Sunday, August 16, 2020

Harvest Hellos for PP504

Happy Sunday! Time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, Claire is hosting our monthly Clean-and-Simple (CAS) Challenge.  
Check it out and play along with us!
I wasn’t really sure what to make for this project as I don’t have kiddos, so Back to School isn’t an occasion I usually create for. However, I do have a LOT of friends who are teachers, so I decided to make some cards for them for the new school year. Things are definitely different this year, as many schools are starting out the year with online “distance learning” and I just wanted to make a few cards to send out to let my friends know how much they are appreciated for all they do. 

*I’ve listed all of the measurements and details for this card below along with a full supply list at the very end of the post.

I immediately pulled out my Harvest Hellos stamp set and coordinating Apple Builder Punch because apples are perfect for teachers, right? Although, a good friend of mine is a kindergarten teacher and she always tells me that after 23 years of teaching apples kind of lose their novelty. Haha! 

Novelty or not, this was what I had to use, so I went with it. This card came together really quickly thanks to the punch. I added a little pop of red buffalo check from the Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper and a bit of woodgrain texture to the background. It’s Clean-and-Simple week, so I tried not to go TOO crazy with the embellishments. Of course those apples have some added Wink of Stella sparkle because…well, why NOT. I also popped on a Linen Thread bow and a trio of tiny rhinestones as the finishing touches. 
 Card Measurements and Details: 
  • Real Red Cardstock - 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4” 
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock - 5 1/4” x 4” 
  • Cinnamon Cider Cardstock - 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”, embossed using Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder
  • Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper - die cut the largest scalloped rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Real Red Cardstock - scrap to stamp two apples in Real Red ink and punch using Apple Builder Punch (add Wink of Stella for some sparkly detail)
  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock - scrap to stamp two leaves in Granny Apple Green ink and punch using Apple Builder Punch
  • Cinnamon Cider Cardstock - scrap to stamp two apple “stems" in Cinnamon Cider ink and punch using Apple Builder Punch
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock - 2” x 1/2”, stamp sentiment in Cinnamon Cider ink
  • Linen Thread and Red Rhinestones 
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock (inside card) - 5 1/4” x 4” 
  • Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper (inside card)  - 3/4” x 4” 
Finally, a peek inside the card. I added a little strip of the DSP along with a coordinating sentiment perfect for teachers. The little apple seed stamp is a really cute accent, don’t you think? 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our Clean-and-Simple (CAS) “Back to School" Challenge. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday August 21st, 2020

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team: 

Anne Marie Hile (that’s me!) 

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Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie 

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  1. You can't go wrong with apples and gingham! The woodgrain is the perfect backdrop for them!

  2. Anne Marie, I know one of your teacher friends will cherish this card! Apples, wood grained embossing and gingham make the perfect trio for your "Welcome Back" card. Thank you for making my challenge shine! Have a great week, My Friend!

  3. You're right, teachers need cards of encouragement too! This is just delightful and will surely bring a smile. The buffalo check is perfect with the apples!

  4. Maybe not novel, but apples are so iconic that they work perfectly for a teacher card. Given the strange year this is, you're right, teachers need all the support they can get, so I'm sure your friends will be grateful for your encouragement!

  5. Oh my - this is so cute! Love the wooden "table/desk" you've created to gift teachers with what surely is their favorite fruit and gift! Whoever receives this will surely be happy to be back! :)

  6. Anne Marie, I love that you focused on the teachers instead of the kiddos. I love the apples and the use of the wood embossing folder for the desk was genius. Wonderful take on the challenge, my friend

  7. Sparkly apples, buffalo check, and wood grain...the trifecta of awesomeness! This is an amazing card which will definitely brighten some sweet teacher's day, Anne Marie!

  8. You can't beat a shiny red apple for a teacher card Anne Marie - so two, along with some gingham check is the perfect combo! I'm sure your card will be appreciated by a teacher friend as they embark on the return to school.


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Anne Marie