Chalkboard Summer Countdown

With the school year drawing to a close, we thought it might be helpful to share some teacher appreciation ideas this week. From teacher gifts, to thank you cards, to classroom treats we’ve got you covered! Sit back and enjoy the inspiration.

Hello!  Jennie McGarvey here to share with you a fun and interactive teacher gift. I have three school aged sons and over the years I’ve tried to think of gifts for their teachers that are useful, creative and maybe even something the whole class could have fun with.  I’m usually not all that successful, but this year I think I have figured something out.

I thought it would be fun to create cute classroom decor where the kids and the teacher could countdown to those fun summer days!  (You know by now we’re all on countdown for those carefree days!)
So, to start I used a chalkboard that I got for a couple of dollars.  Then, I gathered up a few items.  I started with a sheet of 6×6 paper from the Cake and Candles pad, a sheet from the 6×6 Clearly Bold pad, one of the Lifestyle Crafts Inverted Circles nesting dies and the Evolution Advanced.
After I had cut the inverted circle and the plain circle using the Evolution Advanced, I got out the Script Sew Easy template and punched out the word HAPPY.  I used yellow embroidery floss (3 strands) to make the word visible.
Once the stitching was complete, I used foam adhesive to adhere the layers together.
Once that was complete, it was time to focus on the chalkboard.  I printed out the sentiment I wanted on the chalkboard.
On the BACK of the paper, I rubbed a piece of chalk on the paper.  Then, I layered the paper on top of the chalkboard so I could see the writing.  With a  ball point pen, I traced the outline of the letters.  (On the paper)  When I was finished I removed the paper and I could see the outline of the alphas, which I filled in with the chalk.
Once that was finished, I added a couple of enamel shapes for a bit of decoration.
The point of this was for it to NOT appear perfect.  It is going to hang in a classroom!  I want a child to be able to change the number of days or the message, if that is what is needed.  If I used a chalk marker – it would appear really professional, but not be as easily adaptable to the needs of the classroom.
Now, this wouldn’t be complete without a card to give along with it. Enter the Hello, Darling collection and the new Denim Blues collection for a beautiful and heartfelt card any teacher would be happy to receive!
Summer Chalkboard Supplies:
Cake and Candles Enamel Shapes
Cake and Candles 6×6 pad
Clearly Bold 6×6 pad
Lifestyle Crafts Inverted Circles Nesting Dies
Lifestyle Crafts Circles Nesting Dies
Sew Easy Template – Script
Card Supplies:
Denim Blues Fabric Sheet
Hello, Darling Ephemera
Hello, Darling Enamel Shapes
Hello, Darling Cork Stickers

Throwback Thursday: Harvest

For today’s Throwback Thursday I decided to pull out one of my favorite collections from 2013–Harvest. I just love the rich colors and distressed vintage feel–perfect for fall! And since this Saturday is World Card Making day, I thought I’d share some card inspiration as well. Take a peek at the card I created with this collection below.

Life Is Good Card by Aly Dosdall

Combining new products with older ones usually helps to update their look, so I refreshed the collection by including a trendy hand stitched sentiment created with the new Sew Easy Templates. Whenever I hand stitch on paper I use a small sharp needle with a small eye–that way I avoid creating over-sized messy stitching holes. I also like to use the needle to follow the template and poke the stitching holes before sewing.

stitch sentiment

When stitching I always use two strands of floss. That seems to be a good balance–not too thick or so thin that you can’t see the stitching. Since there’s only one hole (and you really need two holes to stitch), to dot my “i” I made a french knot. Not sure how to make a french knot? Click here for a great tutorial or just use a brad, eyelet, or enamel shape for your dot.

Life Is Good Card by Aly Dosdall_french knot

Do you like to use older products from your stash when crafting? What’s your favorite older We R Memory Keepers collection? I hope you have a great weekend and that you have a chance to get crafty on World Card Making Day! Creative cheers!



Sew Easy Templates–Script
Sew Easy Floss–Brown
Harvest Paper Pack
Harvest Embossed Stickers

Sew Easy Template Project

I love the look of hand stitching on cards and scrapbook pages but sometimes I’m a little hesitant to try because I’m worried it won’t look as neat as I’d like it to. I was so excited when I saw the new Sew Easy Templates though, because I knew that I could use the templates and my hand stitching would turn out beautifully.

We R Sew Easy Template Card by Aly Dosdall

Check out this card I made using the Script and Flourish templates. I love the look of the hand stitching, and the designs turned out nice and neat thanks to the templates.

We R Sew Easy Template Card by Aly Dosdall close

Watch the video below to see how I made this card and to learn some tips and tricks for using the new Sew Easy Templates.



Sew Easy Templates–Script, Flourish
Sew Easy Floss–Pink, Yellow, Green
Sew Easy Piercing Mat
Sew Easy Needles
A2 Fold White Letterpress Paper
Teal Green Letterpress Ink
L Letterpress
Farmer’s Market Paper
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Pink
Aqua Brads

Sew Easy Templates

Here’s a fun new twist on a favorite We R tool. Create perfectly stitched words, icons, and shapes without all the hassle, using the new Sew Easy Templates.

sew easy templates card
Each template is clear so they can easily be placed anywhere on a project. Simply pierce the holes using the Brad Setter and Piercing Tool and a Piercing Mat, and then stitch the shapes using any Sew Easy Floss you choose. Each shape ranges from ½” – 4 ½” so they’re perfect for card making, scrapbooking, crafting, and more. Sew Easy Templates are available in four styles–Script, Icon, Flourish, and Holiday–and will be shipping early spring.

Sew Easy Templates