Thursday, June 25, 2009

Teacher's Stationary Sets

Well, I thought I'd show you what we're taking to the Elementary Teachers today as Thank You presents for another year of school (yippee one more day after today!). Our kids are very blessed to have such great schools, our daughter's first year of Junior High went wonderfully, and our sons have a fantastic Elementary school. You don't always find that and we don't take it for granted.

But, seriously what do you get a Teacher when you're on a budget? I mean, how can you say thank you for something so important as what they do each day? What's something they might want or can use? I decided this year to make something practical - something very me, something inexpensive to me, but shows my heart for them because of the time I invested in creating it.

I made each of them six Personalized Monogrammed cards, stamped envelopes and a pretty stationary box. Do you have go-to gifts? This is mine!

I started out by asking the boys, "What are your Teacher's Favourite colors?" Well, I got the answer from one son...(sigh)...so then I asked the other, what colors does your teacher wear most often...that worked. So we had two blues and a burgundy. Here we have one of the blues:
Simple cards with the Top Note, some great papers (I really wish this set of papers hadn't retired so early on). I chose this Lovely Letters Alphabet set for this specific purpose - making pretty monogrammed things. Can you just see the very light flourished stamp tone on tone around the Monogram M? It's Versamarked for a very light but elegant look. The card base has the Bella Toile Background on it and the edges are sponged.

This second set...very much the same, with my favourite Bella Bleu paper. The box I made for the cards is my go -to box, Beate's tutorial for an A2 Box on Splitcoast.

I rolled the box tops with the wheel from the old Carte Postal set I also stamped the envelopes to give it a very finished and personalized feel. It's all the in the details isn't it?

I really like how the tags turned out for the boxes. I layered the large oval, scalloped circle and 1 3/8 inch circle together. The nice thing about Lovely Letters is that there are several flourishy type stamps, so I used that on the ovals. After layering I put a simple black eyelet and tied it to the pretty ribbons on each box with Linen Thread.


On this one I just oriented the card horizontally. This Rich Razzleberry colors is awesome I think. The perfect mix between burgundy and purple. My early In Color favourite.

Think they'll like them? Hope so! I'll be back tomorrow with something pretty :)

Recipe: Stamps: Lovely Letters Alphabet, Bella Toile Background, Leaves al la Carte Wheel, Sweet Little Sentiments; Ink: Baja Breeze, VersaMark, Not Quite Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede; Paper: Baja Breeze, Prestwick DSP, Kraft, Confetti Cream; Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Kraft, Bella Bleu DSP; Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP; Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Modern Label Punch, Vintage Brads, Scalloped Edge Punch, Large Oval Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, Wide Baja Grosgrain, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Black Eyelets, Sponge, Dimensionals.

15 comments:

Shari said...

Wow! What a lovely gift idea. I think those teachers will love these! Wonderful work as always. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for always sharing your ideas.

Tracy said...

The teachers will love those gifts! Gifts from the heart (and the craft room) are always best! My youngest son graduated 5th grade today and his teacher got cards too.

2stampis2b said...

Beautiful design!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

WOWeee! Christine! These are amazing. I love using the pattern paper on the Top Note shape and you brought it to a whole new level with the monogram! Love these and I will be casing them for sure. Thanks girlie and hugs,

JulieA said...

Wow! I think that's a great gift! I hope they love them. (They should!)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards. I love the new Razzleberry color. Can't wait to get the new catalog.
Mary L Schreiber

LeAnne said...

Lovely gifts...you put so much thought and time into each one, the teachers must love you!

leenda said...

What a FABULOUS, thoughtful & creative gift! The teachers are going to love these!

Crystal said...

Christine these are beautiful, what fabulous gifts...Love all the different colors...!!

Renée said...

What a wonderful gift! I'm sure each teacher will love them. I've always been caught in the same conundrum: how to honour a teacher and their influence in our children's lives but not be budget-breaking.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

These are beautiful Christine. What wonderful gifts for the teachers. They are going to love them.

Silke said...

OMG - these are absolutely fabulous Set's!!! The teachers will love them!!! Hugs ~S~

Ruthie said...

AWESOME! BEAUTIFUL! I will definitely be casing your idea!!!! and I KNOW they will love them!
blessings and hugs
Ruthie

Cynnie said...

These are magnificent sets!!!
What work you put into them,,,amazing!!

Desiree de Monye said...

Fabulous! Beautiful presentation!