Aug 19 2012

August Tour de Freaks – Back to School


It's time!  It's the August Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  Our theme this month is Back to School  Hard to believe it is that time again!  You've probably just come from Yvette's blog...aren't her projects cute? 


I wanted to design an easy, back to school thank you for teachers.  Something they could use, but wasn't too hard to pull together!  So, here is a little something for their desk!



Starting with the Apple Tree card.



The base of the card is Real Red.  I layered on Whisper White.  At the bottom, I cut the ground in a curve with Old Olive cardstock.  I ran it thru the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Impressions Folder, then highlighted the raised areas with Old Olive Ink.  I like how that turned out!  Then I cut a small thin strip of the Early Espresso Coredinations Paper, used the Woodgrain folder again on it, and sanded off the raised areas.  I made sure I got that fun "knot" of wood.  The tree topper is the scallop circle from the Perfect Pennants Die, and a 2" Circle Polka Dot Parade DSP inside.  I stamped the apple from Perfectly Preserved stamp set and cut them out with the Cannery Framelits Set.  I added a Rhinestone jewel to the front of each apple.  Finally, I stamped Thank You in Real Red from Wacky Wishes hostess stamp set!


Next is a little photo or note holder made from a large binder clip!  I covered the base with the Storytime DSP rulers, layered on Real Red or So Saffron cardstock…so fun!  I added large scallop circles (Real Red on one side and So Saffron on the other), then 1 3/4" punched circles inside.  I used the Fancy Fan to emboss the center area.  Then used Perfectly Preserved and Cannery Framelits again for the apples on each side.  I tied a 1/4 Real Red Stitched Ribbon around the base, too.



My last project is a teeny tiny paint can.  I think it is the 2 oz size.  On top is a So Saffron Circle and I used the Apple again for on top.  I tied the little opener ring onto the handle with the 1/4 Real Red Stitched Ribbon, then I adhered the bottom to another Scallop Circle from the Perfect Pennants Die.  Inside are colorful plastic paper fasteners.  I love the colorful office supplies and thought they would be useful for a teacher's papers!


So, hope you like my quick and easy back to school teacher gifts!  Make sure to continue around on the tour…it's a short one this month!  Next stop is Gretchen Barron…enjoy her fun projects, too!


8 People have left comments on this post

Aug 20, 2012 - 06:08:24
Sherylee said:

Gorgeous projects!  I love that apple tree card!!

Aug 20, 2012 - 07:08:30
Diana Laabs said:

I love the Apple tree card it is so cute.  
Diana from WI

Aug 20, 2012 - 09:08:55
Jill said:

Absolutely adorable, thanks for the inspiration!

Aug 20, 2012 - 10:08:10
Estelle said:

thanks for the tour…. I have gotten a few ideas for uing the products that everyone used.  I always enjoy the Tour de Freaks.  
aka mamahowe

Aug 20, 2012 - 11:08:07
Christyne said:

These are just too cute! If I was a teacher I would LOVE to get these sweet treats on the first day.

Aug 20, 2012 - 07:08:45
Jen Timko said:

Such fun, Connie!  That little binder clip is adorable (and perfect for a desk)!

Aug 20, 2012 - 09:08:09
Carol Carriveau said:

WONDERFUL items, Connie!

Aug 21, 2012 - 11:08:06
Cindy Elam said:

Love the apple tree card, but that note/photo holder is pure genius!