Wednesday, August 14, 2013

First Day of School

My little niece will be starting school in September - I can't believe how fast she's grown.  I decided to make her this card to celebrate the occasion.

I wanted to try a new technique that I saw over at MFP Speedy TV.  It's called "Block it Off," and a tutorial is provided.  I must say I am pleased with the result.  I started with this adorable little pre-coloured digi from Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps (thank you, Mary Ellen), and then I "blocked it off" using a black Sharpie, following the tutorial.  I'm really not much of a doodler, but it turned out okay, and I think it sort of looks like a blackboard behind the mouse.
I covered a white card base with black cardstock and affixed the crayon DP.  I rounded the corners and mounted the image on a black rounded-corner panel and attached to the card with foam tape.   I printed the sentiment (courtesy of Doodle Pantry, thank you) on yellow cardstock, die cut into a scallop rectangle, and affixed to the card with foam tape.  Lastly I embellished with three black gems.  Here are the supplies used:
  • Digistamp and sentiment:  Described above
  • Black markers:  Sharpie and Staedtler
  • Die:  Spellbinders Large Scalloped Rectangles
  • Corner Rounder Punch:  Creative Memories
  • DP:  Glitter Max
  • Cardstock:  Recollections 
  • White Card Base:  Domtar
  • Gems:  Dollarama
I would like to enter the following challenges:
2 Sisters #156 Favourite Embellishment (mine is gems) UE
Aud Sentiments #87 Anything but a Birthday Card 5E #2
Baffies Creative #23 Dog, Cat, Mouse UE
Can You Digi It #42 Lift Me Up (encouragement for first day of school) UE
Card and Scrap #59 Anything Goes UE
Craftin' Desert Diva Linky Party #12 Back to School UE
Crafty Boots Die Cuts UE
Crafty Sentiments Designs Dies and Punches (used both) 3E #2
Creative Inspirations Paint Inspired by:  Back to School UE
Digi Darla's #15 Fins, Feathers, Fur (I went with fur) UE
DL.ART Challenges August's Anything Goes UE
Hobbycutz Card for a Child 3E #2
Just B Creative Crazy Anything Goes UE
Just Inspirational Challenges Photo Inspiration (see below - I was inspired by the vertical stripes)
LEJ Designs #66 Furry Friends 3E #3
MFP Speedy TV Tutorial Block It Off 5E #1
One Stitch at a Time #176 Use a Digi 3E #3
Paper Pretties School Rules UE
Papertake Weekly Occasion-aly (any occasion - I chose first day of school) 5E #2
Party Time Tuesday #133 Back to School 3E #1
Red Carpet Studio #49 School of Rock (Back to School) 3E #1
Rhedd and Rosie's #13 Use Red 3E #1
Scrapbook Stamp Society #14 Anything Goes UE
Simon Says Stamp Monday Make the Cut - Use dies and punches (used both) 5E #1
Sister Act Card Challenges Cards Only #19 Anything Goes UE
The Paper Nest Dolls #10 Back to School 2E #1
The Scrapbooking Queen #26 Anything Goes with Digi 3E #2
The Squirrel and the Fox #50 Whimsical 2E #2
Word Art Wednesday #93 Anything Goes with Uplifting Sentiment 5E #2
Word Play Saturday Childhood 4E #1
Just Inspirational Challenges
Photo Inspiration
Thank you for looking at my card - I appreciate your comments!  Have a wonderful day!


Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very cute card, thanks for playing at PTW

Gunn`s Kort said...

So nice card for your niece:)
Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap.
Hugs from Gunn:)

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is gorgeous. I love the cute image and fabulous colours
Thank you for taking part in the Papertake Weekly Challenge
Sue xx

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Mary Ellen's stamps are just so sweet aren't they? And she is such a generous soul! You've done a fabulous job with one of her latest ones. Great layout and cool DP.


Heidi said...

I love the little mouse holding the pencil. Cute background paper too!

seemacrafts said...

This is so cute and lovely colours fab image. Thanks for joining over at LEJ Designs challenge LEJ DT

Dee's Craft Room said...

Fab card, that little mouse is such a cutie and the bright colours work so well on this card.

Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Beverly Steele said...

love this image...thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Nest Dolls

Dan said...

What a great card, so fun and colourful - I'm sure your niece will love it! Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Lagene said...

