be adhered to the card base!

Brina was excited to take them to school and give out her gifts! People often ask me why I go through the effort of not only giving, but also making, teacher gifts. For one thing, it does cause me a lot of stress to figure out what to make and then worrying about finishing in time. But, I have no regrets taking on such a task. We have been blessed with some really great individuals who work hard teaching Brina, and these gifts are but a small token of our appreciation!

So, now we say goodbye to a great 7th grade year and hello to SUMMER VACATION!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

More Teacher Gift Ideas!

Hello! Welcome to Taylored Expressions May 2016 Release! All products that we have been peeking this week are now available in the TE store, HERE! Before you head off to shop, I have two final projects to show you.

Tomorrow Teacher Appreciation Week officially comes to a close, but we only have 3 weeks of school left, so I'm now turning my focus to end of school year teacher gifts. Since Brina is in middle school, she has a plethora of teachers in addition to her special ed teachers and educational aides. I have a plan for the female teachers (which I will show you when I finish them), but male teachers are always harder for me. I've decided to go with gift cards, and I'm just getting started on them.

I used the Tagging Along die to create a gift tote for Brina's geography teacher. I only managed to finish the one tote, but I did make tags for other teachers. I will either make them into a card or a tote.

It seemed appropriate to use Best in the World and the Whole Wide World die for a geography teacher. I also used map patterned paper on the sides and back of the tote. I added some Lindt truffles inside the tote. Here's a look at the front of the tote.

On the backside, I used the Tag Pocket die and used the pocket to hold my gift card. I used a sentiment from Toe-tally Awesome.

Tote supplies:

Here are the other tags that I made. These are sized to be used on the Tagging Along tote as well. Unless specified, the tags use sentiments from Toe-tally Awesome. Top row, L to R: I used Little Bits - Cookie. The middle tag uses Graphic Greetings - Thank You. The far right tag uses Little Bits - Nail Polish. Bottom row, L to R: I used Little Bits - Cake & Stand. The middle tag uses Sports Balls and All-Star Accents (perfect for Coach or PE teacher). The final tag uses Little Bits - Donut.

Tag supplies: