Teacher’s Gifts Complete~

Good Morning Stampers!! Whew~ I finally finished my conceptual Valentines project for my Kids Teacher’s…so let’s get started! I wanted to make these cute bag/boxes that I originally posted HERE, that much I knew~ and then had to figure out what to put inside and how to turn them into a Valentine’s Day themed gift…that was the conceptual part for me. :) Here is what they ended up looking like, and now to work our way backwards to see what I did.

Of course I have fallen in LOVE with the sewing technique on my paper projects, if you haven’t been able to tell from reading and viewing my other posts…so I started out with that touch first. I used the Certainly Celery (retired SAB ribbon from last season) Grosgrain Ribbon, you can find all different colors HERE that would work great with any project.
Then using some scraps of a Simply Scrappin‘ Kit (also retired from last years Idea Book & Catalog) I made a tag for the front of my bag/box. The Simply Scrappin‘ Kits are NOT just for scrapbooking, see all the different kinds available and you can do anything from gift items to cards with these kits!! They come with a slew of card stock self-adhesive embellishments.
This tag was made by layering the Kiwi Kiss textured card stock (that came in the kit) to the back of the self-adhesive shaped label and I simply hand cut the card stock slightly larger to frame it. Then I took a word strip that said “TOTALLY SWEET” and trimmed it out to stack it. Tip: I trimmed out the sides of this sentiment using the edges of the Round Tab Punch to mimic the edges of the large card stock tag. I took a smaller embellishment that said “You’re a *” (it had the star shape) and covered the unwanted part with a Kiwi Kiss heart embellishment from the same kit. Then just attached it to the front of my project.
I used some Designer Series Paper from the Cast a Spell pack (yes, it is a Halloween themed paper pack, but you can use most of the designs YEAR ROUND!!) to decorate the other 3 sides of my project.
Check out what I made to lay inside the 4 little pockets of the bag/box…yes, they are heart shaped cookies- or actually it is a cookie bar recipe (because actual cookies are way too runny when they cook) and I placed it in a heart cookie/candy mold and baked them and wrapped them in the Medium Flat Cello Bags and finished them with some 1/4″ Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon.

Here is what the inside looks like. I needed to fill the bag/box with something that would weigh down and stabilize the final piece that I was going to put in, which you’ll see in a moment. These are dark chocolate Kisses, but best of all they are wrapped in a coordinating color for my project. The colors I used for this project were Pale Plum textured card stock (which came with the Simply Scrappin‘ Kit) and Basic Gray card stock, Perfect Plum DSP (in the Cast-a-Spell Pack), Kiwi Kiss (retired, but available through My Digital Studio) textured card stock (in my SSK) and Certainly Celery ribbon.

Here is the inside of the Pretty In Pink color theme. These are a Rose Red colored Kiss that have dark chocolate coating and cherry filling inside. I don’t particularly care for the flavor (I don’t like cherries) but I can’t keep my husbands hands out of this thing!!!

So here is the item that I made for the center of the bag/box’s… I saw a concept of this idea from another blog…and I didn’t write down the name- you should see how long I blurf at night and when I come across a cute idea or inspiration I jot a note and move on…I need to get some sleep. :) So if this looks familiar to you please leave me a comment and take credit where credit is due! (Oh, the original idea was in a metal bucket and they had made like a bouquet of these cute things!)
So because I LOVE the sewn ribbon I stamped a heart image from the Sweetheart Clear Mount set and hand cut and punch out the needed areas using my paper snips and the Full Heart Punch. This stamp set is on Special right now and coordinates perfectly with the Heart shaped Treat Cups that I used for this project as well!! Then using the same Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon (I believe it is 5/8″ size) I sewed and gathered the ribbon to get this adorable effect.

I recreated the same look with the coordinating colors for the Pretty In Pink bag/box I have

Here is a shot at the inside and outside of the hearts, you need 2 identical heart cups for this project. The kisses that go inside are simply too big to fit inside just one treat cup. I did place a small glue dot at the top and bottom of the sewn card stock/ribbon portion that would adhere to the treat cup once the treat cup was slid into the fitted heart slot. This was meant to keep the treat cup from becoming separated from the embellishment.

Then I place 3 Kisses inside one of the treat cups, and removed the paper strips from the treat cups to expose the sticky parts of the cups.

Then if you look closely, you can click on the picture to see a larger view, I placed 4 glue dots on one treat cup and just 1 glue dot at the bottom of the other (where the sucker stick goes) so that the treat cups can hold the weight of the Kisses and not come apart.

Hopefully this view helps as well…

See just one…

Then I place my stick on the LONE glue dot to hold it secure first, then place the other treat cup on top to complete your Kiss sucker center piece.

When they are finished they will look like this. The great thing is that they can stand for a LONG time without falling apart. Mine have been up-right for almost a week and have yet to sway or come apart.

I hope you enjoyed this complete project and have fun making your Valentines projects. Please don’t forget about the NEW Challenge Blog that I have~ I want to see your creative ideas come to life. Visit it today and get started on your submission, there are only a few days left before this weeks challenge ends- Let’s get cracking!!!! Until next time~ TTFN


  1. I have that same ribbon from last year and now know what I’ll use it for! Great idea. I would have never thought of using the Cast A Spell paper. Awesome Erin!

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