Last December, I got so many wonderful and thoughtful gifts from my students. It was really exciting for me because many of them got me things that are extremely helpful for the almost married me! I got a few Bed Bath & Beyond gift cards, Target gift cards, and Disney gift cards (honeymoon in WDW!).
It's very important to me that I write personalized thank you notes to be my students and their parents for their generosity. I want them to know how much it means to me, and I also like telling them what I plan to do with the gift cards. For example, I actually used a Target gift card already to buy towels, and I plan on using the Disney gift cards for meals during my honeymoon.
Since my students know I craft now too, I also wanted to make the cards this year instead of just buying them. I needed something that was easily mass produced, so I picked the penguin from Create a Critter because it was very easy to put together and because the kids know I like penguins. I used a few sheets of patterned paper from one of the many 180 stacks I bought from Michaels. I think I got 6 background sheets from each 12x12. Then the white strip was stamped with the sentiment from an Inkadinkado set (the one that has "thank you" in many different styles; I've used it so often). What's great about this card, in my opinion, is that I was able to use the scraps from cutting down the cardstock (they're A1 because I have a ton of A1 envelopes) for the sentiment strip. Otherwise I would've been left with a ton of white pieces! After popping the image off the card and stamping the backs with my PSA personalized stamp (and wrote in them, haha), I was done! A bunch of my students came back and said they really liked the card as did their parents. I'm so happy that they did! I was thrilled that something on the more simple side with regards to design was well-liked.