Going Back To School: Gift For Teacher

I am back to my craft room this weekend after taking a week off going on vacation with my family. We enjoyed every moment together making memories. And today, I would like to share with you a Going Back To School gift idea for Teacher – design team project inspiration with The Cutting Cafe.

My oldest is going back to school this coming Monday, and I made a card set for her new 2nd grade teacher. I use the digital cutting and sentiment printable files: Apple Shaped Card Template – Cutting File, Apple Treat Cup Card Templates – Cutting Files, and Pencil Shaped Card Template – Cutting File.

Going Back To School: Gift For Teacher

To make the Apple Shaped card is very easy. In this Apple Shaped Card Template – Cutting File there are digital cutting files and also printable template. This time, I cut out the Apple Shaped card with the template printable. I still have some the Paper Studio – Holiday Heavy Weight cardstock combo and the red and green are perfect for the apple and leaf. I used kraft cardstock for the stem. I after they all cut out, I put them together with glue pen. Then, I added some faux hand-stitches with Uni-Ball Gell Pen. Then I added the sentiment I printed out from the Apple Treat Cup Card Templates – Cutting Files. Inside of the card, I cut out the apple shape out of printer paper and glued it on for us to write a note for the teacher 🙂

Going Back To School: Gift For Teacher

For the card set, I cut out 6 apples using the front panel template. I used the Paper Studio – Polka Dots papers. And I put them together by gluing every pieces on 5×7 card bases. The printed sentiment is from Pencil Shaped Card Template – Cutting File. I used ek-Tool 2″ scallop circle to punch them and added them on the apple card. I added some faux hand-stiches all around the apple using LePen Journaling Pen.

Going Back To School: Gift For Teacher

I put the cards inside a cello bag, add the note card on top of it, and then tied it up with some natural twine. And the gift is ready for her teacher 🙂

Going Back To School: Gift For Teacher

Making handmade gifts is a way for us to share joy and love with others. Need more inspirations? Visit the Cutting Cafe blog to see more of inspirations from the team!

And I hope you all are inspired today to make something to share with others or even for yourself 🙂 THANK YOU so much for visiting today and have a fabulous blessed day!

Gift Card Holder With 3 Pockets

This is the season of giving with a joyful heart. There are so many ways we can give to bless others.

A week ago, my friend ask me if I could help her with making a gift card holder that can holds 3 cards. To Pinterest I went look for some inspirations 🙂 I saw many giftcard holders for 1 or 2. But I also saw some tag pockets that I thought… Hmmm… I can make big enough for the gift cards with similar idea.

Giftcard Holder with 3 pockets | Handmade by Helen Gullett #stamplorations #wrmk #wermemorykeepers #ctmh #envelopepunchboard #christmascard #giftcardholder #papercrafting #diy #giftidea #watercoloring #sakurakoiwatercolors

These gift card pockets made using WRMK Envelope Punch Board. On the punch board, there are sizes for any sizes of envelopes, including 2 sizes of gift card envelopes. I made 3 – 2.5″ x 3.5″ envelopes, but instead of having a flap to close the envelope, I cut it to make the pockets. I used Heavy Weight Holiday Colors Cardstock from the Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby).

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The front card, I used STAMPlorations stamp set, Framed Christmas: Peace, Love, Joy. On a piece of Strathmore Watercolor Paper, I stamped the image & sentiment using Archival Black Exclusice Ink Pad (CTMH), then watercolored the poinsettia using Sakura Koi Watercolor using Aquash Watercolor Brushes.

Watercolored Poinsettia | Giftcard Holder with 3 pockets | Handmade by Helen Gullett #stamplorations #wrmk #wermemorykeepers #ctmh #envelopepunchboard #christmascard #giftcardholder #handmadecard #cardmaking #papercrafting #diy #giftidea #watercoloring #sakurakoiwatercolors

I started with lighter color, then added more colors on the areas where the shadows are for some dimension. You can let it air-dry but I used my Craft Heater for speedy drying process. And I finished the card with red ribbon and tie it up a bow. I used some double-sided tape to hold the bow in place.

Giftcard Holder with 3 pockets | Handmade by Helen Gullett #stamplorations #wrmk #wermemorykeepers #ctmh #envelopepunchboard #christmascard #giftcardholder #cardmaking #handmadecard #papercrafting #diy #giftidea #watercoloring #sakurakoiwatercolors

That’s my finished card that inspired by one of the STAMPlorations Inspiration Project #52 and I think this gift card holder will make a perfect of giving gift cards for coffee lover, right? 😄

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Thank You so much for visiting me and have a blessed week!

