Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pop-Up Card Teacher Gifts

Hello! I am home again!

Good times were had. Family was visited. Dancing was done. A knot was tied between my little brother and a lovely young woman. Busy busy were these last several days. But I am back! It's good to be here. I've missed you.

To the crafting then?

Prior to the break, the boy wanted to make little parting gifts for his teachers. Inspired by the simple pop-up cards in the book: "Step by Step Crafts for Children", we decided to use the basic concept presented and put our own twist on it. When asked what he thought his teachers might like in their cards, his immediate response was: "Dinosaurs!" That wouldn't have been my first suggestion, but I rolled with it. I figured that, if nothing else, they'd probably be the only dinosaur-themed gifts his teachers would be getting. I'm all for uniqueness. So what the heck eh? Sure, why not!

Luckily, only the simplest of materials were needed for these cards, and we have reams of paper products, from cardstock to construction paper, so we were set. Aside from the creation of the actual pop-up mechanism (I did that part), we worked side-by-side on every step of the crafty process. All elements except for the dinos are his designs: trees, rocks, lettering, placement, paper choices. At the boy's insistence, I did the fussy-cutting of the dinosaurs he'd traced from two different dino books. We also got to use "The Boy Font" again, yay!

I firmly believe that some of the best work presented on this blog has been projects involving my children. And these cards are no exception. I adore the final outcome. They're little 3-D collage-y works of art. And I'm not even remotely biased. I'm not!

Hey and guess what? No envelopes were needed, nuh-uh. We just punched holes in the edges, taped in a gift certificate, and closed them up with a ribbon!

Oh yes, and I just happened to notice another nifty - and totally accidental - detail of the completed cards too. When flipped one way, the closed card looks like an M, while flipped another way, it looks like a C, his two teachers' first initials. How lucky is that? Serendipitous-ness is what that is.

We done good, didn't we?

Well, I'm off! It's so nice to be back. I'll see you again on Friday, okeedoke!

This post is linked to Someday Crafts' Whatever Goes Wednesday, and Skip To My Lou's Made by You Monday.


  1. Welcome back!!
    What a sweet project and I love the dinosaurs - a lovely paper surprise. I loved pop-up books as a child (even though most have been destroyed with page turning zeal!)

  2. I always feel like a little child when I see pop-up cards. I love them. I bet the teachers will be thrilled with these parting gifts!

  3. These are adorable, Michele. Fantastic job with the pop-ups. Glad to have you back :)

  4. Those are adorable...he did a great job...he has a good design eye.

  5. Nice to see you Madam,thanks for this CUTEST post :)The card is really amazing,i like it..!!

  6. Wow, the landscapes are so cool! The colors, too! He's way talented, that guy of yours! I love the of my favorite things about them is the ribbon tie. I'm glad you're home, and sounds like a grand time was had.

  7. That is so sweet he wanted to leave his teacher a little present :) As someone who teaches young people, it is SO nice to feel appreciated, and these cards are a great idea!

    xoxo Maria

  8. Good for your son! He did a great job, Mummy, too! Children provoke us with their imagination, don't they? I'm sure the cards made the teachers smile! I prefer the left dinosaur - he's more abstract.:)
    What happy moments you've had!...

  9. Welcome back. Congratulations to your family for the additional member. That book looks great I will get it for my daughter Kit for her birthday. You see she is paper and recycled nut too. I've sent her to your blog. If you have a chance please hop over and visit her blog here:
    Hugs Nat

  10. These are so cute!!! A great gift!!!

  11. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [07 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  12. Comme un petit chou! So lovely... in August, I'm doing a 5 week series on pop-ups at my workplace... your dinoscene is inspiring :)

  13. SO CUTE.
    i ADORE the boy font. i hope it never changes! =)

  14. i was looking to comment on the "anti social media" post, but it is nowhere to be found!
    anyway, it was a breath of fresh air to read that you are choosing not to join all the social sites. surely, i too do not need to be in the middle of the happenings, that's never really been a comfortable spot for me anyway.
    kudos to you, i feel i share your train of thought on this one.
    love the garden, too. if i had a good plot of land, i'd follow in your example!


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