Artistic Avenger

In a Daze….School Daze that is! (PP58)


I’m super excited to share that I’m the August guest designer at The Paper Players. I love this blog. They have some fantastic challenges and the ladies are just wonderful. Here is my first challenge:

Hmmm,  school…….Got a few more weeks until that happens at our place. I’m actually hoping the summer slows down a little because the kids going back to school means I’m going back to work! Speaking of work, this week’s project was a lot of it. Actually it is a non-winning Artisan Award entry for this year. I’d been meaning to post it but then when this challenge came up I thought, “why not wait” and use it? So that is what I did.

The base for this card is Crumb Cake and then layered with Old Olive, Basic Black and then Naturals Ivory. On this Naturals Ivory piece, I printed the Letterpress background from My Digital Studio and watercoloured in with coordinating colours on this card.

I made little mini chalkboards using wood sheets and blackboard sheets. I then added Simple Numbers in Naturals Ivory that were sponged with Crumb Cake. Behind these I added some Real Red cardstock that I punched with the spiral edge punch punch and then added some 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain.

Various buttons were added on the design and then I made a little clipboard and pencil (these are my favourite parts!).

The clipboard is actually the tag from the Baskets and Blooms Big Shot die. On it, I added some Newsprint designer paper and a mini library clip. The apple “4u” is from the hostess set, Apple Blossoms.

The pencil is made with More Mustard, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake cardstock.

I just loved this card, it broke my heart to send it away and I had to be held back from tearing it off the wall when I was at Convention.

So what does going back to school mean to you? Show us! Visit The Paper Players blog and play along with us this week! Need to be inspired before you play along? Check out the awesome Design Team samples.

The Paper Players Design Team
Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!
Cardstock:  Old Olive, Basic Black, Real Red, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake, More Mustard.
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, More Mustard, Real Red.
Stamps: Apple Blossoms.
Accessories: Big Shot, Baskets and Blooms die, wood sheets, chalkboard sheets, Simple Numbers Die, various buttons, 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain, Newsprint designer paper, My Digital Studio.

24 thoughts on “In a Daze….School Daze that is! (PP58)

  1. This is definitely one of those WOW cards!!! Your attention to detail is amazing (especially that pencil!!)

  2. I can’t believe that you made all the pieces of this card! The pencil, clipboard and mini blackboards are amazing! Even the background you created too. Just wonderful and a true testament to your talent. So glad you have you on the team this month!

  3. Oh my gosh! This is awesome, every last detail! TFS.

  4. OMG this is fabulous! I thought that was a real pencil! how did you do that???? Just amazing. Hugs.

  5. WOW! This card is so far beyon ‘wow’, I don’t even know the word to describe it! Love it! Congratulations on being a guest designer!

  6. Over the top fantastic! The clipboard and the pencil are wonderful! This card is definitely fully loaded – you should have stolen it back! I would have helped you – but I might have had to be fully loaded myself to get up the courage 🙂

  7. Oh my gosh…this is absolutely fabulous! It is a WINNER in my book, for sure! The detail is beyond belief! LOVE it!

  8. This is a darling card. Love all of the embellishments. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  9. Hi Carrie! (…can you see me waving to you down here in Texas?) First of all, SO excited that you have joined the PP’s this month. I’m a huge fan of yours! Secondly, this is unbelievably awesome!! Holy macaroni, all of the detail you added is great. How cute is that itty-bitty pencil? Love it! Enjoy your day! 🙂

  10. Carrie
    I am floored that you did not win Artisan Award this year. I’ve loved every single non-winning blog post you’ve shown so far. This one here is totally awesome!

  11. i can see why you didn’t want to part with this card, Carrie! It is devine. You can see that so much hard work has gone into this! You are so clever. Love it!

  12. I just can’t believe this freaking card. It’s pure awesomeness. Pure.

  13. this card is freakin’ AMAZING!! you have to be one of the most creative cardmakers i have EVER seen!!

  14. This is by far one of my favorite cards! How cute is that clipboard and pencil!?! Very clever and fun!

  15. Carrie, you are THE Artisan! – Stampin Up! can award you when they feel fit, but seriously I know there is no other talent like yours out there!! You are awesome – and thanks for sharing!

  16. So much to this card. The paper pad, chalk boards, etc. all so cool. Great job!

  17. Absolutely unbelievable Carrie! The pencil and the cute clipboard are amazing! You are so creative!!!

  18. This is fabulous! I love all the details.

  19. Just awesome, Carrie….you put so much thought into your cards & projects! Perfect for the challenge!

  20. Wow! Wow, wow, wow… Good thing I wasn’t at convention – I might have torn this one off the board myself! *wink* It looks a- wait for it… ma-zing! Oh my gosh, I cannot believe after what you have shared so far that you did not win. Blows my mind.

    You did an awesome, awesome job on this card. I can’t believe how great the pencil turned out – I first thought it was a real one glued to the card. And that clipboard is the cutest thing ever! Man, I wish you could have your projects back… Heartbreaking to have to give those up!

  21. Totally cute, love all the little elements you’ve created and added.

  22. Oh My Gosh! This card is AMAZING Carrie!!! I’m getting dizzy just thinking of all the work you put into it and how long it must have taken you. I’m so happy that you are a guest designer at TPP this month 🙂

  23. WOW!! What an absolutely AMAZING card!! I love it. There are so many wonderful elements to this card. This is sheer perfection.

  24. Hi Carrie!
    I just wanted to stop by and give you a HUGE cyber hug! Your PP “Cut Above” award for last week’s challenge was such a wonderful encouragement to me … and I am very thankful & touched by your lovely comments! I am really finding it hard to find time to stamp at the moment. I am a “full time” carer for my mum at the moment … after a 7 week hospital stay. I am doing day shift (until after dinner) … my sis does night shifts! So … with 4 kids at home … my nights are also busy catching up on other responsibilities. So … stamping is going to be taking a back seat for the time being. My School Daze card was literally “thrown together” because I was so desperate to stamp! And seeing your amazing creation … makes me realise how “thrown together” it really is! So … I was absolutely tickled to get your vote!!! Anyway … I am rabbiting!!! Thanks so much for a “pick me up” today! 🙂 Hugs xxaxx

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