Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back to School

I have to admit that I did not miss going back to school. The kids here have already been in school since 8 August, and if I were still teaching, then it means I would have been back 1 August (or there abouts). I'm "old fashion" (and hate change to boot), and I think school everywhere should still start the day after Labor Day and end the last week in May.

At any rate, a number of challenges over the past couple of weeks have focused on school, and {Pin}spiration is no exception. The inspiration photo this week is the inside of a classroom complete with desks and chalkboard. So, what choice did I have but to go along with the whole school theme? (Yes, I'm sure that I could have drawn inspiration from the photo to go in other directions, but the Muses have been misbehaving for the past several weeks, so I wasn't going to depend on them to get creative.)

My little girl is an already coloured up image from Cuddly Buddly from the School Fairy set. I printed the image three different times so that I could create a 3D effect by popping up different parts. I first cut out my entire image (well, not entire image because as I said, this was from the School "fairy" set, and I really didn't want a fairy, so I took liberty and cut off the wings). I then cut out the head (face and hair) and the hand under her chin and popped that over the base image. I then cut just the face and bangs section from the 3rd image and popped that on top of the previously popped up part so that the head/face is actually three layers. I cut the hand and pencil and popped that over the base as well as her shoes. Both of those elements are only two layers (the base and one raised piece).

I used one of the sketches from this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches (they are offering four different sketches this week) to create the card. My base card is white layered with a DP covered with colourful apples (it is a bit hard to tell those are apples after I covered them with the other elements, but I give you my word they are apples). The other bits of paper used were from my scrap bags. I ran yellow and white baker's twine through the little pencil buttons and tied it into knots before adhering the buttons to my card. Lastly, I added the ribbon and big red bow.

The punch that I used for the yellow scallops is a Fiskar's border punch, and the sentiment is a clear acrylic stamp (SF1113) from Marianne Designs (yes, the same company that makes those beautiful cutting dies).

I am entering this card in: - photo inspiration - sketch inspiration - All about school - Back to school - Power of 3 (I used 3 pencil buttons) - Use 3 (3 pencil buttons) - Kids


  1. Hi Jenee. What a lovely card and I adore those pencil buttons, brilliant.
    Thanks for sharing at Created with love.
    Sandra xxx

  2. What a cute "Back to School" card, I totally LOVE the pencil buttons and that image is just adorable!!!!
    Thank you for playing along with us over at Created With Love Challenges

  3. What a cute card! I love how you layered the "stamp" on this one. Thanks for playing along with Use It Tuesday.

  4. Wonderful dimension on this cute image. I love the bright colours of the papers and those pencil buttons are a sweet detail. Thanks for joining us in our Power of 3 challenge at Craft Your Passion. I hope we see you again soon.

  5. How cute! Love all the layers you created with the image. I'm with you on the school year starting after Labor Day!!! You know, this card does have elements of school on it, but it would also work well as a "how've you been" card, too. :) Thanks so much for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week.

  6. This is so bright, colorful, and has so much dimension! Precious card and love the little pencil buttons too of course! Outstanding.
    Thanks for joining us at {Pin}spirational Challenges.

  7. Super Cute! I've seen lots of back-to-school challenges going on right now but not an idea has popped in my head! I love your color combo and that image is adorable!

    ♥ Laura C.

  8. Such a cute Back to school card! Love it Thanks for joining us at Created with love Challenges
    Lisa O

  9. Super cute Back to School card with great details!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Craft Your Passion this week.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Craft Your Passion
    August Guest Design Team Member

  10. What a fun card!! You did a great job with this sketch!! I love the pencil buttons, too!!
    Thanks for playing with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!!

  11. You....(gasp) WINGS!! Do you know just how hard she must have worked for those wings?!!
    I'll swallow my outrage just enough to say that you should go to the top of the class for this least an the colours and layout....but I'm still considering some detention time for you....just sayin'....hahaaa!

  12. She's wonderful like this! Love how you added all the dimension! love love love the little pencil crayons!

  13. Wow this card is so neat. Love the wings and how you made her pop off the paper. Thanks for joining the created with love challenges.

  14. Just love the dimension and colour on this.The pencil buttons are a cute touch.Great card.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  15. Adorable! Love the 3D image! So happy you joined us this week at {PIN}spirational Challenges!

  16. Hey, Jenee..i guess better late then behind on comments! You know i love your cards and this one is so creative! This is just a quick note to let you know that a new challenge starts tomorrow at Tuesday Morning Sketches..Hope to see you there!