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Monday, May 2, 2011

Tea Party Themed Tag Swap ~ Group #6

Here are the tags that I made for the Artsy Addicts “tea party” themed tag swap for group number 6. It was my first time making tags for a swap, so I hope everyone enjoys them.

The tags are now in the mail on their way to Karla and I can't wait to see what tags arrive in the mail from other swappers.
Creativity Bug ~ Sue

Teacher Appreciation Gift

The week of May 2 through May 6 is Teacher Appreciation week.

In honor of all the wonderful men and women that take care of our children every day by nurturing them, educating them, and allowing them to grow mentally and creatively, I say "THANK YOU!".

You can say "thank you" too by showing them a little appreciation this week, which is why I am demonstrating how to make a flower pot pen holder that is both easy and inexpensive (using Dollar Store finds) to create.


flower pot
Bic pen
flower bundle
floral tape
bag of dried beans
glue gun with glue
ribbon (optional)
paint (optional)
gems (optional)

Step One: Cut the flower tops off of the flower bundle leaving a bit of stem. Remove the bottom cap from the Bic pen.

Step Two: Fill the open bottom of the Bic pen with a generous squeeze of glue from a glue gun and press (firmly) flower top into opening. Set in a tall empty glass to dry.

Step Three: Wrap the pen body from top to bottom and then back up to top with floral tape.

Now your flower is complete!

Step Four:  Using glue gun, slowly add glue around top of flower pot and begin to wrap with twine. Continue to do this until entire pot in covered.

Step Five (Optional): If you want to dress up your pot more, you can paint the twine and pot using spray paint or acrylic paint. You can also add ribbon around the base or glue on sparkle gems.

Step Six:  Fill the flower pot with dried beans just shy of the top.

Now your pot is complete!

Step Seven: Stick the flower pen directly in the center of the flower pot.

Have your child make a handmade card to present to the teacher along with the gift.

Hope you enjoyed this project! If I have time, I will make a few flower pot variations and post later.
Creativity Bug ~ Sue

Featured Freebies for the Week of May 2nd

Good Morning and Happy Monday to everyone!

I wanted to address a question that was posed to me before I give you the links to this week's freebies. The question was "why don't you just post the freebies and downloads instead of sending us to another person's blog to retrieve the freebie?". The answer is simply this "many of the freebie images and digital stamps are owned/copyrighted by the originator. Some have special rules or guidelines concerning the use or distribution of freebies. Therefore, by sending you directly to the website or blog, you are automatically placed on the originator's site and can follow their guidelines".

Now that the question and answer are out of the way, attached are a few digital stamps, images, and printables that we found on blogs, websites, or sent to us from friends:

The Stamping Boutique shares a digital stamp of Cynthia the Tooth Fairy

Beary Wishes features Bunny Smiles a digital stamp

Sliekje Stamps has another cat with kittens digital stamp along with a get well digital stamp and an adorable star fairy

The Crafty Pad Designs shares a bunch of cupcake digital freebies

MayBrit's Hobby blog shares a cute bear with playful puppy digital image

MelonHeadz shares a yummy pie digital image

That's all for this week! Have a great Monday!
Creativity Bug ~ Sue