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Teacher Gifts: Pen Flowers

by Amy Bowerman

Ah Summer Solstice!!  Just in time for the beginning of summer and the end of the school year comes the Welcome  Summer  Challenge over at the Kraft Journal.  I need a break from cards so this week I made tags instead…which I happened to need anyway to complete the gifts I made for the Teacher’s  aides at my son’s preschool.

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Teacher Gift: Flower Pens

To make the tags I used the same technique from Tim Holtz that I used on last weeks Father’s Day card with a slightly different spin (this was a new technique for me and I’m Lovin’ it!!).

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Admit one for summer fun!!

The tag was die cut from Kraft card stock and colored with Distress ink.  The ticket, film, and sentiment are all Stampers Anonymous stamps.  The camera is another of my dollar bin finds (Inkadinkadoo Summer assortment mini).  I strung the tag with cotton cord from Ivory Coast…and I finally got myself a pin frog!!  No more digging through the garden for wayward, wind-blown cards for me!  I wanted these tags to have a sunset on the beach feel to them which I think I accomplished with my color selection and blending.  I spritzed the tag with shimmer mist to give it just a touch of pizzazz.  I was going to stop there but I was having too much fun making these teacher gift tags so I continued the party on the back…

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End of the year party in the back!!

I hate to leave things looking unfinished and thought the tag could double as a card if I dressed up the back of it.  The scrap of paper is from my favorite retro notebook paper.  I swear if I ever run out of this I don’t know what I will do….and to think I almost sold it at a tag sale last year for 25 cents!!  The pointing hand is also Stampers Anonymous (grunge cirque set).  The heart was stamped in Worn Lipstick Distress ink and brushed with Perfect Pearls Berry Twist.  I tried to leave enough room for Jack to write his name although I don’t know how well that will work out… penmanship is not a strong suit at the tender age of 5.  So now that I had made tags for the gift bags  I was not about to stop there…the teacher gifts are rather unique so I figured I would make some explanatory tags to put on the actual gift.

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Pen Flowers

Yup these are pens!  Why keep a junky pen jar on your desk when you can have a cheerful floral display that doubles as a writing utensil.  Furthermore, these posies make it difficult for would be pen thieves to abscond with your pen.  If you would like to see how I made these check out “The Big-Ass Book of Crafts” by Mark Montano.  Not the crafty type?  Contact me and I can custom make them for you.  Now on with the tags!!  It was so beautiful out yesterday I had to sit outside and make these.  I guess these pen flowers looked pretty real since the bees were buzzing around them like Crazy!!  Apparently Mother Nature uses glitter in her designs too.  After catching one of them on film I figured I’d better put a note on the pails explaining what the flowers were for…I mean if they fooled a bee…the average bear might not know what to do with them either.

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Silly Bee!!!

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So that's what they are...

The same technique as the previous tags was used here just with different stamps.  The background stamp is “Botanical Background” from Ditto.  Couldn’t resist using the pen nib stamp from Stampers Anonymous “Curious Possibilities” set…they ARE pens after all.  I used this technique on another Father’s Day card I made.   (I wanted to give this tag an Alice in Wonderland “Drink Me” type of feel.)  The flower was punched from scrap cardstock I had left over from the Rainbow Paper flowers I made for my sons teacher.  I attached the flower with a rhinestone brad and finished off the tag with some glitter tape….of course I did the back too.

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Shameless self promotion

How cute are these reusable mini-tote bags?

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A Bag of summer fun!!

The teacher gifts fit perfectly inside these bags found in the Dollar bin at Michael’s!!

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Teacher Gifts ready to go

All of the materials used to create these fun Teacher gifts can be found at Michael’s Stores.  Thanks for stopping by! I love hearing from you so let me know what you think :)

Amy*

 

 

 

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1 Tom November 17, 2015 at 1:57 am

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2 Tracy June 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm

What a fun group of tags and gifts! You’ve been a busy bee and I’m sure all your efforts will be well appreciated. Tim products and Tim techniques–you can’t beat that with a stick. Thanks so much for sharing your creations with us this week at The Kraft Journal!

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3 Audrey Pettit June 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Wow, Amy!! I am just blown away by this entire post, girl! What fabulous tags and gift bags you made. I LOVE the stamping and the techniques you used. The coloring with distress inks is fantastic. LOVE those flower pens, too. Both my kiddos made me pencils like that when they were in Kindergarten, and I truly treasure them.
Thanks for sharing these with us at The Kraft Journal.

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4 pluc3082 June 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Thanks so much Audrey! All your comments are so encouraging. I really am enjoying all the challenges at Kraft journal… totally gets my creativity flowing…forgive me for being a noob but how do I put the Kraft Journal badge on my blog? (yeah I’m new…lol!)

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