Time for Teacher Gifts!

The beginning of the school year is always a time of mixed emotions, especially for teachers – excitement to start a new year paired with a bit of regret that the summer has come to an end. I loved teaching and especially  loved my years as a 4th grade teacher (one of MANY jobs I held!) Occasionally I would receive a note, card, letter or even a little gift from a student or family at the beginning of the year. Nice! Perhaps you live in a part of the world where the school year is coming to a close. That’s another good time for a thoughtful gift. Today I am participating in Kylie’s Blog Highlights and the theme is Teacher Gifts. I know that when I was a teacher, I never had enough note cards. So I thought some note cards and a little box would be a good gift for either the start or finish of the year.

Teacher Gift, Note Cards, Climbing Orchid, Foil Frenzy specialty DSPOrchid

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

I made two each of the cards for a total of four.

Design Notes for Teacher Gifts

The box was pretty easy. To be honest, I think I have a pattern somewhere but I couldn’t find it. So, I just made this one by measuring and folding and a little hit and miss. The Simply Scored Scoring Tool made It pretty quick to prepare. I loved working with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is definitely sturdy enough to hold the cards. I decorated the box with some of the orchids from Climbing Orchids and some of the lovely Copper Trim.


Card box, Teacher Gifts, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com, Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Paper

Can you guess where I got the sentiment for the front? It from a new set from the Holiday catalog called Merry Little Labels. The stamp I used coordinates with the Everyday Label Punch. You can’t be without that punch. Fortunately, the stamp set and punch are a bundle. You can save 10% when you purchase them together. You just have to wait a few more days.

Supply List for Teacher Gifts (the Box)

Tomorrow I will focus on the cards I made. This list is for the box, thought many materials for the cards are the same.



If you are reading this after 6PM on Tuesday, August 15, I would appreciate it if you would go to this web site and vote for my card (#18). I’d like to be part of a blog hop and need to be in the group of the top ten vote getters. In the upper right hand corner of my picture you will see a little heart. Just click there. You can only vote for my card one time. I know you will see other wonderful projects there. You will have five votes so you can vote for 4 others,



Betsy’s Blossoms in the Shadows

You know I LOVE the stamp set, Betsy’s Blossoms. It has been a favorite of mine since it came out last year. I recently saw a video on Splitcoaststampers.com about making shadow box cards. It looked so cool, I wanted to give it a try and brought out my old favorite, Betsy’s Blossoms. Shadow wbox card

It’s a little hard to see the shadow box effect here but the front of the card stands away from the other portion.  Maybe this picture will help.

DSCN0136It’s really just two pieces of paper with some scored folds! I punched out the opening in the front with one of the Floral Frames Framelits and then adhered it to the inside piece before adding the sentiment. Cute? The other neat thing about this card is that it folds flat to mail. I knew you would like that.

Wednesday is my big event for Operation Write Home and I’ve been busy preparing  materials for about 22 people to make cards! But sometime soon I will give more specific directions on how I made this card. I ended up doing it just a bit differently from what is shown in the Splitcoaststampers.com video. In the meantime, here’s a supply list. Just jump on over to my 24-7 online store to get whatever you need.

Things You will need:

Stamp sets:





  • 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon, Calypso Coral (retired)

This and That Birthday

I keep thinking that I will post my “Top 10 Favorite Things” from the new catalog, but I keep changing my mind about what I love the most! For example. I LOVE this new Designer series paper, Epic Day This and That. Here’s a peek at the paper.

Epic Day, This and That paper

Epic Day This and That Designer Paper

I just love the colors that are blended so nicely together: Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Pool Party, Very Vanilla and Whisper White. Because it has both Whisper White and Very Vanilla, you can use either paper for your card base. Here I used Very Vanilla for a nice masculine birthday card.

this & that bd.

I love making z-fold cards and my classes seemed to enjoy it as well. It’s so easy to create a card like this with the Simply Scored Scoring tool.Simply Scored Scoring ToolScore along the long side at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ and you’re set. I’ve used some This and That Designer Paper, along with the tiniest smidge of Natural Composition Specialty Paper to frame the sentiment. Easy. Impressive. Done.

Here’s a complete list of supplies to make this cute z fold card. Hop over to my 24-7 on-line store to get it all!






Hats Off To The Graduate!

A friend needed some graduation cards and I volunteered to make some for her. Hummmmmm…. what to do since I had no graduation stamp sets? Improvise!

Graduation card

Graduation card

I used a fun fold that I’ve used on cards before and made  the angled area the space for the mortarboard and tassel. (See those other cards here and here.) The design at the bottom is from the Summer Silhouettes set. Congratulations was stamped and then heat emobossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder .

I hope my friend likes the card!

Here is a list of things you will need to take your hat off to a happy graduate!

Stamp Sets:





Thanks for looking. I hope you’ll stop by my 24-7 on line store and order all your Stampin’ Up supplies.

Make a Cake!

Wow!  This great stamp set, Make A Cake,  has been sitting on my shelf  since the summer. (See post from Aug. 3, here) Not sure why! I’m going to have my January card classes create this card and I’ll show them how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig makes it so easy to make sure everything is lined up perfectly.


I do love my punches! Do you see that I used four different punches to create this card? My current favorite, the 1 1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch is being held over from the Holiday catalog. Yea! I also used 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 2 3/8″ Scalloped Circle Punch and the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. A regular circle extravaganza!
To give the background a little punch, (pardon the pun!) I used my Simply Scored diagonal plate and scored at every inch to give a little texture and interest. It was all finished off with some Basic Jewels Rhinestones. What’s not to love!

Want to go make this card RIGHT NOW? Go to my 24-7 On-line store and order what you need!

Here’s the whole kit and kaboodle!






Happy stamping!