Friday, May 30, 2008

Teacher/Bus Driver gifts

Today, I finally got these gifts completed. Well, not totally because I need to pick up some more Hershey's Bliss chocolates for the bus driver one. I ran out because my dh and kids seem to like these candies and they dwindled down quickly. I told them they weren't for them, but they don't listen!
Anyways, I got this idea when I was reading Cindy Lyles' blog a little while ago. She made gorgeous gifts with these Ball canning jars and candies. I loved hers and immediately knew that was what I wanted to make for my girls' teachers too! If you want to see hers go here and see her amazing work. Thank you so much, Cindy, for inspiring me to make these!!
Hers used patterned paper and stamped images. I didn't have the right images for mine. I had to make 4 for female teachers and 2 for male, so I thought the apple would be the best way to go. I used my Silhouette to make almost the entire thing. I cut the scalloped circles, circles, apples and one bus out of Colormates cardstock (WorldWin Papers). I added fluid chalk ink to the edges of all the pieces before assembling to give them dimension. Then, I printed the strips that went around the lids on Colormates also. They say "for a GREAT teacher" and "for a GREAT bus driver". The bows cover where they came together. After assembling the die cuts, I put them on the white circles and hated the look of the stark white. So, I sponged Antique Linen Distress Ink on the edges and then stamped a script stamp in the same ink. I glued down the die cuts and then stamped "THANKS" on each circle with one of my trusty .60 alphabet sets from Studio G. Man, I love these sets! I need to get more! lol One thing that bothers me is that I cut the scalloped circle a lot smaller for the bus driver one. I almost ripped it apart and started again when I realized that I messed up the measurements. Then, I realized that he will never see the teacher ones and by itself, the smaller scalloped circle looks just fine. I am way too anal about this stuff....according to my dh anyways! lol
So anyways, here they are....I made 6 of the teacher and one of the bus driver. I hope the recipients like them!!!


WendyP said...

great looking gifts Robin - i am sure the teachers and bus driver will love them !!

Michi, Orange County, CA said...

How totally DELIGHTFUL, Robin!!!! The teachers and bus drive will FLIP over these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so kind to take the time and care to make them handmade gifts!!!!!!

Wanda H said...

Robin, your jars are wonderful gifts and I love your ACC.

Jacqueline F. Graham said...

That is so SWEET Robin!!! Often, the bus drivers get overlooked. You think of everything!

Thanks for sharing. Your work is always so beautiful.


Cindy Lyles said...

These are gorgeous!! I love how you customized one for the bus driver - too cool!!!!!!

Ramie :-) said...

LOVE them!!!