Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DTC #81 - Back to School or Birthday

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!! It's time for another challenge at Decorate to Celebrate. The theme this week is Back to School...I can't believe it's that time already. The summer just flew by. So let's celebrate everything wonderful about teachers, apples, education or birthdays with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more :)


For my back to school project, I created a colored pencil vase. I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was adorable :) I had some old pencils that I have never used so I wrapped them around a glass jar. The gorgeous flowers are my beloved Hibiscus. I've had it for over five years. I bring it inside in the winter and then put it out on the deck in the summer. It blooms like crazy!!


Here's a shot without the flowers.


The tag is a Spellbinders die. The sentiment is from Craftin Desert Diva's School Zone stamp set. The ribbon is from my stash.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - August Linky
  2. Doubleclick - AKA ABusyBee - Back to School
  3. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
  4. Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday
Now it's your turn!! Head on over to DTC to see the amazing projects my talented design team sisters have created for today's challenge!! Then link up your school zone or birthday projects!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

51 comments:

  1. This is so cool lisa!!!! Love the pencil vase :)

    Vic x

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  2. Brilliant idea Lisa love the flowers inside the pencil vase.xxxThe Journey is the Start

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  3. Wow such a great idea - love it and the flowers are such a beautiful addition - great job as always my friend!!!

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  4. This turned out really pretty, it really pops with all the different colors.. I remember doing these with Popsicle sticks too...

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  5. Clever and sweet! Any teacher would adore this!

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  6. LOVE this! Why oh why did I not receive gifts like this during the years I taught?! I love the bright, happy colors of the pencils and those flowers - WOW! And,what cute ribbon you used. It adds just the right touch, adorable!

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  7. This is cute, cute, cute Lisa! I love the colored pencils used to make a pencil cup or a vase! I can't believe that those flowers are real-wow!! Love them and how special that you have them them for 5 years. I never knew we could grow Hibiscus here in the lower 48. lol Good to know and they sure are beautiful!! Hugs, Brenda

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  8. What a clever idea for a back-to-school project, and if this is being gifted to a teacher, she will just adore it. It's so unique, and your hibiscus is stunning. We had red & yellow plants along our fence in Fla., and ours never looked so brilliant. You've evidently got a green thumb, and good for you at keeping one surviving in the cold winter climate. TFS & Hugs

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  9. This is so bright and colorful! I love it!

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  10. Pencil vase is so adorable Lisa .. pretty Hibiscus flowers :)

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  11. Brilliant idea. Very pretty and unique gift.

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  12. I once decoupauged a vase and the colored pencils became the focal "flowers" inside as the gift. Yours is beautiful with the pencils surrounding the flowers. Creative Colored Pencil Bliss...

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  13. Lisa this is absolutely fabulous such a clever idea I love it!!
    Kevin xx

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  14. WOW!! This is such a fun and clever idea! Look at that AMAZING Hibiscus...so beautiful! I would love to have one but I have never had luck with them..:( you jar is so creative and what a fun idea:) I love the fun ribbon and pretty tag! Great job on this!
    Life is still a bit crazy! We are all heading out of town for an extended wknd for my niece's wedding Saturday. It should be a blast:) We are finally getting down to just a couple wks from my sons wedding to. Yesterday all of us had a makeup/ hair trial yesterday which was a lot of fun! My daughter also treated myself and my DIL to be to an overnight at the hotel at the mega mall last week. She treated us to a spa day-message and pedicure...Oh man, was that amazing and I was SO ready for a message! Loved it~she is always so thoughtful!
    I hope you are having a great week my friend!
    Hugs,
    Sherrie K

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  15. This is such a fun idea! We are already back to school! Now I have 2 junior high girls! I hope you will come over and enter this in my back to school challenge!

    http://doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com/2014/08/doubleclick-skittles-back-to-school.html

    Carri~Abusybee
    Skittles!

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  16. This is so fun, love how you used the beautiful hibiscus! The tag and ribbon look amazing too!

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  17. My sweetest friend, you always have the most amazing projects! :o) This vase is spectacular for a teacher's desk or just for anyone who's crafty! I love the array of colors you chose and your ribbon is complete and utter perfection. (It also makes me think of a kite string!) The little tag is adorable... and don't get me going on your flowers! Hibiscus flowers are one of my favorite types, although I've never owned one. :( Yours is incredible. Wonderful creation as always, my dear Lisa! I hope you have a happy night! :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  18. That is so cool. And a great idea too. Thanks for sharing it with us at DoubleClick Connections.

