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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

School Maisie Belle

It's Wednesday and I'm a day early with my card for the Delightful Inspiration Freebie Image challenge ....OMG what is wrong with me? I'm so organised this week but it won't last LOL

The gorgeous little schoolgirl is the last offering for this month from Faith at Designed 2 Delight. I have managed to complete 2 months back to back so am very proud of myself and have got lots of goodies for my hard work so it's a win win for me :)

You may need sunglasses as it's really bright even for me! The papers were free from a magazine. I love the bright circles and dots in mainly primary colours and I felt it went well with the colours I had chosen for my image. The strip matted onto black cardstock as lots of numbers on it, perfick for a school girl.

The image was coloured in with my trusty Promarkers. I used a Nesties die to cut the shape adding faux stitching and inkpad distressing.

The ABC's are chipboard circle letters from Colorbok which I had from a QVC kit about 3 years ago. It had loads of sheets of different letters and shapes and I have oodles and oodles of it left. I used a nail file around the edges to get the little bits off and inked the bare sides.

The sentiment is a freebie from Ginger's House which has been cut out with a Nesties die and inked in black Sharpie around the edge. I felt it went well with the image as the little girl has her pockets stuffed with arty accessories, it is also very poignant to me.

As some of you know I am battling depression. I have my ups and downs, unfortunately just at this moment there are more downs and I am trying very hard to pull myself out of it. I have a fabulous therapist and together we have looked at all the trauma I have had in my life and one thing that has become very evident is that Art and Craft in it's many forms has been the thing that kept me going through it all. Whilst many children hated school I loved it, loved to learn as it was a way to better myself and get me out of some very unhappy situations at home. I was always striving to make things better both from learning and creating beautiful things . It was a way to absorb my thoughts and escape my situation. It is a realisation that has come only very recently and has helped me understand more about myself, what makes me tick and also what makes me happy. I'm sorry if this is a bit personal for some of you but I know it helps others to know you are not alone, even on those days when you REALLY feel like you are :)

Anyhoo, I hope this bright little card has brought a smile to your face because it certainly has to mine. Hope Maisie doesn't trip up with those scissors in her pocket, Heath & Safety would have a field day with that at school and how many incident reports would you have to fill in for that eh?

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-

Card Size - A5
Image - School Maisie Belle by Designed 2 Delight
Sentiment - Ginger's House
Sketch - Annabelle Stamps (can't enter challenge as too many others)
Paper - Magazine Freebie's

Embellishments - Colorbok Chipboard letters
Tools - 3D Foam & Scissors, Promarkers, Fiskars Treading Water punch and 2 sets of Nestabilities Dies
Techniques - Faux Stitching, distressing, die cuts, punches

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


The Sparkly Fairy said...
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The Sparkly Fairy said...

Lovely card, very colourful! x

Dawn said...

I love your bright & colurful card! It's always a joy coming over to your blog!
Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Pad this week for our Distressing/Teating challenge!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

Sara said...

Very cute, love the fun papers! Thanks for playing along with SSD!

Margaret said...

A lovely colourful card and perfect for the back to school themes that are doing the rounds at this time. Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew for this challenge.

We should be able to get crafting on prescription from the doctor, it has certainly helped me cope with my life. Luv 'n' hugs, Margaret xx

Fleur said...

A fab card, Love the cheerful colours.
Thank you so much for entering my “back to school” challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
Hugz Fleur xXx

Anonymous said...

Cute! I love the way you did your faux stitching. Thanks for playing along with us at Use it Tuesday!! - Heather B

Marlene said...

Your card is super adorable! I'm sorry - I didn't know you were battling depression. :( I go through periods in the winter where I'm not my usual perky self, and I know it's not a wonderful place to be. Here's an extra cyber hug. (((Mandy)))

Ginger said...

This card is adorable! I love your whole blog!

Tamara Morton said...

Wonderful card I love the sentiment! Thank you for joining us at Alphabet challenge

Jane said...

WOW Mandy! A sunglasses moment there with your bright card. Keep crafting pal, makes a lot of people happy seeing your cards, so you're helping others in lots of ways xxx

Anonymous said...

This is such a wonderful creation. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at the Paper Play Challenge Blog. Have a wonderful day xx

Lesley said...

Great card, I love the bright colours! Thanks for taking part in the Alphabet Challenge xx

Ros said...

This is such a sweet little card ... and a great sentiment ... I hope you are feeling better soon ... maybe you should consider practical philosophy ... gives you the way to deal with any stress ... Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB

Bianca said...

Mandy, your card is so cute and colourfull! I always enjoy visiting your blog! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge too! xx Bianca

Unknown said...

Deine Karte sieht super aus gefällt mir.
Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Kreative-Stempelfreunde
LG Nicole

Anonymous said...

this is a very nice card and a sweet image.

Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

Tine said...

Hi Mandy. Lovely colourful card. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers.
Tine :)

Sue said...

