Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Back to School

Now, any students who read this post are due a profound apology.  Most will not like to be reminded, in the lazy middle of their summer holidays, that Back to School time is creeping up on them - relentlessly!  I have to admit that I was, and still am, an anomaly!  I loved the start of school in September.  I gave my mother no end of grief, begging to buy school supplies mid-August, all anxious that I wouldn't have them in time for the first day.  I'm sure the main attraction was the school supplies!  I love the smell of a new box of crayons, the pink unblemished smoothness of a new eraser - Pink Pearl, if I remember correctly.  Blank notebooks just waiting to be filled.  Scissors and glue and...  Well, you can understand my fascination for Stampin' Up, because I can still get my "School Supplies"!  Let's face it, I'm a geek!

This card was created in honour of Back to School time, and I used two challenges to help me create it. 
The first was a theme challenge from the Paper Players - Back to School Rules!

The second challenge was the usual Mojo Monday sketch this week.

My main inspiration was the new Storytime DSP, with its colour scheme using Very Vanilla, Pool Party,  and Riding Hood Red.  It was a very interesting sketch this time and I had fun trying to balance all the elements. 

I tried to keep it crisp and simple, using the apple stamp from the set Perfectly Preserved, and this was the first time I used the new Brushed Bronze designer buttons, in place of a bow on this card.  This one has a red designer button sitting in it - a perfect fit, just like the new shoes we always got before the start of school!  I used the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set for the border around my sentiment, but not the sentiment itself.  I inked up the border using a Pool Party Stampin' Write marker, then used Real Red on a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes instead.  I die cut the sentiment banner using Bitty Banners Framelits.

The Pool Party square panel has been embossed using the Argyle Embossing folder and the ribbon has been replaced with one of the Pool Party measuring tapes on the DSP, cut out and adhered.

Hope you enjoyed this little tribute to the Public Education system!  Ooops! Was that the bell?  Gotta run!

Stamps:  Perfectly Preserved (w126690; c126692); Itty Bitty Banners (w 126255, c 126257)
Paper: Pool Party (122924), Real Red (102482), Crumb Cake (120953), Early Espresso (119686) and Very Vanilla (101650) card stock; Storytime Designer Series Paper (126907); First Edition Specialty Paper (121878)
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pads in Early Espresso (126974), Pool Party (126982) and Real Red (126949)
Accessories:  Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons (127833), Brights Designer Series Buttons (119747)
Tools:  Argyle Embossing Folder (127750), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch (118874), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267)

Argyle Embossing Folder

Storytime Designer Series Paper
Perfectly Preserved Stamp Set
Burnished Bronze Buttons


  1. Too cute, Heather! Love how you used hat tiny peek of DSP and the argyle embossing is so perfect for a back to school card. Very fun! So glad you joined us this week at the Paper Players! :)

  2. Heather, this is WONDERFUL! Love the layout you used and that fabulous designer paper!

  3. Oh my gosh, that's perfect for both challenges...and super cute too! Thanks for the visit and sweet comment.

  4. WOW! Awesome job! Love what you did with the buttons! Quite clever and it works so well!!! I'll be using that idea soon....Thanks for playing along with the Paper Players.

  5. Really cute, Heather....I can tell that you're a happy SU demo, getting to play with all kinds of paper and paste all day long!! I love this Mojo sketch too...lots of fun on this card! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!!

  6. What a sweet card! Love the layered buttons and the little image peeking out on one of the panels. Thanks for playing along with the Paper Players this week!

  7. Adorable combination of all the elements in the sketch with such a fun mix of patterned papers! Love the colors and the pop of the apple--so crisp and clean! So glad you joined us at The Paper Players this week!


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