Saturday, 3 September 2016


Hi there everyone - now I feel really guilty for telling you this because I know there are lots of peeps out there who are either poorly themselves or their other halves are poorly but I am in absolute agony with my back.  We did our training session on Monday morning with the Wii machine thingy and thoroughly enjoyed it and then on Tuesday evening I got out of the bath and bent slightly to pick up me jim-jams off the bed and I felt a sort of pop in my back and have been in pain ever since - it's the sort that makes you feel sick all the time!  Graham talked me out of swimming on Wednesday and I didn't need talking out of it on Friday.  

Anyway huge apologies to you all for having a whinge, here's my card for the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month.  Our theme is 'Back to School' so I've taken it upon myself to use a few embellishments that took me back to my school days - with a little poetic licence!   I'm just a tad too young to have had a slate at school but we did have a chalk board!  I'm still using my school dictionary with my name and Form IIA written in it and then there's the skipping rope which I loved and a few daisies 'cos making daisy chains was one of my favourite pastimes!  Oh and our summer dresses were in different coloured gingham, mine were blue.


7" x 7" White Card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi image - 'Katie Reading' - Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps & More
Paper - LOTV 'Sunny Side Up' 8" x 8" pad
Spellbinders Dies - Labels Forty Six die
X-Cut Large Dies - Tags and Bookplates dies
Marianne Design Craftables Dies - Daisy CR1272 dies
Beads for skipping rope handles - stash
'Piece of chalk' - broken tip off a Chinagraph pencil (one of those gem 'pick up' pencils which have never worked properly!!)

I made the little 'slate' with a piece of semi-black paper and a coffee 'stirrer'.  I chopped the stirrer into pieces to fit around the edges of the paper, glued them on and then sandpapered the edges to smooth them,  adding the words using a white gel pen.  I found a couple of beads plus a teeny bit of toothpick to make the skipping rope handles and must admit I was pleased with the results for both of these items.

Anyway the sponsor for this month's challenge is Robyn's Fetish and they have some fabulous images so do try and enter our challenge competition.

Lots of big hugs to you all and please take care.

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following 10 challenges  -

Aloha Friday Challenge No 79 - School
Brown Sugar Challenge No 214 - Back to School
Colour Crazy Challenge Wk 21 - Anything Goes
Colour Throw Down Challenge No 408 - Colour Inspiration 
Crazy Challenge No 230 - Getting Ready for School
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge No 203 - Back to School
Going Grey with Scrap Creations Challenge - Back to School
I Love Promarkers Challenge No 316 - Use a Die Cut
Make it My Monday Challenge No 29 - Back to School
Pattie's Creations Challenge No 126 - Back to School


  1. Hi Sue this is a stunning card I love the image and the papers. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. This is gorgeous Sue! Sweet image, love the design and papers the gingham is perfect, and those embellishments are brilliant, especially the skipping rope!
    Hope your back soon rights itself...back pain is a real misery!
    Always knew that exercise was dangerous :)

  3. Hi, Sue! Your back to school card is beautiful! Love the bright primary colors and amazing details all around your avid little reader. Beautiful creation. Very sorry to hear about your back. I'm so proud of all the strides you have made. Easy does it, and try to be patient with yourself. There may be a few things you need to do before that. Believe me, I understand completely! love, de

  4. What a fabulous and colourful back to school card Sue..I love your little black board,sweet image and colouring with the flowers and leaves...gorgeous.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  5. Gorgeous card Sue I like the sweet image the little black board and the colours
    Kevin xx

  6. Fabulous make. Thanks for joining us in our Anything Goes challenge at Graph’It Markers Colouring Challenge
    Anjie (DT)

  7. I love this card design!
    Thanks for playing in our 'Back to School' Challenge #126!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

  8. I love your card, Sue! There's a lot of detail in there, especially with your hand-made skipping rope and chalk board. Beautiful papers and cute image. x

  9. This is perfect for our current challenge “Back to School” at Pattie’s Creations. Thanks for joining us!
    Pattie ♥
    at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge!

  10. Great card - fab die cut.
    Thanks for joining us at I Love Promarkers, Good luck, Liz (:(|)x

  11. Lovely card! Thank you for joining Brown Sugar Challenge this week. Good luck!

    DT member

  12. Beautiful card, thanks for sharing it with us in the Brown Sugar Challenge, Karen DT

  13. Wow Sue this is such a fun and bright back to school creation. Adore the little blackboard and the quilt effect in the background. This will also be perfect for one entry as an anything goes creation for our challenge below.
    {ATG with a CREATE WITH TLC Element}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  14. Wow your colors really pop! The blue really stands out. Thanks for joining us at MMM.



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