One for the Girls and one for the Boys!

by Joanne James6. September 2015 10:00

It's Sunday and you know what that means: time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! This week it is the turn of the incredibly talented Sandy and she has a great theme challenge for you:


This is rather timely for me, as both of my Juniors are returning to school to begin a new academic year tomorrow following the long summer break, so it was a great opportunity for me to make a couple of cards to tuck into their schoolbags to wish them a good day. Here's my first card, using this week's Freshly Made Sketches layout:


I made this card for Rebecca - very pink and girly, but hopefully sufficiently grown up for a 10 year old about to embark on her last year of Junior School. This is a big year for her as she will be Head Girl too and whilst she was voted into this role by her peers and I know she will do a great job, she sometimes lacks confidence in herself so a card to remind her that she's amazing (to me at least!) will be just what she needs for day one.

I used a Whisper White notecard and covered the front with a piece of English Garden DSP, then stamped a little panel of flowers with some Old Olive ink and the Cottage Greetings stamp set and coloured them with my Stampin' Write markers. I stamped my sentiment banner in Mossy Meadow onto Pink Pirouette and finished with a baker's twine bow and punched Bitty Butterfly and a few pearls. I also stamped the inside (and remembered to take a photograph of it!):

I couldn't possibly make Rebecca a card without making one for Ben too, so here's my second card which uses the colours over at the Friday Mashup and the sketch over at As You See It:


For this card I used a Crumb Cake notecard base, and stamped the dino footprints from'No Bones About It' in Early Espresso, before adding my sentiment tag complete with an Into The Woods wooden leaf embellishment and a fussy cut Marina Mist triceratops, complete with googly eye. Wondering where the dinosaur's tail went? Well, it continues over the page - look:


Isn't that fun?! The sentiment is from the same set, although I selectively masked it to say 'day' instead of 'birthday' which is more appropriate for my card. The 'No Bones About It' set is just great for boys cards, with so many design possibilities. I love the idea of little surprise notes in the children's school bags and it's definitely something I don't do enough of, so this year I will defintitely be making more of an effort.

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Claire Broadwater
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Amy Koenders
Jodi McKinney
Lisa Elton
Anne Marie Hile - on leave
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than three challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 

I look forward to seeing what you create for Sandy's theme challenge in the gallery this week.  

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!



Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Card One: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


Card two: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (16) -

Jodi McKinney
Jodi McKinneyUnited States
9/6/2015 4:09:59 PM #

I love your girly girl card, Joanne, and the dinosaur one is perfect for a boy!  I am sure your kiddos will appreciate and enjoy Smile

LaurieUnited States
9/6/2015 4:23:09 PM #

What a great set of cards! I bet your kids will love finding them in their school bags. Sounds like you had fun making them,too!

Sandy mathis
Sandy mathisUnited States
9/6/2015 6:59:35 PM #

Your cards are adorable, Joanne! I'm sure your kids are going to love them. Especially love the dinosaur card with the little wooden leaf.

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
9/6/2015 8:53:19 PM #

Both of these cards are great for your children!  It was nice you did one of each...I love to see the styles for both genders!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
9/6/2015 9:20:51 PM #

Oh, Joanne, these are just PERFECT for Rebecca and Ben!  They will cherish these special love notes!  I adore how girly Rebecca's card is!  Pink and PERFECT!  My boys always loved dinosaurs, too and I know this will be a hit!  XX

Amy Kunkle
Amy KunkleUnited States
9/7/2015 1:35:48 AM #

Joanne, your cards are adorable! I really love your FM card, the dinosaur tail continued on the inside is priceless! And I'm with you on the lunch notes... I start the year strong and then can't seem to keep it up! Thanks for playing along at the Friday Mashup! ~amy

Lisa Elton
Lisa EltonUnited States
9/7/2015 4:20:52 AM #

These are both adorable!! I LOVE the dino trail and tracks on the inside of the boy card!!

Jen Mitchell
Jen MitchellUnited States
9/7/2015 9:25:13 PM #

What a couple of completely adorable cards!  I'm sure you kids will love finding them in their schoolbags!  Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

LisaJUnited States
9/8/2015 7:30:55 AM #

Fantastic cards! Your dino card is fabulous, great use of the colors!

Thanks for playing along with us at The Friday Mashup!

Narelle Farrugia
Narelle FarrugiaAustralia
9/8/2015 1:05:11 PM #

This is a lovely card! I just love the colours you've used and your wonderful clean lines. Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

9/9/2015 6:24:05 AM #

Oh So Fun! I love that you sent them both off with handmade and personal cards - how special!  The dino one is particularly cute and the googly eye makes me chuckle.  Thanks for playing with the AYSI challenge this week.

Heather Cooper
Heather CooperCanada
9/10/2015 2:48:55 AM #

Lucky kids to get these great cards from Mom! So awesome that you used the dino footprints as the vertical element, Joanne! Thanks for joining us at As You See It Challenges this week!

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
9/10/2015 7:55:06 PM #

Adorable cards, Joanne!  Love that you managed TWO lunchbox love notes--you're kiddos were surely surprised.  Great detail on the dino card--especially the way the tail wraps around.  Always love your finished insides too!

Amy Koenders
Amy KoendersUnited States
9/11/2015 2:25:18 AM #

I love both of your cards Joanne!  The dinosaur card with the googlie eye is perfect for a boy or a girl and the card with the flowers is just beautiful!  Fantastic!  Smile

Meg Shepard
Meg ShepardCanada
2/27/2016 7:33:23 PM #

Joanne, I'm so excited to discover your blog today. Your cards are exquisite!  Thank you for sharing.

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/27/2016 10:26:54 PM #

Thanks Meg - hopefully there will be lots more to inspire you here too!

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