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Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise

Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Crew: Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise

Hello, Friends!  Day by day, summer is slipping away.  I heard the first migrating geese calling as I was walking the other evening, and the days are definitely getting shorter.  Both are sure signs of fall.  Another sure sign is all the back to school sales!  Everywhere I look I find notebooks, pencils, erasers and glue being advertised.  This inspired me to create this bright and cheery Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise.


Let’s face it: the first day of school can be a tough one.  Tears and fears and new surroundings call for a little lunchbox surprise.  Imagine how fun it would be to open your lunchbox to find this cheery card and uplifting sentiment!

Shine Like the Star that You Are

This is such a fun card to make, and I think that (maybe) I’m getting the hang of making these clean(er) and simple (er) cards!  LOL  Here’s how I put this one together:

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from primitive white cardstock.  Be sure to add a 1/4″ spine to accommodate the surprises on the inside.
  • Using Authentique Paper’s Sunshine collection, cut, mat and assemble the following card panels:
    • Sunshine Print: 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ (NOTE: I stitched my paper panels to the primitive white cardstock, but that is not required. I do like the look of the contrasting stitching, though.)
    • Stripe: 3″ x 6.75″
    • Green Quatrefoil Print: 3″ x 5.5″

Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

The Sentiment Panel
  • Cut an additional  4 7/8″ x 3.75″ panel of the sunshine print paper.
  • Stamp the Shine Cling Stamp sentiment directly onto this panel, using Jet Black Archival Ink.
  • Heat emboss the stamped sentiment with clear embossing powder.
  • Stitch the stamped sentiment and the rays of sunshine on the sewing machine
  • Color the image.  I am not a colorist!  This is an area I am working hard to improve, but it sure does take a lot of time and practice.  I used Zig Writer markers to color, as I seem to have the best success with them at present.  I am personally in awe of all you Copic gals!
  • Fill the open letters and the large sun rays with Glossy Accents.
  • Now, sprinkle Go ManGo Prills over the rays.
  • Lightly dust the open letters with superfine Gold Glitter.  I used Lion’s Mane Glitter from Art Institute.  I also added a little litter to the sun.
  • Set this aside to dry overnight.  Do not even think about rushing the time frame.  One tiny touch on Glossy Accents before it is fully set will ruin all your hard work.

Finishing Touches for this Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise
  • The next morning…because, remember…you let the sentiment panel sit overnight, right… stitch a large yellow button into the center of the sun.
  • Add a small star button above the letter “i” in Shine.
  • To give the sentiment more dimension, adhere with foam tabs or a panel of waste cardboard from a Priority Mail package.
  • Cut a half moon side tab using Tammy Tutterow Tab Set Two Die by Spellbinders.. Stitch on a button and glue in place.
  • Create felt flowers with Tammy’s  Floweret Posies Contour Steel Rule Die by Spellbinders. I cut two sets, one from yellow and one from blue.
  • Cut the scalloped blue felt layer in half. Glue half above and half below the sentiment as seen here.  This is a great substitute for a doily, only with more texture.
  • Add  school themed novelty buttons and star stick pins.
  • Finally, tie a double loop bow from Turquoise Glitz Ribbon.  Top with a smaller bow tied from Diamonds and Dots Copen Blue Satin.
Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise: The inside scoop!

The fun continues on the inside of this back to school lunchbox surprise!

Chocolate makes everything better…even the first day of school!  After layering the last little bit of sunshiney paper with a sunflower seed packet, I added this mini chocolate treat with repositionable glue dots.

And don’t you love the sentiment strip?  It’s like getting a hug on paper! Authentique always adds a fabulous sentiment to the header of each paper in a collection.  I never throw these away.

Here’s a pocket full of sunshine!  I’ll talk more about the bookmark in a second, but let’s look at the tag first.

I used my absolute favorite Shortie Tag Die to create this happy tag.  This would be so cute as a locker ornament, don’t you think?   I used some stamping and masking techniques to get just the “Shine” portion of the sentiment stamp and the sunshine rays on the tag base.  Then I stamped the sunshine on sunshine paper, coloring it in with a yellow marker. And this is where the yellow flowers were planted.

Using the Mini Tag Book Die to Make a Shine Bookmark

One of the things I love the most about working with Tammy’s stamps and dies is their versatility.  You can tell that Tammy has been creating for years, and knows first hand what crafters like, want and need.

