Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

School is in Session!

Now that two of my three kids are in school, I am starting to feel OLD!  I was very much into school and getting good grades.  Okay, I was a bit of a dork. :)  Brett loves telling the story of me and my best friend Arin in college.  As he tells it, we would run back to our dorm after our last class of the afternoon and get all of our homework done right away so we could go to bed at 7:00. Actually, the truth is, we loved watching movies together and wanted to get everything done early so we could watch our movies! Arin moved to Ohio a few years ago and I haven't seen her in a while.  I miss my best friend so much!  We need to get together sometime soon! 

I am probably harder on my kids than I should be.  After all, they are only in 1st and 3rd grade.  I want them to excel and love school though!  However, I do want them to follow their dreams and want them to know that.  The challenge at The Friday Mashup! allowed me to make them a card that shows them just this!  The theme this week was "Back to School" and mash it up with sewing.  Most everyone knows that I do not sew, so I knew right away that it would have to be faux sewing for me. :)  I combined this challenge with a sketch at retrosketches.

Do you see those little x's at the bottom of the rectangular panel?  Looked like a great opportunity for faux stitching for me!  HA!

I had a lot of fun embellishing this card. I chose red, blue and yellow because the primary colors remind me of being in elementary school.  I love this sentiment from Word Play.  It is just so full of encouragement.  The arrow pointing up, the sky with birds and the hot air balloons just seem to all connect the whole theme together.  I am so happy with this card that I will definitely have to duplicate it for my second child!

Stamp Sets: Up, Up & Away, Word Play
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Black StaZon, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Real Red
Tools: Stripes Embossing Folder, Chevron Embossing Folder, Scallop Circle Punches, Piercing Tool, Essentials Piercing Pack, Piercing Mat
Accessories: Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals


  1. Love this card!! Great job with the sketch and the color are wonderfully happy! :)

  2. What a fabulous card!! I love this stamp set and I love how you've created the sky backdrop for the balloons. The little x stitches are the perfect finishing touch! Thanks for playing along with the Friday Mashup this week!

  3. Such a great card! I love the primary colors and your sponging of the clouds. Thanks for joining us at The Friday Mashup!

  4. Beautiful card!Love the colors you've used and how you put all the elements together. That faux stitching is adorable. Thanks for playing along with us at the Friday Mashup this week!

  5. Fantastic clouds stamping and such a fun 'elementary school coloured banner'.

  6. Fantastic card! Love the whole 'dreams take flight' theme going on here!! That stitching is right up my alley!! :)

  7. Lovely card. So creative design. Designing is so tough job and i realize this when i worked for the Scratch Cards Printing and designing company. Your work is so inspirational. I appreciate this.