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Teacher Appreciation School Card

School Kids Teacher Appreciation Card

Now is the time to take advantage of this month’s Thin Cuts Special with Close To My Heart and prepare for Teacher Appreciation Week (which will occur May 1-5 this year.)

School Kids Stamp Set

Close To My Heart debuted a new School Kids Stamp Set last summer with the release of their Annual Inspirations Catalog.

School Kids Thin Cuts

Then a few months ago, they introduced a coordinating School Kids Thin Cuts die set specifically for this set–love it!

This die set is 25% off this month so instead of being $15.95, you can get it for only $11.96!

Side view of School Kids Teacher Appreciation Card

So now you can make darling Teacher Appreciation cards easier and cheaper, too! Plus, you’ll be ahead of the game.

For this card, I used a combination of stamped cardstock strips and Washi Tape.  While chalkboards are a thing of the past, I love the look of our White Daisy Pigment Ink Pad against the Black Cardstock.

Check out all the great Thin Cuts dies you can get for 25% off this month on MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Back to School Gift Card Holder

Teacher Gift Card Holder

Today marks one week until my kids head back to school.  Wow. Summer went so FAST this year.

If you’re also thinking about back to school and you’d like a fun way to give your child’s teacher a special note and possibly a gift card to start off the year (maybe for Starbucks or a school supply store) then this Best Teacher Gift Card Holder is for YOU!

I’ve done all the work for you–everything is cut, punched and even stamped.  All you need to do is to put the pieces together, write a few words on the notecard and then pop in a gift card (if you like) and it’s all ready for giving.

You know what else makes this project awesome?  You can save it and use it for Teacher Appreciation Week!

The cost of the kit is only $5 and includes shipping to you.  Get your own Best Teacher Gift Card Holder Kit before they run out!

Happy Teacher Appreciation!

Teacher Appreciation Calla Lily Card

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day & Week!   This year our school’s Teacher Appreciation Committee chose to do a garden theme for the week’s festivities.  So in keeping with that, I decided to do a Calla Lily Card with the students.

I punched out enough white cardstock circles for each student to write an adjective they thought best described our teacher.  I did a tri-fold with each to create a calla lily shape and glued them down onto a Juniper Cardstock card base with a Glue Dot so that each could still be opened.  I drew in some stems using  our ShinHan Sap Green Alcohol Marker where they could be seen and then attached a bow using CTMH’s Thistle Extra Thick Twine (I untwisted the twine to get a softer look to the bow before I affixed it using a Glue Dot.) Continue reading

Back to School!

Teacher Just a Note Notebook

Today was the first day of school for my kids.  I wanted to create a little something for the teachers so I went with something useful.  I stamped up little notebooks for them to use throughout the year.  I did get a little grief from a friend who works at a school about my use of apples. Apparently, teachers get tired of all the apple-themed gifts.  Who knew?  I guess I can understand as I think more about it though.  Hopefully the teachers weren’t like, “oh no, more apples!” =)

Crayon Bouquet

This darling Crayon Bouquet is something I wanted to share since last spring–and the timing seems perfect with the start of school!   Continue reading

Appreciation Cards for Coaches and Teachers

Thumbprint Teacher Appreciation Card

It’s that time of year when things get busy.  Sport seasons wrap up, Teacher Appreciation Week happens, the end of school draws near with all the many projects still to be completed and finally End-of-the-Year gifts for teachers.  It’s always good to have a few ideas for appreciation cards handy!

This card was a group/class card I helped create with my son and daughter’s classes.  I had each student do a maximum of 2 thumbprints (to conserve space!) and then let them use their imagination to create something with that thumbprint.  Some really cute creations were born! Continue reading

End of First Grade Teacher Gifts

Another Pencil Teacher Vase Pencil Teacher Vase

I coordinated class gifts for the teachers in both my son and daughter’s classes again this year.  Since I’m always short on time, I tried to keep the ideas similar enough that I wouldn’t be stressed out more than I needed to be at the end of the school year.

First, I started by making each of them a Pencil Vase.  If you have a glue gun, this is a relatively simple project to do–get yourself a cylinder vase, a bunch of pencils (or colored pencils–I did colored pencils last year) and some ribbon and you’re good to go.  Simply glue each pencil to the vase, going one-by-one until you make it all around the vase.  I even use the glue gun to secure the ribbon so that it doesn’t slide around.  Find some pretty flowers and voila!


Hand print teacher appreciation art piece

For my daughter’s teacher, I provided each student a piece of red paper (one of her favorite colors) and asked them to trace their hand and cut it out. Additionally, they were asked to give an adjective to describe the teacher.  I pieced the hand prints together surrounding all the sweet adjectives the kids came up with.  So precious!


Doodle Teacher Appreciation Frame

For my son’s teacher, I took a picture of the class in the last month of school (maybe 2 weeks before school got out?!?) and had the kids sign the matting as well as add a little doodle if they chose to.  The photo was so special because 1.) she didn’t see it after I took it and 2.) it truly represented the kids personalities…it was very freestyle…not a “cheese” pose.  And even though my daughter wasn’t in her class, she wanted to draw an owl on the mat since the teacher LOVES owls.  It was perfect.


Artwork Teacher Soap

We try to do something really personable for our gifts and this was a hit last year so we did it again.  Last year, I put a class photo in the soap, but this year the kids chose to draw a picture for their teacher.  I like this Teacher Artwork Soap idea because it is useful and a bit sentimental, too.


Teacher Appreciation Letters

I also typed up a Fill-in-the-blank Teacher Appreciation Letter.  It was awesome seeing what my kids wrote to their teachers.  I gave them the option to doodle or color around the margins of the letters–to personalize it a bit more.  Then they chose a color paper to mat the letter on (they each chose their teacher’s favorite color–so sweet!)

Soon it will be time to think up ideas again.  Time goes by way too fast! It wasn’t that long ago that we working on our Kindergarten Teacher Gifts (the Crayon Monograms were a hit!)

Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub

We have a lemon tree in our yard.  And while there are plenty of great desserts, marinades and of course lemonade you can make with lemons…I’m always looking for new and clever ways to use our abundance of fruit!  New use…homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub!

Lemon Sugar Scrub

A perfectly simple recipe for a DIY sugar scrub.  And with only 3 ingredients required–you can’t go wrong!

  • 2-1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 C. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-5 T. lemon juice (to achieve scent of your liking)

Mix ingredients together in large mixing bowl and then add into a decorative canning jar or any jar that will seal closed.  My jar was 16 oz. and there was still plenty remaining for my kids and I to use some a couple times (to give you a sense of how much this will make.)

Close-up Lemon Sugar Scrub

Decorate as desired and then either keep for yourself or give as a gift.  Since it’s the end of the school year, I stamped up the lid with a now retired CTMH Citrus Stamp Set, layered it on some of the Dotty for You Papers and added an organdy bow.  Voila–a thoughtful and useful gift!

A Treasure Box of Love

Today we will be giving our final gift for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I created a little Treasure Box of Love out of Close To My Heart’s  My Creations Card Box.  This is how it looked when I was done…

Love Treasure Box

I took pictures of each of the kids in the class giving our teacher a hug at the end of the day.  I then made individual tags that had that picture on one side with a sentiment on the other side saying what they loved about her.

Inside Love Treasure Box with Tags

It worked out so well because there’s a tag with a heart cut out of it on our Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge–positively perfect!  What a great way to end the week…a little treasure box of love for a treasured teacher.  We love you, Mrs. Chae!