Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gifts for Baseball coaches

~~~Republic Missiles~~~
Our baseball team had an outstanding season. This group of boys played their first season of kid pitch baseball and we ended our season with 37-9-1!!!! We will be having an end of season pool party in a couple of weeks and several mom's got together and decided that we needed to get the coaches something special for all their hard work. I will be making a team scrapbook for our head coach and one of the mom's is organizing parents to go in on a gift card also. But so many times the extra coaches are forgotten. We had four dad's that were awesome with working with the boys and helping them during practices and games. For these four dad's I went out and purchased large wood picture frames to decorate.
I picked up the picture frames for $4.99 at Michael's!
This frame has a glass window (which I have had a hard time finding frames that included the glass). The frames have an easel back plus a hanging hook and you can flip the easel back around to change positions of the frame.
I then picked up some baseball printed paper from Hobby Lobby (on sale 50% off of a normal price of $0.59) The paper is from The Paper Studio. I used Mod Podge glue and a black foam brush and covered the entire frame with the paper. (I first cut the paper to match the frame by using an exacto knife (my favorite cutting tool).
I then cut out the word baseball using the Baseball Cricut cartridge. I cut out a red piece of paper and a white piece of paper using Paper Studio cardstick. I picked up some red leather material from Hobby Lobby and used a ribbon punch to punch holes in the white cardstock and threaded the leather through the holes to give an illusion of a baseball. I used a stamp I picked up at Hobby Lobby and stamped one image in Black using Stampin Up ink Basic Black and then stamped another image in red using Stampin Up ink Real Red. I cut out the large words in red and used foam adhesives from Stampin Up to make those words pop off the page. I picked up some chipboard (a variety pack from Hobby Lobby The Paper Studio and used the 40% coupon)!
This frame is for my husband (who helped coach). Pictured is my 9 year-old son who played 3rd base, pitcher and a couple of games as catcher. I elected not to use their team colors or put their jersey numbers on the frames so that as the kids grow and experience different teams the parents can still use the frame. Our high school colors are black and orange. 
I took this picture using my cell phone and snap it right in front of a window so the picture quality is poor. 
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