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Back to school for the Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Posted by on Aug 7, 2020 in Blogging Friends Blog Hop, Call Me Clover | 8 comments

Welcome to the August Blogging Friends Blog Hop. This month we are all sharing Back to School paper crafting using  Stampin’ Up! products.

I will be quite honest with you, this them had me stumped.  1. I don’t have stamp sets that are school-themed. I discovered this after going through my current stamp sets trying to decide what exactly I wanted to create.  I even tried to be creative and look at my stamps in a new way.  I wished many times that I had purchased the playful alphabet dies.  Cause, I had a great idea for those in my head.  2. I realized that I have been making a very big effort to not buy for the sake of collecting.  And the reality was I just don’t have a reason to purchase items that are school-oriented. Where I was really struggling was in the sentiment.  What does back to school say in 2020??? I could have easily made a cute little box or a fun fold but, if you know me  You know those are only things I do in my head.  The reality is I struggle daily to just get what has to be done done.  This is why you will see a basic card from me 98% of the time. All of this to say,  I can up with a wonderful idea after thinking about my options for several days!  In the end, I decided to pick a stamp set and then try and relate that to back to school. Mind you I was still pondering the sentiment???

The stamp set I landed on was field of flowers. I really adore the silhouette look of this stamp set.  And it has been sitting in my to use basket for a few months. So, it was definitely time to get it out!

Field of Flowers

One of the things that came to my mind was the time that my Mom (a science teacher) took me and my friend Holli to this field for our bug collections.  She gave us each a butterfly net, a jar with lid, and told us to not break the wings. And there we were two teenage girls running around trying to catch butterflies, dragonflies, and anything else we could find.  This is the thing I learned from that experience.  That my Mom did for us what she did for every one of her students.  She gave us all the tools we need to be successful with our bug projects then she let us choose to learn and be successful with our bug projects.  I remember growing up, bug collection time of year always had students around after school trying to identify that one big they just couldn’t figure out.  The kids would have books out, bug collections from past years, they would ask questions and get simple answers. Sometimes, the look would tell them all they needed to know.

Remembering all this brought me to thinking about the very unique school year we are about to embark on.  Teachers, parents, kids, and administration all trying to balance that fine line between health, education, and empowering kids.  I have no idea what I would do if I was in there situation.  I thought about how much our educators need our support and understanding.  As well as our parents who have chosen virtual,  blended, or homeschool as the best option for their family.  That’s when I know, this has to be thinking of you card.  Cause, that’s what 2020 demands. More strength, more hope, and more faith.

  • The background is created with some simple ink blending.  The sky, balmy blue, seaside spray, and blueberry bushel. I just keep playing with the colors until I got it how I liked.  The grass is call me clover and garden green
  • I used my heat tool to dry the background. This kinda helps set the ink. So, I could move on to the stamping
  • I did all the stamping in back. Night of Navy would have looked very nice as well
  • The thinking of you is from the seaside notions stamp set
  • I tried to go the opposite of the blue on the color wheel to add a little extra pop. My choice of orange was Calypso coral

Thank you for stopping by today and for sticking around through all my chat. 

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I hope you will continue to hop along using the blog guide below.

In case you are interested in seeing someone amazing ideas for Wonderful ways to use paper crafting for school gifts or just to make a sweet gift. Check out my sweet friend Julie’s blog.  You can find her at The Paper Pixie.  Her work amazes me!  She’s a queen at 3-D and tinny boxes! I hope you have a great day! Go and be creative my friends-


Lawn Fawn Village Heroes

Posted by on Jul 21, 2020 in Lawn Fawn, Village Heroes | 0 comments

There are just some stamp sets you need to tell others about!  Village Heroes by Lawn Fawn is one of those sets for me. For many reasons, it is super cute, it supports a cause that I adore, and it celebrates community Heroes! You can’t get any better than that!  100% of the net profit goes to Feeding America! How awesome is that!!! I have had this stamp set for a while and I am just now getting around to sharing it with you! This was how Lawn Fawn decided to help during Covaid 19.  Just so you know, I have no affiliation with Lawn Fawn nor do I benefit from sharing this with you. I just think what they are doing is really awesome!

I have had this stamp set out for over a month sitting on my desk waiting for me to use it.  That’s when Kathy over at The Daily Marker started her 30day coloring challenge. So, naturally, this was the first set I decided to color!  You can follow along with Kathy and others over on Instagram by following the tag #thedailymarker30day and Kathy at The Daily Marker

I made four cards and have plenty more colored images to make even more cards for my village heroes.  The village heroes’ stamp set is full of images like hospitals, fire stations, churches, fire trucks police cars, school buses, and so forth. My first three cards use basically the same layout I just varied up the images

  • I used a stencil (MFT Square Extraordinaire Stencil) to create my square
  • I masked off a road and ink blended it with my Picket Fence life-changing blender brushes and destress oxide black soot ink
  • Masked the road and used the MFT Drifts & Hills to create grass using peeled paint distress ink
  • The sky is you guessed it MFT mini cloud stencil and broken china distress ink
  • The little flower pot is from the Lawn Fawn stamp set Village Shops.

  • I used the same process here as above
  • The grass I did spritz it with water to add texture
  • I also used a little of the new speckled egg distress ink to the sky
  • The final touches were gel pens to add white dashes to the road

  • This card I decided not to use the cloud stencil. Instead, I used the little clouds in the Village Heroes stamp set
  • I also forgot to add the dashes to the road. But I think you still get the idea it is a road
  • The purple building is from the village shops stamp set

  • The grass and road were created using masking and ink blending. The grass is Jalapeno ink (Lawn Fawn) and a wee bit of pilled paint distress ink
  • The sky is Summer Sky ink (Hero Arts bold ink) and a tinny bit of Indigo ( Hero Arts bold ink)
  • The papers used there’s is Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade, the gray is Simon Says Stamp Smoke, and the white is Paper Source Eco white(at least that’s what I think it is) to be honest it was a stray piece of card stock and I made four-card layers from it.  Lucky the ink blended so nicely on this paper

Thank you for spending a little time with me today!  Hopefully, I will be back soon with more fun cards to share.  I hope each of you is healthy and safe. And that you find time today to be creative!

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Peace my crafty friends-