DIY Mini Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

DIY Mini Christmas Embroidery Hoop Art | Handmade ornaments, but also perfect for Holiday home decor. Blog at --> http://helengullett.com/?p=7830 #ctmh #ctmhwhitepines #whitepines #diy #handmade #embroideryhoopart #papercrafting #christmas #ornament #homedecor #giftidea #creatingjoyfully #sharehandmadekindness #inspirememonday

Welcome to Joyful Stars Monthly Blog Hop! I join a group of CTMH Consultans to share project inspirations using Close To My Heart products.

You should arrive from Nancy’s blog. If you are here first, please continue hopping until you make the loop. This blog hop starts at Joyce’s blog and there you can find the full list of participant just in case you got lost.

For this month hop, I created these 4 mini embroidery hoop arts. They are perfect as ornaments because the hoop is 4″ mini size. But they also will make cute home decor during the Holidays 🙂

All Is Calm | DIY Mini Christmas Embroidery Hoop Art #ctmh #ctmhwhitepines #whitepines #diy #handmade #embroideryhoopart #papercrafting #christmas #ornament #homedecor #giftidea #creatingjoyfully

Holiday Cheers | DIY Mini Christmas Embroidery Hoop Art #ctmh #ctmhwhitepines #whitepines #diy #handmade #embroideryhoopart #papercrafting #christmas #ornament #homedecor #giftidea #creatingjoyfully

Glory To God | DIY Mini Christmas Embroidery Hoop Art #ctmh #ctmhwhitepines #whitepines #diy #handmade #embroideryhoopart #papercrafting #christmas #ornament #homedecor #giftidea #creatingjoyfully

Nativity Family | DIY Mini Christmas Embroidery Hoop Art #ctmh #ctmhwhitepines #whitepines #diy #handmade #embroideryhoopart #papercrafting #christmas #ornament #homedecor #giftidea #creatingjoyfully

Supplies you need for this projects are:

Making them is easy and fun:

  • Cut the papers in 4.25″ square.
  • Glue the hoop on the paper using Liquid Glass.
  • When it is dry well (only take a minute to dry), cut along the edge of the hoop.
  • Decorate them with the White Pines Complements, Red Enamel Gems and Sparkle Clear Assortment.
  • For the Glory To God Hoop, trace the hoop with pencil, then stamp and heat emboss the images. Then glue the hoop and cut the edge.
  • Add the Fern Thick Twine (I cut 6″ long for each hoop) and tie up to make a hoop to hang it.

I really enjoy making them and they will be a gift for my daughter’s teacher. We had our first Parent-Teacher meeting with her and so thankful to get to know her more. We heard a lot of of amazing stories from our daugther about her teacher. She adores her!

And I will make more when I have a chance to get more mini embroidery hoops using the leftover supplies I have 🙂

Hopefully you are inspired to create something for Christmas this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave your question at the comment box. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Your next hop is Andrea’s blog to see what she has created this month. THANK YOU so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Share Handmade Kindness Week 2 – Community

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DIY Fall Wreath Wood Plank

Hello crafty friends! Today I would like to share an amazing challenge for us who love making gifts and cards from our hearts.

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Jennifer McGuire host this event called Sharing Handmade Kindness. She is awesome card designers and really love her heart for others. You can watch her video about this event here.

This fot the first week of Share Handmade Kindness Challenge and it is all about family and friends. The challenge is to make something for family member or friends, and actually send or give it to them. Isn’t that a great challenge?

Who doesn’t like handmade gift that made out of love and care? I know I do 🙂

For this week challenge, I made this Give Thanks wreath wood plank.

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I found this pre-made wood plank at Hobby Lobby. It is ready to be decorated. I got these Fall Wreath cutting file and the quote “In Everything Give Thanks” at Silhouette Design Store. I cut them using my Silhouette Cameo – the best crafting buddy ever! 🙂 – and put them together. I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink at all the edges of those leaves and using embossing tool, I scored some lines on those leaves to give them some textures of leaf vines.

For the acorns, I gave them some glitter using glitter glue. And using the handle of my embossing tool, I curled the edges of the acorns a little bit.

Final step is adding the finished wreath on the wood plank. I used the Gorilla wood glue. It is a stronger glue compare to glue gun or all-purpose glue on the wood.

It is a gift for our friends, who also our Pastor and his wife. So thankful God sent them to our church and to teach us the truth. What a blessing!

Crafty friends, you still have time to join this challenge and share kindness to your family and friends this week. To link up you project(s), please go here.

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Thank you so much for visiting today and have a marvelous day!

DIY Wavy Blooms Watercolor Muslin Bag

Handmade gift is one of the best way of giving gifts to family and friends. This is one of our favorite way of giving gifts for any special occasions. My daughters and I love creating gifts together for special occasions, like birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and gifts for their teachers.

What is your way of giving?

Today, I’d like to share with you a watercolor muslin bag I made which can be used as a gift bag or storage bag. I learned how to make this bag is from Big Picture Classes.

