Saturday, August 25, 2012

Back to school challenge

You might have read in my earlier blog post that I've been sitting some back to school challenges out, since I don't have any school themed products... Meaning i have no G45 abc primer paper - LOL! 
The card's size is 5 3/4 x 4½ inches and I have used the sketch from Anyone for Anya.

As I found out, it's not in the paper! (Or yes it it, but not in the way I imagined) I found some yellow paper in a collection pack which combined with black and that red cardstock that's been sitting in my christmas stash made just the perfect colour combination for school themed projects. Therefore, I'm particulary glad simon say stamp once again host a back to school challenge. I will also enter the card for simon say stamp vintage blog no rules - I hope my dress makes it vintage enough...

I knew right a way that I wanted to paperpiece her dress and bow as I've coloured a lot of my latest projects with alcohol pens and wanted to try something new. So it was perfect that TGF FFF also was paper piecing. I'm quite pleased that I managed to incorporte the pattern from a scrap piece of Teresa Collings "giving thanks" into her dress construction.

I didn't want to make this card to similar to my back to school mini book and I used Jill from the creeper crew as she has a bit of rebellish attitude. But I stayed away from the letters a b c as I thought it would be just to close to the mini book, although I wanted them...

In order to follow the sketch I finally got to use some left over ribbon from a scrapbook magazine in yellow. I had brads in mind, but in comparsion to the ribbon they were to small. So I used them to fasten my image instead and coloured I am roses R2-15 with a promarker tulip yellow instead.

Also entered in:
craft your days away - anything goes
whimsy stamps - lots of layers

This challenge has been beyond great for me as I "learned" how to destash - LOL! I hope I'm not the only one who might be shopping in a higher rate then I use it - although I need all those product to create, don't I? I love Rachel's (rach0113) it started with a shoe box, because that's exactly that happend for me. My scrapbook embellishment was literally just ephemera from tickets, reciets and postcards where I'd been. Armed with scissors, pens and glue I went to town - LOL! Then I started making some card with some stamps and coloured paper I bought cheap and stored it in a shoe box. Soon I treated myself with some scrapbook and paper craft magazines... I started to find actual scrapbook stores, but it was so expensive I could not possibly afford all of it. But now my stash had grown to an IKEA box underneath the bed and some drawers. Then one happy day, I got intruduced to you tube and now I need my daily kick of inspiration - LOL! Thanks to Arlene and friends, I have discovered Lindy stamp gang sprays, i am roses flowers and my favourite things dies. I have discovered how much cheaper everything is online and it's even worth the shipping to Sweden which provides me with a healthy supply with Tim Holtz and The greeting farm stamps. You can not believe how fast my stash has grown and it's like an explosion as I nowadays more or less has taken over the entire appartment. My poor man don't know what hit him - LOL! I'm so lucky as he supports my hobby so wholeheartedly, but I'm sure he will appreciate the day we get a larger home where I can store all of my supply in one room and where he can shut the door to the mess - I won't argue, I promise -LOL!!!

I'm sorry if you find me blabbering along here, what I meant to say was that I'm so proud of myself that I managed to control my instinct to run to my LSS and buy school themed products (meaning G45 abc primer paper), which I'm sure would have had a few extra in the bag as well before I reach back home. Instead I actually decreased my stash with a fraction. 

If you've reached the end - congrats!
It's finally over, I thank you from my heart for taking the time to read it all!!!


  1. Thank you for sharing your card with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show, I love the colors you have worked with and the coloring on your image, it is just great thank you for sharing, hugs terry xxxx

  2. Love your paper piecing paper choice, she is wearing such a fancy dress now!! I'm so glad you decided to play with us at The Greeting Farm FFF. Do you know about Anya Spies over on TGF forum at SCS? If not, you need to find out cause you just might be the next winner of a digital stamp from TGF!

  3. Gorgeous card :-) the image is sooo cute and just perfect for a Back to School card, she has exactly the same expression as my daughter on her first day lol :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x
    please consider turning off word verification, it is very difficult to decifer xx

  4. Great card! Love the paper-piecing, and those roses look fab with the ribbon! So glad you joined our Whimsy Inspiration Challenge! Hugs, Shannah xox