Thursday, August 23, 2012

Another school card...

Edited to add post script at end of post below on 8-28-12
Hello all,
Here today with a card for Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge #111.  Here is a picture of the sketch:

And here is my card:
I used a new to me set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps called "Blessed By You" to make my background and my little school house.  I just love this set and will be making lots of cards with it in the future.  The sentiments are just so lovely and the little images are so wonderful for creating backgrounds which I have been trying to do more of lately. 
To finish my little "scene" on the focal area I supplemented with some other school stamps that I had in my stash so I can use this as a "school" card for one of my son's many teachers. I doodled some clouds and a sun as well as the smoke from the chimnies of the school.  Not sure if I love it but it will do.  I also distressed inked my black and white gingham ribbon to help it match the card better.  I used "old paper" distress ink to add an aged look.

I used white prima chalk ink to make a "chalkboard" outline on my red die cut focal and also impressed the yellow cardstock with an alphabet impression plate to add to the school feel. A button and some twine finishes it off.

Thanks for looking at my card.  I had fun making this one and was inspired by several cards made by both Claire and her mischief makers in some of the pre-release hops that are going on right now at Waltzing Mouse Stamps Blog.  I sure like the sort of "toile" look that it creates.

Happy Crafting everyone!
: ) Jill 

 Edited to add 8/28/12
Post Script:
I was so thrilled to learn that my card was one of the top mouse cards of the week for this challenge!
It was announced at this post on the Waltzing Mouse Challenge Blog: HERE.  There were so many incredible cards for this challenge and I am so very honored that my card was chosen with Ren-Yi and Michelle's for a top mouse blog badge!  Thanks to everyone that is involved in providing these wonderful Waltzintg Mouse challenges to all of us.  And thanks to Claire for her beautiful products!  They are such a gift to my crafting life and my bliss! 


  1. LOVE this school card Jill and the pretty stampings - that folk house looks great as a red school house! Thanks for playing with the WMS sketch this week!

  2. Oh wow, Jill...isn't this adorable. Such a great card full of school day images. Love the way you used the ruler twill and your gingham ribbon. Fabulous job.

  3. I love how you used this set! This is perfect back to school! Love that close up where I can see the embossing! The red house - brilliant! Wow and I love the leaf background too!

  4. Love how you used this set!!
    It's still kind'a new to me too...
    but seeing how you colored that house...
    ideas are firing!! :)
    Isn't it so perfect...
    I love the New England feel that Claire gave to this set!
    And what a fabulous card...
    perfect for back to school!!
    So glad you shared with us this week at WMSC!! :)

  5. This is SO adorable, Jill! I love the house done in red for a schoolhouse! And your leaf background looks fabulous! I have that set and you have given me some great new ideas. Thanks so much for the inspiration! And also I was so happy to see you as a new follower on my blog.

  6. Great card so bright and cheerful. Love all the little extras you added like the "measuring tape" twill and the embossed strip. The background is great too. Isn't it great when your kids are young enough to want to go back to school !

  7. This is so super sweet Jill - what a wonderful bg too - LOVE your card! Hugs, Karin

  8. I love this Jill, such a wonderful mix of stamps and texture. Gorgeous!

  9. Seriously PRECIOUS, Jill! I love this quaint folksy scene! The leaves on the black paper, the pops of red and gold, that sweet little house with the puffy clouds. the school buses, the ruler perfect for the fall!

  10. What a wonderful card and I love those images! Just fantastic!

  11. This is wonderful! Creative use of the images!!! Congrats n your win!

  12. OH this is stunning, Jill! Totally a well-earned Top Mouse spot! Congrats :)

  13. You created a beautiful background, Jill! Congrats on being Top Mouse!

  14. Congrats! I love this card and it's sweet charm. Such a throw-back to more simple times.

  15. I forgot to tell you Congrats on this win! Love this card. Top Mouse!

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: ) Jill