    ~DT Barbara

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  19. Oh! Such a pretty table decor! I love the colourful vase and the hibiscus vibrant red colour surely brighten up the receiver's day! Hibiscus is our national flower for Malaysia and it flowers all year long.

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  20. Lisa, that is so cool! Colorful and the Flowers are gorgeous. Great job as always!
    Summer is surely flying by......

    Dee B

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  21. OMG! this a fabulous idea and vase to gift a teacher, Every year at my son's school they have a day where all the kids take flowers to their teacher and this would be a fantastic idea to gift!! I will have to lift this idea from you to use this year:) Have a wonderful evening my friend:)
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  22. What a fun project Lisa! So colorful! Perfect gift for any teacher!

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  23. Yes, this would look great in my class! : )

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  24. Lisa this is such a wonderful gift idea for a teacher. Its so fun and colourful.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  25. OMG this is AWESOME!!! What a beautiful project and super idea!! any teacher would LOVE this!!!!
    Plus I love the idea of the colored pencils.....so prety!!

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  26. Lisa your pencil vase is SOOO adorable! I love the way all the different colored pencils make it so fun and the cute ribbon and tag go with it. Your beautiful hibiscus flowers look wonderful in it! A great teacher gift for sure :)

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  27. This is so beautiful. Such a great idea.

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  28. Super fun! What a wonderful teacher's gift this makes! I've made one with crayons but this is even better - brilliant, colorful, inspirational! Lovely project, Lisa ♥ Blessings!

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  29. I love this idea! Super COOL , Cute & TOTALLY fun!! I might just have to scrap lift this one.LOL!
    Who would not love this!!! I have to make one!! Thanks for the inspiration my friend!!
    Have a wonderful day my fabulous friend,
    M'
    *Crafting With Creative M*

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  30. ooh thanks for joining us over at Doubleclick Skittle Challenge! I already left you a previous comment...

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  31. What a fabulous project!!! I love this pencil vase!!! Have a great day.
    Gerda

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  32. Love your decorated colorful vase and the flowers are gorgeous!!

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  33. Fabulous idea Lisa.....the flowers are Beautiful! I have a box full of old pencils, I can't wait to make one for my craft space. Have a great weekend! x

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  34. LOVE this idea, Lisa!!! I have SO many colored pencils, I could easily make a dozen of these :) But maybe I will try for just one! Your flowers are AMAZING!!! So so pretty!!! Great ribbon and tag too!

    Have a great day!

    Emily
    Mollie's Motif

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  35. Clever! It looks fabulous! :)

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  36. Oh my, Lisa, this is wonderful. What a fabulous idea and so decorative! TFS

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  37. Your pencil vase is just beautiful! This is a wonderful idea for a Teacher!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  38. This is so super creative, and beautiful. I love the ribbon. Thank you for joining DoubleClick-AKA Abusybee for our Back to School Challenge.

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  39. This is a wonderful gift for any teacher !!!! I love this !!!!
    Hugs,
    Mayra

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  40. Thanks for sharing at the Back to School DoubleClick Skittles challenge.

    Stay Creative,
    Georgiana
    • Carson's Creations •
    DoubleClick Skittle DT

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  41. Hi Lisa,
    Your vase turned out marvelous. It's super fun and cheeful. Hope you had a great week!
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  42. Now this is a FUN teacher project. I love how you wrapped colored pencils around the vase and added your own beautiful flowers. Apparently you have a green thumb, too, Lisa. :) Have a great weekend. :D

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  43. So pretty and just makes you happy with all the pretty, bright colors...can't you just see this sitting on a teachers desk...so perfect!! Have a great week my friend!!

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  44. As a teacher, I would love receiving something so colorful and thoughtful! Great idea!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  45. Lisa, this is such a fun idea for a gift!! It's so bright and cheerful! Your hibiscus are beautiful too!

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  46. One of my fave projects to do. I've made these for two different teachers, but neither of mine were as beautiful as this one. :)

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  47. This looks Awesome my friend what an absolutely Awesome idea. Have a wonderful day and a Great week.

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  48. What a great teacher gift. Beautiful flowers
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART August linky party, Have a Blessed day, DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com



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  49. This is so pretty and creative. I love it.

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