Apples for Back to School

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It’s back to school time!  I will be heading back to my classroom this week to get ready for my little cuties who start school right after Labor Day. I teach PreK and love working with 4 year olds!  This week they will come visit the classroom with their parents and have orientation but the real fun starts next week! In honor of Back to School I have some fun planned for you too! Each day, starting Labor Day, I will focus on some of the basics of stamping, showcase different products, and share some tips, tutorials, and exclusive Back to School Specials as I share cards and projects. Be sure to check back each day!

Let’s get to today’s card. I thought I would get a head start on thank you cards as I seem to go through a “bushel” each year! I love the apple print in the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper. I cut a piece 5 1/2 x 12 then cut it into 1 1/2 inch strips (I plan to make a set of these cards).  I adhered my 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch strip to a piece of Old Olive that’s just 1/8 wider and wrapped some Old Olive Bakers Twine around it and tied a bow.  I attached this to the Pear Pizzazz card base and then stamped the sentiment just above using Early Espresso ink. I stamped the tree trunk and leaves from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set using Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Pear Pizzazz inks.  Then I cut out the tree with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.

Next I embossed a 3 x 3 piece of Early Espresso cardstock with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. I adhered the tree to the embossed piece and attached it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I cut the apples out of Old Olive at first and attached them with glue dots but, I thought they needed to stand out more so I used Delightful Dijon then added some pear pizzazz ink using a sponge dauber.  I thought it looked more like the apples in the Designer Series Paper.   I also tried Soft Suede cardstock and ink instead of Early Espresso. What do you think?

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Did you notice I didn’t stamp any grass on my first one? Oops!  Do you prefer the Granny Smith apples or Golden Delicious? I didn’t make any red apples and Honeycrisp are my favorite! I love to go apple picking! Every year we pick apples then make homemade applesauce, apple butter, apple crisp, and apple bread. It won’t be long before it’s time to go apple picking. Yum!

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Someone couldn’t wait til they got home to taste test the apples.

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How easy is this for apple picking?  LOL

A set of these thank you cards would make a great teacher gift. (I should know!)  The Thoughtful Branches set won’t be available after Wednesday, so don’t miss out on this limited time bundle (available only through August 31st).  Order yours today!

Stamp Set: Thoughtful Branches  Inks: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive  Papers: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 2 1/2 inch Circle Punch, Tree Builder Punch or Thoughtful Branches Thinlits Dies, Old Olive Baker’s Twine, Sponge Dauber

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie