Sunny Side: From Me to You Projects – Takes 6 to 10 {Giveaway Alert}

Oh, Hi there!!  I am so glad you stopped by to see what else I was able to create from this:

12 by 12 paper by Pebbles, Inc - From Me to You from Sunny Side Collection as it appeared before I cut it apart.

12 by 12 paper by Pebbles, Inc – From Me to You from Sunny Side Collection as it appeared before I cut it apart.

I have come up with 10 more projects from this paper and I will be showing them to you 5 at a time in this post and then one more post after that!  I am so very excited with the response I had to my very first giveaway – the prize is all packaged and ready to deliver to the winner!  I am going to offer another giveaway this week but I am going to shorten the comment time but more details on that at the end of this post.   All right, now for the projects:

Take # 6 –  Butterfly Thank you Chocolate Pouch

This notebook paper mini bag from Pebbles in My Pocket is the perfect size for a flat, square Ghirardelli chocolate.  All it took to cute this up was the butterfly thank you square, a couple of Doodlebug brads, matching paper scraps from the Sunny Side paper collection and a mini clothespin - also purchased at Pebbles!

This notebook paper mini bag from Pebbles in My Pocket is the perfect size for a flat, square Ghirardelli chocolate. All it took to cute this up was the butterfly thank you square, a couple of Doodlebug brads, matching paper scraps from the Sunny Side paper collection and a mini clothespin – also purchased at Pebbles!

Take # 7 – “Smile, It’s a Good day” treat scoop

Here's the "scoop" on this fun treat - I got matching colored sixlets from Zurchers and put them into a clear acrylic scoop that went inside a 3 by 5 cello bag.  Using the "good day" square and the smile banner I "cuted" this treat right up! The back side of the square card features a pink background where I can write a note to let someone know that I hope they have a good day!  The smile banner was taped to the handle of the scoop with double stick tape! The scoop itself was a great Dollar Store find!

Here’s the “scoop” on this fun treat – I got matching colored sixlets from Zurchers and put them into a clear acrylic scoop that went inside a 3 by 5 cello bag. Using the “good day” square and the smile banner I “cuted” this treat right up! The back side of the square card features a pink background where I can write a note to let someone know that I hope they have a good day! The smile banner was taped to the handle of the scoop with double stick tape! The scoop itself was a great Dollar Store find!

Take # 8 – “hi, miss you” card

Oh this card, what fun it was to create!  I used The Hi banner and the miss you square, my scallop edge punch and a stick pin from My Mind's Eye and a couple of well placed Doodlebug pearls.  The card itself came from a 50 pack of premade cards w/envelopes by Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby. The blue square is mounted on the card with mounting tape so that the sharp end of the stick pin would be absorbed by it.

Oh this card, what fun it was to create! I used The Hi banner and the miss you square, my scallop edge punch and a stick pin from My Mind’s Eye and a couple of well placed Doodlebug pearls. The card itself came from a 50 pack of premade cards w/envelopes by Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby. The blue square is mounted on the card with mounting tape so that the sharp end of the stick pin would be absorbed by it.

Take # 9 – 4 Pennant Hello card

Using a premade Kraft card from a package I found at Hobby Lobby by Paper Studio this card was a cinch to make!! I took the 4 banner pieces that were the same size and sewed them onto the card with my sewing machine and then I added the green hello pennant!  How cute and simple was that?!?

Using a premade Kraft card from a package I found at Hobby Lobby by Paper Studio this card was a cinch to make!! I took the 4 banner pieces that were the same size and sewed them onto the card with my sewing machine and then I added the green hello pennant! How cute and simple was that?!?

Take # 10 – “Thanks a Bunch” Kraft Treat sack

This simple flat kraft bag became a real beauty when I added a die cut bow, a Doodlebug brad, and a doily with the Thanks a bunch square.  The bag could have any kind of treat placed in it but I have tried it out and found that 2 flat square Ghirardelli chocolates fit side by side just perfectly. I layered the square on the same Sunny Side paper that the bow was diecut from.  I got the diecut and the doily from Pebbles in my Pocket!

