Sunday, August 7, 2011

Paper Players Challenge #58-School Daze

Happy Sunday to you! This week at the Paper Players, our very own Ann Schach has challenged us to go Back to School. Not literally...but creatively! Anyone out there shuddering at the thought of returning to Geometry, Algebra or Chemistry? Maybe it is just me. 
I have to admit, this challenge stumped me. When I though of a school-themed card, all that came to mind were apples, primary colors and a ruler. Pretty random, huh? So, that was where I started. My goal was to create a "thank you" card for all of the AWESOME teachers out there. You KNOW who you are! :) 

This wise, old owl was NOT my original idea. I got my inspiration from Lynn Pratt (click her name for the link). Her owl is MUCH cooler then mine, but I loved the idea of an owl with glasses. Eeek! I originally tried to add Crystal Effects to create a "lens" on the glasses...but this Texas heat is making it impossible to use CE with any success. It was a toasty 104 degrees here today...I probably could have fried an EGG on this card, if I tried. GAH! 

My little, sparkly apple...and it's stem and leaf...were cut by hand. Yeah, I don't know how I did it either. But I can tell you it is probably a "one-hit wonder". Lol! The ruler was stamped from the (retired) Sew Suite stamp set. I heat embossed it for added shine, although it's tough to see in the  photos. (Please check the end of this post for the complete supply list!) 
Here is the inside of the card, using the (retired) Tart and Tangy stamp set:
One last thing before I sign boys went to the "dog spa" yesterday (AKA: visited Kate, the groomer). I wanted to share a photo of Emmitt doing what he does best...being ADORABLE! Stay tuned for a photo of Ozzy with his new 'do. He is equally as dapper. I just love these pups! :)
Thanks for visiting today! Please check out what the rest of the Paper Players Design Team have shared for inspiration, this week: 

The Paper Players Design Team
I hope you will play along with us this week, with your creation celebrating "back-to-school". Have a great day! :) 

Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
Stamps: Sew Suite (ret. ruler image) and Upsy Daisy (masked off sentiment)
Paper: Summer Picnic DSP (ret.), Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Real Red, Chocolate Chip  and Daffodil Delight card stock
Ink: Basic Black Classic ink, Lucky Limeade Classic ink (for sponging on the owl) and Versa-Mark ink
Accessories: Owl Builder punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Spiral Border punch (ret.), Scallop Edge Border punch (inside), Clips Assortment, Real Red Glimmer Paper, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker, A Perfect Day Rub-Ons (ret.)  and Stampin' Dimensionals
Non SU! Accessories: silver pearls 


  1. Anne Marie! First of all, I am so glad you didn't try to fry an egg on your card!!! Second...Ozzy is so handsome...showing off his new do!! lol and I love the card! all the layers and colors and textures are wonderful!

  2. Fantastic card, Anne Marie! Love that hand-cut apple, stem and leaves! Any teacher would love to receive this card as a thank you.

    And Emmitt looks fantastic - so suave and debonair! Ms. Lexi sends her hellos to Mr. Emmitt and hopes he stays cool! She's off to the spa herself this Saturday so I'll be sure to post a pic of her after her spa day. :)

  3. Oh my gosh, Mr Owl in his spectacles is so CUTE---and of course, so is Ozzy! I always LOVE seeing your pups!

  4. I don't know which is cuter, your fur-baby or this sweet spectacled owl! Are those rhinestone buttons on the owl too? Adorable! Great card for the theme and I love all the COLORS! You rock the layers and colors!

  5. Emmitt is looking so very handsome after the spa!
    Love your "back to school" card with the cute little owl and ruler. Fun design and card.

  6. Anne Marie this is adorable! The colors are bright and cheery and that owl with the glasses is too stinkin' cute! Ozzy is adorable too. Hugs.

  7. I love seeing the pictures of your well groomed pups (well, even if they weren't well groomed, I enjoy their cute faces!!)

    What a stunner of a card!!! That owl is just TOO adorable!!! You've got all the elements for a school card right on!

    Thank you for your sweet comments on Layla's passing too. Much appreciated !!!


  8. Darling card! Love all the elements that you put onto it! As for Emmitt, he stole the post ... a real cutie! Love those perky ears!

  9. Adorable card, Anne Marie! I LOVE all of the details, such as the ruler and fabulous owl! You did a great job with the challenge! And Emmitt looks so dapper!

  10. This card is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  11. What a great card. Know all the teachers will really appreciate it. The thought of going to school again makes me cringe. Just graduated last year from Le Cordon Bleu for pastry & believe me much harder to study when your 40, than when I was younger. The brain just doesn't retain like it used to! I'm planning on making some back to school cards & bookmarks for my niece & nephew & with the wise owl also. Love the idea of the glasses for the owl. May have to give that a try for my niece who wears glasses.

  12. Forgot to mention that your Emmitt is looking especially handsome after his big day at the groomers. My girls Pixie & Lucy are 3 year old shi tzus and the apples of our eyes. I'm sure they would find him very attractive. They're going to the groomers next week, so will be very pretty.

  13. another super cute card! this will be on my inspiration post on tuesday. TFS

  14. Awesome card. Love that owl.
    Emmitt looks adorable! We have a brown schnauzer but we always do the puppy cut!

  15. OF COURSE! AN OWL!!!!

    Sorry...I was thinking that I couldn't do this challenge because I didn't have anything....d'oh! Love your card!!!!

  16. Firstly.... love the photo of Emmitt! Adorable!
    Now... after that little distraction, on to your card. Love the "chalkboard", the sparkly apple and the owl student! So incredibly creative. It has all the wonderful AM hallmarks!

  17. Anne Marie - this is FANTASTIC! I love the colours, the layout and all the little details. Great job!

  18. Anne Marie,

    OMG! This is so darn cute! I love it all - the ruler, owl, spiral page, paper clip. Wonderful card for a teacher. Your creations are awesome.

  19. I love the colors! It is a great departure from the usual red, blue, green. I love the ruler, the edge punch and clip. Super cute!

  20. This is adorable! I love everything about this FAB creation gf....awesome job & TFS!!!!

  21. Great card - love the little chalk board and the darling owl with his glasses and vest!

  22. What a fantastic card, AM! That wise ol' owl is just too cute! I love the ruler across the bottom -I knew I should have grabbed that set before it retired just for the ruler :)

  23. Wonderful card Anne Marie. I love all the colors and all your embelishments are fabulous.

  24. I like the cute owl. Thanks for commenting on my sock monkey card, I don't know why your comments kept being undeliverable. I appreciate your efforts in finally getting a message to me.


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Anne Marie