Thursday, 6 June 2013

End of Year Teacher's Gift Bags

Another school Year is winding to it's end, with less than 15 days of school left.  If you remember my early post with Teacher/Volunteer Gifts, I was also asked to make some gift bags for the end of year.  The principal of the school had seen the gift bag on page 70 of our current Idea Book, and loved it.  She asked if I could make it exactly like in the book.  I told her I would try my hardest to do so.  Did I mention that she wanted 30 of them.

So away I went, planning the supplies I would need, and got the order sent off.  Here is a few photos of my journey in the creative process.  

The first step once I had all my supplies was to grab my Artiste cartridge and select the gift bag, set it to cut at 5" and then cut 30 gift bags.

This is my stack of 30 gift bags.  I then scored all the fold lines.  What is great about the cricut is that it cuts perforated lines for scoring.

Next step was the stamping, inking, and coloring on the gift bag.  I used Crystal Blue Ink for the fold over top of the bag which represents the sky.  The stamp set used is Called Just Chillin'(C1495) and I stamped the sun in Honey Ink and colored the center with our Honey Alcohol Marker.  The Umbrella doubles as the water at the bottom of the gift bag, which I also stamped in Crystal Blue Ink.

 The next set was to create the Umbrella's.  This required 5 colors, Cranberry, Sunset, Honey, Topiary, and Gypsy Ink.  I had to stamp 6 of each color and then cut the umbrella into pieces.  I  then inked all the edges with Black Ink.  Then using my Tombow I adhered each piece onto a white piece of cardstock cut in the shape of the umbrella.  (my fingers are still inked black from inking the edges)

Then I had to get all the banner pieces together, here you see all the pieces that get added to the gift bag.

 This is what 30 gift bags look like.  It was alot of work, but I am really pleased with how well they turned out.
Thank you for reading my post to the end.  Incase I left out any supplies I used the full list is below. Also, if you haven't entered my contest yet, just click here.

Supplied Used:

White Daisy Cardstock
Just Chillin' Stamp Set
Juniper Cardstock
Cranberry Ink
Honey Ink
Sunset Ink
Gypsy Ink
Topiary Ink
Black Ink
Natural Embroidery Floss
Black Buttons Assortment
Black Shimmer Trim
Mini Glue Dots
Tombow Adhesive
Artiste Cartridge


  1. WOW, those are going to be some shocked teachers, these are adorable. Great job and thanks for sharing!

  2. wow! They are great, how long did it take for you to cut out all of the umbrellas?

  3. I only had to make 14 teachers gifts for my Grand. You have to do 30, but they are soooo adorable! Great job!!

  4. So cute!! Love how they turned out!

  5. Michelle

    What a beautiful job! They will certainly love them for sure!

    I am curious to know what is inside them :)

    Have a great day.


  6. Michelle

    They are so cute! You did an awesome job, they will love them for sure.

    I am curious to know what is inside them :)

    Have a great day.


  7. Great job, Michelle!! These are so darned cute!! I LOVE the umbrellas and would love to have one with these colours for myself when the weather is nasty! Wouldn't that be a great way to brighten a dull day?

  8. Great job Michelle. You are just way too talented. The teachers are going to love these and probably keep them forever.

  9. The teachers are going to love these and keep them forever. Great job Michelle.

  10. They are adorable ! I can't believe the work you put into that umbrella. Kudos to you!


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