This simple flat kraft bag became a real beauty when I added a die cut bow, a Doodlebug brad, and a doily with the Thanks a bunch square. The bag could have any kind of treat placed in it but I have tried it out and found that 2 flat square Ghirardelli chocolates fit side by side just perfectly. I layered the square on the same Sunny Side paper that the bow was diecut from. I got the diecut and the doily from Pebbles in my Pocket!

Well, there you go – 5 more Takes using the From Me to You page of the Sunny Side Collection by Pebbles, Inc.  Yes, I know each Take has added things to it besides just the paper piece but that is what I found so fun – using one, two or even a few pieces as a place to start creating!  I hope this has inspired you and helped you realize that a handmade item can start with one cute thing and then be added upon to make it something  completely creative and beautiful!!  But the best part for me in making these is that now I have 5 things that I can use to shower love and care on loved ones!  And you can too if you enter my giveaway!!

Giveaway Alert!!

Leave me some love and let me know what you think!!!  I will be choosing a random commenter to win one of each of these projects that I made – Takes # 6 to 10.  That lucky person will receive all 5 of the fun projects I made for this post!!  Oh, And I will be adding a $10 Cold Stone Gift card in with the prize IF  my comments # reaches 15!!! I will leave comments open until Wednesday, August 14th and then I will post the winner later that evening!! 

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A Thank You Favor

Thank you favor for Oct 2012 PTA meeting

When I was the PTA President at our elementary school I liked to provide some kind of treat/favor for the fine folks who took time out of their busy schedules to attend one of our meetings!  Sometimes I just had chocolates wrapped in school colors laid out on the tables.  But other times I was a bit more organized and provided a “thank you favor” at each person’s place along with a copy of the agenda and a pen or pencil.

Shown here are two examples of “thank you favors” given at a couple of said meetings.  The top one has a dum-dum sucker with this note attached: I’m no “Dum-Dum” I know you have other places you could be.  What a “treat” that you’re here!  Thanks!!

The second one, shown below, consists of a mini sack that looks like notebook paper “cute”d up with our school colors and a Bengal “paw”!  It reads – We are “paws”itively thrilled that you are here! Thanks!  I filled the bag with some of the aforementioned chocolate wrapped in blue & gold (our school colors)!  I sincerely hope that the recipients enjoyed their favors as much as I enjoyed making them!

Sometimes a little effort can go a long way towards making someone feel Thanked & Special! And, well, anyway, CUTE matters, so CUTE is what I strive for! How about you think about what you strive for or what you want to share with the world – Then go forth, make a little effort and SHARE!!

Thank you favor at one of last PTA meetings of 2013.

Thank you favor at one of last PTA meetings of 2013.

Sending a card is Fun to Do!

This card was done using non traditional colors with a valentine heart set and changing up the sentiment.  Love this color combo!

 

One of the things that puts a smile on my face is putting a smile on someone else’s face.  And the way I do that, you ask? Well, I create a card, write a simple and sincere sentiment inside, and mail it off to some lucky person’s mailbox.  I don’t know about you but I love getting something in the mail that is just for me! (And that is not a bill or junk!) This particular card was sent to thank someone for a totally cool package I had received from them.  If you think about it for just a minute or two, I know you can come up with someone who you can jot a note to.  The card does not have to be handmade – just send a cheery thought of love and/or praise to someone today.  You’ll be so glad you did!!

As a side note, I really want to learn my way around wordpress better so I can be what my husband refers to as a blogger extraordinaire!  Please be patient as I figure out how to  go about bettering my blog and growing my bloggership!! Thanks so much! Oh, and if you can’t leave me a comment here for some reason then put it on my facebook – I’ll see it there!

Appreciation Matters! Day 6

You "Paws"itively make us "Smile"!

You “Paws”itively make us “Smile”!

