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.

{12 Days} Staching Through the Snow!


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It’s my turn!  Welcome everyone following the 12 Days of Crafty Christmas!

December is a busy month for us.  We have all of the usual happy, merry craziness and my daughter’s birthday is only a few days before Christmas.  {That’s good story, but for another time}  Many years, school has already let out for the holidays by the time her birthday comes.  This year she will still be in school…which means we have put much thought into what will be taken to school for the birthday treat!

My daughter is kind of obsessed with mustaches.  I know it’s a trend…they are everywhere.  So we came up with a cute treat that’s holiday-ish, birthday-ish, use-for-what-ever-winter-themed-thing-you-have-going-on treat….chocolate mustaches!  And with the cute tag, we’ll be Staching Through the Snow!

I found all of the supplies at the craft store (I would even check Wal-Mart first).

Mustache candy mold

Candy melts

Lollipop sticks

Cello bags (I used shaped bags)

Ribbon

Staching tag (FREE printable!)

These were really easy.  Basically melt, pour, fridge, wrap, and tie.

Fill half of the candy cavity with melted candy.  Gently tap the mold on a hard surface, so that any air bubble will rise to the top.  Insert the lollipop stick into the groove on the mold and turn the stick to coat it all around.  Continue to fill the mold until full.  Place the mold in the fridge to harden.

When you take the mold out, give it a gentle twist and the mustache will pop out.  Place in the bag, tie with ribbon and tag.

 

Prepare to have one happy mustach-i-oed camper!

 

You can ‘stache through the snow, too, with these free printable tags!  Enjoy!

 

We’ve been ‘staching everything aorund here…

Need to catch up on some posts?  See all of the 12 Days of Crafty Christmas posts…

Day 1 with Pam…free stuff!

Day 2 with Mari…giveaway!

Day 3 with Laura…giveaway!

Day 4 with Kelleigh…link coming soon!

Day 5 with me…free stuff!

{holiday} Happy Valentine’s Day

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*NOTE* This is NOT a sponsored post.  I bought this little gadget because I wanted it…it was not given to me to try or blog about.

 

Last night seemed to be the perfect time to try out my new little gadget, the babycakes cake pop maker.  The perfect time because, first, I wait until the last minute to do stuff, and second, because I needed to make treats for the teacher luncheon at school today.  Ok, so I mixed up a regular chocolate cake mix and poured it into a big squeeze bottle I have.  *I think the squeeze bottle made it ten times easier*  I heated up the babycakes and filled each little pocket almost to the top.  It works kinda like a waffle iron.  If you get it too full it just runs out of the sides.  Trust me, I did this a few times and it didn’t seem to alter the cake pop in any way.  After about four and a half minutes cook time, I opened the machine to find 12 cute little perfectly baked chocolate cake balls.  Which, by the way, really do taste like chocolate cake.  Honestly I was afraid they might taste like Easy Bake Oven food…you know?  I popped them out and set them to cool on the handy dandy little pop tray that’s included.

Traditionally, I guess cake pops stand up on a stick with the pop at the top.  Cute, yes, but I would have had to find some sort of display to hold them and I was running out of time and energy…I decided to go with sitting pops.  I’ve had a set of 25 red and white paper straws from Hey YoYo for a while now.  I figured they would work as little handles for the pops.  Since I was serving to a large crowd, the handles also work well so that everyone is not touching all the food, kwim? I cut the straws in half (good straws, by the way) and dipped the ends in some melted chocolate wafers before I speared the cake pop.

I dipped the whole pop in the melted chocolate wafers and sprinkled them some cute mini hearts.  I added flags to just a few.

The teachers loved them and I spared a few for our dessert tonight.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

{valentine’s, freebie} can you handle s’more Valentine printables?

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Remember these?  I’m guessing you probably do.  It’s been, by far, my most popular post.  Thanks again to Jeni for suggesting it.  I recently had a comment on that post from  Jen, suggesting a Valentine themed s’mores printable.  I thought it was a great idea.  I tweaked the design a little…and just happened to find white and pink marshmallow hearts at Walmart!  Perfect!  Pink toppers with little white and red hearts on them…too cute!  But I have a son.  The printable is pushing it for him, period.  A pink printable with pink marshmallow hearts would put him over the edge.  So I made one in blue too.  I used the pink marshmallows with the pink printable and white marshmallows with the blue printable.  The front says ‘I need s’more friends like you’ and on the back are the directions on how to make a quick microwave s’more treat. I added a little space to write a ‘to’ and ‘from’ also.

 

The download is a two page pdf file.  When you click the link, it will pop up on your screen.  You can either print it right there (print both pages or just the one you need) or save it.  I printed mine on white cardstock that I bought at Walmart. Cut out the toppers, score them down the middle and fold over a clear cello bag.  I used a 4×9 inch clear Wilton treat bag that I also found at Walmart (can you tell which store is closest to my house?).  Staple the folded topper over the folded cello bag.  You can grab the download here.