Hi Mandy
aww a fab card, lovely image & colouring,great sentiment, thank you for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week, hope to see you next time, sue,x

Jennifer Scull said...

oh Mandy, thank you for sharing your story. we are so much more alike than you can know, dear friend! hugs to you from across the pond! :)
your card is a delight! I didn't get a chance to finish mine last week, so didn't get this cutie. I really missed out. love the way you made her so bright and fun. I always loved school, too.

thanks for joining our die cuts/punches challenge at Jellypark Friends. :)

Haven_mom4 said...

Beautifully bright and free paper to boot. Totally love the card. Thanks for playing at Use it Tuesday-Haven

Nicola said...

Beautiful card, I love the vibrant colours, the really sweet image and the amazing sentiment.
Keep fighting the blues with plenty of crafting, I always love seeing your creations when you join us at Allsorts.
Perfect card for our Back to School challenge Mandy and good luck!
Love Nicola xxx

Shelby said...

I love the bright vibrant colors of this card...they aren't the easiest to work with, but you did amazing. I love the sentiment as well and it is so true! Thanks for joining us at MMCS this week, good luck and hope you'll come back!


Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Mandy :-) the image is adorable and the sentiment is perfect !!
I am sorry you're feeling a bit down in the dumps hun xx hope you feel better soon x x

thanks for joining us on the TPC :-)
Lols x x x

Michelle B. said...

What a fun card, nice and bright! Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments this week, good luck!
Michelle B.

xxxtglxxx said...

Really fun back to skool card - love it :)

Thanks so much for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenge this week,



Rosanne said...

This is a bright and cheery card!Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon!

Linda said...

Such an adorable card.. Love the bright cheerful colors.. Thanks for joining us at TPS.. Hugs, Linda

Nancy said...

What a cute card! Great bright colors. Thanks for joining us at The Pixie Cottage this week!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Cute! Thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Maggie's Crafts said...

Great creation!

Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad this week.:)


Nannieflash said...

Gorgeous card and what a cute image, fabulous colouring to. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

kreative basteltante said...

A very lovey card! I
Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Stamp Friends
Hugs Manuela

Nancy Wethington said...

Very cute! Love the quote. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

inkydoodlecrafts said...

This is soo cute and colourful I love it, thanks for sharing with us over at Jellypark friends. Mel :o)

My name is Wynneth said...

Cute image, pretty layout, an all round spiffing card I would say LOL I know from experience just how great Art and Craft are in helping us to deal with depression - well done on working your way through it. Thanks for joining us on I Love Promarkers this week.

Gale said...

Great card. I love the colors! So bright.
Thanks for joining us at Fresh Brewed Designs and our ABC,123 challenge! :) Gale

papertrails leaver said...

This is so precious! Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments and Crafty Creations! :) Amy

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

So cute! Love the bright colors! Thank You so much for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week!

Lorraine A said...

hi Mandy :-) I am back again ,,, i forgot to thank you for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp-tember Hop and Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Ruby said...

Ah such a sweet ATC and I love the sentiment too. Sorry you're having a difficult time, I would imagine it's painful exploring all the memories, but it will be worth it all in the end for you I'm sure. Thanks for linking up with us over at Paper Issues!

Mary J said...

Gorgeous fresh and bright - love it! Thx again for linking up to the Make it Monday party!

I am sorry honey to hear about your depression. I had an awful childhood too and like you school was a haven to hide in. I have worked through my demons and now have a very contented and happy life - I hope you find yours too honey.

Mary J x

Caroline said...

fab colourful creation

Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Shelter xx

Sheryl said...

Hi Mandy! This is such a Fun Card! It's so bright and cheerful! It made me smile! Thank you for joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges for our School ABC 123 challenge!
Hugs, Sheryl

Lisa Jane said...

what fab bright colours
Thanks for linking up at Make it Monday this week
Lisa x
Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

Gretchen said...

super cute card!!

Julie said...

Super card - love the bright colour scheme! Thanks for playing along with us at PFP this week, Juliexx

Jackie Randolph said...

Too cute, love the bright colors with this sweet image. Thanks for joining the party at Party Time Tuesday!

Stacy said...

Ahhh Mandy! This is adorable! Love the bright colors and your fun ABC's!
Thanks for joining us this week at


We are always happy to see your fun cards!

Stacy D.

Vickie said...

Awe! The card is so sweet! Thanks for playing with us at Stamp-n-Doodle:)

Emma said...

Such a sweet card.
Thanks for joining us at Passion For Promarkers & good luck.
Hugs Emma x

cnelson said...

cute, cute, cute! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

Tracey Manderson said...

lovely and bright! Good luck with the challenge and thanks for joining us at the Paper Shelter.
Hugs Tracey

Suzie McFloozy said...

Great card - love the bright colours you used x
Thanks for playing along at Jellypark friends Friday challenge & good luck x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

karen said...

This is a lovely card. Thank you for joining us in the Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge. Hugs xxx

Dawn T said...

A very cute card... and for so many challenges.... thanks for playing with us at MyGraphico

france papillon said...

so cute! love the colors and the wording! thanks for playing with us at Use It Tuesday :)))

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Mandy, what a lovely bright and cheerful card. Thank you for taking part in the Aud Sentiments Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (Aud Sentiments Design Team Member) xxx

Christy said...

Very cute!!!!