Thursday, August 30, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #68–Top of the Class!


Hello Crafty Friends!


I’m back with another quick post.  Did I tell you that we bought a new house?!  Oh yeah – I think I failed to mention that!  So needless to say, my life is a bit chaotic at the moment.  Buying one house, decluttering, purging, and packing up 14 years of accumulation (OH EM GEE!), and selling our existing house – such a daunting task!  But one worth the effort if we ultimately downsize and simply our lives, which is what the goal is at this point.  But, that’s enough chit chat from me.  Let’s get to the challenge, shall we?


This time of year is such a magical one for me – there’s something about the crispness in the air, the change of colors in the trees, the smell of school supplies and books!  Fall is in the air, for sure!  So I was thrilled when Michele threw a “Back to School” themed challenge at us.  So fun, right?!  This week’s CAS-ual Fridays Challenge is to create a CLEAN & SIMPLE project and use “Back to School” as your theme.


Pretty Paper Studio

Our sponsor is Pretty Paper Studio, and they’ve provided a wonderful prize for the this week’s TGIF Winner.  But you’ll have to click on through to the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog to find out what it is – you’re going to like it, I promise!  Thank you Pretty Paper Studio!

CFC68 - Welcome Back

I don’t have any little ones in school anymore, but I still love to create for the Back to School theme.  I recently visited one of my fave-a-lave brick and mortar stamp stores, Impress Rubber Stamps, and found the cutest alphabet stamp that was just perfect for my project!  I stamped it onto some black cardstock with some white pigment ink, to give the effect of a chalkboard.  I’ve listed the other products used on this project below:

STAMPS:  Pretty Patches: Apple (W Plus 9 Designs), I Love School (Technique Tuesday), and Alphabet (Catslife Press – 216G)
INK:  Unicorn Pigment and Black Dye (Memories/Hero Arts), Cherry and Grass Pigment (A Muse Studio)
PAPER:  Black Licorice and Sour Apple CS (French Poptone), Riding Hood Red (Stampin’ Up!), Solar White CS (Neenah)
OTHER:  Scallop Border Punch (Stampin’ Up!), Tag Sale #1 and #5 Dies (PTI), Linen Impression Plate (PTI), Green, Red and Black Baker’s Twine (Divine Twine)


That’s it for me, kids!  I need to get back to my packing and purging!  It’s amazing what you accumulate in 14 years and didn’t even realize you had!  Do yourself a favor and go through your stuff long before you decide to move – you can thank me later!  LOL  Thanks for stopping by today – I so appreciate it!



Lynn said...

Woohoo on the new house! So exciting. You'll need to share some pictures!

Love the bright cheery colors and the fabulous font on the sentiment.

Marlena M. said...

Fantastic tag and ribbon treatment Karolyn! Congratulations on your move and new beginnings. ;)

Kara Lynne said...

Wow! You are one busy lady just now! I hope the move goes well for you. Your card is so fun and "schooly". The blackboard look is wonderful and the colors are very fun.

Marybeth said...

Love your back to school card! The chalk board is clean and ready to go. Good luck with your move. Thanks for the good advice as well.

Meadie said...

I just love your card and good luck with the new house:) Hugs x x

Christina said...

Congrats on the new house, Karolyn! I know how much we had accumulated in just 4 years in our last house, so I don't envy you the task you have before you. But it will definitely be worth it when it's all done!
Love how crisp your white stamping is! This is such a fun and bright color combo for back to school

~amy~ said...

so your color choices!

Jackie Rockwell said...

Love the bright colors! The blackboard looks GREAT!

Tracey McNeely said...

I agree Karolyn that alphabet stamp is awesome. Great card, love your design.