Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to School at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog

In the spirit of the fall season our challenge for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is Back to School.  
In some parts of the U.S. there are students who have already started back, here in Central Oregon we still have 3 more weeks of summer left.  Join in the fun and create your own project that celebrates school starting and use your Retro Rubber that is more than a year old. 

 This card was quick to put together as the ideas came quickly!  Working with an A2 sized white card I trimmed the corners.  The base layer is a left over scrap of craft card stock trimmed to 4” x 5 ¼” and the corners are rounded.  The card stock was embossed with Craftwell Teresa Collins’ Woodgrain Cottage and inked with Tsukineko StazOn Timber Brown. 

Die Cuts With a View made a Blackboard stack a few years back, and I still have a few sheets in my stash.  The Lawn Cuts Stitched Journaling Card die cut the chalkboard.  I have two sets of school related images that I picked up about 5 or 6 years ago when my boys first came home.  The images from TPSC Studio “ABC, and 1,2,3” and The Paper Company Studio Grade School “apple” are stamped in Tsukineko Versa Magic Cloud White and are heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The images were colored with EK Success Zig Chalk Collection Writers in Yellow, Red, Green, and Blue.  The TPSC  “Back to School” is stamped in Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black and the smiley face was colored with the Zig Chalk Yellow.  The image is fussy cut to match the rounded corners of the card design.  The card was assembled with the Back to School image mounted with dimensional foam adhesive.   I pondered adding more embellishments but decided I really liked the simple design and let it be!

Please join us and create your own Back to School card or layout or project and link it up over at Retro Rubber.  Just remember to use some unloved images and clue us in to how long they may have languished in your stash!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Lawnscaping Challenge:  Embossing--I used both pressure and heat embossing
Crafty Calendar Challenge Bingo:  Die cut, kraft, and blue (coloring)


  1. Neva, this card is adorable. And I love all the stitching detail. Well done!

  2. Neva! Once again you have outdone yourself! This card is fantastic - lots of details! School starts tomorrow for us so enjoy your three weeks!

  3. This card is ready for school even if you all aren't quite yet! I love your choice of colors and stamps! Great card!! Enjoy what's left of summer and glad you're back!

  4. Great back to school card Neva! and thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue J xx

  5. Super fun card, love the ABC's and 123's on the blackboard, fabulous design Neva, the wood grain embossed panel is the perfect background, thank you for sharing.

  6. what a perfect back to school themed card! LOVE the chalkboard feel!! awesome embossing techiniques!! thank you so much for playing along with the Lawnscaping Challenge! :D

  7. Your card caught my eye over in the Lawnscaping Gallery and I wanted to come visit and see more! Loved this and thought it was such a fun back to school card that you combined with the awesome embossing theme!! So cool!! I really enjoyed visiting your blog and I would love it if you popped over for a visit to my blog at daisiesgirl.com!! I have a giveaway going on right now!
    Taunya Butler

  8. Hello Neva: I want to thank you for your sweet and lovely comment on my blog for my Retro Rubber card. I didn't know that the quote I wrote was a favorite of that amazing Teacher In Space, Christa McAuliffe, so I want to thank you for letting me know.
    How wonderful that you are a Teacher as well as an amazing card maker, your card is just beautiful, love the blackboard and the colorful letters and numbers, so perfect for a first day of school.
    Thank you again for visiting and I hope you stop by again.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  9. Ooh Neva, I love that chalkboard detailing. Its gorgeous, so perfect for the theme. I love chalk, its a mini obsession of mine :) Cx

  10. Love the chalkboard effect, the woodgrain and colors too!

  11. Fabulous....love the chalkboard! Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

    I have a birthday candy on my blog if you'd like to join in.....
    You can find my candy here


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