Back To School Days!

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Today’s post is all about honoring all those fabulous teachers that give every bit of themselves to teach our dear children each and every day.  Our teachers wear many, many hats in the lives of our children daily in not only instructing and assessing the needs of children, but they serve as role models, they are inspirational, motivational, they are nurturers, praise givers, recess observers, lunch room monitors, good listeners, and most of all, there each and every day to teach your children lessons and at times lessons about life.  They are noble. They sacrifice a lot to make each day a valuable experience for our children.  They are blessings and we should all be thankful. And I know you are!

I hope my card today offers a bit of inspiration to tuck into your child’s backpack to give to their teacher, or for the older kids out there (say middle school or even high school) to just leave a card on the teacher’s desk as a surprise to him or her later.  What a welcome surprise for the teacher to wonder what it is and then to open it with sincere words of appreciation…well, wouldn’t it just make your day, I know it would make mine awesome.

Check out how this cute card all comes together~

Debbie’s “Deets” (short for “details” you knew that, though) on the card:

*  I used Real Red for the card base and the cool looking Elegant Dots embossing folder – I thought it went well to kind of “match” the “dashes” in DSP (designer series paper). This is such a versatile design to use for many occasions. It’s packs a punch to a card.  Next, I used a little Daffodil Delight (isn’t it just delightful?) card stock under the Schoolhouse DSP (this paper is such a cute bundle! check it out).  Cut your Schoolhouse paper in the alphabets and get yourself some of the Linen thread twine out, cut about 5-6 inches of that, use your snail glue on the back of the paper edges, attach it where you want it. Let it “droop” some to give that “hanging look.”

* Punch out your small banners using the little banner punch (it’s so so so cute!) in what ever colors you wish.  I used red and yellow. Place them on the ends of your banner “rope” with a half cut dimensional, that’s all ya need.  Just eye ball it. And turn them outwards.  You know what I mean. 🙂

* I used my tombow glue to plaster the Daffodil Delight and Schoolhouse Alphabet pieces down. This glue is SO forgiving. It allows you to “smoosh” the card pieces around to line them up perfectly.  Well pretty perfectly if not perfectly.  You get it. You only need to use a little, just outline the back side and down it goes. This stuff sticks! (and you can “maneuver” it around to line it up perfectly), it’s pretty cool stuff.

*   Next I used the “note” banner stamp image from the Tap,Tap, Tap stamp set and used the craft white ink pad onto black card stock to give it that “chalkboard” LOOK.  I cut out the banner image with the banner frame lit die. If you don’t have the Banner Frame Lit dies, you are missing out. These things work for so many ways to express your sentiments and to give “ribbon looks” on your projects and cards. There are SIX different sizes/widths to use. Awesome blossom. Page 173 in the Annual catty, so many different uses!   You will need to trim the points with your snips, but the banner frame lit itself cuts out the width part. Isn’t that nice of the banner frame lit?

*  I stamped the PERFECT sentiment for anyone, anytime of the YEAR no matter what DAY it is, “Hope your day is wonderful” from the Cottage Greetings stamp set. Check out this stamp set, I love the fonts in it!  You can get it with a darling Card Kit on page 94, Annual catty.  It’s such an adorably FUN set.  I will be sharing with you some projects from this kit using this adorable stamp set soon. So you wouldn’t want to miss it, would you? (wink, wink!) I stamped this fabulous sentiment on a thin strip of whisper white card stock and hand cut right quick the banner point with my snips.  I attached it with a “strip” of dimensional that is on the end of the dimensionals edges. Just cut a small narrow piece and then place on the back and slap on the “chalkboard” darling banner!  Voila, you’re done!

Now write a sweet note inside to your child’s teacher that works every single day teaching your beloved littles.  (I might refer to the younger children as “littles” so when I do, you’ll know what I mean), and don’t discount the “olders” (those are the middles and the high schoolers)they might just want to write some words of appreciation and leave a nice little surprise on the desk of a “fav” teacher they enjoy and look up to.  You could also attach wonderful card to a banana walnut bread loaf or a pumpkin chocolate chip loaf wrapped in cello with red/yellow grosgrain ribbon for your sweet littles, middles or high schooler to take to a fabulous teacher!

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So, today my card expresses my heartfelt wishes to all the great and fabulous teachers out there.  YOU do make a difference in the lives of our beloved children.   I “hope your day is wonderful!”

p.s. A lined envelope really completes your card. Just is a special touch. Check out the  envelope liners on page 173 of the annual catalog.  There are three sizes, too!  I use these great little babies ALL the time! Makes your card so special and real snazzy!  Oh and it gives a really nice “WOW” to all your cards, sophisticated I’d say.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today, sure hope you come back now!  I’ve got some more in store for packaging and giving out to all those grand teachers as they, your children and you begin a NEW school year!  Hope it’s the best one yet for everyone.

Take great care and have a great weekend!

From my stampin heart to yours (whether you’re a stamper or not!)




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