Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 185-Thanks for a Great Year

It’s time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! The school year is coming to a close here soon, so I used the sketch to put together a teacher thank you card.

As a teacher, I can’t resist school-themed stamp sets, so I added the new A Good Apple set from Lawn Fawn to my collection recently. I used the set’s chalkboard as my focal image. I paper pieced the image, stamping the frame on kraft cardstock that I rubbed with some distress ink for a weathered look, then adding a piece of gray cardstock inside the frame for the chalkboard. I stamped the “thanks for a great year” sentiment in white ink and heat embossed it, then rubbed a bit of white ink on the panel for a chalkdusted look. To add a little color to the image, I stamped the set’s apple and ruler images, colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and cut them out, then arranged them along the chalkboard’s ledge.

The chalkboard is attached to a kraft card base covered with two coordinating patterned papers. I thought the text and notebook paper stripes in the striped papers worked perfectly for a school themed card!

To play along, just create a card based on the sketch and link it up on Karen’s blog. For lots of inspiration be sure to check out what the other Sweet Sunday Sketch stampers have created for you this week. Here’s where to find them:

Dana White
Dawn Easton
Jackie Pedro
Karen Giron
Karen Motz
Lynn Put
Melissa Hubert
Sarah-Jane Kalé-taking the week off
Tracy Clemente
Vicki Burdick

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers: Lawn Fawn A Good Apple stamp set, Crafter’s Companion Ultrasmooth White cardstock, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Spectrum Noir markers (CR1, CR8, CR9, CR11, GB3, GB4, GB5, CG2), Simple Stories 24/Seven 6x6 paper pad, Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Edges One die, Hemptique Spring Bloom 2 twine, Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

Other: Harvest Gold and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Steel Grey cardstock (My Favorite Things); white pigment ink (WPlus9); Tea Dye distress ink (Ranger); white embossing powder (Michaels)


  1. Fabulous, Lori! That chalkboard is awesome! I need to pop back into my LSS to see if they have this set! That little apple and ruler is so cute!!

  2. Gorgeous! Love the little apple and ruler in the corner of the chalkboard!

  3. I LOVE school themed stamp sets! LOVE the chalkboard! Great card, Lori!

  4. Lori this is PERFECT! Love, love, love this! I adore the pop of color with the ruler and apple. I would buy a set of these!!!!

  5. Love this - fab paper choices x
    ((Hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  6. This is excellent, Lori! I need two of these please, lol. Love the chalk board look with your cute stamps and fun designer paper!

  7. Super cute! I have really been into teacher appreciation this year with my little one being in Kindergarden! We have done teacher appreciation week and end of the school year both back to back! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Super cute! Love the chalkboard technique. :)


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