Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Helping a good cause

I have boxes of cards Ive made and Im slowly working through recipients but I have more cards than occasions. I've tried donating some to local Cancer Research shops to sell, but they have literally thousands and requested no more as they werent selling enough. Then I came across a really good cause that caught my eye.
Operation Write Home.
While its US based, they were more than happy for me to make and send cards for them to pass on.

While its a shame nothing like this exists in the UK for our forces, (if there is then please let me know, I'd love to pass them some cards!) I still think its a great way for me to do what I love doing and also know someone out there is grateful for me sending a card.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Handmade Teacher Thank You Gift

My 3 Boys love giving their teachers handmade gifts at the end of the year. They're also very different from the usual chocolates and bottles of wine they receive.
This year we came up with Fridge Magnets! After failing miserably with our original idea of using glass pebbles, we really struggled to find any clear glass ones that were big enough, I had the idea of using bottle tops.
Between the 3 boys they have 10 teachers!! So we had quite a task on our hands, but this is what we came up with...

The magents were made using  various co-ordinating papers and a 1" punch. VERY easy for my Boys to do themselves, being ages 4, 6 and 8, its important I dont do everything for them. All they did was punch out lots of circles, glue them to the squashed bottle top and add a clear epoxy circle bubble sticker over the top. I had the job of gluing magents onto the backs using my Glue Gun.

The mini Pizza boxes I custom made to measure 3" x 3" x 1/2" and hold 5 magnets.
Using Spellbinders butterfly die, I die cut an aperture into each box lid and glued attached acetate to the back to make a aindow.
Ribbon was glued to the base of the box so it could be tied into a bow on the front Then I die cut lots of mini Rolled Roses using an MFT die along with leaves using a Marianne D leaf die. Everything was carefully glued onto the lid using glossy accents.

Giving the present to the teachers like this just didnt feel quite "finished". So I put each box into a cellophane card bag and die cut some labels using Spellbinders label dies, folded them in half and stapled them to each bag. I wrote the Teachers name in a fancy font and each boy signed it from them.

And heres what 10 packaged Fridge Magnets in Mini pizza boxes look like...

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Simple Rolled Flower Card

This card doesnt have a sentiment yet, I knew exactly how I wanted the card to turn out, but also wanted to leave it "sentiment free" so I can stamp one on when the time comes to give it to a recipient.

The base is a A6 pink hammer effect card and some rose printed paper added to the bottom inch. The paper came from a stack I found in my papers box. I think it was a free one from a magazine.
The same paper was used to make the flower which was created using the Spellbinders bitty blossom die and Marianne D leaves dies for the foliage, along with an x-cut punch for the small leaf. A big pink pearl was added to the centre.
I embossed two lines across the card on my Hougie board and added a Memory box Tessatina die cut between the embossed lines.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Teachers Gifts!

As there is now only 1 week left until my 3 boys finish school for the summer, we've been quite busy making their gifts! They have 10 teachers between them, so its been quite a mammouth task! As soon as the final one is finished, I will take photos and upload them here. You wont be dissapointed, and hopefully neither will the teachers!
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