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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hey everyone,
Do you ever have one of those days? Weeks? Or maybe one of those months? I have.... Millan.net
I have been very busy since the end of January working on the items you will see in this post. I had hoped to try to break this post down into two or three individual posts but the last two weeks flew by and ... well.... now I get to jam it all into one big post. Lucky you.

Smiley from millan.net I was approached by the school office assistant at the school where my son attends about helping to put together a nice gift and luncheon for the teachers and staff for Teachers Appreciation. It's a relatively small school so they include the staff as well as the teachers during Appreciation Week. The first thing I came up with was these cute little notepads, personalized with each staff member's initial. I took additional pictures of all of the notepads but sadly this seems to be the only one that survived.
To make the flower embellishment I found an old book at a Goodwill, cut out oodles of scallop circles, layered them up, put a tiny brad through the center to hold them together, and then scrunched the layers to add dimension and sprayed it with a glittery mist. A small button was glued to the center to cover the brad.

Here's a little close-up on the flowers. They really did turn out so cute.

Next, we played with the idea of purchasing flowers for a center piece but the budget wouldn't allow for that, plus we wanted something that the kids could be involved with. So, we went about tracing their little hands on colorful cardstock and used them to make a paper bouquet for each teacher.Smiley from millan.net

Each of the flowerpots were simply decorated using some background/border stamps and a name tag was added to each to distinguish which one was for which teacher. Some shredded green construction paper was scrunched and used to conceal the foam which held the "flowers" upright.Smiley  from millan.net

Smiley from millan.net The flower arrangements were all put together in one school day, but the bits and pieces used to create the flowers took several weeks to create....

See the little flowers used to fill the base of the flower pots?

These fun dimensional flowers came from a pattern I found here. I folded up 70 of these little babies and used coiled, green chenille stems as the flower stems so that when the flower pots were moved they literally swayed. It really brought them to life.

Last but not least, I whipped up a Thank You! banner for the conference room where they would be hosting the luncheon.

When I walked away from the school on Thursday, April 29th after finishing and delivering all of the projects above to the school I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Then drove out of town with my son to visit my family for the weekend. I wasn't even able to be at the school for the lunch I helped put together but I did hear from some of the teachers and staff who were very grateful for all that was done on their behalf.

Smiley from millan.net You're very welcome Ladies and Gents. You all do such a great job of taking care of our kids. Helping them learn to listen and to speak. (All the children in my son's school are deaf or have a hearing loss of some kind)

Smiley from millan.net Here are all the details:

  • Cardstock: PaperTreyInk, Bazzill
  • Stamps: PaperTreyInk, WaltzingMouse
  • Ink: Versamark, various colors from PaperTreyInk
  • Border: cut using Cricut, DesignStudio, George cartridge
  • Flowers: cut using Cricut, DesignStudio, MiniMonograms cartridge
  • Ribbon: PaperTreyInk
  • Embossing: Cuttlebug, various embossing folders

  • Cardstock: Staples
  • Patterned Paper: DCWV
  • Green chenille stems
  • Construction paper
  • Stamps: WaltzingMouse
  • Ink: Versamark, various colors from PaperTreyInk
  • Tags: Cricut, DesignStudio, George cartridge (ProvoCraft)
  • CUT FILE:**  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file and format you want when you purchase.)
  • Markers: Bic Mark It

  • Construction paper
  • School's dies and diecutting machine for the letters, flowers
  • Ribbon: CreativeExpress
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 


  1. Happy Mother's Day! You did an awesome job on the projects for school. I love those flowers. I also did 6 projects for my daughters school - 90 of each (60 for teachers and 30 for staff). They received one everyday in their box and the 6th was a candle with a picture and saying on each. It was a big project but I enjoyed doing this for my daughters school. The 12th of May is Nurse appreciation day and I am making a gallon paint can and I am also going to try and make those flowers.


  2. Wow, you have been a very very busy lady. Everything looks beautiful, those flowers are gorgeous. Sorry you couldn't go to the luncheon, but I am sure you have fun visiting with your family. It is so good to see you posting. I have missed seeing your amazing creations. hugs

  3. Jen, how wonderful to hear from you!!! Your projects are all great!!! Everyone should love them!

    I hope you have a wonderful and Happy Mothers Day!!!

  4. Jen, these are super cute. I know they took a lot of time. The teachers were probably so happy with them.
    Just wanted to wish you a very HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY.


  5. Very cute projects!

  6. Jen...I love these ideas, I just printed out the paper flowers instructions and am going to make these today! Thanks for the great ideas!


  7. Bravo, Jen! Wonderful and impressive projects.
    The teachers and staff must have been thrilled.
    Such a lovely way to thank everyone.
    Your fingers must have been on auto-fold after making the first 20 of those gorgeous origami flowers :0) Thanks for the link, may give it a try.
    Hope to see more frequent posts from you.
    your friend
    PJ(Jessie Adams)

  8. Wow! That's a lot of work and everything looks so fun and personalized. How lucky that school is to have someone like you volunteer! Very cute ideas that I may have to use in the coming years...thanks so much for sharing!!

  9. What wonderful projects.


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