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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

MFT's "Fill Your Jar" Blog Hop

Well, isn't this a fun and "jarring" blog hop? I hope you started at Kim's Blog which is where the "Fill Your Jar" Blog Hop began. Scurry on back there if you didn't, and ya'll can catch up with me when you make your linky way back here. Okay? Moving on...Have you heard the latest? My Favorite Things is going to change the way you gift!! I've been so excited about this and could not wait to show ya'll this project! Kim will be releasing two brand new mini sets, Time for the Bubbly Label and Teacher Label along with these fun and just-the-right-size plastic jars tonight (May 20th) at midnight EST. I love the size of these jars, because they are not so big that you break the budget just filling them but yet they are big enough for more than you think! I also LOVE teacher-y things, so I decided to make this jar into a very inexpensive gift for Lindsie's second grade teacher, using the Teacher Label set. I went and found this little sticker book at Michael's and cut the stickers up into strips that I could then roll up and stick in the jar.

There's 2000 stickers in there! However, I did the math and that won't even last a full year for a classroom of 20 if the teacher gives a sticker to every student every day in their folders. Isn't that crazy? It made me realize that teachers DO need a lot of everyday stuff and not just candles and chocolates! That's changing the way I gift right there from now on, especially for teachers!

Well, in my house the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" philosophy always comes into play, so of course, one thing led to another and I had to make a matching little bag for Lindsie to present her gift in. It's really just a white lunch bag cut down and covered on the front and back to match my jar. The jar fit PERFECTLY in there on its side (yay, me!). Then I made some score lines for the gable-type fold, rounded the corners, and cut the oval handles out with my Nestabilities. EASY!

So in "teacher-talk", let's review our little nifty-gifty:

Jar...$3 (comes in sets of 4 for $12)
Teacher Label stamp set...$9 (everyone needs to have a teacher set on hand)
Stickers...$3 (of course you can get them even cheaper)
Paper, Lunch bag, buttons, tools and supplies...if you read this blog, you already have all that, so that's already paid for, so consider them FREE!

That comes to a total of PRICELESS for a handmade teacher gift WITH perfect packaging! (If you really break it down...If you were to make all 4 jars it would be approx. $8.25 per finished and filled jar or less and only a trip to the dollar store once for the stickers!!) You can't beat that with a stick! Or a ruler. Sorry if this sounded like that "new math" word problem stuff. LOL!!

Okay, the bell has rung and it's time to head to your next class!! Make your way quietly down the hall to Joanne's blog for her "show and tell"!! SHEESH!! I said QUIETLY!

SUSIE Q-TIP: When adhering cardstock to a curved surface, go ahead and slightly bend it to match the shape of the jar or container (not so much as to cause creases, though). This way, the cardstock will not naturally want to pop off of the curved surface you need it to stick to because it wants to be straight.

Stamps: Teacher Label (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Summer Sun (SU!), White Perfect Panels (MFT), Pure Poppy (PTI), Chalkboard (Provo Craft)
Ink: Palette Noir (Superior)
Accessories: Jar (MFT), Lunch Bag, Scallop Square, Circle and Oval Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Scallop Circle and Circle Punches, Corner Rounder, Copic Markers, Xyron 510 and Xyron Sticker Maker, Office Clips, Prima Flowers, Buttons (MFT), CM Black Fine-tip Pen, White Inksentials Pen (Ranger), Pure Poppy Stitched Ribbon (PTI), Glue Dots, Jody Boosters

30 comments:

  1. Adorable...colorful and fun! This is an amazing project Susan!!! love it!

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  2. Great gift set! I love that chalkboard DP!!!!

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  3. I LOVE this, Susan! The colors and details are just so much fun! :)

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  4. Great job! Love the colors.

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  5. Oh my gosh! These are SO cute!!! I love the bright colors!!! Totally adorable, Susan!

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  6. You know I love these bright, bold colors! Too, too cute, Sus!

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  7. This is so cute, Susan! Love the primary colors and your matching bag. Awesome stuff!!

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  8. Eek - so cute Susan! Your jar is decorated so beautifully!

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  9. This is a super cute idea and the thought of cutting a lunch bag and covering the front and back! SHEESH Where is MY brain to not have thought of that too!!! NEAT IDEAS!!!!!

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  10. How cute. Thanks for the tip too.

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  11. Awesome project Susan! Love the matching bag too!

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  12. ooh, I like the non-edible twist here. It could work for offices too, I'm thinking, for cube mates with birthdays. TFS!

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  13. Love the bright colors, they just pop against the blackboard.

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  14. Wonderful set. Love the bright colors.

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  15. What a perfect teacher gift...practical and fabulous to look at too!!

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  16. Where's Mrs. Ernie's gift...HUH???

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  17. This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I love how you put the name on the chalkboard. That is completely my style. Thanks for sharing.

    Carol F

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  19. This is such an adorable set, Susan!! LOVE it!!

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  20. Cute -- Cute -- Cute!!! I know the teacher will LOVE it!!
    Mommy

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  21. great project!

    ginadcelisatyahoodotcom

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  22. LOL!! GMTA!! This is ADORABLE!! I love all of it!!

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