Super CUTE! Thanks for joining us on TTSTV this week!

Avril Ann said...

AWE, she is going to love this, Kitty, what a wonderful card, love and hugs xxx

Ingrid Mason said...

I think your niece will feel very special starting school and receiving this very cute card to send her on her way. Good luck in our challenge. Ingrid xx (OSAAT Team )

Kaija said...

Your card is fabulous!Thank for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Hope to see again next week.Greetings Kaija DT-member

Angeline Choo said...

OH! Such a fun card for back to school

Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card challenge this week

-Angeline DT

Pat Garvin said...

This is absolutely Adorable. My Favorite. Thanks for joining Tutorial Time on Speedy TV.

Mary Ellen Smith said...

I LOVE what you have done with the little school mousie! Bright, bold and fun. Thank you for sharing with me.

Robin Carroll said...

how cute! Thank you for linking up with us for Tara's linky party at Craftin Desert Diva's We hope that you will join us again for the next linky party!

Cut One Designs by Robin

Jane said...

What a really cute, fun, and creative card!!!
Thanks for playing this week at TTSTV.

Zoe said...

Lovely card. Thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xxx

Beccalite said...

What a lovely striking card. Love it.

Thanks so much for coming over and joining in with our 13th Challenge 'Use Red' at Rhedd and Rosies Challenge Blog.

Great Big Huge Hugs

Becca xxx

Mynnette said...

Absolutely darling! LOVE the image and the fun colors! Thanks for joining us at CYDI! :)

sian said...

awww so cute. thanks for playing along with JIC (Sian DT)

~ginny said...

I like that technique! I will have to go check out the tutorial. Love the bright colors! Thanks for sharing your project in the “Anything but a Birthday Card” Challenge at Aud Sentiments.
Aud Sentiments Design Team
RubberMAD at

Nikki said...

Love the crayons and the mouse! Thanks for sharing! xo Nikki

Angela Boutiller said...

Cute! I like the blocked it off look! I am not much of a doodler but your right...the mouse has his own chalkboard. Thank you for joining us for the Whimisical theme challenge here at The Squirrel and The Fox.

Stephanie said...

This is so cute!! I really like the blocked off section - it does look like a blackboard. This is a perfect back-to-school card. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Word Art Wednesday.

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Hobbycutz Challenges and good luck.

Avril Ann said...

Back with my DT hat on, Kitty, LOL, to thank you for sharing with us at LEJ Designs, this week, good luck hun xxx

Melissa Latchem said...

Great card for such a big milestone! wish her well and I hope she has a great day! Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

Anonymous said...

Love that mouse, great card.

Thank you for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie Challenge Blog.
Hope we see your work again.

Moira DT xx

Kelly said...

So Sweet! Thank you for playing along at JIC this time x

Ali said...

So cute! Great image and I love those crayons! :)

Thanks for joining in with our Use a Digi challenge at OSAAT this week.


Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

That's a really fabulous card for your niece!!! I'm sure she will love it!!!

Thanks for joining us at Digi Darla’s Challenge this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Denise Pustelniak said...

This card is so cheerful and your niece will love it!
Thanks for joining us at Digi Darla’s

nscropper said...

Adorable :) Thanks for playing along with us at JIC!

Hjørdis said...

Sweet first day of school Card ! Thank you for sharing it with us at Card and scrap !

Hjørdis DT

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

Super cute creation and adorable little image. Thanks so much for playing at Crafty Sentiments this week:)

Aunty Sue said...

Lovely card and very colourful, thanks for sharing with s at Crafty Sentiments this week

Jackie said...

This is such a bright and fun card! Thank you for joining us this week at the Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge! I hope you play along with us again soon!

Jackie, Crafty Sentiments Designs DT

Sandra said...

Thanks for joining in at Aud Sentiments with this lovely bright card

unni's scrappeboble said...

Åååå, dette var kjempestilig :)
Tusen takk for at du deltar på utfordringen vår :)

Card and Scrap

Yvonne Morentin said...

What an awesome creation, so adorable...
Thanks for playing with us at The Scrapbooking Queen's Royal Digi Challenge...
Yvonne DT...

Ellie said...

So cute! Loving the image and crayons paper in the back!
Thanks so much for playing along in my "childhood" wordplay challenge at My Creative Moments. Sorry it took me so long to stop by!