When you are thinking up a fun way to express thanks individualize it to the person.  This treat here is an example of a treat made for our Educational Support Professionals (Aides) at our school.  Since it was for people at our school  I picked  blue & gold paper to craft this thank you out of since they are our school colors.  The play on the word “Paws” came about since our mascot is a Bengal Tiger and much of our school’s graphics displays paw prints.  I had found these simple bright yellow smiley face magnets and 2 of them fit very nicely in the paper pouch I made along with some scrunchies that were , yep – you guessed it yellow and blue.  Do you just love the wave of school spirit coming off of this here treat note?!?  By stamping a paw print and adding it as an accent I was then able to come up with my corny saying.  You “Paws”itively Make us “Smile”!!   Ta Dah a treat note with a double play on words!

Well, what you see here is what I call a “sour cream pouch”. They are really very easy to make – take a 3″ by 4″ piece of cardstock and fold it almost in half leaving about 1/2″ on one side to put adhesive on and then fold over.  Now you have a tube of sorts – at one end pinch it together and staple.   Put your items inside of stapled tube. Then take the other end of the tube and fold it the opposite way of the bottom and then staple there also.  I used my embellishments to cover up the staple.  I don’t know if these instructions make sense but soon I will do a little tutorial with pictures to show how to make it. I know sometimes it just helps to see it done to make sense.  This particular blog post is not so much about how to make this item as much as stressing the importance of a little Thank You cuteness!

Appreciation Matters! Day 5

"Pop"ping by to say Thank You!

“Pop”ping by to say Thank You!

Alrighty then, it is Day 5 of this series.  When I was preparing for our school’s Educational Support Professionals (Aides) Week I was in Pebbles in my Pocket trying to channel my creativity for this week of saying Thanks to some wonderful people!  I can’t say enough about spending time in this CUTE place – ideas are scattered all through the store and it really gets the “Cute” factor pumped up!  While I was there I came upon this project and the project I will be sharing tomorrow.  The design for the bag came from Pebbles but the corny saying I came up with. Popcorn sayings are among the highest used on treat notes. I have seen it used in so many ways so in this I wasn’t very original but I think the cuteness of the packaging helped it score points.

In doing this project I discovered a love for doilies – they “cute” things up very nicely.  In this case a button, and some twine didn’t hurt either, just added to the effect.  Taking some very simple elements and adding 2 or 3 of them can add up to a very cute, heartfelt Thank You!

Appreciation Matters! Day 4

You are one in a "Melon"! Thanks for planting "seeds" of healthy eating in the students of our school!

You are one in a “Melon”! Thanks for planting “seeds” of healthy eating in the students of our school!

For our Lunch Ladies Appreciation Week  I had these wooden plaques that looked like a seed packet.  I had watermelon ones so I played off of the “melon” and the idea of “seeds”.  I actually wrote the message on the back of each plaque and then put it in a cello bag with some paper scrunchies and tied with a pretty bow.  A thank you does not have to be elaborate – remember it’s the Thank You that counts.  I got these on clearance at my local craft store – keep your eyes open for things you could use for thank you’s and buy them when they are on sale.  Did you think of someone to thank – I sure hope so! And I hope your thank you is on its way to your intended receiver.!  Doesn’t it feel great to express thanks!

Appreciation Matters! Day 3

For Day  3 of Appreciation Matters let’s talk about the value of a hand written note to say Thanks!  For the final day of LunchLadies, Aides, and Janitorial Staff Appreciation Weeks I gave hand stamped Thank You cards with a personal note to each person with a $10 gift card for something I thought each person would enjoy.  For example I thought the Lunch :Ladies might enjoy a lunch out, the Aides might enjoy ice cream, etc.  But I felt that the true thanks was the personal note that specified some areas for which they were appreciated.  I know that I love specifics when I receive a thank you – I like knowing what it was that I did or said that they are thanking me for.  Cuz if it was good then I certainly want to know so I can do it again! 🙂  Some questions to ask yourself about the person you want to appreciate so you can be specific –

* Does this person do something that you have noticed that only they do? In what ways has the person made his or her approach to their work/role unique?

