ABC / 123 – It’s Back to School for You and Me!

This card is a real mash-up of challenges.  However, getting ready for school was one of my favorite things to do.  Even today, when I pass the School Supply aisles in the store, my heart quickens…So indulge me as I take a trip down memory lane!

Sketch: Sketch Saturday Challenge (#672); Theme: Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge (#281); Color: Paper Craft Crew Challenge (#439); and as the stamp sets used are now retired, the Retro Rubber Challenge (#164).

Here is the result:



  • Slant Panel: (2¼” x 3¼”) Basic White cardstock.  Each Child from the retired Greeting Card Kids stamp set (circa 2010) was inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink separately and stamped individually on to the panel.  The Children were then colored with a variety of Stampin’ BlendsGirl: Hair – Ivory and Bronze, Dress and Hair Bow – Daffodil Delight, Apple – Real Red and Dress Collar and Socks – Smoky Slate shading.  Boy: Hair – Daffodil Delight, Shorts – Misty Moonlight, Books – Emerald Envy (retired), Pouch – Real Red and Shirt and Socks – Smoky Slate shading.  The skin color chosen was Petal Pink mixed with Ivory and the Kids are outlined with Soft Sea Foam to add some separation from the background.
  • Accent Mat: (2⅜” x 3½”) Emerald Envy cardstock (retired).
  • Side Panel Black Board: (1⅜” x 2⅞”) Basic Black cardstock scrap.  The Chalk Lines were drawn on with a ruler and a Stampin’ Chalk Marker at (¼”), (1”) and (1¾”) from bottom to top.  The Letters and Numbers from the retired ABC – 123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers stamp set (circa 2013) were stamped with Craft Whisper White ink.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig Tool was used for positioning and alignment.
  • Black Board Frame: (1⅝” x 3”) Crumb Cake cardstock scrap.  Nail Heads were drawn in to the corners with the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • Background Panel: (4” x 5¼”) Words Daffodil Delight and Whisper White patterned piece of paper from a retired Brights Family Designer Series Paper pack.
  • Embellishment: (¼” x 4”) Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (retired) colored with the Misty Moonlight and Real Red Stampin’ Blends in lieu of the bow element and positioned vertically behind the Slant Panel.

All of the elements were assembled and adhered to an Emerald Envy card base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) as per the featured layout/sketch.

Are the children in your family ready for school? 

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.   Cheers,  Jolanda!

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

13 thoughts on “ABC / 123 – It’s Back to School for You and Me!

  1. Jolanda, I totally agree with you – I love school supplies! Even now, a trip to the office supply store for pens or notebooks is one of my favorite things. And it’s not like I need any of that stuff. 🙂

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  2. I loved school and school supplies…and then became a teacher to continue the love affair for 30 years. lol Your card is stunning. Those little kids are adorable (and look like illustrations from my childhood). You really rocked all the challenges. Thank you for sharing with us at Sketch Saturday this week. Dena J, DT

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  3. I too also loved my school years and returning after the holidays was always great with all those new pens and pencils etc still love looking at the stationery down the shop aisles. Your card is so cute the children are so adorable thanks for taking part in the SUOchallenge Jolanda hope to see you on the next one x


  4. I think I would have been stumped by that sketch, but you made it look ridiculously fabulous! Love how you created the chalkboard on the left and your two little students are adorable. Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges, hope to see you again for our next challenge starting later today!

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  5. This is such a great card Jolanda! You used all of the colors in the challenge too, well done. Thanks for joining the Paper Craft Crew this week!


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