Teacher Appreciation Week Continued…Muffin Bag Topper!

Well you and I both know there’s ‘muffin’ like a great teacher!  Day 2 of Teacher Appreciation Week continues with this FREE, cute printable from yours truly.

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Full disclosure: I stole the muffin saying from my school where we were treated to muffins this morning for Teacher Appreciation Week. Too cute. Love it. So cute that I decided to make my own version to send to school for my daughter’s teachers. And my team (shhhhhh!).

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I bought muffins at the grocery store, wrapped it in wax paper (to avoid the seep through oily paper bag look), and placed it in a brown paper sack.  I printed and cut out the bag topper and folded it over the top of the bag.  Make your fold a little towards the blank side of the topper so that the front of the bag has more topper than the back. Make sense?  Once the topper is on, punch two holes near the top (but not too close) to the top of the fold.  Thread a piece of ribbon through the front of the holes so that both ends are coming out at the back of the bag.

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Take each end and thread it back through the opposite hole to the front. This make a cute little bow with no tying.

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Trim the ends and it’s ready to give!

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You can download the printable HERE!

New ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week! Updated Tea-riffic Teacher

It’s been a little while since I last posted.  A long while, really.  I went back to teaching this year.  It’s been great…and hectic…and my little blog has been the most neglected.  But it’s Teacher Appreciation Week and I just couldn’t let myself miss this opportunity to share some new ideas I’ve been thinking about.  I asked my daughter this year if she wanted to do one big TAW gift or a little gift each day.  She decided on a little treat each day.  Personally, I think that’s the best way to go.  Teachers are not a picky people.  A candy bar or some new post-it notes always excites :)  Plus, she’s in 5th grade this year and I know this is pretty much it.

First up…the updated tea-riffic tag.  These water bottle covers were the original tea-riffic idea. It’s a cute, easy, and inexpensive idea.  This year I wanted to do something just a little different.

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I bought individual sweet tea bottles (found them at Target) for her teachers, tied them up with a cute paper straw and added a tag.  I think they turned out adorable.  Still a cute, easy, and inexpensive idea.  And although I’m a little late getting these up, you can still make these and send them to school this week.  I’ve set up two downloads…one has 3 ‘for my tea-riffic teacher’ and 3 ‘for a tea-riffic teacher’ tags, the other download is ‘for a tea-riffic person.’  I get so many requests to change wording that I thought I would try and make something a bit more generic for some of you. Hope that helps. I, of course, signed Lauren’s name to the tag, but the download is blank for your little cutie to sign for themselves.

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Happy printing!

p.s. my teacher teammates are getting a tag on some sweet tea tomorrow, too!

{Lifestyle Crafts} Cupcake Bunting

It’s been a hectic week.  Just one of those weeks where everyone needs to be in a different place dressed in a uniform (or some other kind of ‘special’ clothes) all on the same day at the same time.  So I made cupcakes.  And, because I like cute things, I made my cupcakes cute using my new goodies from Lifestyle Crafts.  These would work for really any occasion, like Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, or, like today, just Friday.

 

Here are my goodies…

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I got to play with letterpress paper, the Quickstik (super love), and the new detailz dies in banners and flags.  The new detailz dies cut AND emboss at the same time.  They cut clean and the embossing is very pretty.  The paper is nice and thick and the embossing shows up well.  And the Quickstik…?  Well it’s genius.  You can use it to pick up tiny pieces (has a little sticky tip), place your items, and poke out the detailing on your dies.  Love it.  I can see lots of uses for this thing.  I even used it to thread the baker’s twine through the banners!

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Back to cupcakes.  First, let me say that I am a cupcake purist.  I like white cake and white icing.  Like wedding cake.  And you can’t beat wedding cake.  Second, a cupcake serving size is not one cupcake.  Please.  You need at least two.  So my cute cupcake bunting uses two cupcakes.  So you have to eat them both.

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Taaaa-daaaa!  Cute, right?  I used baker’s twine and long lollipop sticks.  I know they’re white, but I think you can see the embossing detail.  I just wanted to use that yummy paper.

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Perfect cuts.  And love how the die cuts the little slits for the string, too.  I used my Quickstik to thread those through.  I wanted to use the flag dies, too.  Especially the one with the embossed THANKS on it.  Very cute.  I can see this being used on bunches on things.  Quick, cute, and easy.  Just the way I like it.

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It’s a super sunny day (hallelujah!), so the pictures don’t so these dies justice.  Trust me…pretty, pretty, pretty.

