Showing posts with label Gift Ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gift Ideas. Show all posts

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to School Teacher Gift

Hello Stack-a-Holics!
This is Karla with a gift idea for this back to school season. I can't believe summer is ending already! I'm a teacher and summer is really my favorite season because I get much more scrapping time :)


 This school year, help your child's teacher get organized with these burlap hanging pockets. I used the DCWV printed burlap stack in 12x12 and a bit of the chalkboard stack. 


You can gift this with a box of chalk or a DCWV chalk marker so the teacher can write the contents of each pocket. The chalkboard paper is like a real board. You can erase the chalk/chalkmarker with a damp napkin and re-write. You can also include an extra little treat to help the teacher unwind after a long first day of school.
Maybe a gift card to a coffee shop or the movies? 


These pockets can actually be a gift for anyone that needs a little organization. 

By the way, if you want to gift this to a male teacher, just leave out the ruffles and the flowers. I promise it still looks good :) 

To make these hanging pockets, I used my sewing machine to sew along the sides of the pockets and to attach the ribbon. It super easy to sew through the burlap paper. For a full tutorial you can visit my blog at http://madebykarla10.blogspot.com/

Here's a quick look at how I made the flowers (excuse the lighting in my craft area):

I started by misting the back of  a 12x1.5" piece of burlap paper.

 
When it's nice and pliable, I folded it in half then started rolling it like this: 


I kept rolling it until the end, flatened it a bit, and secured it with Tombow extreme adhesive. Power tabs or glue dots work well also.

 

Hope your week has been great so far. 
Yay! It's Friday :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Grade School Teacher Gift


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Welcome back to the DCWV Diary! I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was busy but really good. The weather was beautiful, we got to spend time with lots of friends and got plenty done on our "to do list" around the house. Can't complain about that kind of weekend! This week is the last week of school around here! I am so happy...no early morning alarm clocks, no more packing lunches and plenty of pool days! It's so close I can taste it! 

I want to announce our 2 winners from last week's blog comments! I loved reading all of them, especially the Steampunk replies! I am so glad that my little explanation helped some of you understand the trend a little more. Winners: email me at erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com and I will get your stacks right to you!

Congrats to:

Love the vintage/futuristic vibe :)
mpandol1@rochester.rr.com

AND

Very cute little guy! Why does his teacher look familiar? Love the cups. Lucky teachers. TFS Hugs, Jess


I have another great idea that you can use for a teacher "thank you" gift for the end of the year. I know not everyone does this, but we do and I think it finishes off the school year on the right note. 


I love this mini chalkboard & pencil cup set! It uses the Grade School Stack which is perfect for any kind of teacher or school gift. Here are the instructions on how to make and what you will need.


Grade School Chalkboard and Pencil Cup Set



Supplies & Tools

·      DCWV GRADE SCHOOL12”X12” PRINTED STACK
·      FRAMED CHALKBOARD
·      RIBBON: 1/8” BLACK SILK RIBBON, 3/8” RED SILK RIBBON, 1/2" BLACK RIBBON WITH WHITE DOTS, AND 1/2" SCHOOL-THEMED RIBBON
·      CLEAR PLASTIC PENCIL HOLDER CUP
·      PAPERCLIPS
·      CHALK
·      SCISSORS
·      PAPER TRIMMER
·      PAPER CRAFTING ADHESIVE
·      RULER
·      PENCIL

 Directions

CHALKBOARD
1.    SELECT AND CUT CORRESPONDING PRINTS TO COVER THE UNFINISHED EDGE OF THE FRAMED CHALKBOARD.  ADHERE PRINTS IN PLACE.
2.    TIE A BOW USING THE BLACK RIBBON WITH WHITE POLKA DOTS AND THE SCHOOL-THEMED RIBBON.  ADHERE THIS TO TOP RIGHT CORNER OF THE FRAME.
3.    EMBELLISH THE FRAME BY CUTTING IMAGES FROM THE STACK AND ADHERING THEM WHERE DESIRED.  TO FINISH, ATTACH A PIECE OF CHALK TO YOUR 1/8” BLACK RIBBON AND SECURE THE END UNDER THE BOW IN THE TOP RIGHT CORNER.

