Thursday, June 17, 2010

Teacher Gift Card Tin - Warm-Up

My older two kids are finishing up school this week, and I'm finishing up all of my end-of-year gifties. I volunteered to take up a collection from my daughter's kindergarten class, so that the teachers could get nice gift cards instead of fifteen or twenty more candles each. I always appreciate it when a fellow parent organizes a group collection, so this year I figured it was my turn.

Secretly though, I had ulterior motives .... this:

I made each teacher an accordian-fold booklet with sleeves to hold three different gift cards: a favorite restaurant, a book store, and a Visa gift card for whatever their hearts desire. I packaged the booklet in a hinged, windowed tin.

On the opening page I stamped a quote from Make the Grade by Taylored Expressions.

The second page has the dinner card. Sentiment from Clearly Sentimental About Food by My Favorite Things.

The next page has a Barnes & Noble gift card. The sentiment stamp is from I {Heart} Books by My Favorite Things.

Next is the Visa card. Sentiment is from Say Charge by My Favorite Things.

The last page (no close-up) has a message to the teacher and the list of children who contributed to the group gift.

I like how this turned out, however, straight-up duplicating a project totally gives me hives, so for the second booklet, I changed things up quite a bit, and I have to say the second one turned out to be one of my favorite projects ever. Can't wait to show it to you tomorrow, along with the gift tin and the gift bag tags. Is it Friday yet?? I should mention that my daughter liked this one the best. (We're just not seeing eye to eye these days {grin}.)

Speaking of my daughter, if you visited my MFT July VIP Blog Hop post from Tuesday, you need to see this book she made yesterday. I'm showing you all of the pages as proof that the "bare" family does not garden!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Make the Grade (Taylored Expressions); Clearly Sentimental About Food, I {Heart} Books, and Say Charge (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Prismatics Island Mist Dark card stock, Papertrey Rustic White cad stock, K&Co dp
Ink: Stampin' Up Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Kaiser pearls, Spellbinders Labels Four Nestabilities and Tags Trio, sponge daubers, SU ribbon and punch, May Arts burlap string


  1. Amy, I just LOVE your gift card booklet! That's such a neat idea for a teacher gift. I also love your daughter's book about bares! Treasure those drawings with the misspellings! I do----I keep lots of them that my daughter has done at school (with translations written in by me), so that she can look back on them years from now.

    Stephanie Doan
    P.S. Thanks for taking the time to send an apology email about the emails.

  2. WOW! This is such an amazing idea for a teacher gift! Love the awesome packaging too! Can't wait to see the next one!!

  3. what a fantastic idea for teacher gifts, now if I can only remember this for this fall!! You did a beautiful job. hugz n blessings

  4. LOVE this, Amy! What a wonderful treat for the teachers (I love giving a combined gift for a teacher and those gift cards will no doubt be appreciated)!

    Your DD's artwork is precious.. definitely a keepsake!! Hugs!

  5. This is brilliant!! Remind me to do this when my baby is in school. I think this is just the most darling gift. You're a big tease to make me wait for tomorrow!!

  6. There are going to be some very happy teachers come tomorrow! Absolutely stunning, Amy. As always, you are an awesome inspiration!

  7. WOW, I always say wow when I come visit your blog and this is no exception! What a great teacher gift, beautiful packaging you have created!
    Love it.

  8. Amy, the card is so cute and lovely! And i love the colors! Nathaly

  9. Amy this is so incredible!!! I love little projects like this, even though I myself am not so stellar at making them!! I can't wait to see the other one!

  10. Now I wish I were your kids' teacher! Don't they think of learning Polish, by any chance? :-)))

  11. It's fantastic! Can't wait to see tomorrow's gift.....

  12. This is a great idea. I love the way you did it with the gift cards, the colors and everything about it. Can't wait to see the one tomorrow. TFS

  13. I think this is by far the best teacher's gift idea I've seen! Gift cards are so practical. Awesome job, Amy!

  14. What a great idea, wish I would have had that when my kids were in school. But will use it for baby/bridal shower ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Love this! Any teacher would love this, way better than a candle. Gorgeous work.

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  17. Wow! this is so awesome.

    Can you make one for me :) My friend is going to have a baby girl in July and I wanted to gift her multiple gift cards, just the way u did it.

    Please please make one for me :)


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