Friday, May 29, 2009

Teacher Appreciation & More Part 3

Thanks for tuning in this week with us!

I know the team and myself have loved working with the Imaginisce line.

And the response I got from Parker's sweet teacher to the clipboard and candy jar...were outstanding! We're really going to miss her!!

Hopefully we've given you some great gift ideas and more!

And speaking of's our last projects to share with you using the Teacher's Pet line.

Paper Flowers
by: Stacey Stamitoles

Teacher's Pet Collection:

Pattern Paper: Wipe That Up, Welcome to Room 10, Number Cruncher
Other supplies:
Floral tape
Kraft cardstock
Floral wire
Pattern for flowers: Paper Source

Remember This Layout
by: Melanie Douthit

Teacher's Pet Collection:
Patterned Paper, Die Cut Images: Imaginesce Teacher's Pet Collection
Cardstock: Bazzill
Chipboard Stickers and Buttons: Basic Grey
Cricut: Provocraft

Other: Trim, Notebook Page, PenBack to School Card

abc's & 123's card
by Jessica Witty

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = My New Pencil Box, Wipe That Up!
Chipboard Stickers = I Love School
Felt = Heart Felt shapes
Ribbon = Recess Ribbons
Stamp = Snag 'em Stamps (Best Teacher)

Cardstock = Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Ink = Versamark (Tsukineko)
Die = Top Note (Stampin' Up)

Preschool Layout
by Julia Sandvoss

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = When's Recess?, Wipe That Up!
Chipboard Stickers = I Love School
Rubons = First Day

EK Punch
Bo Bunny Double Dot Ribbon & Stapler
Colorbox Chalk Inks
American Crafts Felt Alphabet
Jenni Bowlin Alphabet

I hope you've enjoyed the ideas this week! We had a great time working with the line. The glossy accents on the papers and chipboard are too fun, the rubons go on so smooth you hardly have to rub them!LOL and the stamps are some of the cutest out there! I highly recommend the Teacher's Pet line! Thanks again to Imaginisce! Be sure to pop in next week for ideas using their Wild Things line!

And to thank you for popping about a little Imaginisce?

Leave a comment..let me know a handmade teacher gift idea you have made or is on your list of crafts! We'll pick a name from the comments for this fun assortment of Twitterpated from Imaginisce and announce it next Wednesday, June 3rd!

Thanks to all the teachers for all they do!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Teacher Appreciation & More Part 2

I can't believe it!! Today is the last day of school for my kiddos....summer is officially kicking off!

I'm heading in to my youngest son's school to take gifts to all of Parker's teachers. I'm excited to go give them their gifts and thank them for all their work this year!

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. ~Author Unknown

Here's our second post with more sweet teacher gifts, thank you cards and some layouts!

Best Teacher Card
by: Melanie Douthit

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = Welcome to Room 101, My New Pencil Box (front & reverse)
I Love School chipboard stickers
Recess Ribbons

Cardstock = Kraft
Prismacolor Pencils

{think play learn} card
by Jessica Witty

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = Welcome to Room 101, My New Pencil Box (front & reverse)
I Love School chipboard stickers
Recess Ribbons
Cardstock = Kraft (Papertrey Ink)

Sweetie teacher jar
by: Stacey Stamitoles

Teacher's Pet Collection:
Pattern Paper: My new pencil box
Ribbon: Recess Ribbons
Other: black cardstock, misc. fabric, printer (for poem)

Mrs. Irwin is a Sweetie!

Green is for the inspiration you gave to me each day,
Blue is for your patience in showing me the way,
Orange is for your warmth and your caring style,
Yellow is for the way you could always make me smile,
Red is for my life that you touched this year,
You’re a very special teacher, like this jar - that’s clear!

(my son will sign his name)

Best Teacher Card & Gift Bag
by: Julia Sandvoss

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = Welcome to Room 101, My New Pencil Box (front & reverse)
I Love School chipboard stickers
Rubons =Chalkboard

Cardstock = Kraft
Colorbox Chalk Inks
Bunny Double Dot Ribbon

Star Student Layout
by: Melanie Douthit

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = When's Recess?, Number Cruncher, Welcome to Room 101, No Passing Notes
I Love School chipboard stickers
School Felties

Ribbon = Recess

That's it for today!!! Just a quick note to wish my son Connor a very Happy 14th Birthday!

Check back in Friday for more ideas and a chance to win some yummy Imaginisce! See you then,


Monday, May 25, 2009

Teacher Appreciation & More!

It's that time...time for the kids to start wrapping up the end of school with tests, cleaning out their lockers and desks, bringing home endless papers, art work, supplies and more.

Before everything is done...I think it's a perfect time to take a minute to thank those special teachers. All those classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading teachers, librarians, office assistants, dance teachers and I'm sure you can all help me name many more!

We're excited to kick off our Teacher Appreciation post to let you know that all this week...Imaginisce has so generously sponsored us with their adorable Teacher's Pet new line! The line has something in it for everyone. Cute paper with ruler designs, hopscotch papers, glossy chipboard stickers, rubons that are tops in my book and the sweetest matching brads and stamps!

We'll be showcasing Imaginisce's new line all this week with ideas for gifts, cards, layouts and more! And I might just have some goodies to offer don't a miss a post!

