Friday, May 17, 2013

May WMS Blog Party! Appreciating Teacher!

I'm so excited to be participating in the WMS Blog Party today!  The theme this month is teacher appreciation.  I must say it's been years since I had to think of a cool gift for a teacher (my baby boy being 36 years old in September!) 

Now I didn't remember that Claire had ANY teacher stamps in her sets -  but in looking through my WMS stamps (I have them ALL!) -  I found these two sentiments -  in the Frame It Set!!!  I just hadn't needed it before!
So - I've heard my friends who have young kids say that teacher's are SO tired of candles, flowers, candy and soap - so I thought how about something for the coming summer time?!!
So off I go to the Five Below store to look for something summer and I found these awesome flip flops and pedicure set!   And are you noticing how the design on the flips just happen to be the exact images from Free Spirit Boy and My Island??!!  I sure did - and pulled them right off the rack knowing they were JUST what I was looking for -  and then I saw the little pedicure pack in the perfect summer colors - and I just had to throw in these delicious looking Ghiradelli  Dark and Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates!! (everyone wants a little bit of chocolate, right??!!)

I made my tag with a Tim Holtz Alterations tag die on white card stock layered to black.  I stamped the flowers in black, white embossed the circles, stamped the sun ray in Worn Lipstick and the palm trees in black.  Then I sponged the top of the tag with More Mustard and the bottom with Stormy Sky -  all to replicate the design on the flip flops.  I tied a piece of black wrinkled seam tape through the hole in the top of the tag -  sort of like the straps on the flips!

Then I popped all the treats in a pretty 5" x 10" round bottom sinamay net bag from Pouch Mart - tied it up and laced the tag through the tie string!  Doesn't this make a nice looking gift for teacher??!!!!   And since I don't have a teacher to give it to -  maybe it will stay right here in my house......... I've been wanting to try that sea salt caramel.........

I can't wait to see all the other teacher creations at the WMS blog party!  and you still have time to join in!  check out all the details and link up your card on the WMS blog here.   And remember -  the challenge is announced on the 1st day of each month right on Claire's WMS blog - so you  have 16 days to make a creation for the party!!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit Boy, My Island, Frame It.
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Archival Brilliance Graphite Black, Memento Tuxedo Black,  Ranger Distress Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Stormy Sky, Versamark
Accessories:  Net Bag - Pouch Mart, white embossing powder, heat gun, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, Tag and book plates die - Tim Holtz Alterations, banner die - Nested Lacey Pennants - Spellbinders.

22 comments:

Jeanne J said...

So clever Julia - everything so perfectly coordinated - how'd you do that? You're a good shopper! The net bag and flip flops just say - RELAX! Wonderful idea!

Marybeth said...

Oh my gosh Julia….. look at you finding those flip flops that go so perfectly with this set! I never thought of using that set ,but it's so perfect! What a wonderful gift set!

Lynn Mercurio said...

You must have beyond excited when you saw those flip flops...I truly thought you stamped on them, until I read your post. FABULOUS find, and your package of other goodies are so adorable and just right to show appreciate and wishing a teacher Happy Summer. Awesome job.

Cassie_lu said...

wonderful gift and I was thinking along the same line as you for my own project. Summertime is a good time for many teachers :)

~amy~ said...

Such a fun giftie set!

Teresa Kline said...

perfect gift set for a teacher, luv the beachy tag, hope you have a wonderful weekend!

enjoy *~*

~Tammy~ said...

Ok, this is just too cute and what a perfect match! Fun gift for summer break!

Pauline said...

What a brilliant teacher gift, surely one that will stick in their memory! How fab you found a pair that matched the My Island images!

Kary said...

Julia, this is SUCH a cool gift for a teacher!! I love how the flip flops match your tag. Some lucky teacher ;)

Renee said...

What a fabulous gift...
how cool that you were able to make a tag that matches those flippies perfectly...
I mean EXACT match...
it's awesome! :)

Patti J said...

Oh my goodness, Julia...you are so clever! What a wonderful idea! Beautifully done!

Claire said...

This is amazing Julia! Although will Claire be up for breaking copyright laws having seen the flip flops? They're almost identical LOL. Fantastic idea...I'm sure the recipient will love the gift

Deborah Frings said...

Brilliant! I think the tag looks amazing and the flip flops aren't bad either! Great work!

Dianne said...

This is GORGEOUS and brilliant love all the inking stamping, I too thought you had stamped the flip flop, it is brilliant..thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Riet said...

This is so beautiful Julia.

Hugs Riet.xx

Karin Åkesdotter said...

What an awesome gift for summer break for a tired teacher who needs to relax and look after herself after a busy semester! It's fabulous!

Grá O'Neill said...

Fabulous gift, I love how the tag matches so well :)

Vickie Z said...

Love this idea so perfect!! I too haven't bought a teacher gift in years!! Those flip flops are perfect for this set!!

Kelly S. said...

That tag is AMAZING! I just love all of the vibrant colors, blended so smoothly, and the detail in the design. It looks like it came right with those awesome flip flops! Love how you layered those Frame-It sentiments, TOO! WOW!

Kim Heggins said...

What an amazing gift! And I can't get over how cool those flip flops are, the match so perfectly!

-Aneta- said...

I´m a teacher and i would be delighted to receive this kind of gift :) Stunning creation and BRILLIANT IDEA !

Charmaine Stack said...

You always make the coolest gifts, Julia! Love the colours you used here. What teacher wouldn't love this?