I finally broke down and bought the Simply Swank video on how to solder. I was struggling with it tremendously! It was a huge help! I learned what that yellow spongelike thing is for next to the soldering tool. (Yes, you are supposed to CLEAN the tip of the tool each time.......duh!) Anyway, my soldering is still far from perfect....but much better! I learned how to drag the metal and get those pesky jump rings to stay put! (And this time, poor Kyle didn't have to help me and worry that his mama was going to burn him!)
I decided to make some teachers' end of the year gift. I started with this tin from Michaels. I cut the Making Memories packaging tape to fit the top of the tin. (This product is part of my blog candy below) I punched some stars, added buttons, stamped the sentiment and apple from Papertrey Ink. I added crystal lacquer to the apple. Teachers like shiny apples!
I stamped this apple using a Lockhart stamp. I used my Copics to color it in. I cut the apple out. I printed the word teacher using my computer in a size 8 font. I glued the apple and word to DP. Cut the paper to fit behind the glass. Sandwich the image between 2 pieces of glass. Follow the soldering directions. I strung ribbon at the top for the bookmark part. I strung 3 beads and hung them on the jump ring.
Tomorrow Cort, Kyle and I are going to bake some cupcakes for Cort's birthday. My Cortney got the loveliest gift from my super sweet blogger friend Mary Ann. She made her the prettiest apron with bling! She also made an adorable headband to keep the hair out of her eyes. So I will post some pics tomorrow with her new apron.
Scroll down for some blog candy if you haven't already! Drawing is this Friday!