Notebook & Pen Set

By: Stacey Stamitoles

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = Wipe That Up Stickers = I Love School Glossy Chipboard
Flowers = Grade A Mix
Brads = A+ Epoxy Brads

Notebook, Pen

Back to School Card
By: Melanie Douthit

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = (No) Passing Notes
Stickers = I Love School Glossy Chipboard stickers
Ribbon = Recess Ribbons

Best Teacher Book
by Jessica Witty

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = When's Recess?, (No) Passing Notes
Stamps = Snag 'em Stamps (Best Teacher, Crayons)
Ribbon = Recess Ribbons

Cardstock = Vanilla (Stampin' Up)
Ink = Dark Brown Chalk Ink (Clearsnap)
Marker = Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Baker's Twine = Martha Stewart
Buttons, Hole punch, Slit punch, Corner Rounder punch

This little gift book came about as I was trying to wrap Eli's teacher gifts (a set of bracelets). I measured the pp to make the spine wide enough to hold the bracelet set plus a folded piece of cardstock to serve as the pages. I attached the pages by setting the cardstock in the spine, punching a tiny hole on each end, then threading some twine through and tying it inside the pages. This worked really well as I was able to do all the writing and Eli was able to decorate his pages before we put the pages in the book. For the pages, I had Eli tell me something special about his teacher on the front page, he drew them a picture on the middle pages, and I wrote a thank you note on the last page. The best part was Eli saying that his favorite thing about Ms.Danielle is that she calls him "sweetie pie!"

To hold the bracelets, I cut a layer of cardstock to fit the back cover, punched two slit holes near the top, and threaded a piece of ribbon through the holes to tie around the bracelets. The ribbon that ties the book closed is adhered between the layers of pp on the front of the book and the layer of cardstock on the back of the book. We made three gifts, so to tell them apart I punched some pp circles, wrote the names on them, then ran them through my tiny Xyron to make "stickers" out of them. Stuck those on the backs of the bag and Eli was able to give the right one to each teacher!

Teacher Clipboard & Smartie Jar
By: Julia Sandvoss

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = Welcome to Room 10, My New Pencil Box, Number Cruncher Rubons= Chalkboarders
Stamps = Snag 'em Stamps (Best Teacher)
Ribbon = Recess Ribbons
Rubons = Chalkboarders

Ink = Dark Brown Chalk Ink (Clearsnap)
Basic Grey Alpha Sticker, Marvy Uchida Mega Scallop Circle Punch, Giga Circle Punch

Bo Bunny Ribbon
Candy Jar (anything will work really!)
Plaid Mod Podge

Trace shape of clipboard "clip" onto paper...trim out to fit around. Add a light coat of Mod Podge to clipboard and paper...adhere together smoothing out paper. Cut out additional papers to decorate board. Personalize with alphabet stickers for name. Stamp onto paper. Add rubons to bottom of clipboard. To ensure a long life for the clipboard..I also recommend one to two light coats of Mod Podge. Apply the second coat only after the first has dried completely. This is a teacher favorite!

For the candy jar cut papers to fit. Ink edges and adhere. Type out (or print) message in Microsoft Word. Some suggested ideas:

-Thanks to you I'm not a Dum Dum (fill with Dum dum suckers)
-Because of you I'm a real Smartie (fill with Smarties candies)
-Thanks to you...I'm not an Airhead! (fill with Airhead candies)

and for really any occasion

-You're a real Lifesaver ( guessed it..Life Saver candies!)

Last..adhere to papers and adhere to lid.

My Class Layout
By: Melanie Douthit

Teacher's Pet Collection:
PP = No Passing Notes, My New Pencil Box

Flowers = First Class Mix
Stickers = I Love School Glossy Chipboard
Brads = A+ Epoxy Brads

If you find youself now wishing and wanting to get ahold of some of the Imagaince Teacher's Pet's a few places that carry the supplies:

A Cherry On Top


Eclectic Paperie

Stop and Scrap

See you Wednesday for more ideas!!!


Monday, May 11, 2009

Thanks, Mom!

Hey, there!

Just a quickie post for you in honor of Mother's Day!

Have you ever heard people say that to discover your own personal design style, you might try looking your interior design style?

Yeah, that so does not work for me! I tend to create things that are simple and graphic... probably tending toward modern. But my home is a far, far cry from modern! The majority of the decorations are found objects from my favorite flea market (Canton!) or thrift store and lots of our furniture is handmade, handpainted, etc. Walking through my home you would find an antique refrigerator that stores our sodas, etc., old metal signs hanging everywhere, and an antique store counter turned dresser for our bedroom, among various other things.

I think I like this card because it's outside of my usual style, but in keeping with my other style, my home style. A little shabby, a little retro. Love the Girl Friday paper... it's all divided up into little pieces that are ready to cut up and make focal elements out of.

Girl Friday Elements Pattern Paper by Cosmo Cricket
Girl Friday Sunday Pattern Paper by Cosmo Cricket
Daydream Pattern Paper by Collage Press
Antiquity Alphabet Clear Stamps by Narratives
Thank You Clear Stamps by Fiskars
Light Blue Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon by May Arts
Scor-Tape 1/4" x 27 yards Double-sided Adhesive by Scor-Pal
Hope you all had a Happy Mother's Day! We celebrated at a birthday swim party for some our of our kids' friends, so I still need to get over to celebrate my own mom!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Winner Alert!

Thank you from all of us at Pursuit of Craftyness - you anniversary wishes really made us smile. We're glad to be able to provide some fun ideas for you. The winner of the drawing is:

Pegg S said...
Happy Anniversary! Congrats! I found very useful the Watercolor pencils tutorial. I always color on white paper - I love the look of the pencils on the color paper - esp kraft. I have been trying to break out of my mode! I love the variety of ideas that you provide!!

May 1, 2009 4:21 PM

Pegg, I have sent you an email, so be on the lookout for it! Big thanks to all of you who let us know what you enjoyed - it helps us determine what to show in the future!

Be well, Jenn