Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Stop the clock!!!

Argh!!!  Time goes way too quickly these days and before you know it, the school hols are almost at an end and it's going to be 'all change' from next week, but I am so looking forward to the challenge.  Having just completed my first year in KS2, I am going to go back to working in KS1 in a Y1 class! WooHoo!  I feel like a big kid!

It's going to be a pretty big academic year for all of us here.  My eldest is about to enter his last year at Middle School (OMG, how did that happen???) and my youngest will be taking his end of KS2 SATS - boo hoo..... my babies are growing up far too fast!

Now then, I have struggled, let me tell you.....!  It has been such a long time since I made a card and I really, really have struggled like mad to get back into the swing of it!  I needed a challenge to kickstart me off again and I found the TOMIC  and Totally Tilda challenges this week just perfect!  The task is to create a card or project with a Back to School (+ Metal for TOMIC) theme so I created this:

Trust me, there is metal on there - if you look closely I have used a metal (although painted!) brad to hold my tags together.  I have made this card for one of my lovely TA friends, and am about to go off and make a couple more for others! 

This Tilda and the rest of the school accessories was actually part of my DT pack when I was a member of the Magnolia International DT and I remember how much I really struggled to use it then, and this time was no exception!  The ruler, pencils, blackboard (which I've not used here!) are a dream to paint up, but I have always found this image really difficult to colour!  I'm sure we all have a Tilda that we find hard to work with!  Anyway, after several attempts, and many different uniforms, I finally decided to go with the green and grey because it's the colour of our school uniform.  The graph paper is ancient - I got this in a pack years ago but decided to drag it out again for this project.

While I have not been papercrafting, I have really noticed how many new products hit the shelves on a daily basis, and it's quite astonishing for me to see how people can still manage to keep up with all the latest products!  Is it just us who are really feeling the pinch right now?  I can't believe that companies are churning out so many new things (dies seem to be the quickest moving!) and people can still afford to buy them in their thousands!  I watched C&C on TV earlier this week and drooled at all the gorgeous new Nesties, but sadly my family need to eat and have a roof over their heads so that has to be priority! Nevertheless, if we are to believe the presenters, they were 'flying off the shelves'!  Even with the split payments I just couldn't justify picking the phone up.  I kept thinking about next term's school trips, music lessons, uniforms, shoes, and Christmas just around the corner, so my sensible side triumphed! Humph!  What wouldn't I give for something lovely and new to play with! :o(

Oh crikey, that sounded a bit miserable, didn't it? LOL!! Not one bit of it - I'm going to trawl through all the stash I have and make a dent in those papers I have stored away and hopefully make the most of the stuff I do have!

Well I'm going to go and start on my next Back to School card - I can't just give one out - now that I've made for one friend, I will have to make at least two more!  Thanks for stopping by my blog and I wish you all a good day! :o) xx


  1. Hello Anne,

    Very beautiful card. I like especially your layout and the way you used your Nestabilities. Ideas to keep in mind !
    Congratulations !

    Hugs from France.
    Cat's Scrap.

  2. Wow Anne dosent look like you had much trouble colouring this cute Tilda in she is sweet & yes ready for school..sigh..all mine have flown the nest but remember only to well the anticipation of them starting new classes. back to your creation getting side tracked use of the cut out frames..lovely clean layout..

    thanks for sharing with us at Totally Tilda chall this wk

    smiles Christine TT DT & Girlies x

  3. Oh wow!
    Such a gorgeous creation!
    So happy that you have joined us at TOMIC!
    kim x

  4. Great Tilda card, love this one, Thanks for joining us at Totally Tilda back to school challenge.
    Teresa xx

  5. Awesome Creation Anne!! Love your colouring and all the elements on your card!
    Thank you for joining us at Totally Tilda and good luck!

    Hugs Hazel xx

  6. Beautiful!! thanks for joining us at totally tilda & good luck xx

  7. Awesome card! I love the little tags and the embellishments. I totally relate to your post. How many of us have to much stash that we don't use without buying more. It overtakes my house as it is. I would love to buy one of those die cutting machine, etc but like yourself priorities first, and besides my son who has just gone to sixth form spends my money faster than i can get it lol I think your card is beautiful from the stash you already had at home.

    It is truly inspirational.

    Thanks for sharing

    hugs julir

  8. This one is really adorable,great job!
    Thanks for playing along!

  9. Love your card Anne it's absolutely gorgeous, so sweet and pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Totally Tilda for our back to school challenge
    hugs Mandy xx

  10. Hi Ann I have missed your wonderful Tilda creations, your card is stunning. I love the way you have used the Magnolia tags, may have to pinch that idea1 xx


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