Psst... If you are reading this post on the 19th, please note that we are getting the tour ready and testing the links to make sure everything is working. The official tour begins on the 20th, so if you cannot make the whole round tonight, hang in there with us!
Welcome to our June Tour de Freaks! This tour is brought to you by the Control Freaks Stampers members and if you have been following the tour, you should have gotten to my blog by clicking on the link provided by Judy DiScipio on her blog. If you are just starting out, make sure to visit all seven blogs that are part of the tour today by following the links provided at the bottom of each post. Our theme this month is Back to School! That's right, parents - summer is almost over and it is time to get the kiddos ready for school!
So without further ado, here are my projects for the month!
My first project: Lunchbox Notes
This idea came to me as I was thinking back on my own school days. I come from a very small town and I was lucky enough that my parents and I all got to go back home for lunch. This means that brown-bagging it was a rare occurence for me growing up and the only time my mom had to pack lunches was when we were going away on school trips. She had gotten into the habit of always slipping a note in my lunchbox, which I LOVED. It wasn't anything fancy, just a handwritten note on white paper that pretty much always said, "Have fun, be nice with your friends and be careful." I'll always remember, though, that the first time we all went away for the day, I was the only one with a note in her lunch and the others looked really envious when I pulled it out of my lunchbox. Flash forward to the next school trip, where half of the students suddenly had notes in their lunchboxes as well! haha!
So I thought I would use the cute Storytime DSP to make some 3x3 notes that could easily be slipped in a kid's lunchbox or backpack. Just a fun way to let your children know you are thinking about them or to tell them to hang in there on their first school day!
As for the box, I was looking at my die to see what I could use to make a box that would fit 3x3 cards and found out that the Milk Carton die will work perfectly! Just die-cut two Milk Carton and fold on every other fold instead of each one and you end up with sides that are just a little wider than 3 inches. The only thing is that you will need to glue a 3x3 square at the bottom of the box to keep the flaps together. I added one underneath the box and one inside to make it sturdy. The top was die-cut using the Large Scallops Edgelits.
Stamps: Voeux mignons (Teeny Tiny Wishes)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Riding Hood Red
Designer paper: Storytime
Inks: Night of Navy
Big Shot: Milk Carton die, Large Scallops Edgelits, Lots of Tags die
Accessories: Brads, Vintage brads, Copper buttons, Taffeta ribbon (So Saffron, Riding Hood Red),
Simply Scored and Diagonal plate, Marker
My second project: An Apple for the Teacher
I was happy when I saw that the Perfectly Preserved set and matching DSP included apples because even though I don't have kids myself, I am always looking for ideas for teachers cards since those are requested a lot by my coworkers who buy cards from me at the end of the school year.
The apple image was stamped three times with colored ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and punched out with the Stamp punch. On the fourth panel, I created a sentiment using two stamp sets, which says "Thanks Teacher" (the last word is from the Family Reunion set) and embossed an apple with clear powder over the words. Some stitches were added using linen thread as well as two In Color polka dot brads. Those papers are just so sweet in person!
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved, Notes de remerciement, Fête de famille
Cardstock: More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake
Designer paper: Orchard Harvest
Inks: Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Raspberry Ripple, Versamarkm
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Stamp punch, In Color polka dot brads, Linen thread,
Papier Piercer, Island Indigo ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
And now onto your next step on the tour, to view Jan Tinklenberg's creations!