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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Appreciate Those Teachers!

This year, I’m kinda sorta tasked with the gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week at the boys’ school.  The parent group already had a great plan, but of course I had to add "just one more little thing," so now I’m a bit overwhelmed.  And who will suffer?  The boys’ homeroom teachers, because I don’t have the time to make them something super cool. Oh well, I’ve spoiled them all year…perhaps they’ll forgive me.

Their teachers are getting something in this cute little bag.  I’m not sure what yet.  Maybe chocolates, cookies, or school supplies.  The point is, I am going to make these bags to put it in!

I love this template for a gift bag.  I always have lunch bags, which form the base, and can customize the front and back to fit the occasion.  They've come to my rescue many times when I needed a last minute bag.

See, it’s a perfect size for all sorts of little surprises!

To make this, cut the top off a lunch bag to make it 6” tall.  Cut a piece of cardstock (here I’m using Crumb Cake) in half to make 2 pieces that are 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”.  I used the scallop edge punch to fancy up the top edges, then the XL Oval punch to make a handle. Embellish however you would like.  It’s just like making a card, just with more space to work with.

To get this watercolor-ish look, I colored the stamps with Watercolor Wonder crayons…love those!  Then I spritzed them with Smooch to both moisten them and give a little shimmer to the flowers.  It gives a really nice effect when stamped on Naturals White cardstock.

I’m sad to see this set, Inspired by Nature, retire on May 31.  The grass and flower images are so large and make an impact if you want, or a nice subtle background.  The sentiments are perfect for so many occasions, even though there are only 2 of them.

To finish it off, I just rounded the corners, punched out a pop of color (Baja Breeze, although it doesn’t look it), and tied on some ribbon.  You can do it, too!

1 comment:

  1. Very cute bags for some lucky teachers. Of course, I'm sure you know I'm partial to that water colored techniques. Really like the little added detail with the Baja Breeze die cut.

    Didn't know SU had those crayons. Will have to check it out when my budget gets back in line. Sigh--might be a bit of a wait.


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