* When this person interacts with others, what is their attitude, their demeanor?

* Is this person enthusiastic about doing whatever it is you are thankful for? What is their attitude about their job or role?

* Any other ways this person has individualised his or her position or approach to life?

With answers to questions like these you can begin to compose a personal thank you to just about anybody, anywhere, anytime.  Think about it – do these questions fit a church leader or teacher,  how about your neighbor,,  what about the friendly lady checker at the grocery store, a friend or someone at your school?  Give it some thought and write a personal note of thanks to someone today – go ahead – I DARE you!! 🙂

Once you get in the groove of writing notes then you need to stock up on cute cards to write on and then  you can make a cute box to store them all in.  Or you could store all of the thank you’s you have received over the years in a cute box like this. Then you can go back through them and get warm fuzzies from reading them.  And saving them and reading them can help you the next time you go to compose a letter because you can see thanks through another’s voice or voices.  I believe that saving cards with kind words from others makes us want to help add a  bit of beauty & sunshine to another’s world.  And doesn’t the world need more beauty & sunshine!!

This adorable Note Cards Storage Box started out as a Kraft photo storage box from Michael's that I bought last week.  I added Hello Kitty Kitty paper to the bottom part of the box and used a bubble gum sheet of 12 by 12 paper to cover the lid, then using swimming pool colored paper frills I put a border on the lid.  Found this 3 flowered Doodlepop to complete the cuteness!
This adorable Note Cards Storage Box started out as a Kraft photo storage box from Michael’s that I bought last week. I added Hello Kitty Kitty paper to the bottom part of the box and used a bubble gum sheet of 12 by 12 paper to cover the lid, then using swimming pool colored paper frills I put a border on the lid. Found this 3 flowered Doodlepop to complete the cuteness!

Appreciation Matters! Day 2

For today’s appreciation idea I wanted to show how I used a paper purse diecut from Pebbles in my Pocket to hold some yummy Lindt truffles and make a cute thank you.  This thank you was for the Aides or Educational Support Professionals at our school.  They do many things and deserve our thanks as well.  So I found purses diecut in a cool measuring tape type patterned paper.  This gave me two words to play off of – purse, and measure.  The caption under the picture shows what I went with.  I added mini tags to label them individually for each person.  I think that adds to the value of the Thank You because it shows the receiver that the thanks were meant for her specifically.  Then any cuteness you can add – ribbons, twine, buttons, etc.  There you have taken time to make something beautiful to brighten someone else’s day!

"Purse"onally we love seeing all you do to help our students "measure" up

“Purse”onally we think it’s a real “treat” to watch you help our students “measure” up!!

Appreciation Matters! Day 1

One way to add beauty and sunshine to the world is to let others know you appreciate them!  And when I say Others I mean anyone who does anything that adds beauty and sunshine to your life or the lives of those you love.  At our elementary school we have MANY people to appreciate and thank for their efforts in adding to the greatness of our school.  This next week I will be posting once a day and sharing with you a fun & clever way I have appreciated some of the wonderful people at our school.  They range from lunch workers, to aides, to the janitors, etc.  The PTA at our school assigned Appreciation weeks to each group of people who help at the school e.g. Lunch Ladies Week, Educational Support Professionals Week, and Janitorial Staff Week and so on.  So day 1 of Appreciation Matters! post –

There's nothing "mini" about how we feel about you - you are A"m"azing "&" "m"arvelous!!

There’s nothing “mini” about how we feel about you – you are A”m”azing “&” “m”arvelous!!

This was made for the Lunch Ladies at our school. It was simple and fast. I used only yellow & blue m&m’s because those are our school colors.  The message was written on the back of the blue circle.  I added a white m to the blue circle to make it look like an m&m.  Any color could work, I chose according to our school colors.  The cello tubes were purchased through Stampin’ Up! but a bag for a single pretzel rod could work as well.  See how a saying and a treat can add fun to a thank you!!