Monday, May 20, 2013

Give the Teacher an Apple!

Giving our teachers a clever gift is challenging..
they receive soooo many gifts!
I know many teachers don't have green thumbs, so live plants are out (lol - one teacher friend confessed that she's up for homicide of the many plants given to her - lol). 
 
HERE is a fun gift that will require NO care, is cute and lightweight - not taking up much space, either!
Gathering a 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of Real Red (#102482) card stock and cutting it into 11 1" strips... this red apple comes to life!!  Top it off with this sweet Old Olive card stock (#100702) 3" card, our Storytime Designer Series Paper (#126907) is perfect for the teachers and students in your life.. and this card!!
 
Our Modern Label punch (#119849) is a great sentiment punch - especially for our Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370)!  Accenting this Thank You with our Country Side* stamp set (#116998) and this darling apple.  Coloring the apple stamp directly with our Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker (#120953) and Real Red Stampin' Write Marker (#105115). (*This Country Side stamp set is soon to retire!  CLICK HERE to see all of our soon-to Retire items and colors, tools and accessories and which are available for up to 60% OFF!)
This sweet Apple card is cute enough to eat!
Our Stampin' Write Markers ROCK!  I love coloring parts of images in different colors and the results are sure to WOW!
A light weight, never to go bad apple is a great gift for those many teachers and school staff in your life!  I also love to decorate for one of my favorite holiday seasons... School Return - so for the last half of September I pull out my Apple decorations, owls, rulers and vintage school books - it reminds me that my summer is nearly over with my kids and gets them excited to return to school!
Button it up with our Antique Brads (#117273) for the top and bottom.  The brads have a longer tine and are great at holding the top and bottom of this apple together!
The BOTTOM Brad needs to be inside
so that it sits flat.
Punching these branches with the help of my Bird Builder punch (#117191) and my Old Olive card stock (#100702) makes for a great stem on this apple.
Create this sweet apple when you line up the 11 - 1" strips of our Real Red card stock (#102482) like so:
Punching holes in the top and bottom.
Brad it up with our Antique Brads.
Start fanning it out - strip by strip and it will start bowing, becoming round.  The 'bottom' brad will be a cute embellishment on the inside!
BAM!
A sweet apple that is crisp, will not go bad and is sure to brighten a teacher's day!!  No care required, all the teacher will feel is the love and appreciation behind it!
 
Easy to make, fun to give.... who will YOU make this for?!?!  Leave me a comment and let me know!
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