Cute Little Teacher Gift

Well last week brought many phone conversations to Comcast who decided that my internet was not going to work all week long. For this reason I never got a chance to share with you this cute little teacher gift that I made for the Take Heart Ideas challenge site.

I wanted something cute and easy to make that I could bring to my daughters open house to give to her teacher so I went to one of my favortie sites for inspiration, Split Coast Stampers and I found this adorable little box tutorial.

I used the Chalk It Up Paper from Close To My Heart but I didn’t use the paper in the pack that could be considered school paper. There are truly only two sheets of paper in this paper pack that could be deemed school paper the rest of the paper in the pack can be used for whatever your crafty heart desires.

I followed this tutorial to the tee and within minutes I had an adorable little box. My only issue with the tutorial was that there were not any measurements available for me to cut my decorative paper. I had to figure that out all on my own. I am going to share these measurments with you though so that way if you want to make your own little box you won’t have to figure them out.

Now for some measurements the Lagoon paper for the top of the box was cut at 5¾ x 4¼ and the patterned arrow paper was cut at 5⅛ x 4⅛. The drawer Lagoon paper was cut at 5¾ by 1⅛ and the patterned paper was cut at 5½ x 1 inch (these measurements are the same for the front and back of the box). The Lagoon papers for the sides of the box were cut at 4¼ x 1¼ and the patterned paper was cut at 4 x 1. The decoration for the top of the box can be whatever size you want it to be. I believe that I cut a square of Lagoon paper at 3×3 and the patterned paper at 2⅝x2⅝ and then the stamped image is on a cricut cut out of 2 inches which I adhered with pop dots. The handle is 6⅛ x 1 and scored at 1¼ on both sides.

I also added a piece of chipboard to the drawer of the box so that the drwawer would not seem to flimsy, which I then covered in black cardstock and adhered to the bottom of drawer with some score tape. I used score tape on this entire project as scor tape is a lot stronger then my ATG tape.

You can find the tutorial to this project here and you can find the materials that I used in the project here. Have you made any back to school presents for your kids teachers? Let us know in the comments what you have made and don’t forget to link your project up over at Take Heart Ideas for your chance to win an awesome prize.


Why Are Pockets So Much Fun?

Lately I have had a thing for pockets. I can’t figure out what it is but there is something so great about having a pocket and a tag to go in the pocket on a card. Maybe it’s because the card then becomes interactive by having to pull something out.

I made two cards for some friends of mine recently. I’ve been in a card making mood. Now I have to give credit where credit is due. I didn’t come up with this card all on my own. Pinterest is my friend and when I saw this card I just knew I had to make it. You can find the directions on how to make this card here and you can follow me on Pinterest here. That way you can stay up to date about all the cool and fun things I find on Pinterest.

Now I have to say I don’t have the stampin up score board but I do have a Martha Stewart one and an envelope punch board which is what I used to get my score lines.

If you can believe it this card was made from one piece of 8.5×11 piece of paper. I scored the paper at 4.25 down the long side.

pocket card tutorial

The next step was to flip the paper and score it at 5.5.

pocket card tutorial

The next step is where the envelope punch board came into play. I placed the paper the long way on the punch board by the 4.5 mark and made a diagonal score line. I then flipped the paper 180 degrees and placed the paper at 4.5 mark and scored again.

pocket card tutorial

After everything is all scored it is about folding the card. First you will fold the corners that you scored down and then you will fold the paper in half.

pocket card tutorial

Fold the paper in half and then fold the paper over just like you would fold a regular card. Your pockets are already there and just need a little tape at the edges to seal them shut.

pocket card tutorial

After that it was all about folding the paper and decorating the card. Now that the tutorial part is over, let me share with you the cards that I made and sent out to my friends. Both of my cards were made from Close To My Heart paper. The first card used the Skylark paper and embellishments and the second card was created with the Free To Be Me paper pack and the May stamp of the month!

I created the tags using my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge and of course I had to distress them some. The Skylark tags were distressed with Lagoon ink and the Free To Be Me tags were distressed with Victorian Velvet.


There is a lot going on in the month of June over at Close To My Heart but I am really excited about the June stamp of the month. This stamp of the month is also compatible with the Art Philosophy cartridge, which means that all these images can be cut with your Cricut and then stamped. You can get this stamp set for only $5 with any order that total $50  in the month of June.

Do you enjoy making cards? Do you think you will give this one a try?

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Stamping Tutorial

Hey there so I came across this great video from Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Stamp on YouTube the other day about stamping with dye inks. If you don’t know about Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Stamp they are great online store that you can get great product for at a great price. I like to get my hands all inky and have a good ole time with my stamps but I am not a professional stamper and I am always looking to learn new things.

This video is just a quick video about different dye inks and the difference between them. It is a great video with some really informative information.

Do you use dye inks in your projects and if so what is your favorite one? Let us know in the comments :)