For this project, you will need these supplies:

  • a muslin bag (you can sew it or use the premade one)
  • a piece of cardboard or cardstock as insert inside the bag
  • watercolor paint (or fabric paint, or fabric markers)
  • watercolor brushes (or Aquash water brushes)
  • some water
  • your choice of stamp set
  • stamping blocks if you use acrylic clear stamps
  • Staz-On ink pad (or any ink pad that won’t face away when it interacts with water while coloring)

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For my bag, I used pre-made 6″ x 8″ muslin bag. I stamped some of the flowers from Wavy Blooms stamp set from Close To My Heart using Black StazOn™ Ink Pad. And then, add the piece of cardboard or cardstock inside the bag to avoid bleeding through on the back of the bag. The next step is to color them with Watercolor Paints. Pick the color one by one with the paint brushes. I used Pentel Aquash water brushes medium and small sizes.

A tip for you, if it is too much color on your images, you can use paper towel to take some away while it is still wet. You can simply dub them away. Do not wipe them off because it will smear them all over.

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You can see there some colors bleed out of the stamped images, that’s okay. But if you do not like that, you can use Craft Heater to dry them quickly rather then leave it air-dry slowly. Some images that do no have colors out side of the images are the ones I dried using my Craft Heater.

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This watercolor bag cannot be washed. I would suggest to paint the flowers using acrylic paint or fabric paint for washable bag. I use this bag as gift bag with some watercolor cards inside. Cards that fit perfectly inside this 6″ x 8″ bag are 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards and 5″ x 7″ cards with envelopes.

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Project is done and I hope this project can inspire you to make some pretty things today! THANK YOU for visiting!

First Day Of School

Today is the day! The day when my Big Girl is going back to school. She is super excited for today, her first day of school as First Grader. For the whole week… literally whole week, she kept saying, “I cannot wait for my first day of school!”

Honestly, my husband and I do not want our daughters to grow so fast, but growing is part of life. They will keep growing physically and spiritually. We cannot stop the process, but we can enjoy and always be thankful for what God has been doing in their lives.

Today, we celebrate their milestone. The Big Girl is going to First Grade and The Little Girl is starting her Toddler or so called Pre-K school at home with me.

We are thankful.

1st Day Chalkboard Sign

Supplies: Chalkboard Sign (Walmart), Chalkboard marker (CTMH), White Chalk (Walmart)

First Day of First Grade

First Day Sign

Supplies: Black Cardstock (Walmart), White Color Pencil (American Crafts)

First Day of Toddler School

And a little gift for her new teacher, too

DIY Gift for Teacher

Supplies: Framed Stamp Set (CTMH), Teacher Appreciation (CTMH), White Daisy Cardstock (CTMH), Cranberry Ink Pad (CTMH), Honey Ink Pad (CTMH), Pear Ink Pad (CTMH), Topiary Ink Pad (CTMH), Pacifica Ink Pad (CTMH), Gypsy Ink Pad (CTMH), Baker’s Twine, Sharpie Markers, Tin Can, 3D Paper Flower (Silhouette Design Store)

How’s your first day of the week? 🙂

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Happy Everything – Watercolor Note Card Set

I love making handmade cards. I always love stamping technique. Also, I like watercoloring the images using watercolor pencils because I can just color them like regular pencil colors, wet it with some water, and done. But I still do not have enough confidence to do more with watercolor paints.

My daughters are my inspirations to step out of my comfort zone about painting. I love seeing them just paint whatever on their papers and pouring out their imaginations on the paper. They just do it. And as always I LOVE their arts!

Watercolor Note Card Set by Helen Gullett | www.helengullett.com

Today I found out that makingn cards with watercoloring with watercolor paint directly on watercolor paper is fun. This is because I am taking classes at Big Picture Classes, one of them is where I learned to make these cards. The class is actually about making gifts for Mother’s Day but I think it is more than just a gift for Moms. They are great gifts for anyone 🙂 What I like with all the classes at BPC is that the teachers will walk you step by step with video and also they are very helpful.

At this class, the teacher showed how to paint the cards and adding some extra on them with stamping and letterpressing technique.

Supplies I used to make these cards are:

  • Happy Everything stamp set (CTMH)
  • Feathers stamp set (CTMH)
  • Finding the Words (CTMH)
  • Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (CTMH)
  • My Acrylix Stamping blocks (CTMH)
  • Heavy weight Watercolor paper (Handmade Modern, Target) or you also can use watercolor cards
  • Pearlescent Watercolor
  • Big and Wide Flat brushes
  • Water.

What I learn this week is that fear won’t get you and me anywhere, but willing to try and taking the first step forward will get us somewhere.

Did you try something new today? Share with me in the comment box, I’d love to know!

Have an amazing weekend!

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