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!


  1. Very cute card, thanks for playing at PTW

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

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

  4. 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.


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

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

  7. 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.


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

  9. 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!

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

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

  12. 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 )

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

  14. OH! Such a fun card for back to school

    Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card challenge this week

    -Angeline DT

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

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

  17. 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

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

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

  20. 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

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

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

  23. 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

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

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

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

  29. 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

  30. Love that mouse, great card.

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

    Moira DT xx

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

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

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


  33. 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

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

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

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

    Hjørdis DT

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

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

  39. 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

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

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

    Card and Scrap

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

  43. 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!