As always, Lifestyle Crafts lets my readers have a 20% discount…just use the code LADY.  And there’s a linky on the sidebar.  I’m off to eat my cupcakes and celebrate Friday.

{freebie} Friday Freebie…Gleigh font!

Recently I received some happy mail from a Leigh.  Inside she had included a little tag that she hand lettered with ‘enjoy!’ Her handwriting is so cute!  She inspired me to make a font based on her cute little tag.  Introducing the true type font, Gleigh…

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And I’m offering it as a free download!  Just click on the graphic above to be taken to the fonts page. There you can click on the graphic again to be prompted to download the font.

Enjoy!

{make it mine} Pinteresting Canvas

I wasn’t even sure what to call this project.  Canvas seems a little too plain.  Canvas I found on Pinterest and changed so I could hang it in my bedroom is a little long.  But that’s what it is…a pin I found on Pinterest that I changed to suit me and my bedroom wall.

The pin is on my Make It Mine board.  And the original post is here.  I know Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess made something similar.  That was the original plan…to mask off the letters with vinyl then paint over with a dark wash and peel the letters off to reveal the mod podged vintage book pages beneath.  Good plan except that I COULD NOT decide on a color.  I didn’t want to go too dark and the letters I chose KG Skinny Latte by Kimberly Geswein, were a bit too skinny and I thought you might not could see them clearly.  After letting it sit in my head, (aka putting the canvas away and forgetting about it until last week) I made a plan.  The plan included vintage book pages, whitewashed chevron, black vinyl, and song lyrics.

Let me just tell you that since I decided to use this particular lyric from “You Are My Sunshine,” I cannot get that song outta my head.  Seriously.

First I grabbed a 24×36 canvas at Michael’s with my coupon.  I also picked up Martha Stewart Crafts Tintable Glaze and Multi-Surface Satin Craft Paint in Wedding Cake (on a different trip with another coupon!).  The black vinyl is Silhouette’s vinyl from Michael’s, but they wouldn’t let me use a coupon for that. boo.  Mod Podge and painter’s tape I picked up at Walmart.

I tore the pages out of an old Aesop’s Fables book I bought eons ago.  I trimmed up the pages and mod podged them onto the canvas.  Side note…I think mod podge is hard, y’all.  I’ve used it many times and am just getting to be ok with it.  I got those pages on the best I could.  After the pages were on and dried, I coated that sucker good with mod podge all over and let it dry overnight.

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Then I taped off a chevron pattern with painter’s tape.  I didn’t measure, I eye-balled it.

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My lovely assistant helped me whitewash.

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I cut the letters with my Silhouette and carefully transferred them over.

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I love, love, love it.  It’s going to hang in my bedroom.  FYI…I chose this particular part of the song because my hubby and I refer to each other as ‘dear.’  Always have :)

2nd FYI…I wanna make another one!

{tried it Tuesday} Parm Ranch Chicken

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I’m totally hooked on Pinterest.  I love to pin new things, but often forget to go back and actually look at the things I wanted to pin.  I’ve started doing this…and I found a recipe to try.  The Krazy Coupon Lady calls it Breaded Parmesan Ranch Chicken.  We call it Ranch Chicken for short….oh, and [...]

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{Lifestyle Crafts} Shape ‘N Tape

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**This week only, Lifestyle Crafts is offering a 50% discount as opposed to the regular 20% discount for my readers!  Use the link on the sidebar and use code LADY** I got a package in the mail! Love getting fun stuff in the mail. This time it was a bunch of fun stuff from Lifestyle [...]

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{etsy store}NEW in the Etsy store

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Well, hello 2013!  It’s off to a bit of a slow start at this house.  I did manage to finish and upload a new printable calendar to the shop!  It’s a 4×6 size, perfect for these cute IKEA frames.  Easy and inexpensive gifts for teachers, coworkers, neighbors, and friends…makes a great January birthday gift! You [...]

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Happy New Year!

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  I’m getting my act together.  Kids back in school.  Working on some printable goodies.  But, in the meantime, some things I’ve been thinking about…   What I love right now… 1. smoothies in my new blender 2. Scentsy’s Enliven scent 3. This eyeliner   To do… 1. more calendars 2. Project Life compatible printables [...]

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{12 Days} Busy, busy

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I hope you’ve been enjoying your 12 Days of Crafty Christmas blog hop.  I know we have enjoyed bringing it ya  It’s a busy time of year, but I am trying (and always do try) to not be so stressed; to actually enjoy the season.  I try to make time to do some crafty things [...]

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