What have I been up to in the last two weeks… …busy, busy stressing over Teacher’s Day Gifts for the children’s teachers. I am thankful that the three kids have met very good and dedicated teachers since they started attending playgroups. I always make it a point to prepare handmade gifts for the teachers so that I can involve the kids one way or another. This year, I made some thank-you frames for the teachers and baked cookies together with the eldest and youngest to give away to them. The boy attends afternoon school so he was not around to help out.
I prepared 17 frames altogether for the children’s teachers… and I was so worried that I couldn’t finish them in time even though I started in early August. I only have an hour of spare time everyday after the kids are in bed before I can get started on the projects. It takes awhile to settle in and just a little stamping and coloring here and there, it’s time for bed. I make it a point not to sleep too late because I drive the three kids around in the day and I really don’t want to doze off at the wheel! Lol!
Anyhow, these are the frames made for the teachers. A1’s and A3’s teachers are mainly ladies, so they will be receiving the ones stamped with the Gorjuss girls images from Sugar Nellie. The boy stamp (also from Sugar Nellie) is used for A2’s teachers. Then A1 wanted to present something to her basketball coach and teacher-in-charge, so I trawled the internet to look for the basketball girl and super-heroine digi stamps. For their piano and chinese tutors, who teach all 3 of them Music and Chinese, I used the Mama elephant stamps with the 3 children instead.
Some close-ups of my favorites.
I love the Mama Elephant In My Heart Stamp set. I randonly drew a slope and water-colored the background with Neo-Colors crayons. The images of the children were colored with copics and the sunburst is from another Mama Elephant stamp set. I embossed the word’ THANKS’ with some sparkly embossing powder and added the small flowers from Prima and used stickles for their centers. Had a lot of fun creating this, because it had been some time since I played with mediums.
Love this Gorjuss girl on a swing. Reminds me of little, lost A3 swinging sadly in her school playground on the first few days of school. Now she is a happy bird, looking forward to school everyday, thanks to loving and caring teachers! Added a bit of foam squares for dimension and glittery stickles for some bling!
This is for A1’s teacher in charge of basketball. Obviously, she is not too girlish. A mother of two but rugged, so I guess this stamp is apt. I stamped and colored those blocks of housing from Studio Calico’s stamp set and then created the background with watercolors again. It was meant to be a night scene so I added dots of stickles for stars!
And the ‘Thank You’ words were stamped on first and then stitched.
Basketball Girl Digi Stamp for the basketball coach. She is not too girlish either and I also hand-stitched the ‘Thank You’ words.
That’s all for the month of August. It was satisfying playing with the stamps which I have been buying but setting aside for a long while. A rest before the end-of-year examination frenzy starts and with two girls born in November and December respectively, plus Christmas… I guess I can start planning again really soon!