Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fall-i-days Llama Blog Hop

The Stamping Llamas are planning a blog hop every month starting now through the holidays.   You will be treated to gorgeous projects using products from the Stampin' Up! Annual and Holiday catalogs!  I'm going to try and do one Christmas project for each hop as well as things for each of the Fall-i-days.

Back to School

My two favorite fallbacks for handmade teacher gifts are packaged cards and decorated hand sanitizer.   Pretty + Practical = Perfect!   I posted some monogrammed notecards here, but here is this year's version of something every elementary school teacher needs:

Stamps:  Four Seasons (Hostess Exclusive),  acorn from Day of Gratitude   
Ink/Markers:  Pool Party, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Early Expresso, Riding Hood Red 
Cardstock:  Pool Party, More Mustard, Early Expresso, Very Vanilla   
Tools: 3/4" and 1" circle punches, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Perfect Pennants Bigz Die
Accessories:  Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon


When designing Christmas cards, it's good to think about how easy and cost-effective  it will be to mass-produce the card.  I like the challenge of making something that is simple, yet still gets an "oooooh" from the recipient!   I made a few different versions of this card; do you have a favorite?   

Here, the first and most CAS version:  single layer, just stamping and punching:

The second version has the snowflake image stamped in Versamark all over the background and embossed with Iridescent Ice powder for a little extra shimmer:

On this one, I created the look of a banner using the Simply Scored tool.

On this last version I used the Simply Scored to create a simple frame around the image:

Stamps:  Four Seasons (Hostess Exclusive),  snowflake from Every Little Bit,  greeting from Curly Cute.   
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder 
Cardstock:  Whisper White 
Tools: 3/4" and 1" circle punches, Simply Scored or heat gun (depending on which version)
Accessories:  Silver Glimmer paper

P.S.  The other day I promised cards with birds, and here I've used the Four Seasons set twice and both times I covered up the adorable bird!   Don't worry, I've been busy and more birds are in this next post!

You can use these gorgeous buttons (that Stephanie designed in MDS2) to navigate the hop.


Stephanie Osgood said...

Linda, I can't say which is my favorite on your page. Love everything. The hand sanitizer is a great idea, and I love all the versions of your Christmas card.

pandalyn53 said...

I love the hand sanitizer cover, what a great idea!

Amy White said...

Great teacher's gift - I agree: pretty and very practical lol! Thanks for playing along with the Paper Players this week!

Buffy said...

Linda, these are wonderful projects! I love the hand sanitizer. And your Christmas cards are amazing. My mom saw the one from the swap and fell in love with it. She decided I should make that one of the Christmas Card Buffet options.

LeAnne said...

Cute projects, and the sanitizer is a great idea for back to school! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Paper Players!

Christine said...

Love your projects, Linda. That hand sanitizer is so are the cards.

Debbie Martin said...

The sanitizer is so cool! I am going to case this one for Christmas presents. Thanks.

KatheD said...

I love the Christmas cards, I need to get more done and this is a great idea! And making that practical hand sanitizer pretty is pure genius!

Christine Alward said...

What a great way to show the transition from simple to more involved. Thank you so much for posting this. I learned a lot from you.

Linda said...

Christine, thank you for saying so! I will continue to post different versions of projects if people find it helpful :-)

Diane - said...

Linda love the veriation of the card! So cute and great idea for a class...the sanitizer is a great teacher gift, love that. hugs

Anonymous said...

Nice work, Thanks