Wednesday, September 14, 2011

FMS2: School Kids

Lesley prepared another awesome sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.   While the sketch is a square card, you can choose to either make one of those or do what I did and go with a traditional A2 card.   That's the fun part of sketch challenges; you can use them as a starting point and see where your card takes you.   :)  

School started back the week I was working on my card and it just so happened that Greeting Card Kids was in the order that I received that week.   Naturally I had to do a school inspired card!   I did go back and pull out a retired apple stamp because teachers need apples.  I can hear all you teachers groaning over that; I bet you have quite an amazing apple collection.  :o)    I decided to go all in with my school theme and try to make my background layer look like a chalkboard.   I don't think schools even have those though; it's all dry erase and smart boards now.   I guess the kids are lucky; the bad ones always had to go beat the chalk out of the erasers back in my day.   I can only imagine what that would do to my allergies...

I hope you enjoyed my card and I hope you'll join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!   I can't wait to see what you create!

Stamps:  Greeting Card Kids, Apple Blossoms, A to Z
Ink:  Whisper White craft ink, Staz-On Black, Stampin' Write Markers: Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Blush Blossom, So Saffron, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Whisper White
Tools/Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Baja Breeze seam binding, circle punches

I actually made this card first, but I thought it was too dark.   Switching the Baja Breeze and the Cherry Cobbler really added a brighter, cheerier feel to it and I like that one much better.  Don't be discouraged if your first attempt at a card doesn't turn out; study it, figure out what you don't like about it, and change it for the next version!    Sometimes taking a picture and looking at it on the computer screen will inspire me to go back and add or change something as well.


  1. Adorable card, Rita! I love both versions, but you are so "Wright" about switching the Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze! And what a perfect bow! You hit a home run with this "clean" beauty!

  2. These little kids are adorable and so are the cards - beautiful job with the colors! And I like both versions because you used two of my all time favorite colors! Also you tie one mighty fine bow! Great cards~!

  3. What adorable cards! I love both versions but the Baja one definately "pops". Hope I get a chance to play with all of you incredibly talented ladies this week.

  4. I like them both Rita! The blackboard idea is fun. I used to love writing on the blackboard, messy erasers and all! I love the baja breeze/cherry cobbler combo. That's fantastic!

  5. Both are soo cute, the colors are perfect.

  6. This is adorable! I love it, especially the embossed background and the wonderful coloring!

  7. love that stamp set!!! Love both version, but I prefer the second one with the red :)

  8. Love your take on the sketch and your use of the colours. I like the Baja Breeze version best. Much more subtle use of the colours than mine! x

  9. So cute, Rita! Love the "chalkboard" background and the colors are just perfect as well!


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