How ‘Bout Them Apples?

Hello crafty friends! If you are following along with the August Get Kids Crafty! blog hop or looking for ways to butter up your new teachers, you’re in the right spot! If you’re here for the Lawn Fawn giveaway, you’re also in the right place! (Details below.)
 
As summer draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school. We’ve been having so much fun soaking up the sun, building pillow forts, camping, swimming, sailing, and crafting that I don’t want it to end… But if I’m being totally honest, my favorite part of summer is being able to sleep in. Pretty soon we’ll have to start waking up early and wading through extra traffic. My only solace is knowing Pumpkin Spice season is right around the corner too.  
 
In an effort to start the new school year off right, Kelly has decided a little preemptive bribery is in order. She also has her own Etsy store where she sells painted flower pots. Her best sellers have been her watermelon and pineapple pots but, for fall she wanted to add something a little less summery to the mix. She decided an apple pot would be perfect and the first one will go to her new teacher!
 
Normally, Kelly has been painting her pots with outdoor acrylic paints but, at Creativation this year, she won 36 cans of spray paint, the entire new line from Krylon! Woohoo! They just arrived and she couldn’t wait to play with them. She painted the inside of her pot a creamy white color, then sprayed the outside with Candy Apple Shimmer Metallic. Being her first go with spray paint, she was a little close and didn’t know to shake the can before, and during application. (Lol, no time to wait for help from Mom.) The result is a slightly bumpy texture and some areas have more silver and less red. It’s actually pretty cool but, she wants to try for a smoother texture next time. To finish her apple, she glued part of a cinnamon stick and some flat green marbles to the lid. She used a paint pen to add a few seeds inside the pot. Really cute, right? #teacherspet
  
To accompany the pot, I thought an apple card would be sweet. The card is mostly die cut pieces, with only two stamped images. This card has several delicate pieces floating at the top, so to give it more structural support, I cut and stacked several layers of each of the smaller parts. To give the back of the card a cleaner look, the bottom layers are all cut from red cardstock.
 
I used nesting heart dies to cut out my card front, back, and a smaller white apple core. Then I ran the die cuts through a second time, making a partial cut and creating the dip at the bottom to give the hearts more of an apple shape. Tiny grey hearts stamped on the white apple look like seeds. I cut two small banners from brown and red cardstock, then stamped and embossed my sentiment on the brown banner. The brushstroke teacher die is so cute; I knew it would make a great leaf if I cut it from green pattern paper. I also cut out a second one from red stock too. The bow on the front of the card seemed like the perfect addition to dress it up a little. I cut the pieces from pattern paper, glued them together, and set it aside until the end.
 
Once all my pieces were cut and prepped, I started gluing them together. Teacher is glued to the banner, the banner is tucked between the white apple and a red apple. I scored a line about 1/4″ from the left edge of that apple and glued the scored edge to the front card piece. Last, I glued my bow to the front. That’s it! It was quick and fun to make. Now all we need to do before summer ends is a little back to school shopping! (Thank goodness for Amazon!)
  
Thanks again for joining us for the August Get Kids Crafty! blog hop! This summer has been awesome and we hope you’ve had lots of time to create some amazing projects with your kids! How about a little giveaway to celebrate the unofficial end of summer?!
Lawn Fawn has generously donated a prize package for us to give to one of our lovely followers! How do you win it? Just leave a comment on all the blogs in the hop! The more blogs you comment on, the better chance you have of winning! One lucky person will be chosen from all of the blog comments to win the Lawn Fawn prize which includes the Little Fireflies stamp set, Year Eight stamp set, Slow Down and Enjoy stamp set, and the Perfectly Plaid Chill 6×6 paper pack! This giveaway closes in one week on Saturday, August 25, 2018 and a winner will be chosen soon after! We also want to know how the theme of “back to school” inspires you. Creating awesome book covers? Making notes to put in lunch boxes? Gifting a handmade project to a teacher? Share your back to school projects with us in our Facebook group or on Instagram with the hashtag #getkidscrafty And be sure to check out the other fun projects in the blog hop…
 
Amanda & Kelly – you are here
 
  1. Well aren’t these the cutest?! How clever is that card using hearts! I love it all!

  2. Kristin Courtney says:

    These are both adorable projects! Great job and so cute and crafty!! Love them.

  3. I love this apple pot Kelly made. Is she going to fill it with various treats for her new teacher? Amanda your card is the perfect compliment to Kelly’s Apple pot. Great job.

  4. great card. My granddaughter was here last week making one for her new teacher.

  5. That apple pot is perfect and so handy (former teacher here who LOVES organizational gifts). Well played, teachers pet!

  6. Adorable project! I love the little pot, and the apple-shaped card is fabulous! Great teacher gift idea!

  7. Wow! A lawn Fawn giveaway. Awesome! Love the cards examples on this site – amazing!

  8. I agree with you. Not waking at 5am for two months is amazing. Your project is so sweet and sure to be appreciated by the recipient.

  9. What awesome projects! I adore her apple pot!! So clever! So is your card! xo

  10. Katrina Bertelsen says:

    Super cute idea! Thanks for telling us how you did it too! Way to go you two!

  11. Great card to go with this wonderful painted apple pot.

  12. Holy moly, what a fantastic idea! And the attention to detail with decorating even the inside – love it!

  13. She did an amazing job on this apple pot! How creative!

  14. Antonious Maximus says:

    The matching card with the jar / pot project is a nice touch . Kylon prize pack she won is awesome . She did great . Now it’s time for mom to drown her sorrows in crafting . Craftender , make it a double with sIde of paint on the rocks and dont be stinjy with the coffee and chocolate . Thank you .

  15. love all the little details! like, how cute are these apple seeds??

  16. I just love the textured look of the spray painted pot, and those little apple seeds inside are such a fun touch! The matching apple card makes this adorable project even cuter and her teacher is going to love it. My two granddaughters love to stamp , paint and color and we worked on a couple of teacher thank you cards when they were here two weeks ago.

  17. Wow, great painted flower pot and those seeds inside are awesome! How fun to have won such a super prize and to see what she’s doing with those Krylon paints. Kelly is really talented and it looks like she had fun too.

  18. aloha… just love this idea

  19. Darling idea with the
    flower pot apple! Love
    your card, so fun. I like
    making note cards.
    Carla from Utah

  20. This is such a fun craft project and I really like the way she painted that flowerpot to look like an apple. The matching card makes a gift her teacher will never forget. Using a heart die to make the apple shape is such a great way to stretch your dies, and is a tip I’ll remember.

  21. I don’t see my comment so I’ll make another, just in case. These decorated flower pots are so creative and cute and I love that matching card. What a great idea to use a heart die for the apple shape. I’ll have to remember this tip for my own use. Back to school for me means altered notebooks and teacher appreciation gifts. Thank you for all the inspiration!

  22. How cute…so crafty!!!

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