Saturday, August 18, 2012

VC Rocks Final Blog Hop of the year.






Welcome to the final blog hop of the season for the VC Rocks' crew!  Another sad reminder that the summer is almost over--I want a re-do!  But although I am sad about my summer coming to a close there is good news too!  And that is the fact that there are 19 stops on this blog hop and the crazy talented members of the group are going to be sharing so many creative ideas with you that your head will be spinning!  The theme of this hop is Punches-Big Shot and Score Board projects.  I believe I used all of those and the MDS too!  So I suggest you find a comfy seat and enjoy the hop.  If you just came here from Jane's Stamp With Jane blog then you are on the right path but if this is your first stop that is great too, you can just keep right on hopping along until you end up right back here--that way you won't miss anything.  And of course if you get lost at any time you can always visit the VC Rocks home page and see the complete list of hoppers along with the links to their blog.  So no worries--just enjoy yourself.

My projects will begin with a few more teacher gifts.  That is the challenge on the Latenightstamper's group for the week and it is so appropriate as my son will be going back to school soon and I never send him empty handed!  I shared a few projects with you already in the previous post so if you missed those you might want to come on back after the hop and see them.

The first project is using the score board, bigshot and the MDS program.  It is a simple 2/4/6/8 box that is full of pencils for my son's teacher.  You know that is something that a teacher can never have too many of.  I decorated the box with a scallop cut on my big shot with the Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, then I added a cute saying created on the MDS to the front and finished it off with a tag cut from the Two Tags die.  Simple, fast and practical!  Score one for me!

 The next project also using the the score board, bigshot and the MDS program.  This one needs you to use just a tiny bit of imagination because it is supposed to be filled with homemade cookies but since my son does not go back to school until September 6th I thought I better wait a bit before I baked them, lol!  So use your imagination and pretend this cute box is filled with delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies--I can smell them already!





Again it is another simple box but I cut a window in it using the Apothecary Accents Framelits and the big shot.  The saying was done on MDS!  Again, quick, cute and this time yummy!

The final project is a big one for me.  Our church is hosting it's second annual women's retreat in September and these will be used there.  Again you may need a bit of imagination here--sorry.  They are decorated bags with matching decorated clothes pin magnets.  Last year we did the sweetest thing throughout the retreat.  We took time to write little "love notes" to the other women.  Just little notes saying we were glad to meet them, or that we enjoyed spending time with them or that they inspired us or any other little thing you could think of to lift up and encourage our sisters in Christ.  The bags that we used to hold the heart shaped pieces of paper with the notes on them kept falling over and it was difficult to find the right bag to put the notes into--each bag has someones name on it.  So I thought it would be fun to decorate the bags and hang them on a clothes line with matching decorated clothes pin magnets that the ladies can keep and use after the retreat as a reminder.  Hope this makes sense-Here is an individual bag--there will be names on each bag by the flowers.




And here a few of them hanging on a "line".  I still have a bunch more to make but they fit this theme well since I used punches for the flowers and the big shot for the butterflies on the magnets!


Each bag will be the same layout and design they will just use different colors and designs--I am using some of my retired DP that I have way way way too much of, lol!  I hope you enjoyed my project for this hop.  Now you can jump on over to see what the talented Barb Furlong has in store for us on her blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Mary Jo




15 nice people left a comment:

Krafting Karen said...

WOW! You outdid yourself Mary! Great job on all the projects. I'm seeing cookies!!!!!!

Carey said...

I love all of these. I think I may need to come to your church retreat just to get one of these bags.


Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy (the swap eating dog)

Dawn Hoffman said...

What great ideas! I want your child in my class! =-)

Tricia Butts said...

Love all your ideas, especially the pencil box, although the cookie box is a close second. Thanks for sharing all your amazing ideas.
Tricia Butts
http://www.triciastampingcreations.blogspot.com

stampershirley said...

Great ideas ... I don't have any kids to send off to school anymore, but I can sure use your ideas for our kids at church and also for stamping classes I do with homeschooled kids. Lovin' the pencil box and I can see making the cookie boxes for gifts instead of making plain boxes or buying tins (yes, shame on me)! And the bags and clothspins would be perfect for so many occasions. And I could use up some of my boxes and boxes of retired DSP also. I am always impressed and inspired when I visit your blog.

Jackie L Watson said...

Wow, you rock girl! I love all your projects, but love the bags for the most. They are very lovely. Have a great weekend.

Brenda Hugar said...

Great ideas! Love the pencil box and cookies are overflowing that box, lol. TFS

Kris McIntosh said...

Great projects MaryJo. I love the cookie box and the pencil holder. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I do love the bags the most. Thanks for sharing all the ideas with us. I think I'm smelling those cookies. :)
Marsha
bestprepgirl@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I could not choose which one of these amazing projects would be better than the other If I tried! Thanks for inspiring me as usual!

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I love all 3 of your ideas! The first is my favorite. tfs

Shari said...

Oh, you just have to love that pencil box! I will be making that for Alex's teacher!

Janice said...

What wonderful projects. I love them all. They will be CASEd by me, that is for sure.

Jonia said...

Mary Jo,

I love these ideas and you are so talented. I may have to do one of these each for my daughter's and I also love the bags. What a special way to let someone know they have impacted your life in Christ. Thanks for sharing.

Kris said...

Great projects - love them all and will probably be doing some CASEing :)