Monday, April 13, 2015

Introducing Seeds of Knowledge

Welcome to Day Four of Papertrey Ink's April release countdown. All of the new product will be available Wednesday, April 15, at 10 pm EST in the Papertrey Ink store.

Today, we are introducing a few more teacher-friendly products, Seeds of Knowledge stamp set and dies, and Pencil Blooms dies. Teacher treats are some of my favorite projects to make. I've helped with, or been in charge of, the teacher appreciation committees at my kids' schools ever since my now-8th grader was in kindergarten, and so I'm always on the lookout for cute ideas. Easy to mass-produce and extremely economical are musts too!

Today's gift idea meets all of those criteria. I've used the Pencil Blooms dies to turn an ordinary pencil into a flower stem, and Seeds of Knowledge stamps to add a sentiment. This couldn't be any easier to create. I diecut three flower layers out of Papertrey's felt using the Pencil Blooms dies, slipped them over the eraser end of the pencil, and used a little touch of hot glue to hold them in place. The leafy sprig is part of a larger diecut from the Songbirds die set. It was cut from card stock and adhered with hot glue as well. 

I stamped the word "teacher," from Seeds of Knowledge, onto a Double-Ended Banner die-cut, then wrapped it around the pencil and secured with adhesive. Next, I stamped the "thank you for helping me grow" sentiment, also from Seeds of Knowledge, to a Tiny Tags die-cut, and tied it on with some linen thread. (I stamped the words individually, so that I could ink in multiple colors and so that I could rearrange the sentiment to fit the tag.)

I was searching my stash for a clay pot to use as a base, and came across these extra tiny ones. At first I thought they'd be too small for the tall pencil, but after trying it out, I thought the tiny size with the tall pencil stem looked delightfully whimsical. The pencil is held in place by the drain hole in the bottom of the pot, as well as a little hot glue.

The coordinating card shows off more of the Seeds of Knowledge set. I stamped a cascade of flowers onto a Fresh snow linen panel, then split the panel Maile-style.

The sentiment is stamped onto a Fillable Frames #11 die-cut and adorned with a button and hemp cord. To add a little color to the sentiment, I stamped the highlighted words in coordinating colors, trimmed them out, and adhered them with foam dots. 

In the flower pot above, the pencil isn't really intended to be used - it's all just decorative. But this next ensemble shows a bouquet where the pencils can actually be used, too.

The pencil tops are done exactly the same as in the first project -- with the three flower layers die-cut using the Pencil Blooms dies and the leaves cut with the Songbirds die.

The "vase" is just a pint mason jar wrapped with some floral mesh and hemp twine and adorned with more Pencil Blooms felt die-cuts and a sprig from Songbirds

The pencils are loose inside the jar -- easy to access and easy to return, and you'll always know where these pencils are supposed to go.

The coordinating card picks up on the same color scheme. I had fun stamping a background pattern using stamps from Seeds of Knowledge

The vertical image/sentiment panel was fun to stamp, too. Some of the individual components are stamped a second time and popped up with dimensional adhesive. Along the bottom, I added a curvy Melon Berry tab accent using just a partial piece of a Mat Stack 4 die-cut.

That's it for me today! Be sure to visit the other design team girls for lots more Seeds of Knowledge and Pencil Blooms inspiration.

Clay Pot Teacher Treat Supplies:
STAMPSSeeds of Knowledge
INK: Simply Chartreuse, Melon Berry, Terracotta Tile, Ocean Tides
PAPER: Fresh Snow Linen and Simply Chartreuse card stock
OTHER: Aqua Mist felt, Terracotta Tile felt, Limeade Ice felt, 
1 1/2" clay pot, standard No. 2 pencil, kraft shred, hemp cord, white linen thread, hot glue

Every Child Card Supplies:
STAMPSSeeds of Knowledge
INK: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Melon Berry, Terracotta Tile, Simply Chartreuse, and Ripe Avocado
PAPER: Fresh Snow Linen and Ripe Avocado card stock
OTHER: Ocean Tides button, hemp cord, dimensional adhesive

Mason Jar Pencil Bouquet Supplies:
DIESPencil Blooms, Songbirds
PAPER: Simply Chartreuse card stock
OTHER: Aqua Mist felt, Terracotta Tile felt, Limeade Ice felt, Ocean Tides felt,
mason jar, floral mesh ribbon, hemp cord, Terracotta Tile button, Limeade Ice and Aqua Mist felt

Watering Can Card Supplies:
STAMPSSeeds of Knowledge
DIES: Mat Stack 4
INK: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Melon Berry, Terracotta Tile, Simply Chartreuse, and Ripe Avocado
PAPER: Ripe Avocado, Melon Berry, and white card stock
OTHER: enamel dots, dimensional adhesive, corner rounder, Rustic Jute Button Twine


DottyA Cards & Things said...

This is so CUTE!!! I love the colors you picked for every one of your creations today.... Love them ALL!

Kris said...

So very sweet! Love to see projects that I already have supplies for at home (except this months stamps & dies, of course!). Well done!

Susi said...

Beautiful projects, Amy!

Diana K said...

You do such lovely and creative work. Beautiful post this morning!

Nancy said...

Absolutely adorable kid-friendly projects, very creative!

Laura Norris said...

Love all your ideas! So creative.

Teresa Doyle said...

Oh my word, Amy your cards and projects are simply adorable! Great job!

Julia Aston said...

Great projects Amy!

Kathy Krug said...

Love all your projects.

Lynne said...

Amy your projects are just so sweet. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Grace said...

Loved all the ideas.

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi Amy,

Absolutely PRECIOUS!!!!!!!

María Alba

Jill Norwood said...

Such sweet projects! Love the tiny flower pot!