It is the last week of school in our neck of the woods, and that means making little gifts for favorite teachers and besties. As always, Lori Whitlock makes that process easy - in fact, the hardest part is having to make a decision as to which cutting files to use - never a simple task when she has so many wonderful designs to choose from!
I chose to make small flower arrangements as well as little purses and boxes to hold treats and gift cards.
I fell in love with these small SCALLOPED EDGE PURSES as soon as I saw them in Lori's STORE. The purse is cut as one piece, with fold lines that make it a snap to assemble. Of course, I used ECHO PARK'S Hello Summer Collection (designed by Lori), which I thought to be quite fitting for end-of-school gifts! To decorate this purse, I used Lori's Star tickets and Pinwheel files (which I L-O-V-E and plan to use again this summer!).
I made this purse a little over an inch larger than the original design so that it would be large enough to hold gift cards, which always seem to be a hit.
The original size purse looks like this, and I used it to hold some yummy skittles. To decorate it, I used a brad from the Hello Summer Collection, a butterfly from the sticker sheet that comes with the paper pack (I just added a small pop dot behind it), and a flower banner from Lori's files.
The vases of flowers have Lori's cutting files used to decorate the small mason jars (Hello Sunshine Phrase, Dragonfly, Scalloped Oval), and her shapes are also glued to small bamboo skewers and inserted in the bouquets (Pinwheel, Sun, Bird Flourish). The "Sweet Box" is actually designed to hold Snickers bars, and the file includes an optional wrapper to go around the candy bar. I decorated mine with Lori's "You're Sweet" phrase and left off the "you're" on my project. I also used the little star shapes left over from my star tickets to decorate the front.
Because it is already so hot here in sunny Texas, I decided not to use chocolate. Instead, I simply filled my box with more Skittles. I don't think I will get any complaints!
That's it for today, but be sure to stay tuned as Lori and the gang (me, too!) will be having another blog hop to kick off the summer in just a couple of weeks! Details to come!