PENCIL CUP
1.    SELECT YOUR DESIRED PRINT.  CUT A SECTION WIDE ENOUGH TO COVER THE INSIDE OF THE CUP.  INSERT PAPER INTO CUP, ADHERING IN PLACE IF DESIRED.
2.    TIE SCHOOL-THEMED RIBBON AROUND THE TOP OF THE CUP, FINISHING IT OFF A KNOT. 
3.    EMBELLISH CUP BY CUTTING OUT AN IMAGE FROM PAPER.  ATTACH THIS TO THE CENTER OF THE KNOT WITH A PAPERCLIP AND AN ADDITIONAL SECTION OF RIBBON.

Have a wonderful week as summer totally teases us! I'll see you back here on Wednesday!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We {heart} Teachers!

*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*

I can't believe it is May and the end to another year of school for my boys. Time is just so weird! In some ways, it feels like I have been a mama for 50 years. And in other ways it feels like 50 days. I love seeing my boys learn and grow and they have been so lucky to have amazing teachers so far!



Here is my little guy with his preschool teacher (who happens to be my next door neighbor and close friend! Even better, no driving to school!) They had their Circus Preschool Program yesterday and my guy was the announcer. That's why he is in a suit in 80 degree weather :) His teacher is amazing and is the reason why my boys are such great readers. She is patient and kind and her preschoolers adore her. 


I always like to end the school year with a big "THANK YOU" since our teachers put in so much time and work into sometimes a thankless job. I always want my boys to appreciate their teachers and make sure they show them! 

This year, I grabbed 2 of the reusable cups that you see EVERYWHERE!! They are awesome! Keep your drinks cold and are super cute too :) I used the 180 Stack Spring Fling & Summer Days. If you haven't picked this stack up, you really need to! It's one of the best all around great 180's in my opinion. I have been using it a ton lately and the prints are adorable!

For the inside of the mug, I cut strips of paper and used the open edge of my scissors to curl the paper. I put a gift card to our local drink place inside so the teachers can fill up their cup with their favorite summer drink! Cherry limeade, anyone? 


I made a rosette using 2 pieces of 1.25 inch x 12 inch paper and i scored them every 1/2 inch. Put them together and added a punch of Glitzy Glitter paper to the front. The stack has a fun sheet of paper with all of the words and phrases so I cut the "Sunshine" and "Chillin'" phrases from that and added a few more alphabet stickers. Finished it off with some ribbon and that was it!

I think both teachers will love their cute drinks! I have also seen this done where you fill the cup with the little packets of Crystal Light. That is also a good idea :) As much as I hate the school year coming to an end and "time marching on", I gotta say BRING ON SUMMER!!!

Have a great day! See you back here on Friday!





Friday, May 11, 2012

Spring Fling Photo Key Ring

*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*

Hello!! I am so happy it's Friday! Well I am always happy it's Friday but this week has been long for me. Ups and downs and lots of stress! But I am so happy the weekend is here. Going to spend some good time with my Mama and sister and our kids tomorrow for Mother's Day. That is always something that we look forward to :) What are you up to this weekend?? Ready for Mother's Day?

I sat down to make this project thinking what a great gift it would be. But it just turned out so cute I decided it looked fabulous on my own key ring ha ha! Does that ever happen to you? Or am I the only  selfish crafter? ;)



I just love how this photo keyring turned out!!! I used the Spring Fling Matstack which was perfect for my springy photos. I love how the matstacks have the awesome designs scaled down to fit smaller projects like these. It was so fun to make and it really would make a fun gift...after you make one for yourself of course!


And I love how easy it is! To make your bases, look through your wallet and find some old gift cards or rewards cards that you just don't use :) Man, my wallet was full so this was easy! I used two and cut them in half length wise so it gave me 4 long pieces of hard plastic. And I used my corner chomper thingy to round all of the edges. 


