Saturday, June 9, 2012

Mojo Monday Teacher Gifts

I can't believe that it's already mid June and my great big not-so-baby boy is almost done with Kindergarten! His little brother is wrapping up his first year of preschool on the same day, and I'm going to be a teary but-not-crying mess.

Last night at my club crop I whipped up these charming sewing kits as our end of the year Teacher Gift. They are made from the Jelly Jar style Mason jars (any excuse to buy a new type, right?). I cut pieces of quilt batting and placed them onto a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 square of adorable wish-I-had-that-print-in-paper cotton fabric which I then glued onto the Mason Jar lid using the quick dry liquid adhesive I normally use for my Canvas wall hangings. I considered hot glue gun, but I like all my fingers as they are, without burns. That covered piece got glued into the actual Mason jar ring, creating the puffy area to stick in the pins

 I covered the now icky looking inner lid with a Lagoon CS circle I cut on my Cricut. I also attached a strong round magnet here with the liquid adhesive and that's where I stuck the needles for the sewing kit so no one gets poked trying to find a needle!

I added ribbon around the outside of the Jar lid. I made a big fluffy bow which I topped off with some paper flowers from my stash and Pearl Opaques. I had purchased some pearly ball-topped pins which I added to the pin cushion on top. Some I added extra double layered paper flowers to with Liquid Glass to make it prettier.
 Then I needed a label, so got my Cricut Art Philosophy to work cutting ovals and scalloped ovals. I whipped out my Tailor-Made Stamp Set and did some second generation stamping in Lagoon and Cocoa inks with the scissors, thread, and measuring tape images. I stamped the banner from Remarkable Wreath over top in Cocoa Ink, and topped it off with a few handcut button images from Tailor-Made. I love how having clear stamps makes it so easy to add those tiny stitches to the buttons!

Finally, I used just the last two words of a sentiment from Tailor Made to finish my thought...Thanks Sew Much! I mounted the labels with adhesive in the centers and foam tape on the edges so that they were easier to curve gently around the jar.
Then I (of course) needed a matching card, right? So I turned to Mojo Monday for an absolutely adorable sketch. They are giving us until Sunday night to complete the sketch - there are already gobs of awesome ideas using the sketch posted out there, so make sure you go have a peek!

I used a bit of the Dressmakers Pattern print from Stella and some of the Grid print from Typeset to fill in the sketch. I embossed some Colonial White CS for the background with a neat Cuttlebug folder that had dots all over except for a 1" strip across the short way - perfect for popping a sentiment onto! I repeated some of the elements from the coordinating tag when I stamped the card, but here I could give into my lumpy-bumpy impulses and make them pop more since you wouldn't have to work around them to open a jar full of sewing stuff!

I did some waterbrushing and glitter glitz on the dressmakers form. I used my waterbrush to tint the paper flowers with Lagoon ink as well before topping them off with more glitter gel and Bitty Pearls. I added a couple of the sewing pins to my scissors too!

Finally, because it's a sewing themed gift, I HAD to stitch around the edges of everything...man alive did my piercing ruler get a workout! But I love it, and I hope Gabe and Ben's wonderful, hard working, dedicated teachers will love it as much ad those boys love their teachers!

I'm linking this post to Get Your Craft On Tuesday over at Today's Creative Blog - go check it out!

I'm also linking to the Linky party at DIY Dreamer - cute stuff out there!!
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5 comments:

Pam Korn-Eigenheer said...

LOVE your card! Very pretty...looks like a winner to me!

peggylee said...

Wow what a wonderful gift the teachers will love them, love your card too..

Christine said...

This is absolutely FABULOUS!! I am not a teacher... but I would love one!! hehe

I hope you are planning on sharing this over at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream to Reality!! Please :)

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

Christine said...

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