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Fourth Friday Challenge for August 2010

Its another 4th Friday – time for another fun challenge.

This month we’re “Falling for you” – we want to see your Fall and Back-to-School projects.  

It can be any type of project:  card, scrap page, alerted item, gift pack – we want to see them all.  The only rule is that you link up a project newly created for this challenge, although feel free to combine it with other current challenges.  

Although we would love to see all the art you care to share, everyone will be entered in the prize drawing only once.  One winner will be drawn randomly to win the prize.  You have until midnight (EST) on Saturday, September 4th to link up your project.  Just click the little froggy face at the bottom of this post to add your project.

For your prize this month, I thought we could go on one last summer picnic.  Maybe a birthday picnic with Penny Black?  The prize is this super cute Hedgehog Birthday cling stamp.

 For my project, I created a little box to hold my DD’s favorite marking pens in cool colors as a little suprize for the first day of school. 

Here is the decorated box back:

Here is the box front with the flap:

If you would like to make your own little marker box, I have a free template available. 

It is a PDF file that can be printed on the back of your cardstock.  You can download them through these links:

Download marker box with score lines

Download Marker box without score lines (in case you do not want them printed on your project)

To make the box, print the template and cut on the solid lines, score and fold on the dotted lines.  (the box is sized to hold 5 PaperMate marking pens).  Note that the template is in the bottom right corner.  The cut lines might not print to the edge on your printer.  The bottom and right sides of the paper are the bottom and right sides of the template.


The images on my box are from the Cute Companions Wonderful News stamp set.  (I know…. more mice, I’m really hooked).  I colored the images with copics.  Here are the colors I used:


I decorated my box using some cute paper from the Apple Cider paper pack.  The scalloped edges were made using the scalloped – scallop border punch.  Here are my box pieces before assembly:


I adhered the embellishments on to my box and then folded and adhered the box sides and bottom.  I added a couple buttons tied with Scrappers Floss colored with a Copic marker (YR-14).  I added a Magnetic snap to hold my box closed.

So that is my Fourth Friday project.  If you make a box, I’d love to see it. 

Don’t forget to link up your fall projects using cute little froggy there…


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Festive Fall Garden Walk


Welcome to the Paper Garden Projects Festive Fall Garden Walk

Take a stroll through the blogs of all the Paper Gardeners and enjoy some friendly inspiration. This month we are focusing on Fall and Back-to-School projects.

While you visit,  take note of each designer’s name and their special garden walk word in their blog post. Once you finish your garden tour, send an E-mail to custserv@papergardenprojects.com with the list of designers and their garden walk word.

Everyone who sends the correct list of designers and words will be entered in a random drawing to win a prize. You need to send an e-mail to the address above; please don’t leave your list as a comment. You have until midnight (EST) on Wednesday, August 25 to send your list.

And the prize?  We may be celebrating Fall, but summer is not quite over yet.  So how about not one but 2 cute summer Kraftin Kimmie unmounted stamps!

So enjoy the garden tour. Here is the garden tour guide list:

 I decided on a back to school project for my post.  I don’t know about everyone, but by the time school starts, I’m ready for a little routine.  Not that I don’t enjoy spending more time with the kids and going on avdentures – but after 3 months of it – I start running out of steam :).

I wanted to make a card to share with a couple other Moms who are in the same boat. 


I knew I wanted a back to school background.  I made the background by repeating the text “Back-to-school” with the School Script Dashed font  from the DaFont site.   This is a great site to get free fonts for personal use. 

One hint with the font – if you want the lines to go all the way across you need to include the dashes.  I just sized the font and repeated the text until I liked the the size.  If you are using Word create your text, you can  go under “view” and then click on the gridlines.  It will give you 1/4″ gridlines that can really help to size things.

For this card, I used the painting mouse from Crafting Companions stamp set.  I colored him with copics and popped him up with foam tape on the background that I created.


For the paper I used the new Apple Cider paper pad from Imaginisce.  Since I love fall, I seriously love this paper pad – cute, whimsical fall.  The paper is Prism cardstock –  Crabapple Dark and Intense Kiwi.

 So… inside the card is a simple sentiment printed with the same font.  I added some leftover patterned paper strips to decorate the inside a little.

So that is my project.  My blog hop word is Leaves

Next in line is Amber – so stroll on over.

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A Birthday Parade!

I needed a Birthday card for a special someone, and decided to use my new Birthday Parade stamps

These sets of images are so fun!  I love making the little scenes. 

Of course I had to figure out how to use almost every image in the set.  I positioned all the parade mice on a big block and stamped them all at once to make the parade.  I colored them with Copics and cut out around them.  The “Birthday Greetings” sentiment (also in the set!) is straight – but since it is unmounted (I cling mounted my set using EZ mount) – I just bent it to fit the flag when I stuck it to the block.  Then stamped – Cool beans!

I created a background with the village stamp in the set.  I colored the houses and sky, and then masked the bottom edge of the houses.  I created the grass with Old Olive distress ink and a duster brush.

The I just attached the parade with foam tape to pop it up.  (I shortened the flag a little so the houses would show more).

Since there was so much going on in the picture, I decided to leave the rest of the card pretty plain.  This card is 4″ by 9″ (to fit some envelopes I have in my stash.  I hope the recipient likes it!

Hope everyone has a great weekend planned.  Don’t forget to stop by on Saturday for our Festive Fall Garden Walk – it should be fun.

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