I covered the fronts and backs with Spring Fling paper. Make sure you use some good adhesive to keep this down. I used my trusty Scor-Tape. When in doubt, grab your Scor-Tape :) I inked my edges and started decorating with tiny photos, letter stickers and stamps. Keep your stickers flat since the next step is adding 2 layers of Mod Podge. This gives it a nice thick coat which should help your key chain protected from dirty fingers and the abyss which is the bottom of your purse :)


Punch holes with your Crop-a-dile and string them on a key ring. That's it! Isn't it adorable! If you need a last minute Mother's Day idea, this would make any Mother or Grandmother SO HAPPY!!

Just in case you missed it- check yesterday's blog post to see the 25 May Arts Challenge winners! Are you on the list??!

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone! See you back here on Monday!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Hello Spring Plate Decoration

**I will still be picking weekly giveaway winners on Mondays from comments on posts throughout the week. I just won't be putting the disclaimer at the top of every post ;) Keep those comments coming!


TGIF! This was such a quick week! I will take it :) Thank you for all of your sweet comments and emails you sent about Foxy! I am amazed how many of you have your own rescue dogs! I personally think it's the only way to go now. You are all so sweet.

I wanted to share a fun project that you can display in your home. I made mine for Spring but you could really do it for any holiday or occasion!


I bought a $3 cheap-o plate from Walmart. This would be fun with an old family keepsake plate or even a garage sale find! Then I used my cutting machine to do two large circles to fit perfectly inside the plate. Just measure your own plate for your dimensions. And I used my trust Scor-Tape to stick it down.


Then I just decorated the plate with circle punches, embellishments and a banner title. I used the Blossoms & Butterflies Stack and embellishment that has been around forever but I still love it! 

I think you could really use your imagination and use this concept for so many different themes! It's just so happy to look at :) 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Back on Monday! And I am SUPER EXCITED for May 1st to get here so I can tell you some big news you will be excited to hear!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Only a few days left until Christmas! Do you have everything ready?! I wanted to share with you a quick idea if you need a last minute gift for someone...


Here is what I did for a friend who is a HUGE Starbucks fan ;) I got a gift card and asked for an extra cup, lid and straw. I put the gift card in the cup and filled it with paper strips that I curled with the straight edge of my scissors. You know how you curl curling ribbon on gifts? You can curl paper strips the same way :) I think the gift will be a hit!

I have a couple winners from last week's blog comments! Keep them coming!! 

Wanda said...
I LOVE my favorites things!!! thanks for the opportunity to enter!!!best regards,

Wanda




AND

                                                                      Sandi said...
Your trip looks awesome Erin...great pictures too. And those autograph books are soooo much better than the ones bought in the gift shops.



Send me your addresses and I will get some stacks right out to you :) 

Hope everyone is enjoying this week...there is nothing like the hustle and bustle before the holiday. But I LOVE getting to relax once the holiday is finally here :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Whimsy Gift Box with Magnets

Hey guys! Thank you for all of your birthday wishes! You are too sweet to me :) I had a great day and weekend and I believe you when you tell me that 30 is just the beginning!

I wanted to show you another gift idea that you could make for friends or loved ones this holiday. I used the Whimsy Stack which has been around for a couple of years. I love how we are DCWV are always ahead of the trend because 2 years later, this stack is right on with other lines that are out there!


The colors in the Whimsy Stack are gorgeous and I love the little owls, bunnies and birds.


First off, I covered the lid of a Altoids box. You could use an empty mint container and paint the outside of it to cover up the packaging. Or you can buy empty ones HERE. I used Mod Podge to glue down the paper, inked the edges and then applied another coat of Mod Podge.

 

When you open up the box you have 3 little coordinating magnets. I covered old game pieces or you can use some cut down wood scraps. I applied the paper to the game pieces in the same process as the cover. Mod Podge, ink, Mod Podge.


Added a magnet to the back of and there you have it! They are fun because the stick to the inside of the tin. You could easily tie a ribbon around the container and add a little tag. 

I will be making a few sets of these for some neighbors but I think I will use some of our new Christmas papers. What do ya think?

