Actually, these welcome cards are for the new teachers in our building. I was asked to make cards again this year. It was fun to play. Some of the digi's were created by me! Some are from The Cutting Cafe All About School Digi, All About School file.

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Digi by Krista

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Sentiment/Notepaper by Krista
Apple, Owl by The Cutting Cafe

Digi and Sentiment by The Cutting Cafe

Digis by The Cutting Cafe

I'm down to two kiddos of school age. My boys are now in 8th and 6th grade. Both are in middle school this year. But that does not excuse them from receiving a card from mom! You might recall that I work at a school. My boss asked me to make "welcome" cards for our new staff.

Most of the digi stamps I used are from the set titled All About School at The Cutting Cafe. I created the "Write Stuff" digi sentiment and the pencils. Do you like my file folder cards?!

We are heading back to school and we are taking The Cutting Cafe Blog along. Be sure to hop over to the website to see more ideas.

I have taken the pencil shaped card and turned it in to a pencil holder as a welcome back-to-school gift. I simply adhered all the edges, making a pocket.
I used the following files from The Cutting Cafe.
Cut File
Pencil Shaped Card
Digi Stamps
All About School Printable Stamp Set

Looking Sharp!

Looking Sharp!

Pocket, Front

Pocket, Front

Pocket, Back

Pocket, Back

Wow! It has been a long summer. I hurt my back very badly in May. That totally changed our summer plans. I think not only am I ready, but the kids are ready to go back to school. Then they can see more of their friends and, even thought it is indeed school, they will have plenty to keep them busy.

My kids start on September 3 this year. So I have a little time to consider how to announce the first day. Last year I used a home made chalk board (see picture). I may just use that again. It can show how the kids are growing over the years. You can make one of these too. Easy-peasey. I used chalk board paint on cardboard.

Super Dad

Last Year's Photo

Today we do start our countdown. 10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . . I made this balloon caterpillar to countdown the days. At the end of each day we will pop one balloon, starting at the tail end. We will not pop the head. I thought it would be nice to end with a smiling face! (which is hard to see in the photo)

Isn't He Fun?!

Isn't He Fun?!

The day that my kids do return to school I will gift them with this fun bubble gum pencil! Another darling idea this year! The pencils with the darker, square gum are for my kids. We try to "stick" with Glee Gum. No chemicals and such. I made my own pattern for these pencils using my Pazzles' Inspiration Personal Cutter. I was surprised at how quickly they went together! The tubes are actually called "bubble gum tubes" and are plastic. I used 8" long with a 1" diamter. My first time using gum ball tubes! You can fill your pencils with anything you like.

I will show you the completed pencils first and then the steps I used to create them. I hope your family has a good start to the school year. I look forward to my house being quiet and empty. Thank you for checking my post.

For Friends

For Friends

For My Kiddos

For My Kiddos

Demonstrating the Size. I used 8" Tubes.

Demonstrating the Size.
I used 8" Tubes.

Photos of the process . . . .

Pencil Points

Pencil Points

Getting There . . .

Getting There . . .

Eraser Tops

Eraser Tops

Filling the Tubes

Filling the Tubes