For the past few weeks of this school term, my big girl's class has had a prac teacher helping out.
This is nothing unusual, as it's the third in a series of lovely pracs they've had this year, and each time at the end of their classroom stint I have made them a little gift and a thank you card from Hannah.
The difference between this current one and the last two is that this one is.....a man!
Which in itself is not a problem, the issue arises when it comes time to create a suitably manly gift, because we all know that blokey stamping is just that little bit trickier to pull off than that of the more feminine variety.
Even my big girl is clued into this fact, as we were discussing the gift that I would make for him on the way to school the other day and she said simply "But he's a boy, so that's going to be hard".
Bless her heart, she's such a knowing little soul!
So thinking that yesterday was his last day in the classroom, much of my day was devoted to the task of first coming up with, and then actually creating said blokey gift.
For the last two prac teachers, I created boxes to package up some various blocks of Lindt chocolate, so I decided to keep with that theme - Lindt chocolate being nothing short of divine (and happily on sale at my supermarket this week!) - and went about my blokey box making.
And here it is...
A significant chunk of time was spent staring at Tim's work shirts trying to figure out how best to make a realistic looking collar, but I'm pleased to report that only a small strip of cardstock was ruined beyond redemption in the process of creating of the one you see here.
I love love love the Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP that I used in the project. The colours are simply gorgeous and the weight is sturdy enough to make boxes and packaging for all sorts of occasions.
You will find this delicious cardstock in the Spring Mini catalogue, but not for much longer, as the mini finishes up at the end of this month, so be sure to contact me to stock up on your supply of Parisian Breeze while you still can!
The most exciting aspect of this gift for me..?
It turns out that Mr Clarke is with the class until the end of next week, so I am unexpectedly and happily an entire week ahead of schedule!
Even more than the achievement of making something blokey, is the fact that I am - albeit inadvertently - organised with time to spare!
"Chocolate box and card for Mr Clarke" Stamps: Basic Phrases Paper: Parisian Breeze specialty DSP, Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White Ink: Baja Breeze Accessories: Gift cards & envelopes, Large and Small Oval Punches, Vintage brads, Stampin' Dimensionals