Side note: I wanted to tell you a new way that I will be picking weekly giveaway winners. I see the traffic that our blog receives and I know a TON of you are stopping by everyday. Which I absolutely love!! But no one leaves me comments and I really want this blog to be interactive so I can hear from you and what you think of our products and our company! So every Monday I will pick a couple winners from the comments from the week before. So every day, be sure to leave a comment when you stop and see our projects! So today, I want to giveaway stacks to: 

Nikki said...

Beautiful Stack and what a great project!!thanks for sharing
Nikki C
and

Chris D. said...

Happy Birthday Erin! Have a fabulous day!




Email me your addresses and I will get prizes out to you :) erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com

Can't wait to hear from more of you! That is one of the best perks of my job :)

See you on Wednesday!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Easy, Inexpensive La Creme Gift Idea!

Happy Monday, everyone!! Hope you had a fabulous weekend!! I pretty much did nothing but create things from Pinetrest all weekend, lol! It was AWESOME! Are y'all loving Pinetrest as much as I am!?
If you are on there follow me, my name is: erindcwv

I have the cutest, easiest gift idea to show you today! Cause you know, it's that time of the year when we are thinking what the heck we are giving our loved ones as gifts? :)


I used the forever classic La Creme Stack. I wonder how many of these babies I have gone thru in my crafting days. Plenty that's for sure! It is totally classic and has become one of our signature stacks!


I cut a piece of scrap wood down to my desired size. Mine is 1.5 inch thick, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4. I used some wood stain and painted a very "rough" coat on it just to darken the wood a bit. I wanted it to look kinda worn. Then at my local hardware store, I had them cut me a piece of thin sheet metal down to 5 x 7.5 inches. I cut a piece of La Creme paper down to the same size and Mod Podged it to the metal. 


Then I added the metal sheet to the wood with some metal finishing nails. Added a photo and a magnet and that was that! You could bust out a ton of these on a Saturday and have tons of gifts done! I love the black and white paper on it too cause it will go with any decor.

I can't wait to show you some other great holiday gift ideas on the blog. This is my favorite time of year when it comes to crafting. I love giving gifts that I have created, I can't think of anything better!

Enjoy your day! Back here on Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Father's Day Jar

Hey friends! 

I swear I say this all the time...but seriously? It's the middle of JUNE?! Why does time go so fast?!
I am in the middle of making Father's Day gifts for this Sunday! I can't believe Father's Day is already here...but we LOVE Father's Day :) BBQ's, being outside and showing Daddy how much we love him!

This year, we are keeping things simple! I saw a project similar to this on a blog but I did my own thing with it :) I knew that I wanted to use the Guy Stack which is still a staple for anything "Dad" in my craft room!


I bought a simple jar at Walmart for less than $5 and simply handcut pieces of paper and pieced them together. First the tie, then the two collar pieces and finally the collar strap that goes around the jar. Then I added a little patterned paper on the top.


The patterned paper that I used for the tie "screamed" Grandpa's tie to me :)


This was so easy! You could fill the jar with anything that you want!

Thank's for stopping by today! I will be back tomorrow with another "Wall Art Wednesday" 
See you then :)


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cute Neighbor Gifts

My neighborhood is like a little family. We all go to school and church together. We help raise each other kids as we trade babysitting and play dates. We go on group adult dates monthly and girls nights much more frequently :) I am so lucky to live in a neighborhood like this. It really is one of my biggest blessings!! Since I have about 30 neighbor gifts to deliver (I tried to cut my list down but didn't have the heart!!) I needed something easy and inexpensive. And I never do treats since we always end up with SO much treats I want to die!!!

So this year, I purchased a bunch of our Le Creme Box of Cards. They are $10 retail and I got 4 gifts out of each box. I broke them down to 10 cards and envelopes and put them in a cellophane bag.



Tied some fabulous May Arts ribbon and a tag. I got the little glitter ornaments at Target a pack of 30 at the dollar spot!! 


I designed the tags in Photoshop Elements and printed them at Walmart at Persnickety Prints, my all time FAVORITE printing service.


These would also be great thank you gifts for co-workers, teachers, birthday gifts for friends, really anyone!! I love the Le Creme cards because the prints are so versatile.

Two days til Christmas....are you ready?? If you aren't, just pretend and sit back and relax :)

See you tomorrow!!