 

Enjoy!

p.s. I already sent them to Jeni and Jen…they got first dibs on the new printable for their awesome ideas!

p.p.s. I love when you guys leave comments on the post saying that you downloaded :)  It gives me an idea if they are really usable…and cute.

p.p.p.s Just a little reminder that these are for personal use only.  I design them so that I can share with you.  You may make them for others, but please don’t share the file (just send them over, they can download for free, too!) or sell it.
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{Teacher Appreciation} Day 5…S’more Fun

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Wow!  This week really got away from me.  How is it Thursday already?  The teachers have been loving their goodies this week.  And I think I’ve taken the PTA position for Teacher Appreciation next year :)  At least I have an arsenal of good things to use!  Speaking of good teacher appreciation ideas…if you like my style, you will love Leigh.  Leigh one of my ‘in the computer’ friends.  She’s funny, sweet, and has just about the exact same likes and style that I do.  She’s been sharing her teacher appreciation ideas, too, over on her blog, It’s All Small Stuff.  Please go check it out, leave her some love, and tell her I sent you.  She has no idea I’m writing this, so it’ll be a surprise.  It’ll make her day.  Oh, did I mention she teaches?  She knows what teachers like :)

 

Ok, back to business.  Day 5 is a classic.  It is probably the absolute most popular thing on this little bloggy.  S’mores!

And it has a free printable!  Go check out the post from last year.

{Teacher Appreciation} Day 4…Candy Bar Box

I’m sorry, but anytime anyone wants to give me chocolate, I will take it.  I kinda think your kiddo’s teacher might just feel the same way.  It’s like a’Friday afternoon after the buses leave’ in bar form.

Today’s download works just a bit differently.  This little candy bar box was made by me…I thunk and made it :)  It’s a template product in my digital shop.  Meaning…if you digital scrap, you can make it into whatever you want it to be.  So, I can’t really give it away.  See?  BUT I can make it a ready to use printable and put it in my Etsy store.  What do you think?  It’s cuuuuuuute {sing-songy voice} and you’re gonna liiiiiiiike it ! {again with the singy voice}  It’s yours to use and print once…or a thousand times.  Use it for teacher appreciation, end of school, first day…the list goes on.  You just can’t sell it.  :) Continue reading for the details.

and it magically, exactly fits a standard size Hershey bar!

This will come to you as a 2 page pdf file.  The first page is the printable and the second is a full photo how-to sheet…it shows how to put it together.  You will need cardstock, scissors, glue (a glue stick would be just fine), and maybe some ribbon.  The directions will tell you to score the lines.  It has little dotted lines where you need to fold.  Scoring those lines just makes it easier to fold and look a little nicer.  I have a scoring thingy.  If you don’t, no biggie.  Just use a ruler and the back of a butter knife (not the blade, just turn it over).  It will make a nice little indention to fold, but not cut the paper.

Thanks so much, too, for all the encouraging words and nice comments.  I really do appreciate them! And please know that I would love to personalize each printable for everyone, but my children like to eat and have their Mom around…I just don’t have the time!

 

{Teacher Appreciation} Day 3…TEA-riffic water bottles

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So, for Wednesday’s gift, we’re going with an oldie but a goodie…water bottles.  These were a huge hit last year.  They are super quick, easy, and a little something for the teacher to drink at lunch!

You can find all the directions and the printables in this post from last year.

{Teacher Appreciation} Day 2…for some POP!ular teachers

Last year’s collaboration with Bridget from Bake@350 has been one of my most popular {ha!} posts.  She made the most adorable cookies ever.  We bagged them up with a cute treat topper and they were wildly popular {there it is again, I swear I’m not trying}.  It certainly helped that we were basically neighbors and we met to put the bags together.  You can read all about it here.

I am a big Bridget fan.  I’ve been reading and drooling over her blog for a long time.  And while I consider myself fairly crafty and a bit of a foodie, I have never tackled cookies.  Well, does Toll House break and bake count?  Anyway, although we have since moved and I am no longer close to Bridget, boo hoo, I decided I could still do a popular gift for our teachers this year in keeping with the theme from last year.

Not long ago, Bridget did a post about some candied popcorn she made.  She found the recipe from another super blogger, Kellie from This Blessed Nest. At the end, a comment was made about how you really could make this popcorn for any occasion….ding! ding! ding!  idea.

I followed Kellie’s instructions.  I used that microwave popcorn she did…by the way, it’s really yummy.  I used plain vanilla candy melts {you can find those at Walmart now for those of you, like me, who live in small towns} and regular M&Ms.  I did take out {ahem, devour} the brown M&Ms…just because I didn’t feel they went with my color scheme.  Call me picky.  I bagged it up and tied the bags with ribbon and this cute little tag I made.  And guess what?  I made some tags for you, too.  You can download them here. As always, they are in pdf format, so all you have to do is open and print.  You do have to have the free Adobe Reader, but you probably already have it on your computer.

Um…this stuff is delicious.  Seriously.  I’m surprised it made it into bags for the teachers.

 

 

 

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