I’ve used this Mini Tag Book Die more than a dozen times in lots of different ways.  This time, I turned the cover into a fun bookmark.

This is such a quick and easy process, that I know you’re going to want to make a bunch of them.  Here’s how:

  • Fold patterned paper in half
  • Lay the Mini Tag Book Die so that the straight edge is at the fold line.
  • Position the die so that the folded paper is just below the cut line.
  • Run through your die cutting machine.  The cover will not be cut into two pieces.  You should have ONE piece that you can fold in half.
  • Stamp with Tiny Sentiment and color.
  • Cut the reinforcement tab from contrasting paper.
  • Add a large paper clip to the center of the Mini Tag Book Cover
  • Die Cut green felt leaves from Pom Pom Posies and hot glue in place.
  • Hot glue Floweret Posie Layers together.
  • Add a button center to the flower.
  • Glue over the paper clip.

The paperclip provides just enough tension to hold the bookmark in place, but has enough “give” to allow you to slip it over a book page to mark your place.  If you used an assembly line approach, you could make dozens of these in no time flat!  And aren’t they cute?

So that’s all for me today.  I know this was a long post, but I wanted to be sure you got all the details so that you’d have all the info you need to make this Shine Back to School Lunchbox Treat for someone you love,

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Back to School with Petaloo! Desk Organizer Set

Back to School with Petaloo: World’s Fair Desk Organizer Set

Hello, Friends!  Is it really August already?  Seems like we just got our flip flops out of the closet and now it’s time to buy new backpacks!  Sometimes it’s hard to get the kids revved up and ready to head back to class. It’s nice to ease them back into classroom mode with a little creative endeavor.  This Back to School Desk Set is a project that is kid friendly and earth friendly because it uses upcycled tin cans.  You can let the kids get in on the creating, and who knows…they might even get excited about going back to school!

Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 2


The cheerful bold colors of Graphic 45’s World’s Fair collection is filled with inspirational sentiments that work perfectly for a back to school theme.  I repurposed two black bean cans and a small tea tin by covering them with patterned papers from the collection.


Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 3


I added ribbon or sticker borders along with loads of cheery Petaloo blossoms.  Isn’t it fun?


Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 4


I used Matte Multi Medium to decoupage this ephemera card to the front of my pencil tin.  The sentiment reads “Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun.”  It’s just the inspiration needed to get started on a report or term paper.


Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 5


Each side of the image is framed by gorgeous Petaloo blooms.  The Black Burlap Blossoms, Yellow Dahlias, and Antique Gold Mixed Blossoms are a match made in heaven for the World’s Fair papers.


Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 7


Tiny black buttons make everything POP!


Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 8


This tiny tea tin holds paperclips.  It’ had a black base to begin with, so I just wrapped it with designer papers, and topped it with a blue bow and a Black Mixed Textured Blossom.  Quick and easy!


Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 9


I’ve loaded this cute tin up with all my shaped scissors, but you could put pens or markers or assorted desk tools in here as well.  This sentiment reads, “Logic will get you from A to Z, but Imagination will get you everywhere.”


Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 10


Here’s a neat way to alter your Petaloo Dahlias.  I gently heated the bottom two layers on each flower, then separated them from the top.  Then I mixed and matched top and bottom layers to create these pretty custom blooms.  The edges were lightly inked with Vintage Photo Distress to give them an antique look.


Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 11


This burlap butterfly is part of the Burlap Blossoms pack.  It offers a great contrast to the soft yellow flowers.  These little ribbon pennants are topped with the smallest burlap blossoms in the pack.  So cute!


So break out some tins from the recycle bin, let the kids choose some colorful, fun papers along with their favorite Petaloo blossoms. Give them a budget to purchase supplies  and spend some time creating a little back to school project.  Throw in some cookies and milk, and you’re the hero of the day!

Thanks for stopping by!




Product Links

Teastained Yellow Dahlias x 10
SKU: 1467-109

Antique Gold Mixed Blossoms x 8
SKU: 1836-052

Black Mixed Textured Blossoms x 4
SKU: 1256-209

Black Burlap Blossoms x 10
SKU: 1201-209

Graphic 45 World’s Fair Collection

Really Reasonable Ribbon Canvas Color Band Ribbon



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