Friday, August 10, 2012

OCL/May Arts Back to school survival kit


Today is our last day of the Our Craft Lounge and May Arts week. It is also challenge time over at The Lounge and of course the challenge is ribbon!

So school starts next week for us and I made a special gift for a very special friend but don’t want her to know what it is so, Kyla, if you are reading this.. stop right now. Everyone else continue on as I am loving what I created. (which is always a good thing if you can love your project so much when you are finished that you don’t want to give it away.)

Anyways, Kyla’s baby starts Kindergarten this year. I know she is dreading it but yet happy for him. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few tears shed so I made her a Kindergarten Mom’s Survival Kit.

I saw this basket on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to make one. For directions on the basket, visit Rachel Ricks’ blog the little blue room. I used core’dinations The Chocolate Box for my basket. Sanded the the brown side to get some blue to show through, distressed the blue pieces with distress ink. Attached tag with May Arts twine which I also used on a note that I stuck in the basket.

A peek inside the basket and we see tissues, kisses and a note. Also a close up of the tag using The Art of Nature set.

A close up of the May Arts trim that I adhered to the inside of the basket.

Another shot of the inside of the basket to see what the trim looks like from the inside. Isn’t that trim cute?!

So what makes this basket a Kindergarten Mom’s Survival Kit? This note (that I also found via Pinterest) that is included in the basket is what makes this entire kit special. I typed up the note in Photoshop, adjusting font size etc. and then printed it on printer paper and stamped The Art of Nature on it which I colored in with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits.
*This note does not have to be just for a kindergarten mom but for any mom with a child heading back to school. Just change the title to fit the grade you need.

I hope this basket brings Kyla some comfort on that first day her baby heads off to school.

Don’t forget to comment on all my OCL posts this week (I was able to get one up yesterday) to be entered for the prizes!

At the end of the week, OCL will pick 5 winners for some awesome May Arts/OCL prizes!  But you can’t WIN if you don’t PLAY!

Same as last week, to win you have to COMMENT!  So leave a comment here, at the OCL Blog, the OCL Facebook page and the blogs listed below all week for a chance to win the CANDY!  The 5 winners will be picked from all of the comments this week.  The deadline is Friday, August 10 at 3AM (EST)/midnight (PT).  The winner will be announced on Monday, August 13th on the OCL Blog!  Be sure to check out The Lounge for the first two days of this party as I didn’t have a chance to play but I am playing again on Friday!

Amber Hillman ---- That’s me!

Debbie Fisher

Kendra Wietstock

Deb Felts

Lori Barnett

Tammie Edgerton

Michelle Pearson

         Thanks for stopping by!



Tammie Edgerton said...

I found this basket on Pinterest too and made a project with it. It was a lot of fun and yours turned out awesome. Your friend will love it for sure!

Sue D said...

Lovely basket. I like the blue/brown colors and the trim on the inside edge. The note is precious.
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Lorie said...

That is a brilliant idea Amber! I love it!

Caryn S said...

Oh now this is too sweet! We just had open house this morning and I signed up to be one of my girl's room mom. I may just steal this idea.

Debbie Corbari said...

What a FANTASTIC gift!! I just love pinterest! Your friend is gonna flip! Super cute!

sharon g said...

What a great idea. The shading on the basket is top notch.

Crafty Aunt Dee said...

that's such a great idea for a kindergarten mom. Gotta lift it for my niece. Wonderful idea. TfS

Dawn said...

how cute is that!! omgoodness, he's starting Kindergarten already!! Kyla will love it, love the note too!

Kyla said...

I am so glad that I was busy fair week and did not see this blog before you gave me the basket! Your words brought tears to my eyes! It is the most thoughtful gift I have ever received and I will treasure it always! It is beautiful, thoughtful, and kind. THANK YOU!!!